The labour spokesman
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Title: The labour spokesman
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Year 55 NO. 06FRIDAY, JULY 06TH, 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 11 THE THINKING CITIZEN VIEW POINT* REV.CANON PERCIVAL SO TELL ME FROM WHERE I SITCOMMENTARY BY Liquidity conditions improved, governments fiscal position strengthened in ECCU BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) Liquidity conditions in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) continued to improve despite some tightening at some banks. This is according to the communiqu issued by the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) following Friday’s 73rd Meeting of the Monetary Council. The Monetary Council met under the chairmanship of the Right Honourable Dr. Denzil L. Douglas, Minister for Finance, St Kitts and Nevis. It received the Governor’s Report on Monetary and Credit Photo (left to right) Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit, Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Commonwealth of Dominica; Dr. the Right Hon. Kenny Anthony, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of St. Lucia; Honourable Hubert Hughes, Chief Minister and Minister for Finance, Anguilla; Dr. the Honourable Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, St. Vincent and the Grenadines; The Right Honourable Dr. Denzil L. Douglas, Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, St. Kitts and Nevis; Honourable Nazim Burke, Minister for Finance, Grenada; The Hon. Sir K. Dwight Venner, Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB); Honourable Harold Lovell, Minister for Finance, Antigua and Barbuda and Honourable Reuben T. Meade, Premier and Minister for Finance, Montserrat at the Bank’s Headquarters during the 73rd Meeting of the Monetary Council. (Willets Photo). BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) The Judicial Managers of British American Insurance Company (BAICO) together with the Governments of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) have announced an agreement has been signed to sell the traditional life insurance business of BAICO to Sagicor Life, Inc. (Sagicor), a whollyowned subsidiary of Sagicor Financial Corporation. Judicial Managers and ECCU governments sign agreement to recapitalise and sell part of the BAICO business to Sagicor Life The ECCU Governments have undertaken to provide funding of up to US$38 million to assist in restoring value to the transferring policies. A statement issued by the Eastern Caribbean governments and the Judicial Managers said the sale was agreed after a formal sale process, which resulted in strong interest from 7 parties with 4 final bids being considered. The business being sold is made up of Group Pensions and the following traditional life policies issued by BAICO in Anguilla, Antigua, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis and St. Vincent and the Grenadines: Universal Life policies, Term Life, Whole Life, Endowment and Home Service Life Approximately 17,500 (cont’d on page 3)(cont’d on page BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, JULY 4TH 2012 (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas was among Caribbean leaders attending the 33rd Conference of Heads of Prime Minister Douglas among Caribbean leaders attending Conference 33 Prime Minister Douglas among Caribbean leaders attending Conference 33 Governments which opened in Castries, St. Luca on Wednesday of this week, July 4th. During the opening ceremony in the morning leaders bemoaning the failure to implement agreements reached in the past and worried over the continued impact the global economic and financial crisis is having on their respective countries. In addition, the opening ceremony provided an opportunity for the leaders to again reiterate St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas (second from the right) among Caribbean leaders at the opening of the 33rd Conference in St. Lucia on Wednesday morning. (cont’d on page2) St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party celebrates 17th Anniversary in Government


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 06TH 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 their commitment to the regional integration movement, underscoring the fact that without CARICCOM, such an organisation would have to be invented. CMC’s Peter Richards reported that Jamaica’s Prime Minister the Most Honourable Portia SimpsonMiller used the occasion to dispel reports that Kingston was contemplating leaving the 15nation bloc amid concerns that it was being unfairly treated, particular in its trading relations with Trinidad and Tobago. “I want to underscore Jamaica’s commitment to regionalism as a core principle of our foreign policy and external trade policy. “Jamaica will continue to publicly reiterate the importance of regional integration movement to the attainment of our national development goals and for the advancement of our region as a whole,” she said, acknowledging nonetheless that “the regional concept remains a work in process”. She told her regional colleagues that if CARICOM was not around “it would have to be invented” adding that it was now important to bring the general population into the whole CARICOM movement. She also urged that CARICOM consider allowing all categories of workers move freely across the region under the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). Host Prime Minister and incoming CARICOM Chairman, the Hon. Dr. Kenny Anthony, said despite the many challenges facing the regional integration at the moment “our people need not feel folorn” adding at the same time, the region cannot afford its citizens “ to grow cynical and quip a defeatist “c’est la vie in the causality of perception” He told the opening ceremony that a day had been set aside during the three-day summit for the leaders to meet in caucus for “frank discourse” on CARICOM. “We need to talk with each other. I have therefore arranged Prime Minister Douglas among Caribbean leaders........... our agenda to devote an entire day to a caucus of heads, initially alone, and later with our officials. I believe we must take time to share our hopes, dreams and aspirations for our beloved though enigmatic region. “We must start again by re-establishing the political chemistry that bound us together. We need to re-affirm our common future, our common faith,” he said, adding “we cannot afford to leave the winds of progress uncaught when they blow. “The gales and harmattans of global politics and economics mean that we must be willing to venture through waters unchartered. We must be enterprising, yet perspective and willing to put into our common cloud the store of knowledge and expertise held throughout our states,” he said. Foreign Policy Co-ordination in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is high on the agenda when the leaders will be examining the thrust of the Community’s Foreign Policy approach given the ongoing changes in global political and economic circumstances. These changes pose challenges to the continuing development of the Community as well as for the practice of the Community’s external and political relations. However, they also create opportunities that can be exploited to the benefit of the Community. The on-going reform process in the Community will be up for discussion as will developments in Haiti and matters in relation to youth development in particular arising out of the recent high level meeting between the youth of CARICOM and the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR). The meeting of the Heads of Government was preceded by the meetings of the Council for Finance and Planning (COFAP) on Monday, and the Prime Ministerial Sub-Committees on the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) and on External Negotiations on Tuesday. Recommendations coming out of these sessions will also be placed before the Heads of Government Other members of the St. Kitts and Nevis delegation are the Federation’s Ambassador to CARICOM, His Excellency Wendell Lawrence, Her Excellency Commissioner Astona Browne and Senior Foreign Service Officer, Mr. Samuel Berridge. The meeting is expected to end today (Friday) (cont’d from page 1) What a festival! What a party! This sweet sixteen (16) Music Festival was certainly a resounding success which left lingering happy memories in the minds of thousands who turned out to experience such a magnificent line up of stars; local, regional and international.On Thursday evening this grand musical extravaganza opened with a very impressive blend of local and regional artistes that kept the massive crowd energized with their pulsating sounds of Soca and calypso rhythms that had the crowd rocking, prancing and enjoying themselves to the fullest. Our own Nicha B, Shaki Starfire, Ali Dee and the Grand Masters Band were all very well received as they demonstrated to the home crowd that they too can stand tall amongst other regional and international artistes; and to the world at large that “we small but we talawa.” The curtains that night were brought down by the World’s Best Soca Monarch Machel Montano of Trinidad, who gave his huge audience a variety of his Soca hits that kept them jumping and rolling at his beck and call. The massive crowd response to the various artistes, shows that Soca is indeed alive and well and can certainly hold its own amongst the various musical genres. Friday night usually dubbed Reggae and Jazz night, stepped up the tempo as the massive crowd swelled to record numbers, and was entertained with different varieties of reggae sounds as well as a riveting session of jazz music, delivered by Caribbean musicians and artistes that captivated the full attention of the huge crowd that crammed the grounds of the Football Stadium in Warner Park (the venue of the festival). Of course, the indomitable Morgan Heritage kept the audience rocking as they sang along with the group and their sweet melodious renditions. This group, no stranger to our shores really showed their strong appreciation for our beautiful island paradise and its people in song. Bringing the curtains down in the wee hours of Friday morning was Damian Marley; the son of the late Reggae icon Bob Marley. Damian Marley commanded the stage with his powerful selection of reggae and dancehall music which kept the energized crowd alive and wanting more. Everyone walked away very happy and satisfied with the various acts which in some cases took them down memory lane. Saturday, the last night of the Festival and indeed another memorable one, the performances by our very own Bruce Skerritt and the Liamigua Project again proved that the talents of our own are as good as any and better than many, and can excel in any arena. They rocked the massive crowd to their feet and virtually prepared them for a most entertaining evening with Roberta Flack who essentially continued to keep patrons alive with her very vintage selections that had them singing along, showing their appreciation and joy with her performance. Following on the heels of Roberta was Toni Braxton, the Six (6) times Grammy Award Winner with her sweet charming and sexy voice that had the massive audience standing in the rain while she performed. Toni Braxton was truly a class act as she captivated the massive audience, not only with her sexy outfit, but with her golden voice as she belted out tunes from almost every album that she had done. Her sizzling performance was followed by the popular R & B young artiste Omarion who brought down the curtains in a very wonderful way with a spicy variety of R & B and Rap, that captured the attention of this massive and jubilant crowd of patrons. He certainly closed off the Festival on a very high note. It was truly a “Sweet Sixteen Music Festival,” in every sense of the word. In spite of the massive campaign put on by the power hungry gang of political rejects in the opposition and their prophets of gloom and doom, encouraging people to boycott the festival, this year’s event was not only a resounding success; it was a much bigger affair than in previous years. We wish to take this opportunity to express our profound gratitude to the many donors and stakeholders who contributed significantly to its phenomenal success. We also express our sincere appreciation and gratitude to the large number of returning nationals and visitors who came in from all corners of the world to be a part of this sweet 16 Festival and who have expressed that they enjoyed themselves immensely, and that they look forward anxiously to returning for the 17th Music Festival. Minister Skerritt, his Committee and volunteers should be highly commended for a massive, fun-filled and incident-free, SWEET SIXTEEN MUSIC FESTIVAL.