The labour spokesman
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Title: The labour spokesman
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Year 55 NO. 08FRIDAY, JULY 20TH, 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 05 THE THINKING CITIZEN VIEW POINT* REV.CANON PERCIVAL EARLE CLARKE SOTTO VOCECOMMENTARY BY PAGE 22 LONDON, ENGLAND, JULY 14TH 2012 (CUOPM) – Less than two months after going to the Paris Club seeking support for his Government’s bold economic transformation efforts through the restructuring of the debts owed by St. Kitts and Nevis to the United Kingdom, Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas has been informed that the British Government that his request has been granted. Confirmation has come from Britain informs PM Douglas request for debt forgiveness has been approved Britain informs PM Douglas request for debt forgiveness has been approved BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – Members of a sevenperson Taiwan Youth Ambassador Corps from the National Taipei University of Technology (NTUT) are to pay a courtesy call on St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas on Friday afternoon (today). The group arrived on July 10th Visiting Taiwan youths to end tour with call on Prime Minister Douglas on a two-week exchange programme in the Federation under the coordination of the Ministry of Education. The visiting youth delegation witnessed first-hand Kittitians and Nevisians favorite pastime when they attended the cricket match Britain’s Minister of State for International Development, the Rt. Britain’s Minister of State for International Development, the Rt. Hon. Alan Duncan (cont’d on page 3) (cont’d on page 13) Park Hyatt St. Kitts will provide economic benefits for both islands, says PM Douglas BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – Plans for the construction of a Park Hyatt St. Kitts on the island’s Southeast Peninsula will result in economic benefits to the people of the twinisland Federation. In his weekly Ask the Prime Minister call in radio programme on Tuesday Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas said the southeast peninsular (cont’d on page 3)SIDF Makes Owning A Home Easier Windies gain momentum with 4-1 series win


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 20TH 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 Markysa O’Loughlin leaves for the Miss World Pageant, China By Drizel Hanley20-year-old Markysa O’Loughlin departed the St.Kitts on Tuesday, July 17th to compete in the 62nd Edition of the Miss World Pageant to be staged in Ordos, Inner Mongolia China. While in China, Markysa will join other representatives of more than one hundred (100) countries in their bid for the prestigious Miss World crown. Miss O’Loughlin will compete in seven (7) segments which include: Beach Beauty, Sport, Talent, Traditional Dance, Top Model, Beauty with a Purpose and Multimedia. The contestants are also expected to take part in a number of scheduled activities and be photographed at many of China’s historic sites to highlight the country’s heritage. “I cannot wait to represent my twin island federation in this capacity. The Miss World Pageant will give me ample opportunity to promote St. Kitts and Nevis as a premier tourist destination and I’ll do just that”, the St.Kitts-Nevis representative said. “For months I have been preparing for this and my franchise holders, friends and family were very supportive throughout for that I am thankful and I extend a sincere thank you to all my supporters”, she added. The Kittitian beauty further stated that she is seeking support from her fellow Kittitians and Nevisians to help her earn marks towards the newly introduced “Multimedia Award” that goes directly to her final score. The Multimedia Award requires each contestant to share their experiences with pictures, videos, and messages through their official profile that is linked to their Facebook page. Therefore she is pleading to the public to support her by logging on the Facebook and liking her official fan page (www.facebook.com/ missworldstkittsnevis). “The judges will be assessing our likes, feedback and how well we interact with fans and I am hoping I can get the world of support from my fellow Kittitians and Nevisians”, she said. Markysa is the 5th delegate from St. Kitts and Nevis to compete in the Miss World Pageant Lindsay Grant bites the dust There is an old saying in this country which states that “force does make water run up the hill” and certainly this was the case with the disgraced PAM leader, Lindsay Fitzgerald Grant, who has been finally forced to resign from the leadership of the party and made to “bite the dust”. The announcement came at a stage managed press conference held by the Party’s Executive on Tuesday morning of this week, July 17th and it was made by Mr. Grant himself, who said among other things that he would remain candidate for the party for the next General Elections constitutionally due in 2015. His resignation as Party Leader, he said, takes effect from September, 30th, 2012. His resignation, at this time, comes as no surprise to us in this newspaper for the information was provided to us by very reliable sources in the Party’s Executive, who told us Mr. Grantat a recent meeting of the PAM Executive which broke up-was given an ultimatum to pack up and leave by the end of this month (July), or face the consequences. And we published that information a couple weeks ago. The general public as well, should not have been surprised, because it was widely known that Mr. Grant, right after the January, 25th, 2010 General Elections, was put under immense and increasing pressure to step down as Party Leader, following the departure of five (5) of his candidatesthe Gang of five-who called for immediate resignation on his handling of the elections and the Marriott scandal in which he was involved and exposed, just three (3) days before the elections. The 2010 Party conference had to be postponed more than once because of the bitter infighting and rancour in the party fomented by the call for Mr. Grant’s resignation by the Gang of 5 (who were unceremoniously expelled from the party) and the growing number of dissidents who made it pellucidly clear that they will not be supporting the party in any future elections, once Mr. Grant remained as the leader.Vocal and disgruntled PAM supporters took to the airwave of the various talk shows, week after week, publicly criticizing Mr. Grant’s leadership and amplifying their call for him to give up the leadership. But, Mr. Grant remained adamant that he was not stepping down and said he was determined to fight to the very end. In his determination to cling to power at all and any cost, he used the constitution of the party to ward off his critics. He survived in the 2010 convention of the Party and came out punching like a champion at this year’s convention held at PAM Headquarters, when he announced his plans and agenda for the upcoming General Elections, declaring again that he had no intention whatsoever to back down, adding that he was ready to announce his full slate of candidates in a few weeks time. Some months ago the party introduced a special Thursday night Programme on one of the local radio stations to boost his image. But in May (this year) a scientific poll was reportedly carried out and financed by the Rescue Crew seeking out the popularity of our beloved Prime Minister, the Rt. Dr. Hon. Denzil Douglas. Mr. Grant and other political leaders and politicians in the Federation were included in the poll. The results showed that the Prime Minster came out way ahead of the others and he turned out to be even more popular in Nevis than the Sheriff. But to the amazement of PAM misleaders, Mr. Grant came a distant last, in the poll which included his two deputies. We are reliably informed that more than 60 percent of the people polled stated that they would not vote for PAM in the next election if Mr. Grant remains the leader of the party. And that they pressured Mr. Grant to resign, running the heavy roller over him until he bowed to the pressure. The party has now hit rock-bottom low and has been plunged into more confusion, turmoil and disarray for it has no leader and no candidates. And no amount of window dressing and public relations exercises on the radio will fool the people of this country into believing that Mr. Grant resigned on his own free will. He was booted out. The Party is now divided into three campsthe Eugene Hamilton factor; the Shawn Richards factor and the Jonel Powell faction. Tom, Dick and Harry are now fighting to be the leader and even the likes of the rejected Consie Mitcham and Kennedy Simmonds are being considered to replace the disgraced PAM leader to challenge our beloved, popular and unstoppable Prime Minster and his powerful Labour team of candidates who are destined to be swept back into government for an unprecedented fifth consecutive term. PAM is still not a viable alternative to this Labour Government. Long live Douglas and the Labour Party.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 20TH 2012 3 NEWS LONDON, ENGLAND (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas says the cancellation of the debt owed to Britain by the twin-island Federation in the debtrestructuring programme will go a long way in the continued restoration of confidence to the economy. “I commend the members of the Paris Club who cooperated and collaborated with us, especially the British Government who has officially informed me that they have given complete debt forgiveness for the balance debt that we owed them,” said Dr. Douglas, who is also Minister of Finance During a stopover in London on his way from home from a week of investment talks in Dubai, Prime Minister Douglas expressed thanks to the Government of the United States for agreeing during the negotiations in May with the members of the Paris Club to extend the period of payment at a very low interest “thus making it possible to manage the outstanding debt with the United States Government.” Prime Minister Douglas also expressed thanks to the domestic Britain debt cancellation is continuing confidence in the economy, says PM Douglas and regional creditors for the support provided in the restructuring of the national debt. “With all that has been achieved, we are seeing the continuing increase in confidence returning to the economy of St. Kitts and Nevis, where we should now be doing everything that we can, not only to stimulate domestic investment to St. Kitts and Nevis, but also attracting foreign direct investment and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates is one of those places that such investment would come,” said Prime Minister Douglas. The British Government informed the St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister that the case for debt relief was assessed under three criteria: sound economic management, good governance and commitment to poverty eradication. The Rt. Hon. Alan Duncan, the British Minister of State for International Development hoped that the writing off of the debt “will help boost the chances of success and help free up resources to help protect the poorest and most vulnerable citizens of St. Kitts and Nevis during this challenging time.” St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas (Photo by Erasmus Williams) Hon. Alan Duncan. “I am pleased to confirm the full cancellation of all of your Government’s debts to DFID with immediate effect,” said the British minister in a letter to Prime Minister Douglas. Mr. Duncan informed the St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister that the case for debt relief was assessed under three criteria: “sound economic management, good governance and commitment to poverty eradication.” “I note in particular the extremely difficult external environment faced by St. Kitts and Nevis and the impressive efforts made to get public finances back on a secure and sustainable footing,” said Minister Duncan. In wishing Prime Minister Douglas every success with the reform programme that St. Kitts and Nevis has embarked on, the British Minister of State hoped that the writing off of the debts to the Department of International Development “will help boost the chances of success and help free up resources to help protect the poorest and most vulnerable citizens of St. Kitts and Nevis during this challenging time.” The approach to the Paris Club late May, was part of the comprehensive debt restructuring program launched by the government in May 2011. Britain informs PM Douglas....... (cont’d frpm page 1) From 4:30 7:30 p.m. Park Hyatt St. Kitts will provide economic benefits for both islands, represents a unique and powerful territorial and psychological link between Nevis and St. Kitts. “Because when one is on the peninsula, one is really struck by just how close our two islands really are. When on that strip of land, I am sure you will agree, the “two islands, one paradise” theme really comes to life because the waterway dividing both islands is so very narrow. And so, anything that happens in terms of economic development on the peninsula, therefore, will represent a stimulus that will produce benefits that ripple outward, throughout the Federation – for those living in St. Kitts between Frigate Bay to St. Paul’s, and for those living in Nevis between Oualie Beach and Windward Beach. The economic benefits are real, and the ripple throughout both islands,” Dr. Douglas told listeners to the programme. Dr. Douglas pointed out that although he has spoken on other programmes about the Government’s development thrust in the northwestern or Capisterre region of the Federation, through such projects as Kittitian Hill, “we at the same time continue to push forward where this link, this bridge between the two islands is concerned as well. Prime Minister Douglas who held discussions with several investors in Dubai last week said it is part of his government’s continued push forward despite the global downturn. “The benefits, I am certain, obvious to all since a hotel of this caliber will not only result in an increase in high-end visitors to our shores, but the addition of a fivestar hotel and an increase in visitors will also result in expanded opportunities for workers, service providers, and all of the other interests and entities whose revenue streams are enhanced and expanded as a result of the tourism industry,” said Prime Minister Douglas. He describes The Park Hyatt St. Kitts is the ingenuity and the imagination with which the financing of this project was structured, noting that several hotel projects throughout the Caribbean and around the world have simply stalled. “ No funding – whether private, public, or in-between. And so, the vast majority of hotels that are being financed and developed in the Caribbean today, for example, are being paid for by significant direct Government funding. In this era, however, and in this global climate, it was particularly important to us that The Park Hyatt St. Kitts not be financed in this way. And we are very pleased to be able to assure you that it will not,” said the St. Kitts and Nevis leader. He said it is in this period of global volatility and uncertainty, “my Government not only understands the importance of ever-protecting and advancing our country’s economic interests, we actually do so.” St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas (left) and Range Developments Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Munaf Ali holding an artiste’s impression of the planned Park Hyatt St. Kitts during a visit to Dubai last week. (Photo by Erasmus Williams) (cont’d from page1)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 20TH 2012 4 NEWS TRADE UNION NEWS By: Batumba Tak General Secretary Minister Harris Expresses Concern For Retrenched Workers Some twenty workers at the first local manufacturing export entity, Electrofab have been served formal notice of the company’s intention to sever their services within the next two months. Dr the Hon Timothy Harris, Minister of International Trade, Industry and Commerce says that “from my interaction with several affected workers they are concerned that it will be very difficult for them to find new or alternative jobs”. I am concerned about this not only from the perspective of the manufacturing entity, but from the human side of it. People without work find it harder to pay their bills, meet regular commitments like mortgages, take care of their children and do those ordinary things that add worth and value to their lives. I understand their dilemma and difficulty”. Dr Harris said that he has been advised by management that a decline in market for certain products has been a critical factor in management’s decision to sever workers. Workers had indicated that three days of work on and off was not helpful to them and in that regard some opted for retrenchment. Dr Harris said he appreciated that many businesses reduced labour hours/days with a view to maintain employee levels but under employment is a humbug and cannot lead to a long run solution, because workers become demoralized over time if they are unable to satisfy basic needs from their employment. Dr Harris said that while the news was not bright, the viability of the export manufacturing sector is linked to the restoration of growth in the demand markets abroad, and ability of manufacturers to improve on efficiencies, enhance quality and add consumer value. What Is Collective Bargaining? The term “collective bargaining” has been some what ubiquitous lately, as legislators in several countries have moved to limit Union rights. But while collective bargaining lies at the very heart of what Unions do, how it works, especially in the public sector, is not always so straight forward. However, the question that has been asked is, What is “Collective bargaining? Collective is the procedure by which the wages and other conditions of employment of workers are regulated by agreement between their representatives and their employer. Simply put, “collective bargaining” is the process through which employees band together to form a Union and negotiate a contract with their boss that lays out certain employment conditions, including things like wages/salaries, benefits, vacation time, working hours, protection from sexual harassment, safety conditions, grievance procedure among other working conditions at the workplace. Collective bargaining is thus one way to reach the goal of social peace. Through trade Unions workers can let their voices be heard at the workplace.But is collective bargaining a “right”?On September 4th, 2000 the Government of the Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis ratified the Convention concerning the Promotion of collective bargaining right here in our beautiful Federation. By ratifying the convention I will say that it is a right for workers through their Unions to engage in collective bargaining with their employer (Boss). Collective bargaining convention (Entry into force: 11th August, 1983) Adoption: Geneva, 67th International Labour Convention (ILC) session (o3 June, 1981). The first part of the Preamble of the collective bargaining convention reads as follows. The General Conference of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Having been convened at Geneva by the Governing Body of the ILO, and having met in its Sixty-seventh Session on 3rd June, 1981, and Reaffirming the provision of the Declaration of Philadelphia recognising “the solemn obligation of the ILO to further among the nations of the world programmes which will achieve, the effwective recognition of the right of collective bargaining”, and noting that this principle is “fully applicable to all people everywhere”. We also have to be cognizant that the workers’ organization get power enough to be recognized by employers as valuable partners in the economic and social life of their members and by extension all workers. As soon as this recognition is completed, the Trade Unions and their Shop Stewards begin the negotiations with the employers with the objective of improving their members general conditions. We also have to bear in mind that collective bargaining is a discussion between representatives of employers and representatives of the Union members, with a view to reaching agreement on working conditions and terms of employment. These discussions can and do cover large number of conditions under which their members work and are really the main point of the social relationship. In addition, through negotiations about an increase in wages/salaries, members can get: 1. Better food and clothes 2. Better education for their children 3. Better transportation to and from work and other social conditions. Over all, a better life, and particularly a better family life in a more comfortable and an easier way. In a future article we’ll continue to look at the importance of collective bargaining to the members of the St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union and by extension all workers. As I take my leave I leave you with an old traditional slave song that they use to sing to pass the time away, and also to help guide those who escaped to freedom.Swing Low Sweet Chariot.Chorus: Swing low, sweet chariot, Coming for to carry me home, Swing low, sweet chariot, Coming for to carry me home. I looked over Jordan, and what did I see Coming for to carry me home? A band of angels coming after me Coming for to carry me home. If you get there before I do Coming for to carry me home Tell all my friends I coming too Coming for to carry me home. I’m sometimes up, I’m sometimes down Coming for to carry me home But still my soul feels heavenly bound Coming for to carry me home. Make certain that you reach use our new Email address: info@sknunion.com


