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All who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. —
Court house buildings burnt, arson suspected Vol. XXVII No. 28
Week Ending Friday, December 07, 2012
Romans 8:14 (NRSV)
By Bennette Roach
Monday morning, December 3, opened on the high note on the question that security at the Government Headquarters had somehow been compromised. The High Court and Magistrate Court, separate buildings appeared to have been “fire bombed”, and police were only able say they have no leads to suspects. We were prevented from seeing the damage to the inside of both buildings, but the Police reported that person or persons unknown up to this time through broken windows, appear to have thrown some kind of accelerant which resulted in fire inside the buildings. They reported the assistance of the Fire and Rescue Service in controlling the fire, and confirmed that a full investigation is underway, following RMPS officers discovery of the fires while on routine patrol early this morning. The High Court which adjourned towards the end of last week is housed in the same building housing the Registrar’s Office and the Magistrates office. The Magistrate Court about fifty yards away is housed in a building adjoining the Inland Revenue Department to the right facing north and
with the Ministry of Health to the left separated by a corridor and restrooms and kitchen. The police said that there is ‘moderate’ damage inside both quarters. As government headquarters workers arrived early to the cordoned off scenes, they
were told they would be unable to work as electricity to offices had to be checked and restored. It is expected that court hearings will be interrupted, as plans to reconvene at another location are underway.
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More Headlines... Overseas Territories leaders meet British PM...pg 2
Doneltha Weekes works toward education degree...pg 4 Red Cross Fundraiser raises $27,000...pg 5 $50 million to treat HIV/AIDS annually...pg 7
High Court room - Brades
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Overseas Territories leaders Regional Symposium on meet with British Prime Minister Protected Agriculture hailed a success by participants
Premiers, chief ministers and other elected representatives from Britain’s Overseas Territories were welcomed on Wednesday to 10 Downing Street by Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron, the first time that territory leaders have had a collective meeting with a British prime minister. The meeting with Cameron came at the end of the second day of the Joint Ministerial Council of the Overseas Territories, chaired by Mark Simmonds, Britain’s recently appointed Minister for the Overseas Territories. The Overseas Territories and UK Ministers will work together on several issues including strengthening economies and the environment, a statement from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office read. In expanding the plans they hope to build successful and resilient economies; harnessing support from the
Commonwealth and the EU; cherishing the environment and creating green growth; working together for better government; building stronger, healthier and safer communities; health; and education. A press statement by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) on Wednesday recalled that Cameron had said in his foreword in the White Paper on the Overseas Territories that “The United Kingdom’s 14 Overseas Territories are an integral part of Britain’s life and history. This government is ambitious for our territories as we are ambitious for the United Kingdom. We want to see our communities flourish in partnership, with strong and sustainable local economies. We see an important opportunity to set world standards in our stewardship of the extraordinary natural environments we have inherited.”
Simmonds added, “The White Paper sets out a very positive vision for the Overseas Territories. This first meeting of the Joint Ministerial Council has helped us identify an ambitious list of priority areas for action, such as encouraging economic growth; protecting the environment and making government work better. We will work closely with the Territories in the coming year to achieve what we have together set out to do. “Many of my ministerial colleagues from across government took part in the Council this week, demonstrating that the UK government as a whole is committed to supporting the territories.” A joint communiqué was also issued on Wednesday that sets out priority issues and a comprehensive action plan for joint work in the coming year.
participants and facilitators at the recently held Regional Symposium on Protected Agriculture Trinidad and Tobago:- The to develop a relationship with Trinidad & Tobago. Caribbean Agriculture and Re- the Caribbean region through The Symposium included a search Development Institute the signing of Memoranda of poster display, lectures and two (CARDI) hosted a Regional Sym- Understanding with CARDI and field trips to protected agriculture posium on ‘Strengthening the the Caribbean Development Bank operations in Trinidad, namely Mr. Protected Agriculture Industry (CDB). This Symposium, she said, Phillip Lewis, Executive Member of for improved food and nutrition ‘is just the start for a long term the Greenhouse Growers Associasecurity’ at the Hyatt Regency relationship with the Caribbean’; tion and Greenhouse farmer (priHotel in Port of Spain, Trinidad as through this medium CAAS is marily tomatoes) in Grand Couva, from Wednesday 21st to Friday securing details on successes and Central Trinidad; and Mr. Ronald 23rd November, 2012. lessons learnt across the Region. Dipsingh, Hydroponics farmer These facilitators from the Why China you may ask? Well, (primarily lettuce) in Carapichaima, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Professor Weijie answers, ‘In South Central Trinidad. Sciences (CAAS) included Profes- China, we have a similar climate Some twenty-five (25) techsor Dongxin Feng, Deputy Director to the Caribbean and currently we nical participants attended the General; Professor Jiang Weijie, have 3.5 million hectares under Symposium and represented ten Professor Sun Rifei and Associate Protected Agriculture cultivation’. (10) countries, including Barbados, Professor Yu Hongjun. Techni- His advice to would-be PA farmers Belize, China, Dominica, Grenada, cal presentations by the Chinese … ‘you must be willing to embrace Jamaica, St Kitts & Nevis, St LuProfessors were made on ‘Soilless technology and invest time and cia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, culture for Protected Agriculture energy’. Training, he said, such as and Trinidad and Tobago. systems’; ‘Crop variety and pest that offered by CARDI is critical to Mr. Webster Wilberforce Mc management for tropical/protected success for a new PA farmer. Pherson, Consultant Agronomist agriculture systems. Technical Presentations by with Jamaica’s Ministry of AgriculProfessor Dongxin Feng