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 06TH 2012 3 NEWS policyholders are expected to benefit from the sale, restoring the policy values for nearly 2 in every 3 BAICO policyholders. It should be noted that under the terms of the sale, all valid and inforce life policies as at the Scheme Effective Transfer Date will be transferred to Sagicor without any amendment or change to the respective policy, allowing policyholders to benefit from the terms they historically agreed with BAICO. The life insurance business will be transferred to Sagicor once all necessary approvals for the scheme of transfer from the relevant Courts and insurance regulators in The Bahamas (where BAICO is incorporated) and throughout the ECCU countries are received. It is expected that the approvals for all countries will take a further 3-6 months, at which point the transfer of the business can be finalised. The Governments will work with Sagicor and BAICO to finalise this as soon as possible. It is intended that the entire business described above will be transferred at the same time. However, as a precaution, if any approvals are delayed or not received within the next four months, the parties can agree to transfer the business in stages. Sagicor is a highly respected insurance provider operating across 19 countries in the Caribbean as well as in the UK and US. Its parent Sagicor Financial Corporation is a listed entity in Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago and the UK. Sagicor has a financial strength rating of A(Excellent) from A.M.Best. Group revenue reached US$1.4 billion for the financial year 2011 and Shareholders’ Equity and Assets stood at US$578 million and US $5.4 billion at December 31, 2011. Sagicor Life Inc. is already a regulated entity in all of the ECCU countries involved in the transaction. Sagicor has demonstrated its commitment to the ECCU region by: • Agreeing to set up an ECCU Consultative Committee, to play an oversight role (including compliance, anti-money laundering, capital adequacy and corporate governance) in relation to the performance of the Business; • Placing its ECCU business into a separate ECCU-based entity within 12 months of completion of the transaction; and • Committing to listing at least 25% of the shares of the ECCU Entity on the Eastern Caribbean Securities Exchange within two years of its commencement of operations. Policyholders whose policies are proposed to be transferred need not take any action at this point. However, prior to the completion of the sale, policyholders are encouraged to continue to pay, and if necessary bring up to date their life policy premiums, to representatives at existing BAICO branches within the ECCU in order to maintain their policies. Policyholders will be provided with further information (either directly or by local advertising) about the proposed transfer of the business in the coming months as Sagicor and the Judicial Managers of BAICO seek the necessary Court and regulatory approvals. Once the transfer is completed, Sagicor will contact affected policyholders to inform them of the change in ownership of this business. On completion, Sagicor will assume BAICO’s place as the legal issuer of the transferring policies, and policyholders will be able to once again operate their policies in accordance with the contract terms. The obligation to pay certain unpaid amounts to policyholders under these policies (being claims, maturities, surrenders and bonuses) will transfer to Sagicor with the business, and the ECCU Governments have arranged funding for the payment of these in accordance with the terms of the policies. The payment of claims will be subject to the claimant meeting the requirements of the policy terms, and signing an appropriate release. The ECCU Governments are mindful that, during the past three years, due to the uncertainty about BAICO’s future, many policyholders may have stopped paying their premiums. In many cases, this will have resulted in them allowing their policies to lapse. The Governments, Sagicor and the Judicial Managers of BAICO are currently considering whether it will be possible to offer to reinstate policies that have lapsed in this period and further information regarding this issue will be communicated to affected policyholders prior to the completion of the transfer. Many policyholders may not be aware if their policy is current (for example, they may have ceased paying premiums some time ago, but the automatic loan feature of their policy may have been triggered, meaning essentially that the accumulated value of their policy was used to pay their premiums). If policyholders have queries, they can contact their local BAICO branch to find out the status of their policy. In conclusion, the sale represents an excellent outcome for traditional life policyholders, and reflects the ECCU Governments’ and Judicial Managers’ continued efforts to work to identify solutions for individuals and institutions affected by the BAICO collapse. Although the sale is structured specifically to transfer the ECCU traditional life policyholders to Sagicor, the sale is also beneficial to all other policyholders and creditors of BAICO who are not covered by the terms of the sale by reducing the remaining liabilities of BAICO. The Judicial Managers and the ECCU Governments continue to work on solutions to recover assets of BAICO as well as to pursue those responsible for the collapse. The Judicial Managers and the ECCU Governments wish to reiterate their appreciation to all those affected by the BAICO situation in the region for their patience as this work progresses. Judicial Managers and ECCU governments sign agreement (cont’d from page 1)Conditions in the ECCU which assessed these conditions over the quarter ended March 2012 against the backdrop of global economic and financial developments and provided an outlook for the near to medium term. The Council was apprised that monetary and credit conditions were stable during the first quarter administered rates were not warranted or appropriate at this time. Council therefore agreed to maintain the minimum savings deposit rate at 3.0 percent and the Central Bank’s discount rate at 6.5 percent. Council members attending were the 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. of 2012 and were assessed to have eased relative to the first quarter of 2011. It said loan growth was depressed and the non-performing loans ratio increased. Interest rates remained relatively stable and credit to the private sector fell compared to the same period of 2011. “The fiscal position of member governments also strengthened relative to the first quarter of 2011, mainly on account of a narrowing in the overall and primary deficits as adjustments were made to reduce capital expenditures,” the communiqu said. It said the exchange rate remained stable. “The ECCB’s backing ratio rose to 96.6 percent, well above the 60.0 percent statutory requirement and the real effective exchange rate rose, suggesting a loss of competitiveness for ECCU exports,” it said. The Monetary Council said it considered the scope for the implementation of monetary policy in the ECCU and agreed that adjustments in the ECCB’s Liquidity conditions improved (cont’d from page 1) Man shot and killed in Stone Fort By Drizel HanleyPolice are investigating the shooting death of a Stone Fort resident who was gunned down on Wednesday, July 4th. Dead is 39-year-old Roy “Chat Bout” Nias. Public Relations Officer of the Royal St.Christopher and Nevis Police Force, Inspector Lyndon David disclosed that Nias was shot and kill in front of his home at about 11:40pm. District Medical Doctor, Vance Gilbert visited the scene and pronounced Nias dead. “The scene was processed by the Crime Scene Technicians and items of evidential value were taken into police custody”, the Public Relations Officer said. “No suspect is in police custody at this time”, he added. Investigations into the homicide are ongoing. Nias’ death has taken the number of homicides committed in the twin-island Federation to eleven (11); nine (9) on St. Kitts and two (2) on Nevis. Young man loses life in traffic accident By Drizel Hanley Police are investigating a tragic road accident here last Friday afternoon, June 29th which has claimed the life of a young man from the East Basseterre community. Dead is 30-year-old Tyrone ‘Tyee’ Fyfield of Pond Estate Housing Development. Tyrone, who was born and raised in New Town, died at the Joseph N France General Hospital some six hours after the accident that occurred on Wellington Roada short distance from his home. According to a release issued by the Royal St. Christopher and (cont’d on page4)30-year-old Tyrone ‘Tyee’ Fyfield


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 06TH 2012 4 NEWS TRADE UNION NEWS By: Batumba Tak General Secretary Young man loses life in traffic accident (cont’d from page 3)Nevis Police Force’s Traffic Department the accident occurred around 3:30pm at the junction of Wellington Road and Florence Nightingale Lane, New Pond Site. The accident involved omnibus H902, driven by Dwight Harris of Keys Village and motorbike P4879 operated by Fyfield. Omnibus H902 was travelling along Wellington Road in the direction of the airport and Fyfield was exiting Florence Nightingale Lane onto Wellington Road when the accident occurred, the police reported. There were no injuries to the driver of the omnibus and the 7-9 passengers in the vehicle; but the vehicle sustained some damages. Fyfield death brings the number of road fatalities in the Federation to two (2) for the year. The Labour Spokesman extends its profound condolences to his mother, Annette Fyfield and other members of the bereaved family. According to family sources the funeral service is planned for next Thursday afternoon, July 12th. Sexual Harassment At The Workplace Continues The International Labour Organization (ILO) exists to help countries put into practice the principles of social justice, freedom, economic security and equal opportunity for all. Its action is directly related to the daily realities of the world of work. The ILO is the only international body where Government’s, Trade Unions’ and Employers’ organization co-operate on a basis of equality. Its mission is to contribute to balance economic and social progress in each nation to wellbeing and fulfilment of the individual. The working world is in a constant state of flux; each day brings new problems which call for urgent solutions. And when injustice and poverty have been rooted out, constant vigilance is needed to prevent their reemergence. In today’s article we’ll continue to look at the very hot topic of sexual harassment at the workplace. Sexual harassment: The Solutions. Ignoring sexual harassment doesn’t work. Many studies have found that the majority of cases which are being ignored the harassment continued or became worse. Concrete solutions are necessary to combat the problem.The question that has been asked, What Can The Union Do?Support the victim. If the Union sees a worker being harassed approach her and offer some support and let her know that the Union sympathizes with her. Just talking about it can help, because Management and other workers may interpret your silence to mean the Union condone the harasser’s actions. Too often, the victim of sexual harassment is ostracized by other workers who blame the victim, and the Union must not allow itself to fall into that trap. Remember that sexual harassment is a social problem, and the workers must be directed to speak to her Shop Steward. In our next article we will continue with how the worker can raise the issue at her local Union meeting, how she can approach Union Officers, How to negotiate to have it in a collective Agreement and at your Union Annual Conference. As I take my leave today I leave you with an old Union song.Sound The Battle Cry.Sound the battle cry, see the foe is nigh Raise the standard high, for the right Gird your amour on, stand firm everyone Rest your cause upon the power of truth CHORUS: Rouse them soldiers, rally round the banner Ready, steady, pass the word along Onward, forward, marching on to victory We are masters of our destiny Strong to meet the foe, marching on we go While our cause we know, we must prevail Shield and amour bright, gleamin the light Battling for the right, we cannot fail Oh, Thou God of all, hear us when we call Help us one and all, by thy grace When the battle is done and our cause is won Let us praise Thee for well a fought race Note Although an overly Christian song, it has been adopted by the Caribbean Trade Union Movement for its militant call to action. PM Douglas cuts ribbon to open Biomedical Research Center in the field of cancer on St. Kitts BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, JULY 3RD 2012 (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas says the opening of the multi-million dollar North American Biomedical Cancer Research Center in St. Kitts is critically important as it provides the opportunity to make a tangible contribution in the fight against one of the serious non-communicable diseases that affect mankind in the form of cancers. Noting the mission statement of ‘developing, promoting, fostering and sustaining the highest quality research and therapeutics in the field of cancer’, Prime Minister Douglas told the opening ceremony that it was a very critically important message that is being sent out from this center. Prime Minister Douglas also referred to another section of the Mission Statement that ‘assures employees, students, patients and visitors of a safe environment through compliance with government regulations and good safety practices.’ “This therefore speaks to standards; it speaks to appropriate accreditation which is going to be critically important if we are to succeed in what we are seeking to do here in St. Kitts and Nevis as we impact the rest of the world in the area of biomedical research,” Prime Minister Douglas told invited guests and officials which included Governor General His Excellency Dr. Sir Cuthbert Sebastian; Deputy Prime Minister the Hon. Sam Condor; Senior Minister, Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris; Minister of Education, Sen. the Hon. Nigel Carty; Governor General’s Deputy, Sir Edmund Lawrence; and Staff of the Windsor University School of Medicine. “We have had two bio-medical research labs – one in the area of Mills’ Estate and the other in the Bouruyeau are which are using stem cells from primates to study not only the effects of stem cell research in the treatment of diseases like Parkinson’s Diseases but also in terms of monitoring behavioural research as a result of different chemical effects on the mind of primates,” said Prime Minister Douglas, joining Governor General Sebastian in cutting the ribbon to open the facility located on Victoria Road in Basseterre. Reiterating that the opening of this center is an important step for Windsor University and also another important step for St. Kitts and Nevis, Prime Minister Douglas congratulated Dr. Gaddam and his hardworking team on this milestone “just one of many during your many years here – and to wish you and all of those who will advance the work of this facility, every success.” President of Windsor University Medical School, Dr. Gaddam said North American Biomedical Research Center (NABRC) is an independent company dedicated to basic and translational biomedical research to promote the understanding, treatment and prevention of cancer. “Areas of research include molecular and cellular mechanisms and genetic control of cell growth and differentiation. NABRC is focused on discovering and developing innovative peptide and small molecule therapeutics against cancer. Our expanding knowledge and understanding of disease mechanisms combined with our molecular biology and technology expertise, are leading us to more targeted therapies, and clinically differentiated products,” he said at the opening. He pointed out that using the novel discovery platform, NABRC is building a strong pipeline of anti-cancer drug candidates. NABRC mines its comprehensive library of small molecules and peptides to screen for medically relevant new drugs. NABRC has active collaborations with its own branches in Bangalore, Hyderabad, India; Los Angeles, CA, USA; St. Kitts, West Indies; and the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 06TH 2012 5 NEWS The Thinking Citizen By now, all persons of goodwill ought to know that the PAM party lacks decency, honesty and self – respect and is grossly ambivalent most of the time. For instance, a big – shot PAM activist was taken before the High Court charged with the offence of “Fraudulent Conversion.” He was convicted and was sentenced to serve a prison term. Up comes PAM, and sides with the convicted offender and shows no sympathy for the person who lost thousands of dollars because of the dishonesty of another person. PAM and the Democrat newspaper have made out the convicted offender to be one who has been wronged. The Democrat newspaper said openly that the convicted offender “is the victim of a Justice System.” Not a word of sympathy was extended to the unfortunate man who was deprived of thousands of dollars of his own money. Not a thought was given to the effect that the dishonest act would have on foreigners intending to invest in St. Kitts. PAM and the Democrat did not care that their callous support for and defence of a wrongful act would blacken the name of St. Kitts and all Kittitians. PAM and the Democrat have always been saying that the crime situation in St. Kitts is retarding the economic development of the country. But PAM and the Democrat are now supporting and defending a convicted offender just because he happens to be a highfaluting PAM trump. It is quite clear that PAM is not convinced that the convicted felon is wrong or guilty. PAM and the Democrat are of the view that the jury and the High Court judge involved are to be blamed. The man who used for his own personal and private purpose, the money belonging to another man, is an innocent victim. According to PAM, everyone the Justice System the judge, the jury – are to be blamed, but not the one who robbed the other one of vast sums Social Security Scheme. The PAMites travelled to Nevis on Wednesdays and went all across the island exhorting all Nevisians not to participate in the Social Security Scheme. PAM has never ever apologized to its gullible followers who were misled by the party’s politically – biased exhortations. Nowadays, PAM is trying to become the latter – day defender and protector of the Social Security Scheme, the very same Scheme that the PAM party tried hard to smash – up and destroy in the 1970’s. PAM has no conscience and no memory. One of the things that PAM did before leaving office in 1995 was to pass “The Pensions (Variations) Act” which provided hefty pensions for all Government Ministers and also legislated for the Governor General and the Prime Minister to get as pension, the same salary that they had been getting before their departure from office. But PAM did not want the little man who worked in the cane – field all his working life to get a pension from Social Security. In the middle of the period between two general elections when the members of PAM go canvassing for votes, they try to convince the voters that their party (PAM) is interested in the welfare of the country and that they are concerned with improving the lot of the ordinary working class man and woman. PAM is neither interested in promoting the best interest of the country or in improving the lot of the masses. If PAM was really interested, then PAM would have PAM has no conscience and no memory joined with the Labour Party in promoting such programmes as the Social Security Scheme. Instead of that PAM set itself up in opposition to the Social Security Scheme. We know that during the 1960’s when the Labour Party Government was attempting to develop a viable Tourism Industry a big PAM demagogue organized a taxi – drivers strike while one of the largest cruise liners was in the Basseterre Roadstead. The strike would have had its intended effect were it not for the patriotism of Mr. Earl Clarke who mobilized a group of private of money. We cannot forget how PAM behaved shortly after taking up office in 1980. The PAMites promised the electorate publicly that the party would provide honest, decent and upright government. In order to under – score their party’s propaganda the PAM government Ministers dressed themselves up in three – piece business suits on every official occasion and even spruced – up their offices bringing in new furniture. The PAMites forgot that clothes do not make the man. PAM as usual did not live up to its promise to provide honest decent and upright government. The corrupt and inept rule of PAM was laid bare in the Report of Commissioner Prof. Randolph Williams, Ph.D. and the Report of Commissioner Sir Louis BlomCooper Q.C. The Ministers in the PAM Government treated the state or public corporations as if they were their own private piggybanks, especially thr Air and Sea Ports Authority. So whenever the PAM party tells the electorate that it is going to behave in a certain way, the result is that the party behaves in a different and much worse way. There are a number of PAM political hypocrites who call into the VON Radio Call – In Show every Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Apparently those hypocrites have never heard of or read St. Matthew’s Gospel Chapter 7, verses 3 – 5. The PAMites have been boasting all the time that Sir (Dr) Kennedy Simmonds is the “First Ever Prime Minister” of St. Kitts and Nevis. But how can the PAMites gloat over the fact that Dr. Simmonds was our Independence Prime Minister when they themselves went all – out to block and oppose the independence of St. Kitts and Nevis. Social Security was instituted in St. Kitts and Nevis in 1978. We can still remember that PAM took to the political platform and to the Democrat newspaper in order to block the establishment of the 07th July 2012.motorcar owners to take the cruise ship passengers on tours to Brimstone Hill and to other places of natural and historical interest. So when the agents of PAM come around seeking to secure our votes, we should all be reminded of what is said at St. Matthew’s Gospel at Chapter 7 and verses 15 – 17 :“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruits.”


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 06TH 2012 6 NEWS


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 06TH 2012 7 NEWS


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 06TH 2012 8 NEWS -31st Annual Pianoforte Concert for July 10th An evening of delight is in store for all at the St. George Anglican Church, when past and present students of the Lawrence School of Music present their 31st Annual Pianoforte Concert. This concert will take place on Tuesday, July 10 at 7:30 p.m. For 30 years, these young people have brought joy to the hearts of many through their performances on various instruments and in song. Selections on the piano, organ, violin and steel pans will be presented. This year, there will be a special appearance by one of the Music School’s past students, Dr. Elizabeth Lawrence. Elizabeth is a seasoned pianist, organist and vocal soloist. She is a well known organist in New York, having played at many churches in that city. Some years ago, she was soloist at the funeral of Civil Rights Leader, Mr. Cleveland Robinson. This funeral was held at St. John’s Cathedral. On that occasion, she had the pleasure of sitting with Harry Belafonte and the Mayor of New York City. New compositions and arrangements by Lady Hulda Lawrence will also be featured. These pieces are always a favourite with audiences. This year, one of her original songs will be sung by the senior group. This song was first sung by the Lawrence Sisters on one of their concert tours to St. Thomas U.S.V.I. This song was very well received and is proving to be very popular with the young people who will be singing it. These young people are an asset to our country and should be encouraged in this effort as they bring joy to the hearts of all with their beautiful music, while contributing to a worthy cause in the community. The proceeds of this programme are for St. Paul’s Anglican Church. File Photo -His Excellency Governor General Sir Cuthbert Sebastian is greeted by Lady Hulda Lawerence as Pionaforte students look on Influx Of Prospective Teachers Attend Preparatory “Boot Camp” (EMU) – St. Kitts: Over two hundred young persons interested in the teaching profession were given to heart to heart talks by education officials as part of an Induction Course to prepare them for the role to which they aspire. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education Ms. Ionie Liburd-Willett informed participants that teaching is a calling which demands dedication, commitment and passion. Stressing the importance of satisfaction over salary, she encouraged them to begin to think of ways in which they could engage children, listen to children and become their mentors and confidants. She also advised them to refrain from becoming overly friendly to the point of encouraging a loss of respect and inappropriate relationships, especially in the case of teenagers. The permanent secretary shared the history of her journey from being a teacher at the Boys’ School to her current post as Permanent Secretary of Education. She stressed the importance of becoming quality teachers maintaining good attitudes and high levels of professionalism. Also making a presentation to the prospective teachers was Acting Chief Education Officer Ms. Clarice Cotton, whose main message was “Be Prepared Prior to Entering the Classroom.” Ms Cotton said this was the most important advice she could give the new recruits. She also challenged them to identify and come up with creative ways to assist struggling students. Facilitator of the Induction Course Senior Education Officer Mr. Michael Blake, commended participants on the rapt attention they were paying to the sessions in anticipation of being chosen as teachers in September. Revised Self Book Distribution Policy To Be Implemented By New School Term EMU) – St. Kitts: The Ministry of Education’s continued efforts to ensure the most effective use of resources provided for students, has brought about a review of the Student Education Learning Fund (SELF) textbook distribution programme. S.E.L.F Coordinator Ms. Donna Bassue revealed that a recent assessment of the SELF programme in schools revealed that the policy needs to be standardized across schools as several institutions have deviated somewhat from the original policy. Ms. Bassue stated further that record keeping had lapsed to some extent in several schools; and there was a need for greater accountability with respect to accessing and returning texts as well as maintaining them. In undertaking the comprehensive review of the operations, Ms. Bassue said the Ministry of Education had identified and is seeking to address a range of issues related to book distribution, record-keeping and inventory, student accountability, budgetary support, care for the books, as well as the need for streamlining the selection of subject texts across schools. In a recent cabinet meeting Minister of Education and Information Hon. Nigel Carty advised colleagues his ministry’s proposed way forward in addressing some of the issues. These include establishing a committee to identify, select texts to be used by all schools; regular stick taking; the creation of a comprehensive database to assist in programme management as well as the introduction of a maintenance contribution from parents to ensure longevity of the texts and their replacement. The S.E.L.F Textbook Distribution Programme is a Government sponsored initiative which seeks to make education more affordable by providing some of the more widely used texts books to students who need them most. Development Bank’s Ms Culture Queen Pageant contestant feels confident CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (July 3, 2012) — 19-year old Ms Techyna David, one of the six contestants for the Ms Culture Queen Pageant in this year’s Nevis Culturama, is upbeat that by being sponsored by the Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis that she will lift the crown. The contestant, who met the Manager of the Nevis branch of the Development Bank