The labour spokesman
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Year 54 NO. 49FRIDAY, MAY 11TH, 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 PAGE 03 PAGE 13 Labour Day March 2012 in Photo ReviewBack to Back win for Constituency #4; 14-year-old, Kwahne Wharton crowned Miss Labour 2012 BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, (CUOPM) – National Political Leader of the governing St. KittsNevis Labour Party and Prime Minister, the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas, assisted by the 2011 Miss Labour, crowned the new Miss Labour 2012 in the early hours of Sunday morning. Despite inclement weather (cont’d on page12)St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas crowns the 2012 Miss Labour Kwahne Wharton (Photo by Erasmus Williams)Workers assured of Government’s continued commitment to move St. Kitts and Nevis forward. 2012 LABOUR Day March a huge success 2012 LABOUR Day March a huge success The traditional LABOUR DAY March, which was held here on Monday of this week, May 7th, under the umbrella of the St. KittsNevis Trades & Labour Union and its sister organisation, the ruling St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party was a huge success, despite all the efforts by the opposition People’s Action Movement (PAM) and their political allies in the ‘Rescue Crew’, to undermine the march and make it a “no show” event. In spite of the overtime work put in by PAM and their cronies and all the negative publicity aired on the local radio talk shows daily and other media outlets (including the internet) to discourage people (especially Labour supporters) from participating in the march, thousands braved the inclement weather, to show solidarity with the workers of this country and rally behind their Labour Leaders in the Union and the Party. The massive turn out of workers, Labour supporters, family members, friends and well-wishers took to the streets of Basseterre, in response to the call by the Prime (cont’d fon page 12) Government making arrangements to bring relief to electricity consumers BASSETERRE, ST. KITTTS, (CUOPM) – Persons in arrears with the St. Kitts Electricity Company (SKELEC) will soon get some relief in clearing the debt. This was disclosed by the Federation’s Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas, who told listeners to this weekly radio programme “Ask the Prime Minister” on Tuesday that the government will also continue to seriously tackle the transition from fossil fuel to green energy. He pointed out that the electricity bills are in two parts – firstly a bill that expresses what is currently to be paid based on usage for the previous month and secondly, the large arrears that have been accumulated by consumers over the months and years. “The government intends to concentrate on the arrears. What is it that we can meaningfully do to ease the burden of the arrears that are outstanding and which maybe impacting on the policy of SKELEC in terms of having the arrears collected. “What has to be done in terms of moving forward in terms of the cost of electricity for the service provided for what is currently used,” said Prime Minister Douglas. Stating that the arrears owed must still be paid, Dr. Douglas said that the government is in the (cont’d on page 3)Search for missing Nevisian teen continues


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 11TH 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 Thanks, thanks for the massive response and show of support The Labour Day March 2012 was bigger than that of the year before. Many onlookers agree on this. That of 2011 was bigger than that of 2010. In other words, an increasing number of persons turned out to publicly show their support for the march, whether in solidarity with other workers or as a sign of approval for Dr. Douglas as the P.M., or the Labour Government for its policies. This positive trend is unmistakable. It gives the lie to those misleaders and distorters of the truth who would have the world believe that Labour had come to the end of its tether. “Nutten tarl go so”. Labour is stronger than ever and ready to spring into its fifth term of office with the Right Honourable Dr. Denzil Douglas at the helm. So we join with our illustrious leader to give thanks. First, to the Almighty God, for enabling us to be successful in all of the activities undertaken. The Public Meetings had the desired effect in rousing and peaking the interest of supporters in the planned events. The leadership were able to bring home the messages of the Road the Labour Movement had travelled, of the pinnacles of achievement which had been reached during eighty years of struggle and pointing the way forward into a sustainable future. The Labour Queen Show, as it has never failed to do, galvanised the younger people of Labour, bringing out their talent and communicating skills and provided a lifetime empowerment experience for the eight beautiful young ladies who participated. We congratulate them all, for they are all winners, and offer special kudos to Miss Labour 2012, Ms. Kwahne Wharton of Constituency #4; 1st Runner Up, Ms. Caley Greaux of Constituency #8; 2nd Runner Up, Ms Shenequa Powell of Constituency #1 and 3rd Runner Up, Ms Nichelle Henry of Constituency #3. Their involvement will have prepared them for participation in similar events in the future and given them greater assurance and confidence to face whatever roles they may have to play later in life. The Labour Day March measured up to the expectations of the Labour supporters. The critics and prophets of doom who expected it to fall below were dumbfounded. The Labour masses rallied to the call of their beloved Prime Minister and Labour Leader in a massive way. The day began with the customary visit to the gravesides of seven (7) fallen Comrades by the Rt Hon. Prime Minister accompanied by Cabinet Colleagues and other government colleagues, The Labour Queen and family members of the bereaved and officers of the St. Kitts-Nevis Trades & Labour Union. Starting at the St. Peters Anglican Church Cemetery, at the graveside of Cde Clarence Fitzroy Bryant, and proceeding to Springfield Cemetery to the burial sites of the Rt. Excellent Sir Robert L. Bradshaw our first Nation Hero; His Excellency Sir Lee L. Moore; E. St. John Payne; Fidel O’Flaherty; the Rt. Excellent Sir Joseph N. France and the Rt. Excellent Sir Caleb Azariah Paul Southwell, The Right Honourable Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Sam Condor and Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris all paid a series of glowing tributes to the departed stalwarts, coordinated by the Union President Clifford Thomas. The group led by the Prime Minister then joined the March to a tremendous round of applause. That signalled the start of a tumultuous procession through the streets of Basseterre along the traditional route, lined by thousands of bystanders who annually look forward to this spectacle. The successful march vindicated the efforts of the Prime Minister who was at pains to comment on his government’s agenda since attaining office in 1995. And its achievements and plans for going forward after 2015. So we give thanks to the Committee of the Labour Weekend Celebrations and the sub-Committees which had been put in place to stage the various individual activities. We also give thanks to those who participated and supported in whatever way to send this strong message that Eighty years of Service is not the end, but the beginning of another eighty years of service and beyond dedicated to the future generations of this country. Constituency 4 Notice The St. Kitts Nevis Labour Party Constituency Number 4 Branch, that is Challengers to New Guinea, will hold itsMonthly Constituency Meeting on Monday 14th May 2012.The meeting will take place at the Old Road Community Center starting at 7:00 PM. A special guest speaker is expected to bring fraternal greetings. All are asked to make a very specially effort to attend and be punctual. For Rent 2 One Bedromm Apartments at Pot ato Bay Fully Furnished Great Views Call:465-8058 or 663-4795 St. Kitts and Nevis moves towards establishing a National Maritime Policy and Action Plan Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Sen. the Hon. Richard Skerritt (Photo by Erasmus Williams) BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, MAY 9TH 2012 (CUOPM) There is a need for an integrated approach that marries environmental management directly with economic, fiscal and social policy and objectives. So says Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Sen. the Hon. Richard Skerritt. “A new approach is needed in managing our maritime space one which is existing policies will have to be subsidiary to the principles and standards of a common National Maritime Policy. “The objectives, programmes and measures to manage the marine environment and its resources will be developed in such a way that the different objectives, programmes and measures are mutually compatible across all the agencies in St. Kitts and Nevis which have a role in managing the ocean,” Mr. Skerritt told participants. He suggested the need to facilitate a more harmonised front in the work and pursuits of the Department of Maritime Affairs, Department of Marine Resources and Fisheries on both islands, the Coast Guard, the Department of Physical Planning and the Environment on both islands, Department of Customs and Excise, Hoteliers, Dive Operators, Fishers and Boat operators. Mr. Skerritt called for the creation of a culture which seeks to embrace the principles of Agenda 21 of the Rio Declaration of 1992 appealing for an ecosystem integrated management approach to the management of the ocean. He said that the Department of Maritime Affairs is now working in close collaboration strategic, scientific, pragmatic, and cross-sectoral. Such a paradigm must encompass the need for a healthy, productive and biologically diverse marine environment, including our coral reefs, while at the same time encouraging economic opportunities which can contribute to more sustainable livelihoods, and secure human settlements in St. Kitts and Nevis,” said Mr. Skerritt at a consultation on the establishment of a National Maritime Policy and Action Plan. He told stakeholders that it will take a harmonised and integrated vision that requires fundamental changes in the way the marine and maritime spaces in St. Kitts and Nevis are managed and regulated at the Federal and local levels. Mr. Skerritt said St. Kitts and Nevis can no longer afford to live with dis-jointed sector policies for managing these resources and that with the Ministry of Marine Resources and thus the convening of the National Consultation which he hopes will create a road map with clear roles and responsibilities for all these agencies and stakeholders. It also helps to implement the decision of the OECS heads following the 54th Meeting on January 12, 2012 on developing a regional approach to ocean governance. “As you deliberate and seek to carve out the future for ocean governance in St. Kitts and Nevis, be assured that my Ministry, in partnership with all other government ministries will continue to create the environment for sustainable use of the seas around us, and continue to push vigorously to fulfil our obligations as a responsible flag, port and coastal state under the framework of the United Nation Convention on the law of the Sea,” said Minister Skerritt.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 11TH 2012 3 NEWS United States Provides US$606,000 in Security Assistance for St. Kitts and Nevis to Combat Transnational Crime The United States is putting an additional US$606,000 into the fight against crime in St. Kitts and Nevis. The new funding comes under an amended letter of agreement concluded on Friday, May 4, 2012 by Charge d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy Christopher Sandrolini and St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister The Right Honorable Dr. Denzil Douglas. The United States has now committed US$2,851,000 in direct bilateral assistance to St. Kitts and Nevis since the 2009 launch of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative. The millions in funding have gone into a wide range of security programs to combat transnational crime and hence, increase the safety of Kittitians and Nevisians. The new funding from this agreement will cover four areas. US$200,000 will go towards enhancing the professional skills of St. Kitts and Nevis’ law enforcement, through the purchase of equipment, training, and the mentoring of St. Kitts and Nevis personnel by U.S. Government experts. Under the area of Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption, US$192,000 will be devoted to expanding the capabilities of St. Kitts and Nevis to operate a prison system that is safe, secure, humane, and in conformance with international standards. The United States will help enhance the knowledge, skills, and abilities of corrections officials to manage a correctional system that contributes to public safety, combats transnational crime, reduces recidivism rates, and provides the prisoners with opportunities for reform and rehabilitation. An additional US$131,000 will be dedicated to strengthening counternarcotics control capabilities in St. Kitts and Nevis. Under this program, the United States will continue to offer training and equipment to enhance the ability of law enforcement to conduct investigations and interdict illicit trafficking. US$83,000 will be provided for the fourth area of cooperation combating Money Laundering/Financial Crimes. This funding will go into increasing training, technical assistance, mentoring and equipment for Financial Intelligence Units (FIUs), the judiciary, prosecutors, and bank regulatory bodies. CBSI is a partnership between the United States and the countries of the Caribbean under which we have agreed to share the responsibility for implementing our common vision for a safer, more prosperous Caribbean region. Under CBSI the United States and our Caribbean partners have pledged to seek durable security solutions through sustainable programs over which our regional partners take eventual ownership. Launched by President Barack Obama in 2009, CBSI has been the vehicle through which the United States has committed US$139 million to the region to reduce illicit trafficking and increase citizen security. process of putting together a package that will assist eligible consumers in paying off the arrears owed to SKELEC and at the same time remaining current and connected to the electricity service. Prime Minister Douglas said the government in collaboration Search for missing Nevisian teen continues; EC $10 000 reward offered By Drizel Hanley The diligent search for 17year-old Dylon Clarke of Church Ground, Nevis, who was reported missing on Sunday, April 29 by family members continues and his family is offering EC$10 000 to anyone who can provide information leading to his location. A press release issued by Lester Blackett, Director of the Nevis Disaster Management Department stated that search parties were arranged from Monday, May 8 until tomorrow, Saturday, May 12 starting from 1:00 p.m. and ending at 6:00 p.m. He also stated that the Long Point Disaster Management Office would be the Base of the Operations/Assembly. “Information should be reported to the nearest Police Station or to members of the family. A reward of $10 000 has been posted by the family for information leading to the location of Dylon Clarke. The Police and other parties continue to intensively investigate this case”, he said. Earlier police reports indicate that the Charlestown Secondary School student left home sometime after 2pm on Saturday, April 28 ‘to go for a walk’ and has not returned since. It was noted by family members that it was not customary for the young man ‘to sleep out’ so an alarm was raised as early as Saturday evening when he did not return home. Unconfirmed reports suggest that the teenager was seen in the vicinity of Moon’s Bar, located at Church Ground, up to about 6pm, wearing a yellow polo shirt, a short jean pant and Nike black and white sandals. The police and the family are urging members of the public who may have information as to the whereabouts of Dylon Clarke to call their nearest police station. Missing teenager, Dylon Clarke with the St. Kitts Electricity Company will soon be in a position to announce the arrangements for the relief. Dr. Douglas said the arrears will continue to be collected as there is a policy is in place that the company is using. He said the high cost of electricity can only be reduced through conservation and forging ahead with the utilisation of alternative energy. “We want to encourage consumers with government incentives to move further and further away from their own dependence on fossil fuel energy,” said Dr. Douglas. Government he said will continue to pursue other sources of energy including wind, solar and geothermal. Government making arrangements ........ (cont’d from page 1) SKNFA LIME Star Browne Women’s League opens By Drizel HanleyThe LIME Grounds came alive with excitement and jubilation on Sunday, May 6 as it marked the historic opening of the St. KittsNevis Football Association (SKNFA) LIME Star Browne Women’s League. The opening ceremony was attended by the Governor General, His Excellency Sir Cuthbert Sebastian, management members of the SKNFA including the President Anthony L Johnson; (cont’d on page 4)Vice Presidents, Ellis Hazel and Alistair Edwards; the wife of the late Elvis Star Browne, Joy Browne; ministers of government including Minister of Sports the Hon. Glen Phillip and Minister of Gender Affairs the Hon. Marcella Liburd. Minister Phillip officially declared the league open while encouraging the ladies to take the sport seriously and use the