said representatives of the Ministries of ture and Fisheries shared insights that ‘international cooperation Agriculture were made on the topic into that country’s PA operations. is one of the most important for ‘Status on Protected Agriculture With some two hundred and sixtyPrime Minister David Cameron (C) and Foreign Office Minister Mark Simmonds Research and Development for in the CARICOM Region’, inclusive one currently in production, they meet with delegates of the Overseas Territories Joint Ministerial Council meeting CAAS’. Having established rela- of Barbados, Belize, Grenada, Ja- have seen a significant reduction tionships with eighty countries maica, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, in imports for tomatoes, sweet in London. Premier Meade left of PM - FCO photo cont’d. on page 3 across the world, CAAS sought St Vincent & the Grenadines, and ISLAND OF MONTSERRAT ISLAND OF MONTSERRAT A.D.2012 IN THE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE [PROBATE DIVISION] A.D.2012 LEGAL NOTICE [PROBATE] In the Estate of THOMAS BENJAMIN PIPER, deceased In the Estate of KATRINA ROSANNA RYAN, deceased NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of fourteen (14) days from LEGAL NOTICE the date of this notice, an application will be filed at the Registry, High Court NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of (14) days from the date hereof of Justice for an ORDER for Letters of Administration with Will annexed of application will be made in the Registry of the High Court of Justice for an order that THOMAS BENJAMIN PIPER late of Geralds, Montserrat who died on the Letters of Administration in the Estate of KATRINA ROSANNA RYAN late of Judy 6th day of April 2007 be granted to Marcelle E. M. Watts of Chambers, Old Towne, the Piece, Montserrat who died on the 12th day of October at the Mount St John Hospital lawful Attorney of VIOLET MELVINA CABEY, the niece of the deceased and one be granted to ALVIN EVERTON RYAN of Judy piece, Montserrat the husband of the of the person entitled share in the Estate. deceased and one of the persons entitled to a share in her Estate. ALL persons claiming to be beneficially interested in the Estate are requested to send written particulars thereof to me the undersigned within 14 days from the date of this notice.
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 of Probate to the said applicant should notify the Registrar of the High Court of Justice whose address is: Office of the Registrar, Brades, Montserrat not later than fourteen (14) days from the publication of this notice.
FURTHER any person objecting to the issuance of a Grant to the Applicant should notify the Registrar of the High Court of Justice, whose address is: Office of the Registrar General, Brades, Montserrat, not later than fourteen (14) days from the date of this notice.
Dated the 30th day of November 2012 Marcelle E.M. Watts Attorney at law for the Applicant
Dated this 28th day of November, 2012 ALVIN RYAN Applicant
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EDITORIAL It’s a good time for thoughtfulness, reflection and goodness There is always the deliberation of taking into consideration ‘your priorities’. The word Montserrat has heard since mid-1995. That language should have changed since May of 1996. What is easy to imagine, that no one has ever asked of those who had to step in to pick up the losses, ‘please tell us what you perceive those should be’? This raises nothing new to what we have been suggesting for a very long time, only in different ways. That Montserrat will never climb out of the woes that befall the grave that it continually finds itself unless some even discussions take place, geared to restitution of those losses. Absolutely nothing else will work. When anything the magnitude of losing a complete portion of the existence of a country, not just a hurricane, flood or such like, where you can dust off and “rebuild”, the conversation and the discussions have to be completely different and yes, skillful. But when that cannot be done on a level playing field there comes problems. Is that where we are? Isn’t it about time for some cleansing? Recently we have repeatedly recommend usually in the negative sense while using these same words, that sincerity, integrity and honesty be the hallmark of the negotiations that ensue between Her Majesty’s Government, local government of Montserrat and its people. There are obvious reasons, not known and much less understood, why this is so, but there are those who well know but would rather bury their heads and jump ship when they think it expedient and safe so to do. What really is saddening is the number of people who fit that category, because they are the small enough numbers who have great control, so that nothing happens. Add public servants, believed to be 75% of the working population and just because they pay, perhaps the bigger slice of the revenue collected through taxes, their conduct and their attitude will control things. How does that influence the lack of results in their reform that has been taking place for between ten to fifteen years? This discussion will inevitably lead to an economic one that is becoming more and more urgent. Those people who know the obstacles to that discussion must raise their consciousness, top being counted as the selfish and the greedy, and think of their families, wherever they may be because restoration will come and someone will pay. It is an abomination, the behavior of some of those in authority and in power who do not exercise it with love and decency, who can stand up and say that their actions are for the good of all and in no way mere persecution to those who dare to object to their actions, will not be forever tolerated. The advent of plans for the development at Little Bay, port and town centre, the restructuring of MDC (Montserrat Development Corporation) should see a better thrust at bring the people and residents of Montserrat to understand and much more to believe in the possibilities. Any attempt to deny just living that do not hinder the development, such as the treatment meted out to a single family entity, especially when it is no hindrance to anyone else is to be rejected and discouraged in clear terms. We hope that if the matter becomes necessary to be reported it will be to shower commonsense to some aspect of how we plan to move this place forward in however small the step. We have hinted before that the undesirable events that seem to be overtaking our thoughts are not at all easy terms used to explain them, but rather the result of a condition that exists and is already like a cancer or more aptly, a disease that is contagious. The Festival 50 season seem to nearing top fever, and even with the more reasoned 1,500 to 2,000 people that might visit the island for the occasion, there will be nothing more desirable that the experiences of residents will have changed and it all will be worth remembering. But, let the discussions include the opening thoughts hereinbefore.
