The labour spokesman
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Title: The labour spokesman
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Year 55 NO. 03FRIDAY, JUNE15TH, 2012 EC$2.00 At The Pumps This Weekend Maximum Price ULG per gal 12/06/12 DELTA $15.58 / SOL $15.79 / TEXACO $16.17BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, W.I. PAGE 03 THE THINKING CITIZEN VIEW POINT* REV.CANON PERCIVAL FROM WHERE I SIT SO TELL MECOMMENTARY BY Brimstone Hill tour bus robbers plead guilty on crime BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – Five men charged in connection with robbing cruise ship passengers on the road to Brimstone Hill in November 2010 have pleaded guilty when they reappeared in Court on Wednesday. The guilty pleas, which saved the court’s time, have been welcomed by law enforcement officials who remain firm in their relentless attack on crime and the mission to protect all residents and visitors to St. Kitts and Nevis. Elroy Williams, Junior Sobratie, Curtis Long, George Welsh of (cont’d on page 2) Lee Moore Court Complex Prime Minister Douglas to assume Chairmanship of the 73rd Meeting of the Monetary Council Prime Minister Douglas to assume Chairmanship of the 73rd Meeting of the Monetary Council Sir K Dwight Venner Rt. Hon. PM Douglas (cont’d on page 10) EC$8 million at Development Bank for small hotels and restaurants BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, JUNE 14TH 2012 (CUOPM) – Small hotels and restaurants in St. Kitts and Nevis can access over EC$8 million to refurbish their properties. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation (SIDF), Mr. Terrence Crossman said recently that the Foundation remains committed to the transformation of the Federation’s (cont’d on page 10)BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, (CUOPM) – The Federation’s Prime Minister and Minister ofA “big catch” for 2 young fishermen in Old Road Tameka Williams wins gold medal in Moscow, Russia


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 15TH 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 Politics makes strange bedfellows the brainchild of Ronald Webster and a prominent Kittitian. Atlin Harrigan, one of the leaders of the Anguilla Revolution advised Webster that he was making a mistake but Webster strongly believed that Bradshaws Government could have been toppled by armed force. He was misled by political personalities in St.. Kitts into believing that a majority of Kittitians were prepared to take up arms the Government. This illusion compelled him to join forces with Bradshaws political enemy in St. Kitts in an effort to oust Bradshaw. Another paragraph read: The plan for toppling the Government included the destruction of the Defense Force Camp, the capture of Police Headquarters and the destruction of the Power Station, all located in the St. Kitts capital of Basseterre. In addition, the Revenue Cutter (Customs Launch) was to be captured and the men taken prisoner. A crucial aspect of the plan called for the destruction of the islands fuel depot situated in Eastern Basseterre. The intention was to set the gasoline tanks on fire and cause the police, the Fire Brigade and the people of Basseterre to concentrate all their efforts and resources on preventing a major catastrophe. The situation it was felt would have left Basseterre unprotected thus making it easier for the Anguillians to occupy and control it. Premier Bradshaw was to be captured alive and brought to Anguilla and Reuben Gumbs, better know as Rubie was to go on the government owned Radio Station ZIZ in St. Kitts and announce that a prominent Kittitian was the new Premier. Astaphan read another excerpt from the book which indicated that the boat which left Anguilla for St. Kitts on June 9th 1967 had on board two machine guns, two submachine guns, four M1 rifles, four carbines, six .25 pistols, three .32 pistols, thirty .6 rifles and six 303 rifles, teargas, teargas guns, masks, a pretty fair amount of dynamite and detonators and the Anguillians took along extra guns and ammunition to give to their Kittitian counterparts. Another paragraph said that the Peoples Action Movement collaborators in St. Kitts gave the impression, we were going to meet half of St. Kitts there waiting on us to help them fight, but nothing like that took place. Thats the impression that we left Anguilla with, but when we got to St. Kitts, there was no evidence of local support. The attackers at the Defense Force camp hurriedly make for its destruction when one of the leaders of the coup, a Kittitian, who transported the men to the camp, on loading the battery for igniting the dynamite, exclaimed, Lord too many innocent souls going dead. This angered one of the American mercenaries who wanted to shoot him for waiting until the plan attack had been underway to express such sentiments. Exploding gun shots tripped out four electrical circuits and plunged the whole of western Basseterre into darkness. The explosives had awakened Neville Hancock, the assistant Engineer, who lived in a house next to the power station. Hancock became alarmed when he noticed that the light on his verandah was off. Then he discovered that the power station was in darkness and took up a flash light and went to investigate. Once he reached inside the building, he headed towards the switch board, where a shot was fired at him. Thinking that was it was a Defense Force guard, he shouted, dont shoot. Its me Hancock. A second shot caused Hancock to take to heel and on the dash to his house, he met the Defense Force guard, Smeye, who ran with him. One of Smeyes arms was bleeding. Minister Astaphan told the nation that the plot which involved the Peoples Action Movement was to shoot down the country, not just Bradshaws Government. The explosives at Camp Springfield would have killed everybody in Frys Village, half of the people in Greenlands including the home where the present leader of PAM in laws live; Government House would have been blown up, half of Springfield would have been desecrated, La Guerite and St. Johnston Village would have disappeared and if these people had gotten their way, not one police officer in Basseterre would have been alive that morning, said Astaphan, who added that by exploding the Shell bulk the whole of Basseterre would have been decimated as most of the home in 1967 were made of wood. Ponds Pasture, Ponds Extension, New Town, Irish Town, Mc Knight, all of Basseterre would have been flattened and 90 percent of the people killed, pointed out Minister Astaphan. They decided that if the people are not going to give him power by the ballot, he will take power by the bullet. Madam Speaker, I am speaking about people and an organisation, who and which have utter contempt and disregard for law and propriety, utter disregard and contempt for democracy and for people and humanity and for God, said Astaphan.” During his 15 years as a Government Minister, Mr. Astaphan was the chief spokeman for the Labour Party on the 10th of June affair and the role PAM played in their desperate attempt to gain power at all and any costs. And he was very passionate about it. He was also the Government and Party’s fiercest critic of the PAM party and was very brutal in his attack on the PAM misleaders, past and present, including Billy Herbert, Kennedy Simmonds, Richard “Massa” Caines, Consie Mitcham, Lindsay Grant, Shawn Richards and Eugene Hamilton. He said PAM is an organization which has utter contempt and disregard for law and order; utter disregard and contempt for democracy and for people, humanity and for God. And, he warned the country and workers to beware of PAM. PAM was an anti – working class organization whose modus operandi was “what we can’t control, we’ll destroy.” Labour supporters were encouraged by Mr. Astaphan to shun PAM and stick with Douglas and the Labour Party. He charged that PAM was an evil and power – hungry gang and he exhorted all comrades to stay in their lane and keep out of harm’s (PAM’S) way. Today, Mr. Astaphan has as his deputy in his so – called “Rescue Crew”, Massa Caines who was and still is the master – mind and chief financier of PAM. He is the most powerful man in PAM. Massa Caines hates the Labour Party with a vengeance and he did all in his power while he was a Minister in the Simmonds/PAM dictatorship to destroy the Labour Union and the Labour Party; and hurt Labour people. The former National Security Minister and Labour M.P for Central Basseterre has therefore betrayed the Labour Party and the people of Central Basseterre in particular and has taken up his bunk now in the enemy’s (PAM) camp to rescue Lindsay Grant and his Mottley Crew for Massa Caines and the founding family of PAM. How could anyone now trust this man? Was it he the good pastor referring to when he made mention of the old saying “Politics makes strange bedfellows” in his homily at the funeral in Nevis last week?LABOUR PARTY NOTICE The W est Basseterr e Labour Branch will be holding its Monthly General Meeting For residents in the areas from West Farm – Palmetto Point On Tuesday, 19th June, 2012At the Bronte Welsh Primary School at 7:00 p.m. The Hon. Sam Condor, Parliamentary Representative will be in attendance, all are invited and asked to be punctual. Last Sunday 10th June, 2012 marked the 45th anniversary of the failed armed invasion of St. Kitts by the People’s Action Movement (PAM) and their cohorts in Anguilla, to overthrow the lawfully elected and popular Labour Party Government of Premier Robert Llewelyn Bradshaw. On the eve of the 38th anniversary of this treasonous crime, the then Minister of National Security in the Denzil Douglas Labour Party Administration, Hon. G. A. Dwyer Astaphan made a statement in the National Assembly here, calling on the people of the twin – island Federation to be on their guard, admonishing them strongly “to remember and never forget the 10th of June, 1967.” The following is the full text of the statement made by Minister Astaphan on Thursday, 4thJune 2005: “Madame Speaker, I want to issue a word of caution to the people of this country. Be on your guard. And I mean all the people of this country, St. Kitts and Nevis, because if St. Kitts sneezes, Nevis is going to catch a cold and if Nevis sneezes, St. Kitts is going to catch a cold. We are talking about a people, whose traditions are steeped in lawlessness and spoil bratishness and disrespect and take up what they want by not waiting for the time to get it, Astaphan told the lawmaking body. Madame Speaker, I am cautioning all of us; the police officers, the Defense Force, all of the people of this country who are the observers of peace, said the Minister of National Security, who noted that a General Election was held six months ago in October 2004. People want to challenge some of the results, that is their right. The CARICOM and Commonwealth observers who came to monitor the elections, said the results reflected the will of the people of the country, said Astaphan, a third term Parliamentarian, who warned: Anyone who is contemplating any kind of treasonous or distabilising type of activity will have to understand that the consequences will be grave. I remember the fore day morning of the 10th June 1967 as if it happened this morning. I will never forget it. I was at the Factory Social Centre at a dance sitting down at a bar with Poesy Southwell, son of the late Paul Southwell, Elmo Osborne, Cardigan Dickenson and others, recalled Astaphan, who said he was 19 years at the time. Astaphan read selected paragraphs of a book, published by prominent Anguillian authors Colville Petty and Nat Hodge, a former Editor of The Democrat, the official organ of the Peoples Action Movement, which implicated the Peoples Action Movement in the failed coup attempt 38 years ago. He also referred to another book by the Anguilla rebel leader and former Chief Minister, Mr. Ronald Webster. The book by Petty and Hodge is entitled: Anguilla’s Battle for Freedom 1967 copyrighted by PetNat Publishing Company Limited and printed in 1987. On Saturday the 10th of June 1967, a party of armed men from Anguilla landed in St. Kitts. They had two principle objectives which were inter related. Firstly, the defense of the Anguilla Revolution. Secondly, the overthrow of the Government of Premier Robert Bradshaw and the installation of a government sympathetic to the Anguillian cause, he quoted from the first paragraph. The second paragraph read: The notion of attacking St. Kitts was


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 15TH 2012 3 NEWS British Airways cuts fares to St. Kitts and Nevis, other Destinations BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) British Airways has announced its forthcoming luxury sale which will offer holidaymakers massive savings on bookings made to St. Kitts and Nevis and several of its destinations between June 7 and 14, 2012. The luxury flight and holiday sale offers savings of up to 33 percent to St. Kitts’ Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport debit card charges, free baggage and complimentary food and and 60 percent in First and Business Class and on holiday packages based on various departures from July 21, 2012. With a choice of over 90 worldwide destinations included in the sale, customers can enjoy savings of up to 64 per cent on business class flights to Montreal and Toronto and up to 50 per cent on flights to Rio de Janiero and Los Angeles. Savings of up to 38 per cent can be found on flights from London City to Palma Mallorca and Menorca in the Balearics and up to 33 per cent on business class flights to Barbados, St. Kitts and Tobago in the Caribbean. Great value holiday packages are also available including holidays in St. Lucia at the 5 star Marigot Bay, a member of Leading Small Hotels of the World. All flights include free on-line check in and seat selection up to 24 hours before departure, no Photo : British Airways aircraft on the tarmac at St. Kitts’ Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport. (Photo by Erasmus Williams) drinks on board the aircraft. Sandy Point and Delvin Francis of St. Paul’s, were indicted on four counts of Robbery, one count of Assault with intent to Rob, one count of Accessory before the fact and one count of Conspiracy to Rob. During arraignment at the start of the present Assizes, they all pleaded not guilty, but when the matter came up for trial before His Lordship Justice Errol Thomas on Wednesday they all changed their plea to guilty on one count each. Police and court sources reveal that Williams, Sobratie and Long each pleaded guilty to one count of Robbery. George Welsh and Delvin Francis each pleaded guilty to Accessory before the fact. Sentencing is set for a later date as the Court has ordered a social report on all of the accused. The men stopped a tour bus with 17 tourists and robbed them of cell phones, jewelry, money and other personal belongings on November 14th. The incident resulted in the short suspension of some cruise ships to St. Kitts and shock to the industry as it highlighted its importance to the livelihood of stakeholders and the people in particular and the economy in general. Brimstone Hill tour bus robbers plead guilty (cont’d from page 1) By Drizel HanleyRising athletic star, Tameka Williams out ran her fellow competitors on Monday, June 11th to win the gold medal in the 100m Women’s race I the Moscow Challenge Track Meet in Russia. Williams