The labour spokesman
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Title: The labour spokesman
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Year 54 NO. 42FRIDAY, MARCH 16TH, 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 05 PAGE 02 BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – The outgoing Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Court, Nevisian-born the Hon. Mr. Justice Hugh Attorney General Nisbett tells Chief Justice Rawlins: “You have already left your mark in the building of the region’s legal jurisprudence” Attorney General Nisbett tells Chief Justice Rawlins: “You have already left your mark in the building of the region’s legal jurisprudence” BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil File Photo: St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas in the Von Rebop Southwell Newsroom at ZIZ Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) during the programme “Ask the Prime Minister.” (cont’d on page 12) Rawlins, has already left his mark in the building of the region’s legal jurisprudence and has effectively tackled judicial education in the region, which has led to a recasting of the Civil Procedure Rules both at First Instance and Appellate St. Kitts and Nevis’ Attorney General and Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs, the Hon. Patrice Nisbett delivering farewell remarks. (cont’d on page 12) Debt-restructuring and homegrown economic programmes could lower the debt-to GDP ratio significantly Kittitian woman celebrates her 100th birthday in North Leeds UK airlines slam Chancellor for airline passenger increase Debt-restructuring and homegrown economic programmes could lower the debt-to GDP ratio significantly BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas is expressing optimism on the twin-island’s Federation economy stating that the debt – restricting and home grown economic programmes implanted by his ruling Labour Party Government could lower the debt – to GDP ratio significantly and produce 6 percent primary surplus. Giving a background to the current economic outlook, Prime Minister Douglas noted the recent report by the Washington-based International Monetary Fund (IMF) that the home-grown economic programme has begun ‘to achieve positive results’ andDebt-restructuring and home-grown economic programmes could lower the debt-to GDP ratio significantly that ‘the outlook remains favourable, supported by Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)-related construction projects and an improvement in tourism activity.’ Dr. Douglas told listeners to his weekly radio call-in programme “Ask the Prime Minister” on Tuesday that he is optimistic about the economy. “The new environment we have worked so hard to create now makes growth a real possibility. Indeed, we are now anticipating economic growth to be between 3% and 4%. Our dedication, perseverance, and determination have now yielded the promise of St. Kitts and Nevis having a dramatically lowered debt to GDP ratio. That is, we expect the current ration to fall to between 90% and 110% ,” said Prime Minister Douglas. He also disclosed that a primary surplus of six percent is now anticipated. The Prime Minister, who met last week with members of the St. Kitts and Nevis Competitiveness Council said he informed them of Government’s continuing empowerment programme through land distribution, continuing plans for the (cont’d on page 13)File Photo : St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas in the Von Rebop Southwell Newsroom at ZIZ Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) during the programme “Ask the Prime Minister.” Photo by Erasmus Williams)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 16TH 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 (CUOPM) – Four of the UK’s leading airlines have slammed planned increases in airline passenger duty (APD) claiming that the planned increase will reduce passenger numbers and hinder economic recovery. EasyJet, British Airways’ parent IAG, Ryanair and Virgin Atlantic claim that the Treasury measure, to be announced next week by UK chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne, would be counter-productive. The Treasury plans to increase APD from April 1 with further increases intended to grow revenue by 46 per cent by 2016. The airlines claim that these increases would mean a family of four paying tax of 440 pounds sterling to fly economy-class to the Caribbean, and 500 pounds to Australia. In 2005, a family of four travelling to any long-haul destination would have paid just 80 pounds. A family of four in Scotland or Northern Ireland flying to see friends or relatives in England three times a year would have an APD bill of 420 pounds sterling. In 2005, it would have been 120 pounds sterling. In a statement on March 12, the airlines’ CEOs, Carolyn McCall, Willie Walsh, Michael O’Leary and Steve Ridgway, said: “These endless cumulative UK airlines slam Chancellor for airline passenger increase increasing them without any analysis whatever of their overall economic impact. We are exporting economic growth, and jobs, to competitor countries. How much longer must this madness go on? The airlines called on Osborne to suspend the planned rises pending an independent study of the economic effects of such a tax rise. “We are confident such a study would show that APD’s damage to economic activity outweighs the revenue obtained. It is irresponsible of the Treasury, if it is serious about pursuing economic growth, to keep piling on APD increases without conducting a study of this kind.” Planes at Britain’s airport Citizens Beware! On several occasions over the past 12 to 15 months this newspaper has drawn to the attention of the public the many occasions on which a certain person has called on the people to ‘rise up’ against the the Prime Minister and the Labour Government. These calls have been made at public meetings, over the airwaves, and over the Internet. The calls have been made for the people to rise up against a government which was recently returned to office by popular vote of the people, (over 60 per cent). As time went by these calls have become more numerous and desperate in nature. Matters reached an all-time low at a public meeting held at Upper Market Street, Basseterre on the night of Thursday 8 March, 2012. It was carried live over Win FM Radio. A group of persons calling themselves Operation Rescue held that meeting. The group claims to be non-partisan and leaderless, (both of which claims are patently false), and to be working for the good of St Kitts and Nevis. Yet, despite protestations to the contrary, their propaganda has turned out to be nothing more than unending tirades of vitriolic, personal attacks on Prime Minister Douglas. What appears to be most heavily influencing the behaviour of some members of this group of malcontents is having to live with the reality that their party (PAM) cannot defeat Labour at the polls. It is driving them crazy. As we have always pointed out, in this country, it is only Labour that can defeat itself, the very reason why the Democratic Party of old, set up PAM to divide Labour and turn our supporters against each other. The same old imperial tactic of divide and rule. (Will Mrs Henry please take note. Her suggestion over the radio that both parties have the same roots and origins has to be the most outlandish bit of ignorance ever uttered.) Others are participating for purely personal reasons. Another case of persons, under the guise of being democratic, using the public platform to transform their personal grievances and angst into matters of national policy. This type of game-playing is especially heinous and treacherous. For months on end they have been spouting torrents of abuse mixed with outrageous lies and deliberate misrepresentation of facts, accusing the Prime Minister of all manner of wrong doings without ever being able to substantiate one iota of what they allege. Were he alive their mentor, Hitler’s Propaganda Minister, Dr Goebbels, would have been immensely proud of them. If they really want to know where corruption exists and is practiced they should seek to find out which member is working hardest to ensure that the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee never functions, because he simply cannot afford to have his travel and other ‘official’ expense claims on the public fund submitted to any form of parliamentary (hence public) scrutiny. People who live in glass houses should not throw stones. On the 14th of this month SKNVibes posted an article headed The Final Act. Therein an allusion was made to Prime Minister Douglas looking to bring in a regional leader ‘to mediate’. Why would the Prime Minister want or need to do this? Have the three conspirators forgotten what happened to them when they brought in a former Barbadian Prime minister supposedly ‘to mediate’? Have they forgotten how Dr Douglas dealt with all of them? Have they not learned their lesson? Do they really want the Prime Minister to go public on them? The said article points up the fact that a certain individual has become frantic and desperate, almost to the point of paranoia. It seems clear that time is truly running out for him. As did someone else over two decades ago, he is seeking to bring about a change in government so that his fellow conspirators can cloak him with diplomatic immunity and keep him safe from the long arm of the law. He is feeling the heat, but his efforts will prove futile. At the Thursday night meeting speaker after speaker sought to provoke acts of violence, calling for people to go to Government Headquarters and pull out Prime Minister Douglas, amongst other things. The final speaker for the night spoke of the three friends who worked for the same boss. One left and the boss sent the others to get rid of him. He befriended the two and the three of them made the boss disappear. The allusion could not be more clear. Making someone disappear is mafia terminology for having that person murdered and his body buried, burned or compacted in a used car compressor. Let there be no doubt about that meaning. It is a very serious threat against the boss (Prime Minister Douglas). Could it be the case that the person who made the statement is possessed of all the qualities, characteristics and qualifications requisite for membership of the mob. A time-line has also been set. The call to have The Prime Minister removed by December of this year is one indication. The timings and political manoeuvres spelled out in ‘The Final Act’ puts it all into full perspective. In our examination of these matters it behoves us to remember that a big activist and frequent caller on “The Voices” show, called recently in to a WinFM programme and issued a call for people to go after Prime Minster Douglas with cutlasses as a certain individual attempted to do to (then) Premier Kennedy Simmonds some years ago. We simply cannot afford to ignore any of these occurrences, because, taken together, they spell out the evil intentions of PAM and their adherents. What is also of concern is the fact that these antics are fully reminiscent of the events leading up to the attempted coup d’etat of 1967. These power-hungry rejected politicians could not make such public utterances and threats when Kennedy Simmonds and PAM were in charge of the country. They would have been hounded down, charged with sedition and dragged before the courts, as they did with the late Sir Lee Moore and Fidel O’Flaherty, who had to go into hiding in Nevis to escape the wrath of the Simmonds/PAM dictatorship. Citizens of St Kitts and Nevis beware. This newspaper calls on The Commissioner of Police to take careful note of what has been going on over time: the incessant calls for the people to rise up, the utterances which have been made during the public meetings, the calls being made over the airwaves and, in particular, the full contents of the Thursday night meeting at Upper Market Street. We also call on him to issue a reminder to all persons that ‘rioting’ and ‘incitement to riot’ are still extremely serious crimes, any commission of which carries rather heavy penalties. We recommend that the reminder be given both verbally and in writing. Lastly, we call again on all of our peace loving citizens, and indeed all men and women of goodwill, to take all of these matters quite seriously and be prepared to safeguard your country against the forces of lawlessness and evil. increases in APD are pricing families out of flying – both from and to the UK. That means fewer visitors to the UK, which destroys jobs in our tourism, aviation and hospitality industries and chokes off opportunities for young people at a time of exceptional youth unemployment. “CAA figures have confirmed this week that UK passenger numbers in 2011 were at the same level as in 2004. Seven years of rising taxes have brought seven years of no growth. “Aviation wants to, and should be, playing a leading role in economic recovery – as it does in so many other countries. But the UK imposes the highest aviation taxes in the world, and keeps on


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 16TH 2012 3 NEWS Make certain that you reach use our new Email address: info@sknunion.com International economist gives thumbs up to Federation’s debt restructuring programme BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – A leading international economist is giving thumbs up to the debt restructuring programme being undertaken by the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis. “It’s the right way to do a restructuring, unlike Greece,” said Gabriel Sterne, an economist with Exotix, a frontier market investment banking boutique specialising in illiquid bonds and loans, equities, structured finance, asset management and capital raising. Sterne, a former Senior Manager at the Bank of England and a past economist at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is quoted in a Reuters story by Carolyn Cohen, who works in London, as part of the Reuters investment strategy editorial team, specialising in emerging and frontier markets. Cohen covers emerging bond, stock and FX markets as well as global market themes, and interviews emerging market policy-makers when they attend events in London. “In the article headlined: “Like Greece, but Better,” Cohen, who started at Reuters in 1993, writing about foreign exchange, government bonds and Eurobonds before switching to emerging markets, wrote: It’s a country with one of the highest debt to GDP ratios in the world, it recently launched a debt exchange to avoid a messy default and it is a member of a currency union. Sounds like Greece? Oh, and its bond documentation already includes collective action clauses (CACs) to force the minority who don’t want to participate in the debt exchange to do so. So it can’t be Greece, as Greece had to retroactively legislate for CACs. In fact, this particular indebted nation is the tiny Caribbean country of St. Kitts & Nevis, which has launched a bond exchange tender that closes on Wednesday. St. Kitts – Nevis is a member of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union, with a currency pegged at 2.7 to the U.S. dollar. But its total debts of EC$3 billion (US$1.1 billion) give it a debt to GDP ratio of 160 percent, much the same as Greece. The country (population 50,000) is restructuring around $750 million of that debt through the bond exchange, which includes a partial guarantee from the Caribbean Development Bank (Caribbean version of EFSF support?) But where most Greek debt was issued under Greek law, requiring the imposition of retroCACs to push through the country’s bond swap last week and regarded as a default by ratings agencies — triggering pay-outs on credit default swaps — the St. Kitts debt is covered by St. Kitts law. St. Kitts law is based on English law and this means that any debt issued within the last 20 years or so will automatically contain a CAC. As Gabriel Sterne, economist at frontier markets brokerage Exotix says: “It’s the right way to do a restructuring, unlike Greece.” Sterne was educated at Warwick University and the London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London. Gabriel Sterne, Economist Ezekiel 20:18-19 18 But I said unto their children in the wilderness, Walk ye not in the statutes of your fathers, neither observe their judgements, nor defile yourselves with their idols: 19. I am the LORD your God; walk in my statutes, and keep my judgements, and do them: Creditors’ Committee Supports the St. Kitts and Nevis Debt Exchange Offer PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, March 7, 2012 — The St. Kitts and Nevis Creditors’ Committee announced today that its Members intend to participate in the St. Kitts and Nevis Debt Exchange Offer. Committee 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 dollar-denominated bonds in exchange for a substantial portion of outstanding external and domestic debt owed by the Government, the Nevis Island Administration and other stateowned enterprises. The exchange offer is described in detail in an Offering Memorandum dated February 27, 2012. The Committee’s 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 16TH 2012 4 NEWS TRADE UNION NEWS By: Batumba Tak General Secretary This Is The Workers’ Union Continues. It is generally accepted that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. support of the Labour Movement as a pathway to better jobs and justice did not just begin in 1968. Throughout most of his life, he advocated as much for economic equality as he did for racial equality. It was also said that he once stated that it did no good for a man to eat at an integrated lunch counter if that same man could not afford to buy a hamburger at the establishment. In addition, it was said that Dr. King while addressing an AFL-CIO meeting in Illinois in October, 1965 said that the Labour Movement was a key vehicle for people of color to gain economic equality. He also often extolled the benefits and successes of organized Labour, and said that many forgot that it was the Labour Movement that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress, for out of its bold struggle, economic and social reform gave birth to old age pension, government relief for the destitute, and new wage levels that meant not mere survival but a tolerable life. Just like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Our forebears of the St. Kitts/ Nevis rades & Labour Union champions those who lack a voice in our society. The St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union members played a critical role in the struggles of the past and their involvement continues unto today. Today, The St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union remains in the forefront of efforts to ensure that the gains of the past are maintained and to fight for those still denied opportunity and equality. From its struggles to ensure that workplaces in our beautiful Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis are free of discrimination to its battles to ensure that the hard-earned rights of workers are safe and secure. As we continue This Is The Workers’ Union, we will look at What Is The Difference Between if your workplace is non-Union, and if you join a Union and your workplace is Unionize and has a contract. 