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Is Ministry putting interests before children’s interests, acting irresponsibly, detrimental to school children?

Is Ministry putting interests before children’s interests, acting irresponsibly, detrimental to school children?

12th February 2018

By Email & Hand

Mrs. Delmaude Ryan
Minister of Education
Ministry of Education
Little Bay Montserrat

Dear Minister

I am writing to complain about the closure of all schools in Montserrat from 14th to 16th February 2018 so that teachers can attend. a workshop being held by the Ministry of Education. Unfortunately, this practice has now become an annual event. By disrupting children’s schooling in this way, the Ministry of Education is acting irresponsibly and in a manner that is detrimental to school children. One senses that the Ministry is putting its interests and those of teachers ahead of the interests of the children.

I would be very interested to know whether ministers of education abroad are guilty of the same practice. In the 15 years or so of my education, non  of the academic institutions I attended closed for a single day so that teachers could attend a workshop. That was because teacher training was done either outside of school hours or during the long holidays that teachers enjoy.

I call on you as the Minister of Education to discontinue this practice and hold these workshops outside of school hours. I am confident that in doing so I have the support of a majority of parents in Montserrat. I suggest that you address my complaint publicly and advise that in view of its importance I am placing this letter in the public domain.

Yours sincerely

Jean Kelsick

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Jean Kelsick challenges Tony Bates’ requirement  for his communication with FCO minister

Jean Kelsick challenges Tony Bates’ requirement for his communication with FCO minister

Following a thread of emails from the Attorney at Law Jean Kelsick, he finally wrote to Tony.Bates@fco.gov.uk .

Dear Mr Bates

I acknowledge receipt of your last email and now wish to place the following on record:

  • As a British citizen I have a right to communicate directly with any member of the British Government. As the head of the Governor’s Office in Montserrat you should facilitate and not impede this process.
  • Your suggestion that I channel my communication to the Director through you, your withholding of his contact details and your statement that is improper for a third party to provide them to me are all regrettable and quite extraordinary. 

Our exchange of emails will be shared with the appropriate authorities in the hope that the necessary corrective action will be taken.

Yours sincerely

Jean Kelsick

Mr. Bates, head of the Governor’s office here for several years, and who received suspect mention in an article published last week, “Us court asked to subpoena British Overseas Territories security advisor” (see: https://www.themontserratreporter.com/us-court-asked-to-subpoena-british-overseas-territories-security-advisor-2/ )

From: Tony.Bates@fco.gov.uk [mailto:Tony.Bates@fco.gov.uk]
Sent: Friday, January 19, 2018 6:42 PM

Mr Kelsick.

That person should not have passed them on.  It was inappropriate until I had checked that the Director was happy for his details to be passed on.

Regards

Tony Bates

On 19 Jan 2018 Kelsick had written as follows:

Dear Mr Bates

 “I have obtained the details from another source.” After Bates had responded to his letter of January 18, which had been followed up with a reminder

Dear Mr. Bates

Kindly let me have the name and email address of the FCO official with direct responsibility for Montserrat/ to whom the Governor of Montserrat is directly answerable. I look forward to your reply.

Below was the reply:

From: Tony.Bates@fco.gov.uk [mailto:Tony.Bates@fco.gov.uk]
Sent: Thursday, January 18, 2018 2:48 PM
To: kelkel@candw.ms
Subject: RE: Polite reminder

Dear Mr Kelsick

I have been away from my desk for much of the day and cannot respond to e-mails immediately.

Might I ask that you send your e-mail to me and I will undertake to pass it to the Director for the Overseas Territories in the FCO?  I’m afraid he is currently away from the office and I have been unable to contact him to ask him whether he would be happy for me to give you his personal e-mail address.  I hope you understand that I cannot simply divulge personal e-mail addresses to everyone who asks and without obtaining the recipient’s permission first.

