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[Joseph] kissed all of his brothers and wept, embracing them. After that, his brothers were finally able to talk to him. — Genesis 45:15 (CEB)
Small business Vol. XXVII No. 26
Week Ending Friday, November 23, 2012
financing launched at MDC and SPCCU
of $40,000.00 each, up to five years, from resources that “we have obtained from department for international development (DFID) and these resources will be provided through the St. Patrick’s cooperative credit union.” She explained, “…we know that there are a lot of very good business ideas in Montserrat that may just need that little extra amount of financing to launch it in a big way, and sometimes your ability to access that financing is just not there and that really is the basis of the development of the business financing facility…” Mrs. Agatha Aspin the business coordinator chaired the proceedings which she had informed was a two fold exercise. “We have the start of the financial exercise and the official launch of the MDC financing program the business financing facility,”as she further explained, “the business sector of Montserrat has been receiving of training and other business development initiatives from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) through its CTCS program.” She noted that CDB had
cont’d. on page 2 On October 8, 2012, Premier the Hon. Reuben T Meade proudly declared the launch of a long awaited “Business Financing Facility” (BFF) which will be operated by the MDC in collaboration with the SPCCU. After officially launching the BFF which followed an overview of a Financial Management workshop (FMW) by Mrs. Teresa Silcott, and an overview of the BFF by Mrs. Angela Greenaway,
the Premier in a short feature address for the dual occasion told the gathering that the BFF will make available small business loans to prospective and ‘struggling’ entrepreneurs. He said it is: “…a pleasure to be here speaking after the launch of this facility many many years after it should’ve been launched we have been talking about this facility since the days of Dr. Lewis
when he was Chief Minister ,” taking this back to 2006 and even further. He explained the project as, “…a collaboration where projects are identified, the MDC will be responsible in determining whether or not it fits within the particular criteria, and then the funding is being disbursed and repaid through the SPCCU.” The Premier attempted to be candid in that address. He went
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on to describe the problems as he saw them. “Government talks a lot about engaging with the private sector. Part of the difficulties of the private sector in Montserrat; 1. It is small; 2. Financing is difficult; and of course Government is very, very difficult and providing the support,” he concluded. He referred to the workshop facilitator as having said that “… government is not very sensitive to responding to the needs of the private sector.” “As a consequence,” he said, We will be handing over to the MDC the facility of a one-stop shop.” Mrs. Greenaway told the would be participants at the workshop that the project will be via loans (eventually revealed to be at 5% interest) in up to two tranches
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empaneled a cadre of persons capable of facilitating the training exercises. She explained therefore, that the private sector around the region had no longer any need to
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bring trainers to conduct training in any one island. She said that was done is to train those persons within the island to do what CDB asks of them. She then announced the
workshops facilitator. “So this morning we are fortunate in that we have our own facilitator Mrs. Teresa Silcott who will be conducting the training for us over the ten nights,” pointing out that Mrs.
Silcott is a qualified accountant, who had previously gone to CDB for the requisite CDB training. Mrs. Silcott gave a brief overview of the course and her expectations. “At the end of the
workshop, participants would be able to understand the fundamental component of business, how a business operates. They would understand the regulatory requirements for setting up and reporting on business; understand and interpret simple income and balance sheet statements; use
simple variants analysis to access changes in business operation, look at budgets, and break even …” “However,” she said, “I would like to say that beyond the class-work, I would like the participants to develop relationships with each other as business people…” Prior to his address, the Premier, accompanied by the MDC new Executive Chairman, Mr. John Ryan, delivered instruments to Mr. Denzil West, president of the SPCCU. Thirty eight (38) persons registered for the management course but at the end during a graduation ceremony it was revealed that only twenty seven stayed the distance, covering October 8 -24. They were presented with certificates at the closing ceremony Wednesday night. Both the training workshop and the opening ceremony which included the BFF launch were held at the Grand View Bed & Breakfast facility. Practitioners must seek to distinguish themselves by their behaviour. Squabble in the DPP’s office send bickering vibrations and divided loyalty signals across the legal landscape that retards institutional growth and progress. Animosity and antagonism cycle out of control and young exponents are likely to be sucked into the melee, to take sides in this garrison politics that can create legal rascals. How can we be sure that Officer Labourde’s submission would have succeeded if the DPP’s office was at full throttle? Assuming it is factual, why was Crown Prosecutor Sullivan not severely reprimanded by the court and employers, for announcing in court that he enjoys a close friendship with the then accused Labourde, thus adopting hands off approach, supposedly not even peering at the files? His presence with local knowledge would have been advantageous to the people, to share notes and be a reservoir to back up as the defence lessoned and tag-teamed. Rightfully it is his role. He would have shone and grown in prosecuting his friend who fully understands the rules of the legal game as a police prosecutor himself. Prosecute him mercilessly and then plea in the style of the late Bazil Diaz, a former Attorney General of cont’d. on page 4
Can the new Barristers make a positive impact on Montserrat By Claude Gerald