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Nutten - DSRHP
Why is it that any time you sit alone Curious mind will ask "what you doing" Knee jerk reaction straight up lie... 'nothing" Obviously you are sitting You are-standing in deep meditation Same question answer is ' nothing" Nothing settles an argument like 'nothing" It's the other word for leave me alone Or the mind your own business My silence is my euphoric utopia
It's an inconceivable state The way to get there is beyond meditation The trick to get there is to believe it exist
The universe is nothing and we exist within A grand old nothingness Even though we succumb ourselves Trying to earn and gain so much Eventually Its all for nothing In time it will stay behind All the caring is for nothing And then there is the leave me out Passive or aggressive Nothing starts or end a war like doing phrase nothing Innocently 'I didn't do nothing" Don't ever underestimate Sometimes you really didn't do anything The power of nothing But no one believes you did nothing That's why I want nothing Nothing is hard to prove So what am I doing......nutten Because you have to do something To prove you did nothing William Bubblicous Galloway Nothing is a void
Regional Symposium a success
cont’d. from page 2 peppers, cucumbers and romaine lettuce. He shared that while in 2007 over 500,000 kgs of sweet peppers were imported into Jamaica, 2011 figures show that the figure has declined to 140,000 kgs. Also, currently the local production of lettuce is about 130,000 kgs and meets local demands; so Jamaica has for the last three years not imported lettuce. This clearly lends to the potential of PA for positively impacting on the Region’s import bill, which hovers close to US$4 B. Amir Pulido, an Extension Officer with Belize’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Agriculture says that ‘PA is considered to be the future in vegetable production’. The Belize farmers are being taught to build their own structures. Amir says of the Symposium ‘it has been very interesting, learning new things and networking’. Tyrone John, Head, Crop Research (Ag.), at St Vincent and the
Grenadines’ Ministry of Agriculture says that with the one hundred and thirty (130) PA systems in that country, they are about to embark on three Greenhouse Parks with the European Union assistance. These Parks will be established in the Windward, Central and Leeward parts of the country. His country, he said ‘is focused on achieving food security as its objective, while encouraging young entrepreneurship and increasing employment’. Young Nakisha Mark, a Research Assistant with the Faculty of Food and Agriculture, University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus said that the Symposium provided an opportunity for her to network on technologies in use across the Region. The Symposium was held with the assistance of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) and sought to sensitize technical support
personnel to emerging technologies and practices in protected agriculture; and to develop a framework for information sharing among technical personnel involved in the development of the Protected Agriculture (PA) industry in the Caribbean Region. Mr. Luther St Ville, Operations Officer of the CDB is noted to have said that partnering with CAAS and CARDI on this project is ‘in keeping with CDB’s mandate to improve livelihoods and reduce poverty in the Region’. He postured that ‘PA is a promising technology and can assist rural farmers in increasing their levels of income’. Protected Agriculture (PAS) is knowledge intensive and participants got a scope of PA in a leading and developed country. ‘This Symposium told us what we need to do to move PA forward’ says Dr. Janet Lawrence, Head of CARDI’s Trinidad and Tobago Unit and Thematic Leader: Emerging Issues.
Our Scripture Verse Today So Little?
All who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. - Romans 8:14 (NRSV) Every morning on my way into the city I drive past a corner shop situated in a busy part of the city and above its busiest section. Usually before 8:00 am, the owner of the business stands outside on the pavement, exchanging cheerful greetings with passersby. Many of these are pupils on their way up to a primary school located on the slopes of the mountain just above the center of the city of Cape Town, South Africa. On one particular morning, I witnessed the shop owner helping two young ones cross the street. The children laughed as he playfully pretended to give them a gentle push to help them on
their way. This act of kindness and care reminded me of a shepherd keeping a watchful eye on his sheep. In this season of Advent, we remember that God is always with us - watching over us, guiding us, giving us a sense of security, just as the shop owner on the corner brings a sense of assurance to those school children each day. Especially at this time of year, we yearn for God’s guiding Spirit to give us open hearts and minds to change whatever in our lives needs changing. Advent reminds us that God is always with us, helping us to become more like Christ.
Dear God, in preparation for the birth of Jesus in our hearts, we pray for the gift of a new beginning where we need it most. Amen.
