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Loud Vulgar Music being played in public places

Loud Vulgar Music being played in public places


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.


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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Cove Final almost version

Poisoner leaves dog owner “Brokenhearted”

Cove Final almost versionI am grief-stricken – I’ve been a teary misery since our wonderful dog, Glennie, died recently.  I am bereft.  He was my faithful friend, my constant companion.  He was exceptionally intelligent, affectionate, loyal, patient, gentle, well-mannered – I could go on and on listing his virtues.  He considered me his responsibility, preceded me into every room and checked on me all day.  He anticipated events and sensed when I was blue, at which times he would comfort me with his close presence.  Plato wrote that a dog has the soul of a philosopher and I believe it. 

Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole: Roger Caras.  I agree and have always needed a dog in my life.

Glennie wasn’t destructive or free-roaming; we were aware of the danger of poison in our area and so were careful to avoid it.  I responsibly walked him on his lead every afternoon and my husband took over this practice when I could no longer do so.  Glennie wasn’t old or sick and didn’t have to die.  I believe he was lured to his death by the scent of food, food which had been poisoned.  So I must think his last moments were spent in agonizing pain.  What kind of person would intentionally harm a precious dog?

My husband, too, has been terribly hurt by losing our dear companion.  Friends suggest we adopt a dog from the MAPS shelter, initially to serve as a distraction to help alleviate our overwhelming sadness.  But I wonder if we’d just be condemning yet another to a hideous death by bringing him or her to a neighborhood where a poisoner lurks.  Ours has become a dog-free zone – not by community choice but by a poisoner’s malice!

Words cannot express my profound anger at such a situation.  Because this individual seems to kill on impulse, as the urge takes him (or worse, as a premeditated goal), we are being denied the pleasure of canine companionship.  This state of affairs is infuriating.  There is surely a law against this crime on Montserrat.  Can this abhorrent practice not be stopped? 

S. Simpson

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More Questions than Answers – But For a Little Information


Information on this island is sadly lacking, hence we need an FOI (Freedom of Information)  clause added to our Constitution Order.

This is not an exhaustive list but it is a start. Drilling of the 3rd well, contract award date has been set back until mid-Jan 2016. Why no mention of this to the people? Power station. contract completion summer 2015. We have the engine alternator and concrete hard standing BUT nothing else. Why has MUL not told the people when completion will be? Design and manufacture of purpose built ferry. DFID UK have put out details on their site BUT it is difficult to access. Why do we need a purpose built unit? There are plenty of suitable units about and what does the spec say? Fibre Optic cable DFID EME but no further info. Why? Hospital project. The Minister said the business case would be done by June 2015. Now it is 2016, why the delay? Why are they looking at six sites when DFID refused to countenance a “Greenfield Site”? Is it Sour Grapes regarding the design put forward by the previous administration? (Who’s great mind is advocating Little Bay)? Remember Gerald’s Airport! This is not a fashion show. Emergency Ambulance why is it NOT on site on call and in service? New procurement regulations: DFID Rep said that they would be here in third quarter 2015, where are they, why the delay? It was also said that they would be agreed by April 2016 . It is imperative that a draft of these rules be made available to the people for comment as they will be involved and the beneficiary in their use WHY THE DELAY? I am sure that there are other items that should be on the list.


Note – The above queries were submitted since mid-September last year, but have only now come to light. They are presented especially that the observations and questions are still not answered

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18 years Chief Minister, John Osborne, deceased

An Open Letter to Premier Donaldson Romeo

Dear Premier Don Romeo,

David Edgecombe

David Edgecombe

I write to support the sentiment expressed last week by former Minister of Education, Vernon ‘Auk’ Jeffers. I don’t know if his assertions are correct, but he is right to urge you not to rush to sign the new Banking Bill into law as former Premier Ruben Meade is pushing you to do.

Do not be swayed by this argument contained in Mr. Meade’s statement on ZJB Radio in his interview with Jermaine Wade, October 4, 2015:

“Our principal advisers are the Central Bank, our financial ministers of the entire OECS have all said yes [to the new Banking Bill]. Is Montserrat’s Premier brighter than everyone of those? We have for example in Grenada, Dr. Keith Mitchell, a former university lecture in math. Coming up the stream to St. Vincent and the Grenadines an economist/lawyer Ralph Gonsalves, Doctor the honorable Ralph Gonsalves, first degree in Economics, Ph.D. in Law, former university lecturer. Are you saying that he don’t (sic) understand the law and the laws? Go up to St. Lucia you have Dr. Kenny Anthony also with a first degree in Economics and a Ph.D. in Law, university senior lecturer in Law, we are saying that we are brighter than them? And you can keep coming up the line all the way to St. Kitts who has a Ph.D. in Economics, and you are saying they have seen the wisdom of passing it and Montserrat that is run by a small shop keeper is saying, ‘ahm, I’m brighter than these guys, I’m not going pass the law, because it’s not to our satisfaction’? Clearly, we’re not serious in terms of how we’re operating in Montserrat. We are part of the region we have to make a decision. Are you going to be part of the Central Bank or not? Make a decision. Not making a decision is not an option.”