dominated the field to finish the race in an impressive 11.19 seconds beating her closest contenders, Yelizaveta Savlinis of Russia who finished in 11.34 seconds and Natalya Rusakova also of Russia who finished in 11.34 seconds. Williams is also the National Record holder in the 100 and 200 meters and currently holds the sixth fastest time in the world for the 200 meters. Tameka Williams wins gold medal in Moscow, Russia Tameka Williams as she crosses the finish line 2 shot in Cotton Ground, Nevis; one dead one wounded By Drizel HanleyPhoto Caption: Lloyd Lewis Lloyd Lewis also known as ‘Hollowpoint’ of Bath Village was killed while Antonio ‘Dollars’ Hutton of Cotton Ground sustained wounds to his left leg in Wednesday night’s, (June 13) shooting. According to a press release issued by the police yesterday, the shooting incident took place at Cotton Ground in the St. Thomas Parish, Nevis sometime after 9:00pm. It is alleged that Hutton escaped the ordeal by running to a neighbor’s house. It is also reported that he received a bullet graze to his leg. The incident has taken the homicide count in the twin-island Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis to nine; seven in St. Kitts and two in Nevis. A “big catch” for 2 young fishermen in Old Road By Drizel HanleyA 400 lb Blue Marlin fish was caught off the coast of Old Road early Monday morning (June 11) by two young fishermen in the Old Road community. The two young men, 21-yearold Roger “Marden” Ottley (Captain) and 23-year-old Carlton “Marshall” Tobias were out on the ocean ‘line fishing’ in their boat, “Wha Dat?”, when they made the big catch around 8:00am (Monday) some 12 miles off shore. They brought their catch ashore in the boat and landed it on the concrete pavement outside the Fisheries Complex, in Old Road, where photos were captured by a local resident, Jermaine “Artical” Woodley. In an interview with this newspaper, Captain Ottley said he and his colleague (Tobias) were elated about the catch; it was their biggest catch ever. Ottley said he has been a professional fisherman some three years now and always had a keen interest in fishing since he was a little boy attending Primary School. The 400 lb Blue Marlin, said to be some 7 feet long, was skinned, filleted and sold to residents in the community at $10.00 per 1b, he told this newspaper yesterday. Boat used to catch the 400lb Blue Marlin, Wha Dat Photos Courtesy Jermaine “Artical” Woodley 21-year-old Roger “Marden” Ottley (Captain) (L) and 23-year-old Carlton “Marshall” Tobias (R) posing with their 400 lbs catch


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 15TH 2012 4 NEWS TRADE UNION NEWS By: Batumba Tak General Secretary Sexual Harassment at the Workplace. Carib Brewery (St. Kitts-Nevis) Ltd, The St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union and the Department of Labour held meeting at Carib Brewery. A meeting held on Tuesday 12th June, 2012 at the premises of Carib Brewery has proved that the Tripartite System is alive and working right here in St. Kitts and Nevis. At Tuesday afternoon’s meeting Management, Union and the Department of Labour held a meeting with the workers employed at Carib Brewery to discuss Health and Safety at the Workplace including sections of the new Memorandum of Agreement recently signed by the Company and the Union and witnessed by the Labour Commissioner. Presentation at the meeting was given by Mr. Mark Wilkin, Managing Director and Mr. Lincoln Maynard, General Manager, Carib BreweryCde’s. Batumba Tak and Sydney Bridgewater, General Secretary and 1st Vice President respectively, and Lorinstim Jenkins, Shop Steward at the CompanyMs. Jennifer Archibald, Deputy Labour Commissioner, Department of Labour. Ater the presentations questions were entertained from the workers on the issues presented on health and safety. It was decided during the recently held negotiations that a Health and Safety Committee comprising of Management and the Shop Stewards, including the General Secretary will form a Health and Safety Committee who when they meet will make recommendation to the Management Committee on how to improve the health and safety at the workplace. The Department of labour will be invited as an ex-officio of the Health and Safety Committee. That Committee will be formally put in place in the not too distant future. From the feed back received from the workers, the meeting was a huge success, and it is expected that some training exercise will be undertaken with the help of the Department of Labour in the not too distant future. The St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union is sending out an invitation to other employers to follow the example set by Carib Brewery and Harowe Servo Controls (St. Kitts) Ltd to join forces with the Union and the Department of labour to help promote Health and Safety at the workplace as well as other issues of mutual interest on behalf of the workers. My Union is always willing to lend its experience to the development of all workers in the Federation and the further development of good industrial relations.As I leave I again leave you with an old traditional slave song.I’ve Got Peace Like A River. I’ve got peace like a river in my soul I’ve got a river in my soul. I’ve got joy like a fountain in my soul I’ve got a fountain in my soul. It is clearly stated that the basic oblective of the International Labour Organization (ILO) cannot be achieved if in the various countries, there does not exist a system of sound relations between public authories, employers’ organizations and Trade Unions. That is the reason why the ILO has always devoted great interest to the strengthening of tripartism and to the regulation of relations between Government, Employers and Workers Organizations in a manner that contributes to both economic development and social justice while at the same time respecting basic human rights, particularly with regards to freedom of association. My Union fully believes that with the strengthening of our present Labour Laws and the passing into law of a Labour Code many of the issues faced by the workers could be eliminated or at the very least bring closurer to many of them. If truth be told our Union, in addition, to the workers representatives has been caling for the introduction of a Labour Code since early in 1998. Don’t you think that its about time something be done?, my Union think so. In todays article let us divert a bit and look at an issue that has been with us for a very long time, that is sexual harassment. In the past four months the Union have been receiving many complaints from not only our members but from workers generally, so we decide to at least bring to the public domain through our news paper. The St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union is fully committed to improving the social and economic well-being of its members and by extension all workers. My Union fully understands that sexual harassment on the job threatens that well-being. It is also very important to understand and attack the problem of sexual harassment at the workplace. Because the elimination of sexual harassment will bring us one step close to the goal of equal opportunities for working men and women in all aspects of social and economic life. In today’s article we will look at what is sexual harassment? The question is what exactly is Sexual Harassment? It is said that sexual harassment is any sexual advance that threatens a worker’s job or well being. It is usually an expression of power made by someone in authority. Most victim of sexual harassment are women, primarily because most people in power or authoritative position in our society are men. They are able to use their authority to take sexual advantage of their female employees. Sexual harassment can be expressed in a number of ways:1. Unnecessary touching or patting 2. Suggestive remarks or other verbal abuse 3. Leering at a person’s body 4. Demands for sexual favours 5. Compromising invitations 6. Physical assualt All of these may or may not be accompanied by direct or implied threats to the victim’s job or career. As time is of the importance and because of the many complaints the Union receives from its members as well as other non-members we will continue this article next week. As I take my leave today I leave you with an old traditional spiritual slave song.I’M So Glad Troubles Don’t Last Always.I’m so glad troubles don’t last always O my Lord, O my Lord, what shall I do? Christ tol’ the blind man To go to the pool and bathe O my Lord, O my Lord, what shall I do? Christ tol’ Nicodemus He must be born again O my Lord, O my Lord, what shall I do? Green Economy: Does It Include You? Square, Basseterre. Other stakeholders such as TDC Ltd, Solid Waste Management Corporation, St. Kitts Electricity Company and the Agriculture Department will all be a part of the exhibition showcasing different green technologies. The Green Economy touches almost every aspect of our lives and concerns our development. Basseterre, St. Kitts, June 14, 2012 (SKNIS): The Department of Physical Planning and Environment has declared the month of June “World Environment Month.” This year’s theme, “Green Economy: Does it the secondary schools have been planned to observe the month. Other activities will include school visit and radio presentations. The month of activities will culminate with a parade on the June 22 which will be followed by an exhibition that will showcase entries from the competition at Independence Sustainable energy, green jobs, low carbon economies, green policies, green buildings, agriculture, fisheries, forestry and industry. Sustainable tourism, sustainable transport, waste management, water efficiency and all other resource efficiency are all elements involved in the successful implementation of a green economy. include you?” underscores the need for everyone to play their part in keeping humankind’s ecological footprint within planetary boundaries. A number of activities such as an art competition between primary schools and a green technology competition between


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 15TH 2012 5 NEWS The Thinking Citizen The death and funeral service of Dr. Simeon Daniel provided another opportunity for the PAMites and their allies to display in public their hypocrisy and their insecurity. The PAM party is lionizing Dr. Daniel now that he is dead, but while he was alive the same PAM party showed him scant respect and made sure that the members of PAM who were also members of Dr. Daniel’s inner circle kept him under tight control. The leaders of the PAM party encouraged Dr. Daniel in his move to separate Nevis from St. Kitts because they thought that that would give them some political advantage. But the leaders of PAM soon realized that it would be extremely difficult to win the government in St. Kitts without the union of the political party or parties in Nevis. At that stage the leaders of PAM began to reverse themselves. They opposed the idea of secession for Nevis. In an effort to demonise Premier Bradshaw and elevate Dr. Daniel, a number of CCM/ PAM spin doctors and propagandists have been spreading the story that Premier Bradshaw posted members of the Army to Nevis in order to “intimidate” Nevis people. The spin doctors have never stopped to tell the public the whole story and why it was found necessary, for national security reasons, to put soldiers in Nevis. Certain spin doctors have made much of the fact that a soldier was drowned quite close to the pier in Basseterre while returning to St. Kitts from a tour of duty on Nevis. Some time earlier this year an entertainer from Cayon drowned in Nevis, quite near to the beach, while having a boat to go ashore. How come the spin doctors do not mention that on their regular radio call-in programmes or shows? So far as the matter of “intimidation” is concerned, we must all remember that the political opposition in St. Kitts had gone to Anguilla and stirred up the Anguillians to open rebellion. In the process, the Aguillians drove the Police out of Anguilla and seized all the riffles and ammunitions. Having completed their task in Anguilla, the political opposition in St. Kitts turned its attention to Nevis and tried to encourage Nevisians into open rebellion, which meant that the Police would be expelled from Nevis. The Labour Party Government in St. Kitts was not prepared to stand idly by and see the Police expelled from Nevis. The Army in Nevis was not there to “intimidate” Nevisians but to deter certain Nevisians from pursuing a detrimental course of action.Unlike the case of Anguilla, a significant number of Nevisians were members of the Trades & Labour Union and also supporters of the Labour Party in St. Kitts. Any attempt at open rebellion in Nevis might have led to Civil War in the island. The members of the CCM were 100% certain that they would have won the Referendum held in Nevis on August 10th, 1998, and that the next day Nevis would have been separated from St. Kitts. So the CCM members made plans to seize the MV Caribe Queen, the Government ferry. The Government in St. Kitts however, did not allow the Caribe Queen to stay over in Nevis on the night of the Referendum. This angered the CCM members who Too little too late heaped all sorts of abuse on Dr. Douglas and his Cabinet. This only goes to show that at times Nevisians can be encouraged to do stupid and regrettable things. PAM and its allies are now trying to out – do one another in heaping praise and accolades on the late Dr. Simeon Daniel, but that is pure hypocrisy. Dr. Daniel gave the government to the PAM party in 1980 and although the party made him Minister of Finance, he was Minister of Finance in name only. Massa Caines was the de factor Minister of Finance. The PAM Government embarrassed Premier Simeon Daniel and the Nevis Civil Service by stopping, on occasions, the customary over – draft facilities extended to the Ministry of Finance in Nevis by National Bank. This meant that Civil Servants in Nevis could not receive their regular monthly salaries on the date appointed, but at a much later time. Before the partnership in Government between PAM and the NRP ended, Dr. Simeon Daniel was made Minister of the Environment. This again was a cruel joke and a nasty insult. For the Minister of the Environment was provided with no separate office accommodation, no Permanent Secretary, no staff and no budget. He was Minister of the Environment only on paper. The rightful place for the Hon. Simeon Daniel in the Coalition Government should have been Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance. The PAM people did not even want to make the Hon. Simeon Daniel Minister of Finance. What thanklessness and ingratitude to him for what he had done for PAM. So we arrive at a situation today where the PAM people who treated Dr. Simeon Daniel with so much insolence and disrespect during his lifetime are now venerating him as Hero, Pioneer, Stalwart, Martyr, Bridge-builder in his death. Dr. Daniel was not accepted or respected by the PAM executive during his lifetime. They are now prepared to venerate him as the best of the best now that he is dead. All that the PAMites are saying now about Dr. Daniel is for political reasons only. It is neither honest nor sincere. It is “too little and too late” or as the Holy Bible puts it, it is as “sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.”


