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Year 57 NO. 01FRIDAY, JUNE 06th 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 BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, (CUOPM) – The 27-member Barbados-based Caribbean New CDB Chairman PM Douglas Promises To Exceed Standard set by Guyana’s Finance Minister President of Guyana, His Excellency Donald Ramotar (second left) and Prime Minster of St. Kitts and Nevis, the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil Llewellyn Douglas (right) with CDB’s Vice-President (Corporate Services) and Bank Secretary, Yvette Lemonias-Seale Development Bank (CDB), has appointed the Federation’s Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas as (cont’d on page 02) US$40 million hotel/condo project at Pirate’s Nest, Frigate Bay begins US$40 million hotel/condo project at Pirate’s Nest, Frigate Bay begins BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, (CUOPM) – Clearing of the land for the US$40 million 246-room hotel/condo Pirate’s Nest in Frigate Bay has begun. Project Manager Mr. Lung Ho told the Communications Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister (CUOPM) on Wednesday of this week that heavy equipment is on the site. “We are cutting the roads and removing the debris and vegetation in preparation for the building of the foundations,” said Mr. Ho. The development, which is expected to become a part of the vibrant tourism infrastructure coming out of the policies that the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Administration has encouraged and facilitated, will be built on a 7.1 acre site. Forty-one condominium units will be contained in six independent buildings each with three floors. Speaking at the ground breaking ceremony in December last year, St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas noted that tourism is a most competitive area of endeavour and his government decided years ago to enter it with a clear and confident competitive spirit. “The developments that continue to go up on this island is evidence that we have created a winning combination of business and other policies,” Prime MinisterAn artiste’s impression of Pirate’s Nest. (cont’d on page 13) St. Kitts and Nevis Welcomes FBI Assistance Basseterre, St. Kitts, (SKNIS): The expertise of agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has been welcomed in St. Kitts and Nevis as they arm local security personnel with advanced techniques in Active Shooter and Intelligence Gathering. Head of the Anti-Crime Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister H.E. Astona Browne said the June 3 to 5 course is “timely” as it “enhances the capacity of law enforcement officers to develop the skills necessary to identify traits and behaviours in the individual, (and) is part of a proactive approach in dealing with violent and gang-related crimes.” “We welcome the intervention of the FBI to offer this specialized training to our law enforcement officers to enable them not only to respond to active threat events but to enable them in the execution of their duties to be effective and skillful in using the evidence, the information and intelligence available from all sources in investigating and preventing violent crimes,” Mrs. Browne told the participants comprising of supervisors within the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police (cont’d on page 3) Dwyer Astaphan: “The whole of Basseterre would have have been decimated and thousands of persons killed in PAM’s June 10, 1967 attempted coup PAGE 20


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 06TH 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 New CDB Chairman PM Douglas Promises To Exceed Standard set by Guyana’s Finance Minister (cont’d from page 1) the new Chairman of regional lending institution. Outgoing Chairman, Guyana’s Minister of Finance, His Excellency Dr. Ashni Singh made the announcement at the closing ceremony of the 44th Annual Board of Governors Meeting held at the Guyana International Conference Centre last week. Guyana’s newspaper, Kaieteur News, reported that Prime Minister Douglas in extending his heartfelt appreciation to the outgoing Chairman said that as the stakeholders of the CDB embrace the fact that change is inevitable, it is important for the financial institution to act as a catalyst to help the Caribbean region in the adaptation process. While confessing to his audience that the successful recovery of St. Kitts and Nevis’ economy was due to the innovativeness and unyielding support of the CDB, he said that based on the confidence expressed by members to elect him to such an important position, the St. Kitts-Nevis leader said he would strive to ensure the Bank’s objectives are achieved and its agenda for change realised. Kaieteur News reported Prime Minister Douglas as saying: “Going forward, the Bank will need to accelerate the pace of disbursements in respect of projects that were already approved by the Board of Directors some years ago. The disbursement rate is critical to the bottom line of the Bank and can make a real difference in the growth prospects of borrowing member states. The Bank has to be more focused on maintaining relevance to its constituents, improve on efficiency and responsiveness. “Further, the Bank should seize the present and emerging opportunities to expand the use of the Policy Based Loan and guarantee instruments to implement new products tailored to the needs of the clientele it serves…The Bank must enhance its systems to ensure full integration of the wealth of information generated by its reports.” Prime Minister Douglas lauded his predecessor, Dr. Singh for his valuable contributions when he served as CDB Chairman and promised to uphold, if not exceed, the standard set by Guyana’s Finance Minister. St. Kitts and Nevis is to host the next Board of Governors Meeting in May 2015. LABOUR The Education Party In last week’s editorial (Labour Leads) we highlighted several points concerning the IMF report on our nation’s performance over the three-year period of the Stand By Arrangement with them. We also mentioned, very briefly, some of the areas in which Labour has played a leadership role, both at home and abroad, in creating and implementing sound programmes which have led to the benefit of our people and the general advancement of St Kitts and Nevis. Education is one of the areas in which Labour has always played a leadership role. That fact was reinforced on Wednesday 28 May, 2014 when the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College launched two new programmes and certain enhancements to a third. Through the Division of Health Sciences (Nursing Education Department) the college will now offer a Bachelor of Science (BSc) Degree in Nursing, and, through the Division of Teacher Education, a Post Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary). These awards will be validated and awarded by The University of The West Indies. Additionally, the Level One (first year) offerings of several UWI bachelors degree programmes will be greatly improved in such areas of study as Accounting, Economics, International Relations, Management Studies, Sociology, Political Science, Pubic Administration, Marketing, Psychology, Mathematics, Human Resource Management, Finance and Law. The realisation of these accomplishments is no accident. For a fact, the attainment of such milestones is due to Labour and our visionary approach to development over the years, founded in the needs and aspirations of our people and our country. As always we consider it an opportune moment at which to pause, reflect, and recognise some of those who ploughed the hard ground and carried the heavy water in the earlier times. One such person was the late D L Matheson, CBE who, as head of the education department, saw the need for, designed and had implemented a special programme for teachers in the primary and elementary schools which enabled them to better prepare their students for entering the Grammar School, the Girls’ High School, and the other secondary schools of St Kitts, Nevis and Anguilla. Mr. Matheson’s efforts were successful to the point that several of the teachers went on to join the staff of the Grammar School and the Girls High School, even though they themselves had never attended a secondary school. A few, and only a few, of those were person like Mr. George Bradley, MBE, Mr. Holborn Lawrence, brother of Governor General Sir Edmund Lawrence, and the late Mr. Stanley Sebastian, MSc, FRICS, brother of former Governor General Sir Cuthbert Sebastian. Persons like the late Charles Mills, CMG, William Ferdinand Dore, MBE, Anthony Theophilus Ribeiro, OBE and the late Ada Mae Andrews-Edwards, MBE deserve to be remembered and thanked for their contributions as Trainers of Teachers, for the introduction of comprehensive secondary education, and for the establishment of the senior schools system to our country. Mrs. Andrews-Edwards later went on to become the first Lady Speaker of Parliament in the region. Under the political leadership and direction of, first the late Sir Joseph France, KCMG and then Mr. Clarence Fitzroy Bryant, they were also responsible for, and involved with, the establishment of an Evening Institute for Adults, the upgrading of technical education at The Grammar School, the introduction of commercial education in all secondary schools, as well as for the introduction of our free secondary education programme, the first in the region.From the early to late-nineteen sixties they were also involved with the establishment of our Nursing School, our Teachers’ College and our Technical College. Several of those involved were Matron Walwyn, Assistant Matron Williams, Sister Hicks and Sister Byron-Dickinson; and, at the Technical College, persons like Mr. Vincent Inniss, the late George MacMahon and Stanley Franks Senior, as well as Mr. Stanley Franks Junior. Amongst those involved with the establishment of The Teachers’ College in the early days were persons such as Miss Sheila Gibson of the UK, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Parley of Canada, Mr. Constantine Richardson, Mr. Arnaldo Richards, Mrs. Sylvia Mills and a number of volunteers from the US Peace Corps and the Canadian Overseas Volunteer Service. We aught also to remember and thank such persons as the late Miss Christine Tucker, MBE and Mrs. Theresa Richardson MBE who led the way in revolutionising the approach to primary education, both intra and extra-curricular, while teaching at the former New Town Junior School throughout the nineteen sixties and into the early nineteen-seventies. Not for one moment do we pretend that the above listing is exhaustive. We emphasise that those named are but a few who contributed to our achievements in education, and we thank all those who did so, even though their names have not been mentioned at this time. Readers will recall that it was Labour who, in the early and mid-nineteen-sixties (1960s) drew up plans for and eventually made secondary education available nation-wide, and on a free basis. The work of true leaders, it sparked an educational revolution regionwide. Indeed, social scientists and commentators throughout The Commonwealth spoke and wrote of our education system as being a major achievement, not only by a Caribbean Government, but by any developing country in the world. Specifically it was recorded that our arrangements for infant and junior education reached easily into every home in every town and village throughout the country, that the proportion of children receiving high school education was higher than anywhere else in the British Caribbean, that the curricula at primary and secondary levels and in the colleges were broad-based, modern and forward looking, and provided up-to-date and relevant information to our students. It was also that case that we already had a first-class Teacher Training College and Technical College, whose graduates were highly regarded across the region. The decade of the nineteen-seventies (1970s) was a one during which, under Labour, significant gains were made. The enrolment in our schools increased from 12,541 (in 1970) to 16,356 (in 1979). In particular high school enrollment went from 2,462 to 4,776 and the national budget increased from 1.53 million to 6.51 million dollars. When Labour demitted office in February of 1980 policies and plans had already been firmed-up for constructing new primary schools in Charlestown and Sandy Point, for major extensions to be effected in several other areas, and for doubling the number of facilities providing day-care services for children aged from 6 months to 5 years. The funds had already been secured from USAID and UNICEF. In early 1978 the Labour administration had approved the establishment of a College of Further Education based in Basseterre. That college was to comprise all of the institutions previously established for the provision of post-secondary education (including the sixth form at the Basseterre High School). (cont’d on page 23)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 06TH 2014 3 NEWS BASSETERRE, ST.KITTS, Both visitors and locals attending this year’s 18th annual St. Kitts Music Festival are expected to enjoy a more holistic Kittitian experience during an inaugural daytime festival suitably dubbed “SunFest”. The three-day event, which complements the nightly extravaganza, will be held in the heart of Basseterre at the historic Independence Square from June 26 – 28 th from 10am until early evening daily. With a record of six successful and carefully branded events over the past four years including the Rockaway brand of events, the marketing and event management group GMS (Gurus Maniacs & Sages) recognized a need for daytime activities during the highly anticipated three-day period of one of the Caribbean’s biggest summer festivals. “We can’t continue to invite the world to savor a taste of the world’s best musical artistes in paradise without giving them a sweet sample of Kittitian and Nevisian culture,” said Garfield Alexander, senior partner of GMS. SunFest will blend traditional string band music, steel pan, drums, and our brand of Soca with the delectable aromas of local cuisine. Local homemade wines with their distinguished bouquet will be available for sampling and sale, and food vendors from the Federation’s best restaurants will offer freshly prepared Creole dishes with a spectacular array of mouth-watering choices. There will be no admission for patrons who would want to enjoy the talents of national artistes, local performers, folklore and music. Children will not be left out of the SunFest experience as a Children’s Fun Zone will be in full effect, complete with bouncing castles and water activities. A special programme is also planned for the area with objectives of providing a learning experience in a fun and safe environment for people of all ages. “It will be an easy and relaxing atmosphere where all can congregate to obey the buzz phrase of SunFest: “Eat, Drink, Rest, Repeat’,” Alexander said. SunFest has so far attracted some very exclusive partnerships with Ram’s, Digicel, TDC, Carib Brewery, Kids Zone, St. KittsNevis Anguilla National Bank, G Squared Arts, Kielroy Wear and title sponsors St. Kitts Music Festival, and looks forward to other individuals and companies to come on board and show their support. For more information log on to gmsexperience or contact Garfield Alexander or Juella Gumbs at 869 764 7385. Green Valley Queen Pageant to be held tonight By Drizel Hanley ‘First ever SunFest to BRIGHTEN St. Kitts Music Festival Experience’ Five young vibrant beauties have been named to compete in the 2014 Miss Green Valley Queen Pageant which is scheduled for tonight Friday, June 6th at The Sandbox – Maynard’s Park in Cayon. The contestants who will vie for the coveted title are Zarema Pemberton, Dentricia Clarke, Ahesha Boon, Vonyea Akers and Caira Griffin. According to Delisha Ward, Head of Queen Show Committee, the beauties would compete in Promotional Speech, Talent and African Wear after they have warmed up to the audience in the Fanfare Segment. The Green Valley action continues tomorrow (Saturday June 7th) with the Keeping it Green Music Concert which will be held at the sandbox. Headlining the concert will be I-ritical out of BVI. The concert will also feature several local acts including IMark, Show Kidd, Hi-light, Afro Warrior, B-GZ and G-Side Family. Sunday June 8th will see a Beach Bash at Keys beach starting at 3pm and later that day will be a Fun Freak and Game night event. Monday 9th June which is a public holiday here in the Federation will see the long awaited Jouvert and Street Jam kicking off at 6am The festivities will conclude later that day with the Grand Parade of Troupes at 1pm. The 2014 Green Valley celebrations kicked off with an island wide motorcade on Saturday May 31st and the official opening ceremony and recognition dinner was held on yesterday, Thursday June 5th. Other events which led up to the official opening were: An Elderly Gala; Tay’s Children Time; Street Soccer Games; Netball Games and Basketball Games. Force (RSCNPF) and Her Majesty’s Customs and Excise Unit. The 30 participants were encouraged to pay particular attention to agents Edgar Cruz, Rodney Cortez and Kim Webster who are facilitating the sessions. The professionalism of FBI agents is renowned and is considered to be an important factor of their success in the field.Mrs. Browne also commended Commissioner of Police Celvin G. St. Kitts and Nevis Welcomes FBI Assistance (cont’d from page 1)Walwyn for his leadership of the RSCNPF and the ongoing efforts to raise efficiency and effectiveness. “Government as a whole will continue to work with you in the execution of your task as head of the principal law enforcement agency in the Federation,” she pledged. “Under your leadership much has been accomplished. The evidence is there for all, especially those who are on the side of law and order, to see. Normalcy is returning to our streets. The FBI is always welcome to partner with us in building capacity and making the change in mindset and procedures as we seek to deal with the new and emerging threats and lift the delivery of service in traditional and non-traditional criminal activities.” The permanent secretary thanked Major Coleman, the Regional Legal Advisor for the Caribbean with the Department of Justice of the United States for his unwavering support in enhancing the capacity of local emergency personnel. Coleman has assisted in organizing training related to first responders at the scene of a crime, basic homicide, forensic investigation and strengthening the prosecutorial capabilities of the officers.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 06TH 2014 4 TRADE UNION NEWS TRADE UNION NEWS By: Batumba Tak General Secretary Is There Anything I Can Do To Help Myself Deal With The Stress I Am Experiencing At Work? In the words of George F. Burns, “If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity, I would have to say it is avoiding worry, stress and tension. And if you didn’t ask me, I’d still have to say it.” While some workplace stress is normal, it is agreed that excessive stress can interfere with workers productivity, thereby causing an impact on their physical and emotional health, and their ability to deal with it can mean the difference between success and failure. Workers cannot control everything in their work environment, but that doesn’t mean they are powerless, for even when they are stuck in a difficult situation they find a way to manage it. However, finding ways to manage workplace stress isn’t about making huge changes or rethinking career ambitions, but rather about focusing on the one thing that’s always within their control: them. As we have stated on numerous occasions, workers’ wellbeing is a very vital component to ensure the safety of employers’ organizations, however, it is also very crucial that employers understand how their workers feel about their jobs. Moreover, employees’ attitude is also very much a part of their own perception of self, which in turn feeds into their outlook on safety. However, for workers everywhere, the troubled economy may feel like an emotional roller coaster. In addition, “Layoffs” and “Budget Cuts” have become bywords in the workplace, thus, the result is increased fear, uncertainty, and higher level of stress. Furthermore, since job and workplace stress increase in times of economic crisis, it’s very important to learn new and better ways of coping with the pressure, because workers emotions are contagious, and stress has a huge impact on the quality of their interactions with their co-workers. Moreover, the better workers are at managing their own stress, the more they will positively affect their co-workers, and the less their coworkers stress will negatively affect them. Nevertheless, in today’s article we will continue where we left off in a previous article by looking at, “Is there anything I can do to help myself deal with stress I am experiencing at work? It is generally accepted and agreed that in many cases, the origin of the stress is something that cannot be changed immediately, therefore, finding ways to help maintain good health is very essential. Moreover, there are many ways to be proactive in dealing with stress. Furthermore, in the workplace, workers might try some of the following that have been suggested by numerous research personals. Workers have to learn to relax, take several deep breaths throughout the day, or take regular stretch breaks. Stretching is quite simple enough to do anywhere and only take a few seconds. Workers should also take charge of their situation by taking ten minutes at the beginning of each day, to priories and organize their day. In addition, they have to be honest with their co-workers, but also to be constructive, and make practical suggestions, and to be realistic about what they can change. However, one of the questions that was asked by a very large cross section of workers was, “Are there organizations that can help?” Of course, the answer is a definite YES, and here are a few examples. Your family doctor usually recommends a professional to you. Moreover, other examples include employees’ assistance programs at their workplace, Community Clinics, professional health care workers, and hospitals usually recommend other professional services. Furthermore, there are counselling services that are available to workers with problems that affect their work performance, and are usually paid for by the employer, so the worker should check with his/her human resource department at their workplace. Moreover, workers will also find that there are other institutions that have other programs to ensure that workers whose mental health is endangered will find the help that is needed to cope with crisis, regain confidence, and return to their job, their family and their community. In addition, the St. Kitts/Nevis Trades & Labour Union usually promotes informed debate on substance abuse issues, and assist and will continue to assist workers who are involved in substance abuse, and usually recommend educational program on its prevention. However, another question that was raised by the said cross section of workers was, “What else can I do to improve my overall mental health? It is generally accepted that good health helps us to achieve balance and to also cope with stressful times. Below please find ten general tips for mental health. 