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Doneltha Weekes works New Hilltop Family Centre to an education degree and Coffee House opens Miss Doneltha Weekes is the deputy head teacher at the Lookout primary school, and she is speeding ahead in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in education. To do this she has invited and has been involving the community to be part of her studies and invited The Montserrat Reporter to witness her at work. We visited with Miss Weekes on the evening of November 27, at one of the Brades school class rooms and after observing her briefly working with the Rotaractors, Miss Weekes Bachelors told us that she is seeking to obtain a Bachelors in Education degree. “I am doing my studies and I am conducting a practicum session with a group from the community,” she said. She explained later: “It is a series of drama sessions I am conducting with a group from the community as part of my bachelors in education studies.” Miss Weekes said she
chose the Rotaract Club having found, “…they are very involved in community activities.” She said she approached the president, “she signaled her interest and I went and sensitised the group and told them what the session would be like.” She further explained that the series runs over several weeks and that at the time, “... we are focusing on team building.” She said she chose that because the Rotaractors had signaled that (team work)
was one of their weak points. “I decided to capitalize on that and every week we do different sessions on team building, she said, pointing out that, “This week's session is on unity. Last week's was on conflict resolution. The previous session was on leadership. We do different sessions focusing on team building getting them in that spirit…” As she worked with a very attentive, involved and enthusiastic group of Rotaractors, she indicated,
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The travelling public is asked to note that there are seats available on WINAIR for flights between St Maarten, Antigua and Montserrat on 12th December 2012 and 19th December 2012. The flights are oneway only and are as follows: • St Maarten to Montserrat with one stop in Antigua. • Antigua to Montserrat non-stop. • Montserrat to St Maarten non-stop. Interested passengers may make their reservations on line at www.fly-winair.com.
David and Clover Lea and their family, along with so many others in Montserrat, saw a need for a place for our young people to come to socialize and have fun, yet also be inspired and encouraged. A place where they can see positive films and hear and play positive music, both live and otherwise. A place where healthy local fruits, snacks and drinks would be served, along with popcorn on movie nights. So was born the Hilltop Family Centre and Coffee House. David Lea said that he had the vision for this coming to pass over twenty five years ago when the Leas opened “His Place” Youth Center in Cork Hill. Now the vision has come to pass in a new and even better way with the opening of “The Hilltop Family Centre and Coffee House.” Over the next few months they hope to establish a Saturday afternoon program for primary school age kids with animated movies, games, puppet shows and fun things to do that
will teach respect, manners, self-discipline, etc. Saturday nights will be for the teen and up crowd with movies that will have a positive message and a group discussion afterward. There is a Ping-Pong table, a Chess table, with the regular games that older kids and adults enjoy. There will also be a small stage with sound system for folks to share their gifts and talents on “Coffee House” night on Friday evenings. From 7:00 till 11:00 Thursday, Friday, and Sat-
urday mornings, there will be special coffees and baked goodies available for sale to all. According to the Leas they hope to create a sort of an internet café feel which will help to financially sustain the whole project. As the Christmas season draws near, they hope to open every morning from Monday to Saturday. The project is operated under a Board of Directors and members who all work on a volunteer basis. But, the visionaries believe that, “the time may come when we will need to hire a manager to be in charge of opening, closing and overseeing all aspects of the project.” The members look for other ways and volunteers, to help to raise support for the project. To assist with raising further support, the facility will be available on rent for meetings, etc. on a donation basis. ALL the funds will be
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OVERSEAS TERRITORY OF MONTSERRAT IN THE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE A.D. 2012 LEGAL NOTICE In the estate of CHARLES EVONS ALLEN, 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 in the Estate of CHARLES EVONS ALLEN late of 52 Pool Court, Fordmill Road, Catford, London, SE6 3JQ, United Kingdom, who died on the 28th day of November 2011 at University Hospital Lewisham, Lewisham, London, United Kingdom be granted to CHIVONE GERALD of Allen Markham & Associates, Banks, Montserrat, the Lawful Attorney of DEREK FERGUS the brother and Personal Representative of the deceased and one of the persons entitled to share in the Estate. 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 the notice. DATED the 7th day of December 2012 Chivone Gerald ALLEN MARKHAM & ASSOCIATES
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Red Cross Fundraiser produces a whopping $27,000 The Red Cross Montserrat branch through the MRC Patron Community Projects raised over $27,000.00 under the leadership of Mrs. Sujue Davis, wife of His Excellency the Governor. Mrs. Davis set out to raise funds to purchase two automated external defibrillators (AED). She organised a variety show, a silent and live auction which was held on Saturday, November 26, 2012, at Government House in Woodlands. The outstandingly supported event which featured along with the variety show of skits and songs, included the impromptu singing of ‘the twelve days of Christmas’ by volunteer audience members, was a great success. Mrs. Davis while expressing thanks to the many persons who assisted in carrying off the MRC
event revealed that a total, first stated at $25,000 eventually climed to over $27,000. This sum she said included $4301.12 from Mr. Edward Fort from Fort Foundation who donated an AED. She said, “this project is for everyone living on Montserrat,” advising that, ”There will be transparency and accountability for MRC Patron Community Projects.” The Red Cross patron says she is devoting her time and efforts for this good cause, and would be grateful for any suggestions or thoughts on how “we can make the AEDs most effective.”