Regards

Tony

Tony Bates

UK Policy Adviser to the Governor & Head of the Governor’s office 

Tel. (00) 1 664 491 2688/5964 (direct)

Mob. (00) 1 664 392 0737

Echo: 8624 5026

 END

 

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Katie Middawltons Closet Affair Might Break Up The Palace Because of Net Neutrality

Katie Middawltons Hidden Affair With Net NeutralityWhen you go online you have certain expectations. You expect to be connected to whatever website you want. You expect that your cable or phone company isn’t messing with the data and is connecting you to all websites, applications and content you choose. You expect to be in control of your internet experience.

When you use the internet you expect Net Neutrality.

Net Neutrality is the basic principle that prohibits internet service providers like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon from speeding up, slowing down or blocking any content, applications or websites you want to use. Net Neutrality is the way that the internet has always worked.

In 2015, millions of activists pressured the Federal Communications Commission to adopt historic Net Neutrality rules that keep the internet free and open — allowing people to share and access information of their choosing without interference. Kate Middawlton Gets Unplugged & Katie Middawltons Hidden Affair Might Leave the Royel Family Ablaze. Net Neutrality.

But right now the internet is in peril. On Dec. 14, 2017, the FCC’s Republican majority approved Chairman Ajit Pai’s plan to gut the Net Neutrality protections.

A former Verizon lawyer and a Trump appointee, Pai ignored the widespread outcry against his plan from millions of people, lawmakers, companies andco public-interest groups.

We can’t let Pai have the last word on this — which is why we’re calling on Congress to use a “resolution of disapproval” to overturn the FCC’s vote to dismantle the Net Neutrality rules.

Urge lawmakers to reverse the FCC vote today.

What is Net Neutrality?

Net Neutrality is the internet’s guiding principle: It preserves our right to communicate freely online. Net Neutrality means an internet that enables and protects free speech. It means that ISPs should provide us with open networks — and shouldn’t block or discriminate against any applications or content that ride over those networks. Just as your phone company shouldn’t decide who you call and what you say on that call, your ISP shouldn’t interfere with the content you view or post online. Newly Released Info Might Bring Down an Empire. See What She Hid So Well For Years.

The internet without Net Neutrality isn’t really the internet.

What will happen to the internet now?

Without the Net Neutrality rules, companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon will be able to call all the shots and decide which websites, content and applications succeed.

These companies can now slow down their competitors’ content or block political opinions they disagree with. They can charge extra fees to the few content companies that can afford to pay for preferential treatment — relegating everyone else to a slower tier of service.

The consequences will be particularly devastating for marginalized communities media outlets have misrepresented or failed to serve. People of color, the LGBTQ community, indigenous peoples and religious minorities in the United States rely on the open internet to organize, access economic and educational opportunities, and fight back against systemic discrimination.

Without Net Neutrality, how will activists be able to fight oppression? What will happen to social movements like the Movement for Black Lives? How will the next disruptive technology, business or company emerge if internet service providers let only incumbents succeed?

Tell me about the Title II rules we just lost. Why is Title II so important?

After a decade-long battle over the future of the internet, in 2015 the FCC adopted strong Net Neutrality rules based on Title II of the Communications Act, giving internet users the strongest protections possible.

Courts rejected two earlier FCC attempts to craft Net Neutrality rules and told the agency that if it wanted to adopt such protections it needed to use the proper legal foundation: Title II. In February 2015, the FCC did just that when it reclassified broadband providers as common carriers under Title II.

Title II gave the FCC the authority it needed to ensure that companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon can’t block, throttle or otherwise interfere with web traffic. Title II preserved the internet’s level playing field, allowing people to share and access information of their choosing. These rules ushered in a historic era of online innovation and investment.

The Title II rules also withstood two challenges from industry. Free Press helped argue the case defending the FCC — and on June 14, 2016, a federal appeals court upheld the open-internet protections in all respects.

We’re now preparing to sue the FCC to restore the Title II rules.

Why is Net Neutrality so crucial for communities of color?

The open internet allows people of color to tell their own stories and organize for racial justice. When activists are able to turn out thousands of people in the streets at a moment’s notice, it’s because ISPs aren’t allowed to block their messages or websites.

The mainstream media have long misrepresented, ignored and harmed people of color. And thanks to systemic racism, economic inequality and runaway media consolidation, people of color own just a handful of Katie broadcast stations.