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 11TH 2012 4 NEWS TRADE UNION NEWS By: Batumba Tak General Secretary SKNFA LIME Star Browne Women’s League opens opportunity to sharpen their skills. The competing teams are: Cayon FC, C.C.C Bath United FC, NewTown United FC, Village Superstars FC, S.L.Horsford St. Pauls FC, St. Peters FC and St. Thomas Trinity Strikers FC. After a brief welcoming ceremony the ladies participated in a 9 v 9 soccerama. The team captains gathered to draw for their match ups, in the end it was St. Pauls who came up against St. Peters Blue Angels, Newtown United versus St. Thomas/Trinity Strikers in the second match-up and Village versus Cayon in the final match. In the first face-off St. Peters Blue Angels outscored St. Pauls by three goals to nil and advanced to the second round of play. NewTown United then came up against St. Thomas Trinity Strikers, at the end of the game NewTown trounced Strikers four goals to nil and also advanced to the next round. Then Village Superstars did battle with Cayon, at the end of the first half Village had scored one goal however in the last moments of the game Cayon managed to score the much needed equalizing goal which meant that the game had to be decided by penalty kicks. During the penalty face-off only one person from each team missed which meant that the game was still tied. Two extra players were then called to do the penalty kicks however both players missed hence the final result had to be determined by a toss of the coin as there were no more players left to kick. In the end it was Cayon who came out victorious and advanced to the next round. St. Peters Blue Angels then came up against NewTown. In the dying moments NewTown managed to score two goals securing their place in the finals. In the final match of the day NewTown and Cayon faced off for the championship. At the end of the first half neither of the teams had scored. In the second half NewTown scored three goals to declare themselves the winners. Cayon was unable to score. The official results at the end of the exciting football action were: 1st place-Newtown United, 2nd placeCayon, 3rd placeSt. Peters Blue Angels. The official league matches begin today, Friday, May 11 at 5:00 p.m. at the LIME Grounds, Needsmust with three games and three more being played on Sunday, May 13. (cont’d from page 3) Labour Code. “Coming together is a beginning, Keeping together is progress, Working together is success.”Henry Ford. Now that the 2012 Labour Day, considered in some quarters in the international circle as the workers’ Christmas eve, is behind us, it’s time to turn our attention to other weighter matters. The St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union has grown from deep historical roots, It was formed on the 8th February, 1940 and registered on the 15th May, 1940, but the struggle to establish it in our country began a long time before. Through many years of arduous struggle, the working class people had laid a solid foundation for the Labour Movement. Our Union has, indeed acquired a wealth of experience in Trade Unionism work and other activities. The Union’s experience of Trade Unionism building will be a valuable asset in all our future endeavours to consolidate and develop our Union’s future. The present Union officials, including the rank and file members ought to study our Union’s historical experience of Union building deeply with a view to improving our Union and their professional ability, which will help them to help develop Union work indept. Wherever people are at work, their problems are in someway the concern of the St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union. For over seventy-two years (72) the St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union has been involved with other social partners, Government, employers and civil society to help devise measures which will help improve the conditions of work and the general welfare of all workers not only right here in our beautiful Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, but all over the world. As the present financial crisis continues the conditions of labour that exist today involve such injustice, hardship, privation to large numbers of working people as to produce unrest so great that the peace and harmony of the world are imperiled. An improvement of these conditions is urgently required: as, for example the passing into law of a Labour Code which will help to stabilize the industrial atmosphere in this our beautiful Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. What Is A Labour Code, and What Is Contained thereIn? The International Labour Code consists of texts prepared by the International Labour Organization (ILO) for the use of member states and their community. The Labour Code is a definition of minimum standards in those areas which concern the ILO, and by extention, The St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union. Some of the text usually found in a Labour Code are aimed to protect the freedom and dignity of the workers by guaranteeing the right of freedom of association, the prohibition of forced labour, and the elimination of discrimination at work. In addition, you will also find such vital Labour matters as the promotion of full employment, vocational training, conditions of work and employment (working hours, paid holiday and minimum wage), the protection of the workers’ health and safety at work, social security benefits and Labour relations. The Labour Code is a very important piece of Legislation, and as a result the International accepted Labour Code thus excercises a significant formative influence on Labour Legislation and social policy throughout the world. As time and space is of the utmost importance I will have to stop here for now, but will continue with the Labour Code in a future article. As I take my leave today, I leave you with a few words from Father Andre, and an old spiritual slave song. “Even the weak become strong when they are UNITED.” – By Father Andre.Each One Has.What then, brothers? What then, sisters? What then, shall we do? When you come together as the church? What then, brothers? What then, sisters? What then, shall we do? When you come together as the church? Each one has a psalm to sing with the saints, Each one has a teaching to share with the saints, Each one has a revelation, tongue, and interpretation, Let all things be done for building up. ECDU Says Early Foundation Leverages Success (EMU) – St. Kitts: Reflecting on the recent past in which she berself facilitated a workshop for the Early Childhood Development Unit (ECDU), Acting Chief Education Officer Mrs. Clarice Cotton said she felt confident that an orientation workshop which was being concluded for day care workers would positively impact the Federation’s children. Mrs. Cotton’s past experiences lead her to the conclusion that the Early Childhood Development Unit is making outstanding strides in the Federation’s Education programme. The Unit, affectionately referred to as the “Workshop Unit” has been labelled as constantly providing training for its preschool teachers, nursery workers and prospective staff; in this case an orientation seminar for new staff and those considering the field. Mrs. Cotton assured a group of highly appreciative participants that they would find their task a lot more pleasant and rewarding having undertaken such training at the outset of their careers in childcare and education. The acting Chief Education Officer was also full of praise for the ECDU, lead by Coordinator Mrs. Jacqueline Morris, for its thrust in training Kindergarten teachers based on their significant role in transitioning pre-schoolers into primary school. “It is important that an adequate early childhood experience is laid for each child,” Mrs. Cotton said. “They must receive the developmentally ageappropriate activities that will bolster their success later on in life.” She highlighted the researchproven fact that children having a strong foundation in early childhood education were less likely to participate in crime and other anti-social behaviours. Also delivering remarks at the closing ceremony, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Information Mrs. Ionie Liburd-Willett emphasized the significant role of early childhood workers. She reminded participants that as educators they are the decisive element in the classroomheavily swaying the outcome of children’s experiences. “You possess tremendous power to determine whether children’s lives are miserable or joyous,” she (cont’d on page 23


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 11TH 2012 5 NEWS The Thinking Citizen Thank God for the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party. If it were not for the Labour Party, St.Kitts-Nevis would have been relegated to the back waters of the Caribbean. Take the case of Education. The Labour Party has provided more opportunities and more scholarships than any other party for our students to study in Cuba, the USA, Canada, the United Kingdom and elsewhere. Even now the Labour Party Government is seeking opportunities for our students to study in India. Under the leadership of our Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon, Dr. Denzil Douglas, our students have gone to Cuba to study Nursing, Medicine, Economics, Engineering, Architecture and Accounting. The Labour Party has pushed our country forwards and upwards in the area of Public Health and Medicine. The Labour Party has given us an up-to-date, State of the Art Hospital in Basseterre, and a brand new hospital in Sandy Point to serve the surrounding area. The Health Centres around the countryside have also been up-graded and equipped to provide expanded and improved services to the rural communities. During the 15 years of PAM rule, the PAMites repeatedly referred to the J.N.F. General Hospital as the “Horse Stable”. The PAM Government did nothing sensible or significant to improve the condition of the Hospital. The PAMites provided work for their hangers-on by giving them contracts to undertake little patching-up jobs here and little patching-up jobs there at the Hospital. It was left to the Labour Party Government to undertake a radical up-grade of the Hospital. No other party has provided more affordable Housing for our people than the Labour Party. The Labour Party Government provided more affordable Housing for our people in 4 years than the PAM party provided in 15 years. Rather than making adequate housing lots available to landless sugar cane workers, the members of the PAM Government distributed among themselves the choicest parcels of sugar cane land on which to build their homes. None of the following, namely, Bradshaw, Southwell, Lee Moore, Fitzroy Bryant or St. John Payne ever obtained sugar estate lands to build his home. As we all know, the PAMites went around spreading lies to the effect that Lee Moore and St. John Payne built their homes on sugar estate lands provided by government. That was a bold-face lie that only PAM could tell. In the area of International Travel and Tourism what has PAM really done? In less than no time, the Labour Party Government extended the runway and upgraded and modernised the Terminal Building at the R.L.B. International Airport. The Labour Party Government also brought the Marriott Resort to our shores. The PAMites built a road to nowhere on private lands over on the South-East Peninsula, reclaimed an area of land in the Basseterre Harbour which they called Port Zante, and allowed the overseas investors to transfer the construction of the Casablanca Hotel from St. Kitts to Anguilla. It was the Labour Party Government that put down the Deep Water Port at Bird Rock. The PAMites built Port Zante, but although they built it they did not know what to do with it. It was left to Labour to maximise the full potential of the reclaimed area of land named Port Zante. Under the PAM Government, St. Kitts accommodated just one university that is Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. Today our island can boast of the International University of Nursing, University of Medicine & Health Sciences and Windsor University School of Medicine in addition to the School of Veterinary Medicine. The Labour Party Government undertook the construction of an International Cricket Stadium at Warner Park to host the ICC Series in 2007. Although the Stadium was designed and built to conform to international standards, the PAM party and the Democrat newspaper mounted a propaganda campaign against the new Cricket stadium saying that the building is not structurally sound and cricket lovers are warned that to patronise the building, would be risky. The PAMites gave the new Silver Jubilee Stadium at Bird Rock similar treatment whilst the Stadium was under construction. The PAM propaganda machine proclaimed that the Stadium would not be ready in time for the approved rounds of sports events scheduled to be held in St. Kitts. This of course was not true. The PAMites simply wanted to damage the good name and reputation of St. Kitts. They wanted to portray St. Kitts as a country that could not be relied upon to fulfil its regional and extra-regional obligations and commitments. Well, all you see sin and trouble with PAM! The party and its dunceyhead propagandists behave as if the vast majority of the voters in St. Kitts are dull, stupid and ignorant and cannot remember things that happened in the past. The PAMites spend nearly 4 years of the roughly 5 years between General Elections in dragging down and messing-up the good name of our country and that of our God-blessed Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas. Then when election time comes around, the PAMites go around like wolves in sheep’s clothing pretending that they love our country and care for our people. The PAMites do not understand as yet that our people are not stupid, and that it is PERFORMANCE and not PROPAGANDA that counts. The despicable political antics and activities of the PAMites in the pre-Election years cause them to lose Elections and as soon as they do, they run to the High Court, hoping that the High Court would over-turn the will and wishes of the voters. The duncey-head propagandists who regularly write in the Democrat newspaper should tell the public that Dr. Douglas never ever did take up arms to murder his own people. Certain members of PAM took up arms on June 10, 1967, and tried to murder their own fellow Kittitians and Nevisians. The same propagandists who are professing always to love honesty, decency, justice and godliness, ought to tell the voters of St. Kitts how they can publicly support and defend a political activist who was convicted of “Fraudent Conversion”, after a fair, just and proper trial. The Labour Party in Government record defies the PAM Propagandists’ lies Jamkit Mothers’ Day 2012 Message (cont’d on page 8) Basseterre, St Kitts: There is a place of tender emotion that can rarely be reached by all and sundry sentiments of the human experience. It is a space that is inhabited, often times, by love, happiness, nostalgia and appreciation. Once per year, we arrive at its portals and seek to pay homage to the priceless heirloom for which it serves as vanguard. This sphere is the area in our emotional hearts, almost exclusively reserved for our love of Mother. In this the year of Jamaica’s 50th Anniversary of Political Independence, the Jamaican Kittitian (JamKit) Association pauses to use this avenue to extend greetings to all people, particularly in the Federation of St. Christopher and Nevis, at this time when we pay a special collective tribute to mothers. As an Association, we join with countless people around the world who acknowledge the various ways in which a mother’s loving care persists towards the child she bears. We note the fact that the role of the mother has remained a fundamental one across all societies and across all time. As such, we laud the mothers, who have been examples of goodness, propriety and wisdom for their children, and by extension, their societies. It is unfortunate, however, that, all too often, the immense responsibility of motherhood has been ignored by those who have undertaken this truly miraculous feat. The prevalence of unwanted pregnancies and childbirths, which has at times correlated to increased instances of infant and maternal mortality, reminds us of the need for individuals to exercise responsible behaviour in family