Friday, December 07, 2012
Caribbean fishers to get $13.6m Jamaica Observer
FISHERFOLK across the Caribbean are set to benefit from a timely Euro 117,956 ($13.6 million) project which will help them develop a more sustainable and professional industry. The project will also target the quality of life of the fisherfolk and the nutrition obtained from seafood. The project will enable fisherfolk to continuously engage policymakers as they increase their participation in the formulation of key regional fisheries policies. Additionally, regional and national networking will be bolstered as the fisherfolk gain strength in advancing their interests. Entitled Implementing the Ca-
ribbean Community Common Fisheries Policy: Positioning and Engaging Fisher Folk Organisations, the project will foster one-week consultation on the implementation and mainstreaming of regional fisheries policies into small-scale fisheries governance arrangements in the Caribbean. It aims to build insight into fisheries ecosystems and the likely impacts of the fishing techniques used on various ecosystems while expanding knowledge on common fisheries management tools which take into account climate change and disaster risk reduction. The project will be undertaken through the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) which
was recently awarded a 12-month contract by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA). The CRFM-CTA project will engage executives as well as members of national fisherfolk organisations in 15 ACP member countries who are part of the CRFM/CARIFORUM group, as well as representatives from partnering organisations and is expected to positively contribute to sound, key regional fisheries policies that take into account small-scale fisher folk positions and their proposals. Read more: http://www. jamaicaobserver.com/business/ Caribbean-fishers-to-get--136m_12957380#ixzz2CUNmJxI0
or grandchildren,” he added. The three French anglers were caught by the Coast Guard over the weekend. They were fined a combined total of $40,000 for illegal fishing by the Minister of Agriculture. Failure to pay up will result in them being hauled before the courts. Local fishermen spotted the boat on which the trio was fishing on Friday, and summoned the Coast Guard. The men were intercepted by officers on patrol on one of the new safe board interceptors donated by the United States government last month. The men, who were represented by John Fuller, will be released from police custody upon payment of the
Demands for more arrests of illegal French fishermen
By Rory Butler –
Antigua – A former president of the Fishermen’s Co-operative wants more arrests after three French anglers were caught over the weekend for illegally fishing in Antigua & Barbuda’s waters. “It’s about time we have more capturing of French fishermen in our waters because … in Guadeloupe they believe it is their right to fish in our waters,” said Gerald Price. “We need more capture of these fishermen and when we capture them we have to make an example of them. “They must stop reaping our fish because in the short to long run we will have nothing for our children
Price said it’s important harsh penalties are given to people illegally fishing in the country’s waters to deter others. “Our fishing industry is being hampered by the French fishermen coming into our waters so I am extremely glad the Coast Guard has made a capture,” said Price. “I hope it’s not just a little slap in the hand and they go back to Guadeloupe; some example must be made so that other French fishermen must know to keep out of our waters,” he added. Local fishermen have long complained of illegal fishing by Guadeloupe and Martinique fishermen.
Miss Weekes works towards degree cont’d. from page 4 “These are drama sessions. I am exposing them to what drama is, and that drama is something for them to explore. It comes to everyone’s door.” Obviously enjoying the work she was engrossed in, she told the group as we listened. “You do not have to be a dramatist to dramatise,” and then to us she said, “I try to get them out of their shell,” concluding proudly, “I have seen a lot improvement from how they came. Some of them are shy, you see them how they are getting on,
there’s a lot of change how they start relating to each other. I see a lot of positives coming out of them.” Doneltha conducted a few different sessions with the obviously animated group, explaining that in one of them they were acting what she titled, “it’s a party”. That began with the group writing out their strengths on paper (no names), and putting them in a bag. Following this they are read, while the group pointed out the individual who they thought noted the particular strength. “… then we are going to
discuss all the strengths and then go into a drama to bring out all the strengths,” the tutor-student explained. Miss Weekes towards the end of several activities, after directing them, “Unity is strength – Team work,” asked the group, “From the first day you came to now, do you find you are out there, meaning you are more outspoken?” Some responded eagerly: “I feel more comfortable around – I come out of my comfort zone – I get along easily…”
New Hilltop Family Centre cont’d. from page 4 used to further the purposes of the Centre. Everyone is invited to stop in and check out this exciting, new venture as there is something there for everyone. It’s multi-functional…a little
something for everyone! While expressing special thanks to Athill and Nadine Tuitt, “who have helped so much to make this project possible,” public acknowledgement also go for the contribution of Joseph
Cassell and LIME, “who are kindly providing free internet service to help in this venture.” Information provided by Clover and David Lea and the steering committee of Living Letters Christian Outreach
VACANCY NOTICE MANAGER – ONE STOP SHOP Reporting to:
Director, Trade and Investment Promotion Division, MDC
MDC Offices, Little Bay, Montserrat
To increase the levels of investment on the island from both Montserratians and international investors. This investment is required to build a successful, sustainable economy. The principal target for investment is the international, upscale leisure and business tourism markets, with a particular focus on the implementation of the Little Bay/Carr’s Bay Master Plan. Other target sectors are geothermal energy, agricultural processing, medical tourism, mining and light manufacturing, fishing and IT-enabled services.