The criminal justice system on Montserrat is ailing, rapidly deteriorating and for the foreseeable future, perhaps hopeless even by moderate standards of judgement. The creation of this problem is not acknowledged generally. Neither is the solution materially on hand to ensure the theoretical certainty, which the rule of law, in its impurity, uses as the touchstone to decisions making. Frankly no one seems to care of the perils lurking in this arm of our democracy, oblivious to the essential parameters that can be imperilled, given the embracing nature of the law’s range. The Director of Public Prosecutor’s office, a recent creation empowered by the constitution is a cesspool of interpersonal fire fights, back stabbing and turf protection. Tales emanating from that hallowed hall is fodder for the gossip circuits, giving rise to reasonable speculation that the need for professionalism, required for efficiency and effectiveness, is in such a state that it could oxygen-starve the body proper. The current mess is bed rocked in policy decisions of the past which failed to match job specifications fittingly. We have suffered in this and other sectors from the illusion that to be certified is to be qualified. Thus we load our offices with human investments of low asset value. We thus sow seeds of disharmony which rubbish designed policy objectives. This is not necessarily a slight on the leadership of Kathy-Anne Pyke, the Director of Public Prosecution, in this important endeavour. She maybe a well intentioned professional who may suffer natural hostility, being a woman in a tough job, in a new culture of tiny minds and generalized sloppiness in formal circles. The latter is a major bottle neck to organized growth and the legal sector is vulnerable more so to this seasoned trend of accepted inefficiency. Yet the DPP cannot afford to alienate or to be alienated in managing to its best the human resources at her disposal to legally defend and vigorously promote the state’s interest. By coincidence on Friday last, a historical calling to the bar of three aspirants was preceded by Justice Tommy Asptahan’s uphold of a no case submission, acquitting a veteran police officer of more serious charges of assault. Both events captured the minds of locals given the social function of the law. What lessons could bar-newcomers take from a prosecution that fails again to take the case even to the jury, whilst the defence gallops to another victory? Strip aside the accepted platitudes designed for such a ceremony, the larger question centres on the nature of the legal culture that will confront these young women; the impact it will have on their careers and crucially the nature of their contribution to the process of change to platform the future. Their coming as a trio at this time is pivotal to the direction travelled in securing the fundamentals against intrusions of extra-judicial power and influence in the court, which intuitively may
have been countenanced in a recent profiled case. If they return as were, socialized by an unquestioning and placid society, with many friends and family to prosecute and to defend and take the path least resisted, thus failing to live and ‘mistress’ the law – the enslavement instruct of Justice Astaphan at swearing in – their training will add to nought. Rather if they become case centred, their obvious growth in five years, judged by bar presentations will open the floodgates to a new and improved jurisprudence on Montserrat. Not by any means a facile charge by the Judge as old habits die hard and mere exposures to the elements of law equip them only to begin to practice, Astaphan cautioned. The trade off to this mandate in a cloistered society is mind-boggling and that is the most enduring challenge. How can they succeed on a path of impartiality without compromise and not suffer alienation of different kinds? Can they remain internally fortified in carrying out this acid test of maturity and introspection? Can they be a part of the world but not of it as required by members of the Bench, the ideal test of legal maturity? Could they stomach a pariah existence in the face of defending their ‘mistress’ that may not be accepted by many?
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EDITORIAL The lack of sincere desire to inform will destroy progress Montserrat is experiencing a situation which is taking its people back to years many especially resident know nothing of, or cannot remember or do not wish to remember. It is one that we have echoed and mentioned time and time over, but which unfortunately exits and encouraged because it suits a style to which many are either ignorant or willfully support to perpetuation. Some of the ignorant just do not know any better and the others are really the ones who may just be plain blind or are among the few who benefit know matter what. They just do not care. But they need to get quickly to the reality that on that ground it is like the sand some of us hear about or read in the Holy Scriptures. Ever since the volcanic crisis began there has been that problem of land ownership and land uses in Montserrat. We were told in very recent times that it would not be too long before all in Montserrat would enjoy the knowledge of what each square foot of land would be allowed to have constructed or left alone as seen fit and accepted by most. Not too long ago that area that called Piper’s Pond was designated as “largest remaining wetland habitat remaining on Montserrat. It was said to, “have potential as an educational resource. Its rehabilitation can serve to raise public awareness on conservation issues, and develop appreciation of wetlands as a significant component of the environment on Montserrat.” Legislation confirmed its existence, but in a flash it was reversed and is now a significant location to form part of the new town in Montserrat. The problem here is that when the fishermen of Montserrat almost a hundred of them were told there area of operation is required to form part of the planned new port, they had in mind an earlier plan to use that pond as a fishers safe harbour, while maintaining its historical and natural value. So the fishermen are displaced with no home in sight and the fishermen livelihood at stake and the food of Montserrat takes a further dive. There is also another big environmental blow. The wetland was also designated as a wildlife reserve, and there were plans to implement conservation practices and management controls in a buffer zone (designated as a conservation area), in order to limit. The birds were forced to find a home and already have been the subject of near tragedy in the area of our international airport. Then in addition, there is the issue of Murphy and the efforts to relocate him from an area some are now calling ‘a landmark’. All this is part of the new thrust to develop a port, a new town and a ‘progressive’ and economically viable future for Montserrat. The mistaken idea of placing full focus in the Little Bay and Carrs Bay area. There have been plans gone over many times since 1998. Unfortunately those plans have been nothing more than that, now there is still slow agreement as to what shape those plans should take. Then failure slips in. It is what the recent DFID review team found lacking when they visited to do a mid-term review of the framework of a “strategic growth package for Montserrat”. This was so important because, “It is expected that the successful implementation of the reform programme will put Montserrat on a clear path to faster economic growth and reduced dependence on UK budgetary support.” The communication methods are lacking in that either people are doubtful or have no confidence in what is being said, do not believe that it has anything to do with them, or that they are left with this perception especially all they are told they can go to this or that website and see what is being planned for them. It must be understood that government can acquire or displace anyone for the public good, but this should be done by informing and advising and discussing the compensation well in advance of time before aggravation and bad feelings. All the discussion that is taking place around these issues being faced in Carrs Bay and its environs should have been in the open long before the struggle to get them there now.