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 15TH 2012 6 NEWS SKNFA hosts FIFA Futuro III Referee Instructor Course By Drizel HanleyFuturo III Referee Instructors Course, the first of its kind in St.Kitts, kicked-off at a brief Opening Ceremony at the Marriott Resort, Frigate Bay on Monday, June 11th 2012. Minister of Sports the Hon. Glen Phillip officially opened the FIFA FUTURO III Referee Instructor’s Course. The Sports Minister in his remarks said that education is very important aspect in any sport, especially in football which is going through a very interesting phase in St.Kitts-Nevis. He further explained that such courses help to further develop the knowledge and technical know-how of the people involved with it. “Continuous development of every aspect – be it playing, coaching or refereeing is essential for the development of any sport”, he added. The open ceremony was also attended by Deputy Governor General, Sir Edmund Lawrence; FIFA Development Officers, Angenie Kanhai and Howard McIntosh; FIFA Physical & Technical Referee Instructors, President of the SKNFA, Mr. Anthony Johnson; General Secretary of the SKNFA, Mr. Stanley Jacobs; Technical Director, Mr. Lenny Lake and other executive members of the SKNFA Executive. The event, which is being held under the auspices of the St. Kitts & Nevis Football Association (SKNFA) brings together over thirty participants from Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, BVI, Dominica, Grenada, Netherlands Antilles, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, and host country St. Kitts & Nevis. The course is being facilitated by FIFA’s Referee Development Officer, Mr. Ramesh Ramdhan; FIFA’s Fitness Instructor Mr. Merere Gonzales of Trinidad and Tobago, and FIFA’s Referee Instructor Mr. Peter Prendergast of Jamaica. Attending the six day course from the Federation are Stuart Rawlins and Troy Mills of the St. Kitts Referees Association and Leroy Greene from the Nevis Football Association. In addition, Ms Judith Isles is beign trained as the Referees Fitness Instructor for the Federation. FUTURO III focuses on the education of member association instructors in the topics of coaching, refereeing, administration and management and sports medicine. Participants in this programme are expected to be actively teaching in their member associations, both before and after the course. FUTURO III courses use a regional format, assembling and educating instructors selected by the member associations from neighbouring countries in a centralised venue. The courses begin at 9:00am and ends at 5:00pm daily. Another Young Kittitian Excels Brant Douglas is a native of Saint Kitts and Nevis. He relocated from Sandy Point in Saint Kitts to Brooklyn, New York in the United States at the tender age of 5. Brant immediately jumped into the academic system of my new home. He attended and graduated from Elementary School P.S. 244, Junior High School I.S. 285, and Transit Technical High School. As the years progressed, so did his academic achievement. Brant in in his pursuit of his education, enrolled as a freshman at Medgar Evers College (MEC) of the City University of New York (CUNY). At Medgar Evers College he was heavily involved in extracurricular activities on campus; he even helped to start some student clubs. During the years at MEC, he served as Student Ambassador to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), Fellow at the CUNY Leadership Academy, and VicePresident of the Student Government Association all while maintaining academic achievement. Brant graduated from MEC with an Associate’s of Science Degree in Public Administration in 2007 and with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in 2010, all the while maintaining a 3.5 grade point average. This however was not the end of his educational journey. In the fall of 2010 Brant attended the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College of the City University of New York. During his tenure at Baruch, he again became heavily involved in the extracurricular activities on campus. He participated in the Master’s of Public Administration (MPA) Club, the Graduate Student Assembly, as well as the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship. Brant said that Baruch taught him the true meaning of academic achievement. The professors were the finest in their fields. They brought real world experiences to the classroom and incorporated every day policy challenges into homework assignments. Brant remembers staying awake for 24 hours completing school work, however, as the proverb says, “Anything worth having is worth working for”. Perseverance and Faith in God carried him through and because of this he graduated with my Master’s of Public Administration from Baruch College on Wednesday, May 30, 2012. Brant said ‘Looking back at his academic life, I did not conceive accomplishing this feat. Our paths are prepared for us but we must prepare ourselves for the journey along these pathways. As I have accomplished much, I do not plan to keep it to myself. It is my goal to reach out and give back whatever I can, wherever I can, however I can.’ The Labour Spokesman extends congratulations to Brant and his family on his excellent achievement. JamKit Fathers’ Day Message 2012 Basseterre, St Kitts; 13 June 2012: Not quite so long ago, people across the world paused, with much moment, to celebrate Mothers’ Day. Much was rightly made of the contribution of mothers, of all descriptions, to the fabric of the human experience. The Jamaican Kittitian (JamKit) Association expressed its greetings and sentiments on that occasion, with emotion deserving of the occasion. With Fathers’ Day now upon us, we similarly wish to pause in saluting the many men who stand in the breach and hold up the beacon for responsible parenting. The Association expresses unreservedly its solidarity with the millions of people who recognise, with respect, the role played by fathers in the making of a home. We share the belief that for the family to be whole and by extension, for society to be similarly whole, the importance of the responsible, caring, nurturing and disciplining father cannot be overstated. With all of the developments in science, law and sociology that have sought to suggest otherwise, there remains a stubbornly abiding truth: that balance and equality are among the critical attributes that can lead to the development of sustainable family units, which can then redound to sustainable communities. Of course, the hue and cry that often arises surrounding the role of men and fathers in today’s Caribbean society is substantially well placed. The irresponsible siring of offspring as a token part of masculine bragging rights has, in no small part, been complicit in any number of social problems, ranging from micro-economic dislocation to increasing crime throughout the Caribbean region. Without delving too deeply into the intellectual and statistical perspectives available, it suffices to say that we reiterate the admonition to males everywhere that they take on the role of fatherhood (as opposed to mere fathering) with great sobriety, bearing in mind the seriousness of the task to which they will be called to rise. Our Association also hastens to recognise those who have, through their lives and works, provided guidance, support and advise for youngsters regardless of any putative connection. By these avenues, they have demonstrated maturity and emotional intelligence that is rightly to be bequeathed to the young. We laud this special calling to care, and anticipate that those who take this approach to fatherhood will benefit from their efforts. We at JamKit Association trust that this period of acknowledgement will be one of inspiration and encouragement. We affirm the role of positive manhood through this medium, and exhort all fathers to continue or improve their positive impact on the lives of their children (biological or otherwise). May you truly be outstanding role models. Always we remain, with One Love. Carol Phillips, President, JamKit


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 15TH 2012 7 NEWS info@sknunion.com Remarks by Dr the Hon Timothy Harris, Senior Minister and Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources at a workshop on “Financing and Servicing of Agricultural Development Projects” at NEMA’s Conference Room on June 6, 2012I am happy for this occasion on which we are to have a candid interchange and exchange of ideas, views, suggestions and prescriptions about that critical resource (financial resources) for the ongoing development of the agricultural sector. The Agriculture sector remains under-resourced. There have been some improvements in recent times but better can be done. The sector has not been provided with enough resources on a consistent basis to do what we need to ensure its radical transformation, growth and development. The evidence is overwhelming as we look at the landscape, the unpaved feeder roads, the absence of water management systems, under utilization of technology including shade houses and greenhouses. Government has an important role to play in providing adequate resources for the growth and development of the sector. In the Jagdeo Initiative a call was made for Heads of Government to ensure that greater resources were invested in agriculture. The Jagdeo Initiative which provides the blue print for agriculture in CARICOM identified the multifunctional role of agriculture including food security and nutrition, import substitution, foreign exchange savings and earnings, environmental sustainability and job creation. The food security imperative, the high cost of living, the high level of poverty at 20% of the population have all reminded us here in St Kitts and Nevis that Food Security is a must. Our fertile land must be put to better uses. Financial resources represent a binding constraint on the agriculture sector. I am pleased therefore that some important financial intermediaries are part of the discussion today. Intermediaries I am advised that a few of our financial intermediaries have been consistently helpful to our crops and livestock farmers, fishers and agro processors. I want to thank them for being a friend of the farming community. I am advised that the FND Enterprise Cooperative Credit Union lent $3.5 million dollars in three hundred loans to farmers over a ten year window (2001-2010). The St Kitts Cooperative Credit Union and the Nevis Cooperative Credit Union combined, provided over $2 million in loans to the farmers over the period 2004-2010, and the Development Bank, the people’s bank, offered over $3 million in loan support between 20052010. The Development Bank has been the largest financial backer of the farming community. I thank all entities here for their support. I am happy that all these entities are present today. I hope that as a result of their respective contributions we will get a better appreciation as to how working cooperatively the farmers can access more support. Meantime we call upon our commercial banks to increase their support to our farmers, fishers and agro processors. We can agree that agriculture is an inherently risky economic activity. A large array of uncontrollable elements can affect production output and prices, resulting in high variable economic returns to farm households. In developing countries like St Kitts and Nevis, farmers also lack access to both modern instruments of risk management – such as agricultural insurance, future contracts, or guarantee funds – and ex post emergency government assistance. Such farmers rely on different “traditional” coping strategies and risk-mitigation techniques, but most of these are inefficient. The literature tells us that banks avoid financing agriculture for a host of reasons including the high cost of service delivery, information asymmetries, perceptions of low profitability in agriculture, lack of collateral, low levels of farmer education and financial literacy reflected in poor or non existent financial records on the performance of their farms. The smaller the net worth of the farm household, the worse the degree of exclusion. Formal lenders like commercial banks tend to over emphasize the use of immoveable collateral as the primary buffer against default risk, which means they provide services to a limited segment of the farming and fishing communities. Small and medium sized farmers, who constitute the vast majority of farm operators, often do not have secured title land, which is the preferred type of collateral; if they do, its value may be insufficient to cover the loan in question. Most of the farm lands in our Federation are either leased or rented and our formal banking sector has not been too willing to rely on this form of security. Admittedly the private market for financing agriculture needs to be improved. The ideas that will be shared today will hopefully allow lenders to garner a better perspective on the felt needs of our farmers, fishers and agro processors. At the same time we in agriculture will get insights into what factors our lenders consider when determining our loans. We heard earlier from two credit unions that there is a need for a greater pool of grant financing or very concessional loans being made available to them for on lending to agriculture. I appreciate this point and we will explore these and other possibilities. In closing, I am indebted to IICA for organizing this forum and to all entities that lent their support to this initiative. I am delighted by the large turnout and cross section of farmers, fishers and agro processors. I hope that this forum will be memorable for the advancement we will make in addressing the cause of agriculture.May God bless us and our beloved country. Catholics pray to protect St. Kitts and Nevis during hurricane season BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – Parish priest at the Immaculate Conception Co-Cathedral, Fr. Vincente Gonzalez on Sunday led parishioners in special prayers for a safe hurricane season. Following morning mass a procession with the Blessed Sacrament went from the Church to the nearby Independence Square. The procession led by parishioners carrying candles and the Cross and including flower girls, incense, the choir and musicians as well as the Eucharistic Ministers – the Prayer Group and Catechists stopped in the square at the fountain. “As we enter upon a time of vigilance and preparedness with the beginning of the annual hurricane season, let us humbly bring our prayers to God, the Lord of the winds and the rains, the Lord of good season and bad, the Lord of blessing and hope, that he might bless us with his mighty power and protect us in our ways. “Lord of the Universe and the four winds, hear our petitions and supplications on this day. In you alone is our salvation. In you alone do we find our lives safe. As once you were the guide and protection of your people Israel in pillars of wind and fire, so also guide and protect us, your people today, and keep us in safety and peace all our days; through our Lord Jesus Christ, who with you and the Holy Spirit, belong all honour and glory now and forever,” said Fr. Vincente. “May the Lord protect St. Kitts and Nevis and all the Caribbean Islands from the onslaught of hurricanes and storms this season,” he prayed. Following the blessing of the monstrance (Blessed Sacrament), the procession returned to the Church. U.S. forecasters predicted that this year’s Atlantic hurricane season would produce a normal number of about nine to 15 tropical storms. As many as four to eight of those storms could strengthen into hurricanes, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s initial outlook for the six-month storm season that officially began June 1. One to three of those could become major hurricanes with top winds of 111 mph or higher. The weather phenomenon known as El Nino, which warms Pacific waters near the equator and increases wind shear over the Atlantic, may develop by the late summer or early fall and help suppress storm development, forecasters said. This season got an early start with Tropical Storms Alberto and Beryl.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 15TH 2012 8 NEWS BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – Lawmakers in St. Kitts and Nevis have received draft legislation which seeks to amend the Electronic Crimes Act of 2009, to facilitate the harmonization of the Act by bringing it in line with the international standards so as to ensure that existing offences and laws respecting the investigative powers of the police and admissibility of evidence in judicial proceedings adequately apply in order to deal with the novel and sophisticated forms of criminal activity. The Electronic Crimes (Amendment) Bill, 2012, which stands in the name of Prime Minister and Minister with responsibility for the Police and Defence Force, the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas, will see a new definition of “intercept” so as to bring it in line with international standards. Clause 4 of the Bill seeks to amend section 3 of the Act so that jurisdiction is based on the principle of nationality. Currently that section makes provision for unlimited jurisdiction with regard to acts committed outside Saint Christopher and Nevis which would be very difficult to enforce. Clause 5 of the Bill seeks to replace section 4 of the Act in order to create clear offences relating to illegal access and illegal remaining. Thus, the Clause seeks to ensure that acts committed in excess of a lawful excuse or justification are criminalized. Further, the Clause seeks to create the offence of illegal remaining, which offence is intended to target persons with a right of access to a computer system or part of a computer system by virtue of the nature of their work who access the computer system in accordance with the authorization and remain logged in the computer system contrary to the authorization with intent to commit ulterior offences to the detriment of their employer. Further, the Clause seeks to consolidate the provisions of section 12 of the Act into Clause 4 because of the similarities. Clause 6 of the Bill seeks to amend section 5 of the Act by inserting immediately before the word “data” wherever it appears in subsection (1) thereof the word “computer.’ Clause 7 of the Bill seeks to amend section 6 of the Act in order to create the offence of hindering or interfering with a computer system which is exclusively for the use of critical infrastructure operations; or which is not for the use of critical infrastructure operations, but which is used in critical infrastructure operations; whereby the conduct of the person affects the use or impacts the operations of critical infrastructure. Clause 8 of the Bill seeks to amend section 8 of the Act in order to provide for possession of devices with the intent that such devices are to be used for the purpose of committing an offence. This is intended to bring the provisions of that section in line with international standards. Clause 9 of the Bill seeks to amend section 9 of the Act in order to criminalise computer related fraud. Clause 11 of the Bill seeks to amend section 14 of the Act by defining communication that constitute a threat or is menacing in character. Clause 12 of the Bill seeks to introduce four new sections, namely, sections 14, 15, 16 and 17 in order to make provision for new offences which are not covered by the Act. First, the Clause seeks to create the offence of computer related forgery in order to target persons who knowingly, without lawful excuse or justification or in excess of lawful excuse or justification, (a) make an input; (b) alter; (c) delete; or (d) suppress computer data; resulting in inauthentic computer data with intent that it be considered or acted upon for legal purposes as if it were authentic, regardless of whether or not the computer data is directly readable and intelligible. Secondly, the Clause seeks to create the offence of data espionage in order to target a person who, knowingly, without lawful excuse or justification or in excess of a lawful excuse or justification, obtains for himself or herself from another computer data which are not meant for him or her and which are specially protected against unauthorized access. Thirdly, the Clause seeks to create the offence of identity related crimes in order to target a person who knowingly, without lawful excuse Lawmakers get draft law to amend Electronic Crimes Act or justification or in excess of a lawful excuse or justification, uses a computer system at any stage of an offence to transfer, possess, or use a means of identification of another person with intent to commit, aid or abet, or in connection with, any unlawful activity that constitutes a crime. Fourthly, the Clause seeks to create the offence of spam in order to target a person who knowingly, without lawful excuse or justification, (a) initiates the transmission of multiple electronic mail messages from or through a computer system; (b) uses a protected computer system to relay or retransmit multiple electronic mail messages, with intent to deceive or mislead users, or any electronic mail or internet service providers, as to the origin of such messages; or (c) materially falsifies header information in multiple electronic mail messages and intentionally initiates the transmission of such messages. Clause 13 of the Bill seeks to amend section 15 of the Act in order to enhance the investigative powers of the police. Clause 15 of the Bill seeks to introduce three new sections, namely, sections 23, 24, and 25. First, the Clause seeks to introduce a new section relating to expedited preservation of computer data in order to facilitate a police officer who, if satisfied that there are grounds to believe that computer data which is reasonably required for the purposes of a criminal investigation is particularly vulnerable to loss or modification, may, by written notice given to a person in control of the computer data, require the person to ensure that the computer data specified in the notice is preserved for a period of up to seven days as specified in the notice. Such period may be extended beyond the seven days if, on an ex parte application, a Magistrate authorizes an extension of the same for a further specified period of time. Secondly, the Clause seeks to introduce a new section relating to use of forensic software in order to facilitate police officers to use forensic software in an investigation concerning an offence where there are reasonable grounds to believe that essential evidence cannot be collected by applying other provisions of the Act but is reasonably required for the purposes of a criminal investigation. The use of this method will have to be approved by the judge upon application by a police officer. Once the approval is given then a police would be able to utilize a remote forensic software with the specific task required for the investigation and install it on the suspect’s computer system in order to collect the relevant evidence. Thirdly, the Clause seeks to introduce a new section relating to the disclosure of details of an investigation in order to ensure that an internet service provider who receives an order related to a criminal investigation that explicitly stipulates that confidentiality is to be maintained or such obligation is stated by law complies with such requirement, otherwise should the internet service provider intentionally, without lawful excuse or justification or in excess of a lawful excuse or justification, discloses the details of the investigation, then such provider will face legal consequences. Clause 17 of the Bill seeks to introduce a new section that empowers the Minister to make regulation in order to give effect to the provisions of the Act. The Electronic Crimes (Amendment) Bill, 2012 is now available for comments and suggestions from the general public and interest groups and is available on line at www.cuopm.com Comments and suggestions can be sent to the Legal Department in the Attorney General’s Office, Government Headquarters, Church Street, Basseterre or email attorneygeneral@gov.kn Special Olympics National Games The general public is invited to the Annual Special Olympics St. Kitts-Nevis National Games to be held at Silver Jubilee Athletic Stadium on Sunday, June 24, 2012 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Digicel-sponsored event allows special athletes from St. Kitts and Nevis to develop self confidence and display their skills for residents – skills that produce many medals in international competitions including two silver and five bronze medals and several medals at the Special Olympics World Games held in Greece last year. There is no admission fee but persons are encouraged to make donations to benefit Special Olympics St. Kitts-Nevis. Board members, volunteers, parents and special athletes look forward to the support of all residents.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 15TH 2012 9 NEWS -Plans Progressing Smoothly for Mr. Kool and Ms. Culture Swimwear Contests this Year CHARLESTOWN, NEVIS — Following the announcement of changes for this year’s Ms. Culture Queen Pageant, Chairperson of the Ms. Culture Queen Pageant, Ms. Culture Swimwear Contest and the Mr. Kool Competition Subcommittee Ms. Jedee Caines, said plans are progressing smoothly for the July 29th staging of the Ms. Culture Swimwear and Mr. Kool Contests. Noting that the contests would be twinned again this year, Ms. Caines said she is confident that the show would be a major success. “On July 29th, Culturama patrons would experience two shows for the price of one with 10 dynamic contestants already confirmed,” she said. While focusing on the theme “Under the Sea,” the contestants would each make four appearances: “for the Ms. Culture Swimwear contestants, Fanfare; One-piece Swimwear; Two-piece Swimwear and Sponsor Appreciation Swimwear and for the Mr. Kool participants, Fanfare; Beachwear; Talent and Mr. Kool Wear.” “This year, we wanted to show appreciation to the sponsors in a big way, hence the introduction of a Sponsor Appreciation Swimwear,” Ms. Caines explained, adding that the five Ms. Culture Swimwear contestants are eagerly anticipating that appearance. When asked about the reason for the changes in the Mr. Kool Contest, Ms. Caines revealed that “this year’s format is similar to when the competition started in 2001.” “The Federation’s males have a lot to offer. Some have excellent beach bodies, some dress well and others are extremely talented so we thought it would be nice to have varying segments,” she explained. According to Ms. Caines, this year’s Mr. Kool and Ms. Culture Swimwear contestants, like the Ms. Culture Queen Pageant contestants, have commenced training in public speaking and interviews. This, she said, would prepare them for the contestants’ launch, promotional videos and radio and television interviews which they will participate in. The 2012 Ms. Culture Swimwear/Mr. Kool Contest, like the Ms. Culture Queen Pageant is being planned by Committee Chairperson and former Ms. Culture Queen Pageant contestant Ms. Jedee Caines, former Ms. Culture Queens Adele Dore and Tamica Lawrence, former chaperones Ms. Renee Wilkinson and Ms. Karene Paul, Mr. Jermaine Arthurton, Mr. Greg Quailey and Ms. Melissa Cornelius. Ms. Sheila Patricia Claxton is the advisor. Chairperson of the 2012 Culturama Ms. Culture Swimwear and Mr. Kool Contests Subcommittee Ms. Jedee Caines. s Inland Revenue Department continues Mobile Tax Information Center InitiativeMake certain that you reach -use our new Email address: info@sknunion.com BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) The Inland Revenue Department says it has successfully hosted the first of two Mobile Tax Information Center events in Sandy Point and Old Road. The first saw a large number of persons from the Sandy Point community as well as other surrounding villages turning out to ask questions and dialogue with the staff of the Inland Revenue Department. The second last Saturday 9th June was held in Old Road Village, next to the Fisheries Complex. The following week the Department will mount its Mobile Tax Information Center in Cayon, on the lawn across from Maynard’s Park on June 16th, 2012 and on June 23rd, 2012, one will be on Fort Street, Basseterre. All events are expected to run from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm except the event in Basseterre, which will close at 4:00 pm. The initiative, which is the first in a series of innovative events to aid public education by the Department, is designed to at 1 percent per month or 12 percent per annum. Please contact the Inland Revenue Department on St. Kitts or on Nevis if you have not received a Property Tax Notice for this or any tax period to bring your account up to date and avoid unnecessary penalties and interest. The Inland Revenue Department is charged with administering the tax laws of the Federation in an efficient and equitable manner, to promote voluntary compliance to maximize Revenue for the development of the Federation at the least cost to the public and in a manner that warrants the highest degree of Public confidence in our integrity, efficiency and fairness. The Inland Revenue Department is the prime revenue collections agency for the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis within the Ministry of Finance, located at Bay Road, Basseterre, and Charlestown, St. Kitts and Nevis, West Indies. increase public awareness with respect to the role and operations of the Inland Revenue Department and better educating the public of their responsibilities as taxpayers and citizens. “The feedback from the general public was tremendous and the Department is thankful and appreciative of the support that they have received thus far from the public,” the Department said in a news release. It disclosed that over the course of the next few weeks and months, the Department intends to increase public awareness and interest in its new taxpayer outreach programme and customers will no longer be confined to its main location in Basseterre, but will have the option of turning up at anyone of the temporary mobile centers to enquire and/or settle any tax matter. The general public is asked to note that payment of Property Taxes in St. Kitts and Nevis becomes due and payable on or before June 30th, 2012, after which penalties and interest will accrue Heatbeat 2012 Notice Calling all music and drum enthusiasts, former primary school drummers and parents of primary school drummers, follow the pulsating rhythm of this year’s Heartbeat to the Old Boys School on Thursday, June 21, 2012, starting at 6:30 p.m. This year’s theme is “The Environment,” so come expecting to see the creative use of recycled material as the Old Boys School is transformed into a conservation haven. Various environmental agencies will also provide tips on how to make a personal contribution towards caring for the environment. Come see the Federation’s Primary School students display their drumming talent while reminding about how to preserve the environment on Thursday, June 21, 2012 at the Old Boys School, starting at 6:00 p.m.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 15TH 2012 10 NEWS BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, (CUOPM) – The Federation’s Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas assumes the Chairmanship of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) Monetary Council on June 29th. Governor of the ECCB, The Honourable Sir K. Dwight Venner says a ceremony to mark the Handing Over of the Chairmanship of the ECCB Monetary Council from Premier the Hon. Rueben T. Meade, Council Member for Montserrat to Prime Minister the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas, Council Member for St. Kitts and Nevis will be held at the Sir Cecil Jacobs Auditorium, Eastern Caribbean Central Bank Headquarters prior to the start of the 73rd Meeting of the Monetary Council. Sir Dwight will chair the ceremony which begins at 9 a.m. following the arrival of His Excellency Dr. Sir Cuthbert Sebastian, Governor General of St. Kitts and Nevis. Premier Meade, the Outgoing Chairman and Prime Minister Douglas, the Incoming Chairman will deliver addresses after which Sir Dwight will give the Closing Remarks. The Mission of the ECCB is to maintain the stability of the EC dollar and the integrity of the banking system in order to facilitate the balanced growth and development of member states. The Bank aspires to be the leading institution for economic policy advice, a model for management in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) and an advocate for the ECCU’s regionalisation initiatives. The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank was established in October 1983. It is the Monetary Authority for a group of eight island economies namely Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines. The monetary arrangements are characterised by the issuance of a single common currency, the flow of which is unrestricted among its members; a common pool of foreign exchange reserves; and the existence of a Central Monetary Authority which decides on the Union’s monetary policy. The purposes of the Bank are to regulate the availability of money and credit, promote and maintain monetary stability, promote credit and exchange conditions and a sound financial structure conducive to the balanced growth and development of the economies of the territories of the Participating Governments and actively promote through means Prime Minister Douglas to assume Chairmanship of the 73rd Meeting of the Monetary Council consistent with its other objectives the economic development of the territories of the Participating Governments. The governing bodies of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank are the Monetary Council and the Board of Directors. The Monetary Council is the highest decision making authority. It is comprised of one Minister appointed by each Government of the participating countries. The function of the Council is to provide directives and guidelines on matters of monetary and credit policy to the Bank. The Board of Directors is comprised of ten Directors the Governor and Deputy Governor, and one Director appointed by each Government of the eight participating countries. The Board of Directors is responsible for policy and general administration of the Bank, while the Governor, the Chief Executive, is responsible for the day-to-day management and operations. Council members are Honourable Reuben T Meade, Premier and Minister for Finance, Montserrat; Honourable Hubert Hughes, Chief Minister and Minister for Finance, Anguilla; Honourable Harold Lovell, Minister for Finance, Antigua and Barbuda; Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit, Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Commonwealth of Dominica; Honourable Nazim Burke, Minister for Finance, Grenada; The Right Honourable Dr. Denzil L. Douglas, Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, St. Kitts and Nevis; Dr. the Honourable Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Dr. the Right Hon. Kenny Anthony, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of St. Lucia. Child Month focuses on child abuse By Drizel HanleyThe Early Childhood Department in the Federation of St.Kitts-Nevis is focusing on Child Abuse for this year’s child month celebrations. Jacqueline Morris, National Director of the Early Childhood Department disclosed that the theme for this year’s proceedings is ‘Act Now! Break the Silence, Stop Child Abuse’. The National Director further stated that the theme for the annual celebration of the month normally reflects ongoing trends within the society and is also based on information received from the Social Services Department.