Key Responsibilities: To establish the One Stop Shop, bringing it into full operation. To create a culture of customer service within the One Stop Shop and its key partners. To build effective relationships with all relevant departments of the Government of Montserrat. To monitor how competing locations provide similar services. To undertake initial appraisals of potential projects and make recommendations on next steps. To prepare full project reports on live projects, making recommendations on the incentives required. To design incentive packages and secure approval for them from the Fiscal Incentives Committee. To provide committed investors with advice on project implementation. To provide a continuing aftercare service to established investors. Detailed Responsibilities: Finalise the strategy and activities of the One Stop Shop. Install a customer relationship management (CRM) system for logging and tracking investment enquiries. Continually review the One Stop Shop’s capacity and make recommendations on improvements when required. Personally exemplify the highest standards of customer service. Promote those standards to Montserrat Development Corporation (MDC) colleagues and Government of Montserrat (GoM) officers. Agree protocols on performance targets and standards with all relevant Government of Montserrat (GoM). Fully understand the remits and responsibilities of all relevant departments. Meet regularly with all relevant GoM officials, promoting understanding of the One Stop Shop’s role. Deal quickly and effectively with any issues affecting response times and quality. Regularly review activities and performance of competing locations. Collect summary information on source, sector, value and track record of investor. Apply clear and consistent assessment criteria. Make recommendation to TIP Director and MDC Board. Compile full report on investor proposals, including business plans, previous track record, contribution to MDC priorities, consistency with GoM laws and regulations. Make recommendations to MDC Board on whether or not to proceed. Make recommendations on minimum incentive package required to secure the investment. Prepare full statement of incentives package required. Present package to Fiscal Incentives Committee. Understand from investor the full scope of project implementation requirements. Prepare implementation support plan. Deliver required support to investor, securing support from MDC colleagues, relevant GoM officers and other agencies. Understand the longer term operational plans of established investors. Prepare and deliver aftercare plans as appropriate to each case. Identify operational problems and opportunities for reinvestment. PERSONNEL SPECIFICATIONS: Education and qualifications: Interested persons should be educated to degree level in a relevant discipline such as Business Management, Accountancy, Banking, Law or Economics. Experience and Knowledge: The applicant should have: an understanding of Government of Montserrat structure and departmental responsibilities; experience of working with investors and developers in the region, particularly in the high end tourism market; experience in a customer service environment with a knowledge of customer relationship management techniques; experience in project appraisal and management Salary and Allowances: Negotiable based on qualification and experience. Core Skills: • Be commercially aware. • Possess excellent analytical and writing skills. • Possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills. • Self sufficient in the use of MS Office and CRM software. • Have an open and engaging demeanour. • Have a hands-on approach. • Be willing to take personal responsibility. • Be able to win trust and personal credibility. • Be assertive in dealing with poor performance and obstructions. • Have an obsessive attention to detail. • Have a commitment to meeting deadlines. • Have an understanding of the values associated with small communities. • Be persistent and have personal resilience. Applications should be addressed to: The Executive Chairman Montserrat Development Corporation Little Bay MONTSERRAT and should reach him no later than Friday, 29 December 2012.
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Caricom disappointed at Britain’s response on APD sustainable long-term growth. Air passenger duty makes a vital contribution to the public finances and it is important that revenues from the duty are maintained,’ Osborne wrote. Anthony said it is interesting “that the United Kingdom opted to retain its discriminatory approach in the implementation of the APD. “In my letter, I drew to the attention of the Chancellor that it was unfair and unjustifiable for travellers from the United Kingdom to the United States to pay a lower duty than travellers from the UK to the Caribbean, when, for all practical purposes, the United States and the Caribbean are in the same geographical zone”. But Osborne replied “you refer to revenue-neutral solutions for changing the structure of the Somse pointed out that it also must also be made in order for Jamaica Gleaner APD in your letter. It is costing countries in the re- costs more to treat homosexuals countries to better manage response As you will be aware, changgion about $50 million a year to treat and sex workers infected with the programmes. es to the banding structure were virus. Somse said a study is now those infected with HIV/AIDS. considered in detail within the According to Somse, instiunderway to determine how money UNAIDS Country Coordinator, consultation. “In weighing up for Jamaica, Belize and the Bahamas, tutional streamlining is needed for is being spent and what are the the case for reform, the GovernPierre Somse said that amount is pro- Caribbean countries to enhance their options for increasing domestic ment recognised that no banding funding, to treat those living with jected to increase by 25 million per HIV/AIDS response programmes. structure would be entirely free He said financial adjustments the disease. year for within the next five years. of anomalies and that a revenueth Summary Report