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 11TH 2012 6 NEWS Kittitian and Nevisian students pursuing higher education can now apply for the M. L. King Scholarship Grant to receive financial support to fulfill their career goals. The Annual award is open to citizens of St. Kitts and Nevis (but not to employees of the TDC Group or its related Companies), who are normally resident in the Federation and intend to return after completion of their course of study. It is intended to assist students who are desirous of pursuing full time University studies at the Undergraduate and Post Graduate levels in areas, which include, but are not limited to, Agriculture, Architecture, Accounting, Business Management, Construction Management, M. L. King Scholarship Grant Applications Now Open Economics, Engineering, Information Technology, and Pharmacology. 2011 Michael L. King Scholarship Grant awardees (excluding Monique Evelyn) pose for a group photo following the presentation ceremony, flanked by Dr. Clive Ottley, Selection Committee Chairman, representatives of the Ministry of Education on St. Kitts and Nevis, Representatives of the UWI Open Campus, TDC Directors and Senior Management Applicants are required to maintain a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0 or higher and must demonstrate exemplary scholarship to receive a one-time disbursement of five thousand (US$5000) dollars for one (1) calendar year. Additional information can obtained from the following sources: TDC Human Resources Department, Fort Street, Basseterre (869) 465-2511 TDC General Office, Pinney’s Industrial Estate, Charlestown, Nevis (869) 469 5430 The TDC Group of Companies website, www.tdclimited.com The Michael L. King Scholarship Grant was introduced in 2007 and is an honorary bursary named after the company’s second Chairman, who was a staunch advocate of Educational excellence. Opposition Leader Brantley attended meeting on OECS Economic Union the Opposition from the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) who met in St. Lucia last Friday (May 4th) for a oneday meeting relating to the OECS Economic Union. The high-level meeting, held at the Royal St. Lucian Hotel in Rodney Bay, began with an opening session, followed by a business session. At a brief press conference held following the business session where Chairman of the BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly, the Hon. Mark Brantley, was among Leaders of OECS, St. Lucia’s Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Kenny Anthony who headed a four-member panel to explain the purpose and outcome of the meeting. Also with Dr. Anthony at last Friday afternoon’s press conference were OECS Secretary General, Her Excellency Dr. Len Ishmael; Leader of the Opposition St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the Hon. Arnhim Eustace and Leader of the Opposition in Dominica, Hon. Hector John. According to St. Lucia Online.com, Dr. Ishmael explained (cont’d on page 20)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 11TH 2012 7 NEWS BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis has been ranked #3 on a list of the “10 Best Islands in the World” by US News & World Report. Number one is The Maldives and Number 2 is Bora Bora. St. Kitts and Nevis beat out such destinations as Seychelles, Fiji, the Cayman Islands, St. Martin-St. Maarten and the United States Virgin Islands. St. Kitts & Nevis ranked #3 of “10 Best Islands in the World” Showing a photo of St. Kitts’ Frigate Bay Beach, US News & World Report stated: “Why Go: It’s no wonder that these two islands attract celebs in droves. Who wouldn’t want to spend their vacation sprawled across goldenbrown sands, exploring ancient fortresses, or noshing on fried conch? St. Kitts & Nevis offer their visitors an authentic Caribbean experience, from the history exhibited at the Brimstone Hill Fortress to the drinks served at the shack-like beach bars. And note that both islands boast spectacular shorelines, so you can’t go wrong with either.” Photos seen include Brimstone Hill National Park, Frigate Bay, Frigate Bay Golf Course, Cottle Church, Pinney’s Beach and The Alexander Hamilton House. The publication allows people to vote whether or not the destination belongs on the list, which determines 50% of the ranking. St. Kitts and Nevis also recently ranked #1 in the publication’s list of the 16 Best Caribbean Vacations. #4 is Santorini; #5 – Seychelles; #6 – Fiji; #7 – Maui; #8 – Cayman Islands; #9 – St. Martin –St. Maarten and #10 – the United States Virgin Islands. US News & World Report is a weekly news magazine and that provides readers with “news you can use.” Its website receives approximately 2 million Unique Monthly Viewers. Cannons atop Brimstone Hill Cottle Church lunky020 stockphoto Nevis Pinney’s Beach


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 11TH 2012 8 NEWS Small Axe Band International Nominated For Top Caribbean Soca Award BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, MAY 10TH 2012 (Small Axe Band International) – The International Soca Music Awards organization has announced that Small Axe Band International has been nominated for the Over All Soca Band of the Year Award 2012. “We are forever grateful and humbled when our work is recognized by anyone and we thank the people at the Soca Awards Inc. We also want to congratulate the other nominees, such as Machel Montano HD, Kes the Band, Krosfyah, Show Time, and Respeck Band, said band leader Mr. World. He went on to say that, while we wish everyone well, we are in this to win it and is encouraging fans and well-wishers to go to the web address http://www.socaawards.com/NOMINEES.html and vote for Small Axe Band International to win this award and continue to push St. Kitts and Nevis’ flavor of soca to the front of the regional and international stage. The Band, who was recently featured at United State Virgin Islands 60th Year Celebration of Carnival on St Thomas, will later this month perform at the 24th Annual Atlanta Carnival Bash, with other Caribbean soca heavy weights such as Claudette Peters, Edwin Yearwood, Tallpree, Iwer George, Skinny Fabulous and others. The International Soca Music Awards was founded in 2003 by a Trinidad and Tobago native, entrepreneur Mr. Colin ‘CJ’ Jackman. The Soca Awards was created to bring recognition to the Soca and Calypso genre. The first Soca Awards ceremony was held in 2003 in Brooklyn, New York. The Awards ceremony was also held in St. Kitts and Nevis in 2008. Follow the Small Axe Band International on Facebook and Twitter at #Small Axe Band International. Jamkit Mothers’ Day 2012 Message (cont’d on page 8)planning and management. This seems particularly relevant when considering the many capable and prepared women across the world afflicted with infertility and its resulting personal and social dislocation. We would encourage all who engage with biological motherhood to do so mindful of the great trust that is vested with such an experience. Our Association also hastens to recognise those who have, through their lives and works, provided mothering care without the confines of biological connection. Through adoption, fostering, mentorship and other avenues, we recognise that mother’s care has been, and continues to be felt way beyond the space of the bloodline. We commend this special calling to care, and pray that those who trod this road will be blessed in their efforts. In closing, we trust that this period of love and reflection, regardless of what name it goes by, Mothers’ Day, Mothering Sunday or otherwise, will be one of profoundly positive expression. May the lives of mothers everywhere be enriched, and may your children (direct or not) grow to call you blessed. Always we remain, with One Love. NB: Jamaica will celebrate her 50th Anniversary of Political Independence on 6 August 2012. Activities to commemorate this important milestone are being held throughout the year in Jamaica and various parts of the world where Jamaicans reside, including within the Federation of St. Christopher & Nevis.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 11TH 2012 9 NEWS Before becoming a mother I vowed never fall into that dreaded trap. The trap I speak of is losing my entire identity and allowing it to be replaced by being “Somebody’s Mother.” I guarded the ‘me’ so fiercely, so much so that when I checked into the hospital to have my sons, I was all fancied up, both times wearing stilettos and ‘hot pants.’ You see when some of us become mothers we undergo a total transformation, a sort of initiation, and for some reason we whip out the rule book of “Motherhood do’s and don’ts.” Please don’t get me wrong, not that being somebody’s mother is a terribly awful thing. I love being a mother. It’s a very wonderful thing, the most wonderful thing that has happened to me. I actually look forward to picking up my son from school at afternoons, and hearing the little kids chanting, “Daniel’s Mommy! Daniel’s Mommy!” What I refer to is falling into that category where you are no longer you, where you cease to exist, and where your life is totally consumed with the existence of your child or children. When I just became a mother, my mother would call and I would be out browsing, at the movies or just hanging out, and she would ask, “Where are the boys?” I would reply, “Somewhere with Ivan.” She would go on, “You laden him down with the two of them. When I had my children they were always on me hip. Everywhere I go I have one. This is really modern days.” There are times that she would call as some nosy person from St. Kitts would call her all the way in New York to report that they had seen me about strolling along, hands swaying, as if I hadn’t a care in the world, and they were wondering if I didn’t have children. I can also recall going to a lecture or an event and being asked by friends and acquaintances where the kids were and I would say, “Somewhere with Ivan.”There is somehow this idea that having kids means that there is a ball and chain around your ankle, and that your every waking moment ought to be spent in servitude to them. A few days ago I heard a lady joke that her husband grew tired of her going out with her friends so he “gave her a child to mind since she had nothing better to do with her time.” It’s just our way of thinking. My thought was, “Well if that was the case he would have been in a very sad state because he would have been the one minding that child.” You don’t cease being you as person when you have children. You still have your likes and dislikes and you should still maintain your individuality.There is this thought that one ought to have done all that she wants to do before having children, because when you have a child, as old people say, “You days done…and is the children time now…” You shouldn’t be seen out socializing with friends, as this behaviour is not a characteristic of a good mother. You no longer have dreams. What dreams? This is pure nonsense. It is time to get your head out of the clouds, and get back to the reality of what comes with motherhood. Your dreams are replaced by the dreams and hopes for your children. You no longer enjoy that night out with friends. You stop going to church meetings, or taking part in sporting or leisure activities because motherhood means that everything that you’ve enjoyed becomes non-existent and is replaced by all things indicative of being a mother. I refer to that state where you actually become a slave to your child or children. Now you may say that this all comes with the Territory. Motherhood is after-all the ultimate self-sacrifice, isn’t it? And if one should say anything to the contrary it’s almost blasphemous or sacrilegious. She should have never been a mother in the first place. From a very early age we have been taught that being a mother means self-sacrifice, putting your children’s needs before yours at all cost. This is just what mothers do. It is almost a sort of penance even. An experience I had the other day caused me to stop in my tracks, and I wondered if I was slowly turning into one of those mothers. I entered a bookstore with the intent of purchasing a book by Harry Belafonte, but when I got home and rummaged through my things getting ready to enjoy that book after a long night of reading Happy Birthday Thomas almost sixteen times, to my sons, there was no book to be found. Instead, there were two Thomas the Tank Engine books and two Dr. Seuss books in the bag. I had gone into the store with the intent of purchasing that book but ended up getting books for my sons. A typical mother thing to do you may say but in actuality when you become a mother you become so consumed with your children that your needs at times are not only secondary but non-existent, and the scary thing is that you don’t even realize it. It just creeps up on you. Your one pair of shoes may be “begging bread,” and your feet may be hurting because the tack you have put in has come loose but you bear it with a grin whilst your child has twenty pairs of name brand shoes lined off immaculately in a row, but that’s all right, because this is what mothers do. You don’t want your child to go “look man” or “thief” so you are willing to make that sacrifice. How about teaching that child the art of doing without? This is just a question. You may say that in today’s world that this is unrealistic. I say maybe that this is one of the major problems with today’s world, a world which feeds into materialism and consumerism, all the while the mother is breaking under the pressure, and digging herself deeper into slavery and debt to satisfy the wants, and I say wants, as I don’t consider most of these things as the needs of her children, but then again that’s another article. As I write my mind wanders to a friend who has never been to the beauty shop to get her hair done because she can’t afford it but yet makes the sacrifice so that her sixteen year old daughter can go at least once a week to get her hair and nails done. My mind wanders to a mother who has never dined at the finer places but yet scrounges to find the money so that her child can have that experience. My mind wanders to that mother who has never bought herself a fancy purse, earrings or a pair of shoes over $100.00 because it would be considered wasteful but yet her son or daughter has several pairs of shoes each which costs in excess of $100.00. As I write my mind wanders to that mother who can’t swim, but would love to but hasn’t taken the time to get lessons, but yet sits on the sidelines whilst her child is getting swimming lessons. My mind wanders to a mother I spoke with recently who wanted to complete her high school education but have decided instead to work three jobs so that her daughter can go to the college of her choice. Let me add that this mother had worked two jobs to provide her daughter with the best education, luxuries and amenities that life has to offer, and as a result her daughter had gotten accepted to several reputable colleges. Three of the colleges offered full scholarships, but yet her daughter wanted to go to the college of her choice. In my conversations with friends I never give advice but rather ask questions. My questions for my friend were simply. “Does she really need to go to the college of her choice when the other schools are just as good, and are offering full scholarships? Don’t you think that you have fulfilled your motherly obligation? When is it going to be about you? Why have you become insignificant? Why is there a need to put your dreams on indefinite hold?” Her response was quite admirable, “I do all this because it is my obligation as a mother! My daughter deserves only the best.” My follow-up question was, “So what do you deserve? When does your state of servitude end? Are you telling me that because you are a mother you have ceased to exist?” Again, please do not get me wrong, as a mother you want only what is best for your child or children. You also want them to have a much better life than you did, and again sometimes I think that what we interpret as a much better life is all relative. My issue is that the same sacrifices that we so unselfishly mete out for our children and others, we feel guilty if we do this for ourselves. Another flaw that we have as mothers is that we often give our children so readily without letting them know that these things were given with much love and sacrifice. Money does not grow on trees. Our children often grow up with a sense of entitlement. In time these children begin to see us as their slaves, working to fulfill their every need and want because, “they didn’t ask to come here, is we play fast send call them, so we have to work for them.” After speaking with my friend about the additional sacrifice she was willing to make in order to send her daughter to the college of her choice, I decided to take her daughter to lunch. I sat across from this very polished, impressionable young woman, and I asked her several questions. I asked her about the past 18 years of her life. I asked her about her stellar education, the class trips to Spain and Paris. I asked her about her piano, ballet, golf, tennis and swimming lessons. I asked about her time at Charm School. Then I asked her about her about the past 18 years of her mother’s life, a mother who had had her at the age of 16, and I suppose to dispel all of the myths about teenage pregnancy and motherhood in my opinion her mother overcompensated. She more than sacrificed. I asked the young lady to paint that picture of her mother’s life for me, and when she did she cried, because all she could remember was her mother working, working, and working. I then asked her about the next four years of her life, and then I asked her what she would wish for the next four years of her mother’s life, a mother who had given the ultimate sacrifice that of herself. Her response was, “I would want her to at least experience some of things that I have.” I asked, “Can she experience that working three jobs while you are off at the college of your choice?” I then said, “You are a smart girl. You have been afforded the best of everything. Your mother wants the chance to get her education; don’t you think that you can at least give that much to her?” Needless to say she decided to attend one of the colleges which offered her full scholarship, and is helping her mother get her GED. If anything you gain from this piece, I am not asking that you be a selfish, irresponsible mother but that you realize that even though you are somebody’s mother, that you are also you, and that you matter. The same way, in which you would save to purchase something that your child wants, save towards something that you would love to have. And if that voice in your head goes but I want my child to have that very expensive nice pair of shoes, ask that voice if your child really need that additional pair of shoes, and if that doesn’t work, ask yourself how many hours of hard work did that child put in to deserve the shoes, this may help you decide who really needs the shoes. Finally, I don’t think that you have to stop dreaming or that you should put your life on hold because you have children. You are not dead. You are still living. Many people wait until after their children are all grown and off to college or out of the house to take that dream vacation or cruise or to fulfill that lifelong dream or passion why can’t you work towards it sooner? You are still living! You are person! You matter! And as my friend Cora just told me after reading this piece, “You watch too much Oprah! This would not go with the average Caribbean woman!” To this I say, “Maybe the Caribbean woman needs to do some introspection, and ask herself who she is, who she wants to be, and what she thinks she deserves, and realize that although being a great mother is a part of being a phenomenal woman, it’s just that, only a part of it.” We’ve Been Conditioned to believe that Motherhood is the Ultimate Act of SelfSacrifice, A State of Servitude Even… By Mutryce A. Williams