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Conditions and Quality of our Montserrat supermarkets
by Capt. John
Based on a recent trip that I made to neighbouring Nevis, was so amazed to see not two or three, but five first class supermarkets, with aisles and aisles of first class (unblemished) fruit and vegetables; isles of frozen meats and fish; and a huge selection of groceries; foods; beverages, etc. in class with or better than I have seen in Canada or the USA. Now I will admit that we on Montserrat have had our challenges with Nature, but how long are we to live with this TEMPORARY THING!?, it has been over 17 years since our volcano came to life, and rebuilding on Montserrat is expensive! but I do not think that we as customers have to be held at ransom, paying exorbitant prices, and even more now that the new price structure has come into force!, as a News item on ZJB Radio quoted yesterday 13th. November! I have been in to three Montserrat supermarkets over the past three days, and noted that all the Fruit and Vegetable produce
there was less than third grade, garbage, basically it is stuff that appears to have been rejected by the large chain supermarkets and restaurants, and our supermarkets are buying it very cheap, then turning around and charging top dollar, and because they are the only ones in town, if we want to eat, WE GOT TO BUY IT!! there is NO WHERE ELSE TO GO!, unless we are able to grow some of our own, and hopefully the lose livestock or two legged rats don't eat it first! Nevis has the same population as we did prior to the Volcano crisis, but also the prices there are at least 25% less than we pay here. Also, in the Nevis Supermarkets, you do not see them packing shelves in the day time or smell fresh herring as soon as you enter the door. In addition the supermarkets are very well lit, so you can read the labels and easily check for expiry dates, plus they are air conditioned too! One or more of the Supermarkets here are affiliated to the ones in Nevis, and are the main wholesale distributors to the other
supermarkets and small grocery stores here, yet they still are price gouging the customers. Montserratians, are trying so hard to be resilient, that they have forgotten to notice the things around them that make their life difficult. So much so that they are NOT ever prepared (too scared) to comment or complain about it to the Authorities! Montserratians please! it is your own good hard earned money that you are spending!! Where is our Price Control Officers and Health and Safety Inspectors?, if any, they should start to crack down on the Price Gouging; Money Hungry; Supermarket Owners. Notice that Almost ALL the Supermarkets are owned by ‘Foreigners’! We should start a club to import food stuff and toiletries in bulk and distribute them like the Post Office and Reggie used to do prior to the Volcano tragedies. The Supermarkets would get a rude awakening. Lord Please help our little island..
verdicts as they follow the pace set by legal minds in leadership, whether as Justice Ministers or other deviants in the system. Every case deserves proper adjudication as the antagonists on either side guide the court with a calm zeal on the elements as perceived. If the ranking police officer’s case was high profile how come the State selected not to treat it so with a high flying prosecution team? The DPP’s office was hamstrung clearly and this must not be the norm.
Despite the theory of separation of powers, the executive arm must not roll over stupefied. It must execute changes to foster keen management of the Legal Department. It must be proactive hovering over and determining the game play of justice maintenance on our shores. Friendship coupled with serious business remains mortal enemies. Claude Gerald is a social commentator on Montserrat. Ceegee15@hotmail.com
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cont’d. from page 2 grace and honour and humour. Selectivity in prosecutions is most reprehensible. It is an assault that crosses swords with the court itself. This ugly practice of selecting who must bear the brunt of one’s enthusiasm to prosecute is personal, revengeful, corruptible, petty and contemptuous giving rise to the notion of a persecution displacing a prosecution. It sublimely informs the jury process with all its social problems, nurturing jurors in the art of corrupt
Our Scripture Verse Today So Little?
[Joseph] kissed all of his brothers and wept, embracing them. After that, his brothers were finally able to talk to him. — Genesis 45:15 (CEB) When we answered the telephone, we were excited to hear our four-year-old grandson’s voice. After telling us about preschool, he said, “I need to ask you a question: Why didn’t God help Joseph’s brothers when they were hungry?” We had talked about Joseph when our grandson was in vacation Bible school. Our grandson remembered that Joseph’s brothers had taken Joseph’s coat without his permission and had put him in a pit. I said that God did help Joseph’s brothers by leading them to Joseph. Since Joseph worked for the
king, he was able to give them food and a place to live. Also, I told him that God helped Joseph to forgive his brothers even though they were afraid that Joseph was still angry with them. He seemed satisfied with my answer and gave his mom the phone. She said they had discussed Joseph during chapel at my grandson’s preschool. Regardless of his reasons for asking, I realized again the joy of being able to follow God’s word in Psalm 78:4: “We will tell the next generation about the Lord’s power and his great deeds and the wonderful things he has done.” Dan W. Moore (North Carolina, USA) Thank you, God, for opportunities to talk about you with those around us. Amen.
