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Year 56 NO. 52FRIDAY, MAY 30th 2014 EC$2.00 At The Pumps This Weekend Maximum Price ULG per gallon Dated : 27/05/14 DELTA $16.68 / SOL $15.76BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, W.I. TRADE UNION NEWS* THE THINKING CITZEN* CANON PERCIVAL SO TELL* EARL CLARKECOMMENTARY BY PAGE 02 Victoria Borg O’Flaherty: “While Fitzroy Bryant brought personality, Lee Moore, oratory, St. John Payne Brought Dependability” BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, (CUOPM) – “Our country and our world need people like St .John Payne because they do what they do not for the glory but because it has to be done,” said National Archivist and Historian, Mrs. Victoria O’Flaherty. Delivering the feature address at the (cont’d on page 15annual Requiem Mass for fallen Labour leaders at the St. Paul’s Parish (Anglican) Church on Sunday, Mrs. O’Flaherty said the late former GovernmentPictured L-R: PM Douglas Governor General Sir Edmond, Mrs. V. O’Flaherty and Deputy PM MartinMinister in the Labour Party Administrations of Premiers Sir Robert Bradshaw, Sir C.A. Complete Music Festival Line Up Revealed By Drizel HanleyAfter months of anticipation the star-studded lineup for the upcoming 2014 St. Kitts Music Festival (scheduled for Thursday, June 26th to Saturday, June 28th) was revealed on Wednesday of(cont’d on page 3) TRIES TO MISLEAD COURT Sam Condor Loses Case Against Capt. Val Morris …Judge Denies Injunction Sam Condor Loses Case Against Capt. Val Morris …Judge Denies Injunction High Court Judge His Lordship Justice Darshan Ramdhani on Wednesday morning of this week, May 28th, denied an application for an injunction brought by Sam Condor against Captain Valentine Morris, seeking to have the court restrain him from entering his own property on the corner of Millionaire Street and Cayon, Street, West Basseterre. The application for the injunction also sought to have the Court retrain agents of Capt Morris as well from entering the said property. Condor’s application for the injunction came after Capt. Morris changed the locks to the property on May 3rd, 2014 (on the Labour Weekend). Mr. Condor further indicated to Captain Valentine Morristhe Court that he felt that damages (compensation) was not an adequate remedy and was essentially seeking part ownership of the property. Over the last 10 years or thereabout, Captain Morris gave permission to the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party to house its West Basseterre Constituency Office on his property on condition that only a temporary structure could be erected. Sam Condor, now aligned with PAM and (cont’d on pagethis week, May 28th at the official launching ceremony held at the Marriott Resort and Beach Hotel. The event saw the revelation of several local acts such as others in a Unity concoction opposed to the ruling St. KittsNevis Labour Party, told the Court that he had occupied Morris’ premises for 25 years. This assertion is grossly inaccurate according to personnel close to the case who stated that Labour Spokesman Newspaper Notices between 1993 and early 2000’s clearly indicate that the Constituency Office was located on Wigley Avenue during that period. The People’s Labour Party Government Introduces Further Measures To Strengthen The Security and Integrity of Travel


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 30TH 2014 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: Website: Editorial Jamaica Gleaner lauds St. Kitts and Nevis for successful IMF programme BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, (CUOPM) – The Jamaica Gleaner newspaper is lauding the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis for returning US$40 million of funds provided by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) under a three-year Stand-By Arrangement (SBA). In its Tuesday Talk column, under the heading: “Impressed by Small Island,” the 180-year-old paper Jamaican daily newspaper said: “There are many green-eyed politicians in the region puzzled by the brawn of tiny St Kitts, which has found it possible to return money to the IMF. Some say it is their innovative citizenship programme that has enabled them to reap success. Whatever it is, we salute them and wish our local politicians had half the savvy to keep us out of the clutches of the IMF.” St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas at a recent press conference disclosed the US$40 million amount at his monthly press conference last week. Minister of Information, Sen. the Hon. Nigel Carty in a post cabinet briefing disclosed that in light of the overwhelming success of the IMF-monitored home-grown structural reform programme leading to the creation of a strong fiscal and economic position for the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, Cabinet considered and approved the return of approximately US$40 Million to the IMF that was provided for under the standby arrangement with the institution. “The money was made available by the IMF so that in the event of it being required to provide additional financial support during the reform period, it could have been readily available. The decision to return the unused loan funds to the IMF is consistent with government’s policy to continue to reduce its debt and to adopt a higher level of fiscal discipline going forward,” said Minister Carty. He said then that the fiscal situation and performance of the economy in St. Kitts and Nevis has steadily improved over the last few years and has allowed for the return of US$40 million loan to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). In 2011, the Federal Government engaged in a threeyear Stand-By Arrangement (SBA) with the IMF to the tune of US$84.5 million. The structural adjustment programme was developed by the local government as part of debt restructuring initiative. At the completion of the ninth and final review by the IMF this week, a positive report was delivered as it showed a 3.8 percent economic growth, a surplus of 12.2 percent of GDP (Gross Domestic Product), as well as a 61 percent reduction in public debt to 104 percent of GDP. Debt reduction is reportedly “on a sustainable path, projected to reach a low of 60 percent of GDP in a few years.” Labour Leads We of this newspaper are pleased to report that, once again, St Kitts and Nevis have come in for very high commendations from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). That, dear readers, speaks volumes of us and in our favour. Readers will recall that, as a country, we were confronted with some very acute economic and financial problems when we were constrained to close the sugar industry in 2005. Amongst other things the closure caused serious dislocations in industrial employment, a very sharp fall in income generation, and a marked decline in gross domestic and national production. As bad as they were those problems were magnified by the global recession of 2008, and by late 2009/early 2010 their combined effects were “biting”. It did not take much time for our Prime Minister and his Cabinet of Ministers to recognise that we would need help in order to successfully tackle those problems. Thus it was that, at an early stage, we asked the IMF to help us with our planning to deal with the situation, and invited them to assist and work with us in developing and implementing appropriate solutions. The Nevis Island Administration (NIA) of that time was an integral part of that process, the Nevis Reformation Party (NRP) then being in power. On 27 July 2011, boldly and WITH CONFIDENCE, our nation entered into an agreement with the IMF. That body approved a programme for us under what has been described as a “three-year Stand-ByArrangement” (SBA) in a total amount of 52.51 million Special Drawing Rights (SDR), which amounted to about 84 million United States dollars. Our programme was so successful that at the end we have been able to return in excess of US$40 million of unused funds, something almost unheard of before. In our editorial for 7 February we reported on a visit by the IMF Team during the last two weeks of January, when they reported on, and discussed with us, the seventh and eighth reviews under the three year SBA. That report showed that there we had made considerable progress under the agreed economic reform programme. In particular it showed that, after a four year contraction of economic activity, there had been firm signs of a recovery in the previous year, 2013. Particular mention was made of the fact that in the face of the heavy challenges associated with the prolonged recession and the debt restructuring, our financial system had remained stable. The Team visited with us last week, and reported the ninth and final review under the three-year SBA. In sum they were able to report that the economic recovery in St Kitts and Nevis has gathered momentum. The Head of Mission, Miss Judith Gold, advised that the recovery was as a result of growth in GDP (Growth Domestic Product) at a rate of 3.8 per cent for 2013. This was up from the estimate of 1.7 percent indicated in January. During his monthly press conference, held later that day, Prime Minister Douglas expressed his satisfaction with the reported growth, which he indicated we had always felt, confidently, was much closer to the reported figure than to the estimate given in January. The mission re-affirmed that the growth in our economy was due largely to increases in tourism, a strong expansion in construction activity, employment (19 percent), wages (10 percent), and by large inflows from the Citizen By Investment Programme. These achievements were more than adequate to offset the effects of declines in manufacturing and communications. There has also been a substantial increase in public sector investment, and the People Employment Programme (PEP) has contributed quite substantially as well. Our current account continues to show strong improvements, together with significant increases of capital inflows. This has contributed to heightened strengthening of our external position, with international reserves at a comfortable level of 8 months of imports. The fiscal position which has grown substantially from a deficit of 7.8 percent of GDP in 2010 to an actual surplus of 12.2 percent for 2013. This represents a very, very healthy turnaround of 20 percent. In 2010 the public debt stood at 164 percent of GDP. It has now been reduced to 104 percent of GDP (as at the end of 2013). It indicates that we are on a sound and realistic path to achieve the ECCB target of 60 percent of GDP by the year 2020. The mission reported that these achievements are reflective of substantial policy efforts, adjustments, and reforms, inclusive of the ambitious debt restructuring exercise. The very large inflows under the CBI programme provided resources to gear up public spending, address social needs, and support private investment. They added that considerable progress was also made with the initiation and implementation of major structural reforms under the programme. At the outset 24 structural benchmarks were set up. It is now expected that 20 of them, especially those relating to strengthening fiscal management, completing the debt restructuring and maintaining financial stability, will be implemented by the end of the programme period, and a further two will be completed within the current calendar year. Additionally, as a result of those efforts, tax administration has been restructured, public expenditure management improved, and the overall public sector is now considerably more effective. It is to be noted and remembered that the SBA will end on 26 July, 2014. The IMF will maintain close contact with us, and they will also continue their close policy dialogue with our governmental authorities. This will all come within the context of their Post Implementation Monitoring Framework. The mission thanked and commended Prime Minister Douglas for his leadership, management, and for the substantial progress made under our “home-grown” programme which they had the joy and pleasure to support through the three-year SBA. To this we of this newspaper add our own commendations and thanks to our Prime Minister, his Cabinet of Ministers, and all those civil servants and others who contributed so much to the glowing success of this programme, one that means almost everything to our beloved nation of St Kitts and Nevis. This has been perhaps the very first time that such an undertaking was entered into with the IMF. Commendations have been flowing in from across the region and further afield, and many of our OECS and CARICOM partners are now seeking to employ our strategy to address their ongoing fiscal and economic problems. Amongst these are Barbados and St Lucia. It is only here at home that one hears such irrational and illogical criticisms for what authorities all over the world consider to be a highly exemplary illustration of a truly imaginative and sound approach to developing and implementing solutions to problems that cause most other countries to experience utter ruination The flood of negatives coming from those opposite are unworthy of anyone=s attention. The achievements mentioned above will come as no surprise to those who truly know Labour=s capabilities. Across the region we have a solid reputation for leading. We were the innovators and leaders in the introduction of such programmes as National Provident Fund, Social Security, free secondary education, and numerous other programmes which have pushed out peoples= social and economic advancement. Always remember, we have pointed out before, the dogs bark but the caravan continues.LABOUR LEADS. ALWAYS.