The labour spokesman
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Title: The labour spokesman
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St. Kitts and Nevis observes holiest days of the year this weekend Year 54 NO. 45FRIDAY, APRIL 06TH, 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 03 By Drizel HanleyA catamaran cruise to Pinney’s Beach, Nevis, ended in tragedy last Sunday, April, 1st when a 28-year-old resident of Cabbage Tree Housing, Cayon, Tasif Nisbett, drowned. According to Police Press and Public Relations Officer of the Royal St.Christopher and Nevis Police Force, Sgt Stephen Hector Nisbett, in the process of leaving the vessel to come ashore at Pinney’s Beach he when encountered some difficulties. He was assisted by the paramedics and transported to the Alexandra Hospital in Charlestown, where he was pronounced dead at about 6pm (Sunday) by Dr Martinez. The catamaran cruise was reportedly organised by a popular Calypsonian in St.Kitts in celebration of his birthday. The birthday bash was attended by several persons from the Cayon community as well as other parts of St.Kitts. “Officers of the Nevis Division of the Royal St. Christopher-Nevis Police Force are currently investigating the circumstances which resulted in the death of Nisbett,” Hector added. Mr. Nisbett was a postman employed with the Post Office on St. Kitts and was a part-time Deejay for the popular music sound, Ruff House Sounds. He is the son of Pearline and Lionel Nisbette; at the time of the Cayon resident drowns at Pinney’s Beach, Nevis Cayon resident drowns at Pinney’s Beach, Nevis Tasif Nisbett (cont’d on page 18)Police investigates shooting at New Road ProjectGovernment to discuss fairer pricing system for cooking gas with suppliers Cabinet Statement on the Opening of a Consulate in Dubai Cabinet Statement on the Opening of a Consulate in Dubai On Monday April 2, 2012 the Cabinet again considered the matter of the opening of a Consulate in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates and the subsequent visit of a delegation of St. Kitts and Nevis there. This was pursuant to Statements made to the public media and then at the start of the National Assembly on March 29, 2012 by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Sam Condor. It must be noted that in 2009 when the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was under the portfolio of the Rt. Honourable Prime Minister, Dr. Denzil L Douglas, the Government took the decision to pursue a refocused foreign policy coordination strategy with emphasis on the development of relations with traditional and non-traditional partners and countries and therefore agreed to target those nations that, in its view, will bring benefit to the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. These included Qatar, India, Brazil and the United Arab Emirates, all of which were considered areas of strategic interest, specifically as it related to foreign direct investment, renewable energy as well as tourism, trade, inter alia. It must also be noted that having successfully negotiated a Visa Waiver Agreement with the European Union allowing citizens of St. Kitts and Nevis to travel hassle free to the Schengen States, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs focussed its attention on the UAE. This was also informed by the advice that a number of citizens under the investment programme also reside there and that this will open a new window of opportunity for tourism and investment purposes. Accordingly, in the first quarter of 2009, given the interest that St. Kitts and Nevis had developed in that region of the Middle East, and particularly based on the investment interest that originated from areas such as Dubai, it was recommended that St. Kitts and Nevis not only establish a presence in Dubai but that efforts be made to explore the possibilities of negotiating a Visa Waiver Agreement with the UAE. In keeping with the standard procedures for formalizing relations and seeking approval for the establishment of a Consulate in the UAE, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs initiated dialogue with the Government of the UAE. The process was formalized through the signing of a Joint Communiqu at the ambassadorial level on 16 June 2010 consistent with the provisions of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic/ Consular Relations. HE Delano Bart signed on behalf of the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis. In making the selection of the candidate Cabinet considered two options: namely, identifying one of our citizens resident in the UAE to serves as Honorary Consul or identifying and appointing one of our nationals already serving in a consular post and who can be deployed there with greater ease. (cont’d on page 10)BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – Christians in St. Kitts and Nevis will celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ on Sunday 8th April with special services. Last Sunday, congregations from the Zion Moravian Church, the Wesley Methodist Church, the St. George’s Anglican Church, The Salvation Army and the Immaculate Conception CoCathedral attended a Palm Sunday Service at The Circus in downtown Basseterre organised by the St. Kitts Christian Council. The Service was attended by members of the clergy including Bishop of the Co-Cathedral of St. John’s-Basseterre, the Most Rev. Kenneth Richards; Venerable Archdeacon Valentine Hodge of the Anglican Church, Dr. Wycherley Gumbs of the Methodist Church; Father Bernard Latus of the Catholic Church and St. Kitts and Nevis observes holiest days of the year this weekend Rev. Hilton Joseph of the Moravian Church. After the blessing of the palms by the clergy lead their respective congregations up Fort Street and to the various churches to continue to commemorate the Lord’s entrance into Jerusalem. All churches have organised traditional events. The Catholic Clergy traveled to Antigua for the annual meeting (cont’d on page 10) Bishop of the Co-Cathedral of St. John’s-Basseterre, Most Rev. Kenneth Richards and other members of the clergy.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 06TH 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 On Your Mark..... Set..... Time and time again we have drawn our readers’ attention to the open and incessant calls by persons opposite for acts of violence intended to bring about the removal of the Prime Minister and the downfall of the Labour Government. We feel ourselves constrained to return to this matter yet again. Last week Wednesday night The Honourable Mr Vance Amory hosted the call-in programme ‘On Your Mark’ over VON Radio, during the course of which a well known PAM activist and platform speaker openly, clearly and emphatically stated that if there is no electoral reform PAM’s way then there will be a bloody revolution in this country. On another radio talk show programme (in St. Kitts), another big PAM activist – in an email – spoke of what had happened to Maurice Bishop in Grenada and stated, quite unequivocally, that such a fate will soon be visited upon someone here in St Kitts and Nevis. The host of the show, having read out the e-mail in detail, then went on to ‘condemn’ the contents and intentions of the note. The contents of the e-mail constitute ‘incitement’ to commit criminal acts. Reading it out at-all amounts to a facilitation of that incitement. No amount of apologising and ‘condemning’; or using a disclaimer can erase that fact. This brings us to a major concern, namely the outrageous and highly irresponsible manner in which some media are facilitating this seemingly endless summoning of our people to indulge in acts of violence and criminal behaviour, under the guise of being democratic and exercising the right of free speech, all with the sole intention of ‘getting rid of Douglas’ and bringing down the Labour Government. People of St Kitts and Nevis, in particular members of the ‘now’ generation, there is nothing new about this. It is all characteristic of the so-called People’s Action Movement (PAM) From the very outset this has been their way getting rid of Labour and getting into power by any and all means necessary. In the 1960s that was the methodology which they employed leading right up to armed violence and the attempted overthrow of the Labour Party shortly after it had been returned to power with an overwhelming majority, both demographically and in Parliament. It has become quite clear that the calls are highly orchestrated and are very much part of a systematic propaganda campaign with one end (and only one end) in mind bringing down Dr Douglas and ousting Labour from power BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY. Once again this newspaper calls on The Commissioner of Police to take careful note of what has been going on, particularly the oft repeated calls for the people to rise up against the government, as well as the utterances which are clearly intended to cause people to develop a disregard for the law, and to treat as acceptable such notions as the ‘Maurice Bishop Affair’ and Colonel Ghadaffi’s head stopping a bullet. We also reiterate our 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. Again, we recommend that the reminder be given both verbally and in writing. To all citizens of this country we point out that democracy is under serious threat from a group of persons who do not care for you the people, but who are very good at pretending to be so. We call on you to stand firm with Labour and resist the calls of the evil doers. We call on all Labour Comrades, in particular, to stand firm with your Prime Minister and Leader, and be ready to defend your lawfully elected Labour Government to the hilt. Hold the fort, and be ye not moved. This week is Holy Week and Sunday marks the beginning of the Easter Season.We wish everyone and blessed and peaceful Easter. Youth Outreach Dance Ministry Easter Camp Press Release After 10 years in the dance Industry, the Youth Outreach Dance Ministry / School of Dance is providing the community with an Easter camp program for children between ages 6-15 years, as a means of impacting and empowering our youths for Christ. The camp is scheduled to take place from Tuesday 10th – Friday 20th April at the St Johnston Community Centre starting 9:00am – 4:00pm. The program will be a life-changing opportunity to reach youths for Christ in a local and global context. Since its inception in 2001, the Ministry has been raising a successful generation through the fine arts, and now, we are happy to reach this milestone, said Ms. Andrea Caines, Director and choreographer of this Ministry. Ms. Caines has been a strong believer in the faith for 12 years now, and enjoyed working with children of different background, races, & culture. The purpose of the camp is to support and empower young people in order to reach their full potential in the fine arts spiritually, mentally, socially and physically. We have a wide range of activities for the children to keep them quite busy on the 2-week program, said Ms. Caines. They would be fitted into an environment which creates an enjoyable, satisfying and rewarding spiritual experience. At this camp, your child will be trained in a safe Christ-centred discipline making Ministry. Our theme is “A Time to Rejoice.” At the end of the camp, the Ministry will host an Easter program, where parents will be given the opportunity to witness the talents and skills of their campers. This event will take place on Saturday 21st April at the Zion Moravion Church, Victoria Road starting 6:00pm sharp. It is free of cost, but a love offering will be collected to defray some of the expenses. If you are interested, please feel free to contact Ms. Caines at 668-7371. Space is limited!!! SO Tell MePersevere To Success from her Mother, grandmothers and grandfathers. From the time she started school, her focus was to finish whatever she started and failure was never an option. At an early age she knew what career path she wanted to pursue. Samantha at three years old began her academic journey. She attended the Learning Tree center in Queens New York from 1987 to 1990 then on to Highland Elementary School in Queens New York for grade 1st through 8th from 1990 to 1998 From 1998 through 2002 she went on to The Bronx High School of Science in Bronx New York and there she completed the 9th through the 12th grade. She received her Regency Diploma and off she went to John Jay College of Criminal Justice from 2002 to Dr. Samantha Allyson Sheppard was born 2nd September 1984 in New York City to the parents of Vanessa Edwards Sheppard (Mother) from the island of St Kitts/Nevis and Louis A. Sheppard (Father) from the island of Antigua and Barbuda. As a little girl, she always liked to read books, a trait she inherited 2006 where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forensic Science and graduated cum laude. From 2006 through 2012 she went on to the CUNY Graduate Center via Hunter College where she obtained a Masters of Philosophy (M.Phil.) and a Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Cellular Biology. Samantha Allyson Sheppard exercises strong faith in Almighty GOD. With perseverance and hard work Samantha has finally reached the top of the ladder in her academic pursuits. She was given the honor and privilege to work for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City starting April 2012. She will be researching Cancer Biology in the second best Cancer institute in the United States. Congratulations as we now refer to you as DR.SAMANTHA ALLYSON SHEPPARD, RESEARCH SCIENTIST.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 06TH 2012 3 NEWS Police investigates shooting at New Road Project; no injuries reported By Drizel Hanleymotor vehicles and the home were damaged as result of the gun shots,” Hector added. He further indicated that crime scene technicians visited and processed the scene and investigations are ongoing so as to locate the perpetrators. Head of the Criminal Investigations Department, Inspector Charles Smithen is appealing to the culprits to report to the nearest Police Station, as all efforts will be made to bring them to justice Police are investigating a shooting incident which occurred last Sunday, April 1 at New Road Housing Project. According to Police Press and Public Relations Officer of the Royal St.Christopher and Nevis Police Force, Sgt Stephen Hector, a group of persons were seated on a bench, at the New Road Housing Project, when they were shot at several times. “No bodily injuries were reported. However, two parked Make certain that you reach use our new Email address: info@sknunion.comBlack San Bang a Lang, Tractorcade incorporates the aspect of eating and buying local By Drizel Hanley Community members and visitors came out in their numbers dressed in costumes promoting the importance of buying and eating local at the Sandy Point Black San Bang a Lang, Tractorcade held in Sandy Point, Saturday last, march. 31. Local farmers used the opportunity to showcase and sell their finest agricultural produce to the general public; while the Sandy Point Agricultural Co-op displayed posters, banners, placards and flyers in an effort to promote agriculture and healthy living. Tractors of all sizes took to the streets of Sandy Point in grand style to kick-off the community event. Tractorcade’, combined the pulsating street jam sessions that nationals enjoy with a focus on ‘Eating local and Buying local’ produce. The action continued with the RAM’S SPIRIT Game Show on Thursday, April, 5 which carried a grand prize of EC$3,000. It was a day when families came up against families in different segments, including a Family Feud battle to the top and a Ram’s Price is Right segment with lots of special prizes to be won! On Good Friday (April 6), a Bike-a-thon will be held, with free food and drinks for participants and a chance to win prizes. The island-wide race starts off at 11:00 AM in Romney Ground and will trail westward, ending at the festival’s Sandy Bank venue in Sandy Point. Later that evening Black San’s parent organization, SPIRIT, presents its first ever BLACK SAN’ Drama festival. The event features regionally-renowned playwrights and producers, such as Moses Byron of St. Kitts Actors, Keisha Isaac of Nubian Arts and O’Loughlin Tatem of Poinciana Pro. Miss Black San Swimsuit Pageant is scheduled for Sunday, April 8 at Pump Bay; Black San J’ouvert will be held on Monday, April, 9; Friday, 13 Bang-a-Lang avenue; Saturday, 14-Knockshore Night; Sunday, 15Easter Canon Ball Hunt and King a d San Finals and Saturday 21-Black San Parade and Last Lap Fete. Miss Black San Swimsuit Pageant The festivities are sponsored by: RAMs, SKNVibes, LIME, TDC, Carib Brewery (St. Kitts and Nevis) Ltd., GSquared Arts, Delisle Walwyn & Co. Ltd, Tombstone International, TruCapo, Daniel’s Trading Ltd, Triumph Beauty Store, Kantours Travel, Dollar Stretcher, St. Kitts Auto Services, E&K Supermarket, G-Spot Night Club, St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla National Bank Ltd, Kyss 102.5fm, FND Co-operative Credit Union, LOCK Off Records, Cane Juice, S.L.Horsford & Co. Ltd, Sky Safari Tours and Lenox Warner & Partner.