Mrs Alexa Pemberton on Thursday June 28 and introduced to the staff at the office, was pleasantly surprised when she learnt that three reigning queens in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis were sponsored by the bank. The reigning Ms Culture Santonnya Mills was sponsored by the Development Bank, and staff at the bank is encouraging Ms David to take the baton from Ms Mills. The reigning Ms National Carnival Queen Kalia Huggins and the reigning Ms Mother’s Day Beauty Queen (St. Kitts) Allison Budgeon were also sponsored by the Development Bank. “Because of previous success, it is pushing me to give my best so that I can actually be a part of all of this success,” said Ms David. “It kind of, you can say: it is motivating me. I do not want to let the Development Bank down.” Ms David, who is employed at the prestigious Four Seasons Resort in Nevis as a chef, is not entirely new to beauty pageants. In 2003 while a pupil at the St. James Primary School, she was one of the six contestants who took part in the school’s 25th anniversary queen pageant where she emerged as the winner. After her stint at the St. James Primary School, she joined the Gingerland Secondary School where she graduated in 2009. She thereafter joined the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College as a Culinary Arts student and graduated in 2011. Ms David hails from Butlers in St. James. Asked what motivated her to enter the pageant, she said: “Initially I was asked to do it, but it has always been something that I wanted to do. To me, the show helps one to build character, self esteem, and discipline and I found it to be something that I would like to do. So I went for it. “I would formally like to say thank you to Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis for sponsoring me. I can assure you I will give all my best so that I make the Development Bank, my parents and myself very proud.” The Nevis branch manager of the Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis Mrs Alexa Pemberton said that the bank, after having landed a winner in Ms Santonnya Mills last year, would work hard to make sure that the baton is passed from Santonnya Mills to Techyna David. “From all reports, Ms Techyna David has a lot of talent,” said Mrs Pemberton. “She sings very well, and I would have seen her when she was attending CFBC, I would meet her on the pier and on the Ms Techyna David (centre) flanked by Mrs Alexa Pemberton (left) and Mrs Jean Alcendor-Browne pose for a picture under the watch of two beauty queens (pictures on the wall) who were sponsored by the Development Bank, Ms Carnival Kalia Huggins (left) and Ms Culture Santonnya Mills (right). (cont’d on page 13)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 06TH 2012 9 NEWS Basseterre, St. Kitts, July 03, 2012 (SKNIS): In order to raise awareness of the Cotton Thomas Comprehensive School (CTCS) and the role it plays in developing disabled persons to lead productive lives, the institution will be holding its first pageant this Saturday July 7. Sylvester Dore Head of Advertising and Promotion at CTCS explained how the concept of having a pageant developed. “The girls themselves came up with the idea of having a Miss CTC pageant. The school thought it was a good idea and decided to facilitate them in this venture,” he said. “It will help in terms of promoting the idea of special education, the girls and the students that attend the CTCS. They want the public to know that they can contribute to society not only in terms of showcasing their talent but as citizens who can be incorporated into society as persons who can succeed and excel at what they do.” The Mission of the CottonCotton Thomas Comprehensive School Holds First Pageant Thomas Comprehensive School is to equip each student with skills that will enable them to lead as independent a life as possible; thus creating a spirit of selfacceptance that would enhance their self confidence and selfesteem. Mr. Dore expressed that even though the girls have disabilities, they are proud to be representing their school. Two of the girls are in fact hearingimpaired and will be using sign language as a mode of communication. He also relayed the participants’ enthusiasm about the pageant. “The girls are very excited even though they are a bit shy. However over time they are getting comfortable and I see them overcoming their shyness. They have been practicing everyday and are looking forward to the night of the show.” The show will be held at the CTCS grounds July 7 at 7:00 p.m. Mr. Dore encouraged persons to attend to show their support for the girls and the school for what it has done so far in providing services for disabled persons. Those who can benefit from the CTCS are children with diagnosed disabilities and have been referred from the regular class setting, tested and either kept or returned to the regular classroom, parents of children with disabilities and teachers in the regular class that seek assistance for children that are not working as they should in their classroom.Formally known as the Special Education Unit, the name was officially changed to the Cotton Thomas Comprehensive School in May of 2010. It now bears the names of two local stalwarts who blazed the trail for special children in St. Kitts.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 06TH 2012 10 NEWS 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 2012 Nevis Culturama Committee presents Ms. Culture Swimwear contestant number one, Miss LIME Shinell Hobson Born under the zodiac sign of a Libra, on October 4th 1987 to Ms. Dawn Hobson, is a vibrant, friendly, outgoing, hard working, independent and proud mother of one, Shinell Hobson. Known to many as “Shenny,” Shinell is the first born of her mother’s three children and presently resides in Cherry Garden. As a receptionist within the Nevis Island Administration’s Premier’s Ministry, Miss LIME is best known for greeting clients with a warm and friendly smile upon their entrance into The Bath Hotel. As she seeks personal development, Shinell constantly reminds herself that encouragement comes in many forms, especially criticism. Hence, her personal motto is “I’m a self motivator, I determine my future.” In her spare time, this 24 year old Nevisian beauty enjoys outdoor activities, spending time with her four year old son, travelling, listening to music and eating curried chicken and mashed potatoes which is her favourite dish. You are invited to the Nevis Cultural Complex on Sunday 29th July 2012 to see Miss LIME Shinell Hobson vie for the 2012 Ms. Culture Swimwear title. The 2012 Nevis Culturama Committee presents Mr. Kool participant no. 1 Lorenzo Phillip “Always aspire for what you want to accomplish; because in life, there are a number of obstacles one person can face and to overcome those obstacles you must first believe in yourself.” Born on the 1st of March, 1991, the first child of Shelly-Ann Phillip and Lester Parris, the Pisces Emperor, known as Lorenzo DeSean Phillip, has grown to become an intelligent, brave, and self-determined individual who finds comfort in encouraging others to become successful in life and to accomplish their goals. Currently employed at the Four Seasons Resort, Nevis as a Sports Attendant, Lorenzo aspires to become a trained Elementary/Primary School teacher as he is committed towards contributing to the positive outlook on life, develop leadership qualities and a sense of love and respect for themselves and others, be self-motivated and channel their attention from the negative influences affecting our society. You are invited to the Nevis Cultural Complex on Sunday 29th July 2012 to see Lorenzo Phillip vie for the 2012 Mr. Kool title. development of young minds. Apart from just being a laid back individual, Lorenzo enjoys meeting and interacting with new people and would one day value the privilege of being able to see the world of different cultures. Lorenzo has an intimate passion for music as it is the language of the soul and it performs unimaginable wonders to a human’s well-being. He also enjoys socializing with friends and relaxing on the beach. As an active church member of the St. Paul’s Anglican Church, he is currently the Vice-President of the St. Paul’s Anglican Young Peoples’ Association [AYPA] where he developed the passion for leadership. As a confident, strong and positive participant in this year’s Mr. Kool Contest, Lorenzo encourages young men to set goals and a have a


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 06TH 2012 11 ADVERTISEMENT St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party celebrates 17th Anniversary in Government, PM Douglas renews commitment to the people BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, JULY 5TH 2012 (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas says July 4th 1995, the date when he took the Oath of Office and Allegiance as the Federation’s Second Prime Minister “is such a date in the evolution of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party – and indeed of our nation.” “Because it was on that date in 1995 that the people of St. Kitts and Nevis decided that the time had come for our nation to embark upon a new and progressive direction – one marked by inclusion as opposed to exclusion; by greater opportunities for upward social mobility for all; and by the climate of access and government-to-people interaction that has marked the last seventeen years of democratic governance in our Federation,” said Dr. Douglas in a statement marking the anniversary of the election victory of his St. KittsNevis Labour Party and his appointment as Prime Minister. “For the resounding expression of faith that this historic vote represented, the St. KittsNevis Labour Party will always be grateful. And, indeed, we have striven valiantly, and with great success in the intervening years, to prove ourselves worthy – whether by our competent, successful transformation of the Federation’s sugar-based economy; the transformation of thousands who owned neither homes nor land into land and homeowners; the expansive infrastructural developments that can be seen throughout the nation; or the unsurpassed investments in university loans and scholarships, we have indeed changed St. Kitts and Nevis for the better. And this we shall always strive to do,” said Prime Minister Douglas. He noted that he would never have had the opportunity to serve as Prime Minister, were it not for the faith placed in him first by his constituents in St. Christopher 6, the members of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party, and then by Party colleagues. “This, then, is a moment not only of celebration, but also of thanksgiving – and most importantly of renewed commitment to the people of our country, and to the motto of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party – ‘For the Good That We Can Do’,” said Prime Minister Douglas. The anniversary also did not go unnoticed by Caribbean leaders attending the current 33rd Conference of Heads of Government Meeting in St. Lucia. Dr. Douglas’ colleagues showered congratulations and commendations on the landmark. Current and former Secretaries-General also expressed similar sentiments of the proud historical landmark achievement in modern times. His Excellency Ambassador Dr. Edwin Carrington shared with heads sending a congratulatory message on behalf of the Conference of Heads of Government just after the July 3rd 1995 elections and later welcoming Prime Minister Douglas, St. Kitts and Nevis’ Second Prime Minister at his first meeting of the Caribbean leaders in Guyana in February/ March 1996. Photo: St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas (Photo by Erasmus Williams)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 06TH 2012 12 NEWS BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – Austria’s NonResident Ambassador to the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, His Excellency Thomas Schuller visited the twin-island Federation this week. While here Ambassador Schuller, accompanied by Austria’s Honorary Consul in St. Kitts and Nevis Mr. Reginald Amory visited the Saddlers Herbal Project, which is financed by the Austrian Embassy. The pilot project in organic farming initiative is experimental and unique on the island and has three objectives. Firstly to plant medicinal and aromatic plants as alternative crops in monkey infested agricultural area of Saddlers to create income for farmers, secondly to work with the youths to transmit traditional plant knowledge about and offer handson agricultural training together with international volunteers and advisors and link international university advisors and link international university cooperation for joint research on the farm. The project which started in May this year, involves the reign Ministry of Austria, The Archdiocese of Vienna, Austria, Austrian Cooperation Agency, “Horizont3000”; Vienna University, Austria; Soyar (Save our Youth at Risk-Association); U.S. Peace Corps; University of the Austrian Ambassador visits Saddlers Herbal Project West Indies and the Ministry of Education, St. Kitts and Nevis. The project is currently in the first phase and different medicinal and aromatic plants have been planted on a quarter acre of the farm. “We are observing monkey behavior towards these new crops before planting at a larger scale in order to service international markets. Drought in June has slowed process of planting,” said Dr. Elisabeth Karamat, who published her autobiographic novel “Honigmann” (Honey Man), in German. Volunteers from Austria and Germany are participating in the pilot project by bringing their skills, such as donkey training for farm and speech therapy for special needs children. The University of Vienna, Austria