The argument is that if those other leaders with their Doctor of Philosophy Degrees agree with the bill, who is Don Romeo ‘a small shop keeper’ with no degree to hesitate to sign it?

Let me tell you who.

A Montserrat leader who follows in the path of two other non-degreed Montserrat leaders who would have heard Mr. Meade’s attempt at mockery and laugh in his face.

Two other leaders who went unflinchingly against the decisions of the other Caribbean leaders because they didn’t think those decisions made much sense or were in the best interest of Montserrat. The passing years show more clearly the wisdom of those two Montserrat leaders.

Former Chief Minister Austin Bramble 1970 -78

Former Chief Minister Austin Bramble 1970-78

The first of these is former Chief Minister P. Austin Bramble, who held that Montserrat must first create a path to economic independence before taking political independence like its neighbors. The implication is that far more planning and groundwork needed to be done first. Today, every OECS country is no closer to economic independence than its bigger Caricom brothers Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago and Guyana.

The second is former Chief Minister John Osborne who insisted that the Eastern

18 years Chief Minister, John Osborne, deceased

18 years Chief Minister, John Osborne, deceased

Caribbean dollar be pegged to the United States dollar rather than to be allowed to float as was advocated by all of the other OECS leaders. That decision prevented the EC dollar from going into free fall like the Jamaica, T&T, and Guyana dollars. Today, the OECS currency is among the strongest in the region.

The briefest look at the economies of Grenada, St. Vincent, and St. Lucia should dispel any claim that their leaders are economic, financial and development geniuses whom you would be well advised to follow.

Their indigenous banks are in trouble, they cannot borrow any more money from the Central Bank, their governments have exhausted their country’s Social Security deposits. Here again Montserrat, so far, has seen to it that government can’t get its paws on the people’s pensions and money.

The one thing Montserrat should avoid doing is becoming wholly or partially responsible for any IMF debt. Based on the IMF’s record that’s the worse thing any country can do.

Nonetheless, Mr. Meade’s call for the Bank Bill to be discussed in the House is reasonable. An even better idea is to hold open discussions on it in Montserrat before voting in the House.

If there is a sound reason to pass any legislation, we cannot assume that the public and investors are too stupid to understand it. When our Government passes or rejects laws openly and in the spirit of democracy it is a good thing.

Finally, the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank is playing a pivotal role in getting the new Bank Bill passed and it stands to gain a tremendous increase in its power. What is the health—financial, philosophical, and managerial—of the ECCB?

Mr. Meade has said that the Central Bank is a “good bank” that has sought to protect the interest of working people and their deposits; that has sought to keep failing indigenous banks (including BoM in the early 1990s) solvent; that it wants to put in place regulations to reduce the possibilities of directors and governments extracting loans from indigenous banks that they refuse to or are incapable of paying back. Therein lies the rub.

The Ministers of Finance will continue to make up the Monetary Council. Will the ECCB with its increased powers be in any better position to stop the bad practices that cause indigenous banks to be in financial trouble?

Can there be such a thing as a good bank? Given the gigantic rip-off of working people by too-big-to-fail American Banks in 2008 and the countless other examples around the world, this is not a cynical question.

If indeed the ECCB, with Montserrat’s help, can foster a banking system that will champion the interest of poor people rather than be a tool of the rich and powerful it would be a good thing. It would be an enormously good thing. But there are no guarantees and I must warn you, the evidence shows the chances of this happening are small.

Be vigilant. Discuss the new bank bill thoroughly. We cannot repeat the CLICO mistake rushing to follow others into disastrous money decisions because everybody else is doing it.



David Edgecombe

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A reprint of a Letter to the Editor – July 4, 1997

This reminds of how some problems keep going and coming around in circles for Montserrat, the misunderstandings of the media and its relevance to Montserrat, the subtlety, the stifling of truth that the media, specifically this print media should represent.

Media here, understood to embrace, print, TV, radio, online and social, (Facebook, Twitter and others). All have their role representing their individual problems and usefulness.

Media Tampering

Dear Mr. Editor,

I must applaud you in your editorial in the June 20 issue. It was definitely one of your better pieces. It has resurfaced a very important issue media muzzling.