of Proceedings of the Legislative Assembly held on 27 November, 2012. neutral move to a two or three band system could not be achieved 1. The following papers were laid on the table;without a rise for passengers fly(a) Financial Secretary ing to band A and B, some 90 per cent of total passengers.” (i) S R & O No. 53 of 2012 Customs Duties and Consumption Tax The Chancellor agreed that (Hullabaloo Land) (Exemption) Order 2012; Trinidad Guardian CASTRIES—Caribbean Community (Caricom) chairman, Dr Kenny Anthony has expressed disappointment that the United Kingdom has “opted to retain its discriminatory approach” in dealing with the controversial Air Passenger Duty (APD). Anthony, who is also the St Lucia prime minister, had written to the British Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, on the “deleterious effect” the controversial United Kingdom Air Passenger Duty (APD) tax is continuing to have on Caribbean
economies. The APD, instituted in 1994, is a British environmental tax aimed at offsetting aviation’s carbon footprint. In its initial stage, it was set at £5 (US$7.85) per person. Regional governments have been lobbying London to remove the tax, which they said negatively affects the growth of the tourism industry since the Caribbean has been placed in a band that makes travel to the region much more expensive than travelling from London to the United States. Anthony said that he had
received a response from the British government official which he described as “interesting in one respect. “The Chancellor more or less confirms that the APD was introduced primarily to raise revenue to tackle the deficit in the United Kingdom,” Anthony said. “In your letter you recognise the fiscal challenge that the UK faces and so I hope you will understand that the Government remains focused on tackling the deficit in order to protect the UK economy from global instability and secure
$50 million annually to treat HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean
(ii) S R & O No. 54 of 2012
Tax Compliance Certificate Act 2012 (Commencement) Order 2012;
(iii) S R & O No. 55 of 2012
Customs Duties and Consumption Tax (Returning Montserratian) (Waiver) Order 2012;
(iv) S R & O No. 56 of 2012
Customs Duties and Consumption Tax (Waiver of Duties on Barrels) Order 2012;
(v) S R & O No. 57 of 2012
Customs Duties and Consumption Tax (Social Security Board) (Exemption) Order 2012;
(vi) S R & O No. 58 of 2012
Customs Duties and Consumption Tax (Waiver of Duties on Festival Items and Musical Instruments) Order 2012;
(vii) S R & O No. 59 of 2012
Customs Duties and Consumption Tax (Justine and Anne Thomas) (Exemption) Order 2012.
The Second Reading of the following Bill took place: ‘Labour Code 2012’ First Reading Second Reading
31st October 2012 27th November 2012
The Bill was referred to a Select Committee for further consideration. 3.
A Report on the Review of the Standing Orders of the Montserrat Legislative Assembly was accepted. A few minor adjustments were recommended.
Bills that had their first readings can be read in their entirety at any of the following places: Legislature Department #1 Farara Plaza Brades Montserrat
Legal Department Valley View Brades Montserrat
Judith C Baker Clerk of the Legislative Assembly
Public Library Government of BBC Complex Montserrat Website Brades Montserrat
Dr. Kenny Anthony the “links between the UK and St Lucia are important for both countries, especially given the large Caribbean Diaspora in the UK, for whom air travel is an essential means to visit friends and family.” He indicated that the UK Government “cannot carry out another extensive consultation on APD but will continue to monitor the situation.” The Caricom chairman said “given the Chancellor’s response, it is now for Caricom countries to consider their options and to take the issue to another level.” The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) said that new research shows that removing the APD would result in an additional 91,000 British jobs being created and £4.2 billion ($44 billion) added to the economy within a year. Earlier this year, a number of leading international airlines, including British Airways, EasyJet, Ryanair and Virgin Atlantic urged
Osborne to suspend the planned APD pending the outcome of an independent study of the economic effects of such a tax rise. The airlines said that the eight per cent increase introduced in April would reduce passenger numbers and hinder the UK’s economic recovery. They said that as a result of the increase, a family of four flying from the UK to the Caribbean would have to pay close to £400 ($4,200) in taxes. In 2005 such a family would have paid a total of £80 ($840) in taxes. The US House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a bill aimed at protecting American airlines from a European Union program to limit emissions. The House originally passed the bill, which gives the transportation secretary authority to exempt US carriers from the EU Emissions Trading Scheme, a year ago. A modified Senate bill passed in September, and Monday’s House vote to accept the Senate bill sends it to President Barack Obama for his signature. On Monday, the EU, facing international protests and a possible trade war, said it was postponing enforcement of the emissions programme for non-EU carriers. Congress has stepped in to protect US airlines that its critics say is unilateral and illegal. (CMC)
The Aloe: 30 great reasons to make home
remedies from Aloe vera - the legendary healing plants of the Egyptians, Greeka and Native Americans - (plentiful in Montserrat) by: JB Bardot