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First female Chief Justice for the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court As the Hon. Justice Pereira progresses from acting the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court has its first female Chief Justice. In a letter to His Excellency the Governor Adrian Davis, the
Honourable Justice Janice Mesadis Pereira stated that on Tuesday, 16 October, she received notification from the Crown Office of the Ministry of Justice in England about confirmation of her ap-
pointment to be Chief Justice for the ECSC. The notice included a copy of the Letters Patent signed by Her Majesty the Queen on 28 September 2012, appointing Pereira to be Chief Justice. The notice of appointment was published in the London Gazette on 4 October 2012. Chief Justice Pereira was born on Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands, succeeds Nevisian-born Sir Hugh Rawlins. She obtained her law degree with honours from the University of the West Indies in 1979 and the Legal Education Certificate from the Norman Manley Law
School in 1981. Mrs. Pereira was called to the Bar in the British Virgin Islands in 1981 and the Bar in St. Kitts and Nevis in 2000. Between 1981 and 1984 Mrs. Pereira served as Acting Registrar General; Acting Registrar of the Supreme Court and Registrar of Companies, BVI between 1981 and 1984. She served as Additional Magistrate and acted as Magistrate, BVI between 1981 and 1985. She was an Associate Attorney at Law, J.S. Archibald and Company, Tortola between 1985 and 1989; Associate Attorney, Harney Westwood & Riegels, Tortola, BVI in 1989 and Attorney at Law (Civil Litigation, Commercial and Banking), McW Todman & Co
(1991 to 2003). She served as a law partner in Farara George-Creque & Kerrins and engaged in active practice at the Bar in the conduct of matters at all levels of the Courts from 1985 to 2003 in Tortola, BVI. Her Ladyship served as a High Court Judge of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court from 2003 to 2008 and Court of Appeal from 2009 to 2012 and Acting Chief Justice from 1 August, 2012. She also served s a high court judge in Montserrat for several years. Reprsenting the Montserrat’s bar, Attorney at
Law Jean Kelsick says Justice Pereira brought patience and a willingness to listen to the bench. “…she showed herself to be a sound, independent and temperate judge, who was quite willing to find against government when this was warranted. A welcome quality that she brought to the bench was patience and her willingness to listen,” Kelsick said.
Turks and Caicos General Election: after 3 years direct British rule PNP wins 8 seats, PDM 7 Turks and Caicos General Election After 3 years direct British rule PNP wins 8 seats, PDM 7 It was late one summer Friday afternoon in mid-August, the remnants of the British Empire grew
a little bit larger; the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) were declared back under direct British rule. A statement from the British Governor in the TCI stated on 14 August: “We have today signed
a proclamation, published in the Gazette, which brings into force the Order in Council suspending parts of the Turks and Caicos Islands constitution.” The reason: a British-ordered
Montserrat waives import duties on barrels for Christmas season
According to a Government of Montserrat Memorandum each household on Montserrat will once again be able to receive barrels over the Christmas period, starting now, without having to pay the normal import duty charges.
The memo which is based on SR&O No. 56/2012 informs of Cabinet’s approval of the waiver of the customs duties on barrels for the period November 1, 2012, to January 15, 2013. There will be a flat fee of
$50 per barrel arriving at Port Little Bay and no importer will be allowed to use this measure to bring in items for resale. This practice has become the norm over the last several years. Each household will be limited to two barrels.
Persons wishing to travel on the Ferry to and from Montserrat for the 2012 Christmas Festival season, are asked to book in advance with the Montserrat Tourist Board by calling 664 491 2230 or 664 491 8730 or email: info@ montserrattourism.ms. Bookings may also be made directly with Mrs. Icilma Fenton-Riley on 664 491 5802 or 664 491 5803, email: email@example.com. Persons are encouraged to make arrangements for advance payments in order to guarantee seats. Adults Return Fare EC$300 One Way Fare EC$150
Children Return Fare EC$150 One Way Fare EC$75.00
Passengers are allowed two (2) pieces of baggage free. Any additional baggage is charged at EC$50.00 per piece.
inquiry into the British dependency which shone a light on widespread corruption. The final report recommended a two-year suspension of island government while the British Governor cleans up administrative and constitutional activity in the TCI. Since then TCI residents amidst protests back and forth, saw two years come and go, but on November 9, 2012, in what Hayden Boyce, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of the Turks and Caicos SUN reports was the closest general elections in the history of the Turks and Caicos Islands, the Progressive National Party (PNP) reclaimed the government, winning eight (8) seats to the People’s Democratic Movement’s (PDM) seven (7). The PNP’s razor-thin victory in the Friday November 9th poll, came in the form of six constituency seats and two At-Large (country-wide) seats. The PDM won four (4) constituency seats and three (3) AtLarge seats. When the votes in the 10 electoral districts were tallied just after 1 a.m. on Saturday November 10, the PNP won six seats: George Lightbourne in Grand Turk North; Norman Saunders in South Caicos; DonHue Gardiner in North and Middle Caicos; Akeirra Missick in Leeward; Portia Stubbs-Smith in The Bight; and Amanda Missick in Cheshire Hall/Richmond Hills. The PDM won four constituency seats: Delroy Williams in Wheeland; Sean Astwood in Five Cays; Goldray Ewing in Blue Hills; and Edwin Astwood in Grand Turk South. The PDM won three of the At-Large seats (Sharlene Cartwright, Derek Taylor and Josephine Connolly), while the PNP won with Dr. Rufus Ewing and Washington