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 30TH 2014 3 NEWS Government of St Kitts and Nevis Introduces Further Measures To Strengthen The Security and Integrity of Travel Documents Issued by Ministry of Homeland Security BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, May 28 (Ministry of Homeland Security) Following the decision by the Government of St Kitts and Nevis in 2012 to issue new and improved E-Passports, the Ministry of Homeland Security has been monitoring the Federation’s compliance with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards. In an effort to ensure compliance, such efforts have focused primarily on strengthening the system to prevent fraudulent use of passports issued by the Government of St Kitts and Nevis. Accordingly, in February, two new significant additional security features have been ?incorporated into all E-Passports issued by the Government of St Kitts and Nevis. The first new ?security feature incorporated into the passport is the encoding of the ‘country of birth’ of all holders of travel documents issued by the Government of St Kitts and Nevis. Secondly, in instances where holders of St Kitts and Nevis passports effect changes to their names through legal processes, the change is now noted on the observation page in the passport. These changes achieved through the ongoing work of the Canadian Bank Note Company, a reputable entity, have been subjected to the required testing and due diligence and are intended to ensure the Federation’s continued compliance with the ICAO standards. It is to be noted that current holders of passports issued by the Government of St Kitts and Nevis are not affected by the changes. All valid passports can still be used for travel purposes. The Government of St Kitts and Nevis is conscious of its obligations and commitments to all citizens and residents of the Federation as well as to a number of regional and international organizations. Every effort will therefore be expended to ensure compliance to prevent fraudulent and or unauthorized use of passports issued by the Government of St Kitts and Nevis through its Ministry of Homeland Security. Further details can be secured by calling the Ministry of Homeland Security, 467 1209 East Basseterre Labour Notices The East Basseterre Branch of the St. KittsNevis Labour Party will hold itsRegular Monthly Meeting on Wednesday, June 4th, 2014 at 8pm at the Constituency Office, Stainforth Street, New Town. The Parliamentary Representative for the Area, Dr. the Hon. Earl Asim Martin, will be there to address the gathering. ***** All residents of East Basseterre are invited. Dr. The Hon. Earl Asim Martin, Parliamentary Representative for East Basseterre will meet One-on-One with constituents on Saturday, May 31st, 2014 from 10am to 12 noon at the Constituency Office, Stainforth Street, New Town. All concerned are asked to take note. Complete Music Festival Line Up Revealed (cont’d from page 1) Fantastic Thunda; the reigning Groovy Soca Monarch, Delly Ranks and King Meeko (of Nevis); Dancehall/Reggae artiste Hi-Light; Ashkenaz; AZ’ 1 Band; Hip Hop and Rap sensation SMI and the reigning Road March champions the Small Axe Band. Head of the Production and Artiste Selection Committees, Adrian Lamb, said that the Committee selected the artistes based on their abilities to ‘bring in patrons’ to the musical extravaganza. Mr. Lamb further explained that whenever a Music Festival is held in St. Kitts there would always be a local presentation, adding that throughout the Caribbean St. Kitts has the highest number of local acts participating on the Festival stage, this he coined is not only and achievement for the visitors and returning nationals are expected to participate in this year’s staging of the Festival. He noted that the Government injects 50% of the funds while the other funds are generated by ticket sales (30%) and private businesses sponsorship 20%. The Minister stressed that Thursday night poses a serious concern as not enough revenue is realized like the Friday and Saturday night. He encouraged citizens to embrace the festival as a community and take full responsibility for its survival, noting that “Eighteen years is no mean feat and therefore it’s time for celebration.” On Thursday June 26th, which is dubbed ‘Jump’ up Night, patrons are asked to wear shorts while being entertained by acts such as American-born Puerto Rican Grammy and Latin Grammy Gamal ‘Skinny Fabulus’ Doyle out of St. Vincent and the Grenadines; the Small Axe Band; Deli Ranks, King Meeko and Fantastic Tunda featuring several of his hits including St. Kitts girls round up and Alligator. Headlining Thursday night’s acts will be the reigning International Soca Monarch Machel Montana HD out of Trinidad and Tobago. Friday night (May 27th), the Reggae and Dancehall Night, will see Jamar ‘Chronixx’ McNaughton; Omar ‘Taurus Riley’ Riley; Anthony ‘Beenie Man’ Davis and Clifton ‘Capleton’ Bailey III, all out of Jamaica. Performing on Saturday night (June 28th) will be Deniece Williams, Bobby Kimball, Bill Chapman, Paul Peress Project of the United States, Freddie Mc Gregor; the Voice Winner Tessanne Chin out of Jamaica, Kelly Rowland and Tyrese Gibson. The 18th Annual St. Kitts Music Festival has been dubbed an experience like no other and the 3-night musical extravaganza will be staged at the Football Stadium at Warner Park and admission is Committee but for the local artistes as well. Minister of Tourism Senator the Hon. Ricky Skerritt who also spoke at the official launch said that over 1500 Award-winning Merengue singer Elvis Crespo; calypsonian Winston ‘Explainer’ Henry out of Trinidad and Tobago; Soca sensation Destra Garcia also from the twin-island Republic; EC$100 nightly, $270 for a season pass.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 30TH 2014 4 TRADE UNION NEWS TRADE UNION NEWS By: Batumba Tak General Secretary What Are Some General Tips For Dealing With Stress At The Workplace? In the words of Allan Lokos “There is no illness that is not exacerbated by stress.”Most Kittitians and Nevisians are known for placing great emphasis on work and career, however, working hard should not be confused with overworking at the expense of relationships and physical health. Moreover, according to a poll taken a few years ago, most workers list work as a significant source of stress, with over half of those surveyed indicating that their work productivity suffered due to stress. Furthermore, almost half emphatically stated that they did not use their allotted vacation time and even considered looking for a new job because of stress. However, job stress is also a concern for employers, costing businesses a huge amount of their budget per year through absenteeism, diminished productivity and employees’ turnover. However, it is accepted by most workers that stress can significantly affect physical health. Furthermore, recent survey and research have also stated that about three quarters of workers survey have experienced physical symptoms as a result of stress, such as headache, fatigue and an upset stomach in combination with feelings of irritability, anger, nervousness and lack of motivation. Moreover, careful research has also shown that the stress workers are experiencing comes, in part, from the pressures of today’s connected world. Such as email, cell phones and the internet. Furthermore, most workers are finding it increasingly difficult to switch off from the stresses of the workplace and concentrate on their personal priorities. However, over half of the workers said that job demands interfered with family or home responsibilities. While it is generally accepted that technology undoubtedly improves our lives, information overload can also add to the stress levels of an already over worked workforce, and most often leads to most workers using unhealthy behaviors to cope with that stress. But what is most important is to learn how to effectively manage their stress, so they can perform at their very best both at work and at their home. In addition, increased stress can also lead to using other unhealthy behaviours, such as smoking, comfort eating, poor diet choices, inactivity and drinking alcohol to manage their stress, but such behaviour usually leads to long-term serious health problems. However, in today’s article we will continue where we left off in our previous article by looking at, “What are some general tips for dealing with stress at the workplace? Very careful research has shown that since the causes of workplaces stress vary greatly, so do the strategies used to reduce or prevent it. However, where stress in the workplace is caused, for example, by a physical agent, it is best to control it at its source. For another example, if the workplace is too loud, control measures to deal with the noise should be implemented where ever possible. For a third example, if the workers are experiencing pain from repetitive strain, workstations should be re-designed to reduce repetitive and strenuous movements. Moreover, job design is also a very important factor, because good job design accommodates an employee’s mental and physical abilities. However, in general, the following job design guidelines will help to minimize or control workplace stress:a.The job should be reasonably demanding (but not based on “sheer endurance”), and provide the employee with at least a minimum of variety in job tasks. b.The employee should be able to learn on the job and be allowed to continue to learn as their career progress. c.The job should also comprise some area of decision-making that the individual can call his/her own. d.There should also be some degree of social support and recognition in the workplace. e.In addition, the employees should feel that their job will lead to some sort of desirable future. However, the question that was asked by a large cross section of workers was, “What can the employer do to help? Very recent surveys have clearly stated that employers should assess the workplace for the risk of stress. In addition, they should also look for pressures at work which could cause very high and long lasting levels of stress, and who could, and may be harmed by these pressures. Employers must also make a determination on what must be done to prevent the pressures from becoming negative stressors. However, employers can address stress in many ways by doing the following:1.Treat all employees in a fair and respectful manner. 2.Take stress seriously and be understanding to their workers under too much pressure. 3.Should always be aware of the signs and symptoms that a worker may be having trouble coping with stress. 4.Get employees involved in decision-making and allow room for their input directly or through committees, etc,. 5.Employers must also encourage their managers to have an understanding attitude and to be proactive by looking for signs of stress among their workers. 6.Employers should provide workplace health and wellness programs that target the true source of the stress, because the source of stress at work can be from any number of causes, safety, ergonomics, job demands, etc,. 7.Employers should also survey the workers and ask them for their help in identifying the actual cause. 8.Employers should also incorporate stress prevention or positive mental health promotion in policies or their corporate mission statement. 9.Employers must make sure that workers have the adequate training, skills, and to provide the necessary resources that is needed. 10.Employers should design jobs to allow for a balanced workload that will allow all workers to have more control as possible over the tasks assigned to them. 11.Employers should value and recognize individual s’ results and skills. 12.Provide support, and be very clear about job expectations. 13.Keep job demands reasonable by providing manageable deadlines, hours of work and very clear duties as well as work that are interesting and varied. 14.Provide access to all workers to all programs that are in place at the workplace. In addition, employers should not:a.Tolerate bullying or harassment, sexual or otherwise. b.Ignore signs that workers are under pressure or feeling stressed. c.Forget that elements of the workplace itself can be a cause of stress. However, stress management training and counseling services can be helpful to individual worker, but do not forget to look for the root cause of the stress and to address them as quickly as possible. As time is of the utmost importance we will have to stop here for today, but in a future article we will continue by looking at, Is there anything I can do to help myself deal with the stress I am experiencing at work? As I take my leave today, I leave you with a quote by Sir. Brian Appleton, a safety poem, and a song by Lachian Hurse and Sue Monk.“Safety is not an intellectual exercise to keep us in work. It is a matter of life and death. It is the sum of our contributions to safety management that determines whether the people we work with live or die.” – Sir. Brian Appleton Safety. Dear! Of all happy in the hour, most blest, He who has found our hid security, Assured in the dark tides of the world that rest, And heard our word, “Who is so safe as we?” We have found safety with all things undying, The winds, and morning, tears of men and mirth, The deep night, and birds singing, and clouds flying, And sleep, and freedom, and the autumnal earth. We have built a house that is not for times’ throwing, We have gained a peace unshaken by pain for ever, War knows no power. Safe shall be my going, Secretly armed against all death’s endeavour, Safe though all safety’s lost; safe where men fall; And if these poor limbs die, safest of all. Roads We Tread By: Lachian Hurse and Sue Monk.Laws were made that turn back time, Steal workers’ rights away, Now well-dressed rogues can rest assured, They’re riding high today, Again, ourselves we dare, To recall the reason for, The load we bear. There’s no need to bow before, The market’s callous hand, What’s gone before, what lies in store, Past vict’ries turns to sand, Again, we heed the call, To resist the hand that would, Divide us all. Driving changes sweep the world, The fruit’s not ours to claim, The quest for workers’ dignity, Still remains the same, Again, the cause we share, To renew our solemn pledge, The cause we share. Here’s a song to give us strength, If there’s hard times ahead, Here’s a tune for brighter days, Rememb’ring roads we tread, To remember we can change, The roads we tread.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 30TH 2014 5 NEWS By Thinking Citizen A number of frustrated and disappointed politicians in our Federation are rushing feverishly to join the CCM/PAM Alliance. The politicians concerned try to give some lofty, worthy, noble and virtuous motive for their feverish behaviour. But surely that cannot fool people with their heads on. We all know that the real motives for the rush to join the CCM/PAM Alliance are Greed, Grudge, Envy, Jealousy, and a desire for Vengeance. How in good faith can those politicians who claim to be so upright and honest and decent rush to ally themselves with the members of the PAM party, that is the party that in its earlier years(a) W anted to burn down the whole of New T own in 1967; (b) Did not want us to become independent of Great Britain and so earn the right to our very own passport; (c) Did not want our workers and their families to enjoy the protection and benefits of Social Security (d) Tried its very best to destroy the burgeoning National Bank during the early years of the Bank; and (e) Attempted to smash-up and wipe out our own Trades and Labour Union by devious means after P AM’ s several schemes to form rival trade unions failed. How can a man say honestly and truthfully that he is against murders when he can be found also in the company of murderers? How can a person say that he is against prostitution when he is always in the company of men who turn women into prostitutes? How can an individual claim to be against gambling when he is always in the company of those who promote gambling? Why would those politicians who claim to be the promoters and defenders of Fairness, Equality, Justice, Freedom, Liberty and Democracy not match their deeds and actions to their words? They say that they want Democracy but their actions show that they are striving for Oligarchy. They say that they want Justice, Fairness and Equality but their actions show that they want to be able to defame innocent people week after week in the Democrat’s “Is It True?” Column. The members of the CCM/ PAM cabal have been proclaiming that General Elections are near and will soon be called, and as the expected time for such Elections draw nearer and nearer the members of the cabal redouble The PAM Misleaders Are Not Concerned With Improving The Welfare Of The Poor And Needy their efforts to bring down Prime Minister Douglas and his Labour Party Government. We know that those vicious and unworthy attacks on the Prime Minister and his Labour Party Government are inspired and motivated by Greed, Envy, Jealousy, Avarice and Rapacity. But such vices ought not to inform or inspire the motives of the members of the CCM/PAM cabal. The universal feeling is that political leaders in opposition ought not to seek power for personal gain or for selfaggrandizement. Power ought to be sought to enable the promotion of the greatest good for the greatest number. The Labour Party has established a history and a record of sterling service to our country. Nothing that PAM or the CCM can say can ever erase the memory of that glorious record of sterling service from the hearts and minds of a grateful people. We know what PAM is all about. PAM is all about self. PAM abolished Personal Income Tax to benefit itself and the well-off people in our society. PAM then went and imposed a Social Services Levy on the backs of the poor, suffering workingclass people. The PAM Government shared