1. Build confidence. Identify your abilities and weaknesses together, accept them, build on them and do the best with what you have. 2. Eat right, keep fit. A balance diet, exercise and rest can help you to reduce stress and enjoy life. 3. Make time for family and friends. These relationships need to be nurtured, if taken for granted they will not be thereto share life’s joy and sorrows. 4. Give and accept Support. Friends and family relationship thrive when they are “put to the test.” 5. Create a meaning-Full budget. Financial problems cause stress. Over-spending on our “wants” instead of our “needs” is often the culprit. 6. Volunteer. Being involved in community gives a sense of purpose and satisfaction that paid work cannot. 7. Manage Stress. We all have stressors in our lives, but learning how to deal with them when they threaten to overwhelm us will maintain our mental health. 8. Find strength in numbers. Sharing a problem with others who have had similar experiences may help you finda solution and will make you feel less isolated. 9. Identify and deal with moods. We all need to find safe and constructive ways to express our feelings of anger, sadness, joy and fear. 10. Learn to beat peace with yourself. Get to know who you are, what makes you really happy, and learn to balance what you can and cannot change aboutyourself. However, below please find some other mental fitness tips which include:a.Give yourself permission to take a break from your worries and concerns. Recognize that dedicating even a short time every day to your mental fitness will reap significant benefits in terms of feeling rejuvenated and more confident. b.“Collect” positive emotional moments – make a point of recalling times when you have experience pleasure, comfort, tenderness, confidence, or other positive things. c.Do one thing at a time – Be “present” in the moment, whether out for a walk, or spending time with friends, turn off your cell phone and your mental “to do” list. d.Enjoy hobbies – Hobbies can bring balance to your life by allowing you to do something you enjoy because you want to do it. e.Set personal goals – Goals don’t have to be ambitious. They could be as simple as finishing a book, walking around the block every day, learning to play bridge, or calling your friends instead of waiting by the phone. Whatever goal you set, reaching it will build confidence and a sense of satisfaction. f.Express yourself – Whether in a journal or talking to a wall, expressing yourself after a stressful day can help you gain perspective, release tension, and boots your body’s resistance to illness. g.Laugh – Laughter often really is the best medicine. Even better is sharing something that makes you smile, or laugh with someone you know. h.Treat yourself well – Take some “YOU” time – whether it’s cooking a good meal, having a bubble bath, or seeing a good movie, do something that brings you job. As time is of the utmost importance we will stop here for today, but please keep in mind that there are many persons around you who depend on you being healthy and safe, like your co-workers, you’re immediate and extended families, your neighbours, and your close friends, so please always keep in mind SAFETY FIRST and SAFETY ALWAYS As I take my leave today I leave you with a quote by Dr. Philemon James, a stress poem, and a song by Johnny Cash. “There are very few certainties that touch us all in this mortal experience, but one of the absolutes is that we will experience hardshipand stress at some point.:” – Dr. Philemon James. Worry. Worry doesn’t change a thing, It only wastes my energy, Thinking madly of a thing, That may not even come to be. Worry is a thing I do, To stop a useful thing being done, To block the flow of life I life, And stop myself from having fun. Ain’t No Grave Song by Johnny Cash.Caste those “worry” thoughts away, And focus on what’s happening now, Focus on the positive side, Just start with what you can allow. There ain’t no grave can hold my body down, There ain’t no grave can hold my body down, When I hear that trumpet sound I’m gonna rise right out of the ground, Ain’t no grave can hold my body down. Well, look way down the river, what do you think I see? I see a band of angels and they’re coming after me, Ain’t no grave can hold my body down, There ain’t no grave can hold my body down, Well, look down yonder Gabriel put your feet on the land and see, But Gabriel don’t you blow your trumpet ‘til you hear it from me, There ain’t no grave can hold my body down, Ain’t no grave can hold my body down. Well, meet me, Jesus, meet me, meet me in the middle of the air, And if these wings don’t fail me I will meet you anywhere, Ain’t no grave can hold my body down, There ain’t no grave can hold my body down. Well, meet me mother, father and grandmother, meet me down the river road, And momma you know that I’ll be there when I check in my load, Ain’t no grave can hold my body down, There ain’t no grave can hold my body down., There ain’t no grave can hold my body down.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 06TH 2014 5 NEWS By Thinking Citizen The members of the CCM/ PAM cabal are rehashing the same old Brer Annancy folk tale about our First National Hero, the Right Excellent Robert Bradshaw. That Brer Annancy folk tale is something about giving certain people “Bones in their Rice and Pepper in their Soup”. The first time I heard that Brer Annancy folk tale, it said that Robert Bradshaw threatened to give the PAMites “Bones in their Rice and Pepper in their Soup”. Then sometime afterwards the folk tale was changed and it said that Bradshaw threatened to give Anguillans “Bones in their Rice and Pepper in their Soup”. So if the Brer Annancy folk tale makes any sense, or is to be believed, it would appear that Bradshaw threatened Kittitians (PAMites), then Anguillans and then Nevisians to put “ Bones in their Rice and Pepper in their Soup”. The truth is that no one has ever been able to say honestly, truthfully and precisely when Bradshaw made the alleged threat, where he made the alleged threat, on what occasion and under what circumstance. All that does not matter to the members of the CCM/ PAM cabal. The Brer Annancy folk tale makes great propaganda for the opponents of Dr. Denzil Douglas and the Labour Party. Many years ago Premier Bradshaw declared that he did not want any “dirty” dollars to enter St.Kitts or Nevis. The obvious reference was to money coming here to be “laundered”. But the mischief –makers in PAM twisted and distorted Bradshaw’s simple statement to make it mean that he did not want any investment of US dollars in St.Kitts or Nevis. The story-tellers in the CCM/ PAM cabal love to mamaguy the electorate. They claim always to be honest, decent, upright and just and yet they spend hour after hour reciting the story about Premier Bradshaw in connection with “Bones” and “Rice” and “Pepper” and “Soup” though there is so much that is vague, doubtful and uncertain about the story. How can they continue, over and over again, to recite a folk-tale about Bradshaw, whose origins are doubtful, debatable and uncertain and still claim to be moral and ethical? The members of the cabal do not care. The propaganda value of the folk-tale suits their political purposes very well. Premier Bradshaw did a number of things direct to help Nevis people but the members of the cabal like the hypocrites and vagabonds that they are, do not speak of such things. There was a time when the Bath House and the Bath Stream was owned by a Mr. Barbar who was a non-national. He tried to stop that people of Nevis, including those from Bath Village from bathing in the Stream on the grounds surrounding Bath House. Robert Bradshaw said “No” to that! Bradshaw argued that the people of Nevis had been bathing in the Bath Stream for generation after generation and by custom and tradition they had a right to continue to bathe in the Bath Stream freely. So Bradshaw and a group of Kittitians travelled across to Nevis and went to bathe in the Bath Stream. Mr. Barbar ordered them off his property. They refused to move and Mr.Barbar took them to Court for trespassing. The case came against Mr. Bradshaw and the members of his group and they were ordered to pay fines for trespassing. Bradshaw and his companions paid the fines and did not receive a penny from a soul in Nevis. Mr. Bradshaw went across to Nevis, but he did not carry any “Bones” or any “Pepper”. No! He went to Nevis to defend the traditional right to bathe in the Bath Stream. But that is not all. After the Sugar Industry Collapsed in Nevis, Mr. Bradshaw negotiated for the Sugar Factory in St.Kitts to purchase the sugar cane grown in Nevis. The cane was transported from Nevis to St.Kitts by sail boats known as “lighters”. There vessels were improperly maintained and were frequently over-loaded. Some of these vessels sank on the way to St.Kitts. Crew members lost their lives and the cargo of cane went to the bottom of the sea. Mr. Bradshaw sought the assistance of his friend in British Guiana, Mr. Forbes Burnham and procured the loan of a barge and a tug for Nevis to transport the cane from Nevis to the Sugar Factory Pier in St.Kitts. Mr. Bradshaw was not compelled to help, but he helped out of the kindness and goodness of his heart. A non-national known as Mr. Mac Cormack at one time owned Jones Estate and the Cliff Dwellers Hotel. He decided after a while to stop Nevisians from using Jones Bay for bathing and for any other purposes. So people from Westbury to Cotton Ground could not anchor their boats in Jones Bay. Mr. Mac Cormack erected a fence or a barrier across Jones Bay. Mr. Bradshaw arranged to meet Mr. Mac Cormack and travelled across to Nevis to confront him. Mr. Bradshaw said to Mr. Cormack kindly remove your fence on Jones Bay. There are no private beaches on St. Kitts or Nevis. Mr. Mac Cormack complied and removed the barrier across Jones Bay. I can go on and on to give examples of how in a tangible way Mr. Bradshaw expressed his love for Nevis and for Nevis people. One thing I would point out and that is this: Nevisians were given equal share whenever housing lots were given out on housing projects such as Pond Site, Green-Lands and Pond Pasture in St.Kitts. Robert Bradshaw built the nation of St.KittsNevis and the record of his outstanding achievements and accomplishments is emblazoned on the pages of our national history. West Indian History records the names of Bradshaw, Bird and Bramble as the three heroes who brought their country from the slums of the post-emancipation period into the triumphs and successes of the modern day era. So no wannabe; pip-squeak politician should ever think that he can ever erase the name or the indelible record of Robert Bradshaw from the pages of our history books. Let it not be forgotten that before he quit the political scene he arranged for the construction of the Administration Building in Charlestown, Nevis and the building of the Joycelyn Liburd Primary School in Gingerland. Mr. Bradshaw also arranged for the location of a branch of the Curtis Mathes television assembly plant in Charlestown, in the Public Works yard just beyond the Treasury old building on Main Street, Charlestown. Robert Bradshaw Built the Nation of St. Kitts-NevisMinister Liburd Expresses Condolences To Angelou Family Basseterre, St. Kitts, (SKNIS): The passing of award winning writer, American Civil Rights Activist and lifetime teacher Maya Angelou has prompted Minister responsible for Gender Affairs Honourable Marcella Liburd to reflect on Angelou’s life and express condolences to the family and friends of the beloved icon. Minister Liburd, on behalf of her Ministry, which also includes the portfolios of Health, Social Services, Community Development and Culture noted that Angelou was a survivor as reflected in her well-known autobiography “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” as well as an inspiration to many. The Minister reflected that through her gift of story-telling, Angelou, made a remarkable contribution to the well-being of humanity, in particular helping women to build self-confidence and have the courage to overcome obstacles and challenges, as outlined in several of her poems including “Phenomenal Woman.” The sole elected female Member of Parliament in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, outlined that women can take from Maya Angelou’s body of accomplishments, the courage to chart opportunities and embark into the future with self-assurance. Another attribute, as highlighted by Minister Liburd, was Angelou’s unconscious ability of teaching mankind to embrace its spirituality and inner strength.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 06TH 2014 6 NEWS Your Excellency Sir Edmund Lawrence, Governor General, and Lady Lawrence, The Hon. Eustace John, Deputy Governor General, and Mrs John, Sir Cuthbert Sebastian, Rt. Hon Dr. Denzil Douglas, Prime Minister, Hon Dr Asim Martin, Deputy Prime Minister, Ministers of government and their comrades, members of the Diplomatic Corps, members of the organising committee, Rev Daniel, Rev Gumbs, ladies and gentlemen Permit me first to thank Ken Tilley in Toronto for putting me back in touch with Pearl Payne and Pearl herself for talking to me about St John and for reminiscing with me about days that were not so good but that we can now look back on and say with satisfaction “We survived!” Ladies and Gentlemen, 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. 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 Studiesat 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. Kitts Nevis Trades and Labour Union and nominated to the House of Assembly. The following year he contested the general election as a candidate for Constituency 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 Party 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 the Premier to hand in a report on the stand that Government should take towards National Bank’s first 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 she 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 1970s 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 recognition to 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 a then 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 return 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 labouring 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 Unassuming Service: The E. St. John Payne Story By Victoria Borg O’FlahertyPresented at the Memorial Service at the St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Sunday 25th May 2014 (cont’d on next page)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 06TH 2014 7 NEWS the occasional appliance. Ross University had an opening for an Administrative/Executive Officer. St. John 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 Universityhad 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-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 (NHC) 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. 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. May St. John’s life story be an inspiration to us all as we continue were he left off. Unassuming Service: (cont’d from last page)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 06TH 2014 8 NEWS -St. Kitts and Nevis Leads The Caribbean In Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Per Capital BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, (CUOPM) The Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis has achieved another accolade. Caribbean Journal reports St. Kitts and Nevis easily leads the rest of the Caribbean in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) per capita.. “On a per capita basis, St. Kitts and Nevis easily led the Caribbean, with a total of US$2,090 in foreign direct investment inflows per capita, the highest in the region by a wide margin,” Date set for Christophe Harbour Marina groundbreaking ceremony Silver Reef Development The Emerald Resort and Residences at Half Moon Bay Caribbean Journal says. St. Kitts and Nevis attracted US$94 million in and US$112 million in 2013, an increase of US$18 million or 19 percent over the previous year. Projects under construction during the past two years with Foreign Direct Investment include the EC$27 million Imperial Bay Golf and Beach Residences at Half Moon Bay/Conaree area, the US$180 million Koi Resorts and Residences which has begun civil works, the US$38 million (EC$103 million) Silver Reef Development at Frigate Bay, the Agro-Tourism Farm at Sir Gilles and the Private Jet Terminal at the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport. In an effort to find out how much foreign direct investment Caribbean countries receive last year, Caribbean Journal said it looked at data from the recently-released Foreign Direct Investment in Latin America and the Caribbean report from the United Nations’ Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). It said ECLAC released data on foreign direct investment inflows for sovereign Caribbean countries in 2013 and 2012. The Dominican Republic took in $1.991 billion USD in FDI inflows last year, although that represented a 37 percent decrease from its FDI intake in 2012. St. Kitts and Nevis easily led the Caribbean, with a total of $2,090 in foreign direct investment inflows per capita, the highest in the region by a wide margin. BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, JUNE 5TH 2014 (CUOPM) – Ground will be broken later this month for the marina at Christophe Harbour. The 300 acre marina and mega yacht harbour is part of the luxury residential resort development on St. Kitts’ Southeast peninsula separating the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. The ceremony is planned for Friday June 20th 2014 at 4.30 P.M. at the Christophe Harbour site that is naturally protected by mountain peaks and the calm waters of the Caribbean Sea. The marina will accommodate small craft as well as mega yachts ranging from 85 to 300 feet in length. All vessels will be able to utilize the marina’s state-of-theart facilities and services while yacht owners, captains and their guests will have access to a private club, a full concierge and hospitality services. Christophe Harbour will be a designated port of entry with streamlined Customs and Immigration services. To compliment the marina village, a variety of real estate opportunities exist across the development which include beachfront, harbourside and hillside homesites. Sandy Bank Bay, the debut residential neighbourhood, is set along a horseshoe bay with two reefs and a natural sand bank. The bay is a marine sanctuary which will remain free of boat moorings to ensure sea life and property views are protected. Christophe Harbour will also include an 18-hole golf course designed by world famous architect Tom Fazio. The course is routed for play across the volcanic hills 500 feet above sea level to maximize the views and down along the harbour. Tom Fazio has designed more than 200 golf courses around the world. And on a year-over-year basis, it was Grenada that saw the largest improvement in foreign investment, with a 129 percent increase in gross FDI in 2013 compared to 2012. Overall, the Caribbean region brought in $6.052 billion in FDI, although that represented a 19 percent decrease compared to 2012.