The labour spokesman
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Title: 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 15/05/12 DELTA $15.93 / SOL $15.89 / TEXACO $16.07BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, W.I. COMMENTARY BY PAGE 03 PAGE 07James Edison Browne James Edison Browne St. Kitts’ Scenic Railway listed among 30 stunning heritage trains of the world BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – St. Kitts’ Scenic Railway train has been listed among 30 stunning heritage trains of the world and the only one in the Caribbean. Rediff business of Rediff.com, which presents a slide show of the 30 railways from the pages of history said Wikipedia recently came up with the list of Heritage Railways across the world. St. Kitts Scenic Train Canada Train It notes that a heritage railway tells a lot about a particular nation and its history and that adds to a country’s glamour quotient and draws tourists from across the world. “The ‘Island Series’ railcars of the St. Kitts Scenic Railway are double-decked, with an upper open-air observation platform. Riding the rail cars, one can view the sugar cane and island vegetation for unobstructed 360 degree viewing, and a lower airconditioned parlour. Each passenger has a seat on both the top observation deck and in the air conditioned lower level ‘parlour’ of each railcar. There is a service bar, a restroom, and paintings by local artists hang on the walls,” it said showing a photo of the train on one of its runs. The report states that India boasts four heritage railways and the others are in Argentina, Belgium, Switzerland, Brazil, (cont’d on page 4)* THE THINKING CITIZEN VIEW POINT* REV.CANON PERCIVAL EARL CLARKE SOTTO VOCE Sir Edmund to represent Federation at President Ma’s inauguration Tourism Minister Skerritt hails Royal Caribbean Cruise Line BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis will be represented by Sir Edmund and Lady Lawrence at the 13th Inauguration Ceremony of the President of the Republic of China (Taiwan), His Excellency Ma Ying-jeou on Sunday. Sir Edmund, who serves as Governor General’s Deputy and Lady Lawrence departed the Robert L. Bradshaw Sir Edmund (left) and Lady Lawrence (Photo by Willett’s Photo)(cont’d on page 2) Ministry to focus on National Month of the Family Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony Guest Speaker for Sunday’s National Conference of the Labour Party Dr. the Hon. Kenny Anthony, Prime Minister of St. Lucia will be the guest speaker at the Annual Conference of the governing St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP) which will be convened here on Sunday, May 20th, 2012, at the St. Kitts Marriott Ballroom, Frigate Bay, Basseterre. He is expected to bring a very good message to the Comrades in attendance and the people of St. Kitts and Nevis and the region, noted Party Leader the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas, who made the (cont’d on page 12)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 18TH 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 International Airport Wednesday for Taipei via the United States. Sir Edmund is standing in for St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas, who is unable to attend due to his governing St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party’s 80th Annual Conference on Sunday 20th May, the same day of the Presidential Inauguration. Sir Edmund and Lady Lawrence will be joined by St. Kitts and Nevis’ Resident Ambassador in Taipei, Her Excellency Jasmine Huggins at the celebrations which will be attended by scores of dignitaries from around the world. St. Lucia’s Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Kenny Anthony, who will be in Basseterre on Sunday, will be represented at the inauguration by a delegation led by his Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Port Services and Transport, the Hon. Philip J. Pierre. Other members of the St. Lucia delegation are Hon. Shawn Edward, Minister for Youth Development and Sports; Hon. Dr. Robert Lewis, Minister for Education, Human Resource Development and Labour and Hon. Alvina Reynolds, Minister for Health, Wellness, Human Services and Gender Relations. President Ma Ying-jeou’s inauguration ceremony on May 20 will be streamed live on the Internet. Internet users can watch the swearing-in ceremony and Ma’s inaugural address from 9:00-9:50 a.m. on various government websites St. Kitts and Nevis satisfied with relationship with Taiwan, open for business with China BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis is satisfied with its relationship with the Republic of China (Taiwan) and there are no plans to make direct contact with mainland China. “I don’t think that it really matters much as to whether it is mainland China or it is Taiwan. The fact is that we have been having very, very, close relationships with Taiwan, the Republic of China (Taiwan). We are satisfied with the relationship that we have. We believe that there are mutual benefits,” said Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Denzil L. Douglas. Responding to a caller on his weekly “Ask the Prime Minister” radio programme on Tuesday, Dr. Douglas said even though China is an emerging economy and has great potential, “we believe that we can benefit from whatever China has to offer through our relationship with Taiwan.” “I do not see at any time in the near future, I do not contemplate hat is under my watch and this Government that we are leading, that we would want to make any direct contact with China politically,” said Prime Minister Douglas. He pointed out however that St. Kitts and Nevis like China are members of the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). “We have had Chinese nationals in our country being engaged in construction activities. We have Chinese investors who are in St Kitts and Nevis. We have no problem with that, and so we would continue as much as possible to make it possible for Chinese investments or Taiwanese investments to grow and develop St Kitts and Nevis,” said Prime Minister. “However in terms of our political relationship, we are satisfied with the political relationship that we have with Taiwan. I don’t believe that the Chinese Government is dissatisfied as well with our relationship with Taiwan. It is a long established relationship and that shall continue,” said Dr. Douglas, adding: “However we are open to business and just as Taiwan is having close business relationship with China, so too St. Kitts and Nevis is open to have close business relationship with China as several other Caribbean countries in the region.”Photo: St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas (left) and President of the Republic of China (Taiwan), His Excellency Ma Ying-jeou (Photo by Erasmus Williams) Labour Day Marchers give a clear mandate to get on with the job The older folks have a way to say that “actions speak louder than words”. The truism was borne out on Labour Day, Monday 7th May, when a massive crowd turned out to march behind their Labour Leaders and show appreciation for what had been achieved on behalf of workers in this country and beyond. This can be seen as a green light for the present leadership who were at pains to map out the path taken over the past eighty years to concretise the vision of the early stalwarts of Labour. What was this vision? This vision simply put was the empowerment of the working class masses to free themselves from poverty and landlessness from colonial domination from bad working condition, from illiteracy and ill health and to aspire to an equal place among the free peoples of the world. It was an uphill battle, you will agree, but one our forefathers engaged in with courage, determination, perseverance, and a spirit of self sacrifice. During the past eighty years, there were skirmishes on many fronts including those already outlined. There were setbacks and victories, and the latter standout as milestones to delineate a history which is interesting and rich and a source of pride and inspiration to our proud nation and ot generations to come. It is significant that with this strong show of support, the Labour Party goes into its annual National Conference this weekend, usually a process of introspection, reorganisation, repositioning, recommitment and renewal. No doubt, many of the thorny issues which the enemies of Labour have belaboured and peddled ad naseum over the airwaves and worldwide web will be raised and dealt with maturely and effectively. The size and composition of the march indicates that Labour people have taken those issues in the stride and are convinced that there are more important considerations to be made than the derisive and denigratory attacks of opposition sources on the Prime Minister, his Cabinet, the Government in general and the Labour Movement. Delegates to the Conference will be concerned about the policies advocated for energy sufficiency and alternative sources, for expansion and self sufficing in agriculture, for new developments in housing, for new development in education, particularly the role of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in predisposing and redirecting our workforce to meet the changing needs of the economy. This Conference should provide an opportunity for delegates to examine critically, the place of St. Kitts-Nevis in the organisation called the OECS and where that organisation will be in the next ten years, and similarly its relationship with CARICOM, and when this organisation will be with respect to the rest of the world. Now that the hospitality sector has replaced the sugar industry as the major contributor to our gross National Product (GDP), would this be a wonderful opportunity for a wide cross section of policy makers, for this is what the delegates are, and have been over the years to provide views on this vital sector, how it can be sustained and how our people can be protected from the many vagaries to which it is heir? It is a Conference to which many grass roots Labour stalwarts look forward from year to year. With under the skilful guidance of the Party Chairman and stimulation from the dynamic, Right Honourable Prime Minister, and the esteemed Guest Speaker, St. Lucia’s Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Kenny Anthony, there is no doubt that the whole event can be very interesting and very fruitful. The atmosphere in which it is conducted, the quality of the inputs made and which it all ends may well have great implications for the future of the Party and its uninterrupted march to the full liberation and empowerment of the people of St. Kitts and Nevis. in Mandarin and English, his office in Taipei said. An online album was posted Wednesday to provide information about Ma, who will be sworn in for a second term, and new Vice President Wu Den-yih. The album also included details of the inauguration ceremony and the guest list. Ma and Wu of the Kuomintang (KMT) will be sworn in as the 3rd popularly elected president and vice president of the Republic of China (ROC). Lee Teng-hui of the KMT was the first president elected through direct popular vote in 1996; Chen Shui-bian of the Democratic Progressive Party was the second, in 2000. The Central Bank of the Republic of China (Taiwan) will issue commemorative coins celebrating the inauguration of President Ma Ying-jeou, who will begin the country’s 13th presidential term on May 20. Sir Edmund to represent Federation... (cont’d from page 1)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 18TH 2012 3 NEWS BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, MAY 17TH 2012 (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Sen. the Hon. Richard Skerritt delivered good news to the island’s tourism stakeholders in the National Assembly on Thursday. “Inspite of the intense competition from global ports, and after months of relentless lobbying, it was therefore with great pleasure that we learnt last week that Royal Caribbean Cruise Line has decided to return to summer cruising in our region. They have decided to redeploy the Jewel of the Seas to the Caribbean from May to October 2013 to offer 25 sailings out of San Juan, Puerto Rico. This decision will result in 16 additional calls to Port Zante during the summer of 2013, bringing over 33,800 guests,” he told Parliament and the Nation. Jewel of the Seas made one call to St. Kitts’ Port Zante during the 2011/2012 cruise ship season. Minister Skerritt thanked Royal Caribbean Cruise Line for responding positively to once again offer year-round cruise options in the sub-region from next year. “Jewel of the Seas will operate with three Tourism Minister Skerritt hails Royal Caribbean Cruise Line for deploying Jewel of the Seas to Port Zante, Southern Caribbean Southern Caribbean itineraries in the summer and autumn, and two itineraries in the winter and spring 2013-14 seasons. Departing every Saturday, the seven-night, roundtrip itineraries include calls at a range of exciting ports throughout our sub-region, including St. Lucia, St. Kitts, Antigua, and the U.S.V.I., as well as St. Maarten, Barbados, Aruba and Curacao,” he said. Mr. Skerritt also disclosed that Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas returns for the winter 2013-14 season to bolster Royal Caribbean’s offerings from San Juan, alternating two seven-night Southern Caribbean itineraries. “On one itinerary, guests call at St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Aruba and Curacao, while the second calls at Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua, St. Maarten and St. Croix,” he said. He earlier pointed out that three years ago, St. Kitts welcomed the first summer ship from carnival cruise lines in 2008 and continued to schedule this weekly ship yearround to Port Zante. “In 2011 we received an added bonus when Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines sent the Serenade of the Seas to our port every two weeks for last year’s slow season and for the entire duration of the year. This gave local cruise stakeholders even more reason to be happy because of the extra summer business that over the years they had grown accustomed to do without. Mr. Speaker, it was therefore with sadness and grave concern that we learnt last year that RCCL was repositioning the Serenade of the Seas out of the Caribbean completely in 2012. For St. Kitts that meant that we would have a one season only benefit from summer calls of the Serenade, and that for 2012 we would be back to the once weekly summer calls of the Carnival Victory, the ship which we look forward to seeing at Port Zante every Friday. For some other neighbouring islands who had been receiving calls of the Serenade year round for many years, the news last year of the withdrawal of the Serenade from our region from 2012 was devastating, to say the least,” Mr. Skerritt said. He disclosed that as Chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation, he arranged meetings last year between Eastern Caribbean Tourism Ministers and representatives of the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association and followed up with his own one-on-one meetings in January this year with key decision-makers in the cruise industry to lobby for business in general, and to explore ways to entice cruise lines to bring back summer ships to the Caribbean and to grow cruise arrivals in the Eastern Caribbean, where growth in arrivals overall has trickled almost to a halt. He pointed out said over the past year it had become clear to me that new Global cruise deployment focus had shifted away from the Caribbean for 20122013. Strategic deployment decisions taken by the lines, based on market expectations in 2010, are now being implemented. Back in 2010 the major lines saw fall off in demand for the Eastern Caribbean and new opportunity in Australia, Asia, South America, and Europe (Baltic and Western Med). Even Alaska is having better sales than previously. This situation is compounded by the fact that no new ship build tonnage is slated for deployment in the Caribbean before 2014 while, as I said, some existing ships are being removed to other markets. Another significant reason for the weak summer deployment and slow growth overall in this part of the Caribbean is that high fuel costs continue to force ships to sail more slowly over shorter distances in order to achieve optimum efficiencies. The result is that destination ports in the southeastern Caribbean, which are further away from a home port, are suffering a loss of business. The increased cost of air travel has also rendered sub-regional home-ports like San Juan and Bridgetown less attractive to cruise lines and less tonnage is now being based there. The tourism minister pointed out that the global recession has changed the face of tourism markets everywhere to become extremely personalized, customer focused and value-added. “Today’s visitor is better informed, has numerous choices to select from, and does not have to come to our destination in order to enjoy their holiday. Cruise ships are mobile and can move from port to port and from region to region as their economics direct,” he said, pointing out that inspite of this good news today, “we must never assume that the impressive cruise sector growth that St. Kitts has experienced recently will continue smoothly and without set-backs.” “In the final analysis, our survival as a cruise destination depends on our own ability to deliver value-added services to our guests on a sustainable basis. Our guests need to feel that we want them here. Visitors need to feel welcomed, and the needs of each guest must be respected individually if they are to give our destination a good report. And I hasten to add that our guests do not expect to be harassed or want to experience angry situations, personal abuse, or petty local politics from anyone,” he said. He noted that in spite of the ongoing challenges and various set-backs involved in market recovery for all types of Caribbean tourism, this good news is evidence that St. Kitts and the Caribbean region continues to show tremendous growth potential during this recovery period, and I can say with confidence that our tourism future is promising. The Jewel of the Seas on its lone visit to Port Zante during the 2011/ 2012 cruise ship season. St. Kitts and Nevis’ Minister of Tourism, Sen. the Hon. Richard Skerritt making statement in the Nation Assembly on Thursday. Nurses celebrate Week of Activities By Drizel HanleyNurses on St.Kitts-Nevis are celebrating Nurse’s Week which began on last Saturday, May 12 with a Church Service and an Award Ceremony. The Church Service and Ceremony which were held at the Wesley Methodist Church was attended by the Governor General, His Excellency Sir Cuthbert Sebastian; Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas; Minister with responsibility for Health, Hon. Marcella Liburd, Permanent Secretary of Health, Andrew Skerritt and Medical Chief of staff, Dr. Walwyn. Several health practitioners were rewarded for outstanding contributions to health care includingMrs. O’Brian France, Mrs. Beulah Morris, Mrs. Pamella Brookes, Mrs. Robilee Jean, Mrs. Gloria Mars, Mrs. Myrtle Ferdinand, Mrs. Heather Osborne, Mrs. Neysa Tyson, Mrs. Lysander Simmonds, Mrs. Vincia Henry, Mrs. Shirley Ferlance, Mrs. Rhoda Procope, Mrs. Rita Adams and Ms. Victoria Phillips. The Loyalty and Dedication Award went to Director Sonia Daley Findlay. Miss Cerena Browne received the Nurse of the Year Award. President of the Nurses Association, Kerry Williams said that the association seeks to look about the socio and economic needs of its nurses and it is also concerned with the professional and ethical behaviour of the nurses. “Nurses,” she said, “are called upon to provide primary health care in the most challenging settings” adding that “their role of improving equity and access to health care is of critical importance.” The president also stressed the need for “continued exploration of health care financing coupled with arrangements that aim at universal coverage, and the offering of particular benefits for socially disadvantaged and marginalized groups.” The Nurses Association held a two day symposium on Monday 14 and Tuesday 15; Wednesday they visited the retired nurses and Thursday a Tea party was held at Old Girl School. Today, Friday 18 will be a Community outreach at the Shoreline Plaza, Bay Road Basseterre at 9am. Tomorrow, Saturday, 19th will see 20/20 Cricket; Nurses versus Doctors. Venue; Cable Grounds 2pm. Admission fee is $ 2.00. The St. Kitts Nursing Association has been celebrating Nurses Day since 1956 and has never missed a year. The Association is made up of retired and active nursing assistants, nursing attendants, registered nurses, staff nurses and others. The Week of Activities was officially declared opened by Minister with responsibility for Health, Hon. Marcella Liburd.