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Natalee Holloway

Human remains discovered after 12-year search for American student in Aruba

ORANJESTAD, Aug. 17,  CMC –  There is another twist to the mystery surrounding the disappearance of American high school graduate Natalee Holloway  following the discovery of human remains in this Dutch Caribbean territory.

Natalee Holloway
Natalee Holloway

Holloway, 18, was with friends on a post-high school trip to Aruba in 2005 when she vanished, leaving her loved ones wondering for years what happened to her.

For years, speculation has swirled around Joran van der Sloot, a Dutch national last seen with the Alabama teen at a tourist bar on the island.

With the discovery of the remains, Holloway’s father, Dave Holloway, and private investigator T.J. Ward announced on NBC Television Wednesday that the remains are now being DNA-tested to confirm if they are Natalee’s remains.

“We’ve chased a lot of leads, and this one is by far the most credible lead I’ve seen in the last 12 years,” Holloway told NBC, showing hope that the lack of answers that has tormented him for more than a decade may be coming to a close.

Holloway said that the discovery was the result of an 18-month investigation with Ward, a search that was documented for a television show that debuts Saturday.

Previous theories stated that Holloway was hidden in a construction site or dumped in the sea, although an informant, a man identified by the television programme – only as Gabriel, said she was buried at an Aruban park.

Gabriel said that he lived with a friend of van der Sloot’s named John, who relayed that Holloway began foaming at the mouth and died after being given a date rape drug.

Van der Sloot is currently serving nearly three decades in prison for the murder of another young woman in Peru.

The now 30-year-old admitted to police in 2010 that he strangled Stephany Flores, 21, in his Lima hotel room after she learned of his connection to Holloway’s disappearance.

A transcript of Van der Sloot’s confession shows that he said he could give information about the Aruba case to police in exchange for a deal on the Peru killing.

US Federal prosecutors also filed charges against him in 2010 for allegedly trying to extort money from Holloway’s mother, Beth Holloway Twitty, by giving her false information about the whereabouts of her daughter’s remains.

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Harris

Government will to give second chance to young people if they move away from crime

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, Aug 4, CMC – Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris says his administration is willing to provide a second opportunity to young people to move away from a life of crime and was guaranteeing them a job should they do so.

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Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris

“If there is any young person out there involved now in illegal activity, particularly in relation to guns, and they want to make a turn, I would guarantee them, I repeat, I am guaranteeing them a job if they are seriously committed to turn away from the life of crime,” Harris told reporters.

He said “that is the solemn guarantee I make” adding “I would guarantee you a job that you could at least earn a weekly wage if you are serious about making the turn for the better.

“The country deserves fewer criminals than we have on the streets and the cost of maintenance of the peace and security requires us to be open-minded and to even think outside the box if we are to nip this situation in the bud.”

Harris, who is also National Security Minister, said there are career opportunities available in St. Kitts and Nevis for young people, particularly school leavers, in the area of law enforcement.

 “Being in the Police Force is not just about carrying a baton, it’s not just about standing at some beat; it is also about learning a diversified array of life skills that could put you in good stead for life.

“The career paths in terms of policing now are so diverse. So for example, as we are building out our [Closed-Circuit Television] CCTV programme we need young men with knowledge in ICT to be part of that particular programme.

“As we are developing our forensic department, we need young people with expertise and experience in forensics, so there is a wide range. As we are talking about building and reorganizing our Traffic Department, there is room even in administration,” Prime Minister Harris said.

The twin-island Federation has been rocked by brazen criminal activities including murder in recent months and Harris said that as his administration moves to implement policies aimed at curbing these activities, job opportunities were also being made available to the unemployed.

“The Customs Department has a regular training programme for recruits and we want to build on that cadre of persons and so we are welcoming and encouraging people to get involved. We want our parents not to have their children at home being idle doing nothing when work is going a-begging in the country,” he told reporters.

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Gwennett Reece

Red Cross Youth Arm attend regional youth camp in Suriname

MRC – Aug. 3 2017 – The Youth Arm of the Montserrat branch of the British Red Cross will be represented at the Caribbean regional youth summer camp to be held in Suriname.