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 11TH 2012 10 NEWS Senior Citizens celebrate Good Health and long life Voices of Praise from the St. Peters Anglican Church Seniors at the concert Director of Culture, Mr. Creighton Pencheon Dancers from the Newton Ground Preschool community. As such, on Sunday 29th April, over one hundred senior citizens and well wishers assembled at the Sandy Point Community Centre to a variety concert under the theme, “Good Health Adds Life to Years”. The concert which was cosponsored by the Ministry of Health, Social Services, Community Development, Culture and Gender Affairs and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in commemoration of World Health Day featured several local artistes who sang, danced and shared other talents with their elders. Persons in attendance commended the high quality of performances and expressed their gratitude to the Ministry for an afternoon well spent. With one successful event behind them, the Department of Social Services and Community Development is now preparing for an activity in the third quarter of 2012 which is slated to be a picnic for older persons. Former Minister of Health, Social Services and Community Development Hon. Rupert Herbert on steelpan Basseterre, St. Kitts: Determined that Senior Citizen should not be neglected and marginalized but rather celebrated and embraced, the Department of Social Services and Community Development has embarked on a mission of providing year round activities for older persons in the


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 11TH 2012 11 NEWS


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 11TH 2012 12 LABOUR WEEKEND (rain) all day a large and appreciative crowd watched the hours-long pageant (under slight drizzle at times) at Carnival Village in Basseterre. Newly-crowned Miss Labour, Kwahne Wharton, a 14-year-old Verchild’s High School student, representing Constituency #4 regained the title, two years in a row for Parliamentary Representative and Minister of Youth Empowerment, the Hon. Glen Phillip. Wharton accumulated 732 points, winning the title and crown as well as the Best Talent and Best Evening Wear segments. First-runner up was 19-yearMinister and Labour Party Leader, the Rt. Hon. Denzil Douglas, to march with dignity in celebration of the 80th Anniversary this year, of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (formerly the Workers’ League), which has worked hand in hand with the Union to bring them phenomenal benefits and has dramatically improved the working and living conditions of all categories of workers in the Federation over the past eight (8) decades. As the massive, colourful and enthusiastic throng of marchers led by the Prime Minister, his Cabinet Colleagues and Union Leaders wended their way confidently from and back to the Patsy Allers Playing Field on Wigley Avenue, West Basseterre, thousands more (Labour supporters) lined the route in solidarity with the workers and their Labour Leaders. The streets of Basseterre were littered with ‘RED’ and the message was crystal clear, that LABOUR is alive and well and stronger than ever after 80 years of dedicated and exemplary service to the people of this country An unstoppable Force! Only a Labour Government, under the strong, astute and visionary leadership of our beloved and charismatic Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil Llewellyn Douglas, can successfully take this country forward to greater heights in these challenging and difficult times. The Winners captured in this Keeth France Photo ..... Kwahne Wharton crowned Miss Labour 2012 old Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College student Caley Greaux of Constituency #8. She took the Best Promotional Speech and Best Creative Wear segments. Constituency #1 contestant, Shenequa Powell, 17 years, placed Second runner-up and 16-year-old Nichelle Henry of St. Christopher #3 and a student of the Washington Archibald High School, won the Third runner-up position. Before assisting in presenting floral arrangements to each contestant, the 2011 Miss Labour, Zaiesha Joseph, also from St. Constituency #4 and a Verchild’s High School student, took her final walk on stage, sashed the placing contestants and her successor. Deputy Prime Minister and Deputy Political Leader of the Party, Hon. Sam Condor presented participation trophies to the 8 teens. Following the fanfare, the contestants in their introductory speech highlighted the contribution of Labour Leaders. Grand Masters provided the music and there were performances by the band as well as Rock-a-Fella, who sang the popular tune, ‘Labour, Labour.’ Jamaican artiste Aidonia in a brief stage appearance had the youths rushing to the stage as he performed two seconds of his popular hit ‘Ukku Bit.(cont’d from page 1)Starting his message to the workers and supporters of the St. KittsNevis Trades and Labour Union and the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party as the rain began to fall, Dr. Douglas expressed thanks to Almighty God for the blessings. “I want to thank you for yet again demonstrating your full support for the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Movement. I want to thank the leadership firstly of the St. Kitts-Nevis Trades and Labour Union and jointly with the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party and the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis for putting on yet again, a massive Labour Day March in 2012. It has been a successful march through the streets of Basseterre,” said Prime Minister Douglas. Dr. Douglas said the massive turnout on Monday inspite of all the challenges “is there is no stopping of the Labour Movement. There is no stopping of the Labour Party. There is no stopping of the St. KittsNevis Trades and Labour Union.” “With all that we are facing, Labour has demonstrated its firm commitment to move this great country forward,” said Prime Minister Douglas. He said that although Labour Day is a day to celebrate and salute all the workers in St. Kitts and Nevis, “it is also a day to demonstrate that Labour is mobilised for action as of today, Labour Day.” “I call on you wherever you are in your constituencies, in your communities to get on the move and become mobilised, mobilised for action, because neither you or I know when the action is going to be called for the Labour Movement of this country,” said Dr. Douglas. He called on the membership of the St. Kitts-Nevis Trades and Labour Union and the supporters of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the founding of the Party during the 80th annual conference later this month. “Become mobilised, vigilant, to be steadfast and to hold on to what you have, hold on to your Labour Party. There is none that can be better than us and that is why I say, none of them, none of them, not one of them can measure up to what we have to deliver to the people of St. Kitts and Nevis,” said Prime Minister Douglas. The March began following the traditional laying of wreaths at the gravesides of former Labour Movement stalwarts including Father of the Nation, First National Hero and First Premier, the Rt. Excellent Sir Robert L. Bradshaw; First Chief Minister, Second Premier and National Hero, the Rt. Excellent Sir C. A. Paul Southwell; Trade Unionist and former Minister of Education, Health and Social Services and National Hero, the Right Excellent Sir Joseph N. France; Third Premier and former Attorney General and Ambassador, His Excellency Sir Lee Llewellyn Moore; former Minister of Education and Attorney General, the Hon. Fitzroy Bryant; former Minister of Agriculture and Labour and Ambassador His Excellency Mr. E. St. John Payne and Trade Unionist, Mr. Fidel O’Flaherty. The March, led by the leadership of the St. Kitts-Nevis Trades and Labour Union and the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party, was led by the Pom Pom Girls. 2012 LABOUR Day March...... (cont’d from page 1) We fast and pray as we approach that dark dayPAM DAY 10th


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 11TH 2012 13 LABOUR WEEKEND Labour Day March 2012 in Photo Review Photos by Erasmas Williams


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 11TH 2012 14 NEWS NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS — The Charlestown Primary School (CPS) has now been outfitted with an ultra modern million dollar cafeteria, thanks to the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) and a group of civic minded citizens called the Private Initiative for School Lunches headed by Mr. James Gaskell and Mr. Hastings Daniel. The facility was officially handed over to the school during its 20th anniversary celebrations on April 25th, 2012. Area Representative Hon. Robelto Hector in his remarks at the official ceremony on the school’s grounds, referred to the cafeteria as one that would bring much benefit to the island’s children. He pledged his continued support to ensure that the school meals programme already in other primary schools would be successful there. “Let me as representative for the area, offer special thanks to Mr. Gaskell and Mr. Daniel for their hard work in bringing to this school, this parish a structure and a programme that will bring tremendous benefits to our children. It is my wish that you both continue with the vision and steadfastness that you have both employed up to this point. “I offer my public pledge of support to this building and project and my intention to make sure it remains a success,” he said. Charlestown Primary School gets modern million dollar cafeteria; Area Rep pledges total support (L-R) Premier of Nevis Hon. Joseph Parry, Executive Chief and advisor for nutrition and menus in the Private Initiative for School Lunches group Mr. Mark Roberts, Area representative for the St. Pauls Parish Hon. Robelto Hector, lead members in the Private Initiative for School Lunches group Mr. James Gaskell and Mr. Hastings Daniel during a tour of the new Charlestown Primary School Cafeteria New million dollar ultra modern cafeteria at the Charlestown Primary School moments before the facility was officially handed over on April 25, 2012 Area Representative for the St. Pauls Parish Hon. Robelto Hector delivering remarks at the official handing over of the ultra modern cafeteria to the Charlestown Primary School on April 25, 2012 Director of Projects in the Ministry of Communication and Works Mr. Denzil Stanley giving an overview of the Charlestown Primary School Cafeteria Project at the official handing over of the ultra modern cafeteria to the Charlestown Primary School on April 25, 2012 education initiatives aimed at achieving healthy students. We must not forget that the primary assumption of any school feeding programme, in that education and learning depends on good nutrition,” he said. The Minister also added that the handing over of the cafeteria should also be seen in conjunction with the National Food Policy and the food based dietary guidelines launched by the Ministry of Health in September 2010, as one which could improve the general health of the Federation’s population. “By starting with our primary schools, it is a great step towards preventing undernourishment in our society. Taking this to its logical conclusion, we are indeed making a conscious effort to secure our nation’s health and ensure there is a decrease in the overall disability and death within one generation. “Our Chief Medical Officer has asked that we be mindful of what he describes as the twin towers of death in St. Kitts/Nevis – high Mr. Hector, who is also responsible for Agriculture in the NIA, recalled his earlier comments at the launch of the school meals programme at the St. Thomas Primary School some years ago that there had to be a great linkage between the agricultural programme and the National Dietary Guidelines. “Today, I want to reiterate the point that our farmers must produce with this programme in mind. They ought to make every effort to complement our blood pressure, diabetes and cancer. More importantly through our school feeding programme we can aim to decrease the great cost associated with health related programmes,” he said. Meantime, in an overview of the project delivered by Director of Projects in the Ministry of Communication and Works Mr. Denzil Stanley, it was disclosed that the NIA expended almost $1.5milion constructing the 120ft x 66ft structure while an additional; $500,000 was spent on the procurement of appliances and equipment for use in the cafeteria [by Mr. Gaskell and Mr. Daniel]. He further stated that the CPS now had the most modern school’s cafeteria among the schools that currently run the hot lunch programme and urged those who used the facility to care for it. “With such an investment, it is only fair that the school, both staff and students alike, should take good care of it and ensure that it is put to effective use. Only so can the goals that were set be realised,” he said. According to Mr. Stanley, the agreement for the construction was signed between the NIA and the contractor Mr. Eric Stapleton in October 2010, actual work commenced soon after and continued nonstop through to completion in July 2011. “Mr. Stapleton’s mandate was to construct this building complete with a kitchen or food preparation area, a large eating area, an office space, a change room, space for a walk in chiller and freezer and space for storage or office on the lower floor,” he said. Mr. Stanley further stated that throughout construction, the Project Management Unit provided a continued presence and was on hand to clarify any issues, guide the contractor along whenever it became necessary. However, he described the work relationship as mutual and respectful with both the contractor and the management team learning from each other. “The contractor Mr. Stapleton worked diligently and professionally throughout the project and the quality of work is evidenced here today,” he said. The ceremonial ribbon cutting was done by former CPS Principal Mrs. Alice Swanston. Basseterre, May 3, 2012 – CIBC (TSX: CM) (NYSE: CM) has been named as the strongest bank in North America and the third strongest bank in the world by Bloomberg Markets magazine. This is the second year the bank has been recognized among the world’s strongest banks. Bloomberg’s global study Chief Executive Officer. The Bloomberg Markets assessment studied the risk factors and capital levels of the world’s largest banks. It examined the quality of the banks’ holdings and ranked them based on five key criteria: Tier 1 capital to riskweighted assets; nonperforming assets to total assets; loan-loss reserves to non-performing assets; among the best of any bank globally with a Tier 1 capital ratio of 14.7 per cent.” Bloomberg is a global business and financial information service that provides data, news and analytics to organizations globally. In addition to the Bloomberg recognition, CIBC has been recognized as: *Best in Mobile Banking globally by Global Finance magazine; *Deal of the Year Award CIBC named strongest bank in North America, and third in the world for its equity investment in American Century at the recent Mutual Fund Industry Awards held in New York; *One of Canada’s Best Workplaces by the Great Place to Work Institute; *One of Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures by Waterstone Human Capital; and *One of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers and a Best Employer for New Canadians as ranked by Mediacorp Canada Inc. is based on banks with more than $100-billion (U.S.) worth of assets. “This award recognizes CIBC’s success in delivering on our strategic imperative of value creation for stakeholders by delivering consistent and sustainable earnings over the long term, while achieving strategic growth,” said Gerry McCaughey, President and stability, measured in terms of the ratio of deposits to funding; and efficiency (costs to revenue). “In 2011, CIBC reported net income of $3.1 billion, an increase of more than 25 per cent year over year,” added Mr. McCaughey. “Our return on equity was 21.3 per cent, the highest among the Canadian banks and, our capital position remains


