The labour spokesman
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Title: The labour spokesman
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Year 55 NO. 07FRIDAY, JULY 13TH, 2012 EC$2.00 At The Pumps This Weekend Maximum Price ULG per gal 12/06/12 DELTA $15.58 / SOL $15.79 / TEXACO $16.17BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, W.I. PAGE 02 THE THINKING CITIZEN VIEW POINT* REV.CANON PERCIVAL EARLE CLARKE SOTTO VOCECOMMENTARY BY Range Developments Signs Agreement to Develop Park Hyatt St. Kitts at Christophe Harbour (cont’d on page 5) DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – An agreement was signed today among Range Developments, an affiliate of Hyatt Hotels Corporation and Kiawah Partners to build and operate, contingent upon final financing, an ultra-luxury Park Hyatt hotel at Christophe Harbour on the eastern Caribbean island of St. Kitts. The project will be financed under the St Kitts & Nevis Citizenship by Investment Program through the sale of individual investment shares for USD $400,000. The announcement was made during a press conference held at Park Hyatt Dubai and attended by, The Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas, Prime Minister of the Federation of St Kitts & Nevis; The Hon. Ricky Skerritt, Minister of Tourism of St Kitts & Nevis; Her Excellency Astona Browne; Ms. Alex Woodley, Consul General of St Kitts & Nevis to the UAE; Pat McCudden, Senior Vice President, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts; Mohammed Asaria, Vice Chairman, Range Developments; Munaf Ali, CEO, Range Developments and Phil Keb, Executive Vice President, Kiawah Partners. Set within the residential resort community of Christophe Harbour which calls for world class amenities such as a super yacht marina, Tom Fazio golf course, and private beach club, Park Hyatt St. Kitts will PM Douglas says Park Hyatt St. Kitts will create opportunities PM Douglas says Park Hyatt St. Kitts will create opportunities DUBAI, UAE (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas said Tuesday the construction and eventual opening of the Park Hyatt St. Kitts will create job opportunities for the advancement of the people of the twin-island Federation. “We have determined that Range Developments and Kiawah partners and Christophe Harbour in St. Kitts have partnered with Park Hyatt St. Kitts. These are precisely the type of investors and investment that we want in this country. And so we look forward to collaborating to transform The Park Hyatt St. Kitts from a detailed, well thought-out plan to its eventual reality. And I wish to make a point this afternoon of saying how very pleased we are for us to have Range Developments and Park Hyatt on board in this important project,” Prime Minister Douglas said a press conference at the Park Hyatt Dubai. Range Developments and Kiawah Partners will develop the Park Hyatt St. Kitts at Banana Bay on the 2,500-acre Christophe Stone Fort brothers charged with murder By Drizel HanleyTwo brothers from Stone Fort Estate, Keithroy and Kenrick Phillip have been formally arrested and charged with the murder of Kevaughn Pemberton of Old Road. 23-year-old Pemberton was reported missing by his family members on Monday, June 18th 2012 between 9:30 and 10:30pm. Public Relations Officer of the Royal St.Christopher and Nevis Police Force, Inspector Lyndon Davis said that ongoing investigations had led to the arrest of the two brothers. “Evidence that cannot be unveiled indicates the Pemberton was murdered though his remains Harbour community on St. Kitts’ South East Peninsula. The Park Hyatt will encompass 200 hotel rooms, 125 of which will be built in the first phase with all the amenities and support facilities. During the news conference Prime Minister Douglas pointed out that his government some 1 years ago embarked on a major programme of infrastructural expansion vis--vis air and sea ports, telecommunications, roads, airlift and so on, all with the specific goal of positioning the Federation to attract the type of investors, and the type of investments, that Government determined would best serve the interests of the country and the people. “And we are here in Dubai today because we are very pleased to announce the creation of opportunities for the advancement of our people,” said Prime Minister Douglas. Also at the Press Conference were Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Sen. the Hon. Ricky Skerritt, Range Developments Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Munaf Ali; Senior Vice President, Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, Mr. Patrick McCudden; and Executive Vice President, Kiawah Partners, Mr. Phil Keb. have not yet been located,” the Public Relations Officer said. Meanwhile police has issued a warrant for the arrest of Allain Delon Bergan of St. Johnson Village for attempted murder committed on Monday July 9th 2012. WANTED: Allain Delon Bergan Keithroy Phillip and Kenrick Phillip PAGE 11 Dr. Harris Urges Heads To Meet Commitments With CARDI...PM Douglas urges partnership with local entrepreneurs


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 13TH 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 Dr. Harris Urges Heads To Meet Commitments With CARDI The Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Caribbean Agricultural Research Development Institute (CARDI) Dr the Hon Timothy Harris has called on Heads of Government of CARICOM to honour their regular commitments to CARDI if the institute is to survive and play a constructive role in the growth and development of agriculture in our region. The appeal came against the backdrop of serious arrears by member states to CARDI. The challenge of member states meeting their core commitments on a regular and timely basis has undermined CARDI’s ability to meet its obligations to its staff, including payment of staff arrears. Dr Harris was supported at the meeting of CARIOM Heads by Dr Arlington Chesney, Executive Director of CARDI. CARDI is the only regional institution identified in the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas with responsibility to advance science and technology support services to the region’s agricultural sector. Since 2007, CARDI has attracted approximately $50m in donor support for its work in member states in several areas of interest including protected agriculture, climate change, development of roots and tubers, small ruminants (sheep and goat) etc. Dr Harris said “throughout the world agriculture is primarily driven by technology, information and knowledge. In this regard, there is a major need for a well functioning regional institute to coordinate and to add incremental value to national strategic actions. CARDI’s success in attracting donor support is an indication of the measure of respect it has earned in the international community. National governments must show their willingness to support CARDI by making timely payments of their agreed contributions”. Seventeen years of exemplary service Last week Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012, marked the 17th Anniversary of the St.Kitts-Nevis Labour Party, since its return to the seat of government, after 15 long years in the political wilderness, under a ruthless and dictatorial PAM regime. During those 15 dreadful years of the Simmonds/PAM junta who ruled this country with an iron fist, Labour supporters and their families were regarded and treated as second class citizens in this country. And thousands had to flee their native land and go into exile as refugees abroad-in the USA, Canada, Europe and the neighbouring Caribbean islands to escape the rampant victimization and political persecution of the heartless and callous PAM regime, driven by shear spite and weaknesses. The PAM Administration of Kennedy Simmonds and Massa Caines was only concerned about looking after the interest and welfare of themselves, their families and friends; the big PAM trumps and the other cronies of the PAM Party. Since the change of government following Labour’s landslide victory at the polls on July 3rd 1995 this Labour Party government, led by our caring and compassionate Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas has been busy looking after the interest and welfare of all the citizens of this great nation-irrespective of whether you are a Labour or PAM supporter. It was therefore no surprise hearing the former Minister of Labour, Dwyer Astaphan launching a vicious and scathing attack on our beloved Prime Minister on Saturday last, during his presentation on the weekly “Inside the News Programme” aired on Winn FM and calling the Prime Minister “a big PAM, inferring that too many PAM supporters are benefitting from this Labour Government as a result of his doings. Astaphan was responding to a press release issued by the Labour Party in commemoration of its 17th Anniversary in government, which in its opening paragraph noted that Prime Minister Douglas said that July, 4th 1995the 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 and Nevis Labour Partyand indeed our nation”. This is an irrefutable fact, but Mr. Astaphan who was at the same time sworn in as a Minister of the government as part of that evolution is now seeking to condemn Dr. Douglas for making such a statement. And, the only thing he can find to say about the statement is that Dr. Douglas was never a Labour supporter, he was always a big PAM supporter. How ridiculous! He contested three (3) elections as a Labour Party candidate under the leadership of Dr. Douglas and wanted Dr. Douglas to allow him to contest the 2010 elections for a fourth consecutive term. He’s clearly annoyed with Dr. Douglas, for not allowing him to be on his ticket a fourth time. The statement made by Mr. Astaphan on Saturday also suggests that PAM is an evil party (full of devils), but again we are not surprised with the statement for it’s something he has written at length in this newspaper, warning Kittitians and Nevisians to beware of PAM, for it’s a party deeply rooted in wickedness and evil doings. We conclude this editorial by warning the citizens of this country to beware of people like Mr. Astaphan who clearly cannot be trusted by anyone. We fully endorse the statement by Dr. Douglas in the Party’s press release last week-end, which noted among other things that the change of the government was indeed a positive and welcome one, which ushered in a new dispensation marked by inclusion as opposed to exclusion (under PAM); 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.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 13TH 2012 3 NEWS DUBAI, UAE (CUOPM) – Taiwan’s Director General at the Commercial Office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Mr. Azmi Chang Thursday paid a courtesy call on St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister Taiwan’s Director General in Dubai pays courtesy call on PM Douglas the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas. Mr. Chang, who was accompanied by Vice consul Tina Lin, expressed pleasure in calling on the St. Kitts and Nevis leader along with Permanent Secretary in Photo: St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas (right) and Taiwan’s Director General in Dubai Mr. Azim Chang (Photo by Erasmus Williams) the Office of the Prime Minister Her Excellency Mrs. Astona Browne and Consul General Ms. Alex Woodley. Mr. Chang said Taiwan has had a presence in Dubai for 28 years and thanked Prime Minister Douglas for the support of his government in the international community. Prime Minister Douglas and Mr. Chang also discussed the strong relationship between St. Kitts and Nevis and Taiwan. Two in custody; one hospitalised in Sandy Point shooting By Drizel Hanley Police are investigating a shooting incident which took place in Mount Idle, Sandy Point, on Wednesday, July 11th. The shooting incident which occurred on that said morning left 30-year-old Trevorn Rouse of Sandy Point hospitalised. Public Relations Officer of the Royal St.Christopher and Nevis Police Force, Inspector Lyndon Davis disclosed that Rouse sustained gunshot wounds to his right arm and right side. “He is in a serious but stable condition,” he added. The Public Relations Officer further revealed that 32-year-old Bruce Lee Rogers alias ‘Gun Child’ and 35-year-old Leroy Viera alias ‘Fish Head’ both of Mount Idle, Sandy Point are in custody assisting the police with their investigations. Investigations are ongoing and anyone with valuable information is asked to contact the nearest police station. One One Full Basket Project Basseterre – Creative Director of local theatre production company, “Nubian Arts Productions” Ms. Kesha Isaac is spearheading a fundraising drive dubbed the “One One Full Basket Project”. The program is a community based funding effort geared towards the refurbishment and overhauling of the Basseterre High School auditorium. The brain-child of Ms. Isaac, who is also the Theatre Arts teacher at the Basseterre High School, saw a desperate need to develop such a program to bolster interest in the CXC Theatre Arts program and give the building a much needed (cont’d on page 4)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 13TH 2012 4 NEWS TRADE UNION NEWS By: Batumba Tak General Secretary Proud Graduands Encouraged to Blaze the Trail Under the theme, ‘Achieving Excellence through Scholastic Perseverance’, the George Moody Stuart School’s (GMSS) Class of 2012 lived up to the school’s high standards with the successful hosting of an impressive ceremony. On 03 July, the sanctuary at the Zion Moravian Church was exquisitely beautified with a refreshing and colourful display of flowers, balloons and ribbons in orange and gold. To commence the two-hour ceremony, the graduands, elegantly attired in brown and white gowns and matching caps anxiously processed with glowing faces to delightful applauses from the appreciative gathering. Past student, Ms Terrelah Byron ably chaired the proceedings and used the opportunity to provide a glimpse of her years at GMSS. There was the singing of the National Anthem by Graduand Janiqua Williams, an opening prayer by Graduand Zhariyon Clarke, a solo by past student Kaylor Bass and musical accompaniment provided by past student Christian Nathaniel. All in attendance joined in the lusty singing of ‘Father Lead Me Day by Day’, which was followed by the Scripture Reading taken from Hebrews 6:11-12 and 10:35-36 and read by current students Maija Lake and Sudan Wilson. Past students Joshua Simmonds and Shaquille Benjamin performed a touching selection on their clarinets. An inspiring rendition of ‘Song of the Children’ was done by students from Grades 2 to 6. Mrs Elizabeth Condell, Principal provided an informative overview of the 2012 Academic Year and encouraged parents to continue supporting their children and the GMSS. Meanwhile, the graduands expressed their talents and thoughts through a poem entitled Graduation Friendship, a song and prayer, reflections about their experiences at GMSS, a Kiss of Peace to their parents and teachers and ended their contributions with the Candle Lighting ceremony. The main item for the afternoon was an address by Mrs Rita Cable, a retired educator and parent of former GMSS students. She encouraged the Class of 2012 to dream, to set high standards and to embrace lifelong learning. She went on to remind them that they were the ‘Nation’s hope for tomorrow’. Copping top awards for the 2012 Academic Year were Aleksei Burroughs (1st Place), Janiqua Williams (2nd) and Zhariyon Clarke (3rd). The Test of Standards (overall) awardees were Khadeisia Sutton, Aleksei Burroughs and Jaden Douglas. Individual Test of Standards awards went to Khadeisia Sutton (Social Studies), Jaden Douglas (Science), Janiqua Williams (Language Arts) and J’son Berridge (Mathematics). Daria James, a Grade 5 student offered expressions of thanks to all those who contributed to the ceremony. She made special mention of the graduands and their families, Mrs Elizabeth Condell, Principal, Mrs Jillian Archibald, Deputy Principal and the current Grade 6 Teacher and current and former teachers of the GMSS. We give thanks to God for His many blessings on another successful academic year. Sexual Harassment At The Workplace Continues One of the main reasons why the St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union was cretated, was to promote industrial justice and social progress, without which there can be no harmonious economic or social development. Nothing is more central to our work than mobilizing and organizing on the side of workers seeking to form or joining Unions to build power by engaging in collective bargaining. The St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union will continue the work started by our forebears from its very inception by helping to promote the material, social and educational welfare of its members and by extention all workers in any lawful manner, and by also helping to expand collective bargaining rights as well as to promote good working conditions at the workplace. In addition, we will continue to raise our voice in the reforming of our labour laws, as well as the promotion of a fair and just Labour Code that will make it easy for all workers who want to form or join a Union of their choice for the purpose of bargaining collectively. We are committed to defend and improve the livelihood of all workers and their families, and also to affirm the principle that each worker has certain fundamental inalienable industrial rights amongst which include a right to Trade Union representation, the right to a decent job with security of employment, a right to protection against unfair dismissal, suspension and/or demotion and a right to a safe working environment free from sexual harassment and from other threats of conditions injurious to health just to name a few. It is also our intention to continue to work with other organizations who to the satisfaction of the Annual Conference and the Executive Committee to be fully at heart with the aims, objects, and policies of the Union. In a future article we’ll take a deeper look at the aims, objects and policies of the St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union. For today’s article we will continue by looking at how the worker can raise the issue of sexual harassment at the workplace at local Union meeting, how to approach Union Officers on the matter and how to negotiate to have it in a collective bargaining agreement. If you find that there is an issue or concern of persistant sexual harassment at your workplace organize those who are concerned and use your local Union meeting to raise it there. You should also inform your Union’s elected Officers of your concerns about sexual harassment at your workplace and ask that the Union do something about it. Remember, those officers are elected by you to be responsive to your problems and concerns. They will want to know what the issues are so they can do their job better. If they don’t respond, find another route, but remember their attitude at your next Union Annual Conference. One of the routes you can also chose to use in your Union’s structure is to also raise the matter at your Union’s policy-making level. In addition, leading up to your Union’s Annual Conference your section can draft a conference resolution which outlines a plan of action for the problem. Below you will find a sample resolution:SAMPLE RESOLUTION.WHEREAS the problem of sexual harassment is one that affects many members of this Union; and WHEREAS sexual harassment can threaten our member’s job, promotions and training opportunities, health and well-being; THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that this Union undertakes to educate its members on the problem by including the topic of sexual harassment on all setwards training programs; and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Union educate the members by including an article on sexual harassment in the Union’s newspaper; and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a protective clause on sexual harassment be identified as a priority for the next round of bargaining with your employer. You should try to get a resolution like this adapted to suit your Union’s needs and structure. You should also try to deal with each section of the resolution separately if you think that one part may lead to the defeat of the entire resolution. Remember, your job doesn’t stop when the resolution goes to the conference. Try to seek support for your resolution among your fellow delegates and select some supporters to speak to the motion on the conference floor, when the resolution is passed, make sure action is taken. Negotiations: When it comes time to negotiate a new collective agreement at your workplace consult your shop steward who will bring the matter to your Union’s negotiating team for inclusion as a proposal to be discuss with the intention to include it as a protective clause against sexual harassment in the collective agreement. As I take leave today I leave you with some thoughts for a blissful day!Thoughts For A Blissful Day!1.Waste work will make you heavy and tired and positive work makes you happy, light and refreshed. 