1.If your workplace is non-Union – You are an “employee at will.” That means your employer can discipline or fire you at anytime for any reason, your recourse is limited at best. 2.If you join a Union and have a contract – Discipline, up to and including discharge, is subjected to a grievance procedure, and binding arbitration, depending on the terms of your contract. 3.If your workplace is nonUnion – “Open door” policy means the employer will listen to you, and then do whatever he/she wants. 4.If you Join a Union and have a contract – Contract negotiations require both sides – Union and Management, to listen, and reach reasonable compromises acceptable to both sides. 5.If your workplace is nonUnion – The Employer determines wages/salaries, benefits and other terms and conditions of work. If you’re not satisfied, your only option is to get another job. 6.If you join a Union and have a contract – Wages/salaries, benefits and other terms and conditions of work are negotiated. If you are not satisfied, you can work for changes during contract negotiations. 7.If your workplace is non-Union – Wages/salaries, benefits and other terms and conditions can be changes by the employer at any time. 8.If you join a Union and have a contract – Neither the Union nor Management can make unilateral changes to a signed contract. If modifications are necessary during the life of a contract, both sides must agree on the proposed changes. Remember if you are working in a non-Union workplace that hiring and promotion is up to the discretion of the employer. If you join a Union and have a contract hiring and promotion is usually covered by the written terms in the contractural agreement, including seniority and other factors can be written into the contract of agreement. Unless workers have a Union contract they are at the mercy of company policies. Most employment handbooks clearly state that policies are “guidelines only, and not a contract of employment” or that the terms of the handbook are subject to change without notice. Even under a company’s “open-door” policy, there is nothing to really make anyone believe that the policy is meaningful. As time is of the utmost importance I will have to end at this time, but as usual I leave you with one of those old favorate spiritual song that slaves sung to back then.Home, Sweet HomeBy H. R. Bishop. ‘Mid pleasures and palaces though I may roam, Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home; A charm from the sky seems to hallow us there, Which, seek ghro’ the world, is ne’er me with elsewhere. Home! Home! Sweet, sweet home! There’s no place like home, There’s no place like home. An exile from home, splendor dazzles in vain, Oh, give me my lowly thatched cottage again; The birds singing gaily, that come at my call; Give me them, with that peace of mind, dearer than all. SSMC to be dissolved by end June 2012, St. Kitts Sugar Museum planned BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – Cabinet has approved the dissolution of the St. Kitts Sugar Manufacturing Corporation (SSMC). This has been disclosed by Minister of Information, Sen. the Hon. Nigel Carty, who said the dissolution of the SSMC will take place through the appropriate legal mechanisms and making the necessary provisions for dealing with its assets and liabilities. “Decisions were also taken in relation to the transfer of certain existing functions from the SSMC to government departments, dissolution of the Board of Directors and the allocation of resources to implement the activities associated with the wind-up of the St. Kitts Sugar Manufacturing Corporation,” said Minister Carty in the Post-Cabinet Briefing on Wednesday. He said the Chairman of Cabinet, Prime Minister the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas also discussed with the Cabinet the government’s plan to develop the defunct SSMC complex into the St. Kitts Sugar Museum and to relocate the national archives to that complex at an appropriate time. Dissolution of the SSMC comes seven years after the official closure of the sugar industry. Stating that the St. Kitts Sugar Manufacturing Corporation is now to be wound up at the end of June, Minister Carty recalled the symbolic last sounding of the SSMC Factory horn and the ceremonial arrival of the last sugar train as it pulled into the SSMC Factory station. These symbolic events occurred at the official end of the production of sugar by the St. Kitts Sugar Manufacturing Corporation in 2005. “However, much work still needed to be done in respect of the operations of the SSMC, and the Board of the Corporation has persisted since that time. Treating with the debt of the corporation, considering matters pertinent to the severance of workers, and the management of existing assets are some of the matters with which the SSMC has had to contend since the cessation of the production of sugar,” said Minister Carty. He disclosed that during Monday’s Cabinet Meeting, Senior Minister and Minister responsible for the SSMC, Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris presented a proposal to Ministers to govern the final stage of the wind-up of the corporation. “After this proposed final stage, the SSMC will no longer exist as a legal entity. The Minister of Agriculture revealed that the Board of Directors of the SSMC had agreed to the wind-up of the corporation by June 30, 2012,” said Mr. Carty. Since 2005, the SSMC has retained 60 or more employees who have provided administrative services, security, land preparation services for small farmers, soil conservation services, agro-processing services, stores maintenance, animal capture, and machining services. As the SSMC finally goes into legal extinction, these workers will now be permanently severed. “However, some of these employees may be re-employed in the government services to help in the fulfillment of certain critical functions which will be transferred from the SSMC to the government through a number of government departments. For example, the animal capturing, soil conservation, and agro-processing functions will be taken over by the government and a portion of the staff connected to these functions may be re-hired after their official severance from the SSMC,” said Mr. Carty. In regards to existing assets of the corporation, the machine shop at the factory is up for consideration for privatization; residential properties are to be sold by the Privatisation Unit, but those not sold by the wind-up date are to be transferred to the Crown. Vehicles, stocks of spare parts and remaining scrap metal are to be sold; and maintenance of operable locomotives is to be considered. Significant business yet remains for the SSMC with regard to much of its assets, its contractual obligations and other arrangements.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 16TH 2012 5 NEWS From where I sit By x Speaks Eight honoured during International Women’s Day Celebrations By Drizel HanleyEight (8) local women from various communities here in St.Kitts were honored on Thursday night, last week (March 8), honoured for their outstanding contribution to the country. The award ceremony which was held at Fat Tuesday, Port Zante was the main highlight of this year’s International Women’s Day Celebrations. Honoured at this year’s 9th annual staging of the prestigious event were: Ms. Venelma Hanley (Community Development); Dr. Christine Walwyn (Cultural Development); Ms. Nicole Huggins (Entrepreneurship); Mrs. Fernella Griffin (Health Care); Ms. Pamella Herbert (Education); Ms. Lenore Hanley (Manufacturing); Ms. Heidi Slack (Performing Arts); Dr. Victoria Lawrence (Science and Technology) and Ms. Alicia Collins (Youth Empowerment). Seven females were also inducted into the St.Kitts Pioneering Women Gallery; Leah Sahely-the first female President of the Rotary Club of St.Kitts; Jasmin Clarke Thomasfirst female to win the Regional Song Competition; Mrs. Sephlin Lawrence-first female Director of the St.Christopher-Nevis Social Security Board; Mrs. Jennifer Nero-first female member of the West Indies Cricket Board; Ms. Shannon Hawleyfirst female Chair of National Carnival; Dr. Lishaw Ward-first female Anesthesiologist and Mrs. Averlyn Williams Benjamin-first female President of the St.Kitts Lions Club. According to Director of Social Services, Ms. Azilla Clarke, the women were nominated by groups and organizations then a small subcommittee chose the women from amongst the nominees. Surrounding the theme, “Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures”, the celebrations consisted of a Church Service at the St. George’s Anglican Church on March 4; Presentation at Secondary Schools on March 6-8; Message on ZIZ radio by the Minister with responsibility for Gender Affairs, Hon. Marcella Liburd and a Health walk from the round-a-bout at Best Buy to the second round-a-bout in Frigate Bay. In declaring the commencement of International Women’s Day, Hon. Marcela Liburd in her address appealed to girls and women to keep their dignity, their self-respect, and their own sense of honour as they move capably towards their endeavours. Celebrated worldwide since 1911, International Women’s Day seeks to highlight females globally who have persevered and made significant accomplishments, despite the struggles that have been faced. Teachers – the world’s greatest, most powerful disseminators of information. Teachers aren’t just people who show up at mornings to teach children how to spell or count they are the shapers of nations. If they perform well, teachers have the power to build countries that can withstand the force of the entire world. They are able to turn small countries into powerful metropolises. It’s a pity, then, that educators take their influence for granted. Imagine a world without people preparing and molding generations for the future. Teachers seem to fail to understand that they do not simply apply for a teaching job; they commit themselves to a vocation – a calling – a lifestyle. It’s something where you’re either in it for the long haul, or not at all. Our teachers today appear to join the fraternity just for the sake of a paycheque. Wrong move, people. Wrong move. If any person ever goes into teaching for the money, he will be eternally unsatisfied. Everybody and some other bodies know that in most instances, teaching won’t pay you the big bucks that a private company would. Therefore, anyone thinking of making six figure salaries should probably steer clear of schoolyards. The intelligent teachers marry people who have private company jobs and who are making private company money. The ridiculous ones marry other teachers who haven’t even been to Teachers’ Training College or university and so are earning start-up wages of less than $1900. If you are both stuck with start-up salaries and so combined you earn, let’s say, $3750, that figure (with taxes subtracted, which ends up being $3400) will most likely not be enough to sustain two people unless you are both still living in your parents’ house. Now, although teaching may not give you tangible or monetary satisfaction, the satisfying feeling gained from seeing your children perform well; or changing or saving lives; or being the most influential teacher to some student, far outweighs dollars and cents. That’s what teaching is about. It’s about the children that you teach and you save. It’s about inspiring, improving and changing lives. It’s about having a child come to you with nothing and seeing him leave with the world in his hands. In the end, the group that makes up the teaching profession is blemished with teachers that are bitter, angry, unsatisfied, and incompetent and who advise our students not to go into teaching. They say things like “You’re too bright to teach”. I’ve never really understood that statement, but if any of you has any kind of idea what that means, please don’t hesitate to let me know. How can one be “too bright” to educate? My understanding of that statement is that an “intelligent” person should invest himself somewhere that’s better for his mind. But what better place is there for an intelligent mind other than creating more intelligent minds? Teaching is just like any other job, and is just like a relationship. When everything you used to love about that job (assuming you ever loved the job) now frustrates you, then it’s time to leave. There’s no sense sticking around and passing your bitterness on to impressionable, innocent children. Before you decide to venture off into this world of educating, think about your reasons for doing so. Never do anything for the money, especially teaching. But don’t ever write off teaching, or any job as a matter of fact, because of how much it pays at the end of the month. If you think you want to change the world, give teaching a chance. You might just be going into it as a job in between schooling, but you may just fall in love with it and choose to stay there forever. “Those who can, teach”. Those who can’t, well, they teach too. Kittitian woman celebrates her 100th birthday in North Leeds Bellamy continued: Her memories of Leeds from 60 years ago are of a very different time to today: “I am glad I am here and still here. I’ve never been back to St. Kitts since the day I left,” she laughs. But says she has visited America to see some of her brothers and sisters, as she was one of 10 children. Ruby said she was overwhelmed by the size of Leeds when she first arrived, in terms of its vastness and green areas: “This is because the island I come from St Kitts is less than 25 miles long and five miles across at its widest point. She said she was a bit overwhelmed by the length of the streets and size of the houses, but soon got use to them. Ruby lived in Harehills most of her life, and recalled when Harehills Lane was awash with shops and the shopkeepers knew your name. “When my great aunt initially came to Leeds she did experience racism by a small minority of people, which she found difficult but dealt with it accordingly, like most West Indians. Originally from the island of St. Kitts, in the Caribbean, she initially lived in Birmingham from 1956, before moving to West Yorkshire BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – A Kittitian living in Leeds, England is celebrating her 100th birthday. According to Alison Bellamy writing in the Yorkshire Evening Post, Laurel Rubina Moore, known as Ruby, from Chapeltown, came to live in Leeds almost 60 years ago, when she was one of the first West Indian people to live in the city. (cont’d on page 13)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 16TH 2012 6 NEWS BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – The St. Christopher and Nevis Air and Sea Ports Authority (SCASPA) is reporting an increase in passenger arrivals and outbound cargo in 2011 at the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport compared to the previous year. According to figures obtained from SCASPA’s Statistics Department, 130,690 passengers arrived by air in 2011, compared to 127,512 in 2010, an increase of 3,178 passengers or 2.49 percent. Figures also indicate 131,750 passengers departed the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport in 2011 compared to 127,669 passengers in 2010. American Airlines, which operates daily flights from Miami and twice weekly flights from New York, accounted for 56,058 inward bound passengers and 54,556 outward bound. LIAT brought in 38,652 passengers while 40,218 departed on the Caribbean Airline. American Eagle brought in 12,621 passengers and took out 14,141 passengers, while there were 8,329 inward bound passengers and 8,391 outward bound passengers on British Airways. There were 5,080 inward bound passengers and 5,140 outward bound passengers on US Airways and 4,516 inward bound passengers and 4,528 outward bound passengers on Delta Air. Miami Air accounted for 1,374 arriving passengers and1,194 departing passengers. While there were 1,858 inward bound passengers and 1,694 outward bound passengers on cooperation jets, SCASPA recorded 1,725 passengers arriving and 1,558 passengers departing on noncommercial or small aircraft. Air Canada, which began a weekly service to St. Kitts’ Robert Bradshaw International Airport in December brought in 380 passengers and took out 237. SCASPA is also reporting a Increased passenger arrivals and outward-bound cargo at St. Kitts’ Robert Bradshaw Airport in 2011 Miami Air arrives with American Airlines on the tarmac at the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport. Passengers board a LIAT aircraft at the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport (Photos by Erasmus Williams) Over 600,000 cruise passengers visited St. Kitts in 2011, pumped EC$30 million into the economy BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS CUOPM – Just over 600,000 cruise ship passengers visited St. Kitts in 2011. This is according to statistics from the St. Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority (SCASPA). Miss Beverly Harris, Chief Statistician in the Ministry of Sustainable Development said cruise ship passengers pumped an estimated EC$30.1 million in the St. Kitts and Nevis economy in 2011. SCASPA reports 600,131 cruise passengers visited St. Kitts in 2011 from 305 calls, 84,392 more than the 515,739 cruise passengers in 2010 from 257 calls and 170,752 more passengers than the 429,379 in 2009 from 219 calls. Carnival Cruise Line brought the most passengers – 194,516 in 2011 with the Carnival Victory accounting for 163,550 and the Carnival Miracle with 27,789 passengers. Royal Caribbean International brought a total of 109,774 cruise passengers in 2011 with the Serenade of the Seas leading the six other sister ships accounting for 61,882 passengers. Celebrity Cruise Lines brought 109,774 passengers with Celebrity Summit leading the seven sister ships with 29,853 passengers and the Celebrity Eclipse with 29,336 passengers over the 12 month period last year. In 2011, the three ships of Princess Cruises brought 56,315 passengers. Emerald Princess accounted for 30,942 passengers from 10 calls. Most passengers visited in December of last year with a record 102, 674 passengers, 13,533 more than the 89,141 in December 2010 and 10, 134 more than the 92,540 passengers in 2009. total of 6,012 flights landed in 2011 compared to 6,409 flights in 2010, down 6.19 percent. There was also a 6.03 percent drop in outward bound flights, from 6,003 in 2011 compared to 6,388 in 2010. Outward bound cargo increased 5.38 percent to 585.26 tonnes compared to 555.36 tonnes in 2010. Inward cargo decreased from 890 tonnes in 2010 to 744.30 tonnes in 2011, down 16.38 percent.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 16TH 2012 7 NEWS The Thinking Citizen The leaders of the CCM Party are a clique of confused and confusing politicians. Nevisians will remember that on one occasion while making a political speech in Gingerland, Nevis, the leader of the CCM stated that anyone who tries to starve out Nevis people, cannot be a friend to Nevisians.