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 11TH 2012 15 NEWS VIEW POINT BYV. E. INNISS When we think of Mother, images rush to fill our mental screen: Storybook evenings, lounging-chair cuddles, frequent strolls, birthday parties and so on. We recall how she doted over us when we were sick the nursery rhymes she taught are somehow etched on our mind. It is nostalgic when we hear or better yet, recite the lines: Mother who fed me from her gentle breast and hushed me in her arms to rest, and on my cheeks sweet kisses pressed – my Mother. Indeed, there is no other word that evokes more emotion or prompts more memories than the word Mother Memories that neither time, distance or even death itself can erase. On this Mothers’ Day those of us who have painfully lost our mother, have bitter/sweet emotions that still echo like playful children’s shouts in the backyard, a Christmas Day family gettogether or even distinguishing emotional/verbal flames over a family squabble. Our minds are crowded with memories of her. Of course, not all childhood memories are pleasant. But of those that are, many probably revolve around a woman who had a way of softening the sharp corners of life. A woman who was many things to many people, but to you my reader, she was “Mom”. With that said I wouldn’t hold it against you if you brag today that “When God created mothers, He gave you the best”. I have even heard proud children boasting about the uniqueness of their Mom by saying: “After God created my Mon, He smashed the mould”. Among the eloquent sayings of Scripture is a most outstanding treatise on the mother’s role outlined in Proverbs 31:10-31. It is profound and practical, full of wise counsel and strong encouragement. In the interest of space permit me to highlight a few behind-thescene secrets of the portrayed mother’s life. Note her positive attitude; her indomitable spirit; her secure determination; her boundless energy and her inner strength.MOTHERHOOD TODAYMotherhood today is undoubtedly more challenging and more stressful than it has ever been. The thrills and blessings seem constant in whatever era, but the heartaches and responsibilities are in a state of flux. It would be remiss of me not to underscore the point that family life and motherhood go hand in hand. The setting in Proverbs 31 features a husband/father to help raise the children. Anyone who reads the chapter realizes that God believes in the woman who gives her home the priority it deserves. He also sees her as a person, distinct and different from her husband/partner, who finds fulfilment in her varied responsibilities and roles. In my perusal and analysis of the chapter this expression jumps out at me. “Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies” (Prov. 31:10). Right away we can sense God’s affirming respect as the writer introduces this woman/mother as “an excellent wife”. She is rare, for he asks, “Who can find” one with such magnificent qualities? Mother dear, in case you are wondering if you are valued in God’s eyes, just ponder this statement.... “For her worth is far above jewels” (v 10). Read at your leisure verses 11-12, 28-29. Tell her so. The writer in these verses speaks of supportive companionship which causes this woman to work with her man, not against him... to do him “good and not evil” as she remains a partner. Husbands/fathers or even boyfriends should see their child’s mother as someone of value capable and enterprising, viewed against the list of activities mentioned. She is not simply a “workhorse”; she is resourceful, compassionate and secure. What a wonderful portrait? Her world is bigger than her immediate demands of today.MOTHERING TODAYA mother’s heart is the classroom where the child/children learn the ABC of life. The place where tenderness is translated into all its subtle nuances, where faith is multiplied, where confidence is read aloud, where love is conjugated into all its tenses and where self discipline stands as monitor. All of this gives credence to the saying: “one good mother is worth a hundred school teachers”. It was John Ruskin who wrote: “My mother’s influence in moulding my character was conspicuous; she forced me to learn daily, long chapters of the Bible by heart. To that discipline and patient accurate resolve I owe not only much of my general power of taking pains, but the best part of my taste for literature”. There is no more influential or powerful role on earth than a mother’s. As I’ve written on numerous occasions in the past, as significant as educational, religious, political figures may be none can compare to the impact made by mothers. May God continue to bless you all! On this celebratory Mothers’ Day 2012, when the fabric of society is falling apart; when some fathers/husbands seem to be missing in action; when our young men are being slaughtered in full or bright daylight, please do our nation the favour of standing in the gap. We need today, more mothers who will continue or even begin to plant the seeds of authentic Christianity, inner confidence and selfcontrol in our nation’s children. We need you mothers, to equip our children with strengths they can draw from in times of weakness and peer pressure. In addition, demonstrate love to them. No one wears the fabric of selfless love quite as naturally, as purely and as elegantly as a mother. View Point extends best wishes and heartfelt thanks to Mothers everywhere. May your day be truly blessed, memorable and thrilling! May you live to enjoy many more in good health and strength! To Mothers To Mothers To Mothers To Mothers To Mothers with Love with Love with Love with Love with Love Having looked at God as Judge of the world, we would now turn to the characteristics of God as Judge. There are four points I wish to make: 1.As Judge God identifies with what is good and right. There is a modern thought that a judge should be cold and dispassionate. This thought has no place in the Bible. The biblical judge is expected to love justice and fair play and to loathe all ill treatment of one person by another. An unjust judge, one who has no interest in seeing right triumph over wrong, is by biblical standards a monstrosity. The Bible leaves us in no doubt that God loves righteousness and hate iniquity. 2.The biblical Judge is a person with authority. In the bible world, the king was always the supreme Judge, because he was the supreme ruling authority. It is on that basis, according to the Bible, that God is Judge of His world. As our Maker, He owns us, as our Owner He has a right to dispose of us. He has, therefore, a right to make laws for us and to reward us according to whether or not we keep them. In a country where the legislature and the judiciary are separate, justice is better meted out; for the judge does not make the laws he administers. However in the ancient world it was not so, and it is not so with God. He is both the Lawgiver and the Judge. 3.The judge is a person of wisdom, to discern truth. In the biblical setting, the judge’s first task is to ascertain the facts in the case that is before Him. There is no jury; it is His responsibility and his alone, to question and cross-examine, and detect lies and pierce through evasions and establish how matters really stand. When the Bible pictures God judging, it emphasizes His omniscience and wisdom as the searcher of hearts and the finder of facts; nothing can escape Him; we may fool men, but we cannot fool God. He knows us and judges us as we really are. When Abraham met the Lord in human form at the oak of Mamre, He made Abraham to understand that He was on His way to Sodom, to establish the truth about the moral situation there. The Lord said, “The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin is so grievous, that I will go down and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached Me. If not, I will know” (Genesis 18: 20-21) So it is always. God will know. His judgment is according to truth – factual truth, as well as moral truth. God judges “the secrets of men,” not just their public faade. It is Paul who said, “We must all be made manifest before the judgment seat of Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:10). 4.The judge is a person of power to execute sentence. The modern judge does no more than pronounce the sentence; another department of the judicial executive then carries it out. The same was true in the ancient world. But God is His own executioner. As He legislates and sentences, so He punishes. All judicial functions coalesce in Him.Humbly Submitted by Alson B H Percival (Rev Canon Dr) Chair Nevis Regional Council And Nevis Christian Council Characteristics Of The Judge


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 11TH 2012 16 NEWS Remarks by Dr the Hon Timothy Harris, Senior Minister and Minister of International Trade, Industry, Commerce and Consumer Affairs at the Opening Ceremony on Enhancing the Competitiveness of the Professional Services Sector on May 03, 2012, at the Marriott Hotel Enhancing the Competitiveness of Professional Services in St. Kitts and NevisFirstly, let me welcome all of you to this workshop intended to provide a greater understanding of the professional services sector and its relevance to the overall economic development of St.Kitts and Nevis. I must extend particular fond greetings to the team of facilitators from the Commonwealth Secretariat. I am advised that Ms. Estella and Mr. Placide have been here before, but Mark, this is your first visit and I know we will see you again in the near future I am sure. I hope that this workshop will be rewarding and productive to all participants. Services account for more than 86 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of St. Kitts and Nevis. Although the sector is dominated by transport and travel in the Federation, there are, opportunities for the Federation to expand its trade in services in particular the fast-growing Professional Services Trade. Professional services are classified in the Services Sectoral Classification list under Business Services by the World Trade Organization (WTO). This sub-sector is wide ranging and heterogeneous. Although the characteristics differ from one sub-sector to another (e.g. architecture, engineering, and accounting), they form an economically important group of services that is experiencing dynamic growth in most countries around the world. Most countries recognize the role of professional services as an important contributor for economic development, and prospects for further growth in this sector are considered to be strong. The types of service providers range from large multinational corporations to regional or local operators. While accounting firms are dominated by multinationals, architectural and engineering firms have tended to be regional or local. Regardless of corporate size or global scope all professional service providers are considered to be high value-added services. The development of the Internet, in particular, has opened new opportunities and made the cross-border provision of certain professional services more viable than before. Nevertheless, professional service providers continue to face many obstacles, particularly due to the high number and variation of regulatory measures. According to the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Global Trade in Services was valued at over US$3. Trillion in 2009 and growth is estimated at 9% annually. Professional Services which are commonly referred to as “other commercial services” account for over 51% whilst transport and travel account for the other 49%. In general, services account for over 70% of global production and employment. On a global basis, opportunities for professional services trade have been identified in the following areas: •Health and Wellness and medical tourism (spa treatments, alternative medicine, cosmetic surgery, specialized surgical procedures including knee surgery, the offshore education services. The global market is estimated at US$30 billion with a rapid growth rate. Opportunities also exist for teaching English language to clients out of Latin America, Europe (Martinique and Guadeloupe), China, and South Korea. But to do so we must make investment in people, in technology and regulation. •Construction and construction related services including Engineering, Architecture, and Quantity Surveying. There are opportunities in the EU, US, Canada and other Caribbean Countries. •Entertainment – including the cultural, sport tourism and recreation. Opportunities exist for performances in the EU, Canadian and US Markets as well as for production for the music and video sector. •Legal Services – as the cost of legal work continue to increase in the metropolitan countries, local lawyers can expand their services into these markets. There is a market for trust, and captive insurance. One of the limitations of the participation of small islands like St Kitts and Nevis is the supply. Do we have the quantity and quality of skills to meaningfully engage? St. Kitts and Nevis is strategically placed to take advantage and or exploit the trade and business opportunities that are available to professional service providers in the regional and international markets. The Federation’s advantages include the following: • Political and macroeconomic stability •Proximity to major markets – Adequate and regular transportation services to and from all major markets: North America, Europe and Latin America. •Signatory to several trade agreements such as the World Trade Organisation (WTO), the CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (CARIFOUM–EPA), the CSME, the OECS Economic Union and the soon to be completed the accession to Brazil-Guyana Partial Scope Agreement. •Liberalized telecoms market; and •Modern Telecommunication infrastructureAssistance from the Commonwealth SecretariatIn light of the expanding importance of the services sector to the economic development of the Federation, The Ministry of International Trade has sought assistance from the Commonwealth Secretariat to help improve the competitiveness of Professional Services (ICT, education, financial, engineering and architecture etc) in St. Kitts and Nevis. This workshop you are attending here today is one of the activities highlighting the positive response by the Commonwealth Secretariat to our request. The project is designed to build capacity and capability within the professional services sector and will involve stakeholders from the public and private sector, as well as regional institutions and local professional associations. Indeed we are thankful to the Commonwealth Secretariat for the organisation’s continued support. I am aware that over the last couple of days, several of you have met either individually or as groups with the team from the Commonwealth Secretariat, providing them with much needed information that will help develop a successful project. The team has been tasked with a number of objectives including developing a Marketing Plan to enable St. Kitts and Nevis to concentrate resources in key opportunity areas, and producing an Institutional Review to identify where capacity needs to be improved and institutions strengthened. Information generated will be useful to the Ministry as the trade officials engage other CARICOM Countries in the ongoing CARICOM-Canada Trade Policy Negotiations. The project have a duration of about six months and will involve workshops and consultations locally to help the team get a better understanding of local strengths and capabilities, and where there are opportunities for improvement. This will involve looking at those sectors with current and future export potential, and identifying regional and international markets with strong demand for services that can be offered by St. Kitts and Nevis.ChallengesWhilst we recognize that there are opportunities for the Professional Services Sector of the Federation, there are many challenges. Challenges for exporting Professional Services as well as providing services at the local level. The Ministry has identified a few which I am sure the team will find useful in the development of a comprehensive strategic plan. They include the following: •Restrictive visa requirements •Establishing a commercial presence (registration and establishing companies in export markets); • Restrictions on form of business entity; including compulsory incorporation and requirements to engage local consultants or partners to bid for contracts, •Residency/nationality requirements •Recognition of their qualifications and facilitating the acceptance of their qualifications. The issue of Mutual Recognition Agreements with trading countries; •Understanding the EPA and other Trade Agreements and how to access markets; •Limitations in number of languages spoken and or written. More and more multilingualism is a major asset. •Limited knowledge of export markets and culture. •Partnerships and joint-ventures with other local, regional and international service providers in other to address capacity and pre-qualification requirements; •Membership in Professional Associations which will enhance the portability of their qualifications across borders. Although these challenges appear to be many, I am confident that our service providers can surmount them. We have many success stories in the federation which gives me every confidence that with your hard work, dedication and support from the Government, the Federation will be able to increase and expand its exports of professional services. My Ministry will continue to give all the support possible to the Coalition of Service providers to help them become an organized and structured organization which will help make you service providers expand your services locally, regionally and internationally. I wish you a successful workshop and I wish to thank you for taking time off your own very demanding schedule to meet with the consultants and to attend this workshop. On behalf of the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis and in particular the Ministry of International Trade, Industry, Commerce and Consumer Affairs I wish to thank the Commonwealth Secretariat for this timely intervention and the Secretariat’s special interest in enhancing the socioeconomic development of St. Kitts and Nevis by providing the resources for this and other projects of interest.I thank you very much Foreign Language Teachers Required Several positions for Foreign Language Teachers are available at the Secondary School level. Interested individuals must be available to work from September 1, 2012. A pass in French or Spanish at CAPE Units 1 and 2 and at least a Bachelor’s Degree in French or Spanish are required. The usual supporting documents including a resume or curriculum vitae and certified copies of certificates should accompany applications. Please send applications to: The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education and Information, PO Box 333, Church Street, Basseterre, St. Kitts. The closing date for receipt of applications is May 31, 2012. dental surgery. Cardiac surgery and care, etc.); the market is estimated at over US$40 billion with an annual growth rate of over 30%. The main market opportunities exist in the US, Canada, and Europe. Here in our Federation medical tourism is seen as a complementary to education tourism. •Education Services St. Kitts and Nevis is currently benefiting from