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 18TH 2012 4 NEWS TRADE UNION NEWS By: Batumba Tak General Secretary Canada, China, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, France, Slovakia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Ireland, Romania, Serbia and South Africa. In May 2012, St. Kitts and Nevis was ranked #3 on a list of the “10 Best Islands in the World” by US News & World Report. In February, 2012, St. Kitts was named one of “5 Caribbean Islands to Discover Now” by MSNBC. St. Kitts was also named one of the “Top 12 Spots that should be on your list for 2012” by Caribbean Travel + Life magazine. St. Kitts’ Brimstone Hill Fortress was also named one of “10 Great Places To Explore The World’s Best-Kept Secrets” by USA Today. In summer 2011, the destination also ranked #1 on a list of the 16 Best Caribbean Vacations by US News & World Report. Last year, St. Kitts was named a top destination for 2011 by both AOL Travel and British Airways. Located in the northern Leeward Islands of the Caribbean, it offers a diverse tourism product developed from the destination’s natural beauty, cultural heritage and rich history. The island’s stunning variety of tourism attractions include hiking through the tropical rainforest, riding the scenic railway that connects the island’s former sugar plantations, visiting the Caribelle Batik factory, touring Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, the only man-made UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Eastern Caribbean, and more traditional vacation pastimes such as watersports, golf, shopping, tennis, gourmet dining, gaming at St. Kitts’ exclusive casino or simply relaxing on one of the island’s sandy beaches. Accommodations range from intimate plantation inns to larger hotels and resorts. St. Kitts’ Scenic Railway..... (cont’d from page 1) Labour Code Continues. One of the basic principles that the International Labour Organization (ILO) was founded upon was the introduction and development of a Tripartite Structure where Governments, Employers and Workers’ Organizations sit as equal and make decisions through discussions on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. Over the years the employers and workers’ organizations have been agitating for the introduction and implimentation by law of a Labour Code for St. Kitts and Nevis. Many attempts have been made in the past which failed to produce a fair and balanced Labour Code that can be accepted by all concerned. Sometime early in 2011 a CONSULTANT WAS ENGAGED TO PRODUCE A Labour Code for discussion by the present Tripartite Committee, surfice it to say, that what the Consultant produced was not accepted by the Tripartite Committee. This is not anything new, reports from different Consultants do find themselves rejected by different groups in the society at times. To show how important a Labour Code is to the particular country I will use the example of St. Lucia. In St. Lucia the first attempt to institute a Labour Code was met with a certain amount of hostility by the employers who claimed that it was not a fair document, because it tends to favour just the concerns of employees and not those of employers. In addition, they say that their concerns were not addressed, there were no consultation in that regard. In 2011 the St. Kitts and Nevis Government made a request to the International Labour Organization (ILO) Subregional Office for the Caribbean for assistance to facilitate the process of the revision of its Labour Laws and the drafting of a Labour Code for St. Kitts and Nevis. The ILO then engaged the services of Mr. Clive Pegus, Legal Consultant to facilitate the entire process. Mr. Prgus’ undertaking was a two phaze mission, the first part was from 11th – 16th October, 2011 to identify the needs and recommend a programme of work to update the Labour Laws of St. Kitts and Nevis. The second part was from 19th November – 3rd December, 2011 and was to consult and find out from the different stakeholders about their concerns as well as their recommendation in relation to the Labour Administration of the Labour Code. The Union is of the understanding that Mr. Pegus has already finished that phaze of his mission and has since pass his report to the competent authority. The St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union is of the view that the revision of our Labour Laws and their harmonization with the intention of passing into law is a very serious and important matter and therefore urged the competent authority to distribute the the consultant’s report to the Tripartite Committee to allow that body the opportunity to go through the report thoroughly and put forward their final concerns and suggestions before it reaches the Cabinet and Parlament. The Union will be foolhardy in its responsibility to its members if it did not point out to the competent authority that we should not allow ourselves to follow the experience of the St. Lucia Government to go back and have to make a lot of revision and changes before it is accdepted and receives the blessing of the Tripartite Committee. The Union is also reliably informed that after over ten years the St. Lucia Government finally passed into Law last year their Labour Code, but still with the lingering doubts from the employers’ organization that it was not balanced, but they will accept it and work with it with the intention of making ajustments as they moved forward. The Union is of the opinion that our Labour Code is overdue, but prefere to ensure that it is done correctly, fairly and honestly and even though it might not be perfect at first it could at least could be close to perfect. In my next article I will try my best to address what exactly is a Labour code, how it works, what exactly is the expected outcome and some of the kind of working conditions that is expected to be included in the Labour Code. As I take my leave today I leave you with a Traditional spiritual slave song.Go Down, Moses.When Israel was in Egypt’s land, Let my people go! Oppressed so hard they could not stand, Let my people go! Chorus: Go down, Mosses, Way down in Egypt’s land Tell old Pharaoh, To let my people go! “Thus spoke the Lord,” bold Mosses said “Let my people go! If not, I’ll smite your first born dead, Let my people go!’ “No more shall they in bondage toil... Let them come out with Egypt’s spoil... The Lord told Mosses what to do... To lead the Hebrew children through... O come along Mosses, you’ll not get lost... Stretch out your rod and come across. As Israel stood by the water side... At God’s command it did divide... When they reached the other shore... They sang a song of triumph o’er... Pharaoh said he’d go across... But Pharaoh and his host were lost... O let us all from bondage flee... And let us all in Christ be free... You need not always weep and mourn... And wear these slav’ry chains forlorn... Yours foes shall not before you stand... And you’ll possess fair Canaan’s land.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 18TH 2012 5 NEWS The Thinking Citizen Which day in our local St. Kitts-Nevis calendar is May Day and which day is Labour Day? So far as the law is concerned there is no legal holiday on our calendar which is designated May Day. Then why are certain misguided misfits in our midst calling the first Monday in May, May Day? What is the authority? The misfits are simply following the mischievous and malicious example of PAM and the Democrat. If the law says that the first Monday in May is Labour Day, then that is it. If PAM feels jealous and envious because a day is called Labour Day then the party should remember that it made the 10th of June significant and historic. PAM should leave the first Monday in May alone and call June 10 by the name PAM Day. were forced to employ lawyers to defend them against political persecution. What about the members of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce? As members of PAM they followed suit and referred to Labour Day as May Day and as employers, they looked with displeasure upon their employees who marched on Labour Day. PAM and its allies have treated Labour Day with little or no respect, considering the significance and importance of the day. PAM has shown scant regard for the workers of this country. For the PAMites, there is no Labour Day but only May Day. I don’t know which law told them so. PAM has made political enemies of those workers who march on Labour Day and in addition, the PAM Government made every effort to discipline Civil Servants who dared to march on Labour Day. The irony is that some Civil Servants had been marching for years before PAM was formed in 1965. Apart from anything else, one thing shows their true nature and character. That is PAM’s disregard for what the law says. The law says that the first Monday in May is Labour Day. PAM says that the first Monday in May is May Day. Who is right PAM or the law? Why does PAM persist in this childish political nonsense year after year? Calling Labour Day, May Day PAM distorts and misleads to gain cheap Political Advantage Labour Day is observed in all CARICOM Countries, including Suriname. It is a matter of fact that Labour Day is a day set aside in law to honour all workers Workers, whether Public Sector or Private Sector, are the salt of the earth. During the 1950s all workers marched on Labour Day – Private Sector workers as well as Public Sector workers, unionised workers and non-unionised workers. Labour Day made its appearance in St. Kitts-Nevis and Anguilla, long before PAM made its appearance on the scene. There was nothing political about the Labour Day march. Civil servants marched on Labour Day during the 1950s (Colonial Days) and this was never considered to be a breach of Civil Service Rules or Regulations. The first time that Civil Servants heard that they were in breach of Civil Service Rules and Regulations for marching on Labour Day was after PAM formed the government in 1980. The PAM Government tried to intimidate Civil Servants and victimised those, in one way or other, who dared to march on Labour Day. Between 1980 and 1989 Civil Servants were written to and asked to give reasons why disciplinary action should not be taken against them for marching on Labour Day. The Civil servants is one example of how PAM distorts situations and deceives and misleads members of the public in order to secure some cheap political advantage. But this is PAM’s way of doing things. It’s MODUS OPERANDI. PAM has been practising this method for decades now. When the Labour Government was preparing Pond Pasture as the site for the construction of houses to ease the congestion at New Town, the PAMites went out in their numbers to warn the people of New Town not to put down any houses on Pond Pasture. The PAMites warned that any houses put down on Pond Pasture would sink. In this case again, PAM was playing its silly, little political game. The success of the Pond Pasture Housing Project would redound to the political benefit of the Labour Party Government. PAM did not want this, so the party set out to publicise the Housing Project as a risky and dangerous one. The houses built on Pond Pasture then, are standing strong and firm today. Mute testimony to the childish foolishness that PAM had been peddling. PAM should apologise to those people of East Basseterre who were misled by the party’s political propaganda. For Rent 2 One Bedromm Apartments at Pot ato Bay Fully Furnished Great Views Call:465-8058 or 663-4795


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 18TH 2012 6 NEWS BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – Training the Maritime Boundary Delimitation Negotiating Team, ratification of an ILO Maritime Labour Convention and scholarships for the training of two maritime lawyers in Malta are among the achievements of Department of Maritime Affairs in the Ministry of Transport. In a few short years the small team has ensured that St. Kitts and Nevis became a full-fledged member of the Caribbean Memorandum on Port States seeking to eliminate sub-standard ships from plying their trade in the Caribbean region, provided International Maritime Organisation (IMO) training for over twenty port state control officers to enforce port state laws and hosted and co-ordinated various IMO courses for building capacity for the shipping sector. Speaking at a stakeholders consultation aimed at establishing a National Maritime Policy and Action Plan, Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Sen. the Hon. Richard Skerritt said the department has aggressively pursued greater involvement and influence in the decision-making process of the International Maritime Organization. “We have successfully trained a St. Kitts and Nevis Maritime Boundary Delimitation Negotiating Team to commence negotiations with the neighbouring states; ratified the ILO Maritime Labour Convention Achievements of Department of Maritime Affairs highlighted Director of Maritime Affairs, Mr. Mc Clean Hobson Propane Gas tanker discharging its cargo in the Basseterre Harbour better treatment of Seafarers, secured scholarships for the training of 2 Maritime Lawyers at the IMO Maritime Law Institute in Malta and conducted training for local Boat Masters,” said Mr. Skerritt. He also told participants that the Department of Maritime Affairs has also partnered with the Department of Marine Resources to co-ordinate study of coral reef by Living Ocean Foundation in 201, ensured that St. Kitts and Nevis became a party to the North East Atlantic Fisheries Commission and established a DATA Centre to receive ship security alerts from St. Kitts and Nevis-flagged vessels attacked by pirates in international waters. The Department of Maritime Affairs, which is managed by its Director, Mr. Mc Clean Hobson has also entered into over 20 memoranda of understanding with other states to recognize Seafarers certificates, invested in State of the art software to check the authenticity of Seafarers certificates on line and ensured that St. Kitts and Nevis became a party to the UNESCO Underwater Cultural Heritage Convention to protect the underwater cultural heritage of St. Kitts and Nevis. The department will also ensure that port facilities in St. Kitts and Nevis continue to meet the requirements of the ISPS Code, actively pursue the development of local hydrography to better facilitate maritime trade in St. Kitts and Nevis and put plans in place to address the issues of the discharge of ballast water. The Department of Maritime Affairs is also in the process of giving effect locally to the Standard of Training, Certification, and Watch Keeping for Seafarers (STCW) Convention to create training standards for St. Kitts and Nevis seafarers and is partnering with the Department of Marine Resources and the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC) to establish a maritime education and training course at the CFBC. Another Kittitian Scholar Graduates management in the context of facilities that conduct engineering activities such as power plants and manufacturing corporations. Jomo was one of the recipients On May 5th 2012, over 700 persons graduated with masters or doctoral degrees from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. Among them was Kittitian Clement Jomo Williams who graduated with a Masters of Science in Engineering Management. On hand to witness the ceremony were a number of his friends and family including his parents Clement “Bouncin” Williams and former principal of the Washington Archibald High School, Cynthia Williams. In 2005, he graduated from Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Design Technology. On his return to St. Kitts, Jomo will join the staff at the St. Kitts Electricity Company Limited (SKELEC), he having served as an Operations Engineer in the now defunct St. Kitts Electricity Department from 2006 until he proceeded on study leave in 2010. Studies in Engineering Management examine the human, financial and technical aspects of of the 2010-2011 Organization of the American States (OAS) graduate study scholarships and wishes to use this medium to express his gratitude to the OAS and to encourage other young people to take advantage of the numerous opportunities for growth and development that are open to them.The Labour Spokesman extends congratulations to Jomo as well as his proud parents. Water Department Notice The Water Services Department wishes to remind the general public that the bill preparation and payment office will be transferred to Needsmust as of September, 2012. The department would also like to remind customers that they can still use established commercial banks in downtown Basseterre as well as internet portals to pay current water bills at their convenience. Customers should also be assured that every effort is being made to enhance customer convenience by securing other payment centers in the Basseterre city centre such as General Post Offices and the Inland Revenue Department. These and other additional centers will be available for use shortly. Water Services Department thanks the general public for its patience and understanding during this transition process.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 18TH 2012 7 NEWS Ministry to focus on National Month of the Family BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – The general public especially mothers and fathers are been urged to stay tuned to the electronic and print media for upcoming activities to commemorate National Month of the Family. The Ministry of Social Services and Community Development said its department has been commemorating International Day of Families on May 15th for the past three to five years. “Our celebrations this year will bring attention to the strengthening of family bonds. Therefore we are launching a National Month of Family which will include various activities across all our communities,” said the Ministry in a release. It said while the International theme for the Day of Families (May 15th) is “Ensuring Work-Family Balance,” the local adaptation of this theme for the celebrations is “Family Time is Precious Time – Ensuring Work-Family Balance.” During the course of the month, the Department of Social Services and Community Development in conjunction with private sector and civil society partners will host activities designed to share some examples of family activities and advocate some critical messages about children and fathers. Minister Powell led Federal delegation to energy conference BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – Nevis Junior Minister responsible for Energy, Hon. Carlisle Powell, represented the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis at a sustainable energy conference in Barbados at which new actions were announced to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and end poverty. Mr. Powell, who was accompanied by the Assistant Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Energy, Mr. Paul Lloyd, attended the sustainable energy conference in Barbados, organized by the United Nations and the Government of Barbados last week. The Barbados Declaration calls for universal access to modern and affordable renewable energy services, while protecting the environment, ending poverty and creating new opportunities for economic growth. According to the declaration – adopted ahead of next month’s UN Conference on Sustainable Development 20 years after the landmark Rio Earth Summit – 20 Small Island developing States (SIDS) gave voluntary commitments to providing universal access to energy, switching to renewable energy and reducing dependence on fossil fuels. The meeting also came 18 years after an historic UN summit in Bridgetown first prompted international attention that the world’s environmental challenges, from water scarcity to rising sea levels, were felt first, and hardest, in small island and low-lying coastal developing states, from the Caribbean Sea to the Indian and Pacific Oceans. The two-day conference brought together more than 100 government leaders, development experts, civil society activists, business executives and UN officials from 39 small island developing states (SIDS). While stressing there are “commercially feasible options” in many SIDS for providing energy such as wind, solar, geothermal, Hon. Carlisle Powell, Minister of Communications, Works and Public Utilities, Post, Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Environment with special responsibility for Public Works, Public Utilities, Post, Physical Planning, Flood and Water Control and Environment.