 The camp which starts today (Thursday) is an annual one and attracts youth from across the region.

Jonelle Reece

 

Uquuan Hopkinson

Representing Montserrat at the camp are Jonelle Reece and Uquaan Hopkinson and they will be accompanied by the Red Cross Youth

co-ordinator, Gwennett Reece. The camp concludes on August 12.

 The youth arm of the Montserrat Red Cross was re-established earlier this year and is mainly made up of present and past Community College and MSS students.

Gwennett Reece

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De Ole Dawg

Time for truth about Montserrat’s economy

 Contribution – Part 18/2017

 What is the true state of our economy, and what should we do about it?

BRADES, Montserrat, June 28, 2017 – One of the common sayings on our streets is “the economy is dead,” and many shop-owners say that sales are “slow.” At the same time there is a wave of “new” Internet cars on our roads – which will eat up “free- to- spend money” for many families. Some local businesses are actually building additional capacity, while many others have “dead” or slow-moving stock. Some homes are being built, but there are few factories. For decades, local agriculture has been a tiny sector of our economy, now about 2 – 3%. There has been an obvious increase in cruise ship visits over the past few years, but tourism is nowhere near what it was pre-volcano. A very mixed pattern.

How, then, can we make sense of the economic big picture? For one, the ECCB is the official source for economic data about Montserrat. So, here are their January 2017 growth rate figures since 2007- 8 (when the global economic down-turn began):

As a comparison, the IMF recently estimated that the USA is expected to grow at 2.3% this year, the UK at 1.5%, Germany at 1.5% and France at 1.3% – major sources for tourism. In the years since 2007 – 8, US growth has never exceeded 3%. Such persistent low growth is a clear sign of long-term weakness of the global economy.  Also, a few years ago, the ECCB noted that growth in the EC$ zone has slowed from 6% in the ‘80’s to 3% in the ‘90’s then to about 1% recently, and has called for measures to restore long-term growth to 5 – 7%. (Note: Montserrat’s economic numbers critically depend on and fluctuate with annual budget grants and capital aid projects from the UK. Figures for 2016 – 18 (in blue) are estimates or projections, showing a gradual increase in growth. Where, too, EC$ 100 – 200 thousand – less than the cost of a “typical” house – is about a tenth of one percent of our local economy’s annual output, its GDP. That is, building just one house can make a difference.  And, post Brexit, UK capital project support is uncertain, in part due to the fall in the Pound and given the UK’s ongoing negotiations to leave the EU. We also have to address major challenges on financial management, governance and transparency.)

In 2012, as part of a business case to inject over EC$ 5 million to deal with MDC’s “failure,” DfID argued[1]:

“The economy of Montserrat has never recovered from the volcanic eruptions of 1995 and subsequent years . . . . The population has now declined to 4922 and the base of local business comprises 150-200 firms, mostly micro-enterprises servicing the small local market . . . The tourism sector has also declined by over 50% since the mid-90s. Housing and other social amenities existing before the eruptions have not been fully replaced. The island is heavily dependent on imports of all types of goods and services . . . .

Little Bay and Carr’s Bay are the only developable sites left on the island capable of offering access by sea, providing a base for new [investment] in tourism and other sectors, providing new commercial space and civic amenities and housing the critical mass of population and business necessary to stimulate local private sector development.”

Unfortunately, this picture is still largely so five years later – something both our local governments and DfID need to clearly, publicly explain. Notwithstanding, they have agreed to jointly expedite several key projects:

  1. sea port development, phase 1
  2. geothermal energy development,
  • hospital developments,
  1. access and connectivity; and,
  2. human resources/public sector reform phase 3

These and other similar projects (e.g. Fibre Optic Cable based digital access) should help to open up room for self-sustaining economic growth and transformation. However, it will likely take 2 – 3 years to get these projects moving, and economic transformation will probably require 10 – 20 years; that’s what it took between the 1960’s and 80’s. In the meanwhile, and alongside those projects, we need a steady flow of modest development-oriented projects.  Such projects will help to rebuild our infrastructure, promote economic development, meet key education, health and welfare needs, while providing employment. Again, just one house makes a difference – much less, seven.

