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Police probe murder/suicide case

by staff writer 

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Dec 10, CMC – The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) says it has activated its  Chaplaincy Unit to provide grief counselling after a police constable is alleged to have killed an elderly woman and then committed suicide.

The JCF statement said that the Community Safety and Security Branch has also been directed to offer support.to persons affected by the incident at the Islington Police Station in St. Mary, north-east of here.

Police said that Constable Toyan Ormsby, 25, and  62-year-old Dawnett Maxwel, ,died from gunshot wounds in what investigators believe was a murder/suicide.

Media reports said that Maxwell had gone to the police station on Sunday to visit a prisoner and following the visit, she and Ormbsy, who was on cell duty at the time, were seen in conversation outside the building.

Gunshot were later heard and police officers who responded found the couple with bullet wounds.

The police said that the officer shot Maxwell before turning the gun on himself.

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Police Commissioner comments on plan “Sex Island” festival

by staff writer

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Dec 11, CMC –Police Commissioner Gary Griffith says the organisers of a four-day, three-night “sex-travaganza”, called Sex Island, has a “snowball chance in hell” of actually hosting the event in Trinidad and Tobago.

The New York Post website reported that the organisers have named an island off the coast of twin island republic as the location for its next event, which promises its patrons drugs and prostitutes, and costs between US$4,500 and US$6,000 per person, had been given the “go-ahead” by local authorities.

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But Griffith, speaking on a local radio programme here Tuesday, said he wanted to disappoint “those why think it may happen.

“It is definitely not going to happen, there is no such plan whatsoever that can actually ensure that it takes place,” Griffith said, telling his audience “there is no private island of Trinidad and Tobago.

Griffith said he believes the event being promised here started some years ago in Colombia “but it is difficult if not impossible for this to take place.

“Even before the police get involve you need the requisite approval for entry into Trinidad and Tobago waters from the Ministry of National Security (and) you must go through Immigration authorities. And then having said that …I can give the assurance that before the first joint is lighted, before the first lap dance is made that will never happen.

“There is absolutely no way that something as organised and promoted as this can take place in Trinidad and Tobago waters,” Griffith said, while there are certain local places the police have been monitoring  and used for illegal activities.

He said these local activities could give rise to human trafficking and the police have being using intelligence driven information to shut them down.

Griffith insisted that the planned “Sex island” event scheduled for December 14-17 will not happen.

“With social media you have fake news and you have a situation…where you get tip offs for the police service to be able to provide that pre-emptive strike to prevent something from happening.

‘This is definitely not going to take place in Trinidad and Tobago

The event’s website claims there are only three tickets left, and they had catered for 50 guests.

According to the website, included in the cost is “unlimited sex with two girls per day, all meals and snacks, all the alcohol you desire, airport pickup and drop-off, yacht parties, bedrooms with showers, large closets, air conditioning, Wi-Fi, and unlimited condoms.”

The NY Post report says that in addition to the women, “guests have easy access to drugs, with Sex Island staff members acting as liaisons between dealers and partygoers. Cocaine is far and away the most popular drug requested by guests.”

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Government says economy grew by more than two per cent in 2017

by staff writer

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, Dec 13, CMC – The St. Kitts-Nevis government says the economy grew by 2.1 per cent last year as the twin island Federation continues to demonstrate resilience amidst prevailing downside risks in the international and regional economic environment.

Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris, presenting the EC$749.3 million (One EC dollar=US$0.37 cents) to Parliament on Wednesday, said that gross domestic product (GDP) had increased eased by 2.1 per cent  which is on par with the growth rate of 2.3 per cent recorded by the advanced economies.


Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris

He said this outturn also surpassed the economic output of the member states of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) of 1.3 per cent for the same period.

Harris said that the growth in the local economy was underpinned by expansions of 11.4 per cent in the agriculture sector; six per cent in the transport, storage and communication sector and 4.7 per cent in the construction Sector.

“The growth trend in the economy continued in 2018 resulting in a positive outturn during the first half of the year. I am advised that the growth we are currently witnessing is attributed mainly to activities in the tourism Sector which grew by 8.5 per cent,” said Harris, who is also the Finance Minister.