(Photo courtesy of NIA.com)and oceans energy, the global collection of island and low-lying coastal states called for greater access to clean energy technology. “However, these technologies must be made accessible, affordable and adaptable to the needs and particular circumstances of SIDS communities,” the Barbados Declaration said. “In this regard, we strongly urge the international community, particularly developed countries, to ensure the provision of financial resources, technology transfer and capacity building to SIDS,” it added. The declaration follows the Sustainable Energy for All initiative, launched by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon last September. The initiative seeks to ensure universal access to modern energy services, double the rate of improvement in energy efficiency and double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix, all by 2030.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 18TH 2012 8 NEWS -PM Douglas says society must understand enormous importance of jury service BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – Government’s move to ensure that jurors empanelled to serve on criminal cases do not lose income is an important step in the preservation of justice. “In addition, we certainly do not want only the well-off to be able to serve, free of financial anxiety because the role of a juror is an important one,” said Prime Minister Douglas during his weekly radio programme “Ask the Prime Minister” on Tuesday. He was at the time commenting on legislation now before the St. Kitts and Nevis National Jury box Assembly that obligates employers to pay employees their full salary or wages while they perform jury duties. “It is the cornerstone of the criminal justice system in countries large and small. And we want Kittitians and Nevisians to understand the enormous importance of their service to the nation, in this regard. As a result, we will, this week, be introducing legislation to ensure that those who are called for jury duty will no longer have to be worried about the financial implications of such service because, by law, their employers will be required to provide them with their normal salary during the period that they are serving on a jury,” said Dr. Douglas. He told listeners it is an important step forward in terms of the entire society being more involved in the pursuit and preservation of justice. “I very much look forward to the day when this will, indeed, be the law of the land. Indeed, under the language as proposed by Attorney General the Honorable Patrice Nesbitt, an employer who fails to pay the salary of an employee on jury duty will be made to pay a fine – and this fine could be as high as EC$10,000. So it is important that we all take this proposed change very seriously,” said Dr. Douglas. One caller from Nevis suggested to Prime Minister Douglas that the government find a way to ensure that self-employed are compensated for loss of income when they serve as jurors. St. Kitts and Nevis eyes set on yachting industry “It is our Government’s intention to build a positive environment for growth of the yachting sector, and for the overall development of our maritime and marine sectors. A Maritime Policy and Action Plan will be an important and timely step in the right direction,” Minister Skerritt said. The World Tourism Organisation (WTO) defines a yachting tourist as a person who stays for more than 24 hours but less than twelve months in a particular country outside his or her usual place of residence and whose place of stay is a vessel for most of their stay. Yachting establishments are those enterprises that cater uniquely or mostly to yachtsmen, and include charter boat companies, marinas and ancillary marine services, such as sailmaking, engine repair, marine electronics and out-haul facilities. The distinction between direct and indirect recipients can be blurred. Many yachting establishments, such as marinas and ancillary services, provide goods and services directly to yachtsmen, as well as to other yachting establishments such as charter boat companies and, further confounding the problem, to non-yachting residents and other tourists as well. Port Zante Marina (Photo by Erasmus Williams) BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – The yachting landscape in St. Kitts and Nevis will change dramatically over the next few years. This was disclosed by Minister of Tourism and International Transportation, Sen. the Hon. Richard Skerritt. “Yachting is a lucrative economic sector in other neighbouring Caribbean jurisdictions and has been identified as a key component of the strategy for future growth of our tourism development,” Mr. Skerritt told a consultation aimed at establishing a maritime policy and action plan. He expressed confidence that the establishment of the private jet terminal now under construction at the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport, together with the ongoing construction of new world-class marina facilities at Christophe Harbour, and a further expansion of the Port Zante marina, coupled with the modernisation of yacht entry and clearance administration, will help to significantly propel our destination forward in this sector. Education-Rotary Partnership To Create New Learning Avenues (EMU) – St. Kitts: Students enrolled in the Learning Support Programme of the six public secondary schools are taking part in a Week of Activities to boost their learning potential following a partnership forged between the Curriculum Development Unit and the Rotary Club of St. Kitts. Director of the Unit Mr. Calwyn Morton told attendees at an official handing over ceremony on Friday (May 11) that his agency’s mission is “to facilitate the actualization of each student’s potential through creative curriculum development.” He stated that the collaborative venture between the Rotary Club of St. Kitts and his Unit is one avenue of achieving this through a week of activities for special students including competitions in Math, choral speaking, spelling and reading. Apart from funding the prizes and other expenses associated with the activity, Mr. Morton added that the Rotary Club had also pledged its on-going support through providing mentorship to students of the Learning Support Programme. Learning Support Coordinator Ms. Eleanor Phillip revealed that the partnership birthed out of the request of one Rotarian Mr. Howard Mc Eachrane who sought to find what the organization could do to help address issues related to learning disabilities and the often associated deviant behaviour. What was initially envisioned as assisting the Learning Support Department with books to advance reading, soon mushroomed, by way of discussion between Rotary, Curriculum Development Unit officials and teachers, into a strategic learning development plan involving nontraditional means of helping motivate students. Rotary Club St. Kitts President, Scott Caines in expressing the vision of the Club, referred to some of Rotary International’s achievements including the virtual eradication of Polio, providing access to clean and healthy water to people around the world, as well as the promotion of peace and understanding. Commenting on Rotary’s pleasure at being able to assist the Learning Support Programme locally, he emphasized the fact that sustainability was an important requirement of all of Rotary’s areas of assistance. Rotary’s contribution towards the May 14-18 Week of Activities and other related donations total close to E.C. $5000.00. Minister of Education and Information hon. Nigel Carty in declaring the Week of Activities for the Learning Support Programme officially open stated that he was concerned that the statistics showed an excessively larger percentage of males requiring special education at the high school level than females. His conviction was that the diagnostic techniques needed to be revisited as well as a greater emphasis placed on early and more systematic intervention. Commenting on existing attempts to help students such as the provision of free texts and uniforms through the SELF Programme, as well as the payment of examination fees at CXC level the minister said more would be done. Minister Carty added that his ministry would continue to source and train teachers to be better able to deliver the necessary level of quality instruction as well as implement gender mainstreaming in classrooms where males and females are equally able to access traditional Technical and Vocational Training subjects such as woodwork, metal work, technical drawing as well as food and nutrition. Property Tax becomes due and payable The Inland Revenue Department wishes to remind all property owners that Property Tax becomes due and payable on or before June 30, 2012. Failure to pay property tax on time will attract interest at a rate of 1% per month. Persons who require assistance or clarification on matters relating to the payment of property tax are urged to contact the Inland Revenue Department at 467-1218/467-1213 or email them at inlandrevenue@gov.kn


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 18TH 2012 9 NEWS Prime Minister Douglas “very impressed” with local vegetable nursery that propagates 50,000 seedlings monthly BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – A Shadwell resident is crediting St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas for turning the backyard and sides of his residence into one of the federation’s leading vegetable seedling nursery in the twinisland federation. Ian Chapman, who propagates 50,000 seedlings monthly, told Dr. Douglas during an invited visit last Thursday that the suggestion came from him (Dr. Douglas) when he urged those attending an election campaign meeting in Old Road to plant food in their backyards. “I am very, very, very impressed with what Mr. Chapman is doing. In this small space he propagates 50,000 seedlings at any one time and this has to be a record in agriculture in back yard farming. Disposing 30,000 seedlings monthly to farmers in both St. Kitts and Nevis is a comfort to me as the Prime Minster, that we are on to something positive in the rebirth of agriculture as a leading productive sector in St. Kitts and Nevis,” said Dr. Douglas at the end of the visit. Prime Minister Douglas used the opportunity to encourage the residents of St. Kitts and Nevis to follow the example set by Mr. Chapman and get into an agricultural activity in some form. “You don’t have to have any big farm. All you need is some space in your backyard. You can get your seedlings from Chapman or whoever else is there and you can begin to make your own impact on food security, save scarce foreign exchange and in some way contribute to controlling the cost of living in your own family and in the country generally,” said Dr. Douglas, who congratulated Mr. Chapman for the tremendous work that he is doing with little space. Mr. Chapman, who also works as an Agricultural Officer at the Department of Agriculture told the Communications Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister (CUOPM) that has also travelled to Brazil, Taiwan and Costa Rica some of the major agricultural places and key industries in the world. “Agriculture is a driving force and what they consume is really what they produce and not sending money out of their country. These were also some of the factors and if we can do something like this, and how can I help apart from my everyday work being an agricultural officer at the Department of Agriculture. How can I help the country to contribute to food security and reduce the high food import bill? While others are sleeping, I am toiling in the night. As a businessman generating income, I try to ensure that the country benefits from the end product,” said Chapman. Chapman sells his seedlings to commercial and backyard gardeners in both St. Kitts and Nevis. “I have 70 customers in St. Kitts and 10 on Nevis. I presently have orders for 83 trays of thyme. Each tray has 73 plants and that’s just over 6, 000,” he told Prime Minister Douglas. Mr. Chapman has several varieties of seedlings at the nursery including thyme, hot peppers, sweet peppers, seasoning peppers, carrots, tomatoes, cabbage, egg plant, spinach, okra, beets, water melon, lettuce. broccoli, cauliflower, celery, parsley, corn, squash, cucumber and zucchini. Mr. Chapman can be contacted at 668-2340 or 762-2340. Prime Minister the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas (right) being taken on the tour by Mr. Ian Chapman Photos by Erasmus Williams


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 18TH 2012 10 NEWS Basseterre, St. Kitts (SKNIS): Sherry Tross, a national of St. Kitts and Nevis, was recently honoured by the Government of Chile receiving one of the country’s top awards for her invaluable contribution towards bridging the gap between the Caribbean and the Americas. On May 7, Chile’s Minister of Foreign Affairs His Excellency Alfredo Moreno, bestowed the Order of Bernardo O’Higgins award on Ms. Tross. The Order of Bernardo O’Higgins is the highest state award of Chile, presented to foreign citizens by the President of the Republic. This award was established in 1965 and named after one of the founding fathers of Chile, General Bernardo O’Higgins. Ms. Tross, who has worked extensively in the field of inter-American relations, currently heads the Summit of the Americas Secretariat at the Organization of American States (OAS). During her seven years at the OAS, she also served as Chief of Staff to the OAS Assistant Secretary General. Career stops also include Director of Business Development at the World Trade Center, Miami, and Program Director at the University of Miami’s North-South research center. In presenting the award, His Excellency Moreno stated, “… It is not only a well deserved recognition, but a fitting symbol, since in union and cooperation there’s a strength on which the CARICOM (Caribbean Community) countries continue to give the rest of us valuable lessons, with their ability to act together within the international community and their quest to create a common market for its 16 million inhabitants. … There’s another 16 million people, Chileans, who also share that vision of union and cooperation with you.” Ms. Tross told the St. Kitts and Nevis Information Service that she was surprised when she was notified about the award. “It was very, very unexpected,” she revealed. An award ceremony was held at the residence of Chile’s ambassador to the White House. In her acceptance remarks, Ms. Tross noted that it was particularly gratifying “to receive this award in the wake of the Sixth Summit of the Americas which sought to draw attention to the importance of connecting the countries of the Hemisphere.” She pledged to “continue to do her part to advance cooperation and development in the Americas.” St. Kitts and Nevis Ambassador to the United States and Permanent Representative to the OAS Her Excellency Jacinth Henry-Martin, who was present, lauded Ms. Tross’ consistent exemplary display of professionalism and commended her as a model of the modern global St. Kitts-Nevis National Receives Chile’s Highest Award Sherry Tross wearing The Order of Bernardo O’Higgins. Chile’s Minister of Foreign Affairs His Excellency Alfredo Moreno, poses with Ms. Tross after bestowing the Order of Bernardo O’Higgins award. St. Kitts and Nevis Ambassador to the United States and Permanent Representative to the OAS Her Excellency Jacinth Henry-Martin (right) lauded Ms. Tross NAGICO donates to hearing disability machine purchase BASSETERRE, ST.KITTS: Last Friday morning (11 May 2012), Minister of Education Hon. Nigel Carty accepted a cheque in the amount US $600 from the General Manager of NAGICO, Mr. Rishi Singh that will go towards the purchase of an audiometer (plus a selection of batteries for the candidates) which costs U$1500. The handing over ceremony was held at the company’s office located at Bladen’s Commercial Development. This was the final set of money that was needed to make the purchase necessary. Moreover, the machine will be purchased from overseas although a company had not yet been identified. Mr. Rishi Singh, Manager of NAGICO, explained that when the company was approached for assistance the company did not hesitated coming on board as a good corporate citizen. He said NAGICO has been known for assisting worthy causes, adding that the company is always happy to help with such ventures. Singh went on to say that the monetary donation was a way of giving back to the community and was pleased that the company’s assistance would go a long way in assisting with the hear care of those with hearing disabilities. Minister Carty recalled that last year the Starkey Hearing Foundation (out of the USA) visited St. Kitts to provide assistance for the diagnosis and treatment of hearing disability which was held at the Cotton Thomas Comprehensive School (formerly Special Education Unit). He thanked NAGICO for being a good corporate citizen and also thanked the first two donors for their valuable donations. Carty thanked and commended NAGICO for “meeting the challenge and giving a hand to meet the needs of a “significant number of our people.” He touched on the importance of making the programme a sustainable one since the Starkey Hearing Foundation team would not be able to come to the Federation every year. Carty spoke about the services of having trained people on the ground to do work like hearing tests, making ear mold and the need for the audiometer that would be needed to test the level of hearing for students and other people in general in the community. He highlighted that the Hearing Aid Mission is an ongoing exercise over a number of years and noted that NAGICO’s contribution “will take us a long way, month after month, year after year in assisting people with hearing difficulty to receive treatment and provision of hearing support devices.” Chief Executive Officer for the Caribbean Foundation For Children Inc. (in St.Kitts/Nevis), Evelyn Henville had made an earlier request for help to ministers Liburd and Carty in seeking another donor. She had mentioned before that Four Seasons Homeowners Association donated one audiometer (tam-25) for Nevis. Additionally, she informed that the Pediatric Assistance League (PALS) via one of its members Dr. Patrick Martin who is the Chief Medical Officer committed to the donation of US$400. She also pointed out that each trainee also received a free otoscope to conduct primary ear care in public health centres. Additionally, the Starkey Hearing Foundation provided hearing aids at a retail cost of US$3,000 for free to 150 citizens in the Federation. According to her Starkey “is also willing to continue this free programme if our Federation can provide the audiometric pure tone testing and make ear mold impressions on island then mailed to Starkey. Minister Liburd stated that without an audiometer on St.Kitts and Nevis, citizens would have to go abroad for the service which can be exorbitant. executive. “Sherry is an inspiration to all Kittitians and Nevisians, particularly young people who are considering career options,” commented the Ambassador. “She is a world class national of St. Kitts and Nevis whose accomplishments transcend national and even regional boundaries.”