However, an artificially pumped up “boom” is neither the normal state of an economy nor is it a wise one. As, excessive “stimulation” will “overheat” and distort an economy and will create unrealistic expectations that will make the following “bust” all the harder to bear. And, if an economy’s productive capacity has been reduced due to shocks or the economy is out-dated, “overheating” may happen before all who want jobs can find work. Likewise, if businesses are not well suited to the changing local or global economy, they can fail even while others are seeing “good” times. Also, what feels like good growth can be unsustainable, due to a mismatch to key trends and hazards. For example, it could be argued that by the mid 1980’s local and UK officials knew or should have known about our volcanic hazards, and they had in hand specific recommendations. Putting all the eggs in the Plymouth basket (especially post-Hugo) may well have unfortunately contributed to what proved to be unsustainable development.

We cannot change the painful past, but we can learn from it. So, going forward, let us focus development policy on sound, self-sustaining economic growth and development.

[1]           http://iati.dfid.gov.uk/iati_documents/4158833.odt

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Governor Davis raises money for Montserrat branch of Red Cross

Governor Davis raises money for Montserrat branch of Red Cross

by Bennette Roach

Miss Annesta Fergus who replaces Aspin at Governor’s office presents check on behalf of former Governor Davis

The Montserrat branch of the British Red Cross became proud recipient of a donation from former Governor Adrian Davis which he raised from a presentation to Lochinvar House School in London.

Miss Annesta Fergus of the Governor’s office made the presentation of £200 to Red Cross officials on Tuesday this week, July 7, 2017 where she informed that Governor Davis “went to speak about the volcano, Montserrat’s volcano to the students there.”

She said the Governor had asked her “to hand over the check to you now.” Receiving on behalf of the Red Cross branch were Richard Aspin, executive director and Miss Milykhia McKenzie, treasurer.

 

Richard Aspin Executive Director at Montserrat branch British Red Cross responds as he accepts check with Milykhia McKenzie, Treasurer

Thank you very much,” Aspin a former press officer for many Governors since the late 90s, said to Annesta. “We’d like to thank you Annesta for delivering the check for us and also of course thank the principal, staff and students of the Lochinver School in London, and especially Adrian and wife, Sujue Davis.

Mr. Aspin asked that thanks be conveyed “to them for thinking of the Montserrat Red Cross,” pointing out, “they were the patrons for a long time (while In Montserrat), and so it’s always a pleasure.”

He also advised that, “this donation is for our youth activities.”

Governor Davis and wife Sujue (she raised tens of thousands of dollars for Red Crossin Montserrat)

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Governor Davis and wife Sujue (she raised tens of thousands of dollars for Red Crossin Montserrat)

Governor Davis raises money for Montserrat branch of Red Cross

by Bennette Roach

Miss Annesta Fergus who replaces Aspin at Governor’s office presents check on behalf of former Governor Davis

The Montserrat branch of the British Red Cross became proud recipient of a donation from former Governor Adrian Davis which he raised from a presentation to Lochinvar House School in London.

Miss Annesta Fergus of the Governor’s office made the presentation of £200 to Red Cross officials on Tuesday this week, July 7, 2017 where she informed that Governor Davis “went to speak about the volcano, Montserrat’s volcano to the students there.”

She said the Governor had asked her “to hand over the check to you now.” Receiving on behalf of the Red Cross branch were Richard Aspin, executive director and Miss Milykhia McKenzie, treasurer.

 

Richard Aspin Executive Director at Montserrat branch British Red Cross responds as he accepts check with Milykhia McKenzie, Treasurer

Thank you very much,” Aspin a former press officer for many Governors since the late 90s, said to Annesta. “We’d like to thank you Annesta for delivering the check for us and also of course thank the principal, staff and students of the Lochinver School in London, and especially Adrian and wife, Sujue Davis.

