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Year 55 NO. 04FRIDAY, JUNE 22ND, 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 02 THE THINKING CITIZEN VIEW POINT* REV.CANON PERCIVAL EARLE CLARKECOMMENTARY BY St. Kitts and Nevis met all quantitative criteria in third review, IMF revises economic growth for 2012 BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis met all quantitative performance criteria during the first quarter of this year, despite weaker quarter economic activity. This has been disclosed by Mr. George Tsibouris, head of an IMF HEadquarters (cont’d on page 3) Business community urged to ensure maximum use of Partial Scope Agreement BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, JUNE 20TH 2012 (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas with the thunder clouds gathering globally in recent years, his Federal Government made the reduction of the national debt an absolute and non-negotiable priority. “In this unpredictable global economic environment, the welfare of our very nation demanded it. And so we rose to that challenge Photo : St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas (Photo by Erasmus Williams) (cont’d on page 12) PM Douglas leads delegation to UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Brazil PM Douglas leads delegation to UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Brazil BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, JUNE 19TH 2012 (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas is Physical Planning and Verna Morris, Foreign Service Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The aircraft that was sent by the Brazilian authorities at the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport. (Photo by Charles Jong) (cont’d on page 3)Chamber says local businesses continue to be affected.....among some 120 heads of state and government in Brazil to attend the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. Prime Minister Douglas left the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport early Tuesday morning for Rio de Janiero on a special aircraft arranged by the Government of Brazil. Other members of the St. Kitts and Nevis delegation which departed on Monday are Federal Minister of Energy, the Hon. Dr. Earl Asim Martin; Hon. Carlisle Powell, Minister of Planning in the Nevis Island Administration; Randolph Edmeade, Director ofSweet 16 Edition of St.Kitts Music Festival next Thursday night PAGE 19


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 22ND 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 Chamber says local businesses continue to be affected by global economic crisis Chamber President Mr. David Lake Through the implementation of a suite of fiscal incentives, the Government has been able to meet most of the quantitative performance criteria set by the IMF at the end of December 2011,” said Mr. Lake, adding: “In their most recent review, which covered the period January to March 2012, the IMF has advised that at the end of March 2012, the fiscal target was met by a comfortable margin and the structural reforms have progressed as planned.” Congratulating the Government on its dedication in continuing to follow through with the actions agreed with the Fund, under the SBA, the Chamber President admitted that “all is well with the private sector.” “Despite the successes to date of Government’s debt restructuring programme, the confidence of many local investors has been shaken. Under these circumstances, many of us have had to rethink our strategies and undergo some form of restructuring to our businesses in an effort to avoid closing our doors,” Mr. Lake said. Time for Reason and Responsible Behaviour Listeners to WinFM Radio last week Wednesday were treated to yet another round of what we consider to be slanderous verbal abuse and vicious personal attacks on Prime Minister The Right Honourable Dr. Denzil Douglas. On this particular occasion the utterances took matters to depths exceeding those to which the programme had gone before, as unimaginable as that may be. The host of ‘Voices’ once again indulged in his now established practice of having callers say whatever they wished, no matter how ugly, defamatory and unfounded the statements may be, and then claiming that the station is not responsible for what had been said, while asserting that the callers are entitled to their points of view. An opinion or point of view is one matter, but when expressions are designed to calumniate or in any way bring any person or persons into disrepute it is altogether something else, especially when the allegations are patently false and misleading. On this occasion the host quite literally instigated the entire affair by inviting listeners to call and say who they thought was the most deceptive Prime Minister, politician and leader in the region. He then read a clipping from a Jamaican newspaper followed by one from The Observer newspaper in Nevis. He made reference to something that his grandmother used to say to him, along the lines of ‘where you find a liar, you find a thief’.Callers immediately added to the mischief by urging that the talk should include ‘who is the most corrupt and the biggest liar’, several going on to label Prime Minister Douglas as being that person. One caller went on to suggest that the Prime Minister was not only a liar and a thief, but a murderer as well. The host lamely and irresponsibly replied that he did not know that Douglas had killed anyone..... In the past we have made several observations concerning the practice of the host of the show doing such things as reading out malicious e-mails in detail, then purporting to ‘condemn’ the contents and intentions of those notes. We described his actions as being hypocritical in nature, intended to portray him as being a responsible person and an upstanding member of the community who believes in democracy, fair play, and the rule of law, when, in fact, nothing could be further from the truth. Reading out the mails is clearly intended to facilitate the denigration of The Prime Minister. We further pointed out that no amount of apologising and ‘condemning’ can erase that fact. Time and again we have pointed out that the calls are highly orchestrated, that, far more often than not, the callers and writers of emails are always the same persons, and that their attacks are always lined up in the same manner, with the ‘criticisms’ always follow a certain pattern. Over and over the callers and writers openly indulge in attacking the Prime Minister of this country by making statements which are clearly designed to malign and place him in the worst possible light in the eyes of the people of this country, the region and the world. Can any reasonable person say that the host has ever made any real attempt to rein in the callers and writers as they spew their invectives? We restate our view that these practices simply cannot be any coincidence. We re-iterate that this is all very much part of a systematic propaganda campaign with one end (and only one end) in mind, namely to bring down Dr Douglas and oust Labour from power BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY. Should there be any doubt that the airing of the abuses is anything but deliberate we need only consider the fact that broadcasting stations have at their disposal a devise commonly known as a ‘beeper’. This is used to prevent certain statements from making their way on to the airwaves and thereby exposing the stations to legal actions for defamation. It is difficult to believe that, in this day and age, WinFM Radio does not have a beeper. If they do then why is it never used? As above and in previous editorials we have drawn readers attention to this practice of the host of ‘Voices’ permitting callers to say whatever they wish, no matter how outlandish and illegal, and then, under the guise of being ‘democratic’ and having respect for ‘freedom of speech’, stating that the station does not necessarily agree with the callers statements, but claiming to have to allow them because this is a free country and the callers cannot be stopped from saying what they want. Of course, in each and every case, the damage would have already been done. We have also gone to the trouble of pointing out to the owners of the station the need for them to understand that, just as it is with other media (newspaper etc.), they cannot expect to sit back and allow these acts of defamation and slander to be carried on endlessly, that they are accountable, and further, that if they do not shoulder their responsibilities, they will eventually have to be called to account. This latest perversion has gone way beyond what any reasonably-minded person can define as fair and balanced journalism. Describing Prime Minister Dr Denzil Douglas as being a ‘murderer’, a ‘liar and a thief’, and ‘deceitful and deceptive’ are in and of themselves intolerable acts, further describing him as being the worst in the region compounds the offences. This newspaper makes a very strong appeal to Prime Minister Douglas to take firm, legal action against WinFM Radio, its directors and management, the Host of Voices, and whosoever else may be legally responsible. It is time to put a stop to all of this irresponsible and highly illegal behaviour. BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – The St. Kitts and Nevis Chamber of Industry and Commerce says all is not well with the private sector as local businesses continue to be affected by the continuing global economic and financial crisis. Chamber President Mr. David Lake speaking at the 30th Annual Private Sector Gala noted his report comes against the backdrop of a global economic decline and its attendant adverse effects that have impacted business and Government alike. “Indeed, it has been a stressful job in these few short months. Indeed we all feel a sense of unease when we continue to hear news from around the world of mega economies and sovereignties once thought to be solid as rocks, shaken to the core by uncertain and unstable economic footing,” he said pointing to a World Bank January 2012 publication, Global Economic Prospects Uncertainties and Vulnerabilities,” which stated: “The world economy has entered a dangerous period. Some of the financial turmoil in Europe has spread to developing and other high income countries, which until now have been unaffected. In this context, prospects are very uncertain.’ He told businesses leaders and guests that St. Kitts and Nevis have all been witnesses to the right-hooks, left-crosses, and upper-cuts suffered by the local economy at the hands of an unrelenting global downturn. “Our economy has suffered for a long time now and has resulted in a very high debt to GDP ratio. Given these odds, the Government had little choice but to approach the International Monetary Fund for assistance. On July 29th 2011 the Fund’s Executive Board approved the Standby Arrangement, called the SBA, amounting to some EC$84 million.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, 22ND 2012 3 NEWS International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff mission that visited St. Kitts and Nevis from June 4th to 15th and undertook the third review of the programme under the Stand-By Arrangement (SBA) approved by the Fund’s Executive Board on July 27, 2011. “The focus of the mission was to assess the quantitative performance at end-March 2012 under the SBA; review the ongoing macroeconomic and structural policies; and examine the prospects for the remainder of the year,” said Mr. Tsibouris in a statement on Friday. He said that economic growth for 2012 has been revised downward to zero percent, reflecting the impact of the uncertain global economic environment which continues to weigh on economic activity, particularly in the still declining construction sector. “Softer-than-expected domestic demand resulted in lower imports that contributed to a narrowing of the external current account deficit,” said the IMF official. He said inflationary pressures abated during the first quarter reflecting lower international commodity prices. “Buoyant non-tax revenue and higher-than expected income tax receipts more than offset a slight decline in taxes on international trade. Expenditure restraint particularly on capital outlays also contributed to a better-than-expected overall fiscal balance and a reduction in budgetary arrears,” the IMF statement said. “The structural benchmarks at the end-March 2011 were also met. Proposals for reform of the social safety nets and for the rationalization of the liquefied petroleum gas subsidies have been presented to the Cabinet. These constitute important first steps towards consolidating the variety of social assistance provided by the government, and will help to better target these programmes to the most vulnerable,” the statement added. The IMF regarded as “notable” the progress made by St. Kitts and Nevis in the area of debt restructuring, aimed at restoring debt sustainability. “The new bonds to complete the debt exchange have been issued and are being serviced as scheduled. An agreement to reschedule the debt owed to members of the Paris Club was reached in May 2012, which would extend the repayment period to twenty years with a seven-year grace period,” said the statement, noting that the shareholders’ agreement for the special purpose vehicle (SPV) to facilitate the domestic debt for land swap has been signed and the company incorporated. The IMF stated that negotiations with other domestic creditors are underway and that as the authorities have previously indicated, Treasury Bills are excluded from the debt restructuring exercise. The mission and the authorities have agreed on a draft memorandum of economic and financial policies that maintains the fiscal targets and structural benchmarks for 2012 and in light of the above, the mission would recommend to the IMF Executive Board completion of the third review under the Stand-by Arrangement. The IMF Board is expected to discuss the third review under the SBA in early August 2012. “The authorities have reiterated their strong commitment to the policies and objectives of their home-grown economic programme aimed at restoring fiscal and debt sustainability. Notwithstanding the overall good programme performance to date, there are still risks related to the uncertain global economy,” it stated, pointing out that the hesitant recovery in domestic economic activity, despite modest growth in tourist arrivals is worrisome. It urged the authorities to consider macroeconomic policies that could help spur growth, including in expenditure management, to secure the fiscal space for an acceleration of infrastructure and priority social projects; tax policy; and the environment for doing business. During the review, the mission held meetings with Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt. Hon. Denzil Douglas, Premier of Nevis, the Hon. Joseph Parry, members of the Federal Cabinet and of the Cabinet of the Nevis Island Administration, senior officials of the Ministries of Finance and Sustainable Development, the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB), and representatives of the private sector. The mission expressed thanks to the authorities for their excellent cooperation. St. Kitts and Nevis met all quantitative criteria (cont’d from page 1) Countries have been holding talks to come to an agreement on the draft outcome document on environmental, economic and social issues at the heart of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). Thousands of parliamentarians, mayors, UN officials, Chief Executive Officers and civil society leaders are also expected to attend Rio+20 to shape new policies to promote prosperity, reduce poverty and advance social equity and environmental protection. During the recent opening of the Preparatory Committee’s session, the Secretary-General of Rio+20, Sha Zukang, urged countries to seize the moment to achieve progress on negotiations. St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas at the UN General Assembly. PM Douglas leads delegation to UN Conference The previous round of Rio+20 preparatory talks – focussed on the gathering’s outcome document – ended in New York in early June, with agreement reached on more than 20 per cent of the document, with many additional paragraphs close to agreement. Secretary-General Ban Kimoon has said that there is still much work ahead, but foundations are in place for agreement on the remainder of the negotiating text that is expected to become the outcome of the conference. Rio+20 follows on from the Earth Summit in 1992, also held in Rio de Janeiro, during which countries adopted Agenda 21 – a blueprint to rethink economic growth, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection.(cont’d from page 1) Buckley’s man charged with Hot Boy’s murder By Drizel Hanleyengaged in several beautification projects in McKnight and have been demonstrating a positive path of crime fighting. In January, 2012 he visited Her Majesty’s Prison where encouraged the inmates to deter from a life a crime and endeavour to begin on a positive journey. Meanwhile the Police PIO disclosed that charges are expected to be made shortly in the shooting death of Lloyd Lewis of Bath Village Nevis who was gunned down on June 13th. Gavin Whyte (in his early twenties) of Buckley’s Village, West Basseterre has been arrested and charged with the murder of Dale “Hot Boy” Wattley who was gunned down in Upper Shaw Avenue, Central Basseterre on May 31st 2012. Public Information Officer of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force, Sergeant Stephen Hector told this media house that Whyte was arrested on Monday, June 18th. Earlier reports indicated that the 31-year-old barber joined the New Mentality Team Club in an effort to keep young men off the streets and preach the message of peace and unity. Members of this club were By Drizel Hanley Police identifies burnt human those prints”, he revealed. Earlier reports indicated that on Thursday, June 14th the burnt remains of Jakeel Alford was found in a well in the White Gate area by members of the Royal St Christopher and Nevis Police Force and Defence Force. The team was alerted to a disturbed area that looked like it was set on fire and began to search when they discovered the burnt body parts of the deceased. The Verchild’s High School student was the son of Lorna Alford and Clive Malone of Willets Project, St. Paul’s. As of press time on Wednesday of this week two juveniles and one adult from the St.Paul’s community were assisting police with their investigations into the homicide. Investigations by the Police into the matter are continuing and an autopsy will be carried out to determine the cause of death, the Police PIO stated. Police on Monday, June 18th indentified the charred human remains found in the White Gate area as that of 17 year old Jakeel Alford of St. Pauls who was reported missing by family members on Thursday, June 1st. Public Information Officer (PIO) of the Royal St Christopher and Nevis Police Force, Sergeant Stephen Hector disclosed that among the body parts found was a partially burnt hand which the police were able to get fingerprints from. “The forensic expert attached to the police force was able to identify the remains by using St. Maarten Governor ends familiarisation visit to St. Kitts Governor of Dutch St. Maarten, His Excellency Eugene Holiday BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, JUNE 21ST 2012 (CUOPM) – Governor of St. Maarten His Excellency Eugene Holiday ends a two-day visit to St. Kitts Thursday, after attending a passing out parade at Camp Springfield. Governor Holiday, whose mother and grandmother were from Old Road, St. Kitts, arrived here Wednesday afternoon. (cont’d on page 4)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 22ND 2012 4 NEWS TRADE UNION NEWS By: Batumba Tak General Secretary Courts Unicomer St. Kitts-Nevis Limited and The St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union Continues Negotiations On Their First Memorandum Of Agreement.Courts Unicomer St. Kitts-Nevis Limited and The St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union continued negotiations on their first Memorandum of Agreement on Thursday 14th and Friday 15th June, 2012 at the Board Room of the Department of Labour. After a poll conducted in the middle of 2011 by Mr. Lenard Spencer Amory, Labour Commissioner in which he declared the St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union to be the sole bargaining representative (Agent) on behalf of the employees at Courts Unicomer St. Kitts-Nevis Limited both parties have since met on several occasion. The proposed memorandum of Agreement submitted to the Company for negotiations contained thirty (35) five articles. Twenty of those articles have been agreed upon, one was withdrawn by the Union and two of them held in abeyance. It is expected that negotiations on the remaining twelve articles will continue in the not too distant future. At the end of Friday’s meeting the Company’s OECS HR/IR Manager, Sexual Harassment At The Workplace Continues Mr. James Perineau (who represented the Company at the table) informed the meeting that this was his last time at the negotiating table on behalf of the Company, and that at the end of the month he will be moving onto other things. In addition, he said that he had hoped he would have been able to have an agreement in place before he moved on but hopefully the new representative who will be chosen soon will be able to complete what he started. The Union was represented by Cde’s. Batumba Tak and Sydney Bridgewater, General Secretary and 1st Vice President respectively, and Mr. Patrick Daniel, Mr. Ouckland and Mr. Jahvon, Shop Stewards representing workers at the Company’s three location, Warehouse, Basseterre Store Branch and the Nevis Store Branch. Cde. Joseph O’Flaherty, Assistant General Secretary of the Union attended the first set of meetings but because of other commitments was unable to attend the last four meetings. As I take my leave today I leave you with an old Union song by Julius Margolin.Come And Join The UnionBy: Julius Margolin. Come and join the Union Fight for higher pay Fight for shorter hours That’s the Union way Stand up to your bosses However tough they play Workers stick together That’s the Union way Women and men united Like solid rock we’ll stay Don’t let the boss divide us That’s the Union way Black, white, brown and Asian Unite we workers say Come and join the Union That’s the Union way Organize the workers Not organized today Workers stick together That’s the Union way Come and join the Union We’ll build a better day For family and nation That’s the Union way. Trade Unions and their membership are guardians of democracy and workers’ rights the world over. From its very inception the St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union stood up for democracy, social, economic, industrial and workplace justice, and will continue to forcefully bring that message on behalf of its members and by extension all workers. The St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union knows that the combined vioce of all workers is more powerful than any other, because when thousand’s, or even millions of workers stand side by side in solidarity their voice cannot be ignored. Workers who live in countries where expressing opinions is an acquired right can lend their support to those who find themselves in difficulties, thus forming another link in the chain of solidarity. These “more privileged” Trade Unionists continue to express their solidarity in many ways. And then there is the tireless struggle that Unions are waging with national and international organizations in support of a globalisation that respect workers’ rights. If the St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union is to make it voice heard, it must be able to count on a large and dependable membership. That means, the Union needs to convince working men and women of the importance of joining a Union or forming one of their own, and not just for protection at their workplace, but also as a link in the Solidarity chain safeguarding the fundamental Freedom of Association of all workers be it Government or Private Sector workers. In today’s article we’ll continue to look at the very important subject of Sexual Harassment at the Workplace. It is said that the term “sexual harassment” first came into use in the late 1970s in the United States. The term’s origin is generally traced to a course on women and work, taught by Lin Farley at Cornell University. In 1979, Catherine MacKinnon, a legal scholar from the United States, made the first argument that sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination, and also said that it is prohibited by International Labour Standard. In addition, the United Nations General Assembly Recommendation 19 to the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women reaffirms these elements by defining sexual harassment to include, such unwelcome sexually determined behaviour as physical contact and advances, sexually colored remarks, showing pornography and sexual demands, whether by words or action. Such conduct can be humuliating and may constitute a health and safety problem; it is discriminatory when the woman has reasonable ground to believe that her objection would disadvantage her in connection with her employment, including recruitment or promotion, or when it creates a hostile working environment. Sexual harassment also means being treated as a sex object rather than a worker. It means being judged on physical attributes rather than skills and qualifications when seeking a job, a promotion, a raise or training. However, let us not confuse sexual harassment with workplace flirtation, which is genarally based on mutual consent and attraction. Sexual harassment is coercive and it may be accompanied by threats, promises or abuse. Sexual harassers bring sex into the workplace to use it as a tool of control or abuse. In our next article we will be looking at the effects of sexual harassment and why does sexual harassment persists? As I take my leave today I leave you with a song by Bev Grant.Women Are Coming.By Bev Grant. Around the corner – Women are coming Around the corner – Women are coming Around the corner – Women are coming Around the corner women are coning. From South Africa – Women are coming From America – Women are coming From all of the Caribbean – Women are coming Around the corner women are coming. In all colors – Women are coming In all sizes – Women are coming From all nations – Women are coming Around the corner women are coming. On Thursday, Governor Holiday paid courtesy calls on St. Kitts and Nevis’ Governor General, His Excellency Dr. Sir Cuthbert Sebastian; Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign St. Maarten Governor ends..... Officer, Ms. Clarice Cotton and Education official, Mr. Quinton before visiting the Irish Town Primary school. He also held discussions with officials of the National Trust and National Museum and a Representative of the St. Christopher Heritage Society, Ms. Natasha Leader. During a visit to the Brimstone Hill National Fortress, the Governor of St. Maarten also met Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Culture, Ms. Sharon Rattan and General Manager of Brimstone Hill, Mr. Cameron Gill. Governor Holiday is on the first leg of a series of familairisation visits to Caribbean states aimed at assessing how nations are dealing with the global economic, financial and social challenges. The Governor was accompanied by Mr. R. Pronk, Acting Director of the Governor’s Cabinet and Mr. P Middelberg, Governor’s Aide. Affairs, the Hon. Sam Condor and Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB), the Hon. Sir K. Dwight Venner. Governor Holiday also met with Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Mrs. Ionie Liburd-Willett, Chief Education(cont’d from page 1)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, 22ND 2012 5 NEWS The Thinking Citizen Nowadays the ardent members of the PAM party are parading themselves on radio and in the local press, pretending that their party is the promoter and defender of Democracy, Good Governance, Accountability, Transparency, Justice and Fair-play. However, the history of PAM, since its formation in 1965 shows otherwise. We have seen fairly recently that PAM has no regard for Justice and Fair-play. PAM and the Democrat went out of their way to defend and support a certain PAM activist who was convicted of Fraudulent Conversion after a fair, just and proper trial in the High Court. The PAMites and their allies in the CCM do not love Democracy. They love and have fought to maintain Oligarchy. On June 10, 1967, members of PAM joined with rebels from Anguilla in an effort to overthrow the lawfully elected government of Premier Bradshaw. Of course, the PAMites will deny it, but such denial makes no sense as the Anguillians have released to the world details of the plot which unfolded on June 10, 1967. Persons who are interested in the details of the plot to overthrow the Bradshaw Government should read the following books put out by Anguillians: “Anguilla’s Battle for Freedom 1967-1987” by Colville Petty & Nat Hodge and “Scrapbook of the Anguilla Revolution” by James Ronald Webster. Both books were published in 1987 and PAM, which was then in power in St. Kitts banned the importation of the two books into St. Kitts or Nevis. Was that an example of what it means to be transparent? Certain members of PAM travelled routinely from St. Kitts to Anguilla to engage in target practice and rifle shooting at a place called Junks Hole in the eastern part of Anguilla. It has been reported that on one occasion when the “Prominent Kittitian” was in Anguilla observing the target practice at Junks Hole he said to the men “Boys, if you shoot like this when we get to ‘St. Kitts, then we will be successful”. Universal Adult Suffrage was introduced into St. Kitts-Nevis and Anguilla in 1952 and from that year up to 1975, the Workers League/ Labour Party won every Election, gaining all 7 seats on St. Kitts each time. Big Business and the Planter Class realised that they had lost the political control which they once had and so they encouraged and facilitated the formation of PAM. The new party, PAM, was the tool of this economically powerful group. The group used PAM not to work for the betterment of the living and working conditions of the masses but to put up obstacles and roadblocks in the path of the Labour Party. As a result our country found PAM in opposition to the democratisation of our Education System, to the National Provident Fund (NPF) and the Social Security Scheme (SSS), Associate Statehood and Independence. PAM was rooting like a hog during the decade of the 1970s. PAM was against everything that was beneficial, progressive and enlightened. PAM developed a peculiar political philosophy which led to the infamous and notorious attack on the night of June 10, 1967. The PAMites philosophy said “Forget about Democracy, forget about the Rule of Law. If you can’t get them (Labour) out by means of the Ballot, then you must get them out by means of the Bullet.” This philosophy was tried out on the night of June 10, 1967, and failed. Nowadays the PAMites are going around with their mouths full of lies, telling people that the PAM party is for Democracy, the Rule of Law, and Justice and Fair-play. But the party’s history proves the lie to the party’s mouthing for the attack on June 10, 1967 was an attack on Democracy and on the Rule of Law. Serious-minded folks have long since ceased to pay any real attention to the claims of PAM to be honest, decent and upright. Folks just look at the actions and behaviour of the PAMites and forget all the nonsense that is being said. We all remember how well the Chairman, Manager and Board Members of National Caribbean Insurance Co., treated the insurance claims of Dr. Kennedy Simmonds and Mr. Hugh Heyliger “in deference to who they are”. Dr. Simmonds and Mr. Heyliger, along with others, submitted insurance claims to National Caribbean Insurance Co., in respect of damage done to their property by Hurricane Hugo. Both Dr. Simmonds and Mr. Heyliger alone, had their insurance claims paid in full, even after Mr. Bertrand Doyle, the Claims Adjuster, had ruled that the claims should not be paid in full. Dr. Simmonds and Mr. Heyliger received the full amount of their claims. The Board of National Caribbean Insurance Co. paid the two claimants the amount determined by the Claims Adjuster plus an ex-gratia payment to bring the total amount paid out on par with the amounts claimed. In 1989 when Hurricane Hugo struck, Dr. Simmonds was Prime Minister; Mr. Heyliger was Minister of Agriculture, Lands and Housing. Mr. Fitzroy Jones was a Government Minister and Chairman of National Caribbean Insurance Co. Ltd., and Mr Eugene Hamilton was General Manager of the Insurance Company. All persons involved at the time were high-ranking members of PAM. Minister of Government Roy Jones gave his two Cabinet Colleagues, Dr. Simmonds and Mr. Heyliger extraspecial treatment “in deference to who they are”. Special treatment was also given by National Caribbean Insurance Co. to the Democrat Printery although there was no valid or legal insurance policy in force between the Democrat Printery and National Caribbean Insurance Co. The Democrat Printery suffered a fire on the night of September 24, 1993. The Board of National Caribbean Insurance Co. made an ex-gratia payment of $100, 000.00 to the Democrat Printery in settlement of an insurance claim. Not only was there no valid or legal insurance policy in force between the Democrat Printery and National Insurance, but in addition, the ex-gratia payment was made even before a Police report on the fire was received. Roy Jones was a Government Minister and Chairman of National Caribbean Insurance Co., Eugene Hamilton was General Manager of the Insurance Company and PAM was in power. The $100, 000.00 payment was a grave and favour payment, with o legal basis, which the PAMites gave away to the printery of their party’s newspaper. When we look at the case of the Hurricane Hugo Insurance Claims and the case of the Democrat Printery fire, we see the reason for PAM’s and the Democrat’s hasty rush to support one of their own who was convicted in the High Court of Fraudulent Conversion. The PAM propagandists may try their best to fool people about how honest they are, how decent they are, and how upright the party is, but all this is pure hog-wash. However, no member of PAM can ever say that our Prime Minister was ever guilty of Fraudent Conversion, or ever took up arms to murder innocent Kittitians and Nevisians. Say what you may about Dr. Denzil Douglas, he has never exhibited the crass stupidity demonstrated by Dr. Kennedy Simmonds who on May 30, 1986, signed a Loan Guarantee in the amount of US$25,330.000 on behalf of Nautical Trading (St. Kitts) Ltd not knowing what he was doing. Thank God for our Labour Party and for our Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas. Thank God for our Prime Minister and the Labour Government