Misick. The overall election results were delayed because the At-Large numbers had to be recounted and the final results were only announced at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 10. However, PDM leader Oswald Skippings a former chief minister, suffered a shocking defeat, placing eighth among 11 At-Large candidates. He asked for a recount which took place on Monday, November 12 at Dillon Hall, Grand Turk. After an all-day recount of the At-Large votes on Monday November 12th, Rushbook confirmed that the PNP won eight seats and is the largest party in the House of Assembly, and that the PDM has seven seats. Later, Rufus Ewing, PNP leader wrote to the Governor advising he is able to form the new Government. On Wednesday, November 14, 2012 six Cabinet Ministers in the Turks and Caicos Islands were sworn in by Governor Ric Todd, but no portfolios had been assigned as yet. The ceremony took place at the Governor’s Official Residence at Waterloo, Grand Turk and follows on from new Forty-four-yearold surgeon, Premier Dr. Rufus Ewing receiving his instrument of appointment on Tuesday following the election on November 9. Dr. Rufus Washington Ewing was sworn in as the third Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands Premier. He would further consider the assignment of responsibilities to Ministers and in accordance with his advice (Constitution Art 36) appointments were made by The Governor. The full team of Turks and Caicos Ministers is: Premier, with
responsibility for Investment and Trade - Dr Rufus Washington Ewing; Deputy Premier and Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture - Akierra Missick; Ministry of Finance and Tourism - Washington Misick; Ministry of Environment and Home Affairs - Porsha StubbsSmith; Ministry of Health and Human Services (Gender Affairs, Social Services) - Amanda Misick; Ministry of Border Control and Labour - Ricardo Don-Hue Gardiner; and, Government Support Services - George Lightbourne. In addition to chairing Cabinet meetings, the Governor fulfils a number of Constitutional functions including being responsible for defence, external affairs, the regulation of international financial services, internal security, including the Police Force, and appointments to public office. The other Cabinet Members are the Deputy Governor, Anya Williams, who acts on behalf of the Governor and is Head of the Public Service, and Attorney General, Huw Shepheard, the legal advisor to the Government and the House of Assembly. Immediately after the ceremony the team travelled to the NJS Francis House of Assembly building to attend the first Cabinet Meeting convened by the Governor. After the meeting the Governor and the Premier issued a joint press statement: “I am very pleased to report that the first Cabinet meeting was welcomed by all present, and was held in a very cordial and businesslike atmosphere,” said Governor Todd. “All Cabinet members expressed their determination to work together for the benefit of the Turks and Caicos Islands.
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Living healthy for Festival 50 By Cathy Buffonge
As Montserrat prepares to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of its annual year-end Festival in December, there is an initiative to encourage and promote healthy lifestyles in the weeks leading up to the Festival. This voluntary initiative is spearheaded by electronic technician and former Festival committee chairman Gregory Willock, and Albrun Semper, both of Punch and Get out Productions, together with a team of volunteers, in a move towards a healthier population. For the past weeks community members have been invited to join the challenge, with its slogan Fifty strong: Living Healthy for Festival 50 and beyond. The programme involves several competing teams of highly motivated persons both male and female, although predominately female in spite of encouragement for men to join. Among the men is Minister of Agriculture the Hon Easton Taylor Farrell, setting an example for the community. The programme has exceeded its goal
of having 50 persons involved, and is planned to cover 50 days, ending on December 26. Fully behind the project is US based cardiologist/ researcher Dr Janice Scobie, together with events coordinator Gilda Hansen, who were both on island for the launch of the programme. Both work closely with US based Montserratian cardiologist Dr Icilma Fergus Rowe, who has visited Montserrat from time to time with her team to provide specialist services and monitor the cardiac health of the population. While here, Dr Scobie and Ms Hansen conducted pre-programme health checks on all participants, including weight and height, blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol, giving the participants something to aim for when they are finished. They also brought with them pedometers, blood pressure monitors, T-shirts and activity folders for each participant, as well as other items for the programme. The very attractive folders, entitled ‘Social health leads to social
wealth’, contain sections on healthy lifestyle, exercise instructions including warming up and cooling down, guidelines for physical activity from the American Heart Association, daily food diary forms, and guidelines on what each group must do on each day of the week. Each group is expected to complete a wide variety of activities on particular days, Including walking, aerobics, football, basketball and swimming. Each activity has a coach, who guides the various groups in what they are doing. The coaches include Andre West for aerobics, Vachel Murraine for basketball, Kenny Dyer for football, James ‘Fittest Man’ Greenaway for walking, and Stanford Kelly for swimming. In addition the participants keep a daily record of everything they eat at each meal and in between. Gregory points out that they are not told what to eat, but keeping a daily record will help them to become aware of what they are actually eating and will motivate them to
Red Cross Variety Show and Auction this Saturday to fund emergency equipment This Saturday, November 26, 2012, the Montserrat Red Cross (MRC) will host a variety show and auction with the goal of raising enough funds to purchase two automated external defibrillators. According to Red Cross Patron Mrs Sujue Davis, the wife of His Excellency the Governor Adrian Davis, the evening will begin at 6:30pm at Government House, Palm Loop, Woodlands and will also include a raffle. Tickets for this variety show are $50.00 each. Montserrat currently has one ambulance that is shared
and operated by the fire service between them and the hospital since 2010. Mrs. Davis, said “the response distance from the north to the furthest habitable part of Montserrat (Isle Bay Hill) is 12 minutes. In a worst case medical/ trauma scenario it takes a few minutes for a person’s condition to deteriorate and the chance of survival reduced. “Having an AED in close proximity and where it can be used immediately will significantly improve the chance of survival. In the light
of this, the MRC board agreed on a project that seeks to improve the medical/trauma response and treatment to patients mainly but not limited to the Southern part of the Island. Procuring the machines is a start and the Red Cross will provide the necessary training in basic first aid and the use of the AEDs,” Mrs. Davis explained. The Red Cross is still looking for sponsors, and welcomes items to be auctioned and raffled with all of the proceeds going to acquire the two machines for use by emergency services.