‘ The Hon. Vance Amory, leader of the CCM Party was referring to a situation in which Dr. Kennedy Simmonds and the PAM Party had stopped shipments of flour to Nevis from the Supply Office in St. Kitts, because the Nevis Island Administration was in serious arrears of payment for previous shipments of flour. In spite of the speech which he made, concerning who could not be a friend of Nevisians, the CCM seem to have formed a bond of friendship with the PAM Party which had stopped the shipment of flour from going to Nevis. During the initial years of the CCM’s existence, the party leader had regular meetings with a Labour Party politician on Thursday nights in St. Kitts at OTI. The Labour Spokesman newspaper was the outlet for news bulletins and other information which the CCM wanted to make public. The Democrat newspaper would not accept such material from the CCM for publication. And in Nevis, when the CCM was in trouble, the Labour Party made its public address system available. Both the Hon. Vance Amory and the party’s legal advisor, Mr. Theodore Hobson, were very much against the idea of Secession for Nevis before the CCM attained political power in Nevis. As a matter of fact, Mr. Theodore Hobson published an article in the Labour Spokesman newspaper in December of 1979 warning Nevisians against the dangers of Secession for Nevis. In his article, Mr. Hobson pointed out as follows:“All over the world, even independent countries are constructing mechanisms for working together in the interest of their people. We in this State are already together; surely we can devise some constitutional formula for preserving what we have, and at the same time, protecting the special interests of the people of Nevis.” Just as the CCM leaders have demonstrated double-talk and inconsistency with respect to the matter of Secession for Nevis, just so the Simmonds Administration demonstrated unfair, ambivalent and contradictory behaviour in respect of the Hon. Simeon Daniel. The Hon Simeon Daniel was appointed Minister of Finance in the The CCM Party are inconsistent and full of Double Talk The CCM Party are inconsistent and full of Double Talk PAM/NRP Government in 1980. A few years later, Mr. Daniel was removed from his position of Minister of Finance and appointed Minister of the Environment in the same PAM.NRP Government. The Ministry of the Environment had no office space, no physical location. Mr. Daniel had no Permanent Secretary, no Personal Secretary and no staff. The Ministry of the Environment was a fiction with only a Minister and nothing else besides. In spite of the despicable manner in which PAM treated the politicians and parties of Nevis, the leaders of the CCM have allowed themselves to be convinced by PAM that the Labour Party or the Labour Party Government is bad for Nevis. Rather than devising plans and opportunities for promoting the welfare of the island of Nevis, the PAM party spends its time in trying to blacken the name of the Labour Party and the Labour Party Government before the entire world. The history of Nevis as known by the CCM leaders is the history of Nevis as told to such leaders by the PAM leaders. For instance, the CCM leaders have never told the party supporters and followers of the invaluable service which Robert Bradshaw and his Labour Party rendered to the sugar cane growers of Nevis. During the 1950s, Robert Bradshaw went to British Guiana (Guyana) and obtained the free service of a tug and barge to transport sugar cane from Nevis to the Sugar Factory Pier in St. Kitts. The traditional way of transporting sugar cane from Nevis to St. Kitts was by means of sail-boats (lighters). Very often the sail-boats were not properly maintained and were over-loaded. When crossing the Channel, the planks at the bottom of the boat would separate. The boat would take in water and would sink. So the boat owner would lose his boat, the cane grower would lose his cane and many boat-men would lose their lives. Robert Bradshaw put a stop to such disasters at sea. He brought in a tug and a barge from British Guiana (Guyana) to transport the sugar cane. Bradshaw went to Nevis in the 1960s and discussed with the owner of Cliff Dwellers Hotel, Mr. Mc. Cormack, the matter of free access to Jones Beach. Jones Beach was part of Jones Estate which Mr. Mc Cormack owned. Mr. Mc Cormack had put a fence on Jones Beach thus preventing boat owners from the area from Cotton Ground to Westbury from using the Beach. Mr. Bradshaw said to Mr. Mc Cormack “Mr. Mc Cormack please tear down the fence.” The matter was resolved and free access was restored. Robert Bradshaw and a team of Labour Party Members went across to Nevis on one occasion to enforce the customary or traditional right of Nevisians to bathe in the Bath Stream on the grounds of Bath House. The owner, Mr. Barber, went down to the stream and demanded that Mr. Bradshaw and his men leave the stream as they were trespassing. Mr. Bradshaw refused. Mr. Barber sued. The case was heard in Charlestown and Mr. Barber won. Mr. Bradshaw and his men were ordered to pay damages for trespassing. Not a soul in Nevis donated a penny. Mr. Bradshaw did not give up. He tried in every way to enforce the right of every Nevisian to bathe in the Bath Stream on the grounds of Bath House. Mr. Bradshaw wore down Mr. Barber who eventually sold out the property and left Nevis. The big problem that the CCM has with the Labour Party is that the CCM is for Secession, while the Labour Party is not. But that should not mean that the CCM should make an enemy of Dr. Douglas and the Labour Party. The Labour Party is not stopping Nevis from seceding. That is a choice, not for the CCM party, but for the people of Nevis and the people of Nevis alone. The CCM party should not get angry and upset with the Labour Party over the issue of Secession. Whenever the CCM gains power in Nevis, the CCM Administration can always try another Referendum. The Constitution gives all Nevisians that right. Since the death of the Hon. Malcolm Guishard serious-minded Nevisians have noticed that the CCM is given to a tremendous amount of cheap talk and very little relevant action. SKELEC: Meter Audit Resumes Basseterre, St. Kitts (March 12, 2012) The St. Kitts Electricity Company Limited (SKELEC) resumed its Meter Audit exercise on Monday (March 12th). The Audit, which commenced during the week of December 5, 2011, was suspended over the festive season. According to Public Relations Officer Gawain Fraites, the Audit will be beneficial to all commercial and residential customers. “Our goal is to provide reliable electricity supply to our customers while being responsible. As our CEO said in December, completing this exercise will get us closer to achieving that overall objective. A major objective of the Audit is to ensure metering accuracy. There are approximately 18,000 meters and each one needs to be inspected for proper installation and physical location on properties. If there are faulty meters, they will be replaced immediately.” “We also intend to implement a new billing system once the exercise is completed. This Audit will help us to update our customer billing information so that we can have the most up to date information in our system.” Mr. Fraites stated. A Meter Audit Task Force (MATF) has been established and will comprise of two teams in this phase: Team 1 This team commenced Audits in St. Paul’s and made its way to Basseterre via Sandy Point, and operates five days per week, that is from Monday to Friday, during the period 1:00pm to 6:00pm. Team 2 This team commenced Audits in Frigate Bay and made its way to Basseterre via Bird Rock, and operates three days per week, that is Tuesday, Thursdays, and Fridays, during the period 3:00pm to 6:00pm. “We are asking all customers to assist the Meter Audit Task Force (MATF) by providing them with current and past bill receipts, meter accessibility, and about five minutes of their time to answer a few questions. If the Task Force visits your property and is unable to meet with a customer, a card will be left requesting the customer to contact the MATF to schedule a time when we can return and perform the Audit,” Mr. Fraites further disclosed.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 16TH 2012 8 NEWS Crime, security and BAICO/CLICO matters get the attention of CAR ICOM heads BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – Caribbean leaders have discussed current trends in criminal activity, including the international dimension and new and emerging threats to security in the region and agreed that the security of the Region continued to be of high priority, especially in the context of the international criminal architecture confronting the Region. The Heads of Government who received an update on the CARICOM Framework for the Management of Crime and Security during the 23rd Inter-Sessional also discussed the future Regional Crime and Security Agenda including, possible areas for extra-regional co-operation and initiatives for sustaining it. In this context, they received an interim report on the Consultancy to examine the institutions involved in implementing the Regional Security Agenda and agreed on the need for a closer working relationship among these institutions. On the CLICO/BAICO matter, Heads of Government had previously recognized the systemic risk to the regional financial system, and had deemed the financial collapse of the Colonial Life Insurance Company and its subsidiary British American Insurance Company, in the Eastern Caribbean as a regional problem which required a regional resolution. Accordingly, the Regional Technical Committee under the chairmanship of the President of the Caribbean Development Bank, which was set up by the Council for Finance and Planning, in early 2011 has submitted a slate of proposals to address this situation. The communiqu issued at the end of the meeting said the proposals range from mechanisms to allow for the re-imbursement of policyholders, sharing of the burden of this reimbursement among affected States to institutional arrangements to support the stability of the financial system particularly in the Eastern Caribbean. These proposals will shortly be considered for adoption by the Council for Finance and Planning with a view to providing early relief to the many policy-holders who have been adversely affected by this situation. Heads of Government have requested the Central Bank Governors to provide an early report on the stability of the financial system in the Community, along with appropriate measures to enhance the regulation and monitoring of financial entities which operate cross-border. Heads of Government commended the Government of Suriname on its initiative to develop a regional commercial enterprise to assist with the funding of the Community’s institutions. They agreed to support this initiative and endorsed the proposal for Suriname to undertake an initial feasibility study for the establishment of CARICOM Enterprises. Heads of Government also agreed to the establishment of a Regional Task Force to examine the proposal in greater detail. In this regard, they further agreed that Heads of Government in the Official Photo at the 23rd InterSessional in Paramaribo, Suriname (cont’d on next page )


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 16TH 2012 9 NEWS BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS CUOPM – Caribbean Heads of Government have agreed that the Secretary-General of CARICOM, His Excellency Mr. Irwin LaRocque would begin the process of restructuring the Georgetownbased Secretariat through the recruitment of a change facilitator to support him in that exercise and the strengthening of the corporate functions in the first instance. The decision came during the Heads of Government 23rd InterSessional Conference in Suriname, also attended by St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas, at which the Report on the Review of the Secretariat was received. The Report, which they had commissioned in July 2010 in Montego Bay, Jamaica, was carried out by independent Consultants CARICOM to recruit change facilitator for restructuring process and supervised by a Project Management Team comprising representatives of Member States. Caribbean leaders considered in-depth, the recommendations of the Report as well as recommendations by the Community Council on that Report and agreed that the Report would be made public. Heads of Government were of the firm view that the integration movement has continued to make great strides ever since the signing of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas. In a parallel exercise, the Bureau of Conference would work with an internal group from the Secretariat to facilitate improving regional governance and implementation. This process will involve the drawing up of the outline of a five-year strategic plan in time for consideration by Heads of Government at the Thirty-Third Meeting of the Conference in July. On the issue with Haiti, Heads of Government noted the positive outcome of the visit of the Bureau of Conference to Haiti on 13 – 14 February 2012 which served to reaffirm the Community’s support for and solidarity with that sister nation. They welcomed the fruitful discussions held with His Excellency Michel Martelly, President of Haiti, his Cabinet Members and relevant stakeholders in Haiti. They further welcomed the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding with regard to CARICOM’s support for Haiti in the areas of institution building, capacity building, programmes for youth development and facilitation of travel for Haitian nationals. In this regard, they underscored the importance of the Special Representative and the CARICOM Representation Office in Haiti in continuing to provide support for Haiti through advocacy and capacity building as well as to assist in the implementation of the recently signed MOU. They reiterated their call for the international community to fulfill their pledges to finance the reconstruction of Haiti and looked forward to the early ratification of a new Prime Minister. New CARICOM Chairman, His Excellency the President of Suriname, Desi Bouterse (center) shakes the hands of Outgoing Chairman The Right Honourable Dr. Denzil L. Douglas (right) as CARICOM Secretary General His Excellency Edwin LaRocque looks on. Leaders want resolution to West Indies cricket issue, support Guyana and Belize BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – Caribbean governments are to try to resolve issues related to West Indies cricket and have reaffirmed support for Guyana and Belize in the border disputes with neighbouring countries. In the communiqu issued at the 23rd Inter-Sessional in Suriname, regional leaders agreed to seek an urgent meeting between the Prime Ministerial Sub-Committee on Cricket and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) before the end of March 2012 to try and resolve several issues. In this regard, they received a report presented by the Government of Guyana, with respect to the ongoing situation in that country. The mandate given to the sub-committee includes a mediation role in the on-going disputes between Mr Christopher Gayle and the WICB as well as issues related to the governance of cricket. In the latter regard, the sub-Committee will review the state of implementation of the Patterson Report on Governance of West Indies Cricket in collaboration with the WICB. Heads of Government were of the view that the recent statement by the WICB responding to the Prime Minister of Jamaica was insensitive, out of order and disappointing According to the communiqu, Heads of Government took note of the continued growing relations between the Republic of Guyana and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and expressed the hope that the existing friendly relations will aid the efforts towards a resolution of the controversy that emerged from the Venezuelan contention that the Arbitral Award of 1899, that definitively established the boundary with Guyana, is null and void. Heads of Government reaffirmed their support for the maintenance of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Guyana. Caribbean leaders also reaffirmed their unequivocal support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Belize Heads of Government reiterated the importance of observing the provisions of United Nations General Assembly Resolution No. 31/49 and also called on both parties to resume negotiations on all the relevant issues in order to find as soon as possible, a peaceful and definitive solution to the dispute, in keeping with the relevant resolutions of the United Nations. PHOTO: CARICOM Secretary-General Irwin LaRocque of Dominica (L), Suriname’s President Desi Bouterse (C) and Prime Minister Denzil Douglas of St. Kitts and Nevis attend the opening session of a summit of the heads of government of the Caricom members, in Paramaribo, REUTERS/Ranu Abhelakh Suriname should serve as the Chair of the Task Force with Barbados, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, a representative of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and Trinidad and Tobago as members. In the area of climate change, Heads of Government approved the ‘Implementation Plan for the Regional Framework for Achieving Development Resilient to Climate Change’ which defines the Region’s strategic approach for coping with climate change for the period 2011 – 2021. They expressed appreciation for the support of International Development Partners with respect to the Implementation Plan and pledged to support the further efforts of the Climate Change Centre and the CARICOM Secretariat in the execution of the Plan. Heads also acknowledged the significance of the upcoming United Nations Conference on Environment and Sustainable Development (Rio +20) scheduled for Brazil, 20 – 22 June, 2012. In recognizing the importance and sensitivities of the issues relating to the “Green EconomyMake certain that you reach use our new Email address: info@sknunion.com Crime, security and BAICO/CLICO matters get the attention of CARICOM heads Framework” and the institutional strengthening of the International Framework for Sustainable Development, the Heads of Government agreed that the special development challenges faced by the small vulnerable developing states like those in the Caribbean, should be fully acknowledged in the Rio + 20 outcome. To address these and other related matters, Heads of Government endorsed the hosting of a special meeting of the COTED on Sustainable Development to finalise a common regional position on the issues before the Rio+20 Conference.