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 20TH 2012 5 NEWS The Thinking Citizen There are a number of CCM/ PAM propagandists who take to the airwaves regularly calling for the return to government of the People’s Action Movement (PAM). The questions that are being asked are whether the propagandists are of a sane mind and whether they are working to secure their own selfish personal interest. To answer the questions we ought to review first the performance of the PAM party over the past 25 years. We cannot forget that PAM paid to the Sugar Estates Land owners the sum of $22.0 million for sugar lands that had been valued at $10.0 million by an independent, outside land appraiser in the person of Prof. Michael Faber from the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Co-operation (CFTC). The Sugar Estates Land owners were the friends of the People’s Action Movement. They had been instrumental in the formation of the party in 1965, and have been friends of the said party ever since PAM abolished Personal Income Tax not to benefit the poor, ordinary worker but to benefit those who paid the Tax. Poor people never paid Income Tax, so they could not benefit from its abolition. The PAM Ministers voted to pay themselves huge increases the level of the Allowance that they were getting and the also voted to give themselves additional Allowances. Rather than improving the lot of the poor, ordinary working man, PAM made that a lot harder by imposing a most regressive form of Personal Income Tax which the party called a Social Service Levy. Then PAM sent out its messengers into the high – ways and the by – ways to tell people that the Social Service Levy was not an Income Tax (a Tax on Income) but a levy. PAM declared that what the party did was put a levy, not a tax on people’s income. Now everyone knows the difference between a TAX and a LEVY. PAM was taxing people’s incomes and playing with words. The PAM trumps, half – trumps and quarter – trumps put their greedy hands on the best pieces of Sugar Estates Lands shortly after the PAM Government paid for the lands. Although those lands were under the control of the Labour Party Government before PAM got into office, Bradshaw, Southwell, France, Bryant, Lee Moore and St. John Payne kept their hands away from those hands. What a difference!! During the PAM hegemony, the Government allowed a fraudulent off – shore bank to be established in St. Kitts at the Circus. The lawyers who set – up the Bank is a big – shot PAM lawyer. The Bank’s Secretary was also a big – shot PAM man who was paid his salary every month, although he never ever attended a Bank meeting. None was ever held. When the Canadian Mounted Police came to St. Kitts looking for the promoters of the Bank, they scampered away like frightened rats. The PAM Government blamed the leaders of the Labour Party for the Bank fiasco. Would anyone in his right mind really want the People’s Action Movement to return to government bearing in mind the disgraceful performance of the party over the past 25 years? We must not forget that PAM did not want the people of St. Kitts and Nevis to be empowered. The PAMites opposed the move to Associate Statehood as well as the move to Independence for St. Kitts and Nevis. PAM wanted the population of St, Kitts and Nevis to remain subjects, British Subjects, rather than citizens of an independent St. Kitts and Nevis. PAM also opposed the establishment of Social Security and then went on in 1994 to provide handsome pensions for the PAM Prime Minister and his other Ministers. How can we trust PAM, when and if it forms the government to work for the good of the entire nation, when now as the opposition party PAM is always giving the nation and its people a terrible bad name. Nobody will believe that St. Kitts – Nevis is a bad place to live in or visit because the Labour Party is in power, but the same bad place will become the world’s most favourite spot as soon as PAM takes over the reins of government. PAM lost no time in bad – mouthing the Warner Park New Cricket Stadium and in turn the Silver Jubilee Sports Stadium at Bird Rock when they were each being constructed. Every year, without fail, PAM bad – mouths the St. Kitts Music Festival. Notwithstanding all the bad – mouthing, the 2012 Annual St. Kitts Music Festival was acclaimed an outstanding success. How can anybody really wish for the return of PAM to government? PAM has so much going against it. In opposition, PAM works to retard the over – all economic development of St. Kitts and Nevis. In government PAM works to promote the best interests of the HAVES to the utter neglect of the HAVE – NOTS. The PAM agents and messenger boys are currently at work trying to convince gullible members of the different Constituencies to vote for PAM at the next General Elections. As part of their message these greedy, selfish and rapacious PAMites try to tell the voters what a bad MAN Dr. Denzil Douglas is, and how the Labour Party Government has done nothing good for our people. These of course are all lies for Dr. Douglas and his Labour Party Government has brought St. Kitts and Nevis from the backwaters of Latin America and the Caribbean to pride of place within CARICOM. Some greedy and gullible PAM cannot be trusted voters will be convinced by the PAM messengers will remain faithful and will not be convinced by the PAMites’ chatter. The voters will remember the lacklustre performance of the PAM party over the past 25 years. PAM is striving hard to regain the government in order to put its hands on the patrimony of the people and use the financial and other resources of the country for the benefit of the party’s trumps, half – trumps and quarter – trumps. We, the people, still remember how PAM grabbed large portions of Sugar Estates Lands in East Basseterre, shortly after 1980, and how PAM sold off cheaply items of government property to its trumps. Top jobs at Government Headquarters were given to certain trumps from Sandy Point, although there were more deserving persons already in the Civil Service. PAM served our country a wicked blow when in 1983 the party re – designed the existing Electoral System in order to make it difficult (or impossible as PAM thought) for the Labour Party to win an Election. The Social Security Scheme came under heavy attack from PAM. It is only through the grace of God and the perseverance and commitment of Robert Bradshaw and his team that we have a Social Security Scheme today. SIDF Makes Owning A Home Easier Basseterre, St. Kitts July 12, 2012 (SIDF) Citizens of St. Kitts and Nevis will soon be able to apply for a residential loan up to EC$500,000.00 at a fixed annual interest rate of 5%. The Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation (SIDF) established the Fund for the Realization of Economic Empowerment through Subsidized Housing (FREESH) and the Equity Assistance Fund (EAF) in partnership with indigenous financial institutions earlier this year. Terms and conditions have recently been revised to make the Funds more attractive to prospective homeowners. A grand exposition has been planned to launch the FREESH and the EAF. The event takes place in St. Kitts on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort, and in Nevis on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Occasions. Persons desirous of constructing a new home are invited to attend the exposition to meet with loans officers, contractors, architects, housing developers, suppliers of building materials and other service providers in the home construction sector. At both expositions, an interactive presentation will be made by a qualified, experienced architect and planner on the topic: Planning a Home: Be Aware and Beware. Following the exposition, citizens may apply to the Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis, FINCO, Bank of Nevis or the St. Kitts Cooperative Credit Union for a residential mortgage under the new terms and conditions. All applications must be submitted through the SIDF website – www.sknsidf.org. The main goal of the Funds is to encourage expansion in the construction sector and to provide loan capital through participating financial institutions to middle to low income citizens. Ten million Eastern Caribbean dollars has been allocated to the FREESH, and one million Eastern Caribbean dollars has been reserved for the EAF.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 20TH 2012 6 NEWS -Lady Hulda Lawrence School of Music presents exciting 31st Pianoforte Exhibition By Denville L. Vaughan Parents, former students and other patrons of the Lawrence School of Music were offered a musical treat on Tuesday night (July 10) when the school, under the tutelage and direction of Lady Hulda Lawrence, presented its 31st annual pianoforte exhibition at the St. George’s Anglican Church. The evening’s affair was hosted by Mr. Naren Maynard who is at present an undergraduate student of the University of Great Falls, Kalispell, Montana, USA and an active youth of the St. Paul’s Anglican Church and its young people organisation. The St. Paul’s Anglican Church is the recipient of the proceeds from this year’s pianoforte concert. The event was also attended by Governor General, H.E. Sir Cuthbert Sebastian and the resident Taiwanese Ambassador Miguel Tsoa and Mrs. Tsao and other members of the diplomatic and consular corp. The pieces selected for the evening were drawn from a wide range of classical and contemporary pieces; from the rhythmic to the contemplative, from gospel standards to those which would beautifully fit the relaxing ambiance of a cabaret. In eight segments, twenty -two star pupils rendered piano solos and one piano duet that captured the attended of the near capacity attendance. Each rendition was worthy of highest commendation, which reflected positively on the training that is offered at the Lawrence School of Music. The first segment saw Rohan Edmead present Kozeluch’s ‘Cossak Air’ in its rhythmic yet moving simplicity, Jamoy Tyson play the meditatively contemplative piece ‘In Church’ and Darien Maynard reproduce ‘Volga Boat Song’ in a flowing, yet sombre manner. Section two was filled with the piano solo recitals of Everette Esdaille who confidently presented Dettersdorf’s ‘English Dance in A’, Tyra Pemberton who gave an entertaining presentation of Haughton’s ‘Stroll On and Hardai Baley’s delivery of Bach’s ‘Air’ which was noteworthy her effortless precision. Part three was magnificently presented by Baggio Grant who played with sure fingers Thompson’s ‘Prelude’, by Lacrissa Richardson who finger flowed with exuberance of a virtuoso to reproduce Thiman’s ‘Flood Time’ and by Alkronous Bridgewater who expertly produced the change keys and repeats of Burgmuller’s ‘Ballade’. The fourth segment began with Arnelle Williams playing the light-moving ‘Gavotta’ by James Hook. This piece was followed by the brisk romantic tones of Burgmuller’s ‘Inquietude’, expertly played by Denaula Laplace. One of the star features of this segment was Shatrice Whyte’s free flowing delivery of Thompson’s ‘Impromptu. Her masterful delivery helped the listener appreciate the beauty and seemingly extemporaneous nature of the piece. Following Whyte was the stellar pupil of the night, Christian Nathaniel made gave a passionate rendition of Mozart’s ‘Allegro – First Movement Sonata in D’. Nathaniel’s flawless presentation allowed the audience an opportunity at hearing this piece as Mozart would have desired his work of art to have been experienced. Section five was opened with the only piano duet of the night where Troy’nia Douglas and Aliyah Bradshaw displayed the precision of partnership in their rendition of Rosa’s ‘Over the Waves’. This was followed by the seamless combination of the 19th Century piece ‘Andantino’ by Franz Liszt and the 2011 chart stopper ‘Someone Like You’ by Adele and Dan Wilson. Bradshaw showed deftness of hand as the audience could not help but burst into singing. The Anglican found new meaning to the ‘ancient and modern’. It was star pupil, Tama Martin, who followed to transport the audience to the cabaret with Brubeck’s ‘King for a Day’. Her expert playing brought alive the happiness found in the piece and was well received by those present. Sahir Baley and Devanski Percival completed this section with their commendable solo renditions of Brahms’ ‘The Sandman’ and ‘Baa-ba-doobah’, respectively. These performances contrasted each other as Baley presented a soulful yet moving rendition while Percival presented his piece with happy fingers in a rollicking fashion. Christie Taylor overcame her obvious jitters to commendably perform Daugin’s ‘Gavotte en Rondo’. This rendition was followed by the incomparable Dr. Elizabeth Lawrence on organ, performing Bach’s ‘Toccata in D’. These two items comprised the sixth segment. In section seven, Kayla Farrell and Nicole Maynard beautifully presented Gedike’s ‘Miniature in D Minor’ and Mier’s ‘A Story from Long Ago’. Both pieces were presented with a meditative aura. The final section saw Takoya Slack and Dr. Therese Rawlins present two pieces marked for their militant beats. Slack’s rendition of Grechaninov’s ‘Sad Song’ was marked by her steady maintenance of the Baltic type rhythm. Then Rawlins ended the night with a combination of militant hymns called the ‘Victory Medley’. Her playing moved the audience to join her simple yet wonderful presentation. The night was punctuated with choral singing by students of Lawrence School of Music along with a pan duet by Tama Martin and Christian Nathaniel and a superb vocal duet by sisters, Fidella Clarke and Tehara Clarke. Added to this, four of the daughters of the first family of music, Dr. Elizabeth Lawrence, Dr. Taresa Lawrence, Dr. Victoria Lawrence and Dr. Louisa Lawrence contributed of their stellar musical acumen to the success of the evening. Dr. Elizabeth gave an outstanding vocal presentation of Handel’s “If God be for Us” (Messiah), while Drs. Taresa and Victoria shared wowed those present with a piano and violin duet of Schubert’s “Ave Maria”. Dr. Louisa accompanied the school’s choir in various group songs and rendered a vocal solo in “I will lift up Mine Eyes to the Hills (Psalm 121)”, music composed by Lady Hulda Lawrence. The night was also punctuated with other original Hullda Lawrence arrangements beautifully sung by the students of the music school. These include another version of “If God be for Us” and the Negro spirituals “Git on Board” and “Steal Away”. The evening ended with the distribution of certificates and prizes by Mrs. Delnora Baley to the students for commendable performances in pianoforte playing and theory passes, ranging from Grade 1 to Grade 8. Parish Priest of the St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Rev. Fr. Wilfred A. Daniel expressed his thanks and that of the church to the school and the kind donation made and to the patrons of the pianoforte concert for their contribution. Kayla Farrel confidently presents A F Gedike’s “Miniature in D Minor”.Section of audience at the 31st Annual lady Hulda Lawrence School of Music Pianoforte Concert.Students present group vocal rendition with Dr. Louisa Lawrence on piano. Notice of Water Shortage The Management of Water Services Department wishes to remind the general public that as a result of a present dry season, the country is experiencing low inflows from its Water Sources. As a result, some consumers will experience low pressure or interruption in supply, especially during peak demand hours. Consumers are therefore encouraged to conserve water by fixing leaks and cutting out all non-essential uses of water. Persons are also encouraged to contact Water Services Department at 466-3070 or 466-1467 to report any leaks or concerns.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 20TH 2012 7 NEWS Rotary Club of Liamuiga Installs New Officers (Basseterre, St. Kitts) – The Rotary Club of Liamuiga (RCL) and the Rotary Club of St. Kitts each welcomed a new team of leadership during the annual installation ceremony and banquet at the Sweet Lime Restaurant/Club MaPau on Port Zante earlier this month. The ceremony included outgoing speeches by the 2011 presidents of each Club. The departing presidents gave a summary of their terms in office and the accomplishments of their respective Clubs. Among the RCL programs that were highlighted were the Christmas Food Hamper, Four Way Test and Spelling Bee programmes. Peter Jenkins, outgoing president of RCL, gave special recognition to the ongoing collaboration among RCL, the Rotary Club of Lichfield St-Chad and the Rotary Club of Ledburry with the Diabetic Footcare Project. “The aim of the Project is to reduce the number of amputations due to complications from diabetes. What is also significant about this collaboration is that it has placed St. Kitts-Nevis at the forefront of this intervention worldwide,” Jenkins said. As the baton of leadership was passed, the incoming presidents outlined their vision for their respective Clubs for the upcoming Rotary year. Newly installed RCL President Lester Hanley encouraged members to fully embrace the theme adopted by Rotary International for the 2012-2013 year. The theme is “Peace through Service.” “As Rotarians and as Rotary Clubs I encourage everyone to embrace the Rotary International theme of ‘Service through Peace’ and realize the need for understanding, tolerance and inclusion for all. For this, in my view, is our first step in recognizing our goal of Peace through Service – Peace within ourselves and Peace within our clubs,” said President Hanley. In addition to the leadership transition, The Rotary Club of Liamuiga, also recognized the unheralded contributions of members of the community. Among the individuals who were celebrated were Sargeant Rosemary Roberts of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force for her selfless and heroic efforts to thwart crime in the Stapleton area and nation as a whole and the six-member nursing staff of the Intensive Care Unit of the Joseph N. France General Hospital. The nurses were particularly lauded for their dedication and unparalleled commitment to their duties by serving as beacons of hope for the entire nation. Each awardee received an engraved plaque and an EC $1000 cash award. Entertainment during the evening was provided by attorney Adrian Scantlebury who provided several soulful pieces on his saxophone and DJ EK ‘The Real Right’ who had Rotarians dancing the night away following the ceremony. Installed as members of the RCL executive were: President: Lester Hanley Vice President: Eustace Warner Secretary: Julie Gumbs Treasurer: Kaii Dias Sargeant-At-Arms: Tuffida Stewart At the evening’s close, President Hanley said, “We stand at the dawning of a promising year for the Rotary Club of Liamuiga,” he stated. “If the success of this ceremony is any indication of what is come, then, what a year it will be!”