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 11TH 2012 17 NEWS BY EARL CLARKE Dear Reader: In my last article, Part I, I gave you a definition of what is Diabetes Mellitus or Sugar in the blood. Some of you might have given away or sent abroad your newspaper, so, in order to maintain your interest on the subject, and in order for you to fully understand what the disease is all about, I would relate to you what the disease is all about, perhaps in a simpler form. So, what is Diabetes Mellitus also known simply as Diabetes or Sugar in the Blood? It is a group of metabolic diseases in which a person has a high degree of blood sugar in the body, either because the body does not produce enough insulin, or because cells do not respond to the insulin that is being produced. This high blood sugar produces classical symptoms including (1) Polyuria which is frequent urination; (2) Polydipsia which is increased thirst and, (3) Polyphagia which is increased hunger. There are three (3) main types of Diabetes Mellitus – (1) Type I (one); this results from the body’s failure to produce insulin and presently requires the person to inject insulin, also referred to as Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus (IDDM) or Juvenile Diabetes. (2) Type (2) Diabetes results from Insulin Resistance – a condition in which the cells fail to use insulin properly, sometimes combined with an absolute Insulin deficiency, formerly referred to as Non Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus (NIDDM) or Adult Onset Diabetes (AOD); (3) Gestational Diabetes. This is when pregnant women who have never had Diabetes before, have a high blood glucose level during pregnancy. It may precede development of type 2 Diabetes if left unmanaged. All forms of Diabetes have been treatable since the discovery and availability of Insulin in 1921. Type 2 Diabetes maybe controlled with medications. Both type 1 and 2 Diabetes are chronic conditions which usually cannot be cured. Diabetes without proper treatment can cause many complications. Acute complications include – (1) Hypoglycaemia which is low levels of blood sugar. Abnormally low levels of Glucose in the bloodstream; (2) Diabetes Ketoacidsis (DKA) is a potentially life threatening complication which is as a result of shortage of Insulin where the body switches to burning fatty acids and produce fatty acidic ketene (a colourless volatile liquid used as a solvent and a synthetic reagent). Serious complications can be long term. Let me say this dear reader and please to note well. All forms of Diabetes increase the risk of long term complications. These typically develop after many years (10 years), but may be the first symptoms in those who have otherwise not received a diagnosis before that time. The major long term complications are related to damage to blood vessels. Diabetes dramatically increases the risk of various cardiovascular problems including coronary artery diseases with chest pains (Angina) heart attack, stroke, narrowing of the arteries (atherosclerosis) and high blood pressure. In fact, about 65% of persons with type 1 or 2 Diabetes, die of some type of heart or blood vessel disease, according to the American Heart Association. (2) Nerve Damage – (Neuropathy). Excess sugar can damage or injure the walls of the tiny blood vessels (Capillaries) that nourish our nerves, especially in the legs. This can cause tingling, numbness, burning or pain that usually begins at the tip of the toes or fingers and gradually spreads upwards. Poorly controlled blood sugar could cause you to eventually lose all sense of feeling in the affected limbs. Damage to the nerves that affect the gastrointestinal tract can cause problems with nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea or constipation. For men, loss of an erection of the penis may become an issue. (3) KIDNEY Damage – The kidneys contain millions of tiny blood vessels cluster that filter waste from our blood. Diabetes can damage this delicate filtering system. Severe damage can lead to kidney failure or irreversible end stage kidney disease requiring dialysis or a kidney transplant. Kidney damage is known as nephropathy. (4) Eye Damage – Diabetes can damage the blood vessels of the retina (diabetic retinopathy), potentially leading to blindness. Diabetes also increases the risk of other serious vision conditions such as cataracts and glaucoma. (5) Foot Damage – Nerve damage in the feet or poor circulated blood flow to the feet, increases the risk of various foot complications. Left untreated, cuts and blisters can become serious infections. Severe damage might require toe, foot or even leg amputations (6) Skin and Mouth conditions – Diabetes may leave us more susceptible to skin problems, including bacterial and fungal infections. Gum infections may also be a concern, especially if we have a history of DIABETES MELLITUS or SUGAR – Dreaded Disease! – Part II poor dental hygiene. (7) Osteoporosis – Diabetes may lead to lower than normal bone mineral density, increasing our risk of osteoporosis. (8) Pregnancy Complications – High Blood Sugar levels can be dangerous for both the mother and the baby. The risk of miscarriage, stillbirth and birth defects are increased when diabetes isn’t well controlled. For the mother, diabetes increased the risk of Diabetic Ketoacidosis, Diabetic eye problems (retinopathy) pregnancy – induced high blood pressure and preeclampsia. (9) Hearing problems – Hearing impairments occur more often in people suffering from Diabetes. Treatment for type 1 (one) Diabetes is a lifelong commitment to – (a) Taking Insulin, (b) Exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy weight; (c) Eating healthy foods; (d) monitoring blood sugar. The goal is to keep the blood sugar level as close to normal as possible and to prevent complications. Signs of trouble: Despite our best efforts, problems can still arise. Certain short term complications of Type 1 (one) require immediate care. Left untreated, these conditions can cause seizures and loss of consciousness (Coma). We have to be careful about Low Blood Sugar (Hypoglycaemia) which occurs when our sugar level drops between our target ranges. We should ask our doctor what is considered a Low Blood Sugar Level for us. Blood sugar levels can drop for many reasons, including skipping a meal, getting more physical activity than normal or by injecting too much insulin. We should learn the symptoms of Low Blood Sugar and test our Blood Sugar if we think that our Blood Sugar Levels are dropping. When in doubt, we should always do a blood sugar test. early signs and symptoms of Low Blood Sugar include – (1) Sweating, (2) Shakiness, (3) Hunger, (4) Weakness, (5) Anxiety, (6) Dizziness or Light-headedness, (7) Pale Skin, (8) Rapid or irregular heart rate, (9) Fatigue, (10) Headaches, (11) Blurred Vision, (12) and Irritability. Later signs of Low Blood Sugar, which can be mistaken for alcohol intoxication in teens and adults include(a) Lethargy, (b) Confusion, (c) Behaviour Changes, sometimes dramatic, (d) Poor Coordination and (e) Convulsions. If hypoglycaemia or Low Blood is developed during the night, we might awaken with sweat soaked night clothes or a headache. Thanks to a natural rebound effect, night-time hypoglycaemia might cause an unusually high blood sugar reading in the morning. If a Low Blood Sugar reading is recorded, we should have some fruit juice, glucose tablets, hard candy, regular (not diet) soda or another source of sugar. We should then retest our Blood Sugar in about 15 minutes to make sure that it has gone up into the normal range. If it is not in the normal range, we should retreat ourselves to the fruit juice, candy, glucose tablets or another source of sugar. Hyperglycaemia or High Blood Sugar – our blood sugar can rise for many reasons, including eating too much at any one time. It is much better to eat in small portions Eating the wrong types of food, not taking enough insulin or illness. We should watch out when High Blood Sugar occurs for the following symptoms – (1) Frequent Urination, (2) Increased Thirst, (3) Blurred vision, (4) Fatigue, (5) Nausea, (6) Irritability, (7) Hunger, (8) Difficulty in concentrating. If we suspect High Blood Sugar, we should check our blood sugar. We might need to adjust our meal plan or medications. If our blood sugar is higher than our target range, we will likely need to administer a correction by giving ourselves an additional dose of Insulin, so that we could bring our blood sugar back to the normal range. High Blood Sugar levels do not come down as quickly as they go up. We can ask our doctor how long we must wait until we recheck. Diabetes is a poor man’s chronic disease, but a rich man’s disease to cope with in order for us to eat right to cope and to stay alive. We should never give up the fight in order to combat this dreaded disease. Let us develop and strengthen our inner self to survive. To survive this dreaded disease we have to more than strengthen our inner selves. We have to ensure that our children eat healthily that they are actively engaged in sports so that they do not become obese, thereby becoming likely candidates for Diabetes. We the older folks have to watch what we eat. In the days of old, we ate natural foods, either picked from the tree or reamed from the soil. When we ate, we loured it off because we were actively engaged. Today, we eat, and then we jump into the car to return to work or to drive around visiting. No more walking or cycling to arrive at our destination. Our women do not have time now to play Rounders, by hitting the tennis ball with their hand and then running around the base (as in baseball) before someone strikes them with the ball and they are out. When we purchase a bottle of mauby, a bottle of lemonade, a bottle of passion fruit, a bottle of sarsaparilla, all local drinks, they are so terribly sweetened with sugar that we can make three bottles of drink from that one bottle. Granny could have sweetened her tea and her drink yesterday, because of her physical activities. But times have changed; we have to practise our taste buds to taste drinks that are barely sweet. We have to cut down on the sugar intake. Practise to drink plenty of water and to drink our tea without sugar. We have to turn our backs on those that substitute for sugar because those same substitutes are far sweeter than sugar. We can use our cereal without sugar. The pig snout, the pigtail and rice might have been good for yesterday, but cannot become our every day meal today. We have to become involved in exercise activity. If we are afraid to walk by ourselves, purchase a book on stretching and perform the exercises in the comfort and safety of your home. Quite a number of our folks are grossly overweight – men and women. Big tummies, rolls of fat planted on their sides. These folks are likely candidates for Diabetes Mellitus which entails loss of life, loss of limb, loss of sight. An ounce of prevention is far better than 100 pounds of cure. The time to act is now This moment. Always remember that it isn’t everybody who can adjust to loss of sight or loss of limb. Live a while longer by adjusting your lifestyle. Amputated toes, amputated legs and feet are too prevalent now-a-days. Get tested right now. It is very dangerous when you do not know if you are diabetic. Very dangerous NOT TO KNOW! A lot of us blame the doctors when they amputate, when it is our fault not to have ourselves tested. If we only knew our status, we could save ourselves a lot of TRAUMA. We fast and pray as we approach that dark dayPAM DAY 10th June Why did they attack democracy? Why did they attack us?