has confirmed its scientific cooperation with “Saddlers Herbal Project” and will send students from Austria to St. Kitts to write Mr. Stenneth Harvey (Photos provided) Dr. ElisabethKaramat (left) and Stennett Harvey their master’s thesis on the project. A publication in English and German is planned. Students and at-risk youth are to participate in summer camps in the project to gain traditional knowledge and new techniques with local and tropical medicinal plants. The farm is a drug and alcohol free zone and international volunteers will bring in their skills to work with youth in improving their personal skills in a playful way. The project also tackles the growing risk for plant diversity in the Caribbean that is considered by Conservation International as a “hot spot”. Until 2005 St. Kitts was a sugar producing island fairly untouched by tourism. With rainforest on the volcano and unspoiled land, the biodiversity on the island has been better maintained than on other neighboring islands. Stennett Harvey better known as “Kwando” is a beekeeper, farmer and spiritual Healer and offered the farmland to the project that has been farmed by him and previously by his father for many years. Apart from the land, Stennett Harvey has local plant and farm knowledge that he is contributing to the project. He is supervising the planting and care taking of the plants. Elisabeth Karamat is an Austrian former career diplomat with a PhD in law. She took a leave from her foreign ministry in 2009 to come to St. Kitts and work in agriculture with the youth and has established contacts abroad and monitors procedures, project progress and budget. Andrew Davis is a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Saddlers, St. Kitts. He is helping in the work with youth in the project. Before joining the Peace Corps, he had prior experience as a youth counselor in the United States. As a Peace Corps volunteer he is currently attached to both the Department of Sport under the Ministry of Youth and to Saddlers Secondary School. National Post To Issue Diamond Jubilee Stamps (EMU) – St. Kitts: The issuance of a collection of commemorative stamps in observance of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee has been granted approval by cabinet, following a very successful local celebration in honour of the grand occasion which culminated in June. Member of the Diamond Jubilee Celebration Committee and holder of a special award by Her Majesty, Mr. Raphael Archibald submitted a request for such a collection via the Minister responsible for Posts Hon. Glen Phillip. The proposed designs of the stamps are as follows: A collage of flags of the Commonwealth of Nations with a global sphere at the centre; A Crown Haloed Diamond with depictions of the National Flag and PreIndependence/Statehood Flag; A Crown with the numeral “60” etched in a square and the colours and stars of the National Flag. Another stamp will include: An oval depiction of the National Flag at the centre surrounded by the Union Jack and Statehood Flag with the numeral “60” etched across the oval depiction of the National Flag and a crown superimposed on the oval depiction of the National Flag. And finally, a stamp depicting a handshake inset, along with the numeral 60. The observance of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee was to mark her 60th year on the throne. Activities included a visit to the Federation by the Earl and Countess of Wessex; A Re-enactments of historical events in St. Kitts and Nevis, an ecumenical service as well as a month of volunteerism and Beating of the Retreat Military Parades among others.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 06TH 2012 13 GOOD NEWS VIEW POINT BYV. E. INNISS boat. I did not know who she was at first but when I spoke with her, she always presented herself well, was always dressed nicely; was always professional and very courteous. “Knowing that she was into a pageant before when she was in primary school and won, we are looking and expecting great things. So, we are looking for her to take up just where Santonnya Development Bank’s Ms Culture Queen....... (cont’d from page 8) will leave off in the Miss Culture show.” While at the office, Ms David was introduced to Mrs Jean Alcendor-Browne, the Bank’s Delinquency Officer, who was one of the Ms Culture contestants in 1994. She said: “I think she (Ms David) is a good candidate who I feel will represent herself well. I saw her today and she is really good in her appearance and her personality and I wish her all the best.”From this train of thought we have learned at least three points:1. We must appreciate the goodness of God. Count your blessings. Learn not to take natural benefits, endowments and pleasures for granted; learn to thank God for them all. Do not slight the Bible, or the Gospel of Jesus Christ, by an attitude of casualness towards either. The Bible shows us a Saviour Who suffered and died in order that we sinners might be reconciled to God. We learn that Calvary is the measurer of the goodness of God. This we should commit to our hearts. We should ponder on the psalmist thought, “How can we pray to the Lord for all His goodness to us?” We should seek grace to arrive at his answer “I will lift up the cup of salvation and call upon the name of The Lord…. O Lord, truly I am Your servant; …I will fulfil my vows to the Lord” (Psalm 116:12-18). 2. We are to appreciate the presence of God. It will do us good to think how God has borne with us, and still bears with us, when so much in our lives are unworthy of Him and we have so richly deserve His rejection. We are to learn to marvel at His patience and seek grace to imitate it in our dealings with others; and endeavour not to try His patience any more. 3. We are to appreciate the discipline of God. He is both our upholder and in the final analysis, our environment. All things come to Him, and we have tasted His goodness every day of our lives. This experience should have led us to repentance and faith in Christ. If it has not, we are really playing games with God and are standing under the threat of His severity. Whitefield made the point that if we are not playing a game, then God’s thorns in our beds are simply to awaken us from the sleep of spiritual death and to make us rise up to seek His mercy. As believers and God puts thorns in our beds, it is to keep us from falling into somnolence and complacency and to ensure that we continue in His goodness by letting our sense of need bring us back constantly in self-abasement and faith to seek His face. This kindly discipline, in which God’s severity touches us for a moment in the context of His goodness, is meant to keep us from having to bear the full brunt of that severity apart from that context. It is a discipline of love, and it must be received accordingly. Here is what the writer of Hebrews advised, “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline” Heb (12:5). And the psalmist concludes with this direction, “It is good for me to be afflicted, so that I might learn your decrees” (Ps 119:71). Humbly Submitted by Alson B H Percival (Rev Canon Dr) Chair Nevis Regional Council And Vice Chair Nevis Christian Council What Have We Learned From the Thought Of The Goodness and Severity of God? The book of Ephesians was suggested for devotional study to readers whose desire it is to pursue systematic study of the Bible within a scheduled time period. I dare say what a beautiful book it is in its rich admonitions and teachings. The four words that I have chosen to use as my topic for today could be found in this verse : “Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead. Christ shall give thee light” (Eph 5:14) it has a clarion call about it. If that is what a reader is listening for in support of a worthy cause – respond. Study it more in depth and you will agree it has a word for the sluggard as well, among others. Whatever is your interpretation it is an invitation for mature readers and analytic thinkers to join me. Welcome! By way of introduction let us look briefly at sleep. Ironically a lot of folks over fifty it is said, see sleep as an unproductive waste of time or a sign of sloth. However, sleep experts see sleep as a restorative daily health tonic, an ally of the alert, the ambitious and the long – lived. In fact, researchers suspect and are investigating a direct link between sleep deprivation and disease. Several researchers have connected insufficient sleep with less – efficient immune system functioning, possibly via a reduction in activity of NK cells – natural killers that go after invading viruses. Some people including politicians and persons skilled in the technique and art of manipulation and brain washing may very well be adulterating Shakespeare’s words “If music is the food of love, play on” adopted to read as follows: “If sleep diverts your mind from thinking on serious issues affecting the nation – sleep on!”NOT SO FASTSolomon would say to all of us, don’t give in to that tranquillizing lullaby. Judge it for yourself based on this verse: “Love not sleep lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes. And thou shalt be satisfied with bread” (Prov 20:13). In other words, Solomon would rather say: Though we must sleep yet love it not as those do, that hate business. Love not sleep for its own sake, but only as it fits for further work. And when thou art (we are) awake, look up, and do not let slip thy our opportunities. Let us apply our minds closely to our business at hand. Be not slothful in business. What I find rather interesting is the word “poverty” mentioned in Solomon’s admonition above. In that context he may have similar words, slothfulness, laziness and the like in mind. Volaire wrote: “Work banishes three great evils, boredom, vice and poverty.” Throughout the Bible we are encouraged to be people of diligence, committed to the tasks in life that need to be accomplished. Some, however do not consider this a privilege, but a drag. For those folks, the laziness is a undeniable reality. Work is a privilege, a challenge to indolence, an answer to boredom, and a place to invest one’s energy….not to mention to provide for our physical needs, security of work is another story. Solomon in his wisdom seems to be suggesting that the sluggard has trouble getting started. Note these words: “How long ill you lie down, o sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest. – And your poverty will come in like a vagabond and your need like an armed man” (Prov. 6:9 – 11). There is no substitute for hard work. It is a fact that God gives every bird its food, but He does not throw it into the nest. As humans let us work as if success depends upon ourselves alone. There is much dignity in work.BECOME AWAREAwake means just that. We became aware of something, conscious processes and mental activity.Each of us knows what it feels like to be hungry, to have a headache, to sense the burn of a finger. Each of us knows what it feels like to be praised or reproved. Each is aware of his/her own anger and fear, excitement and fatigue; no one else has full access to awareness. An individual’s perceptions of his world, his memories, his dreams, his pleasures and pains belong to a private world the world of his own consciousness, accessible to self – observation or introspection. But there are states of awareness of which two states – waking and sleeping – are the most familiar. It turns out from a psychological perspective that they are by no means simple ones. Within them various kinds of alternatives can occur. Bear this in mind, not all waking states are alert. It’s possible we can find ourselves just staring, not examining anything, but looking blankly at nothing at all. There is a difference between a mind being very active and on another hand being almost free of thought, kind of hypnotized – practically blank passively waiting for something to be suggested. Here is the question, are we as citizens fully aware of what is going on around us? Put another away, is there a sense that we are in a similar situation like passengers on the doomed Titanic years ago in imminent danger of crashing on icebergs yet they were lulled into believing the ship was unsinkable. Hence the clarion call to wake up. For starters do we consider ISSUES? Lots of issues are floating around requiring analysis, indepth discussion and independent thinking. Our greatest need is for our leaders to teach people how to think – not what, but how, Bertrand Russell wrote: “Many people would sooner die than think.” Finally, we need to promote and foster respectful dialogue and discussion. Constructive criticism is not a bad thing. It is far worse to muzzle a people since it is similar to a pressure cooker with clogged/ blocked relief valve and vents. Got the picture?? “The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism” (Norman Vincent Frale) Love not sleep lest thou come to poverty says Solomon. Wake up! Speak up factually but respectfully. You have brilliant idea, talents and potential if only we would get out of our stupor. Rise and shine. Awake Awake Awake Awake Awake thou that sleepest thou that sleepest thou that sleepest thou that sleepest thou that sleepest