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 22ND 2012 6 NEWS Basseterre, St. Kitts (SKNIS): Engineering students and faculty from the University of Central Florida (UCF) are partnering with counterparts at the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College to bring a state-of-the-art shade house to the CFBC main campus. Organized as part of UCF President’s Scholars annual summer study abroad and service learning programme, the international team will assemble the shade house between June 26 and 28. According to CFBC Vice Principal (Ag.) and Science Lecturer, Dr. Leighton Naraine, the new shade house will be used as a laboratory and multi-purpose learning centre for a new degree programme in Agricultural Studies that will begin enrolling student this summer at the college for the 2012-2013 academic year in the Technical, Vocational Education and Management Services Division. “This facility will allow us to respond to the higher demand for agricultural lab experiments and public workshops that will come with the new program,” Naraine said. “Particularly for students and members of the general public interested in agrotechnology, we are now able to present a model shade house that meets the highest design standards while taking into account Caribbean realities as far as materials and cost.”He further stated that, “The innovative systems of agriculture developed at the CFBC are adaptive mechanisms to the increasing vulnerabilities to climate change, and residents will be empowered to build resilience through improved education and livelihoods.”Stuart LaPlace, Science Lecturer at CFBC and Project Manager for the installation team, said the new shade house was supplied by UCF through a greenhouse manufacturer in Florida and will showcase hydroponic systems.“We worked directly with Imperial Building and Supply in Apopka, Florida, and had them prepare a 20’ by 24’ structure according to our CFBC To Receive State-OfThe-Art Shade House specifications,” La Place explained. “Once we finish assembling the shade house with the UCF students, we will set up a hydroponic farming system that I have stripped down to the essential elements in order to bring this technology within the reach of commercial and small-holder farmers here in St. Kitts and Nevis.” The UCF President’s Scholar’s programme has been coming to the federation every summer since 2008 with a group of honours students who spend two weeks learning about local history, culture, and environmental issues while working shoulder to shoulder with Kittitian and Nevisian partners on service learning projects. Previous service activities have focused on public health, marine resource public awareness, oral history, school refurbishments in Mansion and Sandy Point, youth entrepreneurship, and more. All the service projects for 2012 are focused on agriculture, building on a recent flurry of activities in St. Kitts and Nevis that has been heralded as an agricultural renaissance. In addition to the shade house installation, UCF students will host an agribusiness workshop for incoming CFBC Agricultural Studies students, pilot a nutrition and diet profile survey in community health clinics, and conduct a two-day oral history project on agricultural methods in Nevis. Dr. Naraine expresses thanks to Professor Kevin Meehan and Professor Martin Dupuis (Dean) of UCF for initiating the sponsorship of the shade house and accessories by UCF, and to TDC for sponsoring the concrete and other materials for the floor slab and footings for the shade house.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, 22ND 2012 7 NEWS CTO Chairman Ricky Skerritt urges investment in region’s people BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) The Caribbean needs investment partners who will join hands with or the long-term and invest in the easily trainable Caribbean people. That’s the word from Chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and Minister of Tourism of St. Kitts and Nevis, Senator the Hon. Ricky Skerritt. Mr. Skerritt made the call at the recent Invest Caribbean Now power forum, hosted in New York City by digital media company Hard Beat Communications and the CTO. “Caribbean people are really our most valuable asset and represent a genuine and critical source of what makes our region so special,” said the CTO Chair. “I therefore submit to you that investing in Caribbean people development must be an essential portion of any major tourism investment in our region.” Pointing to the growth in the region’s tourism sector last year, Minister Skerritt insisted that the Caribbean’s proximity to the US makes it both a prime tourist destination and a secondary home location. “With the public investment programs of so many of our Caribbean governments having been compromised because of recent fiscal shocks, there should now be more opportunities than ever before for private investors to get involved in financing, designing, building, and even operating, select public sector infrastructure and services projects,” he added. One of the world’s most renowned and successful entrepreneurs, Sir Richard Branson, was this year’s inaugural Leadership Award recipient. Branson, in his acceptance remarks, reiterated Skerritt’s statement, insisting “that while tourism will always remain a key industry, there’s so much more to attract investment to these beautiful and vibrant islands, not least, the people.” “Let’s work together more than ever, from this day forward, to create an entrepreneurial Paradise, in Paradise,” said the Virgin Group and Branson Center of Entrepreneurship founder. Forum delegates also heard from North American investors, Jonathan Blue and Jay Yeo, who both touted their positive investment experiences, in the Caribbean region even as Jean Arnell, vice president of the French Saint Martin Chamber of Commerce, told the audience that the Caribbean island is open for business. “With more than a dozen ministers of government, including a premier and a chief minister, as well as dozens of private sector attendees from investment firms in attendance, what we have proven is that the Invest Caribbean Now forum, while only in its second year, is simply THE investment event of the Caribbean,” said Felicia Persaud, CEO of Hard Beat Communications and convener of Invest Caribbean Now, in summing up the conclusion of the June 6th sold out power forum. The forum was moderated by W. Dave Dowrich, Vice President of Risk and Capital Markets in the Financial Institutions Group at Goldman Sachs, who observed that “too long the Caribbean has been simply known as a playground and great for partying but when it comes to the serious business of investment not so much so.” CTO Chairman and Minister of Tourism of St. Kitts and Nevis, Senator the Hon. Ricky Skerritt, addressing the 2012 Invest Caribbean Now forum. (Sharon Bennett image) St. Mary’s Biosphere Reserve Is Indeed “Worth A Trip Basseterre, St. Kitts (SKNIS): St. Mary’s Biosphere Reserve located in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis was highlighted by the International Herald Tribune among six newly designated biospheres to be “worth a trip.”According to the official UNESCO website, there are 580 biosphere reserves in 114 countries and last year, which was the 40th Anniversary of the programme, 18 new biospheres were designated by the United Nations Organ. Sarah Wildman, Herald Tribune writer, chose to highlight St. Mary’s Biosphere Reserve along with four other new ones in her article. “And St. Mary’s, on St. Kitts and Nevis, with its cloud forests, mangroves and coral reefs, is one of the first biosphere reserves in the Caribbean,” wrote Wildman, in an article entitled “6 Biospheres Worth a Trip.”Antonio Maynard, Director General of St. Kitts and Nevis UNESCO Commission had oversight of the activities and submissions toward the St. Mary’s designation, and currently serves as the transitional Chairperson of the St. Kitts and Nevis UNESCO Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Committee which was launched April 23, 2012. To date, the committee has a Plan of Action for the sustainable development of St. Mary’s area while a Management Plan is in the works.“It [the International recognition] takes the potential for tourism in St. Kitts and Nevis to another level,” Mr. Maynard emphasized noting that the Herald Tribune is the global version of the New York Times. “We were also hailed by the UNESCO Media Services, by print and radio, as the first Biosphere Reserve in the English-speaking Caribbean. People the world over travel to experience eco-tourism, and the site being on the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve listing brings our Federation into sharp focus. It’s good exposure in terms of sustainable development and climate change issues. In fact, some international students have already expressed interest in researching their theses on site.” One such student is Amber Greening, a former Peace Corps representative who carried out her tenure in St. Kitts. Having kept up to date with activities in the Federation, her interest was peaked when she read about the UNESCO MAB designation. Even more so, because she currently attends the Utah State University and is taking a major of Human Dimensions of Ecosystems Science and Management. “My area is in community-based conservation and I became interested in that type of conservation when I was a Peace Corps volunteer out here from 2006 to 2008,” Ms. Greening explained. “The island already had tourism in place but was transitioning to eco-tourism and kind of bringing it away from the peninsular and into the villages and trying to preserve culture and do that along with local development. So I came in and I’m interested in what are the perceptions of communities during this transition, and what are their attitudes and beliefs in these projects and how do these attitudes either inhibit or promote villagers’ participation.” According to UNESCO a Biosphere Reserve is an area “of terrestrial and coastal ecosystems promoting solutions to reconcile the conservation of biodiversity with its sustainable use. They are internationally recognized, nominated by national governments and remain under sovereign jurisdiction of the states where they are located.” This initiative falls under the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme. The certificate declaring St. Mary’s, as a Biosphere Reserve was handed over to the Federation at the 36th Session of the UNESCO General Conference, in early November 2011.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 22ND 2012 8 NEWS -Ministry of Trade and CARICOM Conduct Country Mission Bridgetown, BARBADOS, June 19, 2012 A group of five University of the West Indies (UWI) students that created an innovative way for other students to access cheaper text books, has won first prize in the CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank-sponsored business plan competition coordinated by UWI’s Student Entrepreneurial Empowerment Development (SEED) project. “Bookline” which was set up by Kevin Bishop, Rochelle Waldrond, Chenika Moore, Ivan Cox and volunteer, Akeila Trotman to rent text books to tertiary students received high praise. SEED coordinator, Ayanna Young Marshall, said the decision to declare the group winners was unanimous. An elated Waldrond said “Bookline” was born because of the high cost of text books, some of which are only used once. The business also allows other students to place their books into its rental pool and so earn income for themselves. “It makes sense to own your own business since finding a job can be difficult,” Waldrond noted. The winners thanked CIBC FirstCaribbean for its commitment to the competition. “We’re very much appreciative because without the bank we wouldn’t have the capital investment to grow the business,” Waldrond added. Craig Harewood, one of the first SEED participants, was first runner up with “Planet’s Delicacies Nursery”, a plant nursery targeting niche markets. Second runner up was Josiah Kirton with “Introspective Recordings” which produces promos, while third runner up was Jason Hope and his Bajan Art Inc., which seeks to connect art to a wider audience. Troy Wiltshire was fourth runner up with Group Buy Barbados, an online platform to facilitate trade between groups, matching supply with demand. Student team cops first prize in CIBC FirstCaribbean UWI business plan competition At the awards ceremony recently at UWI’s 3W’s Pavilion, Director of Corporate Communications, CIBC FirstCaribbean, Debra King, expressed pride at the bank’s involvement in the competition. She said the SEED programme continued its commitment to fostering a spirit of entrepreneurship, this time at the tertiary level. “As the region’s economies struggle to find their feet in the face of one of the deepest crises ever to face the world economy, programmes like SEED will offer our young people a viable alternative of being able to develop their own businesses.” UWI Cave Hill Deputy Principal, Professor Eudine Barriteau, said the SEED business plan competition encapsulated the essence of the innovative and entrepreneurial graduate UWI aims to produce. “An interesting and exciting model is being created for student entrepreneurship at Cave Hill.” She also thanked CIBC FirstCaribbean for its sponsorship of the business plan competition for the past two years. Last year’s winner, Shamkoe Pile announced that she was able to use her winnings to invest in equipment, training and expansion of services for “Skai Multimedia”, which successfully produced “Honey Jam Barbados”, now being broadcast in Barbados. Pile advised the finalists to open a business account to separate personal cash from business income. Pile also implored corporate Barbados to invest in young entrepreneurs. “We’re not asking for handouts or to be spoon-fed, just for respect and an equal playing field”. CIBC FirstCaribbean has made a commitment through several memoranda of understanding with regional entities to foster an entrepreneurial spirit among young people in the region to combat youth poverty and unemployment. The bank has contributed US $45,000 to the SEED programme over a three-year period. Winners of UWI’s SEED business plan competition (from left) Akeila Trotman, Rochelle Waldrond, Ivan Cox and Kevin Bishop were elated to receive the top prize from CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Lynda Goodridge (centre). Basseterre, St. Kitts (SKNIS): The Ministry of International Trade in St. Kitts and Nevis has coordinated with the CARICOM Secretariat’s CSME Unit to host a four day country mission to the Federation. The main task of the mission slated for June 18-21, is to conduct a national CSME awareness and sensitization programme to increase the level of awareness and involvement of citizens to the various facets of the CSME and the benefits to be derived in it. It will also focus on 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. The programme will also entail a number of focus group sessions with government ministries, private sector organizations, media houses, other key stakeholders, as well as a panel discussion for the general public. Four days of sessions will be facilitated by the Ministry of International Trade along with a team from the CSME Unit comprising of Programme Manager Mr. Ivor Carryl, Skills/ Labour Free Movement Specialist Mr. Steven MacAndrew, Deputy Programme Manager – Economic Development Policy & Research Ms. Enid Bissember, Deputy Programme Manager – Services Mr. Timothy Odle, Deputy Programme Manager – Single Market & Economy (Free Movement of Goods) Mr. Norris Breedy and Private Sector Facilitation Specialist Ms. Leela Ramoutar. A Press briefing will also be held on Wednesday June 20 at 2:30 p.m. to discuss the role that the media can play in promoting the CARICOM Single Market and Economy as well as draw attention to the critical issues that may be impeding the progress of this regional integration arrangement. Pay your Property Tax by June 30th or else, say Nevis Inland Revenue Department officials time. “If you haven’t paid taxes for a long time definitely you have interest on your arrears but this month you are going to come in and that interest can be removed. So I would encourage you to come in before the end of this month,” he said. NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (JUNE 18, 2012) — The Inland Revenue Department on Nevis continues to urge members of the public to pay up their Property Tax by June 30, 2012 or face interest which will be attached to the amounts due. The Department, in collaboration with counterparts at the Inland Revenue Department on St. Kitts, have embarked on an information drive to shed light on the importance of paying their taxes. Chief Valuation Officer at the Inland Revenue Department on Nevis throughout the month. “The general public will know that Property Tax is due and payable in June of this year from June 1st to June 30th. We have increased our working hours from 9 until 12 on Saturdays and during that day you can come in and pay your property tax. “In this month of June we are giving incentives where we are going to waiver the interest. After the month of June, if you do not pay your tax it will be added. So that’s the penalty, so try to come and pay it within that time period. The calendar year for Property Tax is from 1st June 2011 until 30th June 2012. So you have to pay within that calendar year,” he said. Notwithstanding, Mr. Hunkins noted that the Department was even willing to be lenient on those who had not paid the tax for some Mr. George Hunkins accompanied by colleagues Senior Valuation Officer, Nevis Mr. Baeeson Richardson and Tax Policy Analysis/Public Relations Officer and Economist at the Inland Revenue Department St. Kitts Mr. Gary Thomas, told the Department of Information in a recent interview, that the Department had set up shop outside the Best Buy Supermarket in Gingerland for the past two Saturdays and hoped to carry their message to other areas to come in to the Department. Sometimes it may be necessary to walk with your land documents if you have them, just in case you are not captured on our system. “We can have that registration done but we appeal for you to make that effort if you have not received any mailing, any billing in the past. It’s in your best interest to come in because you are due tax as long as your property is registered. So if it’s 10 years ago, you have to pay your taxes. So make that effort it’s to your benefit to come into the Department to have this resolved and the sooner the better,” he said. Regarding the public’s response toward the Property Tax Drive over the past two Saturdays’ he said they were very favourable and showed great resolve. He said they had been able to distribute fliers to passersby and drivers and the feedback had been very good. “We are here to serve the people to the best of our ability and we are looking at those flexible hours to enhance not only the office’s image but to be more credible to our public,” he said. Meantime, Mr. Richardson added that there were alternative measures in place to assist the taxpayer who had not received mailed notifications or had difficulty paying. He advised them to be prepared when they came to the office to settle the matter. “For those who have been delinquent or have not received their mail [notification] we ask you