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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 18TH 2012 12 LABOUR WEEKEND disclosure on Tuesday. The Party, which is celebrating its 80th Anniversary (this year), has as its conference theme: “The vision of a people, the liberation of a nation – SKNLP 80 years of advancement through empowerment”. The Public Session of the Conference is scheduled to commence at 10 o’clock on Sunday morning under the Chairmanship of Dr. the Hon Timothy Harris, the Party’s National Chairman. Over 400 delegates and invited guests, including members of the Diplomatic Corps, and representatives the Prime Minister and National Leader of the Labour Party, the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas. The opening ceremony will also be graced with the presence of the 2012 Labour Queen Kwahne Wharton of Constituency #4; her Runners-up and other contestants in this year’s Labour Queen Pageant held over the Labour weekend. And, they will all be formally presented to Conference. Following the lunch break, Conference will embark on the Private Session, which will feature Resolutions from the Party’s Executive Committee, the 8 Constituency Branches, Young Labour and Labour Women. All Resolutions are expected to be debated by the hundreds of Conference Delegates in attendance, including officers and representatives of the St. Kitts-Nevis Trades and Labour Union (sister organisation of the Labour Party). Conference will be brought to a successful conclusion following the election of a new Executive Committee to govern the affairs the party for the next year (See editorial on page 2). The outgoing Officers are – The Rt. Hon Dr. Denzil Douglas, National Leader; the Hon. Sam Condor, Deputy National Leader; Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris, National Chairman; the Hon. Nigel Carty, National Deputy Chairman; Ms Diana Williams/Humphrey; National Secretary; Ms Jhslyn Williams; National Assistant Secretary and Dr. Norgen Wilson, National Chairman. Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony (cont’d from page 1)of the business community and non-governmental organisations will be in attendance for the grand opening ceremony. Welcome remarks will come from Chairman, who is also the Senior Minister and Minister of International Trade, Industry, Commerce, Consumer Affairs and Constituency Empowerment in this Labour Party Administration. The Public Session will also include the address by the Guest Speaker, Dr. the Hon. Kenny Anthony; the honouring of the eight (8) mothers from the Constituencies in St. Kitts and the keynote address by CDB names 13th William G. Demas Memorial Lecturer BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) Professor Amar Bhid, Thomas Schmidheiny Professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Massachusetts, USA, is to deliver the thirteenth William G. Demas Memorial Lecture. The Barbados-based financial institution said his topic for the Demas Lecture will be “Sensible Finance for a Dynamic Economy ,” and will be delivered on Tuesday, May 22, 2012, in the Orchid Ballroom of the Marriott Grand Cayman Resort, as part of the activities for the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). CDB established the lecture series in honour of the Bank’s second President, William Gilbert Demas, an outstanding regional economist and public servant. Prof. Bhid, who has been studying innovation and entrepreneurship for more than twenty years, has several publications in the areas of strategy, finance and firm governance. His ten Harvard Business Review articles include “The Judgment Deficit,”; “Efficient Markets, Deficient Governance,”; “How entrepreneurs craft strategies that work,”; “Bootstrap Finance: the Art of Start-ups,” and “Hustle as Strategy.” Professor His work on financial markets and governance includes “The Hidden Costs of Stock Market Liquidity” in the Journal of Financial Economics and articles in the Journal of Applied Corporate Finance. He has written numerous articles in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, BusinessWeek, Forbes, the Financial Times and The LA Times. He is the author of A Call for Judgment: Sensible Finance for a Dynamic Economy published by Oxford University Press in 2010. His 2008 book, The Venturesome Economy: How Innovation Sustains Prosperity in a More Connected World, (Princeton University Press 2008) won the Association of American Publishers’ PROSE Award for Professional and Scholarly Excellence in Business, Finance, and Page 2 of 2. Prof. Bhid also authored The Origin and Evolution of New Businesses (Oxford 2000), and (Basic Books 1984).


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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 18TH 2012 14 NEWS From all that I have said thus far is clear that the Bible’s proclamation of God’s work as judge is part of its witness to His character. It confirms what is said elsewhere about of his moral perfection, His righteousness, justice, wisdom, omniscience and omnipresence. It demonstrates also that the heart of the just which expresses God’s nature is retribution. The rendering to persons what they deserve is the essence of the judge’s task. This being so, the reward of good with good, and evil with evil, is natural to God. When the New Testament speaks of the final Judgment, it always represents it in terms of retribution. God will judge all people, according to their work (Mark 16: 27; Revelation 20: 12 -13). Paul made louder the fact that, “God will give to each person according to what he has done. To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honour and immortality, He will give eternal life. But those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil … but glory, honour and peace for everyone who does well. …For God does not show favoritism” (Romans 2: 6-11). The retribution principle applies throughout: Christians as well as non-Christians will receive according to their works. Christians are explicitly included in Paul’s reference when he declared, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for things done while in the body, whether good or bad” (2 Corinthians 5:10). So, retribution appears as a natural and determined expression of the divine character. God has resolved to be every person’s judge, rewarding every person according to His works. Retribution is the inescapable moral law of creation. God will see that each person sooner or later receives what he or she deserves – if not here, then hereafter. This is one of the basic facts of life. And, being made in God’s image, we all know in our hearts that this is right. This is how it will be. Often we complain, as some put it “there is no Justice.” The problem of the psalmist who saw inoffensive people being victimized, and the ungodly “not in trouble as other men” but prospering and at peace (Psalm 73), is echoed again and again in human experience. But the character of God is the guarantee that all wrongs will be righted some day; on “the day of God’s wrath, when His righteous judgment will be revealed” (Romans 2:5). Retribution will be exact, with no problem of cosmic unfairness remaining to haunt anyone. Justice will be done. Why do we run from the thought of God as Judge? And why do we feel unworthy of Him? The truth is that part of God’s moral perfection is his perfection in judgment. Would a God who did not care about the difference between right and wrong be a good and admirable being? Would a God who puts no distance between the beast of history, the Hitlers, the Stalins, the Kaddafis and His own saints, be morally praiseworthy and perfect? Moral indifference would be an imperfection in God, not perfection. God is a perfect moral being, and He is not indifferent to what is right and what is wrong and it is a fact that He has committed Himself to judge the world on this basis. It is clear that the reality of divine judgment must have a direct effect on our view of life. If we know that retributive judgment faces us at the end of the road, we should not live other than the scripture advises. But it must be made clear that the doctrine of divine judgement is not to be thought of primarily as a bogey with which to frighten men into an outward form of conventional “righteousness.” It has its frightened implications for godless men, it is true; but its main thrust is as a revelation of the moral character of God, and an imparting of moral significance of human life. Theologian Leon Morris advises: “The doctrine of final judgment … stresses man’s accountability and the certainty that justice will finally triumph over all the wrongs which are part and parcel of life here and now. The former gives a dignity to the humblest action; the latter brings calmness and assurance to those in the thick of the battle. The doctrine gives meaning to life…. The Christian’s view of judgment means that history moves to a goal…. Judgment protects the idea of the triumph of God and of good. It is unthinkable that the present conflict between good and evil should last throughout eternity. Judgment means that evil will be disposed of authoritatively, decisively and finally. Judgment means that in the end God’s will, will be perfectly done.” Humbly Submitted by Alson B H Percival (Rev Canon Dr) Chair: Nevis Regional Council And Nevis Christian Council Our Just RewardNotice The British High Commission has recently launched their official London 2012 Olympics Photo competition and would like to encourage persons to submit entries under the theme “Caribbean Sporting Endeavor.” Photos must be emailed to ukinbarbadoscomp@gmail.com along with a sentence or two on why you think London is a great venue for the Olympic Games. For more details on the competition, visit www.facebook.com/ UKinBarbados. Everyone is encouraged to visit the page for a chance to win digital cameras and Olympic themed prizes including an invitation to attend the London 2012 Olympics exclusive Launch Party in July.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 18TH 2012 15 NEWS VIEW POINT BYV. E. INNISS Most readers would have recognised that quotation from the wise man Solomon’s Book of Proverbs. Here is the entire text: “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people” (Prov 14:34). Admittedly, that is a weighty topic but I shall attempt to deal with it to the best of my ability. What does righteousness mean? It is the state of being upright, moral, holy and just. Righteousness connotes an inherent or imputed guiltlessness before God. Needless to say righteousness is accorded to God alone throughout most of Scripture. On the other hand, human righteousness can only be achieved spiritually through faith in Christ. “But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested”..... (Rom 3: 21). Read from 2:21-26 at your leisure. In case you are wondering whether there are different kinds of righteousness, here is the answer. There is created righteousness (Eph 4:24) Legal (Phil 3:6) Personal (Phil 3:9) Imputed (Phil 3:9) Experimental (Heb 5:13) Actual (Heb 11:35) Real (John 2:29). In the context of our study for today, what Solomon was trying to point out is that justice reigning in a nation puts an honour upon it. A righteous administration of the government, equity between man and man; public countenance given to religion; charity and compassion to strangers; uphold the throne; elevate the people’s minds, and qualify a nation for the favour of God. Vice in a nation puts disgrace upon it. Sin is a reproach to any city, kingdom or nation. The people of Israel were great when they were good, but when they forsook God all about them insulted them and trampled on them. In the inspired scriptures, justice and righteousness are scarcely to be distinguished from each other. The same word in the original becomes in English “justice” or righteousness almost, one would suspect, at the whim of the translator.UNRIGHTEOUSNESS ABASESThe divine repudiation of unrighteousness is no trivial matter. God is very serious when He makes utterances about it. The Old Testament asserts God’s justice in language clear and full and as emphatic as may be found anywhere in the literature of mankind. A case in point was God’s outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah because of unrighteousness. Solomon in condemning unrighteousness and promoting righteousness in descriptive language says “Treasures of wickednessEXALTSFrom my research have observed that nations are not the only beneficiary of such exalted state, but the throne of kings are also established by righteousness (Prov 16:12). Righteousness is simply obedience to God’s law. It is exemplified in the lives of such characters like Jacob (Gen 30:33) David (2 Sam 22:21) Abel (Heb 11:4) Lot (2 Pet 2:8). Righteousness is inherent or imputed guiltlessness before God. The concept of God held by the Psalmists and Prophets of Israel was that of an all-powerful ruler; high and lifted up reigning in equity. Such men as David and Daniel acknowledged their own unrighteousness in contrast to the righteousness of God, and as a result their penitential prayers gained great power and effectiveness. No wonder Count N.L von Zinzendorf was inspired to compose these two stanzas: “Jesus, Thy blood and righteousness my beauty are, my glorious dress. ‘Midst flaming worlds in these arrayed, with joy shall I lift up my head. / Bold shall I stand in Thy great day; for who ought to my charge shall lay? Fully absolved through these I am – from sin and fear, from guilt and shame.” This message of justice/ righteousness discharged mercy operative is more than a pleasant theological theory. It announces a fact made necessary by our deep human need. When infinite equity encountered our chronic and wilful inequity, there was violent war between the two; a war which God won and must always win. On the other hand, when penitent sinners cast themselves upon Christ for salvation, the moral situation is reversed. There is an interesting passage in the Book of Romans that says: “For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith. As it is written: the just shall live by faith For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who hold (down) the truth in unrighteousness” (Rom 1:17-18). The light of nature and the light of the law reveal the wrath of God from sin to sin. It is well for us that the gospel reveals the justifying righteousness of God from faith to faith. The sinfulness of man described above fits into two categories: ungodliness and unrighteousness. The ugly manifestation is that of holding the truth in unrighteousness. Some ideas they had of the difference of good and evil; but they held them in unrighteousness. They held the truth as a captive or prisoner that it should not influence them. An unrighteous wicked heart is the dungeon in which many a good truth is detained and buried. The qualifying phrase “wrath of God” tell us that what shall one day be unleashed upon mankind for our disobedience, deliberate transgression should make us shudder. The day of reckoning will come. profit nothing but righteousness delivereth from death” (Proverbs 10:2). What are treasures of wickedness? This is a vast domain, which may include but not limited to, wealth acquired by unrighteous means. Who would not like to be wealthy? But that cannot normally be achieved with most people’s earnings from their daily work. That may be the reason why so many hit upon the idea of giving fortune a helping hand and obtaining unjustly what they cannot get by legal means. That practice is strongly condemned. Furthermore such temptations should be rejected. Does that bring the satisfaction that was so desired? A thousand times no. In fact, based on what I’ve read, plus what the Scriptures say, the commonest consequence is a burdened conscience. How different things turn out for the righteous that are so often mentioned in the book of Proverbs.RIGHTEOUSNESS Righteousness Righteousness Righteousness Righteousness Righteousness exalteth a Nation exalteth a Nation exalteth a Nation exalteth a Nation exalteth a Nation