make some adjustments, especially as they monitor their weight, blood pressure and exercise levels. On Sundays the entire group meets for a group discussion, with each group making a five minute presentation on some aspect of health as related to physical activity and a healthy lifestyle. Scobie and Hansen will keep in touch with local organizer Gregory Willock to provide support and assist with any problems. They explain that a group in the US is following the same routine as those who have joined locally. In addition the Montserrat Progressive Society of
New York, which has been active for many years, is taking a keen interest in the project and is assisting with fund raising and the provision of items needed for the project. A few years ago the Healthy Lifestyle Challenge was spearheaded by the Nutrition and Health Promotion sections of the Ministry of Health for two years running, with groups and individuals involved in healthy eating and exercise targets, also a very praiseworthy effort. This time it’s the non-health and voluntary sector which has taken the initiative, and this fulfils one of the goals of health promotion
in having community members take responsibility for health. With chronic non-communicable diseases like diabetes and hypertension on the rise, this programme is just the right approach to help prevent and control these conditions by encouraging participants and the whole population to keep fit and healthy, especially as Festival brings with it over-eating and over-drinking on the part of many. It’s especially praiseworthy coming from the voluntary sector of the community, and a noteworthy effort to supplement the ongoing work being done by health staff.
Criminal probe into Caribbean firm (CLICO)
Caribbean Life Insurance Com- Trinidad headquarters, where presBy BERT WILKINSON Special pany (CLICO), which had branches sure has been mounting for months to the NY AmsterdamNews
Will this bring final closure and recompense to Montserrat and the rest? Authorities in Trinidad are preparing to launch a criminal probe into the 2009 collapse of the Englishspeaking Caribbean’s largest single company to determine why the conglomerate went belly up and who were the main beneficiaries of the hundreds of millions of private investor funds that were either stolen or spectacularly mismanaged.
stretching from the Bahamas in the north Caribbean to Guyana and Suriname on the South American mainland, collapsed in January 2009, leaving hundreds of thousands of investors in the lurch, including many Caribbean nationals who had their life savings and pension funds in its highdividend premium schemes. But even as many policyholders have written off their investments as a bad chapter in their lives, the issue is raising its head again in CLICO’s
TCI Elections “One of the first pieces of business was to fix the date of the recall and inauguration of the House of Assembly as Wed, 28 Nov 2012. We also agreed that Cabinet would meet fortnightly on a Wednesday, with the exception of the next session which will happen on Thursday November 29th, due to the events of the previous day. Election results to be challenged in court A petition filed by PDM candidate Oral Isaac Selver in relation
to determine what exactly had happened. The planned investigation is being undertaken in spite of the fact that the administration of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bisessar is convening a separate commission of inquiry into what many consider to be a scandal of Bernie Madoff-like proportions in the Caribbean. At the same time, some governments are trying to either repay investors from state and other funds or are simply winding up
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to Electoral District Number 7 (Cheshire Hall and Richmond Hills, Providenciales) is grounded in an alleged failure by a third party candidate, Edward E. Smith of the Peoples Progressive Party (PPP), to declare his US citizenship. This runs against Section 49(1)(a) of the TCI Constitution which provides that “No person shall be qualified to be an elected member of the House of Assembly who, on the date of his or her nomination for election… is, by virtue of his or her own act,
under any acknowledgement of allegiance, obedience or adherence to any foreign power or state. Section 50(1) of the constitution goes on to provide that “Each candidate for election to the House of Assembly shall, on the date of his or her nomination for election, make a written declaration to the Supervisor of Elections that he or she is qualified for election under section 46 and that no disqualification mentioned in section 49 applies to him or her.”
OVERSEAS TERRITORY OF MONTSERRAT IN THE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE A.D. 2012 LEGAL NOTICE In the estate of ANNYA VANESSA DUNCAN, deceased NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of fourteen (14) days from the date hereof, application will be made in the Registry of the High Court of Justice for an Order that Letters of Administration to the Estate of ANNYA VANESSA DUNCAN late of Nixons Montserrat who died on the 7th of October 2012 be granted to KHARL MARKHAM of Allen Markham & Associates Banks Montserrat, the Lawful Attorney of COSWELL THEODOLPH DUNCAN the father and Personal Representative of the deceased. ALL persons claiming to be beneficially interested therein are requested forthwith to send particulars to me the undersigned. FURTHER, any person objecting to the issuance of a Grant to the Applicant should notify the Registrar of the High Court of Justice no later than fourteen (14) days from the date of this notice. DATED this 8th day of November 2012 Kharl Markham Allen Markham & Associates
Friday, November 23, 2012
Kids time - In your own korner Hello everyone – It is kid’s time with Auntie Lyka “In Your own Korner”. I hope you are doing your homework. Keep studying. Choose your friends wisely. Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. Remember to read a book It will take you places.
All the birds of the air came to the magpie and asked her to teach them how to build nests. For the magpie is the cleverest bird of all at building nests. So she put all the birds round her and began to show them how to do it. First of all she took some mud and made a sort of round cake with it. “Oh, that’s how it’s done!” said the thrush, and away it flew - and so that’s how thrushes build their nests. Then the magpie took some twigs and arranged them round in the mud. “Now I know all about it!” said the blackbird, and off it flew - and that’s how the blackbirds make their nests to this very day. Then the magpie put another layer of mud over the twigs.
The Magpie’s Nest by Joseph Jacobs
was the turtle-dove, and that hadn’t paid any attention all along, but only kept on saying its silly cry, “Take two, Taffy, take two-o-o-o!”
“Oh, that’s quite obvious!” said the wise owl, and away it flew - and owls have never made better nests since.
At last the magpie heard this just as she was putting a twig across, so she said, “One’s enough.”