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 20TH 2012 8 NEWS CFBC Hosts Cultural Exchange Basseterre, St. Kitts (SKNIS): Thirty-four students at the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC) learnt about the Republic of China (Taiwan), its history, people and culture during an organized visit with six Taiwanese Youth Ambassadors from the National Taipei University of Technology. His Excellency Ambassador Miguel LiJey Tsao, of the Republic of China (Taiwan), expressed that the cultural exchange was an excellent experience for both parties. “Cultural exchange by its nature means to be bilateral. During their stay, the Youth Ambassadors not only showcased their talent and shared the Taiwanese culture with local students but also learnt the colorful Caribbean culture.” Dr. Hermia Morton Anthony, President of CFBC, said she was pleased that Taiwan chose St. Kitts and Nevis to host the cultural exchange. She added that cultural exchange with youth as a whole adds a dynamic element. “It adds sustainability for better relations in our future between our countries,” noted Dr. Anthony. Wricherley Gumbs, President of the CFBC Student Government Association, stated that the cultural exchange programme Community Urged To Accept Anti-Gang Violence Role Basseterre, St. Kitts (SKNIS): Criminologist and Professor at the American University in Washington D.C. Edward R. Maguire Ph.D. has encouraged persons in the community to accept and embrace their responsibility in ongoing efforts to reduce gang activity in St. Kitts and Nevis. During an interview with SKNIS, Dr. Maguire drew on his vast knowledge and experience to highlight a problem that he observed in various countries he has worked with. “In too many communities that have gang violence problems, it is not considered a community issue,” he stated, adding that some persons seem more concerned with pointing fingers rather than developing solutions. Dr. Maguire recounted an experience in an unnamed country where he attempted to engage members of the faith-based community “to determine what they can do to try to help out with this gang violence problem.” “What they kept telling me is it’s a police problem and I kept saying no it’s a community problem,” he said. Eventually, one priest heeded the call and reached out to the gang members. After productive sessions, he was able to convince other faith leaders to join in engaging the youth. “That’s the kind of work that needs to be done,” the criminologist emphasized. “This is not a government problem. This is not a police problem. This is a community problem and every aspect of the community needs to come together to address it.” Professor Maguire, who chairs the Department of Justice, Law and Society at American University, visited St. Kitts and Nevis from July 1 to 5, to conduct a Rapid Assessment on gang related activity. While here, he interacted with officials in the criminal justice system, gang members and community officials. He shared some advice on the role that ordinary citizens can play. “If you see a young man engaged in behaviour you believe is inappropriate, and you feel safe doing so, engage with that young man, mentor that young man, advise that young man, teach that young man, love that young man ... ,” the professor said. “Don’t make it somebody else’s problem, make it your problem. We can solve gang violence one young man at a time ...” was truly a success thanks to the overwhelming participation of the CFBC students. “I was pleased to see such a reasonable turn out. I and the CFBC students were excited to learn more about the Taiwanese culture. We participated in activities including puppetry, acting and dancing. We in turn entertained them with our folklore, masquerade and even taught them a little bit of dialect.” At the culmination of the exchange, a banner adorned with the flag of St. Kitts and Taiwan was signed and email addresses were shared. “The Youth Ambassadors were very friendly and I am looking forward to our next cultural exchange, said Mr. Gumbs. “Maybe in the future our CFBC students would be able to travel to Taiwan to showcase our culture there.” The CFBC exchange aspect concluded on July 13. The visiting youth ambassadors are currently engaging with two hundred and fifty youth participating in July 15 to 29 Renee and Ian Naismith Summer Residential Camp organized by the Department of Youth Empowerment.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 20TH 2012 9 NEWS -The 2012 Nevis Culturama Committee presents Ms. Culture Swimwear contestant number three, Miss Nevis Cultural Development Foundation Franale Holder The 2012 Nevis Culturama Committee presents Ms. Culture Queen Pageant contestant number two, Miss Carib Brewery St. Kitts-Nevis Limited Mikahlia Lawrence Born under the sign of Virgo; charismatic, ambitious, goal oriented, determined and convivial, are just some of the attributes that one can use when describing 24 year old Mikahlia Lawrence Hailing from the charming village of Brick-Kiln, Miss Carib Brewery St. Kitts-Nevis Limited Mikahlia Lawrence is no stranger to the limelight. Mikahlia took an interest in pageantry at an early age; specifically at age 15 as a 4a1 student when she entered the Miss Charlestown Secondary School [CSS] House Pageant. She believes that pageants can and should be used as stepping stones to greater opportunities. Pageantry has helped her hone her public speaking skills and increase her level of self confidence. While presently employed as an Administrative Assistant within the Nevis Island Administration, Mikahlia aspires to follow a career path of corporate law; a career where her oratory skills and confidence will be an asset. This young lady is governed by the simple but inspiring adage “If we truly love ourselves, everything in our life works”. Mikahlia believes that having high self esteem and unwavering confidence are two qualities that should be possessed by every young woman in order to be successful in life. She also implores us to remain cognizant of the fact that every finish line is simply the beginning of a new race, and so, we should never stop striving to achieve greatness. Mikahlia adheres to the view that with God all things are attainable and thus, through him no goal is out of reach. So, with this in mind she intends to participate in this year’s Miss Culture Queen Pageant as her unique contribution to the largely celebrated festival, Culturama. You are invited to the Nevis Cultural Complex on Sunday 5th August 2012 to see Ms. Culture Queen Pageant contestant two, Miss Carib Brewery St. Kitts-Nevis Limited Mikahlia Lawrence. Guyana in 2009, and when she gained 1st runner up and the title “Miss Air” in the 2010 Miss Guyana Earth Pageant. Franale’s greatest achievements however, would be when she graduated at the top of her class with seven subject passes in grades one and two, and best overall debater in 2008. While a beauty in her own capacity, Franale enjoys singing, dancing, rapping, writing music, reading realistic romance novels, modeling, cooking and pageantry. She loves the colour yellow and is inspired by her siblings. She hopes to bring originality and creativity to this year’s Ms. Culture Swimwear Contest. Franale’s favorite quote is “love is life and life is love” because when she is “having an off day,” she remembers how fortunate she is to be surrounded by loving friends and family. “Dream big,” she says, “and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t make it.” You are invited to the Nevis Cultural Complex on Sunday 29th July 2012 to see Miss Nevis Cultural Development Foundation Franale Holder vie for the 2012 Ms. Culture Swimwear title. On a beautiful Easter morning, a Portuguese and black beauty was born to Veronica Simon and Frank Holder. Today, that person is Ms. Nevis Cultural Development Foundation, Franale Holder. Twenty two (22) year-old Franale hails from east coast Demerara, Guyana: the land of many waters. This gem can be described as a young woman with an abundance of aspiration and inspiration as she confidently makes her journey to her success. In keeping up with her straight A’s, this fifth form graduate, through her courageousness, vibrancy, intelligence and talent, aspires to become a professional singer/rapper. Being the eldest of seven children has taught Franale responsibility and management of one’s assets and income. Appreciation for her parents and the support she receives are the main driving forces and pillars in her life. As a child, Franale had the privilege of living in two countries, a privilege she took full advantage of and which enabled her to attend two schools from nursery to secondary. In Suriname and Guyana, the combined learning experience is what mattered to her as it gave her the added advantage of being fluent: scripted and verbal in English, Nederland’s (Dutch) as well as a Caribbean slavery language called “Stranang Tongo.” Franale has many accomplishments to be proud of such as the delivery of a speech, on her school district’s behalf, to the president of Suriname addressing how less fortunate children have been working extra hard, along with their teachers, in order to ensure progress; when she was crowned Miss East Coast info@sknunion.com Ja 50 SKN Essay Competition DEADLINE EXTENSION Further to feedback received about various difficulties that were encountered which affected submission, the decision has been taken to extend the deadline for submission of scripts for the Jamaica 50 St Kitts Nevis Essay Competition for two (2) weeks to 5.00pm on Friday, 27 July 2012. 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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 20TH 2012 10 NEWS Do not be discouraged by unemployment, global financial crises and economic downturn, High Commissioner tells 800 Birmingham graduates BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) –Graduating students of the University of Birmingham, England have been told to “go forth with creative optimism, self-awareness, pride and confidence into a world where life, dreams and tremendous opportunities await” them. The advice to the 800 students has come from St. Kitts and Nevis’ High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, His Excellency Dr. Kevin M. Isaac during the commencement exercises on July 12th. “Class of 2012, as you graduate today; I encourage you to celebrate the moment, pat yourselves on the back and say well done. But, I challenge you to embrace your new role and the responsibility which it implies. You are co-creators of your unfolding destinies. I look at you and I see tomorrow’s promise. And a decade from now, someone among you would be standing where I am today to share your journey,” he told the graduates and their families. “Do you realize that whichever direction you look in this Hall your eyes will probably eyes those of a future captain of industry; another big-thinker, a future statesman and woman; entrepreneur, innovator, diplomat, politician, professor or vice chancellor?,” he asked as he urged them to think creatively of the possibilities and opportunities which await them on the remarkable journey that will become their lives. “Do not be discouraged by the irritating recycled news about unemployment, global financial crises and economic downturn. Instead challenge yourselves, at least to try to become the next employer, the next big IPO, or the factors of production which generate the new economic upturn,” said Dr. Isaac, adding: “I say this because I believe in my heart that the University of Birmingham has empowered and steeled you for success. And yes you have worked hard individually and deserve your own achievements; but collectively you have been gifted the Birmingham University legacy which means you leave here today with the ability to blaze new paths and to fashion your destinies. One of you could very well join the privileged fraternity of Nobel Laureates of this university.” Dr. Isaac said he was quite privileged and indeed honoured to share this defining moment with the Graduating Class of 2012 as the ceremony recognizes the hard work, dedication and accomplishment by faculty and administration, parents and most of all the Class of 2012. “As a proud alumnus, I thank the University for awarding me this honorary degree. As I was reminded a few days ago by one of my diplomatic colleagues, this degree honours my service, but more importantly, it celebrates the diplomatic community in London. I am grateful and humbled to be so honoured by such a renowned academic institution. And in sharing the stage with a group of people so rich in promise, I also wish to thank the Class of 2012 for letting me share your moment,” he said. Dr. Isaac pointed out that it was almost two decades ago, he had the good fortune to graduate from the University of Birmingham. “Interestingly, back then, I confess not having been wise enough to anticipate or even appreciate the extent to which this University, and the intellectual grounding and motivation I received here, would eventually shape my life. But in many ways, I believe that graduating 17 years ago was much easier than it is today. What do I mean by this? Essentially, the world of the 1990s did not proceed at its current break-neck pace; access to information was not as ubiquitous; and although globalisation was on everyone’s lips, we did not fully understand the broad implications of being actors in a competitive, global marketplace,” he said. “We live in a world sometimes complicated by myriad challenges many of which you hear daily on the news and see around you. Yet we also coexist in a truly interconnected space in which access to reams of information which you can harness into knowledge lies literally at your fingertips; the strongest competition may be several time zones away, business partners may be down the street or on another continent; but notably, opportunities for growth and personal development may also exist in sectors yet to be defined,” said Dr. Isaac. He said he was confident with his own experience that the knowledge the graduating students have acquired during their years at the University of Birmingham and the critical thinking-skills they would have developed will serve them well. “It will help as you try to adapt and reconcile your national citizenry and regional identity with your place in the world. It will also help you to exercise influence as you participate in processes of development and change. Class of 2012, as you wade further into the challenging seas of life, you can take comfort in the knowledge that the emphasis our University of Birmingham has placed on the interconnection between the rigor of theoretical learning and the relevance of academic preparation with real-world experience will prove an invaluable asset,” said Dr. Isaac. He added: “I say this boldly because for a number of years, I have been bolstered and comforted by the recognition that whilst many universities are just beginning to understand that curricula content and learning techniques must do more than prepare students for the success in the classroom; Birmingham University came into this appreciation a long time ago and, when I was here in the 1990s, it was even then demonstrating the value of training people for careers and for great opportunities.” Dr. Isaac pointed out that when he undertook to pursue further graduate studies, he had a choice of four universities. “Birmingham University chose me simply because it understood and stressed the importance of contextualized learning. My course of study in Diplomacy and Statecraft, supported by other relevant courses, allowed us as students to peer into the worlds of some exceptional actors of statecraft and to live vicariously through their eyes and experiences. And thanks to the professors, we were also given opportunities to meet with practicing diplomats and to discuss the contemporary issues of the day.” “And it was because of all this that when I was unexpectedly conscripted by my government to serve in its United Nations Office, St. Kitts and Nevis’ High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Ireland, His Excellency Dr. Kevin M. Isaac. (cont’d on next page)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 20TH 2012 11 NEWS though apprehensive and perhaps cautious about my own abilities, thanks again to faculty members the likes of Dr David Dunn and Professor Thorndike even though I did not know it then I was very well prepared for, what at the time, seemed like my great leap of faith into the unknown. But I can say to you today, that my year here had in fact prepared the groundwork for my career – a career which has taken me on an amazing journey to the United Nations in New York; the State Department and White House in Washington, DC; to serve as Advisor in the Cabinet of the Assistant Secretary General and Country Offices Coordinator within the Washington DC-based Organization of American States and now to the office of High Commissioner in your wonderful and dynamic capital city of London.” “If I may indulge myself just a little, there is another experience of which I am profoundly proud and must share with you is the fact that while I was at the University of Birmingham, I also developed the skill to understand the power of language and to use it to transform metaphors, imagery, emotions, experience and ideas into poetry; and two books and 17 years of public service later, when come back to this campus and the city perhaps strangely you might sayI feel immediately at home. Yet, when I look at the totality of my experience, I am not convinced that it is or can ever be seen as unique; especially when it framed by the legacy, ethos and character of this great institution. If you listen to the storied journeys of some of my former classmates you would understand,” Dr. Isaac said. Do not be discouraged by unemployment, global financial crises..... (cont’d from last page) New York travel agents selling the Caribbean, head for St. Kitts in October BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, JULY 18TH 2012 (CUOPM) NEW YORK Travel agents selling the Caribbean will come October get to follow their hearts to St. Kitts and Nevis, where they will explore, feel, love and remember during a three day conference organized by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) New York office. The October 6 9 conference, dubbed “One Caribbean Chapter Sales Experience,” is being organized to help the leading travel agents get a better feel for the destination through a programme of thrilling activities and seminars. “More than hosting the usual conference with a packed programme of seminars and presentations, we want the travel agents to get to experience the destination so they can better sell it,” said Fernando Abreu, the CTO’s deputy director of marketing at the New York office. During the three-day event, the travel agents will be exposed to the attributes that make St. Kitts and Nevis one of the most seductive destinations in the Caribbean, through a series of workshops and presentations in the morning and destination study tours and a scavenger hunt in the afternoon.A trade show and networking session with local suppliers –hoteliers, ground operators, attractions, restaurant owners, etc – is also being organized to give the agents the opportunity to interact with the suppliers and get to know what St. Kitts has to offer and how the agents can create the best holiday experience for their clients. The CTO member countries will have an opportunity to present spotlight presentations a series of seminar sessions in which each participating country makes a 20 minute presentation on their product to a group of travel agents. The focus during these special presentations will be on weddings and adventure. The One Caribbean Chapter Sales Experience in St. Kitts will allow agents to jump-start their certification in the recently launched St. Kitts Agent Destination Specialist Programme; get more in-depth product knowledge on St. Kitts through the study tours and scavenger hunt; familiarize themselves with hotels in St. Kitts at the trade show and hotel site inspections and explore the sister island of Nevis on the optional post tour. The October 6 9 conference will be the first in a series being organized for CTO Chapter members by the New York office and sessions will be held at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort.use our new Email address: info@sknunion.com


