NRP Begins Election Campaign with Weekend Convention

The ruling Nevis Reformation Party, NRP, is scheduled to have its annual convention this Sunday, 28th October, 2012, at the Nevis Performing Arts Center (NEPAC) under the theme: NRP- Best for Nevis.

It appears that while the debate is continuing about the; legitimacy of the NRP Administration; the right to call a by-election versus an island election and; the constitutionality of having Mr. Joseph Parry remain as Premier, the NRP has been working behind the scenes, carefully mapping out its course of action for the upcoming election that many observers forecast will take place in November. However, all political stakeholders ought to watch the game closely, because it is quite possible for the Premier to allow the time to “almost” run out, for the required by-election for the St. John’s Constituency, and then request that the Island Assembly be dissolved, not for a single poll, but one island-wide. This would therefore give the NRP more time that would allow them to prolong the election until early in the New Year.

In the meantime, NRP will this weekend be taking it first major step, (hosting its convention), before heading back to the polls. According to a release from the Premier Office, this convention will be the first step in a major island-wide campaign to boost the party’s readiness to continue in the reins of government whenever the next island election is called. On Tuesday, Oct. 16, the Premier put the country on notice that the next time Nevisians vote it would be in a general election and not a by-election.

“A General Election is an election that determines the direction of the country. No one seat can determine that. It is too important”, Premier Parry recently stated.

“The issue of who runs the country, who gives the direction to the country, who carries the ball further, cannot be decided by a by-election,” Parry asserted.

Meanwhile, in the build-up to the grand convention, Friday (Oct. 26) has been declared “Wear Something Green Day”, culminating with a rally in Jessup’s Village which is in St. Thomas, the constituency now represented by Parry.skerrit-300x225

To lend star power to Sunday’s convention, the NRP has invited the Premier of Dominica, Mr. Roosevelt Skerritt, as their Guest Speaker. The announcement was made by Parry during a talk with media representatives on Tuesday afternoon. Premier Parry said he was delighted to have the Dominican leader address his party’s convention.

He told the media that the agenda for the conference would be made available at the start of the event, however, he added that the resolutions to be tabled would reflect past achievements, and the way forward for the party.

The Open Session which will be addressed by Party Chairman Mr. Herman “Bobbie” Liburd commences at 3:00 pm, and will be broadcast live on Choice Community radio 105.3FM.

The Open Session will be followed by the Closed Session, where delegates from the various constituencies, along with the Party Leadership, will hear and deliberate on various reports on the activities of the party.

A new Executive Committee to run the affairs of the party for the ensuing year will also be elected.

 

 

Local Bank Gives $20,000 as Schools Football Programme Launched

According to sports officer in the Ministry of Sports, Vernon Springer, he stated that when a private sector entity can sponsor a tournament for 17 years, it indicates their satisfaction with the product.

He also took some time out to reflect on some of the players who have played in this completion and are now fixtures in the National Football Team, while others have gone on to earn scholarships and professional contracts.

President of the St. Kitts Nevis Football Association, Anthony Johnson, used the occasion to pay tribute to St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla National Bank which he said has been partnering with the Ministry of Sports over the last 17 years. Johnson said he was of the opinion that there is no greater investment than an investment in youth, citing the fact that young people are the future.
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He urged the young footballer to play the sport with discipline and play it with the necessary courtesies so that 10 years from now they would have developed long lasting friendships because football has numerous scholarships outside the game.

The SKNFA also donated 40 footballs to the Department of Sports.

Marketing Manager of the St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla National Bank Shirna Pemberton stated that this league is an investment with good returns.

She then made clear that the returns that will be derived from this will include developing the nation’s future leaders, not only through academics, but also through sports such as football.

Pemberton congratulated the Ministry of Sport for its continued hoisting of the tournament, year after year.

She also encouraged the young footballers to use the opportunity as a stepping stone and to play hard, not settling for mediocrity, striving for excellence while still having fun.

She then handed over a cheque for $20,000 to Permanent Secretary Kurt Lewis.

Lewis in giving remarks encouraged the teams to adopt the belief that they are champions whenever they take the field and are there to win.