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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 11TH 2012 19 NEWS By Llewellyn ParrisEating fish did not start yesterday. However, if some people will have their way, accessing fish in abundance on Nevis will grind to a halt. This is sad, coming at a time when doctors are advocating that eating fish is the healthy way to go. Eating fish is as old as time. This subject is mentioned in the Old Testament (Ezekiel 47:10) “Fishermen will stand along the shore; from En Gedi to En Eglaim there will be places for nets. The fish will be of many kinds — like the fish of the Great Sea.” If people aligned to the opposition party, Concerned Citizens Movement, have their way, Nevisians will be denied the chance to stand by the shore to place nets. They probably want Nevisians look to St. Kitts or even Dominica for fish. In the New Testament, Jesus encouraged eating fish by ensuring that fishers hauled large catches. In Luke 5verse 4, Jesus said to Simon: “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” Simon knew the waters well, but rather than be rude to Jesus, verse 5 reports: “Simon answered, ‘Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets’.” Verses 6 and 7 read: “When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signalled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.” In the year of our Lord 2012, the Japanese, even after having suffered horrendous loss of life and property in last year’s earthquake and the ensuing tsunami, kept their word to fund a fishing complex in Nevis that will empower people to catch more fish. They gave Nevis a grant (NOT loan) of EC$30 million to put up the complex. Persons aligned to the opposition party, CCM, have called it an insane project. They have said that they will frustrate the project. They are claiming that they are not against the project, but are saying that it should not be located in Charlestown. They say that when they were in power they had recommended for it to be at New Castle. Captain Arthur Anslyn was the Director of Fisheries when the CCMled Nevis Island Administration negotiated with the Japanese. To shed light on this matter, I interviewed him at the Nevis Television studios on Friday May 4, and what he told me is not what the CCM operatives are saying today. Who is telling the truth? According to Captain Anslyn, Nevis was not looking at one but four fishing projects one each for Charlestown on Gallows Bay, Jessups, New Castle and Indian Castle. They looked for donors to fund the projects, and the Japanese answered the call. “They actually chose the Gallows Bay project to fund and also they did not think the others were as important as the Gallows Bay project,” said Captain Anslyn. “After they did their surveys they chose, as they put it, the metropolis because of the activities that go on in Charlestown. “They thought it beneficial to the island that the people should come into town, do their shopping, Those shouting themselves hoarse, saying that the CCM-led NIA had confirmed New Castle as the site should rebut Captain Anslyn’s statement or apologise to Nevisians and the Japanese. If the Japanese had agreed to fund the project when the CCM was still in government, why was the signing for the grant done on Friday April 27, 2012? Why the delay? Premier, the Hon Joseph Parry, was diplomatic when he said, at the grant signing ceremony: “I must say on his (Prime Minister Rt Hon Dr Denzil Douglas) behalf today that at one time it seemed that we could have lost the project, and he singularly and directly intervened to ensure that Nevis got this grant.” He was diplomatic because records have it that when the Japanese were negotiating with the CCM-led NIA, members of the Greenpeace Movement, which is hostile towards Japan because of its stand on whaling for scientific research, landed on the beach outside the Marriott Resort in June 2006, where the International Whaling Commission was holding its annual meeting, to protest against Japan. The protestors were arrested for having waved cardboard markers that were brought into the country straight from the group’s vessel, Arctic Sunrise. Despite the protest Japan got a one-vote majority on a nonbinding resolution in favour of eventual resumption of commercial whaling. While in the Federation, Greenpeace members were allowed into Nevis schools where they talked against the Japan-funded fisheries project on Nevis. But after Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Dr Denzil Douglas, would have straightened up the matter, enabling the Japanese to give EC$30 million for the project, which took Premier Parry by surprise as he was expecting the original amount of EC$24 million, CCM operatives want to scuttle the whole project by insulting the Japanese. A Voice of Nevis (VON) radio heavyweight Mr Elton Marcus Hull who speaks everything against the NRP but speaks everything for the CCM showed what he thinks of the Japanese generosity when on Tuesday May 1, while on the Let’s Talk programme said: “Any outside government would come to Nevis at this juncture to say they are signing with this present occupational government that we have, has no respect for our country.” He went ahead to advise Japan what it should have told Hon Parry: “Right now you have a situation in Nevis and we would like that clear up first before we move ahead.” To call the NRP-led administration an ‘occupational government’, Mr Hull is launching an assault on the nation’s Constitution and the Courts that recognise the NRP-led administration as being properly constituted. Is he suggesting that the Constitution and the Courts are wrong? Mr Hull was certainly referring to the upcoming election petition appeal case, but he surely has exposed his lack of civic knowledge to the wrong people. There is no democratic nation in the world that sees more elected governments fall as a result of parliamentary vote of no confidence motions than Japan. Mr Hull should first have found out what happens when a government in Japan resigns because of lack of majority in parliament or even a vote of no confidence, before he gave them his skewed advice. Does Japan shut down the country? Nevis has received this funding from Japan even after the CCM-led government would have allowed Greenpeace into schools. However, Mr Hull opened up the healed wound and rubbed in salt when he said: “They (Japanese) are interested in their whaling vote and that is it.” How unfortunate! The battle to stop the project had in earnest started days before the Japanese came to sign the grant agreement. On April 23, 2012, Nevis’ most senior solicitor, Mr Theodore L. Hobson, a former CCM chairman, wrote the Cabinet Secretary, Mr Ashley Farrell. It was not a ‘thank you’ note. “My clients will therefore do everything within their power to frustrate and stop this insane idea of placing a Fisheries Complex on Gallows Bay Beach and further to steal their land under the cover of the provisions of the Nevis Land Acquisition Ordinance 1997,” said the letter in part. Wind blows and the fowl’s bottom is exposed: Solicitor Hobson said that Mr Farrell, as the Cabinet Secretary, had used the Nevis Land Acquisition Ordinance 1997 to acquire the lands. Assuming it was enacted in 1997, was the Nevis Reformation Party in government? It was okay for the Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM) when in government in 1997 to pass the Ordinance that would allow it to acquire lands to be used for the benefit of the people. Any other government is stealing lands when it invokes the same Ordinance. There is something fishy!(To be continued next week) info@sknunion.comWhat a fishy story! buy their fish, vegetables, groceries etc, all in the same area and then go back out of town with everything. “The one in New Castle that we had planned for that, it was turned down because of the objection from aviation authorities. They thought that it was too close to the runway, number one; and the building itself was too high. So we had to scrap that one. The others we could not get funding for but the Charlestown one that came through.” Captain Anslyn is not a politician. He was employed by the CCMled NIA as the Director of Fisheries.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 11TH 2012 20 NEWS -Police Inspector on Nevis says vehicle donation will improve response time Officer in charge of the Charlestown police Station Inspector Trevor Mills delivering welcome remarks at the handing over ceremony of vehicles to the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force Nevis Division. He also served as chairperson for the occasion Commissioner of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force Celvin G. Walwyn (middle) receives keys to the vehicles from Four Seasons Resort Home Owner Mr. Higginbotham (right). Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of the Nevis Police Division Mr. Robert Liburd (left) looks on Other Police Officers present at the handing over ceremony of vehicles to the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force Nevis Division NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS — Officer in charge of the Charlestown Police Station Inspector Trevor Mills said the donation of three vehicles by the Four Seasons Resort Homeowners Foundation to the Nevis Division of the Royal St. Kitts and Nevis Police Force would help to improve the quality of the police service. He gave the undertaking when he delivered the welcoming remarks at the handing over ceremony on May 04, 2012 at the Station. According to Inspector Mills, the goal of the Strategic Planning Group of the Nevis Division was Four Seasons Resort Nevis’ Director of Residents Ms. Karen Davella The three Ford Explorer jeeps donated to the Nevis Division of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force by Four Seasons Resort Home Owners to reduce crime by 30 percent during the next three years over last year’s total. “To establish our goals we have identified several priorities such as to reduce break in offences, to reduce drugs, firearm and gang related violence, to reduce traffic offences, human resource development and enhancing the partnership and community relationship. “Our major objective is to have increased visible foot and mobile patrols. I assure you that our response time to incidents will be better as we continue to keep peace, protect, help and reassure residents and visitors,” he said. The Inspector said the Police was very grateful for the gift of three vehicles and although they would help greatly in their crime fighting efforts the Police could not do it alone. “The Police is responsible for the maintenance of law and order and the preservation of the Queen’s peace but we cannot do it alone. Public order is not primarily the responsibility of the Police alone and that is why the Police seeks to build partnerships with members of the community in our efforts to fight crime and violence as we endeavour to take back our streets,” he said. The Senior Officer said the Police valued and respected the Four Seasons Resort Homeowners Foundation’s respect and willingness to become partners with the Police and would keep on soliciting their cooperation, as they continued to identify, prioritise and solve problems in the neighbourhoods. Miss Mother’s Day Beauty Queen Pageant to be held tomorrow By Drizel Hanley The participating mothers are geared up to take the stage at Carnival Village tomorrow, Saturday, May 12 for the second staging of the Miss Mother’s Day Beauty Queen Pageant. The five beauties that would be vying for the 2012-2013 title are: 26-year-old Shanda Browne of Lime Kiln, who is a mother of one; 24-year-old Akesha Lynch, of Sandy Point, who is a mother of one; 18-year-old Allison Budgeon of Phillips Village, a mother of two; Lula Simon, a 30-year-old mother of one, who resides in Old Road; and 23-year-old mother of three, Shanika Percival of Boyds. The contestants are expected to compete in four (4) segmentsBusinesses Wear, Talent, Beach Wear and Evening Wear. They will each appear onstage with their child or children for the fanfare, after which they will introduce themselves, this segment will not be judged. Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Organising Committee, Kirk Williams said that the show is designed to allow the mothers to be a part of something positive and show the general public what they have to offer. “Often, young mothers are at times looked at negatively because of mistakes they have made. So we’re hoping the show will be a boost for them and will motivate them, because they can accomplish anything once they put their mind to it,” the Public Relations Officer stated. The reigning queen, Orelma Prentice, will be taking her final walk that night. The cost to attend is EC$25.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 11TH 2012 21 NEWS that the meeting was “historic” in nature by virtue of it being the first forum where leaders of the opposition met in one place to receive a presentation from the OECS on the Revised Treaty of Basseterre (RTB). Key on the meeting’s agenda was discussing the establishment of the OECS Assembly, one of the most important and critical organs envisaged under the Revised Treaty of Basseterre. “I think it’s very fair to say that the presentations today were received with a fair degree of passion and enthusiastic debate, Opposition Leader Brantley...... (cont’d from page 7) A Mother By: Michael S. BLAKE She’s an angel in truth, a wonder in action, A mother is often like the fairies of fiction; Accomplishing feats that ordinary human cannot; Performing intricate tasks with hardly a blot. Imagine with me, that is, if you can – A world without mothers! Mind you, mothers, not women, For yes, all mothers are women, but not the reverse. Wouldn’t a world, or even a home, without mothers he cursed? Because mothers are so vital, their role is so strong, That many a person, without them, won’t last long! Notice what happen when, for example, Mother is absent for days – well, what trouble! Notice what happens when Dad irons the clothes. So often they look like they just got some good blows! And the washing of the linen – can I say more Than the fact that it ever looks the same as before? Unless it was touched by some mother’s hand, As though she works miracles with some magic wand. Who tidies the house? Arranges its setting? Who ensures that the colours are perfectly matching? Who does the shopping, and prepares the dishes, So that the family’s health and nutrition aren’t mere wishes? Who listens to the children without needless interruption? Then acts on their needs and concerns with acceleration? And very important! When babies’ stomachs grumble, For sweet satisfaction, whose breasts would they suckle? That is not to say that mother’s main role in life Is to stay in the home, and be a housewife! Oh no! The fact of the matter, indeed all agree, Is that a mother’s calling is one of multiplicity. Mothers’ position in the workplace is secure; Their contribution to the economy is priceless – and more! I put it to you that life is not only possible, But worth living as well, because mothers are so flexible. Thus we harbor no doubt, no reluctance one bit, To ensure that mothers receive their due plaudits. So rest and relax galore, to mothers, I say. Enjoy to the max, this, yours, Mothers’ Day. From Where I Sit By xSpeaks So Tell Me ByJean Thomas It is Mother’s Day on Sunday 13 May What gift should I give Mom on Mother’s day? That is the question children ask when they can no longer spring a surprise on us. If the truth be told not many mothers require material things, since most of us have them – the clothes, jewelry, perfumes and lingerie. We really do not need them. So you ask again, what can I give Mom? A young woman said to me it is always a problem for her and her siblings to come up with a good idea as to what their Mom would appreciate. Believe it or not they are not the only ones with that problem. Most Moms have been around for some time (unless they are teenage moms – and in that case the baby does not ask questions). There are three times a year when our thoughts tur towards buying gifts. These are birthdays, Christmas, and Mother’s Day. My view is that it is only so much jewelry that we can wear at one time and that is true also for clothes and perfumes. I would like to suggest that for this Mother’s day that you cook a meal (without Mom’s help for her on Mother’s day. Then set the table with her finest china ware, her flat ware and those crystal glasses that never come out of the cabinet. Why we put them up – I do not know. The meal chosen could be breakfast, lunch or dinner but when you are through, make sure the television is off and put on her favourite CD and listen to the music. While enjoying the meal with your mom let her know how much you love her and have a good old chat. Go down memory lane and hug and kiss your Mom and treat her like the Queen she really is. What happens in a society where those who are employed to ensure that the law is upheld, ignore it? Hopefully, there’s chaos and confusion; riots and uproars; battles and warzones. Usually, there’s