2.Those who remain very happy will never have internal laziness. Laziness is a great vice. facelift. Ms. Isaac stated the pupils would benefit from learning within an actualized theatrical space, thus giving them the proper tools for that element of their education. The school itself will benefit from any events held there as the auditorium, when fully funded, will be maintained and self supporting. The auditorium will need about EC $70,000 in order to repair and replace essential systems, namely; air conditioning, window replacement, carpeting, backstage spaces and other aesthetics. Any other funds will be funneled into new lighting and sound systems to bring the auditorium up to regional and international standards. When speaking on the need for an auditorium Ms. Isaac said, “People need performing arts. They relax, inspire and change us. Without the arts, we wither intellectually and creatively. Having a proper place to display performing arts, whether spoken, sung, acted or danced is of utmost importance.” Ms. Isaac added that a series of plays, recitals and concerts will be held at the auditorium as the main engine of fund raising for the project. The first of these events is a play, produced by Nubian Arts Productions entitled “Closing the Devil’s Workshop.” Although this is a personal undertaking by Ms. Isaac, Nubian Arts Productions will dedicate a portion of the proceeds for this and each subsequent show until the goal has been realized. Showtime is 8pm on 13th and 14th July at 8pm and 15th at 6pm. Tickets are $20. One One.... (cont’d from page 3)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 13TH 2012 5 NEWS The Thinking Citizen The opposition PAM party has never been able to get it right, and has never been able to interpret properly and accurately the true mood and mind of the electorate of St. Kitts. The “Prominent Kittitian” used to travel to Anguilla regularly during 1966 and 1967 to encourage the Anguillians to rebel against the government of Premier Robert Bradshaw. Our “Prominent Kittitian”, a high – ranking member of PAM, encouraged the rebel Anguillians to invade St. Kitts. He assured the Anguillians that the invasion would be successful, for as soon as they landed in St. Kitts and started to fire their guns, the Kittitians would take to the streets and rise up against Bradshaw. The Anguillians were grossly misled. PAM had misinterpreted the mind and the mood of the St. Kitts populace. The truth is, that the vast majority of the population of St, Kitts supported and believed in the Labour Party and loved the National Hero, called by one and Governance is way beyond PAM all, “Poppa Bradshaw.” The Labour Party initiated the move to take St. Kitts and Nevis into Independence. The PAM party, aided and abetted by the Democrat newspaper launched a most vicious opposition to the move. The PAM party argued that St. Kitts and Nevis are too small and too poor to be able to afford Independence, PAM and the Democrat predicted dire consequences for St. Kitts and Nevis as an independent nation. PAM got into power in 1980 and still continued to oppose Independence, but by that time the move to Independence had gathered so much momentum among the populace that PAM just had to go along with the move. PAM had no choice but to cease its opposition march to move and continue the march to Independence which was initiated by Labour. Independence was achieved in 1983. Once again PAM was wrong concerning the desire of the people for Independence. Independence was what was wanted and PAM was forced to give it to the people. The PAMites have put quite a spin on the story of the move to Independence to make it sound as though the leaders of PAM had been always in favour of Independence and that the efforts of one PAM leader, Dr. Kennedy Simmonds, were rewarded when he was appointed Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis. The Worker’s League/Labour Party was successful in every General election from 1952 to 1975, winning all 7 seats on St. Kitts each time. Naturally the leaders of the PAM party did not like that and so they decided to work to put an end to Labour’s winning streak. PAM got into power in 1980 and forthwith plotted and planned to stop the Labour Party from winning an election in the foreseeable future. In 1983 PAM changed up the Electoral System to allow overseas nationals to vote in our elections and also to allow voters who reside in one Constituency to register and vote in a completely different Constituency. Also in 1984, just a short while before the General Elections of that year, PAM gerrymandered the Constituency Boundaries which led to the defeat at the polls of Lee L. Moore and E. St. John Payne. Just as the country as a whole was not satisfied with the Independence Constitution imposed by PAM, just so the country as a whole was not satisfied with the new Electoral System introduced by PAM. In 1999, when PAM was out of government, the party issued a call for Electoral Reform. Basically, PAM wanted the Labour Party Government to withdraw from overseas nationals the right to vote in our General Elections, given to them by PAM in 1983. Overseas nationals had played a critical part in winning the Elections for PAM in 1984 and 1989. Although PAM had been crying out for Electoral Reform, the party was not interested in the maintenance of a level playing field for the conduct of General Elections. Overseas nationals were welcomed to come home to vote for PAM but PAM did not want overseas nationals to come home to vote for Labour. Everything that the Labour Party Government does to develop the economy and provide a better future for all the people of this nation, is criticized and condemned by the leaders and supporters of the People’s Action Movement (PAM). But as the record shows, PAM was corrupt and disgraceful and inept in office and very often did not know whether it was coming or going. A group of overseas investors interested in Hotel Development secured the approval of the PAM Government to construct a hotel, the Casablanca Hotel, at Friar’s Bay in St. Kitts. Shortly after the foundation was laid, construction work on the project was stopped. The investors pulled out and undertook and completed the construction of the Casablanca Hotel in Anguilla. The Anguillans were able to attract a hotel from St. Kitts from right under the noses of Dr. Simmonds, Massa Caines and the rest. The Democrat’s editorial for Saturday, July 7, 2012, carried the following heading:“We need new leadership in the Federation. We need the People’s Action Movement right now!!!” The heading is so vacuous, silly and insane that sensible and knowledgeable persons have wondered aloud whether whoever wrote the editorial was fully awake and well while writing the editorial. The PAM Government, in all of its 15 years, could not attract even one major hotel to St. Kitts. PAM built, at enormous costs a highway on the South – East Peninsula on privately owned lands. Even with the highway in place PAM still could not attract any major development on the South – East Peninsula. The Prof. Randolph Williams Report and the Sir Louis Blom – Cooper Report speak eloquently of the manner in which PAM conducted the affairs of this nation. The PAMites in government behaved like a bunch of 20th century buccaneers. They pillaged and plundered the resources of the government, all to their personal benefit. The PAMites took the best pieces of Sugar Estates Lands for themselves and sold off items of government property to their friends, family and cronies. According to the Annual Human Development Reports put out by the UNDP, St. Kitts and Nevis as a country was virtually at the bottom of the heap in Latin America and the Caribbean. Do we want to return to that situation? Certainly not! Would Lindsay Grant provide any better leadership than Dr. Kennedy Simmonds who signed a Loan Guarantee in the sum of US $25,330,000 on behalf of Nautical Trading (St. Kitts) Ltd. not knowing what he really was doing? Dr. Simmonds explained that in his opinion putting his signature on the Loan Guarantee was “a mere formality.” The PAMites can rant and rave a lot. But can they deliver while in government? The answer is NO! They had 15 years (1980 – 1995) in which to prove themselves and they failed disgracefully. The electorate has learned from the disclosures of the Commission of Inquiry that one cannot put a mouse to haul a horse – cart. In other words it takes a man to do a man’s job. Governance is way beyond the capacity of PAM. The PAMites would have done well in the era of the buccaneers. Public NoticeAll constituents of St Christopher #7 (Belle Vue to Ottleys) are hereby informed that the Parliamentary Representative, Dr the Hon Timothy Harris, Senior Minister and Minister of International Trade, Industry, Commerce, Consumer Affairs, Agriculture, Marine Resources, Cooperatives and Constituency Empowerment will be holding one-on-one consultation,on Saturday 14th July 2012 at the Violet Petty Primary School at Lodge Project 10 am-12.00 pm. All Constituents are asked to take note and to be punctual. encompass 200 hotel rooms and 50 branded residential condominiums, that will be constructed in three phases. The first phase will be comprised of 125 rooms and all the amenities and support facilities to service the resort at full build-out. The amenities planned for the hotel include multiple dining venues, private beach access, pool, spa and meeting facilities. Ownership of an investment share (limited partnership interest) in the hotel project grants investors the right to become eligible for citizenship of St. Kitts & Nevis, a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. The key advantages of St. Kitts & Nevis citizenship include visa-free travel access to 139 countries across the world, including United Kingdom, Schengen European countries, and most British Commonwealth member countries. Also included are Canada, France, Germany and Switzerland. Citizens of St. Kitts & Nevis enjoy tax-free income and an exemption from paying taxes on capital gains, gifts, wealth and inheritance. Other benefits include dual citizenship for all nationalities without renouncing the citizenship of one’s home country, citizenship for life with an unlimited number of eligible dependents passed down through generations, and ability to obtain citizenship within 90 days without a residency requirement. During the launch, Prime Minister Dr. Denzil L. Douglas said, “We are extremely pleased to welcome the prestigious Park Hyatt brand and Range Developments to the island of St Kitts. This project will further advance our Government’s economic transformation of St. Kitts following the closure of the sugar industry in 2005. When completed, I am sure that guests of Park Hyatt St Kitts will find the very best in amenities and the highest standards in service, support facilities and island activities.” Park Hyatt St. Kitts will form an integral part of the Christophe Harbour community. Range Developments and Kiawah Partners will develop the project and adhere to the company’s development philosophy to protect the land and sea in ways both sensitive and harmonious to the environment while providing places for man to live enjoyably within a range of natural settings. Pat McCudden, Senior Vice President, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, remarked: “Park Hyatt St Kitts will continue our company’s tradition of delivering an unprecedented level of luxury and unrivalled hospitality experience. Park Hyatt St Kitts will be designed to provide an intimate, contemporary resort environment, with touches of the local culture – a perfect sanctuary for our discerning guests.” Munaf Ali, Chief Executive Officer Range Developments, said: “We are pleased to launch a major development project on the beautiful island of St Kitts where investors are offered a unique opportunity of citizenship through investment. St Kitts is one of the most tranquil locations in the Caribbean and investing in the Park Hyatt hotel project will entitle you and your family to apply for citizenship of St Kitts & Nevis. This opportunity provides second citizenship to eligible individuals in 90 days and opens visa-free travel to more than 139 countries across the world.” Established in 1984, the St Kitts & Nevis Citizenship by Investment Program is the oldest and most respected economic citizenship program of its kind. Individuals may become eligible for citizenship of St. Kitts & Nevis by making a qualifying investment in the country. The program allows dual citizenship and is strictly governed by state laws and regulations. Range Developments has also partnered with Dewan (Architects & Lead Engineers), FEBC (Project Managers) and Standard Chartered (Escrow Account Bank) for Park Hyatt St Kitts. Range Developments Signs Agreement (cont’d from page 1)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 13TH 2012 6 NEWS Caribbean leaders decide on CSME, foreign policy It added that Heads of Government called on the Caribbean Development Bank to so structure its lending products and processes to assist in the thrust for growth and development and signalled their intent to engage the multi-lateral financial institutions in the effort to buttress Member States against external shocks. On the matter of the CSME, Heads of Government assessed the status of implementation of the CSME and considered the action required for consolidation of the gains realised. They recommitted to ensuring the achievement of the original objectives of the CSME, including free movement of skilled Community nationals, access to the Region’s resources and creating the environment for competitive production. “They endorsed the agreements reached at the Meeting of the Prime Ministerial Sub-Committee on CSME on 3 July 2012 and emphasised the following elements, among others, for strategic focus for an effective CSME, the expansion of the categories of skilled Community nationals, including the introduction of additional categories; adherence by all Member States to the decisions that make CARICOM nationals welcome in other Member States. The decisions include the automatic grant of a period of six months upon entering a Member State, subject to security exceptions; creating the environment for competitive production; making key institutions more effective; and acceptance of the principle that Member States able to proceed with integration at a faster rate should be allowed to do so, provided that the door is always left open for other Member States to join when they are able,” the communiqu said. With regard to the Single Economy, Heads agreed on specific elements of the Work Programme and Timetable for implementation in the short to medium term. “Heads of Government received an update from the President of Suriname regarding the Establishment of Joint Economic Ventures. The President indicated that there had been discussions with the Governments of Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana as well as with regional and international institutions, in an effort to move the venture forward. Heads of Government agreed that the Regional Task Force to examine the proposal in greater detail, comprising Suriname as the Chair, with Barbados, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, a representative of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), and Trinidad and Tobago as members, should begin its work as soon as possible,” the CARICOM communiqu said. BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – Caribbean leaders have received an update from the Secretary-General regarding the organisational reforms put in place or proposed for the CARICOM Secretariat with a view to enhancing its efficiency and effectiveness and following on the decisions taken at the Inter-Sessional Meeting. According to the communiqu issued at the just concluded 33rd Conference of Caribbean Heads of Government in St. Lucia, the leaders requested the SecretaryGeneral to continue with the reform process and underscored the importance of a comprehensive communications strategy as an integral part of the reform, with a view to taking the Community to the people. “Heads of Government also received a presentation from the Consultants on the Examination of the Regional Security Institutions as well as a preliminary assessment of its contents and recommendations from the Chairman of the Council for Security and Law Enforcement (CONSLE). They agreed that consultations on the contents and recommendations will continue. Heads of Government extended appreciation to the Government of the United Kingdom, through the Department for International Development (DFID), and to the European Union (EU) for their contribution to the reform process,” it said. On the issue of foreign policy, Heads of Government engaged in an exchange of views on the profound geopolitical and geo-economic changes taking place in the global environment and their implications for the Community’s external relations and its economic and developmental well-being. They were of the view that these changes presented challenges but also provided opportunities which needed to be exploited to the benefit of the Community. In discussing the foreign policy posture and positioning of the Community in this evolving and increasingly complex environment, Heads of Government placed emphasis on the importance of enhancing the foreign policy coordination modalities of the Community. They emphasised that foreign policy co-ordination was not only a guiding principle for CARICOM but a necessary tool to achieve effectiveness in foreign policy outcomes. The Heads of Government agreed that the major focus for the Caribbean Community at this time must be on growth and development and considered the performance of CARICOM economies in the context of the global economic crisis and unstable recovery and of projections for the immediate future. Attention was given to developments in the financial market which have implications for the Region and for the economies which are major markets for CARICOM goods and services. Conscious that global financial and economic developments were merely compounding problems already existing in the Region, Heads identified major factors that were integral to the difficulties being experienced and considered possible ways of addressing the high levels of unemployment which were also a threat to social stability. Heads of Government determined that there was need to re-examine policy approaches to growth and development and agreed to review fiscal policy with a view to achieving a balance between taxation and expenditure to more adequately support economic growth and development. They recognised that the current situation required different and innovative thinking and action. “They identified various sectors of the economy, including tourism, agriculture and construction, as economic sectors that offered prospects for early resuscitation of economic growth and reiterated their conviction that regional integration has all the possibilities for supporting competitive production and production integration and that particular attention needed to be given to Caribbean convergence in our development strategy. They agreed on the need to develop a Caribbean Investment Programme to support the efforts at stabilization and growth as well as competitive production,” said the communiqu.