He added that in his mind, there is nothing that is more important than the programmes that focus on youth development, along with sports, especially when they are successfully implemented.nb-foot2

Lewis went on to say present day circumstances do not allow for one to seek positives when it comes to youth but indicated that when positives are identified they need to be celebrated and encouraged.

The opening ceremony followed a march past of the teams held at Warner Park.

 

 

BAD man vs. Desperate man

The first such meeting was held last night in Lodge Village.

Lodge is an area from which 103 acres of land have been cut out for Government’s land-for-debt swap with the National Bank.

It’s also the area represented in Parliament by Dr. Timothy Harris.

The Prime Minister is a bad man.

Why do I say so?

Because, apart from having stated publicly that ‘he bad since he born’, he’s  holding these town hall meetings well after the Government’s debt had, over the last 15 years, mushroomed to $3 billion, and specifically after its debt to the  National Bank had approached the billion dollar mark.

He is holding town hall meetings after having run up that massive debt to the Bank, and after the Bank had taken security on about 4,700 acres of sugar lands (see the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Report on St. Kitts & Nevis for 2007, at page 7).

And he is holding town hall meetings after the Government had become unable to pay its debt, had been forced into a debt restructuring arrangement (a ‘haircut’) with its creditors, as well as a Standby Arrangement with the IMF, and also an agreement that sugar lands held under mortgage by the Bank would be sold in order to pay down the Government’s debt to the Bank.

While all of that was unfolding, and I’m talking about 12 years, other than the Cabinet’s annual Face-to-Face meetings, no town hall meetings.

But now he wants to have them, and only to explain to people what he has done, because the horse has apparently already bolted.

He is more interested in talking to the people and talking at the people than talking with the people.

He is a bad man.

And to add insult to injury, Dr. Harris, like other Parliamentarians, had found out exactly which lands would be first put into the land-for-debt swap deal only on the day, a few weeks ago, when the Bill was being introduced to the Parliament.

Dr. Harris’ hurt and outrage in the Parliament Chamber that day as he stood to speak were palpable and heartfelt.

Denzil Douglas is a real bad man.

Now it’s no secret that much daylight exists between the two men,  and the Bad Man would love nothing more than to replace Dr. Harris on the ticket for the next election.

So he decided that the first town hall meeting would be held in Dr. Harris’ Constituency, right where the 103 acres are located, in an effort: to show the people of the area who is boss while trying also to palliate them by giving them yet  another ‘Dougie’, or two, or three; to soften support for Dr. Harris and cause Dr. Harris to consider less stressful and unpleasant alternatives for himself; and, in the process, to squeeze a more pliable person into the seat.

As I said, Denzil Douglas is a bad man.

But his badness, in this and in a host of other matters, has driven lots and lots of people, including, I’m pretty sure, Dr. Harris himself, to frustration, embarrassment, humiliation, deprivation, anger and, yes, to desperation.

And so last night in Lodge, the Desperate Man kicked the Bad Man’s butt, ably and enthusiastically supported by a very passionate group of Constituents who have evidently reached the same point of frustration, embarrassment, humiliation, deprivation, anger and desperation as their Parliamentary Representative, and even beyond him.

They have had enough of the Bad Man. They wanted to know why he would choose to come talk to them well after the horse had bolted. They wanted to know why all of this disrespect towards Dr. Harris and, by extension, towards themselves by the Bad Man.

They had reached the end of the line as far as all of that was concerned. And they were now pushing back against the Bad Man, revealing their outrage and desperation.

One Constituent told the Bad Man that she was more Labour than him and the people whom he had brought to the meeting to support him.

Those of us who were comic book readers or cowboy movie fans as kids will recall the Bad Man being chased out of Dodge City by its good citizens made desperate by the Bad Man and his bad behavior.

Well, last night, the Bad Man was chased out of ‘Lodge City’, wounded and ass-whooped by the good and desperate citizens of the area and by their Parliamentary Representative. 

Last night was a game changer. A crossing of the Rubicon. A sign that the people of this country are at last ready to make sure that  ‘badness outa style’.

History will, for the most part, show that when a Bad Man and a Desperate Man clash, the Desperate Man wins.