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 06TH 2012 4 NEWS TRADE UNION NEWS By: Batumba Tak General Secretary Government to discuss fairer pricing system for cooking gas with suppliers BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) The Cabinet of the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis has expressed a resolve to engage suppliers of cooking gas to investigate whether a fairer pricing system, namely the Mont Belvieu System instead of the Mean Caribbean Posting, should be used as a benchmark for the standardisation of the pricing of cooking gas imported into the twin-island Federation. Minister of Information, Sen. the Hon. Nigel Carty disclosed on Friday that at last week’s Cabinet Meeting, it was agreed that the practice of offsetting taxes due by the suppliers against government transfers to the suppliers will be discontinued in order to improve transparency and accountability in government’s tax collection policy. Mr. Carty in the post Cabinet Briefing noted that the importation, distribution and pricing of LPG or cooking gas in St. Kitts and Nevis is The St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union Represented at a PANCAP/ILO Training Workshop in Antigua Returning to the Federation on Thursday 30th March, 2012 after attending a PANCAP/ILO two –day Regional Workshop on Capacity Building for Workers’ Organizations on HIV and AIDS and the World of Work were Cde’s. Batumba Tak and Leon Cuffy, General Secretary and Executive Member respectively. The Training workshop brought together Trade Union Leaders from the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago, St. Kitts and Nevis and host country Antigua and Barbuda. The Opening ceremony was charied by Dr. Andre Vincent Henry, Principal Consultant, Trinidad and Tobago. Also in attendance at the opening ceremony were Mr. Hesketh Williams, Labour Commissioner, Mr. Pascall Kentish, Senior Labour Relations Officer and Senator David Massiah, President, Antigua and Barbuda Workers Union (ABWU). The Advisory team comprised of Mr. Dale Beresford, Occupational Safety and Health Officer/HIV/AIDS Coordinator, Guyana, and Ms. Paula Robinson, Senior Specialist on Workers’ Activities, Trinidad and Tobago. The Workshop Facilitators were Dr. Henry, Mr. Oswald Hannays, Antigua and Barbuda. ILO Representatives were Ms. Madhuri, HIV/AIDS Specialist, Trinidad and Tobago, while the Administrative portion was taken care of by Ms. Liz Mazelie-Nicholas, Administrative/Finance Assistant. PANCAP was represented by Mr. Russell James, Senior Accounts Clerk, Guyana. It was agreed by all that the workshop was very timely and the group sessions were very engaging and fruitful. During the panel discussion a number of issues came to the fore. It was noted that in in the fight for survival, HIV/AIDS is not even at the top of the agenda, and even though most workers want to be apart of the discussions on HIV/AIDS, they do not play an active part. They would prefer to be more involved when it comes to the bread and butter issues. It was also acknowledged that Unions are very knowledgeable on the issues of HIV/AIDS, but that knowledge is not channel down to the rank and file members in a speedy manner. But who? If not the Union, who are supposed to be in a better position to educate their members about the danger of HIV/AIDS. It was also said that come June the fight against HIV/AIDS will be thirty years old and many countries still do not have a National Workplace HIV/AIDS Policy and participants were encouraged to lobby their respective governments to pass it into law when they return home. Participants were also of the opinion that someone in their respective Union must be identified to deal with HIV/AIDS matters on a daily basis, and said that the core of the Union is to protect the core workers’ rights and even though most workers’ are afraid to stand up we must continue to bring a voice to the voiceless. It was also said that Unions need to play a more forceful role in the protection of workers’ rights at the workplace, and to stop thinking tactically and think strategically, because we have a responsibility to protect the rights of workers’ because workers’ rights have become an endangered species and we must not do anything to compromise workers’ rights. It was again stressed that most workers felt that when we protect someone who has HIV/AIDS we are protecting workplace rights and workers’ rights are human rights and we must not compromise workers’ rights. During the closing ceremony the participants were encouraged to grab the issue of HIV/AIDS with both hands, own it, and to run with it on behalf of all workers and more especially for those who are affected directly by this disease. A committee is expected to come out of this workshop to continue the discussion and work on all of the ideas that came out of the workshop with a view to have them implemented in the various countries. It was also agreed that in countries where there is no National HIV/ AIDS Workplace and other disease Policy that Unions should lobby their Governments to have a National Policy in place urgently. Closing remarks came from Ms. Supersad and Ms. Robinson who recapped the main points that came out during the two day discussion and encouraged the participants (Unions) to partner with other institutions, especially those with the technical expertise in hosting training workshops such as this one. In his closing remarks Cde. Senator David Massiah also recapped some of the matters that were discussed and declared that the workshop was very fruitful and encouraged the participants to put what they learn at the workshop to good use by continuing to protect the workers’ rights at the workplace. In addition, he said that we may not want to do it, we might not feel we need to do it, but we have an obligation to do it on behalf of all workers now and those in the future as well. As I leave today I leave you with one of our local fruits called soursop. Not many people (especially the younger generations) know that soursop fruit (also part of the soursop tree, ie leaves) keep hidden strength to fight cancer effectively than with treatment using medicines and chemo therapy. As a matter of fact not too long ago I visited a local shop to buy a bottle of soursop drink and was told by the proprietor that she realize that she can’t make enough soursop drink because they are just going like hot bread and butter and sought my help in getting some soursop fruit for her.SoursopA study published by the Journal of Natural Products mentioned that the soursop fruit as the “miracle fruit” that it is very nutritious for health, including: 1. Can effectively pick and choose the target bad cells from 12 different types of cancer, namely breast cancer, prostate, lung, colon, pancreas. 2. Working 10 thousand times more powerful to postpone cell growth cancer than drug (andriamicin) or chemo therapy. 3. Soursop juice selectively hunt down and kill the bad cells and not harm/kill healthy cells, in contrast with a deadly chemo therapy evil and gets healthy cells (ie causing hair loss). 4. Increase in energy, immune system, preventing it from infection, etc. governed by the Price of Goods Act, Cap. 18.09 of the laws of the Federation. The Price of Goods Act is intended to give government reasonable control over the pricing and the supply of certain basic and important commodities to protect consumers from the arbitrary and market-driven pricing schemes regulated by the economic principles of supply and demand. “In fact, despite the rapid increases in the costs associated with the importation of cooking gas over the last 7 years, the price of cooking gas has remained stable since 2005 as a result of the application of the Price of Goods Act,” said Minister Carty. He said in a report brought before the Cabinet by the Hon. Minister of Finance and Prime Minister, the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas, it was observed that the mechanism for the pricing of cooking gas, namely the Mean Caribbean Posting (MCP) index, was too arbitrary, leading to an artificially higher price than necessary for the commodity. “It was further reported that between the two major suppliers of cooking gas, Delta and Sol, the price of the commodity varied significantly with poor justification. Worthy of note, the prices identified by the two companies varied by as much 32% in May of last year, 2011,” disclosed Mr. Carty, who further pointed out that prices for the 20lb cylinder were calculated at $48.00 for one company and at $63.58 for the other. The prices established for the 100lb cylinder of cooking gas were $230.00 and $276.26 respectively for the two companies. He further stated that since government has fixed the price of cooking gas at $30 for the 20 lb tank and at $140 for the 100lb tank, government’s subsidy has been calculated to be as much as $33.58 on each 20lb tank of gas and $136.00 on each 100lb tank of gas, sold to consumers. This subsidy is quite significant and totaled around $5 million for the year 2011. For more information visit the Communication’s Unit of the Office of the Prime Minister Website at www.cuopm.org or www.cuopm.com or contact


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 06TH 2012 5 NEWS The Thinking Citizen Calumniate! Calumniate! Some of it will always stick.That statement has been attributed to Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais. Beaumarchais’ statement seems to sum up the political philosophy which informs and inspires all of PAM’s political actions and activities. PAMites love to accuse the leaders of Labour of every conceivable sin under the sun including the charge of money laundering and other forms of corruption such as lack of transparency and failure to be accountable. The PAMites however, are not honest. They are just trying to fool and mislead the electorate. The PAM Government facilitated the registration and establishment of an offshore bank, with promoters of dubious character, in the Circus in downtown Basseterre. The Simmonds Administration was warned, by a leading member of the Labour Party, of the risks involved in the presence of the bank within our jurisdiction. However, Dr. Simmonds and his Cabinet Ministers paid no attention to the warning that had been given to them by the Labour Party Member.It happened that the promoters of the bank were wanted by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) who had been on the hunt for them. So when it was discovered that the wanted men were in St. Kitts, officers from the RCMP came to our country looking for the men. They however managed to slip out of St. Kitts before they could be caught and arrested. One leading newspaper reported that one of the men took up refuge in India or Pakistan. However, rather than blame themselves for the bad name which they brought upon our country, the PAMites blamed the Labour Party and its leaders. It was felt that it was nothing more than greed and selfishness that caused the PAM Government to permit the offshore bank to establish itself in St. Kitts. It was said that the bank was registered and incorporated in St. Kitts by a leading PAM lawyer. According to public information the Secretary of the bank was the father of the lawyer. But the matter gets “curiouser and curiouser” for although no Board meetings were ever held in St. Kitts and the Secretary had never attended any Board meetings he still was paid his monthly fees regularly every month. It would be foolish to ask why the Secretary was paid. That is the end of that matter. On 30th May, 1986, the PAM Prime Minister, Dr. Kennedy Simmonds signed a Loan Guarantee in the sum of US$25,330,000 in respect of Nautical Trading (St. Kitts) Ltd. Nautical trading (St. Kitts) Ltd was promoted by two Englishmen of dubious reputation, one of whom had served a jail sentence. Nautical Trading was registered and incorporated in St. Kitts by a well known PAM lawyer. Dr. Simmonds signed the Loan Guarantee without the knowledge or advice of his full Cabinet and without the professional guidance of his senior Civil Service Advisers. Dr. Simmonds never did inform the members of the National Assembly or the electorate of what he had done. The signing of the Loan Guarantee in the amount of US$25,330,000 was kept a secret from the professionals in the Civil Service, from the Members of the National Assembly, from the opposition Labour Party and from the country as a whole. Massa Caines was the de facto Minister of Finance during PAM’s period in office. From his position in the Ministry of Finance he influenced the source of the supplies to Government which were purchased by means of Local Purchase Orders. Also the Electricity Department engaged itself in the long-term rental of a vehicle from a business place in Basseterre with which the said Minister has been associated. It has been said that the total amount in rental earned by the business place, from Government, was more than enough to buy a brand new jeep or pickup truck from TDC or Horsford. The PAM Members of the CCM/PAM cabal love to rant and rave concerning the Reformed Electoral System. They have criticised the System, left, right and centre. But listen to this. The PAM Government passed legislation in November of 1983 that radically changed up our Electoral System. There was nothing wrong with the System. It was only that PAM could not mess with it and manipulate it. PAM did not like such a System and so brought in one in 1983 that they could manipulate. The new System was drafted at PAM Headquarters “Up de Hill” and fine-tuned in Cabinet at Government Headquarters on Church Street. The papers for the new System were handed out late one Friday afternoon for a meeting of the House scheduled for the following Monday morning. Debate and discussion on the new System in the House took roughly 45 minutes before it was passed into law. During the debate and the discussion in the House, the Labour Party Representatives tried to knock some sense into the heads of Dr. Simmonds and his men, but that did not work. The members on the Government side kept shouting the following at the Members on the Opposition side: “Shut up and sit down. This is PAM time now. When we finish with you all in here today, there will be no more Labour. We goin bury Labour 6 feet under.” People should be reminded that none of the individuals and organisations, who are critical of the Labour Party today, was critical of the new Electoral System that was in force from 1983 to 1995 during the period when PAM was in office. You ask why? Things were working out fine for them and there was no cause for complaint. A number of members of the CCM/PAM cabal can recite backwards and forwards the speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King in which he spoke of justice and righteousness. But you never heard those members of the cabal talking about Dr. Martin Luther King and justice and righteousness when PAM was in power. Maybe, just maybe, they only heard about Dr. Martin Luther King and justice and righteousness in 1999 when the Chairman of the PAM Party cried out to a startled nation that “Electoral Reform is an Urgent, National Priority”. You see, Electoral Reform was neither URGENT nor a PRIORITY when PAM was in power. Thank God for the Labour Party which has provided the opportunities for the members of the electorate to be literate, educated, well-informed and not easily swayed by silly childish and shallow political propaganda. The members of the cabal simply provide entertainment and amusement for the general public on a regular daily or weekly basis. They have been seen for whom they truly are – a bunch of jealous, envious, covetous, over-ambitious, egoistical, frustrated and hypocritical servants of Belial. They cannot be trusted. PAM misleaders are not honestMinister Skerritt continues to reject Britain’s APD increase from April 1 BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis’ of the British Government of increasing, starting Saturday, a tax to British holidaymakers. Last week, the administration of the United Kingdom confirmed that the Air Passenger Duty (APD) will rise by 8 per cent as of April 1, despite several criticisms of the initiative. “This measure will affect the economy of our area,” noted Skerritt, who is also Chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO). “The APD has contributed to the decrease in British tourists visiting our country and also the members of the Caribbean community in the United Kingdom have reduced their trips to the region,” pointed out Skerritt. According to Secretary General of the Caribbean Association of Hotels and Tourism, Alec Sanguinetti, nearly 1,373,600 tourists from the United Kingdom visited the region in 2007, while in 2010, that number dropped to 1,103,400. Recent statistics from the British Airways which flies from London-Gatwick on Tuesdays and Saturdays, brought in 8,329 passengers in 2011, compared to 7,822, an increase of 6.48 percent or 507 more passengers. Minister of Tourism, Sen. Hon. Richard Skerritt and other Caribbean tourism officials continue rejecting the decision