After this the magpie took some twigs and twined them round the outside.
Then the magpie got angry and said, “One’s enough, I tell you!”
“The very thing!” said the sparrow, and off he went - so sparrows make rather slovenly nests to this day. Well, then Madge magpie took some feathers and stuff, and lined the nest very comfortably with it. “That suits me!” cried the starling, and off it flew - and very comfortable nests have starlings. So it went on, every bird taking away some knowledge of how to build nests, but none of them waiting to the end. Meanwhile Madge magpie went on working and working without looking up, till the only bird that remained
But the turtle-dove kept on saying, “Take two, Taffy, take two-o-o-o!”
Still the turtle-dove cried, “Take two, Taffy, take two-oo-o!” At last, and at last, the magpie looked up and saw nobody near her but the silly turtle-dove, and then she got rarely angry and flew away and refused to tell the birds how to build nests again. And that is why different birds build their nests differently.
Can You Find the Numbers
There are nine numbers in the box between 36 and 96. The numbers increase by five. Can you work out which numbers are missing?
Can you find the hidden words? Each word ends with the letter H. The words may be horizontal or vertical.
Match the Animals to their Home
By Xu Li Photo by Hank Schneider
What You’ll Need: paint heavy paper leaves seeds glue markers
How to Make It:
Paint heavy paper, and let it dry. Collect leaves and seeds. Arrange them to look like fish. Glue the fish on the paper. Use markers to add details.
Hello to you my preschool friends. This week we will look at COLOURING ALPHBET PICTURES. I hope you enjoy Letter P
ARCH, BATH, BEACH, DEPTH, DISH, EACH, EARTH, ENOUGH, FINISH, FRESH, HIGH, LENGTH, MARCH, MONTH, MYTH, PEACH, RICH, ROUGH, SCRATCH, SMOOTH, STOMACH, TOUCH, VANISH, WASH, WATCH.
Brain Teasers What is as big as an elephant but weighs nothing?
An elephant’s shadow
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Fill Them Up See you next week right here
In Your Own Korner. Where we will have fun Kids write your stories, tell us about yourselves. Email or post - Write to Aunty Lyka, at P.O. Box 306, Davy Hill, or send email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Have you ever wondered which holds more: a short, wide container or a tall, skinny one? Do this experiment to find out. Line up several kitchen objects of different sizes and shapes—a mug, a tall glass, a soup bowl, a pie pan, and so on. Guess which will hold the most water and which will hold the least. Then measure how much each one can hold. Any surprises?
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ROYAL BANK OF CANADA BRADES, MONTSERRAT
Abandoned Property – Over 15 years
IN accordance with the Banking (Abandoned Property) Regulation under section 34 of the Banking Act 2005 (No. 2 of 2005) Section No. 62. The following customers are hereby advised that the balance on their account will be transferred to the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, if no claim is made within thirty (30) days of the date of this notice. All claims should be made to “Royal Bank of Canada, Brades, Montserrat”. NAME ALLIOGANA FARM/GARDEN SUPPLIES AMY A DALEY CARIBBEAN SAND & AGGREGATE CLAUDINA DALEY &/OR DAWNE L KIRWAN DENNIS JACK HAUSDORF DR JERRY THORNTON OR HELICONIA BOOK CENTER INSURANCE SERVICES MONTSERRAT JACQUIE RYAN ENTERPRISES JANITHA JOSEPH JENNIFER LE BLANC L BURNS/E BROWNE & LLOYD H WEEKES M/RAT ANTILLES PLASTICS LTD M/RAT PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOC MARGARET A LINDSAY MARIAN O’GARRO MICHELLE HARDING OR MILTA RYAN OR MARGARET RYAN MISS DENISE C DYER MISS DOROTHY GREENAWAY OR MISS JESTINA DANIEL MR MATTHEW WHITE OR MR & MRS GERALD TITUS MR ADOLPHUS JOHNATHAN TUITT OR MR ALFRED PARSON OR MR ALLEN R MALCOLM MR ANDREW MARGLIN MR ANTHONY D LYNCH/ MR ARNOLD BERNIER OR MR BERNARD MEADE MR BORIS SOKOLOFF OR MR CHARLES E. DALEY MR CLEMENT PIPER OR MR CLIFFORD GREEN MR CURTIS BROOKS MR DAVID E CORBETT OR MR DENZIL YEARWOOD MR DONELL CAMERON OR MR EMMANUEL GALLOWAY MR EMMANUEL JOSEPH CABEY MR EUSTACE CHARLES MR FRED UPHILL OR MR GARRY KNIGHT/MS NINA KNIGHT MR GEORGE F HOWSON MR GEORGE T R ELWIN MR GERT DALEY MR IAN R. GIBSON MR IROD LINDSEY/& MR JAMES EAGLESON MR JAMES HARPER MR JAMES M D LEE MR JAMES T SMITH/MS JANE SMITH MR JASON TITLEY MR JOHN D R CASHIN MR JOHN EDWARD DYER MR JOHN WEEKES & OR MR JOSEPH EMMANUEL TUITT MR KENNETH G BRYFOGLE OR MR LENOX GREENAWAY MR LIONEL R O’BRIEN MR LLOYD DYETT OR MR LYNDON SKERRITT MR NOEL A RILEY
NAME (cont’d) C/O LORENZO GREAVES LIMITED JAMES DALEY
MRS BETSY THORNTON LIMITED
HERMAN L LINDSAY MARIA N BERGH
MS MAUDE GREENAWAY “JOSOA’S A/C” MS SARAH FRANCIS LEE MARY ROSE TUITT MS LUCY MARY ANN PARSON MRS JOAN MARGLIN MRS DOREEN LYNCH MRS RACHEL BERNIER MRS JOAN SOKOLOFF MS LORNA PIPER JO ANN GREEN MS DESIREE HARRIS MR BRIAN CAMERON
MS JOAN KINLEY MR NEVILLE BRADSHAW MRS IRENE ELWIN
MRS MARIE LINDSEY
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MRS DIANA WEST MRS BARBARA BRYFOGLE MS DIANA GREENAWAY MS PATRICIA DYETT
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Friday, November 23, 2012
MRS EDITH FURLONGE/-MAYNARD MS PHYLLIS COUGHLAN MS. MAUDLYN BURROWES MS CHRISTINA E LINDSEY
MS YVONNE D HEYWARD MRS JOYCE MCWHA MRS VIOLET CORBETT MRS ALBERTHA GAGE MRS JANICE LAMON MRS JANET MCCONKEY
“CYNTHIA CABEY’S A/C”
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MS MIRIAM PARSON MR RICHARD ALLEN MR JOEL PARSON MS EMILE J ROGERS MR JEREMIAH BRAMBLE MS ROSANNA DYER MR JULIAN ROMEO MAHESH VALECHHA JOSEA CABEY