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 13TH 2012 7 NEWS St. Kitts Music Festival Music Development Workshop A Sucess! St. Kitts Music Festival in collaboration with St. Kitts Department of Culture hosted its Annual Music Development Workshop with Saxophonist Courtney Pine, and Bruce Skerritt and The Liamuiga Project to an audience of seventy-five artistes, musicians and music teachers from St. Kitts and Nevis. Courtney Pine performed at St. Kitts Music Festival on Friday June 29th and Bruce Skerritt and The Liamuiga Project performed on Saturday June 30th Nigel Williams, Music Specialist at St. Kitts Department of Culture continues to work with St. Kitts Music Festival to create a music exchange opportunity for artistes and musicians from St. Kitts and Nevis to learn valuable tips from some of the International Artist who are invited to perform at St. Kitts Music Festival. This year Mr. Willams organized a workshop with Jazz Musician Courtney Pine who shared special saxophone techniques and practice routines that he has developed over the years. Bruce Skerritt and members of The Liamuiga Project gave their wisdom and instrument expertise. The workshop was energetic as the musicians performed to the private group and answered questions about their music careers. Bruce Skerritt also announced that he would stay briefly after St. Kitts Music Festival to present two trumpets, one in St. Kitts and one in Nevis, donated by Long & McQuade Musical Instruments, which has been catering to the music community since 1956. http://www.longmcquade.com/ Nigel Williams gives special acknowledgment to Mr. Rohan Claxton, Music Teacher at many schools in Nevis who was responsible for coordinating the transportation from Nevis making sure that fourteen (14) Nevisian music students attended the workshops in St. Kitts. Mr. Williams also would like to thank David Blake and Marvin Henry for providing the Sound System for the workshop and ultimately St. Kitts Music Festival for endorsing the efforts of St. Kitts Department of Culture in bringing together artists and musicians to learn from each other.COURTNEY PINE“...On the live circuit, Courtney is the ultimate road warrior with more than 25 years touring behind him. He has played across the world from the main stage at Glastonbury to the intimate Blue Note Tokyo, Japan and continues to tour Internationally with his award winning band. His education work has included workshop tours not only in the UK but through the British Council as far afield as Africa, Asia and South America, major television series ‘ReWind’ for Channel 4 and has produced a short animated educational film for children featuring Maxi Jazz. In recognition of his career to date and his contribution to the black community and jazz music, Courtney was awarded an O.B.E in the 2000 New Year’s Honours. He has also been honoured with a Gold Badge Award from the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters, a Fellowship to The Leeds College of Music as well as being awarded a doctorate of music by The University of Westminster and a Professor of Music by Thames Valley University. In 2008 he presented his 13th series of Jazz Crusade, the popular Radio Two weekly specialist jazz show. He recently composed and recorded the music to a new Lenny Henry television series ‘Berry’s Way’ which was televised at the end of last year. He was voted Best British Saxophonist recently at the Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Awards in 2007 and winner of Best Jazz Act at the Urban Music Awards He presented a special AFROPEANS set as part of Black History Month, pulling together an all star line up of old and new Jazz Warriors to a sellout audience in London last October and recently released the live album recording of the event which has been nominated for ‘Best Jazz Lineup’ by BBC Jazz Awards 2008. In April 2008 Courtney appeared in a special film for BBC 1 ‘Made in England’, which following him on a journey to Lindesfarne/Holy Island and featured the composition and recording of a piece of music inspired by his experiences there. Courtney was appointed a CBE in the New Years Honours 2009.” Ref. www.stkittsmusicfestival.com and www.courtney-pine.comBRUCE SKERRITT & THE LIAMUIGA PROJECT“The word “Liamuiga” means “fertile land” and is the Carib Indian name for the Island of St. Kitts. The Island’s dormant volcano now bears this name. The name is quite fitting for a band with such fertile minds whose style can be relaxing one moment and explosive the next! Led by Bruce Skerritt, The Liamuiga Project is an internationally acclaimed musical group whose members have roots in St. Kitts, Trinidad, Jamaica, St. Lucia and Canada. Their music is an eclectic fusion of Caribbean rhythms with jazzy overtones and includes both original and covers.” Band Members: Bruce Skerritt-Musical Director & Keyboards, Duvone Stewart– Steel Drum, Andrew Stewart-Bass, Larnell LewisDrums, Rich “Isax” HowesSaxophones, Tony PierrePercussion.BRUCE SKERRITT – Musical Director, Keyboards.While growing up in St.Kitts, Bruce played in and led many bands, such as the Souljers, Will Richards Combo, Silver Rhythm, Grand Ash II, Quintessence and Black Coral. Since moving to Canada in 1986, he has worked with many bands, such as “Phase II” and “Instant Jam”, accompanying such Caribbean icons as the Mighty Sparrow, Shadow, Duke and many others. He was also a member of the Latin jazz group “Coconut Groove” of Toronto. In 1989 he was asked to join Salome Bey and the Relatives as pianist. He was appointed Musical Director shortly after. That same year he was given an award by the St.Kitts Carnival Committee for outstanding contributions to the Arts. In 2006 the Government of Canada gave him a similar award. He was also a member of the band “Troubadours International” of Barbados, which has performed at official functions and festivals on behalf of the Government of Barbados. He has also performed at the Montreal, Toronto, Jamaica and St.Kitts music festivals, among others. At present he is Musical Director of the Pan Arts Network of Toronto and with his group the “Liamuiga Project”, provides accompaniment for local steel pan players and such internationally known pannists as Ken “Professor” Filmore, Robert Greenidge, Duvone Stewart, Dane Gulston, Liam Teague and the legendary Earl Rodney. He is also Musical Director of Jay Douglas &The All Stars”. Ref.www.stkittsmusic festival.net/artistes2.asp? Members and a Rotarian as the Team Leader. The Team for 2012 comprised of two (2) persons from St. Lucia (Tandi Flood and Laura Pierre), one (1) person from Antigua & Barbuda (Mark Brown), one (1) from St. Kitts & Nevis (Ivor Carr) along with the Team Leader (Chandar Gupta Supersad) who was from Trinidad & Tobago. Our orientation/training in Trinidad was homogenous. The team dynamics was symmetrical, cosmopolitan, unselfish and humorous: a true representation of Caribbean people. Having gone back to our respective islands after the orientation in Trinidad, we kept in communication as we eagerly anticipated reuniting in Trinidad in May 2012 for departure to Texas, United States of America, Rotary District 5840. My philosophy is simple when travelling to a new territory “keep an open mind”. I have been to the USA on a few occasions before however never to any of the Southern States. The closest I could have related to Texas before visiting for our GSE Study Tour was through the popular television show “Walker, Texas Ranger”. Texas did not disappoint! It was fantastic! On our arrival we were greeted with open arms, and those arms remained open for our entire visit. The popular, perhaps clich greeting “Howdy Y’all” still remains etched in my memory; and it still brings a smile to my face. We visited Texas during the period 10 May to 10 June 2012. During our stay we were paired with various host families. Not even six (6) hours after my arrival, our host whisked the Team Leader and me off to a very rustic ranch. It was truly a breathtaking sight. The shear expanse of the ranch was intimidating, not to mention the wildlife! Wild boar, deer, armadillo and rabbits stared at us in an inquisitive fashion. I experienced a part of history on this ranch as the ranch has been in the owner’s family for over two hundred (200) years. As you can well imagine, everyROTARY SPEAKS Ivor Carr, Rotary Club of Liamuiga’s Group Study Exchange Participant 2012 Writes Basseterre, St. Kitts (11 July 2012): Rotary International (RI), a worldrenown international service organization may be more popularly known for its community service and the Organization’s worldwide thrust towards the eradication of polio. However, Rotary International does work in personal development and training as well as in peace and conflict resolution training, among many other areas. In 1965, RI through the Rotary Foundation (TRF) launched its Group Study Exchange (GSE) Programme to provide a unique cultural and vocational exchange opportunity for young business and professional men and woman in their initial years of professional life. Under this Programme, Rotary Districts in different countries are paired to send and receive study tour groups for a period of four (4) weeks to six (6) weeks. “The mission of TRF is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. The Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world.” (www.rotary.org) When I was asked by the Rotary Club of Liamuiga (RCL) to allow that Club to consider me as a prospective member of the Outgoing GSE Team from Rotary District 7030 to Rotary District 5840 I was skeptical at first, because of the length of time I would need to be away from work. However, when I discussed the proposal with my parents they unanimously agreed that foregoing such an opportunity would be a foolhardy thing to do. After my application was submitted by the Rotary Club of Liamuiga and the District GSE Committee selected me to be the representative for St. Kitts & Nevis, I journeyed to Trinidad in February 2012 to meet with my teammates and to complete the required training. The GSE Study Tour Group usually consists of four (4) or five (5) non-Rotarian Team Ivor, Tandi, Mark, Laura, Gupta (L-R) In Becker's


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 13TH 2012 8 NEWS -Development Bank Sponsors Youth Camp Business Programme Basseterre, St. Kitts (SKNIS): The Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis has partnered with the Department of Youth Empowerment in support of a new business programme that will prepare youth to become drivers of the economy. The financial institution presented a cheque for $15,000.00 to facilitate an entrepreneurship initiative designed to expose 250 young people to the theory of small business development with some practical experience. The programme will be implemented at the July 15 to 29, Rene and Ian Naismith Summer Residential Camp Senior Youth Officer with responsibility for entrepreneurship development Pierre Liburd, told SKNIS that the Department of Youth Empowerment along with other partners is trying to foster a culture of entrepreneurship in St. Kitts and Nevis. “Entrepreneurship is an ideal youth development avenue because it encompasses multiple disciplines that are applicable to both the holistic development of individuals and successful business operation,” Liburd said. “This initiative allows us to plant the seed of entrepreneurship as The East Basseterre Labour Branch wishes to thank all those who supported their recently organised fundraising Raffle. The branch congratulates the winners and looks forward to the same support in the future. We present the names winners of the raffle drawn on June 22, 2012.we prepare youth to identify and take full advantage of innovative business opportunities. We want them to see themselves as future employers and not simply employees.” The bank’s Executive Assistant Danienne Brin revealed that the financial institution was pleased to support this initiative. “This is a very important area of interest for the Development Bank,” she stated, noting that loans and technical assistance are services offered to the public. “At the camp they will learn the value of money which is very important. So the children will learn how to save over their lifetime along with developing entrepreneurial skills.” Ms. Brin added that a member of staff will work very closely with the camp volunteers in executing the business training programme which includes developing a business idea, creating a product and or service and offering it to the public. She explained that it was a privilege for the bank to work with the camp, now in its 29th year and officials look forward to continued collaboration. The Department of Youth Empowerment expressed appreciation for the bank’s partnership and support as both institutions share a common vision of an economy where locals flourish as successful business owners. SKNIS Photo: Senior Youth Officer Pierre Liburd accepts cheque from the Development Bank’s Executive Assistant Danienne Brin East Basseterre Labour Branch Raffle 1st prize — Mr. Terry Williams St Johnston Village(32inch Flat Screen TV)3rd prize— Mr. Josiah Lapsey Lamberts Village (Kindle) 2nd prize— Ms. Beulah Bassue Buckleys’ Housing (Season Tickets Music Festival) Make certain that you reach use our new Email address: info@sknunion.com


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 13TH 2012 9 NEWS Basseterre, St. Kitts (SKNIS): One of the proposed hiking trails located in the Cayon hills was given a test run by members of the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Committee along with Cayon residents and representatives of the youth arm of the UNESCO National Commission, late last month. Austin “Jay” Farier, Deputy Chairperson of the MAB Committee noted that St. Mary’s Biosphere Reserve had much to offer in terms of sustainable development. The Keys Beach area has received much of the publicity but Mr. Farier made note of another critical element. “We have a mountain component of the Biosphere Reserve which adds to the coastal component,” Mr. Farier emphasized. “We wanted to see the biodiversity that needed protecting up here. In this area you can see fish, lots of palms and ferns, fruit trees that elsewhere seem to be dying out, and beautiful heliconias. There’s good potential for ecotourism here. The trail needs to be cleared and ropes added for comfort and safety – but once these are in place, in my opinion, it will be a really good trail.” Dr. Kimberly Stewart, MAB Site Coordinator and Chairperson of the St. Kitts Sea Turtle Monitoring Network, mentioned that the area has much possibility. “I think it has amazing potential,” Dr. Stewart exclaimed. “I was really excited this morning to get up and see the fresh water fish species and crayfish living in the river. We are always on the beach, so I’ve not seen any of these. I think tourists would really be attracted to this hike and all of the natural fauna in the rain forest.” The trail traversed a rock-covered area where two rivers in the Cayon MAN and The Biosphere Committee Try Out Eco-Tourism Trail Hills converge. There were several trickles and pools of water between the rocks containing fallen foliage and wildlife such as crayfish. Tour-guide and resident of the area Winston “Ebro” Caesar explained that the flow of water was from two sources. One was the streams formed directly from rainfall and the other was streams of water coming from an aquifer that released water when there was a change in temperature. Caesar also revealed that the area where the two rivers met was called Cornmeal and that before water from the rivers was harnessed in reservoirs, several persons had drowned in the 1960s in the once deep pools. The Tour Guide also took hikers to an area which was called Congo Town and was said to be a former Maroon settlement in the 1800s. He also pointed out several oil palm trees which were said to originate in West Africa and which bear fruit that is locally known as moko. Another resident of the area Telca Wallace, who is also the Community Representative on the MAB Committee, revealed that the rivers once played a very important social function. She noted that they not only provided drinking water but people also bathed and do their laundry in there. The fruit trees in the area presented another element. “When I saw a mango tree with ripe mangoes, I knew my energy problems were over,” Ms. Wallace jovially exclaimed. “I had three.” Zorah Liburd also of Cayon origin, took a trip down memory lane. “When I was younger, I used to go these places [Cayon Hills],” Mr. Liburd reminisced. “I have not been here in a while and to see that still exist it’s kind-a cool. I want to invite visitors to swim, see the crayfish in the river, and eat that Ms. Wallace next to Antonio Maynard Secretary General of the UNESCO National Commission in orange shirt SNKIS Photo: Mr. Farier SKnIS: Dr. Stewart SKNIS Photo: Cayon resident explains how the now closed cotton ginnery operated SKNIS Photo: Tour Guide Caesar kind of mango, which is one of the sweetest I have ever eaten.” Oureika Lennon expressed delight with the simple pleasures of the Cayon rainforest. “Well, I had no clue about what to expect,” she gushed. “I’ve never been to the Cayon mountain – but it’s real pretty, now I know why they call it Green Valley.”