out to its members, financiers and friends some of the best parcels of Sugar Estates Lands for housing lots. The poor people who worked in the Sugar Industry were not considered. PAM did nothing to help them to own a home where they and their families could live together happily ever after. Jobs inside the Public Sector as well as inside the Private Sector were controlled by PAM. The Chamber of Industry and Commerce operated as an arm of the PAM party, and no one, however wellqualified, could get a job within the Private Sector or with the Chamber of Industry and Commerce unless the PAM party gave its approval. Whether in Government or in Opposition PAM’s record of service to the country can in no way be compared to Labour’s sterling record of service to the country. PAM exaggerates and embroiders and decorates its own lack-luster record of service and in addition the party tries to distort, misrepresent and misinterpret the excellent record of sterling service rendered by the Labour Party. The Annual Human Development Report put out by the UNDP details the forward and upward movement of our country in the areas of Agriculture Health, Housing, Employment, Education, Economics and Finance since Dr. Douglas took over as Prime Minister in 1995. Dr. Douglas seems to be the man with the Golden or the Magic Touch. Economic Development under Dr. Douglas exploded. The Labour Party made the PAM party look ineffective, incompetent and inept. Why would the members of the CCM/PAM cabal want to get rid of Prime Minister Douglas and his Labour Party Government in the face of all the grand and wonderful things that they have done to develop our country without creating un-employment and a situation of high inflation? The answer is that the members of the cabal are not concerned with improving the welfare of the poor and the needy. The cabalites are concerned only with looking out for themselves. St. Kitts and Nevis Ranked Second In Cell Phone Use In The Caribbean BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis is ranked second in cell phone use among 22 Caribbean nations. According to Caribbean Journal, St. Kitts and Nevis had 157 subscriptions for every 100 people in the federation. Number 1 is the Cayman Islands with 172 mobile subscriptions for every 100 persons. Third was Dominica, 152; fourth, Venezuela, 148; fifth, Antigua and Barbuda, 143; sixth, Trinidad and Tobago, 141; seventh, Aruba, 132; eighth, St. Lucia, 126; 9th, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, 124; 10th, Barbados, 123; 11th, Grenada, 121; 12th, Costa Rica, 112; 13th Suriname, 106; 14th Colombia, 103; 15th Jamaica, 96; 16th Dominican Republic, 87; 17th, Puerto Rico; 18th, Bahamas, 81; 19th, Guyana, 69; 20th, Haiti, 60; 21st, Belize, 53 and Cuba in at 22nd with 15. The data did not include Anguilla, the Turks and Caicos Islands, Curacao, St. Maarten, the United States Virgin Islands and the French departments. The information comes from the most recent edition of the World Bank’s World Development Indicators report, which has data on a number of specific business and economic indicators in the region, including the number of mobile cellular subscriptions per 100 people. The most recent region-wide data, which comes from 2012, was sourced from the International Telecommunication Union’s World Telecommunication/ICT indicators database.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 30TH 2014 6 NEWS PM: Citizenship Programme Secure, After U.S Advisory Basseterre, St. Kitts, (SKNIS): Prime Minister the Right Honourable Dr. Denzil Douglas has responded to an advisory issued by the United States Treasury Department claiming “Abuse of the Citizenship-byInvestment Program Sponsored by the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis”. Program is no exception in this regard. We are in the process of determining at this moment exactly what changes, if any, should be made to the Programme, and we will be sure to advise you accordingly as these decisions are arrived at.” Prime Minister Douglas indicated that the unit is aware of the ever-evolving ingenuity of criminals and has prioritized training in cyber-crime to assist in detection and apprehension and will establish an advisory board to protect the integrity of the programme. He also stressed that the Treasury Department does not wish the advisory to affect the maintenance of normal relationships between financial Labour Cabinet Approves Concessions For Four Local Businesses BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, (CUOPM) – The Labour Party Administration of Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas in keeping with its policy of ensuring that local businesses enjoy the benefits of a growing economy, has granted a number of concessions. On Monday, the Cabinet, under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Douglas, considered and approved four applications for tax concessions from small local businesses. “Strong support was provided for these four small businesses operating the fields construction, manufacturing and event management with waiver on a range of taxes on materials, tools and equipment,” Minister of Information, Sen. the Hon. Nigel Carty said in the Post Cabinet briefing. He said the Government continues to believe that the private sector is the engine of growth of the local economy and that every reasonable effort must to be made to support the growth of the sector, particularly the small business subsector. Deputy Prime Minister the Hon. Dr. Earl Asim Martin emphasized that the growth and long-term sustainability of the economic sector are ultimately dependent on the successful operation of small business ventures and the creation of jobs and other economic opportunities arising from the business ventures. In his monthly press conference, the Prime Minister said the government was happy that attempts to undermine the citizenship programme are being highlighted and noted his commitment to making any necessary changes to ensure its integrity. “…We are very pleased that these attempts by some economic citizens have been uncovered by the United States”, he explained. “We have long stressed our commitment to working with regional and international allies to halt the spread of international crime, and the matter of our Citizenship by Investment institutions in the United States and the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis more broadly. Dr. Douglas issued another declaration of the government’s no-tolerance policy of criminals attempting to enter the programme. “It is already a matter of established policy that St. KittsNevis will revoke citizenship if any St. Kitts-Nevis economic citizen becomes involved in criminality. This is a current policy. And we will not hesitate to enforce it.”


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 30TH 2014 7 NEWS St. Kitts and Nevis To Return US$40 Million To IMF Basseterre, St. Kitts, (SKNIS): The fiscal situation and performance of the economy in St. Kitts and Nevis has steadily improved over the last few years and has allowed for the return of US$40 million loan to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). In 2011, the Federal Government engaged in a three-year Stand-By Arrangement (SBA) with the IMF to the tune of US$84.5 million. The structural adjustment programme was developed by the local government as part of debt restructuring initiative. At the completion of the ninth and final review by the IMF this week, a positive report was delivered as it showed a 3.8 percent economic growth, a surplus of 12.2 percent of GDP (Gross Domestic Product), as well as a 61 percent reduction in public debt to 104 percent of GDP. Debt reduction is reportedly “on a sustainable path, projected to reach a low of 60 percent of GDP in a few years.” While delivering the PostCabinet Briefing this week, Minister of Information the Honourable Nigel Carty explained that “Cabinet considered and approved the return of approximately US$40 million to the IMF that was provided for under the Stand-By Arrangement with the institution.” He added that “the decision to return the unused loan funds to the IMF is consistent with government’s policy to continue to reduce its debt and to adopt a higher level of fiscal discipline going forward.” Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Right Honourable Dr. Denzil Douglas has been widely praised for his leadership in the development and implementation of the home-grown structural programme and returning the economy to positive growth in spite of the global economy which continues to negatively impact many countries in the Caribbean region.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 30TH 2014 8 NEWS 0 Down Payment! BASSETERRE, St. Kitts: – Monday May 26, 2014: On the heels of its recently launched “It Pays to Use LIME – Activate & Win!” promotion, LIME has just launched 0 Down Payment on any mobile Smartphone purchased at either of its two locations on Cayon Street, Basseterre or Main Street, Charlestown. Of this new initiative, General Manager of LIME St. Kitts-Nevis, Mr. David Lake stated, “In this age of mobile connectivity, having a mobile phone has literally become a necessity. As such, we at LIME want to ensure that every Kittitian and Nevisian not only has access to advanced 4G mobile service from LIME, but also has access to the latest Smartphones on the market, on easy payment terms”. Mr. Lake continued, “As a follow up to our “It Pays to Use LIME” promo, we have now introduced our new 0 Down Payment plan, which is open to suitably qualified new Postpaid MyPlan customers as well as Prepaid mobile customers with fixed line service. All you have to do is select your Smartphone from LIME, choose the payment option that best suits you and walk out with the latest Smartphone without paying any money down.” LIME customers can now enjoy the handset of their choice through the ease and flexibility of this new 0 Down Payment plan; LIME Terms & Conditions Apply.LIME. Value Every Moment. St. Kitts And Nevis Leads The OECS in Exports Of Goods and Services to the US in 2013, First Three Months of 2014 Ready for shipment at Kajola-Kristada BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, (CUOPM) St. Kitts and Nevis continues to be the leading exporter of goods and services to the United States than all the Eastern Caribbean nations in 2013. According to foreign trade statistics issued by the US Census Bureau, the twin-island federation also leads the Eastern Caribbean nations in exports to the United States for the first three months of this year, 2014. Figures reveal that exports from St. Kitts and Nevis to the United States for 2013 were valued million); St. Lucia, US$16.5 million (EC$44.5 million); St. Vincent and the Grenadines, US$2.9 million (EC$7.8 million) and Montserrat, US$2.7 million (EC$7.2 million) St. Kitts and Nevis is also the leading exporter of goods and services to the United States for the first three months of 2014 among the OECS states. The federation exported goods and services with a value of US$13 million (EC$35.2 million) compared to Antigua and Barbuda, US$4.3 million EC$11.6 million; Dominica, US$600,000 (EC$1.6 million); Grenada, US$2.4 million (EC$6.5 million); St. Lucia, US$6.7 million (EC$18.1 million); St. Vincent and the Grenadines, US$300,000 (EC$813,000); British Virgin Islands, US$800,000 (EC$2.1 at US$54.5 million or EC$147.1 million, while the combined exports of St. Lucia, Grenada, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Montserrat, Anguilla amounted to US$54.3 million or EC$146.6 million. For the 12 months of last year, Anguilla exported goods to the United States at a value of US$4 million (EC$10.8 million); Antigua and Barbuda exported US$9.6 million (EC$25.9 million); British Virgin Islands, US$6.5 million (EC$17.5 million); Dominica, US$2.6 million (EC$7 million); Grenada, US$9.5 million (EC$25.6 Workers at Harowe Servo Api million); Anguilla, US$1.2 million (EC$3.2 million and Montserrat, US$200,000 (EC$542,000). St. Kitts and Nevis companies exporting to the United States and their products are Lutron Liamuiga (dimmer switches and fan speed controls); Harowe Servo (St. Kitts) Ltd (small motors, PC Board Assemblies, Rotor Assemblies and resolvers); Kajola-Kristada (connectors, filters, trap and surface mounts; for the Cable TV and Communications Industry); CSR/DDL (CSR rum/brandy and Brinley flavoured rum products); Jaro Electronics (industrial motors and transformers) and Caribelle Batik, whose products are mostly purchased by cruise passengers and stayover visitors. Photos by Erasmus Williams


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 30TH 2014 9 NEWS S t. Kitt s And Nevis Has Highest Percent age of Internet Users In The Caribbean BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, (CUOPM) – The Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis has the highest percentage of internet users in the Caribbean. That’s according to Caribbean Journal, which said it recently looked at a World Development Indicators 2012. It said 79 percent of the population in St. Kitts and Nevis are internet users among 21 countries including Colombia, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and the United States Virgin Islands. Coming in a tie for second were Aruba and the Cayman Islands, of which 74 percent of the population were internet users. Third, Barbados, 73 percent; fourth, Bahamas, 72 percent; fifth, Trinidad & Tobago, 60 percent; sixth, Dominica, 55 percent; seventh, Puerto Rico, 51 percent; Colombia and St. Lucia are tied in eighth place with 49 percent each; 9th St. Vincent and the Grenadines, 48 percent; 10th, Antigua and Barbuda, 47 percent; 11th Jamaica, 47 percent; 12th Dominican Republic,45 percent; 13th Venezuela, 44 percent; 14th Grenada, 42 percent; 15th United States Virgin Islands, 41 percent; 16th Suriname, 35 percent; 17th Guyana, 33 percent; 18th Cuba, 26 percent; 19th Belize, 25 percent and 20th Haiti,10 percent. Haiti’s number would seem to be low, particularly in light of last week’s data showing 60 percent of the population with mobile phone subscriptions — that would seem to point to a decidedly small number of smart phones in use. Not included in the report were British Overseas Territories excluding the Cayman Islands, along with the French Caribbean areas of Martinique, Guadeloupe and St Martin and the Dutch Caribbean. It said the World Bank’s data, which was based on the International Telecommunication Union’s World Telecommunication/ICT indicators database, looked at the number of individuals in each country using the internet as a percentage of the population. The ITU’s data compiled the data from a survey defining internet users as people who used the internet, from any location, whether by computer, mobile phone, digital TV or other. Over the years the Labour Government of the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas has distributed thousands of laptops to high school students in both St. Kitts and Nevis with the assistance of the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan). Government also grants concessions on the importation of laptop and desk top computers. All primary and high schools also have computer labs. File Photo Minister Glen Phillip making presentation of computer at Verchilds High School