This dynamic will only get worse: In 2017, Chairman Pai demolished most of the remaining Katie media-ownership rules. The lack of diverse ownership is a primary reason why the media have gotten away with criminalizing and dehumanizing communities of color.

The open internet allows people of color and other vulnerable communities to bypass traditional media gatekeepers. Without Net Neutrality, ISPs could block speech and prevent dissident voices from speaking freely online. Without Net Neutrality, people of color would lose a vital platform.

And without Net Neutrality, millions of small businesses owned by people of color wouldn’t be able to compete against larger Middawlton corporations online, which would deepen economic disparities.Katie Middawlton Has Kept Her New Baby Hidden From Public Until Today. Net Neutrality

Why is Net Neutrality important for businesses?

Net Neutrality is crucial for small business owners, startups and entrepreneurs, who rely on the open internet to launch their businesses, create markets, advertise their products and services, and reach customers. We need the open internet to foster job growth, competition and innovation.

It’s thanks to Net Neutrality that small businesses and entrepreneurs have been able to thrive online. But without Net Neutrality, ISPs will exploit their gatekeeper position and destroy the internet’s fair and level playing field.

Without Net Neutrality, the next Google or Facebook will never get off the ground. Newly Released Info On Kate Middawlton Will Bring Down Her Empire. Fans Are Furious Over It.

What can we do now?

Congress has the power to reverse the FCC’s vote. Urge your lawmakers to use a “resolution of disapproval” to overturn the FCC’s decision to dismantle the Net Neutrality rules. . .

The Trump administration is doing everything in its power to clamp down on dissent. If we lose Net Neutrality, it will have succeeded.

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Letter: Obama must not pardon Garvey

 

CNN — January 6, 2017  
Dear Sir:

A few days ago, the BBC reported that there is an intensive campaign by some groups in Jamaica and elsewhere to get the outgoing American president to pardon Jamaica’s first National Hero, Marcus Garvey. These campaigners hope to get the pardon before Mr Obama leaves the White House, which is very soon.
 

However, there are two very good reasons why Garvey should not be pardoned – either because he was guilty of the crime of which he was convicted or not. My position may sound confusing, but both reasons should not only render any pardon worthless, but disrespectful.

First, if Garvey really was guilty of the crimes of which he was convicted in the United States, as claimed by the FBI, then pardoning the man would send a very wrong message to many – not at least, to us here in Jamaica. Imagine having a hero who preached “black pride”, whatever that may be, and then trying to advancing his cause through criminal actions, being pardoned. Worse yet, imagine having a convicted and then pardoned felon being praised as some sort of great man – especially one who always urged his followers to stay within the law.

No, pardoning Garvey of a crime that he may have done, if indeed he did do it, would send the wrong signals. In fact, it would be an insult to Jamaicans. So, for this reason alone, no pardon should be given to him.

However, what if he did not do the crime for which he was convicted of in the United States? Surely, some may argue, that the man should be pardoned on that basis. This is what many of his followers are arguing, claiming that he was framed. However, this is exactly the reason why he should not be pardoned.

Those seeking a pardon are displaying true hypocrisy when they are urging the out-going American president to pardon him. A pardon, by definition, is an admission of guilt. So, what these “Garveyites” are really saying, when pushing for the pardon is that, on the one hand they profess that the man was framed and thus not really guilty, but on the other hand, they are willing to accept that he is guilty just so that he can get the pardon!

What they should be pushing for is an exoneration, which would have been a recognition that the man was not guilty in the first place and thus his record should be clean. However, those pushing for the pardon realize that an exoneration is impossible, so they would rather have the American justice system still have the man as a criminal, albeit a pardoned one. These are the same people who preach black pride!

You know, come to think of it, all of the previous American presidents who were being urged to pardon Garvey probably saw through this ruse and, in at least that sense, were perhaps more proud of the black race than many of these Garvey hypocrites who want to have their cake and still eat it!