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 13TH 2012 10 NEWS From 4:30 7:30 p.m. Closing the Devil’s Workshop – a thought provoking play by Kesha Isaac By Charles Miller JrLocal playwright Kesha Isaac has created yet another stage production entitled “Closing the Devil’s Workshop” which is said to be one that cannot be missed. The idea of this stage production, according to Isaac, was a spur of the moment idea. “How fascinating it would be to sit in on an argument between the devil and the angels, like a sibling rivalry kind of thing”, said the artiste. In a brief interview with Ms. Isaac, she later explained that the idea then was a more moral development in its growth. “What do we do with our time on earth? What influences our choices? Is the grass greener on the other side? I want these questions to be raised in the minds of the people.” She also went on to say that the play is set to be a great “good triumphs over evil” story with great effects and dynamics. Isaac is no stranger to the big stage having produced a number of stage plays under her company Nubian Arts Productions such as Cross Roads, Silver Lined Verse, Hope’s Journey (a tale of Haiti during their trying times they experienced with the earthquake), and her most recent production “From the Valley to the Mountain Range” which casted local boy band Range. The playwright also mentioned that she plans on using her plays in the efforts to refurbish the Basseterre High School’s auditorium, in which she teaches Theatre Arts.The show is slated for July 13th – 15th of July (8:00 pm nightly and 6:00pm on Sunday). They have also extended their production to Nevis and will perform in the Nevis Performing Arts Center on July 21st at 8:00pm. Tickets for the show are on sale and can be bought at Morton’s Supermarket or call 869 – 660 – 8673 or 869 – 664 – 6067. Tickets for the performance in Nevis can be purchased at the Nevis Performing Arts Center or call 869 – 469 – 1517 or 869 – 663 – 5871. Photo: Poster of the production. William Marcus Natta Memorial Scholarship Fund Awards 2012 Scholarships Basseterre, St. Kitts The William Marcus Natta Fund has awarded its 2012 scholarship to two ambitious and accomplished students at Tucker Clarke Primary School. This year’s recipients were 12 year old Princess Douglas and 12 year old Tarique Laws. During a ceremony earlier this month, the students were presented with a trophy, a cash award as well as a gift certificate redeemable at Schools Apex Co-Operative. Each scholarship applicant also received a gift bag filled with tech gadgets and educational tools compliments of the ICT4EDC project. As part of the awards Fund Chairman with 2012 Natta ScholarsScholarship Applicants, Fund Chairman and Keynote Speakerceremony, the students enjoyed a keynote speech by Genieve Hanley, founder and managing director of the Learning & Empowerment through Arts Program (LEAP). Ms. Hanley, speaking under the theme “I Can Make A Difference,” shared with students her own experience with failure when she was disappointed each time she tried a new hobby or activity as a child, including sports and singing until she discovered dancing.Minister of Education Nigel Carty echoed a similar theme to the students, encouraging them to give back to their community and to reach for their goals, which he emphasized, could only be accomplished with a solid education. This year’s scholarship recipients are already testimony to the awards of determination and focus. Princess is an accomplished member of Tucker Clarke’s netball team and enjoys dancing and singing. She excels in her school studies and was described by her pastor as intelligent, hardworking Dr. Earl Asim martin addresses audience Awards and ICT4EDC gift bags Min Nigel A Carty hands out ICT4EDC gift bag to student applicant and energetic. She plans to become a nurse and earn a Master’s degree. Tarique is a future lawyer who currently serves as the student body president and is an accomplished athlete. He has won several medals for his performance during the Annual Sports Day and the National Milo Meet. The William Marcus Natta Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in April 2010 to support students in grades five and six who demonstrate academic excellence, sound moral character and passion for community service. Each year, two students, a male and female, are selected for the scholarship award.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 13TH 2012 11 ADVERTISEMENT -Nine athletes to represent the Federation at the 2012 London Olympic Games By Drizel HanleyNine athletes have been chosen to represent the Federation of St.Kitts-Nevis at the 2012 London Olympic Games. The chosen athletes are Kim Collins, Delwayne Delaney, Jason Roberts, Antoine Adams, Brijesh Lawrence, Lestrod Roland Tiandra Ponteen, Virgil Hodge and Tameka Williams. The athletes departed the Federation on Saturday 30th June, to participate in a camp in the United Kingdom, before moving into the athlete’s village in late July. A five member team of officials accompanied the St.Kitts-Nevis Olympic Team to LondonChef De Mission, Keith Heyliger; Team Manager, Lester Hanley; Assistant Manager, Istan Williams; Head Coach, Lonzo Wilkinson and Assistant CoachStuart Joseph. Minister of Sport, Hon. Glenn Phillip congratulated the athletes while wishing them every success in their endeavours. He further noted that the athletes will market the Federation and make a name for their selves in the athletic industry. The Summer Games are slated for July 27 to August 12th. St.Kitts-Nevis Athletic Team Middle East investors express interest in doing business in St. Kitts and Nevis, PM Douglas urges partnership with local entrepreneurs He noted that although the smallest nation in the western hemisphere with a geographical area of 100 square miles and a population of 50,000 “we have long known to be our reality – and which discerning travelers and investors have now come to know as well.” “First, there is the matter of our natural endowments. And although I understand the importance of humility, it is also true that the natural topography of St. Kitts and Nevis makes it, visually, quite exquisite, captivating. Volcanic in origin, there are majestic blue-green mountains that tower along the center ridge of the island of St. Kitts and also in Nevis before sloping gently into the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. In the other direction, countless pretty, pert, and small hills stretch one after the other, and away from the mountains, to form our southeast peninsula, with its countless bays, beaches, and breath-taking vistas. And it is here, on our southeast peninsula, that The Park Hyatt St. Kitts will be located,” said Dr. Douglas. He also highlighted the compulsory free education in public schools from Grades 1 through 6 at the primary level, in secondary school from forms 1 to 5 and also in the two-year tertiary level institution for all children. “The quality of this education has enabled many of our outstanding students to gain admission to leading universities around the world. This has a direct bearing on the profile of employees who are hardworking, skilled; they are our service providers, and business partners to be found in St. Kitts and Nevis, and were, from the start, a key component in our DUBAI, UAE (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas continued efforts here on Wednesday in putting into operation the National Adaptation Strategy when he met with several businessmen and women, who have expressed an interest in investing in St. Kitts and Nevis. The St. Kitts and Nevis leader who is on a visit to Dubai met with business persons from the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, China, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Afghanistan and Iraq involved in manufacturing, hotel construction, tourism, agriculture, financing and tourism. Prime Minister Douglas in inviting them to do business in St. Kitts and Nevis urged the officials of the need to partner with local businessmen and women and give the people of the twin-island federation an opportunity to to develop and improve their quality of life. During a press conference Tuesday and at the formal launching of the Hyatt Park St. Kitts that evening attended by over 400 persons including nationals, Dubai Government officials and diplomats from several nearby states, Prime Minister Douglas said Dubai has been featuring quite prominently in the plans and deliberations of the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis in recent years, as it has become increasingly clear that significant opportunities exist for constructive collaboration between this part of the world and St. Kitts and Nevis for the betterment of both regions and peoples. Pointing to the social, political, and economic stability, Prime Minister Douglas said St. Kitts and Nevis is a stable, middle income country with a long tradition of parliamentary democracy, having attained independence from the United Kingdom in September 1983 and it was in 1984 that the internationally-known as the St. Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment programme was introduced. “Our skilled management of the economy, in this period of global volatility and turbulence, has been duly and widely noted, leading to an even further strengthening of our already-positive relations with the international financial community. The International Monetary Fund, for example, has repeatedly expressed its support for the stabilization and other measures that our Ministry of Finance and our domestic team of financial experts have successfully implemented – even in this era of global economic uncertainty,” said Prime Minister Douglas. country’s long-range planning. In addition, determined to compete in an increasingly globalized world, we have made computer proficiency an essential component of the classroom experience of every single child in primary and high schools in St. Kitts and Nevis as well,” said Prime Minister Douglas. He said his government has also allocated thousands of acres of land to local farmers in order to stimulate and strengthen the natural symbiosis between tourism and agriculture. “For over 350 years sugar agriculture was the main economic driver in St. Kitts and Nevis. In 2005 as a result of the turbulent world trading developments, we had to close our sugar industry and we have now turned to services lead in particular by tourism and hospitality services supported by financial services, information communication technology services, light manufacturing, specifically with regard to electronics and also diversified agriculture,” Prime Minister Douglas said.Photos by Erasmus Williams show St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas meeting with potential investors in Dubai.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 13TH 2012 12 NEWS Remarks by the Hon. Sam Condor at the Seventh-day Adventist Church International Culture DaySaturday 7th July 2012 at 9:00am (Basseterre Seventh-day Adventist School Grounds)Salutations…It is with great admiration and hopeful anticipation that I participate in this short ceremony that signals the start of today’s celebration of the diversity of culture within the Church, indeed within our society. I wish at the outset to congratulate the Seventhday Adventist Church Family, for this most timely initiative. This International Culture Day, I believe, is one project like others before, that has the potential to impact positively on our overall society. I speak of your relatively young, but rapidly growing and achieving school, which has already fulfilled much of your outreach aspirations. And then there is your well acclaimed Pathfinder ministry, with its tremendous role in helping to build discipline, correctness and order in the lives of the young. Indeed, you are deserving of the Nation’s thanks and appreciation for your contribution to our overall development. I commend all those, who over the years, have worked to make these programmes the positive force they continue to be. International Culture Day is celebrated annually at different times, within various organisations and institutions worldwide. Your celebrations of this day, in my view, come at a time when it appears, unhappily, that divisions within the Christian world, is accepted. There is growing concern, that many of us are attending those conferences; listening to those speakers and reading those books and papers, which serve to confirm us, within our “Tribal” /Territorial divisions. Sadly, we do this, while we increasingly neglect our God given responsibility, to seek Unity. Jesus himself prayed that all of His disciples would be one. We have unfortunately, yet, a long divide to traverse. It has been pointed out, that the theme of the event is “Many Nations, One Family”; seeking, as it were, to challenge us all, to see, like the Apostle Paul, that we “are all one in Christ Jesus. And so we are to encourage one another, in sanctification, to continue to live by faith. For as we follow Christ Jesus He delights in us and desires to bring us together as a family. And so it is, that not only Galatians 3:28, but the entire book of Galatians, bears much relevance to the state of the Church worldwide today. We recall, that this Epistle by the Apostle Paul, to the Churches in Galatia, was an impassioned remonstrance, protest if you like, against the corruption of the Gospel of Christ. “Know that a man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ”…..he warned in Galatians 2:16. And in Galatians 5:22-23 he went on to point out that “the fruits of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self –control. Against such things there is no law” If we truly believe that “we are all one in Christ Jesus”, then we must see these virtues as being The Peg and the Strength of the EC Dollar What is Currency Pegging?Currency pegging simply means that a country fixes the exchange rate of its currency to the currency of another country. In the case of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union, the EC dollar has been fixed to the US dollar at a rate of EC$2.70 to US$1.00 since 7 July 1976. Prior to this the EC currency was fixed to the pound sterling at an exchange rate of EC$4.80 to £1.00. However, following the sterling’s depreciation (decline in value) in the 1970’s and the emergence of the United States as the region’s major trading partner, the decision was made to shift the peg to the US dollar. Any decision to alter the peg of the EC currency rests with the Monetary Council, the highest decision making body of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB).Implications of the PegThe pegging of the EC currency to the US currency implies that when the value of the US dollar fluctuates relative to other currencies, the EC dollar undergoes a similar fluctuation in value relative to other currencies. Let us take for example the case of the pound sterling. During the first and second weeks of February 2004, reports indicated that the pound sterling appreciated (rose in value) against the US dollar. The actual rate moved from US$ 1.8477 to £1.00 on February 6th 2004 to US$ 1.8852 to £1.00 on February 13th 2004. Similarly the EC dollar moved from a rate of EC$ 4.9888 to £1.00 to a rate of EC$ 5.0900 to £1.00 over the same period. In this scenario, where the pound sterling rises in value against the US dollar and by extension against the EC dollar, it means that