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 20TH 2012 12 NEWS between West Indies and New Zealand on Wednesday, 11th July. On Thursday, 12th July, the Youth Ambassador Corp visited the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC) for a welcoming ceremony which was organized by the CFBC in conjunction with the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan). In attendance were Taiwan’s Resident Ambassador His Excellency Miguel Tsao and Mrs. informing of the ten (10) scholarship recipients who will study in Taiwan for their Bachelors and Masters degrees in different programs. His Excellency further mentioned that in October 2012, his Government will invite an outstanding group from the Federation to visit Taiwan for the upcoming Latin American and Caribbean Festival. All of these are testimonies of the close exchange between our two countries. President of the CFBC, Dr. Anthony thanked and praised the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) through the Embassy for bringing the delegation to the CFB College. She also said that she hope that CFBC could forge closer ties with the National Taipei University of Technology. Following President Anthony’s remarks, the leader of the delegation, Ms. Yu Ning Chang introduced the entire group, with each individual presenting himself or herself to the audience. After which, a musical rendition and dance was performed by the delegation which was met with a warm round of applause. Later that same day, July 12th, the NTUT delegation accompanied by Ambassador Tsao also paid a courtesy call on Honourable Nigel Carty, Minister of Education. Minister Carty took the time to welcome the delegation to the Federation and also spoke of his visit to Taiwan earlier this year when he had the opportunity to visit National Taipei University of Technology. Minister then wished them a pleasant stay while here in St. Kitts and Nevis. On the afternoon of July 16, the delegation attended a joint opening ceremony at the Residential Camp located at Beach Allen Primary School. In attendance were Ambassador Tsao, Honourable Glen Phillip, Minister of Youth Empowerment; Youth Affairs Director Geoffrey Hanley, Embassy staff and some 230 camp students. In their remarks, both Ambassador Tsao and Minister Phillip spoke highly of the benefits of cultural exchange and expressed hope that the friendship between the two countries will be further strengthened through this kind of exchange program. During their visit to Prime Minister Douglas on Friday, the Taiwan youths will share what they will have learned during this trip. Photos courtesy of the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Visiting Taiwan youths to end tour with call on Prime Minister Douglas Tsao; President of CFBC, Dr. Hermia Morton-Anthony; Vice President Ms. Deleres Harris; CFBC students, 2012 Scholarship recipients and members of the Press. Ambassador Tsao in his remarks mentioned that the Youth Ambassador Corps will share the Taiwanese culture with the local students here in the Federation, while at the same time he hopes that they can learn St. Kitts and Nevis culture. He also enlightened all by (cont’d from page 1)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 20TH 2012 13 ADVERTISEMENT Bill Clinton Climate Change Initiative gives thumbs up to political will of Labour Government to replace diesel power with green energy BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (CUOPM) – Officials of the Bill Clinton Climate Change Initiative were in high praise for St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas and Minister of Energy, the Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas for the political will to replace diesel power with clean renewable energy. Officials of the Clinton Climate Initiative led by Mr. Jan Hartke and Ambassador Paolo Zampolli update Prime Minister Douglas since their meeting on the latest initiative. Prime Minister Douglas outlined several of the initiatives taken by his government in the area of wind and solar energy and also the full support of the federal authorities to the (Left to right) – Mr. Jan Hartke, Ambassador Paolo Zampolli; Mr. Kevin Henderson; Ms. Anne Marie Miller, Mr. David Alacly, Mr. Lenrick Lake, Mr. Joseph Edmeade, Hon. Dr. Earl Asim Martin and Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas. geothermal initiative by the Joseph Parry-led Nevis Island Administration in Nevis. “We welcome the help the Clinton Initiative. We want to move forward. We have the potential to become the first country in this are to be powered by renewable energy,” Prime Minister Douglas told the Clinton officials. Prime Minister Douglas and Minister Martin were supported by Chief Secretary, Mr. Joseph Edmeade and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Energy, Mr. Lenny Lake. The Clinton Climate Change programme is aimed at partnering with national governments in offering options, expertise, and aspects of a sound business plan for their consideration. Governments are not charged for the services in the development of clean, affordable, reliable power for the island countries. The Government of St. Kitts and Nevis cognizant of the high cost of electricity as a result of the world market prices have been looking at ways to move to green energy. A proposal was submitted by Prime Minister Douglas in support of the National Energy Policy of the government to facilitate St. Kitts and Nevis becoming a country where sustainable, clean, reliable and more affordable energy sources are developed and used. The Cabinet has approved the waiving of taxes on a range of alternative energy generating equipment and energy efficiency equipment. The waiver is on the Import Duty and Customer Service Charge on solar PV panels and ancillary equipment for generating electricity; hydrogen fuel cells and ancillary equipment; wind turbines and ancillary equipment; energy-saving bulbs including LED bulbs; solar water heaters and tanks; solar AC units and other approved related equipment. With the assistance of the Republic of China (Taiwan), solar panels have been installed at Government Headquarters, which houses the Prime Minister’s Office, the Attorney General’s Office, the National Assembly and the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Agriculture and Youth and Sports. A few weeks ago discussions on plans to set up a solar panel manufacturing plant in St. Kitts were discussed here. Minister of Housing and Energy, the Hon. Dr. Earl Asim Martin also said the next set of low-income homes constructed island wide by the National Housing Corporation (NHC) will be electrified by solar energy. Taiwan is also assisting with the installation of LED street lighting system on the Kim Collins Highway and on the road to Frigate Bay from the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) to Sugars.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 20TH 2012 14 Yes I enjoyed myself At the Park watching West Indies do battle against the New Zealand team. I had a wonderful time. As usual on the Wednesday, the West Indies just love to give us all kinds of aches. You get headaches, heartache, anxiety attacks you name it we get it. So we leave home healthy, but we never know with the West Indies cricket team. We back them strongly and in front of approximately all seven thousand of us they lost the match that we get a whole public holiday to go and witness. I felt bad for all of us. I will leave the analyzing to the professionals. Happily, they bounced back for the second and third match played at Warner Park. The last two games were “nail biting” one never knew which way the match would turn out, or who would win until the last few overs. Good thing I am not a betting woman so I did not lose any money. Highlights of the game for me, was watching the New Zealand team when they were fielding. They were so disciplined they moved almost in unison and were ever ready to catch, stop, or stump, leg before wicket and knocking off the bails of the opponent. When I compare the West Indies and their stance in the field they seemed to move only at the last second when it looked as though the ball was coming in a particular player’s direction. Sometimes, too late and their opponent make the runs because West Indies team seem to prefer to move at the last moment. Overall, I think all of us had a good time and the socializing was very good. I saw many friends and acquaintances I had not seen in a long time. So my friends when next I see some of you would be I am sure at the next cricket match played in Warner Park. I hope you enjoyed yourself as much as I did. PAHO official urges mandatory physical activity in Caribbean schools BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, JULY 18TH 2012 (CUOPM) – The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has reaffirmed its commitment to partnering with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in fighting Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) that are wreaking havoc on the economies of the regions of the Americas. This was expressed at a meeting at the CARICOM Secretariat when Dr. Ernest Pate, PAHO/ WHO Caribbean Programme Coordinator; Dr. James Hospedales, PAHO/WHO Regional Adviser, Prevention and Control of Chronic Diseases, and Dr. Karen Sealy, WHO Special Adviser, briefed CARICOM Secretary-General His Excellency Irwin LaRocque on the progress made in the region in stemming the tide of Chronic NCDs. Notwithstanding the many strides made in regional public health, Dr. Pate was of the opinion that public health leadership in the Caribbean had somewhat weakened and expressed hope that CARICOM and PAHO would work together to strengthen this. He anticipated that the CARICOM Secretariat would place high priority on NCDs and integrate this issue in all of its programmes, since it was one of the major threats to public health. About 250 million people are living with NCDs in the Americas, while in 2009 alone, the deaths caused by NCDs totalled 4.5 million of which 45 percent were caused by heart disease and 35 percent by cancer. Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica have the highest prevalence of NCDs among adults in the Americas. Dr. Hospedales said that the situation was not sustainable, but stressed that there were costeffective solutions that could be adopted. Those, he stated, included healthy public policies and healthy policy interventions as well as comprehensive programmes of prevention and control. He referred to the 15-point 2007 Port-of-Spain Declaration, Uniting To Stop Chronic NonCommunicable Diseases, issued by CARICOM Heads of Government, which has become the benchmark for measuring the progress of actions taken by member states against NCDs. Dr. Hospedales enumerated achievements in areas of surveillance, treatment, physical activity, tobacco prevention and education and promotion, but noted that the region could not rest on its laurels since there was still much more work to be done, especially in the areas of mandatory physical activity in schools, compliance with aspects of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) and nutrition. Secretary-General LaRocque recorded the Community’s appreciation for the mammoth support given by PAHO to the region and in particular for helping to plant the issue of NCDs on the global agenda. He reiterated the Community’s commitment to providing continued global leadership for NCDs and gave his word that the partnership with PAHO would be strengthened, especially in areas of political leadership; Communitywide monitoring of and reporting on NCDs; use of social and other media to promote healthy lifestyles; inclusion of NCD issues in bilateral and international fora; File Photo of St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas with students of the St. Paul’s Primary School. (Photo by Erasmus Williams) indigenous documentation of the Global Health Diplomacy process and facilitating dialogues at the ministerial level. NEWS


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 20TH 2012 15 Nelson Mandela International Day 2012 Message Basseterre, St. Kitts: There are few persons in the modern era who have had an indelibly lasting impact on the lives of a people. There are even fewer who have moved a regional consciousness into action. Decidedly fewer still have evinced a power of conviction that impacted the entire planet. Accordingly, when faced with the prospect of finding, ensconced in one individual, a distillation of all three of these phenomena, it becomes apparent the rare extraction of humanity’s greatness reposed therein. Today, 18 July 2012, we are given cause to pause in reflection on one of these truly unique individuals: His Excellency Nelson Rolihlahla “Madiba” Mandela. From those who would have witnessed the dark days of apartheid South Africa at work via distant television coverage or personal interfaces to those for whom that new rainbow Nation’s glorious triumph over institutional injustice is the stuff of research and popular cinematographic culture, as in the movie “Invictus”, the force that was and still is Nelson Mandela remains a point of singular significance. From his early days as a militant, anti-apartheid activist (fighting the oppression that was essential to the racially discriminatory policies of the then minority white government) to his ascendance as the first fully representative, democratically elected President, his life was one of currency, passion and effort. He has come to epitomise the unending, indeed unwavering, fight for justice against intractable odds, and it is for this reason that 18 July takes on such significance for people all around the world who will, with us at the Jamaican Kittitian (JamKit) Association, commemorate Nelson Mandela International Day 2012, Mr. Mandela’s 94th birthday. For Jamaicans, there is a particular point of resonance with the Mandela story. Indeed, it was in the year that Jamaica was gaining political independence, almost to the day (5 August 1962), that we saw the deprivation of Nelson Mandela’s own liberty with his infamous incarceration at institutions such as the equally infamous Robben’s Island Penitentiary off the coast of Cape Town, where he spent eighteen (18) years. Despite the twenty seven (27) years of his confinement, Mr. Mandela remained a formidable part of the world’s consciousness, while still a prisoner of conscience, and his efforts impacted on aspects of life in his country from sports to business. Jamaica shared a very special place in the annals of that experience and struggle, facilitating the work of Mr. Mandela both during and after his incarceration. Also, several pro-Mandela and anti-apartheid reggae songs were released by Jamaican artistes and one year’s performances at the then popular Annual Reggae Sunsplash Series of Concerts in Jamaica were dedicated to the antiapartheid freedom fighters of South Africa. Perhaps the most meaningful acknowledgement of that partnership can still be seen by the inclusion of a section of the Jamaican flag in that of the South African. For this honour, Jamaicans remain truly humbled. It is in this spirit of national camaraderie and shared belief that the JamKit Association wishes to use this opportunity to encourage all persons here in the Federation of St. Kitts & Nevis to truly embrace the Nelson Mandela International Day 2012 experience. As part of its mandate to spread the word and impact of Mandela’s work globally, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, supported by the United Nations, through this day, promotes the suggestion of individuals and organisations taking sixty seven (67) minutes of their time to dedicate to volunteerism; each minute representing one of the L-R Late Former PM of Ja, Michael Manley, His Excellency Nelson Mandela, Mrs Mandela, Other Guests (Ja Pegasus Hotel) sixty seven (67) years of dedicated service to humanity that Nelson Mandela has given. The membership of JamKit Association commits to continuing its work on this day towards it goals of outreach in the community. We remain keen in our efforts to assist in improving certain aspects of health care delivery in the Federation. Similarly, we continue to work towards increasing the avenues for sharing, as we increase activities focused on this year’s celebration of Jamaica’s 50th Anniversary of Political Independence. As an association of Jamaicans and friends of Jamaicans, including partners, living in St Kitts & Nevis, the JamKit Association is particularly pleased to have yet another opportunity to make its mark on this country in affirmative ways. The South African High Commission in Jamaica said that, “Nelson Mandela Day not only celebrates Nelson Mandela’s life, but it is also a global call to action for people to recognise their ability to have a positive effect on others around them. The day hopes to inspire people to embrace the values that Mandela shared. These values include democracy, freedom, equality, diversity, reconciliation, and respect.” (Jamaica Observer, July 2012) Let us hope that the inspiration to be derived from a life like that of Nelson Mandela will provide each of us with the drive to try, in our own ways, to make the world a better place. And, as His Excellence Mandela said, let us ensure that “what counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived.” But that, “It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” Always we remain, with One Love. NB 1: Nelson Mandela International Day was adopted by the United Nations on 10 November 2009 and officially launched on 28 March 2011. As of this year, Jamaica will officially join in the observance of Nelson Mandela International Day, to be observed under the theme, ‘Take action, inspire and make every day a Mandela Day.’ (Jamaica Gleaner, July 2012) NB 2: Jamaica will celebrate her 50th Anniversary of Political Independence on 6 August 2012. Dubbed Jamaica 50 SKN Celebrations are activities to be hosted by the JamKit Association on Nevis and St. Kitts during the period 5-26 August 2012 to celebrate achievement of this milestone. NEWS


