The labour spokesman
Full Citation
Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00098610/00098
 Material Information
Title: The labour spokesman
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 44 cm.
Language: English
Creator: St. Kitts and Nevis Trades and Labour Union
Publisher: St. Kitts Nevis Trades and Labour Union
Place of Publication: Basseterre, St. Kitts, WI
Publication Date: 06-29-2012
Frequency: weekly
Subjects / Keywords: Working class -- Periodicals -- Saint Kitts and Nevis   ( lcsh )
Periodicals -- Labour unions -- Saint Kitts and Nevis   ( lcsh )
Politics and government -- Periodicals -- Saint Kitts and Nevis   ( lcsh )
Genre: periodical   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: Saint Kitts-Nevis
General Note: Description based on: 25th year, no. 71 (15th Jan. 1983); title from caption.
 Record Information
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: oclc - 49274369
lccn - 2002240515
Classification: lcc - HD8244.8.A2 L33
System ID: UF00098610:00098


This item is only available as the following downloads:

( PDF )

Full Text


Year 55 NO. 05FRIDAY, JUNE 29TH, 2012 EC$2.00 At The Pumps This Weekend Maximum Price ULG per gal 12/06/12 DELTA $15.58 / SOL $15.79 / TEXACO $16.17BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, W.I. PAGE 03 THE THINKING CITIZEN VIEW POINT* REV.CANON PERCIVAL SO TELL MECOMMENTARY BY PAGE 07Taiwan Ambassador briefs PM Douglas on bi-lateral initiatives BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – Resident Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan), His Excellency Miguel Tsao Tuesday updated St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas on ongoing bi-lateral initiatives between both countries. Ambassador Tsao first thanked Prime Minister Douglas for supporting Taiwan during the recent United Nations High-Level Conference on Sustainable St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas (center) and Resident Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan), His Excellency Miguel Tsao (right) look at drawings of the Agro-Tourism Demonstration Farm. Left is Chief Secretary, Mr. Joseph Edmeade. (Photo by Erasmus Williams) (cont’d on page 2) Rio+20 called upon to to focus on green economy, poverty eradication Photo (left to right) Hon. Carlisle Powell; the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas and the Hon. Dr. Earl Asim Martin at the Rio+20 Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ST OR Y ON P AGE 3 16th St. Kitts Music Festival off to a great start By Drizel HanleyNow enjoying its 16th anniversary, the multi-genre and star studded St. Kitts Music Festival kicked off with a bang last night, June 28th at the Warner Park Stadium. Last night was dubbed the “Soca night” and featured the very best artistes in the Calypso and Soca arena. Starting off the night’s explosive performances was the three time Virgin Islands Carnival (cont’d on page 10)Machel Montano 16th St. Kitts Music Festival off to a great start Eat Local Day is here again Lecture on Oral Cancer: “Prevention and Early Detection”


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 29TH 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 Development before briefing him on the award of scholarships to nationals to study at universities in Taiwan, the ongoing AgroTourism Demonstration Farm, the solar lighting of the Kim Collins Highway and the identification of experts including a wind energy and solar specialist. Taiwan is financing the It’s Festival Time Again It’s festival time again and St. Kitts is abuzz with excitement with three nights of electrifying entertainment from local, regional and international artistes.Since its inception in 1996, sixteen years ago, the St. Kitts Music Festival has come of age. With its allure and enchantment, the festival has made lifetime friends from near and far. Rain or shine, recession or boom, people from all walks of life have found it hard to escape the sweet seduction of the St. Kitts Music Festival over the years. One may ask: what has kept the St. Kitts Music Festival alive for sixteen years? And although the answers might be diverse, there is one common denominator—the festival brings people together into a meltingpot of friendships, nationalities, cultures backgrounds and languages to enjoy the best service that St. Kitts and Nevis provides to all visitors to its shores. At sixteen years, the organizers, sponsors, entertainers, music lovers, nationals and foreigners alike are the raison d’etre of the festival’s success. The festival could not have reached the mature age of sixteen without the indefatigable work of all those who have nurtured it over the years. The international and regional publicity given to St. Kitts and Nevis by the music festival over the years must be underscored. Now that St. Kitts and Nevis heavily rely on the tourism industry for revenue, festivals such as the St. Kitts Music Festival help to bring visitors to our shores and to boost economic activity in the country. The Labour Spokesman would like to take the opportunity to welcome all visitors and patrons to St. Kitts and to wish them an enjoyable stay while they attend the music festival and indulge in the many amenities and attractions that our twin-island Federation has to offer.installation of 100 LED street lights for the Kim Collins Highway and part of the Frigate Bay Road in the first phase of a solar energy partnership. The lights have been shipped and are to arrive here shortly. Ground works for the solar lighting of the highway will be done by the St. Kitts Electricity Company (SKELEC) and are to begin any time now. Work is to continue on the new Agro-Tourism Demonstration Farm on 20 acres of land at Sir Gillies following the fencing of the property and the laying of irrigation pipes, construction of a 15,000 gallon reservoir, a two story office building, a work shed and a six room dormitory. Several students from St. Kitts and Nevis have been granted four and five-year scholarships to undergo studies at universities in Taiwan. Taiwan Ambassador briefs PM Douglas on bi-lateral initiatives (cont’d from page 1) BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, JUNE 28TH 2012 (CUOPM) – The Federation’s Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas was brief Thursday ahead of assuming the Chairmanship of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) Monetary Council on Friday June 29th. Governor of the ECCB, The Honourable Sir K. Dwight Venner met with Prime Minister Douglas prior to the start of the scheduled meeting of the St. Kitts and Nevis National Assembly on Thursday. The ceremony handing over of the Chairmanship of the ECCB Monetary Council from Premier the Hon. Rueben T. Meade, Council Member for Montserrat, to Prime Minister Douglas, Council Member for St. Kitts and Nevis, will be held at the Sir Cecil Jacobs Auditorium, Eastern Caribbean Central Bank Headquarters prior to the start of the 73rd Meeting of the Monetary Council. Following the seating of advisers, invited guests, parliamentarians, the diplomatic and consular corps, Press Secretary to the Prime Minister, Mr. Erasmus Williams, will announce the arrival of members of the Monetary Council and His Excellency Dr. Sir Cuthbert Sebastian, Governor General of St. Kitts and Nevis. The National Anthem of St. Kitts and Nevis will be rendered by Ms. Angela Rouse and the Invocation by Mr. Nigel Browne. Mr. Williams will introduce the ECCB Governor to give Welcome Remarks after which Governor Venner will chair the rest of the programme which includes remarks by Hon. Rueben Meade, the Outgoing Chairman and Prime Minister Douglas, the Incoming Chairman. Sir Dwight will give the Closing Remarks. The Ministers of Finance will ECCB Governor briefs Incoming Chairman ahead of the 73rd Meeting of the Monetary Council receive the report from Governor Venner on Monetary and credit conditions, which includes a review of the performance of the InterBank Market and the Regional Governments Securities Market, the Financial Stability Report, Price Developments in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU). They will also get reports on the structure of the petroleum market and the determination of fuel prices in the ECCU and the Public Expenditure Review Commission; get updates from ministerial sub committees and deal with a number of administrative matters. The Mission of the ECCB is to maintain the stability of the EC dollar and the integrity of the banking system in order to facilitate the balanced growth and development of member states. The Bank aspires to be the leading institution for economic policy advice, a model for management in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) and an advocate for the ECCU’s regionalisation initiatives. The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank was established in October 1983. It is the Monetary Authority for a group of eight island economies namely Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines. The monetary arrangements are characterised by the issuance of a single common currency, the flow of which is unrestricted among its members; a common pool of foreign exchange reserves; and the existence of a Central Monetary Authority which decides on the Union’s monetary policy. The purposes of the Bank are to regulate the availability of money and credit, promote and maintain monetary stability, promote credit and exchange conditions and a sound financial structure conducive to the balanced growth and development of the economies of the territories of the Participating Governments and actively promote through means consistent with its other objectives the economic development of the territories of the Participating Governments. The governing bodies of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank are the Monetary Council and the Board of Directors. The Monetary Council is the highest decision making authority. It is comprised of one Minister appointed by each Government of the participating countries. The function of the Council is to provide directives and guidelines on matters of monetary and credit policy to the Bank. The Board of Directors is comprised of ten Directors the Governor and Deputy Governor, and one Director appointed by each Government of the eight participating countries. The Board of Directors is responsible for policy and general administration of the Bank, while the Governor, the Chief Executive, is responsible for the day-to-day management and operations. Council members attending are Honourable Reuben T. Meade, Premier and Minister for Finance, Montserrat; Honourable Hubert Hughes, Chief Minister and Minister for Finance, Anguilla; Honourable Harold Lovell, Minister for Finance, Antigua and Barbuda; Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit, Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Commonwealth of Dominica; Honourable Nazim Burke, Minister for Finance, Grenada; The Right Honourable Dr. Denzil L. Douglas, Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, St. Kitts and Nevis; Dr. the Honourable Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Dr. the Right Hon. Kenny Anthony, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of St. Lucia. Photo of St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas (left) and Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB), the Hon. Sir K. Dwight Venner in briefing meeting on Wednesday. (Photo by Erasmus Williams)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, 29TH 2012 3 NEWS Music Development Workshop Part Of St. Kitts Music Festival Sweet Sixteen Activities St. Kitts Department of Culture in collaboration with St. Kitts Music Festival is hosting a Music Development Workshop on Saturday June 30th 2012 at The Marriott with Saxophonist Courtney Pine 11:00am 12:00pm and The Liamuiga Project 12:00pm to 1:00pm. Musicians interested in attending must register at St. Kitts Department of Culture – 467 – 1415 USVI Governor pays brief visit to St. Kitts and Nevis BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – Governor of the United States St Kitts Music Festival hosts first ever Arts Expo By Drizel HanleyThe St. Kitts Music Festival hosted its first ever Arts Expo on Friday 22nd June 2012 at National Museum, Port Zante. Mr. Diego Spanner, Event Planner of the SKMF Local Promotions Committee indicated that the Arts in St. Kitts and Nevis have been growing rapidly over the years and so the Expo will be the ideal avenue for all arts’ enthusiasts to come together in appreciation and support of the varied talents which richly abound in the Federation. The Event Planner further stated that the venture showcased Performing Arts – dance, song, culture and folklore presentations; Visual Arts – drawings, paintings, graphic design, photography, architecture; Literary Arts – poetry, drama, culture dialogues and monologues and Culinary Arts – local cuisine, delicacies, beverages, fine cuisine. He added that he was very pleased with the artistes that participated in the event by showcasing their works and displaying their talents. “As promised the event was very educational and exciting”, he added. Entertainment was provided by Tombstone International and Kollision Band. Eat Local Day is here again By Drizel HanleyThe Agricultural Department will be hosting the 5th edition of Eat Local Day today, June 29th at the Independence Square, Basseterre. The food festival slated to begin at 11 a.m. will showcase locally grown and prepared foods as part of the Department’s initiative 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. “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,” said Marketing Officer, Al Edwards. “At the department, we have shown time and time again that the quality of local foods is far better than that of foods imported internationally. Our foods are sold fresh soon after harvest while others are to be utilized long after being picked due to long shipping times. We believe this will allow us to provide a better quality product,” he added. The focus on Rabbit meat continues as all the caterers will have it as an 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. 