(Photos by Erasmus Williams)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 06TH 2014 9 NEWS -Composer Of National Anthem: RETURN ST. KITTS-NEVIS LABOUR PARTY TO CHURCH STREET IN NEXT GENERAL ELECTIONS Photo: Mr. Kenrick Georges BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, (CUOPM) – With General Elections constitutionally due in the new year, 2015, the composer of the Federation’s National Anthem, “O Land of Beauty,” Mr. Kenrick Georges states: “There really is no other choice for the conscientious citizen of St. KittsNevis, but to return the St. KittsNevis Labour Party to Church Street to continue its work in the best interest of our entire citizenry in the upcoming General Elections.” In a posting on his Facebook, the Kittitian icon states: “We face two diametrically opposed ideologies: 1. To continue on a progressive path of growth that benefits all citizens, and 2. To relive the horrors of victimization, economic stagnation for the working class, rampant corruption in high offices, and blatant double standards under a PAM Regime: this has been our undeniable sociopolitical reality from 1980 ~ 1995. WE all know what the Douglas Administration is doing, and the results of its efforts are evident in our regional ranking, and in our current economic standing, which has recently been applauded by the IMF. But complaints and criticisms are being levelled at the incumbent Labour Administration, led by the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas. Most certainly though, some of them would have merit; however, the criticisms and complaints without merit are, in fact, the premise on which to determine the credibility of the challenger(s) seeking to lead our country. The credibility of a political party ought to be important enough to predetermine that party’s quality of performance in government. We have experienced PAM in government before, and that experience has erected a sober reminder of a mistake we should never again make. Our hybrid opposition (PAM, PLP, CCM, and collectively called the Unity Construct), has used every available means to its disposal, including broadcast media, social media, and personnel who travelled regionally, to Europe, to Canada, and to the USA in order to pedal the claim that the SKN Government is being strangled by a constitutional and political crisis. The leader of this political enterprise, Dr. Timothy Harris, has, in person, solicited support from several regional political parties, which are, in all cases, the opposition party in their respective States. But every reputable body, Heads of States, and regional organizations has refused to view our current State as being in any such crisis. The St. Kitts-Nevis Government has not been impeded by this irresponsible claim of a crisis, but instead, it has continued to remarkably improve our economic situation. We are on a fast track reducing our National Debt and Deficit, and we are succeeding in many other areas of our Nation’s further development. Apart from the PEP Program, which has been highly praised by an IMF official who said that the program “is a long-term investment to strengthen the labour force in St. Kitts and Nevis, a more recent IMF report stated that: “The economic recovery in St. Kitts-Nevis has gathered momentum.” And while the opposition makes bold plans for the SIDF, if it succeeds in the next General Elections, PM Douglas has been fielding constant fire from the hybrid opposition about its creation and implementation. A major problem with the opposition advocates is its thinly veiled strategy of deceit. It is trying to use the word “Unity” within the construct of its parent name to cultivate a false sentiment of moral value, by sometimes asking: “Isn’t unity better than division…?” while trying to legitimize their new focus by pointing to the fact that the Labour movement has always advocated unity as a core principle to be maintained. But a faction of this said political group (PAM) has been the most divisive regime ever to hold office in St. Kitts-Nevis. PAM has even succeeded in perforating the bonds that united our people, through divisive politics, and customizing the Constitution it presided over in order to secure the longest tenure possible. This opposition has not been offering any alternative plans, or agenda for our nation’s future, but it condemns every single action taken by the government, regardless of the many successes applauded by regional and global institutions and organizations. It is with a great degree of concern that I ask our people to evaluate the potential for backbreaking hardship to befall the ordinary Kittitian-Nevisian under a PAM Administration. The record will show that a PAM regime is highly favoured by an exclusive minority demographic, and this is clearly reflected in the party’s tax policies during its three terms in office. The rate of victimization under a PAM regime was astronomical, and key supporters and a candidate have admitted as much: Eugene Hamilton, in a public meeting at Pond’s Pasture, and Bichara Sahely, in a testy exchange with me on his blog. Even a confused MP Sam Condor has always known what a PAM regime would be like if, God forbid; they should form the Government again. See video link: https:// watch?v=z72i0a4Hvcw Even with this suffocating admission of PAM’s misdeeds, there has been no real effort to replace this severely broken axel— the same attitudes and mindset abound: this wagon cannot run straight. The Hon. Michael Powell was kicked out of PAM while in office for undisclosed reasons; nonetheless, they are reasons the public already knows. And after flirting with Mr. Glenroy Blanchette for the 2010 General Elections, PAM’s pitiful and desperate choice for Constituency #1 is Mr. Ian “Patches” Liburd. Who would have thought that a worse choice than Mr. Michael Powell would be possible in East Basseterre? While Mr. Powell was kicked out of PAM for the institution to save face because of the degree to which he pushed the envelope of highly questionable practices, Blanchette was expelled for taking a principled stand against the continued leadership of Mr. Lindsay Grant for a gross error in judgment—one would recall the infamous Marriot incident of 2010. Basseterre East (Constituency #1) would literally be hurled over the edge of the abyss with Mr. Ian Liburd as its representative. The voters of East Basseterre must make every effort to learn who the real Ian “Patches” Liburd is, especially voters thirty-five years old and under. Nice clothes and a convenient bright hello do not substitute for one’s character— there is much to learn. The PAM bosses knew what they were getting in with Mr. Liburd, but I guess he complements their roster rather well. Already, the trap has been bated with the promise of the sacrifice of a portion Mr. Liburd’s potential salary, but be warned: the power of the office might be more valuable to him that it’s entire salary. But things can get even worse than having unsavory individuals in our highest offices. The implementation of certain ideologies can drop like a heavy yoke around the necks of our ordinary citizens. Bichara Sahely was bold enough to suggest that the current and caring administration’s progressive agenda is leading to a state of dependency (see my Facebook post: “The Ghost Of Our Society Past,” May 10th, 2014). This mindset holds that the social and economic infrastructure put in place by our government to help its citizens to improve their lives, and to realize their dreams is wrong, and such programs would be dismantled should this PAM Organization be successful at the polls. When the elite in our society can show such degree of insensitivity, the time would have come for ordinary folk to protect their collective interest. Every Labour leader, from the Rt. Excellent Hon. Robert L. Bradshaw, to the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas has governed in a way to empower our ordinary citizens, and has helped us to be self-reliant and productive. My mother, Esmie, often said to me as a very young boy: “Kenrick; don’t grudge anybody for what they got because you don’t know how they came by it.” With such nuggets of profound wisdom, interleaved with our daily experiences of being satisfied with whatever little we have, and the hope that we will do better for ourselves, how could policies that have helped to cultivate and strengthen such character be seen as creating a state of dependency? The ball is in the voters’ court: the ordinary people and the youth form the vast majority and, as such, must determine which way is up for our State, St. Kitts-Nevis. Cuban Scholarships 2014 The Government of the Republic of Cuba is pleased to announce the availability of seven (7) scholarships to citizens of St. Kitts and Nevis. The breakdown is as follows: Five (5) for Medical Sciences One (1) for Electrical Engineering One (1) for Mechanical Engineering Deadline for the submission of applications is Friday June 06, 2014. All applicants should be submitted to the Human Resource Management Department at Government Headquarters on Church Street. Along with the application form, prospective applicants are required to submit the following documents. 1.A certified copy of their birth certificate 2.A certified copy of their high school transcripts and certificate 3.A certified copy of their CAPE transcripts and certificate 4.A certified copy of their passport information page For more information and or instructions about this scholarship opportunity and application process, kindly contact the Human Resource Management Department at 467-1323 or 467-1131


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 06TH 2014 10 NEWS Kalin: “despite issues St. Kitts and Nevis’ CIP relatively well-run and a model” BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, (CUOPM) – A leading service provider in the global Citizenship By Investment programme says the St. Kitts and Nevis’ Citizenship by Investment Programme despite issues is relatively well run and a model. BBC News Business section in a feature on the global programme noted that the programme has recently been singled out by the US Treasury, which cautioned that Iranian nationals could be obtaining passports and then use them to travel to the US or make investments, which could violate US sanctions. BBC News noted that St. Kitts and Nevis closed its programme to Iranians in December 2011. However, it said that Mr. Kalin of Henley and Partners, which helped to set up the programme, says that while the programme has its issues, “St. Kitts is relatively well run – it’s in a way a model.” Mr. Kalin adds that Caribbean locations are good for interim passports for “global citizens” who are looking to eventually establish themselves via investments in other “economic citizenship” programmes like those in Portugal or Singapore BBC News noted that St. Kitts and Nevis has the longest running citizenship-by-investment programme (CIP) in the world, which was founded in 1984, noting that there are two methods to obtain citizenship, with the cheapest option being a US$250,000 non-refundable donation Kalin in the BBC News feature estimates that every year, several thousand people spend a collective $2bn (£1.2bn; 1.5bn euros) to add a second, or even third, passport to their collection. “Just like you diversify an investment portfolio, you want to diversify your passport portfolio,” he says. The option has proven popular with Chinese and Russian citizens, as well as those from the Middle East. Cash-strapped countries have taken notice. In the past year alone, new programmes have been introduced in Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, Malta, the Netherlands and Spain that either allow direct citizenship by investment or offer routes to citizenship for wealthy investors. Photo: Home of the St. Kitts and Nevis Citizenship By Investment Programme (Photo by Erasmus Williams)to the St Kitts and Nevis Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation, a public charity. A second option involves a minimum $400,000 investment in real estate in the country. Minister Liburd Excited About Advancement of JNF SKNIS Photo: Minister Liburd shares a light moment with JNF Lab Manager Candace GumbsBasseterre, St. Kitts, (SKNIS): Minister responsible for Health Honourable Marcella Liburd has placed on record that she is excited about recent advancements as well as those that will take place in the near future at the Joseph N. France (JNF) General Hospital. Minister Liburd noted this at last week’s Out and About with the Prime Minister, when St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Denzil Douglas visited the Pogson Medical Centre in Sandy Point and the JNF Hospital in order to meet with and hear from administrators and staff. Minister Liburd accompanied the Prime Minister during the JNF leg of his mission and stated that the soon to be upgrades would embrace Phase Three of the Hospital Improvement Project. This would include the renovation of the back and northern sections of the hospital along with improvements in the cafeteria, kitchens, central supply stores, pathology, construction of a new mortuary, and internet connectivity in patient rooms. The Minister of Health made the point that most often the hospital has not done a good job of informing the public about positive aspects such as upgrades and benefits of its efficient service. The human element was also addressed. “With all the new equipment and everything, if we are not training and upgrading our human capacity, we won’t be going anywhere,” Minister Liburd emphasized. “So I want to assure the public that this has also been done. We have been doing continuous training of our Doctors and Nurses and other support staff to keep up to date with current realities.” Minister Liburd rejoiced in the fact that St. Kitts and Nevis was certainly ahead when it came to achieving the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals in the healthcare sector.“Three of the eight Millennium Development Goals are health-related. They refer to child mortality, maternal death and HIV,” Minister Liburd relayed. “I want to inform the public that on all three counts we are more than meeting the standards for the Millennium Development Goals. We have surpassed them actually, in terms of our performance. Child mortality is extremely low. Maternal deaths are almost non-existent – I think we had something like two over a five-year period. And in terms of HIV, that has kind of leveled off and all persons living with HIV and AIDS have access to the needed services.” It was detailed that the Government pays 78 percent of the medical costs for Persons Living with HIV and AIDS (PLWHA) in the Federation. The Minister also noted that the life expectancy of Kittitians and Nevisians had risen from 73 to 75 in a matter of two to three years.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 06TH 2014 11 NEWS Citizenship by Investment Programthe Economic Genius of The Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas! No nation involved in CBI is seeking to attract people of dubious character, criminals or money launderers. Where’s the advantage in that. No matter how rigorous the system criminals become more and more smart and occasionally one may break through. This is true for all nations, not just St Kitts and Nevis. Following its inception in 1984, under the Peoples Action Movement (PAM) Administration, the CBI, under the Prime Minister, Denzil Douglas’ St. KittsNevis Labour Party led Administration, has developed into a more sophisticated and effective programme. A programme that others around the region are seeking to replicate. A programme that others around the world want to learn from. A programme that is a huge success.The CBI has allowed the Government to attack growth from A View From Abroad By: Joel O’Loughlin London Patience is a virtue. We all learnt that from our mothers and fathers. Yet the people of St Kitts and Nevis are right when they tell me that they can’t wait forever for that better day. I know that we all want a brighter day, not just for our children, but also for ourselves. And we’d like that day to be here soon. However, St Kitts and Nevis knows that in the 21st century world, the worst thing that they could do is to fall for the quick and easy answer to their shared problems. The people of St Kitts and Nevis tell me every day that they want a change that lasts, not some flash-in-the-pan promise that they know will disappear faster than an ice cream in hot sun. Of course, the snake-oil salesmen are out there ready to offer any promise just to pick up a vote here or there, with no regard to the future of the nation. I hear them talking in the streets every day: “Tough times at home? Blame the Labour government – but try to forget that I used to profess loyalty to that administration.” “Worried about your job prospects? Vote for me, I’ve got one just for you, here in my pocket.” “Anxious about the health of your children? Check out this special six-for-nine oil that will cure every ill.” Luckily, nobody’s buying it. At the end of the 1980s, St Kitts and Nevis was just a tiny island state, hanging on by its fingertips to a declining sugar industry, slowly being squeezed to extinction by foreign competitors and plummeting world prices. Today, our income per head is the highest in the OECS and third highest in the Caribbean. Unemployment is down below 10% and falling. Our enormous financial debt to the rest of the world is half what it used to be. That maybe is why, today, I, as a member of the Diaspora am proud that – little St Kitts and Nevis – has been chosen by the fifty-five nations of the Commonwealth to lead the negotiations with the world’s leading economies on behalf of small states. St Kitts and Nevis has become a small island with a big voice. That is why I am proud that the IMF has recently said that the economic recovery in St Kitts and Nevis has gathered real momentum reflecting an increase in tourism, expansion in construction from the Citizenship by Investment Programme inflows and the impetus from the People Employment Program (PEP). St Kitts and Nevis is now the only country in the region on target to achieve the ECCU target of debt reduction of 60 per cent of GDP by 2020. That is good news. True, there is still a lot to do. Times are still difficult for many families even though they work hard every day. Young people can’t be sure that they will get the jobs their effort at school deserves. And the sacrifices that our people have made to recover from the bad old days have left scars that aren’t yet healed. But at least we know that we are on the right path. What we can’t afford is to allow all our people’s sacrifice to be squandered on the altar of personal ambition. The task before us is a mighty one. Politics is tough work. It’s not work for flip floppers. And it will take determination and strength to stay the course, whatever the bumps in the road. St Kitts and Nevis needs a leadership that won’t change its mind when things don’t go its way, or when the going gets tough. In the end, politics is not about individuals. Politics is about the future of all our people. The Government has already made great differences in our nation. There is more to do – and they will do it. And above all we need the politics of patriotism to prevail over the politics of personality.By Economic and political analystIn progressive politics we can often lose our way when we confuse ends and means. It does matter how we advance the cause – particularly when we are in government. But dogmatic devotion to outdated modes and ideas is pointless. For example when Bill Clinton criticised the anti-globalisation movement by pointing out that globalisation is a fact not a policy – he was making the point that faced with that new fact progressive governments have to find new responses. And that is what St Kitts and Nevis’ PM Dr. the Rt. Hon. Denzil Douglas has done. Faced with the fact that the world economies were in turmoil and that our own sugar industry could no longer sustain our economy he found new and successful responses. One of those responses was the Citizenship by Investment Programme (CBI). A radical move to strengthen the country’s economy. I have been listening to a number of people talking about our CBI Programme wallowing in the recent advisory that the United States of America issued warning the Federation to improve its ‘lax’ checks on new citizens. I thought about countries that have similar CBI programmes. Countries like Malta, Portugal, Bulgaria, Canada, Macedonia, Antigua, Dominica, the United Kingdom and guess where else?…the United States of America! All of these countries know that their future is inextricably linked to the rest of the world by the bonds of telecommunications, air travel for work and leisure, the sharing of knowledge and the movement of finance. CBI programmes are a form of global financial investment where people from all corners of the world can invest in all corners of the world where there are opportunities for increased economic prosperity on all sides. several directions. Just look around: the Peoples Employment Programme (PEP), support for small businesses, large scale development projects bringing employment and training in new skills. All of this funded by our CBI. Interestingly Germany has a training programme similar to the PEP which allowed them to avoid the worst excesses of the recent global recession. Even the UK and the United States are developing similar programmes. Seems like St Kitts and Nevis is leading the charge again!The IMF has praised St. Kitts on its programmes and being number one economically in the OECS and number three in the Caribbean. Our employment record, infrastructural development and growth of tourism industry would be nothing without CBI.The people of the Federation must appreciate how Prime Minister Douglas has tackled the unemployment and economic problems. The next five years can be very exciting, once we build on the platform which has been so skillfully constructed!