(cont’d from last page)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 16TH 2012 10 NEWS EDITORIAL Havana. March 12, 2012 Welcome to His Holiness Benedict XVI ON Monday, March 26 the Cuban people will warmly and respectfully receive Pope Benedict XVI, Supreme Pontiff of the Catholic Church and head of state of Vatican City, as a guest of the government and the Cuban Conference of Catholic Bishops. Cuba is honored to welcome his Holiness with hospitality and demonstrate the patriotism, culture, solidarity and humanist vocation of its people, which sustains the history and unity of our nation.We will also welcome, with our characteristic friendship, the thousands of pilgrims present for what doubtless will be highly memorable days. Fourteen years ago, with the same sentiments, the Cuban people received Pope John Paul II who, before leaving, spoke of “the profound impression” his stay made on him and gave thanks for the “cordial hospitality, a genuine expression of the Cuban soul.” The apostolic visit of Pope Benedict XVI, which will continue through March 28, is motivated by the 400th anniversary of the discovery of the image of the Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre. Recently, her statue toured the country in the company of believers and non-believers. We are confident that His Holiness will retain warm memories of the island and will value his visit as a demonstration of confidence and a renewed expression of the excellent and uninterrupted relations between the Holy See and Cuba. In recent months, authorities of the Catholic Church, the Vatican and the Cuban government have all been working toward making Pope Benedict XVI’s visit a success. From his arrival in the eastern province of Santiago de Cuba, the cradle of national independence struggles, the Pope will be welcomed and accompanied by Cuban men and women. The mass presence of the population in Santiago de Cuba and Havana, joined by compatriots from other provinces, will express the country’s satisfaction given the opportunity to receive the Supreme Pontiff of the Catholic Church and will demonstrate our unity, community spirit and culture. His Holiness will meet with a people secure in its convictions, noble, educated, impartial and organized, who defend the truth and listen with respect. From his reception in Santiago de Cuba’s Antonio Maceo y Grajales Plaza de la Revolucin and the Jos Mart Plaza de la Revolucin in Havana, to his farewell, Pope Benedict XVI will find a nation fighting for human dignity, freedom, independence, solidarity and the common good, in order to win justice and a better world, which is not only possible, but essential. ICC congratulates WICB for impressive Women’s Cricket programme St John’s, Antigua – The world governing body for cricket – the International Cricket Council – has praised and congratulated the West Indies Cricket Board for the impressive development of its women’s cricket programme. The ICC Chief Executive Officer, Haroon Lorgat, wrote to the WICB President Dr. Julian Hunte on Monday expressing the ICC sentiments.“I would like to congratulate all at the WICB for the good work in developing Women’s cricket and for the performances of the West Indies women’s team,” Lorgat wrote.The ICC CEO noted that the recent ICC Development and Women’s Committee meetings noted the impressive performances of the West Indies Women’s team in the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier in Bangladesh in November last year and the team’s recently achieved triumphs against India in the Caribbean. Lorgat also noted that West Indies all rounder Stafanie Taylor winning the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year for 2011 marks the first time a player outside of the traditional women’s cricket powerhouses of England, New Zealand, India and Australia has won the prestigious award. The ICC also noted that Taylor is currently ranked the world’s number 1 female all rounder and batter on the Reliance ICC Women’s ODI player rankings. The West Indies Women’s programme has been boosted in recent years by several WICB initiatives including: 1.Consistent hosting of regional tournaments 2.Increased overseas tours for West Indies Women’s team 3.Preparatory camps for the West Indies Women’s team 4.Retainer contracts for West Indies Women players In 2010 the WICB, for the first time, signed six women players on retainer contracts. In 2011 the number was increased to 8 players.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 16TH 2012 11 NEWS Cayon teen slapped with attempted murder charge By Drizel HanleyJust after 12:00 pm on Friday, March 9th, local police arrested and charged 19-year-old Rasheem Gaskin-Charles, of Lower Cayon, for attempting to murder Anthony Pringle, who also resides in Cayon. The offence was committed in Central Cayon at about 10:32 p.m on Thursday, March 8. Public Relations Officer of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force, Sergeant Stephen Hector said that Gaskin-Charles fired a number of shots at Mr. Pringle; however, Pringle did not suffer any injuries. Investigations into the matter are ongoing. Rustum Southwell to get Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – A national of St. Kitts and Nevis residing in Canada is to get the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Kittitian Mr. Rustum Southwell, son of the late St. Kitts and Nevis Premier and National Hero, the Right Excellent Sir C.A. Paul Southwell and Lady Southwell, will receive the medal during a Presentation Ceremony at Government House in Halifax, Nova Scotia on March 22nd 2012. Nova Scotia’s Lt. Governor, Her Excellency Mayann Francis informed Mr. Southwell that the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal is in recognition for his “contributions to Canada and Nova Scotia.” Mr. Southwell is also be given an honourary Diploma, from the Nova Scotia Community College in Halifax Nova Scotia in June. The presentation is to be made at a Convocation at the College. Regional CXC Visual Arts Exhibition Opens At Port Zante Basseterre, St. Kitts (SKNIS): The CXC Visual Arts Exhibition mounted at Port Zante has become one of the main attractions for tourists who happen across the brightly coloured banners strategically placed to draw persons to view the artwork. The exhibition which was officially opened on Monday March 12, features the best in Art Work submitted for CXC examinations from the 16 member territories. with a view to stimulating and challenging students to do their best work and to explore new frontiers to be conquered.Assistant Registrar at CXC Mr. Cleveland Sam in an address to attendees of the opening Mr. Sam emphasized that it is important to highlight these important aspects of the syllabus as many detractors of the visual arts dismiss it as just another thing to fill a free period. “As a Region, we have long moved beyond that misguided perception of education and as our society has become more sophisticated and developed an appreciation of the finer things of life, our concept of art and art education will change,” CXC’s Assistant Registrar noted. The exhibition is a collaborative venture between the Ministry of Education and Information and the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC). Minister responsible for Education Hon. Nigel Carty declared the exhibition open and expressed that whereas the Federation had performed outstandingly in other subject areas, there is room for improvement in the Visual Arts. As such, Minister Carty expressed his pleasure at having CXC chose St. Kitts as host country for the exhibition to give students here the necessaryThe event which is in its 9th year of existence came about as a result of inconsistency in the standard of artwork being produced by students as a result of gray areas in terms of what required by examiners. Head of the Visual Arts Department at Washington Archibald High School Mr. Arthur Blanchette explained that the pieces on show are just a sampling of the region’s best which have all been uploaded to a website for viewing by art students. He said this was being doneceremony, said the Council continues to promote and advocate visual arts as an area of significant entrepreneurial opportunities. Commenting on the recently revised visual art syllabus for the Region, he explained that the subject like others, encompasses the three domains of learning: cognitive, effective and psycho-motor and as such should be treated as a valid subject of study. Its three components include 2D Expressive Form; 3D Expressive Form as well as the Theory, Practice and the Reflective Journal. exposure. Drawings, paintings, ceramics, graphic design, imaginative composition, 2 and 3 dimensional design, print making, leather craft, fiber art and clothing design are among categories on display at Port Zante. Minister Carty said although he believed that art for its aesthetic appeal was welcomed, he was more interested in art education for a sustainable future and for the advancement of the tourism industry. Commenting on the role of CXC in the collaborative effort, Minster A view of one of the two rooms at Port Zante where the visual art exhibition is mounted. Minister of Education Hon. Nigel Carty cuts the ribbon to declare the visual art exhibition Carty said CXC was helping to change the dialogue and increase promotion of Visual Arts in the Region. Special commendation was given to Chairperson of the local Organizing Committee Blondell Franks and her team as well as to the Urban Development Corporation and particularly the Nanda Family which was responsible for the lending the exhibition space. The Exhibition is open to the general public between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm daily until Friday, March 16.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 16TH 2012 12 NEWS L. Douglas is expressing optimism on the twin-island’s Federation levels So says St. Kitts and Nevis’ Attorney General and Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs, the Hon. Patrice Nisbett in a farewell to Chief Justice Rawlins who retires in August. In an eloquent tribute before Governor General His Excellency Dr. Sir Caribbean Supreme Court. By 2002 to 2005 you were a High Court Judge of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court. In 2005 you were elevated to a Justice of Appeal of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court a seat you occupied until 2008 when you were as is known unanimously appointed by the Heads of Governments of the eastern Caribbean States as our Lord Chief Justice elevating you to the perch on which you now sits. The Lord Chief Justice is a role model as a Judge – a role model as a citizen, a role model as a public servant, as an educator as a student of law and as a jurist. This flight to greatness cannot be challenged, deserving as you are of the encomiums you so richly deserves. As a Nevisian I feel particularly proud to stand before you. We are sorry to see you leave. But time does not stand still. My Lord Chief Justice, as Attorney General of this great nation, I wish on behalf of the Federal Government led by the Right Honourable Dr. Denzil L. Douglas and the Nevis Island Administration, led by Honourable Joseph Walcott Parry and also on behalf of our people to say thanks for the great work and many sacrifices you have made to date for this the land of your birth. We wish you and your family good health and God’s speed as you chart a new path and make other signal contributions not only to your native St. Kitts and Nevis but to the region as a whole. May it please the Court.!” Attorney General Nisbett tells Chief Justice Rawlins: “You have already left your mark ....... Cuthbert Sebastian, Prime Minister, the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas, Premier of Nevis, Hon. Joseph Parry, Ministers of the Federal Government and Nevis Island Administration as well as several appeal Court Judges, Resident Justices and the legal fraternity at the Lee Llewellyn Moore Judicial and Legal Services Complex, the Nevisian jurist noted that Chief Justice Rawlins “achieved this extremely high office at a relatively young age and superintended it with wholesome integrity, admirable leadership, congeniality and skill. This was not surprising certainly not to me. It was the legendary William Shakespeare who wrote ‘some were born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them’.” He continued: “The Lord Chief Justice Hugh Anthony Rawlins did not have greatness thrust upon him. He was born in Rawlins Village Gingerland in the island of Nevis. In time he graduated from the Charlestown Secondary School then on to the Basseterre Senior High School. Those were stepping stones for him. He started out as an uncertified Secondary School Teacher in St. Kitts Nevis in 1969. He attained this position from which he propelled himself into the rank of Graduate Teacher in 1974 to 1976 and there this Nevisian was posted by the Civil Service Establishment of the day to the high and expansive office of Assistant Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Housing and Labour. Your capacity for hard work, efficiency and fairness caused you to be propelled into the seat of Acting Head of the Department of Labour St. Kitts and Nevis. There you remained from 1977 – 1978; those were heady days. You entered upon that office when the masses of the people in the Federation were emerging from frequent standoffs with the erstwhile sugar plantation owners over wage increases and better conditions of work. It was barely over one year since all the arable sugar lands in Saint Kitts which stretched from mountain to sea were acquired by the Labour Government of the day under the leadership of then Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw the 1st Premier of Saint Kitts and Nevis. Over many a labour dispute you presided as it is said with consummate calm and transparent fairness. Included in your oversight of labour disputes in the sugar industry you also had under your portfolio the task of bringing calm to the troubled waters which rolled between the St. Kitts-Nevis Trades and Labour Union and the Industrial Managers of the manufacturing industries at the Paul Southwell Industrial Park, St. Kitts. The respect and high praise from those whose difficulties you had to adjudicate upon is testimony to the effective skill and fairness you brought to bear in these deliberations. By 1978 however having set your eyes on another goal you culled a new path. You left St. Kitts and Nevis but in quick time with vast opportunities open to you your sense of national service brought you back here. Promptly on your return to St. Kitts and Nevis you were appointed Crown Counsel in 1985. You served in that capacity until 1988. Your sense of duty and obvious ability saw you rise to the post of Acting Registrar of the High Court of Justice and additional Magistrate responsible for District “B” in St. Kitts. Six years after independence that is in 1989 when our relatively new status as a Sovereign independent nation sought after a Solicitor General it was to the Lord Chief Justice the government of the day looked. And thus the Lord Chief Justice was the first Nevisian to be appointed to that position and the first Solicitor General of St. Kitts and Nevis. You served in that capacity for six years until 1995 while at the same time that is in 1994 (February to June) became a temporary lecturer in Law at the University of the West Indies and was confirmed as a Lecturer in Law at that University from 1995 to 2000. Thereafter your rise was meteoric from Lecturer in Law, University of the West Indies to becoming a Master of the Eastern On the Bench Front Row (left to right) Appeal Court Judge, Hon. Justice Janice George-Pereira; Justice Hon. Albert Redhead; Chief Justice Hon Hugh Rawlins; Resident Judge, His Lordship Justice Errol Thomas and Master Perletta Lanns. Back Row: Acting Appeal Court Judge, Hon. Don Mitchell; Appeal Court Judge, Justice Davidson Baptiste. Front Row (left right) Premier of Nevis, Hon. Joseph Parry; St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas and St. Kitts and Nevis’ Governor General His Excellency Dr. Sir Cuthbert Sebastian. Middle Row (left to right) ; Speaker of the National Assembly, the Hon. Curtis Senior Minister and Minister of Agriculture, Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris; Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Sam Condor and Minister of Health, Hon. Marcella Liburd. Back Row (left to right), Mrs. Redhead, wife of Justice Albert Redhead; Opposition senator, the Hon. Vincent Byron and Leader of the Opposition, the Hon. Mark Brantley. Photos by Willetts Photo(cont’d from page 1) (cont’d from page 1) Debtrestructuring and homegrown economic programmes could lower the debt-to GDP ratio significantly economy stating that the debt – restructuring and home grown economic programmes implemented by his ruling Labour Party Government could lower the debt–to GDP ratio significantly and produce 6 percent primary surplus. Giving a background to the current economic outlook, Prime Minister Douglas noted the recent report by the Washington-based International Monetary Fund (IMF) that the home-grown economic programme has begun ‘to achieve positive results’ and that ‘the outlook remains favourable, supported by Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)-related construction projects and an improvement in tourism activity.’ Dr. Douglas told listeners to his weekly radio call-in programme “Ask the Prime Minister” on (cont’d from page 1)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 16TH 2012 13 NEWS Tuesday that he is optimistic about the economy. “The new environment we have worked so hard to create now makes growth a real possibility. Indeed, we are now anticipating economic growth to be between 3% and 4%. Our dedication, perseverance, and determination have now yielded the promise of St. Kitts and Nevis having a dramatically lowered debt to GDP ratio. That is, we expect the current ration to fall to between 90% and 110% ,” said Prime Minister Douglas. He also disclosed that a primary surplus of six percent is now anticipated. The Prime Minister, who met last week with members of the St. Kitts and Nevis Competitiveness Council said he informed them of Government’s continuing empowerment programme through land distribution, continuing plans for the economic benefits of medical tourism, off-shore education and commercial agriculture. “I talked about the Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation and the St. Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Programme and the lifeline that it has represented to so many important, but underfunded, initiatives right here in the Federation,” said Prime Minister Douglas. He asked: “Combined all of this with the real progress that we have made in the area of crime fighting over the past six months, and how could anyone not be optimistic? “Whether one is a student, an employee, an entrepreneur, a parent, or something else, there is no substitute for hard work. There is no substitute for perseverance. There is no substitute for figuring out what is the right thing to do and doing it – no matter who tries to distract you. That is what your Government has done,” said the St. Kitts and Nevis leader. Prime Minister Douglas said St. Kitts and Nevis has proven the validity of all of these old sayings about hard work being rewarded. “I sincerely hope that what we have been able to deliver economically – in extremely, incredibly trying circumstances globally – will encourage others, in all walks of life, of the power of dedication and determination,” said Dr. Douglas. In bringing listeners up to date on the Debt Restructuring Programme, Prime Minister Douglas recalled that the St. Kitts and Nevis Creditors Committee comprised the First Citizens Investment Services Limited; Clico International Life Insurance [St. Lucia Branch]; Trinidad & Tobago United Trust Corporation; Sagicor Life Inc. Indeed, Sagicor Asset Management [Trinidad & Tobago] Limited serves as Chair of this committee, and the Committee’s financial advisor is BroadSpan Capital LLC. “My Government always knew that the fact that a Government makes a debt exchange offer does not automatically mean that that offer will be accepted. We have always known that our reputation, our competence, the professionalism with which we have managed this country’s affairs, and the extent to which we were willing and able to undertake the hard work needed to guarantee success, would be key determinants in whether or not we were successful with this offer. And indeed the Credit Committee, comprised of these various institutions, have made it clear that their positive decision to accept our exchange offer “comes after extensive discussions with the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis and after careful analysis of the current financial situation and the proposed terms,” said the Prime Minister. “This is neither a simple nor an easy time as far as the global economic landscape is concerned, and I am very pleased that on behalf of this country which we are blessed to be able to call our own, our Government successfully secured this clear expression of confidence in St. Kitts and Nevis, by the financial institutions,” said Dr. Douglas. Debt-restructuring .............. (cont’d from page 1) a short time later with her husband Reginald Moore, who died in 1993. They had married in their homeland at the Anglican church of St. Peter’s on St. Kitts. Although the couple did not have children, she looked after lots of great nieces and nephews, helping to bring them up. Ruby, who looks remarkably well for her age, said: “I am looking forward to being 100, and celebrating it, especially with the Lord Mayor of Leeds Coun Alan Taylor coming to see me.” She attended the Roscoe Church Luncheon Club until recently and says there are no secrets to keeping young looking, but added: “I do like the odd drink of brandy though.” Ruby lived for many years at Dorset Mount but now she stays with relatives including great niece Sheila Fleming-Billinghurst and Olinthia, who help to care for her. Sheila added: “She is remarkable and only has minor aches and pains, no major health problems. She has a good memory about some things.” Photo: courtesy of the Yorkshire Evening Post shows Ruby Moore (center), of Chapeltown, with her great nieces Sheila FlemingBillinghurst, left, and Olinthia Herbert. Kittitian woman celebrates her 100th birthday..... (cont’d from page 5) economic benefits of medical tourism, off-shore education and commercial agriculture. “I talked about the Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation and the St. Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Programme and the lifeline that it has represented to so many important, but underfunded, initiatives right here in the Federation,” said Prime Minister Douglas. He asked: “Combined all of this with the real progress that we have made in the area of crime fighting over the past six months, and how could anyone not be optimistic? “Whether one is a student, an employee, an entrepreneur, a parent, or something else, there is no substitute for hard work. There is no substitute for perseverance. There is no substitute for figuring out what is the right thing to do and doing it – no matter who tries to distract you. That is what your Government has done,” said the St. Kitts and Nevis leader. Prime Minister Douglas said St. Kitts and Nevis has proven the validity of all of these old sayings about hard work being rewarded. “I sincerely hope that what we have been able to deliver economically – in extremely, incredibly trying circumstances globally – will encourage others, in all walks of life, of the power of dedication and determination,” said Dr. Douglas. In bringing listeners up to date on the Debt Restructuring Programme, Prime Minister Douglas recalled that the St. Kitts and Nevis Creditors Committee comprised the First Citizens Investment Services Limited; Clico International Life Insurance [St. Lucia Branch]; Trinidad & Tobago United Trust Corporation; Sagicor Life Inc. Indeed, Sagicor Asset Management [Trinidad & Tobago] Limited serves as Chair of this committee, and the Committee’s financial advisor is BroadSpan Capital LLC. “My Government always knew that the fact that a Government makes a debt exchange offer does not automatically mean that that offer will be accepted. We have always known that our reputation, our competence, the professionalism with which we have managed this country’s affairs, and the extent to which we were willing and able to undertake the hard work needed to guarantee success, would be key determinants in whether or not we were successful with this offer. And indeed the Credit Committee, comprised of these various institutions, have made it clear that their positive decision to accept our exchange offer “comes after extensive discussions with the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis and after careful analysis of the current financial situation and the proposed terms,” said the Prime Minister. “This is neither a simple nor an easy time as far as the global economic landscape is concerned, and I am very pleased that on behalf of this country which we are blessed to be able to call our own, our Government successfully secured this clear expression of confidence in St. Kitts and Nevis, by the financial institutions,” said Dr. Douglas.Debt-restructuring and home-grown economic...... (cont’d from page 1) Prime Minister Douglas says St. Kitts and Nevis’ debt will be one of the “most sustainable in the region” implementing necessary reforms and in engaging our creditors in a frank and open discussion over the challenges facing the country and the region.” He thanked the creditors for their cooperation and the support that they have shown for St. Kitts and Nevis. “We view these results as a vindication of the tough decisions that we have had to take at home against a very difficult global economic backdrop. They give us the strength to press on with this process of transformation,” said Prime Minister Douglas. BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, MARCH 15TH 2012 (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, The Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas is hailing the acceptance of the exchange offer to restructure the external debt as “a historic day for St Kitts and Nevis.” “The outstanding results of the exchange offer will provide extensive and permanent levels of debt relief to our country. The balances remaining will then be repaid over an extended period at concessional rates of interest, making our debt one of the most sustainable in the region,” said Dr. Douglas in reaction to the announcement. Dr. Douglas said the outcome “is a resounding affirmation of our determination and perseverance in


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 16TH 2012 14 NEWS PM Douglas commends Chile’s President BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS CUOPM – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister The Right Honourable Dr. Denzil L. Douglas has commended Chilean President, His Excellency Sebastian Pineria Echenique and his delegation for its hospitality extended to participants from the Community during the recently concluded CARICOM-Chile Joint Commission Meeting in Santiago, Chile. In an exchange of views with the Chilean leader and Heads of CARICOM at the 23rd InterSessional meeting of the Conference in Paramaribo, Suriname, Prime Minister Douglas also expressed his gratitude to Chile for its assistance in the area of health, specifically with HIV/ AIDS which ensured the region’s provision of care, treatment and support for persons living with the condition. Dr. Douglass also expressed his gratitude for the support received from the Government of Chile during the UN’s High-Level Summit on Non Communicable Diseases, where the region played a leading role in bringing to the attention of the global community the importance of taking decisive actions to decrease the negative effects of the diseases. He further emphasized the need for support from the Government of Chile as the Caribbean takes follow-up actions to report on the progress in confronting the NCDs. The Right Honourable Prime Minister is the CARICOM lead Head on Health Issues. Prime Minister Douglas also spoke very passionately about the need to restructure the international financial system to reflect the issues of concern to the small, vulnerable economies, especially the Most Highly Indebted Countries, many of which including several in the OECS, have been graduated to status of middle income, based on their per capita. This classification, the Prime Minister noted, has resulted in the inability of countries such as St. Kitts and Nevis to access concessionary loans and Grants. He therefore enlisted the support of the Chilean Delegation in its capacity as a member of the G20 to advocate on behalf of CARICOM, during the upcoming June Summit to be held in Mexico to address the issues of concern for the small vulnerable economies. The main issues identified included debt relief, strengthening of the financial regulations and the strengthening of the social dimensions of the globalization. These are to be achieved through the reform and restructuring of the International Financial institutions such as the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. In responding to the intervention of the Honourable Prime Minister, the President of Chile committed to using its membership in the G20 to supporting CARICOM’s position on the reform and restricting of the International Financial system. Photo: St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Right Honourable Dr. Denzil L. Douglas (Photo by Erasmus Williams) Chile’s call for deepening relations with Caribbean nations welcomed BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) A call by Chile’s President, His Excellency Sebastin Piera Echenique, for the strengthening and deepening of relations between CARICOM and Chile through enhanced cooperation in a wide range of areas has been welcomed by Caribbean leaders. President Pinera, who was invited to the Twenty-Third Inter-Sessional Meeting in Suriname also called for improved relations through the adoption of common positions in hemispheric and international arenas. According to the communiqu issued at the end of he two-day meeting, the President of Chile highlighted the shared feature of political and institutional stability in Latin America and the Caribbean in an era of democracy and economic growth. This, he said provided a unique opportunity, through education, to reduce poverty and collaborate in dealing with challenges such as global warming and climate change, organized crime, drug trafficking, terrorism and corruption. Underscoring the importance of promoting cultural exchanges and people to people contacts between the two sides, Heads of Government reiterated an invitation to the Government of Chile to participate in CARIFESTA XI to be held in Suriname in 2013. They were pleased that this invitation was warmly accepted by Chile The Heads of Government congratulated Chile on its assumption of the high responsibilities of President Pro Tempore of the Community of Latin America and Caribbean States (CELAC) as well as that of Chair of President of Chile His Excellency Sebastian Pinera arrives at the Royal Torarica, Paramaribo, Suriname to meet with CARICOM Heads of Government at their 23rd Inter-sessional Meeting. the European Union-Latin America and the Caribbean forum (EUCELAC) for the period 2012-2013, and expressed the Community’s full support for both processes. They further expressed the Community’s appreciation for the Government of Chile’s willingness to advocate on behalf of CARICOM countries, at the upcoming G-20 Summit in Mexico, in June 2012 on issues of concern to small vulnerable economies. Included among these issues are the reform and restructuring of the international financial system, the strengthening of financial regulations, debt relief, combating commodity price volatility, addressing food and nutrition security and renewed access to concessionary financing for highly indebted middle income countries. In thanking Chile for its active involvement in assisting the CARICOM Member State of Haiti, Heads of Government and State of CARICOM and of Chile reiterated their commitment to the continued support to that nation in its reconstruction and development efforts. 31,000 plus cruise passengers expected this week on 15 ships BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS CUOPM) – An estimated 31,000 cruise passengers are expected to visit St. Kitts from 15 ships this week. According to the cruise ship schedule, three ships with over 8,000 passengers were docked on Monday; four ships with over 6,000 passengers on Tuesday; and three cruise liners with over 5,000 passengers on Wednesday. Two other ships with over 4,000 passengers are expected here today (Friday). The parade of ships began on Sunday with the arrival of the 3,597passenger Azura. The three ships on Monday with an estimated 8,400 passengers were the 3,100-passenger Ventura, the 2,850-passenger Celebrity Silhoutte, and the 2,450-passenger Celebrity Summit. Over 6,000 cruise passengers visited on the three ships on Tuesday – the 2,281-passenger Mein Schiff 2, the 2,540-passenger Serenade of Seas and the 1,611-passenger Thomson Dream. These ships on Wednesday, with an estimated 5,600 passengers were 2,850-passenger Celebrity Eclipse, the 2,680-passenger Carnival Miracle and the 90-passenger Le Levant. The 2,224-passenger Norwegian Dawn docked on Thursday. The ships expected today (Friday) are the 1,627passenger Maasdam and the 3,050-passenger Carnival Victory. Additionally the 255-passenger Royal Clipper drops anchor in the Port of Basseterre on Saturday (tomorrow). Most of the 31,405 cruise passengers were expected to disembark and go on sight-seeing tours in Basseterre and island wide via the St. Kitts Scenic Railway, buses or taxis. Hundreds also headed for Brimstone Hill, sea and sun bathing on the beaches, snorkeling, sailing to Nevis, horseback riding, golfing, casino gambling, shopping and biking while others took time to surf the internet and make contact with friends and family.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 16TH 2012 15 NEWS VIEW POINT BYV. E. INNISS Adam’s Fall And Adam’s Fall And Adam’s Fall And Adam’s Fall And Adam’s Fall And Afermath Afermath Afermath Afermath Afermath (Part 2) As we continue this series of Easter-related messages let me start by thanking you for joining me today. My objective is to show that Easter was no afterthought in the plan of God. Paradise lost through Adam could only be regained through the sacrificial and vicarious death and resurrection of Christ.Throughout the ebb and flow of the Old Testament, runs a continuous thread of prophecies concerning a unique personage who possesses divine powers. This individual is referred to in the Hebrew Scriptures as the Messiah, a word that means “anointed one.” The Hebrews viewed time in linear. History had a goal and a termination point. History began with the creation of the world by Yahweh, the God of Israel, and would end with the eternal Messianic Kingdom. In between these two vast poles the battle between good and evil would be played out in events of history, in kingdoms, and in men’s hearts. The first biblical indication of this cosmic struggle is found in the third chapter of Genesis, where, after the primordial Adam and Eve were cast out of the Garden, a series of enigmatic prophecies are recorded. One of these is directed towards the serpent, who represented the forces of evil. “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers, he will strike your head, and you will strike his heel” (Gen 3:15). But who is this serpent? We learn that it is the devil; he thus disguises himself that he might deceive. The Bible does not close, until this truth is left beyond doubt. It is twice written “that old serpent, which is the Devil and Satan. (Rev 12:9 & 20:2). The moving cause, then, of our being born in sin, and living in sin, stands confessed. It is the Devil. He obtained his first power over our race by deceiving. He continues that power by deceiving still. His main art is to keep us blind concerning himself, and concerning the great Deliverer – Jesus Christ. Wake up reader; we have an infernal foe always near, plotting our misery. Let us not fool ourselves and think or speak of Satan as though he were an empty name, and not a mighty and malignant power. He is variously called the devil, Beelzebub, Lucifer, god of this world, or the Deceiver. The picture was grim, but for the Sovereignty of God.A GRIM PICTUREWe would be unable to appreciate the redemptive work of Christ until we see how loathsome sin was in the sight of God. That being said let us take a brief over view of sin. We have a threefold testimony as to the fact of sin (1) The testimony of Scripture, (2) the testimony of experience, (3) the testimony of literature. In the Bible we have two lines of evidence and declarations like: “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” “All we like sheep have gone astray” and other familiar texts. We also have the assumptions of sin. All the foundation doctrines of Divine Revelation assume the fact of sin. Doctrines with which we are familiar include: atonement, mercy, repentance, judgment and regeneration that help to show how unmistakable is the witness borne by this fact of sin. It would be remiss of me if I omit to mention and highlight the nature of sin. Both philosophers and theologians have said that: “Sin is a natural and necessary stage in man’s development”; “the discord necessary for the production of perfect harmony”; “a temporary handicap”; “the shadow where the light should be.” Over against all such ideas, let us consider the Biblical diagnosis of sin. In the Scripture a mournfully numerous group of words is employed to set forth the nature of sin. Among the words employed are the following: “A missing of the mark”, “impiety, ungodliness”, “transgression and disobedience,” “wickedness and unrighteousness.” I have taken the time to give the backdrop of sin, grim as it is, to help underscore its enormity, but better yet, why Jesus came.REDEMTION IS CHRISTLet us return to the point of reference in Genesis 3:15 since that verse hinted to a great divine provision. “Seed of the Woman” who is this seed of the woman?” The Lord Jesus Christ. The blessed Saviour – the only redeemer. The only begotten Son of God Most High. He is the Woman’s Seed that He may have a life to lay down, and have blood to shed, for the ransom of such as we are. Jesus takes man’s flesh, that He may redeem from death all of man’s family who trust in Him. So what is the relevance of the Redemption in Christ? Redemption in Christ declares that the world needs saving, and that it needs saving from its