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 their own local dish the dishes will be judged and winners determined. Virgin Islands the Hon. John P. de Jongh paid a brief visit to the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis on Tuesday. Governor de Jongh met and held discussions with Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas at the Prime Minister’s Office, Government Headquarters in Basseterre on matters on local and regional concern. “It was also to renew the relationship between the United States Virgin Islands and St. Kitts and Nevis,” the Governor told the Communications Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister. Prime Minister Douglas, whom met Governor de John three years ago while on St. Croix to attend the Commencement Exercises of the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) said he was happy to discuss the issues with the USVI official. The Governor also visited the St. Kitts Marriott Resort and Royal Beach Casino. Before departing the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport, Governor de Jongh met and held brief discussions with Advisor in the Ministry of Tourism and International Trade, Mr. Cedric Liburd, who noted that USVI Lt. Governor and officials in the Department of Tourism visited St. Kitts last year. St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas (left) and Governor of the United States Virgin Islands, the Hon. John P. de Jongh. (Photos by Erasmus Williams) BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis has called on the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development which met last week in Rio Janerio, Brazil to focus on the green economy and poverty eradication. “And we all agree that the development of a low carbon development pathway is essential – for nations large and small, as we all strive to eradicate poverty, increase employment, enhance food security, manage Rio+20 called upon to to focus on green economy, poverty eradication freshwater resources, and increase energy efficiency on behalf of our respective peoples,” he told thousands of delegates including over 100 world leaders at the Rio+20 conference. Prime Minister Douglas noted however that the transition to a green economy will, however, produce its own challenges, and so appropriate allowances will also have to be made to small nations that do decide to venture down this path. “St. Kitts and Nevis, for example, would be particularly vulnerable to the associated shocks, and so compensatory provisions would have to be put in place prior to our imposing the associated social hurdles on our population,” said Dr. Douglas. He said that a green economy is of critical importance to St. Kitts and Nevis, as it is to the CARICOM region as a whole, and so St. Kitts and Nevis stands ready to engage in the full sustainable development agenda. Prime Minister Douglas’ delegation to the conference includes St. Kitts and Nevis’ Minister of Energy, the Hon. Dr. Earl Asim Martin; Minister of Planning in the Nevis Island Administration, the Hon. Carlisle Powell; Director of Physical Planning and the Environment, Mr. Randolph Edmeade and Foreign Service Officer, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ms. Verna Morris. West Basseterre Labour Branch Will be holding itsMonthly General Meeting For residents in the areas from West Farm – Trinity On Tuesday, 3rd July, 2012 At the Bronte Welsh Primary School At 7:00 p.m. The Hon. Sam Condor, Parliamentary Representative will be in attendance, all are invited and asked to be punctual.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 29TH 2012 4 NEWS TRADE UNION NEWS By: Batumba Tak General Secretary Sexual Harassment At The Workplace Continues The first International Labour Standards (ILS) were established in 1919, the very same year that the International Labour Organization (ILO) was founded. The unique tripartite structure of the ILO ensures that all social parties – government, workers’ and employers’ organizations have an opportunity to contribute to the establishment of ILS and this support their universal applicability. International Labour Standards are considered to be the minimum standards in their respective areas – hours of work, freedom from discrimination in the workplace, freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining, abolition of child labour, abolition of forced labour, among others. In addition to laying down minimum standards they also help to formulate meaningful and practical targets for progressive national development, human and social development, and economic progress. In today’s article we’ll continue to look at the very important, but too often neglected, subject of sexual harassment at the workplace. The Charter of Civil Society for the Caribbean Community at their Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community at their Eight Inter-Sessional Meeting resolve to adopt the above name charter and agree to pay due regard to its principles and to ensure that this Charter receives the widest possible circulation within their respective States and Territories. Article X11 under Women’s Rights (d) states; to legal protection including just and effective remedies against domestic, sexual abuse and sexual harassment. The question that has been asked is, What are the effecs of Sexual Harassment? What we have to established is that sexual harassment is not harmless, and it is not fun. It can have serious effects on the victim’s working and personal life. Sexual harassment can also result in a woman leaving her job rather than facing the harassment. She may be dismissed or lose promotion prospects for failing to comply with the suggestions made to her. The continued harassment will eventually create a stressful and hostile working environment, which can lead to mental and physical illness for the recipient, and an uncomfortable atmosphere for other workers. The woman who is harassed is always made to feel at fault. In addition, victims of sexual harassment suffer tension, anger and anxiety, which offten manifest themselves as depression, insomnia and other stress-related medical problems, such as headaches, skin disorder, digestive problems, etc,. The victim can also suffer loss of face and social ostracisation leading to family hardship and even break-up. It is said that the psychological and physical effects of sexual harassment can have a negative effect on job performance. The victim’s can suffer to such an extent that the employer may even fire the victim without seeking the real cause of her deteriorating performance. Women who work in nontraditional, male-dominated occupations are often victims of sexual harassment. Co-workers may use sexual harassment as an intimidation tactic to discourage women from applying for, and working in, traditionally male bastions. When women quit, the reaction is often, “I told you so”. The other question that has been asked is, Why Does Sexual Harassment Persists? It has been historically accepted that males has always been the sexual aggressors in the society, while passivity has been the female’s role. From an early age, women learned that their sexual and reproductive capabilities were to be exchanged for economic security in the marriage market place. To a certain extent, these values still exist, but when they are transferred to the workplace environment, inappropriate behaviour often results. For example, women may try to use their sexuality to get jobs or promotions from their boss, and men may see their role as economic provider and expect sexualfavours from their female employees. Attitudes created by traditional sex roles contribute to the persistance of sexual harassment. We will stop here for today and continue our next article with Women’s Position in the Labour Force and Sexual Harassment: The Solutions. As I take my leave today I leave you with this spiritual song.If I Can Help Somebody.If I can help somebody as I pass along If I can cheer somebody with a word or song If I can show somebody he is traveling wrong Then my living shall not be in vain. Chorus: Then my living shall not be in vain (repeat) If I can help somebody as I pass along Then my living shall not be in vain. If I can help somebody to the Lamb once slain If I can tell somebody that he rose again That he cleanse the guilty he can wash the stain Then my living shall not be in vain. If I can do my duty as a Christian ought If I can bring back beauty to a world up wrought If I can spread love’s message that the Master taught Then my living shall not be in vain. Carib Brewery (St. Kitts-Nevis) Ltd, and The St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union Formaly Establish Health and Safety Committee. The Management of Carib Brewery (St. Kitts-Nevis) Ltd and Members of the St. Kitts?Nevis Trades & Labour Union Negotiating Team met on Tuesday 26th June, 2012 and officialy establish its health and safety committee. The names of the members of the health and safety committee are as follows: Mr. Mark Wilkin, Managing Director, Carib Brewery. Mr. Lincoln Maynard, General Manager, Carib Brewery. Mr. Kevin Wilkinson, Brewer, Carib Brewery. Ms. Charmaine Reece, Chief Financial Officer, Carib Brewery. Mr. Batumba Tak, General Secretary, St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union. Mr. Lorinstim Jenkins, Shop Steward, Carib Brewerry. Mr. Moolchand Mangra, Shop Steward, Carib Brewery. Mr. Leon Cuffy, Executive Committee Member, St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union. It was also agreed that Ms. Jennifer Archibald, Deputy Labour Commissioner, Department of Labour will be representing the Department because of her expertise in the related subject. At the meeting setting up the health and safety committee the company submitted to the Union a copy of its workplace practices & hygiene policy it has at its workplace to discuss with its members with a view to make any change or improvement which will be discuss at the committee’s next meeting. At the meeting it was disclosed that Mr. Wilkinson was a certified health and safety officer. The St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union is again calling on other employers to join with the Union in helping to make the workplace a healthier and safer place to be working. As I take my leave today I leave you with a good reason for you to continue eat apples.Apple Juice.One apple a day could save your life, this phrase seems to be true, the content of apples is very useful for health, including: 1. Content of quercetin in apples may as anticancer and antiinflammatory. 2. Content of pectin can help remove dirt buildup in the gum for so long. 3. Can lower cholesterol levels, bolld pressure and blood sugar levels. 4. Can reduce appetite. 5. Can Treat headaches, etc. Like the Doctor say, an apple a day keeps the Doctor away.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, 29TH 2012 5 NEWS The Thinking Citizen The following is an extract from page 6 of the “Report of the Saint Christopher and Nevis Constitutional Conference”, dated London, December 1982:“(d) The Opposition proposed the creation of a Parliamentary Integrity Commission to which Members of Parliament would have to disclose assets and interest. The Government questioned the need for such a Commission to be established under the Constitution. In the Government’s view, Parliament itself could regulate matters concerning its Members’ integrity.” The “Opposition” in question is the Labour Party and the September 12, 1994. The “Integrity in Public Life” Bill and the “Law Library” Bill received only their first reading. All the other Bills were read a second and a third time and were passed through Parliament the same day. That shows how much regard PAM has for integrity in public life. The Labour Party first raised the issue of “Integrity in Public Life” in 1982, at the Constitutional Conference held in London. PAM did not go along with the proposal made by the Labour Party at the Conference in London. The PAMites felt that the matter could be better dealt with by the National Assembly. Yet PAM allowed 13 years to pass by without establishing an Integrity Commission. The Sheriff, who claims to be the wisest man in all of Christendom, has allowed the PAMites to make a puppet out of him, jerking him around and around, as they see fit. The members of the CCM/ PAM cabal jerked the strings of the Sheriff, their newly acquired puppet, and manipulated him into the position where he had no choice but to agree to assist PAM in its brazen scheme to try to fool people into believing that the Labour Party is responsible for the fact that we do not have “Integrity legislation” on our Statue Books. The Sheriff ought to be ashamed of himself for having allowed the duncey-head propagandists in PAM to lead him astray, puppet-style, over the matter of the establishment of an Integrity Commission. The Sheriff ought to have more sense than the Hon. Alexis Jeffers. The Sheriff ought to know that he cannot learn anything useful from the “Illiterate Professor” who has failed three times to gain a seat in Parliament for PAM. By now, every man and woman of goodwill would have become well aware of the abominable tactics and techniques employed by the PAM party in order to gain some cheap political advantage. Take for instance, the case of PAM Day that is the 10th of June. Although the PAMites travelled regularly from St. Kitts to Anguilla to a place called Junks Hole to practise rifle-shooting, they denied their involvement in the 10th of June failed coup. The PAMites were not invisible in Anguilla and consequently a number of Anguillians saw the PAMites at the rifle-range at Junks Hole. After two (2) books by Anguillians were published on the matter, one by Colville Petty and Nat Hodge and the other by James Ronald Webster, the PAMites still continued to deny their involvement in the 10th of June terrorist attack. However, the PAMites decided to leave nothing to chance and so they banned the importation of the two (2) books into St. Kitts nd Nevis at once. The other case involves the two-part Commission of Inquiry, chaired by Professor Randolph Williams PhD and by Sir Louis Blom-Cooper Q.C. respectively. As soon as the PAM propagandists got wind of the coming Inquiry they went around telling the people of the nation that the Inquiry cannot come soon enough. They are waiting anxiously for the Inquiry to come, they said, to shame nd embarrass the Labour Party Government. However, the PAMites began to sing a different tune as soon as the Commission of Inquiry began. The PAMites accused the Labour Party Government of having mounted a fishing expedition and of conducting a witch-hunt. The PAMites contended that the performance of the PAM Government had been above reproach and therefore there was nothing worthy to be “inquired” into. Anyone reading the Report of Commissioner Randolph Williams or of Louis Blom-Cooper would soon realise that the revelations of the full two-part Inquiry proves that the Commission of Inquiry was more than justified. It exposed to the full scrutiny of the public all that PAM had hoped to keep hidden. If the PAM party had any decency and self-respect, the party would have long since apologised to the Labour Party Government for the many things that the PAM party said concerning the Labour Party and the non-establishment of an Integrity Commission. However, it is too much to expect the PAM party to show some decency and self-respect. After all, one cannot be expected to show what one does not have. The PAM Party has no decency and no self-respect “Government” at the time was the PAM Party Government. In 1982 the PAM Government objected to the proposal to establish and Integrity Commission under the Constitution. The thing to notice is that in 1982 PAM’s view was that “Parliament itself could regulate matters concerning its members’ integrity”, yet PAM left office in 1995, that is 13 years later, without establishing an Integrity Commission. The PAM propagandists want sensible people to believe that PAM is seriously interested in Integrity Legislation. The PAM Government introduced Integrity Legislation, along with five (5) other Bills into the National Assembly on Early Childhood Workers Strategize To Safeguard Preschoolers (EMU) – St. Kitts: Increased vigilance has been encouraged in the daycare service of the Nation’s youngest children during a professional development day organized by the Early Childhood Development Unit as part of Child Month 2012. Director of the Early Childhood, Mrs. Jacqueline Morris explained that partnership between educators, and the wider community is the best way to eradicate the abuse of children. Apart from emphasizing zero tolerance of violence against children in the day care setting, Mrs. Morris told the many attentive early childhood workers present that it was also their responsibility to observe children’s behavior and physical appearances for signs of abuse perpetrated away from school. “Children need someone to trust,” said Mrs. Morris “someone who is looking out for them to ensure that they are not being taken advantage of. Who better than you,” she added. She urged day care workers to give children the comfort they need in order to feel welcome to share their hurts even at this young stage. She added that it was very important that persons explore the information given them by children in relation to their abusers. Apart from observation, reporting perceived abuses was also cited as a priority. Child Month climaxes with a Parade on Friday June 29th 07th July 2012.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 29TH 2012 6 NEWS OAS Professional Development Training Courses The Department of Human Development of the Organization of American States is inviting applications for Professional Development Training in Turin, Italy. Persons interested in the following areas are invited to submit their information to the Human Resources Management Department of Government by the following deadlines: Green Jobs. Learning Forum – deadline: Friday 31 August, 2012 Innovations in Public Employment Programmes – deadline: Friday July 27, 2012 Green Jobs. Linking Climate Change to the World of Work – deadline: Friday June 01, 2012 The OAS is also inviting applications for Professional Development Training in the following areas with the following online application deadlines: IMT (3G/4G) Mobile Broadband and Mobile TV – Friday June 29, 2012 Amateur Radio Administration for Regulators – Friday August 17, 2012 Suitably qualified persons must possess a Bachelor’s degree; at least two years experience in the same or related field, at least two years experience working in Government institutions or NGOs in the sector, basic computer and internet skills and must be fluent in English. Supporting information and application forms for these training can be accessed on the following website: http:// www.educoas.org/portal/ es/oasbecas/ distancia.aspx?culture=es&navid=281