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 06TH 2012 6 NEWS ROTARY SPEAK SImmediate Past President of the Rotary Club of Liamuiga, Eustace Warner, Awarded Medal of Honour (MH)Basseterre, St Kitts (28 March 2012): At the recent Investiture Ceremony held at Government House, St. Kitts, Immediate Past President of the Rotary Club of Liamuiga, Mr. Eustace Warner, was presented with a Medal of Honour (MH) by Governor General of St. Kitts & Nevis, His Excellency, Sir Cuthbert M. Sebastian G.C.M.G., O.B.E., MD. Rotary IPP Eustace was awarded for his contribution to Community Service and Development. His military service began as a member the St. Kitts and Nevis Defence Force Band in 1953, where he advanced to Drum Major, a position in which he served from 1962 to 1968. This training no doubt prepared him for his work in other service areas. Mr. Warner was a member of the St. Kitts National Carnival Committee for the period 1958 to 1962. He also organized Carnival troupes which won prizes for the largest, most original and best performance in 1960 and 1961. In the dance arena, he was a member of the Endeavour Dance Club, a ballroom dancing club, for several years and also formed ballroom dance clubs for the Old Road and Sandy Point Communities as well as for the Nurses. He started the St. Kitts Dance Theatre (SKDT) in 1965 and was its President and Tutor until 1968 when he migrated to Canada. Following his return to St. Kitts in 1992, he again became Tutor for the His Excellency Affixing Medal Mr. Eustace Warner MH SKDT and is now its Principal Tutor. Mr. Warner has also held significant positions with the Jaycees, Boys Brigade Island Council, Haynes Smith Caribbean Talented Teen Pageant Committee and the Hope Chapel Methodist Church Outreach Programme. He has received accolades over the years which include Jaycee of the year 1968, National Arts Festival Committee Award in recognition of Outstanding Contribution to the Development of the Arts through the Aesthetics of Dance in 2002, Rotarian of the year 2005 and 2008, Rotary Dedicated Service Award 2007, and St. Kitts Nevis Independence Anniversary Business Award 2007 for Invaluable Contribution to the Community & Country. As a charter member of the Rotary Club of Liamuiga, Mr. Warner has been a Rotarian since 2003 and has served on the Board in various capacities since joining the Club. In late 2010, then President Eustace was awarded Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) recognition for his contribution to The Rotary Foundation (TRF). TRF is the Humanitarian Arm of Rotary International (RI). Paul Harris is the Founder of RI and was very involved in the development of Rotary, which grew from a single club established in Chicago on 23 February 1905 into the global Organisation that we know today. The Paul Harris Fellow Award was set up in memory of his work to recognise outstanding contributions to the ideals of Rotary. Mr. Warner also received awards while living in Canada where he was very active and served on the Boards of Associations such as the Anguilla Nevis St. Kitts Association Reunion (ANSAR) and St. Kitts Nevis Anguilla Association of Montreal. He continues the quest for peace and goodwill by assisting in the fight against crime through interfacing with gang members and former gang members and encouraging them to become productive members of society.The persons receiving awards at the Investiture Ceremony held on 21 March 2012 were as follows: Mrs. Morlene Whittaker – Officer of the British Empire (OBE) Mrs. Dorothy Hector – Member of the British Empire (MBE) Mrs. Theresa Richardson – Member of the British Empire (MBE) Mrs Mavis Harney – Companion of the Star of Merit (CSM) Pastor George Gilfillan – Medal of Honour (MH) Mr. Roy Maynard – Medal of Honour (MH) Mr. Winston ‘Zack’ Nisbette – Medal of Honour (MH) Mr. Eustace Warner – Medal of Honour (MH)His Excellency, PM Douglas, E Warner & His Guests Attending Ceremony His Excellency, PM Douglas & All Awardees


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 06TH 2012 7 NEWS BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – The Earl and Countess of Wessex enjoyed their recent visit to the Federation and have expressed thanks and best wishes to Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas and the people. “The Earl and Countess of Wessex have asked me to say how very grateful they were for your welcome when they visited St. Earl and Countess of Wessex thank PM Douglas, people Kitts and Nevis to represent Her Majesty The Queen in her Diamond Jubilee Year,” said Brigadier John Smedley, Private Secretary to Their Royal Highnesses. He said the programme with visits to the Basseterre National Park, Brimstone Hill Fortress, Joseph N. France General Hospital and the St. Christopher’s Children’s Home were excellent and Their Royal Highnesses “were grateful for the opportunity to talk to so many people.” “Their Royal Highnesses much enjoyed their visit and would be grateful if you would pass their thanks to members of your government and their staff for all the excellent arrangements,” said the letter to Prime Minister Douglas. The Earl and Countess of Wessex with residents and supervisors at the St. Christopher Children’s Home. The Earl of Countess (left) interacts with children after planting the 60th flamboyant tree at the Royal National Park as St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas (right) looks on. (Photos by Willet’s Photo). MS. HENRIETTA WATSON 102 ON TUESDAY, APRIL 10, 2012 THE WATSON FAMILY OF OLD ROAD WOULD LIKE ALL FRIENDS AND WELL WISHERS TO JOIN US IN EXTENDING WARM BIRTHDAY GREETINGS TO MS. HENRIETTA WATSON OF OLD ROAD, ST. KITTS, WHO IS CELEBRATING HER 102 BIRTHDAY ON TUESDAY, APRIL 10, 2012, BORN APRIL 10, 1910. MS. WATSON WAS THE MOTHER OF THE LATE ALPHONSO WATSON, BETTER KNOWN TO FRIENDS AND ASSOCIATES AS “DOUGIE” AND MS. CLARITA LOOBYwho she adopted at an early age and presently residing in the USA. Ms. Watson is the mother-in-law of Mrs. Eugenis Watson of Old Road. She is also supported by several grand children, great grandchildren at home and abroad including AVANEL WATSON and ORVILLE WATSON in Miami CHESIE WATSON and EDMUND HERBERT in Old Road, St. Kitts SHERIL LAKE in Anguilla, IDETA HART in New York and the proud grandmother of the late Police Corpral ADDISON WATSON of Old Road, St. Kitts, nieces and nephew RITA SPRINGETTE, NATILIE LAWS, ESTELLA MOSELEY and MILTON DUNCAN of Sandy Point now residing in the USA and DOREEN WILLIAMS in St. Croix. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM, GRANDMA, GREAT GRANDMA and AUNTIE MAY YOU LIVE TO SEE MANY MORE LIKE YOUR GRAND MOTHER WHO MADE IT TO HER 106th BIRTHDAY. LOVE ALWAYS, YOUR GRAND DAUGHTER AVANEL WATSON. The management and staff Labopur Spokesman congratulates MsHenriatta Watson and the etire Watson family on this special occassion.Centre Ms Henrietta Watson surrounded by family members


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 06TH 2012 8 NEWS BASSETERRE ST. KITTS (April 2, 2012) — Responding to a request by the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, the Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis has agreed to partner with the annual Camp Ezekiel to host a banquet for the camp’s participants on Saturday April 7. The camp is held over the Easter weekend. “The youth today represents tomorrow’s leaders and the Development Bank supports every initiative that prepares the youth for their future roles,” said Ms Danienne Brin, executive assistant to the bank’s General Manager Mr Lenworth Harris, as she presented the sponsorship cheque to Camp Ezekiel’s Vice President Ms Esmie Clarke on Tuesday March 27. “Camp Ezekiel will provide the perfect treat for youths during this coming Easter season as it has done in the past,” observed Ms Brin. “The Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis, which promotes the Federation’s human Ms Danienne Brin, Development Bank’s Executive Assistant (right) presents the sponsorship cheque for Camp Ezekiel’s banquet to Ms Esmie Clarke, the camp’s Vice President. Development Bank partners with Mt. Carmel Baptist Church’s Camp Ezekiel resource development through its Student Loans Programme, fully subscribes to the ideals of Camp Ezekiel and especially its theme this year.” The annual camp, which is into its sixth year is being hosted by the Mt. Carmel Baptist Training Union, and will be held on the church grounds from April 5-9 under the theme ‘Restoring Moral Values’. While it catered for 150 children last year an equal number is anticipated for this year. According to the Camp Coordinator, Mrs Malvis James, objectives of the camp are to support national efforts at curbing crime and violence and instil strong Christian values among the youths of the Federation and to restore self-confidence, respect, manners, conflict solving skills, love for one another and strong discipline. Camp Ezekiel’s Vice President Ms Esmie Clarke, who thanked the Development Bank for responding positively to their request, informed Ms Brin that the children will report to the camp on Holy Thursday (April 5), where they will remain until Easter Monday when they will be released to return to their respective homes. The camp is open to children three years and up to early twenties from all denominations. According to Ms Clarke, the main criterion for acceptance to the camp is that they must be Sunday school attendees, and church goers for the older one. Activities to keep them busy will include talks from various speakers, a banquet on Saturday and a walk from Lodge Project to Molineux on Monday. “We are trying to make them well rounded individuals,” observed Ms Clarke. “Right now I am starting a choir just for boys. We are looking at various ways of motivating them and as a result we won’t be singing all the time. We will have them go to visit the hospitals, visit the elderly, help others, and go out in the communities and try to clean up and that kind of stuff.” BASSETERRE, ST.KITTS: The 54th Annual Basil Henderson Easter Monday Aquatic Sport Meet will take place at the Basseterre Ferry Terminal on Monday, April 9th, 2012, starting at 9a.m. sharp. Mr. Lloyd Lazar, former Permanent Secretary in the Basil Henderson Easter Monday Aquatic Sport Ministry of Sport will once again be open the event. He the current Caribbean representative to the Commonwealth Advisory Board on Sport, as well as the Chairman of Special Olympics for St Kitts and Nevis. Pastor, Dr. Eustace Rawlins will be invoking God’s blessings on the proceedings as usual. The representative of the main sponsor, Courts is among speakers down for. this year’s event The 54th year of the Aquatic Sports Meet commemorates the life and times of the late Basil Henderson, a venerable patriarch, who gave his whole being to the 4-H organization. An organization which he started and nurtured in St. Kitts and Nevis. The Easter Monday Aquatic Sport Meet is being coordinated by Cultural Preservationist, Mr. Winston Zack Nisbett, who is supported by several dedicated volunteers, including Mr. Earl Clarke who has been a stalwart 4-H’er for 38 years. Besides the traditional swimming races, the fetching of the ham and the climbing of the greased pole, the newer event of kayaking is once again being sponsored by Dave Water Sports. Meanwhile, the popular greasy pole competitions have attracted sponsorship from Mr. Thomas Williams, who is giving the cash reward for the vertical pole. Ram’s and John Richard are donating one ham each for the horizontal greasy pole event. Mrs. Agnes Skerrit, one of the longest-serving 4-H members, not only in St. Kitts but in the entire Caribbean and one of the coarchitects of the 4H organisation’s development, will be handing out the prizes at around 4:00 p.m. The afternoon entertainment includes youth boxing exhibition matches (male and female), as well as the entertainment from various acts such as Garry, who will be exciting the audience with his limbo dancing. Music will be provided by DJ Dice. The organizers would like to thank in advance the business community for the magnitude of their invaluable support for this community development and enhancement sporting activity. This event continues to attract much family-oriented support from the general populace. OECS Regional Assembly to meet in Antigua in June BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, APRIL 2ND 2012 (CUOPM) Plans to host the inaugural session of the OECS Regional Assembly in Antigua on June 15 are moving into high gear. According to news from St. John’s, the Antigua capital, that’s when OECS heads of government are expected to convene the inaugural session of the OECS Assembly on a date close to the anniversary of the signing of the Revised Treaty of Basseterre which established the OECS Economic Union. The regional assembly is one of the new organs established under the Revised Treaty, and will provide a forum to debate issues affecting the sub-region. The OECS Assembly will comprise both Government and Opposition representatives from each member state, in numbers that reflect their proportionate representation in their respective Parliaments.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 06TH 2012 9 NEWS Bankers & Financial Services Association (BFSA)Public Information Notice Unauthorized Online Requests for Account Related Information Exercise care in providing information online CTO Chairman calls on tourism stakeholders to set aside differences that divide them BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, MARCH 30TH 2012 (CUOPM) In an address entitled, “There’s Never Been a More Crucial Time in Caribbean Tourism,” Chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO), Senator the Hon. Richard Skerritt says it was imperative stakeholders set aside the differences that divide them. “We don’t have to agree on everything in order to improve our own product standards and contribute to a better island experience for visitors. We don’t have to be political supporters of the government to understand that successful destination tourism is achieved only by uniters, not by dividers,” during an address at the Marriott Frenchman’s Reef and Morning Star Resort in St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands. The CTO chairman, who is also St. Kitts and Nevis’ Minister of Tourism, asserted cooperation was needed between states and with major stakeholders: “No matter who is in government, tourism success is crucial to our country’s future and must therefore be important to all of us. And we don’t have to be rocket scientists to learn that the public and private sectors need to be partners if we are to advance and sustain our market recovery.” Invoking the African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child,” Skerritt, a University of the Virgin Islands and University of Oxford scholar said the Caribbean must work together both as a destination and as a region to compete in a very complex and demanding tourism marketplace. “Ours is a marketplace that is overburdened by the stresses of life continued unemployment, high fuel prices, increasing food prices, worrying political conflict, and unprecedented natural disasters. But it is also a marketplace we think is ready to accept that Life Needs the Caribbean.” Pointing to the myriad issues affecting tourism from “taxation gone crazy” to intra-regional travel, advocacy, effective marketing, service excellence and the link between visitor expenditure and wealth creation the CTO chairman said tourism has become an even more competitive business since the recent US recession and consequent worldwide economic downturn. “Now is therefore the time to explore new possibilities,” he counseled, “and rather than sit back and wait for the tourists to come to us, we must work even harder and smarter to overturn complacency and become a region that is once again rife with tourism promise.” Chairman Skerritt contended future tourism success will need a more organized, proactive and creative private sector in order to drive new employment, investment and growth, while satisfying demanding visitors. “It will also need Government officials who give more than lip service to