He told legislators that the manufacturing sector also rebounded during the first six months of 2018 recording an expansion in economic activity of 3.7 per cent after declining by 10 per cent during the same period in 2017.

He said the upturn in the sector had been influenced by a five per cent increase in the production of electronic components and positive growth within the agricultural, real estate, renting and business activity sectors.

Harris said that the average rate of inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) deflated by 0.6 per cent in the first half of 2018 in line with the deceleration in prices in the non-food and seven service indices of 1.6 and 1.2 per cent respectively.

“Price levels in the food and beverages Index however, increased by 2.6 per cent over the period under review as a result of the steady increase in international food prices. My administration will continue to monitor this situation and work to improve food security in the Federation so that we could limit the negative impacts of these international trends.”

Harris told the National Assembly that there had been a transformation of the Citizenship by Investment Programme (CBI) resulting in more professional management systems as well as increased cooperation with partners.

Under the CBI, St. Kitts-Nevis provides citizenship to foreign investors who make a significant contribution to the socio-economic development of the twin island Federation.

Harris said that every challenge in the industry was confronted “responsibly with a view to maintain the integrity of the programme and consolidate the socio-economic development of our country.

“Mr Speaker, wherever evidence has been provided regarding unacceptable behaviour we have acted appropriately. When persons sought to sell below programme statutory thresholds, we have taken quick action to dissuade and to have them cease and desist. When persons maliciously generated letters purporting to come from our Citizenship by Investment Unit bearing false information, we have acted, including to seek the support of the relevant law enforcement authorities.

“We welcome those service providers who were implicated in any way in these spurious letters to come forward, so advise the Unit and be prepared to bring full, definitive and factual evidence of such malpractice and fraud so that such matters can be fully addressed and corrective action taken,” he said, noting that offers of assistance have come from at least two international organisations.

Harris said that his administration would continue to act in the best interest of the country as it relates to the CBI, which he said had been the catalyst for the government improved economic success.

“As we move forward, we will work even more closely with developers, service providers and agents to ensure the highest standards of integrity pervade all areas. The programme is too important to allow the mischief and despicable agenda of anyone to destroy the good things which the programme has brought or discourage the participation of reputable entities.”

He said in 2019, a further set of policies and legislative developments will further bolster the CBI programme.

“There have been recent efforts to scandalize the programme by aggrieved parties with personal vendettas. Truth be told, it is the incredible success of our CBI programme that has provided the fiscal space for us to pay a double salary and introduce our poverty alleviation programme. These good developments are what the bitter-elements of the Opposition are hoping to undermine in their unfounded and malicious attacks on the CBI programme,” Harris told legislators, adding “.we acknowledge there is more work to be done.

“As a responsible member of the international community we are working with our international partners to achieve efficacious outcomes.”

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MSS hosts school’s talent in exhibition

The Montserrat Secondary School (MSS) hosted an exhibition which as ZJB reporter put it, “was a hive of activity today. It enabled students to showcase their skills in an eye-opening exhibition to mark the institution’s 80th anniversary.

A more detailed account will appear in the next TMR issue.

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Economic Growth Strategy and Delivery Plan

From the Government Information Unit (GIU)

The final version of the Economic Growth Strategy and Delivery Plan for Montserrat is now available online.

The Government of Montserrat has developed the Economic Growth Strategy (EGS) 2018-2022, which will act as the guide for public investment over the next several years; with the goal of the eventual re-balancing of the economy from public sector driven to private sector led. It seeks to accomplish this by analysing the potential of key sectors that have been identified as the most economically viable with the ultimate goal of long-term sustainability. The EGS ensures that actions are tied to these goals by clearly outlining a delivery plan which details the responsible agencies and time-frames for accomplishing tasks geared towards achieving economic milestones. The strategic focus of the EGS is expected to go beyond 2022 as it will dovetail into the development of the new Sustainable Development Plan (2021).