sin. The Cross declares the stark reality of human sin and is the root of all human troubles; the deep-seated canker of human life and man’s alienation from God. God does not treat sin as if it were a subjective illusion, that is to say, as if it were something about which we need not upset ourselves. It is a serious malady. Redemption in Christ exposes the world’s malady and reveals the Divine remedy. Redemption in Christ was God’s breaking in upon time. The Cross of Calvary was essentially the act of God. Man’s dilemma was so great and his need so desperate that God Himself intervened. “And I looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there was none to uphold; therefore mine own arm brought salvation unto me; and my fury, it upheld me” (Is 63:5) Redemption in Christ gives us reason to hope in the probability of further Divine intervention. Easter is explained against the background of what has preceded in this article.May God help us to appreciate the vision and plan of God for man’s redemption! John in his account of the Gospel on two occasions reported a tremendous utterance in the Bible, “God is Love” (1 John 4:8). This is also one of the most misunderstood statements. False ideas have grown up around it like a hedge of thorns, hiding its real meaning from view, and it is no small task cutting through this tangle of mental undergrowth. Yet the hard thought involved is more than rapid when the true sense of these texts comes home to the Christian’s soul. Those who can say as John says, in the sentence preceding the second “God is Love,” should be in a happy mood and say, “We know and rely on the love God has for us” (v16). To know God’s love is indeed heaven on earth. The New Testament sets forth this knowledge, not as the privilege of a favoured few, but as a normal part of ordinary Christian experiences, something to which only the spiritually unhealthy or malformed will be strangers. When Paul says, “The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit which is given unto us” (Romans 5:5), he means not love for God, as St Augustine thought, but knowledge of God’s love for us. And though Paul had never met the Roman Christians to whom he was writing, he took it for granted that the statement would be as true of them as it was of him. There are a few points in Paul’s words that deserve comment. First is the verb “shed abroad,” which means poured or dumped out. It is the word used for the “outpouring” of the Holy Spirit Himself in Acts 2:1718, 33; 10:45. On this Titus advised that God poured out the Holy Spirit abundantly on us through Jesus Christ our Saviour (Titus 3:6). This suggests a free flow and a large quantity. It suggests an inundation. The New English Bible puts it this way, “God’s love has flooded our innermost heart.” An in-depth look at this thought will reveal that Paul is not talking about a faint and fitful impression, but of deep and overwhelming ones. The second point has the perfect tense of the verb. This implies a settled state based upon a completed action. The thought is that knowledge of the love of God, having flooded our hearts, fills them now, just as a valley once flooded remains full of water. Paul assumed that all his readers, like himself, will be living in the enjoyment of a strong and abiding sense of God’s love for them. Thirdly, it should be noted that the instilling of this knowledge is described as part of the regular ministry of the Spirit to those who receive Him to all who are born again, all who are true believers. One could wish that this aspect of His ministry was priced more highly than it is at present. With a perversity as pathetic as it is impoverishing, we have become preoccupied today with the extraordinary, sporadic, nonuniversal ministries of the Spirit to the neglect of the ordinary, general ones. As a result, we show a great deal of interest in the gifts of healing and tongues. Gifts, as Paul pointed out, not all Christians are meant to partake anyway (1 Corinthians 12:28-30), than in the Spirit’s ordinary work of giving peace, joy, hope and love, through the shedding abroad in our hearts of knowledge of the love of God. Yet the latter is much more important than the former. To the Corinthians, who had taken it for granted that the more tongues the merrier, and the godlier too, Paul had to insist that with love-sanctification and Christ-likeness, tongues were worth precisely nothing (1 Corinthians (13:1-3). Paul would undoubtedly see reason to issue a similar caveat today. It would be tragic if the concern for revival that is stirring at the present in many places gets diverted into cul-de-sac of new corinthianism. The best thing Paul could desire for the Ephesians in connection with the Spirit was that he might continue toward them the Romans 5:5 ministry with ever-increasing power, leading them deeper and deeper into knowledge of the love of God in Christ. The New English Bible reading of Ephesians 3:14-16 is somewhat free, but it brings the sense out well; “I kneel in prayer to the Father…that… He may grant you strength and power through His Spirit in your inner being…. May you be strong to grasp, with all God’s people, what is the breadth and length and height and depth of the love of Christ, and to know it, though it is beyond knowledge. Revival means the work of God restoring to a moribund an almost dead church, in a manner out of the ordinary, those standards of Christian life and experience which the New testament sets forth as being entirely ordinary. Right minded concern for revival will express itself not in a hankering – to speak badly in tongues; as if speaking in tongues is all that important, as the longing for the Spirit to shed God’s love abroad in our hearts with great power. It is with this that personal revival begins, and by it that revival in the Church, once begun, is sustained. My aim so far is to demonstrate how the nature of the divine love which the Spirit shed abroad and I looked at John’s great assertion that God is love. In other words, the love which God shows to humanity, and which Christians know and rejoice in, is a revelation of His own inner being. A look at God’s wisdom, leads to an insight into God’s mind. When one looks, and thinks of God’s power, he sees something of God’s hand and his arm. When one thinks of God’s power, one considers God’s Word and learns about His mouth. However, in contemplating God’s love, we are to look into His heart. Here we shall stand on Holy ground; we need the grace of reverence that we may tread it without sin. Humbly Submitted by Alson B H Percival (Rev Canon Dr) Chair : Nevis Regional Council & Vice Chair : Nevis Christian Council THE LOVE OF GOD


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 16TH 2012 16 NEWS NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (MARCH 14, 2012) — Mrs. Millicent Sutton more commonly known as “Aunty Baby” got the surprise of her life on March 8th, 2012 when Premier of Nevis Hon. Joseph Parry and his Deputy and Minister of Social Development Hon. Hensley Daniel, accompanied by members of the Social Services Department paid her an unexpected visit at her Cotton Ground home in celebration of her 80th birthday just days before. During the visit she was presented with a fruit basket and Certificate of Recognition from Minister Daniel, who is also responsible for the welfare of the island’s senior citizens. In response Aunty Baby thanked God and everyone around her who had contributed to her longevity. “I thank everybody, most [of all] I thank God. De knock ‘bout I get and de long life and de hard work. People tell you that I work hard and I thank him [God] for the many kindness too both me and me child and me grand…I thank you and I thank God. I don’t know how much more I could live but thank God for the past. Thank him for the neighbour here… “I thank everybody,” she said in a burst of emotion and teary eyed, “great is thy faithfulness. Oh all that I need is what his hand has provided. Great is his faithfulness and thank everybody. Children that I see born and raise look they here to take me picture, well, well, well, well. I got to tell them who they be more than they could tell me when I watch she face. Thank you Jesus thank you for the gathering.” Mr. Parry who is also the area representative in brief remarks told the celebrant that he was pleased to be among those celebrating her milestone, though it was a few days ago on March 1st. “We are very happy to be here in Cotton Ground this afternoon to celebrate your 80th birthday. We are a few days late but that does not matter. We know that you have worked very hard over these past 80 years both here in Cotton Ground and the Gingerland area. “We know you have many friends and a large family and we know your daughter who is in the [United] States right now would have been happy to be here and that little grandson of yours I would love to see him some day … I hope that with all the love that you have and all the neighbours that you have, [they] would take care of you and that you live many, many more years. Congratulations and may God bless you,” he said having warmly embraced her at the start of the visit. Minister Daniel in his remarks noted that Mrs. Sutton had migrated internally since she was born in Cotton Ground but got married in Gingerland and later returned to Cotton Ground. He said they had simply come to show appreciation for her contribution to the development of Nevis. “As we can see she is as lucid as ever. Her brain is sharp her memory is fully at work so she remembers all of the friends and families over the years. For us in the Ministry of Social Development, we have simply come to show appreciation and to say to the senior citizens that we thank them for their contribution to the society. “We don’t want them to leave thinking that their contribution was not valued that is why we have the Home Help Care, the Recreational Programme and the celebration of the various milestones. So Mrs. Sutton we have brought a certificate for you from the Ministry which reads: Cotton Ground Villager “Aunty Baby” heartened by birthday visit from Premier Parry and his Deputy Birthday Girl Mrs. Millicent “Aunty Baby” Sutton and Premier of Nevis Hon. Joseph Parry share a light moment in celebration of her 80th birthday at her home in Cotton Ground Village (L-R) Mrs. Millicent Sutton’s neighbour Merle, Deputy Premier and Minister of Social Development Hon. Hensley Daniel, birthday Girl Mrs. Millicent Sutton, Premier of Nevis Hon. Joseph Parry and caretaker Portia The Department of Social Services Care Giver for Cotton Ground and environs Mrs. Jeanette Herbert with Aunty Baby Director of Senior Citizens Division in the Department of Social Services Mrs. Garcia Hendrickson with 80 year old Birthday Girl Mrs. Millicent Sutton at her home in Cotton Ground “Social Services Department Certificate of Recognition awarded to Millicent Sutton in recognition of your 80th birthday,” he said. While he presented the fruit basket, Mr. Daniel said it was a symbol and an indication that she could enjoy the fruits of her labour since she had worked hard in her life. “We say to you, your contribution to Nevis is valued and having lived in more than one of the parishes. I am sure that people in Gingerland remember you and people in Cotton Ground all over. That is why I say you are so sharp, I am sure that we are going to be here many, many more years to celebrate with you,” he said. The brief but significant celebration was chaired by Social services officer Mrs. Jeanette Herbert. Also present were Director of Senior Citizens Division in the Department of Social Services Mrs. Garcia Hendrickson and Aunty Baby’s neighbours Merle and caretaker Portia. Make certain that you reach use our new Email address:info@sknunion.com Diamond Jubilee Re-Enactment Notice Take a step back in time at the Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park which transforms on March 29th and 30th at 11am and 2pm respectively with a grand re-enactment of the 1782 Battle of St. Kitts Between the British and French. The cost for entry is E.C. $10 for locals and E.C. $5 for children As well as $8US for visitors. All are invited to see this re-enactment featuring The British Soldiers Fund Incorporated. Come and see “The Real Thing”. Come Experience History!!! Marriage of Lord Horatio Nelson and Fanny Nisbett will also take place at Montpelier on Nevis on March 29th at 9am. Further information will be forthcoming.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 16TH 2012 17 NEWS BY EARL CLARKE Dear Reader: In all of my articles, I have always tried to present historical facts. Some of these facts are so vital to our everyday existence that they have to be repeated. According to a phrase I always use, “History is a revolving door of information. Every now and then, the door revolves in order for us to obtain a glimpse of the past, so that we could be better equipped to build a better life for the future and to bless and pay homage to those who made the sacrifice.It is history and a historical one to say that all black people originated from Mother Africa. It is also an historical fact to state that all white people originated from Europe, Chinese from China, Arabs from the Middle East. These facts cannot be disputed. In St. Kitts, our beautiful paradise, historical facts present themselves and these facts cannot be disputed. I dare challenge my readers if they can come up with alternative historically proven and unshakable facts to prove me wrong. I am and will always be humble enough to admit that I have been battered. It is an historical fact that white people arrived from Europe, met Carib Indians in St. Kitts, raped, murdered and wiped them out, taking away their land without compensations. They then ruled and governed the land as theirs. Perhaps I have not said it nicely, but the facts are there. It is an historical fact that after the Europeans, Portuguese, Irish, Indians and Africans were imported to work on the plantations of the English, who were the bosses. It is also an historical fact that whilst the Indians, the Portuguese, the Irish were brought in for a while and then given their liberty, we the black people who were brought in to work the sugar cane fields, were enslaved, oppressed, exploited, deculturalized and dehumanized in ways that no other race or culture of people have been dehumanized, including the children of Israel. If Moses was the liberator of the children of Israel then, Bradshaw, Southwell, Nathan, France, Jamesie Liburd and the other stalwarts of the Labour Movement were the Moses of these black people of St. Kitts and Nevis. I stand by this conviction, I stand by this historical fact, and I stand by this compassion without any fear of condemnation or ridicule. If there are persons out there who are willing, through hatred to condemn me or to accuse me of blasphemous behaviour or uttering, let them present the facts. When the black people in St. Kitts were rudderless, leaderless, discriminated and segregated, oppressed and exploited mercilessly, the only people who were moved by these conditions were people of conscience who came from the Labour Movement. All black people in St. Kitts, ALL, owe their spiritual, social and economic evolution to the formation of the Labour Movement – 1932-2012. Eighty (80) years of unselfish dedication to the total upliftment of the black man in this country and I made this BOLD Statement without any water in my mouth. The Labour Movement opened the doors of the churches when they were closed against us. The Labour Movement caused us to stand behind when those doors were opened. The Labour Movement ensured that we moved from standing behind to sitting in pews which were earmarked for the wealthy and the privileged. When the Chalice was passed around in some churches and the ritual of Holy Communion was practised, the vast majority of blackness sat behind and observed. They could not participate. Eighty years later, they can now rise out of the seats and pews and journey to the front where the Chalice can touch their lips and they can now participate in Holy Communion. Every vestige of spiritual discrimination in the church has been broken down. If there are those who are willing to condemn me, do present facts to the contrary. The only church where spiritual discrimination was not practised was the Zion Moravian Church at Taylors Range, because it was all black people who worshipped there. A person cannot be liberated; a person cannot be emancipated whilst still living under subhuman conditions. He has to be lifted out of the environment of bad housing, unhealthy conditions, and working conditions that would allow him time for recreation and family time. Forcing him to work from sunrise to sunset does not bring real liberation. He still works under slave like conditions. Who among my readers can truthfully say that the Labour Movement was not totally responsible for the social evolution of the black man in St. Kitts? Point a finger at me and say “Earle Clarke, you are wrong. Whether you are a conscious or unconscious black person, challenge me and provide alternative historical facts to prove that I am wrong and misleading my readers, and, by so doing, distorting the history of black people. I challenge you. When we were slaves, we were bought to work on the sugar estates. We were valuable assets even though we were dehumanized. We were emancipated in 1834. We automatically found ourselves working for the same Massa who enslaved us without any work agreement. It was business as usual. We began driving the carts which hauled the sugar canes to the sidings from whence they were transported to the Sugar Factory to be ground into sugar. I met with an accident involving a locomotive whilst driving the sugar cane cart drawn by a cattle. I am killed; the cattle is killed. I, who once was a valuable asset become a nothing; valueless. My boss bemoans the loss of the animal drawing, pulling or hauling the sugar cane cart, while he pays no attention to me, a human being who was once an asset to him, lying dead on the ground. Not even sparing a few minutes of his time to see if I am really dead. My wife has now become husbandless, my children fatherless and my family, family-less, without value – just like that. So, dear reader, when Mr. Bradshaw and those of his ilk who introduced Workmen Compensation Act, thereby giving value, meaning and dignity to my life as a black human being of a worker, isn’t that an upward direction in the furtherance of the social evolution of me as a black man? Name me one other group, one other institution, one other person who has so greatly assisted in the evolution of the black man in St. Kitts? Supply names – but dear reader, they did not stop at Workmen’s Compensation. They went on to ensure that my health was looked after at the expense of the Sugar Estates, free of charge to me. They also ensured that a clinic was constructed at the Basseterre Sugar Factory to attend to injured workers and the general health of all those who worked at the Factory. The Factory Manager and the Sugar estates owners did not get up and shake the Labour Movement hands and readily accepted these proposals for the social evolution of us as black people. They resisted because they could not accept us as the human beings that we are. But we were powerfully united then and so they had to give in. When Mr. Bradshaw prevented Massa from going into the schools, at his whims and fancies, and putting the children to work in his fields; thereby allowing them to obtain a good Primary Education, nothing to do with the Secondary School Act of 1966. That was a further advancement in the evolution of the black man in St. Kitts. Massa discarded me in my old age. I was a beggar on the streets. Mr. Bradshaw restored my dignity as a human being and helped me to evolve from a beggar to a pensioner. The introduction of the Secondary Education Act has enabled my children and my grandchildren to join the sea of black educated and professional people who were able to evolve because of the efforts of the Labour Stalwarts and the Labour Movement. Every black man, every black woman, every black child should have a picture of the Labour Stalwarts in their homes. The history of the Labour Movement should be taught in schools. Every business in downtown Basseterre should be praising the Labour Movement. As the black people evolved, their business grew and expanded. No institution no group of persons have done what the Labour Movement, in 80 years of existence have done. We are what we are today because of Labour and none of us can dispute that. For the good that Labour can do Thank you Labour Movement, Stalwarts and Supporters for living up to your Motto. What and who is there to replace you Labour? Eight (80) years of our richest history info@sknunion.com Deadline for applications is 30th March, 2012