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 20TH 2012 16 NEWS What is the nature of this divine jealousy? How can jealousy be a virtue of God when it is a vice in humans? God’s perfections are matter of praise but how can we praise God for being jealous? The answer to these questions can be found if we bear in mind two facts. 1. Biblical statements about God’s jealousy are anthropomorphic. They are descriptions of God in language drawn from our life as humans. The Bible is full of anthropomorphismGod’s arm, hand and finger, His hearing, sharing and smelling, tenderness, anger, repentance, laughter, joy and so on. The reason why God uses these terms to speak to us about Himself is that language drawn from our own personal life is the most accurate medium we have for communicating thoughts about Him. God is personal and so are we, in a way that nothing else in the physical creation is. Only man, of all physical creatures, was made in God’s image. Since we are more like God than is any other being known to us, it is more illuminating and less misleading for God to portray Himself to us in human terms than any other. This is a point I have made in a previous article. When faced with God’s anthropomorphisms, however, it is easy to get hold of the wrong end of the stick. We have to remember that man is not the measurer of his Creator, and that when the language of human personal life is used of God, none of the limitations of human creature-hood are thereby being implied limited knowledge, or power, or foresight, or strength, or consistency, or anything of that kind. And we must remember that those elements in human qualities which show the corrupting effect of sin have no counterpart in God. For instance, his wrath is not the ignoble outburst that human anger so often is, a sign of pride and weakness, but it is holiness reacting to evil in a way that is morally right and glorious. “Man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires” (James 1:20) but the wrath of God is preciously His righteousness in judicial action. And in the same way, God’s jealousy is not a compound of frustration, envy and spite as human jealousy so often is, but appears instead as a praiseworthy zeal to preserve something supremely precious. 2. There are two sorts of jealousy among humans, and only one of them is a vice. Vicious jealousy is an expression of the The Nature Of God’s Jealousy attitude, “I want what you have, and I hate you because I do not have it.” It is an infantile resentment springing from unmortified covetousness, which expresses itself in envy, malice and meanness of action. It is terribly potent, for it feeds and is fed by pride, the taproot of our fallen nature. There is a mad excessiveness about jealousy which, if indulged can tear an otherwise firm character to shreds. “Anger is cruel and fury overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy?” ask the wise man (Proverbs 27:4). What is often called sexual jealousy, the lunatic fury of a rejected or supplant suitor, is of this kind. But there is another sort of jealousy: zeal to protect a love relationship or to avenge it when broken. This jealousy also operates in the sphere of sex; there, however, it appears not as the blind reaction of wounded pride but as the fruit of marital affection. Professor Tasker wrote married persons “who felt no jealousy at the intrusion of a lover or an adulterer into their home would surely be lacking in moral perception; for the exclusiveness of marriage is the essence of marriage.” This sort of jealousy is a positive virtue, for it shows a grasp of the true meaning of the husband-wife relationship, together with zeal to keep it intact. Old Testament law recognized the propriety of such jealousy and prescribed a “jealousy offering” and a cursing ordeal whereby a husband who feared that his wife had been unfaithful, and who in consequence was possessed of a “spirit of jealousy,” might have his mind set at rest one way or the other (Numbers 15:11-21). Neither here nor in the future reference to the wronged husband’s jealousy in Proverbs 6:34 does Scripture hint that his attitude is morally questionable; rather, it treats his resolve to guard his marriage against attack, and to take action against anyone who violates it, as natural, normal and right, and as a proof that he values marriage as he should. Scripture consistently views God’s jealousy as being of this latter kind: that is, as an aspect of His covenant love for His own people. The Old Testament regards God’s covenant as His marriage with Israel, carrying with it a demand for unqualified love and loyalty. The worship of idols, and all compromising relations with non-Israelite idolaters, constituted disobedience and unfaithfulness, which God saw as spiritual adultery, provoking him to jealousy and vengeance. All the Mosaic references to God’s jealousy have to do with idol worship in one form or another; they all hark back to the sanction of the second commandment, which I quoted earlier. The same is true of Joshua 24:19; 1 Kings 14:22; Psalm 78:58, and in the New Testament 1 Corinthians 10:22. In Ezekiel 8:3, an idol worship in Jerusalem would be called “the image of jealousy, which provoked to jealousy.” In Ezekiel 16 God depicts Israel as His adulterous wife, embroiled in unholy liaisons with idols and idolaters of Canaan, Egypt and Assyria, and pronounced sentence as follows, “I will judge you as women who break wedlock and shed blood are judged, and bring upon you the blood of wrath and jealousy” (v 38, see also v 42; 23:25). God required from those whom He loves and redeems utter and absolutely loyalty. He will vindicate His claim by stern action against them if they betray his love by unfaithfulness. Calvin in the Institute 11 makes this observation: “The Lord very frequently addresses us in the character of a husband…. As He performed all the offices of a true and faithful Husband, so he requires love and chastity from us; that is, that we do not prostitute our souls to Satan…. As the purer and chaster a husband is, the more grievously he is offended when He sees His wife inclining to a rival; so the Lord, Who has betrothed us to Himself in truth, declares that He burns with the hottest jealousy whenever, neglecting the purity of His holy marriage, we defile ourselves with abominable lust, and especially when the worship of His deity, which ought to have been most carefully kept unimpaired, is transferred to another, or adulterated with some superstition; since in this way we not only violated our plighted troth, but defiled the nuptial couch, by giving access to adulterers.” In its true light, God’s jealousy over its people presupposes His covenant love. This love is not transitory affection, accidental and aimless, but is the expression of a sovereign purpose. The goal of the covenant love of God is that He should have a people on earth as long as history last, and after that should have all His faithful ones of every age with Him in glory. Covenant is the heart of God’s plan for His world. And it is in the light of His overall plan for His world that His jealousy must, in the last analysis, be understood. Humbly Submitted by Alson B H Percival (Rev Canon Dr) Chair Nevis Regional Council And Vice Chair Nevis Christian Council Expect disruptions with traffic and water supply as water enhancement project advances, says Project Manager NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS — Yes there will be disruptions in traffic and possibly the water supply; therefore the public will be called upon to exercise patience. That advance notice came from Project Manager of the EC$30million Nevis Water Enhancement Project Mr. George Morris. Preparatory work for the multimillion dollar project funded by the Caribbean Development Bank began on July 6th, 2012. In an interview with the Department of Information on July 9th, Mr. Morris explained that as the project progressed, some areas would be affected. “Yes a certain area of the road will be impacted and I can speak mainly to the areas from Brick Kiln up to Camps, up to Mount Lilly and we are going to try our best to see how we can minimise that but certainly areas of the road will be impacted and we will have to speak to traffic coming through while we are working. “We feel that we can do almost everything in the verge. We will try our best to stick to that and don’t damage most of the road itself,” he said. Advanced work on the project which will conclude in 2013, commenced on July 6th at Spring Hill with land preparatory work for a 500,000gallon reservoir which will be constructed in November 2012. Under the Project, the Spring Hill site will be one of six sites in which reservoirs will be constructed and major pumping stations will be constructed on to more sites. The reservoirs will be built at Spring Hill, Camps, Maddens, Fothergills, Stoney Hill and Morgan Estate while the pumping stations will also be constructed at Camps and Fothergills. Notwithstanding, the Project Manager noted that although he was unable to predict whether there would be disruptions with the water supply he said the possibility existed. “One of the things that is going to happen is, during construction the existing system has to stay intact till the new areas are completed. We are going to be very careful in the way that we dig and try to avoid any disruption to the system but in the event of disruption, our team from the Water Department would be on hand to do the repairs as quickly as possible. “We are going to ask the general public to bear with us and work along with us in the event that things happen. I know in some areas it will be tight because we do have the existing system already and we will have to be careful digging around. Digging with excavators you can’t really say that we are not going to hit anything but we are going to have a stock of repair materials on hand and the Water Department is going to be ready to move in, if there are any likely damages,” he said. Preparatory works moved to the Maddens site on Monday July 16, 2012.. Meantime, Minister responsible for Public Utilities Hon. Carlisle Minister responsible for Public Utilities in the Nevis Island Administration Hon. Carlisle Powell (file photo) Powell told the Department on July 16th, 2012 that the sitting six year old Nevis Island Administration had promised to provide a better water supply on the island. “The Administration wanted to make the water supply on Nevis more reliable than it is, in that, our goal is not just to provide water 24 hours a day but also to have surplus storage. That way, in the event we have any technical difficulties we should still be able to keep our customers supplied [with water],” he said. At the end of the project, storage would be provided for an additional 2.2 million gallons of water; the Water Department would be capable of moving greater volumes of water around the island; transmission lines would be upgraded for greater capacity and the pumping stations would be equipped with more powerful pumps.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 20TH 2012 17 GOOD NEWS VIEW POINT BYV. E. INNISS Trust hits rock bottom Trust hits rock bottom Trust hits rock bottom Trust hits rock bottom Trust hits rock bottom Trust or the lack of it had been and still is a hot talking point in our Federation. All of us know that the definition of trust is a firm belief in reliability or truth etc for a person or thing. It is the state of being relied on. Trust oils or lubricates wheels of society, business, our political system, and just about every functioning organization known to man. Regrettably trust as we once knew it has hit rock bottom of late. There is an urgent need for us as a nation to identify behaviors that will rebuild trust aimed at showing us that however badly damaged, trust can still be repaired. We all rely on certain levels of trust to function and prosper. However, our willingness to trust our leaders has been severely challenged lately by a series of scandals, accusations and CLEAR – AS – MUD revelations. This loss of trust has serious consequences for the public and private sector, organizations and society as a whole. There is a crying and urgent need for brain storming aimed at finding innovative new ways of thinking to kick start our economy, such that it can thrive in conditions of prosperity and trust. As a nation we are in dire straits. Trust will do all the foregoing; reduce transactional and non – monitoring costs, lower levels of conflict within organization. Moreover, without trust we may not be able to find new and more cost effective ways and approaches to deliver public services we so badly need. Whether we believe it or not, trust is an asset for any organization; in any relationship domestic or otherwise. Trustworthiness for it to work well, must have at its heart or core four distinct components. (1). Ability, which is the extent to which the individual(s) concerned believes in the competence of the individual to deliver rather than spin. (2). Integrity – the extent to which the individual can detect and admire in the other an adherence to moral principles and high standards of behaviour. (3). Predictability – a consistency of behaviour over time. Put another way, it’s a case of how far leaders inspire these perceptions to determine whether they are trusted or not. (4). Genuineness – the extent to which the individual believes that the other person cares about his or her welfare and wellbeing. Sometimes what we are by disposition, conduct and behaviours speaks so much louder that the message is drowned out viz we can’t hear what you are trying to say. Whereas trust helps, distrust does not. Using the Apostle Paul’s words the communicator is like “sounding brass and tinkling cymbals” (1 Cor. 13:1).Trust in the FederationWe hear a lot these days about tribalism, polarization, disunity, crab mentality, back biting, lack of transparency and so on. With the greatest of respect, it all boils down to lack of trust as the root cause that manifests itself in the aforementioned effects. Analysts and researchers seem to agree that mechanisms must urgently be put in place to rebuild and sustain trust relationships. I am suggesting the following approaches. (1). Trust in each other. Shakespeare once wrote: ‘Love all, trust a few.” Somehow we have to find ways and means to rebuild trust in each other. I agree that when one’s confidence is betrayed the charm is lost. (2). Trust in leaders. The main emphasis is placed on trusting senior managers, with a tendency to focus on heroic, accountable responsible, caring “visionary” leaders. Another factor of importance is the relationship, loyalty and trust between individual citizens, functionaries and the like. The competence, benevolence, integrity and predictability of authoritative person’s actions are pivotal in shaping perceptions of the nations as a whole. At the heart of many perceived trust violations are challenges to systems that are in a state of despair. Anxieties about job security are weakening family structures. The grim state of affairs in this country is undermining trust at all levels of society. All is not well.ReconciliationDon’t get scared by the word. It is used because it encapsulates a number of elements related to trust, and it is also vital to the harmonization and restoration of trust between our fellowmen. I hasten to add that this will not be a theological commentary but a practical directional guide. Reference was made earlier to distrust, disharmony, polarization and the like. Let us take the bull by the horn so to speak. We need a cure for resentment and all the bitterness and acrimony associated with them. The cure is forgiveness. Stop the rancor, tug – of – war and so on. The way to handle our feelings so they don’t detract is to decide to live under the discipline of resisting negative thoughts. We have to establish control sensors in our minds and hearts. It would be helpful if we analyze our thinking. Analyze whether they are positive or negative, if they are lifting us up or dragging us down. Furthermore, it would be an equally good idea to sterilize our thinking. I picture a kind of metal detector in our mind – just like the ones they have in airports, only that this one detects negative thoughts. So that if a negative thought begins to gain entry his detector into the mind triggers a buzzer and helps to avert real problems. Without any question, forgiveness is the key relational issue in the Bible. It is essential to our relationship with God, with others, and with ourselves. In Luke 6:37 Jesus states this principle: “Forgive and you will be forgiven.” God’s laws are given of existence. They are built into our muscle, brains, personality and social interactions. His highest law, love, is what brought the world into being and, love is nourished by forgiveness. The opposite of love is hate and hate is kept alive through resentment. So if we are looking for emotional, spiritual and physical well – being, forgiveness