The EGS & Delivery Plan is available The document is available in the publications section of the Government of Montserrat website.  To access the document, individuals should go to www.gov.ms click on the  ‘publications’  tab, then click on ‘Ministry of Finance’ in the list provided.  Once on this page, click on the pdf “Economic Growth Strategy & Delivery Plan – Final’ to open or download the document.  Alternatively, the document can be accessed at the following link http://www.gov.ms/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Economic-Growth-Strategy-Delivery-Plan.pdf

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Howard Fergus

Development stifled and Public Service

Bureaucracy and Consultancies -Heavyweight Governor!? Facebook

There was this retired public servant gentleman with whom I was having a discourse about some specifics about the state of Montserrat. He/we concluded that missing is an education which will come through information and discussions among people. So, he suggested the use of Facebook.

I promptly noted that Facebook, in its setting is good for rallying groups together, but in a general way does not reach as many people, certainly not all the people, often those for the masses to whom certain material and important matters are targeted. I reminded that Facebook is a great tool for what it is good for. I offered my usual description – It is about entertainment, gossip and mischief…varying information which should be always verified.

But as suggested it is a good meeting place to exchange thoughts and information among those willing to participate.

It has been suggested often, that TMR in fact had the first Facebook back in the 90s.

It is here, that some posts and comments caught my attention that I felt compelled to share, especially with our readers who otherwise would not know about. The matter though only recently highlighted was first aired at Governor’s coffee morning with the media on September 26.

There he said on the matter of the public service very much the same as was later captured in that ZJB report where he was quoted as, “once again voicing his concern about the high level of bureaucracy in the public service…challenging them to be more result oriented…”

The Governor took aim at the number of consultancies done on the island and some of the needless processes in the public sector …that the bureaucratic red tape inherited from the U.K. is stifling development.

He said: “…there are consultancy reports analyzing previous consultancies going back decades; and there’s a consultancy on every conceivable thing you can think of; furniture, everything, air conditioning, the works. And then you add on top of that that if you want to go on leave, the process is quite stupendous.  The ‘Brits’, we’ve made a mess of a lot of things around the world. For a tiny island we have made an incredible mess. It has to be said says is something very unique and special to Britain… we but the amount of bureaucracy we reproduce is stupendous, and here we sort of incubated it; and if you want to go on leave you fill in a form and then it has to go round about 10 people. By the time it eventually comes back to you to confirm you can go on leave you’re near retirement…”

The Governor addressing that CARICOM meeting a few weeks ago, continues: “The level of bureaucracy, the level of complexity that’s expected on the village on a rock like Montserrat…it is the size of a British village on a relatively remote rock in the Caribbean. And we expect it to run its own port, run its own airport, run its customs, collect its taxes, organise its pensions, organise its civil service, to best practice, run a police force, run a Marine vessel, be ready to do search and rescue; do all sorts of financial services activities; and most recently, participate in arranging sanctions against Iran and Burma and maintain lists of things like dual use products that could be diverted into chemical weapons misuse. we’re expecting all of that of ourselves, of a village. And it ain’t ever going to happen, not in a month of Sundays will that happen, the model is wrong, we shouldn’t ever pretend otherwise. You can talk about it all, you can write about it…we can write all these reports and have all these committee meetings and at the end, nothing happens.”

At Facebook some important things get commented on. The foregoing was referred to and expressed as follows:

By Howard Fergus 

His Excellency is a heavy weight
in this Her Majesty’s dominion,
DfID’s footstool, and playground
of British civil servants over the years.
The Governor weighed against the service
recently, with damning clarity.

Bureaucracy was slow and paralytic,
communication was circuitous
with letters taking ages to be processed:
a request for leave was answered
when the candidate was ready to retire.
That is what the Governor said,
and the Governor is an honourable English man
who spoke with royal authority;
and there were studies on top of studies
and studies of studies (consuming our aid).

What the Governor did not say
were his plans to cure the sore
since the service is in his purview and portfolio.
I hope he gets around to this
before he is ready to retire,
that he is not afflicted with like paralysis.

(Lord help us. Everybody just come an wash dem mout pan awe.)