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 18TH 2012 16 NEWS I am honoured to witness this milestone event at which we affix our countries signature to a partial scope agreement between St Kitts and Nevis, Brazil and Guyana. Today Mr Charleton Edwards, our Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of International Trade and Ambassador Ruy Pereira of Brazil will do the signing on behalf of our respective countries. As the sole Minister of International Trade over the life of the negotiations up to this point, I am honoured that this milestone has been achieved under my watch and I am indebted for the opportunity to play a role. This project has a long gestation going back to the formal indication of our interest in acceding to the Brazil/Guyana partial scope agreement to COTED in Antigua 2008. This agreement holds out several opportunities and possibilities for us in St Kitts and Nevis’ manufacturing sector and the enclave sub sector in particular. But the opportunities expand beyond the manufacturing sector, to the broader commercial and consuming public. For our manufacturing sector, the principal demandeurs of this partial scope agreement, its overriding interests have been: 1.An ability to access the Brazil’s market directly rather than through circuitous routes of shipping to parent companies for rerouting to Brazil. Exports from Brazil to St. Kitts and Nevis has been very dynamic, expanding by over 25 percent annually whilst Brazilian imports from St. Kitts and Nevis have been expanding on average 9.3% annually. The Brazilian imports are currently re-exported from the USA. The products imported by Brazil included electrical machine and apparatus, dimmer units, electrical apparatus and switching and protecting electrical circuits and signal generators. In 2009, Brazilian worldwide import spending on electrical machines and apparatus was recorded at over US$211mn, with US$363mn spent on dimmer units, US$60mn spent on imports of electrical apparatus for switching/ protecting electrical circuits, and US$46mn spent on signal generators. Brazilian imports of these four items alone in 2009 represented almost triple the sales of St. Kitts and Nevis exporters to the entire world. Just targeting an import market share of 0.5% of Brazil’s imports of these four items would result in a 5% increase (US$3.4mn) in merchandise export sales for St. Kitts and Nevis. We expect the market share to expand significantly as exporters increase production and exports with the support given by the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis. 2.Removal on entry imposts on products originating in St Kitts, thereby enhancing the competitiveness of their products. Exports from the electronics sector in particular attract an MFN tariff of 35% in Brazil. This rate is considered prohibitive by our domestic manufacturing enterprises. Removal of this duty could lead to increased orders for the various manufacturing enterprises operating in the manufacturing enclave sub sector. The reduction or removal of duties on imports as reflected in the PSA presents an opportunity for the expansion of trade between Brazil and St. Kitts and Nevis. Manufacturing enterprises can source raw materials from Brazil, which is closer, thus reducing cost and enhancing ‘just in time’ delivery, as compared to sourcing from the Far East. One company currently exports parts for the cable television industry to Brazil via Miami; hence business contacts have already been established. Increased production serves to enhance the trade profile of St. Kitts and Nevis, and by extension the wider region. 3.Enhance viability derived from alternative markets and a large and growing one such as Brazil. In terms of our merchandise exports the electrical and electronics sub sector is our major export. According to a recent survey by Accenture (NYSE: ACN) research across eight countries, Brazilians have the highest consumer electronics ownership and spending in 15 product categories. More than half (55 percent) of Brazilian consumers have bought a mobile phone during the past year, compared to the international survey average of 32 percent. Similarly, 40 percent of Brazilian consumers plan to buy HDTVs this year compared to 25 percent internationally; and 20 percent intend to buy 3DTVs this year compared to 12 percent internationally. “Brazilian consumers are outpacing the rest of the world’s consumers in electronics usage and spending,” said Petronio Nogueira, senior executive with Accenture’s Communications and High-Tech Group. “Now as never before, Brazil has become a global epicenter for consumer electronics business opportunities.” 4.If these entities can have more active engagement in Brazil, then we can expect more jobs and sustainable jobs. Indeed companies such as Jaro Electronics and Kajola Kristada have said that employment expansion in the near term is linked to our gaining access to the Brazilian market. It is not possible to quantify the jobs to be added since that is contingent on the state of play after signature.Other Beneficiaries of PSAUnderstandably because the most consistent demandeurs of the Partial Scope Agreement have been our export manufacturing enclave sector. We often forget that the Partial Scope Agreement (PSA) will involve and benefit a wider cross section of the public than enclave manufacturers. Our consumers and broader commercial sector can now more successfully to explore the Brazil market for better quality products of meat, poultry etc. Of course affordability is almost important consideration. Consumers in St. Kitts and Nevis are likely to benefit from greater access to a broader range of products at more competitive prices as an outcome of the Agreement. The Agreement is also expected to strengthen trade ties between Guyana and St. Kitts and Nevis, thereby reinforcing one of the main objectives of the Single Market. In sum the benefits can flow both in intended areas and unintended areas. Our employers, employees, consumers, commercial sector can all win.GratitudeI want to place on record my deep appreciation to many persons who assisted us on this project. I place on record my thanks to the staff of the Ministry of International Trade, Industry, Commerce and Consumer Affairs, including Ambassador Rosalyn Hazelle, Charleton Edwards, Acting Permanent Secretary, Samuel Berridge and Andrew Satney, the team from the CARICOM Office of Trade Negotiations, the CARICOM Secretariat, especially Ms Desiree Ridley and Ambassador Erwin Laroque, the local Chamber of Industry and Commerce, in particular Mr Michael Morton, Mr Carol Evelyn, Ms Wendy Phipps, Mr Calvin Cable and all who supported our efforts in any way. Of course, Mr Jose Rosa was exceptionally committed in following up on this matter. The advent of the Brazilian Embassy provided a focus for engagement with Brazil. The Ministers of International Trade from Guyana from Hon Dr Henry Jeffrey to Hon Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett. Madame Birquett has given me yeoman support on this project. So too have their technical staff, High Commissioner Elizabeth Harper and Mr Neville Totaram, Coordinator of the National Advisory Committee on External Negotiations (NACEN) of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and International Cooperation, to them all I say thank you.PSA Journey Not Yet CompleteThe signing of this agreement is not the end of the game. It is a critical penultimate event in the processes to formalize this agreement. The next step is ratification by three signatory countries – St Kitts and Nevis, Brazil and Guyana. Thereafter, it will be for the private sector to work the agreements, adding to their bottom-line, efficiencies, employee count, expansion of trade, developing of special commercial relationships and networks with the business community of Brazil. The government is acting as the facilitator. But it is businesses that trade.ConclusionSt. Kitts and Nevis’ accession to the Guyana-Brazil Partial Scope Agreement is an initiative that holds much potential for economic growth for the overall economy. Success in the partial scope agreement is also likely to embolden our private sector and spur interest in pursuing larger business opportunities, thereby enabling the country to achieve its major trade policy objectives. Achieving sustained economic growth, social and human development constitutes the crux of St. Kitts and Nevis’ engagement in international trade. The Guyana-Brazil Partial Scope Agreement, by virtue of its targeted approach to developing a few strategic products could assist St. Kitts and Nevis in achieving its trade policy objectives. Remarks by Dr the Hon Timothy Harris, Senior Minister and Minister of International Trade, Industry, Commerce and Consumer Affairs, at the signing ceremony of the Accession Protocol to the Partial Scope Agreement of St Kitts with Brazil/Guyana on May 11, 2012CDB Board of Governors to participate in panel discussion on crime BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – When Governors of the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) meet later this month, they will participate in a panel discussion on improving citizen security in the region. CDB said the May 23 event in the Cayman Islands is among the activities planned for annual meetings of the CDB Board of Governors. “Crime and violence is a developmental issue which the CDB has identified as an important area of focus over the next strategic plan period 2012-2014,” the CDB said in a statement, noting that “increasing violent crime in many of CDB’s Borrowing Member Countries (BMCs) represents a significant threat to economic and social development and hampers efforts to reduce poverty and achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. “CDB recognises the urgency with which this issue must be addressed if the region is not to lose the developmental momentum of the past two decades or worse, experience an erosion in the socioeconomic gains attained.” At his inaugural address to the bank’s governors last year, CDB President, Dr. Warren Smith had promised that the “CDB will work very closely with governments, community-based organisations and other stakeholders to begin to address the infrastructure deficiencies and social interventions needed to engage and transform communities adversely affected by crime and violence.” Among the panellist are Professor Anthony Harriott, Director of the University of West Indies Institute of Criminal Justice and Security and Head of the Department of Government at UWI Mona; Professor Richard R. Bennett, Professor of Justice in the Department of Justice, Law and Society at American University in Washington, DC and Barbadian poet, Adisa ‘AJA’ Andwele. Professor Harriott is the author of several scholarly articles and the author/editor of six books primarily on the issues of violence, and policing in Caribbean societies, while Professor Bennett, who has taught graduate and undergraduate students for over 30 years at American University and elsewhere, is an expert on comparative crime and criminal justice. Andwele’s work addresses a number of global issues, including war and conflict; poverty; the threat to the environment; and the abuse of children and women.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 18TH 2012 17 NEWS BY EARL CLARKE DIABETES MELLITUS or SUGAR – Dreaded Disease! – Part III We fast and pray as we approach that dark dayPAM DAY 10th June Why did they attack democracy? Why did they attack us? Don’t forget, dear reader, that Diabetes Mellitus or Sugar in the blood is very dangerous and dreaded. I understand that statistics have shown that 25% or one quarter (1/4) of the population of St. Kitts alone, (25% of 38,000), or 9,500 persons are affected by this dreaded disease. This means that one (1) in very four (4) persons in St. Kitts is affected and this is a staggering figure and great cause for alarm. And, dear reader, these figures only represent those persons who are directly affected by the disease. These figures do not represent those who are on the fringe lines. Were we to add these figures, we might be trembling in our shoes, for we can visualize the number of amputees populating our country way down the road. It is really cause for alarm. It is such a dreaded situation that all of us should stop in our tracks, look and take note. Yet we do not hear of any notice or warning on the airwaves on a daily basis, warning us about this Diabetic Tsunami which is presently visiting us. When hurricanes are approaching, experts track the pathway of the storm, alerting us every day about the category and its destructive force. They are now setting up instruments to forewarn us of impending Tsunamis. Yet we are issuing no warnings about the Tsunami called Diabetes Mellitus or Sugar in the Blood which is, realistically speaking affecting one (1) out of every two (2) persons, if we have to include those who are peeping over the fence (who are on the fringe). I believe that it is time for us to begin sounding the alarm and to encourage everyone to get tested whenever there are open clinics where such services are offered. It is better now a-days to know about our diabetic status than not to know. Not to know could end up traumatic for us when such ignorance exists. Since I am in the hospital, a few cases have entered the institution only to have their toes amputated immediately. Another lesson to be learned is that, once we are diagnosed with the dreaded disease any prick any stump-toe, anything dropping on the foot or feet, any stings from centipedes, bees or even ants, demand immediate attention (medical). To linger, to delay or to take our own medical action could end up in disaster. If you observe your feet turning black, check out those feet. There was a lady from the countryside who was stung by a centipede and decided to take her own medical action, forgetting that she was a diabetic. Perhaps, all she saw was the fact that it was only a little centipede sting, but she was unaware that that sting could be dangerous to her health. She eventually ended up at the J.N.F. Hospital when her remedies failed her, and, in order to prevent the poison from the sting to invade her entire body which could have been fatal, the Surgeon had to amputate the arm. She now has one hand. It shows that we as diabetics have to hearken to Granny’s sayings “An ounce of prevention is better than 400 pounds of cure”. We always have to be on the alert ourselves that we are diabetics and any little thing and every little thing, we have to seek medical assistance right away. Pronto! In Granny’s days when we ate our food, we washed it down with water from the pipe. There were no refrigerators in her time. Nothing happened to us when we did that. We knew nothing about diabetes then. We ate, we drank water, we played, and we drank water from the standpipe when we were thirsty. Today, the manufacturers of soft drinks, have, through their hypnotic advertisements, mesmerized and hypnotized us into believing that water is bad for us and that we cannot enjoy a good meal unless we have a bottle of sweet soda, or sugar filled fruit juice to wash it down. What did I know about snacks when I was small? We drank our tea with bread which contained no relish. We attended school, we played at recess time and we returned for lunch at midday, nothing to eat in between. We ate our bread or cake for lunch, or, if there was no lunch, broke a piece of sugar cane and returned to school where we played at recess time, returning home at 3:30pm to await the arrival of our mother at 7:00pm with something salt to cook. During that time, we had nothing to eat until the pot came off the fire. There were no signs of obesity. We played afterward or we told stories until we were ready to bed down on the floor. Today, some manufacturers of over-salted corn curls and other oversalted goodies, realizing that our upward climb ecumenically would make us veer away from the days of Granny, enticed us to present our children with snacks when they are attending school after eating breakfast at home before leaving. They also enticed us to provide snacks after lunch and before they return home. On their return home, we must have some kind of snacks on the fridge where they gravitate to on their arrival. All these over-salted snacks and oversweetened drinks have nothing to do with supper which will be coming up soon. After partaking of all this food, the children complete their homework, watch television and retire to bed. They have their own room, their own bed and perhaps a T.V. in their room or even a computer in their room. No physical activity after gulping down snack and food from 12 noon until 7:00pm. We do not allow our children to go out and play with the neighbours’ children because all of us are affluent now. What the neighbours have in their homes is what we have in ours and our affluence has caused so much friction, distrust and envy between us, that it is best for all of us if we sing the little children’s Sunday school song “You in your small corner and I in mine.” So dear reader our children begin to grow extended tummies and, instead of encouraging them to engage themselves in some physical activity, we tell them how they are outgrowing (not “outbigging”) their clothes, we go and purchase new ones for them, even though we cannot afford to. They soon “out-big” the new garments we bought for them. We are either afraid or ashamed to take the bull by the horns. The end result is that our 12-year or 13-year children are diagnosed with Diabetes or Sugar in the Blood. It has been told to me that eight (8) year olds are attending Primary School and have to take dosages of Insulin, because, at that tender age, they are suffering from Diabetes. Alarm! Alarm! Alarm! We have to become fully cognisant or aware of what is happening around us and begin to change course, change our habits, change our way of life. We in St. Kitts do not cook on Sundays anymore. We look for short cuts and so, on a Sunday we see long lines at KFC and Reddi Fry where families purchase the fried chicken from these fast foods institutions because we do not want to purchase the chickens, we do not want to waste time to clean them, we do not want to take time to season them and we have no time to lose to place them in a baking pan, never mind to place them in the oven to be baked. So, we take short cuts to place food on the table by standing in long lines to purchase oil-filled fried chicken. We then cook the rice minus the vegetables and the salad because our children do not relish them. We have no time to educate them as to the nutritional value of these items. Our children on a Sunday are filled with starches, which they do not burn off and with oil filled fried chicken which lodge fatty tissues in arteries and capillaries. This food combination produces obesity in our children, they are washed down with a soda or a very sweet so-called fruit drink. The chicken we eat are fed or pumped up with steroids in order to force them to be at a certain weight in four to five weeks. We consume these