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, 22ND 2012 9 NEWS St. Kitts Inland Revenue Official: public awareness will help increase revenue collections in the Federation NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (JUNE 19, 2012) — Tax Policy Analysis/ Public Relations Officer and Economist at the Inland Revenue Department St. Kitts Mr. Gary Thomas told the Department of Information on June 13th, 2012, that his Department’s decision to continually communicate with the public was important and an awareness drive to better advice the public on their rights and responsibilities would increase revenue collections as a result. He was at the time visiting Nevis to lend support to colleagues at the Inland Revenue Department on Nevis, who had similarly began a public drive to educate the public on matters related to paying their taxes. He noted that their collaboration was nothing new and explained the importance of the drive to Nevis. “[With] a more informed public here in Nevis...you will have more compliance and more compliance translates into increased revenue, which gives the [Nevis Island] Administration the resources to do the things which the Government does. Our tax dollars goes towards providing public goods and services whether it is schools, roads, social programmes etc that’s where our tax dollars go. “We want to help the public make that connection and not necessarily view the Inland Revenue Department as the scary tax person. We partner, if you will, where we are able to raise the resources and help the Government collect the necessary resources to do the social and economic things that they want to do,” he said. According to Mr. Thomas, the exercise both on Nevis and St. Kitts would also served to change the public’s perception of the Inland Revenue Department as being scary, another key reason why they embarked on the awareness drive. “Essentially that’s why we began this exercise of transforming the image of the Inland Revenue Department on both islands because we want to dispel the notion that we are running down folks and trying to take their money. “We are a partner and as individuals and citizens we live in fine islands, one Federation and it is important that each of us honour our civic responsibility as citizens and contribute whatever little we can towards the overall integrity of maintaining this wonderful island of Nevis and similarly so on St. Kitts. So it is important that people see the Inland Revenue Department as a partner. We do have a role and a responsibility in terms of administering the Tax Laws and that is what we are trying to do in a fair and equitable manner as possible,” he said. Notwithstanding, he urged the public on Nevis to pay their Property Tax which was due and payable by June 30th, 2012 and that all interest would be waivered for the month. “Come in and pay your bill in arrears, it does not matter how long. Just come in and settle it completely and then you will have the benefit of interest removed and you will be in good standing. Property Taxes are important they do go towards a lot of social programmes roads, schools, health care, police, fire, garbage disposal all of those little things. It cost quite a bit of moneys to maintain the fine islands that we have so it is important that every one of us pitch in and do our civic responsibility,” he said. The St. Kitts Inland Revenue Department Representative reminded that there were payment plans available for property owners with significant arrears. They would be required to pay over a period of time and stick to once it was to agreed. He also noted that the Departments on Nevis and St. Kitts were flexible and mindful of the tough economic times. “Sometimes there are things happen on the Department’s end and sometimes there’re are things that happen on the individual tax payer’s end and in any event both can come together and find a solution that allows the tax payer to settle their tax obligations in a manner that is fair and allow them to do so with some dignity,” he concluded.Make certain that you reach -use our new Email address: info@sknunion.com Tax Policy Analysis/Public Relations Officer and Economist at the Inland Revenue Department St. Kitts Mr. Gary Thomas during a recent visit to Nevis to lend support to the Inland Revenue Department on Nevis’ Property Tax awareness drive


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 22ND 2012 10 NEWS From 4:30 7:30 p.m. Basseterre, St. Kitts – Calling dance troupes and amateur dancers throughout St. Kitts and Nevis. The Rotary Club of Liamuiga (RCL) is hosting a dance competition and welcomes dance groups to its inaugural dance competition, “Dance Xplosion – This Is Your Chance2Dance!” Eligible groups must have between two to six members ages 16-25. Groups will be required to perform choreographed routines in traditional and contemporary Caribbean and African genres and more. The Rotary Club of Liamuiga is committed to improving the social, cultural and physical environments of St. KittsNevis. This competition is another effort by RCL to engage the nation’s youth and demonstrate the many alternative ways that their talents can be maximized and displayed. “While we are sure that the young people will have fun with this competition, The Rotary Club of Liamuiga is also cognizant of the need for our youth to get opportunities to become immersed in all forms of the arts,” said Rotary Club of Liamuiga President-Elect Lester Hanley. “In addition, we hope this competition can introduce some home-grown talent to local and international audiences. We are excited about the possibilities,” he said. More details will be revealed in the coming days and registration forms will be available shortly. Proceeds from this event will go towards Rotary Club of Liamuiga youth and community National Assembly meets on June 28th BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, JUNE 20TH 2012 (CUOPM) – The St. Kitts and Nevis National Assembly meets next week. Clerk of the lawmaking body, Mr. Jose Lloyd has informed members that a sitting will be held on Thursday 28th June 2012. The meeting will begin in the National Assembly Chambers, Government Headquarters at 10:00 a.m. Mr. Lloyd said the Order Paper and other papers will be sent to them later.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, 22ND 2012 11 ADVERTISEMENT CTO Chairman defends new tourism taxes, Trinidad says it will join APD lobby duty (APD) if the region agrees on a co-ordinated approach to lobby against the tax. In a telephone interview with the Business Guardian on Monday, Griffith said the Government pays £100 towards the ticket price, which translates to a subsidy of almost $1,000 per English visitor to Trinidad & Tobago. The UK tax was a major issue discussed at last week’s Caribbean Tourism Summit in Montego Bay, Jamaica. David Scowsill, president and chief executive officer of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), called for a concerted effort to persuade the UK to discontinue the APD on travellers from that country to the Caribbean. “Now we will have to go to war,” Scowsill declared. He added: “This APD is a disease that will spread to other countries unless we stop it now. We have to find a different way to persuade the UK government on its view on the APD and this is going to require money, funds for the lobby organisations and one voice rather than independent voices that are shouting about the issue around the world.” Essentially, the APD places countries in charging bands based on the distance of their capital cities from London. Therefore, flying from London to Los Angeles or Hawaii in the United States is calculated as being the same as to Washington, DC, the US capital, while destinations in the Caribbean are charged at a higher rate. The APD was introduced by the British government in 1994. Since then, there have been several increases, the last of which was in April. “There has been much discussion around the UK’s APD, which was increased again in April this year. Arguments and pleas by the industry have continued to fall on deaf ears,” Scowsill said. “The Caribbean industry has been at the forefront of the argument that the structure of APD leaves the region at a considerable competitive disadvantage compared to other destinations.” Griffith said the Caribbean Tourism Organisation has made two approaches as a co-ordinated group and has spoken to backbenchers from the House of Commons and the House of Lords who are sympathetic to their cause, but the British Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer have refused to budge. The Tourism Minister said he expected that by the time the CTO’s annual meeting comes around in September, a position paper will be ready, which will determine the best way forward. Griffith said: “We are very concerned about the effect of the APD on tourism in the region and in Tobago, which relies so heavily on European tourist arrivals. We have lobbied in conjunction with the CTO, and if it means that we have to find funding to lobby harder, then I will go back to Cabinet for that funding because as it stands now, we give a tax incentive to passengers by paying £100 out of the £120 that the UK government charges on a ticket.” (Photo by Erasmus Williams) BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – The Chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), St. Kitts and Nevis’ Minister of Tourism, Sen. the Hon. Ricky Skerritt has been defending the recent decision by at least two regional governments to introduce new taxes in the tourism sector, even as the region criticises Britain’s increased aviation tax, Air Passenger Duty (APD), which tourism officials say is affecting visitor arrivals to the Caribbean. Earlier this month the Jamaica government announced that effective August 1 this year, each arriving passenger whose trip originated abroad will be required to pay a US $20 fee. CMC News noted additionally, effective September 1, the government will also introduce an accommodation tax for each occupied hotel room of US $1 per night for properties with less than 51 rooms, US $2 for hotels with 51-100 rooms, while guests at properties with more than 100 rooms will be required to pay a levy US $4 per night. The Baldwin Spencer administration in Antigua recently passed the Airport Administration Charge Act 2012, under which the country’s overall airport taxes have been increased from US $63.75 to US $93.75, and will be added to passengers’ air fare. In Trinidad and Tobago, the Minister of Tourism Dr. Rupert Griffith has said he is prepared to approach Cabinet for funds to lobby the United Kingdom government to reverse the controversial air passenger CTO Chairman and St. Kitts and Nevis’ Minister of Tourism, Sen. the Hon. Richard “Ricky” Skerritt. St. Kitts and Nevis to host Major Golf Tournament in August Basseterre, St. Kitts, June 21, 2012 (SKNIS): St. Kitts and Nevis is the place to be for golf players and enthusiasts around the Region when it hosts the 56th RBC Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships takes place ( cont’d on page 18)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 22ND 2012 12 NEWS Eat Local Day is here again Friday 29th June will mark the 5th edition of the Department of Agriculture’s Eat Local Day. The event is actually a food festival held in Independence Square running for about 5 hours-11 am to 4 pm. For the first time this year the Department is inviting home owners (house wives and house husbands) to participate in a Best Local Dish competition. Attractive prizes ranging from hotel stays and dinners by restaurants have already been secured for winners and participants. Competitors are required to create the own local dish and enter it among other competing dishes. The dishes will be judged and winners determined. Registration for this competition closes on Wednesday June 27th Apart from the competition the regular food Fair of Eat Local Day will be the other attraction The emphasis as the name implies is strictly locally prepared food as the Department continues its quest to get the entire population to eat a completely local meal on that day. One of the objectives is to get nationals and in some case foreigners accustomed to the taste and versatility of local foods. To this end the Department has contracted eight (8) caterers to satisfy the anticipated appetites of over 2000 patrons. As a result of this drive, it has been proven that the demand for locally produced food increases. Once again this year it is hoped that the increased demand continues and more importantly it is satisfied. The successful staging of the Eat Local Day also lends credence to the issue of food security or guards against food insecurity. It helps to answer the question of “what if” the containers don’t come or “what if” there is an international issue that prevents timely importation The focus Rabbit meat continues as all the caterers will have that option on their menu. Added to that, the other regular meats of local pork, fish, mutton and beef will also be available. A booth providing ital from all local ingredients will also be on hand. The local drinks and snacks that can be used as dessert or take away will be done by two Agricultural Cooperatives, the Fahies Agricultural Women and the St. Kitts Agro Processors. Apart from Farmers and Cooperatives the private sector particularly restaurants, supermarkets and hotels are also on board lending support in some form or fashion. Supermarkets have provided some equipment and several restaurants and hotels have agreed to have an entire local option on their menu on that day. and thanks to the cooperation of our creditors, it was done. Our Paris Club obligations were also a concern of ours. And so we headed across the Atlantic; entered into very intense and difficult, and lengthy negotiations and thanks to the reputation of our Government in international financial circles and the associated confidence of Paris Club officials in the management acumen that we bring to the table, St. Kitts and Nevis emerged with a historic debt rescheduling agreement; exactly what my Government had hoped for, and the type of agreement that any responsible nation would welcome,” said Prime Minister Douglas at the 30th Annual Private Sector Gala. He told the cream of the business community that with its traditional economic partners in Europe and North America experiencing their own economic stresses, the Government made the diversification of our economic “Our work to transform our oil-based economy to one powered by alternative energy is in fact moving forward. And maybe David was listening into our Cabinet meeting on Thursday because a package of incentives has already been passed so that we would move smoothly from fossil based energy to what we now call renewable energy,” said the St. Kitts and Nevis leader. ......... Partial Scope Agreement partnerships a priority, and a Partial Scope Agreement with Brazil became paramount as the Chamber President related a moment ago. He stated that with the global scenario as an inescapable backdrop, St. Kitts and Nevis pushes forward to ensure maximum benefits for the people of St. Kitts and Nevis from the Partial Scope Agreement with Brazil. “We therefore call on the private sector to make use of this important facility so we can create more jobs and bring a possible positive economic growth here in our country,” said Dr. Douglas. He noted that his government continues to assess the workings and impact of the Value Added Tax because of its importance to the overall economic reforms. “This of course was pursued, and this we delivered,” said Prime Minister Douglas. He pointed out that now more than ever, “the global climate demands that we in St. Kitts and Nevis ensure that the trifecta of Government, business and labour functions as a constructive whole, in defense of that same public good.” He further pointed out that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has just announced, following its June review of the Government’s Standby Agreement, that St. Kitts-Nevis has met all, all agreed upon quantitative targets. “In addition, the Fund once again declared its very strong commitment to the policies and the objectives of St. Kitts and Nevis’ home-grown economic programme, as the path to fiscal and debt sustainability. And the effect of these achievements is a return of confidence, confidence of all in the economy of St. Kitts and Nevis,” said Prime Minister Douglas. “Nonetheless, the Fund has also pointed out that the global environment is now weighing on economic activity here, leading to a basically zero rate of projected economic growth this year. And that is why I said before it has been revised downwards,” said the Prime Minister.