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, 29TH 2012 7 NEWS Lecture on Oral Cancer: “Prevention and Early Detection” All residents of St. Kitts and Nevis are invited to the Ministry of Health’s Lecture 2012 entitled “Oral Cancer: Prevention and Early Detection,” on July 01, at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. The lecture will be presented by Dr. Alberto Servin, an affiliate of Baptist Health South Florida International, Miami. He will address several issues ranging from the relationship between oral cancer and alcohol consumption to the connection between oral cancer and oral sex. A dentist will also be on hand to provide critical information about the proper care of one’s mouth and all its parts. This year’s lecture is gender inclusive, as such men, women and young people in general are encouraged not to miss this opportunity to become educated on Oral Cancer on July 01, 2012 at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Development Bank sponsors Special Education School pageant BASSETERRE ST. KITTS (June 27, 2012) — Six pupils at the Cotton-Thomas Comprehensive School will make history on Saturday June 7 when they take to the catwalk in the first beauty pageant organised by the school. The six, ranging in age between 12 and 17 came out last week to introduce themselves to a representative of the Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis, Ms Danienne Brin, Executive Assistant to the General Manager Mr Lenworth Harris, when she handed a sponsorship cheque to assist the contestants with their preparations for the pageant. “The Development Bank is very much encouraged to see that the school is giving these lovely young ladies the opportunity to participate in nation building activities like everybody else,” said Ms Brin. “The Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis is proud of its culture and for these young girls to be exposed to it is a step in the right direction.” According to Ms Brin, the Development Bank sponsored the reigning Ms Culture Queen, Santonnya Mills, the reigning Ms National Carnival Queen, Kalia Huggins, and the reigning Ms Mother’s Day Beauty Queen, Allison Budgeon. “While we sponsored individual contestants for the three pageants, the school has asked us to sponsor all the contestants, and at the end of the day Development Bank will be having an additional six queens as all of them are winners. It is not easy to participate in such a gruelling event and we at the bank congratulate the school and these six young ladies,” said Ms Brin. The contestants in the pageant, to be held at the school on Saturday July 7 at 7:00 pm are: Khadija Davis, 12; Kyra Matthew, 13; Phinllicia Wattley, 14; Shaqkesha Joseph, 15; Melony Greene, 16; and Kenesha Davis, 17. In accepting the sponsorship cheque from the Development Bank, the school’s Principal, Mrs Michele Jacobs, informed that the CottonThomas Comprehensive School holds a week of activities every two years, aimed at making the public aware as to what special education is all about and the programmes they offer. “It is the first time we have decided to do a pageant,” said Mrs Jacobs. “A lot of the people feel that children who come to school here they can’t do anything, and so one of the ways that we felt that we can promote what our children are capable of is to have a pageant. “The children are excited about it because other schools hold pageants and they feel left out, and so we felt that we want them to feel just like normal children and so we decided to embark on it.” According to the principal, the other reason they are holding the pageant is because the school needs some supplies, and a photocopier especially. She thanked the Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis for responding positively to their call for financial assistance. The pageant is open to members of the public who will pay to enter, and the money raised from gate collections will go towards the purchase of a photocopier. She made a passionate appeal to members of the public to support the pageant by turning up in large numbers. Ms Danienne Brin of the Development Bank (left) hands over the sponsorship cheque to Mrs Michele Jacobs. Looking are the beauty queen pageant contestants from left: Kenesha Davis, Phinllicia Wattley, Kyra Matthew, Shaqkesha Joseph, Melony Greene, and Khadija Davis. Make certain that you reach use our new Email address: info@sknunion.com


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 29TH 2012 8 NEWS -Police seize half a million dollars worth of marijuana, confiscate firearm containing six .40 rounds of ammunition in the vehicle that Ferdinand and Parris were in. Both men have been charged with of possession of cannabis, possession of cannabis with intent to supply and possession of firearm and ammunition. BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – Marijuana with a street value of nearly half a million dollars along with a firearm and ammunition were seized by police during patrols on Tuesday last week, June 20th. Police said the Drug Unit in conducting several patrols in Conaree, New Town, Taylors and the entire Monkey Hill and Shadwell area, stopped and searched eight (8) persons on suspicion of having in their possession of controlled drugs, arms, ammunition, stolen goods and documents used in the commission of a crime. During the search of one of the vehicles, police searched two back packs belonging to Rajhan Ferdinand of Lower Monkey Hill and Shakeem Parris of Shadwell Housing and found a large quantity of marijuana. Both men were arrested. During interrogation, police were later taken to an area in Milliken where they got the cannabis from and an additional 276 plants were discovered. Further investigation during a search with a warrant of a house occupied by Ferdinand, police found a quantity of cannabis hanging in the bathroom. Police estimate street value of the drug find on that plot of land and in the vehicle at EC$210,000.00. In another drug find that same day, police found a marijuana plot with 437 plants. The plants which ranged from 2ft to 15ft in height were uprooted and seized and are to be destroyed by burning. Police estimate the street value for this find at EC$262,200.00. Police also confiscated one Glock 27 Caliber .40 semi automatic with a magazine Police Station DANCING THROUGH LIFE only one week away In Life, when you stumble, make it part of the dance ~ UnknownDaddy-Daughter Dance, 2011 Recital, PLAY TIME The Fireflies Dance School’s 7th Anniversary Dance Recital dubbed “DANCING THROUGH LIFE” will not only entertain dance lovers with well executed choreography but will also send a strong message about making the best of life, dancing through the rough patches with grace, power and strength, encouraging us all to just enjoy moving to the rhythm of life. Director, Heidi Slack, and tutor, Kayla Farrell, are busy cocoordinating final rehearsals with the sixty five (65) dancers are they prepare for the much anticipated 7th July 2012 production. Performances include “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”, an energetic Afro-Caribbean piece and “My Life is in your hands”, an emotionally charged Ballet-Lyrical dance. Eleven (11) dancers will be graduating from the school this year and they will perform “Hard Knock Life”, inspired by the Broadway musical, Annie. Guest performances by The Children’s Dance Theatre, The CFBC Dance Ensemble, Creative Sole, D.A.N.C.E AND Rising Stars Fireflies' Seniors, 2011 Recital, PLAYTIME Fireflies' Intermediates at 2011 Recital, PLAYTIME will complete the show and a high level of stage production is ensured. The Sir Cecil Jacobs Auditorium is the venue for “DANCING THROUGH LIFE” scheduled to be held on Saturday July 7th 2012 at 6pm. Fireflies' Juniors, 2011 Recital, PLAYTIME..


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, 29TH 2012 9 NEWS BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – A call by St. Kitts and Nevis for all nations of the world to rise to the challenge and make a significant changes in their modus operandi without delay, if they are to have any chance of reversing the troubling effects that economic, social and environmental threats have had, are having, and will continue to have on small countries and economies. Addressing the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio Janeiro, Brazil, late Friday afternoon last, St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas told world leaders that over the years, sustainable development have suffered from global political inertia. He said there is a genuine need of a new approach. “We are in genuine need of relief from the status quo. For countries like St. Kitts and Nevis, re-energizing the political will to develop and implement an action plan is not simply predictable semantics. It must address our unique vulnerabilities to national disasters, international instruments for highly indebted middle-income countries. It must address high levels of unemployment and pockets of poverty that can perpetuate crime and violence in our region. This plan of action must speak to our security, our stability, indeed, our very survival,” Dr. Douglas told thousands of delegates. He urged that appropriate action be taken to ensure the implementation of those commitments that have already been made by developed nations, taking into account, the social, economic, and environment imperatives, carried out in conformity with the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities. “Mr. President, ensuring global sustainability is the inescapable responsibility of everyone gathered here today. And prevailing models of production and consumption are no-one’s friend. The time has come, therefore, for us to garner the multifaceted wherewithal to advance alternate models that make sustainable human settlements possible; conserve nature and our environment; and rein in climate change and its troubling consequences,” the St. Kitts and Nevis leader said. Dr. Douglas said that achieving sustainable development will require a renewed commitment from developed partner countries and there is a clear need for developed nations to provide new, supplementary and concrete financial resources to support implementation strategies in developing countries. “This is especially important in light of the volatile global economy and our nations’ ongoing vulnerability to climate change, natural disasters, and sea-level rise. Developed nations have already made specific pledges in terms of finance, technology transfer, and capacity building, and it is important that these pledges now be honored. Our implementation of adaptation and mitigation actions, our quest for sustainable development, and other key priorities depend on it,” said Prime Minister Douglas, who suggested that in order to maximize the impact of this conference, there should be established effective institutional frameworks at all levels to facilitate the implementation commitments that are made. “We strongly encourage public and private sector partnerships, and we urge the participation of women, youth, and other groups in order to enhance effective environmental governance, and in order to strengthen the legal framework for coordinated responses to evolving threats,” said Dr. Douglas. He asked how are SIDS to meet the adverse impact of environmental threats that are not of their making? “International legal instruments, for example, must be translated into domestic laws. The public’s capacity to participate in sustainable development decision-making must be strengthened. There are other crucial aspects of capacity building that must be attended to. And the international community meeting commitments previously made, and which are key to SIDS’ ability to face environmental threats, would be indeed welcome,” said Prime Minister Douglas. Calling for seriousness of intent, Dr. Douglas urged a demonstration of the the capacity PM Douglas calls for a blueprint for the “Future We Want!” for serious and substantive action. “The consequences of inaction for nations like mine as I have stated, would be multi-faceted, far-reaching, costly, and tragic. This we cannot afford. Let us together, then, ensure that Rio+20 sets that standard for multilateral vision for enlightened self-interest, and action on behalf not merely of one or two nations, but in the final analysis and at the end of the day, on behalf of the world. Let this be the blueprint for the “Future We Want!” the St. Kitts and Nevis leader said. Prime Minister Douglas is accompanied to the conference by St. Kitts and Nevis’ Minister of Energy, the Hon. Dr. Earl Asim Martin; Minister of Planning in the Nevis Island Administration, the Hon. Carlisle Powell; Director of Physical Planning and the Environment, Mr. Randolph Edmeade and Foreign Service Officer, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ms. Verna Morris. St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas; Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister the Hon. Kamla Persad-Bissessar; St. Lucia’s Prime Minister, the Hon. Dr. Kenney Anthony and St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Ralph Gonsalves at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. PM Douglas makes appeal for Taiwan’s inclusion in sustainable development talks BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis has called for the inclusion of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. Speaking at the Rio+20 Conference in Brazil late last Thursday afternoon, Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas pointed out that the challenge of environmental governance is a truly global one, requiring the contribution of all. “In this