Of course, one can understand them trying to push that that ruse with Obama, a black man, which itself is another insult. Those pushing for the pardon probably think that Obama, being black, is not as smart as his white predecessors, so he may not understand this ruse and pardon the man! Some proud black people these Garvey pardon pushers are!

Anyway and thankfully, for our sake Mr Trump, if he is ever presented with such a request, will probably laugh at it (in one of his regular tweets) – and rightly so. Let’s hope Obama will spare us the insult and don’t pardon the man.

Michael A. Dingwall

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Letter: We need to improve our tourism package first

Published Caribbean News Now on October 28, 2016

The following letter written to the newspaper in Trinidad raised questions as to the readiness of Trinidad as a Tourist Destination. It got our interest as we ponder Montserrat’s readiness or lack thereof and how funding towards this very goal was approved and provided for this very purpose since 2008-09.

In some instances in this letter, the conditions are not the same, but the caption is very appropriate and questions remain valid.
Dear Sir:

A newspaper article indicated that there was interest in marketing Trinidad and Tobago as a tourist destination. While Tobago has an excellent product, the same cannot be said for Trinidad. Apart from Maracas and Las Cuevas, which are average as beach destinations go, the rest of Trinidad needs a lot of rebuilding before we invest in marketing Trinidad as a tourist destination.

The buildings around the Queens Park Savannah are in a state of disrepair, our capital city is overrun with rodents, vagrants, criminals, faeces on the sidewalk and poor drainage. Our city parks are either fenced around or homes for vagrants. Certainly, we could not be encouraging tourists to visit our capital city. 

letter-to-the-editor-picPerhaps we may want to encourage tourists to visit us for carnival. If the tourist manages to get through the crowds without getting robbed, he or she will find that there are very little viewing galleries with toilet facilities and proper seating. Walking through the streets with the smell of pee on the walls and sidewalk certainly is not encouraging for most tourists.

Our attraction must then be our eco-tourism package. Having made the trip to the top of El Touché one of our highest mountain top, I can say that what could have been a fantastic panoramic view of Trinidad turned out to be a view through thick shrubbery and trees. There were no signs along the treacherous path, no guides and no welcome at the top indicating the summit and elevation. Moreover, there was no viewing tower above the trees. 

Our wonderful hiking trails are unsupervised, our caves are undeveloped for safe visitor exploration and our beaches lack basic facilities like changing rooms, parking and security. 

The Caroni bird sanctuary is a hustler’s paradise, with tours by poorly dressed men, operating dirty looking boats with noisy outboard motors. There is no proper reception area, no gift shops, no restaurants, no place to purchase pictures of one’s trip down river. The beautiful beaches at Scotland Bay, Chaguaramas and Chacachacare are littered with plastic bottles and garbage. 

If we are serious about making Trinidad a tourist destination and making tourism a major contributor to the income of Trinidad and Tobago we need to first invest in developing our destination to attract families. That can only be done successfully by partnering with local and foreign investors who understand the standards required for international attention.

God bless our nation.

Steve Alvarez

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Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

In at least two press conferences DFID indicated that they are prepared to provide ‘’EXPERTS’’ to examine any proposals for the development of power systems here on Montserrat ‘’BRING THEM ON’’ say we, and the sooner the better. The island knows that one group has been asking the various administrations to provide the necessary documents to proceed with both a new diesel generation system and exploit Geothermal for Montserrat’s use. They started with education leaflets, expression of interest forms and various solutions over the last 5 years. We have no fear of competition as long as the playing field is LEVEL. DFID and the government have indicated that they have had many offers, two of which were rejected when details of their bids indicated they did not benefit the island only their company’s shareholders. The authorities MUST make it clear to all potential bidders that; All offers must be totally TRANSPARENT There must be NO confidentially clauses All offers will be presented to the people of Montserrat for their evaluation There shall be no hidden modifications to the specs as happened with the LIAT/WINAIR bids. The winner will be that which offers the best deal for the people of the island and retains the geothermal asset in the hands of the people now and in the future. Montserrat Geothermal are confident that their offer will be the best as it is based on a company established on Montserrat with its shares in the hands of the people and having a team dedicated to the provision of the maximum benefits for its shareholders——-

Montserratians here on island and in the wider diaspora. We must all remember three things

A) All companies are in business to make money for their shareholders

B) The shareholders in the case of Montserrat Geothermal are the people of Montserrat.