“There is a real concern in terms of different forms of abuse of children on the island”, she added. Morris said that during the month of June they will be sensitizing the populace on Child Abuse in different forms so that everyone can get the message that they are trying to put across. “What do we do to break the silence? Information is the key; our effort is towards disseminating information to stakeholders including parents,” she said. The TDC Grounds was the venue for the Children’s Fair which opened on Wednesday (June 13) and ends today (Friday 15). Other highlights of the planned activities include a Family Food Day next Friday, June 22nd, at the Independence Square in Basseterre and the annual Grand Parade and T-Shirt Day on Friday June 29th. economy from a sugar-based to a services economy. “In its goal to promote and support the tourism and hospitality industry and support, the Foundation has made a significant investment in small hotel development,” he said. Mr. Crossman disclosed that the SIDF has allocated loan funding in the sum of EC$8,064,600.00 to the St. Kitts and Nevis Hotel and Tourism Association (HTA) for the purpose of refurbishing and modernizing their small hotel and restaurant properties. “The funds have been placed at the St. Kitts and Nevis Development Bank. Small hotels with under 100 rooms such as Sugar Bay Club, Timothy Beach Resort, Frigate Bay Resort, Ottleys Plantation, Ocean Terrace Inn, Rawlins Plantation/Caines Estates can benefit from the SIDF’s Small Hotel and Restaurant Modernization Fund,” said Mr. Crossman. Photos of Timothy Beach Resort (first) and Frigate Bay Beach Resort EC$8 million at Development Bank for small hotels and restaurants Department of Physical Planning and Environment Street Parade and Exhibition NoticeThe Department of Physical Planning and Environment is inviting the general public to come out and support the department as they bring to a close environmental awareness month. The month will culminate with a street parade followed by an(cont’d on page 14)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 15TH 2012 11 ADVERTISEMENT SIDF assists in funding tourismrelated projects BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – The Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation (SIDF) has injected millions of dollars into the Federation’s tourism industry to keep the sector vibrant. Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr. Terrence Crossman, speaking at a recent event at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort, noted, that tourism has become the main service industry and the most important economic activity. Noting that ongoing enhancement and strategic marketing of the tourism product have contributed to the popularity of St. Kitts and Nevis as a destination, he pointed out that rising fuel costs and increased security regulations make travel expensive and frustrating for passengers and that efforts must be made to ensure that visitors to St. Kitts and returning nationals, particularly by airlifts, have an experience that surpasses expectations from the moment the aircraft lands.“Additionally, in order to attract increasing traffic to St. Kitts and Nevis, the destination must be marketed widely at international trade shows and expositions,” he told participants. The Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation, he said is committed to ensuring that St. Kitts and Nevis remains ahead of the competition. He disclosed that the SIDF is funding four tourismrelated projects which include airlift support, reconfiguration of Waving Gallery at the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport, participation in the Shanghai Trade Exposition, the establishment of the Small Hotel and Restaurant Modernisation Fund and the construction of the Kittitian Hill Resort at Belmont. “The increasing number of visitors who are attracted to the destination, the expansion of the tourism industry and ancillary services, and the increasing importance of tourism to the social and economic development of the island, demand a reliable air transport service,” said Mr. Crossman. The SIDF he said has partnered with the St. Kitts Tourism Authority to secure airlift from the United Kingdom and North America. “Since 2009, the Foundation has contributed EC$3,780.000 annually to the St. Kitts Tourism Authority’s Marketing Fund to ensure our UK source market is serviced by British Airways. Additionally, in 2010 the SIDF provided assistance totaling EC$4,320,000 to ensure that the American Airlines service from our main US markets, Miami and New York, continued without interruption,” said Mr. Crossman. He said the economic impact of this project has been significant, particularly in relation to airlift from the United States and the United Kingdom markets. Despite the global economic downturn, partly because of the subsidy, airlift to the Federation has not been affected despite closing of operation in some markets for some major airlines. It is important to point out that the airlift support to secure AA flights from the United States directly benefits the local population. Just imagine not being able to fly directly to New York and Miami to visit family and, of course, shop,” said Mr. Crossman. Pointing out that the airport experience is a key component of the overall visitor experience as first and final impressions are often lasting, the Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation (SIDF) contributed EC$75,000 to the St. Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority (SCASPA) to reconfigure the waving gallery at the airport thus expanding the emigration and security areas. This change has created a more comfortable environment and accelerated the departure process for passengers. With the emphasis of services as the new engine of economic growth, it is crucial that St. Kitts and Nevis be promoted to the world as a trading partner with an attractive investment potential. A grant of EC$197,454.34 from the Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation (SIDF) to the St. Kitts Investment Promotion Agency (SKIPA) made it possible for the Federation to participate in the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, The People’s Republic of China. Thirteen CARICOM countries participated in the exposition, which ran for six months, from May to October. The expo carried the theme “Better City, Better Life” and was an opportunity for the Federation to showcase its culture and heritage with the expectation of piquing the interests of both investors and visitors. Photo of airlines that fly into St. Kitts’ Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport by Erasmus William


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 15TH 2012 12 NEWS When CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank launched its Unsung Heroes Programme in 2003, it was to recognize persons in communities throughout the Caribbean who were selflessly going about assisting others without a desire for any reward. They did it because they wanted to – plain and simple. Since then we have discovered some wonderful people in our community. People who have very few resources of their own but somehow they find the means to help the elderly, the sick or underprivileged, children, and even to preserve our history. They do not seek media attention and are often modest about their achievements. As a lead up to the nomination and selection of this year’s Unsung Hero for the Federation, we will be featuring our past Unsung Heroes. This week we highlight the first two personalities to win the award.Mr. Winston ‘Zack’ Nisbett Saluting the Federation’s Past CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank Unsung Heroes St Kitts and Nevis implemented the program in 2005 and Winston (Zack) Nisbett became the first Unsung Hero for the Federation. Zack continues to give kudos to the Unsung Heroes programme and says that the award opened the way for him to receive recognition and a number of other awards. The award also gave him scope to continue to work with the youth in the area of culture. Because of his dedicated service to history and culture, he has been given the name Doctor of Culture. Recently Zack received a Medal of Honour for his contribution to culture in the Federation. CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank salutes the 2005 Unsung Hero Winston (Zack) Nisbett.Mr. Ken Evelyn – 2006 Unsung Hero for St Kitts and NevisIn 2006, Mr. Ken Evelyn was selected for his dedicated service to the Nevis community. An outstanding citizen, Mr. Evelyn has spent countless hours cleaning, landscaping and beautifying the main square in Charlestown. In addition, he reactivated the Thermos Springs at Historic Bath Hotel, a famous feature of the island. Mr. Evelyn has also been instrumental in stopping the removal of sand from the beaches, as well as reactivated the historic town clock. Mr. Evelyn has maintained his activities in the community and says that he remains involved because he enjoys lending a helping hand. He encourages all persons to become involved in community building. CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank recognizes the 2006 Unsung Hero, Ken Evelyn. Do you know someone who you would like to nominate for the Federation’s 2012 Unsung Hero? Then visit our branch today to get your nomination forms, or visit us online at www.cibcfcib.com. That person could be one step closer to receiving the recognition they deserve, and an award of US$6,000 toward their work. St. Kitts and Nevis Gets Chance To Learn More About CSME The Ministry of International Trade is working with the CARICOM Secretariat CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) Unit to host a four day country mission to the Federation over the period June 18-21, 2012. The mission will conduct a national CSME Awareness and Sensitization Programme. The broad objective of the programme is to increase the level of awareness and involvement of the citizens and residents of St Kitts and Nevis to the various facets of the CSME and the benefits to be derived therein. It will also focus on explaining how the CSME works with specific reference to the various provisions governing the removal of restrictions for the free movement of goods, services, people, capital and business operations across the region. To this end, the programme will entail a number of focused group sessions with government ministries, private sector organizations, media houses, other key stakeholders, as well as a panel discussion for the general public. These sessions will be facilitated by the Ministry of International Trade along with a team from the CSME Unit which comprises of: oMr Ivor Carryl – Programme Manager CSME oMr Steven MacAndrew – Specialist, Free Movement of Skills/Labour oMs Enid Bissember – Deputy Programme Manager, Economic Development Policy and Research oMr Timothy Odle – Deputy Programme Manager, Services oMr Norris Breedy – Deputy Programme Manager, Single Market and Economy (Free Movement of Goods) oMs Leela Ramoutar – Specialist, Private Sector Facilitation oMr Salas Hamilton – Specialist, Communications Dr the Hon Timothy Harris, Senior Minister and Minister of International Trade said “it is important that we continue to inform and remind people about the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). It remains a work in progress with highs and lows of activity. We are committed to it legally and functionally. We must continue to remind our people of the continuing need for the CSME, the opportunities and challenges, their rights and obligations under the CSME and how this regional initiative will impact on their lives and livelihoods. In this regard, I am very pleased that my Ministry has secured the support of CARICOM to effect this national CSME awareness and sensitization programme”. The CSME Country Mission will meet with both Federal Cabinet and the Cabinet of the Nevis Island Assembly; various government departments, students at high schools and CFBC, the Chamber of Industry and Commerce, the St Kitts and Nevis Small Business forum, media houses, etc EC$7.7 million spent for skills-based training by SIDF BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, JUNE 12TH 2012 (CUOPM) – Pointing out that a highly skilled population is critical to enable the transition of the sugar-based economy to a service-oriented economy, the Sugar Industry Diversification Fund has assisted the Government in executing skilled-based training programmes aimed at the youth. This was disclosed by SIDF’s Chief Executive said the Youth Empowerment through Skills (YES) programme was started in 2009 with a contribution of EC$7,738,704 by the Foundation. He said the YES programme was administered by the National Skills Training Program of the Ministry of Education in conjunction with the Ministry of Social and Community Development and Gender Affairs. Under this programme, over 1000 young persons were trained and certified in various skills, including aquaculture, business administration, basic computer skills, building construction, industrial maintenance, mechanics, beauty services and clothing and textile. “Recognizing that young people equipped with skills must be empowered through employment and entrepreneurship, the Foundation again partnered with the Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis (DBSKN) to establish the Youth Empowerment through Skill Entrepreneur Fund (YESEF) to provide loans of up to EC$25,000 at a low interest rate to graduates of the programme who wished to start their own business,” said Mr. Crossman. The Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation (SIDF) has seen its asset portfolio grown from EC$17.6 million in 2007 to EC$139.8 million in 2010. Speaking at the formal launching of its Office, Mr. Crossman said some EC$154 million or US$ 55 million has been invested in the creation of a sustainable, diversified economy by way of grants, loans and share holdings. He said that the Foundation has to date funded development in ten key areas as follows: Tourism $22,616,709.35 Resort Development $22,615,624.42 Electricity $21,803,912.40 Agriculture $13,397,516.11 Investments$11,000,000.01 Construction $11,000,000.00 Training $10,238,704.01 Arts & Culture $3,100,000.00 Education $2,500,000.00 Sports $,438,85 2.94 In addition budget support has been given to Government in the amount of $32,017,505.59 St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas visits YES programme participants in computer training at the Information Technology Center on the C.A. Paul Southwell Industrial Site in 2009. Make certain that you reach use our new Email address: info@sknunion.com