The (our) celebrated poet, satirical at times, as can be, and would be expected, got support and reactions. One of our very active and knowledgeable, insensibly exiled journalist, with BBC and regional fame, was first to react.

Mike Jarvis

Agreed.
My thoughts as posted elsewhere.

“The Governor of Montserrat is right. The present model is wrong.

So, now that he has found it necessary to highlight it at a level beyond the local, the question for Governor Pearce is this:
“Guv, what are YOU going to do about it?”

On the outmoded and unnecessary time-consuming administrative requirements imposed on a micro local government in a micro territory, how much of this now needs a massive rethink?

How much needs to be referred to the administrative authority – as is done in the UK Nations and Regions, councils and local governments – so that the local administration and civil service can focus on the priority local issues?

Is it not time for a realistic new partnership with the UK central government, especially in Montserrat’s case?

With elections pending, this is something for current and aspiring Montserrat politicians to add to their ‘promise list’…or is it too big an issue?”

More reactions

Following also some brief, remarks, all considered worthy of mention, but selected:

With elections pending, this is something for current and aspiring Montserrat politicians to add to their ‘promise list’…or is it too big an issue?”

Estelle Howe

Estelle Howe

I lol bcuz I’m jus loving that last bit ” everybody jus come wash dem mouth pan awe”

Vernon Jeffers (former Minister of Government)

Quite an interesting “Tale”.
And they all in unison, exclaimed, “Lord help us”.

Joseph Jackman (just visited Montserrat)

Very well put. Sir Howard… my very short visit to the rock last week. Have a blessed, inspired and productive day.

Dunstan Lindesay

Sir Howard Fergus. The Conscience concurs with your sentiments. But we can’t wait to DIE before (they) fix it. We must find a way. OURSELVES.

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Fox’s Napolitano: Trump Could Be Charged, Indicted

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(Fox News’ “Outnumbered Overtime”)

By Solange Reyner    |   Monday, 10 December 2018 

Donald Trump could be charged with three crimes and indicted while serving as president, says Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano.

“This is the Southern District of New York,” Napolitano said during an appearance on Fox News’ “America Newsroom” on Monday morning. “This is the oldest and most prestigious federal prosecutors’ office in the country. They would not make an allegation like that if they did not have corroborated evidence to support it.”

“And they cannot make an allegation like that unless they’re going to do something with it,” he added.

Federal prosecutors Friday said Trump during the 2016 election directed his former lawyer Michael Cohen to make illegal payments to two women who claimed they had affairs with the then-Republican nominee, a violation of campaign finance laws.

Trump has not been charged with a crime and has repeatedly denied having affairs with the women, Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal. The filing in the Southern District does not directly name Trump, but makes multiple references to him as “Individual-1.”

Napolitano said he believed prosecutors could press ahead with an indictment.

“My view is that he can be indicted, but cannot be prosecuted until leaving office because the disruption to the government of the prosecution would be far more than the Constitution tolerates,” he said.

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MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell: ‘Donald Trump Will Be, Must Be Impeached’

“Michael Cohen is facing substantial prison time for those same crimes. And Donald Trump is facing, what?”

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By Lee MoranX

MSNBC anchor Lawrence O’Donnell said Friday that President Donald Trump “will be, must be impeached because of the crimes prosecutors say he committed” in the case of his former personal attorney, Michael Cohen.

“The Last Word” host noted that “nothing in the Constitution” says a president cannot be indicted, charged with a crime or put on trial.

“And so the only conceivable reason why Donald Trump has not been indicted as a co-conspirator in the Cohen case is that he won the presidential election, that he conspired with Michael Cohen to illegally affect,” he explained.

O’Donnell suggested that had Trump lost the 2016 presidential election to Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, then “he would be facing exactly the same consequences as Michael Cohen.”

He also noted how both Cohen and prosecutors had named Trump as a co-conspirator in Cohen’s crimes. “Michael Cohen is facing substantial prison time for those same crimes. And Donald Trump is facing, what?”