(NaturalNews) Over 6,000 years have passed since the Egyptians referred to the common houseplant Aloe vera as the "plant of immortality," due to its myriad of uses for everything from acne to baldness, insomnia, digestive upsets, sepsis and cancer. Aloe vera plants produce a variety of substances with antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral and antioxidant properties; earning it a spot in the pantheon of superfoods and super herbs alongside companions such as echinacea, garlic, turmeric and ginger. If you intend to take Aloe vera orally, always choose an organic product or grow your own. The plant provides high amounts of vitamins and minerals. Regular consumption of Aloe vera juice supplies the eight essential amino acids not made by the body plus a wide range of enzymes. Skin treatments • Legendary healing properties repair skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis, acne, and rosacea • Apply to cuts, sores, boils and other skin infections to take advantage of its antibacterial healing properties • Rub the inner sides of a cut leaf on skin for a biodegradable shower scrub • Exfoliate dry skin by mixing two TBS each Aloe vera gel and organic brown sugar with two tsp. lemon juice • For a more vigorous scrub, mix one cup each of Aloe gel and coconut oil with two
cups sea salt and two TBS raw honey • Mix equal parts of Aloe gel with lemon juice to decrease freckles, dark spots and brighten skin • Apply straight Aloe vera gel to skin to eliminate warts, reduce age lines, remove scars and stretch marks • Moisturize skin and remove eye makeup with Aloe gel • Relieve itching from allergies and rashes; soothe burns, poison ivy, and blisters • Heal herpes orally and genitally; relieve athlete's foot and topical yeast infections • Exfoliate feet, knees and elbows with a mixture of 1/2 cup each oatmeal and organic corn meal, four TBS Aloe vera gel, and 1/2 cup coconut oil • Make a kitchen mixture to treat minor burns by mixing 1/4 cup each Aloe vera gel and non-alcoholic liquid Calendula with a few drops of vitamin E oil. Store in an airtight jar in the cupboard. • Stimulate hair growth by applying Aloe gel to scalp after washing. Leave on for 30 minutes and rinse. • Tame frizzy hair by rinsing after shampooing with aloe juice • Replace shaving cream and use Aloe vera gel; soothe razor burn Internal uses for Aloe vera • Drink Aloe juice to relieve indigestion, heartburn, acid reflux, bloating, flatulence, peptic ulcers and constipation
• Apply externally and drink juice to relieve hemorrhoids • Soothe IBS, colitis, and other ailments of the colon • Eliminate UTI and prostate problems by drinking aloe vera • Use as a personal lubricant; it's pH balanced and condom-safe • Add to your douche for vaginal irritations and yeast infections • Aloe reduces inflammation throughout the body, especially in the joints and muscles, and restores tissue to its original state • Stabilizes blood sugar; reduces triglycerides • Relieves diabetic and peripheral neuropathy • Swish and gargle to promote healthy gums and mouth • Add aloe leaves to hot water and boil, inhaling steam to relieve chest congestion, asthma, and sinus problems • Aloe acts to protect the body's immune system, destroying bacteria and slowing down the aging process • Helps activate white blood cells and promotes the growth of healthy, non-cancerous cells in cancer patients • Oxygenates the blood and promotes healthy circulatory system, strengthening the heart • Drinking aloe juice is an excellent general detoxifier for the entire system that helps establish a healthy, alkaline pH
Friday, December 07, 2012
Courthouses burnt cont’d. from page 1
The last time a fire was reported at a court house in Plymouth several decades ago, and like now, arson was suspected, when several court records were destroyed. The fire was concentrated on the top floor of the 43-year old building and while there were much damage Clerk of Council’s office records along with brand new equipment, new chairs etc., the Council Above:Court House fire - Brades 2012 Chamber and the roof of May, 1972 newspaper. have developed theories the building suffered severe Early estimates had put which have resulted in perdamage. Damage to the of- the damage at $100,000. sons of interest. “We are fices below was as a result In an update, Ag. Com- progressing the investigaof water. The births, deaths, missioner of Police Siddell tion; we have developed marriages and land and today, Nov 7, told the media theories what we call workcourt and criminal records in his bi-weekly press con- ing theories and this result were very well secured in ference, while he had no in persons of interest.” the fire-proof vault below. arrests or charges to speak Siddell said further that It was police on patrol on about, complimented his the Police will, “follow the main Parliament Street, officers for the discovery through with trying to idenwho had discovered the fire of the fire, and the national tify these persons of interest at the time also. Many peo- fire service for how they who are actually involved,” ple who were on their way efficiently handled the situ- saying, “there is a strong home following a Mighty ation. “...a large number of likelihood that there are Sparrow show gathered, court records were saved people in our community and included top govern- and that fire could’ve been know who the persons are ment officials, such as the significantly worse,” he responsible for the fire, Chief Minister, the Magis- said. ”and the he was asking for trate/Registrar and PermaThe Ag. Commissioner the public to come forward nent Secretaries, according said that the investigation to, “provide us with some to the Montserrat Mirror of was continuing, that they information.”
Above: Clerk of Council Office Below: Council Chamber, upstairs court house in Plymouth
The Ag. COP announced that an reward was being considered, but he could not confirm it at the time. He said the idea is part of a program being considered that, “would offer a financial reward for anyone who provide information, using this fire as an example
Court room fire that would lead to an arrest and a conviction.” Siddell responded to questions about the security of government headquarters and private sector properties of significance. He believed that the discussion should proceed, but there
was far too much talk and no action. No sound of a motive although speculations are strongly linked to recent court decisions. Back in 1972 no arrests were made in connection with that fire but motive was believed to be politicalv
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