is central. Nothing we could say would exaggerate its importance. Broken and difficult relationships are distressing. Let us try as a nation, as a society as a people to get them right soonest. Advance work for EC$30million CDB funded Nevis Water Enhancement Project commences This reservoir would get its water from Camps Spring which is located down at Camps [Village] and it would be a distribution for Fountain, Westbury, Jessups, Cotton Ground and as far as Charlestown,” he said. Regarding capacity he said the existing reservoir nearby was capable of carrying 20,000 gallons of water and was built out of the same material in which the new reservoir will be constructed. The new reservoir will carry 500,000 gallons and stand at a height of 50 feet, thirty feet more than the existing reservoir. The Project Manager further explained that when at its maximum capacity, it was expected that the new reservoir would store water that would provide a three and a half day water supply to the areas of Fountain, Westbury and as far as Cliff Dwellers, Jessups and Four Seasons. Mr. Morris also noted that the project’s engineering consultants Halcrow would be on Nevis by the end of July, to finalise bid documents which would go to tender shortly after. However, he noted that the preparatory work for the reservoirs had commenced ahead to ensure that work would begin as soon as the material had arrived on island. He also gave further insight into the project and contractual arrangements. “The reservoirs will be a turn key project where whoever wins the contract will come and build the reservoir and hand over to the Water Department. The Water Department will connect to the cistern. “In this project we will also see a 10inch main coming from the Maddens reservoir to the Camps reservoir then up to Spring Hill here. The distribution line will be an 8inch pipe from here going towards Fountain unto Westbury up to as far as Cliff Dwellers and that would complete the distribution from this reservoir. Other distribution will be out of Stoney Hill and out of Morning Star and in the Rawlins are,” he explained. The advanced work is being undertaken with the assistance of engineers from the Public Works Department. Public Works Engineer Mr. Dillon Webbe shooting levels with a laser level for the excavator during preparatory works for a new 500,000gallon reservoir at the Spring Hill site under the Nevis Water Enhancement Project funded by the Caribbean Development Bank CHARLESTOWN NEVIS — Phase I of the EC$30million Nevis Water Enhancement Project commenced in Spring Hill on Friday July 6th, 2012 with preparatory work for the construction of a 500,000gallon reservoir. It will be the first of four reservoirs along with two pumping stations to be constructed under the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) funded project. Project Manager Mr. George Morris told the Department of Information on July 9th, that the site was one of six being prepared ahead of actual construction work which was schedule to commence Project Manager for the Nevis Water Enhancement Project funded by the Caribbean Development Bank Mr. George Morris at the Spring Hill site in November. The entire project is slated for completion in 2013. “We are here at Spring Hill a site for one of the six reservoirs that will be built under the project. The other sites would be Camps, Maddens, Fothergills, Stoney Hill and Morgan Estate. “We are preparing the site for the reservoir, which is going to be of glass fuse [steel] similar to the one that is presently on the site here. It will be a 500,000gallon reservoir with all the amenities that goes with it… The entire project is due to finish by the end of 2013. We have to prepare eight sites, six sites for reservoirs and two sites for two major pumping stations one at Camps and one at Fothergills,” he said. According to Mr. Morris, another area in close proximity to the Spring Hill site was cleared to lay access pipes to and from the reservoir. “There are other areas in close proximity which is cleared and that is for the pipelines coming into the reservoir and going out of the reservoir.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 20TH 2012 18 NEWS Mrs. Nicole Nisbett of FND Credit Union presents cheque to Ms Donna Bassue, Coordinator of the SELF Program in partnership with the Ministry of Education Book Cover Drive M.P. Tells Graduands The Next Five Years Can Be Among Their Best And Most Productive Dr the Hon Timothy Harris, Member of Parliament for St Christopher #7, has told graduands of the Violet Petty Primary School that they can expect his continuing full and unconditional support as they embark on their secondary education at the Cayon High School. Thirteen students from the Violet Petty Primary School in Lodge Project will be placed in 1A1, 1A2 and 1A3 at the Cayon High School. Dr Harris in is remarks told the students that while they have Dr the Hon Timothy Harris, Member of Parliament for St Christopher #7 As part of its 50th Anniversary celebrations, The George Moody Stuart School (aka “Factory School”) is poised to enter the next phase of its existence with the launch of its very own Facebook page. Computersavvy users can view photo albums of recent events, leave comments and even submit their own photos for viewing on the page. The school’s Facebook page presently features photos from the recent graduation ceremony for outgoing Grade 6 students. Developer of the page Ms. Kirah Griffin viewed the page as a labour of love, as a proud parent of the George Moody Stuart School. “The school has done a wonderful job in educating my daughter, and I am completed their primary level education, they now have five more years to complete their secondary education and they should commit now not to drop out of school, not to become involved in gangs, not to be distracted but be focused in making the next five years among their best and most productive. “It matters not which stream you are now being placed in form one, what is more important is that five years, hence, where will you end? Will you obtain your certificates that are still critical to the world of work? Will you bring joy and honour to yourselves, your families, your communities and school? I know you can rise to the occasion. Dream big dreams. Do positive things and we will stand by you. Develop a plan to realize your dream, believe in your dream, believe in yourself, believe in your capacity to make a difference in your country and most importantly, believe in God”. Dr Harris thanked the teachers for going beyond the call of duty to prepare the students and encouraged them to continue to do their best. He said in due time the package of teachers will improve to reflect the weighty responsibilities which teachers undertake. He complimented the Head teacher, Mrs Eveth Bloice, and her staff on engagement of the school, not only in academics but in a variety of endeavours. The Violet Petty Primary School opened its doors as a fully fledged primary school in April 2001. It was named in honour of Ms Violet Petty, an outstanding teacher from the area. Dr the Hon Timothy Harris said that “he was pleased that the decision to upgrade the Lodge Primary from an infant school, to a full fledged primary school had done a lot of good for the communities of Lodge Village, Bourryeau, Lodge Project and Ottleys in particular”. FND Credit Union partners with the Ministry of Education in Text Book Cover Drive The FND Enterprise Cooperative Credit Union (FNDECCU) has again demonstrated its commitment to youth development in the Federation with a donation of 200 Text Book Covers to the Ministry of Education through its Student Learning Fund (S.E.L.F). The Fund is currently vigorously pursuing a “Book Care Drive” as part of their initiative in helping students maintain and take responsibility for the text books on loan to them during the academic year. At the handing over of the cheque at the FND Credit Union’s headquarter this morning, Ms. Bassue, Coordinator of the SELF program, expressed her gratitude on behalf of the Ministry of Education to the FND Credit Union. She stated, “We believe for the scheme to be effective, minimization of replacement of textbooks is important. A number of initiatives have been targeted to achieve this, for the upcoming school year. The covering of textbooks on loan to students is one such initiative. On receipt of books, children will be encouraged to cover them before using. The S.E.L.F Department, believes in the adage ‘example set is example followed’, and thus is presenting students with book covers”. The Representative at the Credit Union highlighted the Coordinator of its philosophy of being thrifty. She also stated that the Ministry of Education would no doubt be able to engage is minor cost containment with the use of the covers, as the books are costly to repair and/or replace. happy for the opportunity to give back to the school by assisting with the Facebook page. It is important for the public to see the great work that they are doing. It’s a small school that gets big results.” Principal of the school Mrs. Elizabeth Condell was quite impressed with the page, proclaiming it a wonderful new feature that will allow the school to expand its reach to the general public. It is hoped that the additional exposure on Facebook will attract more persons to the institution that is known for producing well-rounded scholars who return excellent examination results, providing quality primary school education for the nation’s children. Persons can log onto Facebook at www.facebook.com, and enter George Moody School in the “Search” box to locate the page. George Moody Stuart School graduating class of 2012 The Book covers will be available for the upcoming school year and parents are encouraged to take advantage of this free gift on behalf of the students. The FND Credit Union came into high praise early this month from the Estridge Primary School with a donation of gifts to the highest achiever of the class of 2012. Gifts were awarded to Valedictorian Ms Zhanel Akers and Salutatorian Ms. Rheyanna Davis. Mrs. Nicole Nisbett of FND Credit Union presents cheque to Ms Donna Bassue, Coordinator of the SELF Program in partnership with the Ministry of Education Book Cover Drive George Moody Stuart School Is Now Online!


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 20TH 2012 19 NEWS BY EARL CLARKE Dear reader, I have not deserted you at all. Even when I was on my sick bed at the JNF Hospital, I always had you in mind and supplied you with reading material. I am really bonded with you and I apologize for the lack of reading my articles for two weeks. This was due to a mix – up somewhere along the line. Let us spit on a pebble, throw it behind our backs and go forward without looking back. This was a school days practice when we were late for school and the head teacher was beating late comers. It is also an advice to people not to look back at the disappointment suffered while sailing the sea lines of life. Don’t look back – continue on. Throw everything behind us and hold on to a brighter future. I would like to point my readers to a certain lady in Basseterre to the things (the tempestuous seas) this lady has faced and ask if any one of my readers could have conquered these seas. This lady is a diabetic. Some three years ago, she suffered from bad circulation of her right foot, which had to be amputated. After sometime she was fitted with prosthesis (a false foot). The lady had a brother who lived in England for many years. They both got on very good. Just as she was mastering the art of walking with the prosthesis, her brother fell ill and, since he had no one to look after him, she travelled to England to be by his side. While attending to her brother, she received a call from St. Kitts informing her that one of her daughters took ill. The daughter was rushed to the JNF hospital where she died a few days later. She received another telephone call informing her of the death of her child, so she had to return home. Seated stationary in one place in an aircraft for some 8 – 10 hours cause circulatory problems for her left foot (the good foot). She attended her daughter’s funeral, but noticed that the good foot became blacker and blacker, so she hurriedly visited her doctor only to be admitted to the hospital, where a few days later the good foot was amputated in order to save the within us. Rough seas enable us to realize who our true friends are, for true friends don’t visit us when things are good with us, but, when adversity assails us, they appear without invitation. Rough seas teach us who our friends are and point out to us, those who love and really care for us. Rough seas cause us to draw nearer to our Creator, for, when we are beset by the tempestuous seas, when all around are as dark as the night, when we cannot see where to navigate the ship, we can call out in despair and helplessness, when the tempestuous seas keep beating over the bow of the ship causing it to heave and toss up and down, before the next wave breaks, we can invite the Master aboard to be our co – pilot to help us to pilot the ship until the tempest are over and we can dock the ship in the port of calm seas, before disembarking and giving thanks. Rough seas bring us to the realization that, regardless of our material wealth we possess, all is vanity, because our material wealth cannot buy us peace of mind; cannot buy us happiness, cannot buy us life. Our material assets might be able to prolong our lives but they cannot enable us to live forever. Rough seas make us face the fact that life and good health are more valuable assets than mere material wealth. Rough seas show us the value of friendship. Those whose encouraging words concern love, affection can be beacons of hope, lighting up the stormy weather to show us where to pilot our ship safely out of the storm. No captain can be a good captain if they are not faced with rough seas. Were you to visit the lady I based this article on, you will be greeted with a genuine, beautiful smile. Instead of cheering her up, she will cheer you up. How many of us could endure such rough and tempestuous seas and still emerge with the smile of thankfulness that, through it all we are still alive? Rough seas toughen us and they do not last forever. Despite whatever rough seas we experience in our lives, we can still be an inspiration to others. We have a married couple both of whom are blind. You can see the wife making her errands around town paying her water and electric light bills, catching the bus at the Ferry Terminal, visiting her mother at Dorset Village and going to the supermarket to shop. The husband cooks after returning from work at the Industrial Site in Basseterre. They both live at Challengers. While he cooks, the wife washes the clothes. In understand that the wife shops for her husband’s clothes and they fit him to a tee. How does the wife make it around Basseterre to perform her many errands, nobody knows. T here must be some divine presence leading her. They have faced their rough seas and have conquered them. They are an inspiration. They are an inspiration to all and sundry. When we are moaning and groaning about how hard life is, remember the three persons n this article. See how many blessings we have to count. Life is hard with us, because that is what we have programmed into our computer (our minds) and, whatever we program into our computer, it is only that we can retrieve. Look all around us. Count the many blessings we have and can enjoy. When we feel down in spirits, let us look at those who have weathered the storms, for inspiration. Give them a rousing round of applause. Nothing bad happens in life. Despite our rough seas we can still bring hope to others to carry on. Give thanks. And we say that we have it hard? gangrene from spreading to the whole of her body. She now had her two feet amputated. You would think that this was bad enough but more was yet to come. A few days after her amputation, on her hospital bed, trying to cope with her new situation, she received news that her brother in England passed away. And we think that we have it hard? How could one person sailing on the sea of life, combat so many tempestuous seas and still hold onto the steering of the ship to keep it afloat, so that it does not capsize? All of us are sailors on the sea lanes of life. We are the captain of our ship. We and we alone are responsible for keeping our ships afloat. It is also our responsibility to run to the aid of these captains who are battling those seas, because our rough seas will definitely come; we cannot predict in what form our rough seas will come. In life, it is not the same person you aided, who will run to your aid, because their ship might be too far away to pick up our signals of distress but having assisted others, somebody will pick up our signal and sail to our aid. It is like casting our bread of kindness, helpfulness, compassion, love and caring upon the waters, only to find it many days later. We have to throw out or cast out our line and our nets, in order to catch a fish. What do rough seas do to us? Rough seas are meant to strengthen the person West Indies name provisional squad for ICC World Twenty20 St. John’s, Antigua – West Indies have today named the following provisional 30member squad for the 2012 ICC World Twenty20 to be staged in Sri Lanka in September.SquadSamuel Badree Christopher Barnwell Carlton Baugh Jr Sulieman Benn Tino Best Devendra Bishoo Nkrumah Bonner Carlos Brathwaite Darren Bravo Ravi Rampaul Kemar Roach Andre Russell Darren Sammy Marlon Samuels Krishmar Santokie Shane Shillingford Lendl Simmons Dwayne Smith Devon Thomas Dwayne Bravo Johnson Charles Fidel Edwards Chris Gayle Danza Hyatt Garey Mathurin Nikita Miller Sunil Narine Kieron Pollard Kieran Powell Denesh Ramdin West Indies have been drawn with Australia and Ireland in Group-B of the competition. The squad will be trimmed to a final 15 players next month.