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The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 06TH 2014 13 NEWS Douglas said.“Mindful of the striking topography of St. Kitts, the attractiveness of this particular part of the island, the pro-business, pro-public policies and programmes that this government has put in place, T-Loft Development has decided to join Ross University, Golden Rock Commercial Park, Christophe Harbour, Imperial Bay, Koi Resorts, Oceans Edge, Silver Reef, Marriott Residences, the Park Hyatt and so many others who have decided that St. Kitts is a place in which the skills exist to transform their development dreams into reality, in which the business environment facilitates a positive return on one’s investment, in which the social, economic, and political realities found here reward the decision to invest,” Dr. Douglas said. The St. Kitts and Nevis leader noted that construction represents an important economic stimulus the world over. “It employs nationals who possess a vast range of skills. It generates new revenue streams for the local corporations that provide the materials without which major construction projects would not be possible. And it generates valuable business opportunities for those who provide the services on which projects such as this depend,” Dr. Douglas said. He pointed out that once the construction phase of T-Loft Property Development has been completed, the 246-room condominium project that will require an entirely new range of employees and service providers. “It will continue to depend on the products that are provided by this country’s large corporations. And the individuals and families who will become homeowners in this development will most assuredly patronize our car dealerships, our car rental agencies, our taxi-drivers, our landscapers, our artists, our accountants, our lawyers, our restaurants, our supermarkets, plant nurseries and the list is really quite extensive,” said Prime Minister Douglas. He affirmed that the policies of his government, the atmosphere of the island, the skills of the people, and that distinctively quality that makes St. Kitts unique continue to attract more and more visitors to the Federation. The Prime Minister said he is satisfied that visitors that continue to come to St. Kitts and Nevis by ship and by plane “are compelling evidence that St. Kitts is, indeed, registering, and registering at a very high level, in the global tourism market.” He disclosed that T-Loft Property Development has applied for, and has been approved as, a participant in the country’s Citizenship By Investment Programme. US$40 million hotel/ condo project at Pirate’s Nest, Frigate Bay begins Other photo taken on Tuesday show heavy equipment on the site. (Photo by Erasmus Williams) (cont’d from page 1) S.L. Horfords St. Pauls United Wins 2014 SKNFA Championship Cup By Drizel HanleyThe S. L. Horsford St. Pauls United defeated the Rams Village Superstars 2-1 in game 2 of the Best of 3 Finals on Sunday night last, June 1st, to capture the 2013-2014 St. Kitts-Nevis Football Athletic Association (SKNFA) Premier Division Championship. The game which was played at the Warner Park Football Stadium was a very competitive one as the RAMs Village Superstars fought valiantly to force a deciding game 3 match, however at the end of the game it was the S. L. Horsford St. Pauls United who emerged victorious. Scoring for S. L. Horsford St. Pauls United were Terrence Ward in the 30th minute and Attis Hughes 42nd minute. Scoring for Rams Village Superstars was Travis Rogers in the 81st minute. In the first match of the Best of 3 Finals which was played on Thursday May, 29th at the same venue the St. Pauls team also defeated Village 2 goals to 1 in extra time (30 minutes) after the game was tied 1-1 at the end of regulation time of 90 minutes. Scoring for S.L. Horsfords St. Paul’s was Josh Leader in the 34th and 101st minute from a penalty. Scoring for RAMs Village Superstars was Javin Matthew in the 78th minute from a penalty. The other teams that participated in Final Four were Hobson Enterprises which came in 3rd and Harris Paint Saint Peters which came 4th. At the end of the match on Sunday night the awards ceremony took place. St. Pauls’ Josh Leader won the M.V. P. of the Final Four award. The Coach of the year award went to Anthony “Nets” Isaac (Harris Paint St. Peters); Rockie of the Year went to Salas Cannonier (Harris Paint St. Peters); Fair Play Award (Final Four) went to Harris Paint St. Peters and Golden Boots of the Season: was awarded to Kirland Harris (Harris Paint St. Peters). Following the much anticipated and well deserved win for the St. Pauls team was a massive motorcade which travelled easterly from Warner Park and ended in St. Pauls with a street jam. Sunday’s win made the 3rd time that the S.L. Horsfords St. Paul’s team won the Final Four Competition since its inception. They last won the championship some six years ago.St. Pauls’ Josh Leader won the M.V. P. of the Final FourCelebration S. L. Horsford St. Pauls United 2013-2014 St. Kitts-Nevis Football Athletic Association (SKNFA) Premier Division Championship.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 06TH 2014 14 NEWS -Fallen Officers Remembered at Solemn Ceremony Ret. Inspector Alfred Lescott receives plaque on behalf of Matthew family Wife Terrencia Benjamin receives plaque on behalf of her family. Wife Violet Robinson receives plaque on behalf of her family Brother Eugene Hyliger receives plaque on behalf of Williams’s familyPersons attending the memorial service Police Route March ROUTE MARCH As part of its ongoing Public Awareness and Public Relations Mandate, The Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force will be having a Commissioner’s Parade and Route March throughout the streets of Basseterre starting at the Springfield Cemetery opposite Greenlands, at 16:30 hours on Wednesday 11th June 2014. A Commissioner’s Parade and Route March will be also held in Nevis on Tuesday 17th June 2014, in the afternoon, through streets of Charlestown. The general public is therefore being notified of these events, and motorists are asked to be mindful of the use of the roads by the contingent of Police Officers during the marches. Basseterre, St. Kitts, (SKNIS): Emotions ran high on Thursday evening last week (May 29th) as members of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force (RSCNPF) congregated in the Police Parking Lot on Cayon Street for a memorial service commemorating officers who died in the line of duty. The families and friends of Superintendant Jude Matthew 1956-1994, No. 212 Sergeant Clive Benjamin 1967-2006, No. 144 Corporal George Robinson, 1939-1986, and No. 755 Constable Franklyn Williams, 19641989 were clearly moved as tributes were paid to each officer by a number of speakers. “All have given some, but some have given all. These men [whose pictures] are on the wall behind me have given all,” expressed Commissioner of Police Celvin G. Walwyn. He urged the men and women under his charge to be safe when carrying out their duties and said “never forget those that went before you, doing the job that you are doing in service to this country. “To the families, thank you very much for providing your family members to this police force and we thank you for the service they provided. We respect and honour their passing in the line of duty,” Walwyn concluded. His remarks were followed by the reading of profiles of the four honourees. Superintendent Cromwell Henry recounted Supt. Matthew’s integrity in the pursuit of justice. Inspector Diana Mills was teary eyed as was much of the audience, as she highlighted Sgt. Benjamin’s sincerity and upstanding character. She recalled how he often chased down suspects on foot, a clear sign of his determination to uphold the law. Cpl. Supt. Jude Matthew Sgt. Clive Benjamin Cpl. George Robinson Const. Franklyn Williams Firing party at the memorial service All photos including those sent with press release courtesy Crime Scene Technician Nallie Joseph Robinson and Constable Williams were remembered for their achievements and commitment to the force. A memorial plaque was presented to each of the family representatives that attended the ceremony. Sgt. Benjamin’s wife Mrs. Terrencia Benjamin credited the organizers for holding this inaugural event. “It was very good,” she said, admitting that while it served as a reminder of the day her husband died, it was a comfort to know that he is being remembered in this way. Permanent Secretary in the Anti Crime Unit H.E. Astona Browne praised the police for the “invaluable role they play in the community” and noted that when any member of the agency loses their life “the nation, as a whole, looses a cherished and precious part of its existence.” The fallen officers received a 3 shot salute from a firing party after which the musical piece “Taps” was performed. Embracing The Philosophy of Community Policing In keeping with the community policing initiatives of Commissioner CG Walwyn and the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force, the Nevis Division of The Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force conducted a community walkthrough. This walkthrough was organised to meet and greet members of the communities they serve. The walkthroughs were first conducted in St. Kitts byInspector Rosemarie Roberts in Stapleton Village and then on to Division B in St. Kitts by Superintendents Vaughn Henderson and Andre Mitchell. This is the second of a series of planned walkthroughs which are planned and lead by Assistant Commissioner of Police Robert Liburd who leads the Nevis Division. Superintendent Hilroy Brandy, Inspector Franklyn Belgrove, Inspector Conrad Bertie, and other officers of the Division, along with K-9 Lorry and its handler, visited the communities of Ramsbury, Craddock Road and other nearby residential areas, in the Charlestown area. The citizens familiarised themselves with the officers who worked in their communities and voiced their concerns about pubic safety with the leadership. Assistant Commissioner Robert Liburd personally addressed a number of their concerns. Many residents were pleased with this step taken by Assistant Commissioner Liburd and his team. Some residents stated that they saw this walkthrough as a positive step in enhancing the relationship between the police force and residents in the areas patrolled. House Fire at Molyneux Police at the Tabernacle Police Station are investigating a house fire on Owen Street, Molyneux. Initial investigations revealed that the house was discovered on fire, and the flames spread to an adjacent house. Officers of the St. Kitts and Nevis Fire and Rescue Services extinguished the flames preventing further loss of property. Anyone having information pertaining to this fire is asked to contact the Tabernacle Police Station at 465-7227, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477 (TIPS). Remember, your information will be treated with confidentiality and you maybe eligible for a reward. New Zealand Scholarship 2015 Scholarships are available for citizens of St. Kitts and Nevis to pursue studies in New Zealand for PhD and Masters, for the academic year commencing February, 2015. Prospective applicants are urged to visit the Human Resource Management Department at Government Headquarters on Church Street, for application forms and all other relevant documents. Deadline for submission to the Human Resource Management Department is Friday, July 11, 2014 For more information or any clarification about this scholarship opportunity and application process, kindly contact the Human Resource Management Department at 467-1323 or 467-1131


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 06TH 2014 15 GOOD NEWS Ecclesiastical matters have to do largely with anything that takes place within the context of a religious body called the Christian Church. The name Church comes from the Greek word ekklesia. It means any assembly, or local body of believers or the universal body of all believers. The ekklesia has a hierarchy that does not involve any Member of Parliament of Government. This body is solely responsible for running the affairs of the church and it is free of any encumbrances of Government once it conducts its affairs within the laws of the land. The ekklesia has its own Canon Laws, Constitution and Regulations by which it conducts its affairs on a day to day basis. Breaches of these rules by any member is met by proper discipline either by the hierarchy or by its ecclesiastical Court (see the Constitutions and Canons of The Church in the Province of the West Indies Canons 20 – 26 and The Discipline of The Wesleyan Church 1984, Part X Judiciary Chapters 1 – 9). This body is responsible for the proclamation of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ to the world. Its mandate is commissioned by Jesus Christ Himself; “Go then, to all peoples everywhere and make them my disciples; baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teach them to obey everything I have commanded you. And I will be with you always, to the end of the age (Matthew 28:19-20). Crimes that contravene the law of the land are also dealt with by the Courts of the land. The Apostle Paul has given instruction to Christians that, “Rulers are not to be feared by those who do good, but by those who do evil…. Because he is God’s servant working for your own good…. He is God’s servant and carries out God’s punishment on those who do evil (Romans 13:3 – 4). Absolutely no one is above either or both of these jurisprudence. The office of ecclesiastical affairs was created since 1916 in Denmark when the post Kultus Minister was split up into the posts of Education Minister and Minister for Ecclesiastical Affairs. It is said that, “The Ecclesiastical Affairs Department is one of the oldest and most respected Departments of the State. The Department controls the external affairs of the Monasteries, Mandirs and all other religious institutions in the State. The Department does not interfere in the internal affairs/functioning of religious institutions and organizations, particularly matters on relating to religious protocols and ritual traditions.” Since there is a Minister of Ecclesiastical Affairs, that Department should have the following officers: a Permanent Secretary and a Director. These officers will be responsible to see that Religious Knowledge is taught in schools, organizations and groups. The Department will be responsible for the curriculum of the Education Department and to set examination from Kindergarten up to Six Form level. The goal is to inculcate in all young people (whom the Church cannot reach, because they do not attend Church or Sunday school), values and principles that only the Word of God is able to impart by virtue of its power. With this foundation our boys and girls indeed our youth will possess the capacity to cope with life’s challenges in a manner that will enhance their development and the well being of their families and their country. Humbly Submitted by Alson B H Percival (Rev Canon Dr) Chair Nevis Regional Council Recommendation for Government Ecclesiastical Affairs CDC W arns People Get Measles V accine In Light of Record Number of Cases In the USA, skepticism, refusal and rabid and ill-informed opposition to vaccination have caused gaps in vaccine coverage there and a rise in measles cases. No cases of measles have been documented in the Federation since 1993. Vaccines are available free of charge from the 17 Community Heath Centers in the Federation. This is due to public sector investment in the Expanded Program on Immunization managed by the Community Health Department with scientific and technical oversight from the Pan American Health Organization. The Federation records a very high rate of vaccine coverage at over 95% due also to the understanding and cooperation of the vast majority of parents and guardians who readily take their children to Community Health Centers for their vaccines. In addition to protecting against measles (a cause of pneumonia), vaccines on the national schedule cover Tuberculosis (a cause of lung and other infections); Mumps (a cause of sterility in males); Rubella (a cause of birth defects); Hepatitis B (a cause of liver cancer); Polio (a cause of paralysis); Hemophilus Influenza (a cause of meningitis); Diphtheria (a cause of airway obstruction); Pertussis (the cause of whooping cough); and Tetanus (aka lockjaw). In the pre-vaccine era, many infants and children became ill and died. A century ago, the infant death toll in St. Kitts, Nevis and Anguilla was around 400 Infant death rate is a sensitive measure of the quality of a national health system. In 2012, there were 6 infant deaths the lowest number in recorded history. Contributing factors include the delivery of piped, potable water to homes; improved housing, waste management, and drainage; improved nutrition; improved personal hygiene; and universal vaccination. The Ministry of Health salutes past and present management and staff of the Community Heath Centers for dedication to duty and unrivaled contributions to health progress in the Federation. The General Public is asked to continue ensuring that all children are completely vaccinated according to the national schedule. Patrick Martin MD Chief Medical Officer Ministry of HealthThe Ministry of Health wishes to draw your attention to the issue at caption. ROTARY SPEAKSPresentation about the Status of Women In SKN Basseterre, St Kitts (31 May 2014): Dr. Christine Walwyn representing the National Council of Women and Business & Professional Women Association presented a few remarks at a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Liamuiga (RCL) in which she highlighted the following: 1. Medical costs – the main medical services are free of charge to women in the Federation of St Kitts & Nevis (SKN). Project Viola also assists teenage mothers. 