And you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to know that there are a lot of desperate people in this country presently.

And desperate with good reason.

Over the last nearly three years, they have been  bludgeoned by business closures, reduced work weeks, increased unemployment, unexpected retirements, increment freezes, a stagnant economy, a high cost of living, devilishly high electricity rates (and, like a bolt of lightning out of a clear blue sky, now this 6% Customs Service Charge on an already too-heavy electricity burden), damage to and loss of appliances as a result of an unsteady electricity supply, increased  water rates, airport charges, VAT, Government debt restructuring, the ‘haircut’, the loss of thousands of acres of sugar lands in the land-for-debt swap with the Bank, the prospect of citizens becoming further marginalized in their own land, massive electoral shenanigans and misconduct, and more recently a hot and fast flow of new passports being issued to persons born abroad of Kittivisian parents or grandparents, who may not even know where our country is on the map, and who are being  encouraged to vote in the upcoming Nevis elections, as has been done before in St. Kitts in the last Federal elections (all to help prop up the Bad Man and to keep badness in style).

In addition, there have been egregious acts of disrespect for our Constitution and our laws by leaders, unabated arrogance and corruption, a stubborn unwillingness by leaders to pass proper Integrity in Public Life legislation, a relentless assault on the people’s intelligence and  sensibilities, etc., etc.

And in the process, the Bad Man who calls himself ‘Ten Man in One’, has, by his badness, unwittingly created an army of desperate men (and women) lined up, and lining up, against him.

This army includes lots of Labour people who have come to realize that the Bad Man has, in effect, mashed up the Labour Party and has desecrated its very foundation, traditions and good name. They have come to recognize that he has hijacked and emasculated the entire Labour Movement in this country, and that he is an imposter.

And it is this army of desperate men and women that will defeat him and send the Bad Man packing.

As I said, in the clash between Bad Man and Desperate Man, it is Desperate Man who will prevail, because while the Bad Man is always on the hunt for gain, the Desperate Man has nothing to lose. And while the Bad Man is motivated by the desire to be hold the advantage over other humans, the Desperate Man is overtaken by the most fundamental force in nature: the fight for survival and self esteem

And based on what happened in ‘Lodge City’ last night, that force is being unleashed in our country, finally, it seems.

Local Bank Gives $20,000 as Schools Football Programme Launched

According to sports officer in the Ministry of Sports, Vernon Springer, he stated that when a private sector entity can sponsor a tournament for 17 years, it indicates their satisfaction with the product.

He also took some time out to reflect on some of the players who have played in this completion and are now fixtures in the National Football Team, while others have gone on to earn scholarships and professional contracts.

President of the St. Kitts Nevis Football Association, Anthony Johnson, used the occasion to pay tribute to St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla National Bank which he said has been partnering with the Ministry of Sports over the last 17 years. Johnson said he was of the opinion that there is no greater investment than an investment in youth, citing the fact that young people are the future.
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He urged the young footballer to play the sport with discipline and play it with the necessary courtesies so that 10 years from now they would have developed long lasting friendships because football has numerous scholarships outside the game.

The SKNFA also donated 40 footballs to the Department of Sports.

Marketing Manager of the St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla National Bank Shirna Pemberton stated that this league is an investment with good returns.

She then made clear that the returns that will be derived from this will include developing the nation’s future leaders, not only through academics, but also through sports such as football.

Pemberton congratulated the Ministry of Sport for its continued hoisting of the tournament, year after year.

She also encouraged the young footballers to use the opportunity as a stepping stone and to play hard, not settling for mediocrity, striving for excellence while still having fun.

She then handed over a cheque for $20,000 to Permanent Secretary Kurt Lewis.

Lewis in giving remarks encouraged the teams to adopt the belief that they are champions whenever they take the field and are there to win.

He added that in his mind, there is nothing that is more important than the programmes that focus on youth development, along with sports, especially when they are successfully implemented.nb-foot2

Lewis went on to say present day circumstances do not allow for one to seek positives when it comes to youth but indicated that when positives are identified they need to be celebrated and encouraged.

The opening ceremony followed a march past of the teams held at Warner Park.

 

 

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