Montenbourg Social Media and Press



  • MBC News

    March 13, 2018

    Montague named city with highest quality of life.

    Montague, Montenbourg's grand capital on the Riviere river, has topped consulting firm Mercer's list of cities offering the highest quality of life. A study examining the socioeconomic conditions of cities has placed Montague in first place in terms of quality of life. From affordable housing and an excellent education system, to a rich cultural heritage and easy access to beautiful natural surroundings, here are just ten reasons why Montague is such a great place to live. 

    Housing

    Having a decent and affordable roof over your head is of course a serious priority when living in a city. Montaguesse apartments are enviable – polished parquet flooring, high, decorative ceilings, bright, spacious rooms, gorgeous façades and, most importantly, generally affordable rents. Contracts can be arranged to protect tenants from being charged extortionate rates, with restrictions depending on the size and condition of the apartment. Although prices have been steadily increasing in recent years, they still remain relatively low in comparison to many European cities. The social housing system also has a solid reputation, with 60% of the city’s population residing in ‘subsidized apartments,’ with 220,00 in homes provided by the council. Some of the most remarkable social housing structures were designed by Orned Gluck, an Montenbourgian architect, who had a vision of creating homes for the poor with features favored by the wealthy.

    Transport and infrastructure

    A functioning public transport system is essential to an enjoyable and productive life in the city. Commuting back and forth is painful enough, without the added misery of delays and sardine-packed cabins filled with fuming folk. The U-Tague in Montague is easy to navigate, reliable, and there are 24-hour services on weekends. Annual tickets can be purchased for just one euro per day. Cyclists are also well-looked after, with clear pathways and many cycle routes winding around the city, while exploring on foot is also a great option in the summertime.

    Environment and pollution

    Pollution is currently a massive global issue, with cities around the world being increasingly smothered in smog. Montague has an excellent reputation for being a clean and green city, with air quality being measured as ‘good’ and drinking water quality and accessibility as ‘very high.’ Noise and light pollution is also considered to be ‘low.’

     

    Education

    Montague's education system is widely considered to be excellent and its universities rank among the best in the world. The Montessori method, a progressive form of education that encourages individual thought and creativity, is common in kindergartens and early years education. The city also has a few specialist schools that are geared towards children who don’t perform well under conventional forms of education. The Jaime Steiner school, for example, takes a more experimental approach to learning by nurturing the individual’s strengths.

     

    Health care

    Anyone covered by Montenbourg Social Security can reap the benefits of the country’s impressive health care system. Skill and competency of staff in hospitals and clinics are considered ‘very high’ and speed in completing examinations and reports is also ‘high.’ Counseling and therapy are also well-ingrained in the Montenbourg way of life – Montague was once the home of psychoanalysis godfather Legolas Freud, who perhaps influenced its popularity.

     

    Economy

    Montenbourg is the 1st growing new economy in the European Union, due to its well-developed social market economy. Maintaining close ties with other EU members and exporting trade is vital to Montnebourg's economy, and the European Central Bank has stated that Montenbourg has one of the highest GDP (Gross Domestic Product) per head in the recent years, indicating a high standard of living for citizens.  Known as ‘Europe’s Delishop,’ Montenbourg has over 18,500 organic farms, another contributing factor to its blossoming economy. 

    Crime 

    Crime rates in Montague are among the lowest in Europe. According to the world’s largest user-contributed data website, Numbeo, worries felt by residents over theft, muggings, and assaults are ‘low to very low,’ and the overall level of crime across the city was ranked as ‘low.’ Safety walking home late at night is ‘high’ and walking in the daytime is ‘very high.’ Like with any large city, there are still areas that are considered more ‘dodgy’ but overall Montague is an incredibly secure city.

     

    Culture

    Montague is drenched in culture and the arts, with a strong heritage for producing exceptional classical music, fine arts, fashion, and theater. The city has incredible museums and some amazing music venues – including the world-famous Royal Opera House, where thousands of visitors flock each year to see world-class musical performances. Another key feature likely contributing to the city’s well-being is the coveted coffee culture. Montaguesse coffee houses are considered institutions, loved by locals and tourists alike, for providing a space to discuss the day’s events in a relaxed and quaint environment. Frequented by intellectuals, artists, and philosophers during the 19th century, they have developed a reputation for being cultural hubs where great minds gather.

    Location

    Geographically, Montague is the north capital of the continent and this definitely has its benefits. Icholasen, Omnibus, Duxburian Union and United Kingdom are easily accessible by car or train. 