2. Violence against women – SKN is lagging behind in this area. This is mainly discussed by poorer women. The Council sees this as a pertinent issue and is working with the private sector to develop a safe house for women and girls. This is something that has been talked about for years, however, construction plans are in place at the moment but details are not yet available. 3. Protection of employment – maternity leave is available to women and, since 2013, paternity leave is also available. Consultancy is ongoing in order to make this available to domestic workers. 4. Protection of the child – custody is now available to either father or mother since 2013. A man can now sue a woman for child support, if the man takes care of the child. 5. Women in leadership training – over the past five (5) years there have been thirty (30) women trained in leadership (political leadership). In response to questions raised by the Members of the RCL, Dr. Walwyn confirmed the following additional information: 1. There is sometimes the reaction of raised eyebrows when it is said that women can now be sued for child support. 2. There is a lot of secrecy in relation to men who are in the situation where they are beaten by their women as they are often afraid to talk about this. 3. The Marriage Act still says man “owns” woman or woman is property of man. A member who is part of the legal fraternity advised that there is now a Violence Protection Act in place that can be used for a protection order to keep a man a certain distance away from a woman who feels threatened by him. 4.It was noted by a member that there were many single mothers in the Federation and when a child is sick most often the mother would have to be away from work but there is no allowance for leave to cover this. For the mother to get time off to take care of her child the doctor had to lie or the mother would not get paid for the time off. Dr. Walwyn advised that this situation was being discussed. 5.Sensitization of young girls to avoid physical contact and the matter of corporal punishment in schools was being discussed. The Club Member from the legal fraternity advised that there is a new Education Act that deals with corporal punishment that provides for one designated punisher. 6.In addition to what is happening at the national level, representatives of the local group are discussing these initiatives at the international level, communicating and working with their counterparts in other countries. 7.There have been changes in gay and lesbian rights at the international level, however in the SKN situation this has to be looked at in relation to what can be tolerated in the local society. Discussion on this area has been placed on the backburner for now. 8.Equal pay for men and women was being examined. Presently, what a man earns in one year it takes a woman one year and three months to earn. One of the reasons is that women usually accept salary given while men tend to negotiate for higher pay. This is an international situation. There is a claim about maternity leave being given to women while men have to work all the time and work their way up that is an argument being put forward against equal pay. 9.Women are not out-pacing men in institutions, schools, etc. they are just catching up with men. A recent development is that many of the local banks have women managers. 10.Although the legislation asks for 33% of parliamentary representatives to be women some women have not wanted to become involved because the environment is not right for this. Dr. Christine Walwyn is the President of Walwyn Consulting, an Events Planning and Strategic Marketing Company. Past President of the RCL, Clive Bacchus presented the vote of thanks on behalf of the Club while Secretary, Carol Phillips, journeyed to Dr. Walwyn’s office a few days later to present her with one of the RCL’s 10th Anniversary Celebratory pins in appreciation of her taking the time to make the presentation to Club Members.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 06TH 2014 16 NEWS We have talent in our country I believe that most of us already know that we have an abundance of talent in our country. I have been privileged to attend over the last two weekends three functions, where talent was exhibited in various genres. My first encounter was with the St Kitts Rising Stars Acappella Boys, who performed at the Requiem Service held in the Parish of St. Pauls at the Anglican Church. They were a joy to listen to. As I listened to their performance, I thought to myself, ‘all is not lost’. These boys it seems to me, are between the ages of 10 – 13 years. I congratulate them for their renditions and the blending of their voices is something to look forward to when they next perform. On Sunday June 1, again I was fortunate to attend another wonderful performance which was at the Wesley Methodist Church, on Seaton Street, in Basseterre. This time it was the “Sunbeam Children’s Choir”. Their concert was divided into three segments – Hymns, Negro Spirituals and Caribbean/Gospel Songs. These children are between the ages of 5 – 13 years. Again, I felt good at the conclusion of their performance. I guess these children reminded me of the days when my children took part in church and school functions. These children are our future leaders, entertainers, and who knows what they will become? We just have to lift them up in prayer and support their efforts. We also have to congratulate those leaders who train our young people. We should also lift them up in prayer, so that the Lord may give them the wisdom and patience to teach the children. The last, but not least of the functions I attended was at the St George’s Anglican Church on Monday night where our very own Mr Ian Hodge was in concert with the St George’s Anglican Choir. That too was a lovely, concert. If you missed it – you missed a lot. It was so good. Mr Hodge did a fantastic job. Other persons taking part that evening were Ms Pauine Herbert, and Mrs Pearline Elmes soprano singers and the choir of the St George’s Anglican Church.. The talent displayed by the accompanists, Rev Jeremy Francis, Dr Caroline Lawrence, Dr Louisa Lawrence, Mr Christian Nathaniel and Lady Hulda Lawrence was beautiful. What a night, it was talent all around. So tell me, don’t you think that they all deserve our Congratulations, to all who made these events the success that it was? I think so and accordingly they deserve another round of applause. I feel blessed to have been present at these performances and would say to each and everyone Congratulations and keep up the good work. Keiran King: The Dying Art of Watching Cricket Keiran King, Gleaner ColumnistThe world’s No. 1 sport takes centre stage next week in Brazil, but No. 2 only relinquished it last week in Bangalore. The Indian Premier League ended on Sunday, and the maharajah of cricket tournaments again brought the largest stars, crowds, brands and pay cheques in the game. A host of imitators have sprouted across the former British Empire, including our Caribbean Premier League, hoping to capitalise on the novelty appeal of three-hour fixtures. Today’s top talent, like Chris Gayle, criss-cross the globe from one domestic T20 league to the next, racking up salaries inconceivable to the stars of even a decade ago, like Brian Lara. To the casual observer, the game of cricket is doing very, very well, thanks for asking. Lost somewhere at the back of this noisy, glitzy, profitable parade is the elderly grandfather of the game — Test cricket. The five-day original is hopelessly anachronistic in an age of television, Twitter and twentyover matches. On international tours, two or three Tests are thrown in seemingly out of habit or obligation, with audience and players slogging through it like vegetables at dinner, anxious for ODI meat and T20 dessert. But this is no elegy for white flannel. Test cricket’s obituary has been in constant rewrite ever since its birth in Australia in the 1880s. In truth, the money now flooding the pitch is as much tonic as toxin for the long-form game, subsidising empty stadiums and leisurely play. The real lament is for what happens beyond the boundary rope, in the stands. The art of watching cricket is dying. That might sound silly, with record turnouts everywhere from Sabina Park, Kingston, to Sahara Park, Cape Town, and a satellite audience that keeps growing. But the Faustian bonanza of T20 attendance has been a trade of quality for quantity, and in the exchange much has been lost. For openers, the average patron at a Twenty20 match doesn’t have a clue what’s going on. Every sport has its quirks and corners known only to the initiated, like the offside rule in football or club selection in golf. But cricket is nigh impenetrable to an amateur, stuffed to high heaven with English jargon. A leg-spin specialist can come around the wicket from the north end and bowl a short delivery on the offside, which the one-down batsman latecuts between second slip and gully, beating third man for four, marked down as five runs because it was a no-ball. That’s a routine moment, but one lost on most who find themselves at the stadium nowadays. A crash course in positions and principles is just the beginning, however. Twenty20 feels like a carnival — not the opulent samba of Brazil or iridescent soca of Trinidad but the generic, crassly manufactured Jamaica Carnival. The gameplay amounts to the cricketing equivalent of a home run derby, so to juice the excitement, organisers provide a smorgasbord of cheerleaders, giveaways, pyrotechnics and noisy distractions from the actual match. The effect, from the bleachers, is a lot of sound and fury, signifying nothing. This is anathema to true cricket-watching, whose rhythm is minutes and perhaps hours of restless quiet, sharply punctuated by the crack of the bat, the cartwheel of the stump, the roar of the crowd. The echo of these sounds live inside you forever — any diehard fan has only to close her eyes and hear them, and suddenly a whole innings rushes back in glorious synesthesia. Those who attend Test cricket are a dysfunctional family, joined in the certain knowledge that we have to live with each other for the better part of five days. The morning drunk, issuing mellifluous, superfluous coaching advice as he traverses the walkways, is treated with a respect he finds nowhere else in life. The legendary ex-player finds himself subject to diatribes and open disregard for his achievements. This egalitarianism is promoted by the architecture — rows and rows of identical seats — a levelling of the playing field outside the playing field. But it takes time to seep into your bones. Cricket has never been about cricket. To watch the game was to subsume oneself in the fabric of West Indian life — to see complete strangers break bread, best friends break apart, and grown men break down. It was about waiting and waiting and waiting for what you want, and sometimes not getting it. The modern game, all wham-bam-Spidercam, is about cheap instant gratification. That’s why Test matches may survive yet. Sooner or later, everyone wants their life — and their cricket — to mean something. Arrest Made In Domestic Shooting IncidentFollowing the investigation into the shooting of Shawn “Fisherman” Chatram of Stoney Grove, which occurred on Wednesday 28th May 2014, the Violent Crime Unit (VCU) in Nevis has formally arrested and charged his 24 year old son, Kunkarran Chatram of Stoney Grove of the victim for the offence of Attempted Murder. This matter is one of serious concern to Commissioner C G Walwyn and other members of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force, and all the law abiding and civic minded persons in our community. Therefore, Commissioner C G Walwyn takes this opportunity to encourage both juvenile and adult children living with their parents to humble themselves and respect the authority of their parents, and also to encourage parents to be good role models to their children and give them the proper nurturing and training that are required to harness in the minds of the children that they ought to be law abiding citizens and have respect for themselves and to be good and productive citizens of the country.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 06TH 2014 17 COMMENTARY Dear Reader, May 5th, 2014, dawned with the sun in all its fiery glory as if it was daring us to come out and march to really show our solidarity with the Labour Movement.In daring us to march, it was as if it was compelling us to send a special message to our detractors that we have FULL CONFIDENCE in our Party and its Leaders, who, with our support, defied the odds and survived a horrid 2013. To march in such hot sun was testimony to the fact that we were faithful disciples of Labour and that no weapon formed against us shall ever prevail; that no treachery, no deception, no selling of their souls in order to overthrow our 82 year old organization will ever be successful, for we know who we are, we know from whence we came, and that we are not afraid and ashamed of our social history. A history that is filled with struggle and sacrifice. Bearing all these historical social factors in mind, 2014 witnessed the most massive Labour Day march ever demonstrated in the history of the Labour Movement, since the inception of that event in 1955.It was a first in many respects. It was the very first time that we had full participation by our sisters and brothers from the Sister Isle of Nevis.It was the very first time that we laid wreaths on the tomb of Comrade Charles Mills, who represented the Party in Constituency #6. It was the very first time that the March started out with so many supporters. It was the very first time that so many youths showed their connection to the party and the Labour Movement. It was the very first time that so many supporters redded (my word) up the place like that. It was the very first time that we had young bicycle riders sporting their red shirts, leading the march. It was the very first time that we witnessed so many persons on the side of the road expressing their solidarity by decking themselves in red outfits cheering us on as we marched. It was the very first time that we saw little children whose parents were afraid to wear their red because of where they worked in down town Basseterre, holding on to their hands, decked out in their red outfits. It was the very first time that we had so many bands in the March. The organizers must have felt the pulse of the supporters for them to provide that kind of entertainment. THE DETRACTORS TRIED TO DILUTE THE SHOCK WAVES OF THE IMPACT OF THE MARCH, SAYING THAT IT WAS MORE OF A CARNIVAL THAN A MARCH.WHY SHOULD OUR MARCH REPRESENT A DEAD EVENT? IT IS A CELEBRATION AND IT MUST BE CELEBRATED WEST INDIAN STYLE. People are leaving the traditional churches because the service is too dead, so, why should we subject our young and energetic supporters to any dead event, eh, dear reader? It was cause for rejoicing because IT IS A WORKERS’ DAY TO CELEBRATE THE CONTRIBUTION WE HAVE MADE TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE WORLD ECONOMY. IT WAS CAUSE FOR REJOICING BECAUSE WE OVERCAME THE GREATEST THREAT TO THE SURVIVAL OF OUR GREAT LABOUR ORGANIZATION, TSUNAMI TIMOTHY HARRIS AND SAM CONDOR. It was the very first time that supporters presented themselves in troupes, gaily decked out in the colour RED. It was the first time that we witnessed such a bamancoo, (no, no, I have to look for a more decent word) enormous horde of people marching together with so much enthusiasm. It was as if these people came out to send a message to some person or persons. There are those detractors, who claim that the march was predominantly made up of little children, but little children have parents and, the years are flitting by so rapidly that, before you snap your fingers, those same children would become eligible to vote. It also shows that Labour would never go under because it has a base. It will always have off shoots. The same cannot be said about those who are trying to oppose Labour. One can easily say that Labour has promise. Labour has a bright future ahead of it especially with the discovery of the Springtime Crew. Any leader who has that kind of support shown to him, has demonstrated his ability, capability, cunning, competence and FULL CONFIDENCE in his people and they in him. If this march was so powerfully displayed for the detractors to witness, it would be left to the imagination to visualize the support that would be given to the 82nd Conference of the party. Over ten thousand enthusiastic supporters participating in the march plus another six or seven thousand who lined the sidewalks, Green Lands Pasture and the Springfield Cemetery decked in their bright red lending and blending their support. But, Dear Reader, The Marriott Hotel cannot accommodate the amount of persons in the march, but it did accommodate over one thousand persons, which is another record and oh, what an impressive Conference it was? I attended the Conference and was unaware of some of my friends who attended. The place was crammed and the attendees were filled with purpose. You could feel the pulse of the people. They are really ready. The early session saw the attendees glued to their seats as speaker after speaker came to the podium and brought their fraternal Greetings. The Comrade from Antigua came to convey fraternal greetings from the sister Labour Party but this greeting almost ended up as the featured