citizens of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) would benefit if they were in receipt of pounds and were able to convert them to EC dollars at the higher exchange rate. Additionally, receipts from ECCU exports denominated in pound sterling, would upon conversion into EC dollars, be larger. On the flip side however, persons who have to convert EC dollars to pounds to pay, for example, college tuition in the UK, or ECCU member governments who have to repay loans denominated in pound sterling would be at a disadvantage. This is because it would require more EC dollars to purchase the required amount of pound sterling.Rationale For The PegIn the case of the ECCU, the rationale for pegging the EC currency to the US currency is the fact that most of the external trade and financial (capital) flows are carried out with the United States. When the region engages in US$ denominated transactions, whether trade or credit (loans), the peg eliminates uncertainty in the prices of goods and services and the value of debts due to fluctuations in the value of the currency. Simply put, the US dollar acts as an anchor for the EC dollar. Moreover, by providing certainty as to the value of the EC dollar relative to the US dollar, the pegging of the EC currency allows foreigners to have confidence in the currency of the region. Confidence in the EC dollar, has also been a significant deterrent to capital flight and to a preference for the holding of foreign currency over the EC currency.Other Exchange Rate RegimesThe opposite of a fixed exchange rate regime is a flexible exchange rate regime. Such flexibility can range from a “free floating currency” regime where the value of the currency fluctuates according to market forces to a “managed float” that permits the value of the currency to move within a set range. In a free-floating currency regime, the prices of imported goods as well as local goods requiring foreign inputs will most likely fluctuate in tandem with, but in the opposite direction to, the changes in the value of the local currency. In such a scenario, the consumer will have to continuously reassess the amount of goods and services that his wages can provide.ConclusionThe EC dollar fixed exchange regime, with the EC currency pegged to the US dollar at a rate of EC$2.70 to US$1.00, has served the region well. The region has historically enjoyed a relatively low rate of inflation, incremental improvements in the standards of living for its people and economic stability. The ECCB Commemorates 36th Anniversary of EC Dollar Peg to US dollar Saturday 7 July marked 36 years since the EC dollar has been pegged to the US dollar at a fixed rate of EC$2.70 to US$1.00. Deputy Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, Mr Trevor Brathwaite says the stability of the EC dollar provides the citizens of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) with a level of certainty where they can make financial decisions with confidence knowing that the value of the currency will not fluctuate. According to Mr Brathwaite, over the years, the backing of the EC dollar has been maintained at over 90 per cent, which is well above the legal benchmark of 60 per cent. He added that maintaining the peg has proven, over the years, to be a sound decision, which contributes to the economic stability and development of the eight ECCB member states. critical to our existence as a family of Christ. Surely, the Universal Church must be viewed as a window of society and of world civilization. Its capacity includes diversity, not only in religions, but in culture and in the people of different races, with their unique way of life and strong points. It is inevitable that different cultures would engage one another, in today’s globalized environment in which we live. Let the Church lead the way to engage others in togetherness, based on equality, tolerance and mutual respect. And so today, we are encouraged through this event, to celebrate the cultural, ethnic, and racial diversity within our Church and communities at large. We are being asked to raise the levels of awareness and tolerance of inter-culture differences; and to share different cultural experiences. Our relatively small society is evolving in this process of merging different races and culture in this globalised arena. It is incumbent upon all social entities, to contribute to the peace, goodwill and unity that we all yearn for, among Nations. It is most satisfying to see your church in this leading role. Let us therefore use this Day to learn and grow more in love and understanding. I am confident that the Church Familymembers will continue to give from their lives; from their talents and from their gifting, a high measure of service and support for the public good. We are, after all, each of us, our Brother’s Keeper. Have a most enjoyable and rewarding day.God Bless. Jamaica 50 SKN Essay Competition ReminderThe JamKit Association’s Jamaica 50 SKN Essay Competition for Primary School Students, High School Students and Young Adults aged 16 to 25 years old will continue to accept entrants until 5.00pm on Friday, 13 July 2012. If you have not yet made your submission please make every effort to do so by the time indicated.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 13TH 2012 13 GOOD NEWS VIEW POINT BYV. E. INNISS It will be foolhardy for us to think that God does not speak to us continuously. Whether our attention is arrested, listen attentively and heed is another matter. On Wednesday 4th July this news headline appeared on the website of one of our local radio stations: “Tremor rattles St. Kitts and Nevis”. The days following the airwaves were interactive with Voices expressing various concerns. Personal opinions were expressed by a few callers to call – in shows that “God is speaking to us”. Everyone is entitled to his / her opinion. Let us be respectful. My intention today is to address the topic in general terms, since I have verifiable proof that God speaks to us. Here is a text for us to ponder as a point of departure: “For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not.” (Job. 33:14) Within the bounds of our existence as created persons we can have no conception of God. To be able to comprehend God in His fullness with our human power of thought we should have to be God ourselves. Yet God has spoken. He expressed Himself in a language that has made Him accessible to mankind. The creation reveals His existence (Ps. 19: 1 – 6). There we can behold the Creator’s infinite power and wisdom. The record shows that God also spoke through His angels (Acts 7: 35; Gal 3:19) and through the prophets. The living God has always spoken to mankind at “Sundry times and in divers manners,” showing in his way who He is and what He thinks. It was His intention from the beginning to enter into relationship with His creatures. And even though sin destroyed the original relationship, God has never ceased to speak, Since the birth of Jesus, therefore; God’s way of speaking took on another form. In Him God Himself became a man, and not for Israel alone but for the whole human race. The relationship that was destroyed is thus restored. Additionally God continues to speak through the Scriptures, through the Holy Spirit, through various other means as a way of saying He (God) never leaves Himself without a witness. So it is not a case of “whether” He speaks or “how often” He speaks, or “by what means” He speaks, but “when He speaks”. His message will never return to Him void – never has and never will. We had better listen and govern ourselves accordingly.Hearing ImpairedBased upon what Job said in our text the question of whether we are hearing impaired is relevant even in this year of our Lord. Note the text again: “For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not.” (Job 33: 14) My analysis is that Job had complained that God kept him wholly in the dark concerning the meaning of his dealings with him, and therefore concluded he dealt with him as his enemy. “No”, says Glihu, he speaks When God Speaks When God Speaks When God Speaks When God Speaks When God Speaks to you, but you do not perceive him; so that the fault is yours, not His. Through it all God is designing our real god even in these dispensations which we put this harsh construction upon. What a friend God is to our welfare! “He speaketh to us once, yea twice”. When God gives one warning and it is neglected, He gives us another. What enemies we are to our own welfare. Man perceives it not, is not aware that it is the voice of God. He stops his ear, stands in his own light, rejects the counsel of God against himself. God teaches ad admonishes the children of men, including all of us by our consciences: Remember that conscience is God’s presence in man. The account in Exodus 3: 4 -8 of God’s conversation with Moses is rather interesting. The material is for too voluminous to cover here and now so, we shall focus on a phenomenon he could not explain – the burning bush. This is how a great work of liberation has begun – not with some cataclysmic sign in the sky, but with a single bush burning on the back side of the descent. There are moments of miracles and ecstasy when God for His own purpose breaks in from beyond and intervenes in the ordinary flow of things. “Miracle is God’s only name”. At times, to be sure, He does enter history in this form, but is by no means the only way He speaks. Study the entire episode at your leisure and you will learn as Moses did that “disillusionment is almost always the child of illusion” indeed God spoke to Moses time and time again. But Moses did likewise. God had to perform miracles for Moses to believe eg. Moses saw his staff become a snake and the snake became a staff again. Moses saw his own hand turn leprous and he saw it restored. God told Moses how he would be able to turn water into blood before Pharaoh, still Moses hesitated. But God speaketh one yea, twice.StubbornnessOur test says: “God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not” (Job 33: 14). Moses like most of us in modern times has witnessed the stubbornness of men and women. In Moses’ case he was sent to Pharaoh with a definite message to let God’s children go free from slavery and servitude because of the people’s groaning, sufferings, prayers and hardships. But Pharaoh hardened his heart, stiffened his neck, scoffed at the message and ridiculed the messenger. This time God intended to use Moses and Aaron to lead/deliver the Israelites through the Red Sea. How easy it would have been for Moses to turn his back on his“No other God, only me… and I am a jealous God” (Exodus 20:3-6). Where on earth can one find jealousy in God? Let us remember that we are not imagining a God to whom we ascribe only characteristics which we admire. Jealousy should not enter this picture. Nobody would imagine a jealous God. Certainly we are not making up an idea of God by drawing on our imagination; we are seeking instead to listen to the words of the Holy Scripture, in which God Himself tells us the truth about Himself. God our Creator, whom we could never have discovered by any exercise of imagination, has revealed Himself. He has talked. He has spoken through many human agents and messengers and supremely through His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. He has not left His messages and the memory of His mighty acts, to be twisted and lost by the distorting process of oral transmission. Instead, He had them put on record in permanent written form. And there in the Bible, “God’s public record,” as Calvin refers to it, we find God speaking of His jealousy. When God brought Israel out of Egypt to Sinai, to give them His laws and covenant, His jealousy is one of the first facts about Himself which He taught them. The sanction of the second commandment, spoken audibly to Moses and “inscribed by the finger of God” on tablets of stone (Exodus 30:18), was this: “I, the Lord Your God, am a jealous God” (Exodus 20:5). A little later God told Moses, even more strikingly, “The Lord, whose name is jealous, is a jealous God” (34:14). Coming where it does, the latter is a more significant text. The making known of God’s name, that is, as always in scripture, His name and character, is a basic theme in Exodus. In chapter 3, God declared His name as, “I Am Who I Am,” and in chapter 6 as “Jehovah” (“the Lord”). These names spoke of Him as self existing, self-determining and sovereign. Then, in chapter 34, God proclaimed His name to Moses by telling him that “the Lord” is “the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, … forgiving wickedness…. Yet He has not left the guilty unpunished” (34:6-7). Here was a name that sets forth God’s glory. Seven verses further on, as part of the same conversation with Moses, God summed up and rounded off the revelation of His name by declaring it to be “jealous.” Clearly, this unexpected word stood for a quality in God which, far from being inconsistent with the exception of His name that had gone before, was in some sense an epitome of it. And since this quality was in a true sense His “name,” it was clearly important that His people should understand it. Indeed the Bible says a good deal about God’s jealousy. There are references to it elsewhere in the first five books, (Numbers 25:1: Deuteronomy 4:24; 6:25; 29:20; 32:16, 21). In the history books (Joshua 24:19; 1 Kings 14:22). In the Prophets (Ezekiel 8:3-5; 16:38, 42; 23:25; 36:57; 38:19; 39:25; Joel 2:18; Nahum 1:2; Zephaniah 1:18; 3:8; Zachariah 1:14; 8:2,) and in (Psalm 78:58; 79:5). The consistency presents a motive to action, whether in wrath or mercy. “I …will be jealous for My holy name (Ezekiel 39:25); I am jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion with a great jealousy” (Zachariah 1:14). “The Lord is a jealous God who avengeth” (Nahum 1:2). Finally, in the New Testament, Paul asks the presumptuous Corinthians, “Shall we provoke the Lord to jealousy?” (1 Corinthians 10:22). Humbly Submitted by Alson B H Percival (Rev Canon Dr) Chair Nevis Regional Council And Vice Chair Nevis Christian Council I Am A Jealous GodJamaican Kittitian (JamKit) Association General Meeting In Nevis The Jamaican Kittitian (JamKit) Association, the Association of Jamaicans and Friends of Jamaicans in the Federation of St Kitts & Nevis, will have its next general meeting on Saturday, 14 Jul 2012 at the Red Cross Building, Charlestown, Nevis starting at 4.00pm. Jamaicans and friends of Jamaicans living in Nevis as well as those in St Kitts who are available are asked to come out to continue discussions relating to Jamaica 50 St Kitts & Nevis Celebrations Jamaican foodfair, comedy, dance, drama, movies, etc. Please make an effort to be on time. We look forward to the seeing you! Have a great day!!!!people. He could have taken for granted the enormous good fortune that had befallen him and forgotten all about his downtrodden kinspersons, but he did not. Fast forward due to limited space. Responding to God’s directive Moses was obedient to God’s assignment to lead the Israelites through the Red Sea to freedom. Even as Pharaoh and his hosts perused them Pharaoh was oblivious to the mighty power of God’s ability to clear any channel for divine grace to flow. I end with this text: “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” (Heb. 10:31). It is foolhardy of us to be stubborn, hard of hearing, bombastic and dogmatic with God, instead let us say “Speak Lord thy servant heareth.”