(cont’d from page 1) Operation Future Peace Concert June 23rd, Villa Grounds, Charlestown, Nevis The feedback following Operation Future’s Peace Concert on June 2nd, at Independence Square received by members of Operation Future was tremendously supportive and positive. We were also told that we had to reach more people; that the event has to be repeated in the country and in Nevis. This is a difficult event to put on; it requires a lot of time and dedication not only from members of Operation Future but also from the artist and performers. However, the members of Operation Future were overwhelmed by the way the concert was received and agree it has to be done again to broaden the exposure. As such we have decided to host the event again on June 23rd this time in Nevis. The Nevis Island Administration has given Operation Future permission to utilize the Villa Grounds, located just below the Charlestown Secondary School on June 23rd from 4 pm to 10 pm. Again the Peace Concert will be accompanied by the Memorial. Our artistic community has again answered the call in spectacular fashion, we are sure you will be impressed and hope you come out to support these outstanding artist and let them know you appreciate their efforts to bring peace back to our nation. The memorial will be established as in the previous Peace Concert, unfortunately, it has expanded by two crosses, highlighting the urgency of this issue. We again would invite all family and friends to attend and to place mementos, to grieve, to remember, to come together as a nation to try and bring an end to the violence. The microphone will be controlled by the mc’s on this occasion Operation Future’s own Lauston Percival and Tony Fredericks, other than the artist the only others welcome to the microphones are family members of lost loved ones who wish to make a plea to the youth to lay down their guns and put an end to the violence. We are working on arranging late transportation back from Nevis so all can enjoy the entire day. If you are in St Kitts and you have questions, or you wish to participate please call Operation Future’s President Lauston Percival at 668 0856, if you are in Nevis and have questions or wish to participate please call Dan at 469 7040 0r 763 9888. Again, all are welcome, including vendors, admission is free the goal is to build harmony in our country and bring an end to the violence. Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College to Hold Agribusiness Workshop Notice The Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College is welcoming all persons who are interested in Agribusiness to attend a workshop on June 26-28 from 9a.m – 12p.m at the college. The workshop will feature practical sessions on developing an enterprise concept, conducting market research, estimating financial projections, and putting the pieces together into a successful business plan. Students from high schools, agriculturalists and farmers, youth groups, and others with an interest in agriculture are welcome to enroll for the free workshop. If you are interested in attending please contact Dr. Leighton Naraine at 465-2856


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, 22ND 2012 13 GOOD NEWS VIEW POINT BYV. E. INNISS Father by name Father by name Father by name Father by name Father by name and nature and nature and nature and nature and nature He is by definition a male parent, grandfather, and ancestor. In a broader perspective the title refers to the founder of an occupation or social group (Gen 4:2). In yet another sense he is a male who acts toward another with paternal kindness (Gen 45:8). It was used as a title of respect for a teacher or elderly man (1 Sam 10:2). In the spiritual sense the title refers to God, either as creator of the human race (Mal 2:10) or as the guardian of his spiritual children (Rom 8:15). Concerning the topic for today name and nature, I’m thinking of the honest-to-goodness man who is distinctly that – discerning, decisive, strong-hearted man/men who know where he/they are going and is/are confident enough to themselves (and their God) to get there. Such a person is not afraid to take the lead, to stand tall and firm in his principles even when the going gets rough. The flip side of the paragraph suggests because there is a negative aspect. I must tell you that I’m not thinking of television personalities like Archie bunker who slouches in his chair, shouts out the order and commands, giving the impression that he is monarch of all he surveys, his right there is none to dispute, family included. Masculinity and strong fatherhood does not mean and must not be allowed to epitomise dogmatism, selfishness and prejudice. That type of father-figure lives in a fantasy world only imagining he is running the show by a kind of remote control. Prolific writer, Charles R. Swindoll describes such a character as a frightened child inside a man’s body, the object of sarcastic ridicule among family and close friends alike. Against that background it is clear to see that to be a Father by name and nature is a tall order, especially in this age of vanishing masculinity as Brother Chuck Swindoll describes it My thanks to him for that significant input.FATHER BY NAMETell me, what’s in a name? Name or Title is the word by which a person, place or thing is known; a word by which something/ someone is known. So whether we address him as Dad, daddy, Papa or any other affectionate name/ title, we know what it does to our emotions and esteem. The focus in this segment will be on the Leadership a Father provides or expected to provide. A case in point is the leadership of Eli marked with success as a Priest; not as a parent. (Read the account in 1 Samuel 2:12-17; 22-36). Here is a brief background. Eli was the temple priest at Shiloh, who overheard the infertile Hannah praying for a son, although he did not recognize the true meaning of her prayers. When the Lord granted her prayers, Hannah dedicated her son, Samuel to the Lord’s service and placed him in custodial care to Eli. Ironically, Eli seemed to have greater success raising Samuel than his own two sons, Hophni and Phineas. When the corrupt Hophni and Phineas violated Jewish custom and law regarding ritual sacrifices, they received only mild rebuke from the passive Eli, who should have removed them from their priestly office. God responded by calling to Samuel at night and revealing His displeasure. The boy prophesied to Eli that God would end Eli’s household. With the death of his sons in battle, the 98-year-old Eli recognized the fulfilment of this prophecy and fell dead himself. What’s the significance? Eli’s failure to lead his family eventually led to his downfall as a religious leader. The Scripture teaches that if we do not faithfully lead our own household, we lack the qualifications to lead beyond the home (1 Tim 3: 4, 6). In other words, if it doesn’t work at home don’t export it. Elis emphasis was on teaching his colleagues and clients, not his family. Eli failed to live out in his home what he taught in his work. With respect to entanglements, Eli got so caught up with the affairs of his secular life and that blinded him to what was expected of him as a father – by name and nature.FATHER BY NATUREMuch has been said, and continues to be said that much of the delinquency, crime and violence plaguing our nation may be treaded back to failures in our homes. It was Confucius who wrote: “The strength of a nation is derived from the integrity of its homes.” This is what Eli did not realise. If we bungle raising our children, it doesn’t matter what become in the eyes of the world, that doesn’t matter as much. Contrary to what many teach or even believe, leadership in the home is not about power or control. It means though, assuming responsibility for the health and development of our relationships. In researching this topic for practical and worthwhile content, let me shape these pungent pointers with you in closing. We should endeavour to evaluate our home/family leadership in each of the following categories: (1) Initiative: Do we give direction and take responsibility for our primary relationships? (2) Intimacy: Do we experience intimacy with God and others through open conversation? (3) Influence: Do we experience Biblical, ethical and moral influence by encouraging and developing others? (4) Integrity: De we lead an honest life, unashamed of who we are, when no one is looking? (5) Identity: Are we secure in who we are in the society/nation? Or are we always on the defensive? (6) Inner character: De we exhibit self-discipline, fair-play, uncompromising positions and principles? On this Father’s Day, View Point extends best wishes and blessings from our Divine Master to Fathers throughout the nation and around the world. May God help us all to be good leaders! Goodness in God as in human beings means something admirable, attractive and praiseworthy. When the Bible writers call God good, they are thinking in general of all those moral qualities which prompt His people to call Him perfect, and in particular of the generosity which moves them to call Him merciful and gracious and to speak of His love. The Bible is constantly ringing the changes on the theme of the moral perfection of God, as declared in His own words and verified in the experience of His people. When God stood with Moses on Sinai and “proclaimed the name that is, the revealed character of the Lord that is, God as His people’s Jehovah, the sovereign Saviour who says of Himself, “I am what I am in the covenant of grace,” what He actually said was, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet He does not leave the guilty unpunished” (see Exodus 34:6-7). And this proclaiming of God’s moral perfection was carried out as the fulfillment of His promise to make all His goodness pass before Moses (see Ex 33:19). All the particular perfections that are mentioned here, and all that go with them – God’s truthfulness and trustworthiness, His unfailing justice and wisdom, His tenderness, forbearance and entire adequacy to all who penitently seek His help, His noble kindness in offering believers the exalted destiny of fellowship with him in holiness and love are things which make up God’s goodness in the overall sense of the sum total of His revealed excellencies. When David declared, “As for God, His way is perfect” (see 2 Samuel 22:31; Psalm 18:30), what he meant was that God’s people find in experience, as he himself had found, that God never comes short of the goodness to which He had laid claim. “His way is perfect; the Word of the Lord is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in Him.” Psalm 18 as a whole in David’s retrospective declaration of how he had himself proved that God is faithful to His promises and all-sufficient as a shield and defender; and every child of God who has not forfeited his birthright by backsliding enjoy a parallel experience. There is more to be said. Within the cluster of God’s moral perfections there is one in particular to which the term goodness points. It is the quality which God especially singled out from the whole when, proclaiming “all His goodness” to Moses He spoke of Himself as “abundant in goodness and truth” (see Ex 34:6). This is the quality of generosity. This is God’s moral perfection; it is the quality which determines how God other excellencies are to be displayed. God is abundant in goodness, His spontaneous goodness overflows with generosity. The New Testament theologians use the word grace free for all, to cover every act of divine generosity, of whatever kind, and hence distinguished between the common grace of “creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life,” and the special grace manifested in the economy of salvation. The biblical way of putting this distinction would be to say that God is good to all in some ways and to some in all ways. Psalm 145 declares, “The Lord is good to all, He has compassion on all He has made…. The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time. You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing” (vv 9, 15-16). The Psalmist’s point is that, since God controls all that happens, in His world, every meal, every pleasure, every possession, every bit of sun, every night’s sleep, every moment of health and safety, everything else that sustains and enriches life, is a divine gift. When the singers of Israel summoned the people to give thanks to God because “He is good; His loves endures forever” (Psalm 106:1; 107:1; 118:1; 136:1). He is really speaking about His redemptive mercies that include “His mighty acts” in saving Israel from Egypt (Psalm 106:2; 136). His willingness to forebear and forgive when His servants fall into sin (Psalm 86:5), His willingness to teach people His way (Psalm 119: 68) and the goodness to which Paul referred to when he spoke of God’s mercy in grafting “wild” Gentiles into His olive tree that is, the fellowship of His covenant people, the community of saved believers. To enforce his summons to “give thanks to the Lord, for He is good,” the Psalmist generalizes from past experiences of Israel in captivity and Israelites in personal need to give four examples for how people “cried out to the Lord in their trouble and He delivered them from their distress” (Psalm 107:1, 6, 13, 19, 28). The first example, is of God redeeming the helpless from their enemies and leading them out of barrenness to find a home; the second, is of God delivering from “darkness and the shadow of death” those whom He had himself brought into this condition because of their rebellion against Him; the third, is of God healing the disease with which He had chastened “fools” who disregarded Him; the fourth, is of God protecting voyagers by stilling the storm which they thought would sink their ship. Each episode ends with the refrain, “Let them give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for men” (Psalm 107: 8, 15, 21, 31). The whole Psalm is a majestic panorama of the operations of divine goodness transforming human lives. Humbly Submitted by Alson B H Percival (Rev Canon Dr) Chair Nevis Regional Council And Vice Chair Nevis Christian Council God’s Goodness