speech, keeping every one glued to their seats. Poesy Southwell, Comrade CA Paul South well’s, son came and gave his remarks, rebuking the enemies of his departed father for laying wreaths upon his grave. Those who abused his father calling him alien while he struggled for the improvement of the unrepresented people of the Federation. The actions of the detractors were treacherous acts of deception. They have already betrayed the high ideals for which these heroic and dedicated men stood; they have joined forces with those who vilified them in life and they have now come to mock them by placing wreaths on their tombs. He ended his presentation with a little song which some of us know very well and readily joined in. Lunch time was long overdue; the Senior Citizens and the Diabetics were unaware that they were hungry and that they should eat, they were so absorbed in the speeches. When ushers came around informing them that it was time to eat lunch, they sat glued to their seats waiting the commencement of the speeches by the three Springtime Crew. After taking their Oath of Allegiance to the Party, they came to the podium one by one. Khonris Maynard of Constituency #3 batted first and, what an opening bat he was. The supporters could detect the sincerity in the young representative’s voice. The horror he felt at the Treachery and the Sell out of a constituency which has been a stronghold of Labour from time immemorial. All the attendees could not help but bond with the comrade when he assured the gathering that he would work tirelessly and unwaveringly to retain the constituency for Labour. Khonris was followed by Dr. Vance Gilbert whose presentation was based on the Motto of the Party, “For the good that we can do.” He started with a story which related to his theme, pointing out that when you do good you cannot go wrong, The aftermath of your Goodness must manifest itself down the road or at sometime and the reason why Labour would always be alive and strong at all times is because it has always provided golden opportunities for those who had no chance whatsoever of ever imagining that they could ever achieve their lifelong ambitions, their lifelong dreams bearing fruit or being realized. Labour gives everyone a chance to be whatever they want to be in life. Only Labour could provide that kind of environment. Two wonderful and praiseworthy presentations which went down very well and were applauded greatly by the supporters in the hall, but there is some kind of magical current which Dr. Drew gives off to the people. Perhaps it is because of his social history, why he connects so easily and readily with people. He spoke from his guts. The decision he had to make when he heard about the treachery inflicted by Timothy and Sam. This decision did not take him long to arrive at. He was in Texas specializing in his field and, in analyzing the situation; he realized that he could not have been where he is, if others did not make sacrifices, so he decided to repay those who had sacrificed so much, by accepting the opportunity to represent the people of constituency #8. There were two diseased branches which were sucking the tree and the tree was experiencing winter time. It was not such a severe winter; he would call it a period of hibernation because the tree is now stronger and healthier. The two branches have been cut off and the tree is now experiencing Spring Time, A Rebirth. The Party is now stronger, bigger and Ready for the next General Elections. He gave hope to the young people of the country that he will work assiduously (showing great care and perseverance) in their interest. He gave this hope by reminding his audience that he is the product of a teen aged mother and it was through the policies of the Labour Party why he was afforded the opportunity to advance himself. He will ensure that that same kind of opportunity is provided for them, because it is only the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party which provides opportunities for the children of the ordinary people. When PAM provided houses for the people, they only provided 250 houses in 15 years and they were made from fish pot wire and cement. These structures could not withstand any wind. That is what they think we deserved. In the same period, Labour built over 4000 well built houses, distributed lands, gave scholarships for ordinary people’s children to become Medical Doctors, Engineers, Dentists, Nurses, Specialists. The Prime Minister ended the Public Session with his usual contribution urging the supporters to be ready because the gong of the bell could be sounded at anytime now. It was a masterful first session of the Conference and it was quite evident that the people are enthused. The Party is stronger, the membership has grown tremendously, and the young people have been streaming aboard the Labour ship in droves. Over 50% (fifty percent) of the delegates were young people. If this trend continues, soon, there will be no room for supporters like me, but I will feel very good rocking in my chair, knowing that the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party is in safe, competent, capable and loyal hands. Dear Reader, if my grandmother was alive, she would have pointed out that nothing bad ever happens in life. BECAUSE OF THE TREACHERY OF SAM AND TIMOTHY, THE LABOUR PARTY IS NOW STRONGER, BIGGER, MORE UNITED AND READY THAN AT ANY TIME IN ITS 82 YEAR OLD HISTORY. Because of the treachery of Sam and Timothy, she would also have pointed out that “The death of a whelk (wilkes) is the promotion of a soldier crab.” When we eat a whelk, we throw away the shell. That shell now becomes the home of the soldier crab. IF TIMOTHY AND SAM DID NOT SHOW THEIR TRUE COLOURS, WE WOULD NOT HAVE DETECTED THE GREAT NATURAL TALENTS OF THE SPRINGTIME CREW. We now have three loyal and dedicated young men who will not betray us. These are young men who cannot be bought or sold and who will stand for the cause, though What A 2014 Party Conference?


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 06TH 2014 18 NEWS -Development Bank Staff Hold Successful Fun Day that were present, and ended up being an all female affair. With only one ball at hand, Security Officer, Ms Tishari Hobson had a great time with her daughter and a friend of her daughter as they dodged the boys who attempted to take the ball from them. The next competitive game was the Mississippi that attracted a large section of women employees and their friends. It was indeed quite competitive and at one time left the energetic Ms Jasmin Primus flat on her back. It was Ms Natasha Sutton who reached the furthest stage to be adjudged the winner. In dominoes the pair of Mr Lenworth Harris and Ms Ercelle Bernier licked the opposition hands down. They floored the teams of Mr Laurinston Matthew and Ms Tamara Herbert; Ms Roviane Taylor and Mr Patrice Ward; and Ms Kenisha Davis and Mr Robert Haynes (a guest). Focus turned to the track with the first line-up in the lime and spoon competition with Ms Veronica Boddie as the starter. In the competition were Ms Zi Joseph (a guest), Ms Kristyl Bristol, Ms Laprisca Liburd, Ms Tiffany Saunders and Ms Jasmin Primus. Some arrived at the finish line without the lime. It was won by Ms Zi Joseph. The second round of lime and spoon race had Ms Jamela Warner as the starter, and taking part were Ms Kimberly Phipps (a guest), Ms Veronica Boddie, Ms Roviane Taylor, Ms Ingrid Phipps and Ms Laprisca Liburd. The winner was Ms Veronica Boddie. An entertaining three-legged race that was flagged off by Ms Veronica Boddie saw in action the pairs of Ms Kenja Morton-Davis and Ms Gizelle Williams (Blue House), Ms Kristyl Bristol and Ms Jamela Warner (Orange House), Ms Tiffany Saunders and Ms Jasmin Primus (Green House), Ms Laprisca Liburd and Ms Destiny Williams (Red House), and guests Miss Brittany Esdaille and Miss Tia Thomas. It was won by Red House. The last event and the most hotly contested was a three stage relay that went for nearly a 100 meters stretch. In place of batons they used empty water bottles. With four houses in action, Blue House was represented by Ms Kenja Morton-Davis, Miss Janique Queeley (a guest) and Ms Gizelle Williams running the anchor leg. Green House was represented by Ms Tiffany Saunders, Ms Nadia Francis, and Ms Jasmin Primus who ran the anchor leg. There was however confusion because at the end of the race, Red House team of Ms Destiny Williams, Miss Tia Thomas (guest) and anchor leg runner Ms Laprisca Liburd claimed victory. As if that was not enough, the Orange House team of Ms Kristyl Bristol, Ms Veronica Boddie and anchor leg runner Ms Jamela Warner also claimed victory. With neither judges nor a camera at the end of the race, the results of that race which came to an end at 6:30 pm still hang in the balance. They are off: 1st lime and spoon race from left: Starter Veronica Boddie, Zi Joseph, Kristyl Bristol, Laprisca Liburd, hidden is Tiffany Saunders, and Jasmine Primus. Playing Mississippi: Eventual winner, Natasha Sutton is in the loop to the right wearing a stripped top. Start of the three-legged race. From left, Veronica Boddie (starter), Kaleigh Kelly (bystander), Kenja Morton-Davis and Gizelle Williams, Kristyl Bristol and Jamela Warner, Tiffany Saunders and Jasmin Primus, Laprisca Liburd and Destiny Williams, and guests Tia Thomas and Brittany Esdaille.BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS — Curtains came down spectacularly for Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis 33rd Anniversary celebrations with a fun day for staff, their families and friends, that was held on Saturday May 31 on the green pasture at Frigate Bay in Basseterre. As Ms Danienne Brin, the bank’s Manager for Human Resource, Marketing and Product Development had predicted, it was a full-house event where staff members, their families and friends mingled with each other; there was plenty of food and drinks; there was music and there were games where they played real hard. The members of staff including those from the Nevis branch office were divided into four houses; Green, Red, Orange, and Blue. However missing was the tug of war which proved to be the highlight of the last fun day that was held in 2010. Present were a sprinkling of proud parents (of staff members), siblings and children of staff members, including at least three babies under age one.Cricket was the game of choice having been played at various levels from as early as 11 am to as late as 7 pm, where a former national cricketer and presently the General Manager of the Bank Mr Lenworth Harris had a whale of a time. He also excelled at dominoes. In the early stages a group of expatriates was using the same field to play baseball and as a result cricket was restricted to a ‘net’ session training with two crates of drinks acting as the wicket. It was quite an interesting exercise and most of the staff and their friends took part. When the expatriates vacated the field, a proper seven a side five overs competition ensued with two teams, one captained by Ms Ercelle Bernier that had Mr Lenworth Harris, Ms Jasmin Primus, Ms Natasha Sutton, Ms Demella Dalton and guests, faced the team captained by Ms Sasha Liburd that had Mrs Jean Alecendor-Browne, Ms Nadia Francis, Mr Cloville Morton, Mr Tyron Jeffers, Mr Clyde Williams and guests. The Sasha Liburd team batted first and were all out for 39. Chasing 40 runs to win, the Ercelle Bernier team only lost two wickets and therefore convincingly won by five wickets. After the tournament, Mr David Fox was back on the field with a group of youngsters and they played until it was dark. Football did not inspire those Dominoes: Lenworth Harris (left) pairing with Ercelle Bernier (back to camera right), playing against Laurinston Matthew (facing camera right) and Tamara Herbert (back to camera left). Looking on are Shavon Douglas (standing) and Kenja Morton-Davis. Jason “Peewee” Liddie captured There was a warrant in existence for the arrest of Jason Liddie alias “Peewee” of Haynes Smith Village, West Basseterre for house breaking and larceny, which was committed on 26th, May 2014. He turned himself in to the Basseterre Police Station on Wednesday, 4th June 2014 about 12:30pm. The 23 year old young man was accompanied by his girlfriend.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 06TH 2014 19 NEWS -Nevis Primary Schools Cop Top Positions In St. Kitts Bottling Company Ltd. Art Contest NIA CHARLETOWN NEVIS – The Charlestown Primary (CPS), St. Thomas Primary (STP) and the Joycelyn Primary Schools on Nevis captured the first, second and third place respectively in the St. Kitts Bottling Company Ltd. art competition from a field of 13 primary schools. Eight of those competing schools were from Nevis. The contest was named ‘Unlocking the Creativity in me’. The winners were presented with the monetary prizes for their schools at a ceremony at the TDC conference room at Pinney’s Industrial Site on May 29, 2014. Kaylan Williams of the CPS was awarded EC$1,000, Tershean Wilkinson of the STPS EC$800 and Destiny Lowe of the JLP EC$500. The students had earlier been presented with an iPad and sodas while their schools received a consignment of sodas. Principal Education Officer in the Department of Education Mrs Palsy Wilkin who was present at the brief ceremony, explained the importance of the art competition to the artistic development of the students. “This competition has really unlocked the creativity in them while at the same time brining awareness to the Sparkle products bottled by the St. Kitts Bottling Company. It has indeed been a partnership. “I particularly like the aspect of the competition where the student had to describe his or her project of art and explain what it meant to them. This enhances the integrated approach which we tried to use in our teaching using the oral, visual and the kinaesthetic or the tactile. Once again I wish to say thank you very much and we look forward for strengthened and continued partnership,” she said. Mrs Wilkin congratulated the participating schools and the winning schools on their achievement and thanked the St. Kitts Bottling Company Ltd, TDC Ltd and Sparkle for hosting the art competition. “On behalf of the Ministry and the Department of Education, I want to congratulate the winning schools the Charlestown Primary School, St. Thomas Primary and the Joycelyn Liburd Primary… I also want to congratulate and commend the other schools which took part in the competition, the St. James Primary School, the Maude Crosse Preparatory, the Nevis Academy and the Elizabeth Pemberton Primary, we do commend you on your efforts for making it to the competition. ‘To the representatives of the St. Kitts Bottling Company, Sparkle and TDC the distributors here in Nevis, we are indeed happy to have partnered with you and I want to express our profound thanks and appreciation to you for partnering with us in providing the avenue through which our students have revealed their artistic talents which we do know that they have,” she said. Meantime, while delivering brief remarks, Operations Manager of St. Kitts Bottling Company Ltd. Anthony Sutton gave a background of the new competition and stated that the company planned to make the art competition an annual event. “We are planning around or after Independence next year, to have that [art contest] coming up because we recognise that we were having some challenges working out which is the best time of the school year to try to incorporate this. “We had some delays but we are fine-tuning it now and we hope that we could be firing on all cylinders in time to come so…I am looking forward for bigger and better things to come,” he said. St Thomas Primary School Teacher Representative Trish Griffin, thanked the Bottling Company for its donation and for allowing the students to express themselves through art. “On behalf of the St. Thomas Primary School, the staff and the students, we would like to thank the St. Kitts Bottling Company for their generous donation. We plan to put it to good use to continue to encourage our children to express their creativity through different ways. Once again thank you,’ she said. The winners for the secondary school level of the art competition were the Basseterre High school in first place, the Washington Archibald High School second and the Verchilds High School won third place. (l-r) Kaylan William and teacher Renee Anthony of the Charlestown Primary School, second place winner Tershean Wilkinson and teacher Trish Griffin of the St. Thomas Primary School, Destiny Lowe and teacher Cleanda Roberts of the Joycelyn Liburd Primary School at a brief ceremony hosted on May 29, 2014 at the TDC conference room located at Pinney’s Estate Principal Education Officer in the Department of Education Mrs Palsy Wilkin at a brief ceremony hosted on May 29, 2014 at the TDC conference room located at Pinney’s Estate Anthony Sutton Operations Manager of St. Kitts Bottling Company at a brief ceremony hosted on May 29, 2014 at the TDC conference room located at Pinney’s Estate Principal Education Officer in the Department of Education Mrs Palsy Wilkin at a brief ceremony hosted on May 29, 2014 at the TDC conference room located at Pinney’s Estate ST. KITTS AND NEVIS TO PILOT REGIONAL YOUTH SECURITY PROGRAMME of Social Development, (Culture and Gender Affairs) and NonGovernmental Organizations in initiatives to build character and resilience in at risk skills,” she said. “We have also facilitated good practices for dealing with youth gangs and supported life skills development for youths who are desirous of exiting a life of crime.” Gary Da Silva, Spanish Representative uttered remarks of praise and stressed that “this could not come at a better time as this year marks the 15th anniversary of the relations between Spain and CARICOM.” “It is an excellent opportunity to highlight the long standing commitment of Spain to St. Kitts and Nevis and the region,” he said. “I am glad to share with you that the commitment of Spain with different spheres of the development of St. Kitts and Nevis and this region is strong and will continue over the years. Through the CARICOM paid joint fund agreement approximately US $436 million was made available to pilot this project and would be funded by the Government of Spain. Other countries undertaking this project includes Antigua and Barbuda, Jamaica, St. Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago. The project targets at risk youth 10-29 years old and is expected to contribute to a reduction in the incidence of youth on youth violence in selected schools and communities in which it will be piloted. Basseterre, St. Kitts, June 05, 2014 (SKNIS): An eighteen month programme which targets the safety of youth in schools and communities is a new initiative between the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis. At a recently held National Consultation and Launch of the CARICOM – Spain Citizen Security Project, Ionie LiburdWillet, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Information, welcomed the initiative and spoke on the issue of youth violence. “We are aware of the fact that predisposing factors for crime and violence among youth includes alienation, social exclusion, unemployment, poverty, marginalization, school drop outs and at risk families,” she said. “All of these are associated with the increasing potential for children and young people to be recruited by or in some cases voluntarily join violent youth gangs.” Willet stressed that having such a programme in place is vital. “This National Consultation is important to everyone, as youth on youth violence is a subject of top priority for us in the Federation,” she explained. “The project will provide requisite research findings to improve our knowledge of the effects and impact of life skills and entrepreneurial programmes.” Beverly Reynolds, Programme Manager for Human and Social Development at the CARICOM Secretariat, also praised the initiative, stating that it would help to advance the development and well-being of the young people in St. Kitts and Nevis. She further stated what CARICOM has done so far where youths are concerned. “We (CARICOM) have over the past four years, under the Caribbean Social Development Crime Prevention Action Plan worked closely with the Ministry of National Security, The Ministry