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 16TH 2012 18 NEWS BASSETERRE ST. KITTS — A cricket league featuring eight teams from St. Kitts and Nevis, and a forthcoming netball training programme involving young women from St. Peter’s in St. Kitts have been boosted by Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis’ monetary contributions. Responding to requests from the New Town Cricket Club for sponsorship of a 25 overs league that is taking place at Conaree in St. Kitts and Cotton Ground in Nevis, and from Netball Coach Judy Tyrell, the bank handed the sponsorship cheques on Tuesday March 13, at its head office in Basseterre. Ms Danienne Brin, Executive Assistant to the Development Bank’s General Manager Mr Lenworth Harris, in handing over the cheques noted that the Development Bank is cognisant of the fact that sportsmen and women are the nation’s best ambassadors. “Our sportsmen and sportswomen have brought fame to this country and have represented us well in the regional and international arena,” said Ms Brin. “The bank is pleased to partner with the New Town Cricket Club and Ms Judy Tyrell in ensuring that our young people are constructively engaged through the various sporting activities.” The New Town Cricket Club has since January 28, 2012 been hosting a 25 overs league in honour of Stanley Thompson Jr with the aim popularising the game and bringing in crowds. Matches are played at the Conaree Cricket Ground in St. Kitts and the Cotton Ground Cricket Ground in Nevis. According to the club’s PRO and player, Mr Steven Liburd, the teams taking part in the league are New Town, Sandy Point Cricket Club, Young Guns Cricket Club, and the Len Harris Cricket Academy, while the teams from Nevis are Empire Cricket Club, Highlights International Cricket Club, Jessups Cricket Club and Government All Stars Road Cricket Club. Mr Liburd, who was accompanied by the team captain, Mr Kevin Hanley, lamented that crowds watching cricket matches in St. Kitts and Nevis have dwindled as opposed to football and basketball which continue to attract large crowds. “Right now we are trying to bring back cricket in St. Kitts because for the past three years cricket has not been really a sport that people come out to watch,” said Mr Liburd. “We are venturing to field different initiatives taking back cricket into the schools and right now we are having this tournament going on.” The final preliminary matches will be held this weekend, and the semi finals the following weekend, and Mr Liburd is appealing to all cricket lovers to come out to support the games. He at the same time expressed gratitude to the Development Bank for agreeing to sponsor the league. Ms Judy Tyrell, who is the coach of the St. Peter’s Netball Team and former coach of the St. Kitts Netball Association Under 16 and Under 23 national teams, said that in her ongoing quest for the development of the young women, “I continue to work at maintaining the sport of netball as a premier sporting activity.” In this respect, she observed that in an effort to improve and develop the skills of the netballers at the Dean Glasford Primary School and other interested young ladies between the ages of 9 to 16, she will run a Netball Star Programme on Saturdays from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon at the St. Peter’s netball court. The clinic starts in two-week’s time. “The programme is designed overall to transform young netball players into netball stars,” said Ms Tyrell. “I know that netball is the only dominant female sport in St. Kitts and in order to get the youths involved, I think that they should start at this age. It is not just to learn playing netball; I want to get them introduced to the rules of the game as well.” The sponsorship from the Development Bank will enable her to buy training balls, netball bibs, netball cones, a cooler Development Bank boosts cricket league and netball training programme Ms Danienne Brin, Development Bank’s Executive Assistant, presents a sponsorship cheque to Mr Kevin Hanley, Captain of the New Town Cricket Club. Looking on (left) is Mr Steve Liburd, Player/PRO. and a First Aid kit. While thanking the Development Bank for agreeing to sponsor the programme, she said that once she makes a mark with girls from her community, she will endeavour to involve those from outside her community in future training programmes. Ms Danienee Brin (left), Development Bank’s Executive Assistant, presents a sponsorship cheque to Ms Judy Tyrell, Netball Coach, St. Peter’s Netball Team.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 16TH 2012 19 NEWS Development Bank/Sandy Point Basketball League: Fig Tree stamp authority BASSETERRE ST. KITTS (March 12, 2012) — With a 103-54 points drubbing of Any Thin Cun Happn, on Sunday night (March 11) the Fig Tree Basketball Team has sent out an early signal that they intend to take home the 2012 Development Bank-sponsored Sandy Point Basketball League trophy. The team has two wins after the previous week’s narrow win over Old School Fruta Falcons. Playz Basketball Team, who were among the winning teams the previous week, also won a second game with a 84-58 win over The Alley ‘Showtime’ team, in the second and featured game on Saturday night at the Sandy Point Hard courts. Troy Wattley on the winning team was the MVP. Their previous win was over Running Suns Basketball team. In this game, high scorers for Playz were Troy Wattley (22 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists), Kemo Duncan (15 points, 7 rebounds and 2 steals), and Sheffin Bloyce (13 points, 10 rebounds and 2 steals). For the The Alley ‘Showtime’, Otis Daniel returned 19 points, 5 rebounds and two assists. Others were Clayton Powell (22 points, 5 assist and 5 steals), and A. Carty (10 points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals). The opening game on Saturday saw Fruta Falcons Jrs came out on top over Prime Construction Wha-Do-U Basketball team with an 83-74 points win. Scoring for the winning team were Stephan Daniel-Rawlins (28 points, 9 rebounds and 3 steals), Dequan Richards (19 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists), and Dejaan Grant (14 points, 3 rebounds and 2 steals). For the Prime Construction Wha-Do-U team, which also suffered a loss on the opening week, their top scorers were G. Lewis (23 points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals), D. Rogers (14 points, 6 rebounds and 7 steals), and B. Gills (12 points, 6 rebounds and 2 steals). MVP for the game was Stephan Daniel-Rawlins of Fruta Falcons Jrs. In the earthshaking game on Sunday night scorers for Fig Tree Basketball team were Devon Farrell (38 points, 18 rebounds and 3 steals), Ray Liddie (27 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists), George Gaton (14 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists) and Nashorn Maynard (12 points, 19 rebounds, 8 assists and 6 blocks). For Any Thin Cun Happn team, top scorers were Kaiyton Blake (22 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals), Ockland Connor (18 points, 7 rebounds and 3 steal), and Dalton Jeffers (7 points, 4 rebounds and 2 steals). MVP for this game was Devon Farrell of the Fig Tree team. Second and featured game on Sunday night between Running Suns and Alley Construction Half Way Tree Basketball team was washed out by rain. It was stopped during halftime and it will be continued later on in the league. Scores when the game was stopped were Running Suns 55 points and the Alley Construction Half Way Tree 27. In this particular game, the highlight of the league thus far was a NBA-style dunk from Graeme Browne of Running Suns. The only player to make a NBA-style dunk, Graeme Browne of Running Suns (with the ball) seen in action on Sunday March 4, when his team lost to Playz Basketball team at the Sandy Point Hard Graeme Browne in a post match interview on Sunday Mary 4.Make certain that you reach use our new Email address: info@sknunion.com


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 16TH 2012 20 SPORTS Kingstown, St Vincent — After two weeks of intense and focussed preparation, West Indies skipper Darren Sammy backed his young team to deliver against Australia in the upcoming Digicel One-Day International Series. Sammy spoke to reporters at the official Digicel Series media launch at Arnos Vale Cricket Ground on Wednesday and said the work they put in and the planning that has gone on behind the scenes will translate into success in the middle. The West Indies arrived in St Vincent earlier this week after a pre-series camp at the Sagicor HPC camp in Barbados. They have had three days of more work in the build up for the three matches slated for Arnos Vale, as international cricket returns to St Vincent for the first time since March, 2010. Sammy backs Windies young guns to do job “We have to believe we have it in us to win. We will look to hit the ground running and start the series on a winning note. Arnos Vale has been a good venue for us. The last time we played here we won the matches and we enjoy the crowd support from the fans here and the atmosphere at this venue is always superb,” Sammy said. “We are playing against the Australians, and everyone knows they are a good team ... a very competitive team. But we are focussing on us and what we have to do. We have a young team but we are a team hungry for success. They are several young players in the squad, who are new to exciting prospect for us and we also have Sunil Narine, who is a very good spinner, and also Andre Russell, the exciting allrounder, who can do the job that is required,” added the 28-year-old who took over the job as captain in November 2010. “We have some players who are making a return to international cricket like Tino Best, who has been bowling very well, and Dwayne Bravo, who says he is very excited to be back in the maroon shirt. We are team which will be very competitive against the Australians. We will look to play hard cricket and look for wins.” Sammy counted Arnos Vale as one of his favourite places to play. Two years ago, he recorded career-best ODI figures of four wickets for 26 off 10 overs against Zimbabwe at the picturesque venue. Back in 2009, he took five wickets for 70 runs off 30 overs against Bangladesh in a Test match. West Indies had another training session at Arnos Vale on Thursday morning. The first Digicel ODI will be on Friday at the same venue. First ball is 9:30 a.m. (8:30 a.m. Jamaica Time). West Indies Squad for Digicel ODIs in St Vincent Darren Sammy (Captain) Dwayne Bravo (Vice Captain) Carlton Baugh Tino Best Devendra Bishoo Darren Bravo Johnson Charles Sunil Narine the international stage. Sammy added: “Johnson Charles is an Vice Captain Dwayne Bravo says the “fire still blazing” Coach Otis Gibson and West Indies skipper Darren Sammy Kieron Pollard Kieran Powell Kemar Roach Andre Russell Marlon SamuelsMatch schedule for Digicel ODI SeriesFriday, 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 Kingstown, St Vincent — Enthusiastic all-rounder Dwayne Bravo has been named vice captain of the West Indies team for the upcoming Digicel One-Day International Series against Australia. The 28-year-old replaced wicketkeeper/ batsman Denesh Ramdin, who suffered a fractured right thumb and was replaced in the 13-man squad by Carlton Baugh. The elder Bravo is known for his energy and dynamism. He said he was thrilled to be back in the team and will do all he can (cont’d on next page)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 16TH 2012 21 NEWS -Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) Visual Arts Exhibition well on its way By Drizel HanleyThe ninth edition of the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC), Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) Visual Arts Exhibition is well on its way here in St Kitts. The art exhibition which is being staged at Port Zante in downtown Basseterre began on Monday, March 12 and ends today, Friday, March 16. It is divided into several categories including Drawing, Painting and Mixed Media, Graphic and Communications Design, Sculpture and Ceramics, 3-Dimensional Design, Reflective Journal, Print Making, Leather Craft and Fibre and Decorative Arts. The art pieces on display also included Regional Top Award winners in Visual Arts, twodimensional and threedimensional work. Local Coordinator of the Visual Arts Event, Blondell Franks, explained that the purpose of the event is to display the excellent pieces submitted by students for their examinations. “The exposure to such an event can arouse greater interest in art locally”, she added. CXC’s Assistant Registrar, Cleveland Sam, in his brief remarks at the opening ceremony at Port Zante said that he would be pleased to see a CXC visual arts student become a top animator in Hollywood. Minister with responsibility for Education, Hon. Nigel Carty stated that although one is proud of the art done by the students, he is of the view that we are not as proud of visual arts, as enough success and focused is not seen in the art field. The Education Minister also commended CXC for choosing St. Kitts and Nevis for hosting the exhibition this year and also commended local coordinator for the Visual Arts Event and Education, Mrs. Blondell Franks and her team for putting this exhibition together. The CXC Visual Arts Exhibition was first hosted in 2003 in Barbados and Jamaica and is held in a different CXC Participating Country each year. Last year, the exhibition was hosted in Belize. Photo of art work showcased at the exhibition. to drive the team towards success in the upcoming matches. ”I was away from the team since last year and I’m happy to be back in the maroon shirt and representing the people of the West Indies,” he said. “It is special to be back on the team for a series in the Caribbean, where most of my fans are and where I get a lot of support. I’m looking to make this year a big year. I want to make 2012 my year.” Bravo is making a return to the team after an absence of more than six months. He last played for the Windies against India in the Digicel OneDay Series last year. He was not in the team for the West Indies away tours to Bangladesh and India late last year. Bravo is now in his ninth year at the international level and has so far played 117 ODIs making 1,910 runs and taking 136 wickets. He has led the West Indies before including one Test match against South Africa at Durban in January 2008. Marlon Samuels and Kieran Powell during the warm-up drills Vice Captain Dwayne Bravo says ........... (cont’d fromlast page) Speaking after Wednesday’s training session at the Arnos Vale Cricket Ground, Bravo noted: “I am happy to be named vice captain. When I was asked to do the job, I happily accepted. As vice captain, I know I have a very important job to do. The main my job is to support captain Darren Sammy and work alongside him, and help my team-mates and put in those major performances for the team.” He added: “We have a very young team and, as one of the senior players, I have to step in and make my presence felt. The fire is still blazing in me. I will be bringing the same level of enthusiasm and commitment that I always had. That is the only way I know how to play, by giving my all to the team.” John: 2: 23-25 23. Now when he was in Jerusalem at the passover, in the feast day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did. 24. But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because be knew alI men, 25. And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man. So Tell Me By: Jean Thomas Too close for comfort I have learnt over the years how to deal with certain creatures that used to freak me out. I no longer scream and run away (I cannot run now anyway) when I encounter a centipede, bat, lizards, roaches or rat, or mice. I just deal with them. These days however, I have new acquaintances the all loving green vervet monkeys. I go out into the back yard and there they are in the fruit trees and after they have had their fill, they just stroll across the fence to the next neighbour’s yard. These monkeys are bold and smart. They do not run from humans but we are the ones who run from them. I know that people catch them and eat them. I know and see too, that tourists like to take pictures with them down at Port Zante but I don’t want a thing to do with them. As I said before I learnt how to deal with most creatures but the monkeys are really very smart. So I just ease back in the house, close the back door, and the windows I leave a little crack just in case they decide they want to move in with me. I do not know how to deal with them; therefore I ensure that they stay out. I do not like monkeying around with them. So tell me, how are you dealing with the increase of monkeys down in “low land”? I hope that you are coping much better than I am.