Mr. Aspin asked that thanks be conveyed “to them for thinking of the Montserrat Red Cross,” pointing out, “they were the patrons for a long time (while In Montserrat), and so it’s always a pleasure.”

He also advised that, “this donation is for our youth activities.”

Governor Davis and wife Sujue (she raised tens of thousands of dollars for Red Crossin Montserrat)

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Empowering Excellence private sector team

Empowering Excellence in Public Service

By Bennette Roach

Empowering Excellence private sector team

It must be one of and perhaps the most important legacy Her Excellency Elizabeth Carriere intends to leave behind in Montserrat at the end of her tenure as Governor. From her arrival, the Governor had noted that a public service and how it functioned was integral to the development… delivering quality of service to the public they deserve from their Public Service.

She spoke about a customer service delivery to the public from the civil service as key principles of the reform process.

She had seen problems and mentioned “On the point about relationships with the public this is part attitudinal, its part training, its part issues around having the right people in the right places… it really is also an attitude that the public service is a public service and we must carry out the right kind of service not just for Montserratians but also for people who are visiting Montserrat, so this is also an area of focus for improvement. 

Upon this background with the full backing of government with co-leadership via the Deputy Premier they came up with plans to transform human resource management in the Montserrat public service.

She continued to talk for months the need to reinvigorate the public service, to make it fit for purpose for the times we are living in and the demands of the public. They finally formulated an “Empowering Excellence Program” EEP.

The program began and task force set up. A manager was appointed to take the program (EEP) forward in Cheverlyn Williams-Kirnon (Mrs.). On June 28 Mrs. Williams and her public sector team joined the Governor at her press conference and provided an update on the initiative which is being undertaken through Human Resource Transformation, on stream for about four months.

She reported: “We have established the public sector taskforce and they started working from the 1st March and we are now into three months completed of the program, the implementation of the Empowerment Excellence Program. We are presently finalizing our action plan in terms of what are the actions we are required to perform going forward and we are just about completing what the actions and the tasks are going to be.”

After each of her team presented on their roles on the task force, Williams noted that the main aim is to ensure that, “we run with this HR Transformation initiative and we engage all the different levels within the public sector in order to ensure that there is full collaboration and cooperation and engagement from all,” pointing out they were looking at providing front line officers with name badges so that persons are aware of who they are dealing with and the posts that they hold in terms of our front line staff.

 We are also presently on the government radio station promoting the Empowering Excellence Program because we want to be able to ensure that we empower the public officers in order to provide excellent service.

Mrs Williams touted: “There are some initiatives that we felt must be implemented immediately in order to show that we are moving towards that excellent standard within the public services. These are being advanced as we speak in that several programs are running in order to address customer service and telephone etiquette within the government service… we have also set up the private sector advisory committee and that has been started and established from the 7th June.”

Chivonne Gerald and Clarice Yearwood are the chairman and secretary respectively of the Private Sector Committee

The 45 members of the task force are expected to make their contributions to the program over an initial 18-month period and beyond.

Reporting to the press

The scope of the Empowering Excellence work includes selected and prioritized improvements in: human resource delivery (including talent management, recruitment/retention, performance management, service delivery, etc.)’ leadership and strategy; and managing change, developing excellence, and becoming a learning organisation.

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Mum poses as own daughter to catch paedophile luring her on Facebook

Stranger asks who he believes is a schoolgirl to sit on her bed and say ‘I’ve been a very bad girl’ 

 

The Independent Online

 

A mother posed as her own 13-year-old daughter to catch out a man trying to lure the teenager into playing “sex and slave” games. 

Kelly Carberry became worried when she spotted a message on her daughter’s Facebook account saying “do you promise to keep your mouth closed about what is said on here”.

The mother, who said she had decided to check her daughter Chloe-Marie’s account for the first time, went along with the conversation to find out what the stranger wanted from the schoolgirl.

Believing he was chatting to the 13-year-old, the man said she could not tell anyone about the conversation. 

“What is said on here stays in here only and you cannot tell anyone else ok. Do you understand?” he wrote. 