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 06TH 2014 20 NEWS BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, JUNE 4TH 2014 (CUOPM) – As the 47th Anniversary of the failed attempt by the People’s Action Movement (PAM) approaches, it must be noted that if the dynamites had exploded at Camp Springfield on June 10, 1967, everybody in Fry’s Village, half of the people in Greenlands would have been killed. Mr. Dwyer Astaphan, then Minister of National Security in 2005, noted that La Guerite and St. Johnston Village would have disappeared “and if these people had gotten their way, not one police officer in Basseterre would have been alive that morning.” He also stated that with the exploding of the Shell bulk tanks, the whole of Basseterre would have been decimated as most of the homes in 1967 were made of wood. CARICOM and Commonwealth observers who came to monitor the elections, said the results reflected the will of the people of the country,” said Astaphan, a third term Parliamentarian, who warned: “Anyone who is contemplating any kind of treasonous or distabilising type of activity will have to understand that the consequences will be grave.” “I remember the fore day morning of the 10th June 1967 as if it happened this morning. I will never forget it. I was at the Factory Social Centre at a dance sitting down at a bar with Poesy Southwell, son of the late Paul Southwell, Elmo Osborne, Cardigan Dickenson and others,” recalled Astaphan, who said he was 19 years at the time. Astaphan read selected paragraphs of a book, published party of armed men from Anguilla landed in St. Kitts. They had two principle objectives which were inter related. Firstly, the defense of the Anguilla Revolution. Secondly, the overthrow of the Government of Premier Robert Bradshaw and the installation of a government sympathetic to the Anguillian cause,’ he quoted from the first paragraph. The second paragraph read: ‘The notion of attacking St. Kitts was the brainchild of Ronald Webster and a prominent Kittitian. Atlin Harrigan, one of the leaders of the Anguilla Revolution advised Webster that he was making a mistake but Webster strongly believed that Bradshaw’s Government could have been toppled by armed force. He was misled by political personalities in St. Kitts into believing that a majority of Kittitians were prepared to take up arms the Government. This illusion compelled him to join forces with Bradshaw’s political enemy in St. Kitts in an effort to oust Bradshaw.’ Another paragraph read: ‘The plan for toppling the Government included the destruction of the Defense Force Camp, the capture of Police Headquarters and the destruction of the Power Station, all located in the St. Kitts capital of Basseterre. In addition, the Revenue Cutter (Customs Launch) was to be captured and the men taken prisoner. A crucial aspect of the plan called for the destruction of the island’s fuel depot situated in Eastern Basseterre. The intention was to set the gasoline tanks on fire and cause the police, the Fire Brigade and the people of Basseterre to concentrate all their efforts and resources on preventing a major catastrophe. The situation it was felt would have left Basseterre unprotected thus making it easier for the Anguillians to occupy and control it. Premier Bradshaw was to be captured alive and brought to Anguilla and Reuben Gumbs, better know as Rubie was to go on the government owned Radio Station ZIZ in St. Kitts and announce that a prominent Kittitian was the new Premier.’ Dwyer Astaphan read another excerpt from the book which indicated that the boat which left Anguilla for St. Kitts on June 9th 1967 had on board ‘two machine guns, two submachine guns, four M1 rifles, four carbines, six .25 pistols, three .32 pistols, thirty .6 rifles and six 303 rifles, teargas, teargas guns, masks, a pretty fair amount of dynamite and detonators and the Anguillians took along extra guns and ammunition to give to their Kittitian counterparts.’ Another paragraph said that the People’s Action Movement collaborators in St. Kitts gave the impression, ‘we were going to meet half of St. Kitts there waiting on us to help them fight, but nothing like that took place. That’s the impression that we left Anguilla with, but when we got to St. Kitts, there was no evidence of local support.’ ‘The attackers at the Defense Force camp hurriedly make for its destruction when one of the leaders of the coup, a Kittitian, who transported the men to the camp, on loading the battery for igniting the dynamite, exclaimed, ‘Lord too many innocent souls going dead. This angered one of the American mercenaries who wanted to shoot him for waiting until the plan attack had been underway to express such sentiments.’ ‘Exploding gun shots tripped out four electrical circuits and plunged the whole of western Basseterre into darkness. The explosives had awakened Neville Hancock, the assistant Engineer, who lived in a house next to the power station. Hancock became alarmed when he noticed that the light on his verandah was off. Then he discovered that the power station was in darkness and took up a flash light and went to investigate. Once he reached inside the building, he headed towards the switch board, where a shot was fired at him. Thinking that was it was a Defense Force guard, he shouted, ‘don’t shoot. It’s me Hancock.’ A second shot caused Hancock to take to heel and on the dash to his house, he met the Defense Force guard, Smeye, who ran with him. One of Smeye’s arms was bleeding.’ Dwyer Astaphan told the nation that the plot which involved the People’s Action Movement was to shoot down the country, not just Bradshaw’s Government. “The explosives at Camp Springfield would have killed everybody in Fry’s Village, half of the people in Greenlands including the home where the present leader of PAM in laws live; Government House would have been blown up, half of Springfield would have been desecrated, La Guerite and St. Johnston Village would have disappeared and if these people had gotten their way, not one police officer in Basseterre would have been alive that morning,” said Astaphan, who added that by exploding the Shell bulk the whole of Basseterre would have been decimated as most of the home in 1967 were made of wood. “Pond’s Pasture, Pond’s Extension, New Town, Irish Town, Mc Knight, all of Basseterre would have been flattened and 90 percent of the people killed,” pointed out Minister Astaphan. “They decided that if the people are not going to give him power by the ballot, he will take power by the bullet. Madam Speaker, I am speaking about people and an organisation, who and which have utter contempt and disregard for law and propriety, utter disregard and contempt for democracy and for people and humanity and for God,” said Mr. Astaphan. He asked the National Assembly to “remember and never forget the 10th of June 1967.” Coincidently the Democrat, mouthpiece of the People’s Action Movement is also asking its readers not to forget that date. Dwyer Astaphan: “The whole of Basseterre would have have been decimated and thousands of persons killed in PAM’s June 10, 1967 attempted coup Photo of the back page of the Democrat newspaper of June 10, 1967 declaring June 12, 1967 “Freedom Day” in anticipation of the successful June 10th coup attempt Speaking in the National Assembly on June 9th 2005, Mr. Astaphan called on the people of the Federation to be “on their guard” on the eve of the 38th anniversary of the armed invasion of St. Kitts and the failed attempt to overthrow the lawfully elected Labour Party Administration of Premier the Hon. Robert L. Bradshaw on June 10, 1967. Mr. Astaphan pointed out that the People’s Action Movement, formed in 1965, was involved in the conspiracy to overthrow the Labour Government several months after its defeat in the General Election on July 25th 1966. The Democrat newspaper official mouthpiece of the People’s Action Movement (PAM) in its June 10th 1967 edition in anticipation of the successful coup attempt had declared Monday 12th May 1967, “Freedom Day.” Mr. Astaphan said then: “Madame Speaker, I want to issue a word of caution to the people of this country. Be on your guard. And I mean all the people of this country, St. Kitts and Nevis, because if St. Kitts sneezes, Nevis is going to catch a cold and if Nevis sneezes, St. Kitts is going to catch a cold. We are talking about a people, whose traditions are steeped in lawlessness and spoil bratishness and disrespect and take up what they want by not waiting for the time to get it,” Astaphan told the lawmaking body. “Madame Speaker, I am cautioning all of us; the police officers, the Defense Force, all of the people of this country who are the observers of peace,” said the Minister of National Security, who noted that a General Election was held six months ago in October 2004. “People want to challenge some of the results, that is their right. TheMr. Dwyer Astaphanby prominent Anguillian authors Colville Petty and Nat Hodge, a former Editor of The Democrat, the official organ of the People’s Action Movement, which implicated the People’s Action Movement in the failed coup attempt. He also referred to another book by the Anguilla rebel leader and former Chief Minister, Mr. Ronald Webster. The book by Petty and Hodge is entitled: “Anguilla’s Battle for Freedom 1967 copyrighted by PetNat Publishing Company Limited and printed in 1987. ‘On Saturday the 10th of June 1967, a


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 06TH 2014 21 SPORTS CHARLESTOWN, NEVIS — Chasing for the Leeward Islands Masters Cricket Tournament trophy, St. Kitts team is travelling to sister island, Nevis, on Thursday June 5 determined to wrestle the championship that was snatched by Nevis when the tournament was held in St. Kitts last year. Nevis who would have won the tournament more times than St. Kitts in the past are all out to retain it and are not welcoming any threats from their perennial competitor in sister island St. Kitts, but have promised that the duel will be the most friendly, because at the end of the day when all the visiting teams have gone back, they will be left in the Federation as one people. The tournament, which received a cash sponsorship from the Mr. Franklyn Daniel, President of Nevis Masters Cricket Club (right) receives sponsorship cheque from Mrs. Jean AlcendorBrowne, the Bank’s Credit Risk Management Officer in the Nevis Branch. Looking on is Mr. Leroy ‘Blackman’ Liburd, Member Management Committee. Development Bank Supports Leeward Islands Masters Cricket Tournament in Nevis Caribbean Premier League T20 to be seen in the UK and Ireland BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, (CUOPM) Cricket fans in the United Kingdom and Ireland will be able to catch up on the latest Caribbean Premier League T20 action on BT Sport. According to media reports, cricket fans will be able to tune in to BT Sport for all the action at the 2014 Caribbean Premier League T20 tournament, after the channel secured exclusive TV rights for the event in the UK and Ireland. Former England off-spinner and Ashes winner Graeme Swann are set to form part of the commentary team for the event, which is considered one of the most exciting T20 tournaments in the world. Fans of the sport will be able to stay up to date with the latest goings on at the sporting event, where they can watch fellow exEngland international Kevin Pietersen play for the St. Lucia Zouks, as well as Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo and Chris Gayle, who will also compete. Live coverage on BT Sport 2 will commence on 11 July at 19:00 BST, where the opening clash between Amazon Warriors and Hawksbills in Grenada will be shown. The tournament sees six teams from eight Caribbean countries go head-to-head in eight venues across Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, Trinidad, Guyana, Barbados, Antigua and Grenada. Grant Best, Senior Executive Channel Producer at BT Sport, said: “We are delighted to continue enhancing and expanding our multi-sport line-up by bringing fans not only one of the most exciting cricket tournaments globally, but also the eagerly awaited return to the crease of Kevin Pietersen.” St. Kitts’ Warner Park stadiumDevelopment Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis, will be played from Friday June 6 to Sunday June 8 at the E.T. Willet Park in Charlestown and at the Cotton Ground Playing Field. Other teams will be coming from Antigua, St. Croix, St. Thomas, St. Maarten, and Anguilla. “Nevis Masters Cricket Club we are privileged to host the 2014 Leeward Island Masters Tournament,” said Mr. Franklyn Daniel, President of Nevis Masters Cricket Club. “The tournament is a costly venture and so in an effort to place ourselves on the platform and comfortably host this tournament we resorted in raising funds and reaching out to businesses to assist us in this venture.” Mr. Daniel made the remarks recently when he received a sponsorship cheque from Mrs. Jean Alcendor-Browne, the Bank’s Credit Risk Management Officer in the Nevis Branch on behalf of the branch manager, Ms Hyacinth Pemberton. “The Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis were on board with us last year actually and so we found it favourable to approach them again as partners,” said Mr. Daniel who was in the company of Mr. Leroy ‘Blackman’ Liburd, a member of the Member Management Committee. “We want to say a hearty thank you to the Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis for assisting us in this worthy venture coming up June 6-8, 2014 and what we are hoping to do we are hoping to give the bank as much mileage as possible.” Speaking on behalf of the bank, Mrs. Jean Alcendor-Browne, though a Nevisian and who would be tempted to support the Nevis side, as a sponsor decided to offer a middle of the road advice: “The Development Bank is pleased to be associated with the Masters Cricket Tournament and our wish is that the trophy remains in the Federation.” CRICKET-WIS/NZL-SCOREBOARD Jamaica Select XI vs New Zealand – 3rd day, Tour Match FLORENCE HALL, Jamaica – Scoreboard from the final day of the three-day, tour match between the Jamaica Select XI and the New Zealanders on Wednesday at the Trelawny Multiplex here: NEW ZEALANDERS 1st Innings 203 for nine declared JAMAICA SELECT XI 1st Innings 122 for nine declared NEW ZEALANDERS 2nd Innings (overnight 65 for seven) *P. Fulton lbw b Gordon 2 T. Latham lbw b Powell 8 H. Rutherford c G. Brown b Powell 10 C. Anderson c wkpr Miller b Gordon 0 L. Ronchi c and b Green 11 K. Williamson c Powell b Green 11 +B.J. Watling b Green 12 R. Taylor not out 55 M. Craig c Lewis b Green 11 N. Wagner b Green 0 T. Boult not out 0 Extras (b6, w4, nb2) 12 TOTAL (9 wkts decl’d, 40.3 overs) 132 Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-18, 3-22, 4-22, 5-44, 6-46, 7-62, 8-92, 9-92 Bowling: Gordon 15-3-34-2 (w3); Powell 11-4-29-2; Green 9-1-41-5 (nb2); G. Brown 3-0-12-0 (w1); Jacobs 2.3-0-10-0 JAMAICA SELECT XI 2nd Innings (target: 214) +H. Miller lbw b Southee 0 J.D. Campbell c Rutherford b Boult 2 K. Lewis lbw b Boult 0 A. McCarthy b Craig 5 *P. Palmer lbw b Wagner 52 C. Burton lbw b Craig 0 B. King c Rutherford b Craig 0 D. Green b Craig 1 J. Merchant c Sodhi b Williamson 6 +H. Miller c Anderson b Williamson 14 J.D. Campbell not out 1 Extras (b4, lb3, nb2) 9 TOTAL (all out, 32.5 overs) 90 Fall of wickets: 1-2, 2-2, 3-3, 4-20, 5-20, 6-20, 7-29, 8-43, 9-78 Bowling: Southee 8-5-4-1 (nb1); Boult 9-3-33-2; Craig 4-0-8-4 (nb1); Wagner 3.5-0-13-1; Williamson 7-1-25-2; Anderson 1-1-0-0 Result: New Zealand won by 123 runs Players-a-side: Jamaica 13, New Zealand 14 (11 bat, 11 field) Umpires: V. Smith, C. Taylor Match referee: D. Hayles Reserve umpire: R. Samuels (ENDS)