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 30TH 2014 10 NEWS Paul Southwell and Sir Lee Llewellyn Moore, hoped that “St. John’s life story be an inspiration to us all as we continue were he left off.”She told the congregation that included Governor General Sir Edmund Lawrence and Lady Lawrence; Deputy Governor General of Nevis, Mr. Eustace John and Mrs. John, former Governor General, Sir Cuthbert Sebastian; Prime Minister the Rt. Hon Dr. Denzil L. Douglas, Cabinet colleagues, Members of the Diplomatic Corps and supporters of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party and the St. Kitts-Nevis Trades and Labour Union, that Esmond St. John Payne was born in Anguilla on the 2nd August 1937 to Isa Payne who worked as a domestic. “His mother, wanting him to grow up to be a principled individual, took him often to the Salvation Army services and later to Sister Rose’ Church in St. Kitts. He was educated at the Basseterre Boys’ School till he reached the age of 13 when he left school to look for work. It was the search for employment that eventually took him to England in 1960, leaving behind in the care of family, his first son Trevor. But St. Kitts stayed in his soul and he kept in touch with family and friends. He also looked forward to the arrival of the Labour Spokesman in the mail with news which, by the time it was delivered to him, would no longer have been news. Still it was a precious link with home. In Leeds where St. John first went, he became part of a Kittitian community where people like Jack Warrington of Basseterre looked out for newcomers and helped them deal with the ordeal of settling down in their new environment St. John realized that England had much to offer in the way of personal development and when he saw the chance of a higher education, he grabbed it and as a mature student continued to work at improving his intellectual abilities and the skills that were to prove an asset when he returned to St. Kitts. He started with Social Studies at Harlech, moving on to a B.Sc in Economics and Social Studies at the University of Wales at Swansea and finally a course in Industrial Relations at the University of Bradford. His academic background was ideal for the jobs he undertook when he returned to the State in 1970 and was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the St. KittsNevis Trades and Labour Union and nominated to the House of Assembly. The following year he Victoria Borg O’Flaherty: “..... St. John Payne BroughtDependability” public offer of shares. With Horatio Versailles and Suswin Mills he worked on the report that was handed in on time and resulted in the Government becoming a majority share holder in National Bank. He also played an important role in the decision to acquire the sugar lands and the Basseterre Sugar Factory in 1975 and 1976. Young Labour had been advocating the nationalization of the sugar industry since 1969. In 1971 nationalisation became a subject in the Labour manifesto. As minister, St. John would have sat down and contemplated the burdens and risks of taking on an industry in difficulty against the possibility of employment and production. The recommendation he submitted to Cabinet were based, not on an emotionally charged situation, but on the benefits it would bring to the country and the people involved in the industry. He described himself at this time as “chief sugar farmer and the most powerful land owner the country had ever seen.” It was not a boast but a recognition of the great responsibly entrusted to him. His speeches during his time as minister were not sensational but hint at what he might have felt. There was a sense of satisfaction in the increased sugar production of the mid-1970’s and in the creation of CEMACO that was meant to market the agricultural produce of NACO and individual farmer and increase the availability of local produce. It was after all a very concrete step towards a sustainable economy. One senses subdued frustration and even a bit of resignation when he spoke of the low international price of sugar, the increasing cost of fuel and inflation, things he could not change, but which impacted on the sugar industry especially after the government’s attempt to rescue it. Again one senses pride when having lived and experienced what social security did for workers in the UK, he was able to put in place similar developments in his home state. And he did not hesitate to give contested the general election as a candidate for constituency number six which at the time stretched from Parsons to Lodge. That year the Labour Party presented a slate of candidates that was a mix of stalwarts and academically trained professionals who could discredit PAM’s accusation that Labour had nothing to offer the educated people of the country. After an intensive campaign all labour candidates won their seat and St. John was appointed Minister of Agriculture, Lands, Housing and Labour. He won 68% of the vote in his constituency and he was able to hold over 60% of that vote in the elections of 1975 and 1980. The Democrat later suggested that his was a “Cinderella entrance” into politics “on the coat tail of Bradshaw.” St. John would have been the first to admit that he could not have done it on his own. He won his constituency because he was part of a team that had a charismatic leader in Robert Bradshaw and that held the promise of fresh perspectives for the country. While Fitzroy Bryant brought personality and Lee Moore brought oratory, St. John Payne brought dependability to the table. Within weeks of returning to St. Kitts, after an absence of 10 years, he was asked by Premier Bradshaw to hand in a report on the stand that Government should take towards National Bank’s first (cont’d on page 15) (cont’d from page 10)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 30TH 2014 11 NEWS CWC TO INCREASE INVESTMENT IN SERVICES 30% increase in network and other investments under ‘Project Marlin’Cable & Wireless Communications, the parent company of LIME in the Caribbean, has announced its financial results for the year to March 31, 2014, and unveiled a new strategy including its plan to invest more than US$1 billion in its fixed and mobile networks over the next three years. Under a new investment programme named Project Marlin, CWC will increase its capital investment programme by 30%, in the next three years adding a total of $250 million to its standard level capital expenditure. The new strategy will target top-line growth, with investment in new networks and services like 4G and LTE mobile networks, wifi hotspots, TV services, and business-to-business (B2B) solutions across its operations in Caribbean and Latin America. The strategy focuses on four key strategic imperatives: Mobile leadership Fixed-mobile network convergence Reinforce TV offering Grow business services Supporting the strategy will be an increased focus on key stakeholder relations with Governments, regulatory and union partners. CWC will also seek to improve its internal processes and culture to increase focus on serving its customers. CWC also announced its financial performance for the 2013/14 year. Highlights of the 2013/14 results in its Caribbean business included: 8% rise in earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) – the company’s core profit measure Operating costs reduced by US$48 million (8%) following good progress on outsourcing services, exiting non-core property assets and introducing initiatives to reduce power consumption 31% increase in Jamaica mobile customers and US$7 million increase in mobile revenue Mobile data revenue growth of 13% in The Bahamas and 53% in the Cayman Islands and launched of LTE services 8% more broadband customers across the region 21% more TV customers across Barbados, the Cayman Islands Phil Bentley, Chief Executive of Cable & Wireless Communications, said: “We have developed a new strategic plan to drive top line growth, reversing our historical revenue decline, to leverage our existing networks enhanced by the US$250 million increased investment of Project Marlin; and to drive further operating efficiencies across the portfolio.” At Group level CWC reported a 23% growth in mobile data revenue, with Group revenue down 1% on a like-for-like basis. Group operating costs fell by 5% (US$43 million) helping EBITDA to increase by 5% to US$608 million.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 30TH 2014 12 NEWS J. N. France General Hospital in for Major Renovation BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, (CUOPM) – St. Kitts Joseph N. France General Hospital is to see renovation to the original structure. Minister of Health the Hon. Marcella Liburd informed Cabinet ministers at a recent meeting that funding has been identified to pursue the upgrade of the J.N. France General Hospital including roofing repairs and the implementation of Phase 3 of the improvement project. Phase 3 will see the renovation of the back or northern portion of the facilities. Specifically, phase 3 intends to improve the kitchen, cafeteria, central supply stores, the pathology area, and a new mortuary. With several medical schools on St. Kitts, the Joseph N. France General Hospital is used for the teaching and training of student doctors. As a result new lecture facilities will be constructed under the project. and Nevis’ leading healthcare institution, the Aerial view of St. Kitts’ Joseph N. France General Hospital (Photo by Erasmus Williams) Youth Outreach Dance Ministry The Youth Outreach Dance Ministry is a ChristCentered Ministry. The true heart of the ministry is to honour and worship the Lord. We offer instruction mainly in ballet, jazz, hiphop, Afro-Caribbean, basic gymnastics, worship dance and contemporary. We also study the bible too. Mrs. Andrea CainesAdedeji who has been dancing, directing and offering her choreographer skills over the years is currently working on completing her online studies with HIGHER PRAISE DANCE ACADEMY. She chooses to study online because she really doesn’t have the heart to leave the Federation due to her responsibility with the dance ministry and nurturing the girls who God has placed under my care.” Mrs. Caines-Adedeji focus her career studies in Dance over any other field because she feels that there is much scope in the not too distant future in the DRAMA and ARTS. She said, “St. Kitts and Nevis is changing. The world is changing too. I believe very soon, in the not too distant future, both males and females would be able to make a full time income from dancing as they get roles in commercials, movies, recitals all around the world.” Mrs. Caines-Adedeji continued, “Apart from the financial aspect though, Dancing is Godly. It is a way of expressing one’s self. It is a way of relaxing the mind. It is therapy for the soul. We train our dance gems in a CHRISTIAN SETTING, where we are not just concerned about them coming to dance, but we try our best to instill MORALS and DISCIPLINE and share the WORD OF GOD.” The dance ministry has been around since 2001 and follows a mission theme TO KNOW HIM AND MAKE HIM KNOWN! Mrs. Caines-Adedeji, who has been dancing for some 21 years, got saved 14 years ago and immediately got on fire for Christ using her dance skills. The Ministry sends out an invitation to parents to register their children immediately. All interested dancers between 4 18 years can join. Orientation is scheduled to take place on Saturday 31st May, 2014 at the McKnight Community Centre from 10:00 am 11:00 am and Mrs. CainesAdedeji can be reached at 869-765-5931. Space is limited!


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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 30TH 2014 14 NEWS -Development Bank Staff Commemorate 33rd Anniversary with Health Walk We conquered: Staff members of the Development Bank and their friends pose for a group picture at the Sea Bridge Ferry Terminus at Major’s Bay after completing the walk. The first finishers: Mr Patrice Ward and Ms Kimberly Phipps. BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS — As the Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis marked its 33rd anniversary, members of staff and their friends on Saturday May 24 indulged themselves in a health, but staminasapping, exercise by walking the Peninsula Road from Frigate Bay to the Sea Bridge terminus, Major’s Bay. The walk started at 5:10 am from the second roundabout in Frigate Bay and leading the energised staff was General Manager Mr Lenworth Harris, though first at the finish point was Credit Risk Management Officer Mr Patrice Ward, walking side by side with a guest, Ms Kimberly Phipps, who arrived at 6:41 am. Staff had from as early as 4:00 am started assembling at the Development Bank’s headquarter on Church Street in Basseterre and were ferried in two buses to Frigate Bay, where ‘house pastor’, Compliance Manager Ms Marian Browne offered a word of prayer for their protection, before they set off. It was a mixed bag of experience as the walkers overcame the steep gradient towards Timothy Hill. Some energetic walkers breezed through it and by the time those bringing up the rear were at the top of the hill, the leaders were actually climbing the next steep gradient after Shipwreck. While Dr Garfield Alexander had volunteered to act as the ‘walk’ doctor, he was not put to test as all the walkers (including those who occasionally hitched a ride with Mr Yohance Rawlins on the bank’s pickup) got to Major’s Bay in one piece. The only mishap was when one of the more energetic walkers, a guest, pulled a muscle minutes after eating breakfast. Coming in second place was the group of energetic members of the Okolo Tegremantine Dance Group made up of Loans Monitoring Officer Ms Tiffany Richards, and her guests Mr Alphonso Henry and Shonroy Caesar who arrived at 6:46 am. Hot on their heels was a lone ranger, Ms Jamela Warner, the Bank’s Finance and Creditor Relations Officer, who walked all by herself towards the end of walk, arriving at 6:48 am. Former national cricketer, General Manager Mr Lenworth Harris, arrived at 7:00 am. Bringing up the rear was the pair of Compliance Manager Ms Marian Browne and Delinquency and Recovery Manager Mr David Fox who arrived at 7:38 am and were received by General Manager Mr Harris, who congratulated them for the magnificent showing. The event was not without its light moments. Two seemingly energetic staffers flagged down the bank’s pickup to beg a ride and inside they were trying to lie low so as not to be seen by the other walkers. It was a colourful anniversary walk that saw the longest serving bank employee (not necessarily the oldest) Human Resource Support Officer Ms Coralee Benjamin stride majestically to the very end without hitching a ride, while the shortest serving bank employee Ms Destiny Williams (employed in January this year and also the youngest member of staff) arrived and announced that “it was a breezy, easy nice, relaxing walk.” A sumptuous breakfast prepared by the mother and daughter team of Ms Corliss Toby and Ms Shevon Nisbett was served. Served with the breakfast were fresh fruits, an assortment of fresh juices, and hot bush tea. A smoothie that was prepared by Mr Delebert Samuel was also served. After the breakfast, Mr Harris thanked all the staff and their friends for taking time off for the event which he termed as an accomplishment for most of them. He thanked organisers of the walk, the suppliers of food, Dr Alexander and pickup driver Mr Yohance Rawlins, a bank client. “We are very grateful for your presence, and our members of staff and friends of members of staff who joined us,” noted Mr Harris. Also taking part in the walk was Assistant General Manager, Mr Carlton Pogson, and three staffers from the Nevis branch office. The Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis was established on May 21, 1981 by an Act of Parliament, and according to the Manager for Human Resource, Marketing and Product Development Ms Danienne Brin, activities to mark the Bank’s anniversary continue on Friday May 30 with Business Fairs in Basseterre in Independence Square and outside the D.R. Walwyn Square in Charlestown, and a fun day for staff members on Saturday May 31. Bank staffers causally walk to the finishing point, from left: Mr Eldean Huggins, Ms Lavern Jackson, Ms Giselle Williams, and Ms Destiny Williams. A job well done: Mr Lenworth Harris congratulates Ms Marian Browne and Mr David Fox upon their finishing the walk.