the concept of partnership.” To help deal with the marketplace challenges facing the region’s tourism industry, the CTO and its private sector partner Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) have injected new life into the Caribbean Tourism Development Company (CTDC) to market the Caribbean brand to global audiences, starting with the online marketing platform, Caribbeantravel.com. Virgin Islands hotelier and CHTA president-elect, Richard Doumeng, said that the renewed partnership is due, in no small way, to the skilled leadership of Minister Skerritt and CHTA President Josef Forstmayr, the co-chairs of CTDC. “For so long both nationally and regionally governments and businesses have lived in some sort of parallel universes, (but now) we have forged our way to a bright future of cooperation and results.” Senator Skerritt, a Rhodes scholar, congratulated local tourism stakeholders for hosting the meeting, and urged “in the final analysis this gathering will mean very little unless each of you Sen. the Hon. Richard “Ricky” Skerritt (right) with United States Virgin Islands tourism officials in St. Thomas. (Virgin Islands Daily News photo) leaves here more committed to identify and take action on what needs to be done for your own future tourism success .... now is the time for doing. Now is the time for action.” Also addressing the meeting was Hugh Riley, CTO’s Secretary General. Both Senator Skerritt and Riley have embarked on a series of road trips to spread the Caribbean tourism gospel to CTO members. USVI Commissioner of Tourism Beverly Nicholson-Doty said the US Virgin Islands is fully committed to a united approach to marketing the Caribbean region as a preferred tourism destination and declared her support for consolidated regional approaches. Commissioner NicholsonDoty voicing her endorsement said: “As the Virgin Islands we may often think that we can go it alone, but I am here this morning to assure you that we can’t.” Underscoring the Caribbean brand has never been more important she contended: “It is so crucial for us as a region to recognize our dependence and inter-dependence on each other to survive.” Banding together, she added, was especially critical on issues such as airlift and cruise calls to the region. confidential information and are advised that they should not click on any links in such emails. The BFSA reminds customers that banks will never request them to provide username, password, answers related to security questions, or other such information online. Members of the public are asked to advise their bankers, should they receive these online requests. The Bankers & Financial Services Association was formed in 2001 and comprises the following Financial Institutions: Bank of Nevis Ltd., Bank of Novia Scotia, CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank Ltd., RBTT Bank Caribbean Ltd., Royal Bank of Canada, and the St Kitts-NevisAnguilla National Bank Ltd. Basseterre, 27 March, 2012 – The Bankers & Financial Services Association (BFSA) wishes to respond to the increase in number of requests customers receive, to provide confidential account related information online. The public is advised that in order to avoid unauthorized access to their accounts, they should exercise due care and diligence in providing information on their accounts online. Customers are asked to be aware of any email requesting


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 06TH 2012 10 NEWS Consistent with the change in policy of the UAE as it relates to the recognition of Honorary Consuls, the Government had to resort to the second option. For the avoidance of doubt it must be noted that the process was already in train when Minister Condor assumed the position of Minister with responsibility of Foreign Affairs in 2010. The process continued during his tenure. In endeavouring to complete the process as part of its regular duties, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a Diplomatic Note dated February 14, 2011(initialled by a Senior Foreign Service Officer) requested approval to set up our Consulate. The Government of St. Kitts and Nevis sought and received approval for the appointment of the Consul General to Dubai and is satisfied that Ms. Alex Woodley, the officer designated for the post and who currently serves in a dual capacity as Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of St. Kitts and Nevis to the United Nations and who also, without compensation for the last nine years, performs the duties of Deputy Consul General in New York, is eminently qualified. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Finance and a Masters of Laws in International Taxation. She is a Certified Professional Accountant (CPA). Ms Woodley has over sixteen years experience in the field of international relations and diplomacy having also acted in the absence of the Permanent Representative/Head of Mission to the United Nations. Having received the approval since 2010 and following at least two visits by the Rt. Honourable Prime Minister during which the matter was again raised, it was necessary for the Government to complete the accreditation process and the related logistics/administrative arrangements to ensure that the Federation was serious and credible. The composition of the delegation that travelled to Dubai on March 14, 2012 was informed by the interrelatedness of the issues to be discussed and the actions to be taken to advance the establishment of the Consulate. The various members of the delegation acted in the ambit of their respective remits. The Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister was integrally involved in the previous decisions relating to this matter when she served as the PS in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She currently serves in the Office of the Prime Minister who has responsibility for the Citizenship Investment Programme that falls under the portfolio of the Rt. Honourable Prime Minister. The present Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was nominated as the Accounting/Administrative Officer in the Ministry which will have oversight of the Consulate when it is established. The Consul General designate was included given the need to finalize the accreditation process and to complete the accreditation process and to acquaint herself with the environment in which she would soon be resident. The composition of the delegation was justified and the Government was convinced that there was no breach of the established procedures of the Service. In fact, the Minister was informed and he raised no objection to the inclusion of his Permanent Secretary on the delegation at that time. During its visit to Dubai, the delegation not only focussed on the establishment of the Consulate but also held fruitful discussions with the UAE officials on the issues of renewable energy and membership of St. Kitts and Nevis in the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) as well and addressed the topic of the Tax Information Exchange Agreement (TIEA) which is of mutual interest to both countries. Discussions also centred around the Visa Waiver Agreement and its related benefits to the tourism industry and the generation of the Foreign Direct Investment. The objectives of the visit were therefore met and it is now the intention of the Government to move swiftly to consider the budgetary and other implications that will lead to the opening of the Consulate in Dubai so that the interests of the nation and its people could be duly served. Machinery In Motion To Beautify St. Kitts Basseterre, St. Kitts (SKNIS): A key piece of machinery has been commissioned to beautify St. Kitts with the handing over of a Motorized Mower to the Parks and Beaches Unit in Ministry of Health. The machine was handed over by representatives of the Republic of China (Taiwan) this morning in a brief ceremony chaired by Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Andrew Skerritt. The Acting P.S. said the Republic of China (ROC) has been long serving in their assistance to, and development of our people here in St. Kitts and Nevis. Resident Ambassador of the ROC to the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis Mr. Miguel Tsao, thanked the Minister of Health Hon. Marcella Liburd and her team for their hard work and direction of the Ministry and said the ROC is always happy to assist in helping to keep St. Kitts and Nevis one of the top 10 most beautiful destinations in the world. “St. Kitts and Nevis indeed is a paradise” said Ambassador Tsao. “The scenery here is captivating and breathtaking. That is one of the many many reasons the twin island country is considered one of the top ten touristic destinations in the world.” “This is not only a Government achievement, but also happiness, a tangible result shared by all in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis” he also said. “Your country is blessed with such beautiful mountain, pristine beaches and awesome landscapes that is a gift from God.” In giving brief remarks, Minister of Health Hon. Marcella Liburd described the ceremony as small, but having a huge impact on the appearance of this country. “We are always delighted to be partnering with the republic of China on Taiwan” said Minister Liburd. “Over the last 28 years when you look around this country, you could see the impact of that partnership on all of us here in St. Kitts and Nevis. We are very grateful and thankful for the support of the Taiwanese Government and people.” The Minister also took the opportunity to commend and congratulate the Parks and Beaches Unit, who in 2011 were recognized at the St. Kitts Tourism Authority Awards for their efforts to beautify St. Kitts for residents and visitors alike. “We in the Department of Health and indeed the Parks and Beaches Unit take much pride in the beautification of our country and the country recognizes that” said the Health Minister. “Only very recently in the last Tourism Banquet, this unit got the award for the impact on the environment. And so, we would want to work with them and try to see how we could make it easier for them to work to beautify the country, and this is just one step in that direction” she also said. The Minister added that the donation of this piece of landscaping equipment will further demonstrate the Ministry of Health and the ROC’s commitment to partnership for a more beautiful St. Kitts and Nevis. and Chrism Mass on Holy Tuesday. The Holy Thursday Adoration at the Altar of the Repose (Garden of Gethsemane) starts at 8:30 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. On Good Friday, the Stations of the Cross will be held in Independence Square at 9.00 am led by the Altar Servers and the Celebration of the Passion of the Lord will be held in the CoCathedral at 3.00 pm. The Easter Vigil is at 10:00 P.M. on Saturday and the Resurrection Mass on Easter Sunday at 9:00 A.M. Holy Week begins with the Passion of the Our Lord. Before 1955 this Sunday was known in the Roman Rite simply as Palm Sunday and the preceding Sunday as Passion Sunday. From 1955 to 1971 it was called Second Sunday in Passiontide or Palm Sunday. To commemorate the entrance of the messiah into Jerusalem, to accomplish his paschal mystery, it is customary to have before Mass a blessing of palm leaves (or other branches, for example olive branches). The blessing ceremony, preferably held outside the church includes the reading of a Gospel account of how Jesus rode into Jerusalem humbly on a donkey, reminiscent of a Davidic victory procession, and how people placed palms on the ground in front of him. Immediately following this great time of celebration in the entering of Jesus into Jerusalem, he begins his journey to the cross. This is followed by a procession or solemn entrance into the church, with the participants holding the blessed branches in their hands. The Mass itself includes a reading of the Passion, the narrative of Jesus’ capture, sufferings and death, as recounted in one of the Synoptic Gospels. Before the reform of the rite by Pope Pius XII, the blessing of the palms occurred inside the church within a service that followed the general outline of a Mass, with Collect, Epistle and Gospel, as far as the Sanctus. The palms were then blessed with five prayers, and a procession went out of the church and on its return included a ceremony for the reopening of the doors, which had meantime been shut. After this the normal Mass was celebrated. The days between Palm Sunday and Holy Thursday are known as Holy Monday (or Fig Monday), Holy Tuesday and Holy Wednesday (sometimes called Spy Wednesday). The Gospels of these days recount events not all of which occurred on the corresponding days between Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem and his Last Supper. For instance, the Monday Gospel tells of the Anointing at Bethany (John 12:1-9), which occurred before the Palm Sunday event described in John 12:12-19. The Chrism Mass, whose texts the Roman Missal now gives under Holy Thursday, may be brought forward to one of these days, to facilitate participation by as many as possible of the clergy of the diocese together with the bishop. This Mass was not included in editions of the Roman Missal before the time of Pope Pius XII. In this Mass the bishop blesses separate oils for the sick (used in Anointing of the Sick), for catechumens (used in Baptism) and chrism (used in Baptism, but especially in Confirmation and Holy Orders, as well as in rites such as the blessing of an altar and a church). Photos show congregations of the various churches moving along Fort Street. (Photos by Erasmus Williams) Cabinet Statement.............. (cont’d from page 1) St. Kitts and Nevis observes holiest days ........ (cont’d from page 1)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 06TH 2012 11 NEWS Cariela Liburd crowned the 2012 Basseterre High School queen By Drizel Hanley Last Saturday (March 31), Miss Life Skills, Cariela Liburd was crowned the 2012 Basseterre High School queen. The pageant which was held at Carnival Village, Warner Park, Basseterre, saw five beauties vying for the title in the Promotional Speech, Creative Wear, Performing Talent, Evening Wear and Interview segments. Along with the crown Miss Liburd got the top awards for the Creative Wear and Interview segments with 102 points and 146 points respectively. At the end of the show, Queen Cariela amassed a total of 606 points. Among her prizes was a 32inch plasma flat screen television compliments Seymour Williams of Island Auto Supplies. Miss Technology and Society, Theocita Allen snatched the Firstrunner up position amassing a total of 577.5 points. She also won the Performing Talent segment with a score of 156 points. The Second-runner-up position was secured by Miss Youth at Risk, Onida Tyrell who scored a total of 551 points. She also pinned down the Promotional Speech segment with a score of 136.65 points. The Evening Wear segment was won by Ashlee Liburd with 79 points. The other contestants were Dwashema Liburd, Miss Student Community Relations and Miss School and National Pride. Live entertainment was provided by the Grand Masters Band, Kittitian Superstars winner Kayda Bass, the Dance Electric Moves Dance Academy and the Youth Musical Sound. Photo Caption: Miss Basseterre High School, Miss Life Skills, Cariela Liburd. PM Douglas to visit India on Official Working Visit BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, APRIL 3RD 2012 (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas left here on Tuesday at the start of an Official Visit to the Republic of India.Dr. Douglas, accompanied by Senior Assistant Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, Ms. Beverly Knight, will be joined in London His Excellency Mr. Kevin Isaac, St. Kitts and Nevis’ High Commissioner to the Court of St. James, before travelling to New Delhi.