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 06TH 2012 14 NEWS BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, (CUOPM) Six students in the Federation have been granted four and five-year scholarships to study at universities in the Republic of China (Taiwan). Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas, Taiwan’s Resident Ambassador to St. Kitts and Nevis, His Excellency Miguel Tsao, Minister of Education, Sen. the Hon. Nigel Carty, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Mrs. Ione Liburd-Willett and President of the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC), Dr. Hermia MortonAnthony joined the scholarship awardees, their parents and Six students get scholarships to study at Taiwan universities St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas (left) presents scholarship certificate to Ms. Cassandra Ward. Minister of Education, Sen. the Hon. Nigel Carty presents scholarship certificate to Jermaine Mike. St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas (left) presents certificate to Mr. Donya Francis. St. Kitts and Nevis’ Minister of Education, Sen. the Hon. Nigel Carty (left) presents certificate to Ms. Ketricia Finch St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas (left) presents certificate to Mr. Bevis Brookes(cont’d on next page)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 06TH 2012 15 NEWS family members at a dinner in their honour. Ms. Cassandra Ward has been granted a five-year scholarship. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Taiwan Scholarship allows her to pursue Mandarin for a year at the Mandarin Center of Taiwan. She will study architecture for the remaining four years at the Department of Architecture of National Taipei University of Technology. ICDF Scholarships have been granted to Mr. Miguel Shevaughn Flemming of Old Road, who will pursue a four-year undergraduate programme in Tropical Agriculture at the National Pingtung University of Science and Technology. Jermaine Mike of Pogson will pursue a fouryear International Masters Programme in Environment Sustainable Development at National Central University. Bevis Gadski Brookes of Lamberts will pursue a two-year International Undergraduate Programme in Mechanical Engineering at Kun Shan University. Ketricia Finch of Lime Kiln, is to pursue a four-year undergraduate programme in International Trade and Management. Donya Lynex Francis of St. Paul’s will pursue a four-year undergraduate programme in Journalism and Mass Communication. In brief remarks, Ambassador Tsao congratulated the students and their parents. He pointed out that the scholarships are due to the untiring work and commitment of Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas and Minister of Education, Sen. the Hon. Nigel Carty during visits to Taiwan. “Tonight we can see the fruits of the visits and the discussions held with our President, our Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Education,” said Ambassador Tsao. Minister of Education Carty urged the students to use the opportunity to work hard and make maximum use of the scholarships. “I encourage each of you to give this your very best shot, to make us all proud. We are proud of you and we are grateful that you have done what was required to reach thus far,” he said, expressing thanks to Ambassador Tsao and his Government for the good relationship between both countries. Students Fleming and Ward expressed thanks to the Governments of St. Kitts and Nevis and the Republic of China for the scholarships. “When I look into the eyes of my fellow recipients, I see not only the joy of being a recipient of a scholarship, but a passion to study and excel. Often times opportunities like these are not taken up because some feel Taiwan is too far from home and we don’t think we can adapt and most of all when the opportunity comes we are not prepared mentally, theoretically to grasp that opportunities. I have a message for my fellow recipients, great men make great sacrifices, because the future belongs to those who are prepared,” said Mr. Fleming who went to thank Prime Minister Douglas, Ambassador Tsao and Minister Carty, Permanent Secretary Willett and CFBC President Anthony and parents for the opportunity. “We will try our best to do our best. That is what our government here expects and that is what the people of Taiwan as well as officials at the Embassy and our parents expect,” said Ms. Ward. Speaking on behalf of the parents, Mr. Finch thanked Prime Minister Douglas for his message to use the opportunity to not just better personal situation, but also St. Kitts and Nevis. “It is very expensive to study and we cannot emphasise how grateful we are as parents that our children have been awarded scholarships to further their studies,” said Mr. Finch. Minister of Education, Sen. the Hon. Nigel Carty presents scholarship certificate to Shevaughn Fleming.(cont’d from last page)Six students get scholarships to study at Taiwan ......... The tiny dancers of the Fireflies Dance School are all set to grace the stage this weekend before a sold-out auditorium. Director, Heidi Slack, said that the school is profoundly thankful for the phenomenal support from parents, friends and the general public. She also expressed how thrilled the dancers are to be performing to a full house and promised an evening of top-notch entertainment. “DANCING THROUGH LIFE” will feature the sixty-five (65) members of the school as they dance their way from one stage of life to the next including birth, youth and old age. Other facets of life’s journey like marriage, family, fears and choices will also come alive through creative choreography. Although the featured dance group will be The Fireflies Dance School, there will be special guest performances from the Children’s Dance Theatre, the CFBC Dance Ensemble, Creative Sole, D.A.N.C.E with Rising Stars, Pernelle Abraham, Patrick Walters along with the reigning Ms. Caribbean Talented Teen, Siobhan Phipps.“DANCING THROUGH LIFE” takes place at the Sir Cecil Jacob’s Auditorium (ECCB), Saturday July 7th at 6pm. The Fireflies Dance School was founded in September 2005 by Heidi Slack with the aim to introduce children to the wonderful and fun art of dance while improving their self esteem & confidence, body awareness, imagination & creativity, concentration & focus, co-ordination, rhythm, flexibility, fine-motor skills, team-member skills, memory and mathematical skills and alertness, teaching discipline and providing moderate exercise while enhancing their sense of accomplishment and artistic abilities. The school caters to dancers between the ages of 3 and 10 (preschool to Grade 4) and students are taught a curriculum of Jazz, Ballet, Afro-Caribbean and basic acrobatic moves. Another Sold-Out Performance for The Fireflies Dance SchoolFireflies' SENIORS 2012 Fireflies' INTERMEDIATES 2012 Fireflies' JUNIORS 2012


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 06TH 2012 16 NEWS As I listened Over the past few days, we have been having a water problem. No rain has been falling, and we are told that we are in the dry season and that the inflow from the source to the reservoirs has been diminished. We are further encouraged to conserve water. All of us know how inconvenient it is when the water is turned off. Somehow, we fuss when electricity goes but when water goes, we more than fuss we are furious. We need water for everything. I have long suggested that it is time for us to build cisterns, especially for new homes that are being built today. True, it would take a couple more thousands of dollars to get is build but think of the convenience, think about the ready supply of water when you need it. So, you will say to me, but that needs two sets of plumbing, so that one can switch from government supply to home supply. And I would LIFELINES unnecessary risks as if they have a “death wish.” Sudden sense of calm A sudden sense of calm and happiness after being extremely depressed can mean that the person has made a decision to commit suicide.Ways to HelpSuicide prevention tip#1 Speak up if you’re worried Talking to a friend or family member about their suicidal thoughts and feelings can be extremely difficult for anyone. But if you’re unsure whether someone is suicidal, the best way to find out is ask. You can’t make a person suicidal by showing that you care. In fact, giving a suicidal person the opportunity to express his or her feelings can provide relief from loneliness and pent-up negative feelings and may prevent a suicide attempt.Ways to start a conversation:-I have been feeling concerned about you lately -Recently, I’ve noticed some differences in you and wondered how you are doing -I wanted to check in with you because you haven’t seemed yourself latelyQuestions to ask:-When did you begin feeling like this? -Did something happen to make you feel this way? -How can I best support you right now? -Have you thought about getting help?Suicide prevention tip #2 Offer help and supportIf a friend or family member is suicidal, the best way to help is by offering an empathetic, listening ear. Let your loved one know that he or she is not alone and that you care. Don’t take responsibility, however, for making your loved one well. You can offer support, but you can’t get better for a suicidal person. He or she has to make a personal commitment to recovery. *Get professional helpDo everything in your power to get a suicidal person the help he or she needs. Encourage the person to see a mental health professional, or take them to a doctor’s appointment. *Follow up on treatmentIf a doctor prescribes medication, make sure your loved one takes it as directed. Be aware of possible side effects and be sure to notify the physician if the person seems to be getting worse. *Be proactive those contemplating suicide often don’t believe they can be helped, so you may have to be more proactive at offering assistance. Saying, “Call me if you need anything” is too vague. Don’t wait for the person to call you or even to return your calls. Drop by, call again, invite the person out. *Encourage positive lifestyle changes such as a healthy diet, plenty of sleep, and getting out in the sun or into nature for at least 30 minutes each day. Exercise is also extremely important as it releases endorphins, relieves stress, and promotes emotional wellbeing. *Make a safety plan Help the person develop a set of steps he or she promises to follow during a suicidal crisis. It should identify any triggers that may lead to a crisis such as an anniversary of a loss, alcohol, or stress from relationships. Also include contact numbers for the person’s doctor or therapist, as well as family or friends who will help in an emergency. *Remove potential means of suicide such as pills, knives, razors, or firearms. If a person is likely to take an overdose, keep medications away or give out only as the person needs them. *Continue your support over the long haul. Even after the immediate suicidal crisis has passed, stay in touch with the person, periodically checking in or dropping by. Your support is vital to ensure your loved ones remains on the recovery track. Suicide prevention tip #3 Respond quickly in a crisis If a friend or family member tells you that he or she is thinking about death or suicide. It’s important to evaluate the immediate danger the person is in. Those at the highest risk for committing suicide in the near future have a specific suicide PLAN, the MEANS to carry out the plan, a TIME SET for doing it, and the INTENTION to do it (www.helpguide.org) If a suicide attempt is imminent, quick intervention from a trusted friend, family member or associate may stop the attempt and allow the suicidal person to consider getting further help. For medical emergencies, e.g wounds or ingested chemicals, call 911 immediately, to have the person transported to the JNF Hospital where they can receive treatment, as well as counselling support. Counselling and therapy for persons in crisis can also be arranged through the Counselling Centre, at 465-5000.By, Jeweleen MannersWoodley Counsellor, Counselling Centre(Please visit the following link for more information on Suicide Prevention www.helpguide.org/ mental/suicide_prevention.htm) say to you for a few hundred more dollars it is worth it. I am seriously considering building a water tank to catch the rain from the roof when it falls. In the dry season, I know that I can at least water the plants. As I listened to the news about the shortage of water, I believe it is time for us as citizens to try and take control of our water supply. I believe just like the old adage say, that one must “make hay, while the sun shines” so too, we must “reserve water, when the rain falls”. I have even suggested in the past that the government builds another storage holding system namely a reservoir, so that we do not have to go through this current water problem. info@sknunion.com “LifeLines is a monthly column dedicated to addressing issues of mental, behavioural, and social health. The column appears on the 1st weekend of the month, and is written by professionals When Someone You Love Considers Suicide…Few things are as troubling as the thought of a loved one who wants to end his or her life. As family members or friends, we may feel confused by their desire to give up, distressed at the pain they must be bearing, or anxious at the thought of having to go on without them. Whatever the emotion, the idea of suicide is usually an upsetting one, which often leaves family members or friends struggling for answers on how to cope. What makes a person consider suicide? Persons who consider suicide are often struggling with emotional/ physical pain that feels unbearable to them. Rather than wanting to hurt themselves or others, suicidal persons are focused on ending the pain that they feel. For many, an end to life deathmay seem like the only real way ‘out’. While family and friends might see hope in the suicidal person’s circumstance, the mind of the suicidal person might be so burdened by the weight of depression, isolation, self-hatred, and hopelessness, that the thought of a ‘better tomorrow’ might seem impossible. It is the perception, then, that ‘life is hopeless’, rather than the reality, that makes many persons overwhelmed with life circumstances, consider suicide. Another