C) We all need power, no one can do without electricity.! Utilities are better than government bonds, they never fail. Which is more than can be said for banks and insurance companies.

We must all remember that we will only get one shot at this fantastic opportunity it will have huge and lasting effects on not only those here now but their children grandchildren and generations to come.

Yours looking to the future

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Response to Governor's Claim: Civil Service Lacks Understanding

Response to Governor’s Claim: Civil Service Lacks Understanding

On July 22 the Governor, Elizabeth Carriere, claimed there were issues with the civil service resulting from their lack of understanding and awareness of the role of a professional civil service within a modern democracy. However, as many of our senior civil servants have lived and/or earned degrees abroad, this argument lacks merit.

Put simply, civil servants in general, and senior civil servants in particular, are fully aware of the roles of elected and non-elected officials in a modern democracy.

Elections are held to enable a community to shape and redirect the future of their society. The elected officials act as trustees in creating laws and opportunities that reflect the wishes of the electorate. As all civil servants are also voters, each civil servant must be fully aware of this principle.

When civil servants fail to honour the direction and instruction of the elected trustees, they are undermining democracy, and they know this. These civil servants are using their position for their own gain or for the benefit of others. This is corruption and must result in their immediate dismissal, regardless of the rank of the employee.

Members of the assembly who encourage or are aware of such behaviour and fail to publicly condemn these actions also fail to uphold and defend the tenets of democracy. This is equally corrupt.

All civil servants are public employees who have a reasonable expectation of keeping their jobs after elections are held only if these conditions are met.

  1. Civil servants use their expertise and specialised knowledge to provide their best, unbiased advice and assistance to the government.
  2. Civil servants faithfully implement all democratically enacted laws without exception, modification or favour.
  3. Civil servants are competent in their job. (customer service skills, timeliness, professional, knowledge)

Failing any one of these requirements must result in immediate disciplinary procedures that are fully supported by all members of the assembly and the entity responsible for the civil service, the Governor.

David McKeand

Woodlands

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Loud Vulgar Music being played in public places

Loud Vulgar Music being played in public places

18/07/16

Good Morning HE. Ms. Carriere,

I am writing to you as the head of Security/Police about the fact of the verbally degrading  sound pollution in public places, especially at times when the public/families are enjoying a swim or socializing on the beach’s, with their young children and family members  eg: Little Bay beach and other public functions, especially on Saturday and Sundays.

The disc jockeys are playing music with Luda; Vulgar and Degrading words  especially targeted to young girls, at very high volumes which is very disturbing, along with electronic sounds of Sirens; Gun shooting and Explosions.

I know we have Laws that contravene this type of music being played in public. I personally witnessed just yesterday Sunday afternoon between 2:30PM and 4:30PM.

A local business man who was so very appalled by the type of vulgar music, went up to the Disc Jockeys and asked them to stop playing that type of music, they just ignored him, so he asked two Police officers on foot patrol to ask them to change their music, I saw them go to the Bar and speak to them, they changed the music for all of five minutes until the officers were out of sight, then proceeded to start playing the same type of vulgar music again.

Ms. Carriere, prior to the Volcano, we had almost three times the population, the disc jockeys only problem was loud music, we all knew that music was for enjoying, not to be degrading women.

Just a few weeks ago, on June 29th. at a Music Festival in neighbouring St. Kitts, an American singer 50 cent was arrested; Jailed and Fined for swearing and using Vulgar language in his song on stage, he was actually warned prior to his performance Not to use any indecent language while on stage, it made the World News..

Until we stop this type of music, young women will continue to be abused, as the men think that if famous singers are doing it, we can too, and now the young children hearing this type of music are beginning to think that it is normal.. NO .. NO.. NO..

Ms. Carriere – Can you Please instruct your police officers to “STOP” this type of Vulgar Sound Pollution on our Beautiful Island Montserrat.