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 30TH 2014 15 GOOD NEWS All institutions in our region need to assist our youth to control their anger. This emotional aspect of the life of the youth of our families has reached alarming proportions. If responsible bodies continue to practice a hands-off attitude on such a crucial issue the families of our Caribbean nation that are the backbone of our societies will be greatly undermined. It is said that, “Anger is a basic emotion which allows us to survive as a species.” Anger is the emotion of not having our needs met. As individuals we are programmed with the ability to express anger from birth. A baby who screams when it is hungry or uncomfortable cold, too hot, needs a change of clothing is displaying real anger. Anger displayed in this manner is indeed quite healthy and normal and can be a creative force for change or to right an injustice. It is this anger that later in life becomes out of control. It is a normal emotion that has become most complex. There is no firm agreement as to how to handle anger. Families and societies differ on their views on how to tackle this aspect of life and by whom it should be handled. Time is long gone for such argument to continue. This poorly managed basic emotion has become quite destructive because it is out of control and has become an aggression. Like all the emotions, anger involves chemical and psychological changes in the individual. When the body has to deal with anger, the Help Our Youth heart-rate changes and “adrenaline” levels become affected. Persons who cannot deal with these surges become addictive and more often than not become destructive. There is a very thin line between one acknowledging that one needs help dealing with one’s anger until that anger becomes out of control. There are several reasons why persons are unable to control their anger. Quite often it may be a cultural or family pattern that has been allowed to go on without being dealt with. This is because in some societies and some families too often, some persons are not allowed to express their anger in a controllable manner, while in some societies or families only some persons are allowed to express their anger. Being angry is acceptable. St Paul advised that Christians ought to be angry, but should not sin in the process; that anger should not last from one day to the other (see Ephesians 4:26). There are many reasons for anger – stress, pain, biological changes, tiredness and anxiety just to name a few. In dealing with anger one should avoid – outburst that cannot be controlled, anxiety, depression, excessive use of alcohol, dependence on drugs, violence, and uncontrollable behaviour. Anger can be used to effectively sort out injustice and grievance. It can be a normal and healthy emotion. There are many who are able to manage their anger by keeping it under control. Anger in this manner is not and can never be a problem because those individuals have a responsibility for doing so. Isabel Clark, a specialist in anger management makes the point, “Everyone has a physical reaction to anger …. Be aware of what your body is telling you, and take steps to calm yourself down.” Why should our institutions get involved to assist our citizens to control anger? Cognitive behavioral therapy does assist persons to manage their anger so that they can achieve their goals, solve problems, handle emergencies, remain calm, cool and collected in any given situation in order to have their needs met.Humbly Submitted by Alson B H Percival (Rev Canon Dr) Chair Nevis Regional Council Victoria Borg O’Flaherty: “..... St. John Payne BroughtDependability” recognition the late Premier Bradshaw for his contribution to this improvement when Social Security took over where the National Provident Fund left off. His career was inspirational to some of the young men he came in contact with on his return to the Caribbean. He encouraged them to pursue greater dreams than were possible at home. He kept in touch with them being well aware that the cold climate, the isolation and the racism of England, as well as the fiery West Indian temperament would not make the transition easy. He introduced them to the people he knew would provide them with a little bit of home when they needed it. When he visited England, he also made sure of contacting them. It was during one of these visits in 1979 that I met him first. He had let Fidel know that he would be in London. For Fidel this meant he could talk to somebody from home. So we took a train to London and I was introduced for the first time to a family directly from St. Kitts. St. John welcomed both of us but gave me a rather inquisitive look. I got the feeling that he was trying to figure out what made me tick – whether I knew what I was letting myself into by opting to marry a Kittitian and planning to live in St. Kitts, but he said nothing and eventually he left me with Pearl and the boys while he and Fidel talked of home. Both of them were concerned with the transition period that the Labour Party and the Union were undergoing following the enormous loss they had suffered in the passing of Premiers Bradshaw and Southwell so soon after each other. It was not an easy time and St. John acknowledged that people had to get used to the new roles they found themselves in. This was not accomplished without difficulty and in the end the Party lost the seat in Central Basseterre and then was stunned by the unexpected coalition formed by PAM and NRP following the election of 1980. Although St. John kept his seat, the times were changing. The turbulent days that had followed the death of Bradshaw in 1978 had taken their toll but there had been deeper changes within Kittitian society. Studies showed that at the time of St. John’s returned to St. Kitts, employment in the industry was declining, not because there were no jobs in it but because people, especially the young, did not like the idea of laboring in the cane fields. This had resulted in migration to the UK, the Virgin Islands and the US. Those that returned brought back with them expectations that could not always be met. The Labour Party’s base had always been the workers in the industry but that base was no longer as strong as it had once been. The courting of the emerging middle class was not consistent and this had worked to the disadvantage of the Labour candidates. St. John remained devoted to his constituents and visited them every Sunday without fail. Sometimes his sons Gareth and Michael tagged along. The boys attended practically every public meeting that the Labour Party organized and were often front and center in the Labour Day marches. They had even started helping to set up the equipment for the meetings. After Fidel returned to St. Kitts in September 1981, St. John would pass for him on his way to his weekly visits to the constituency. Fidel could chat up a storm with anyone and being unemployed; he had time on his hands to do just that. St. John listened attentively. They made an ideal partnership. St. John would return to town with errands to run for the older people in the villages, who often asked him to do things like pay their electricity bills for them, as some of them worked in the industry and could not get time during the week. However, as a member of the opposition, his influence had waned and he no longer could serve his constituents as in his ministerial days. To make ends meet and support his family, St. John tried to start a small import business during this time. It was from him that I bought my first fridge and stove. The election of 1984 made things worse for him. By this time there were a number of youths who had attended the various high schools under the new comprehensive system who were looking to have their expectations fulfilled. Their political loyalties were up for grabs. When Labour lost the elections in 1984, St. John lost his seat. This meant that his parliamentary allowance was gone too. In those days lawyers and doctors could open their own private practice but there was little demand for economists outside of Government circles. With two teenagers quickly reaching college age, he had to do more than sell the occasional appliance. Ross University had an opening for an Administrative/Executive Officer. St. John was interviewed for it and was offered the position. This was exciting for him and he felt that this opportunity would enable him to put his experience and expertise to good use. His wife Pearl remembers how on the Monday morning he prepared himself for work and went merrily down to Ross University to start his new job. By 9.30am he appeared at the Central Bank where she worked. She asked him if he had not gone to work. He replied that he had but was told on arrival that Ross University had received instructions from the Prime Minister not to hire him. He was very disappointed but knew that there was nothing he could do. St. John tried a number of other options but none of them were producing the results he needed. Finally a cousin suggested a move to Canada. Disappointed that he could not stay in St. Kitts but recognizing his responsibilities to his family, he made the move. He became the Assistant Campaign manager of the United Way of Greater Toronto, an organization that raised funds for local groups that addressed community issues. His tasks included the supervising of fund raising campaign employees, monitoring publicity and training volunteers. Then in 1991 he became a consultant to the Public Appointments Secretariat in the office of the Premier of Ontario. This meant he was an adviser on appointments to agencies, boards and committees and received reports from them. This recognition of his abilities however did not dampen his interest in what was going on in St. Kitts. His heart remained with the Labour Party at home. Following the 1995 Labour victory in the polls, St. John Payne was only too happy to return home to do his part in the new administration. I was in awe of his reconstruction of the scattered and missing cabinet minutes from the previous administration. I sensed an ally that I needed desperately since he understood the value of records and the stories they tell. But he had other responsibilities for he was the Ambassador of St. Kitts and Nevis to CARICOM, the OECS and the ACS and in 2001 he was even appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. He also served on the board of the newly created National Housing Corporation and the Whitegate Development Corporation. Prime Minister Douglas described him as “that oasis of calm efficiency, with an admirable enduring spirit and a deliberate haste in work and most aspects of his life.” Then his illness came and we lost a man who understood what it meant to work well and to work consistently.”(cont’d from page 10)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 30TH 2014 16 NEWS PEP Early Childhood Trainees Benefit from Voluntary Work by Canada-based Kittitian Basseterre, St. Kitts — When Montreal-based Kittitian Mrs Donna Blake volunteered to give back to her motherland, little did she know that her eight-month old son Treval Blake-Bassue would steal the show. After she learnt that the People Employment Programme (PEP) had taken veteran Early Childhood educator Mrs Vanta Walters out of retirement to run its Early Childhood programme, Mrs Blake who is a holder of a Bachelors’ Degree in Early Childhood from Concordia University offered to work with the trainees. “I wanted to see if I can work alongside Mrs Walters,” said Mrs Blake. “Being a young person in the field, I am always looking to learn. So I took the initiative and made contact with Mr Maurice ‘EK’ Flanders of Freedom FM Radio and asked him to give me PEP Project Manager Mr Geoffrey Hanley’s contact as I had heard him on one of EK’s shows.” Mr Hanley gladly accepted Mrs Blake’s offer to volunteer and work alongside Mrs Walters for the short period she would be in her motherland. She arrived in the country on March 24 and after she met Mr Hanley, he took her to the Challengers Community Centre where the PEP Early Childhood programme is being conducted. At Challengers she would do two sessions per week assisting Mrs Walters execute a new training module, Perform Interactive Workplace Communication. According to Mrs Blake, she dealt with professionalism and ethics within the workplace, working with the exact details in the module and taught them by giving examples on how to perform within their workplace. “I got very positive responses because one of the key things that I realised with the trainees is that they were giving me scenarios, ‘what if this happens’, ‘what if that happens’, so the learning environment was very positive and interactive,” explained Mrs Blake. “They were keen learners and you could see that they were interested in what they wanted to do. Some of them are interested in having their own centres some are interested in working in centres. So their questions were geared around those, and I was able to assist them in ironing out the creases in their questions.” Mrs Donna Blake, a mother of three had come with two of her children having left her eight-year old daughter Senait back in Montreal under the care of her grandmother. She came with two sons, four-year old D’Ondre who she enrolled in a local preschool, but would bring Treval BlakeBassue, who was then six months old, to Challengers. “I also brought my son here with me, he was six months at the time and the trainees have always helped in caring for him, which is part of their training process,” observed Mrs Blake. “So I did an observation with them while they hold the baby.” She said that she would observe the way they held him and how they interacted with him and they would point out certain behaviours and how stimulation for example for infants at that stage is done. “The baby was used as a prototype as well and he bonded nicely with the trainees,” commented Mrs Blake. “When we arrived my son was six months, he is now eight months. They have watched him grow for two months, and they took part in nurturing him as well. “As soon as I walk through the doors, somebody takes him from me and I am able to interact with them more. As soon I reach, whether he is sleeping or not he has to be woken up by one of the trainees so that they can interact with him. I did not have a baby sitting issue.” Early Childhood Educator Mrs Blake praised the Federal Government of St. Kitts and Nevis for initiating the People Employment Programme which is offering training and employment to young people at the same time. “The initiative of the government, I would say, is a great job because here we are providing employment for certain sectors of young people who need that employment, and who need that training to further themselves to the next level,” noted Mrs Blake. “It is therefore helping the economy on a whole to better itself and the country on a whole. I think the government is doing what a government is required to do for its people. In this particular area, it is a well needed training.” Mrs Donna Blake, who is originally from Newton Ground and who returns to Canada on June 2, said that the experience has been amazing especially how the trainees welcomed her and bonded with her son. She also thanked Mrs Vanta Walters for agreeing to have her (Blake) working with her saying that she gained a lot of experience, adding that she would come back if the opportunity is extended. “When Mr Hanley informed me that someone would be willing to do some voluntary work, I was extremely happy because I saw it as an opportunity to have someone working along with me which will ease some of the pressure a bit, and