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 13TH 2012 14 NEWS NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (JULY 10, 2012) — Thirty-eight years ago when the founders of Culturama, Nevis’ major annual cultural summer festival, began the activity, the intention was not to create difficulty. Those were the words of Minister of Culture on Nevis Hon. Hensley Daniel as he made an urgent call for a violence free July 27 to August 07 Culturama. The Minister was at the time delivering remarks at a press conference hosted by the 2012 Culturama Committee on July 6th, 2012, to officially launch the annual festival’s activities. He said while he recognised the engagement of the security forces in recent times, persons should strive to return to the times when there was absolutely no involvement in Culturama by the Police. “Thirty-eight years ago when the founders established Culturama, it was not intended to create any kind of difficulty. I am sure for those of us around at that time the police was never involved The 2012 Nevis Culturama Committee presents Ms. Culture Swimwear contestant number one, Miss Nevis Solid Waste Management Authority Tera Griffin As the sun rose on 12 December, 1989, it welcomed into the world a true Nevisian princess, born to the beautiful Tracey Griffin and the handsome Kiethley Powell. Together, 22 years ago, they welcomed their princess, Tera Angel Mandisa Griffin. Originally from the quiet village of Zion, Tera now resides at Cherry Garden. Presently, she is employed by the Nevis Island Administration in the Department of Physical Planning as an Office Attendant. However, she challenges herself with the pursuit of a career in nursing. As Tera strives for excellence, she is guided by the life of her role model: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. King was a man of pride and he was strong. He also stood up for his rights and the rights of the minority, especially his black race. Tera’s life is governed by her ideals of being confident, setting goals and believing in her dreams. Her greatest achievements to date include being a Culturama not established to create difficulty; Nevis Culture Minister calls for violence free summer cultural festivity in Culturama, only in so far as it was to do with permission to have jamming “Because of the anti social behaviour and the tendency towards gang violence, we have had over the years to give a direct role to the police. We certainly want to reduce the role of the police in so far as it relates to intervening,” he said. While he recognised the engagement of the Army and Police the Minister said he had become weary of the attention that had to be given to the security forces in recent years during Culturama. However, the Culture Minister who is also the Minister of Health on Nevis had words Minister of Culture on Nevis Hon. Hensley Daniel of caution for those who planned to be disruptive and warned them their actions created problems for everyone. “All of us want to enjoy Culturama and so they must not by their own individualistic and selfish behaviour in an effort to settle score or whatever disrupt the festival. I am sure Officer Brandy will say, as long as there is a difficulty on the road in Charlestown, we will stop the jamming and we will stop the party and that is unfair to the large majority of people who are well behaved citizens. “I want to urge all of us and all those who may be tending towards violence and anti social behaviour to bear in mind that this has a cost. I am the Minister of Health and I just left a long discussion this morning, in an effort to provide medical attention for people who are being wounded terribly by guns and the intention is to save them and this is going to cost us thousands and thousands of dollars,” he said. According to Mr. Daniel, the festive Culturama season was a time vendors made money and if violence disrupted the activities at various venues it would be unfair to them. “We are using Culturama to facilitate the making of money by our vendors and so on and if we have to curtail the activities in the Complex and in the Village because of violence, it is making it very, very difficult so to do. “I want to thank the security forces for their active engagement at the very top of Culturama and to say to the public, let us reduce the need for the intervention of the Police during the festival. We have a week or two to enjoy ourselves let us do so in a civil and orderly manner. It was not good last Culturama we were just about ending the festival and then there was some fatality. That is not supposed to happen; we are supposed to be a peace loving country. Culturama does not envisage that kind of behaviour,” he said. homeowner and raising her two beautiful daughters. She takes pride in spending quality time with her daughters, dancing and dramatizing. Tera has also participated in numerous modeling engagements with the Department of Culture. You are invited to the Nevis Cultural Complex on Sunday 29th July 2012 to see Miss Nevis Solid Waste Management Authority Tera Griffin, vie for the 2012 Ms. Culture Swimwear title. The 2012 Nevis Culturama Committee presents Mr. Kool participant number three, Daquani Newton and desire to be an ambassador for his county were the driving forces behind his decision to enter the 2012 Mr. Kool Contest. Daquani, also known as Ziggy, considers himself to be very optimistic and it is with this determination that he will thrive to fulfill his goal of becoming a professional dancer. He can be seen on several occasions displaying the latest rhythmic dance moves that originate from world renowned Jamaican reggae artists. Other activities that he takes pleasure in are playing football and basketball. This young, fresh face from Stoney Grove has his mind set on relocating to England. There, he believes, his dancing skills and natural talent will receive much more attention. This immensely popular young man, whom we all know and love on stage, is currently employed as a waiter at Legend’s Restaurant. Daquani is no stranger to the stage. He was the winner of the 2006 Mr. Charlestown Secondary School [CSS] Contest and has been a member of several dance groups on the island. Daquani’s message to young men who are interested in pageantry is “stand tall as a leader, not a follower and turn the negative criticisms into positive opportunities. Remember, with hard work and determination, you can achieve your goals. Much love!” You are invited to the Nevis Cultural Complex on Sunday 29th July 2012 to see Daquani Newton vie for the 2012 Mr. Kool title. RRRR, RRRR, ROARING like a lion! Daquani Newton is alert and ready to accept the challenge of competing in this year Mr. Kool Contest. Born on July 27th, 1992, he carries the king characteristics of a true Cancer… confident, humble, talented, charismatic and, most of all, an indomitable will to win. Known to several acquaintances as a bold, courageous teenager, it is evident that Daquani’s appreciation for talent Mr. Kool participant #3 – Daquani Newton. (Photo by Ryan Maynard)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 13TH 2012 15 NEWS host family wanted to outdo the other but all in all this subtle, silent objective augured well to our benefit as the team enjoyed every new town in its entirety. On an average we were in each host family’s home for three (3) nights. Indeed, it was frustrating to be living out of a suitcase, as well as, when bonds were formed with one host family to move to the next town was difficult. True friendships were fostered during our sojourn in Texas. Texans exposed us to their eclectic history and culture with precision and pride. The diversity of the colonization is still evident today in certain towns which highlight varying types of heritage. For example, German, Alsatian (native of Alsace, a region of eastern France) and Mexican are deeply engrained in the Texan society. The descendants of these groups live in various towns of the State according to the customs of their native lands. As a young pharmacist, Texas was instrumental in providing me with exposure to the emerging roles and responsibilities of pharmacy practice in the USA. The diversity in healthcare delivery was cause for envy as I wished we had some of their resources in the Caribbean. State of the art transplant pharmacies, DPT laboratories which manufacture semi-solid mediums for pharmaceutical companies, and wound care therapy were the highlights of my extensive and intensive vocational tours. I was sobered by the fact that even though in the Caribbean we have limited resources, our medication and service delivery is less expensive and access to healthcare providers is simplified and easy. This we should cherish in our local system, even though the system has shortcomings. The trip, of course, had its ups and downs where our team became fatigued from the hectic schedule and some were also homesick at times. In retrospect, the four (4) weeks passed quickly as we were always engaged in socializing with our new friends in Rotary, experiencing the joys of new cultural exposure, and learning many new things from our vocational visits. All in all, the trip was thought provoking, entertaining and inspiring. Since my return to the Federation on 10 June 2012 I have often reminisced about the unique experience in Texas, which brings me to the favorite parting phrase from all of my Rotarian hosts “Hurry up and come back to Texas. You are always welcome”. PS: The GSE Study Tour was conducted during the Rotary Year 2011-12 which ended on 30 June 2012 when Peter Jenkins was President of the RCL. Lester Hanley took over as President on 1 July 2012. ROTARY SPEAKS (cont’d from page 7) BY EARL CLARKE Dear reader the other day I picked up an old Observer newspaper in which my former mentor wrote an article entitled “Things in St. Kitts are bad.” My friend brother Washington Archibald thought it best to flavour his article with my name. He stated that I would disagree with his statement and I would take him for a drive around the island to point out the many housing projects Labour has constructed. He did not say that I would have pointed to the Marriott Hotel, the number of scholarships the government has provided. He also did not mention the resurfacing of the Island Main Road where PAM refused to resurface because it ran through Labour strongholds. He did not mention that I would have pointed to him the extension of the school feeding programme which did not reach the sugar belt area by PAM because these areas were to be punished for being supporters of Labour. He would not have agreed with me when I pointed out the outstanding performances of our athletes who have placed their little dot of an island on the International scene, magnifying our tiny dots into continents on the sporting map of the world. My ex – mentor would not have agreed with me that more lands have been opened for Agriculture under Labour than under PAM where one Minister grabbed five acres of the People’s land for himself, where another took the three acres for himself. He would have ducked the question when I ask him to show me or to name any Labour minister who has grabbed the People’s land for themselves or to swap land of less value for more valuable land at Frigate Bay. My good friend would have turned mute when I asked him to point a finger at any minister of Dr. Denzil Douglas’ government who has rented his old vehicle to a Brother Washie, St. Kitts is far better off than a lot of countries would have repeated the question Brother Washie, how many children do you see attending school bare footed? I would also have added this question. Washie, how many of our people you observe searching the dump pans for food? How many persons have you witnessed sleeping on pieces of cardboard on the sidewalks because they have nowhere to live? Take your time brother Washie. Chew your food properly. Don’t choke. We have the rest of the afternoon to chit chat. So, take your time and answer me truthfully. Brother Washie, you have been to the United States of America on numerous occasions and isn’t it true that, in the richest country in the world, you see people living on the streets, you have seen people searching the dump pans for food? Have you seen the ghettos in New York? Have you heard of people living in their cars because they cannot pay their rent? Have you heard of the many workers including fire men, nurses, policemen who have lost their jobs? Have you listened to the plight of workers in Greece, Italy and Spain? Are conditions in tiny, little St. Kitts as desperate as those situations? All that Brother Washie would have done is to continue enjoying his lunch, because he would have turned on the mute control. I would have ended the afternoon by telling my ex – mentor that I prefer to live under a fishing boat or in the Cardin Home with my integrity and my manhood securely intact, than to associate myself with the rat nest of terrorists who, in 1967, were they successful in blowing up the Shell Depot at Ponds Pasture, would have wiped out your wife and children who were just living a few feet away. How could attempt to distort the history of our beautiful paradise like that? As we reenter my car to take him home, I would have popped this last question. Brother Washie, did you see the children’s march the other day? How many of them did you see looked like they were suffering from malnutrition? How many were dressed in rags? Things are tight in St. Kitts. There is an economic downturn worldwide, but St. Kitts is riding the wave a lot better than larger countries in the world. Nobody is running out of St. Kitts because of hardships, so, how could you caption your article this? I believe that you owe the people of St. Kitts an apology. Take the pair of glasses I paid for at Eye Express. They are new and will enable you to see better and to be more accurate when you are presenting your facts. Take stock of yourself my friend. I cannot believe that this is the same Washington “Washie” Archibald whose educational books for students studying Accounts and Business Administration was banned by PAM – Simmonds Administration, hoping that he would starve to death in his own country. Brother Washie, is that really really you? May God have mercy on your soul. government departed, drawing heavily every month for his rental, while denying that department the purchase of a new vehicle. The cat would definitely have eaten his tongue on that one. I would have taken brother Washie to Potato Bay and shown him the villas, the roads which are still under construction. I would have taken him to the East of Conaree to show him the construction which has taken place since 1995 and I would have taken him to Port Zante to show him the construction that has taken place since 1995 and, while I was in the area, I would have visited the Pelican Mall where I would have taken him by Eye Express to have is eyes thoroughly examined. I would have stood the expenses of a new pair of spectacles if he needed them, because I wanted him to be able to take in everything I was pointing out to him. I would have taken my good friend across the Irish Town Bay Road and point out our daughters of Kittitians and Nevisians who migrated to the Dominican Republic in the 1930’s and 40’s. I would have asked him if they seem to be suffering from hard times in St. Kitts. I would have pointed him to some Guyanese families whose children are taking advantage of our secondary education. I would have asked them in front of him if they are suffering any hardships in St. Kitts. We are getting hungry from all this driving and talking so I would have invited him to El Fredos at New Town Bay Road, not far from where he once lived. I would have discussed, over a meal of corn meal and snapper, which I would foot the bill for, how many bare foot children he has seen attending school. I would ask him to speak the truth and don’t allow the food to choke him. I would have insisted that he answer me truthfully. I “EQUALITY FOR ALL” HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN The Ministry of Health in collaboration with UNAIDS and PANCAP has launched a Human Rights Campaign in St Kitts and Nevis. The theme for the campaign is “Making St Kitts-Nevis Better: Equality for ALL”. In order to promote the Human Rights agenda as articulated by the United Nations, and indeed in our own Constitution, the campaign includes community consultations, meeting with small target groups and an essay competition. We take this opportunity to invite your media organization to attend any (or all) of the following consultations so that you may assist us in this critical social intervention to ensure the widespread sensitization to human rights issues in our Federation. DA TE VENUE TIME Saturday 14th July Anglican Hall (Old Girls’ School – Victoria Road) 4:00 pm Monday 16th July Cayon Community Center 7:00 pm Tuesday 17th July Old Road Community Center 7:00 pm Wednesday 18th July Anglican Hall (Old Girls’ School – Victoria Road) 10:00 am Wednesday 18th JulySt Peter’s Community Center 7:00 pm Thursday 19th July McKnight Community Center 8:00 pm There will be a presentation and general discussion on human rights issues in our country. We would greatly appreciate if you would make a special effort to attend and report on these sessions, and we thank you for your cooperation in this regard. If you would like further background or other information on the Equality for All campaign, you may contact Dawn Mills at 664-6897.