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 15TH 2012 13 GOOD NEWS In his explaining the relation between the Jews and the Gentiles Paul states, “Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God.” Paul had just reminded his Gentiles readers that God rejected the great mass of their Jewish contemporaries for unbelief, while at the same time bringing many pagans like themselves to saving faith. Now Paul invites them to take of the two sides of God’s character which appeared in this transaction, “Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but towards thee goodness.” The Christians at Rome are not to dwell on God’s goodness alone, or on His severity alone, but to contemplate both together. Both are attributes of God; that is, of His revealed character. Both must be acknowledged together if it is to be truly known. Christians who want to help their floundering fellows into what a famous old tact used to call, “safety, certainty and enjoyment” are constantly bewildered as to where to begin: the fantastic hodgepodge of fancies about God takes their breath away. How on earth do people got in such a muddle? What lies at their confusion? And where is the starting point for setting them straight? To these questions there are several complementary sets of answers. One is that people have gotten into the practice of following private religious hunches rather than learning of God from His own words; we have to try to help them unlearn the pride and, in some cases, the misconception about Scripture which gave rise to this attitude and to base their convictions henceforth not on what they feel but on what the Bible says. A second answer is that modern people think that all religions are equal and equivalent. They draw their ideas about God from pagan as well as Christian sources. We have to try to show people the uniqueness and finality of the Lord Jesus Christ, God’s last Word to man. A third answer is that people have ceased to recognized the reality of their own sinfulness, which imparts a degree of perversity and enmity against God to all that they think and do. It is our task to introduce people to this fact about themselves and so make them aware and open to correction by the Word of Christ. The fourth answer, no less basic than the three that have already given is that people today are in the habit of disassociating the thought of God’s goodness from that of His severity. We must seek to wean them from this habit, since nothing but mis-belief is possible as long as it persists. The habit in question, first learned from some gifted German theologian of the twentieth century, has infected modern Western Protestantism as a whole. To reject all ideas of divine wrath and judgment, and to assume that God’s character, misrepresented in many parts of the Bible, is really one of indulgent benevolence without any severity, is the rule rather than the exception among ordinary folks today. It is true that some recent theologians, in reaction, have tried to reaffirmed the truth of God’s holiness, but their efforts seemed halfhearted and their words have fallen for the most part on deaf ears. Modern Protestants are not going to give up their “enlightened” to the doctrine of celestial Santa Claus because a Brunner of a Niehuhr suspects this is not the whole story. The certainty that there is no more to be said of God than that He is infinitely forbearing and kind – that certainty is as hard to eradicate as bindweed; once it has put down roots, Christianity, in the true sense of the word simply dies off. The substance of Christianity is faith in the forgiveness of sins through the redeeming work of Christ on the cross. On the basis of Santa Claus theology, sins create no problem, and atonement become needless. God’s active favour extends no less to those who keep them. The idea of God’s attitude to me is affected by whether or not I do what He says has no place to in the thought of the man on the street, and any attempt to show the need for fear in God’s presence, for trembling at His word, gets written off as impossible and old-fashion “Victorian”, “Puritan”, and “sub-Christian.” But the Santa Claus theology carries within itself the seeds of its own collapse, for it cannot cope with the fact of evil. It is no accident that when belief in the “good God” of liberalism became widespread, about the turn of the twentieth century, the so called problem of evil (which was not considered a problem before) suddenly leaped into prominence as the number one concern of Christian apologetics. This was invisible, for it is not possible to see the good will of heavenly Santa Claus in heart breaking and destructive things, like cruelty, marital infidelity, or death on the road. The only way to serve the liberal view of God is to dissociate Him from these things and to deny that he has any direct relation to them or control over them; in other words to deny God’s omnipotence and Lordship over His world. Liberal theologians took this course fifty years ago, now the man on the street is taking it today. Now he is left with a kind God who means well but cannot always insulate His children from trouble and grief. When trouble comes, therefore, there is nothing to do but grin and bear it. In this way, by an ironic paradox, faith in a God who is all goodness and no severity tends to confirm men in a God’s Goodness and Severity fatalistic and pessimistic attitude of life. To get back on tract, one has to learn to relate God’s goodness to his severity, according to the Scripture. Our purpose here is to sketch out the substance of biblical teaching on this point. Humbly Submitted by Alson B H Percival (Rev Canon Dr) Chair Nevis Regional Council And Vice Chair Nevis Christian Council Rules of Origin Training Course Jamaican Kittitian (JamKit) Association General Meeting In NevisThe 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, 16 Jun 2012 at the Red Cross Building, Charlestown, Nevis starting at 4.00pm. Jamaicans and friends of Jamaicans living in Nevis as well as those in St Kitts who are available are asked to come out to continue discussions relating to Jamaica 50 St Kitts & Nevis Celebrations Jamaican foodfair, comedy, dance, drama, movies, etc. Please pass the word along to your friends/relatives and come out and give your support, suggestions and feedback. Make an effort to be there, bring along a friend or 10 and be on time. We look forward to the seeing all you Jamaicans who are living in Nevis and getting the linkages with those living on St Kitts going! The Ministry of International Trade, Industry, Commerce and Consumer Affairs in collaboration with the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Hub and Spokes Project and the Customs and Excise Department of St. Kitts and Nevis conducted a training course on Rules of Origin (ROO) with regards to the European Union/ CARIFORUM Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME)/OECS Economic Union at the Ocean Terrace Inn on Wednesday, June 13th, 2012. “Rules of origin are laws, regulations and administrative rulings applied by governments to determine the country of origin of goods, services or investment. Rules of origin are the criteria needed to determine the national source of a product. Their importance is derived from the fact that duties and restrictions in several cases depend upon the source of imports,” The World Trade Organisation (WTO). The main objective of this training was to improve the knowledge of Customs and Excise officials and other public sector persons on all aspects of the Rules of Origin in relation to the trade Agreements mentioned above, and to improve the trade facilitation environment in St. Kitts and Nevis. This training further ensures that St. Kitts and Nevis is better placed for implementation of the Rules of Origin components of the said trade Agreements. This specific area of training has been identified by the Ministry of International Trade, Industry, Commerce and Consumer Affairs in collaboration with the Customs and Excise Department as one of the activities to be conducted in 2012 which will enhance the technical capacity of Customs officials in trade policy development and implementation. The inclusion of other technical persons in the public sector to participate in this training is part of the strategy of the Ministry of International Trade, Industry, Commerce and Consumer Affairs of ensuring that there is wide exposure to trade policy development and implementation, information sharing and improvement of the business environment of St. Kitts and Nevis. The Ministry has secured funding from the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Hub and Spokes Project which is being implemented through the OECS Secretariat on behalf of OECS Member States. The aim of the Hub & Spokes project is to promote the effective participation of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries in international trade negotiations and to strengthen their capacity to formulate and implement trade policies. International trade is a key component of overall development strategies in ACP countries and the Hub & Spokes project seeks to facilitate the ACP’s gradual integration into the world economy and contribute to sustainable development and poverty reduction in these countries. The main resource person was Mr. Claude Paul a former Comptroller of Customs in St. Lucia having served in that capacity from January 2000 – December 2005, after previously working through the ranks of the Department and amassing over 25 years of experience and knowledge in most of the operational areas. Mr. Paul also served as the Permanent Secretary of the Caribbean Customs Law Enforcement Council for two years before being appointed as the Director of Customs Reform in the Commonwealth of Dominica from June 2008 to July 2011 where he assisted with the transformation of the Customs & Excise Division including the successful migration to ASYCUDA World and the introduction of a new Customs Act. He is graduate of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Cave Hill campus attaining a Bachelor’s degree in Public Sector Management (Hons). He is also a holder of a Master’s degree in International Trade Law Distinction) obtained from the Robert Gordon University (RGU) in Aberdeen, Scotland. The training workshop took place at the Ocean Terrace Inn (OTI) in Basseterre on June 13 and 14 at 9.00 a.m. on each day.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 15TH 2012 14 NEWS “Everything in the universe has rhythm. Everything dances.”-Maya Angelou The Fireflies Dance School to host end of year Dance Recital The Fireflies Dance School, under the direction of Ms. Heidi Slack, is pleased to announce that plans are underway for their 2012 end of year dance recital, ‘Dancing through Life’. This year’s recital is currently scheduled for July 7th 2012 and the 65 young, talented members are prepared to demonstrate the power and beauty of dance as they amaze the general public with a fantastic display of Ballet, Jazz, Afro-Caribbean, Musical Theater and Acro-Dance pieces. The Director has assured that ‘Dancing through Life’ promises to be an evening of exceptional entertainment aimed at inspiring and challenging all art lovers to celebrate the never-ending choreography of life. Also to be featured at this event is the ever-popular “Daddy Daughter Dance” and a brand new addition; the “Mommy and Me” Dance. The Fireflies Dance School caters to dancers between the ages of 3 and 9 (pre-school through Grade 4). The school provides students with the highest quality of dance instruction, helping them to gain a love and appreciation for dance while improving their self esteem and confidence, imagination and creativity and enhancing their sense of accomplishment. Fireflies 2011 Recital-PLAYTIME Fireflies' Intermediates-2011 Recital PLAYTIMEFireflies' Seniors-2011 Recital PLAYTIME exhibition at the Independence Square on Friday, June 22 starting from 9:00 a.m. The street parade will commence at Warner Park before making its way through the streets of Basseterre showcasing various environmental messages and will end at the Independence Square. Following the parade, an exhibition will be held in the square showcasing the different artwork and green technology competition pieces which were submitted by the primary and secondary school students for World Environment Day which was observed on June 5.(cont’d from page 10) Department of Physical ......


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 15TH 2012 15 NEWS -So Tell Me ByJean Thomas What is correct? I am a woman, and so I am fascinated with clothes, the fabric, the style the texture and almost anything to do with clothes I admire or do not admire as the case may be. I know things have changed and I must try to keep up with the times. These are supposedly modern days and it seems that anything and everything goes. It is not just for the workplace but in church as well. I can recall that as a Methodist worshipper from as early as I can remember, my mother took me to church. I always knew when it was communion Sunday since all women and girls wore something white that means I had to wear white too. Today, we wear anything on that first Sunday in the month. Funerals were black & white, all white or all black and sometimes purple. That of course has gone the way of most other things. There was also a time when dresses worn to church had to have sleeves. If not, one had to wear something to cover the arms. Low cut dresses and sleeveless tops were reserved for dances and for parties. As for the accessories forget it the bigger, the uglier or more gaudy it is then that is what will be worn at work, at school, at church, and at play. I wonder to myself if the young women wearing these things know that there is a time and a place for wearing what they wear. Who guides them? Did I as a mother, not teach my daughter the right thing about dress codes? I also wonder am I setting a good example by the way I dress? These days I no longer know what is acceptable. We no longer have standards. Even our churches no longer insist on a dress code. All we seem to be concerned with is that the member comes to church bring the offering, and we are happy. I have seen even at funerals that the clothes worn by many of our women are more suitable for parties than a funeral. But, these are modern times so we wear what we have, what we want and what we choose. So tell me, what is acceptable? Have we “thrown out the baby with the bath water”? BY EARL CLARKE Dear Reader, Let us as black people analyze and parse our historical background and see if PAM (The People’s Action Movement) was really and truly formed with good intentions toward the black people in St Kitts who were poor, down trodden, oppressed, distressed, suppressed, dehumanized and animalized. Those who paid interest in our dilemma, saw to it that we were treated as human beings, while being threatened with imprisonment and loss of life. They knew that they were undaunted in the pursuit of their Divine Mission. One of their Divine Mission was to rid the Mc Knight Community of the yoke a certain person had around their necks. This person was in control of the lands of mc Knight and was exacting his pound of flesh from the occupants of those lands mercilessly. The people cried out in anguish. The yoke was too much for them. They were gasping for breath. Mr. Bradshaw and the Labour party heard the cries of these tormented and down trodden souls, ran and rescued them by breaking away the yoke around their necks. Mr. Bradshaw forced the oppressor to give titles to the land which they had occupied for generations. Be grudgingly, the oppressor capitulated. Every occupier of the land who now turned owner was able to add a little drop shed to the one by one little house which he owned but could not extend, because of the land situation. The dropshep served as an extra bedroom, causing the children who slept on the floor to gravitate toward the height of a bed. The black man suffers from three faults (1) when he starts a business, he wants to become a millionaire overnight. He prices himself out of business. If the business shows signs of progress he suddenly forgets that he depends on customers to expand the business. He begins to show off on them. The customers soon desert him and the business fails. Barker and Kelly are the only two black business men who kept their heads on. (2) Black man can so easily forget his roots; his origin, his background. Give him a little position, give him ownership to a piece of land or property expansion would enable them to place the water pipe inside the house. If the framers of PAM had any or bore any recognition for the dignity of black people, they would not have kept the Mc Knighters landless, for so long. They would not have deprived the children of these landless persons from sleeping on a bed for so long. Their intent was to keep us in our place. The palace they occupied on Central Street, was not opened to entrance for black people except the cook and the garden boy. The cook could only work in the kitchen and, when asked to clean the house was able to make up the beds of the children, while her children slept on the floor. She was treated as a mere servant and not as the human being she was. There was a gooseberry tree in the yard and, upon leaving for home, she could not even pick up a few of the berries to supply her children with 1Vitamin C. The neighbourhood children suffered a worse situation, because, as I have said in previous articles, the gooseberries which fell from the tree onto the government side walk, were stomped upon, making them unavailable to the poor class children in their neighbourhood. Just imagine that, dear reader. The gooseberries were not in their yard, but on the government side walk. They belonged to any and everybody, but, their hatred for the poor people was so intense that they had to come outside and demonstrate it. It was suffocating them. They had to release that hatred at a tender age by coming outside to demonstrate it for all and sundry to observe clearly. Today, those persons are coming to tell us that they love and care for us. Let them deny the facts. If they are repentant and want to ask for forgiveness, we would forgive them, because Labour Supporters do not harbour hatred in their hearts. To show the lack of feelings for the ordinary people, I will like to point out two scenarious scenario #1: Pam knew that their support came from the business community most of which owned sugar estate or plantations. To show its gratitude for their financial assistance, PAM did three things (1) they lowered the percentage of tax on the business places. They abolished personal income tax, thereby placing the burden of upkeeping the Treasury on the backs of the ordinary folks when they introduced taxes such as the restaurant tax where every workers bought his/her lunch, (2) they introduced overseas telephone calls and (3) they paid the former estate owners 12 million. In truth and in fact, the estate owners received 22 out lion dollars in all. Scenario #2: what treatment was meted out to ordinary black folks? In order to appease their black and poor supporters, PAM performed 2 sets of antics (1) PAM abolished the payment of wheel tax on bicycles. Prior to 1980, a bicycle, under our Traffic Laws was considered to be a vehicle and was taxed $5.00 per year for using the road. The rider of a bicycle could be charged for failing to stop at a stop sign