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 22ND 2012 14 NEWS -5th Graduation Ceremony of the Youth Outreach Dance Ministry You are especially invited to the 5th Graduation ceremony of the Youth Outreach Dance Ministry (YODM), which will take place on Friday, 29th June 2012, at the Basseterre Church of God, Durant Avenue, starting 7:00pm. Ten young ladies, will graduate to a higher level of the movement as they continue to rise and thrive in the dance Ministry. These lasses are; Quiandra Pemberton, Sonrisa Watts, Chenise Rawlins, Terisha Willock, Kerene Glasgow, Takoya Slack, Christie Taylor, Allencia Herbert, Mikayla Harris, and Midecia Blake. They will graduate under the theme, “Reaching Your Potential.” The dancers will display the usual high standard of performance and justify their individual prizes and certificates. Some of the prizes that will be awarded this year include computer training, sponsored by the President of KVK Enterprises, Min. Khrystus Wallace, to the 1st place student, the 2nd top student’s prize award is sponsor by educator Mr. Michael Blake, consisting with school supplies, and trophies and more, compliments the dance Ministry. There will be a well-packed program of the evening, including father & daughter dance, teacher and students will be doing a dance piece entitled, “Dare to My Heart” and Ms. Tradesda Liburd would be doing a solo piece to the graduants. Special thanks go to Almighty God, to Ms. Dian Pringle, Mr. Michael Blake, Mrs. Camella Jeffers, Mr. Aldrin Pemberton, Ms. Sheyjona Bass, Ms. Brittney Duggins-Liddie, Mr. Clifford Thomas, and parents for assisting in various ways in making this graduation a success All are urged to come out and fully support our youth who have elected to let God reveal Himself to them through music and dance Refreshments will be on sale. Please don’t miss it! Another daughter of the Federation has performed supremely well at her university studies in the U.S.A, and has given herself, family, alma mater, former, teachers, community and nation, solid reason to be extremely proud. The lovely, charming and affable SHANDELLE SHEYENNE NORFORD, a child of Frederick Norford and Suzette Mitham of Lower Cayon, St. Kitts has just graduated from Boston University School of Medicine with a Medical Degree in Anatomical Pathology. Shandelle is a former student and graduate of the Cayon Primary and Cayon High Schools, and the University of the Virgin Islands. The focused young lady is now about to embark on a 4 – year Residency programme at Orlando Regional Medical Center in Florida before pursuing a fellowship in Forensic Pathology. Shandelle is determined to return to her homeland to give her time and expertise upon Daughter of the Soil Excels completion of her studies. In the meantime, for critical unstinting support and encouragement, she expresses infinite gratitude to her mother (Custom Officer Suzette), her former teachers, particularly Michael S. Blake, her supportive family members and friends, and of course, Almighty God. Certainly, we all wish Shandelle total success as she continues to impress and excel. BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, (CUOPM) – The Federal Cabinet has approved the waiving of taxes on a range of alternative energy generating equipment and energy efficiency equipment. Minister of Information, Senator, the Hon. Nigel Carty said Cabinet has accepted the proposal submitted by Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas in support of the National Energy Policy of the government to facilitate St. Kitts and Nevis becoming a country where St. Kitts and Nevis waves taxes on alternative energy equipment sustainable, clean, reliable and more affordable energy sources are developed and used. In submitting the proposal Prime Minister Douglas, in his capacity as Minister of Finance was strongly of the view that although the government has no control over the price of petroleumbased energy products, a lot could be done to reduce the cost of energy to the local population by spurring the development and use of alternative energy technologies, and by creating an impetus for the use of energysaving technologies by a wide cross-section of the populace. “As a result, Cabinet approved a waiver of Import Duty and Customer Service Charge on solar PV panels and ancillary equipment for generating electricity; hydrogen fuel cells and ancillary equipment; wind turbines and ancillary equipment; energy-saving bulbs including LED bulbs; solar water heaters and tanks; solar AC units and other approved related equipment,” said Minister Carty. With the assistance of the Republic of China (Taiwan), solar panels have been installed at Government Headquarters, which houses the Prime Minister’s Office, the Attorney General’s Office, the National Assembly and the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Agriculture and Youth and Sports. A few weeks ago discussions on plans to set up a solar panel manufacturing plant in St. Kitts were discussed here. Minister of Housing and Energy, the Hon. Dr. Earl Asim Martin also said the next set of low-income homes constructed island wide by the National Housing Corporation (NHC) will be electrified by solar energy. Taiwan is also assisting with the installation of LED street lighting system on the Kim Collins Highway and on the road to Frigate Bay from the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) to Sugars. 2012 Culturama Contestants to be launched on Friday CHARLESTOWN, NEVIS (June 19th 2012) — The 2012 Culturama Committee invites residents of and visitors to Nevis to enjoy a “weekend with the contestants” as this year’s pre-Culturama activities commence on Friday [June 22] and continue on Sunday [June 24]. Chairperson of the Pageants’ Subcommittee, Ms. Jedee Caines, has confirmed that the contestants in the Ms. Culture Queen Pageant and Ms. Culture Swimwear and Mr. Kool Contests will be launched on Friday following a mini motorcade into Charlestown. “The general public has been inquiring about the launch for quite some time. With that in mind, the Pageants’ Subcommittee is excited about launching our charismatic contestants and participants at the A.L. Evelyn Building,” Ms. Caines said. The grand launch of the Ms. Culture Queen, Ms. Culture Swimwear and Mr. Kool contestants and participants has become a major event on the Culturama calendar as patrons normally line the sidewalks in the island’s capital, Charlestown, to witness the contestants’ first public appearance. Also on June 22, the contestants will be featured at a Launch Party at Vs Courtyard where they will be able to meet members of the Nevisian community in a more intimate setting. “The Launch Party is new on the Culturama calendar and we anticipate that it will be a success. After being blown away by this year’s contestants and participants at the launch, I am hopeful that persons would want an even closer look,” Ms. Caines said. While no major activity has been planned for Saturday [June 23], the Ms. Culture Queen Pageant and Ms. Culture Swimwear contestants and the Mr. Kool participants would be preparing for their first fashion show. Slated for Sun. 24 June at 5pm, the inaugural 2012 Culturama Fashion Show will be held at the Pinney’s Beach Hotel. “At the Pinney’s Beach Hotel, the contestants would be modeling the latest clothing from some of Nevis’ top stores and that too is expected to be a success,” Chairperson Caines said. The Ms. Culture Swimwear and Mr. Kool Contests will be held on Sun. 29 July and the Ms. Culture Queen Pageant will be held on Sun. 5 Aug. Both shows will be staged at the Nevis Cultural Complex. Chairperson of the Ms. Culture Queen Pageant and the Ms. Culture Swimwear and Mr. Kool Contests Ms. Jedee Caines. (file photo)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, 22ND 2012 15 NEWS BY EARL CLARKE Dear Reader It is an historical fact that, on June 10th, 1967, the People’s Action Movement (PAM) in concert with some misguided Anguillians and terrorists who were of US origin, attempted to overthrow the lawfully elected government of Mr. Robert L. Bradshaw and the Labour Party, which, in 1966 had won a resounding victory, defeating PAM on its first venture on the political landscape in St. Kitts and Nevis PAM was formed in 1965 and was led by the son of the founding father who believed that the ordinary black folks were making too many advances and his duty, in the formation of the People’s Action Movement was to halt the progress of the ordinary people, a progress which was engineered by Mr. Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw and the Labour Party. Nobody, in their correct frame of mind could ever think, much less to believe that PAM ever could or ever would have the interest of the working class people at heart, for it was supported financially by the Estate Owners or Massas and the big businesses in downtown Basseterre who themselves owned sugar estates and were accumulating wealth from the sweat, toil and tears of the plantation workers whom they were still treating as if they were slaves. St. Kitts produced two great black men. They were Mr. Valentine Herbert who was married to Mr. Thomas Manchester’s daughter, a white plantation owner, who was touched by the plight of the black man, forsook his pursuit of wealth and, instead, formed the Workers’ League, the forerunner of today’s Labour Party which has just celebrated its 80th year of existence. The second black man was Robert L. Bradshaw of St. Pauls, the son of a Domestic Worker, working for the Basseterre Sugar Factory’s Manager. He was the second highest ranking person in St. Kitts after the Colonial Administrator. These two men took two different pathways: Mr. Herbert decided to join forces with those who oppressed us, while Mr. Bradshaw, although copying some of the mannerisms he saw displayed at the Factory Manager’s house, where he stayed sometimes with his mother, decided to join forces with the masses of oppressed people. There was no way, and there will never be any way that the founder of PAM, having taken the course that he took, could have done more for the oppressed masses than Mr. Bradshaw and the Labour Party? This distorted version of our history was orchestrated by one of our historians who has sold the inner man which resides within himself and is now singing disgracefully for is supper. What a shame and a disgrace? I hereby challenge any of my readers to prove me wrong and to show me historical facts contrary to what I have presented. How could anyone, working for Massa, who betrayed us in the 1935 Buckley’s Riots when he aided and abetted Massa in the shooting down of his black brothers and sisters and betrayed us a second time in the 1948 General Strike, do more for us than those who sided with us during these most difficult times? How? How? How? It is a great pity that those historical Judases could call themselves black people? In getting back to the 10th of June, PAM’s day, which was not recognized as a holiday under PAM (1980-1995), the facts are that the son of the founder journeyed to Anguilla where he gave the impression that he was more popular than Mr. Bradshaw who did not want to give up power. The Anguillians were warned by another Anguillan that this statement was false because the Labour Party was a party of the masses. PAM, running true to form, generated a volcano of hatred against Mr. Bradshaw blaming him for all the ills and woes of Anguilla instead of the neglect of the British to whom they returned as a colony. All along, their intention from the incubation of PAM, was to get rid of Mr. Bradshaw, for he was making the ordinary folks live on par with Massa who did not relish the advancement of black people enjoying the things he enjoyed. Mr. Bradshaw was out of place. It was divinely ordained that Massa should enjoy a certain life style and the black people of the land should be waiting with cupped palms to catch the crumbs which fell from his table. So, like the Buckleys Riot of 1935, they were prepared to eliminate the leaders of the Labour Movement and to blow up the rest of us black people, by igniting the fuel tanks at Pond’s Pasture and poisoning our drinking water at La Guerite. Sounds terroristic, eh reader? They forgot that all power comes from God and He helps the terrorists, but He also protects His people. Nobody could ever deny that it was the Saving Grace of God which weakened the heart of the detonator of the bomb which was to trigger off the mass murder of 90% of the population of St. Kitts. I am quite sure that many persons in very high places in our society have to gulp down massive doses of alcohol in order to lull them to sleep. We might even hear of families parading the whole of St. Kitts, searching for molasses to pour down the throats of these terrorists because they are spilling the beans about the 10th of June 1967 (when people are dying and they are spilling the terrible things they did in life, the family pours molasses down their throats. The thickness makes it difficult for them to speak), so they die with the story, either untold or only half told. It was no coincidence that the founder of PAM was at the Factory Social Centre. It was overrun by masked gunmen on Saturday night 10th June, 1967. The founder was assuring the patrons of the dance that they must not panic because all will be well. Now, dear reader, you are attending a dance and enjoying yourself. Out of the blue, you observe guns pointing at you and masked men are behind these guns. There is panic. There is confusion and, amidst this panic and confusion, someone is telling you that everything is going to be all right. Everybody else is showing signs of panic except this one man who should have been the most scared. Doesn’t this portray the fact that he was part and parcel of whatever was going on or that he knew something about what was happening? Our beloved brother who has jumped ship to join the mercenary gang attested to this in 2007 when he was Minister of National Security and commemorated forty (40) years of the attempted coup. He was up at the Factory Social Centre the night of June 10th 1967. He said so himself. Is he going to deny it today? It is on record. Yes! The founder of PAM knew what was going on. The coup failed because – (1) the boat the Anguillians travelled on lost its course. They mistook Statia for St. Kitts and; (2) the heroes’ welcome they were told that they would receive as liberators, did not materialize. Everything was left up entirely to the Anguillians. The Managers, Overseers and Estate Owners were late in showing up to signal the boat which was also late in arriving, having, as I said before, lost its way. Anguillians were captured after Mr Bradshaw made a broadcast to ZIZ about the failed coup. They confessed to the Police, but, because high ranking Police Offices were totally involved, the evidence was destroyed and they, the Anguillians recanted their statements. A lot of people have a lot of molasses to drink but the Sugar Factory which produced it is closed down and there is nothing else around as thick, so we might still hear the stories from their dying beds. If anybody out there, harbour any doubts about the 10th June 1967, just send US$25.00 to anyone in Anguilla and ask them to purchase a book on the Anguilla Revolution and post it up to them. Prove me wrong. Show me up. This country owes a debt of gratitude to those men and women who answered the call of Mr. Bradshaw to come and volunteer their services to defend their country. I do not remember all of the names and, by so doing, i render a disservice to these heroic folks who guarded the beaches and many important places in the night and had to go to work next morning. I remember names like Cedric Merchant, Clem Liburd, Mikes Harris, James and Vincent Demming, Ernest Osborne, Eugene Walwyn, Margaret Moses (an Antiguan), Ivy Harrigan, Joseph “Dungaree” Hanley, Jerry Thompson, Ira Walwyn, Patefield James, Rupert Mills, Cedric Liburd, Vincent “Tom Jones” Buchannan, Denzil McMahon, Roland Martin, Arthur Martin (Hot Spot). Dudley Gumbs, Clarke the Butcher, Owen Caines, Walton Jacobs, Cecil Edwards, Mc Intosh the Postman, Joe from Molineux, Postman Mc Berridge, Mr. Valdo from New Road, Edgar Bridgewater, Samuel Tuckett, Samuel Byron, Stanley Sebastian the Water Engineer for George Street, New Town, Simon Byron, Mr. Mardenborough from Verchilds, and many more stalwarts from the Old Road area. There was a taxi driver from Sandy Point. I think his name was Mc Shaw and Earle Clarke. These men guarded at Bayfords Estate, slept in cattle dung in order to protect the radio antenna, guarded the beaches, was soaked to the back when rain fell and there was nowhere to shelter. Guarded the Supreme Court where we witnessed the Registrar, a native of Dominica (who was mortally afraid of white people) going through the list of jurors with a prominent lawyer from nearby, selecting jurors who were to sit on the cases of those who were charged in the attempted coup. One of those jurors, a black business man from Central Street, fell asleep while sitting on one of the cases, he was awakened by a fellow juror. He jumped up from his slumber and shouted “Not Guilty”. “Not Guilty”. Dear Reader, it sounds jokey eh? But it is no joke. The Court House had to be burnt down by PAM. Mr. Bradshaw had to call halt to the cases. Too many big up officials were involved in this attempted coup. Dr. Douglas, please to reopen the Sugar Factory. We are going to need plenty molasses. 10th June is really PAM’s Day New measures for SELF programme come September BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, JUNE 19TH 2012 (CUOPM) – The 15year-old Student Education Learning Fund (SELF) textbook distribution programme has been reviewed. Minister of Information, the Hon. Nigel Carty, who is also the Minister of Education said in undertaking a comprehensive analysis of the operation of the SELF book programme, the Department of Education has identified and is seeking to address a range of issues. “These include book distribution policies, record-keeping and inventory, student accountability, budgetary support, care for and longevity of books, and the need for streamlining the selection of subject texts across schools,” he said in a post-cabinet briefing. “It was found that schools have adopted disparate policies for textbook distribution and management, proper record-keeping has lapsed at several schools, there is not enough accountability with respect to accessing and returning textbooks, there are increased budgetary requirements as a consequence of the increasing cost of texts and books quickly fall into a state of disrepair,” Minister Carty said. He said in response, the Department of Education proposes to establish a committee to identify, select and streamline texts to be used by all schools, introduce regular stock-taking of the SELF book programme, create a comprehensive database to assist in the management of the programme, consider the introduction of a maintenance contribution from students to ensure longevity of the texts and their replacement. He said these new measures are to be instituted by September 2012