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 06TH 2012 12 NEWS Strive to match the demand for food needed, Nevis Agriculture Minister tells producers success in agriculture; identifying interventions aimed at improving farm income and developing and introducing appropriate technologies suitable for different agro-industries and target beneficiaries. “Indeed we have achieved much. However, let us not be complacent. Let us strive to include every possible stakeholder in the agricultural sector to participate in this event. He spoke of the variety of exhibitors that were drawn to the 2012 Open Day and the impressive range and quality of products on display. “This is testimony to the potential of our stake holders to become major players in production, consumption and the trading of various types of agricultural produce. These products include cotton, vegetables, jellies and wines, meats, livestock products and root crops. I take pride in this success, this economic opportunity and congratulate all the producers and exhibitors for a job well done,” he said. The Agriculture Minister also recognised the contribution of the Patron, a retired fisherman and farmer with over 60 years experience in the fishing industry. “Luther as we all know is one of the founding members of the Nevis Fishermen Supplies and Marketing Cooperative Society. He served as president for seven years and assisted with the management of the Fisheries Complex. The department of Agriculture and the Nevis Island Administration by extension salute you. Mr. Williams it is my prayer that God would continue to bless you and your family. With so many years as a farmer and fisherman, I am confident that you have influenced at least one young villager to follow in your footsteps,” he said. Notwithstanding, with regard to the cooperatives, Mr. Hector said the Department chose to focus its efforts in that specific area because 2012 was being celebrated as the International year of Cooperatives. He said the time had come for a breath of new life into some of the existing cooperatives on the island and congratulated the efforts of the Cooperative Department and its role in the island’s development as an Division for its new thrust. “I am advised that our Junior Banking Saving within our primary schools is in excellent standing with approximately $500,000, a success story that we have shared with our Jamaican counterparts who visited us earlier this year to observe the level of activity within our primary schools. “I applaud the new vision of the Director of Cooperatives to begin the promotion of the thrift and industry among our church youths,” he said. Meantime, the Minister publicly acknowledged all who had worked with the Ministry of Agriculture as he thanked the staff for their hard work and dedication to ensure the exhibition was staged for the past 18 years. “I cherish the support you have given to me as Minister of Agriculture for the past six years. As a team, our achievements include the establishment of an agro processing facility; reintroduction of cotton as an export crop; increase in farmer base and acreage under production, removal of farmers from the use of low technology and exposed them Minister of Agriculture on Nevis Hon. Robelto Hector (r) presents over a certificate of Appreciation to Brown Hill Fisherman/Farmer Mr. Luther Williams at the opening ceremony of the 18th annual Agriculture Open day hosted by the Department of Agriculture under his patronageNIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (MARCH 30, 2012) — Minister of Agriculture in the Nevis Island Administration Hon. Robelto Hector urged producers including the Department of Agriculture, to strive to match the demand for food needed, since food production was linked to poverty, hunger, trade and development. The Minister was at the time delivering remarks at the 18th annual Agriculture Open Day on March 29-30, 2012, hosted by the Department of Agriculture at the Villa Grounds in Charlestown. This year’s exhibition was held with the theme “Strengthening Cooperative Enterprises for Sustainable Agriculture Development”, under the patronage farmer/fisher Mr. Luther Williams of Brown Hill Village.He said the Agriculture Department had achieved much over the years and reflected on their successes. “As we reflect, we can indeed conclude that we have achieved the objectives of showcasing our Deputy Premier in the Nevis Island Administration Hon. Hensley Daniel was among those at the 18th annual Department of Agriculture Open Day at the Villa Grounds in Charlestown to new and improved methods of production; offering great incentives to support the sector, created and maintained a by local campaign, doubled our refrigeration capacity at the Marketing Unit. “Introduced new bloodlines in our livestock industry, expanded our production and service at the Abattoir; maximised training opportunities for officers and farmers and opened a state of the art market complex in Charlestown. Later this year we will commence construction of our fishing complex in Charlestown and continued training of our staff and farmers,” he said. The Agriculture Minister also commended the teachers of both primary and secondary schools for their efforts which continued to expose students to agriculture. He also thanked the Inter American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) through its representative Mr. Augustine Merchant for the shade house they had provided for the students of the Gingerland Secondary School and promoting agriculture among farmer organisations on Nevis. The Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) through its representative Ms. Pathleen Titus for the provision of a shade house which was being used as a demonstration unit at the agriculture station at Prospect. He also thanked the Republic of China on Taiwan who recently donated a cheque of US$38,000 which would be used towards the purchase of a tractor in response to a request made at the Embassy in Basseterre. Mr. Hector further disclosed that the small farm equipment pool at the Department of Agriculture would be complimented with two additional tractors thanks to the Federal Government and the Nevis Island Administration who he said had allowed for increased land preparation in a timely basis for farmers which would ultimately result in greater production yields. Members of the Nevis public patronise the Abattoir’s stall at the 18th annual Department of Agriculture Open Day at the Villa Grounds in Charlestown agricultural sector. However, he challenged the longstanding groups to reflect and begin the necessary discussions aimed at the promotion of sustainability. Mr. Hector pointed to the Junior Banking Saving at the primary schools which he said was doing well and applauded the Cooperative


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 06TH 2012 13 NEWS VIEW POINT BYV. E. INNISS The Resurrection of Christ (Part 5) In this final discussion on Easter-related topics an attempt will be made to explore the doctrine of resurrection. What does it mean? You ask. The Greek word “ANASTASIS” which signifies “a rising or rising up” when used in that era was clearly understood by all and sundry. It is used in Scripture to designate the future general rising by the power of God, of the bodies of all men from the sleep of death. Resurrection, therefore, as the return to life after death was a vague notion in the Old Testament. Job pondered the question “If mortals die, will they live again?” (Job 14:14). Daniel also touched on the issue when he said that “some who sleep would be awakened to everlasting life” (Daniel 12: 2-3). In the New Testament the subject of the resurrection took on a new significance. During our Lord’s ministry on earth, He revived people from death including Lazarus; the daughter of Jairus; the son of the widow at Nain. Christ Himself was resurrected on the third day after His death on the cross (read Luke 24:5). Of all the lives that have suddenly closed on the face of the earth, no one seemed more like a failure and defeat than did the life of our Lord Jesus Christ. To be hanged on a tree “was, in the estimation of men, to have the memory of your name blotted out of earth and heaven”. But His Cross, the symbol of the curse, becomes the symbol of eternal triumph. Our Lord’s enemies seen and unseen, put Him to an open shame, also made a show of him openly on that infamous Good Friday. The Cross was prepared and over it was placed an inscription written by Pilate in Hebrew, Latin and Greek reading “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews (John 19:19). Our Lord used many pulpits during His public life, such as Peter’s boat, the mountain top, the streets of Tyre and Sidon, the temple, the country road near a cemetery. But all faded into insignificance compared to the pulpit which He mounted – the pulpit of the Cross. From that pulpit He preached love, personified grace and extended open arms to whosoever to come and take the water of life freely.SIGNIFICANCE OF THE RESURRECTIONLet us keep in mind that biblical tombs were often natural caves. A family tomb prepared before death showed honour. Joseph of Arimathea provided his tomb for Jesus. (Math 27:57-60). Only one tomb has ever had a stone rolled before it, and a soldier guard set to watch it to prevent the dead man within from rising. That was the tomb of Christ. What spectacle could be more ridiculous than armed soldiers keeping their eyes on a corpse? But death could not keep his prey. Jesus tore the bars away and created an upset by leaving behind the Empty Tomb – the Earth’s Most Serious Wound. The resurrection of Christ proved that He was no deceiver. Remember He had called His Body the Temple and that in three days after they destroyed it He would rebuild it. In addition, Christ compared Himself to Jonas and said that as Jonas was in the belly of the whale for three days, so He would be in the belly of the earth for three days and then would rise again Just two reminders. The Resurrection of Christ secures and illustrates that His people’s resurrection is guaranteed because of His resurrection. In other words, using lyrics from the well known Easter hymn – “Because He lives, we can face tomorrow’. His redemptive power and the redemption of our bodies have been made secured. Our Lord’s resurrection did more than prove that He is both Lord and Christ. It did more than guarantee our own personal and collective resurrection because of our federal and vital union with Him. Paul wrote: “But now is Christ risen from the dead and become the first fruits of them that slept. For since by Adam came death, by man (Christ) came also the resurrection of life”. (1 Cor 15: 20-21). Let us bear in mind that because Christ by covenant is Lord both of the living and the dead that too has a bearing on Christ’s resurrection. The Lord is risen indeed! He lives to die no more; He lives, His people’s cause to plead, whose curse and shame He bore. The Lord is risen indeed! Then justice asks no more; whose curse and shame He bore; mercy and truth are now agreed which stood opposed before. The Lord is risen indeed! And hell has lost its prey. And with Him all the ransomed seed, shall, reign in endless day”. Hallelujah Christ arose!DEATH SWALLOWED IN VICTORYAs indicated earlier Christ’s resurrection was of paramount importance. Natural death is the end of physical life (Gen 25:11). Spiritual death is seen as separation from God (Luke 1:79). However, through His resurrection Jesus conquered death and made it possible for the faithful to attain eternal life (John 5:24). Adam became the means of bringing in death as the penalty of sin. Christ, being eternally possessed by Godhead voluntarily became man, and through His death, in complete combination of Deity and Manhood, and in expiatory sacrifice for sin, though sinless Himself, and therefore by His resurrection as His right and prerogative, brought in justification and life to all believers and their physical resurrection. 1 Cor 15:26 says “the last enemy that shall be abolished is death”. Death is here spoken of as an active foe, and there is coming a time when it will have no more victims to claim; it will therefore be reduced to inactivity. Fast forward to the last section of 1 Cor 15: 55-56. O death, where is thy victory? O death, where is thy sting. The sting of death is sin; and the power of sin is the law”. Easter and Christ’s resurrection proclaim that death is swallowed up in victory. The swallowing up of death expresses the complete removal of every trace of the physical effects of sin and the curse of Satan’s power. Death figured as a venomous serpent, is to be robbed of its poison fang. Given that the sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. Through Christ sin and death have been overcome. Death has, while retaining its outward form, lost its sting and its powerless to injure. No wonder death could not keep his prey, Jesus, my Saviour; He tore the bars away, Jesus our Lord. Thanks be unto God, which “giveth” us the victory through Jesus Christ our Lord. Note the present tense “giveth” which signifies a constant process in which the believer who appropriates the effects of the death of Christ and the power of His resurrection, gains victory over sin in the strength imparted by Christ. This will culminate in the ultimate victory at His Second Coming, which is included in the use of the present tense. I end with these lines: The Lord is risen indeed! He lives to die no more. He lives, His people’s cause to plead, whose curse and shame He bore. The Lord is risen indeed! Then all His works performed. The captive surety now is free, and death, our foe disarmed.View Point wishes readers at home and abroad a blessed Easter. May God bless us all! The End St. Mark Ch.1: Vs 9 139 And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan. 10 And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him: 11 And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. 12 And immediately the Spirit driveth him into the wilderness. 13 And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan; and was with the wild beasts; and thi angels ministered unto him.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 06TH 2012 14 NEWS -NIA Official lauds Gulf Insurance Ltd. for dedication to development of athletic skills on Nevis Gulf Insurance Company based in Trinidad adopted the sporting event which has become the leading sports event on the school’s calendar. At a press conference to launch the major schools sports championship on March 27, 2012, at the Red Cross Building’s conference room, Permanent Secretary in the Nevis Island Administration’s (NIA) Ministry of Youth and Sports Mr. Alsted Pemberton lauded the long standing sponsorship of Gulf Insurance Limited through its local agents A L. Evelyn Limited. “One of the major sponsors as was indicated earlier is Gulf Insurance through its local agents A. L. Evelyn who is this year celebrating 20 years of sponsorship of this prestigious event. Any institution or entity which would have sponsored any event for 20 years must be highly commended. “It tells me that this institution has some dedication, discipline and determination to ensure that the youths of our nation are well taken care of and as the Permanent Secretary responsible for the young persons on Nevis, I want to tip my hat to Gulf Insurance for their continued effort in ensuring that the youth of our nation continue to develop their athletic skills here on Nevis,” he said. Mr. Pemberton thanked the Ministry of Education and the Nevis Amateur Athletic Association for what he said was their hard work over the last 30 years. He noted that the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) through the Ministry of Sports continued to do all possible to ensure the success of the annual Sports Meet and provided the primary schools with the necessary facilities for sports. “The Ministry over the years has been trying to ensure that all the schools have the facilities that they need to develop the children in terms of athletics. We would have provided new grounds at The Flats, in Brown Hill and in Cotton Ground. We still have some additional infrastructural work that we need to do but that will be completed in due course. “We would have also started in conjunction with the Athletic Association to introduce the sand pit in the schools… On behalf of the Ministry of Sports I want to commend all the partners in ensuring that this year’s Mini Olympic would be a total success,” he said. Meantime, representative of Gulf Insurance Ltd. the primary sponsor of the major sports event on Nevis Mrs. Lorraine Browne in brief remarks disclosed that they would be increasing their financial sponsorship. “A.L. Evelyn Ltd. has the privilege of representing Gulf Insurance for the past 40 years but for the past 20 consecutive years, Gulf Insurance Ltd. has been sponsoring the Inter Primary Schools Championship which is now dubbed Nevis Mini Olympics. This is a strong indication that Gulf Insurance does not only take, it gives back generously into the lives of our youngsters. “Even though these are hard economic times, Gulf has managed to increase our sponsorship this year to EC$40,500. I look at it this way it’s 20x2 with a little bit more,” she said. In its first year of sponsorship the Insurance company gave $750-$1000 but increased its contribution over the years. In 2011 they gave 35,000. The Trinidad based insurance company, in recent times, had representation at the sports meet from its head office and according to Mrs. Browne, 2012 would be no different. “This year we have a team of three it should have been four but one of them had a death in their family so we are having a team of three from our head office. “Of course, Mr. Leon Williams is a very familiar