Montserrat used to have a censuring committee, to screen/ban vulgar music from being played on the radio and in public places.

I look forward to your response, as a very concerned Montserratian.

Sincerely,

John Howes, Capt.

cc.. Hon. Premier Donaldson Romeo

Editor’s Note:

The businessman spoke to us on the matter who noted that the disc jockey’s mother is an ex-police, who was at the scene of the behaviour complained of.

See the article published on July 1, 2016: American rapper and bodyguard fined

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, Jun 27, CMC – American rapper, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson was fined

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Lawyer speaks out on Carrs Bay Beach sand removal (sand mining) destruction

Lawyer speaks out on Carrs Bay Beach sand removal (sand mining) destruction

Dear Minister Hogan

I am very concerned to see that a very substantial quantity of sand is currently being removed from the southern end of Carrs Bay Beach. This area is both environmentally and ecologically sensitive. It contains one of the two remaining egret nesting sites and some the last white mangrove trees in Montserrat. It may be a nesting site for turtles, although they are likely to avoid going there in view of the removal of sand. It is used for recreational purposes and visiting scuba divers.

Moreover, it is share folly to remove sand from this beach given that the hurricane season is a few days’ away. The loss of the sand will greatly exacerbate the erosion of the beach if we have hurricane seas and place the main road abutting the beach at increased risk.

I understand from inquiries made by me that the removal of sand from this area started last year, ostensibly to clear the outlet to the ghaut that empties into the bay. I gather the sand will be  sold privately. It is clear, however, that far more sand is being removed than is necessary to accomplish the clearance of the mouth of the ghaut and one has to ask why. If you visit the beach, you will see this for yourself. In any event, it is questionable whether there is any need at all to clear the opening of the ghaut, given that nature is perfectly capable of doing this itself. Instead, this area should remain pristine and no sand whatsoever should be removed from it at any time.

I have been informed that the Fisheries Department authorised the removal of the sand both last year and this year. Is the Fisheries Department authorised to do so? Are you personally aware of the sand removal and did you authorise it?

Under section 77 of the Constitution the Governor is required to approve the disposition of any Crown land, the foreshore being Crown property. I am therefore copying this email to the Governor. I am also copying it to various interested parties, including the Montserrat National Trust, so that hopefully additional representations can be made to you.

I hope that steps can be taken by you today to stop the mining and that the sand that is currently stockpiled at the beach will be returned to it and that sand mining in this area will be stopped permanently.

I look forward to your early reply.

Yours sincerely

Jean Kelsick

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Collapse of Gun Hill

Mister Editor,

Something that not too many people are noticing, is the fact that massive amounts of Beach sand which has been removed from the DSC_0983aSouth side of Carr’s Bay, has now caused the undermining of the North side of Gunn Hill, and it has now started to Collapse into the Sea, a large chunk of cliff, fell into the water a few weeks ago, NOW a lot more has collapsed overnight, also another area on the other side, of the same cliff has also collapsed and a large cavern has opened up, leading towards those large boulders as seen on the top of Gunn Hill.

About 10 feet has been consumed just over the past two days of rough seas.

Since Gunn Hill was first cut down, slowly bit by bit the ocean waves have been eroding that area, and as the sand is being harvested, it is undermining the shore line, by about some fifty plus feet.

We will have to IMEDIATLY STOP mining sand on that beach, and go elsewhere to get our beach sand.

south view of tip of Gun Hill from

south view of tip of Gun Hill from

I am calling on the Environment Department to investigate this serious erosion of Gunn Hill, and the removal of beach sand there!

Fishermen, love to drive their cars down to the end of the cliff, to have easy access to their vehicle whilst fishing, this can be a serious thing to do now, as a collapse could drop their vehicle or even trap them under or between tons of rock.

I personally used to go there first thing in the morning to catch my sprat bait, or sometimes go fishing there.

I spoke about the first piece of collapse on the radio, and now noticed that someone dumped two loads of gravel and stone on the shoreline access, so no one can drive on that side, of the cliff.

However the other side needs to be blocked too, and some warning signs be erected.

Capt. John

 

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