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 20TH 2012 20 NEWS From Where I Sit By xSpeaks Anybody who has grown up in the church has had certain values shoved down their throat. Church-goers and religious people often preach many things that seem far-fetched, impractical, and foolish. Among many of the seemingly ridiculous ideals promoted by the church is abstinence. While I do agree that abstinence has its place, the issue that should be addressed is whether or not abstinence has any relevance in today’s society. Globalisation, migration and improvements in technology have resulted in different bits of information being disseminated in parts of the world they may not have previously had access to. While the only thing that was available to this part of the world twenty years ago may have been “dirty” magazines, the internet especially has made it extremely easy to access and engage in legal and illegal sexual content and activity. Like me, many of you have had to recite an “Abstinence Pledge”, mostly as a matter of formality and tradition, rather than actually agreeing to remain chaste and pure. But there are some of us who have actually signed on to a life of chastity – complete with immaculately woven white veil and gloves. Are those people as few and far between as we think? Or are more people than we know members of the Virginity Club? The turn the world has taken has put a certain amount of pressure on young people to “fit in”. And one of the in-things in this generation is sex. Children are being exposed to sex and interactions between sexes at a much earlier age, and are absorbing and re-enacting these scenarios with their peers. While daytime TV once employed much more censorship, today’s TV shows portray younger and younger male-female relationships. Mothers sit with their children in their laps while they watch their favourite Soaps and shows that include explicit male-female interaction. Favourite television programmes of teenagers map the secret lives of American teenagers, showing high-schoolers engaging in pre-marital sexual activity, becoming pregnant and even getting married. The extravagant lifestyles of these teens are attractive and engaging to many of our youths, and many of them dream of having such lifestyles. The sexually pure teens that appear on these TV shows don’t last very long – their characters are either cut or their role as “virgin” changes. So what role models do persons who want to save themselves have? Virtually none. Most of them are left to fight their virginal battles alone. And that has resulted in many of the potential 40-year-old virgins taking the easy way out, only to end up having boyfriend after boyfriend pass through, and never really finding that “perfect” companion. Along with all this is the fact that people are finding safer ways to have sex. This comes obviously from their determination to not be one of those “sexually inactive” people. Since safer ways are being discovered, more and more people are having less of a difficulty making the decision to lose all inhibitions and have sex. Sex has also been made glamorous, and the problem with glamorising such an activity is that it can and probably will be taken out of context. The issues of morality that once hovered over sex have basically disappeared. And the only people who preach abstinence are those who probably don’t have oversexed men or women chasing them. So does abstinence fit in anywhere in the 21st century? Not really. But people who are abstain from sex live a worry-free sex-related life. Ramsbury Resident in awe over twinned Amory Polly mango; says its first he has seen in his life NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS — Sixty-one year old Ramsbury resident Mr. Joseph Woolward believes his relationship with twins is mystic and one which has extended to the produce harvested from his backyard garden. Mr. Woolward a retiree and the first of one of two sets of twins borne by his mother, visited the Department of Information on July 18th with a twinned Amory Polly mango, the second one he had harvested in two weeks from his seven year old tree. It was the tree’s second harvest. “I found another twin two weeks ago but this one I found it yesterday I was picking some mangoes and I happen to see this one so I decided to let the folks know because it is very rear you see these kind of things so I just decided to come and share it with folks. “When I saw it because I saw the one before I was excited, I know that there are other fruits other plants that do bring forth twins because I plant a lot in my yard. I have bananas that I plant and I got twins as well, I plant carrots and get twin and various other fruits and plants. My mother has two sets of twins and I am the first with a sister and my last brother and sister they are twins as well,” he said. He said in his excitement, he decided to share the news with some persons in the community and took the unusual looking fruit to a supermarket before taking it to the Department and the reaction was one of disbelief. “I am very excited that’s why I am here to share. I took it to Best Buy last night [Monday] because I picked it yesterday afternoon and when I showed folks they were elated, they opened their eyes. ‘Oh Mr. Woolward!’ some folks who can’t believe said, ‘Is that true? Mango bearing twins now?’” he said. The Ramsbury Resident added that he had also received remarks from other who referred to the twinned produce from his backyard garden as “his twins”. “So when I show some of the folks they say ‘Mr. Woolward you got twins I say no I don’t have any twins I have three children none of them are twins, these are my twins from my planting’. Well I don’t know if any of my children or grand children or great grand will come along with twins but… my twins are bearing fruit from my plants,” he smiled. Notwithstanding, Mr. Woolward attributed those occurrences to nature and was nothing more than God’s work. “It is God who creates everything and he has the situation of knowing how to do things. I think it is a natural occurrence but it is just that for the first time I have ever seen it [twin mango] in all my life. I am 61 years right now and it is the first time in my life. I have shown it to folks who are much older than me and they say they have never seen anything like this when it comes to the mango,” he explained. A pleased Mr. Woolward left the Department with the hope of savouring the fruit from his garden. He noted that he had already taken it to the Agriculture Department and they had expressed interest in preserving the next twinned Amory Polly fruit from his tree and took a photograph to document the find. The Retiree also used the opportunity to encourage others to take the advice of the Agriculture Officials on Nevis who have continued to pursue persons to engage in backyard farming. “I would say once their yard is fenced, I know some people love flowers, yes beautify your front but once you have yard space otherwise use it for gardening you can’t go wrong on that,” he said. According to Mr. Woolward, his health had also benefitted from his passion for farming which stemmed from his childhood days. “I do my back yard gardening all the time. I love farming, I was raised on an estate farm in St. Kitts. My parents did a lot of farming and I love farming I love the earth. I love to plant and see my plants grow and bring forth fruit. “I love lots of fruit probably that’s what have me looking so well because I eat my fruits and my greens [and] that has caused me to be strong. Right now I am feeling healthy with no pains or anything. I am doing well as a retired person and I am enjoying my retirement,” he said. ixty-one year old retiree of Ramsbury Mr. Joseph Woolward shares his find of a twinned Amory Polly mango he says is a rear occurrence NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (JULY 18, 2012) — Stakeholders throughout the agriculture industry on Nevis, now have a better understanding of how to prepare and execute a budget. The opportunity came at a two day workshop from July 12-13th, 2012 conducted by the Caribbean Agricultural Research and will come out in this workshop hopefully and one thing we always talk about is the cost of food everywhere and we always accuse the farmer, more times rightfully so, of overpricing and the farmer would go to the supermarket and look at the prices and maybe price accordingly. So we are hoping with some assistance you would be able to give the correct price for your product, how much it cost you to produce it, what is your mark up, what you should charge and hopefully we will have a reduction in the cost of food, hopefully. So then you would have an accurate price for meat, fish vegetables [or] whatever,” she said. Ms. Titus, CARDI also noted that CARDI always supported the Department of Agriculture in the execution of its work programme and that the organisation had a Memorandum of Understanding with the Florida Association for Volunteer Action in the Caribbean and the Americas (FAVACA), who had provided the facilitator. “I don’t know how many of you would remember but this is the 4th FAVACA person coming to the Nevis Agriculture stakeholders get better understanding of budgeting Development Institute (CARDI), in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA). The workshop was held at the Department’s conference room at Prospect with facilitator Chicago based Doctor of Economics Peter Van Blokland, also a former professor at the University of Florida. CARDI’s Country Team Leader Ms. Pathleen Titus in brief remarks explained that agri-business was very important and good for those involved in agriculture whether part or full time should look at farming as a business and know how to manage it. “The importance of budgeting (cont’d on next page)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 20TH 2012 21 NEWS By Llewellyn ParrisIt is not my intention to pretend that I fully understand how the so called Ponzi schemes work. All I know is that they involve shuffling figures by moving money from one account to the next and in the end create imaginary wealth that is not exactly there. However, the one thing I am sure of is the fact that some people who trust their wealth to Ponzi schemes experience temporary sense of wealth before they realise that their money had been put in a black hole. Another thing that I know is that those who orchestrate these schemes usually land lengthy jail terms. Of course none of them goes down without fighting. When their game plans are up, they are taken to the courts and lengthy trials take place, and all the time they would be crying out their innocence, but the judges would always hand them ‘a jail’ as we say colloquially. I do not want to mention any names, but anyone who follows economic and financial developments around the world will know a name or two, including one name that had St. Kitts and Nevis as part of his wider economic and financial playground. He has landed ‘a jail’ — and a big one, if not lengthy. On July 10 which was a Tuesday, after listening to two radio programmes, ‘Breakfast Menu with Chef Waltie’ and ‘In Touch with the Premier’, on Choice 105.3 FM, a question lingered on my mind, and this is a question that would leave any sensible person thinking, if not puzzled. Did anyone attempt to run a kind of electoral Ponzi scheme here on Nevis? It is now a well know fact that at the recently held election appeal case, after a judge posed a question, the two sides agreed that the exact number of persons who would lay claim to have their names returned to the voters’ list were between eight and twelve; and not more. But the Petitioner, who is a bona fide officer of the court, had left the country reeling when he called for the immediate return to the voters’ list of 203 names that he said had been removed illegally. ‘They were disfranchised’ was his clarion call. The fact is that before the July 2011 Nevis Island Assembly elections the CCM started objecting to names on the voters’ list. They succeeded in having some of those names expunged. The NRP did not cry foul. Instead, this peace loving party got on the voters’ list (mark you, they followed the action of the CCM) and found out that there were a number of persons who were registered in constituencies they did not live. They objected to them. Some of them, not all, came off the list. Premier the Hon Joseph Parry, on his In Touch with the Premier programme, called a spade a spade: “But when they (CCM) realised we had real people to object to and they may not have had real people to object to, they came to us and said, ‘let’s back off, let’s call it quits’, and we said ‘no, you started it, let us finish it. Let us see how many people are qualified then to vote in St. John’s’ That is what we said.” According to the Premier, the NRP chose to go the legal way and when it was over, 203 names were off the list in St. John’s. The result was that the CCM claimed that the 203 people had been disfranchised. Premier Parry put it that the use of the term ‘disfranchisement’ was the backdoor method of seeking to unlawfully influence a decision in St. John’s. “He (the Petitioner) was seeking to warp the result of the elections. He was seeking to influence immorally and even unlawfully the results of the elections in St. John’s. That is what he was seeking to do.” But if at the election appeal hearing the figure was whetted down to not less than eight and not more than twelve, the Premier posed: “Why did they challenge the matter in court?” “If they knew that the people who were lawfully registered in St. John’s only came to twelve, or only came to eight, in the end it will mean that Hensley Daniel will still win,” said the Premier. “Why did they go to court and why did they march all over town and why do they keep coming in town all the time and fooling people and creating confusion in Nevis?” How did those 203 persons’ names get on the list, when their names should not have been there? When every listener to the programme least expected it, Premier Parry dropped the bombshell: “CCM knew that those names were there and all those names did not go there after 2006, some went there before. “This thing has been going on for a long time and they know it and I am not going to blame the candidate who is challenging them, I am going to blame the leader. I am going to say to the leader of CCM, you can’t escape any more. “You can’t continue to blame other people or say you did not know, like the story you concocted that the person who had the gorilla was some lady who called you a few weeks ago and told you about it. “You are supposed to know because you are in charge of your party. You must control your forces and if you can’t control them step aside. If they have no regard for you fight them down or step aside, but do not pretend you did not know and that you are in control. “If you are not in control, step aside. Take the responsibility that people left your constituency in Rawlins Village, your constituency in Hanley’s Road and came to St. John’s and registered.” Nobody could have said it better — step aside is the real safe and wise option for Uncle Vance. We are looking in the face of a general who has no soldiers and one who is fatigued fighting all by himself. If he must step aside (or abdicate — to give it a merciful touch) Hon Mark Brantley is not battle-fatigued. He has demonstrated that he has leadership qualities and NRP would be glad to face such a leader. Additional information was put on the table by the Hon Hensley Daniel who called to the programme and stated that he had a written review of the elections of September 2001, where in one box in St. John’s 75 persons were added to the list of voters in a period of ten weeks. He wondered out loudly how the population of Nevis could have raised such a large number locally, as none of them were from overseas, in a period of ten weeks. Premier Parry made further revelation when he informed that persons came to him before the elections and begged him to leave the names on the list saying to him that he had done so much that he could win with those names still on the list. The plot thickens because according to Premier Parry, of the eight to twelve names who they claim may have a right to register in St. John, only two of them are from Nevis. The others are from Guyana. What is even interesting about these non-Nevisians is that they lead a kind of nomadic life while on the island of Nevis. “Sometimes they are in Bath, sometimes they are in Brown Hill, sometimes in Pond Hill, sometimes in they are in Hanley’s Road, sometimes in Newcastle; they are all over.” Premier Parry said on the In Touch with the Premier programme. “How would Mrs (Bernadette) Lawrence (Registration Officer) find them, if the address that they have on the list is wrong?” Mangoes had been eaten and they forgot that when you eat three, you must take out three from your inventory: eating is synonymous with removing and certainly not adding. Why did they waste time going to the court? The electoral Ponzi scheme has come tumbling down. Gingerland residents are only good on the Gingerland list. If they had been shuffled and put on the St. John’s list, then their time was up — legally this time. No Ponzi business here. Our judicial system is certainly not asleep When you eat three mangoes you are minus three Federation to execute courses. We had something with IPM on cabbage; we had sweet potato weevil control and we also had green house management. So FAVACA is always willing to send someone to assist us in training,” she said. According to Ms. Titus, a similar workshop was held for stakeholders in St. Kitts and the participants were pleased with the knowledge they had gained with the hope of implementing it in their businesses. She also noted that the Extension Officers from the Department of Agriculture who were present at the workshop would act as trainers to assist with passing on the knowledge in the future since it was important for farmers to have the correct pricing which would ultimately benefit the consumers. Meantime, in an extremely brief overview of the workshop Dr.Van Blokland who was trained at the University of the West Indies St. Augustine Campus then named the Imperial School of Tropical Agriculture said he had developed a template on budgeting which he planned to pass on to the participants. “Years ago I developed a template to show what each contribution is and by doing this I dropped a couple enterprises and added another one. If this was advertised as budgeting it wouldn’t sound too sexy would it? No one cares about budgeting but in polite words it is really what we are going to do,” he said. Dr.Van Blokland had farmed in Africa and Europe and according to Agriculture officials had vast experience with several crops. Florida Association for Volunteer Action in the Caribbean and the Americas Facilitator Dr. Peter Van Blokland delivering remarks at the Agri-business Workshop on Nevis Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute’s Country