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 22ND 2012 16 NEWS -Civic Pride Before you call up the agents for the Honda vehicles, please do not bother them, since I am not aware that Honda has brought out a new model called “civic pride”. The word “civic” in the lexicon refers to “belonging to a city or to be a citizen of a country. Where you are born that is the country in which you were born, you would then be referred to as a citizen of that country. Of course, these days one can buy citizenship of a country. However, that would be another topic for another time. There was a time in school, long, long, long, time ago when a subject called “Civics” was taught in the class rooms. In that class we were taught many things, how to be a good citizen, how to keep our surroundings and country clean, and what could happen if we did not do so. We were so conscious of what we were taught then, that not even a sweet wrapper one would dispose of without thinking about our surroundings. I have been noting for a sometime, how Basseterre, looks after a “party weekend” function. If you are an early morning riser and you go through Basseterre, there is so much plastic cups and disposable paper plates, plastic containers on the streets of Basseterre, that I begin to wonder where is our civic pride. These days I guess that Civics is taught under a different heading – perhaps “social science” – everything is a science these days, but I have to wonder how relevant is it? I am not aware if we link civics with pride, since we seem not to have any such thing and we just dispose of our garbage anyhow and anywhere. If the tourism season is in, then the workers are out there cleaning the mess that we made of our city. I think to myself ‘that is not fair’. They did not make the mess but they have to clean up. Come Monday morning the city is once again clean, and we carry on as though it was never dirty. I have to commend the persons who clean up after us, for they usually do a good job. So tell me, should we reintroduce “Civics” as a subject in school? I believe we ought to, in addition to what is taught at home about cleanliness and taking pride in our surrounding, that with a little help from the schools, our young children would once again become “civic minded” and would be more conscious about littering, and think before they litter, thus helping to keep our country clean. “Death must not find us thinking that we die.” – Martin Carter Dying is easy. Living is the hard part. Isn’t it funny how we’re never promised life, but we are sure about death? Life is like catching a mouse. You meet if off-guard and you creep and creep until you’re inches away from the little creature that’s seemingly unaware of your presence. As you go to pounce, it eludes you. Life is elusive. You can spend most of your time doing all the right things then in a moment, it disappears. That’s death. That’s the kind of death that comes complete with grim reaper, dark shadows and cloudy skies. There’s a kind of death that’s much worse than the one we are all guaranteed. It happens when we lose faith, stop caring, forget about love and isolate those close to us. This internal, emotional death – a death of our minds, of our souls and of our hearts – is unmatched by any physical death that we may experience. It deadens us to everything and anything around us. We are no longer able to empathise, understand or feel. And to feel is to live. When we lose this ability to feel, we give up on all the things and people that once meant something to us. Though we may not get to the point of depression, our inability to care for things happening around us leaves us walking around empty and unfulfilled. A man who feels nothing is able to hurt and destroy without being From Where I Sit By xSpeaks Jamaican Kittitian (JamKit) Association Emergency Meeting remorseful in the end. These people become banes in the rest of the community’s existence. They function as sores growing in the side of this entire being we know as society. It is extremely hard to help these people because their feelings or lack thereof have been disappearing with time. In some extreme cases, particular events drive people to the edge and become responsible for them washing their hands of all things that are not self-related. This person who stops caring and loving is not just forever alone, but these people become dents in the backbone that forms the productive and progressive part of our society. Somewhere along the line, we have given up or lost these people to their own dark ways. We have excluded them or allowed them to remove themselves from our societal circles. We have sat around and watched as people simply discard the concerns or burdens of others. We look as neighbours choose to ignore or backtalk each other while our communities plunder deeper and deeper into dark, hopeless holes, eventually falling too far to be saved. Will our neighbours ever be able to re-surface? Too many of us are not affected by anything that happens around us. When we are not bothered, we do not act. The only things we try to change are the things that matter to us. Emptiness is the only thing that lives inside many of us. We have managed to disassociate ourselves from our parents, our children, our spouses, our friends, our careers and ourselves. At some point we must realize that this disassociation can only lead to a miserable life, and while these very loved ones may be responsible for some of the problems that we have, we must find other means of dealing effectively with them. Disassociation should never be our first resort. Abandonment should not replace solving any issues that we are facing. Numbing the part of us that allows us to feel will be the death of all of us. It has resulted in many of us forgetting our sons and daughters and our husbands and wives. Once death has realized that we have stopped fighting and stopped caring, it is only a matter of time before the onset of a physical death. If there is one thing we should have inherited from our forefathers, it should be their fight. Start fighting. Start caring. Feel. Live. Third Ministerial meeting of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States on fisheries Communiqu The Third meeting of the ACP Ministers responsible for fisheries was held in Nadi (Fiji) on18 June 2012, addressing the theme of Partnerships for sustainable development of the fisheries sector in ACP countries. The meeting provided an opportunity for ACP Ministers responsible for fisheries to invigorate the ACP Ministerial Fisheries Mechanism by adopting a 5 year Strategic Plan of Action. The Strategic Plan of Action sets in place following five strategic Priority areas for future action: •Effective Management for Sustainable Fisheries •Promoting Optimal Returns from Fisheries Trade •Supporting Food Security in ACP Countries •Developing Aquaculture •Maintaining the Environment The Plan also sets the scene for developing new partnerships for development, exchange of expertise, and trade. Ministers reiterated their concern about continuing threats to fisheries, in particular, Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported (IUU) fishing, and piracy. The potential for development of aquaculture in ACP States was highlighted; Ministers urged ACP States to provide an enabling environment to realize the potential for increased aquaculture production. In this context Ministers also encouraged States to strengthenSouth – South cooperative partnerships for both aquaculture and fisheries. Reflecting the special requirements of ACP small developing coastal states, Ministers urged Distant Water Fishing Nations to transfer their regional fishing effort to these states to avoid excess fishing capacity. The Meeting welcomed opportunities for optimising returns from fisheries, including prospects for adding value to fisheries production in ACP countries. At the conclusion Ministers expressed their thanks to cooperative partners and their sincere gratitude to the Government and the people of Fiji for the warm and friendly welcome and the excellent facilities provided which provided the environment for a successful and productive Ministerial Meeting. Minister Harris affirms the Federations’ readiness to partner on fisheries matters Dr. The Honourable Timothy Harris, Senior Minister of Fisheries’ in his presentation to the 3rd ACP meeting of fisheries Ministers taking place in Nadi Fiji affirmed St. Kitts and Nevis’ readiness to partner with the 79 members of the ACP group of states to further the growth and development of fisheries subsector. “Our fisheries and Aquaculture have tremendous potential but limits on our resources in the areas like manpower, capacity, physical infrastructure, legal frameworks, training and education have constrained us to mere artisanal fisheries at the periphery. We welcome this discussion on the conception of partnership in the context of fisheries contribution and potential to food security and nutrition, poverty alleviation and broader growth and improved welfare of our people. St. Kitts and Nevis wants to be equal partners as we develop and implement the 5 year strategic plan but we must look beyond the conception of south-south cooperation as important as this is to north–south cooperation on such issues as capacity building, trade facilitation, investment in monitoring and control for illegal unreported and unregulated fishing” Harris said Dr. Harris is accompanied by Marc Williams, Director of Marine Resources. While in Fiji, Dr. Harris will hold talks with the ACP Secretary General Mr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas and Mr. Joketani Cokanasiga, Fiji Minister for Fisheries. The Jamaican Kittitian (JamKit) Association, the Association of Jamaicans and Friends of Jamaicans living in the Federation of St Kitts & Nevis, will have an emergency meeting on Saturday, 23 June 2012 at the Methodist Church Annex, corner Seaton Street and Victoria Road, St. Kitts starting at 6.00pm. Jamaicans and friends of Jamaicans are invited to attend. Please pass the word along to your friends/relatives. We look forward to seeing you there!!


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, 22ND 2012 17 NEWS By Llewellyn ParrisHost Ian ‘Patches’ Liburd of WINN FM’s Inside the News programme landed a big catch on Saturday June 16. The catch was so large that he could hardly hide his excitement. “Thank you very much Dr (Charles) Warner,” said Mr Liburd as he tried to politely shove off one of his faithful panellists, to welcome the big catch, well into 50 minutes of the programme. “And believe it or not, we are joined by the former Premier of Nevis, Vance Amory; Vance I think it is Winksworth Amory...” “Winkworth,” interjected Hon Amory. “Don’t confuse the name... it is a distinguished name.” The other panellists did not appear to have been impressed by the way the host showed raw and unabashed enthusiasm towards the new panellist, other than some giggling in the background by the lone female panellist on the show. “Thank you very much Patches and good morning to the panellists, I am happy to be here,” continued Hon Amory, who is the political leader of the opposition Concerned Citizens Movement party on Nevis. “I was hoping that it would be somebody else, but as the person couldn’t come I thought that as I was in St. Kitts I could just fit myself in.” Well, what a start for Patches’ prize catch! The great party it is supposed to be, the CCM could not find anyone to represent it and its leader had to step in to save face. It reminded me of a quote, not from the Bible (although it might very well have been adapted from the Holy Book): A general is a general because there are soldiers. “I have come, as I said this morning, to be part of this discussion because we have been trying to get a consistent representative of the CCM to come and be part of the discussion and I had hoped that we would have had someone this morning,” apologetically explained Hon Amory. After the first half of Inside the News show, host Liburd came back still very excited and in his exhilaration while reintroducing the panellists, ended the homily by saying “and believe it, it is true we also have for the first time on Inside the News, the representative from the CCM party, the Concerned Citizens Movement, in the person of its leader Mr Vance Winkworth Amory.” Mr Liburd might have gotten his facts wrong, because it was not the first time the CCM was represented on the show. However, if he meant that it was the first time that the leader of the party had appeared on the show, then that could be correct. But that is not what he said. The failed candidate for the St. Thomas seat in the Nevis Island Assembly elections last year, Mr Keith Scarborough, better known as King Dis n’ Dat because of his calypso exploits appeared on the show last year. He should stick to calypso as that is the one field where he wins. But Dis n’ Dat is a notch better than the other CCM operative, Mr Theodore Hobson, who has also represented the party on Inside the News. Hobson has been a perennial failure at the ballot box, but the CCM still used him as its representative on the Inside the News programme. In 1983 Mr Hobson contested the St. Paul’s seat on his People’s Democratic Party (PDP) against NRP’s Ivor Steven. The drubbing was so hard that while Steven, he of late memories got 398 votes, Hobson managed a mere 38 votes. The thrashing continued at the 1984 Federal elections (St. Paul’s and St. John’s) when Steven bagged 870 against Hobson’s miserable 108. Hobson is a fighter who does not give up even when the odds are heavily against him. He returned back to the slaughter field in 1987, and ended up being humiliated by NRP’s then political greenhorn, Mr Victor Jay Martin. Two more candidates in the race, Mr Franklyn Brand of the CCM and Mr Desmond Herbert of the Nevis National Party did not spoil for the NRP. Martin received 204, Franklyn Brand 99, Hobson 98 and Desmond Herbert 6 (six). When he realised that his People’s Democratic Party would never be a suitable vehicle to take him to parliament, Mr Hobson abandoned it and joined the CCM, but at the 1992 elections a now seasoned Victor Jay Martin retained the St. Paul’s seat by winning with 311 votes. Hobson did slightly better by taking home 222 votes. A third candidate (a Mr C. Manners of the Island Advancement Party) managed only 5 votes. Mr Hobson is a good lawyer and that is no doubt. If he were to stick to his legal duties, the Hon Vance Amory would have vibrant soldiers and would be a better general. Back to the Inside the News programme, Hon Amory was challenged by the NRP representative Mr Alistair Yearwood about the disrespect his party had shown towards Nevis’ first Premier, the late Dr Simeon Daniel, and Amory went on the offensive. “What about character assassination of Dr Daniel, Mr Amory?” asked Mr Yearwood. “Nobody, not from our party,” said Amory. “Whatever happened on that day which you are talking about, and I do remember seeing that (black monkey), had nothing to do with us. That was an individual who had suffered and the person told me that the other day because it was raised with me. “The person said ‘listen, I had suffered at the hands of Dr Douglas, I mean Dr Daniel and I am the one who went home and got a gorilla which he (sic) had for a child and brought it out’. It had nothing to do with the CCM Party, and I think we need to disavow people of that. “I have never been disrespectful to Dr Daniel in my life, and nobody in my party has ever been disrespectful to him, because I have always said to them ‘you have to steer away from that kind of character assassination because it might land you in trouble’.” Hon Amory said so on the Inside the News programme, but he did not explain why he has never said it openly before. It has taken him 20 years to say it and, as it were, his (Amory’s) silence could have meant approval of the person’s actions. However the worst disrespect Hon Amory showed towards Nevis’ first premier was on Tuesday June 5, when he refused to sit inside the church during Dr Daniel’s funeral at the St. Thomas Anglican Church. When he arrived for the service, Protocol Officer Ms Marva Pinney directed him to the seat that was reserved for him as a former premier of this great island Nevis, but he refused and chose to sit outside. The same seat was later offered to CCM’s representative for St. James, the Hon Alexis Jeffers, when he turned up for the funeral. Members of the CCM party should take note that their leader refused to occupy the seat befitting the leader of their great party. Probably Hon Jeffers, who occupied it, is rightly qualified to lead this great party. There was however foolish drama on the night of Tuesday June 5 on VON Radio’s Let’s Talk Programme, when one of the CCM apologists, Mr Elton Marcus Hull, threw a tantrum lamenting that his leader (Amory) had been disrespected at the funeral of Dr Daniel by not being allowed to sit inside the church. When we were growing up we were taught to understand, and appreciate, that if you have nothing to say, then do not say it. We also learnt that it is better to keep ones mouth shut and let people think one is a fool, than to open it and remove all the doubt. “The other thing that I really found distasteful today,” ranted Mr Hull on the Let’s Talk Programme. “I went to the funeral and you know, God forbid that anything happens to Mr Amory, but if something happens to Mr Amory tomorrow, they are gonna have a state funeral for Mr Amory and then you are going to have the same hypocrites there saying the same thing about, how great Mr Amory was. “But today no one sees fit to say, have a special seat inside for the former premier of Nevis Mr Amory, who was the premier of Nevis here to pay his respect to the first premier of Nevis. No one sees fit to see that today. Notwithstanding that Mr Amory is the leader (sic) in the house in Nevis you know, notwithstanding that, and also he is in the Federal House. “He was the premier of Nevis for fourteen years, and no one sees fit at a state funeral to say we have a special seat inside for Mr Amory. But God forbid, I am knocking on wood for Mr Amory right here tonight that he lives a long and happy life. “Do you understand what I am saying to you, I find that extremely distasteful today Webbo. I find that distasteful, because I am saying Mr Amory as the former premier of Nevis should have a special seat inside there at the state funeral.” Sometimes it is golden to have one’s mouth shut. The only thing Mr Hull succeeded in putting across was the knocking on wood for Hon Amory. I pray Mr Hull does not succeed as Nevis is not ready to have Hon Amory in a wooden casket any time soon. If that happens, let it be the will of the Almighty and not the wishes of Mr Elton Marcus Hull. Back on the Saturday June 16’s edition of Inside the News, the former CCM representative for St. Paul’s parish Mr A. Michael Perkins called to the programme, and had very interesting information to share. Very interesting indeed.This article will continue next week. A general without soldiers? New date set for inauguration of OECS Assembly BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – A new date has been set for the inauguration of the OECS Assembly. This has been disclosed by St. Kitts and Nevis’ Commissioner to the OECS, Her Excellency Mrs. Astona Browne. She said OECS leaders at the 55th Meeting of the Authority in St. Vincent and the Grenadines last week, agreed that the new date for the inauguration of the all important institution will be Friday, August the 10th 2012 in St John’s Antigua and Barbuda, which will be the seat of this Organ. Mrs. Browne advised that information on the combined membership of Government and Opposition Parliamentarians has already been submitted to the OECS Secretariat in St. Lucia. St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas (Labour – St. Christopher 6) will lead the government delegation. The other members are Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris (Labour – St. Christopher 7) and the Hon. Marcella Liburd (LabourSt. Christopher 2). The two-man Opposition Team comprises Leader of the Opposition, the Hon. Mark Brantley CCMNevis 9 ) and the Hon. Eugene Hamilton (PAM St. Christopher 8). The inaugural session of the Regional Assembly was originally scheduled for June 15. The revised Treaty of Basseterre of 2010, which governs the OECS move towards an Economic Union, outlines provisions for the establishment of the OECS Assembly as one of the five principles of the subregional grouping.