face. We are also having Mr. John Barkley he has been here before but for the first time this year, we are having with us our Managing Director Mr. John Gonsalves here for the meet,” she said. Other remarks came from Caribbean Cable Communications representative Mrs. Tresia Daniel, Department of Education Representative Mrs. Lydia Claxton, Nevis Amateur Athletic Association Vice President Mr. Wakely Daniel and President Mr. Lester Blackett NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS — The 20th anniversary of the Gulf Insurance Primary Schools Championship will be held with a difference this year, with an official opening ceremony and parade on the afternoon of April 3rd while the events will kick off at the Elquemedo T. Willett Park from 12am the following day on April 4th. The event which has harnessed and showcased the island’s athletic prowess for the past 30 years was an initiative of the Department of Education and the Nevis Amateur Athletic Association. Twenty years ago the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Youth and Sports Mr. Alsted Pemberton Head table at the press conference for the 2012 Gulf Insurance Primary School Championship (l-r) Nevis Amateur Athletic Association Vice President Mr. Wakely Daniel, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Youth and Sports Mr. Alsted Pemberton, Gulf Insurance Ltd. Representative Mrs. Lorraine Browne and President of the Nevis Armature Athletic Association Mr. Lester Blackett Athletes and teachers present at the press conference What Is God’s Love? This season reminds us Christians of God’s love to sinners as expressed by His son to be their Saviour. Someone once said “The measure of love is how much it gives.” The measure of God’s love is the gift of His only Son to become human, to die for sins, and become the One mediator who can bring us to God. It is Paul who reminds us that God’s love is great and passes all knowledge; this is how he expressed it, “But God’s mercy is so abundant, and His love for us is so great.” Yes, may we come to know His love although it can never be fully known and so be completely filled with the very nature of God” (Ephesians 2:4; 3:19). Was there ever such costly munificence? Saint Paul argues that this supreme gift is itself the guarantee of every other: “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave Him up for us all how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:32). The New Testament writers constantly point to the cross of Christ as the crowning proof of the reality and boundlessness of God’s love. John in his account of the Gospel and after his first mention of “God’s love” makes the point, “This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him. This is love: not that we love God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins” (1 John 4: 9-10). Similarly, in another place in his account, John says, “God so loved the world that He gave His One and only Son, that whoever believe in Him…have eternal life” (3:16). Paul too writes, God demonstrated His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). And Paul finds the proof that “the Son of God …loved me” in the fact that He “gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2: 20). On Calvary, God’s love to sinners reaches its object as it brings them to know and enjoy Him in a covenant relationship. A covenant relation is one in which two parties are permanently pledged to each other in mutual service and dependence; this is particularly true in the case of marriage. A covenant promise is one by which a covenant relation is set up (for example marriage vows). Christian’s religion has the form of a covenant relation with God. The first occasion on which the terms of the relation were made plain was when God showed Himself to Abraham as El Shaddai (God Almighty, God all-sufficient) and formally gave him the covenant promise, “To be your God and the God of your descendants after you” (Genesis 17:1-7). All Christians inherit this promise through faith in Christ, as Paul states in the law of promise (see Galatians 3:15-29). Sibbes, the Puritan advised that “Indeed, it is the life and soul of all the promises.” In another work, another Puritan made the following point, this is as if He said, “You shall have as true an interest in all my attributes for your good, as they are mine for my own glory…. My grace saith God, shall be yours to pardon you, and my power shall be yours to protect you, and my wisdom shall be yours to direct you, and my goodness shall be yours to relieve you, and my mercy shall be yours to supply you, and my glory shall be yours to crown you.” This is a comprehensive promise, for God to be our God: it includes all. Luther coins it like this, “God is mine and everything is mine.” “This is the love to anyone,” said Tillotson, “to do the best for Him we can.” This is what God does for those He loves the best He can; and the measure of the best that God can do is omnipotence! So faith in Christ introduces us into a big incalculable blessed relationship both in the here and now and in eternity. At Easter, we experience God’s amazing love. God is love to us as Christians. This love of God means all that He has promised. Thus God is in every circumstance in which He placed us. God’s love keeps away grumbling, discontent, resentment, distrust, fear and half-heartedness. In this way we Christians can be loyal, so that God has all our heart. The Christians Lenten walk was for: Self examination have you done so? Have you meditated long and hard with Christ during your pilgrimage? Remember, you will show what you have learnt as you walk daily to the cross. When John states that “God is love” and we claim to be God’s, we ought to love one another (see 1 John 4:11). After our Lenten Walk, let all observers see the degree and quality of love in us that we show to our homes, family, wife, husband, co-worker, other worshippers and our neighbours. When this is done non-Christians will come to know the greatness of God’s love.A BLESSED EASTER TO ALL: LIVE A RESURRECTED LIFE!!Humbly Submitted by: Alson B H Percival (Rev Canon Dr) Chair Nevis Regional Council & Vice Chair Nevis Christian Council (Continued from last week)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 06TH 2012 15 NEWS BY EARL CLARKE FOR RENT 2 Bedroom furnished Apartments For Rent Location: Ocean Gardens and Lime Kiln Housing Contact: 465-6569 or 662-3952Dear reader: I am embarking upon a topic which is quite relevant in today’s world, especially with the mighty depression we are now facing worldwide. There are some countries in the world which are anti-workers and the great United States of America is one of them. In 1881 when all the countries of the world met to recognize the important role workers played in the Industrial Revolution, after hundreds of workers were burnt alive in a factory in the United States of America, the United States was the only country which did not sign to recognize Labour Day on the 1st Monday or the 1st day of May Some years later, it recognized workers, but it moved St. Patrick’s Day and brought it up to May and introduced the 1st Monday in September as Labour Day. This was to show its capitalistic nature and proof that it was not a pro-workers country. When slavery was abolished worldwide, it took years before the great United States of America freed its slaves. One only has to look at the way our black brothers and sisters were treated in the Southern States after the abolition of slavery. These are historical facts which I present in this column and anyone is entitled to challenge me with historical facts, if they choose to. When we were slaves, they realized huge profits from our cheap labour. We can therefore conclude quite easily, without working out plenty maths, that the engine which drives the capitalist system is based on greed, profit and cheap labour; pure and simple. There is no human feeling; there is no human heart; there is no sympathy for the integrity of the worker. In short, there is no humanness at all in the mind or heart of the capitalist. His main objective is to make money and the less he can pay his workers and the more that he can work his workers without paying them for their labour and get away with it, the more he can rejoice at the huge profits he can accumulate. Do I hear any disagreeing voices out there? If the capitalist can work you from sunrise to sunset and just pay an ordinary day’s pay that is to his benefit. If he can work you year round without having to pay holiday with pay, that redounds to his benefit. If he can extract all your youthful energy and then discard you when you reach old age, without having to pay Social Security and other Insurances which would enable you to live with dignity in your old age, he rejoices at the overflowing of his coffers of profits, for that is his main concern To get rich from your cheap labour. All this is to show you the worker what you are up against and that you must all come together and join an organization which will protect your interest as workers. Before 1940 workers in the Caribbean could not form or join a Union. The Union Movement became a tower of strength for the workers, representing their interest by bargaining for better working condition, better health conditions, more recreational time for the family, yes! The workers’ organization introduced Adult Suffrage, giving the right to vote and to form a government of the people to represent the interests of the people. Yes! Dear reader, the political representatives introduced the Education Act which provided secondary education to all and sundry. This was one of the greatest socialist revolutions in the entire world, for, how many countries in our Caribbean and Mother Africa have made this revolutionary move? How many? So, this move by our Representatives should always be highly commended and we should always be eternally grateful for this action, this vision and this bravery. Men who could not dare pass across the front doors of our Secondary Schools, is legislating an Act like that. Despite all these advances made, the environment still remained the same. The business landscape still remained the same. We received better wages from those we work for, but we still had to go and buy from them. When we received a wage increase, they upped their prices and there goes our wage increase. They took it back from us. We who have built up the many businesses by buying from them, couldn’t we have built up our own business places and strengthen them? Something we could call our very own. Was the fear of our stealing from ourselves far outweighed taking the bold step of owning our own business and building up that business? What about a Credit Union where we own the bank and borrow from that bank? This would have saved us our dignity and prevented us from going to the commercial banks, hat in hand, to be treated as mendicants – beggars. Look at the business landscape in Basseterre. How many of them we own? None! Look at the business landscape again how many of the business buildings do we own? None! Our standard of living has improved tremendously, but we are powerless economically. We are able to attend Colleges and Universities, but, when we return home we have to be beggars, begging for a job because the working-class people are economically impotent. We buy from everybody. We build up everybody, but we seem unable to build ourselves up. One or the reasons for this lack of ownership by the Masses is because, when the working class person becomes educated, he or she distances themselves from the ordinary working-class and, in most cases, join forces with the oppressors of their own people The educated, failing to put their educational advancement at the cause of their workingclass people. This is the primary reason for the stagnation. There was a total lacking of continuity. There was no returning from the University to blend their resources to take over the economic landscape of the country from those who grew rich from our exploitation and oppression. They were able to climb the social ladder, clinked glasses and looked down at us as if we were vermin. If there were not this disdain, we might have reached the Promised Land and owned all that I said we should have owned. When the law of 1940 was passed and we became a powerful force to be reckoned with, do you believe that the forces which accumulated huge profits from our cheap labour wished us well? When the Trade Unions bargained for better working condition and an increase in wages did they readily agree? Did you ever hear any of them say “Yes Mr. Bradshaw, my employees deserve an increase in their wages?” An increase in wages meant less profit for them, so they fought tooth and nail before they eventually gave in. Since their primary motive is profit, and, since they own the means of production, every time there was an increase in wages, there was an increase in the cost of living. They must get back their money. To the workers and their representative, this presented a no-win situation compounded by the fact that the workers possessed no alternative but to spend their increased wages. The workers lacked their own business from which to buy, from which to spend their money. This mass of working class people who emerged, offered a threat to the capitalist class, especially since the Workers Revolution in Russia in 1917 and the Chinese Workers Revolution in 1948, where workers took control of these two (2) huge pieces of landscape, showing and proving to the world that workers possess the necessary skills to run things. They had to find ways and means of curtailing the spread of these workers’ revolution. Thus began the assassination of Union Leaders in Latin America. Leaders who were sympathetic to the cause of the working class were overthrown. Union Leaders went missing in Africa and Asia. Those who nationalized their country’s natural resources to be used for the social development of their people were invaded and overthrown. To be continued. Workers of the world, workers of St. Kitts, unite


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 06TH 2012 16 NEWS relation to the election, the entire country may have, the benefit of getting the details of this ‘foolish young man’s behaviour, as well as an opportunity to hear the tape of a certain fellow issuing instructions to a few guys on 3 election day and to learn about some other things that took place on Pam’s behalf leading up to and on election day. The country and the world may also now get the chance to learn about the Antiguan ‘friends’ who came in to vote for Pam, and about how much money was given out, and by who, over the weekend leading up to, and on election day in several parts of St. Kitts on behalf of opposition candidates. You see, Dear Reader, while they were busy trying to scare off people from voting and accusing people of cheating, they were equally busy doing it That was a key component of their strategy They were bringing people from all over the place to vote. Is that illegal? No. But one of their mules presented himself at a polling station to vote and gave a name and occupation. Suddenly, a woman inside the polling station said: “Hey! Wait a minute. That person who you say you are is my brother”! Man, as soon as those words flew off her lips, the guy hit the road so fast that even Kim Collins would have been blown away by his dust. Why did he run away? And two other guys fled the line with him, like thieves in the night. Only, it was high day! Why did they run away? Their particular attempt at ‘high-day’ robbery failed, but others succeeded. One chap was heard to tell his sponsors: “I get through. Everything wuk out. Another vote for us”. But back to the young man from Constituency 4. Let’s call him ‘Loudmouth’, or ‘Loudy’, for short. Elections are now over and done as is the money which he got for doing what he did. So now he is looking for a job. His sponsors set him up with one at a business in town as a driven But there is a problem. ‘Loudy’ nas no driver’s licence. He tried a few times, but he failed the test. So, !o and behold, I was walking in town last week and he came up to me and said that he needed me to help him. I was hustling to meet some people, so I couldn’t stop. However, when I spoke to a certain gentleman about Loudy’s approach to me, the gentleman explained that what Loudy wanted was for the Government to set him up with a driver’s licence, although Loudy was unable to pass the driver’s test so that he could go and drive the vehicle for his intended bosses. Funny thing, eh? The same Government that Loudy has been accusing of corruption is the same Government which he now wants to be corrupt for him so that ht can have his way. Now, he must go to WINN-FM and Sugar City Rock and tell the listeners that he tried to corrupt the