“Will Donald Trump be the only president in history accused by federal prosecutors of committing federal crimes who does not then face impeachment for those crimes?” he added. 

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Theresa May Delays Brexit Vote as Negotiations Get Really, Really Messy

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By Joshua Keating Dec 10, 2018

British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves No. 10 Downing Street on Dec. 5.
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“Quite frankly a bit of a shambles” was the understated response from one of Theresa May’s coalition partners to the news Monday that the prime minister seeks to delay a vote on her Brexit deal, which had been planned for tomorrow.

The delay reflects May’s acknowledgement that she doesn’t have the votes for the controversial deal she negotiated with Brussels, which would keep Britain in a customs union, at least for a time, with the EU, in order to avoid the imposition of a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The deal is opposed not only by the opposition Labour and Scottish National parties but also by her coalition partners, the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party and many hard-line Brexiteer members of her own Conservative Party. Both Labour and the Scottish National Party have suggested that a motion of no confidence in May’s government could be put forward this week.

According to the Guardian, “the vote could take place next week or even be delayed until early January, although this would allow less time for the ensuing Brexit legislation to be passed through parliament before 29 March,” when Britain is due to leave the EU, deal or no. Time is running short, and the delay raises the likelihood of a “no-deal” Brexit in which Britain would revert to trading with Europe under WTO rules, a prospect that experts have warned would have dire consequences for the British economy. The pound fell 0.5 percent against the dollar Monday in response to the news.

The delay will give May some more time to lobby reluctant lawmakers, and she has also suggested that the so-called “Northern Ireland backstop” could be modified.

An EU spokesperson insisted, however, that the deal on the table is “the best and only deal possible” and would not be renegotiated. Given the knottiness of the Irish border problem, it’s not quite clear what an alternative arrangement would even be.

But the important thing to remember in the Calvinball world of Brexit is that no one actually knows what the rules are because no one has ever done this before. The EU has already compromised more than many expected in agreeing to the customs union arrangement. After insisting for months that “Brexit means Brexit,” May also agreed to a much closer future economic relationship between Britain and the EU than was anticipated. Both sides also seem to be making quiet preparations for postponing Brexit past March, after long insisting that the deadline was nonnegotiable.

At the moment, a host of scenarios—including a no-deal Brexit, some alternative compromise on the Irish question, a delayed Brexit, a new “people’s vote” referendum on the deal, and an ouster of May leading to who knows what—all seem entirely plausible.

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Cruise ships lie at anchor at the terminal in Lisbon in Portugal

British pensioners arrested after ‘large amount of cocaine’ found in cruise ship cabin

Pair aged 70 and 72 held on arrival at Lisbon after Caribbean voyage

Cruise ships lie at anchor at the terminal in Lisbon in Portugal
Cruise ships lie at anchor at the terminal in Lisbon in Portugal ( EPA )

Two British pensioners have been arrested on a Caribbean cruise ship after “a large amount of cocaine” was found in their cabin.

The suspects, aged 70 and 72, were detained on suspicion of international drug trafficking moments after the vessel docked at the terminal in Lisbon, Portugal.

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The authorities did not identify the pensioners but indicated the suspects have already appeared before a judge and remain in custody.

“The National Drugs Trafficking Unit has identified and arrested a foreign couple who were travelling on a cruise line doing a circuit between the Caribbean and Europe and on which there was a strong suspicion of international drugs trafficking,” the Policia Judiciaria said in a statement.

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“The arrests took place moments after the vessel had landed at the cruise terminal in Lisbon and following a search of the cabin that was occupied by the suspects.

“Officers located four suitcases in whose structures was ingeniously concealed a large amount of cocaine.

“The suspects, aged 70 and 72, were present at the first judicial interrogation and detained in preventive custody.”

The Policia Judiciaria said the arrests followed an “exchange of information” with the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA).

It did not reveal when the arrests took place, the cruise ship involved or exactly how much cocaine had been seized.

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The NCA refused to comment on the investigation because it is led by the Portuguese authorities but said in a statement: “The NCA works with a wide range of international partners and routinely both shares and receives information.”

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