regard, the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis wishes to bring to your attention the exclusion of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and to strongly urge that they be afforded the opportunity to participate in global mechanisms, negotiations, and other activities aimed at procuring increased viable options for sustainable development. Sustainable development is important to all,” said Prime Minister Douglas, who was accompanied by Federal Minister of Energy, the Hon. Dr. Earl Asim Martin and Minister of Planning in the Nevis Island Administration, the Hon. Carlisle Powell. Dr. Douglas said that environmental threats are not governed by political boundaries and a concerted effort must be made to ensure that the international approach is more inclusive. Prime Minister Douglas used the opportunity to applaud the commitment to Small Island Developing States (SIDS), as evident in the support expressed for the convening of a Third United Nations Conference for the Sustainable Development of SIDS. “In keeping with the Rio+20 Commitments, I am confident that we can make the Third SIDS Conference key to the future development of SIDS, particularly in the post 2015 development framework; and I hereby pledge the full support of St. Kitts and Nevis for this initiative,” said Prime Minister Douglas. As world leaders assume responsibilities at Rio+20, Dr. Douglas suggested that the eventual outcome of the info@sknunion.com St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister and Minister of Sustainable Development the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas speaking at the Rio+20 Conference in Brazil on Thursday. deliberations is both integrated and balanced. “And let us strive to ensure that we have not only tangible objectives, but indeed tangible results as well. And so, as we reflect on the essence of sustainable development, let us make a point of including in our thought processes the devastating impact of non-communicable diseases on nations large and small, across the globe,” he told delegates. He noted that the World Health Organization has confirmed that this spectrum of diseases now constitute the number one cause of all deaths worldwide. “As a result, therefore, this issue should no longer be viewed as a narrow health issue per se, but as a troubling phenomenon with direct and far-reaching implications where sustainable development itself is concerned,” Dr. Douglas said.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 29TH 2012 10 NEWS -Remembrance of Ismay Almyra Burt M.B.E. Ms. Ismay Almyra Burt M.B.E. was born at Sandown Road, Newtown, Basseterre, St. Kitts on 20th March, 1916 and departed this life on May 8th, 2001. Her record of achievement during her early years was exceptionally appreciated by all with whom she came into contact. In her humble way, she touched the lives of the uneducated, the downtrodden, the homeless, the sick, the troubled as well as the healthy and educated. I can remember her teaching at the Basseterre Girls’ School and she was eventually awarded a scholarship to the Spring Gardens Teacher Training College in Antigua where she excelled with distinction. On returning home after the completion of her studies, she taught at the Basseterre Boys’ School where she prepared many pupils for the Annual Common Entrance and Scholarship Examination to the then prestigious St. Kitts-Nevis Grammar School. As an educator, she never settled for anything but the best and was proud to have contributed to the achievements of many outstanding leaders who have been recognized not only locally but regionally and worldwide. In 1946, Ms. Burt pursued a Course Overseas in Handicraft and became Specialist Teacher with emphasis hi Straw Work. When she returned, a Workshop was organized so that she could share the knowledge gained with other teachers. This was held at the Warner Park Pavilion and at least one teacher from every Public School attended. This was to ensure that the skills would be spread throughout the island. Using screwpine, she taught hat weaving and also how to make a variety of articles which included bags, purses, place mats, fans, baskets etc. Exhibitions of work were always of a very high standard. Although she never married, she was a family oriented person and made many a sacrifice to ensure that all her nieces and nephews as well as other members of her family were well cared for and provided for. She attended HOPE CHAPEL, the Methodist Church hi Newtown, and will always be remembered by the older members for her dedication and generosity. At Christmas tune, she would bring cheer to the lives of many of the underprivileged hi her community by hosting a Programme hi the nearby Lodge Building and distributing gifts, toys and other goodies to those who attended. As time passed and she retired from the Teaching Profession, she taught her Handicraft Skills to students of the local Teachers’ Training College and continued her Community Outreach Service by organizing the first Golden Age Club which met at her home in Bird Rock. The group met regularly to learn Handicraft but also spent time in Devotions. During the long Summer Vacation, she generously opened her home and heart to children and taught them Handicraft. On one occasion, she invited TWO Handicraft Specialists from Antigua the late Ms. Madge Philip and Mrs. Molly James to run a Workshop for interested persons in the community. Ms. Burt was held in high esteem by all and was even chosen to be a Member of the Social Security Board when its First Board was appointed in January of 1978. She was eventually recognized for her sterling service to the community by the Government and was awarded an MBE by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1978.Doris AdamsRoad March Champions, the Spectrum Band, who commanded the audience’s attention with their multiplicity of music styles. Following that was the Krosfyah Band out of Barbados who are well known for hits such as Road Jam”, “Pump Me Up”, and “Sak Passe”. Lead singer and natural born entertainer Edwin Yearwood also commanded the crowd’s rapt attention. Occupying the stage next was the Limitless Band who paid tribute to the late Masud Sadiki who was scheduled to perform that same night. The 37-year-old local reggae superstar met his tragic death on May, 21st, 2012 and his mortal remains were laid to rest at the Springfield Cemetery on Wednesday, June 7th. Local artiste Nicha B did not disappoint the festival goers as he had them rocking and gyrating to his popular tunes such as “School time lover” and “Bounce and Scant”. In the past few years Nicha B has emerged as a local favorite. The next Caribbean female Soca star out of Nevis, Ali 16th St. Kitts Music Festival off to a great start (cont’d from page 1)Dee took the stage by storm and captured the revelers’ attention with hits including “With or without you” and “Jingle Ball”. Ali Dee has somehow stepped into the soca arena and has dominated it locally since her first soca release. The captivating and energetic Soca Diva, Shakki, connected with the crowd and kept them moving to beats such as “High for Carnival”, “Riders only” and “Vicious. Ms. Starfire became the first St.Kitts-Nevis artiste to be nominated for 3 International Soca Music Awards. Her song “Party Plenty” was nominated in the Best Groovy SocaFemale category and “We losing it” was nominated in the Best Up-tempo Soca-Female category. She was also nominated in the best new artiste-female. The five-peat Road March Champions, the Grand Master’s Band, ripped up the stage with an exciting selection of songs that had the crowd gyrating, rocking and prancing. Completing the night’s line-up was Trinidad’s reigning Power and Groovy Soca Monarch and Road March champ Machel Montano and Team HD. His powerful performance ended the night leaving festival goers wanting more. Speaking at a press conference held at the Marriott Resort yesterday morning Minister of State in the Ministry of Tourism, Sports & Culture, Sen. Hon. Richard Skerritt said that music is an important part of our Caribbean way of life today, as it has been throughout our history. “Hosting premier music industry events like the annual St. Kitts Music Festival allows us to support local, regional and international artistes while simultaneously attracting Caribbean nationals and other tourists who have a strong desire to experience music as part of an overall vacation experience that connects them to our local people and culture”, said Hon. Skerritt. Also speaking at the press conference was the Chairman of the Music Festival Committee, Faron Lawrence, who said this year’s musical extravaganza is expected to be another first class act, which could surpass the stellar performances of previous festivals. He also thanked the many local sponsors who, despite the serious economic and financial challenges facing the country, helped significantly to make this year’s festival a reality and the success it will be. The action continues tonight, Friday 29th with 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 festival climaxes tomorrow, Saturday 30th with Roberta Flack, R&B star, Omarion and Grammy Award winning singer and songwriter, Toni Braxton. The festival attracts both residents and visitors alike and is known for featuring rising local talent alongside internationally-renowned acts. It features a mix of musical styles on the popular market, including R&B, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Reggae, Soca, Contemporary and Calypso.St.KittsNevis Music Festival Stage Narine full of confidence as Black Caps battle looms side. He also performed well in the Digicel T20I Series against the Aussies which ended level 1-1. Narine was the leading wicket-taker in the ODIs, with 11 wickets in five matches at an average of 14.45 each last March. Last month, he was equally brilliant and was named Most Valuable Player of the Indian Premier League, as he bowled Kolkata Knight Riders to the title. This weekend will be Narine’s first time playing cricket in the United States.The Squads WEST INDIES : Darren Sammy (captain), Samuel Badree, Dwayne Bravo, Johnson Charles, Fidel Edwards, Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith NEW ZEALAND : Ross Taylor (captain), Martin Guptill, Doug Bracewell, Dean Brownlie, Andrew Ellis, Daniel Flynn, Ronnie Hira, Tom Latham, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Rob Nicol, Jacob Oram, Tim Southee, B.J. Watling, Kane WilliamsonFort Lauderdale, Florida – Sunil Narine said he was “still high on confidence” as he prepared to face New Zealand in the Digicel Twenty20 International Series in the United States this weekend. The fledgling off-spinner found the going a bit tough on the recent trip to England, but is sure he will bounce back against the Black Caps. “It’s a matter of confidence and I’m feeling quite confident as we get ready for the weekend,” said Narine. “I didn’t do as well as I hoped in England, but there is still a lot left in me. I know the areas which I have to work on. Basically, it’s just a matter of going back and looking at what I did well against Australia.” The 24-year-old was sensational against Australia earlier this year and West Indies tied the Digicel One-day International Series 2-2 with the World’s top-ranked ODI


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, 29TH 2012 11 ADVERTISEMENT From 4:30 7:30 p.m. 06th J 06th J 06th J 06th J 06th J ul ul ul ul ul y y y y y , ,


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 29TH 2012 12 NEWS Orlando Sentinel, the Washington Pan-African and Native Tongue Magazine Published Article by St. Kitts-Nevis Writer message that many mothers needed to hear. Williams said, “My sister’s words were, ‘I know that you are a very private person, you let people know what you want them to know, and I know that you have promised not to write about your sons or even make reference to them in your articles, but this is a message that many mothers need to hear. There are mothers who are breaking under the pressure of trying to provide for their children, not the necessities of life but rather to satisfy their children’s unending wants. They think that this is their obligation as a mother. There are also mothers who have lost themselves. They need to hear that being a mother is only a part of who they are. It’s not all that they are. You need to listen to your own words. Although you are somebody’s mother, you are a writer whose purpose is to enlighten, share and make somebody’s journey and burden a little easier to bear, those are your words not mine…these thoughts are worth publishing.” Williams said that there was still reluctance in publishing the article as she didn’t want it to be misconstrued. She said, “Within our country, this region, even the world over motherhood is revered, and I think also it’s synonymous with the word sacrifice. I didn’t want readers to get the impression that I was not a good mother, or that I didn’t view motherhood as an all important role. It is quite the contrary. I am clearly not against making sacrifices to meet the needs of one’s offspring. This is of course inherent or instinctive and that’s a good trait to have as a mother. I am clearly not against making sacrifices to ensure that one’s child secures a good education or is provided with the best opportunities that life has to offer. What I do have an issue with, is the countless sacrifices that mothers continue to make in order to satisfy the unnecessary wants of their children, children who in turn grow up with a sense of entitlement, and often give no consideration for the sacrifices that their mothers have made. This is the message I wanted to convey.” She said, “There is clearly something wrong with a mother who works two or three jobs who owns one pair of battered shoe, whilst her child who has never held a job has several pairs of pristine name brand shoes, and that is the message that I wanted to communicate to other mothers. I think that as mothers we ought to reevaluate our roles and ourselves… We ought to value ourselves as well, not just as being someone’s mother but as human beings.” Williams described being published by the aforementioned news media as rewarding and said that it was a gradual progression in her journey as a writer. She thanks everyone who has been a source of inspiration and encouragement throughout her ten (10) years of writing. She thanks her sister Ms. Julie Charles for encouraging her to publish the article, for being a great role-model, and most importantly for being the best sister that anyone could ever ask for. She thanks Mr. Dawud Byron, Editor of the Labourspokesman for publishing her first article and his staff for their unwavering support throughout the years. Williams made special mention of Ms. Veronica Byron, Ms. Lucina Byron, and Mr. Vincent Inniss. She thanks every media house in the federation and region for publishing her work. Williams, who said that motherhood has brought her tremendous joy and fulfillment, described it as the most important role that she has ever prepared for and the most important role that she will ever have. Williams’ sons Aidan-Daniel and Ethan-Matthew turned three (3) and two (2) respectively on June 17. The article was also published by the Chicago Tribune and the Baltimore Sun but the pages have since expired. Mutryce & Julie The Orlando Sentinel, the Washington Pan-African, and the Native Tongue Magazine have published the article, “We’ve Been Conditioned to believe that Motherhood is the Ultimate Act of SelfSacrifice, A State of Servitude Even…;” which was written by Ms. Mutryce A. Williams. The