Government. Although, it may well be his philosophy that corruption is not corruption as long as he gets a benefit from it. So much for ‘Loudy’ for now. I saw another young man this past week. He worked as part of Grant’s ‘security’ team during the elections. Let’s call him ‘The Body Guard’. He announced that he too was looking for work. In response to a question as to Grant’s attitude towards helping him with a job, he said: “If I did know then what I know now, it would have been a different game”. Nevertheless, he said that he had collected some dollars for his election efforts, and that he would now try to move on So already we are seeing early signs of the fallout. We shall soon see sign coming from higher up flio Pam ‘food chain’ as attrition, frustration, suspicion accusation and internecine struggle further deepen and harden within their hierarchy each and every day. Grant himself will have some major internal challenges over the next 12 to 18 months if he lasts that long as their leader. In the meanwhile, ‘Loudy and ‘The Body Guard’ try to move on, very chastened, and possessed with new insights which they wish they had before, but which, regrettably, and inevitably, only come from personal experience. I sincerely wish them the very best. After all, they are God’s children, and sinners, just like all of the rest of us. It is time for us to put our minds, hearts and energies together to heal and build Let us commit ourselves to giving thanks, giving of ourselves. and forgiving I repeat the words of my beloved hymn: “ Let there be peace on earth”, and let il begin with me. Until next time,Plenty Peace. PAM’s hyporcrisy and abuse ot the Electrial System Reprinted from THE LABOUR SPOKESMAN of Saturday 20th November, 2004 There is a young man from Constituency 4, born and raised there. He is a very vocal young man. His political roots’ are with Labour, but he jumps ship more frequently than you can imagine. About six months before the general elections of October 25th, 2004, he was “a Labour”. Around that time he came to my office and confessed that he had received a sum of money to place his name on the list of registered voters for Constituency 5, where he has never lived and never had any residential or other connection. Not even slept off a night there, as far as I’m told Shortly after making his confession to me, he made one of his characteristic shifts in his game of political musical chairs .He once again became “a Pain”, and he began a very vigorous anti-Labour campaign on the media (WINNFM and Sugar City Rock), and on the road. A campaign for which he was well paid by Pam interests. He focused on ‘corruption’ and ‘grabbaliciousness’, and set out on his mission to give Labour a bad name. He was one who was saying: “Dey got logo!” By the time Election Day arrived, he was well fired up. On that day, he got up early, got himself quickly ready and made his way to Sandy Point,where he voted without interference or molestation from anyone. -Then he returned to Constituency 4 and started throwing broad threats in relation to persons whom he thought had come from outside the said Constituency 4 to vote there for Rupert Herbert and Labour. It was okay for him to leave Constituency 4 and go to vote jn Constituency 5. However, for those who resided outside but were registered to vote in, Constituency 4, it was not okay for them to vote in Constituency 4. Further, it was okay for him to go to Sandy Point and vote in peace, but for hell he would not allow Labour voters to enter Constituency 4 to also exercise their franchise in peace. Why? Because he said so. And because that was the law laid down by his boss. Now that Lindsay Grant has commenced legal proceedings in THE LABOUR SPOKESMAN SATURDAY 20TH NOVEMBER, 2004 P AGE 17 St. Kitts and Nevis’ United Nations Ambassador His Excellency Delano Bart St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ambassador to the UN, His Excellency Camillo Gonsalves St. Kitts and Nevis’ UN diplomat describes as “provocative and uncivilized” the treatment of Vincentian counterpart by New York police BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Permanent Representative to the United Nations, His Excellency Delano Bart has described the New York police officer’s treatment of his St. Vincent and the Grenadines counterpart as “provocative and uncivilized” and a “very serious and flagrant violation of obligations under the United Nations Headquarters Agreement and the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.” Ambassador Bart, who is chairman of the United Nations CARICOM Group, has accused the New York City Police Department of “flagrant violation” of the rules of diplomatic immunity and privileges by aggressively arresting the ambassador of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Reuter’s news agency reported that in a letter to U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Her Excellency Susan Rice, Ambassador Bart said the incident occurred on Wednesday after St. Vincent’s envoy, Camillo Gonsalves, stepped out of his car. Ambassador Gonsalves is the son of the Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. the Hon. Ralph Gonsalves. Bart said in the letter, which was obtained by Reuters on Friday, that Gonsalves walked past a police barrier to take the elevator to his office. “On his way to the elevator, he was shouted at and confronted by a police officer, who rudely questioned his action and then grabbed him by the neck and shoulder, displaying undue physical harassment against the ambassador,” Bart wrote. Under those agreements, the United States commits to recognizing diplomatic immunity from arrest and prosecution for accredited foreign diplomats. Ambassador Camillo Gonsalves told The Associated Press earlier in the week that he was returning to his office after lunch and stepped out of his official car, through a barricade in (cont’d on page 17)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 06TH 2012 17 NEWS -It does not make sense to light a fire and then call the fire brigade By Llewellyn ParrisThrough Mr Mervin Hanley, the Concerned Citizens Movement’s Press Secretary, the Leader of Federal Opposition and Petitioner in the just concluded Nevis Island Assembly election petition, Hon Mark Brantley, informed the public through a notice posted on Nevis Politics (a CCM website) on March 28, that he had consented to an appeal so as “to prevent further (emphasis added) chaos in our beloved island”. Coming at the time it came, one is bound to ask, “What were they thinking?” Why put to the public such a message which had all fingers pointed in their direction? It is the CCM that caused the chaos that their message purports to prevent. Does it make sense for one to light a fire and when it gets out of control they rush to call the fire brigade and then beat their chest that they stopped further spread of the fire? That is an abuse of a people’s intelligence. Nevisians are not as gullible as to not fathom actions by the Petitioner after Justice Lionel Jones ruled in the election petition case on Wednesday March 21. The Petitioner called for celebrations and demanded that the incumbent NRPled government leave office claiming that it was a minority government and making loud appeals that Hon Hensley Daniel vacate his (Brantley’s) seat. It was a whirlwind week for Nevisians and residents alike after the Petitioner, who is a respected officer of the Court, sought to deny the Hon Hensley Daniel, in particular and the entire of Nevis in general, their Constitutional right to appeal after the Judge handed down the decision. Even his colleagues, the Hon Vance Amory and Hon Alexis Jeffers travelled to St. Kitts and had audience with the Governor General. No word has come out from their corner as to what they achieved. That is a laughable matter. Yes, the Judge handed down the decision and the Petitioner (a lawyer by profession) knows that everyone is entitled to an appeal. However, what the Petitioner and his CCM party tried to paint as a grey area, suggesting that Nevis was in a void in terms of leadership, was nothing short of trying to incite their members to cause chaos. That Justice Jones declared results of the July 11, 2011 elections in the St. John’s Constituency invalid and void, the Petitioner and members of his CCM party know very well that unless such information is communicated to the Governor General, the first Respondent (Hon Hensley Daniel) could not have walked away. It is very unfortunate that the Petitioner went to the lows of asking the first Respondent to go and cut grass. The first Respondent taught him Spanish in high school — is that how the CCM intends to treat professionals on Nevis? A prominent Manhattan-based Nevisian lawyer, Mr Carl Nisbett posted on the SKN list on Friday March 23information he felt Nevisians need to understand. He said: “For the practitioners and/or those familiar with procedure in SKN — is there a period of time before a decision becomes final? Does the decision remain ‘not final’ to provide for a period of days let’s say to move the Court for a rehearing/reconsideration of the issues it has decided? “I think the question can be answered if a decision of the Court has to be certified or filed as a final decision before it becomes a final decision for which an appeal as of right lies in the election petition case. “Let me explain for those who might not understand. Judge Jones has rendered his decision. In some jurisdictions, the fact that he’s rendered his decision does not make it a ‘final decision’ that is appealable. It has to be first filed or certified by the Court clerk as a final decision and that certification or filing is not immediate so as to give either party the opportunity to seek a rehearing or reconsideration on the issues decided.” In a reckless disregard of the fact that the NRP had filed an appeal and were waiting for a stay of execution to be granted, the CCM went ahead and called for a march on Monday March 26, and invited persons from St. Kitts to join them. But when they came to Charlestown, their unofficial leader (who admitted to chartering the boat) said on radio that he was in Charlestown to fight the leadership of Prime Minister the Hon Dr Denzil Douglas. Why leave Douglas in St. Kitts and come to fight him in Nevis? At the rally, the Petitioner was widely heard on radio and quoted by the print media, asking Hon Daniel to vacate the St. John’s seat saying it was his (Petitioner’s). Is the Petitioner aware that his political leader and the experienced Hon Vance Amory has been in the Parliament for over 23 years, yet he has never claimed that there is a seat with his name on it in any of the two parliaments? Was the Petitioner trying to set a precedent to give way to artisans to go to the august houses and write names of parliamentarians on their seats (even though one has to be elected first yet the Petitioner is not)? Justice Lionel Jones did not give a seat to the Petitioner. Even if the Judge had found Hensley Daniel guilty of an election offence (which he did not), all he would have done would have been to declare the results invalid and void, bar Daniel (not NRP) from contesting and never would he have given it to Mark Anthony Graham Brantley. During the march, Hon Brantley stated: “Let us go back to the polls, next week.” Does he have respect for the Constitution? Even though a stay of execution had not been granted at that time, was Brantley not aware of the fact that a by-election is supposed to be held within 90 days? Mr. Michael Perkins (CCM’s candidate in St. Paul’s during the last elections) who is not a lawyer had the commonsense to say that they were ready to wait for a few months – the months the Constitution allows. Then comes the mother of all confusion when on March 28 at 12:32 PM, Mr Mervin Hanley posted on Nevis Politics website: “The Concerned Citizens Movement today CONSENTED to a stay of execution of the decision of Mister Justice Jones declaring the seat of Hensley Daniel null and void. On the advice of Counsel and to prevent further chaos in our beloved Nevis, the CCM agreed to a stay on the condition that the appeal will be expedited and be dealt with in a matter of a few weeks.” They all along knew that Hon Hensley Daniel was entitled to an appeal, but they moved and behaved in a manner as though it is them who direct how things would be done. They fired up their faithful followers to rant and chant with them demanding the St. John’s seat in total disregard of the status quo which must be maintained. After they were cornered by the granting of the stay of execution they issued that statement. It should have come with an apology to the peace-loving people of Nevis. But after all the ranting and chest thumping and asking Hon Daniel to go and cut grass, the Petitioner has filed a cross appeal. According to the first Respondent’s lawyer Dr Henry Browne, during the meeting with the Court of Appeal, via teleconference on Friday March 30, both parties were able to arrive at a position and agreed that Hon Brantley is permitted to appeal the judgement. Is the Petitioner’s call for the highly qualified and well respected regional consultant and first Respondent to go and cut grass a harbinger of what his party, the Concerned Citizens Movement, has in store for Nevisians and residents who do not subscribe to their political philosophy? If Daniel could be consigned to cutting grass, what about the hundreds of Nevis’ hard working high school graduates? What is important to Nevisians and in particular voters in St. John’s Constituency is the fact that a stay of execution was granted on Wednesday March 28 and until the appeal is heard on July 3, a status quo is in place and the Nevis Reformation Party government is in place. Hon Hensley Daniel is the Deputy Premier and Minister of Social Development, Health, Youth, Sports, Community Development, Culture, Trade, Industry and Consumer Affairs. front of the building — as he has done for the past five years — when he was confronted by an officer who shouted: “What do you think the barricades are there for?” He said he walked to the elevator and the officer ran into the building, “grabbed me by my neck and shoulders, spun me around and said, ‘Didn’t you see me talking to you’.” Gonsalves said he replied: “You couldn’t have been talking to me.” He said the officer then demanded identification. “I said, `Why? Am I under arrest?’ He said, `Well you are now.” “At that point he handcuffed me, with assistance from other building where his office is located. The Israeli mission and consulate are housed in the same building. Gonsalves moved the barriers and walked through, ignoring orders from a police officer not to move the barriers and to stop, Browne said. Gonsalves refused to stop or to identify himself. He was arrested for disorderly conduct and handcuffed near the elevators inside the building. “He was subsequently identified and released at the scene,” Browne said. Neither Gonsalves nor the U.S. mission had an immediate response to requests for comment. The police ramped up security at Israel’s diplomatic headquarters in New York this month after a deadly attack on a Jewish school in Toulouse, France.The police did the same for synagogues and other Jewish institutions across the city. St. Kitts and Nevis’ UN......... officers he called as a backup,” Gonsalves said. He said other ambassadors with offices in the building — including the envoys of Gambia, Dominica and St. Lucia as well as his own staff — came into the lobby and began to tell the officer he was in the wrong. The New York Police Department presented a different version of events. The New York police countered by saying that the envoy from the tiny island nation refused to identify himself after pushing past a security barrier intended to protect Israel’s diplomatic headquarters in New York City from attack. Paul Browne, an NYPD spokesman, said Gonsalves stepped out of his car in front of a double police barrier in front of the(cont’d fron last page) Luciano set to perform this coming Sunday By Charles Miller JrCloud9 located in Port Zante is hosting a 3 day party event which features some of the islands hottest bands and a special performance by Jamaica’s own, Luciano. The event dubbed “The Easter Stinger” starts on Thursday, April 5th and ends on Sunday, April 8th. On Thursday night, “EK’s Bang-a-One – The Ultimate After Work Lime” features local radio DJ and singer EK, the Small Axe Band, Sugar Bowl, KC 5, DJ Yardy and DJ Wett Dutt Admission for this event is $10.00 and is said to held in the Bar Lounge. The next event which takes place on Saturday, April 7th is called “Metro Media – Sky Juice” and this event features entertainment by Sweet Sister Sensia, Nu Vybz Int’l, and Metro Media Sounds featuring Sky Juice out of Jamaica. This event costs $40.00. On Sunday, April 8th, the final event of the 3 day extravaganza features Green House out of Nevis, DJ Ronnie Rascal and Jamaica’s very own, Luciano. The cost of this event is $60.00 and both this and Saturday’s event start at 10:00 pm. Luciano who is known for his conscious and uplifting music is sure to draw the crowd with his powerful message and amazing baritone voice. Although each event is separated, you can choose the option of buying the package deal which allows you all 3 nights plus your choice of 3 free drinks for $100.00.