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 16TH 2012 22 SPORTS Results Of SKNFA Weekend Matches (Fri 9th, Sat 10th & Sun 11th March, 2012)Friday 9th March, 2012 WICWC U 19 Warner Park Stadium Third Play Off S. L. Horsford St. Pauls 3 vs NewTown Jrs 1 (Half Time 2 -1) Scorers for S. L. Horsford St. Pauls Jamal Francis 7th minute Omar Francis 16th minute Keithroy “Kiddy” Francis 68th minute Scorer for NewTown Jrs Kolanje Charles 22nd minute Yellow Cards Akimba Lawrence (NewTown) 8th minute Omar Francis (St. Pauls) 9th minute Shaquille Powell (NewTown) 51st minute Kiethroy Freeman (St. Pauls) 61st minute Vidal Hendrickson (Newtown) 72nd minute Red Card Akimba Lawrence (Newtown) 90th minute Officials were Steadroy Douglas, Delroy Jeffers, Len Harris & St4eadroy Techeira FinalsVillage Superstars 2 vs Cayon Football Academy 1 (Half Time 1 -1) Scorers for Village Superstars Austin Henry 41st minute Captain Thelston Chumney 59th minute Scorer for Cayon Football Academy Alexis Bedford 39th minute Yellow Cards Oquan Baptiste (Cayon) 23 & 33rd minute Donroy Liburd (Cayon) 25th minute Thelson Chuney (Village) 77th minute Dimitre Rogers (Village) 87th minute Red card Oquan Baptiste (Cayon) 33rd minute Officials were Tristley Bassue, Miguel Flemming & Sherlene Browne Final Positions1st Village Superstars 2nd Cayon Football Academy 3rd S. L. Horsford St. Pauls 4th NewTown JrsSaturday 10th March, 2012 FA Cup Knock out Matches (60 minutes) At Newtown Playing FieldNational U 16 2 vs Security Forces United 1 (Half Time 1 -1) Scorers for National U 16 Raheem Francis 14th minute Vinceroy Nelson 60th minute Scorer for Security Forces Daniel John 6th minute Officials Were Earl Leerdam, Mario Parry & Craig Rouse Haris Paint St. Peters vs C.C.C Bath United Harris Paint St. Peters defeated C.C.C. Bath United 6 5 on penalty kicks *At the of regulation time the score was tied at 2 2 Conaree FC 3 vs Newtown Jrs 1 (Half Time 2 1) Scorers for Conaree Latan Lewis 6th minute Marlo Martin 11th minute Vraine Samuel 49th minte Scorer for Newtown Jrs Yannick Battice 11th minute Officials were Sherlene Browne, Ike innis & Florencetine Morton St. Peters Jrs 2 vs Rivers Of Living Waters 1 (Half Time 1 -1) Scorers for St. Peters Jrs Livingston Guishard 23rd minute Shaquille Barzey 49th minute Scorer for Rivers Of Living water Walter James 4th minute *Officials were Kimbell Ward, Mario Parry & Earl Leerdam At Verchilds Playing Field Davis Construction Lodge Patriots 2 vs Verchilds High 0 (Half Time 1 0) Scorers for Davis Construction Lodge Patriots Kimo Rumney 5th minute Shaquille Dore 57th minute Officials were Stedroy Douglas, Miguel Flemming & Jason Rouse Newton Ground vs Conaree Int’l fireballs Newton won by default over Conaree Fireballs Officials were Stedroy Douglas, Miguel Flemming & Jason Rouse St. Thomas Trinity Strikers 4 vs Sandy Point Allstars 0 (Half Time 3 -0) Scorers for St. Thomas Trinity Strikers Azeem James 5th minute Valon Rogers 11th minute Travis Wrensford 14th minute Javain Davis 30th minute Officials were Tristley Bassue, Stedroy Douglas & Jason Rouse On Sunday 11th March, 2012Digicel Premier Division At Warner Park StadiumRams Village Superstars 3 vs Delphic Newtown United 0 (Half Time 2 0) Scorers for Rams Village Superstars Devaughn Elliott Struck twice in the 7th & 67th minute Travis “Rug Rat” Sommersall 44th minute Yellow Cards Devaughn Elliott (Village) 6th & 67th minute Kevon Browne (NewTown) 14th minute Kimron Browne (NewTown) 48th minute Kimron Browne (NewTown) 49th & 63rd minute Ajah Berkeley (Village) 77th minute Kayu Hendrickson (Village) 89th minute Red Cards Jason Isaac (NewTown) 63rd minute Devaughn Elliott (Village) 67th minute Ian “Rumpy” lake (NewTown) 89th Minute Javin Matthew (Village) 90th minute Alex Riley coach of Rams Village Superstars ejected from the bench in the 90th minute Officials were Caldon Duncan, Graeme Browne, Ike Inniss & James MatthewFA Cup Matches Gardens Playing FieldKFC Trinity Challengers United 2 vs UDC Garden Hotspurs Jrs 0 (Half Time 1 0) Scorers for KFC Trinity Challengers United Clyde Herbert 14th minute Anthony Grant 36th minute Officials were Delroy Jeffers, Jason Rouse & Florencetine MortonTrafalgar Southstars vs Youth & ExperienceTrafalgar Southstars defeated Youth & Experience 3 2 on Penalty Kicks *At the end of regulation time the game was tied at 0 0 Scorers for Trafalgar Southstars Kebo Hanley, Dillion Herbert, Leroy Archibald Scorers for Youth & Experience Taju Clarke, Keshean Zakers Officials were Earl Leerdam, Len Harris & Florencetine Morton UDC Garden Hotspurs 3 vs Island Auto Supplies Combined Schools 0 (Half Time 2 0) Scorers for UDC Garden Hotspurs Jason Jarvis 1th minute Rowan Wigley 20th minute, Tiran Hanley 34th minute Officials were Earl Leerdam, Florencetine Morton & Len Harris Giant Malt High Schools and Colleges Cricket Competition kicks off By Drizel HanleyMinister with responsibility for Sports the Hon. Glenn Phillip on Tuesday, March 13 declared the Giant Malt High Schools and Colleges Cricket Competition officially opened at a brief but significant ceremony held at Warner Park, Basseterre. In declaring the competition opened the Sports Minister congratulated the players for rising to the occasion and accepting the opportunity granted to them. Hon. Phillip then spoke to the monetary benefits of the sport, noting that the players can travel the four corners of the earth for free with discipline and sportsmanship. The minister then extended profound sympathy to the family of Runako Morton who has been closely associated with the Ministry’s programmes, dating back as far as 16 years ago when he passed through the Giant Malt – sponsored High School/Colleges Cricket Programme. As a successful graduate of this programme, noted Mr. Phillip, the young Nevisian cricketer earned the distinction of being the first participant to be selected for the West Indies Men’s Senior Cricket Team. Manager of Carib Brewery, Steve Laplace in his remarks said that there is life after cricket therefore one does not have to be on the team they can stay in the cricket field as umpires, administrators and scorers. “I am very happy to be affiliated with this team, Carib Brewery-Giant Malt has sponsored this event for 16years, I think that shows the dedication and interest we have with these youths”, he added. He then encouraged the players to set high standards for themselves and to exert much more effort in the sport in an effort to market themselves to make it on to the bigger teams. Chairperson of the opening ceremony, Vernon Springer, thanked Carib Brewery for coming forward once again as the title sponsor for the competition. “We believe as a people that promising talent is identified, harnessed and fully utilized when our young men as young as in their pre-teens are introduced to the world of competitive sport,” he added. The matches will be played over an eight-day period, with each team allotted 35 overs to play. Wednesday March 14 saw Cayon High School doing battle with Basseterre High School in the first match, followed by Washington Archibald High School coming up against Saddlers Secondary School and Charles E Mills Secondary School battling with the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College. The next set of matches will be played today, Friday, March 16 with Cayon High School taking on Washington Archibald High School in Molineaux and Charles E Mills Secondary School doing battle with Basseterre High School in Sandy Point. Monday, March 19 will see Basseterre High School come up against Washington Archibald High School in Conaree, Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College will take on Cayon High School in Molineaux and Saddlers Secondary will do battle against Charles E Mills Secondary School in Sandy Point. The games continue on Wednesday, March, 21 when the Washington Archibald High School come up against the Charles E Mills Secondary School in Sandy Point, the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College take on the Basseterre High School in Conaree and the Cayon High School will do battle with the Saddlers Secondary School in Molineaux. Friday, March, 23 will see Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College take on Washington Archibald High School in Conaree, Basseterre High School will come up against the Saddlers Secondary School in Molineaux and Charles E Mills Secondary School will do battle with Cayon High School in Sandy Point. The Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College will do battle with the Saddlers Secondary School on Monday, March, 26 in Conaree. The Semi-finals then take place at Warner Park on Wednesday, March, 28 at 10:00 am while the final set of matches will be staged at Warner Park on Friday, March, 30 in Warner Park.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MARCH 16TH 2012 23 COMMENTARY By: Vigilante NEWS By: Sotto Voce The pipsqueaks of the Rescue/PAM alliance have now gone the length of declaring on their FM that there will be a snap election called here shortly For what? Why would any government that was elected with a comfortable majority, and still has 3 years to run on its mandate, want to rush back to the polls? These pipsqueaks are really political freaks and novices who are not worth a thing. Then my friend Captain Licky-Bird, loves the limelight dearly, but is being programmed and used by the opposition for some time now over their FM. People enjoy the entertainment he provides in between the political bashing of the Prime Minister and the Government. I can recall him campaigning for the opposition on their FM nightly for almost a year leading up to the last General Elections. He freely bashed Dr. Douglas in particular, night after night, repeating the same script like a stuck record. He got Ask Washie to join him after a while, and the listeners wondered if these fellas believed they were talking to a stupid audience. Boosted on by the same PAM callers every night, the bashings ended only when their Party lost the Elections.Now some 2 years into the current term of office, by the Labour Government, a desperate, frustrated Rescue/PAM cannot wait for 2015 to come. In fact, the famous traitor has already declared that we don’t have to await 2015 to have a change of government. Well his loud mouth pipsqueak has now called a snap election on FM radio. Only thing, his call ain’t got no date. Seems like some people brains and common sense snapping. The Labour Party has always been an organisation that encourages divergent views on any issue. We operate a true democracy here in Labour. We have always been graced with strong leaders. Not every member will always see the same way. Maybe in the Rescue/PAM love relationship, everyone is programmed to see everything the same way. Maybe that’s why they throw the 5 candidates overboard following the last Elections. They suggested a diffident view of their leadership. Well the PAM had a great time last Saturday on the “Curse Dr. Douglas and Labour” show over their FM. They had Dr. Warner (Co-Deputy Chairman of PAM), Massa Caines (Executive Member of PAM) and Silvine Henry (Party Member). That show has become a real force these days. Just attack after attack on the Labour Government by the in-house panellists, supplemented by the usual PAM “Voices” callers heard daily on every talk-show. Seems the opposition’s main thrust on such shows is to scandalize, propagandize and entertain. Maybe this is the means by which they hope to endear themselves and their Party to the public. The Traitor spared the public his personal touch to the “bashment” last week. I find it amazing, how any former Minister of Government who sat as a Member of a Cabinet for 3 terms, can be heard publicly declaring what he was and was not a party to in decision-making. There is something called “collective responsibility” which every Cabinet Member is sworn to. Whether in Labour or PAM, which remains sacred and is never breached. But I suppose anything goes for some people. Cabinet decisions are the accepted responsibility of every member Whether any particular member was for or against any decision. The entire Cabinet is collectively responsible for ALL its decisions. I have never before now ever heard it said anywhere in any democracy which Minister did or did not support any decision. In fact, the Opposition now blame the Prime Minister for everything. Every government decision is blamed on him. And our egotist Traitor, who is advertised as a former Government Minister (Labour), encourages and endorses. The misguided fellow thinks he damages the Labour Party in so doing. But he misleads himself. The damage really, if any, is to his own credibility and reputation. This collective responsibility thing, which is called a convention, is serious business. It is never breached or trivialised anywhere in the free world at any time. But to quote Lord Kut: “Only in St. Christopher”. Before now, I have expressed my delight over the relative success the security forces have been experiencing in recent times. It is felt that the leadership style of the high command of the police force has been pivotal to this. It has led to increased public confidence and trust in information gathering. This is the critical factor in solving our crimes and in bringing the accused persons to justice. As we focus on this, we wish to highly commend all our officers in both units (Police and Defence Force). They must not be distracted by the adverse comments from those whose agendas are not boosted by their work. We strive to keep our country safe and clean and attractive. The electricity issues we seemed to have for so long, which was coined by Slim Edwards’ “Lights gone again” song, have been arrested since the coming of the SKELEC Corporation. Those who curse our Government for everything will have less on their agendas now. The electricity has been consistently on and any outages have been explained in short order by their public relations people. I want to commend the Government, both the security area and in the electricity area, for putting the country back on track. I did not hear the Traitor’s last public meeting at Market Street. But I understand negative comments were made about Ref. Father Isaiah Phillip’s statements at the Labour Party’s 80th Birthday Service. This is not surprising. Save and except for all those who put a negative spin on all things Labour, the Rescue/PAM set will always attack them. He was the fittest person to hold such a service in my view, and all his comments seemed to be made from the heart and with good intention. Too often we have hypocrisy flowing from the lips of some on the pulpit. They forget their roots. They play political games and speak with forked tongues. This Reverend was not afraid to publicly speak of his background and roots in the organisation. He was not afraid to say it as he saw it unfolding before his eyes. He did not seek to cross Party lines and involve any other organisation, and he seemed very sincere. I admire such a person. Those who sought to play negative political games with what he said are just being hypocritical. Have they any knowledge of the Reverend who prayed for the Labour Government to fall in 6 months, when Labour beat PAM in 1995? Or the Reverend whose congregation member stood up in the middle of his sermon and said “Pastor ... why you don’t leave Dr. Douglas alone?” Or even those, who on Election Day, under the pretext of being neutral observers, play the PAM card openly? I wonder where these political hypocrites live. Well our 80th Birthday Service was a Labour family event. We are very proud of our Party and all it has achieved for the country and its people. Long Live the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party Viva St. Kitts and Nevis. The PAM/Rescue Government calls a Snap Election When Little Bo Peep reach home from celebrating dat he outfox ‘PAM Lenox’, and company, ‘de founding family call him up and give him a good tongue lashing for letting de rusty fellow pull a fast one on him to win de chairmanship so handsomely and embarrass de family like dat. They accuse him of being so caught up wid securing he position that he aint do he wuk to ensure dat “de Anointed One” get elected to de chair. Dey say de fellow ain’t got two ‘rusty’ nail to knock together and he ain’t got de pedigree to be no chair. Is no way he (Little Bo Peep) shoulda leh “de Anointed One” run and lose. Dey say dat “de founding family” stone mudder vex too because they tie “de Announced One” with de chalky doctor, meking history in de party wid 2 deputy chairmen for the first time. Since de caucus, de party has been plunged into so much confusion, that they had to use de P.R.O. fellow to chair last Sunday night’s public meeting in Sandy Point. Dey say strict orders were given by “de big bosses” of PAM, not to let the new chairman to chair the meeting. The word from de inside is that once he is de chair, dey money ain’t clearing no ‘grung’ for no ‘rusty monkey’ to run pon. Dey say is groom dey grooming “de Anointed One” to run in Central. He going soon be president of de football club and de two basketball club dem. Don’t mind nobody ever see him kick a football or hold a basket ball in he hand. Leh de person wid political ambition stay in de Disabled Society lane for everybody in PAM know dat he seriously financially disabled. Dey say de ‘rusty’ chair get to hear that they planning to unseat him before he time up. But dey say he tell dem “leh dem come”. He got a lot of powerful people wid him. How they think he beat “de Anointed One?” He tell dem just wait till next year when de time come for de election of the Party Leader. He going give Little Bo Peep a run for he money and stop “de founding family” once and for all from running things in de party. Many persons who read “The Final Act” article written by the former National Security Minister are saying that he has now realized that Dr. Douglas is by far the best and most popular politician this country has seen since Bradshaw and is indeed our 21st Century Robert Bradshaw – an unstoppable force. They say too that he realizes that no “palace coup” can remove Dr. Douglass, neither as Prime Minister or Labour Party Leader, democracy is alive and well in LABOUR. And, who want to remove Dr. Douglas has to challenge him on the floor at the Party Conference. But they could never beat him on the floor, because all 8 Constituencies are solidly behind their leader. People wan to know too why he wait til now to advise others how to take on Dr. Douglas at a Party Conference; why didn’t he advise himself when he had the opportunity to do so and challenge him (Dr. Douglas) for the leadership, since he was such a popular and powerful politician in the Labour Party. Why did he sit out his time and never made any attempt whatsoever to cross the floor, as he is now strongly advising others in the party to do? People are waiting to see if de new PAM Chairman will ever appear on the PAM FM weekly programme and sit on the same panel with the Rescue Crew chief, who he has publicly stated neither LABOUR nor PAM can trust. PAM must stay far from him. The PAM meeting in Sandy Point was a real disaster and they are blaming de Rescue Crew for the very poor showing at the meeting, claiming that they have been overshadowed by the illadvised public meetings held by the Rescue Crew. King Richard came in for some good stick last Saturday on the PAM/FM show, when he made a fool of himself – making it no secret that he was a man who love he “food”; no matter his age. He does make sure he on de road early J’ouvert Morning and on Carnival day to see dem young female revellers “all on dey head”, “showing off all de food. They want to know how he could always be banging off he big mouth talking bout people and morality, when he has no moral authority whatsoever to do so.


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