steroids. Our children consume these steroids. Is it any wonder that our girls begin experiencing blessings on their chest line at the age of six and seven and even seeing their periods at age 7? Does the aggressive behaviour displayed by our young men is as a result of the consumption of all these steroids which they eat every day? At mornings when our workers, especially in the construction sector, leave home to attend the workplace, if they leave home with something to eat, it consists of bread with relish and a soda. They go to one of the many early morning shops which are opened for them and they purchase their egg, sausage, tuna or salt fish with bread and a soft drink or fruit drink for their breakfast. Seldom do they drink something hot so early in the morning. These men in the construction sector are hard workers and should be feeding their bodies well. At work and after working hard they relax by drinking beer chased with either Red Bull or with Guinness. Only the Master was resurrected from the dead at Easter time. You do not destroy your bodies by trying to resurrect the insurrectible. Rather than destroying our bodies with all this alcohol to raise our blood pressure and to leave us with pot bellies which can lead to cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure and loss of our manhood, we should come to the realization that we have lost it. It will not be returning anytime soon, and, if we are to keep our other halves, we can improvise when we all are in the captain’s cabin (the bed room) and borrow a few lines from Brother Sparrow’s calypso when he said that the improvisation of 60 million French men did not kill them. I do not believe that it will kill a few thousands of Kittitian men. We must stop destroying our bodies which are temples. Pot or big bellies make us vulnerable to diabetes. Our overweight women are easy candidates for diabetes with their six and seven layers of fat displayed on both sides and fat bellies which make the Promised Land unseeable to them naturally. When we harbour these layers of fat on our bodies, the insulin which is produced by the pancreas cannot cope with these layers of fat and so cannot break down the starches into glucose to be used by the body. Sugar builds up in our system and we become diabetic. The very first thing we are told is that we have to lose all that weight. Why wait until we suffer and have to be told? Since we know, we should govern ourselves accordingly. Remember always, an ounce of prevention can avoid us experiencing amputated limbs. A lot of us would not be able to cope with this new chapter in our life style. A lot of us would not be able to fight back and enjoy life. That is why it is wise to act now. Stop eating heavy meals between six and 8:00pm. Eat your heavy meals when you are most active 12-6pm and drink plenty of water. Refrain from the pig snout, the pig tail and the sodas for breakfast and with your food. Eat natural vegetables and plenty of green salads. Diabetes is like a Tsunami in St. Kitts. Let us stave off any further attacks of this chronic and dreaded disease called Diabetes or Sugar in the Blood. Dear Reader, I almost forget to warn you about those toes. Whether you are diabetic or not, when you come from the bath, take your time and wipe between your toes. Dry those toes please! Diabetics take care of your feet. Massage the soles of the feet regularly. Soak you feet in warm salt water and get rid of those calluses on the soles of the feet. Wear shoes inside the house and do not walk bare feet outside in the yard. Wear close up shoes outside. You might get a dig or a cut and you are unaware of it. Please, please, take good care of your feet to avoid amputations.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 18TH 2012 18 NEWS Former Nevis Fisheries Director supports Gallows Bay Project NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS — Former Director of Fisheries in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) Captain Arthur Anlsyn, continued to give his blessings to the construction of the new Charlestown Community Fisheries Complex at Gallows Bay, years after the project he was initially a part of has started to bear fruit.Mr. Anslyn also an avid fish enthusiast and one of Nevis’ most experienced Fishers, told the Department of Information in an interview on May 10, 2012, that the site of the million dollar project which would be paid for through a grant from the Government of Japan, was ideally situated and would greatly benefit the people of Nevis. “The Fisheries Complex Development at Gallows Bay when you weigh the benefits against the impacts, I can assure you that the benefits closely outweigh the negative impacts. The benefits are tremendous, the island will benefit the Fishers will benefit everybody concerned with the project will be convinced in the end that the doubts they had will be addressed and we will all be happy that this project came through. “When one sees the construction phase or what the end result will be I am sure that the doubts they have now or the misleading they have had from certain elements or certain angles of the people who might have their own agenda, I am sure that they will be sorry that they had doubts in the beginning,” he said. According to Mr. Anslyn, the project was first initiated while he served as Director of Fisheries in the Concerned Citizens Movement-led Administration and if he had not thought it beneficial to the people of Nevis and in particular the Fishers, he would certainly not have associated himself with the project. He also shed light on the selection then for the construction of a fisheries complex at Gallows Bay and not at the New Castle, Jessups of Indian Castle fish landing sites. “In the initial stages when the donor agencies were looking at the projects on the island…they actually chose the Gallows Bay Project to fund and they did not think the others were important as the Gallows Bay Project. After they did their surveys they choose to put it in the metropolis because of the activities that goes on in Charlestown. They thought it beneficial for the island that they should come into town do their shopping buy their fish vegetables groceries etc. all in the same area and then go back out of town with everything. “Also the one in Newcastle that we had planned for, that it was turned down because of the objection of the Aviation Authorities. They thought that it was too close to the runway 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,” he explained. However, on the contentious issue of the facility’s effect on the Gallows Bay beach Mr. Anslyn stated categorically that the new fisheries complex would not affect the beach. “I was involved in the initial putting together of the first project document and the use of the whole of Gallows Bay was not in the question. The area that would be used is just a corner which is currently being eroded. In fact to actively participate in the area earmarked for the structure that is intended to be put down there will have to be an amount of backfilling done, reclamation to actually get the area required to put the facility down. “Where it is going to be reclaimed had actually existed in the past but due to erosion it is now claimed by the sea. So that little area that we are putting back into Nevis so to speak, building back the land from the sea, is only a little area of the corner where Prince William Street meets the Bay Front and also the whole of Gallows Bay will not be utilised. It is just that little area and access to the beach for swimming will still be maintained,” he said. The Former Director of Fisheries added that in his view the project would help to protect against the heavy sea erosion that had been taking place in the area. “Taking into consideration what has occurred in the past with regards to erosion, that area is subject to heavy erosion. From what I have seen in my lifetime 2/ 3rds of the area has gone to the ocean already. It won’t be long before the other 1/3rd goes and the properties in the area will be no less in the sea. “The construction of that facility will stop the erosion in that particular area. You will observe that the other areas further south of the project in Gallows Bay will be eroded. You won’t be surprised to find that sooner than later the sea will be in the Bogs because this is what has been happening over the years and it’s not going to be long, depending on how many ground swells we have, that the sea will end up in the Bogs. When that happens it will be unfortunate and this is something we can’t stop. This is the work of Mother Nature and we just have to go along with it,” he said. With regards to concerns of unsavoury odours emitted from the fisheries complex during processing, Mr. Anslyn said based on his knowledge and his experience with facilities of that nature it was highly unlikely. “We will observe that the predominant winds the prevailing Trade Winds are from the east. Now there is no building west of that facility, the only thing west of that facility is the ocean. “If one is concerned about smell, and there will be none, the wind will take that smell out to sea [and] if there is any smell which there should not be, the waste disposal plans that are in place will guarantee that there will be no smell,” he said. Mr. Anslyn also added that the facility had to be constructed on the coast to ensure the best quality fish. The fear of waste disposal he said though it should be of concern to the populace was an non issue since that had been adequately addressed in the planning stages and there would be no smell or waste disposal that would in any way impact the health or hygienic standards of the residents of the area. He said too that construction of the Fisheries Complex had always been designed to provide continued accessibility to the beach for members of the public and surrounding land owners. Former Director of Fisheries on Nevis Captain Arthur Anslyn looks approvingly at an artist’s impression of the new Charlestown Community Fisheries Complex at Gallows Bay The small section of Gallows Bay Beach to be used Charlestown Community Fisheries Complex


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 18TH 2012 19 NEWS By Llewellyn Parris(Continued from last week under the headline ‘What a Fishy Story!’)On Monday April 23, 2012 Senior Solicitor Mr Theodore Hobson wrote to Mr Ashley Farrell, Nevis Island Administration’s Cabinet Secretary, with copies to the Embassies of Japan in the United States of America and Trinidad and Tobago. The letter’s subject matter was “Japanese Financed Fisheries Complex”. Who is Solicitor Theodore Hobson? Fellow solicitor the Hon Mark Brantley said on Wednesday May 9 on his weekly ‘On the Mark’ show: “I am a lawyer for a long time now, but if you want to have a bulldog terrier representing you, you go to Theodore Hobson, because Ted don’t make joke.” The tone of the letter suggests that Mr Hobson is a forceful man. He said the government was attempting to ‘steal’ his relatives’ land and warned that they would frustrate the government in its efforts to put the Fisheries Complex on land that would have to be acquired from his relatives. “This attempt to compulsorily acquire their (his clients’) land is in my opinion unconstitutional and is being done in bad faith,” said Mr Hobson in the letter. He dismissed government’s invocation of the Land Acquisition Ordinance 1997 as a ploy to steal the land. He further stated: “We have always been aware that forces within the Administration were bent on pursuing their political vendetta against the Hobson family in the only way open to them which was by compulsorily acquiring some of their assets particularly lands.” At one time Mr Theodore Hobson served as the chairman of the Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM) party when it was in power. He also at one time worked as the Legal Advisor to the CCM-led Nevis Island Administration. One wonders why he has called the intended action of the NRP-led administration unconstitutional, yet it is using an Ordinance that was passed in 1997 when the CCM was in power. On Tuesday May 8, 2012 on Voice of Nevis (VON) radio’s ‘Let’s Talk’ programme, host and the station manager Mr Evered ‘Webbo’ Herbert reminded members of the heavyweight panel that he had earlier started a new campaign, where he was calling on people to tone down the rhetoric, arguing that people were too angry in everything that they did. Addressing the heavyweights Mr Herbert said that he had “good news in the new campaign that I put on the table, last week, and the feedback I am getting is most, if not everybody is in agreement. How it will work out in the end is left to be seen, but we are getting such strong feedback from quarters that I didn’t even think we would get it from.” He then said directly to Mr Theodore Hobson (a heavyweight): “I think everybody is in agreement, that we are too hostile as a people right now, as a nation. Everything gets everybody overexcited, and we are saying, tone it down a little; tone it down, and in the end won’t we all be better off with it? Mark you as I said, that is not to compromise on what is right, not to compromise if you have a point, but we are saying, the language and the tone that you choose, let’s get particular attention to Getting results: Toning down the sabre-rattling? it.” In reply, Mr Hobson said in part: “Webbo I entirely agree with what you are saying. I am quite sure that much of this bitterness and anger that exists in the society is partly created by the governance that we have to endure, the politics of it and all that. But the country cannot prosper when there is so much anger in the country and so much bitterness and so much... “I myself as I walk the streets of Charlestown, I see people abusing one another, people getting (on) one another for almost anything and I think we cannot continue like this, because it is a small society, families know one another, we live in some cases in villages and so forth and we live close to one another and I think that, you know, politics come and politics go, and so forth. “But I think that you are right, I think that we need to tone (he must have said ‘turn’) down the rhetoric but at the same time, Webbo, I agree also with you that you were not saying people ought not to stand up what they believe in and pursue it, and I think we all could benefit from your (word inaudible).” Did Webbo’s strategy work on the show? Yes it did, with the exception of Mr Edric Stanley. While the heavyweights were so passionate about the fisheries complex subject on Tuesday May 1, they did not touch on the subject on Tuesday May 8. However, Mr Stanley tried to bring the subject via the back door by talking about the murky waters in New York, but the minute he tried to compare with waters in Charlestown, he was unceremoniously derailed by Mr Herbert. Premier the Hon Joseph Parry has said that the size of land the government is seeking to acquire is a mere house lot that is about 4,000 sq feet. From the letter Mr Hobson wrote, one would think that the government is taking huge chunks of his family land, or he does not understand the size of a house lot. However, when later in the programme a caller talked of a plot that had been allocated to the teachers’ union it was Mr Hobson who advised the caller: “I think all that this Teachers’ Union is expecting is an area where they could put down a building, and it may not be more than fourfive thousand square feet.” Mr Edric Stanley suggested to the caller that the Teachers’ Union needed someone to represent them, but Mr Hobson interjected: “But I do not think you need a lawyer.” Acting as the lawyer for his family, Mr Hobson said in his letter: “It is clear that if the Administration were to succeed in this incomprehensible and spiteful action it would severely devalue the rest of my clients’ land. “Further it would degrade and destroy any tourism prospect for the area not to mention the environmental damage to the area which is partly wet lands. It is oft said that Gallows Bay Beach is one of the best on the island and to put a Fisheries Complex on the Beach Front of this land is not only ridiculous but is counterproductive to the development of Nevis.” It is public knowledge that when the CCM-led Nevis Island Administration negotiated with the Japanese for the project funding, Gallows Bay was one of the four areas presented. Mr Hobson’s relatives have always owned that land even when the CCM was in government. If he cared so much for their land, he should have started fighting right from the word ‘go’ to have Gallows Bay excluded. Then his letter in 2012 would make some sense. As former Director of Fisheries in the CCM-led administration Captain Arthur Anslyn said in the last week’s article, of the four sites named, New Castle was knocked off by the Civil Aviation authorities, who felt that it was too close to the runway and the building would be too tall. Indian Castle and Jessups were not commercially viable and hence the choice of Gallows Bay when the CCM was still in government. Captain Anslyn disagrees with Mr Hobson’s contention that the project would degrade and destroy any tourism prospect for the area. He is of the opinion that the beach will still be used as before. In the interview on Friday May 4, he said that he was “involved in the putting together of the first project documents, and the use of the whole of Gallows Bay is not in the question. “The area that will be used is just a corner of Gallows Bay, which is currently being eroded. In fact to actively participate in the heart of the area that is earmarked for the structure that is intended to be put down, there will have to be an amount of reclamation (from the sea) done to actually get the area required to put the facility down.” Captain Anslyn is saying that the action of placing the project on Gallows Bay will actually save Mr Hobson family’s property from future sea erosion. “This area we are going to reclaim will actually have existed in the past but due to erosion it is now claimed by the sea,” said Captain Anslyn. “That little area that we are putting back into Nevis, so to speak, building back the land from the sea, is only a little area in the corner of where Prince William Street meets the bay front. Also the whole of Gallows Bay will not be utilised, just a little area. Access to the beach to Gallows Bay for swimming will still be maintained.” Mr Anslyn who for many years was the captain of the then government-owned St. Kitts-Nevis ferry, Caribe Queen, is not an alarmist. He is advising that with the prevailing sea rise as a result of global warming, the Gallows Bay beach will be a thing of the past. “Taking into consideration what has occurred in the past with regards to erosion, the area is subject to heavy erosion and from what I have seen in my lifetime, two thirds of the area has gone to the ocean already, it won’t be long before the other third goes and the property in the area will be more or else in the sea,” advised Captain Anslyn. “The construction of that facility will stop the erosion in that particular area. You will observe that the other areas in Gallows Bay south of the project will be eroded,” noted Captain Anslyn. “You won’t be surprised to find that sooner than later the sea will be in the bogs, because this is what has been happening over the years and it is not going to be long, depending how many groundswells we have, that the sea will end up in the bogs. “Now, when that happens it will be unfortunate but this is something that we can’t stop. This is the work of Mother Nature and we just have to go along with it.” Make certain that you reach use our new Email address: info@sknunion.com