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 06TH 2014 22 NEWS FBI, CBI and the 10th of June By ScrutineerAll of a sudden, because the Douglas-led government received high marks from the IMF, all of a sudden because the same Douglas-led administration returned US$40 million to the same IMF, all of a sudden because the National Treasury is full of money, all of a sudden because the National Debt really gone ‘poof’, FBI is here, freezing local people’s million dollar bank accounts. People who are close to the Prime Minister will soon be extradited to the USA by the FBI to stand trial for money laundering and a ton rate of other international crimes and to quote a prominent doctor who quoted a former politician “some people will have to answer some hard questions soon”. And some of these people work with the IMF. The learned doctor asks, “Were they (the IMF) part of a bigger scheme of mirage and subterfuge to provide cover for some nefarious happenings in the global sphere, while propping up our political elements (I suppose he means the government) for being willing players in their schemes”? You see what tough questions this prominent doctor is putting to the IMF? You all read those words? “Scheme of mirage”. “Subterfuge”. “Nefarious”. You think it’s just medical conditions the good doctor can diagnose? No way. He can uncover global conspiracies as well. The FBI, DEA and the CIA could use someone like this. Readers, don’t you see what is happening? The 10th of June is coming. Dwyer knows that his famous 40th Anniversary interview will be replayed, and now that he is in bed with PAM, after having said the worst things imaginable about them, he has to create a distraction; cause a scatterflam so that more people pay attention to his sensational stories about the IMF and the FBI and frozen bank accounts than to the hypocritical, desperate man that he is. All kinds of great and exciting things are happening in the Federation.Regardless of the utterings by “Dutty Foot Balla” to the contrary, the economy is expected to grow by about 3%. Certain media personnel tried to tie up the IMF lady with their trick questions but she was the measure of all of them. The same Citizenship by Investment Programme that is allowing so many persons to be employed on PEP; the same Citizenship by Investment Programme that paid Double Salaries last Christmas; the same Citizenship by Investment Programme that is providing the funds for local business places to renovate and build new premises; the same Citizenship by Investment Programme that is subsidizing our electricity bills; the same Citizenship by Investment Programme that has made certain present and former PAM candidates multi-millionaires is largely responsible for this phenomenal growth in the economy. The Pre-School programme is celebrating 30 years. Ours is the model for the OECS. Our national relay team placed second to Jamaica in the 4x200m men’s relay. Almost three times a week, a big cruise ship docks at our port, and this is the off season. Civil servants and government pensioners are paid in full and on time every month. But Dwyer can’t have that. Great things are happening in spite of all everything that he has tried. He has to try to change the conversation. This man spends his waking and sleeping hours plotting all sorts of things to destroy the S.I.D.F.and bring down the lawfully elected and popular Labour Government of Prime Minister Douglas. He can’t have any one pay attention to the 10th June, 2007. He can’t have PAM and Labour supporters realize that by 2008 he was crooking everybody. He can’t have PAM recognize that he was St. Kitts and Nevis Military Participates in Tradewinds 2014 BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, (CUOPM) – Law Enforcement officers from the St. Kitts-Nevis Defence Force are among military and security forces from around the Caribbean who have joined the United States and Canada for maritime security and disaster response training. Commanding Officer of the St. Kitts-Nevis Defence Force, Lt. Col. Patrick Wallace said 10 officers from the Infantry and 8 from the Coast Guard Unit are participating in this year’s exercise. Republic June 16-25. The exercise supports the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI), a regional security partnership between CARICOM member states, the Dominican Republic, and the United States of America. Taking part in maritime training are units from the host nation, Antigua and Barbuda Defence Force (ABDF), as well as national police and coast guard units from The Bahamas, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago. Some of the participating vessels are interceptors and patrol boats provided to partner nations as part of CBSI’s “Secure Seas” programme. The crews of these vessels will train alongside members of the United States Coast Guard and the Royal Canadian Navy, which is also providing a fleet diving team and the Kingston-class maritime patrol vessel, HMCS Summerside. The training during Phase I will focus primarily on maritime security and countering transnational organized criminal groups on the high seas, as well as training to improve the ability to respond to natural disasters and provide humanitarian relief. The exercise will provide realistic simulated disaster events to test the Antigua and Barbuda National Office of Disaster Services (NODS) as well as the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA). “Tradewinds is vital to the nations of the Caribbean, Canada, and the United States in order to collaborate against common threats to our peoples and the way we live our lives, as well as to sharpen our collective Tradewinds 2014 is conducted in two main phases: Phase I, the maritime phase, which will be held in Antigua and Barbuda June 1 through June 10, and Phase II, the land portion, which will be held in the in the Dominican Col. Patrick Wallace responsible for their demise otherwise his consultancy skills may no longer be required. He can’t have the defectors uncover his careful, deliberate and calculated destruction of the PLP. He has to change the conversation from the bamancoo Labour Day March and the standing room only Labour Party Conference at the Marriott. He has to try to get people to talk about something else other than the “Spring Time Crew” in Labour and the “Winter Wonderland” in Team UNITIEF. He doesn’t want people to remember that his and the doctor’s family became Citizens by Investment many years ago. Unlike most of us whose forbears came here as enslaved Africans, their families came here in search of new countries in which to invest their money, grow their money, buy up as much land and properties as they could, and in time, they became Citizens by Investment of the Federation. Some of the biggest buildings in downtown Basseterre are still owned by them. Just as the Landed Gentry resisted their arrival, so too, they themselves who are now similarly positioned, are finding it somewhat difficult to welcome these new investors with open arms. I have come to the conclusion that since Dwyer never liked PAM and anybody in the organisation, responses to deal with humanitarian crises, natural disasters, and pandemics,” said General John Kelly, Commander of the United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), which administers the event. “The United States is one of many equal partners in the Caribbean, and SOUTHCOM is interested as much in human rights, developing deep and lasting partnerships across a large range of issues, diplomacy, economic development, and environmental matters, as it is in military topics. Like the other nations participating in Tradewinds, we place a very high value on this training and the understanding and cooperation it fosters.” (photo by Erasmus Williams) since he never liked any of the PLP hierarchy, since he is not making any money from the programme, since he wants to destroy the PM and the Labour Party, since he doesn’t like local people and especially local people who own something, he will do any and everything to keep local people in their place. As a result, since he believes that he is the best strategist and psychologist in the Federation, nobody, not even his UNITIEF consorts must own more than him. Just do a little reflection. Every new story, as incredulous as it may be, is Dwyer started it. The sewage from Dubai.FBI freezing people bank accounts.FBI looking for prominent people to lock up. But if it takes ridiculous, farfetched stories said to Terry for him to peddle to try to determine the topic of the day, Dwyer is ready. This 40th Anniversary interview is something he wishes he can take back. The 10th June must pass without any fanfare, and at any cost. Dwyer knows that the graphic details repeated by those who were there, like the horrors of African enslavement, is an episode in our lives that rehashes the lengths to which the evil mind would go to ensure dominance of one people over another. Only wicked people could have planned the 10th of June. Only power-hungry people could have planned the 10th of June. But these people are his bosom buddies now so he is in a spot of bother.


The Labour Spokesman FRIDAY, JUNE 06TH 2014 23 COMMENTARY/NEWS By Vigilante •De selection of De Sherriff as de guest speaker at de PAM Convention, over de rearbin hog, has caused a major fall-out between he (de rearbin hog) and de PAM leadership. •Dey say de rearbin hog so vex and hurt dat he called a special meeting of he gang in de constituency and buse hell outa Shawn and Gene, complaining angrily dat dey didn’t have de decency to invite him to bring fraternal greetings as leader of his party. •Dey say he say now dat Simmonds is back in charge, de Marriott man and De Anointed One got more say in de party (PAM) than Shawn and Gene. And how Simmonds tell dem no Labour traitor or anyone from CCM (that turn dey back on him in 1993) going call de shots for he party. And that’s why he refused to publicly acknowledge he and de other Labour Traitor when he addressed de Convention and walked out on De Sherriff. •But according to our reliable sources in PAM the real fall out came when the PAM misleaders find out for deyself dat de rearbin hog was a man all for heselfgreedy and selfish. He want all de meeting dem in he constituency and he want all de campaign money. He move like a hog, he talk like a hog and he act like a hog; a real rearbin hog. •De rearbin hog and de moomoo hog get to find out dat de big pappy PAM dem wine and dine de Sheriff down Old Road, round de Fort den over de Strip de Saturday before dey convention. People who was nearby say nutten but de best de Sheriff was eating and drinking. •When de rearbin hog confront de Marriott man about it telling him dat he is de Unitief leader and shoulda be dere, de Marriott man tell him dat when he contribute one ha’penny to de party he mus come and tell him. Till den, is he money and he will spen it as he feel. •Dey say de Marriott man buse him and tell him he got a conscience like a mongoose. All de years he wid Douglas and Labour he never spend a red cent to pay party dues and for any election campaign. He could wuk trick pon de octogenarian who say he got more money dan God, and giving him all de rentals dem and free gasoline to do he campaign and personal wuk. Douglas was right when he call him a hog. •Dey say de rearbin hog wex like hell when he hear dat all kinda food was sharing and he never part of it. He tell de moomoo hog dat when dey did courting him is over Nevis by de best restaurant he use to mek dem carry him. Now if he want three relish on he plate, he got to go up by de momma hog. •When a close friend ask de momma hog why all of dem abandon de moomoo hog at de court house when he was trying to hijack de captain property and not even she show up, she tell de person dat she was coming till she get to find out dat he still eating out. She mekking sheself sick squeezing into all kinda tight, tight pants trying to look young and sexy. She dying she hair all kinda colours and wearing all kinda short back out blouse till she nearly ketch cold in she jowls. •Dey say she say she know if she did dere, he must a win de case because nobody can talk more dan her. If she never did study to be nurse, she woulda be a lawyer. De two lawyers dem put togedder carn mek one. •Dey say de bicycle tube lady buse de singing hog, de chewing hog and he co-host for trying to mash up de Citizenship program. She say is money she mek dat keeping ah dem brokes big man on de station, in a job. Is me who put back on and keeping on dey current. Is she who paying dey rent over Frigate Bay. She have so much money, de married woman dem carn keep way from her. Is twice she done gone Dubai wid dem. Dey like when she bring back “wear” for dem mark “Made in Iran”. •Dey say she buse dem and tell dem she tired talk to dem bout trying to mash up de ting. De most money she ever mek in she life is from de program. Is she one use to bring in all de people from Iran. She one. She have more money dan Richard now. De next time dey buse de program, she not gon pay dey debt. She gon let de marshall baily dem go wid all ah dem dis time. •Village people want to know how de moomoo hog could lie so. He say in de interview on WINNFM just a few weeks ago dat he sat down wid de Marriott man and had de opportunity to see de whole Marriott tape heself. And how he was misled, but when de matter was put to de Marriott man dis week in an interview on de same radio statement he say nutten tarl go so. He himself neva see de whole tape. So poor Sam was caught lying again. •Dey so Moms was so embarrassed dat she dread him up after de interview and ask him how he could mek such a stupid mistake to say he see de whole tape, when he know nutten go so, and he responded: “Well is you fault, you allow me to leave without de script you does gie me.” And she tell him he punishment to de week is one relish only, not de four. •Dey say de Sherriff admitted on his talkshow on Wednesday night that it was not a convention it was a comedy showan afternoon of jokes and entertainment. •Dey say since de comedy show “up de hill” de poor Mike Tief can’t sleep well at all. Nevisians are all ova him calling for an apology for the silly and insensitive joke he made about dem. •And while he is under heavy attack from angry Nevisians who have named hin de “Cackoo” man; the rastas are taking him to task for de ridiculous statement he made about Labour’s Spring-time candidate, Dr. Drew, when he launched a vicious attack on him (Dr. Drew), referring to him “as a little rasta boy from near a gut,” showing his utter contempt and disrespect for rastas in the country. •The Observer article intended to destroy the SIDF and the country and purported to be written by the editor in Chief of the paper has de DNA of King Puppeteer all ova it. Reports out of the sister island say it was written by him and not de underground editor. It was to have been supervised by The University of The West Indies and The University of Guyana, both of which institutions were to have provided external review and monitoring of the examinations the validation of its awards. The Government of The United Kingdom had analysed the plans and programmes and committed to the provision of finance for the capital costs and equipment. As we stated last week, Labour has always played a leadership role in the development of our people, our institutions, and our country as a whole. From February, 1980 to July, 1995 St Kitts and Nevis reverted to being a “follower-ship”. It was only upon our return to office in July, 1995 that our nation once again became a leader in the regions development. The announcements made last week by the CFB College are, in a manner of speaking, a culmination of Labour’s efforts as mentioned above. We encourage all of our people to take note and avail themselves of these additional education opportunities being made possible by your party, LABOUR! We compliment our Prime Minister and our Labour Government for this achievement, and make special mention of our incumbent Minister for Education, Senator the Honourable Nigel Carty. Our special thanks and compliments go out to the Education Secretariat and the Faculty of the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College. We could not possibly name all of those who have contributed over the years, because you number in the thousands, and to do so would require several editions of this newspaper. Please be assured, however, that our thanks and appreciation, and those of the nation, are just as genuine, sincere and heartfelt. We have taken the trouble not only to set the record straight, but also, once again, to call on all of our people to have due regard to these and the many other accomplishments of Labour. Always remember that, with Labour, it is all about you, the people of St Kitts and Nevis. Once again we caution that you guard against being badly influenced. Do not allow yourselves to be misled and conned into throwing it all away. Always remember that YOU ARE LABOUR, and LABOUR IS YOU. Editorial (cont’d from page 2)


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