just a little public annoyance. In our early years, we are taught to follow and obey those in authority. We become brainwashed into thinking that anybody who has power has the power to control. These people manipulate their job descriptions in order to utilize and exploit their full capabilities in ways that will ultimately be to their benefit. The police The entrusted, righteous, respectful, honest, decent police. Police don’t hesitate to stop drivers who have their phones in their hands. They don’t hesitate to mention illegal parking zones when drivers pull over for five minutes to pick up medication. They never fail to point out the times when you just pulled out of a stop and hadn’t yet put your The amazing thing about being given some authoritative responsibilities is that there’s the potential for abuse and misuse of these responsibilities. It’s natural. It comes with the territory. But part of their ability to abuse their power is due to the ignorance of most of the population. Most people don’t know their rights. Most of us do not undoubtedly know what the police can or cannot do. We may feel discriminated against or picked on, but we never take that extra step to find out if what police officers do is merited. We just accept. If I had only known that a police officer could not accost you, after you were already in your vehicle and moving, about parking on a yellow line! Yes, it makes sense now. But I didn’t think that then. If I had only made that call to report that police vehicle – like a taxi offering to take people to their destinations. Maybe if we get down on the police in the same way they keep tabs on us, they’d step up and shape up and the police wouldn’t be seen as people who are there to muffle and frustrate us. Or maybe they’ll just frustrate us more. as well as incredible support for the architecture of the OECS Economic Union,” Dr. Ishmael told reporters last Friday afternoon. “I think what has been very profound throughout the entire day was the incredible support by the Leaders of the Opposition for the establishment and creation of the OECS Economic Union and the principles of the creation of the single space and the benefits that this is set up to deliver for the people of the OECS.” Other components on the OECS Economic Union’s priority list include facilitation of travel, one of the earliest items on the RTB. That issue, Dr. Ishmael said, was accommodated as of August 1, 2011 when all OECS citizens had the right to travel freely and to request the establishment of their rights of indefinite stay. Other components include registration of companies, the enabling of OECS entrepreneurs to establish PanOECS businesses, an application received by members of the OECS Authority last January with respect to request for membership from Guadeloupe and Martinique and inaugurating the final two organs under the RTB, namely the Economic Affairs Council and the OECS Assembly. Also key on the Authority’s agenda is the need to ensure that the non-independent territories are supported in their quest to accede to the RTB. Going forward, Dr. Ishmael was hopeful that the prevailing spirit at the meeting not be lost. To that end, she said it was agreed, as was encouraged by Dr. Anthony during his opening remarks earlier in the day, that an annual encounter between Government Leaders and Leaders of the Opposition to discuss issues of common interest under the rubric of the OECS Economic Union. That idea, she said, was widely received by the Leaders of Opposition. Keeping them apprised of the various stages, she said, is crucial to process since Leaders of the Opposition stressed the need for such a framework in which they can “seek, together with government, to undertake and implement the sort of governance architecture” required at the national level to be able to move the spirit and intention of the OECS Economic Union. “Leaders of the Opposition themselves felt quite strongly that in the work as it pertains to the region, that there was need for us to consider institutionalization of a mechanism whereby Leaders of the Opposition can, in fact, receive reports on a regular basis, not only, for example, on the state of financial health of the Currency Union. But also on some of the more technical work that we have embarked on in implemented aspects of the OECS Economic Union protocol. For example, there was quite significant and sustained debate today on the creation of the single space and the circulation of goods and services within that space and the requirements on each member state to, in fact, being able change parts of its customs and border architecture to be able to allow goods and services to flow freely,” the OECS Director General explained. seatbelt on. But they do fail to acknowledge those times when they pull up in the middle of the road to have ordinary “Wha’ goin’ on?” conversations with their friends. They fail to remember those times when they cruise around unrestricted – the very seatbelts that are there to protect and save the lives of ordinary civilians, leisurely lying behind them, unused. Perhaps seatbelts only work with non-police officers. Let’s not even get into those times when they pull you over about stopping on a yellow line while conversing on their cell phones. And what about those times when police vehicles pull up in supermarkets and police girlfriends go and do their weekly grocery shopping? Well, what if there’s an emergency? I know you’ve heard of those times when there were “no available police vehicles.” They were obviously being used for more important things.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 11TH 2012 22 SPORTS WICB full of praise for growth in West Indies Women’s Team ST JOHN’S, Antigua —The members of the victorious West Indies Women’s team have been lauded for their rapid growth and development, continued improvement, and recent success on the field of play. Over the last two weeks, the West Indies Women demonstrated their strength with comprehensive victories over Sri Lanka Women to take the three-match One-Day International Series and five-match T20 International Series. The Windies won the One-Dayers 2-1 and took the T20 Series 3-1 with the final match ending in a no-result due to rain, earlier today. In a message of congratulations to the team, President of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Dr Julian Hunte said it was heartening to see the way the players have developed as individuals and as a team since the women’s game was restructured and reorganised less than five years ago. “The West Indies Women continue to demonstrate significant improvement and what we are seeing here is a reward on the investment made in the players. The WICB sees the development of players at all levels as integral to the present and future success of the game in the Caribbean,” Dr Hunte said. “We are delighted with the performances of the West Indies Women’s team over the past few years as they continue to grow and mature. We have seen players blossom to reach the top of the world rankings. As a team, the West Indies have made significant strides up the ladder, and we expect that rise to continue.” Dr Hunte added: “The team has really come a long way in a short space of time. Again, against Sri Lanka, they demonstrated their individual brilliance as well as team unity to overcome the challenges and bring joy to their supporters around the region. We believe we have a team that can become Number 1 in the world. We urge the girls to let this be their goal.” Under the guidance of Head Coach Sherwin Campbell and the astute leadership Merissa Aguilleira; the West Indies have developed a team good enough to win their last four series. They beat Pakistan at home last September; played unbeaten to win the International Cricket Council’s World Cup 2013 qualification tournament in Bangladesh last November; outplayed the higher ranked Indians at home earlier this year and have now stamped their authority against the Sri Lankans.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 11TH 2012 23 COMMENTARY By: Vigilante NEWS By Drizel HanleyThe complete roster for the much anticipated sweet 16th Edition of the St.Kitts Music Festival was on Wednesday, May 9 made public at a Media and Corporate Partners Breakfast Press Conference held at the St.Kitts Marriott Resort. Adrian Lam, Production Manager of the festival said that there is a balance in the mixture of performing artistes to attract regional and international patrons while pleasing the locals. “In the last few years the budget has been very tight but the festival has always been successful, and I personally believe that this is one of most exciting lineups of all festivals,” he said. Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Senator the Hon. Richard Skerritt said that he is extremely pleased with the line-up of this year’s artistes which includes such stellar international artistes like Morgan Heritage and Roberta Flack. “Hosting such an internationally acclaimed reggae superstar and a legendary soul songstress at the same festival embodies what this event is all about the mix of musical genres, age ranges, and the unifying power of music that our Festival has grown to represent,” Minister Skerritt said. “We are proud to have Toni Braxton visit with us in St. Kitts to Full Roster for the Sweet 16 Edition of St. Kitts Music Festival revealed headline one of the most dynamic lineups for this year’s St. Kitts Music Festival,” the Tourism Minister added. He noted that the sponsorship money had dropped, but however thank the sponsors for their continued support of the festival. The festival is set to kick off on the night of Thursday June 22 at the Warner Park Stadium and end on Saturday, June 30. According to the roster announced by Mr. Adrian Lam the opening night will feature: the Spectrum Band out of St.Thomas; Krosfyah out of Barbados; Ali Dee out of Nevis; Nicha B, Masud Sadiki as ‘Stitch in Time’; 2011-2012 Soca Monarch, Shakki Starfire, 2011-2012 Road March Champs, the Grand Masters Band and Machel Montano Team HD out of Trinidad. Mr. Lam said the festival receives large turnout from St.Thomas hence the Spectrum Band was hired. He also said that Edwin Yearwood and Krosfyah performed at the festival when it was first held in 1996 and was excited to have them back for the 16th anniversary. The Production Manager further noted that the local artistes selected to perform at the prestigious festival, were chosen based on their accomplishments, as management tries to promote the best talent coming out of the Federation. Friday, June 22 will see Lovindeer, Eric Donaldson, U.K Jazz musician, Courtney Pine; Reggae Band, Morgan Heritage; Reggae and Dancehall artiste, I-Octane, Dancehall artiste, Popcaan and Reggae icon, Damian ‘Junior Gong’ Marley. “I think we have had all of the Marley sons on the festival including Stephen and Kymani Marley, except for Ziggy, who is not on tour at the moment. But we’re happy to have Damian on the lineup,” Mr. Lam said. The final night will see local act, Bruce Skerritt & the Liamigua Project; Roberta Flack, R&B star, Omarion and Grammy Award winning singer and songwriter, Toni Braxton who is the final International artiste to be signed up for this year’s festival. “We worked very hard to get this deal shut down, and we’re very pleased to have Toni (Braxton) on the St. Kitts Music Festival,” Lam said. The St Kitts Music Festival has earned the reputation of being the most diversified musical show in the Caribbean by blending rich exciting music with exhilarating performances. Since the inception of the festival they have had many renowned entertainers performed Center Stage, thus facilitating many successes that mirrored the festival’s main objectives. (cont’d from page 4)* After all de big money paid out and the massive campaign on the PAM RM radio talk shows to get people to boycott the Labour Day March and make it flop, the march was a huge success. A special prayer group from PAM and de Rescue Crew was put together and they prayed all weekend in a certain house in Frigate Bay, for the march to flop and for plenty rain to fall to wash out de march, but they prayed in vain and all their plans flopped. One of the prayer leaders confessed that the Prime Minister is really blessed by the Almighty and so are the Labour Party and Labour Union, for PAM has tried so much to destroy Labour, and have failed badly each time. Rain or no rain, nothing coulda stop the massive march for Labour people are staying in their lane and they are solidly behind their leader and Party. And Douglas and Labour are unstoppable. We are reliably informed that hundreds of placards were made by PAM for their supporters to use in the march to disrupt it and mash it up, but that all those plans failed as well. All de placards ended up in a room up at PAM Headquarters, De PAM supporters say Douglas ain’t dey problem; it’s Lindsay Grant. He got to go. De power hungry gang in PAM and De Rescue Crew have now come to realize that they were once more misled and fooled by “The Final Act” politician who assured them that he could do de trick to get Labour people to boycott de march. Dey say after de march “De Hedgehog” was seen sitting on a bench on de Bay Road talking on he cell phone, and he was overheard saying: “Ah can’t believe all dat money he mek me spend ... dat traitor really ain’t understand Labour people”. De say de midnight blasphemer bawl like a child when he see de massive march. Dey say he say “ah coulda spen’ me night dem with me coolie hair lady; instead o’dat, every night ah bawling out me throat telling people don’t go march and busing Dougie like he tell me to do”. And dey say he has been telling people since he ‘tun’ traitor, he aint get one thing right about Dougie and Labour people yet. De word out is that de Rescue Crew Chief who boasted he was de only person could make the march flop and stop Douglas was in uilding in town hiding watching de march. And when he saw the massive crowd for himself he remarked “dem Labour people too damn stupid. Anything Douglas tell them do, they do”. PAM supporters were instructed to wear something yellow for the breakfast “Up De Hill” and heckle and harass in their PAM colours, but nobody took on the PAM misleaders. And de handful that showed up on the road (less than a dozen) went into hiding, how shame dey be. All de PAM supporters watching de march did look very sad and depressed. Only to find out dat de traitor did done guarantee then that less than 20 people woulda go to de march. They now stone mudder vex wid de Customs man for telling the truth and saying on the PAM voices show that the march was much bigger than last year. They vex bad wid him too for saying that the Prime Minister is a smart and astute leader and politician, and the so called PAM leader ain’t no match or alternative to Dougie. They vex wid de PAM bus man from over by Dr. Harris too, who calls in on all radio talk shows, in St. Kitts and Nevis for saying the march was big, and if it wasn’t so rainy, the march would have been much bigger. Following the massive success of the march on Monday, a move was made quietly this week, by some big brass in PAM to get Little Bo Peep step aside gracefully, and let someone else take over the leadership of the party. But de pompous Little Bo Peep fellow chased them away, and told them he was not giving up de leadership. So he sent his Rusty Chairman on the PAM FM Voices talk show to spread his message that he was not backing down. De Rusty Chairman admitted on radio yesterday that if the Prime Minister was to call a snap general election now PAM wouldn’t be ready for they have no candidates in place and may not be able to announce their candidates until after July. And he was told by a staunch PAM supporter who called in to the programme that PAM was running on an empty tank and they need to change the driver. Make certain that you reach use our new Email address: info@sknunion.com We fast and pray as we approach that dark dayPAM DAY 10th June Why did they attack democracy? Why did they attack us? admonished. She said further that the strategies being shared to help young children excel in language skills and cognitive learning would help them to become independent, curious, creative, and problem solvers which are essential skills for life. Several participants told the Education Media Unit (EMU) they felt very excited to return to their classrooms to share with the young learners some of the activities and learning tools they had created from low and no cost materials. They added that they were very pleased to have this opportunity especially given the increasingly challenging economic times. The two week workshop commend commenced on Friday May 4, 2012. The responsibility of for early childhood development in St. Kitts and Nevis (birth to eight years) rests with the Ministry of Education through its Early Childhood Development Unit. There are 102 registered early childhood centres. Eighteen of these are Government owned and 84 are operated by private providers. ECDU Says Early Foundation Leverages Success


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