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 06TH 2012 18 SPORTS Cayon Primary wins the 2012 RAMS Inter-Primary School Championship By Drizel HanleyAfter three days of fierce athletic competition the Cayon Primary School was named the 2012 RAMS Inter-Primary School Champions. The event which was held from Friday last, March 30 to Sunday, April, 1st at the Silver Jubilee Stadium, Bird Rock, Basseterre saw the Cayon Primary SchoolResults Of SKNFA Knock Out Cup Match Payed At Molineaux Playing Field on Thursday 29th March, 2012:Delphic New Town United defeated Molineaux 4 -3 on penalty kicks At the end of regulation time the score was tied at nil all Penalty Scorers for Delphic Newtown United Shashi Isaac, Zevon Archibald, Kiethroy Saddler, Kassal Greene Missed penalties Akil Byran, Ricardo Jacobs Penalty Scorers for Molineaux Davian Charles, Ciendra Chapman, Carlton Finny Missed penalties for Molineaux Tyrone Jefferson, Virgil Morris Officials were James Matthew, Florncetine Morton & Kendrea TullySKNFA Digicel Premier & Division 1 Results (Sat 31st & Sun 1st April, 2012) Saturday 31st March, 2012 Premier Division Warner Park Stadium Mantab 1 vs St. Thomas Trinity strikers 0 (Half Time 0 0) Scorer for Mantab Deshawn Jarvis 90th minute Yellow Card Gavin Burham (Strikers) 59th minute Officials were Kimbel Ward, Florencetine Morton, Mario Parry & Kendrea TullySecond GameRams Village Superstars 4 vs UDC Garden Hotspurs 1 (Half Time 1 1) Scorers for Rams Village Superstars Ajah Berkeley 45th minute (penalty) Stevie Clarke 53rd minute Devaughn Elliott 83rd minute Joel Jeffers 88th minute Scorer for UDC Garden Hotspurs Javid Sabratie 2nd minute Yellow Cards Shawn Williams (Spurs) 27th minute Valmon Jeffers (Spurs) 0th minute Caldon Duncan, Steadroy Techeira, Miguel Flemming & Anthony BerganDivision 1At the Gardens Playing Field C. C. C. Bath United 4 vs UDC Garden Hotspurs Jrs 1 (Half Time 1 1) Scorers for C. C. C. Bath United came in second with 17 medals-8 gold medals, 7 silver and 2 bronze. The three other top spots went to schools in Basseterre: In third position with 14 medals7 gold, 4 silver and 3 bronze was the Tucker Clarke Primary School; fourth position went to the Beach Allen bronze; Newton Ground Primary School came in 9th with 4 medals1 gold, and 3 bronze; Joshua Obadiah Williams Primary took the 10th position with 3 medals 1 gold and 2 bronze; Dieppe Bay Primary School came in 11th with 2 medals 1 gold and 1 silver; Tyrell Williams Primary School took the 12th position with 2 medals-1 gold and 1 bronze; Estridge Primary School came in 13th with 3 bronze medals; Violet Petty Primary School came in 14th with 2 bronze medals and the Saddlers Primary School took the 15th spot with 2 bronze medals. A total of EC$3100.00 was paid out at the closing ceremony Cayon PrimaryEC$1000.00; Sandy Point PrimaryEC$750.00; Tucker Clarke PrimaryEC$600.00; Beach Allen PrimaryEC$450.00 and Dr. William Connor PrimaryEC$300.00. Evris Huggins, Public Relations Officer for the St. Kitts and Nevis Amateur Athletic Association (SKNAAA), stated, the SKNAAA Executive extends congratulations to all the winners and participants for a splendid performance over this past weekend. Glemerson Martin 42nd minute Gregory Forde 49th minute Davidson Jarvis struck twice in the 64 & 74th minute Scorer for UDC Garden Hotspurs Jrs Hassani Williams 23rd minute Yellow Cards Leroy Stevens (Spurs) 30th minute & 66th minute Gregory Forde (Bath) 33rd minute Davidson Jarvis (Bath) 71st minute Red Cards Leroy Stevens (Spurs) 66th minute Felix Hughes (Spurs) 75th minute Officials were Earl Leerdam & Jason RouseAt Newtown Playing Field Island Auto Supplies Combined Schools won by default over Newton Ground Official was Kenny DouglasSunday 1st April, 2012 Premier Division Warner Park StadiumCayon FC 1 vs Conaree FC 1 (Half Time 1 0) Scorer for Cayon FC Kurt Morton 20th minute Scorer for Conaree FC Mudassa Howe 90th minute Yellow Cards Melroy Morton (Cayon) 26th and 75th minutes. Kimlon Maynard (Cayon) 38th minute Jason Richards (Cayon) 76th and 79th minutes Red Cards Melroy Morton (Cayon 75th minute Jason Richards (Cayon) 79th minute. Michael Samuel (Cayon) 88th minute Officials were Ike Inniss, Alexis Joseph, Len Harris & Florencetine MortonSecond GameS. L. Horsford St. Pauls 3 vs Delphic Newtown United 1 (Half Time 0 0) Scorer for S. L. Horsford St. Pauls Javiem Blanchette 58th minute Josh leader 84h minute Terrence Ward 90th minute Scorer for Delphic Newtown United Shashi Isaac Yellow Cards Malivi Harris (Newtown) 26th minute Josh Leader (St. Pauls) 65th minute Javiem Blanchette (St. Pauls) 72nd minute Akil Byran (Newtown) 84th minute Kiethroy Freeman (St. Pauls) 86th minute Terrence Ward (St. Pauls) 90th minute Officials were James Matthew, Miguel Flemming, Graeme Browne & Kendrea Tully Primary School with 13 medals6 gold, 3 silver and 4 bronze. The Dr. William Connor Primary School secured the fifth spot with 16 medals 5 gold, 7 silver and 4 bronze; while the St.Paul’s Primary School (the defending champions) came in 6th tragic incident he was living with his mother (Pearline) in Cayon. His father lives in Tabernacle. He is also the nephew of Senior Minister and Minister of International Trade, Agriculture, Commerce, Consumer Affairs and Constituency Empowerment, Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris. The Labour Spokesman joins in extending sincere condolences to his parents, Minister Harris and other members of the bereaved family at home and abroad. Pinney’s Beach is the longest beach on Nevis; it is on the Caribbean side of the island, where the sea is usually quite calm. It is almost 3 miles long, reaching from just outside of Charlestown all the way to the north end of Cades Bay. with 15 medals1 gold, 10 silver and 4 bronze. Immaculate Conception Catholic School came in 7th with 6 medals1 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze; Dean Glasford Primary School was in the 8th spot with 3 medals1 gold, 1 silver and 1 Cayon resident drowns.....(cont’d from page 1) obtaining 22 medals-8 gold medals, 7 silver and 7 bronze. It was a competitive race to the finish as Cayon Primary was tied with the Sandy Point Primary School in gold and silver medals; therefore the first and second spots were determined by bronze medals. Cayon Primary secured the top position having 5 bronze more than the Sandy Point High School who


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, APRIL 06TH 2012 19 COMMENTARY By: Vigilante NEWS By: Sotto Voce Not since their attacks on Comrade Bradshaw in the 1960s and 1970s, have I witnessed such a concentrated, strategic, political assault on any political leader anywhere like we are now witnessing on Comrade Douglas. The opposition forces of the PAM, the Rescue, and the CCM have virtually combined their fire-power on one man. He gets all their negative talk, their concocted tall tales and engineered media hype thrown at him from all sides. Anyone who keeps throwing negative talk at him becomes an instant opposition hero. In Comrade Bradshaw’s time, they used public meetings, their newspapers and some foreign-based radio stations to launch their salvos. They were nasty about it. But Comrade Bradshaw was a strong leader, he was well loved and respected by the majority of Kittitians, and they could never beat him in the Constituency which he represented in Parliament. To them, he was a finny-hand, old-fashioned relic of a distant past, and totally unsuited for the leadership of the country. They greatly feared his popularity with the people, and made plans to remove him from office by the bullet, since the ballot did not seem a viable option to them. Their attempt to overthrow his government on the 10th June 1967 was illconceived and failed. As part of the plan, Comrade Bradshaw was to be captured alive and later shot to death. When Comrade Douglas’ Labour Government was voted in office in 1995 by an overwhelming majority, in an election conducted by the PAM Government, he quickly opened all the avenues for freedom of expression which had been shut by PAM. We have seen the virtual splurge of media outlets on all sides of the political divide including newspapers, radio stations, and internet providers – the whole package. Some of the very people who kept the lid shut tight on these, can now be seen and heard enjoying all the freedoms Comrade Douglas introduced to curse him daily. Sometimes I have to shake my head in disbelief when I hear some of Comrade Bradshaw’s detractors saying charitable things about him now he is long dead and gone. He would be amazed to hear the same crooks now saying what a good man he was. Indeed they are so crooked now, for when they were in government for 15 years, they could not see their way to name even a dirt-road anywhere in his honour. They think St. Kitts people forget their wickedness.The Opposition have found to their dismay that just like Comrade Bradshaw was in his day, that Comrade Douglas is a tough nut to crack. They were trying on their own steam separately to break him. Now they are trying as one unit together. And he just giving them all the rope they want. Even their main propaganda agency “the Voices of PAM” working overtime daily. Just one item on the agenda: the bashing of Dr. Douglas. They express annoyance with anyone who speaks favourably of the P.M. Worse yet, they stonebotheration vex with anybody who call into the “Ask P.M.” programme on ZIZ, and praise him for his work. Everybody in St. Kitts cannot be Rescue/PAM pipsqueaks. Each Party got their supporters. Labour got plenty more than PAM. They well know. But Labour people are not comfortable calling in to the “Voices of PAM” show. They leave that for the PAM regulars: Terry, Mother Bess, Webster, Carl Browne, Mr. Politics, Harvey Liburd (the busman from Nevis), and the Nuts-lady ... that is their show. They relay the messages from “Up de Hill” daily, and from the Rescue Arab. Their story usually makes no sense, but carries a common thread: Curse Dr. Douglas and Labour while promoting PAM. That is their right. Push your Party. Call down Dougie all day, every day. You think that going help PAM to win? Carry on just as you going. The P.M. brought an Arab into our Labour Party and the Party members decided to throw him out after he was holding up the Party to ridicule in the public domain. Our 80 year-old organisations is a proud institution with a formidable and enviable record. Our past leaders became national heroes after their passing. The history of St. Kitts is dominated by the lives and work of these people. The 47-year-old PAM pales into insignificance by comparison. The bogus Rescue Crew is a clandestine organisation of PAMites, who are trying to pretend independence of thought, but remain firmly rooted in PAM. They can’t fool nobody. The Arab had issues with the Party leader and thought it best to take up his cudgel on opposition radio shows. I would think that the Cabinet of Ministers, and/or the Party Executive meetings, and/or the Party Convention, would be the appropriate places to air or ventilate disagreements. After all, if you belong to the Labour family, you don’t take your internal Party issues outside the organisation, on “the Voices of PAM” or on the “Inside the News” political show, to resolve them. No one who is really interested in keeping their organisation united and strong would ever do that. Well this Arab fellow did it, and he paid the price. The Party threw him out. It does not seem that he is satisfied to be in the political wilderness alone. He desperately appeals to others on the inside to join him in the PAM/Rescue nowhere land. I will never be heard to condone, support or encourage any act of disrespect among colleagues in a Party leadership. I also will never accept that internal Party issues should become the subject-matter of “Statements by Ministers” in Parliament, or be taken to the opposition’s talkshop, the “Voices of PAM”. That too, shows disrespect for the members of the Labour Party assembled in Convention. No PAM voice can ever be heard at our internal gatherings when serious Party business is being transacted. The Arab took his issues over to the Opposition Camp for a solution. Well, you see how our members looked at such treachery. I believe greater trust should be given to our membership to resolve any issue that anybody finds troubling. These same members appoint all our leaders. They can be relied upon to listen to and make decisions in the best interest of our Party whenever the occasion arises. No one should ever think that parading dirty linen on opposition talk shows can help resolve any problem. That is an Arab Traitor Rescue solution which leads nowhere. He proposes that Labour Party issues are best resolved by his PAM/Rescue /CCM friends who all have no use for anything Labour. The poor fellow losing track of where he really is. He need not try to confuse simple matters. Labour will always be Labour. Rescue and PAM are one and the same. Labour not in “Voices” it’s all PAM People are calling on the host of the PAM/FM Voices show to invite PAM Lenox on the programme to talk about his ongoing campaign to get rid of Lindsay Grant as the PAM leader. Dey say Tom, Dick and Harry have been invited, how come ‘PAM Lenox’ is shut out from the programme. Since PAM Lennox’s stinging attack on the hopeless and failed PAM leader, his deputy, Gene Hamilton, has been given strict orders to distance himself from the damning statements made publicly by his campaign manager (PAM Lennox). In strong protest dey say Gene stayed away from Parliament last week, even though he had a long list of questions before the House. The news out of the PAM camp is that Little Bo Peep and his motley crew are busy planning and scheming to replace Gene as the PAM Candidate for Constituency 8, with de Licy calypsonian. And dey say Little Bo Peep’s other deputy is behind the move to get rid of him. Dey say he say it will make it easier for him to become the next PAM leader when the Convention comes up next year. ‘De Anointed One’ has set out to be he PAM Candidate for Central Basseterre, but ‘De Rusty Chairman’ say that that will only happen over his dead body. No amount of emails he put on the PAM FM talk shows or the drinks in the bars will help “De Anointed One”. He say neither de founding family, nor de big money spending will help De Anointed One. Nothing can stop him (De Rusty Chairman) from becoming the candidate; he bang him already and he going bang him again. And, he say ‘De Anointed One’ had better take a page out of Little Bo Peep’s book and learn that money can’t buy him a seat in Parliament. The top brass in the Rescue Crew no longer trust de upper cut customs man, and they have reportedly stopped him from attending their private meetings. And De Rescue Crew Chief told PAMites and taxi operators at the Circus that he chat too much and called him (de chatterbox customs man) a Taliban. De Customs man say he don’t know why they blaming him for their failure in de House last week. For, he keep telling them that Douglas is an astute politician – the best since Bradshaw – and he proved that to all ah dem on Thursday morning last week. Dey say Douglas, he say, is like the great Mohammed Ali – he moves like a butterfly and stings like a bee. He’s truly 10 men in one. You can’t take it away from the man. He’s an unstoppable force. People want to know why De Final Act stated on Inside the News on Saturday that Massa Caines was “a big PAM”, but he couldn’t say he was a big Labour man. He’s a mash-up man. Dey say he had nothing to say when the lady on de show out-foxed him and tell him that he not only had a horse in the political fray in Nevis instigated by de sore loser Sheriff, but he was in fact a horse in the “race”. De poor nuts lady and all the people round her were so shame when somebody had to tell her de bible she was reading from was upside down. After all de boast dat he paying for boat to take people to Nevis for de march, dey say dat de captain had to lock him up in de boat till de man who get lock out bring de charter money to bail him out. People say dat de he always boastin ‘bout how much money he does give de women, but dey want to know how come he ain talk bout how much he does pay “other” people.


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