St. Kitts-Nevis native who hails from the village of St. Paul’s St. Kitts began writing for the St. Kitts Labourspokesman in October 2002 and has since then been published in several local and regional publications such as the Leewards Times and the Caribbean News Now. The aforementioned news media cited the source of the article as Caribbean News Now. Williams said that the article was not intended for publication, but was rather her personal thoughts, and to some extent a source of reaffirmation. She said that after sharing her written thoughts with her sister, writer, social commentator, Ms. Julie Charles, Julie insisted that she publish the article; as she thought that it was a St. Kitts-Nevis Defence Force Welcomes 24 New Soldiers Basseterre, St. Kitts (SKNIS): On Thursday 21 June 2012, the St Kitts-Nevis Defence Force (SKNDF) welcomed 24 soldiers to its ranks in an impressive and emotional passing out parade held at Camp Springfield, St Kitts. Antigua and Barbuda Defence Force (ABDF) Training Officer, Leftenent Troy Lake led the soldiers of the Basic Recruit Course 01/2012 onto the parade square accompanied by the Defence Force Band to tremendous applause by family, friends and well wishers. He mentioned that this was the first time a joint training session was held between the SKNDF and ABDF and noted that it was “quite successful.” BRC 01/2012 was presented to the Commanding Officer of the Force Lt. Colonel Patrick Wallace, His Excellency the Governor General Sir Cuthbert Sebastian, His Excellency Eugene Holiday, Governor of St. Maarten; the featured speaker, Honourable Marcella Liburd, Minister of Health, Social Services, Community Development, Culture and Gender Affairs, and Her Excellency, Astona Browne, Permanent Secretary, Anti-Crime Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister. Lt. Col. Wallace beamed with pride at the freshly minted soldiers on parade. In her address to the young soldiers, Minister Liburd congratulated the graduating class and implored them to adhere to the core value of the St Kitts-Nevis Defence Force, “Courage” which she said would guide them throughout their careers. She also highlighted that the Government would do everything it could to continue to support and bolster the ranks of the St Kitts-Nevis Defence Force, a promise that was met with loud approval. BRC 01/2012 started training on January 31 in Antigua, with 35 civilians, two of whom were females. This number whittled down to 24 due to the rigourous and physically demanding intense military training. For the recruits who managed to stay the course however, the passing out parade was a final show of the strength, discipline and precision training they had received. As part of their programme, the soldiers received training in a variety of military fields such as map reading, field craft, law of armed conflict, navigation, drills and minor tactics, basic first aid, physical training and skills at arms. Recruit Akeem Hendrickson was adjudged best overall recruit having earned awards for Best at Military Knowledge and Best at Map Reading and Navigation. Recruit Melissa Michael was selected most outstanding in Physical Fitness, while Recruit Bevon Francis was adjudged Best at Skill at Arms. “I’m really excited now that I Private A. Hendrickson receives one of his awards from Ambassador Rosalyn Hazelle. have passed out,” the new Private Hendrickson stated. “I can surely say that it has been tough but I survived and have made it through to the end. I will be the best soldier that I can be.” “I am extremely proud because he came a long way,” said Private Hendrickson’s mother. She noted that growing up Akeem was a bit of a challenge and is pleased to see that he has transformed his life and made a 12 year commitment to the highly professional SKNDF. After a weekend of rest and relaxation, the new soldiers reported for duty 0600 Monday morning (June 25). His Excellency the Governor General observes the recruits march past.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, 29TH 2012 13 GOOD NEWS VIEW POINT BYV. E. INNISS If you win, you lose Welcome to today’s discussion. Paradoxical as the topic may appear to be the text that prompts it is not. Carefully examine this text with me: “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul?” or “What shall he give in exchange for his soul?” (Mark 8: 36-37). All questions are not the same. We often speak of million dollar questions; Leading questions; Probing questions and the like. Most of us know how to heal with rhetorical questions by dismissing them. But probing questions are serious and deserve answers. The questions raised earlier fall into that category. God demands an answer. Let us analyse the text. I draw your attention to the word “Profit”. It carries with it the idea of advantage or benefit; pecuniary gain, excess of returns over outlay. Here is another loaded word ... “Lose” his own soul. To lose something is to be deprived of it, as we all know. In other words we cease to have it. Within context that is a serious matter. There is another word worth pondering; it is “world”. It carries a two-fold meaning. On the one hand it refers to our planet. On the other hand it refers to that which is temporal rather than eternal. That is the focus of attention here. At this point in our discussion it wouldn’t surprise me if my readers are having a terrible struggle within trying to grapple with the weighty issues raised in the text. If so, that is a good sign that the Holy Spirit is quickening your conscience which was hitherto dormant. Admittedly, eternal matters are often put on the back burner, so to speak. The spirit of our age is filled with disdain for thinking about consequences relative to this life or the life thereafter.TRADINGSimple as it sounds or appears to be, we are all traders whether we admit it or not. That may be considered a strong word and prefer to settle for the softer word “Barter”, meaning to trade in commodities without using money. Most of us may recall from our Sunday School days that story of Jacob and Esau as recorded in the Book of Genesis 25:31. We have there a bargain between Jacob and Esau about the birth right, which was Esau’s by providence, but Jacob’s by promise. It is a spiritual privilege, such a birthright as had then the blessing annexed to it, and the entail of the promise. Poor Jacob had got some bread and pottage (v 34) for his dinner, when Esau came home from hunting, hungry and weary. Give me, he says, some of that Red. That Red, as it is in the original. The gratifying of the sensual appetite is that which ruins thousands of precious souls and greedy persons. If Esau was hungry and faint, he might have got a meal’s eat cheaper than at the expense of his birthright. A brief word about a Birthright It was the privilege of the firstborn son. He received a double portion of the inheritance (Deut 21:15-17) the rights to the family name, and the chance for priesthood. Esau sold/lost his birthright by selling it to Jacob for a meal (Gen 25: 29-34). It is ironic that in today’s world persons in this Federation are being enticed, appealed to, through their eye-gate, ear-gate, heart-greed to sell out their character, deaden their conscience, compromise by calling wrong right, and right, wrong – modern messes of pottage. It is egregious folly to part with our interest in God and Christ, and heaven, for the riches, honours, and pleasures of this world, as bad a bargain as his that sold a birthright for a dish of broth in Esau’s case. Are we better in any way than Esau? “Good character is more to be praised than outstanding talent. Most talents are, to some extent, a gift. Good character by contrast, is not given to use. We have to build it piece by piece – by thought, choice, courage and determination” (John Luther).DON’T BE A LOSERTaken sober look at the two commodities being treated – the world and your soul. As stated earlier for purposes of this study “World refers to that which is temporal rather that eternal. Soul on the other hand is that which animates man; the living being; the self. In the Old Testament soul was the term used for a living being (Gen 2:7). In the New Testament, the term describes the non-physical part of human beings that is believed to be immortal (Math 10:28). For practical purposes the term world is an amalgam of such things which include (but not limited to) fame, prestige, power, popularity, money and so on. When Satan tempted our Lord and said.... “All these things I will give you”.... Paul spoke of the “lust of the eyes”, the “lust of the flesh” and “the pride of life” powerful BAITS to gullible human beings who are “GRABOHOLICS”. What a pity! Examine with me the cocktail of which the world is made up and, believe it or not Satan uses them effectively. 1. Power: “It is the ultimate aphrodisiac”. That was the view of Henry A, Kissinger. We all, keen onlookers can see that power tends to corrupt. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority. The measure of a man is what he does with power. 2. Fame: Solomon admonishes “Have regard for our name, since it will remain for you longer than a great store of gold” (Ecclesiastics 42:12) Fame said to very often destroys some people. Whether they are in the entertainment business, show business, sporting arena or fields that appear to be harmless, I have written this warning before but it is worthy of repeating “there are three (3) major PIT-FALLS in every man’s life – (1) Money, (2) Power; (3) Sex. Any one or the combination of all three can bring great downfall even to those who think themselves unsinkable. History is strewn with broken lies, shattered characters and dreams, etc. In closing, therefore my reader, for the moment until our sins find us out, we may feel like Winners but in the end aren’t we losers. Answer the second part of the question: “What shall we give in exchange for a thriving career; the golden opportunities that placed many of us on a pedestal/pinnacle? I wouldn’t like to be around to hear some people confess (as for sure they will) using Shakespeare’s words: “Had I served my God with half the zeal I served my king, He would not in mine age have left me naked to mine enemies”. God’s severity denotes His decisive withdrawal of His goodness from those who have rejected it. It reminds us of a fact about God which He Himself declared when He proclaimed His name to Moses. He makes the point that though He is “abounding in love and faithfulness” He “does not leave the guilty unpunished”that is, the obstinate and the impenitent. The writer of Exodus states, “God passed in front of him and called out, ‘God, God, a God of mercy and grace, endlessly patient so much love, so deeply true loyal in love for thousand generations, forgiving iniquity, rebellion, and sin. Still He does not ignore sin. He holds sons and grandsons responsible for a father’s sin to the third and even fourth generation’” (Exodus 34:6-7). Paul refers to this act of severity as God’s rejection of the nation Israel as a nation (see Romans 11:22). Paul says that, God broke off Israel from His olive tree of which they were the natural branches because they did not believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Israel had presumed on God’s goodness, while disregarding the concrete manifestation of His Son. In this God’s reaction had been swift. He cut Israel off. Paul takes example from this to warn his Gentile Christians readers that if they should lapse as Israel had lapsed, God would cut them off too. He advises the Gentiles that, “they stand fast only through faith. They ought not to become proud, but stand in awe. For if God did not spare the natural branches, neither will He spare you” (Romans 11:2022). The principle which Paul applies here is that behind every display of God’s goodness stands a threat of severity in judgment if that goodness is scorned. If we do not let it draw us to God in gratitude and responsive God’s Severity love, we have only ourselves to blame when God turns against us. Early in his Epistle Paul addressed the self-satisfied nonChristians critic of human nature in this manner, “God’s kindness leads you towards repentance” (Romans 5:4). J B Philips paraphrases this and states, “It means to lead you to repentance.” “You… pass judgment on them and yet do the same things”yet God has borne with your faults which you regard as meriting His judgment when you see them in others, and you ought to be very humble and very thankful. But if, while tearing trips off others, you omit to turn to God yourself, then “you show contempt for the riches of His kindness, tolerance and patience” and thereby “because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself” (Romans 2:1-5). Similarly, Paul tells the Roman Christians that God’s goodness is their portion only on a certain condition “provided that you continue His kindness. Otherwise you also will be cut off” (Romans 11:22). It is the same principle in each case. Those who decline to response to God’s goodness by repentance, faith, trust and submission to His will, cannot wonder or complain if sooner or later the tokens of His goodness are withdrawn, the opportunity of benefiting from them ends, and retribution supervenes. God is not impatient in His severity; the reverse is true. He is “slow to anger” (Nehemiah 9:17; Psalm103:8; John 4:2). Scripture makes much of the patience and forbearance of God in postponing merited judgment in order to extend the day of grace and give more opportunity for repentance. Peter reminds us how, when the earth was corrupt and crying out for judgment, nevertheless “the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah” (1Peter 3:20) A reference probably to “the hundred and twenty years” as is mentioned in Genesis 6:3. According to Paul, down the course of history, God “endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted for destruction” (Romans 9:22). While Peter explains to his first-century readers that the reason why the promised return of Christ to judgment has not happened yet is that God “is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). The same explanation presumably applies today. The patience of God is giving a chance to repent (see Revelation 2:5) before judgment finally falls in one of the marvels of the Bible story. It is no wonder then that the New Testament stresses that longsuffering is a Christian virtue and duty. It is in truth a part of the image of God (Galatians 5:22; Eph 4:2; Colossians 3:12). Humbly Submitted by Alson B H Percival (Rev Canon Dr) Chair Nevis Regional Council And Vice Chair Nevis Christian Council