Playing her part, Ms Carberry replied that she did understand. 

Then the man asked her if she was in her bedroom on her own and added “so we can play a game do you like games?”.

“Love them,” the mum replied.

The man then asked her to lock the door, sit on her bed and “say hi master”. 

“Say I’ve been a very bad girl,” he added. 

 

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(Mercury Press and Media Ltd)
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(Mercury Press and Media Ltd)

At that point, Ms Carberry, from Preston, Lancashire, revealed her identity asking the man “what do you think you are doing with all these young girls on your Facebook”. 

The mother said the Facebook user reportedly deleted two of his accounts following the conversation but she believed he had at least three.

The incident was reported to Lancashire Police and a spokesman confirmed an investigation was ongoing. 

Ms Carberry decided to go online to warn other parents about the man, who was trying to lure her daughter.  She said she received a number of messages from concerned parents, which led her to believe the man had been trying to contact young girls across the North West of England. 

Ms Carberry said the account used to lure her daughter had a description which read: “I am Jess, a 31-year-old transgender female and I only speaks to girls”. 

She said she would now check her daughter’s social media accounts.

“It’s just what I have got to do as a parent to make sure they’re safe but it’s a difficult thing when she’s 13,” she said. 

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Jules Unicef

OECS and UNICEF sign five year agreement

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Jun 28, CMC – The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) has signed a five-year agreement with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to jointly promote child-centred programmes in the sub-region.

Under the agreement signed by OECS Director General, Dr. Didicus Jules, and UNICEF Representative, Khin-Sandi Lwin, the two organisations will cooperate on a number of activities including education, justice, child protection and social policies.

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OECS Director General, Dr. Didicus Jules, and UNICEF
Representative, Khin-Sandi Lwin.

Data collection on child-specific issues is also part of the agreement.

Jules said that the agreement embodies the ongoing commitment of both organisations to safeguard the future of the region’s youth through empowerment programmes and data collection for development.

“As one of our key development partners, we share a common vision with UNICEF to ensure our youth are exposed to healthy atmospheres conducive to growth and optimal development.”

 “This is an opportunity to strengthen bonds as we work collaboratively to tackle the challenges facing many of the sub region’s youth,” he added.

Lwin said that this is the second multi-year agreement being signed with the OECS Commission and UNCIEF views the St. Lucia-based organisation as a very important partner and key player in influencing the child rights agenda.

“We have some very positive and tangible results from our previous collaboration and I have no doubt that this renewed partnership will continue to put the children’s agenda high on the priority of all member states,” she said, highlighting some of the past achievements as the OECS Model Child Bills, which several countries have adapted to reform and modernise their suite of child protection laws as well as the work in promoting quality early childhood development services.

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Man jailed for showing porn to children

Man jailed for showing porn to children

 
 
Saturday, June 10, 2017

A 54-year-old Arima man who showed pornography to two children was sentenced to 24 months in jail after being found guilty of the offences on Thursday.

Clifford Llewellyn a mechanic from Carapo, Arima, will also be registered as a sex offender in the Sex Offenders’ Register.

Llewellyn, who is alleged to have shown the children, aged eight and 10, child pornography while engaging in a sex act in their presence, was arrested in 2015 after the children’s parents reported him to the La Horquetta Police Station.

Llewellyn was found guilty by Arima Magistrate Gillian Scotland, who sentenced him to a total of 24 months on the two charges. However, he will serve 18 months as the sentences are to run concurrently. On exposing the children to pornography, Llewellyn was sentenced to six months in jail and for the second offence of engaging in a sexual act in the presence of the children, he was sentenced to 18 months in jail.

In a media release yesterday, the police service said Magistrate Scotland, in handing down the sentence, lamented the psychological impact such incidents have on the life of a child and the prevalence of abuse against children in the country.

Llewellyn was arrested on July 3, 2015, by Sgt Michelle Lewis of the Northern Division’s Child Protection Unit, after he was reported on June 28, 2015. The offences are alleged to have taken place at his home.

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