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President Obama wins reelection with room to spare President Obama overcame a bad economy, high unemployment and a fractured political landscape to win a second term in the White House Tuesday night, defeating challenger Mitt Romney by taking several key battleground states. Long before he hit the campaign trail, President Obama and the members of his team said the strategy of Republicans to re-take the White House was simple: dig in their heels, forget bipartisan solutions to America’s problems; thwart all of his initiatives to drag the country out of the depths of the Great Recession; count on the economy getting worse over four years; and then come election time blame it all on him. If that was the strategy – and at times, it appeared to many, observers and all, as though it could have been - the American public did not buy it. Despite being hammered over four years by a well funded opposition party that blamed the state of the economy and unemployment on his alleged ineptitude and bad choices, Barack Obama was re-elected president of the United States on Tuesday and
it wasn’t even a nail-biter photo finish end as many people thought it would be. CNN was projecting Obama the winner by Electoral College votes with room to spare. By midnight Eastern Standard Time (EST) with vote results in from most states, Mr. Obama had secured the 270 votes in the Electoral College needed to win re-election and a second term as President of the United States. In beating challenger Mitt Romney, Mr. Obama carried Wisconsin, Iowa, New Hampshire, Colorado and Virginia and was holding on to a narrow advantage in Ohio and Florida late Tuesday night. Early on it became obvious the path to victory for Mr. Romney was narrow and it got narrower as the night wore on. Mr. Romney conceded the race to President Obama early Wednesday, telling supporters he had wished Mr. Obama well during a telephone call moments before coming on stage at his headquarters. “This is a time of great challenges for America, and I
pray that the president will be successful in guiding our nation,” said Romney. In one of the most closely watched Senate races in the country, Elizabeth Warren defeated Republican Sen. Scott Brown in Massachusetts. Despite the loss at the top of the ticket, the GOP retained its control of the House. Following projections by the Associated Press and all the major networks that he had won, Obama tweeted on his official Twitter account: “We’re all in this together. That’s how we campaigned, and that’s who we are. Thank you.” In the end, President Barack Obama won re-election exactly the way his campaign had predicted: running up big margins with women and minorities, mobilizing a sophisticated registration and get-out-the-vote operation, and focusing narrowly on the battleground states that would determine the election. It wasn’t always exciting, and it was hardly transformational. But it worked. “The Obama campaign laid out its plan, told everyone what they were doing and executed,”
said Anita Dunn, a former Obama White House official who advised the campaign through the fall. “No one should be surprised.” Obama won in part by building a strong coalition of young people, minorities, and college educated women and then crank-
Criminal probe into CLICO cont’d. from page 7 company branches altogether. Earlier this month, Director of Public Prosecutions Roger Gaspard announced plans for the criminal probe to go along with a similar investigation of the embarrassing collapse of the once-very prosperous Hindu Credit Union (HCH), also in Trinidad. Thousands of investors had also lost large sums of money and life savings. CLICO had been the umbrella agency for 65 companies in 32 countries, including the U.S., where it had invested millions in the now very soft Florida real estate market that
eventually led to the firm’s collapse. The companies had included forays into timber concessions, ethanol and rum production, the insurance sector, housing and a security firm, among others. Attorney General Anand Ramlogan had recently told the island’s Senate that government had spent about $80 million in both bailing out the company before its eventual collapse and in legal fees, hiring attorneys and other experts to trace various sums of money executives had withdrawn from bank accounts for a plethora of dubious schemes, including high rises and condominiums
in South Florida. “The fall was quite possibly the biggest financial collapse of a financial institution in the country,” Ramlogan said, adding that CLICO was a financial empire that dominated the social economic environment and had tentacles in almost every sector of the economy. Said Ramlogan, “The government is committed to the pursuit of justice on behalf of the people of both the CLICO and the HCU matters and is therefore committed to providing the necessary resources to the police service and prosecutors to facilitate this investigation.”
ing up a powerful ground game that turned those supporters out to vote in droves in crucial states like Ohio, Iowa and Wisconsin. The popular vote nationally however was split down the middle indicating a still polarized America.
For the President his reelection also confirms the popularity of his overhaul of the country’s health care laws - The Affordable Care Act - which Mr. Romney had vowed to repeal if he were elected. More next issue…