Team Leader Ms. Pathleen Titus delivering remarks at the Agri-business Workshop sponsored by her organisation, in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture on NevisNevis Agriculture stakeholders get better understanding of budgeting (cont’ from last page)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 20TH 2012 22 EVENTS NARINE... grabbed match-winning 5-27 from 10 overs Mystical Narine! Offspinner befuddles NZ; WI win by 20 runs Windies gain momentum with 4-1 series winBASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC) — Mystery off-spinner Sunil Narine weaved a web around New Zealand to once again deceive their batsmen as West Indies kept up the pressure to win the final One-Day International here by 20 runs yesterday. The rightarmer, voted Man-of-theMatch and Man-of-theSeries, finished with five for 27 from his 10 overs as New Zealand, chasing 242 for victory, were dismissed for 221 off the last ball of the innings at Warner Park. With the win, West Indies finished the series with a 4-1 verdict and with precious momentum and confidence heading into the Test series, starting in nine days time. Batting first after winning the toss, West Indies rallied to reach their 241 for nine thanks to another exciting cameo from Andre Russell who struck an unbeaten 59 to bolster the lower order. West Indies had slumped to 180 for eight in the 44th over before Russell fashioned a stroke-filled 59 from 40 balls to add momentum to the innings. The right-hander smashed six fours and three sixes — two of which came in the 46th over off pacer Andrew Ellis and cleared mid-wicket and square leg with ease. Dwayne Bravo added a patient 53 while Marlon Samuels stroked 43 but Tim Southee (3-37) and Kyle Mills (3-40) took three wickets apiece to St. John’s, Antigua – The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has showered the West Indies team with praise following their recent triumphs over the visiting New Zealand team in the Digicel Twenty20 and Digicel One-day International series. The Windies swept the twomatch Digicel T20I series and were equally dominant in the Digicel ODI series with a 4-1 result, showcasing their superiority. Dr. Julian Hunte, president of the WICB, issued a congratulatory message to the team in which he lauded the work of the side, as they rebounded from a tough tour of England. “On behalf of the WICB and the people of the West Indies, I want to congratulate the West Indies team after their impressive performances against New Zealand in the Digicel T20I and Digicel ODI series,” he said. “The team played exceptionally well, and it has to be said that they richly deserved their success. “Anyone watching could see the purposeful and determined approach from the West Indies. It was a total team effort, and it was refreshing to see the camaraderie and togetherness demonstrated by the team members on and off the field of play.” Hunte added: “Special mention to West Indies captain Darren Sammy. He continues to be a calm, dedicated leader and a wholehearted performer. He has faced many challenges, but has kept his focus, and the team is rallying WICB hails winning Windies side around him. “Special congratulations to Sunil Narine, who won the Digicel Manof-the-Series award. He bowled with guile and demonstrated his brilliance. In just his short time in the West Indies team, he has done very well, and we look forward to him making more major contributions in the future.” Hunte said he hoped to see the team build on the momentum gained from the limited-overs matches, as they look to overcome the visitors in the two-match Digicel Test Series. “This would be a fitting end to the end of the season of international cricket here in the West Indies,” he said. “I also want to applaud Head Coach Ottis Gibson, Team Manager Richie Richardson and the other members of the support staff, as they continue to offer superb guidance and help to the players.” Hunte said: “Since he came on board two years ago, Ottis has brought a new vision and you could see the team has gradually started to improve. This is all part of the way forward, as we seek to build a strong team capable of challenging and defeating the best in the World and help us scale the heights we once did.” Digicel 2012 Series West Indies vs New Zealand Digicel Twenty20 Series June 30: First Digicel Twenty20 – Central Broward Regional Park, United States – West Indies won by 56 runs July 1: Second Digicel Twenty20 – Central Broward Regional Park – West Indies won by 61 runs Digicel One-day International Series 5: First Digicel ODI – Sabina Park, Jamaica – West Indies won by 9 wickets (D/L) 7: Second Digicel ODI – Sabina Park – West Indies won by 55 runs 11: Third Digicel ODI – Warner Park, St. Kitts – New Zealand won by 88 runs 14: Fourth Digicel ODI – Warner Park – West Indies won by 24 runs 16: Fifth Digicel ODI – Warner Park – West Indies won by 20 runs Tour match 20-22: West Indies-A vs New Zealand – Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, Antigua – 10 a.m. Digicel Test Series 25-29: First Digicel Test – Vivian Richards Cricket Ground – 10 a.m. August 2-6: Second Digicel Test – Sabina Park – 10 a.m. Man arrested and charged for Sandy Point shooting By Drizel Hanley Police have arrested and charged 32-year-old Bruce Lee Rogers alias ‘Gun Child’ of Mount Idle, Sandy Point, in connection with the shooting incident in Sandy Point which left Trevor Rouse wounded. Public Relations Officer of the Royal St.Christopher and Nevis Police Force, Inspector Lyndon Davis said that Rogers was arrested and charged for the offences of Shooting with Intent and Wounding With Intent, committed on 11th July, 2012. put New Zealand on top early in the contest. Opener Chris Gayle (5) failed for the third straight innings when he cut Mills hard to Rob Nicol at point at 23 for one in the fifth over. His partner Johnson Charles followed in the seventh over, jabbing Southee to Nicol at point for 15 and eight balls later, Dwayne Smith was palpably lbw for nine at 37 for three. Samuels and Bravo then repaired the innings with a cautious 60-run, fourth wicket partnership off 101 balls. While Samuels hit four fours and a six off 59 balls, Bravo counted three fours and a six off 93 balls. The stand was broken when Samuels was brilliantly taken by Martin Guptill diving low to his left at cover off Southee and in the next over, Kieron Pollard dragged a short ball from part-time off-spinner to Guptill at short mid-wicket to depart for seven. Bravo put on 53 for the sixth wicket with gloveman Devon Thomas who scored 20 before holing out to square leg off Ellis at 157 for six in the 38th over. Wickets then tumbled regularly but Russell’s clean hitting gave the Windies a total at which to bowl. The Black Caps then lost opener Nicol cheaply when he flicked the second ball of the innings from fast bowler Tino Best to Bravo at square leg with the score on two. Opener Martin Guptill and Brendon McCullum both stroked 33 in a 62-run, second wicket stand to repair the damage, before Narine prised out both to send the visitors tumbling to 77 for three in the 18th over. Captain Ross Taylor stroked 28 but was one of three wickets to fall in quick time as the Kiwis slumped to 140 for six. Kane Williamson then produced a responsible 69 from 84 balls with five fours and a six, in a 68-run, seventh wicket partnership with Ellis who got 28. Narine’s return for his final spell saw Williamson depart to a superb one-handed catch by Gayle at mid-wicket at 208 for seven in the 46th over and the resistance was over four runs later when Ellis was bowled by Narine. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sports 32-year-old Bruce Lee Rogers alias ‘Gun Child’ Rouse sustained gunshot wounds to his right arm and right side and was transported to the Joseph Nathaniel France General Hospital where he was treated and has since been released. In other police news Margaret Douglas of Verchilds and Cleo Gumbs of Sandy Point were formally arrested, charged and cautioned for Larceny of Goods. Marlon Huggins of West Farm was arrested and charged for robbery committed on 26th May 2012 at Boyd’s Project.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JULY 20TH 2012 23 By: Vigilante COMMENTARY By: Sotto Voce•After all de big talk and bragging at de PAM Convention several months ago that he will be leading de party into the next General Election in 2015, and that he was going to announce his fill slate of candidates early in May, de failed and hopeless PAM leader, Little Bo Peep, was on Tuesday of this week, forced to resign as Party leader. •At a specially convened Executive meeting of de party over de week-end, he begged like a child to give him til de next convention (next year), but Sleeping Hammy and he gang present told him “no way”. He must announce his resignation to the public no later than Tuesday. •Dey say he went on to cuss de hell outa Sleeping Hammy, PAM Lennox and de Rescue Crew chief, who dey say was de chief engineer behind de plot to get rid of him. •Inside sources say Sleeping Hammy, who is being aided by de Rescue Crew chief made it abundantly clear at de special PAM Executive meeting, dat when he takes charge of de Party, Little Bo Peep will not be in his slate of candidates for de upcoming General Election. •And dey say Little Bo Peep told them if he is not allowed to have his way and be de candidate for Constituency 4, de party will not get a red cent from he and he family. So he’s pushing for Shawn, who is in he corner and watching de money, to be de new leader. •Dey say de decision to allow him to resign as Party leader, with effect from September 30th, was done just to make de Spokesman appear inaccurate in its earlier reports, that he was given an ultimatum to pack up and go at de end of this month (July). •But don’t be fooled by de power-hungry gang of PAM misleaders, we were on de ball and well informed by our reliable sources in de party’s executive. And we were right all along! •Dey say de pompous Little Bo Peep fellow was so confident dat “de special anointment” he received overseas from his “spiritual advisers”, would work wonders for him and ward off de coup plotters and back-stabbers in his partyhe boasted big big to de other half dat he was invigorated and ready like Freddie to tek dem on head on and win de war. •And, dey say he was heard at home playing and singing Ellie Matt & the G.I’s Brass famous song: “Stronger than Ever”, loud loud and throwing all sorts of threats at his opponents and critics. •When asked why he was so excited and happy, he praised and thanked his “spiritual advisers” for “de special anointing” dey gave him and declared: “Ee ah wuk, ee ah wuk…. Ah bang dem already and ah going bang dem again”, adding “When ah done wid dem, dey going tek it and mek run way”. •Now dat he has lost de battle and has been unceremoniously kicked (booted) out as Party leader, he’s like a wet rat at home. And he hasn’t slept well for de week. •After being forced to mek de breaking news announcement, he first stopped by his “young nursing aide, of de fairer sex, to get some special attention and comfort. •And dey say he put dung one big bawling in front of her, complaining bitterly how dey treated him like a dog, after all dat he done do for dem and all de money he done spend on dem and de party. •Dey say he cried and sobbed to her, wid long water in his eyes, describing those in de party who forced him to resign as a set of crooks, hypocrites and opportunists. •He told her, if he had listened to “de old man” dey wouldn’t ah catch him to humiliate him like dat; for de old man always tell him to beware of dem; warning him “when u own lice bite you, dey bite you hard”. •Dey say Sleeping Hammy, PAM Lennox and dey gang had one big celebration on Tuesday night in Cayon on their first victoryunseating Little Bo Peep after all de boastingWell the PAM leader has finally caved into the pressure and done what 5 of the other 7 PAM candidates had asked him to do immediately following their Party’s defeat at the last general elections over two years ago. Instead of being sensible and going at that time, he played for time and hoped that his transgressions would go away and die a natural death. Worse yet, he made it appear that the 5 candidates were out of order and out of place to ask for decency, transparency and decorum. He battled on to keep his position showing that he had more money than good judgement and sense. And even now, as he bows out of the leadership, the pompous hoiety – toiety attitude remains. With the aid of his co – Deputies, he behaves as if he has done nothing wrong. His feeling, viewed by all, has still believed that what is not acceptable to the country as a whole will be acceptable to the people of Constituency no. 4. You mean they are not people too? Corrupt deals won’t affect the people of Challengers to Half Way Tree? Please! Give me a break. Let’s face it, all the polishing up and dollsing up of a bad situation by his fans at his press conference, didn’t fool anybody. All the fake calls on the press and the Bar Association to be more investigative and vocal fall on deaf ears coming as it did from him. The calls for fixed terms for Prime Ministers and fixed election dates come over 29 years late. The same PAM leader, who crafted our independence constitution, did not consider all such things when PAM ruled the roost. He himself had 4 terms in government following elections in 1980, 1984, 1989, and 1993. And still tried to get back in charge in 1995 and 2000. PAM was more concerned with ensuring that Fitzroy Bryant could never contest another election here than with fixed election dates when they drafted our constitution. So all this hypocrisy by PAM now only showing them all up as a bunch of fakes and frauds. They talk convenient speeches dependent on where and how they are positioned at any particular point in time. Hear them talk glibly about Integrity in Public Life and Freedom of Information issues nowadays? Well, they were in office from 1980 to 1995 and they did not produce them. Even their friends in the C.C.M in Nevis had 14 years in government there and did not produce such either. Talk about convenience by political vultures and double talkers. They got it. When they are in, they no want it. They are out, they call for it with a passion that makes you wonder, what manner of people are they. Contrary to what the PAM leader said, he was pushed. He had to be. He went reluctantly. There was nothing new that transpired between last elections and now to make him have to jump. But even in his Party’s Voices daily program on their FM, their members and friends were calling for his head. You hear them calling even from overseas and asking him to go. The big wigs in their Party, coming out of the big business sections in our community, are all of one accord for him, to go. He had to give the Party a chance to sort itself out in the search for a new leader. The succession difficulty is largely of their own making. This two – Deputies thing is rank nonsense. If they had one Deputy, then it would be easy. But the foolishness continued with the Party’s chairmanship. They have two Deputies too. They seem to love confusion all around. At least two of four names in circulation for the leadership have confirmed their interest. The Co – Deputies have both started their campaigns in earnest. Shawn and Eugene started their rumble in the PAM jungle. We await the word that Jonel (from the PAM royal family) and the Arab (from the Rescue desert) have also jumped in the fray. All committed PAMites, worthy of consideration for the top job. The PAM Voices family show, just after their leader’s announcement of his resignation, was real foolishness. They ran away from talking to their Party’s predicament. Instead, they chose to talk of their wish for Dougie to resign too. Now the Labour Party chooses it own leader just as PAM does. Our leader was popularly, unanimously elected at our last Convention just two months ago. We have no issue with his leadership. So why should he resign? Because PAM don’t like him? They never chose him. We did. Labour got no problems over any Marriott video and any bribe. Our constituencies all support Dougie’s leadership. All who cursing Dougie are in the minority PAM Party. Seems like they forget that is PAM want a leader. Not Labour. And if their leader ain’t got no problems, then why is he quitting the job? If the members and friends all love him and want him to be in charge so much, then where he going? The truth is they not fooling anybody. The Party gave him one big shove and push him out of the leadership. And Shawn and Eugene played their roles well in deceptive exercise of a press conference to cushion his fall in a way that the man no bruk he neck from the push. Mow Little Bo Peep has lost his sheep and another person will follow behind him. He has been dishonourably discharged from the PAM army. No amount of pampering by the faithful few will change anything about the cause of the resignation and its implications for the individual and the Party. They need now to tender apologies to Blanchette, Flemming Williams, Hodge, and Welsh, the candidates who were bold, decent and honourable enough to call a spade a spade from the onset. They spoke as they saw it, even though it drew the wrath of many on the inside who refused to be a part of the clean – up following a bitter, heated election campaign. And these fellas have walked with their heads held high even though all fell down around them, and they were booted out of their Party. But look there now, everything crash. And their action was right and just all along. What A Hard Shub PAM Give Lindsay and beating of his chest that he was not stepping down, no matter what. And dey say dey have a special campaign lined up to keep Shawn out of de race for de job of Party leader. •Shawn, meantime say he’s best qualified for de job, he’s de longest sewing PAM MP and he’s highly educated wid two degrees. Dey say he say de party (PAM) will be taking a big backward step, if dey choose someone over him-of that age, without a degree in this modern world. Those days are long past, he said. •Dey say de Rescue Crew Chief boasting all over dat he’s de most powerful politician in de country, for he get rid of Simmonds and now Lindsay Grant. And dey say de customs man tell him, he cant wuk dat on Douglas; Douglas is de most astute politician in de Federation and he smarter than him and all ah de rest dem.


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