We are supposed to be living in a free and democratic society. To further emphasize the issues raised in the editorial, it is quite evident that the government has embarked on a quest to control a particular media, indicative of its attempt to reduce the nation to socialist rule. I am not saying that this country has had socialist government but one of the undeniable traits of the socialist system is media control. It is within the rights of the people of any country to be informed of the truth pertaining to any subject of interest to the people. Information should be related in a concise and timely manner. It is ludicrous for any government to censor or withhold any print or broadcast until they have had time to rebut even to decide when certain clips are to be aired is unconscionable. Hearing the truth after the fact or to have its timely revelation tampered with is in itself a distortion of the truth. If any government is in itself a distortion of the truth. If any government is allowed to perpetrate such an act, they can prevent justice itself. It is the responsibility of the media to ensure that information which passes through them is neither libelous or scandalous nor would constitute deformation of character. They have a duty to ensure that the information is accurate and only if such not the cases hold they not relay it. In fact the media’s responsibility goes a step further and that is to seek the truth at all times. Evil can only thrive if we people sit back and allow do nothing. Those who see wrong being done and neither say nor act upon it contributes to it and can be deemed just as guilty as the perpetrator/s.

MEDIA TAMPERING SHOULD NOT BE TOLERATED. The media is a system put in place to serve us the people regardless to whether it is government owned. We have not given them the authority to dictate what we should or should not hear, through the media, or when we should hear it. To borrow the format and phrases of just wondering – just wondering why Mr. Chedmon Browne’s very interested and enlightening radio programme was abruptly yanked from the airwaves a few years back. Just wondering why calypsos with a particular flavor are not aired during and immediately after general elections. Just wondering if it is true that before any information of a political nature is broadcast, it has to be first sanctioned by the governing body of the day. Past governments have been perceived to be guilty of media control. Should we expect to see this continue for present and future governments? This has got to stop now. I don’t always agree with your views but you have hit the nail on the head.
Still confused

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Who is MNI-Alive’s anonymous contributer?

Dear Editor:

Referring to the frequent and increasingly vitriolic attack articles in MNI Alive, it certainly appears as though the behind-the-scenes writer has targeted Fly Montserrat, Nigel Harris and Governor Davis for annihilation. The vitriol is so thick that one wonders exactly how much “evidence” is factual and how much must be attributed to personal animosity. Ironically, the airline’s security is presently under so much scrutiny that it surely must now be the safest air transport in the Caribbean.

 A concerned resident

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Many Animal Doctors, No Livestock Industry.

Mr. Editor

Could you explain this? Can you justify it Sir?

The Department of Agriculture has four (4) Veterinary employees. Two (2) full time Vets and two (2) Veterinary Assistants. I wonder if, but No Department of Agriculture anywhere in the world boasts any such luxury.

There is no longer a livestock industry. Not like how it was. Even then having so many would have been questioned strongly by good administrators.

There are no veterinary clinics. Animal Agriculture dead long time ago. Even the few times when service is needed by the public no one turns up to give it.

One Assistant went on an extended holiday. A Veterinarian was brought in from Dominica to replace him. Two years have passed and he is still here. And now is it really true that attempts are now made to have him permanently on staff? – Ask yourself why Sir.

Every body there tell me that Veterinarian spends much of his time just selling feed for animals in a shop owned by the other Veterinarian. That shop is on the Department’s compound itself. Feed is sold on Government time by Government employees. That shop is the focus of the two of them, the owner and his partner as assistant.

These two guys are paid from the public purse.

Would DFID and the PDM government see this and close their eyes?

Concerned Citizen


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John Ryan at Premier

Open letter to the editor of MNI Alive

John Ryan at Premier's Press conf May 13 14 (6)

John Ryan

Jeevan, you have been pushing in your various commentaries over the past months that there were allegations of fraudulent behavior at the MDC. As an Investigative Journalist it is incumbent on you to now provide your readers with the facts. It is obvious to me from your recent postings that you aware of the contents of the Report. Can you therefore explain why you have not yet advised your readers that no financial irregularities existed.

As a fact-checker perhaps therefore you may wish to ask DFID the following questions in the interest of the people of Montserrat.

1. Why has the DFID internal audit/assurance review not been circulated to the new Chairman and Board of MDC whose responsibility it is to ensure that its recommendations on policies and procedures are implemented?

2. Do DFID whistleblowing procedures require that all internal complaints procedures be exhausted first and that the credibility and motivation of the whistleblower are examined before action is taken? If so, were these requirements followed in the case of allegations against MDC?

3. Has DFID examined how and why the allegations from a supposed whistleblower were purportedly sent from the email address of an MDC staff member who when being approached by the DFID Internal Auditor on the matter, categorically denied having sent the email.

4. Why did the DFID Programme Manager in Montserrat, while a Board Member of the MDC, fail to pass to the MDC Board a legal letter dated November 20, 2014, intimating action against MDC by its Director of Infrastructure?

John E Ryan
Former Chaiman of MDC


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