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 13TH 2012 16 NEWS In commemoration of the 39th Anniversary of the establishment of the Treaty of Chaguaramas, July 4th, 2012 Indies Federation. Though faced with many challenges and superseded by CARIFTA in 1968 the idea of integration was still pungent. The Treaty of Chaguaramas which established the Caribbean Community including the Caribbean Common Market was signed by Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago on 4th July, 1973, in Chaguaramas, Trinidad and Tobago. It came into effect on 1 August 1973. In addition to economic issues, the Community instrument addressed issues of foreign policy coordination and functional cooperation. St Kitts and Nevis became a member of CARICOM on the 26th July 1974. Undoubtedly CARICOM has faced challenges due to its unique nature, and such challenges include but are not limited to lack of resources, location, wavering political will and the size of member states. Significantly, our shared historical background and culture provides for many opportunities. Though suggested by many critics, CARICOM is not dead. Rather, CARICOM has undergone significant challenges that require our continued support. Our advice to you on this 39th Anniversary of the establishment of the treaty of Chaguaramas is to lend support to the advocates for CARICOM and embrace the principles that have been etched into the treaty. We must remember that as a region it has become increasingly important for us to work together not only to improve our collective bargaining power globally, but to create a unified front that will become a force to reckoned with. CARICOM must not only be thought of as beneficial only to any particular state(s), CARICOM belongs to all of us, CARICOM is me, CARICOM is you, CARICOM is here to stay. BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS– Embedded in the tenets of the CARICOM movement is the simple philosophy of regional integration, unity and comradery. The idea of integration is not new to us, the philosophy dates as far back as 1958. The philosophy of regional integration was created with the establishment of the West Travelling and Amazing Grace For many of us who travel from country to country for whatever reason, we have noticed that the airport is one interesting place to be. It offers education, and frustration, and it offers some entertainment. It can offer so many things if one took the time out to notice. Of course there are many of us who open a book and we are oblivious to whatever is happening and are not in the least bit interested. First stop is the check in point. Is my hand luggage too big? Is my suitcase/bag weighing less than the 50 lbs allowed? Is my bag being tagged to the right destination? Did I get all the boarding pass/tickets that are required for this journey? Oh, and I must not forget we no longer get fed on the aircraft so I must pack a snack to stop the “gas”. I have to remember that I cannot take a bottle of water with me anymore. Alas, I must wait until I am inside the departure lounge to buy a bottle of water for two or three times what I could have bought it for in the supermarket. Then a little more frustration especially if one is travelling in the islands. I checked in – bags going through scanner, I am going through scanner and my first stop is let us say, Antigua. Hopefully the airline serving us is on time and we are off. We get to Antigua and you guessed right. Another security check! I swear that I picked up something from “outer space” so I had better send it back since I will be scanned again. Let us assume that I am travelling to Grenada or St Vincent and the Grenadines or Barbados. You guessed right more security checks. I am sterile by the time I arrive at my destination. See the frustration. Some airports do not even have a floor mat to step on after you have taken off your shoes I am happy to note that ours has a little runner carpet. Thanks very much to whoever is responsible for that little comfort. Here comes the Amazing Grace song. Your flight may have been called several times and you get to the departure gate only to be sent back for whatever reason. After doing that for a couple of times as I have witnessed, one passenger returns to the departure lounge and out of sheer frustration she exclaims “Amazing Grace”. As frustrated as the passengers were everyone had a good laugh. I guess it was better than swearing but It was “Amazing Grace” that would eventually get us all to our destination. So tell me, have you experienced the frustration of travelling? If you have, the next time you travel remember “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound”. It will help to calm your nerves. Haiti political stability, Anguilla governance and border issues on CARICOM agenda BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – Following a report from the Chief Minister of Anguilla, the Hon. Hubert Hughes regarding the governance situation in his territory arising from the difficult relationship with the British Governor, Caribbean leaders are to send a delegation to The Valley. According to the communiqu following the 33rd Conference of Caribbean Heads of Government in St. Lucia, CARICOM is to send a delegation of Foreign Ministers to visit the territory and to report their findings to the Bureau of the Conference. During the meeting the Heads of Government recognized that, although English was the official language of the Community, the facility to communicate in their languages could enhance the participation of Haiti and Suriname in the integration process. They therefore requested the conduct of a study to examine the possibilities and implications, including costs, of introducing French and Dutch. Heads of Government noted that since their last Meeting, Guyana and Venezuela continued to work to preserve the excellent relations that currently exist between the two countries. They expressed satisfaction that Guyana and Venezuela remained committed to the Good Offices Process of the United Nations SecretaryGeneral to aid them in the search for a solution to the controversy that arose from the Venezuelan contention that the Arbitral Award of 1899, that definitively delimited the territory between Guyana and Venezuela, is null and void. Heads of Government reaffirmed their unequivocal support for the maintenance and safeguarding of Guyana’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Heads of Government welcomed the agreement by Belize and Guatemala for simultaneous referenda on 6 October 2013, when the electorates will be asked to decide whether the dispute should be finally determined by the International Court of Justice (ICJ). They also welcomed the strengthening of relations, at the highest political level and the expressed interest by the parties in solving the issue once and for all and in that regard looked forward to the conduct of the important public awareness campaigns in both countries. Heads of Government expressed deep concerns at the security and environmental issues developing along the border and called on the Guatemalan authorities to act decisively against those whose actions threaten the success of the efforts to improve relations between the two countries. They expressed appreciation for the role played by the Secretary-General in attempting to resolve the dispute. They reaffirmed their unequivocal support for the maintenance and safeguarding of Belize’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. According to the communiqu, Heads of Government reviewed the status of negotiations for a CARICOMCanada Trade and Development Agreement. They welcomed the convening of a fourth round of negotiations in the Region, in midJuly and expressed expectations of significant progress being achieved. Heads of Government reiterated the Region’s objective of negotiating a pro-development agreement which would support sustainable economic and social development of the peoples of the Region. Heads of Government underlined their serious concern about the impact on the Caribbean rum industry, arising from the subsidies provided to multinational rum companies by the Governments of the United States Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Noting that subsidies were in violation of World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules, they called on the Government of the United States to work with the Region to rectify these discriminatory measures and restore the competitive balance to the US rum market. Heads of Government looked forward to the convening of the extraordinary meeting of the CARICOM-Dominican Republic Joint Council, to be held in October and agreed that the preparations on issues related to the CARICOM-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement should be expedited. They mandated the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) to ensure that progress was made in advancing implementation. Anguilla’s Chief Minister Hon. Hubert Hughes Venezuela Guyana map


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 13TH 2012 17 NEWS Dead in the waterCollege Woes: In the last edition, we mentioned some factors (cost and location) that could be considered when choosing the right college/university. There are many factors that might matter when selecting a college. This issue is really a personal one, as factors that may be relevant to my list may not be relevant to yours or yours might not matter to your friend’s. This week we’ll continue along that line and address some other college selection-related issues. One factor that should definitely be considered is size or type of school. Do you want to become part of a student body of over tens of thousands of students at a large university? Or would you prefer the smallness and quaintness typically characteristic of a liberal arts college? A large university is usually more diversified and provides more and a wider range of opportunities for its students. These larger institutions provide a wider scope of academic areas from which students can choose and professors and researchers are generally leaders in their field as they are sourced from all over the state and the world. More funding is also available to students as more students, faculty and alumni equal more endowments and sponsorship. These universities are able to build and maintain top facilities and are pioneers in research as many of them have more financial resources available and are state-funded and supported. If you’re an athlete, a larger university might be best for you as athletic scholarships are more readily available since these school teams typically rank higher in athletics than smaller schools and participate in top athletic conferences. A liberal arts college is a college that has its focus set mainly on the “liberal arts”. Here, students major in a field of their choice while being exposed to a wide range of academic subjects, including areas in the natural sciences and the humanities. The aim of a liberal arts college is to impart broad general knowledge as opposed to a professional or technical curriculum. If you are interested in a smaller school, where you’re not competing with tens of thousands of other students for attention from your professors, or sitting in lecture halls with hundreds of other students, virtually invisible to your professors, and where you are able to get a more general education, then a liberal arts college might be right for you. The internet makes it extremely easy to discover the liberal arts colleges that exist. There is also the Council of Public Liberal Arts College (COPLAC) whose institutions are “commit[ted] to providing superior liberal arts and sciences education to their students”. Liberal arts colleges are residential, which means that students live on campus. Usually, first-year students have to live on campus and higher rank students are allowed to live off campus. Some scholarships also require applicants or recipients to maintain their residency for as long as the scholarship is valid. This issue of residency brings me to my The appeal trial of the election petition held for two days last week is a topic that has left Nevisians discussing about its possible outcome. But what has left many amazed is the manner in which leaders of the opposition Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM) have made their interpretations publicly. It starts right from the top, when party’s leader, the Hon Vance Amory, banged water to cross the shark infested waters (terms I have respectfully borrowed from CCM operatives) to air his views in St. Kitts on WINN FM’s Inside the News programme on Saturday July 7. “From my standpoint, not being versed in the law, but judging from the initial hearing and decision of Justice Thomas (I was not aware there was another judge who heard the election petition) and what transpired yesterday, in my feeling is that the decision of the trial judge will be upheld,” said Mr Amory. This tells anybody that there is disconnect between the leader and his deputy the Hon Mark Brantley who is one of this country’s top legal minds, and one who rubbed shoulders with the great late Dr Simeon Daniel in the legal profession. Thankfully Mr Amory admitted that he was not well versed in the law. That is good reason for him to have sought advice from his deputy, who apart from being the better qualified person to make a clinical prediction of how the judgment could be handed down he being a lawyer, he is the suffering — or what others would call the aggrieved — party. He is the one who filed the initial petition. Mr Amory would have withheld some information when he addressed the nation from the popular weekly forum that is presented by the St. Kitts-based WINN FM radio station, when he said it was because the NRP filed an appeal that there was the two-day sitting. The way he put it would suggest that the NRP candidate did not have the constitutional right to make the appeal. Mr Amory has his fundamental right to nominate who gets justice and does not. But why didn’t he mention that Mr Mark Brantley filed a cross appeal which was also heard. Why was he selective, or is it economical, with what he spewed out? He said that Justice Lionel Jones’ decision would be upheld. I pray that Mr Brantley did not hear his leader speak, because what his leader was essentially saying was that his deputy’s cross appeal was dead in the water. Even though Mr Amory admitted that he was not well versed in the law, why did he choose to forget that the learned Judge, Justice Lionel Jones, had handed down a decision that sent Mr Brantley reeling and hence the reason he filed the cross appeal? That the CCM leader hid to the listening public of Mr Brantley’s appeal does not negate the very fact that his deputy was seeking to have a decision handed down by Mr Justice Jones overturned. According to the Gospel of Vance, only the NRP appealed and that they won’t go anywhere as Justice Jones’ decision would be upheld. Hon Brantley: Your leader said it on WINN FM on Saturday July 7 that whatever decision Justice Jones handed down will be upheld — including what hurt you, leading to your filing the cross appeal. Take that! In his cross appeal, Mr Brantley had sought to reverse (here not reporting as a legal mind, but as a social commentator) Justice Jones’ decision that the nearly 200 persons whose names did not appear on the voters’ list would stay out. Mr Brantley wanted them back on the voters’ list real bad. Now comes his boss and pulls the rug under his feet. The boss says that his deputy’s efforts would come to nought. Did the two leaders consult with each other? If they did, then Mr Brantley is admitting that those persons should not have been on the voters’ list in the first place. Why did the Hon Mark Brantley file the election petition in the first place? He claimed that he was opposed to Nevis Reformation Party’s simple and logical stand that persons should register as voters in constituencies where they live. The NRP constitutionally objected to those persons who were registered where they did not live, and their names came off the list. The CCM objected to similar voters and a number of known NRP supporters were offloaded from the list. But when Mr Brantley lost the Nevis 2 (St. John’s Parish) seat to NRP’s Hon Hensley Daniel, he cried foul and blamed his loss on the fact that nearly 200 persons (some of them dead and plenty back in Guyana) who would have voted for him could not do so. In his appeal, Mr Brantley wanted to have those names restored on the voters’ list. In Judge Jones’ decision, he refused to have those names put back on the voters’ list. Mr Amory has publicly announced that that decision will be upheld. Even days before the election petition was heard, the CCM went on a voter cleaning exercise and objected to some 386 persons from the master list on the island of Nevis against NRP’s 276 objections. If last year they said it was wrong for the NRP to object to over 200 names, and flexed their muscles by going to court, why then did they go about carrying the same exercise this year? It is right now while it was wrong then? So, why then waste the Court’s time? Then it was Hon Mark Brantley who shouted more than his leader the Hon Vance Amory. At first many thought it was because it was Brantley who was hurting after being trounced at the polls by the Hon Hensley Daniel. That is only natural. But here is the real reason: They say in English that those who live in glass houses should not throw stones. At the time when all this melodrama was unfolding, the Hon Vance Amory was indeed registered as a voter in a constituency that he did not live. Or to put it in another way, he was living where he was not registered. Was it a genuine concern for Mr Brantley who is registered where he lives, or lives where he is registered, to go to court to fight to have persons not living in St. John’s to be allowed to be registered in the constituency? He took the matter further by filing a cross appeal, questioning why learned Judge Lionel Jones refused to order those names back on the voter’s register. The leader of the CCM party, in his volition, has said the decision will be upheld. Before I go, let any person of goodwill tell me if the CCM’s hierarchy is intact or not. I am making that impassioned appeal because I fear for its leader, who is being overworked by his soldiers. But I think I should have said ignored by the soldiers. Where are the CCM’s soldiers? When he first made an appearance on the WINN FM’s Inside the News programme on Saturday June 16, this is what Hon Vance Amory told the host: “I was hoping that it would be somebody else, but as the person couldn’t come I thought that as I was in St. Kitts I could just fit myself in.” He went on: “I have come, as I said this morning, to be part of this discussion because we have been trying to get a consistent representative of the CCM to come and be part of the discussion and I had hoped that we would have had someone this morning.” Despite his unequivocal assurance that his party had identified somebody to be appearing on the radio show and that he had only come the one day on June 6 because he happened to have been in St. Kitts, a month later, Mr Amory is still appearing on the WINN FM’s Inside the News programme as his party’s representative.A general is a general because there are soldiers.By Llewellyn Parris From Where I Sit By xSpeaks next point, housing. Where will you live when you attend university? It is extremely important that you figure this part out because colleges have to ensure that students (especially international students) have somewhere to live for the duration of their study. Some universities are non-residential, i.e. they do not provide housing for any of their students. Some universities provide limited housing, that is, space is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis as they are unable to house all their students. International students, especially, have to ensure that they have their living arrangements sorted out and finalised before arriving at school. If you have to or have decided to live off-campus, searches for housing should begin months in advance. You must always remember that you aren’t the only international student or the only person applying for housing. Also bear in mind the area in which you’re renting. Certain high-end locations will demand higher rental fees. For example, if you’re attending school in New York City or any major city, expect comfortable accommodation to run you anywhere from US$400 per month. To ease some of the burden that living in a city will create, try as hard as possible to gain employment. Making your own money should lessen your reliance on your parents’ money and the experience will look great on your resum. Make sure that your finances are in order and that they are sufficient to cover at least the cost of living and eating. We’ll continue some other time and will probably continue dealing with factors that should matter when selecting a university.