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 18TH 2012 20 NEWS -So Tell Me ByJean Thomas Everybody wants it So do I, don’t you? The government wants it, the churches want it, the children want it, the Jeffs want it, and the worthy organizations want it. Everybody wants it and so do I. It is a scarce commodity these days since very few persons can easily and readily lay their hands on it and besides there is just not enough of it around. By now you realize that I am today writing about money. (Money is not a precious metal) but it is a precious good to have. The first entity to want your money is the government. After all, they have a wage bill to satisfy the staff who work for them, and to finance all the social services in the country, hospitals, schools, prisons, roads, electricity, water. Although I do not enjoy paying the Vat, I don’t knock them too hard since I understand. Now, churches would not be in a position to function, if the members did not pay their tithes and offering and God knows we need the churches. Although some only go into a church when there is a wedding, christening or funeral. However, the Bible has stated in (Matthew 22:21) that we should give to Caesar (the government) and to God (the churches) what is theirs. Now I come to “everybody”. Have you noticed how many activities are out there vying for your dollars – a dinner here, a concert there, a show here, and something else there? The “everybody” sometimes have clashes, since so many things are happening at the same time. Therefore, some of the functions get ‘busted’ no support the attendance was lacking numbers, so no money was made. After all, there is only so much money to go around. How about the children? I think when I was growing up things were tough but It seems as though it would be tougher for them. Very often they have to lean back on their parents for help. Of course parents are always willing to help out. That is just how we are. Now I come to the Jeffs we have around they too want your money. If you are a pensioner and we all know that we live on a reduced fixed income, so I will say like my grandmother we have to “cut and contrive”. So that is what I am doing, “cutting and contriving”. So when you come to me requesting money sorry, please move on because I need my money too. Now I come to the “don’t you”. Don’t you need your money also? I am sure that you do. But that will require me to write another article on that topic. So tell me, after I have given to the government, the church, the children, worthy organizations and the Jeffs, what is left for me? I need to be careful how I spend my few dollars. I need to go to the supermarket too. It is the one thing we all need – Yes Money! Seven years after graduating from the University of Dallas in Irving Texas, with a Masters of Politics degree, St. Kitts-Nevis native Ms. Mutryce A. Williams is being featured on the university’s home page, www.udallas.edu as an ‘Advocate for Education.’ The 2005 graduate has also been featured in the university’s alumni newsletter, the View, the university’s Facebook page, and on Twitter. Williams said that after learning of the Director’s Coin of Excellence for Service and Leadership which she received from Brigadier General Elton Lewis – Director of the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency and Homeland Security Advisor to the Governor and People of the United States Virgin Islands in January 2012, and also of her previous accomplishments, which were reported in a press release written by Ms. Toni Fredericks of 98.9 WINN FM, she was contacted by the university’s Communications Specialist Ms. Christine Carter requesting an interview to discuss the award, her past accomplishments, goals, and her time at the University of Dallas features St. Kitts-Nevis Alum as an ‘Advocate for Education’ University of Dallas. The thirty-three (33) year old Williams, who hail from the village of St. Paul’s St. Kitts said that it was surreal, an honour and quite a humbling experience to have her Alma Mater call upon her to discuss how its education had assisted her in accomplishments to date. “This just isn’t something that you expect, especially at this stage in one’s life and one’s journey. I am indeed truly honoured.” she said. Williams, a University of Dallas Braniff Graduate Scholar, said that she attended the university at the behest and encouragement of one of her oldest and dearest friends Mr. Gary Thomas who informed her that the university’s Masters of Politics program was one of the best in the country and exactly what someone with her thirst for knowledge and enlightenment needed. She said that taking the decision to attend the University of Dallas was one of the best decisions that she has ever made. “My education did not only prepare me for a career, but it prepared me for life. It gave me a greater sense of purpose. Attending the University of Dallas not only made me a better thinker or problem-solver, but I describe my time there as a feast for the soul as I engaged in an in depth study or discourse on some of the greatest philosophers that ever lived. I particularly enjoyed the discourse on the works of Aristotle, Thucydides, Plato, and Machiavelli to name a few,” she said. Williams said that although the program was quite rigorous and intense, it was immensely useful in building and fortifying her character. It gave her great confidence in her abilities and this in turn opened many doors for her. This is why she considers herself a very proud graduate of UD. Williams said that a strong academic foundation and teachers such as Mrs. Ingrid Charles-Gumbs, Mrs. Delcia Bradley-King, Ms. Delores Ward (deceased), Ms. Heather Joseph, Bishop Ron Collins and Dr. Randy Glean who challenged her to think outside the box and aim for the skies were instrumental in preparing her for this journey. She began her academic career at the St. Paul’s Primary School, went on to the St. Theresa’s Convent School, and graduated from the Basseterre Senior High School in 1995. In 1997 she graduated from the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College with A’ Level passes in Economics, Biology, and Management and in the following year attained Certificates in Blue Print Reading and Sketching and Communications from the said institution. In 2001 she graduated with honors from Midwestern State University Wichita Falls Texas earning a Bachelor’s of Business Administration with a concentration in Management. Williams serves as Intern-Aide to the Homeland Security Advisor of the USVI and Director of VITEMA Brigadier General Elton Lewis. She is currently working towards completing her dissertation as the final requirement for a doctorate in Public Policy Administration with a double concentration in Terrorism, Mediation and Peace, and Homeland Security Policy and Coordination at Walden University. The University of Dallas is a private, independent Catholic regional university located in Irving, Texas, established in 1956, which is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. It is known as the Catholic University for Independent Thinkers. It is an institution that seeks to educate its students, to develop intellectual and moral virtues, to prepare themselves for life and work, and to become leaders in the community. Through intensive teaching, interactive discourse, and critical analysis, the university pursues truth, virtue, and wisdom in the liberal arts and professional studies. Its motto is Veritatem, Justitiam Diligite or Love Ye Truth and Justice. Sexuality Project Promotes Lifestyle Change In Secondary School professionals should be appreciated. He explained that the programme was intended for parents and students from Mansion to Tabernacle and suggested that parents who had not managed to attend, endeavour to do so in the future. He added that the programme seeks to instill positive morale value in youths and admonished them to await marriage to become involved sexually. Former National HIV/AIDS Coordinator Mavis Huggins commended the Guidance counselors for their innovative approach to handling sexuality issues in the school. Ms. Huggins was very complimentary in her remarks about the adult professionals who had taken the time to make presentations to “Operation Keep Safe Keep Sake”. She advised participants to take this opportunity seriously and secure their futures as a result. Nurse Simonetta Phillip shared that having early sexual encounters is risky behaviour and advised parents to get in tune with their children to be able to determine negative changes in their attitudes which are most often associated with negative lifestyle changes. Also addressing individuals who attended the session was Police Sergeant Jacqueline Browne who emphasized further the support offered to young persons who have been violated. She referred specifically to one young lady who said she had not told anyone about her experience earlier because of the shame she felt as a result of what had happened to her. Sergeant Browne added that the young girl said she was amazed at how much assistance she received once she revealed that she had been violated. Guidance Counsellor, Clifford Pemberton said he was committed to seeing “Operation Keep Safe Keepsafe” continue over the long term and to see it expanded to other schools and communities as it continues to be fine tuned at Saddlers Secondary. (EMU) – St. Kitts The recent launch of “Operation Keep Safe Keepsake” at Saddlers Secondary School brought community professionals together to assist youth in making positive decisions geared at enhancing the quality of their lives. Guidance Counsellors at the school noted that boys and girls were engaging in inappropriate sexual behaviour earlier than desired. They responded proactively by organizing the programme for parents and students. Deputy Principal at Saddlers Secondary School Daryll Lloyd noted his disappointment with the low turn out of parents to the first session. He said based on the value of the information that was to be shared with participants he believed that the investment in time by teachers and other


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 18TH 2012 21 NEWS OPERATION FUTURE TACKLES BULLYING IN SCHOOLS Basseterre, St. Kitts, May 17, 2012 (SKNIS): Students of the Tyrell Williams Primary School in Old Road have committed to become active agents in a bid to stop bullying and establish schools as a safe zone. Mother of two wins Miss Mother’s Day Pageant By Drizel HanleyMother of two, 18-year-old Allison Budgeon of Phillips Village was on Saturday, 12 May crowned the 2012 Miss Mother’s Day Beauty Queen from a field of four contestants. The second edition of the beauty pageant which was staged at Carnival Village saw Miss Budgeon snatching the Business Wear and Talent segments. To cop the award for the Business Wear segment Allison was dressed as a Lawyer while for the Talent segment she sent a powerful message through drama where she was the mother of a thief and instead of discouraging him from the illegalities she accepted the stolen items and in the end they were prosecuted and convicted for their dishonesty. Hence she pleaded with mothers to refrain from accepting items that they know not of. First Runner Up went to 23year-old mother of three Shanika Percival of Boyds who also won the Best Beachwear and Best Evening Wear segments. The other contestants for the pageant were 26-year-old Shanda Browne of Lime Kiln, who is a mother of one and 24-year-old Akesha Lynch, of Sandy Point, who is a mother of one. For some unknown reason(s) Lula Simon, a 30-year-old mother of one, who resides in Old Road, did not make her appearance. On Tuesday, Constable Lauston Percival of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force and Dan MacMullin, both of Operation Future, facilitated a 45-minute interactive session to the young people outlining what is bullying, the varying types, ways it is carried out and how to react if one is a victim of bullying, or witnesses the act. Sixth graders Melissa Drew and Lufkin Foster were enthused by the presentation and each said they learnt a lot. The message was especially potent to Lufkin. “I was bullied already,” he admitted, recounting a past experience at a summer camp. If such a situation was to occur again, fighting back or keeping the incident private is not an option. “I will walk away and tell an (adult),” he stated. Melissa, who is president of the student council, highlighted the practical aspects displayed on power point and demonstrated through role play. She stated that generally, the students were committed to work with teachers and Operation Future members to protect the school environment. Principal Terrence Edwards told SKNIS that Operation Future has had a productive relationship with the school and that while there are not many reports of bullying it was important to tackle the issue. The head teacher also “fully endorsed” Operation Future’s School Crime Watch initiative which recruits students to become crime watch officers responsible for looking after their peers and their school. They do this by reporting suspicious and bad behaviour to teachers. According to its official website, Operation Future was founded in February 2005 and is designed to educate children about the dangers of crime, violence, drugs and other antisocial vices. Constable Percival revealed plans to enhance the reach of the message. “One of the things we want to do is … get this presentation videotaped and (upload) it to YouTube and other social media networks so that persons around the world can view it and educate themselves and others about bullying.” he disclosed. Constable Percival noted that he and other members will be available to make similar presentations to other schools and to camps over the summer and urged persons to contact the group to make arrangements. Contact information and other details are available at www.sknoperationfuture.com. info@sknunion.com SKNIS Photo 1: Melissa Drew and Lufkin Foster learnt a lot from the Operation Future presentation. Irv Swanston School of Music returns another 100% Pass in ABRSM Piano Examinations Jamaican Kittitian (Jamkit) Association General Meeting In Nevis The Jamaican Kittitian (JamKit) Association, the Association of Jamaicans and Friends of Jamaicans in the Federation of St Kitts & Nevis, will have its next general meeting on Saturday, 19 May 2012 at the Red Cross Building, Charlestown, Nevis starting at 1.00pm. Jamaicans and friends of Jamaicans living in Nevis as well as those in St Kitts are asked to come out to continue discussions relating to Jamaica 50 St Kitts & Nevis Celebrations. Please pass the word along to your friends/relatives. We look forward to seeing you there!! The students of the Irv Swanston School of Music continue to live up to the high expectations of the school and their parents. On May 4, 2012, twenty-six (26) students sat The Royal Schools of Music pianoforte examinations and they were successful. The grades entered ranged for Grade 1 – 7. The examiner, Mrs. Brenda Dykes, highly commended the students for their overall performance, particularly in the aural section. Congratulations to all students for their hard work and diligence shown throughout the year. Special praise must be given to Clilia Davis, who is now in her final year – Grade 8. The school extends sincere thanks to the parents for their unwavering support. May God continue to bless the Irv Swanston School of Music!