also for the trainees to hear another voice,” said Mrs Vanta Walters who is the only facilitator for a class of 21 trainees. “Donna was able to assist greatly in delivering the module we were working on at the time, and they were very receptive,” commented Mrs Walters. “As a matter of fact, when she informed them that she was leaving, there was not a dry eye in there. Donna and I bonded so well and they were able to see firsthand the kind of communication team work that could take place.” Mrs Walters thanked Mrs Blake “for allowing us to use her baby as a guinea pig to practise on.” The PEP Facilitator also noted that when Mrs Blake came she brought items that she figured the trainees would need. These included pencils, pens, rubbers, folder leaves, note books and bags that she donated to the trainees, and she gave the facilitator highlighters and markers. Excellent Eye Sight I do not know how many of you are fortunate to take regular sea baths and swim with the fish, especially the tiny ones like the sprat and the fry. We have, for the most part crystal clear waters, which only become murky after a storm but usually it is really clear. On entering the sea, it is not unusual to see the fish darting here and there doing their thing. (I have promised to get me a sprat net so that I could learn the art of fishing for these delicacies.) Oh yes delicacies – what could taste better than a few roasted sprats, which is dipped in a brine of salted water, pepper and vinegar? Again, in our clear waters it is not difficult to spot the tiny residents, in the sea namely the sprat and the fry. We may have also noticed that our National Bird, the Pelican. (Also referred to in our everyday language as the “booby”} These birds I believe, tend to hover above the sea when they see the fish, and they are every ready for a meal. What is so different about the Pelican bird? We see then everyday as we go in and out of the sea? But, have you stopped to see how they dive down to get their food. Think about it – the Pelican just dives down into the water with a big splash and captures his meal. I say to myself these birds must have wonderful eyesight to spot the fish. I came to that conclusion when I look at the birds diving into the sea, from some heights up in the sky to catch that fish. I also deduced that not only do they have excellent eyesight, their aim is also accurate. Since I do not spend a whole day at the beach I cannot say that they do this all day. So tell me, don’t you wish your eyesight was as keen as that of the Pelican? I sure wish my eyes were as good as theirs. I certainly would not be wearing spectacles. Centre of attention: Baby Treval Blake-Bassue takes the cue from his mother, Mrs Donna Blake (squatting), and starts clapping to the delight of the PEP Early Childhood trainees. Looking on are trainee Ms Roseline Drew (left) and Facilitator Mrs Vanta Walters. Bonded by a common vocation: Early Childhood educators, Mrs Donna Blake (left) and Mrs Vanta Walters at the Challengers Community Centre. Baby on Board: PEP Early Childhood educator, Mrs Vanta Walters (second left) hands over Baby Treval to PEP Early Childhood trainee, Ms Roseline Drew, as the rest of the class looks on. Mother of Baby Treval and visiting Early Education educator Mrs Donna Blake is seen standing in the background, on the left.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 30TH 2014 17 COMMENTARY EARL CLARKE The Epic Battles for the Eight-Hour Day-The History Of The Very First International Workers Day: by Earle ClarkeAPRIL 29, 2012There were significant struggles by labor organizations to reduce the workday. In 1835, workers in Boston issued a call to fight for a ten-hour day. In the same year, a three-week general strike in Philadelphia won a tenhour workday in private and public jobs. However, the depression of 1837 to 1841 reversed these gains.As the depression came to an end, the struggle to reduce the workday revived and continued for the next thirty years. By 1860, the average workday was reduced to 11 hours.Civil war and the eighthour dayThe struggle for an eight-hour day picked up steam during the U.S. Civil War. “Out of the death of slavery a new life at once arose. The first fruit of the Civil War was eighthour agitation,” said Karl Marx about the period. Hundreds of local organizations around the country actively agitated for the passage of legislation for an eight-hour day. The National Labor Union—the first national labor association formed after the Civil War—outlined labor’s priorities for the period. “The first and great necessity of the present is to free the labor of this country from capitalist slavery in the passing of a law by which eight hours shall be the normal working day in all states of the American Union. “In St. Kitts, workers worked from sunrise to sunset both in the cane fields and at the Basseterre Sugar Factory, without any overtime being paid. It was the St. Kitts Nevis Trades and Labor Union which fought for the right of workers to commence the working day at 7 am and end it at 4pm. Any working time beyond that demanded overtime. The Factory workers worked from Monday to Saturday, equaling 48hors for the week. The Union agitated for half days on Saturdays, because, by the time the wages were paid at 4pm, the stores in Basseterre would already been closed and workers who lived in the country districts were unable to catch the passenger trucks which made their last trip at 4pm. It was a case of the Trinidad Calypso, “Last train to San Fernando. If you miss this one, you will never catch another one, last train to San Fernando” This was vehemently opposed by the founder of PAM who was the Secretary of the Sugar Producers Association, an organization comprising of all the Sugar Estate Owners. The St. Kitts-Nevis Trades and Labour Union had to settle for work to cease at 2pm on Saturday, instead of the usual 4pm.This struggle for the 8hour working day was waged in the late 1950’s. By 1868, six states and a number of cities in the United States passed eight-hour day legislation. In the same year, after a national campaign that collected 10,000 signatures, Congress passed an eight-hour day law for all federal workers. But a depression from 1873 to 1879 again rolled back the gains of the campaign. The union movement relied more on petitioning the legislatures than direct action. But some national unions resorted to strikes to win a shorter work day. Labour organizations influenced by Marxists with a more revolutionary approach to winning the eight-hour day were formed in the 1880s. The movement for the eight-hour day was wedded to the date of May 1 at an 1884 convention of the three-year-old Federation of Organized Trades and Labour Unions of the United States and Canada— the forerunner of the American Federation of Labour. A resolution designed to crystallize labour’s support for the eighthour day was introduced:”Resolved ... that eight hours shall constitute a legal day’s labour from and after May 1, 1886, and that we recommend to labor organizations throughout this district that they so direct their laws so as to conform to this resolution by the time named.”May 1, 1886On May 1, 1886, around 500,000 workers took action. Demonstrations and strikes occurred in major cities across the country as well as smaller cities and rural towns. Nearly 90,000 workers marched in Chicago, with almost 40,000 being strikers. Thirty-five thousand Chicago meatpackers won the eight-hour day with no loss of pay after that strike. Ten thousand marched to Union Square in New York City. Eleven thousand marched in Detroit. Around 20,000 protested in Baltimore, along with thousands in Milwaukee. In Louisville, 6,000 Black and white workers marched together into city parks that were officially closed to Blacks. The Black press reported that the union movement had broken down the walls of prejudice.The Haymarket incidentMay 1, 1886, is perhaps best known for the events three days later, on May 4 at Haymarket Square in Chicago. The enormous success of the May Day strike in Chicago was due in large part to the leadership and organization of the Central Labor Council of Chicago. Anarcho-syndicalists of the International Working People’s Association led it. By May 3, the number of workers on strike in Chicago grew to 65,000. Alarmed, representatives of industry decided that action against the workers was necessary. As scabs tried to leave the McCormick Reaper Works plant that day, striking workers drove them back into the plant. The police opened fire on the strikers, killing four and wounding many others. In response to the attacks, a mass rally at Haymarket Square was called for the next day to denounce the police murders. Three thousand people came out. As the rally was coming to a close, the police ordered the protestors to disperse. While leaders of the rally were arguing with the cops, a bomb The History of May 1, International Workers’ Day Every year, May 1 is celebrated around the world as a day of international working class solidarity. Demonstrations take place from Africa to Asia, across South and North America and in Europe. These events, organized by trade unions in some countries and by revolutionary parties or governments in others, all celebrate the struggle of the international working class. In most of the English speaking Caribbean, the event is celebrated on the first Monday in May, so as to allow the workers to enjoy a longer week end. May Day was officially adopted as International Workers’ Day at a meeting of the Marxist International Socialist Congress—the founding meeting of the Second International—held in Paris in July 1889. Its focus was the campaign to win an eight-hour workday for all workers. The events inspiring May Day—a wave of strikes and demonstrations for a shorter workday, followed by the Haymarket Square killings in Chicago—occurred in the United States in 1886. The immediate outcome of that first wave of demonstrations was a tremendous setback for the labor movement in the short term. But the working class eventually turned the defeat into a victory for generations of workers all over the world.Fighting for the ten-hour dayThe 19th century witnessed enormous industrial development in the United States. The capitalist class amassed huge fortunes as the economy expanded. The transcontinental railway was completed, and steel, mining and chemical industries grew. The immediate outcome of the first May Day was repression and defeat, but in the long term it produced a victory for all workers. The conditions for the working class during this period were brutal. The workday was 12 to 14 hours and the workweek was six or seven days long. (cont’d on next page )


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 30TH 2014 18 NEWS The Epic Battles for the Eight-Hour Day-The Histor y Of The V er y First International W orkers Day: by Earle Clarkewas thrown from the crowd into the ranks of the police, killing one instantly. Six other cops died later; sixtysix were wounded. The cops turned their guns on the workers, wounding 200 and killing several.The mayor declared martial law in Chicago. An indiscriminate dragnet was carried out targeting the city’s working class. Hundreds of workers were arrested. In the end, eight workers were put on trial: Albert R. Parsons, August Spies, Samuel J. Fielde, Michael Schwab, Adolph Fisher, George Engel, Louis Lingg and Oscar Neebe. All were convicted. Four were hanged on Nov. 11, 1887. Lingg committed suicide the day before the hanging—he was 21 years old. Two received life sentences and one got 15 years. All eight addressed the trial at its conclusion. Their speeches indicted the capitalist system and the right of the working class to defend itself against capitalist slavery. August Spies stood erect as he made this speech at the trial. “If you think that by hanging us, you can stamp out the Labor Movement –The Movement from which the downtrodden millions— the millions who toil in want and misery, expect salvation. If this is your opinion, then hang us. Here you will tread upon a spark, but, here and there, behind you and in front of you and everywhere flames will blaze up. It is a subterranean fire that you cannot put out with all the seeming invincible powers at your disposal” The fact that four of the convicted men were not present at the rally was deemed irrelevant during the judicial proceedings. These workers were not tried for their actions on that day. They were put on trial for their militancy and labor organizing skills. The entire labor movement came under attack after the bombing. State militias were called out, new cops were deputized, and a reign of terror struck the eight-hour day movement. A peaceful strike in Milwaukee was fired upon, killing eight strikers. Other strikes were suppressed with violence. About one-third of the workers who had won the eight-hour day lost it in the month after the Haymarket incident. An international movement in support of the Haymarket defendants quickly formed. Organized labor in the United States built a mass movement against the executions. Many wellknown people such as John Brown Jr., Leonard Sweet—a legal associate of Abraham Lincoln— and a number of judges and state governors protested the executions. Outside the United States, workers held rallies and meetings in France, Holland, Russia, Germany, Italy, England, and Spain. In Germany all public meetings were banned because the solidarity actions became so large and threatening. The Haymarket incident placed the U.S. working class, especially the eight-hour day movement, at center stage of the world workers’ movement. So when the newly founded American Federation of Labor convention in 1888 announced that May 1, 1890, would be a day when labor would enforce the eight-hour day with strikes and demonstrations, the world was listening.International Workers’ DayIn 1890, the year after the Second International declared May Day as International Workers Day, a wave of demonstrations swept across the globe. More strikes were initiated on May 1, 1890, than on any single date in the history of the United States up to that time. In Europe, virtually every industrial center was the place of demonstrations for the eight-hour day. Demonstrations were also held in Peru and Chile. In Havana, Cuba, the workers’ demands included the eight-hour day, equal rights for Blacks and whites, and workingclass unity. Chinese workers celebrated their first May Day in 1920, following the triumph of the Russian Revolution. Workers in India first observed May Day in 1927, with demonstrations in Calcutta, Madras and Bombay. By that time, May Day was truly a world workers’ day. St. Kitts and Nevis celebrated its first Labour Day in 1955. Labour Day 2014, the largest the Federation has ever witnessed, marked the 59th anniversary of the celebration of that day. It wasn’t until June 25, 1938, that the U.S. Congress finally passed federal legislation making the eight-hour day the law of the land. This came about after years of hard-fought, anti-capitalist struggles by the working class in response to the devastating Great Depression. All over the world, May Day continues to symbolize the international struggle of the working class against the capitalist system. It is a day when workers can raise their class demands for unity and against racism, imperialist war, national chauvinism and the entire ruling class. The legacy of May Day provides optimism for future struggles to come.