major risk factor is depression a pervasive low or sad mood that may last for weeks or months, that leads to symptoms such as sadness, anger/irritability, feelings of hopelessness, sleep disturbances, poor/increased appetite, lack of motivation or interest in usual activities, social withdrawal, and unexplained aches and pains. Although there are different types of depression, such as postpartum depression, and the depressive episodes common with bipolar disorder, depression often brings with it negative thoughts, hopelessness, and thoughts of death a combination which can easily lead a person to contemplate suicide. Other major risk factors for suicide include having to cope with chronic pain or a terminal illness (e.g cancer), a recent loss or stressful life event, social isolation/loneliness, and a history of trauma and abuse. Persons who have a family history of suicide or have made previous suicide attempts may be more likely to consider and carry out the act. What are some of the warning signs? The website, www.helpguide.org, contains excellent information on the warning signs of suicide, as well as prevention tips. This information is outlined below: Talking about suicideAny talk about suicide, dying, or self-harm, such as “I wish I hadn’t been born,” “If I see you again...,” and “I’d be better off dead.” Seeking out lethal means Seeking access to guns, pills, knives, or other objects that could be used in a suicide attempt. Preoccupation with death Unusual focus on death, dying, or violence. Writing poems or stories about death. No hope for the future Feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, and being trapped (“There’s no way out”). Belief that things will never get better or change. Self-loathing, self-hatred Feelings of worthlessness, guilt, shame, and self-hatred. Feeling like a burden (“Everyone would be better off without me”). Getting affairs in order Making out a will. Giving away prized possessions. Making arrangements for family members. Saying goodbye Unusual or unexpected visits or calls to family and friends. Saying goodbye to people as if they won’t be seen again. Withdrawing from others Withdrawing from friends and family. Increasing social isolation. Desire to be left alone. Self-destructive behavior Increased alcohol or drug use, reckless driving, unsafe sex. Taking


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 06TH 2012 17 NEWS By Llewellyn ParrisIn his book ‘Roots’, the late Alex Haley described the plight of an African who had been rudely transplanted from his home and sent to the United States against his wishes. The main character is said to have encountered items and substances that he was never exposed to while leading a happy life in Africa. One day he attempted to walk through a door, but was viciously stopped by an invisible force that threw him to the ground with him experiencing so much pain on his head he thought he had been decapitated. The poor fellow had tried to walk through a glass door, and in his description of the item glass was, he said: “It appeared like it was not there, but it was there.” We are talking of glass, an item the poor fellow from Africa had not seen before, and in his limited knowledge thought it was not there until he crashed into it and realised that it was there. I am trying to wonder if this is not what happened to prompt the good members of the Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM) Party to talk of the now infamous blank page. Good for them. They have hurt their toes and foreheads as they keep on bumping into development that was left by Nevis’ first premier, the Hon Dr Simeon Daniel and his Nevis Reformation Party. They should bear the pain with dignity because I am sure they are not ready to swallow their pride and acknowledge that there was never a blank page. However that would not be the case with the Hon Mark Brantley who without fear of reprisal broke ranks with members of his party, which is known for its vindictiveness, to publicly glorify the late Dr Simeon Daniel for the great things he had done for Nevis. As it relates to seeing or not seeing development on Nevis, Hon Brantley’s conscience is clean. He has seen it and I do not know why he continues being a member of a party that only sees blank pages. Members of the CCM read the Bible just like I do. The Bible that I read says (and I will not quote the verse because any Christian worth his salt would know what part of the Bible I am referring to — not unless they read a different one) that there is nothing hidden that will not come to light. That includes truth, development and even glass.On the morning of Tuesday June 12, I listened to two different radio stations here on Nevis, and was kind of fascinated with the way the two presenters put across their different messages. I will start with the one I heard last and end with the one that I heard first. It is not an upside-down message though. “Yesterday I was in conversation with one of the stalwarts of the Nevis Reformation Party, Mr Uhral Swanston and two youngsters joined us,” said Chef Waltie (Mr Walter Morton), host of the Breakfast Menu on Choice 105.3 FM. “One of the youngsters remarked that he was not aware of the history of the Nevis Reformation Party until the death of Dr Simeon Daniel.” That is instructive because Dr Simeon Daniel demitted office in 1992. Chef Waltie did not give his listeners the ages of the youngsters, but I want to believe that those youngsters were in their diapers when Dr Daniel left the political stage, or they were not even born. Dr. Daniel had done so much for Nevis him having taken over from the little the British government had done. He was a respectful man, and even as everyone wanted to see the backs of the colonial rulers, Dr Daniel did not take the dirt path of accusing them of not having done anything for Nevis. He took over a country with very poor infrastructure, one which was not meant to benefit the local people. He initiated land reform that made Nevisians proud land owners something that is envied in the region. One needs not go very far for evidence: Kittitians had continued to live in villages even after independence until the Labour government started making them proud landowners. In his programme, Chef Waltie had Mr Gene Liburd who divulged very interesting information as to how enterprising the people of Nevis were under NRP’s visionary stewardship. He was asked to talk about the pioneers of the Nevis Reformation Party, including his father Mr Horace Liburd, and what they did for Nevis. Mr Liburd revealed more history of Nevis and in particular the Nevis Reformation Party that people did not know, but certainly one that must have been felt, because CCM people do not see. He talked of the days when there was a party called United National Party, and a branch of PAM on Nevis, and how Mr Daniel brought all the opposing politicians together. “When Mr Daniel came on the scene my father approached him because they needed a legal mind and they approached him no less than seven times inviting him to be a part of their political party,” said Mr Liburd. “Mr. Daniel finally said to them if they needed him, all of the men who were then involved in politics in Nevis had to come under one umbrella and then he would join their party to fight for Nevis.” That saw the birth of the Nevis Reformation Party thanks to Dr Daniel who rightly felt that Nevis would be better off if the politicians came together and fought as a team. That they did. On the economic front, they decided to empower Nevisians, by ensuring that they could trade easily with the US Virgin Islands where a number of Nevisians had settled. “Long before the Bank of Nevis, Nevis Island Administration, and all those things came on stream those gentlemen came together to build a boat in 1970s, right where my supermarket is currently located (on Government Road), that boat construction started and eventually was taken down to Gallows Bay when it was completed,” said Mr Liburd. The boat was named MV Effort and it was because of its presence that Nevisians were able to get food and building materials from the US Virgin Islands and the whole social and economic landscape of Nevis changed, with a lot of people building more permanent houses, which we call ‘wall houses’. After independence the NRP continued with its development agenda and among them the Four Seasons Resort which changed the face of Nevis forever. An island that used to export labour overnight became an importer of labour as there were more jobs than Nevisians could fill. But during the elections of 1992, and after a litany of insults that were directed to Hon Dr Simeon Daniel, his party peacefully left office and he gave the classic exit speech which I would have alluded to in one of my earlier articles. He knew what he was being accused of was not true, but the gentleman he was, he walked away. The NRP, even though it had lost, had the popular vote. Dr Daniel did not go to court to challenge the results, nor sue anyone for calling him a big black gorilla, and for having left Nevis as a blank page. Was Daniel a coward for not having fought back? Evidence of what he had done was there for all to see. Those who did not see felt it — they certainly did and there is no question about it. This now brings me to the other radio programme I listened to that Tuesday morning June 12, which was incidentally aired earlier than the one I have referred to above. On Voice of Nevis (VON) Radio’s Morning Inspiration, host Mr Evered ‘Webbo’ Herbert said: “The truth that is written here in this scripture (the Bible), will and is lasting for this generation and the next. Its truth endures to all generations, and might I say not just the truth that is written here, any truth though it be suppressed at times, though we spin it some time, the truth will endure for all generations.” He further explained that truth and time are two powerful things that “I have never met a man yet, not even a king who can suppress them.” Then saying that he was not very good with words, he opted to play Kenny Rogers’ Coward of the County to expound his message. What a powerful message (and song)! Was our Dr Daniel a coward of the county or is it a coward of the parish, him having walked away without a fight after he was unceremoniously bundled out of office by persons who concocted a pack of lies to tell about the great leader? No one can suppress the truth, not even with a ton of lies, a coffin or even a big black gorilla. The CCM think that they did it. Unfortunately for them, the truth is fighting and will continue to fight for the late Hon Dr Simeon Daniel. Coward of the Parish? Truth will be the evidence Premier Dental Pledges Thousands Annually In School Adoption (EMU) – St. Kitts, July 3, 2012: Premier Dental has joined the increasing number of private stakeholders who have stepped up to support the development of Education in St. Kitts following its adoption of the Dr. William Connor Primary School with a pledge of up to E.C. $20, 000 annually. According to Headmistress of the school Ms. Valencia Syder the adoption came about so easily that she was even shocked by the tremendous and significant sponsorship that has been given by Dr. Duran Jones and Premier Dental. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education Ms. Ionie Liburd Willett, in expressing gratitude for the gesture, disclosed that the funds were “earmarked for purposes including the development of the library, the purchase of teaching/learning materials and equipment as well as the development of the sports programme; the professional development of teachers and other minor projects.” Minister of Education and Information Hon. Nigel Carty said a continuous cycle of education and tangible returns of gratitude from the beneficiaries of that education would keep the country progressing positively. The minister stated that it was important that persons who had grown up to be doctors, lawyers, engineers, teachers and police officers, among other professions consider returning some type of contribution to the education system as part of an official or unofficial arrangement. Stressing the importance of partnership, Deputy Prime Minister and elected representative for the area where the school is located Hon. Sam Condor, underscored previous comments by his colleagues emphasizing that partnership was the best way forward in meeting the financial challenges of maintaining a vibrant education system. Dr. Duranne Jones in his accustomed humble manner expressed only the gratitude to be given the opportunity to make such a significant investment in the lives of young people. He said more than a corporate responsibility it was the pleasure of Premier Dental to assist in making the Dr. William Connor Primary School the best learning institution it could be.Make certain that you reach use our new Email address: info@sknunion.com