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 18TH 2012 22 SPORTS Nagico Assists Elsroy Powell BASSETERRE, St. Kitts: Elsroy Powell, one of St.Kitts’ promising cricketers, is seeking to resurrect his cricketing career. To this end he was able to secure a contract with the Bankfoot Cricket Club in England. NAGICO Insurances has decided to lend some financial support to Mr. Powell by donating EC $1,000 towards his travel expenses. Mr. Steve Saunders, Sale and Marketing Officer at NAGICO, in presenting the cheque to Mr. Powell, said that the Company is very excited and pleased to assist Mr. Powell with his desire to propel his cricketing career to another level. “The company sets very high standards in its personnel, likewise it expects no less from individuals who it associates with. You are aware that the desired results can only be achieved with hard work and dedication,” Mr. Saunders stated. He further admonished Mr. Powell to utilize this second opportunity Tourism Youth Congress Discussion Highlights Sports Tourism Basseterre, St. Kitts (SKNIS): The valuable contributions of Sports Tourism to St. Kitts and Nevis were highlighted at the recent Tourism Youth Congress Discussion. The Youth Congress consisted of a round table discussion with various high schools to review issues relevant to Sports Tourism. The participants were selected from the Basseterre, Verchilds and Washington Archibald High Schools and the Charles E. Mills Secondary School. Acting as Junior Ministers, they proposed ideas geared toward educating and informing the youth about the Tourism Sector. Allaric Pennyfeather of the Basseterre High School won the discussion with his presentation specific to investing in Sports Tourism in St. Kitts. Novelette Morton, Human Resource and Project Manager of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority, stated that the competition was of a high 1st day, 1st Test West Indies vs England LONDON – A typically resolute, unbeaten 87 from Shivnarine Chanderpaul propped up West Indies’ batting in the first Test against England on Thursday. The veteran left-hander again gave cogent proof of his status as the World No.1 Test batsman, anchoring the Windies to 243 for nine in their first innings at the close on the opening day at Lord’s. Opener Adrian Barath supported with 42, Marlon Samuels made 31, and Darren Bravo scored 29, as lanky England fast bowler Stuart Broad captured six wickets for 72 runs from 24.4 overs, undermining the visitors after they were put in. standard as the presentations showed the amount of research that the students had done. She also noted that the students were able to increase their skills in public speaking and research methods. The purpose of the discussion was not only to select a student to represent St. Kitts and Nevis in the upcoming Regional Tourism Youth Congress but also to educate young people about the tourism sector. Ms. Morton believes that by raising awareness, they would be motivated to become more involved in the field. The 2012 Regional Tourism Youth Congress will be held in St. Kitts during the CTO State of Industry Conference, from October 11 to 13 under the theme “Through the eyes of tomorrow.” given to him wisely and ensure his performances are noteworthy. Mr. Powell in accepting the cheque thanked the management and staff of NAGICO immensely for their kind support. He promised that he would endeavour to do his best so that the Federation on a whole would be proud of him. Mr. Powell was expected to depart the Federation on May 15, 2012 for England. NAGICO Insurances, one of the leading insurance companies in the Federation, has been a prominent sponsor of cricket within the Leeward Islands. The Company has also sponsored the Leeward Islands Limited Overs Competition for a number of years. More recently, NAGICO Insurances sponsored the commentators who were broadcasting the West Indies regional matches here in St.Kitts. We wish Mr. Powell all the best in his endeavours. MUA/NIA Scholarships 2012-2013 announced NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (MAY 17, 2012) — Health Planner in the Nevis Island Administration’s (NIA) Ministry of Health Mrs. Nicole Slack-Liburd, announced on May 17, 2012, that the NIA in conjunction with the Medical University of the Americas (MUA) was inviting applications for two scholarships from eligible secondary school graduates. Awardees would have an opportunity to pursue tertiary education in six priority areas, at select higher institutions of learning. The announcement was made at the Administration’s conference room in Charlestown and according to Mrs. Slack-Liburd, who also is a member of the Scholarships Committee, the scholarships were for students to pursue undergraduate studies which would lead to a degree at a university or higher learning institution. “In an effort to encourage the pursuit of tertiary education in Medicine, Health, Education, Science, Agriculture and Engineering, the Medical University of the Americas and the Nevis Island Administration will offer two scholarships for the academic year 2012-2013 to well deserving high school graduates with a sound economic record. “The scholarship can be awarded for up to four years of study at the University of the West Indies or any four year United States based institution. The value of a scholarship is up to US$22,500. Applicants interested in pursuing Medicine at the Medical University of the Americas are also eligible for this scholarship. Preference will be given to accredited schools within the Caribbean Region,” she explained but noted, that the MUA was the only qualifying offshore tertiary education institution. The Committee member listed five eligibility requirements for the applicants: They must be at least 18 years old; be a citizen of St/ Kitts and Nevis; possess at least five Caribbean Examination Counsel (CXC) Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (SCEC) passes including Mathematics, English and one Science subject; must be accepted into a reputable tertiary education programme in Medicine, Health, Education, Science, Agriculture or Engineering and they must be active in community service. Mrs. Slack-Liburd also listed the priority areas of study that would be considered for applicants. “Although all applications will be considered for the 2013-2013 cycle, priority will be given to persons interested in pursuing Pharmacy, Medicine, Science Education, Agriculture, Nutrition, Occupational Therapy, Engineering, Mathematics, Biology and Chemistry… “Applicants must agree to return to the Federation within 12 months of completing his/her chosen programme for study. Scholarship recipients are required to sign a bond with the Nevis Island Administration,” she said. Important application documents include an application applicant’s active involvement and an essay consisting of 1000 words stating their future goals and why they were deserving of the scholarship would also be required for submission. Mrs. Slack-Liburd also noted that winners of the Scholarship would be awarded to begin studies in August 2012-February 2013. However, finalists would be contacted between July 16th and 20th, 2012 for a personal interview and Recipients must maintain a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) to remain eligible for the scholarship over the course of study. She said hard copies of applications are required but electronic applications would not be considered. All applications must be addressed to: The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Chairperson MUA/NIA Scholarship Committee. Administration Building, Charlestown, Nevis. Any questions regarding eligibility and other matters dealing with the application process can be forwarded to www.mohnevis@yahoo.com or Ms. Angelica Elliott at 469-5521 extension 2296.Health Planner in the Nevis Island Administration’s Ministry of Health and member of the MUA/NIA Scholarship Committee Mrs. Nicole Slack-Liburd announcing the Scholarships at the Nevis Island Administrations’ conference room in Charlestown form which would be available from the Ministry of Health Office, a birth or naturalisation certificate, a High School Diploma, Certified copies of CXC CSEC passes, a copy of the acceptance letter from a tertiary institution, a Police Record and one passport photograph. An official costing of the programme including tuition, room and board etc, would be needed along with an academic reference. Reference from community service organisations stating the


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 18TH 2012 23 COMMENTARY By: Vigilante NEWS By: Sotto VoceWell, them PAM people bold bad. They go on their FM and want to dictate for Labour people. They can’t for their own Party. They tumble from pillar to post trying to find a leader, and trying to find 5 candidates out of 8. But their voice strong on who Labour must choose for leadership positions at our next Convention.They don’t have answers to their own issues, but they know all the answers to ours. Poor Pampalam. We in Labour have a system and a constitution in place with 80 years of valuable experience. We don’t need any guidance from political infants and trash talkers. They better pick the beam out of their own eye and stay out of we business. They still recovering from shock over our Labour Day March last week Monday. They spent several weeks on their FM badmouthing it and rallying everyone in hearing to boycott the march. They saw one huge march of Kittitians who all understood the significance of Labour Day. While they played politics, we were celebrating and uplifting workers and their achievements. They now some 2 weeks later, trying to organize a “May Day March” (on electricity). The poor idiots like they lost they call. They can’t even be honest with themselves and discuss the issues fairly. They looking to “rent a crowd”, by marching on a Friday afternoon when Basseterre always loaded with people liming around at the end of a work-week. They don’t have no shame it seems. Nobody taking them on. They trying every trick in the book and even some not inside it. What determines the cost of electricity in any country? Maybe the PAM/Rescue Trash-talkers have oil up headquarters and control its price. The glib way they make it appear that electricity should be cheap is totally dishonest and false. For in spite of our issues with its high cost, most of the countries in our region have higher rates than us. Check it out and see. So it is quite a comedy on Friday. PAM’s May Day parade, led by its Rescue Branch, with the Pom Pom PAM boys following behind, saying they having an electricity march. They think that Dougie got oil fields in St. Pauls, or Sam got some up the Village. Maybe Tim might have oil in Tabernacle. So all they have to do is just wave a magic wand and say “Abrakadabra”. Then the price of oil going fall and bring down the cost of electricity. Them is real crazy people for true. They went on and on over our national debt. Now that our homegrown economic policies reducing the debt, like they want it back up again. They don’t know what sacrifice entails. They can’t handle honesty in government. They just for tricks and games. They going take off the fuel surcharge they say. But how will they finance that deficit? No answer Your Worship. These fellas are real May Day masquerades for true. Don’t march with the workers on Labour Day, but march with the Traitor and Massa and Little Bopeep when Labour day gone. They should organise one for PAM Day on the 10th June, after all, that is indeed their day, when their mercenaries took up arms to violently remove a popular Labour Government from government in the 1970s. Our Labour Day March was led by our Trade Union and our popularly elected representatives. Their belated May Day march is led by the rich, wealthy classes of people who are seeking to deceive the gullible ones among us, and play politics with their minds. The white Arab who thinks black people stupid – the Massa who got more money than God and Little Bopeep who Ask Washie awoke from his coma and now trying to appear leader like. All empty vessels politically, trying to outdo each other in making noise. They all late Labour Day gone; Carnival gone long before. So they only now playing sagwa when Christmas gone. So the PAM/Rescue march means nothing to this time. They carry on a farcical exercise on Saturdays over their FM on a show I label “Curse the Prime Minister”. They call it “Inside the News”, but it’s all bull-crap. Apart from the NRP Rep., it’s all PAMites called by whatever names. The PAM is there named. The lady does not hide the fact; she is a member of PAM. The Massa is still an Executive Member of PAM and attends all PAM’s Executive Meetings where PAM decisions are taken. Their former onion Chairman said so one Saturday in Massa’s presence. Yet, he still declaring that he ain’t in no politics; maybe senility dressing in. So it’s virtually a PAM Show. The NRP talks about events in Nevis and Nevis politics. The others, each week, tag up on our Prime Minister and lambast him from that safe distance. They’re all a set of cowards who link up to curse out one man, week after week. They pose questions then they answer them themselves. They have ready answers to their own questions. A real mockery of a political show indeed. Same characters, same messages of doom and gloom, same concentrated attacks on one man who packs a bigger political punch than all of them put together. That is why our Labour Day March stunned them so badly. Their combined, concentrated attacks against it for weeks had no sway, carried no clout and put them all to shame. They now trying to save face with their electricity march. They clearly underestimated the force, influence of, and support for the Labour Movement. They looked like a pack of jokers on the loose peddling tales of doom and gloom. They now know that our people not taking them on. All their trashtalking on their “Voices” was meaningless, empty and ineffective. Politics makes strange bedfellows. They fought tooth and nail against a workers day march where workers achievements are celebrated. But some 2 weeks later, a totally political march, led by love-birds PAM and Rescue, is a wonderful exercise for the same people. It demonstrates total disregard and disrespect for workers here. But political games can be played in any season. So a former Labour Minister now leads a PAM march, including PAM leaders, in an exercise in futility. We don’t have oil; we do not control or influence world oil prices. Our thrust towards green energy is well-known. Geothermal and wind energy are already on stream. These can reduce the cost of electricity to us by half. The pain they feel from our successful Labour Day March is still hurting them. So as our old folks say, where it hurts rub it. Dougie led our Labour Day March. PAM just ah come now 2 weeks late. Dougie invite them to march on Labour Day for renewable energy. But they come out they coma 2 weeks late. Them people are real pappy-shows. PAM’s May-Day March 2 Weeks Late We are reliably informed that the current poll being conducted in St. Kitts and Nevis by the Jamaican pollster is being organised and financed by the Rescue Crew chief and his deputy, who brags he has more money than God. *Dey say when de chief got de news that the Prime Minister was not only the most popular political leader and politician in St. Kitts, but he was even more popular in Nevis than his right hand man, St. Mark, he couldn’t sleep for days. Their own poll has confirmed that neither the failed PAM leader, Little Bo Peep, nor St. Mark, is any viable alternative to our beloved and popular Prime Minister. Douglas is truly an unstoppable force. When Terry got the news, he tell them ‘ah tell all you so long time. Douglas is de smartest and most astute politician in St. Kitts and Nevis ... You ain’t see that bommancoo Labour Day march he had?” “De Chief came in for some more severe tongue lashing from the man with more money than God, who reportedly told him that he was indeed a false prophet. Nothing that he predicts is right. Dey say de Chief has promised that he was going to get over 10,000 people to take part in their so-called “March” (today) Friday to give Little Bo Peep and his dying party a boost and get them to of the political jaws of Douglas. But Terry say PAM gone een with Lindsay Grant as the leader. The word out of the Rescue Crew camp is that de false prophet is the person responsible for most of the questions asked on the PAM FM talk shows by Mr. Politics, de customs man, the Buckleys printer and others who call in frequently to the programme. He prepares the questions and makes the contact personally. People are waiting to see if St. Mark will bring down his supporters to join the PAM/Rescue Crew march, after they helped him out with his political march in Nevis several weeks ago. After inviting people last week to the PAM meeting in Half Way Tree (which was a flop) to hear the announcement of the full slate of their candidates for the 2015 General Elections, it turned out to be another big bluff by Little Bo Peep and his power hungry gang. They are still fighting for their life, scraping de bottom to find candidates. Many of the persons approached by Little Bo Peep are telling him to his face, that they are not interested in being any candidate, with him as the leader. He has to step down. In his ongoing campaign to be the PAM leader, Sleeping Hammy continues to sing for his supper in Parliament, seeking to gain the spotlight and edge out the other deputy in the race. *People want to know when will de customs fellow ‘calleen’ on the PAM FM show and talk about de good spanking he get recently for his bull headed politics. People want to know how Sleeping Hammy could abandon poor Donley like that. How he could spend de day in parliament and ain’t show he face to give him moral support.


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