(cont’d from last page) Nevis Administration Grateful for EC$80,000 Social Security Gift NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS — Acting Premier of Nevis Hon. Mark Brantley described an EC$80,000 computer equipment donation to the Nevis Island Administration’s Ministry of Finance from the St. Christopher and Nevis Social Security Board as a significant investment in Nevis. Mr. Brantley made the comment as he registered the Administration’s gratitude for the gift while delivering remarks at a handing over ceremony at the Ministry of Finance conference room on May 22, 2014. The survey equipment will be used to run all NIA software among them email, website, accounting applications and tax administration applications. “It is $ 80,000 which is a significant amount by any analysis but not just $80,000 in terms of monetary value. I think that the true value goes well beyond the monetary value, in that this is an investment in Nevis in trying to put the government and the government’s affairs back on a sensible footing, after the tragedy that we encountered on the 17th of January. “I would like to record the profound gratitude of the Administration. Of course the Hon. Premier isn’t here and so I am filling in for him but I know that he would wish me to express profound gratitude, to the Social Security Board, its directors and to say that as Social Security, we know, are the stewards of the people’s money,” he said. He said the gesture by the Social security Board after the Treasury fire in January, showed that the institution continued to care about the people of Nevis. “I believe that it is known now to be, so that we as an Administration can continue delivering quality service to the people of Nevis and allow the people, of course, to interact with the Government to pay their taxes and allow us to collect those taxes, so we can continue to be a force for good and a positive force for change in the country,” he said. Meantime, Mr. Brantley who had been a direct beneficiary of the Social Security fund through a scholarship to pursue his secondary school education, spoke to its longevity and impact on the Federation since it began in 1978 and offered his personal gratitude. Mr. Brantley also thanked Prime Minister Dr. the Rt. Hon. Denzil Douglas, Federal Minister with responsibility for Social Security who travelled to Nevis to make the presentation of the computer equipment. Dr Douglas used the opportunity to pledge ongoing collaboration with the Nevis Island Administration and people of Nevis. “I thank you Mr. Prime Minister. I thank you again for making the personal visit over. I trust while you are here you sample some of the good things that Nevis has to offer because of course I wear several hats and one of them is to continue to promote the goodness of Nevis and so I thank you for coming over and I thank all of your team, Mrs. Lawrence, for being here to mark this historic and very important occasion for us. “Please convey to the entire Board our gratitude and with those few words I accept on behalf of the Administration this very, very kind gesture from Social Security,” he said. Photo caption: Acting Premier of Nevis Hon. Mark. Brantley (left) receives computer equipment for use by the Ministry of Finance from Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas through the St. Christopher and Nevis Social Security Board at a handing over ceremony at the Ministry of Finance conference room on May 22, 2014 to all that on the 17th of January Nevis suffered a terrible blow when the building that housed our Treasury, our [Value added Tax] VAT, Inland Revenue Departments and [Information Technology] IT went up in smoke literally and I think that it is testimony to the care of Social Security that they have come to our rescue in Nevis in this fashion… “The fund, of course, is a fund that all of us pay into and that stewardship, we have been told this morning, now accounts for some $1.2billion.... So I am quite happy to hear, that the fund has grown and has developed to a point, where it can be and has been a remarkable force for good in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis,” he said. The Acting Premier also spoke to the recovery efforts since the January fire and what the donation meant to Nevis. “I feel that this recovery effort is ongoing and contributions such as this will assist immensely in putting us back to where we need Head of the Information Technology Department in the Nevis Island Administration Quincy Prentice (L) with Director of the St. Christopher and Nevis Social Security Mrs. Sephlin Lawrence at the Ministry of Finance Conference room on May 22, 2014, during a handing over ceremony of survey equipment for the Ministry of Finance from the Social Security Board


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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 30TH 2014 20 NEWS Police Round-upLabour Department Town Hall Meetings The Labour Department is inviting the general public to a series of Town Hall Meetings to discuss the Labour Laws and the Rights and Responsibilities of the Employee and the Employer. Come out to the meeting nearest to your community and ask the Labour Department staff your questions, share your concerns or even make your constructive comments and suggestions. The Labour Department wants to hear from you. Each meeting begins at 7:00 on the specified night. The schedule is as follows: Tuesday, May 27 ………………………………… Old Road Community Centre Wednesday, June 04 ……………………………… Sandy Point Community Centre Tuesday, June 10 …………………………………. St. Paul’s Community Centre Wednesday, June 18 ……………………………… Tabernacle Community Centre Tuesday, June 24 …………………………………. Cayon Community Centre Wednesday, July 02 ……………………………. St. Peter’s Community Centre Tuesday, July 08 …………………………………. Basseterre (La Guerite) Community Centre Don’t miss the opportunity to discuss the Labour Laws and the rights and responsibilities of the employer and employee with the members of the Labour Department. Take a note of your community’s date, and remember all meetings start at 7:00 p.m. For further information or to back check your date call 467-1103 or 465-8356. ARRESTSJunior Freeman of St. Paul’s Village was formally arrested and charged for the offence of Aggravated Assault, which was committed on 20th May 2014. A juvenile was formally arrested and charged for the offence of Carrying Abroad An Offensive Weapon, which was committed on 20th May 2014.COURT CONVICTION District “A” Magistrate CourtLauren Pemberton of New Road Housing Project was convicted for the offence of Larceny which was committed on 8th December 2012, and fined $2500.00 which is to be paid in two (2) months or in default will serve six (6) months in prison with hard labour.ARRESTSA juvenile in Nevis was formally arrested and charged for the offence of Attempted Murder, which was committed on Monday 20 May 2014. Roy Devent of The Alley, Sandy Point was formally arrested and charged for the offences of Malicious Damage, Simple Wounding and Battery, which were committed on 16th May 2014, Livingston Moore of Bird Rock was formally arrested and charged for the offences of Possession of Cannabis and Possession of Cannabis With Intent To Supply, which were committed on 22th May 2014. Lenford Gumbs of Buckley’s Site was formally arrested and charged for the offences of Possession of Cannabis and Possession of Cannabis With Intent To Supply, which were committed on 22nd May 2014. Kurt Gutierrez of Tabernacle Village was formally arrested and charged for the offence of Building Breaking and Larceny, which was committed between 1 September 2013 and 25 November 2013. A juvenile was formally arrested and charged for the offence of Carrying Abroad An Offensive Weapon, which was committed on 22nd May 2014. A juvenile was formally arrested and charged for the offences Wounding, Battery and Disorderly Conduct By Fighting, which were committed on 22nd May 2014. A juvenile was formally arrested and charged for the offence of Battery, which was committed on 22nd May 2014. Carl Hobson of La Guerite was formally arrested and charged for the offence of Wounding, which was committed on 24th May 2014.COURT CONVICTIONSDistrict “B” Magistrate’s CourtDesroy Morgan of Lodge Village was convicted for the offence of Indecent Language, which was committed on 28th September 2012 at Lodge Village, and fined $500.00 which is to be paid by 2nd June 2014 or in default will serve fourteen (14)days in prison with hard labour.Several Hospitalised After A Three (3) Vehicular Traffic AccidentThe Traffic Department is investigating a traffic accident which occurred on Wednesday 21 May 2014 at Johnson Long Path in the vicinity of the eastern entrance of Ross University, which resulted in Consultation on Climate Change The Department of Physical Planning and Environment is having a consultation on climate change and the water sector at the St. Peter’s Community Centre on Tuesday, June 03rd, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. This meeting will give the residents an opportunity to share their experiences, opinions and sensitivity on issues relating to climate change and the water sector. All residents of the St. Peters area are asked to make a special effort and to be punctual, as vital information will be shared and discussed. several people being transported to the hospital. Initial investigations reveal that motor Omni bus HA 318, owned by Heriel Hall of Newton Ground, but, driven by Kelvis Matthew of Main Street Saddlers; motor car PA 3017, owned and driven by Leon Henry of Conaree Village, and Motor Omni Bus HA 190 owned by Bernard Boland Junior of Bladen Housing but driven by Bruce Coker of Challengers Village were involved in a three (3) vehicular traffic accident. Motor Omni bus HA318 and motor car PA 3017 were travelling towards Basseterre and motor Omni bus HA 190 was travelling in the opposite when the accident occurred. Commissioner CG Walwyn therefore takes this opportunity to encourage drivers of motor omni buses to be cognizant of the fact that they are transporting human beings and due diligence must be paid to road safety. He also encouraged passengers/commuters to take their safety while travelling/commuting on the motor omni buses seriously and instructed drivers to commute them safely to their destinations. Shooting Incident In Nevis That Left One Hospitalized The Violent Crime Unit on Nevis is investigating a shooting incident which occurred on Wednesday 21 May 2014 at Cades Bay and resulted in one (1) being injured and taken to the hospital, and has since being discharged. Initial investigations reveal that a Newcastle resident (Vernon Parris) was standing at the intersection of the Island Main Road and Westbury Road when he was attacked by an unknown assailant in a moving vehicle. Anyone who has information pertaining to this investigation is ask to call the Violent Crime Unit at 469-5269, the nearest police station, or, Crime Stoppers at 1-880-8477. Remember, your information will be treated as confidential, and you may be eligible to receive a reward. Two (2) Buildings Destroyed By Fire The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in investigating the circumstances by which a house was completely destroyed by fire on Friday 23 May 2014 at Conaree Village sometime after 11:00 pm. Initial investigations revealed that the owner and occupier of the house had a candle lit in the house and sometime later an explosion was heard and the house was engulfed in flames. The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) is also investigating the circumstances by which a fire damaged a two (2) storey building on Victoria Road, Basseterre which is owned by Barker and Kelly, on Saturday 24 May 2014, leaving one person being transported to the hospital. Initial investigations revealed that sparks were seen coming from an electrical meter on the building, which later burst into flames and quickly spread throughout the building, which completely destroyed the upper section of the building.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 30TH 2014 21 SPORTS -Dr. William Connor wins Tennis Championship Having a massed the most points in the S L Horsfords Company Ltd sponsored Department of Sports Primary School Championship the Dr William Connor Primary School captured the 2014 title. The 2014 edition was held at the Warner Park Tennis Complex on Friday 16th May 2014.ResultsGrade 3 Females 1st placeShaquanna IslesTucker Clarke Primary School 2nd placeT aquanna ThomasDr William Connor Primary School Males 1st placeRaheem JosephIrish Town Primary School 2nd placeKennedy RodriguesIrish Town Primary School Grade 4 Females 1st placeDestine DemmingGeorge Moody Stuart School 2nd placeShaniqua PhippsIrish Town Primary School Janeke QueeleyTucker Clarke Primary School Jheneah BerridgeGeorge Moody Stuart School. Schools 1st place-Dr W illiam Connor Primary School 2nd place-George Moody Stuart School 3rd place-Irish Town Primary School 4th place-Bronte Welsh Primary School 5th place-T ucker Clarke Primary School and Beach Allen Primary 7th placeCayon Primary School. Males 1st placeKinito DiasBronte Welsh. Primary School 2nd placeN’shande HughesBronte Welsh Primary SchoolBy Ian SlackFrom 16th to 18th May 2014, 72 bridge players – 16 from St.Lucia, 16 from Martinique, 8 from Guadeloupe, 8 from Barbados, 6 from Dominica, 6 from Antigua, 4 from Grenada, 4 from Trinidad and Tobago, 2 from Anguilla and 2 from St.Kitts participated in St.Lucia at the Bay Gardens Hotel in the 27th O.E.C.S Bridge Championships. Since you need 4 players in each team, St.Lucia kindly gave permission for Anguilla and St.Kitts to join up and play as a national team. On Friday 16th May, 2014, the Pairs Tournament was played and won by Jean Pierre Bouveresse and Philippe Mathieu of Guadeloupe. The French also finished 2nd, 3rd and 4th. Alan Gumbs and Nigel Roydon of Anguilla finished 10th; Sam Franks and Ian Slack of St.Kitts finished a disappointing 27th out of 36 pairs. Franks and Slack won this tournament last year in Antigua. On Saturday 17th May, 2014, the teams participated; 12 teams in the Open Teams and 5 in the O.E.C.S Teams. In the Open Teams, first again was Guadeloupe, 2nd – Barbados, 3rd – St.Lucia and 4th – Martinique. From the five O.E.C.S Teams: Dominica won with 54 victory points, 2nd Anguilla/St.Kitts with 49 and Antigua with 46. The other two teams were St.Lucia and Grenada. On Sunday 18th May, 2014; Dominica and Anguilla/St.Kitts played in the finals and like last year in Antigua, Dominica was victorious. In the Swiss Teams, 15 of them, St.Lucia finished first with their O.E.C.S Team. Trophies were awarded to the winners and Ian Slack, presented the trophy that he donated in 2008 to Dominica. Speeches were made by Urban Dolor, President of St.Lucia and Liz McLean who invited us to the 28th tournament in Grenada in the last week of April, 2015. Our director was once again Mrs. Jackie Thompson out of Barbados. St.Lucia were great hosts and it was wonderful to meet our many bridge friends again. We must also thank our caddies: Michelle, Tamika and Renee. Once again, for the 27th year, LIAT gave us a passage discount, for which we are eternally grateful and the St.Lucia government were also sponsors. DOMINICA WINS O.E.C.S BRIDGE Best of 3 Finals Kicked Off Last Night By Javon AlfordThe St Kitts-Nevis Football Association (SKNFA) kick-started the Final Four best of 3 finals last night (Thursday 29th) at Warner Park Stadium between the Rams Village Superstars and the S L Horsford St Pauls FC. After a very competitive 3 games each between the top four teams in the Premier Division (St Peters, Garden Hotspurs, Village Superstars and St Pauls), Village and St Pauls were the two teams that stood out victorious and earned the right to battle for the 2014 championship title. The Rams Village Superstars finished in first place after winning all 3 of their matches and gaining a total of 9 points. They defeated St Peters 2-0, Garden Hotspurs 2-1 and St Pauls 2-0 on Sunday night in the final game of the playoffs. The S L Horsford St Pauls FC finished with a total of 4 points from their 3 games