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 06TH 2012 18 EVENTS Local Dance Group hods 5th Graduation Ceremony “ Reaching Your Potential ” was the theme for the Youth Outreach Dance Ministry 5th Graduation ceremony, which was held last Friday 29th June at the Basseterre Church of God, Durant Avenue, 7pm. Ten (10) beautiful and talented young ladies shine throughout the night, as they expressed themselves through song, dance and share their experiences in this Ministry. It was an exciting moment for the dancers, as friends and families came out to support this great achievements.The Ministry came in existence since May 2001 with a needs, and that is to form a Christian dance school for young dancers between aged 5 12 years. We have been serving the community for 11 years, where we tried to provide a Chirstian atmosphere for our dancers and ways to develop their minds spiritually through the art of dance.The graduation, which is held every 2 years in recognition of our students’ outstanding performance in the Ministry has brought out the best in our dancers this year. After looking back over the years, this has been the largest number of dancers who have graduated from the Ministry, and so, we honored God for such an opportunityThe evening was filled with a well-packed program with excellent performances by students. Some of the performances were a ballet interlude, Praise dance, and a creative piece entitled, “ Dare to My Heart ” by the graduating students and teacher. Feature addressed was delivered by Mr Michael Blake our educator, and the hostess for the night was Ms. Sheyjona Bass-one of the tutors for the Ministry. The Ministry take this time to congratulate all our graduants, especially dancers who did extremely well in dance theory examination. As we recognized our top 3 students, Kerene Glasgow received 1st place for Best results in dance theory and overall top student for Graduating Class 2010-2012. The prizes that rewarded to her were a computer course sponsored by KVK Enterprises, trophy and school supplies compliment the Ministry, 2nd place is Takoya Slack, where she rewarded a prize sponsored by Mr. Michael Blake, trophy and school supplies and 3rd place is Quiandra Pemberton, who were rewarded dance supplies, a trophy, and school supplies. The 3 trophies were sponsored by Mr. Clifford Thomas for the top students who perform well in theory exam. Other prizes were rewarded to Chenise Rawlins for Best attendance & Punctuality, Quiandra Pemberton for her dedication and hard-work in the Ministry and Midecia Blake for being on time to dance class, rehearsal etc. Certificates and gifts were presented to all graduants compliment the Ministry. The Ministry would like to thank all our sponsors Min. Khrystus Wallace President of KVK Enterprises, Mr Clifford Thomas and Mr. Michael Blake our educator. Also, special thanks to Almighty God, Ms. Dian Pringle, Mrs. Olivia Taylor-Dias, Mrs. Camella Jeffers, Ms. Angella Lewis, Mrs. Kamara Phillip, Mr. Aldrin Pemberton, parents and all who have made this graduation a success. The Ministry looks forward to host its 6th Graduation ceremony in 2014 From Where I Sit By xSpeaksThe Sweet 16 edition of the St. Kitts Music Festival has come and gone. It’s a sad time for us locals as we really only have two major things per year to look forward to – one being the Music Fest (as we like to call it) and the other being Carnival. With this event concluded, it’s another five or so months before most of us can be really entertained. Thursday night’s event opened with the USVI Caribbean sounds of Spectrum Band. Edwin Yearwood and Krosfyah moved the crowd with their timeless hits, “Pump Me Up With The Music”, “Wet Me” and brought everything to a close with and had crowd members doing the dance to their pepped-up zouk-like, “Sak Passe”. This year’s festival was one of the first where the local artistes weren’t put to open the show. Instead, the Music Festival committee mixed them in between well-known bigname acts. Nicha B, along with dancers moving in the background, performed songs like “Bounce and Skant”, “Won’t Reach Far” and the ever-loved, “Skool Time Lover” which featured an onstage back-and-forth, reminiscent of a repartee between lovers. The evening took a somber tone as members of the Limitless Band paid tribute to former member, Masud Sadiki whose music includes songs like “Love For Me Mama Can’t Done”, “I Wonder How You Sleep At Night” and most recently released for the 2011 Soca Monarch, “Party Hearty”. There was a return to the upbeat, power-driven nature of the Soca night as the event continued with Grandmasters Band, Shakki Starfire and Ali Dee out of Nevis.Grandmasters Band, as expected, had the ladies gyrating and the fellows following closely behind them. Ali Dee, one of the newest additions to the local music fraternity, made her debut on the Music Festival stage this year. Though I was sort of disappointed with her performance this year, I believe she is capable of doing much better the next time around.Headliners for the evening,The Liamuiga Project led by Kittitian music icon Bruce Skerritt. Toni Braxton, in all her sensual and sultry glory, brought smiles to the faces of crowd members with her trips back to the nineties and had us all reliving the missed days of R&B. Clothed in a shimmering bodysuit covered with sheer, Braxton had all eyes (mostly male) on her for most of the night, until her time was interrupted by rains which, unfortunately, would later turn become persistent. Faithful fans and those engrossed in her performance remained, and got drenched all for the sake of the award-winning singer. Those (me included) sheltering from the rain still couldn’t resist singing along to the popular, “Unbreak My Heart” from all parts of the stadium. Omarion singer, dancer, choreographer and former member of heart-throb boy band, B2K entered the stage with chestpopping, pelvic-thrusting dance moves along with two other dancers. The crowd joined in to sing songs like “Icebox”, “O” and “Speedin’”. As the rain returned, Omarion quickly changed the direction of his performance and invited ladies up on stage in an effort to keep the crowd (deathly afraid of little drops of water) in his reach. Omarion’s DJ then played tunes closer to home, like Vegas’ “Bruk It Down”. It worked for the most part and most of the crowd bore the rain for the sake of being very inquisitive. The crowd was properly entertained and Omarion’s DJ did well in bringing the final night of the Sweet 16 event of the St. Kitts Music Festival to a close. The event did have some issues that definitely should not repeat themselves next year. Many persons lamented about the positioning of the VIP tents that were on the ground. Many of them prevented persons in the stand from seeing the stage. And since those persons in that side of the stadium were not able to sit under the covered part, persons were forced to miss entire acts. Though I understand that “bills need to be paid” and so the festival had to run the ads of sponsors, most of the crowd was properly bored during changeovers. The boredom that permeated and characterised the crowd was mostly evident on the Jump Up night, when hype was built during performances then completely destroyed at the changeovers. The committee needs to do some re-evaluating and figure out some other way to give credit to sponsors and at the same time, keep revelers engaged and entertained. Until next year… Machel Montano and Team HD brought an ecstatic, adrenaline rush-inducing energy that transported and dispersed throughout the crowd. Before the festival, I was wary of being trampled, and as Machel and Team HD came on stage, I soon discovered that that fear could soon become reality. But you know what they say, “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em”. And join them I did.Not long after appearing on stage, Machel had the crowd bopping and bouncing, jumping and running around to the nonresistant sounds of his biggest hits. Revelers left Warner Park the next morning soaked, tired and satisfied. Friday night, the Reggae and Dancehall night presented the oldtime Reggae artistes Lovindeer and Eric Donaldson, the latter getting the crowd excited by his neverchanging vocals in his performance of one of his biggest hits, “Cherry Oh Baby”.The soothing jazz sounds of Courtney Pine followed and soon after, Morgan Heritage took to the stage. As usual, an “irie” mood weaved through the crowd and conscious and notso-conscious alike swayed with and took instructions from lead vocalist, Peetah Morgan. The action was brought to a climax with socially-conscious tune, “Tell Me How Come” which speaks to many issues plaguing Rastafarianism and society. Jamaican Dancehall artistes, I-Octane and Popcaan were invited to bait the younger crowd. Popcaan, who earned the name, “Flopcaan”, proved to most to be merely a studioperformer. His fans loved him, it seems, but the rest of us? Hmm. The jury’s still out on that one.The eagerly-awaited Damian “Jr Gong” Marley satisfied the expectations that his “Marley” name created for him. Fans and non-fans were more than pleased with not just Jr Gong but his backup vocals and musicians as well. Friday night saw droves of people coming in, and tickets, though not “sold out” had to be recycled from last year’s Friday night event. The final night of the Music Festival, generally the international night, had in the lineup the unique-sounding tones of Roberta Flack. The night opened with the instrumentals of the band,


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 06TH 2012 19 By: Vigilante NEWS Thousands participate in the annual child month march By Drizel HanleyMinister of Social Services, Hon Marcela Liburd; Minister of Education, Hon. Nigel Carty, teachers, parents and students on Friday last, took the streets of Basseterre, marching against child abuse, as part of the annual Child Month Celebrations. This year’s early childhood activities surrounded the theme ‘ACT NOW! Break the SilenceStop Child Abuse. The march began at Greenlands Park and worked its way eastward along Cayon Street, southward along Church Street and eventually flowed along Fort Street and east along Cayon Street prior to travelling down West Independence Square Street and concluding at the Independence Square. Children from various government-run and private pre-schools and day care facilities occupied the streets of Basseterre. Drum corps including the Police Drum Corps, a hi-fi provided live entertainment for the marchers.The march was utilized as an avenue to promote action against child abuse. The march climaxed with a concert at Independence Square where it featured drummers from the Dr. William Connor Primary School as well as a monologue by reigning Caribbean Talented Teen Siobhan Phipps. Hon Nigel Carty deemed it a huge success and indicated that an amplified support from the public has been detected. •The ground war in PAM to get rid of Little Bo Peep is becoming more and more deadly each passing week. •Party sources in Cayon say that Sleeping Hammy brought in his chief campaign strategist (PAM Lennox) from New York to step up de campaign to chase out Little Bo Peep and make him (Sleeping Hammy) the leader of PAM. •And PAM Lennox has been on the war part ever since he landed here some days ago holding secret meetings and doing everything to get rid of the hopeless and failed PAM leader. •The first thing he and Sleeping Hammy did was to boost their campaign on the PAM FM Voices Talk Show, getting big big PAMites to send in their emails and call een to the programme putting pressure on Little Bo Peep to step down. •We have been reliably informed that poor Little Bo Peep has now been given an ultimatum to bow out gracefully or else. •They have given him until the end of this month to call it quits; but the pompous little fellow tell dem he not backing down, he going fight to the very end. They will have to take him out. •He tell them he may be short and stumpy; but he small and talawa. He going to weather the storm and continue do de DCH (Drop Cover and Hold On). •A member of his gang called him on Wednesday after de earthquake and asked him: “You feel it? You feel it?” and he replied “Ah practising all de time for dem vultures and ungrateful people in me party, so a ready like Freddie for anything”. •Things have gotten so out of control in the party that nobody showed up to represent the party at last Saturday’s edition of the PAM FM Inside the News Programme. •Some PAMites say the non-appearance of the PAM misleaders on the weekly talk show programme was a protest against the Rescue Crew Chief. •Others say the boycott was against Little Bo Peep to send a strong message to him “enough is enough; it’s time for him to go. And he must go now!!!” •Little Bo Peep now find out dat de false prophet is de one setting him up for fall; and he called de false prophet from one crook to de next saying how de old man did warn him long time ago and advise him to keep far from de false prophet. •Little Bo Peep meanwhile used the Music Festival to dance away his problems and sorrows; while his colleagues in the party and the Rescue Crew were busy busy encouraging Kittitians and Nevisians at home and abroad to boycott the Music Festival, he had a ball every night. •Dey say he say the festival was a bumper success and all ah dem vex with him. •Dey say that Little Bo Peep cuss de hell outa de false prophet when he went to the Music Festival all three nights and see for heself how successful it was-for telling them that nobody going Music Fest. Nobody gon come from away to go, an’ who here, nar go nowhere. •Dey say de other half remind him dat even de Talk Show host was boasting how de Music Fest gon flop because de false prophet tell him so too. Dey say she remind him how de park couldn’t hold another person especially on Friday night. He put he head under he pillow and start to howl like a wolf and wake up all de hard fowl dem that the false prophet used to write about. •De talk show host busy like a bee using de programme to set up heself to be the PAM candidate in de East; but he say he not working with Little Bo Peep as de leader. •De Talk Show host accuse de false prophet of two-timing dem. People say is de false prophet pushing for him to be de PAM candidate in the East. But de Talk Show Host say he don’t trust de false prophet because everything he predict, he wrong. •De Talk Show Host tell Willie Wong dat the false prophet can’t be wrong so much. It got to be he crooking dem. And he say he know de false prophet well. He like to set up people so he could laugh after them


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