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 22ND 2012 18 SPORTS July 11th is a public holiday for one-day cricket New Zealand vs West Indies BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, JUNE 18TH 2012 (CUOPM) – July 11th – the date for the first Oneday International cricket match between the West Indies and New Zealand at the Warner Park Cricket Stadium has been declared a holiday. Minister of Information, Senator the Hon. Nigel Carty said Monday Cabinet has agreed to the request submitted by Minister of Sports and Youth Empowerment, the Hon. Glen Phillip, Three one-day matches will be played in St. Kitts between July 11th and 16th. The dates are July 11th; July 14th and July 16th. “The Hon. Minister (Phillip) submitted that the growing number of international sporting events taking place in St. Kitts and Nevis augurs well for the social and economic development of our country and was strongly of the view that the declaration of July 11, the date of the first One Day International (ODI) Cricket match, as a public holiday should serve to boost the attendance of young people, in particular, and cricket fans, more generally, at the cricket matches,” said Minister Carty. “Mr. Phillip is of the view that ODI matches between the West Indies and New Zealand held here should achieve the goal of heightening the interest in the traditional sport among our young people, and long-termly improving our performance at all levels in the sport of Cricket,” said Minister Carty. Mr. Phillip informed Cabinet that the request to have July 11 declared a public holiday has been supported by the Management Committee of the St. Kitts Cricket Association, the St. Kitts and Nevis Chamber of Industry and Commerce and a wide crosssection of the cricket-loving public. New Zealand tour of West Indies 2012 will begin on Saturday, June 30, 2012 and will consist of 2 Twenty20, 5 ODI and 3 Test matches to be hosted by West Indies in Jun-Aug 2012.Digicel Series 2012 – West Indies v New Zealand ScheduleDigicel Twenty20 SeriesJune 30 – First Digicel Twenty20 – Central Broward Regional Park, Florida, USA July 1 – Second Digicel Twenty20 Central Broward Regional Park, Florida, USADigicel One Day International SeriesJuly 5th – First Digicel ODI – Sabina Park, Jamaica July 7th – Second Digicel ODI – Sabina Park, Jamaica July 11th – Third Digicel ODI – Warner Park, St Kitts July 14th – Fourth Digicel ODI – Warner Park, St Kitts July 16th – Fifth Digicel ODI – Warner Park, St Kitts July 20th – 22nd New Zealand Warm Up Game – Antigua (Opposition TBC)Digicel Test SeriesJuly 25th – 29th First Digicel Test – Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Grounds, Antigua August 2nd – 6th Second Digicel Test – Sabina Park, Jamaica Round 5 Scores from The LICA 3 Day TournamentAnguilla vs Nevis28, Tonito Willet 2/31,Nelson Bolan 2/32. Nevis Chasing 172 For Victory reached 172/5 in 52 overs Duan Webbe 57, Tonito Willet 39 not out, Javia Liburd 36. Bowling For Anguilla Shane Burton 2/33, Yanick Leonard 2/39. Nevis Won By 5 Wickets over Anguilla St Kitts will take on Nevis in Nevis with the Game staring on the 22nd June and Ending on the 24th June 2012 Delphic New Town United: 2011/ 2012 SKNFA Digicel Premier Division Champions By Drizel HanleyDelphic New Town United on Saturday night last, June 16th, defeated the Conaree Football team by 2 goals to nil, in the second game of the Best of Three Finals played at Warner Park, Basseterre, to wrap up the series and emerge as the 2011/2012 St.Kitts-Nevis Football Association (SKNFA) Digicel Premier Division Champions. New Town’s Ian “Rumpy” Lake copped the Player of the Year award; while Rookie of the Year went to Donroy Liburd of Cayon Football Club. A packed and energized Warner Park crowd, dominated by football fans from the New Town and East Basseterre community was on hand to witness the keenly contested encounter (between these two neighbouring teams). The goals for New Town were scored by Alexis “Lecky” Saddler in the 4th minute and Ian “Rumpy” Lake in the 80th minute. The game was very tense from the beginning to the end with Yellow Cards dished out to Mudassa Howe of the Conaree team and Avalin Mc Call of the New Town team; Red cards went to Marvin Charles and Austin Lewis, who was removed from the bench (both came from the Conaree team.) New Town won the first match of the Best of Three Finals on Wednesday night last week, June 14th, at Warner Park by the same Anguilla Won The Toss and Batted First and Scored 212 all out in 50.2 overs Lundell Richardson 68, Shane Burton 57 Bowling For Nevis Akito Willet 4/41, Nelson Bolan 2/49 Nevis First Innings 227 all out in 67.3 overs Tonito Willet 40, Javia Liburd 36, Adelvin Phillip 30. Bowling For Anguilla Chaka Hodge 4/54, Yanick Leonard 3/40, Shane Burton 3/55. Anguilla 2nd Innings 186 all out in 46 overs Shane Burton 92 Bowling For Nevis Trevier Smithen 4/36, Jason Campbell 2/ score line (2-nil). The goals were scored by Ian “Rumpy” Lake in the 25th minute and Shashi Isaac in the 85th minute. The final encounter of the three match series was scheduled for Wednesday night (June 21st). Participating in its first Best of Four Play-Offs (and finals), the Conaree FC placed second in the annual competition now in its 13th year. Front runners in the League, S L Horsfords St. Paul’s placed 3rd and the fourth spot went to UDC Garden Hot Spurs placed 4th. New Town now takes the lead with five (5) Premier Division Championships under their belt. They last won the competition in the 2009/2010 season. (Two years ago). Last year’s champions RAM’s Village Superstars have won the tournament four (4) times; S L Horsfords St. Paul’s follows closely behind with three (3) wins and Cayon FC won once. In a statement made by the SKNFA President, Anthony Johnson, ahead of the Play-Offs and Finals, he disclosed that then overall winner of the competition will receive a cash prize of EC$ 10,000; the second placed team EC$6,000; 3rdEC$4,000 and 4thEC$2,000. He said the association which is providing the money will be making the payments to the teams sometime in the near future. Delphic New Town United team and officials August 06 to 12, 2012. At a press briefing on Tuesday (June 19) Lee Bailey, the vice president of the Royal St. Kitts Golf Club explained that this will mark the third time the event will be hosted in the twin island Federation. This is made even more significant considering it is the only country within the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) where the tournament has been staged. “It speaks to the facilities that exist here on St. Kitts and the people who have helped to organize the from the Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Turks and Caicos, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Barbados, Trinidad and a combined OECS squad will participate. “We in St. Kitts and Nevis are very pleased to be hosting the Caribbean Golf Championships …,” Minister responsible for Sports Honourable Glenn Phillip said, noting that the 18-hole championship course at Frigate Bay – renovated by Canadian architect Thomas McBroom in 2004 – and offers a formidable challenge for any golfer. “… The Government of St. Kitts and Nevis recognizes the importance of promoting golf as we actively pursue our sport tourism agenda.” The Minister noted that the event will also serve to motivate persons involved in the Department of Sports golf summer training programme, which is executed in collaboration with the Royal St. Kitts Golf Club. Major Golf Tournament in August (cont’d from page 11) event and make it all possible,” Bailey stated. One hundred and forty players are expected to compete in the 56th Caribbean Championships. TeamsSKNIS Photo: Minister of Sports, Honourable Glenn Phillip at press briefing on Tuesday.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, 22ND 2012 19 By: Vigilante NEWS By Drizel HanleyThe much anticipated sweet 16 Edition of the St.Kitts Music Festival is set to kick off here next Thursday, June 28th at the Warner Park Stadium and end on Saturday, June 30. The opening night will feature several local acts including Ali Dee out of Nevis; Nicha B; 2011-2012 Soca Monarch, Shakki Starfire and the 2011-2012 Road March Champs, the Grand Masters Band. The night will also see quite a few regional acts including the Spectrum Band out of St.Thomas; Krosfyah out of Barbados; and Machel Montano Team HD out of Trinidad. Friday, June 22 will feature Lovindeer, Eric Donaldson, U.K Jazz musician, Courtney Pine; Reggae Band, Morgan Heritage; Reggae and Dancehall artiste, I-Octane, Dancehall artiste, Popcaan and Reggae icon, Damian ‘Junior Gong’ Marley. The final night (Saturday) will see local act, Bruce Skerritt & the Liamigua Project; Roberta Flack, R&B star, Omarion and Grammy Award winning singer and songwriter, Toni Braxton who is the final International artiste to be signed up for this year’s festival. “The past years have been summed up as being sweet, excellent, great, but this year, patrons can expect an awesome production featuring a kaleidoscope of world class performers we shall continue our trend of featuring Grammy award winners, chart topping and multi platinum artistes at a single event,” said the Executive Director of Music Festival, Allister Williams. He further disclosed that a technical crew responsible for stage sound, lighting and filming arrived in St.Kitts yesterday (Thursday) to transform the venue. The Executive Director emphasized that the no exit policy still stands and that no unauthorised filming or photography will be allowed on the grounds of the festival. “I salute the performers, sponsors and donors, Sweet 16 Edition of the St.Kitts Music Festival kicks off next Thursday night Jr. Gongcontributors and volunteers for their sterling contribution to this experience. We thank them for their support and we look forward to their participation in 2013,” he added. The St Kitts Music Festival has earned the reputation of being the most diversified musical show in the Caribbean by blending rich exciting music with exhilarating performances. Since the inception of the festival they have had many renowned entertainers performed Center Stage, thus facilitating many successes that mirrored the festival’s main objectives. Tuesday night’s talk show in Nevis with de Heavy Weights was most revealing and refreshing. We heard firs hand from “de horses’ mouth” how PAM staged “a palace coup” at Government House and hijack and tief de government in 1993. People, for de first time, heard how Billy Herbert and de Hedgehog tricked Lee Moore and got him to leave Government House with all sorts of nice promises and as soon as he left the building, dey hurriedly swear in Simmonds and his minority government. How the PAM misleaders fool off Lee Moore and persuaded him to get Douglas take the Labour supporters from outside Government House down to Masses House to await a call from the Governor General, then dropped de bombshell on dem, sparking off de protest. We learnt too from “de horse’s mouth”. The leading role Billy Herbert and de Hedgehog played in putting together de Cabinet of Simmonds minority government and how they bragged at Government House, “Leh Lee Moore and Douglas dem tek dat .... Is we run tings.” People now want the heavyweights to talk about de number of armed Police Officers, at Government House under the supervision of the late Jude Matthew that fateful day in December 1993. And what role Jude and his armed thugs in the Police Force played in getting Simmonds and his minority government sworn in hastily. Dey say when de big CCM heavyweight on de show was talking about all de wickedness of PAM, following the 1993 Elections, he got a text message from the de facto leader of the CCM, telling him to shut up. PAM is we coalition partner. Dey say he even got a text from de Hedgehog and de false prophet in de Rescue Crew, busing hell outa him and accusing him of still being a big Labour man. Dey say a Nevisian woman called een to ask him if the CCM has now changed its neutral stance, and will join with a political party in St. Kitts in future general elections, and he tell her to ask Mark dat. De word out of Nevis is that de Hedgehog call up the de facto CCM leader and told him if he can’t put a muzzle on the CCM heavyweight fellow mouth, CCM will not get another red cent from him. People there want to know why didn’t de elected leader of the CCM respond to the request of the host of the Heavy Weights talk show and call een to the programme (Tuesday night) to clear his name. More confusion is brewing in de PAM camp. One big PAM lawyer who is benefitting enormously from de SIDF Programme is threatening not to give de party any more campaign money if certain persons in de party don’t stop dey bashing of de programme publicly. “All you want to put me outa bread and can’t gie me crackers”, declared de big PAM lawyer in a heated argument wid de PAM Executive recently. At dat same Executive Meeting de false prophet came under heavy attack and it was contended that he only mekking noise because he grudge de PAM lawyers who making some money from de programme. And he vex wid Douglas for dat. People in Nevis want to know why de Sheriff is not talking about the recent Rescue Crew poll conducted in Nevis which The Choice Is Yours Crusade For one week only, the Cayon Church of God will be holding a series of meetings under the blue and white tent at Lower Cayon with a main focus on the youth. The theme of these meetings is: ‘The Choice Is Yours”, and through the messages, songs, testimonies and movie, young people will be reminded that they have the power of choice and can choose between right and wrong, good and bad. They can choose between a life of crime, violence, drugs and immorality or a life of right living which is found in Jesus Christ. In addition to this, they will be reminded that all choices have their consequences. Speakers for these meeting are Bishop Ron Collins and Rev. Troy Watson of St. Kitts. The other speaker hails from Trinidad and Tobago in the person of Mr. Wayne Chance. Mr. Chance is the Founder, Chief Executive Officer and President of Vision on Mission, a nonprofit organization based in Trinidad & Tobago. Vision on Mission is an Anticrime, Ex-prisoner In transit Rehabilitative Delinquency Treatment Centre. Vision on Mission was founded in 1996 while Mr. Chance was serving an eight (8) year prison sentence at the Port of Spain State Prison. During his incarceration, he had the opportunity to do some introspection and eventually came to the realization that there was an integral role he could play – using the rehabilitative approach – in addressing the issues of crime and violence affecting Trinidad and Tobago. In 2010, in recognition of his dedication to the integration of ex-inmates, Mr. Chance was awarded the Humming Bird Medal (Silver) Award (T&T) in the sphere of Community Services. Mr. Chance also cohost the daily radio talk show: “Take Two” on I 95.5 FM. Mr. Chance is a very good motivational speaker and does an exceptionally good job in communicating with young people. The services commence on Sunday June 24 and will end on Friday June 29, 2012. For those who are interested in attending the times of the services, are Sunday 8:30 am and 6:00 pm, Monday to Friday 7:30 pm. A warm welcome awaits all who will attend these services. showed that Douglas was far more poplar as a leader and politician than him in his own native country, where he boasts he is king. People want to know what happen to the big plans set for last Sunday at the luncheon to announce de radio talk show host as the PAM candidate in de East.


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