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 29TH 2012 14 NEWS -Parents urged to put aside differences to safeguard children; Nevis’ future A section of parents and children gathering for the Child Month Parade 2012 on Friday June 22, 2012 Premier of Nevis and Minister of Education Hon. Joseph Parry (left) and Deputy Premier and Minister responsible for Social Development Hon. Hensley Daniel (right) carry the banner and lead the Child Month Parade 2012 through Charlestown along with (L-R second row) (partly hidden) Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education Mrs. Lornette Queeley-Connor, Cabinet Secretary Mr. Ashley Farrell, Advisor to Health Mrs. Patsy Hanley and Minister of Agriculture and Area Representative Hon. Robelto Hector NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS — “Stop the abuse; protect our children!” was the message which rang out when Supervisor of the Family Division at the Social of Nevis. “We have to come together no matter who you vote for, no matter what church you go to, no matter how much money you have, if you have no money, if you have tons of money, we have to come together because these are our children and the children are our future. “No sense in cussing one another. No child should be sexually abused in Nevis, No child should be physically abused in Nevis. Nevis is the Queen of the Caribbean and we must work together to make sure all of these beautiful children are safe,” she said. Mrs. Hallima Gresham-Jones called on all to stop the hatred, crimes and gun violence and urged them to put their adult difference aside, come together to take the communities back. “Nevis is the Queen of the Caribbean. We are the guardian angels for the children and we must stand together to make sure that our babies are safe. No more sexually abused children in Nevis. I don’t want to go take another child to the hospital; I don’t want to see another vaginal tear in a two year old child, enough! “Don’t be scared! Don’t hate on one another, don’t listen to idle chit chat and negga business alright! Come together. If we can agree on one thing, let’s agree on the safety of the children. God bless you, let’s work, let’s do this,” she said. Meantime, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Services Department Mrs. Hallima Gresham-Jones as she addressed a huge gathering of parents, grandparents guardians, preschoolers and Ministers of the Nevis Island Administration (NIA), at a ceremony near the Cultural Centre, to herald in the Child Month Parade 2012 on June 22, 2012. An impassioned Mrs. Gresham-Jones, who was the featured speaker, said the time had come for child abuse to end. The matter was clearly a burning issue for her which was captured in this year’s Child Month theme “Act Now, Break the Silence, Stop Child Abuse”. She said as the children’s guardian, they had to come together to safeguard the future to be careful. “It is wrong in the sight of man, it is wrong in the sight of God. So as we match this morning, let us use this platform to remember that since we are saying we are acting now, that we are breaking the silence to stop child abuse we will be serious and we will do what we have to do to make this place a better place for all of us,” she said. Education on Nevis Mrs. Lornette Queeley-Connor said she welcomed the show of support for the pre school students. “I welcome you in the commitment that you are demonstrating here this morning. I am pleased to see such large numbers and it tells me a lot. It tells me that after today, when we would have pledged to act now to break the silence and to stop child abuse, that we will be serious with our commitment,” she said. The Permanent Secretary also warned that child abuse took several different forms and every form was wrong. “I want you as parents to remember that child abuse takes many different forms and it is not just about hitting a child. It is also about walking away from your child and usually at this stage we know that you support your children very, very much but by the time they get to primary school and high school, we forget them. That also is child abuse so we have Nevis Airport simulation traumatic but successful, says mastermind behind exercise NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS — The Emergency Plan at the Vance Amory International Airport in Newcastle was tested with a full scale hostage situation and a simultaneous plane crash on June 19, 2012. Operations there came to a halt for just over three hours that morning but according to a top official who masterminded the operation, it was well worth the effort. In an interview with Fire Sub Officer attached to the Newcastle Fire Station and Fire and Rescue Executive Coordinator in the St. Kitts and Nevis Fire and Rescue Services Mr. Adbias Samuel told the Department the simulation was successful. “I want to reassure everyone that the intention was not to hurt anyone, the intention was not to create any panic, the intention was for us to use this as a learning tool and the experience and feedback we are gathering is that in the initial stages the effect that we wanted was achieved. “I think that we now see where we are, we have charted our path, we see where we are, where we need to get to and what we need to implement to get there. So I think the exercise overall was successful,” he said. Mr. Samuel who was also the script writer and exercise coordinator explained that the objective of the full scale exercise was met but stressed that at no time during the near three hour “ordeal” for some, was the safety of anyone compromised or property in any form was endangered. He also spoke to the specifics of the exercise in their attempt to test the Airport’s present Emergency Plan. “The first script was the plane crash. Within the plane crash the Emergency Plan would involve stake holders such as the airlines representative, it would have involved the air traffic control, fire department, the management of the airport as well as the police department, health services all those stakeholders would have a role to play in that situation. “There was the simultaneous inject of the soldiers from St. Kitts who were used with real M16s with absolutely no live rounds. They were controlled by an inspector of the police force at all times to ensure the safety and security of everyone involved remembering it was just a drill. They did an excellent job in acting out their role as terrorists,” he said. The Senior Fire Officer spoke to another part of the script which dealt with the hostage situation. of Information the traumatic experience from 8:45 to 11am for many of the workers there, involved real guns and soldiers but was an unexpected drill which tested the capabilities of the stake holders within the Airport. In his estimation, The entrance from the car park of the Vance Amory International Airport at Newcastle (cont’d on next page)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, 29TH 2012 15 NEWS “The script was they would have jumped over the picket fence, run into the open area or the greeting area as may want to call it, on the land side of the airport. Out of the six [soldiers] three took over the Arrival area and three took over the Departure area. So we would have tested Customs and Immigration also we tested Security, the Airlines and probably any civilians that may have been around,” he said. According to Mr. Samuel, the element of surprise was satisfactorily met since no one expected what took place. He also pointed to the thinking in the Caribbean that hostage situations would not happen but it should not be. “There is a mentality or a culture with us in the Caribbean that such things would not happen to us and it is therefore relevant for us to put measures in place or to see where our weaknesses are in dealing with incidents like this, so that we can prepare and in time, if something does happen, we have the proper mechanisms in place and the proper response, the proper everything to somewhat minimise any unwanted situations,” he said. The Officer described the situation during the exercise as traumatic but the intention was to make the experience as close as possible to a real situation. “It was traumatic somewhat to see trained soldiers, trained to kill so to speak come at you with M16s in a very aggressive manner like a terrorist would because they are trained just as much as soldiers or even better sometimes and just jump at you like that. “Initially, it sends a real shock through your system through your body and that’s what we wanted to do, to make it as realistic as possible so that persons will understand this is something that can happen. We are hoping that it will never happen but it can happen so that’s what we wanted to do to prepare for the worst case scenario in the event that it does happen,” he explained. Notwithstanding, Mr. Samuel noted that simulations took several forms in the Caribbean but was uncommon to think of a hostage situation. “Normally in these exercises yes we have a plane crash, we have two vehicles collide, we have a fire in the terminal or we have some kind of chemical hazard in the area but to actually have six gunmen rush your airport, take it over, close it down and hold you at gunpoint is a terrifying experience. So we wanted to bring it home as close as possible and I think the job was done,” he said. ....Airport simulation.... (cont’d from last page) BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – Harris County, Texas Sheriff Adrian Garcia has pledged his department’s support to assist St. Kitts and Nevis in the areas of law enforcement. Sheriff Garcia met and held discussions with Commissioner of Police, Mr. C G Walwyn, who was on a visit to Texas. Sheriff Garcia and Commissioner Walwyn are both Master Peace Officers licensed by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Education (TCLEOSE). The Sheriff noted that both him and Commissioner Walwyn have been trained and served with Harris County. Sheriff Garcia has pledged the Commissioner Walwyn meets with Harris County Sheriff in Texas St. Kitts and Nevis’ Commissioner of Police, Mr. C. G. Walwyn (left) accepts a plaque from Harris County Sheriff, Mr. Adrian Garcia. full support of the Harris County Sheriff’s Department in a sister agency partnership with the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force. Sheriff Garcia heads the largest sheriff’s office in Texas and the third-largest in the United States. Sheriff Garcia is a native Houstonian who chose public service as a profession and became an officer with the Houston Police Department in 1980. At HPD he patrolled neighborhoods, investigated violent crimes, developed community-policing initiatives and worked to strengthen the relationship between residents and law enforcement. In 1994, Houston Mayor Bob Lanier appointed Garcia as the Houston Police Department’s Liaison to the Mayor’s Anti-Gang Office. In 1999, Mayor Lee P. Brown promoted him to Director of the Mayor’s AntiGang Office, where he served until 2003. Garcia was elected to the Houston City Council in 2003. He chaired the council’s Public Safety and Homeland Security committee. In 2007, Mayor Bill White appointed him Mayor ProTempore. During his time on council he helped create the Centralized Gang Intelligence and Enforcement Division and amend the city budget to provide funding for a Real Time Crime Center of the Houston Police Department. He also led the effort to reduce overuse of ambulance service by helping to create Care Houston, a case management initiative. He returned to his law enforcement roots in 2009 as the newly elected sheriff, providing the leadership needed to restore the public’s confidence in the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and the direction and resources necessary to bring the HCSO into the 21st century. Sheriff Garcia is accomplishing these goals based on the fundamental principles that have guided his career and his life: hard work, honesty and public service. He credits his wife Monica, his daughter Nina, his parents and other family members for inspiring him to serve. As Sheriff of Harris County, Adrian Garcia oversees an operating budget of approximately $420 million and a workforce of about 4,000 law enforcement and civilian employees. The sheriff has put into place new technological systems that allow for the tracking of reported crime in Harris County in real time, a new Gang Suppression Unit, strengthened Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness programs, a Graffiti Abatement Program using inmate labor, increased participation in federal task forces, strengthened internal accountability systems, the firstever Executive Leadership Training Conference, employee recognition ceremonies, and operating cost reduction initiatives that have brought spending for the Sheriff’s Office under control. Recognizing the value of community partnerships, the sheriff has developed numerous community outreach and partnership initiatives to keep Harris County safe, as well as programs to reduce recidivism within the inmate population. Senior police officers sharpen skills during six-week course at International Law Enforcement Academy BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, JUNE 28TH 2012 (CUOPM) – Four members of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force are in El Salvador attending a Law Enforcement Management Development course. The six week course at the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) is being attended by Sergeant Eldrin Dickenson, Sergeant Shorna Edwards, Sergeant McCarta Browne and Sgt. Alrick Edwards. The local law enforcement officials are joined by their counterparts from Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Belize, Dominica, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and El Salvador. Experts from the United States and other countries are providing expert instruction. The LEMDP is a law enforcement training programme sergeants to prosecutors of judicial officials who have specific responsibilities for strengthening the national enforcement capacities of their institutions, planning for institutional development and implementation of democratic criminal justice reforms, training responsibility for other managers involved in their respective criminal justice area and coordinating or developing agency responses to problems of narcotics and other transnational crime. The course includes but not limited several topics including counter-terrorism, corruption, financial crimes, money laundering, border control, trafficking in persons, passport fraud, drug investigations, undercover operations, fire-arms trafficking, explosives, general and crime scene investigations, human dignity and management and policing techniques. Photo (left to right) – Sgt. Alrick Edwards, Sgt. McCarta Browne, Sgt. Eldrin Dickenson and Shorna Edwards for middle management law enforcement personnel from the rank of