or riding up or down a one way street. While returning thousands of dollars monthly to their rich supporters, the poor, historically uneducated black people were prevented from paying 60 cents per month for their bicycle tax. What a comparison? Labour built some houses in Corner House (Pond Site) New Town in the 1950’s. PAM called or referred to them as horse stables, but these horse stables have withstood several hurricanes including hurricanes Hugo in 1989 and Georges in 1998. They are still standing strongly in East Street, James Street and John Street. The second thing that PAM did was to invite an investor from Venezuela to construct some chicken wire houses for its poor black supporters at New Road, Lime Kiln Project and Ponds Extension. Within in a few months the concrete was breaking away from the chicken or fish pot wire, so that the fish pot wire was discernable. If the housing projects were a little closer to the sea, those fish pot wire, could have been used for catching fishes. That is how humiliating PAM treats its poor black supporters. All of these PAM houses had to be rebuilt by their owners with the assistance of this Labour Government. Those who could not afford the cost of rebuilding, had to abandon the houses. I just remembered a third thing that PAM did to appease its less fortunate supporters: While, under Labour, Rum shops had to close at 9pm on weekdays and close all Sunday, Public Holidays including Palm Sunday, Easter Sunday, Whit Sunday. Open the rum shops, let the black people drink themselves to death. This is how well they regard us. This is how well they think of us. This is what poor, ordinary, black people who have forgotten the struggles, their origins, their roots, are treated. If PAM regarded us as the human beings we really are, created in the image and likeness of our Creator PAM would treat us much better. They look down at us with disdain. As people who should not elevate ourselves. As people who are hangers on to the bandwagon of PAM and who should be satisfied to catch the crumbs which fly out of the bandwagon as they travel on. Is there anyone out there in reader land who could deny these facts? Historical facts and condemnation. No hysterical facts, please!! and he is transformed into a different person. More so if he has access to a good education. Like Peter who denied Jesus, black man would deny his family; ignoring them not. Wonder if this is the reason why most African leaders did not introduce Universal Education after they had fought their Colonial masters for their Independence? (3) Black man is always aspiring to be accepted by the white man into his Social Circles. Black man will sell his pride and dignity his manhood, even his wife, in order to be catapulted into the Social Environment of Massa, where they can look down without any remorse, without any prick of their conscience at the sufferings of their brothers and sisters. It is very pathetic and needs the shedding of a tear or two, to see people who had to keep their children crowded together, sleeping on the floor because they owned their little one by one building, but could not obtain the deed for their land until the Labour Movement fought for them. As soon as they received their deed and, as soon as they were able to expand the one by one, they changed drastically and, in 1965, those persons jumped higher than the family who created PAM. They had automatically arrived on the Social scene. They were now able to upgrade their water conveyance, not by catching water at the lone public water pipe in the street, but by placing a water pipe in their yard. Further PAM was formed to fool us black people


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 15TH 2012 16 NEWS Referendum on the Political Status of the Falkland Islands to observe the process and verify its outcome. Exact timings, the specific wording of the question, and other details will be announced in the coming weeks. “We are holding this referendum not because we have any doubts about who we are and what future we want, but to show the world just how very certain we are about that.” The UK Prime Minister David Cameron has responded to this announcement. Mr Cameron said: “I have always said that it is up to the Falkland Islanders themselves to choose whether they want to be British and that the world should listen to their views. “Thirty years ago they made clear that they wanted to stay British. That’s why British forces bravely liberated the island from Argentine invaders. “Now the Argentine Government wants to put that choice in doubt again, by shouting down the Islanders’ ability to speak for themselves and punishing them for exercising their own free choice. That’s why it’s absolutely right that the Islanders have today set out how they intend to make their voices heard once more. And Britain will be resolute in supporting their choice. “Next year’s referendum will determine beyond doubt the views of the people of the Falklands. Britain will respect and defend their choice. We look to all UN members to live up to their responsibilities under the UN charter and accept the Islanders’ decision about how they want to live.” The Government of the Falkland Islands has announced that a referendum will be held where Islanders will be asked to express their preference on the Islands’ political status. The referendum will take place in the first half of 2013. The Chairman of the Falklands Island Legislative Assembly, Gavin Short, said: “I have no doubt that the people of the Falklands wish for the Islands to remain a self-governing Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom. We certainly have no desire to be ruled by the Government in Buenos Aires, a fact that is immediately obvious to anyone who has visited the Islands and heard our views. “But we are aware that not everyone is able to come to these beautiful Islands and to see this reality for themselves. And the Argentine Government deploys misleading rhetoric that wrongly implies that we have no strong views or even that we are being held hostage by the UK military. This is simply absurd. “We have thought carefully about how to convey a strong message to the outside world that expresses the views of the Falklands people in a clear, democratic and incontestable way. So we have decided, with the full support of the British Government, to hold a referendum on the Falkland Islands to eliminate any possible doubt about our wishes. This referendum will be organised by the Falkland Islands Government and will take place in the first half of 2013. We will invite independent, international observers


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 15TH 2012 17 NEWS By Llewellyn ParrisAt the solemn, yet colourful home-going ceremony for Nevis’ first Premier, the Hon Dr Simeon Daniel, on Tuesday June 5 at the St. Thomas Anglican Church, a number of persons made tributes to his life and times, while the eulogy is being described in Nevis as a powerful homage to a fallen hero. From two of the speakers we have learnt that Dr Daniel did not leave a blank page as was orchestrated by the Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM) that unseated his government, and that Nevis was his political backyard. The Hon Mark Brantley is CCM’s deputy leader, but was not in active politics when his party defeated Dr. Daniel’s Nevis Reformation Party in 1992. Since records are available, he spoke based on those records. Hon Brantley, who was Dr Daniel’s partner in the law firm Daniel Brantley and Associates, did not allude to any blank page. “It is love that caused this man from humble origins in Barnes Ghaut to give his life in the service of others,” said Hon Brantley. “It is love that caused him to constantly seek to find a better way for the people of Nevis. Sixth Form College; NHLDC and the distribution of land to the landless; Bank of Nevis; Four Seasons; Mount Nevis Hotel; “Nevis Island Assembly; Nevis Island Administration; Independence for St. Kitts and Nevis’ Clause 113 of our Constitution; Nevis’ Offshore Sector; Improvements in water and electricity; University degrees for our teachers; Scholarships for our children. These initiatives in and out of Government were motivated by the love of others not of self.” Nevis was Dr Daniel’s political backyard, not for reason he was its first Premier, but for the fact that he is the only man who represented all the parishes of Nevis. This was contained in the eulogy delivered by Mr Victor Jay Martin, who was a minister in Dr Daniel’s government. “It is Sim Daniel who has the distinction of being the only politician in the history of Nevis to represent every single constituency on the island,” revealed Mr Martin. “1975 to 1980 he represented St. George’s and St. James. In 1983 he was elected to St. Thomas’. In 1984 he was Federal representative for S. Thomas and St. James. “In 1987 he moved to St. John’s as the island representative and in 1989 he was the representative for St. John’s and St. Paul’s. No other politician in the history of St. Kitts and Nevis, perhaps the Caribbean, has contested and won elections in every single constituency. “The records show, and the elders testify, that from Butlers to Bath, from New Castle to New River, in every village on some streets, in some alley, on some hill, in some valley, Nevisians throughout this land were embracing and voting for this one man, Daniel. But if we say that Daniel was a leader — and we do and he was — then we must remember that a general is a general because there are soldiers.” Simeon Daniel was born in the village of Barnes Ghaut, and as the West Indian he was born and raised, he attended the St. Thomas Anglican Church, the church on the hill as Mr Victor Jay Martin referred to it. His last journey to the St. Thomas Anglican Church, as he would have willed, was on a gun carriage from the Charlestown Courthouse on Tuesday June 5, 2012. “We know not when again we shall see such a man walk the streets of Nevis,” said Hon Brantley. “We know not whether such a man will ever be sent by God again to lead and inspire us. But if such a man never again comes to us, let all of Nevis remember that as the Israelites had their Moses, Nevisians have had their Simeon Daniel. “He has been to the mountaintop of Barnes Ghaut and has come back not with Ten Commandments but with two: ‘Thou shalt love each other’ and ‘thou shalt love Nevis’.” With all the speakers at the service speaking highly of Dr Daniel, it was Victor Jay Martin who hit the home run when he said: “The work of Daniel shows lessons in foresight, in courage, in patriotism, in gracious dignity. Today the future of Nevis has a potential more dynamic than imagined a generation ago. Today the memory remains. “But it is a memory that ought to endure. For surely my friends we bring honour to ourselves and to our own land when we celebrate the memory of our noblest sons and daughters. There lingers the simple and undoubting conviction that such a noble son was Dr Daniel, and that this majesty of character, this selfless devotion to the homeland, this life of public service should well commend this great man for posthumous consideration as the next National Hero of St. Kitts and Nevis.” In spite of what Dr Daniel and his NRP-led government did, he was unceremoniously booted out of office on June 1, 1992 by the electorate after it was fed with lies and innuendos. In my article last week, I had a reference where Mr Evered ‘Webbo’ Herbert of VON Radio put it to a panellist on the Let’s Talk Programme that his contesting the St. John’s seat in 1992 contributed to Dr Daniel’s loss — the panellist accept it. The dutiful West Indian I am, I sought solace in the Bible and found scriptures that would pacify the NRP government which had done so much for its people yet lost office in 1992. I did not want to quote those scriptures as I am mortally afraid of Nevis’ selfappointed gatekeeper to moral conscience, a man who is bent on writing my epitaph by literally challenging my use of scriptures. I was however given a lifeline by Mr Evered ‘Webbo’ Herbert, a true West Indian who gets satisfaction, and in the process inspires a nation, when he liberally quotes Biblical scriptures to expound on his line of thought. On Monday morning June 11 he took words from my mind and spoke them on his ‘Morning Inspiration’ programme. The following words that I am going to quote verbatim as I heard them are not by Llewellyn ‘Duke’ Parris, nor were they been inspired by him. I am quoting Webbo out of his own inspiration, and hopefully any fire this time will not be directed to me. “We did the book of Ecclesiastes chapter 12 today, we did verses 8 through to 14. But from since I read that just after six o’clock, these two verses kept haunting me. Verse 13 — Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: ‘Fear God and keep His commandments for this is the whole duty of man’, and reading on ‘For God shall bring every work into judgment, with very secret thing, whether it good, or whether it be evil.’ “And as I read those last lines, I am thinking to myself: Sometimes we don’t hear the conclusion of the whole matter, because I think if the preacher for instance were to read this passage of scripture and talk about it, some of us will get upset and go away thinking that the preacher is only focussing on whether it be evil. “But before that it said, whether it be good. So, none of us, most of us need to worry about nothing, because I have hardly ever met a man who will admit he has done evil things. So, whether it be good, so all those of us who are doing good things — because none of us do evil things mark you — we want to focus on this verse: “‘For God shall bring every work into judgement, with very secret thing, whether it be good or whether it be evil’. “And the final thing today that is haunting me, you see, lately I have been struggling between, as I think most people do in between things that are good and benefitting from it, and things that are evil and benefitting from it. And you know that they say open confession is good for the soul, so I have got to confess. “That sometimes I wonder whether it makes any sense trying to do what is good because it seems as if evil is prevailing, but I encourage us to hold on a little longer because this poet wrote this — it is entitled The Better Way: It is better to lose with a conscience clean, than to win with a trick unfair. It is better to fail and to know you being whatever the price was square Than to claim the joy of a (inaudible) of gold and the chairs of the passerby And to know down deep in your inmost soul, a cheat You must live and die “You see who wins by tricks may take the prize and that first he may think it is sweet, but many a day in the future lies, when he will wish he had met defeat. For the man who lost shall be glad at heart and walk with his head up high, while his conqueror knows he must play the part of a cheat. “And they live in lie, the price seems fair when the fight is on but since it is not truly won, you will hate the thing when the crowds are gone for it stands for a false (inaudible — but it sounds like ‘deal done’), and it is better you never should reach your goals than ever success to buy, at the price of knowing down deep in your soul that your glory is all a lie. “And finally, with your permission, again to the book of Ecclesiastes Chapter 12 and verse 14: ‘For God shall bring every work into judgement, with every secret thing, whether it be good or whether it be evil’.” The above quote is rather lengthy but is worth it — every word of it. Dr Simeon Daniel has been vindicated. In the meantime, while on the Morning Inspiration programme on Tuesday June 12, Mr Herbert apologised to his listeners saying that he had said Ecclesiastes chapter 2 instead of Ecclesiastes chapter 12. But unless he meant the reading just after 6 am, which I did not listen, in the above quoted paragraphs he did say Ecclesiastes chapter 12 and not Ecclesiastes chapter 2. The nearer to St. Thomas, the nearer to bliss St. Lucia preparing for the 33rd Regular Caribbean Heads Conference the chairmanship of Mr. Darrel Montrope, Cabinet Secretary, to plan and oversee the arrangements for the meeting,” a St. Lucia Government statement said. The opening session of the conference will be addressed by four newly elected Heads of Government, the President of Guyana and the Prime Ministers of Bahamas, Belize and Jamaica. The conference will also be addressed by the incoming chairman of CARICOM, Prime Minister of St. Lucia, the Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony. “The arrangements”, says Prime Minister Anthony, “will be modest but dignified. This is a very difficult time for all the economies of CARICOM and there is really is no room for extravagance of any kind. What we lack in our resources will be compensated by the legendary hospitality of our people. As plans progress, we will ensure that the public is kept fully informed as we are anxious that our visitors are made comfortable in our midst”. The Thirty Second Regular meeting of the Conference of CARICOM Heads of Government was held in July 2011 in Basseterre, St. Kitts. BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) The Government of St. Lucia said it has started to make plans for the hosting of the Thirty-third Regular meeting of the Conference of CARICOM Heads of Government in Castries, from July 04 to July 06, 2012. “Already, the Cabinet of Ministers has appointed a committee under St. Lucia’s Prime Minister the Hon. Dr. Kenny Anthony