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 13TH 2012 18 EVENTS Russell all-round effort topped by NZ published by Media on Wed, 07/11/2012 13:24 BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – An admirable all-round performance from Andre Russell was upstaged by a typical New Zealand team effort that crushed West Indies’ bid for a series-clinching result with an 88-run defeat in the third Digicel One-day International on Wednesday here. On a day dedicated to the memory of Runako Morton, Russell exemplified the feisty qualities for which the late Windies batsman from federal neighbours Nevis had become known, when he smote three fours and four sixes in the top score of 42 not out from 24 balls, as the hosts unsuccessfully chased 250 for victory on a docile Warner Park pitch. None of the hosts’ other batsmen reached 20, as their batting became unglued against the steady, if not menacing attack of the visitors, whose Jacob Oram, Nathan McCullum and Trent Boult collected two scalps apiece. The crucial run outs of Marlon Samuels and Dwayne Bravo also undermined West Indies’ bid for victory, and the result was formalised with 93 deliveries remaining, when Ravi Rampaul was caught at long-off from the bowling of Boult for nine. The Windies now hold a 2-1 lead in the five-match series, following a nine-wicket victory under the Duckworth-Lewis Method in the first Digicel ODI last Thursday at Sabina Park in Jamaica, where they also won the second Digicel ODI by 55 runs last Saturday. The fourth Digicel ODI will be played on Saturday at this venue, where the final Digicel ODI of the series will also take place two days later. Russell had been the most successful bowler for the Caribbean side with four wickets for 57 runs from nine overs, as the New Zealanders posted 249 for nine from their allocation of 50 overs, after they were sent in to bat on another picture-perfect day. Sunil Narine supported with two for 28 from his allotment of 10 overs, as Rob Nicol led consistent batting for the Black Caps with four fours and three sixes in 59 from 69 balls, McCullum scored 50 from 70 balls that included four fours and one six, B.J. Watling made 40 and Daniel Flynn got 28. Johnson Charles then played a few rasping strokes to give West Indies a flourishing start to their chase, but he was lbw for 15, playing across a full-length delivery from Boult in the fourth over. A near capacity holiday crowd had turned up to see Chris Gayle continue the sublime form that has accompanied his return to the international stage, but were soon silenced, when the talismanic opener was caught at slip for 11, playing defensively forward to Tim Southee in the ninth over. West Indies were 33 for two and failed to defy conventional thinking that Gayle is the key to their batting, when they slumped to 62 for five in the 15th over, after Dwayne Smith, Dwayne Bravo and Marlon Samuels departed in the space of 19 deliveries. Smith was caught at deep cover for 19 off Oram in the 12th over, when McCullum ran almost to the boundary’s edge to hold a catch with the ball dropping over his left shoulder. Bravo was run out for two, when he failed to beat Southee’s throw to Kyle Mills at the bowler’s end going for a third run in the 13th over. Two overs later, Samuels was also run out for 11, when he took a few exploratory steps out of his crease and failed to beat Martin Guptill’s direct hit from cover at the striker’s end in the 15th over, following a nifty bit of work from the fielder. Denesh Ramdin joined Kieron Pollard and they started to get West Indies moving again, but they were two of three wickets that fell for 18 in the space of 29 deliveries that sealed the fate of the home team, as they sunk to 103 for eight in the 28th over. Russell, dropped on 17 at extra cover off McCullum in the 29th over, gave the crowd false hope with a few typical lusty blows, including a monster hit six into the south stand, before Rampaul fell. Earlier, Russell made an early breakthrough, when he trapped Guptill lbw for 11, playing back and across to well-pitched delivery in the sixth over. But West Indies came under pressure, as left-hander Daniel Flynn joined Nicol, and flourished in a second wicket stand of 47 before Bravo had him caught behind for 28, essaying a square drive at a wide delivery in the 14th over. Off-spinner Narine struck, when he bowled New Zealand captain Kane Williamson for nine off the inside edge in the 19th over, leaving his side 97 for three. Sammy bowled a tight spell of eight overs that cost 22 to slow the scoring and had Tom Latham caught at mid-wicket for 12 in the 26th over, when the batsman miscued a hook at a short, slowly rising delivery. Next over, Samuels, bowling his uncomplicated off-spin darts, Andre Rusell (right) led another steady bowling performance. Jason Rogers snatches Gold at NACAC Championships By Drizel Hanleystruck in his second over, when Nicol, whose knock included four fours and three sixes from 69 balls, gave him a return catch off the leading edge, trying to turn a delivery into the leg-side, as New Zealand wobbled to 125 for five. West Indies met serious resistance for the first time, when McCullum came to the crease and joined Watling, and they put on 66 for the sixth wicket, as New Zealand entered the final 10 overs on 184 for five. But Russell again made a vital strike, when Watling was caught at fine leg for 40, mistiming a scoop over the shoulder in the 41st over. Russell added the scalps of Kyle Mills, caught at cover for two from a miscued hook, and McCullum, caught at deep mid-wicket from a mistimed pull, in the closing overs, as West Indies conceded 65 from the final 10 overs. St Kitts and Nevis track icon, Jason Rogers on Friday July 6th won a gold medal at the North American, Central American and Caribbean Championships (NACAC) 23 Championships held in Guanajuato, Mexico. The Kittitian athlete accomplished this feat by completing the 100m in an impressive time of 10.06sec, his personal best. According to St. Kitts-Nevis Amateur Athletic Association’s Public Relations Officer Evris Huggins Rogers is officially the fastest athlete under the age of 23 in North America, Central America and the Caribbean. “Jason’s time is an Olympic A qualifier and also positions him as the 2nd fastest male athlete in the history of St. Kitts and Nevis; second to only his coach and training partner Kim Collins,” the Public Relations Officer said. Jason finished ahead of Keenan Brock of the United States America who placed 2nd in a time of 10.15; Charles Silmon of the United States America-3rd in a time of 10.17; Akeem Haynes of Canada-4th in a time of 10.23; Jamol James of Trinidad & Tobago-5th in a time of 10.26 and Warren Fraser of The Bahamas-and Ian Warner of Canada who tied for 6th in a time of 10.30. During the qualifying races Jason advanced to the finals after placing second with a time of 10.22 seconds (his then previous best). Also advancing to the finals was Lestrod Roland of St. Kitts and Nevis who finished in 8th place. Photo Caption: Jason Rogers Khadija Davis wins first ever Cotton Thomas Comprehensive School Pageant By Drizel Hanley Khadija Davis was on Saturday, July 7th crowned the first ever Cotton Thomas Comprehensive Queen. The show which was held on the grounds of the school situated at Boon Avenue, West Basseterre saw six beautiful ladies vying for the coveted title. By amassing a grand total of 466.5 points Khadija topped her five rivals to walk away with the crown. The young beauty also won the Talent segment by dancing to American vocalist, songwriter and producer, R Kelly’s ‘Sign of a Victory’ in which she sent a message that “if we believe, we can achieve anything including the impossible, despite of our disabilities”. Kenesha Davis snatched the Second-Runner-Up position. Shaqkesha Joseph was awarded the Second Runner-Up position and also copped top prizes for the Best Introductory Speech and Best Creative Wear segments. During the Creative Wear segment Shaqkesha sported a table-tennis outfit made entirely of plastic. The Third-Runner-Up spot went to Kyra Matthew who also snatched the Miss Photogenic and Evening Wear Segment. Kyra modeled an ankle length royal-blue dress which was adorned with glitter from the bust to the waist. Special appearances were made by Sweet Sister Sensia, (cont’d on next page)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 13TH 2012 19 By: Vigilante NEWS •With de increasing pressure put on de failed and hopeless PAM leader, to step down by de end of this month, Little Bo Peep decided to take a trip overseas last week-end to see his “spiritual advisers” seeking their help. •His sessions with his “spiritual advisers” overseas, dey claim, was to boost his confidence and strengthen his hand to deal firmly and swiftly wid de large and growing number of dissident elements in de party who are behind de plot to oust him from de party’s leadership. •Dey say he accuses Sleeping Hammy of being de chief instigator behind de diabolic plot to kick him out, and he has vowed to teach Sleeping Hammy a lesson he will never forget. •And dey say he say de Rescue Crew chief is part of de conspiracy and he cooping him. •But, Sleeping Hammy contends that he’s the best man for the job of Leader of PAM. For he’s older and more mature than all ah dem. He has given his whole life to de partyboth Little Bo Peep and Shawn are Johnny-ComeLatelies, he insists. •Some say is Haiti he went; others say its Guadeloupe but Little Bo Peep come back home boasting how he has been reenergized and fortified from de trip and “de Holy Waters” he gotready to put de coup plotters in dey place once and for all. •He showed up for de PAM Executive meeting this week (like an army general) and he put a good tongue lashing on Sleeping Hammy and he gang. He tell dem there was only one leader in de Party-Lindsay Fitzgerald Grant. Its time dey stop dey damn stupidness or face de consequences. •And dey say he made it abundantly clear, that any more nonsense from dem, he was going to fix dem good and proper. If dey think Douglas was bad, he is 10 times badder than Douglas. •He let dem know once more that he is de boss, and he is going to lead de Party (PAM) into de next General Election in 2015, whether they like it or not. He not backing down one bit…..who don’t like it pack up and leave. •Dey say Sleeping Hammy tried to challenge him at de meeting, telling him that he behaving like a real dictator; but Little Bo Peep shut him up-telling him dat he done have a man in Cayon (De Licy Calypsonian) lined-up to take his place as de PAM candidate in constituency 8. •Dey say wid dat Sleeping Hammy lap he tail like a little puppy and lost he tongue. And Little Bo Peep tell him he got his Deputy (Shawn) on his side; that’s why he put him to talk to de WINN FM man Saturday. •Little Bo Peep further warned Sleeping Hammy that all hell will break loose in de party, if he and he gang ever try to move him as Party Leader and de candidate for constituency 4, adding that they are all a set of crooks and hyprocrites. •De fly on de wall PAM trump at the car place sent a message to Little Bo Peep, saying he was a dismal failure as Party Leader and he was throwing his full weight behind Shawn as de new PAM’s Leader. •Dey say he say if he was present at de PAM Executive meeting this week, he woulda break-up de meeting, but Little Bo Peep sent back a message to tell him dat, he too ungrateful; nothing like him coulda frighten him or stop him from being PAM Leader. •De false prophet has failed miserably again. He put up de ex-policeman and customs man to call een on all de talk shows to encourage Kittitians and Nevisians to boycott the cricket match on Wednesday and just like de Sweet 16 Music Festival, de match was well attended and a ‘bamamcoo’ success. •People in Nevis want to know if de attack recently on a Chinese business place there was influenced by certain platform speakers in Rescue Crew who have been publicly attacking the Chinese businesses in St.Kitts and Nevis and encouraging people to chase dem out. •St. Mark admitted on Wednesday night in his talk show in Nevis that his party (CCM) was doing de same illegal things with de Voters’ list, that he is accusing NRP of. What a thing with the Arab last Saturday eh? On the weekly PAM show on their FM, in the presence and hearing of all his PAM colleagues on the show, the Arab said that Prime Minister Douglas “is a PAM.” As one old comrade remarked, this was “madness gone crazy.” This seems to be part of the Arab’s continuing thrust to neutralise some members of the Labour Party for the benefit of his pals in PAM. In recent years he went all out to capture our Deputy leader and our chairman for PAM. He clearly revised the mood of our comrades, whether genuinely or conveniently. He should not have been so silly so to do. He saw what happened to him at our 2011 Party Convention. He would have heard of the mood against treachery at the 2012 convention. So it seems that he wants to land not only our Deputy and our Chairman in his PAM net, but also the biggest catch of all, our Party Leader. It was the same leader who brought him into the Labour field as a candidate in the first place. So he now wishes to pull all the Labour leaders over to PAM and, in the process, return PAM to prominence and creditability. But he lie. Real Labour comrades don’t mess. As the Grand Masters say, not one of them going mess with Labour. Our leader is a born, bred and biscuit, diehard Labour man. He remains a committed and dedicated Labour man. He didn’t drop out of the belly of Labour right into the PAM net like Terry. Or gone over into PAM, still supporting all the Labour Party’s principles like some traitor and crooks like to say. They real amusing. They gone over into PAM to find Labour. Real crazy people for time. The PAM candidate – designate for Constituency no.1 seems to have launched an all – out war on the Labour Party now. Through the means of his talk – shows, he rallies the PAM family to abuse the Labour leader. Imagine digging up a piece of crap written by a PAMite in a foreign newspaper, and presenting it as gospel to his PAM family, for them to feast upon. And you know how much they delight in jamming anti – Labour stories, no matter how false they are. So this candidate don’t play. Using the pulpit the PAM FM provides him, he parades his PAMness daily for the consumption of all members and friends. Lots of journalists in foreign newspapers write positive things about St. Kitts and its leader. Plenty. But the piece of negative crap found in a Jamaican newspaper, is treated as if it came out of the Bible; God’s word. Political nitwits and pipsqueaks seem to abound in PAM. And as New Town people say, he going overboard to prove his love, loyalty and commitment to PAM to facilitate his candidacy in Constituency no.1. But all the members and friends who previously had their concerns about his standing as a PAMite would now be all on board for his confirmation as a PAM – trump. The fellow punging Labour everyday. And he gets the PAM choir led by the nuts – lady, Mother bess, Terry, Carl, Hardest, Webster, Harvey, and Willie to sing the same PAM road – march daily. So just ignore the sprinkling of doubters. You are confirmed as a PAM pipsqueak. When he ready, he could talk like Massa and Arab who, as very confirmed PAMites, “not in any politics.” They just cursing the hell out of the Labour Party and its leadership, all for the benefit of the PAM. Massa hard to beat. He actually formed the PAM party. He remains an executive member of PAM. He attends all the PAM executive meetings But he and the Arab not in any politics. They in “Rescue.” They working hard to rescue the government from Labour for PAM. Worse still, the Arab wants to rescue the entire Labour leadership now. What a man! I need to say something again about our electoral system that PAM seems to think they could play political games with. We had a system that did not need much fixing which PAM inherited in 1980 when it came to government. Only who lived here could vote. And St. Kitts and Nevis had one government. PAM went and changed up everything in 1984. They changed up the boundaries. They brought overseas voting into the mix. They crafted an independence constitution that gave Nevis its own government while keeping 3 Nevis constituencies as part of the St. Kitts Dougie is a PAM? Please, Mr. Arab By: Sotto Vocegovernment. So the Federation is made up of Nevis on the one part, and St. Kitts – Nevis on the other. And while PAM formed part of the government’s following elections in 1980, 1984, 1989 and 1993 the fallacies of the electoral system they created did not matter. But they have come out of elections in 1995, 2000, 2004, 2010 second best. And so the reason that the changes they made are not now working for them. So the overseas citizens living here is a problem. Only PAM people should be able to vote in constituencies where they don’t live. In fact, everything that was right with their creation has now become wrong. They refused to be part of an electoral reform exercise and lend their voice and ideas to it from on the inside. They opted to stay on the outside and just criticize. These fellas are real sore losers. In 1984 when PAM changed up the system, they were afraid of voters living at home. Now it seems they are also afraid of the voters they allowed to come home from overseas. Their political gossip even now got them chatting foolishness. Every constituency that Labour wins got hundreds of St. Paul’s people on the list voting. They hate anything named St. Paul’s with a passion. No wonder everyday for them is anti – Dougie day. They assist in keeping Dougie’s popularity high by the daily nonsense they peddle on radio. Their lies make them look real bad when the truth is revealed. Well the S.I.D.F continues to be a major problem for its detractors. All the functionaries came into the open and publicly gave the details of how it operates. Gave its website and handouts for all to see that it is no secret society for Douglas. And all the accusations of corruption are totally without rhyme, reason or merit. The detractors want to know how many persons have acquired citizenship/passports through the scheme since the Labour Government took it over from the PAM Government. See how life is? They have never told us how many citizens/ passports were issued under PAM. They made no alarms about it when PAM ran things. The public is still in the dark as how they operated the system. There was no press conference done explaining anything like the S.I.D.F operatives did. They really think St. Kitts people moomoo. Footsy and the School’s Drum Core. The show was hosted by Calypso Reggie and musical entertainment was provided by DJ Buckley. Sylvester Dore, Head of Advertising and Promotion explained that the aim of the pageant was to increase awareness of the Cotton Thomas Comprehensive School (CTCS) and the role it plays in the development and elevation of disabled persons. “It also helps in creating a spirit of self-acceptance that would enhance their self confidence and self-esteem,” he added. Formally known as the Special Education Unit, the name was officially changed to the Cotton Thomas Comprehensive School in May of 2010.Khadija .......(cont’d from last page)


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