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 29TH 2012 16 NEWS A heavy responsibility I was on my way from the beach in the morning, and went to see a friend for a brief moment before I went home. I noted and this was not the first time, that I say what I am about to relate. I am not casting stones at any one since I can recall the challenges I had when I had my children small. I know what it is to go to work, look after children, and cater to their needs. I know too, that as parents we welcome some down time. However, when I see two little children one around seven or eight years of age tagging along with a sibling around 4 years I think to myself what a heavy responsibility for a child. At school time, I drive very carefully, always on the lookout for our children. I cannot help but wonder if the parents could not arrange with some adult to take these children to school. I feel the pressure and they are not my paternal children. I know too, that these are rough days and both parents have to work to make ends meet. But I ask myself at what cost. Fortunately for us in this country, we have sidewalks and pedestrian crossings and most of the time the children use them, but for me it is heart breaking to see two small children battling on the side walk, trying to hold hands and these massive back packs that they carry. I feel like I want to stop and cater to their needs. The most I could do is to whisper a prayer and say “Lord please look after these children”. I find that these modern day mothers are bolder that I was, when I had children. I would not want to pass on this responsibility to the child who is just a few years older. I pray for the parents too since I know that they are probably doing their best. So tell me, don’t you feel sorry for these children and the homes from which they come? Oh how I wish that things were different. Maybe some flexi time for working moms would help. But then again these are rough days and many employers would not even consider flexi time to accommodate the parents and their children. But employers could take note since I believe it is an idea that could be developed. Fixed Internet Subscriptions Grew 6 Percent And Internet Service Generated Revenue Of $85 Million In The ECTEL Member States Castries, Saint Lucia, During the past year 2010 to 2011, fixed internet subscriptions grew 6 percent and internet service generated revenue of $85 million in the ECTEL Member States. This was one of the highlights of the latest report on the electronic communications sector published by the Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority, (ECTEL). The annual report which covers the period ended March 2011, noted that there was a strong consumer demand for fixed internet service. Fixed internet subscriptions grew 6 percent to more than 71,300 and fixed internet service generated revenue of EC$85 million. However, Mobile voice subscriptions in the five ECTEL Member States increased 2 percent and mobile penetration was recorded at 128 percent, while fixed voice penetration continued its decline and fell one percentage point to 25 percent. The report presented also addressed some specific developments in the countries. Investment in the telecommunications sector in Dominica was up 25 percent and the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) estimated gross value added by the sector at 6.7 percent for the fiscal year 2010. The demand for mobile service in Grenada increased 3 percent and more than half the revenue generated by the sector came from the mobile market. Fixed internet subscription in St Kitts and Nevis, which enjoys the highest internet service penetration in the ECTEL Member States, rose 2 percent and internet service penetration was recorded at 23 percent. In Saint Lucia, the telecommunications sector contributed 6.9 percent to overall GDP. The sector employed more than 500 persons and attracted an estimated $17million in investment. The market for fixed internet service recorded positive growth in St Vincent and the Grenadines. Consumer demand for fixed broadband rose 8 percent while revenue generated by the market increased 20 percent and contributed 12 percent to total sector revenue. The Annual Electronic Communications Sector Review is published by the Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority and tracks the performance of the electronic communications sector using a number of economic and statistical indicators including sector revenue, investment and service penetration. The report is aimed at informing policy makers and other interested parties on the status and performance of the sector for the reporting period. The electronic communications sector covers telecommunications and broadcast services. The latest Annual Electronic Communications Sector Review is available from the website www.ectel.int. Education Ministry Seeks To Enhance Public-Private Sector Relationship technical and educational programmes in the curricula. Minister of Education, Honourable Nigel Carty stated that there has been an increased number of private sector agencies and individuals who have stepped forward to assist the Ministry in the “difficult yet important task of educating our young people.” Recent developments saw telecommunications provider Digicel strengthen its relationship with the Advanced Vocational Education Center (AVEC) by donating eight desktop computers for use in its business lab. AVEC Director Clyde Christopher told SKNIS that he is extremely grateful for the continued support of Digicel to the technical and vocational institution. He added that approximately half of the centre’s student population is interested in business studies and the new PCs will allow greater admission numbers to the programme as well as enhanced content delivery. Minister Carty stressed that it was critical for public and private sector relationships to be enhanced to ensure that students are provided with additional learning tools that adequately prepare them to meet the demands of the working world. “It is very important that we have support from the private sector We cannot do it alone,” he stated. “I want to say to ... Digicel and to others who have supported us in the past that your SKNIS Photo 2: The AVEC lab outfitted with the new PCs. contribution is not only timely, but it is critical in helping us to achieve our goals and objectives in education.” The education minister also saluted Director Christopher for his leadership of the institution and his ongoing efforts to raise the level of standards at AVEC. SKNIS Photo 1: Minister Carty (right) thanks Digicel St. Kitts and Nevis Country Manager Sean Latty for continued support. Basseterre, St. Kitts (SKNIS): The Ministry of Education is moving forward in its quest to form new partnerships and reaffirm up support from existing associates as it expands the scope of The Inland Revenue Department sensitizes public about property tax By Drizel HanleyThe Inland Revenue Department on Friday last, June 22nd erected a mobile tax centre at The Circus, Basseterre in an effort to sensitize the public on the Federation’s tax administration. The event which was part of the “Get Closer to You” property tax initiative was the fourth in a series of similar activities held by the Inland Revenue Department. During the exercise customers were allowed to request a printed copy of their property tax bills, inquire about their accounts, make payments and request that their property be revaluated. According to Senior Tax Inspector, Alston Johnson, the Inland Revenue Department hosted the activity cognizant of the fact that Saturday, June 30th is the deadline for property tax payments hence they wanted to reach as many people as possible to acquaint them with tax property rules and regulations. He further indicated that there are those individuals who take property tax for granted. He however warned that failure to pay this tax could have substantial implications. “Property tax is one of those taxes that really don’t disappear; it is always there. If you are going to use your property to get a loan, the property tax has to be paid up before the bank gives you a loan. So it is in one’s interest to pay their property tax bill if they are going to use their property as collateral,” he noted. “We did three similar exercises already, one in Sandy Point, one in Old Road and the other in Cayon and they were quite successful,” he added.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, 29TH 2012 17 NEWS By Llewellyn ParrisOftentimes I am forced to think that Mr Evered ‘Webbo’ Herbert preaches in the abstract during his Morning Inspiration programme on the Voice of Nevis (VON) Radio. But listening to his preaching on Monday June 25, I pleasantly found out that he was indeed helping me (and probably other listeners) to unravel the abstract. He said, quoting from a song, “I think I will read it (the Bible) again and let it bless my soul. Open confession is good for the soul.” Mr Herbert went on to explain that when Daniel was in the lions’ den, his enemies realised that they could not defeat him because he was serving his God. To bring evidence on the table, he read from Daniel 6 Vs 24 [he read up to verse 26]. “You hear what the King (Darius) said,” he posed after reading the passage. “The king said, ‘I make an order that hereinafter everybody in my place will serve the God of Daniel’. What does that suggest? It suggests that there were a lot of gods, but I was making here we have only one God. “But you know what is fascinating about it is this: We have got trouble and we have got problems in this land of ours and it is fascinating to hear one fellow or one group of people will tell you that ‘my God told me that that man was right with what he did’. “And on the flip side of that the other person will tell you that ‘my God told me that those people are wrong in what they are doing’. You got the drift? Same God advising two groups of His own people that the same matter on one end is right, and on the other end is wrong.” This now brings me back to my last week’s article where I said that I would continue into this week, and I will straight away borrow from Webbo’s wisdom and advise the chaps in the Concerned Citizens Movement party that they need to speak with one voice as it appears Bite the bullet Perks: It’s the CCM who fire it that what one says, the other says differently. When the Hon Vance Amory first appeared on the Inside the News programme on WINN FM on Saturday June 16, he explained that his party, the opposition Concerned Citizens Movement on Nevis had already identified a representative to be appearing on the weekly programme. However he was at pains to explain that the person who had been identified could not make it and he, the leader, stepped in. It appears that the Hon Amory is not able to speak in one voice to himself, or to put in the context of how I had framed my headline last week, he is still lacking soldiers to command because he was back on the Inside the News programme on Saturday June 23. But then my subject is Mr A. Michael Perkins, who called in the programme on June 16 and said: “Permit me to say a special good afternoon to our leader, Mr Vance Amory... I suspect this may very well be the beginning of our presence there on Inside the News for some time to come. I am feeling that.” He should then find out why his leader has to risk his life to cross the shark infested waters (as the CCM activists refer the journey between Nevis and St. Kitts) while he could in the natural send one of his soldiers. Is Amory a general without soldiers or is he trying to eclipse a soldier in his army he feels is getting too much attention? Mr Perkins forgot that he was a caller to the programme and spoke in a manner to suggest that he was attempting to get his leader’s attention to be the representative of the CCM on the popular Inside the News Programme. He did not realise, or it did not matter to him, that callers to the programme are only given a few minutes. Just as host Ian ‘Patches’ Liburd was starting to off load him, he brought in a new matter: “One last point, permit me please, one last point because you made mention of someone writing in the press with respect to my withdrawal as a (CCM) candidate. I think it was Ms Huggins. “I have not seen the article, but I can say this, and I have said it before and I will say it again, that my withdrawal, my indication to the CCM party that I do not wish to be a candidate any more or at this time, is for personal reasons and it has nothing to do with a pending court matter. “As a matter of fact I wanted this matter to be put to rest so that it can clear the way for a new candidate and so no one gets the impression it has anything to do with a court case and the outcome of a court case. It is for very personal reasons, some of which I articulated in the public before.” It is true that he had appeared on a weekly radio programme, Voice of Nevis’ On the Mark on Wednesday June 6, where he announced that he won’t be offering himself as a candidate for the Concerned Citizens Movement, “our great party’, and that the decision was his. “Since the elections of last year I have had long in-depth discussions with my colleagues in the hierarchy of the great party, I had discussions with loyal supporters, with well-wishers, and of course my dear family,” said Mr Perkins. “Life for me in recent years has been very challenging; case in point: It is now absolutely clear that I will have to seek employment outside of my native Nevis, as I truthfully feel I am being treated like an outcast in my own land.” He cussed everyone including the church and the Social Security Board in particular, but not the CCM, for his inability to find a job on the island of Nevis. Mr Perkins failed to tell the faithful listeners that when his CCM party lost government in 2006 (where he had served as a minister for one term), he was his party’s nominated member in the Federal Parliament, and that he continued receiving a pay cheque even after he was no longer a minister. Following the death of the Hon Malcolm Guishard in 2007, the CCM paraded its new kid on the block, the Hon Mark Brantley, who as rookie politician went on to be named the Leader of Opposition in the Federal Parliament ahead of the party’s leader Hon Vance Amory who accepted to play the second fiddle by being an ordinary opposition member in the Federal House. I heard a few observers, then, remark: “What a ting! The neck does go before the head?” No one can blame them. Mr Perkins continued being the nominated member with Mr Brantley being the leader of the CCM at the Federal level, it being the opposition majority. With the 2010 Federal elections, the CCM won two seats and the Peoples Action Movement on St. Kitts won two seats as well. That scenario meant that the CCM could not hold the position of the Leader of Opposition and still nominate a candidate. But PAM being the democratic organisation it is put it to the CCM: You hold the Leader of Opposition and we nominate, or you nominate and we hold the Leader of Opposition. The CCM did not think twice. They threw Mr A. Michael Perkins under the bus and offered his position to PAM who gladly nominated Mr Vincent Byron Jr, a lawyer with a successful business, and left poor Perkins jobless. But when Mr Perkins cussed everyone on the On the Mark programme on June 6, he did not say that his CCM party was the first to take bread from his mouth. If his own party cannot give him a job, why should he blame other organisations which are only taking the cue from his great party? If Mr Perkins is a good listener, he should take seriously what the host that evening the Hon Alexis Jeffers, CCM parliamentary representative for St. James, said. “When that choice (to name the party’s candidate for St. Paul’s) is made known,” said Jeffers, “it would be someone who I believe, and the entire Concerned Citizens Movement party believe, is more than capable of providing the type of leadership that is necessary and needed down there in St. Paul’s. “It would be someone who have been there all along in terms of being in the constituency and he is someone who I believe have the interest of the people of St. Paul’s at heart. So we are gonna make that announcement in the near future and indeed you would want to stay tuned for further information regarding that.” Well said Hon Jeffers. The CCM would get a candidate that would be capable of....(what Perkins couldn’t achieve?) Did we hear Jeffers right? But then here comes the abstract: On the same show on Wednesday June 20, with Hon Mark Brantley in his usual seat, this is what he said of Mr A. Michael Perkins: “The Hon A. Michael Perkins has publicly indicated that he is stepping back from the elective politics but he continues to play a role with the CCM,” said Brantley. “We want to thank the Hon Michael Perkins for all the sterling contribution. “I continue to say that his record is one of the most amazing records as a minister that we have seen in this country and certainly he is the best by far representative that the people of St. Paul have ever seen in terms of his output and production to the benefit of the people of St. Paul.” I am not an authority, but common decency tells me that one does not fire (as was done in 2010) a person who exhibits such glowing attributes. But mercifully, it also tells us that the CCM hierarchy is not reading from the same script. Nevis’ Montpelier Inn among world’s top 10 converted hotels BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – Nevis’ Montpelier Plantation Inn has been listed among the top 10 converted hotels in the world. The list was compiled by members and editors of travel website VirtualTourist com. “Everybody likes a bit of variety and what better way to try out something different on vacation than by staying in an old monastery or a former school that has been reborn as a luxurious hotel,” said the article printed in the Malaysian Insider. “While the Caribbean has long been known for its luxurious resorts and variety of water activities the history of the area is lost on many of its visitors Fortunately some properties in the region are finding ways to incorporate the history of the area into the guest experience On the island of Nevis a British holding that is often reached by travelling to nearby St Kitts the Montpelier Plantation provides a luxurious retreat on a former 18th-century sugar plantation Though it is no longer producing much sugar it still attracts quite a bit of buzz Princess Diana and both her sons visited shortly after her separation from Prince Charles,” said the article listing Montpelier Plantation as number 7. Number1. is Mandarin Oriental, Prague, Czech Republic; 2 – The Liberty Hotel, Boston, Massachusetts; No.3 – La Purificadora, Puebla, Mexico; 4 – Wanderlust Hotel, Singapore; 5 – Hotel Hospes Palacio del Ballio; 6 – Four Seasons Hotel at Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey; 8 – Hotel del Casco, San Isidro, Buenos Aires, Argentina; 9. Quinta Real Zacatecas, Zacatecas, Mexico; 10. The Conservatorium Hotel, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Photo: Montpelier Hotel as photoed in report