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 15TH 2012 18 SPORTS Sports Minister Phillip encourages ANOCES to focus on athletes’ advancement BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Minister of Sports, the Hon. Glen Phillip has encouraged the Association of National Olympic Committees of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (ANOECS) focus on the goal of the complete development of athletes for the advancement of the individual nations as well as the OECS sub-region. Minister Phillip being a sportsman and sport administrator was right at home when members of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Organization of the Eastern Caribbean States (ANOCES) met at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort on Saturday 9th June to chart the way forward for the administration of this vital body which supports the premier athletes of the region. The meeting was attended by Presidents and Secretaries General from Antigua and Barbuda, British Virgin Islands; Commonwealth of St. Kitts and Nevis’ Minister of Sports Hon. Glen Phillip (third from left) and Alphonso Bridgewater (fourth from left) in photo session at the meeting. Dominica; Grenada; St. Lucia; St. Vincent and the Grenadines; and host St. Kitts and Nevis. The main objectives of the meeting were to formally discus and adopt the Constitution, and in addition, to strategically look at the formation of the OECS Olympic Sports Academy. President of the St. Kitts and Nevis Olympic Committee, Alphonso Bridgewater, who chaired the meeting indicated that the goals were fully realised and that it was a fruitful meeting. He further noted that such organization is of vital importance to the region for as very small states unable to achieve the goals on its own. “Coming together enables a pooling of the minds and energies and permits us to be a formidable force,” Bridgewater said. The organization will be seeking opportunities for functional cooperation thereby maximising resources while minimizing costs. ANOCES took the opportunity to meet in St. Kitts ahead of the OECS Invitational Track and Field Meet which is supported by ANOCES on Sunday, 10th June at the Silver Jubilee Stadium. Results Of SKNFA Digicel Premier Division Final Four Play Offs Matches Played At Warner Park Stadium On Saturday 9th June 2012: UDC Garden Hotspurs 1 vs Delphic Newtown United 1 (Half Time 1 1) Scorer for UDC Garden Hotspurs Carlos Bertie 40th minute Scorer for Delphic Newtown United Elcardo Jacobs 45th minute Yellow Cards Kai Cabey (Spurs) 47th minute Shashi Isaac (Newtown) 52nd minute Javier Gaiton (Spurs) 64th minute Officials were Kimbell Ward, Miguel Flemming, Delroy Jeffers & Stewart RawlinsGame 2Conaree FC 2 vs S. L. Horsford St. Pauls 1 (Half Time 0 1) Scorers for Conaree FC Errol O’loughlin 71st minute (penalty) Kervin “Infamus” Benjamin 86th minute Scorer for S. L. Horsford St. Pauls Josh leader 37th minute (penalty) Yellow Cards Michael Samuel (Conaree) 45th minute Keithroy Freeman (St. Pauls) 53rd & 88th minute Kervin Benjamin (Conaree) 86th minute Julian Benjamin (St. Pauls) 90th minute Red Card Keithroy Freeman (St. Pauls) 88th minute Officials were James Matthew, Ike Inniss, Graeme Browne & Steadroy Techeira Conaree FC and Delphic Newtown United in the best of three Finals SKNFA Digicel Premier Division Final Four By Ian SlackThe 25th O.E.C.S Bridge Championships was held in St.Kitts, at Ocean Terrace Inn, from 8th to 10th June 2012. Fifty six players participated: 47 from overseas, 8 from St.Kitts and one from Nevis. Ten countries participated: Anguilla, Antigua, Barbados, Dominica, Martinique, Nevis, St.Lucia, Trinidad, U.S.A and St.Kitts. On Friday, 28 pairs participated in the open pairs. First were JeanMichel Guiter – Julie Betts from St.Lucia, second were Bernard and Daniele LeClerq from Martinique and third was Harley Mosley – Roglyn Hinds from Barbados. St.Kitts best pair was Dr. Laughton Richardson – Vincent Morton in eighth position. Of note is that a mixed pair (male and female) finished one, two, three and have won the last three tournaments. On Saturday in the National Teams, five teams participated; Antigua won the Round Robin with 97 victory points, St.Lucia second with 80 and Antigua third with 75. On Sunday, Antigua easily defeated St.Lucia in the Playoffs to win the 25th O.E.C.S Bridge Championship. Antigua played undefeated winning all five matches. The Antigua team was: Al James – John Charlesworth, Colin Jones and Myrna Norde. I believe that this is a first time that an O.E.C.S Team has played unbeaten. The St.Lucia team was Naomi Patrick-Smith, Irvin Smith, Debra Spencer and Urban Dolar. They were by far the youngest team. Also on Saturday, ten open teams participated with Barbados: Harley Mosley, Roglyn Hinds, Colin Depradine and Campbell Blenman winning the Round Robin second was Martinique: Bernard – Daniele LeClerq, Solita Duplan and Nicolas Chabrol and joint third Trinidad : Joseph Howard. Winthrop Wiltshire, Clayton Bruce and Peter Beckles and Anguilla: Rufus Bran – Timothy Hodge, Angela Lampe and Una Gumbs. Barbados easily defeated Martinique in the Playoffs. Those who did not make the Playoffs, played in a Ten Team Swiss Movement won by Dominica: Foued Issa, Dr.Richard Green, Hilary Harry and Albert Astaphan. Second St.Kitts: Vincent Morton, Dr.Laughton Richardson, Linda Erwin and Ian Slack. Once again, another joint third Martinique: JeanYves Dabreteau Phillipe Cottrell, Nicolette Dabreteau & Francoise Fabre and St.Kitts: Samuel Franks, Walford Gumbs, Paul Rawson and Ronald Buchanan. We are very pleased with this St.Kitts Open Team, which only recently formed partnerships. Fifty two trophies were presented to the winners by Geoffrey Hanley, Director of Youth in the Sports Ministry. Messages of welcome were published in our booklet from the Hon. Glenn Phillip and Our President, Sam Franks. Our Director was Mrs. Jackie Thompson, of Barbados, who had a tough time after her suitcase, with all the Bridge necessities, was lost for 33 hours. Next year’s tournament will be held in Antigua and I am advised it will be held in May. Those who participated varied in age from 30 years to 85 years. Which other sport can match this? But we still need to encourage our youths. The players thanked us for how well the tournament was run and for our wonderful St.Kitts hospitality. Undefeated Antigua Wins 25th O.E.C.S Bridge Championship Result Of The First Match Of SKNFA Digicel Premier Division Best Of Three Finals Played At Warner Park Stadium On Wednesday 13 June 2012:Ian “Rumpy” Lake 25th minute Shashi Isaac 57th minute Yellow Cards Mudassa Howe (Conaree) 52nd minute Errol O’Loughlin (Conaree) 73rd minute Alexis ‘Lecky” Saddler (Newtown) 84th minute Shashi Isaac (Newtown) 85th minute Officials were James Matthew, Ike Inniss, Graeme Browne & Kimbell Ward Delphic Newtown United 2 vs Conaree FC 0 (Half Time 1 0) Scorers for Delphic Newtown United


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 15TH 2012 19 By: Vigilante NEWS By: Sotto VoceWell PAM Day 2012 passed on Sunday 10th June here in St Kitts and not a sound was heard coming from up the hill to commemorate the event. Seems like they, wasted all their energies trying to destroy Labour Day and its annual march, that none was left for their own event. For days and extra days leading up to Labour Day, all the PAMites its and Rescuits were on their FM’s Voices and Inside the Guts of PAM” political shows denigrating the true meaning and significance of Labour Day. They even held public meetings to discourage our working classes from marching on their own day. Well their very own PAM Day (10th June) came and went without a whisper from any of them. It passed quiet eh? No marches, no public meetings, no talk-a-thons on “Voices” or on “Inside the Guts of PAM” on their FM. What happen? They aint have no strength for their own historical events? It’s a shame really. They love to talk. Mostly on things they know little about. You mean they too shame to talk about PAM Day, June 10th 1967? It is no fiction of anyone’s imagination. It happened. There was an armed attach on our island by traitors and criminals with two stated objectives: (1) To free Anguilla from the Associated State of St. Kitts-NevisAnguilla, and (2) To overthrow the elected Labour Government of Comrade Bradshaw and to instil in its place a government “sympathetic” to the Anguilla revolution to be led by the then leader of PAM. In anticipation of the success of the event, our opposition newspaper headlined June 12th 1967 as “Freedom Day”. Had the showdown and overthrow of the Bradshaw government succeeded what would have been the composition of the newly installed PAM government? Would all the members and friends of their then executive have been in it? Who the Ministers under the then leader would have been? I find it so amusing in these enlightened times to observe the members and friends who try to bob and weave, dodge, duck, evade and avoid the truth of their Party’s involvement in the famous 10th June attempted overthrow of democracy here in St. Kitts. PAM did eventually succeed in getting their hands on the leadership of our government in 1980 through more conventional means with the aid of the N.R.P. of Nevis. But the 10th June will forever be written in the pages of our history as PAM Day. It was to usher in their Freedom Day on the 12th June when their leader was to be installed as our Premier/Prime Minister by force of arms. Nowadays they wish to hush it down and pretend it never happened. I was alive then, right here. So where are all the celebrants of PAM Day? Where they gone? What happen? Like they get a dose of hush about their day. We don’t begrudge them their time in the sun. Talk up ladies and gentlemen. It is their thing, their reality, their truth, their day. Well, well! We recently mourned the loss of two of our more celebrated nationals. Kevin “Masud Sadiki” Donovan in St Kitts and Simeon Daniel in Nevis. Masud’s passing was sudden and totally unexpected. Created shockwaves at home and abroad. He was very much loved, respected and appreciated by everyone. He was a true icon. We shall miss him so much. Dr Simeon Daniel became a true Nevisian hero in his time He lived a full life. He had been ailing for a long time and his passing was not totally unexpected, though our lives all remain in the Almighty’s hands. He too became an icon on the island of Nevis and will be forever loved, revered, respected for all he did to advance and transform Nevis. He was a prime mover in the crafting of our independence constitution. He ensured that provision was made for Nevis to be able to secede from our “federation” via the now famous clause 113. His contribution to the political and economic development of Nevis will be forever prominent on the pages of our history. His contribution to PAM’s history and development is most interesting. In both our 1975 and 1980 General Elections, the N.R.P. campaigned. In a one-line seeking mandate: Secession at all costs. The Pam campaigned on an anti-independence ticket. Those days we offered 7 constituencies in St Kitts and 2 in Nevis. In 1975 Comrade Bradshaw was a federalist, totally undiluted. He refused to contemplate or preside over any break up of St Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla. He would not give in to any separation of the unitary State of St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla. Comrade Bradshaw died in 1978 and Comrade Southwell in 1979. Comrade Moore then led the Labour Government into the 1980 General elections which saw a change of government. The Labour Party captured 4 of the 7 seats in St Kitts with 7355 votes. The PAM captured the other 3 with 4990 votes. The N.R.P. easily won the 2 Nevis seats with 2356 votes. The PAM and N.R.P. formed a coalition government. What followed was that it was the parties that had anti-independence mandates that had the duty of negotiating terms and conditions of our independence package. The PAM ensured the Bryant Clause was included and the NRP’s interest was the secession clause. Nevis got the best of both worlds. While becoming internally self-governing (through the Nevis Island Assembly), it also became an integral part of the St. Kitts Government (also called the federal government). The federation they crafted is comprised of 2 anits: Nevis on the one hand, and St. Kitts-Nevis on the other. This was the price St. Kitts had to pay to enable PAM to form our government in 1980. Many dubious issues plague the internal workings of our constitution to this day. Now even the same PAM calling for constitutional reform. PAM went and introduce overseas voting in our electoral system in 1983-1984. Ever since then our citizens living abroad returning home to vote at election time. They benefitted from it ever since. Nowadays they bad – talking their own creation. Them no mind people who live abroad coming home and voting for PAM. But not for any other Party. Plane loads of citizens coming home from the time PAM changed up the system. Look like they don’t want it no more. They campaigning real hard now. Like we are in the middle of an election campaign. They using their “Voices” PAM family show full blast now. There is no effort anymore to pretend mentality or to correct misinformation by its PAM callers. No more pretence. They devoted an entire show on Wednesday for the PAMites to blast P.M. Douglas and say their worst about him. And it was spurred on and encouraged by the host. Seems that you have to be of a particular political calling to get employed on their FM and host programs. That is clear. And the show’s superstars: Mr Politics, Sylvene, Webster, the nuts lady, Harvey, Mother Bess and Carl Browne are all known PAM diehards. They never learn. They express disgust that the vast majority of our citizens do not support or share their dislike of the Labour Party and its leader. Never mind that members and proceeds of the PAM. It is your democratic right bad – talk and hate Labour everyday of the week. Feel free to blast away as often and as much as you like. You all remain in a very exciting minority. Your crap talk, shows the depth to which our opponents go to display and demonstrate their political ignorance and emptiness. What Happen? They forget PAM Day? oThey (de Rescue Crew) spent over $30,000 for the recently conducted poll in St.Kitts and Nevis by the renowned Jamaican Pollsterwhich confirmed beyond a doubt that the Prime Minister is by far the most popular leader and politician in the Federation. oDespite all the bad talking and demonizing of our beloved Prime Minister on de internet and all PAM talk shows, the results of the poll showed that Dr. Douglas still enjoys the support of the vast majority of the people of this country. And none a dem is any match for him for the job of Prime Minister. oDe Pollster tell dem that Douglas is so popular and such a dynamic leader that they will never be able to beat him fairly at the polls. oThe power-hungry gang of political rejects have become so desperate to get rid of Douglas that they now got people calling in to PAM Voices Programme, talking about killing Douglas. Killing him is the only way to get rid of him, dey say. oAnd they have stepped up on their smear and demonizing campaign on the talk shows, encouraging their supporters to openly call the Prime Minster a thief and murderer and label him as “the most deceptive” and “most corrupt” Prime Minister, leader and politician in the region. oPeople are now calling on the Prime Minister to take strong legal action against the culprits who have set out to malign him at all and any cost; and to get rid of him and his lawfully elected and popular Labour Government. oDey say de real reason why de false prophet vex with the Prime Minister is because the Prime Minister refused to let him take back his resignation letter when he asked back for it, and even after he brought two people to beg for him. oDey say de protest march planned by the false prophet for Music Festival week-end has been called off. De Hedgehog mash up all de plans, telling false prophet and de customs man they could march by themselves. oThe results of the poll have been very troubling for de Hedgehog and de other top brass of PAM, for the PAM leader, Little Bo Peep, placed a distant last in the poll. oThe results also confirmed that Little Bo Peep will never be able to lead the PAM party to an election victory. oEven Shawn is now objecting to go on the Inside the News programme with de false prophet on de panel. Dey he say he could fool Little Bo Peep and dem, but he can’t fool him. Once de false prophet on de programme, count him out. oDey say all de Hedgehog like is to go on de programme on Saturdays to shout up he girls overseas. But he no longer shout up his special one in Miami who fix him good. oPeople want to know why Sylvene didn’t seek to transfer her name from de Village when PAM was in charge and controlled the East Basseterre seat. Why she only sought to do it after PAM lost de seat in East Basseterre and the Government had changed. oDe ex policeman from dung west, de customs man and de opposition news-paper in Nevis are being used by the Rescue Crew to openly attack the Commissioner of Police. oIt’s all part of their ongoing campaign to frustrate the Commissioner and stop de unprecendented progress he has made in de fight against crime to take back our streets from the criminals. But they are doomed to failure


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