played after defeating St Peters 2-0, drawing 00 with the Garden Hotspurs and losing to the Village Superstars. In 3rd position was Hobson Enterprise Garden Hotspurs with 2 points from 3 matches. Their 2 points came from 2 draw games (against St Pauls and St Peters) and a 2-1 lost to Village. Harris Paint St Peters finished in 4th place with 1 point after losing 2 of its games. Their final game was played on Saturday night which ended in a scoreless draw. The second match of the finals is scheduled for 8pm on Sunday 1st June, 2014 at the Warner Park Stadium. St. Kitts Relay Team Wins Silver Medal at IAAF Relay Competition By Javon Alford The athletes and officials from St Kitts-Nevis Amateur Athletic Association have once again highlighted the Federation in the area of athletics after capturing a silver medal at the inaugural IAAF World Relay Competition held from 24th-25th May in Nassau, Bahamas. The 7 member team, consisting of Team Leader/Head Coach, Lonzo Wilkinson Sr; Physiotherapist/Assistant Coach, Alister James and the athletes; Antoine Adams, Jason Rogers, Brijesh Lawrence, Lestrod Roland and Allister Clarke arrived in Bahamas on Thursday 22nd May, 2014 and took part in the 4x100m and 4x200m relays. The silver medal came in the 4x200m relay when the team of Adams, Lawrence, Roland and Clarke finished the heat in a time of 1:21:97 seconds and advanced to the finals where they produced an excellent performance. They placed 2nd and registered a new National Record time of 1:20:51 seconds, finishing in front of team USA who took 3rd place and just behind team Jamaica who ran a cracking time of 1:18:63 to win the race. Team SKN also took part in heat 3 of the 4x100m relay where Rogers, Adams, Lawrence and Roland clocked a time of 38:76 seconds which wasn’t enough to advance them to the finals for the event. The relay teams should be highly commended for their performances throughout the competition; they have been training vigorously over the past few months which has evidently paid off after they were able to take part competitively with teams from much larger nations. Kim Collins also stepped into the spotlight once again with a bronze medal performance at the IAAF World Challenge held at the National Olympic Stadium in Beijing, China. He clocked a time of 10:11 seconds behind the Americans Mike Rodgers and Justin Gatlin who placed 2nd and 1st respectively with times of 10:03 seconds and 9:87 seconds respectively. Photo caption: SKN 2nd place relay team, National record holders. (left to right-Antoine Adams, Brijesh Lawrence, Alister Clarke and Lestrod Roland) Summer Residential Camp In light of recent internet challenges, the Department of Youth Empowerment announces the following adjustments to accommodate persons seeking to register for this year’s Summer Residential Camp scheduled for July 13-27. 1. Camp Registration Deadline is extended to Monday, June 16th 2. Camp registration fee remains at $50. Late Registration of $65 applies as of June 17th 3. Registration Forms may be collected at the Department of Youth Empowerment on Church Street, opposite Government Headquarters. Persons may call 467-1393 or visit the Department of Youth Empowerment for more information.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 30TH 2014 22 NEWS Sugar Girlz lose to Bermuda in Final encounter By Drizel HanleyThe Bermuda team ended the winning streak for the St. Kitts and Nevis Women’s Football team when they lost their final game 3-1 which was played on Tuesday of this week (May 27th) as part of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Women’s Cup played in Turks and Caicos. The Sugar Girlz won all of their games leading up to the final match. St. Kitts has finished with six points and is currently the best second placed team with two more groups slated to play later this month. On game day three, St Kitts & Nevis vs Bermuda was the first match of the day. This match witnessed an intense level of play and saw Bermuda’s Akeyla Furbert number 4 landing the first goal in the 14th minute of the game, which was closely followed by versus the Cayman Islands, the game ended in a tie 2-2. In the second match St Kitts & Nevis came up against Turks and Caicos. The game ended 4-nil in favour of St. KittsNevis. The scorers were Pheonetia Browne who scored two goals back to back, Kerisha Powell and Chelsy Harris bringing home one each. On the first day of the tournament the first match was played between St Kits & Nevis and the Cayman Islands. Scoring three of her team’s five goals was Phoenetia Brown, landing the first goal in the 12th minute, her second in the 26th minute and third at 93rd minute mark. Brown’s fellow teammates Kerisha Powell and Chelsey Harris were both successful in scoring goals. The game saw St Kitts & Nevis dominating from beginning to end, with the final result being five St Kitts and Nevis, and nil for the Cayman Islands. In the second game of the day Turks and Caicos came up against Bermuda. The game ended 5-nil in favour of Bermuda. The Bermuda National Women’s Football team will automatically progress to the final group stages of the Caribbean Cup, which take place in Trinidad & Tobago in August. Winners of the inaugural CFU Women’s Caribbean Cup will qualify for both the CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup and the FIFA Women’s World Cup. her teammate Shuntae Todd at the 17th. Before the end of the second half, Bermuda’s Dominique Richardson gave the team a third point, with St. Kitts & Nevis’ Phoeneia Browne scoring her team’s only goal. The game ended 3-1 in favour of Bermuda. The second match saw Turks & Caicos vs the Cayman Islands. The game ended 3-nil in favour of the Cayman Islands. On Game day 2 the first game of the day was Bermuda BHS Wins Third Consecutive SCASPA Best in Class Quiz By Drizel HanleyThe Basseterre High School (BHS) captured the 2014 St. Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority (SCASPA) Best in Class Quiz title for the third year in a row at the finals which was held last week Thursday night (May 22nd) at the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) Auditorium, Bird Rock. The Basseterre High team which was led by Quiandra Pemberton, seconded by Rikki Blake-Brooks with alternative Charis Herbert and Cheyown Warner, accumulated a total of 150 points, trouncing their rivals, the Charles E. Mills Secondary School (CEMSS) by a whopping 80 points. The Charles E. Mills team which was led by Dottica Taylor, seconded by Kevida Bowry and alternates Dottisha Taylor and Tiana Challenger totalled a mere 70 points. The top Scorer in the individual rounds for the entire competition was Basseterre High’s Quiandra Pemberton, who also received the award for best performance in the SCASPA category. Saddlers Secondary, Cayon High School and Washington Archibald High School were eliminated in the preliminary Rounds. Verchilds High School was eliminated at the Semi Finals which was held on Thursday May 15th. The questions where based on several topics including English, Science, Math, Current Affairs, Local History and Geography and were taken from the third form curriculum. In preparation for the quiz, now in its fourth year, the schools were provided with information about the SCASPA. The quiz is designed to reward academic excellence, and raise awareness of the role of The St. Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority, the competition began on May 6th with the island’s six public schools; one school was eliminated each night.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, MAY 30TH 2014 23 COMMENTARY/NEWS By Vigilante Sam Condor Loses Case Against Capt. Val Morris …Judge Denies Injunction (PLP) candidate for Constituency #3 also told the Court that, using his own monies without any assistance whatsoever, from the Mr. Morris or anyone else, he erected the wooden structures on the premises and did all improvements on Morris’ property. This again appears to be categorically untrue as various persons have come forward confirming that they did work on the structure and land and in many cases it was not Condor who paid them or who provided the materials. In his initial submissions to the Court, Mr. Condor conveniently failed to inform the Court that he had opened his new PLP Constituency Office on May 2nd 2014. Upon the intervention of Morris’ Lawyers, bringing this fact to the Court’s attention, the Court requested clarity on the matter. In an even more brazen attempt to mislead, Condor told the Court that since he had opened the new constituency office on the 2nd day of May, 2014, he had not seen any constituents at the office. Condor went on to say that he was in fact prematurely ejected from his office before he was given an opportunity to inform his constituents of his new location. However, the problem is that Sam Condor had a Grand Opening of his new St. Johnston Village (cont’d from page 1) Constituency Office on May 2nd, 2014, the day before the locks were changed. The event was widely advertised on Radio, via digital flyer, and on Facebook and many members of Team Unity spoke at the event. Consequently, upon the Court learning that Condor was not in fact thrown out but voluntarily opened a new Constituency Office only some 200 yards away (the day before the locks were changed), the Court found that he had not satisfied all the legal requirements for an injunction and therefore denied the application for an injunction against Capt. Val Morris. Captain Val Morris is now free to do as he pleases with his property.•Dey agreed at de caucus to mek de rearbin hog de guest speaker at de convention at PAM Headquarters last Sunday; but dey say Simmonds mash up everything; he tell dem he nah come to de convention if he (de rearbin hog) is de guest speaker, so dey back off and get de Sherriff outa Nevis and tell him to bring about 200 CCM people wid him, but he only find 22. •Dey say de Silver Fox went on to tell dem if de disgraced former PAM deputy (MOP) and de Labour red hog were going to be there, count him out… he ain coming no way. And that’s why he turned up at de convention at dat time. •Up to now Simmonds aint shake none of de hog dem hand up PAM. He tell somebody dat all dem years dey sucking Labour breast, is a set of hog dey be. Dem, MOP and de red hog. He don’t want to have nutten to do wid dem kinda people. •He ask dem if dey aint see how de people welcome him at de convention PAM people aint want no hog as dey leader. De hog dem wasting we time, he tell somebody. Dey carrying us wrong. Nobody suppose to join we party and tek it over. Dem and me alike. We aint no match for Dougie. Is since 2008 we plotting wid de hog dem. In case all you aint notice, dis is 2014. •Dey say is de red hog and de rearbin hog who set up de moomoo hog and mek him carry de captain court to try to hijack he property. •Dey say de moomoo hog put een bout ten affidavit. To each time dey court ketch him lying, he put een a next affidavit and tell a next lie. And de more he lie, de more he sweat till all de black shoe dye in he head run dung pon he orange shirt and tun it a deep purple. •Dey say de red hog and de rearbin hog was over de Strip all while de case going on. And de rearbin hog tell somebody dat de moomoo hog need to come to him and de red hog to learn how to hijack people property. •De moomoo hog get he first crop ah blows from de young dynamic music ambassador and calypso king on Wednesday and when he ask he lawyer, De Marriott man how he could do him dat and mek him like a fool, De Marriott man tell him: “Is 4 set a blows I done get -2 in de courts and 2 at de polls. Tek you blows like a man….. you better prepare for you second set a blows when Dougie ring de bell and dem Village people rip off you clothes. •People want to know how de Marriott man could give de moomoo hog such moomoo advice and when he was faced with a similar situation in Old Road he was wild to push dung de old lady building without any compensation for all de years she had operated her business on de land; he and he daddy claim it was owned by dem. •Somebody ask de Marriott man and de Anointed One how dey could go courts wid de moomoo man to try to hijack de property when dey know dat when de truth come out, all dem lie in de affidavit dem couldn’t stand up in court. •Dey tell de person dat all de Iranian dem who here, is dem bring dem een. Dey don’t know de last day somebody gie dem a case to carry courts. Dey don’t know de last time dey win a case in de courts. Is easy money we custom to mek, he tell de person. We mekking all we money from de same programme we busing everyday. If a man say he went to de MECCA of education and he want us go courts go represent him, we is lawyers. We gon tek he money. •Party sources confirm that a large number of disgruntled PAMites who signed de petition to tek back dey party (PAM) from ill-fated Unity Concoction are calling on Simmonds to come out of retirement and tek back ova de leadership of de party as John Compton did in St. Lucia. And dey say he say he ready like Freddie to chase de bald head Labour hog dem away. •Since Labour Day dey say de PAM people got it een for de momma hog. Dey say she gone up PAM in de people kitchen and want to tek it over. Pitching all kinda order to everybody like she is de boss. Dey say a woman tell her she just come and she not talking to de moomoo hog so watch how she talking to dem. •And dey say wid dat, de momma hog tell dem how dey too ungrateful. Is only since she come dey Woman group organise. Only since she come dey food start to taste good. Dey coming een de kitchen and some of dem aint bathe. She organising since in Bradshaw time. All of dem put togedder can’t come close to her. •Dey say since de moomoo hog tek he thirty pieces of silver, he dressing een…... Dey say when dey watch him in de courts telling all kinda lie on de poor captain to try tek way he property, dey say a lady tell him dat is only he tie and he socks dem dat fitting him still. He shirt falling off he shoulder dem. He pants dem want een some dart and he jacket look like he borrow it from de rearbin hog. •Dey say de psychiatrist lady who come to counsel team unitief head hut her all week. She tell somebody dat when she go back home, she sheself might need some therapy. De singing hog tell somebody dat when she see de hog from de Pasture who does chew like a pig in heat, she say he worse dan all of dem. Is three kinda mental issue he one got. She say he schizophrenic, manic depressive and does display strong manic obsessive behaviour. •Dey say de singing hog well glad to chat he business because de pasture hog always busing him in de strategy meeting dem saying how he (de singing hog) is a waste of time and he could do a better job dan him. •In two separate interviews aired on WINNFM this week Sam and “Clecky” De PLP Secretary admitted that PAM is very weak and cannot win an election in this country at this time or pose any serous challenge to Douglas and his invincible Labour team. It’s not a case of the PLP need PAM; it’s a case of PAM need PLP. And this has angered de PAM misleaders and created a major rift between dem and de two Labour traitors. •De mike tief carry de whole of team unitief up Monkey Hill to see if dey could help him. Dey say de people dem ask him if he hand dem tie what he come to talk to dem for. He don’t go Parliament to represent dem. He just does go mark he name, collect he pay and walk up and dung in he shorts like a tourist. Dey don’t want to see him now. Dey ketch de Drew. •It’s now out in de light dat King Puppeteer is de man behind the diabolic plan by he and de Unitief gang to black mail de country and destroy de SIDF all in dey attempt to bring down de lawfully elected and popular Labour Government of our beloved Prime Minister.


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