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 29TH 2012 18 SPORTS Historic WICB Under 17 Tournament to bowl off in Tobago Development Bank Ballers clinch SKABA 2012 junior league championship in a cliff-hanger final BASSETERRE ST. KITTS (June 28, 2012) — One woman’s crusade to engage youth from her village positively was rewarded handsomely Wednesday night when Development Bank Newton Ground Ballers lifted the St. Kitts Amateur Basketball Association junior league championship at the Basketball City. Ms Enist Parris, founder and coach of the Development Bank Newton Ground Ballers, shed tears of joy after her boys overcame a spirited Sandy Point Fruta Falcons Juniors 72-71 in the last of three finals, with Kyton Blake from her team emerging as the highest scorer after netting 25 points. The fast and entertaining game saw Development Bank Ballers take an early lead 15-4 at one stage and led all through the first half but with the Sandy Point team steadily narrowing the gap. They were 31-28 at half time. The second half was a cliff-hanger that left wildly cheering spectators on their feet. After the breather Fruta Falcons Juniors came back with renewed vigour and soon caught up with the Development Bank Ballers to be tied at 33-33, and briefly took the lead with 33-35, but the Development Bank Ballers quickly cancelled the deficit and tied the game at 35-35 and then leaped on to a 59-50 lead. Match tempo went up in the dying minutes with spectators hotly disputing some calls by the referees. With less than a minute before the end of the match, Development Bank Ballers led by 72-68. The boys from Sandy Point went on the overdrive, but fell short by a single point with the match coming to an end at 72-71 for Development Bank Ballers. The Fruta Falcons Juniors lost last year’s championships to Blue Devils by a single point as well. Highest scorer on the Fruta Falcons Juniors was Lewis Welch who returned 22 points. Other high scorers were Shaquille Williams (16) and Stephen Rawlins (15) of Fruta Falcons Juniors, and Geron Elliot (11) and Marvet Elliot (10) of Development Bank Ballers. “We are first thankful to God because in everything we do we have to put Him first,” said an emotional Ms Parris. “Once you put God first, everything else gonna come through. God knows I was trying my best to bring the youth to engage in positive activities, and I had my littleWICB Regional Under 17 2012 ScheduleSt John’s, Antigua — The historic inaugural West Indies Cricket Board Under 17 Tournament is scheduled to bowl off in Tobago this Sunday, July 1 with three games. The 6 team tournament will be played from July 1 to 7 and will comprise five rounds and fifteen 50 over matches. The participating teams are the traditional regional teams: Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Leeward Islands, Trinidad & Tobago and Windward Islands. The tournament will be managed by All Sport, a Trinidad based sport management company with several years experience managing cricket events in the West Indies. “We are delighted to have finally begun our regional Under 17 programme. This tournament is another pillar of our development structure as it offers the young players a bridge between Under 15 and Under 19,” President of the WICB Dr. Julian Hunte said. “We continue, with increasing intensity, the WICB development programme as we ensure that every phase in a cricketer’s life he has meaningful competition which will cause greater levels of preparation, training and development,” Dr. Hunte added. “This Under 17 Tournament now completes a full package of youth development tournaments which we believe will result in better quality cricketers and better quality cricket at all levels,” President Hunte said. Saturday June 30 – Opening Reception Sunday July 1 Trinidad & Tobago v Leeward Guyana v Windward Islands – Louis D’or Barbados v Jamaica – Bon Accord Tuesday July 3 Trinidad & Tobago v Windward Islands – Shaw Park Jamaica v Leeward Islands – Bon Accord Barbados v Guyana – Louis D’or Wednesday July 4 Trinidad & Tobago v Jamaica – Shaw Park Windward Islands v Barbados Plymouth Leeward Islands v Guyana – Bon Accord Friday July 6 Trinidad & Tobago v Barbados – Bon Accord Guyana v Jamaica – Shaw Park Leeward Islands v Windward Islands – Plymouth Saturday July 7 Trinidad & Tobago v Guyana – Shaw Park Barbados v Leeward Islands Plymouth Jamaica v Windward Islands – Bon Accord basketball skills that I inculcated in them.” Ms Parris was a basketball player but her career came to an end in 2007due to injury. She as a result decided to transfer her skills to the youth in her village of Newton Ground by starting a basketball team for young men which she named Newton Ground Ballers. She shopped around for a sponsor and the Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis offered to sponsor the team. To show appreciation to the sponsor, she renamed her team Development Bank Ballers. Is April this year, when the Development Bank renewed its sponsorship, she promised that even though they did not take part in the junior league last year as she was ill, that she would bring the 2012 championship trophy to the Development Bank. She did it in style on Wednesday night. Among the first to congratulate the team were the Development Bank’s General Manager Mr Lenworth Harris, and the bank’s Human Resources Officer Ms Coralee Benjamin. “I just want to say much thanks to the Development Bank for having come to our aid,” said Ms Parris. “They have been behind me for three years now and I just want to thank God for them, and I hope this championship would encourage them to even stay behind me more.” A practising Christian, Ms Parris ensures that the team members pray before every match. On the road to the championship, they lost to the third placed team, Molineux Strivers, and to Hitters. In the best of three finals, they lost the first game to the Fruta Falcons Juniors, but went ahead to win the second one and the last one. All three games were very close and competitive. Friends and relatives join the Development Bank Newton Ground Ballers in celebration at the Basketball City. Development Bank’s General Manager roots for community sporting activities BASSETERRE ST. KITTS (June 27, 2012) — General Manager of the Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis, Mr Lenworth Harris, has congratulated organisers of the 2012 Development Bank Sandy Point Basketball League telling them that it is one of the best organised community sporting activities. “I want to commend you and recognise you,” Mr Harris told members of the Sandy Point Amateur Basketball Association. “I myself have been involved in many sporting activities and community activities, and it is always a great challenge. I can only imagine the challenges, the struggles that you would have gone through to conduct a tournament such as this.” The General Manager was speaking at the Sandy Point hard courts on Friday June 22, at an awards giving ceremony for the teams that took part in the league which had started early March and ended on Tuesday 19, with Fig Tree Basketball Team lifting the championship trophy. “I am looking at some of the most beautiful trophies that I have seen quite frankly by any community competition,” said Mr Harris who in earlier days played cricket for St. Kitts. “So again, for the vision and the inspiration of the person who would have created these and put them together, he must be commended. “Just to applaud all who participated and to say it was indeed a very great pleasure for the Development Bank to participate by way of (cont’d on page 19)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, 29TH 2012 19 By: Vigilante NEWS sponsoring some of the prizes for this tournament and to assure you that we would be ready to participate in coming years.” A well coordinated show of sportsmanship saw the Fig Tree Basketball Team register an unbeaten run in the 2012 Development Bank-sponsored Sandy Point Basketball League that was keenly contested, and held at the Sandy Point hard courts. The league started early March with nine teams taking part. However, the defending champions, Chappurtin Ballers did not take part as the team had disintegrated and most of its players joined the Old School ‘Fruta’ Team, which finished in the second position, conceding only one match to the eventual winners, Fig Tree Basketball Team. resent at the prize giving ceremony was the area parliamentary representative, the Hon Shawn Richards, who presented individual awards to the players. Mr Sylvester Smith and Mr Stephen ‘Jimmy’ Revan were recognised for their contribution to basketball in the Sandy Point community. At the end of the league, the Fig Tree team won 8 matches, while the Old School ‘Fruta’ Team won seven matches. Others were Playz Team which won five; Running Suns, four matches; Fruta Falcons Junior, four; The Alley ‘Showtime’ won three, What Do U won three, Anything Cun Happn won one match and the Half Way Tree team also won one match. Trophies for individuals went to Taslyn Beldoda of Old School ‘Fruta’ Falcons for scoring 180 points averaging 22.5 per game; Nashown Maynard of Fig Tree for returning 130 rebounds at an average of 21.6 per game; Javal Hodge of Old School ‘Fruta’ Falcons for 54 assists; and Ansel Revan for making 30 steals. Most Valuable Player was Nashown Maynard of Fig Tree; Rookie of the Year was Dequan Richards of Fruta Falcons Junior Team; Gregory Ward of The Alley Showtime was the Most Disciplined Player; Stephen Rawlins of Fruta Falcons Junior Mr Lenworth Harris, General Manager of the Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis (left) presents the championship trophy to Mr George Gaton of the Fig Tree Basketball Team. Hon Shawn Richards (left) presents the Best Team Player trophy to Mr Benjamin Thomas of Half Way Tree Basketball Team. (cont’d from last page)Development Bank’s General Manager info@sknunion.com Team was Most Improved Player; Benjamin Thomas of Half Way Tree was the Team Player of the Year; while Reion Heyliger of Fig Tree was named the Best Player under 15. At a PAM Executive meeting held at PAM Secretariat office on Church Street here earlier this week, more pressure was put on the lame duck leader of the party to step down. Dey say de meeting break up after “De Anointed One” broke his long silence and launched a caustic attack on Little Bo Peep, demanding that he give up the leadership forthwith; for he has been a real liability to the party. The meeting almost ended in a fist fight, with Little Bo Peep telling “De Anointed One” if they want him to leave they must pay him back all de money he done spend on de party since he took over the leadership prior to the 2004 General Elections. Dey say “De Anointed One” say he not going get a red cent back, for he has been a total failure as a leader and a candidate. He has been a real disaster to the party and he has to step aside and relieve them of the burden. Give them some space, man. Little Bo Peep tell them if they can’t put their money whey dey mouth be, they must wheel and come again; none ah dem could move him; is de people put him there and he will be re-elected unopposed as de Party Leader next year. They are also seeking to remove him as the PAM candidate for Constituency 4 and replace him with “de chalky doctor” from de Constituency. Little Bo Peep continues to fight for his life and insists that he will remain as the leader to call the shots. Nobody can stop him from being de candidate in Constituency 4 in the 2015 Elections. Party sources tell us that “de founding family” is pushing “De Anointed One” to take over de leadership from Little Bo Peep; while De Hedgehog is busy canvassing for “De Lime Lady” (his family) to be the first woman Party Leader of PAM. Dey say de Hedgehog attended de meeting and made it abundantly clear that he and he alone call de shots in de party for is he and Billy money put PAM in power and he still ‘run tings’ up to today. De meeting of de EAST Basseterre PAM Executive held at the FND on Tuesday night to choose a candidate for de next General Elections break up too. De Hedgehog made sure he had de Lime Lady (he family) booked as one of the 4 nominees up for consideration in de East; and de false prophet submitted de radio Talk Show host as his choice. But de word outa de EAST Basseterre PAM camp is that Chris Moonlight and his gang are saying they ain’t want no foreigner to be their candidate in de East. She must stay in Sandy Point where she from. She ain’t no different to de Chinese she “Poopa” does complain so much about. Dey say Little Bo Peep say he is only going through de motion, but de radio talk show host never will be one of his candidates in any election. For, he has called publicly for his removal as Party Leader and is still using his talk shows to encourage people to criticize and belittle him. Two man crab can’t live in de same hole. New Town people want to know why de radio talk show host went out of his way recently to try and belittle de new Chamber President who is a born and bred New Town man like him for speaking de truth. And they want to know too why he spent so much time on his talk show programme attacking the young man and encouraging the PAM fanatics to ridicule him and call he and his family in New Town “Labour Stooges”. The PAM misleaders brought in a campaign strategist two weeks ago from Trinidad and he told them from all de surveys he has done and the people in the communities he has spoken to Douglas is by far the most popular leader and politician in the Federation. He tell them flat that they can’t stop Douglas and Labour from winning de next election, especially with Lindsay Grant as their leader.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 29TH 2012 20 ADVERTISEMENT