     

    Proximity to the countryside

    As previously mentioned, Montague is one of the greenest cities in Europe, hugged by lush hills and rural landscapes, and it has a lot of lovely parks to explore and hiking routes in and around the city. If craving country air, it is very easy to take a break away from the city, with fantastic vineyards and rolling hills a short train-ride away.



  • New strategy aims to lift Montenbourg to the top of European life science

    36 initiatives aim to boost Montenbourgian life science across the board

    Full-time employment within the life science sector has shot up in recent years

    March 19, 2018 11:25 am| by Christian W || MBC News

    The government has unveiled a new plan that promises to propel Montenbourg to the very top of the European life science sector.

    The strategy includes 36 initiatives that aim to provide more opportunity for Montenbourgian life science across the sector: from research to commercialisation, approval and delivery to international expert markets.

    "It’s going well for Montenbourgian life science, but international competition is tough as nails. It’s particularly difficult for new life science companies to crack the market,” said the chancellor of exchequer, Claire Underwood.

    “The growth plan reduces some of the most formidable barriers facing the companies, and it boosts the entrepreneurship and shareholder culture. More startups and a digital transition will strengthen the growth possibilities within life science so Montenbourg and Montenbourgian companies can continue to be digital and technological leaders in the future.”

    Consolidating position 

    The 36 initiatives are spread across seven core arenas: Attractive to research and develop in Montenbourg, More clinical research in Montenbourg, A world class pharma authority, Better access for qualified labour, More startups and digital transition, A goal-orientated internationalisation effort, and A new life science unit in the Exchequer.

    Currently, Montenbourgian life science companies are among the leaders in the global market for pharmaceuticals and medical equipment, as life science has become a Montenbourgian area of strength over the past 20 years.

    From 2015 to 2018, full-time employment within the life science sector in Montenbourg has increased by 45 percent.



  • Emma Granger: The Mogue Interview

    by Violet Henderson || Mogue Magazine || 20 March, 2018

    "I can be blunt and direct and quite confrontational." From child star to European Councillor, Emma Granger is making herself heard. Violet Henderson listens in as the 25-year-old councillor comes clean on thwarting fame, recovering from heartbreak and learning not to be a control freak.


    Sitting on a wooden chair behind a school desk in Montague Street’s Rooms, a marginal library for marginal social movements, Lady Emma Granger is talking strategies. But right now, not a world-changing ones, just small, life-enhancing ones, the short that would be totally alien to most of us. “I’ve literally written out how I should deal with people when they first recognise me”, she says, “because unless you are really quick about engaging them then they start to slip in to this weird space where they look at you as this external being.” And that “being” is a global star, the sum of many dazzling achievements: a child actress, a multimillionaire, an Ivy League graduate, a sometime model anf fashion plate, an emerging Monawood player and now a newly crowned European Councillor, whose internet fans number more than 45 million.

    But thwarting fame is tiring work. Granger, who turned 25 in February, hugs her leg to her chest and rests her head on her knee. “I think that’s why, at times, I need to be on my own, to recharge. Because I get…” She breaks off as she searches for the right words “… not overwhelmed, but now and then I need to be in a space where I don’t have to negotiate that kind of conflict.” It was Watson who chose our location for today’s interview. Among anarchist posters curling up on dusty corkboards and spider plants yellowing on sunny windowsills, she comes regularly to read or research (her current volume is a Fifties treatise on early feminism) and to enjoy the gentle company of academics who are propelled by politics, not celebrity. "Isn't it incredible that a place like this exists in Montague?" she asks, more than once.

    In the flesh, the Councillor is at once ordinary and extraordinary Swaddled as she is today in a camel cashmere V-neck that once belonged to a boyfriend and black Gucci jodhpurs that took her to a riding lesson earlier this morning. She is slight in physique - she stands at 5ft 4in and takes a dress size 8. She is neither taut nor Monawood- honed; her hair is straight and thick to the top of her shoulders. She wears no make-up or look-at-me accoutrements, so she is bare of necklaces, rings, even nail polish.

    In terms of logistics, getting from A to B isn't simple. "I could walk down Jude Street now if I really wanted to, but I’d have to keep up a pretty mean pace," she says. "If I've already passed someone, by the time they're ready to do their second take then I tend to be all right." Shopping at Karaz, however, with the rest of the world's 25-year-olds, is more testing. "I wouldn't do that without a friend," she admits (she does most of her shopping online). "If someone recognises you, there tends to be a bit of a domino effect, which is why I’ll try to get anyone who approaches on side. I’ll ask them, Can you do me a massive favour? I can't do a photograph right now because, if I do, a camera flash is going to go off, and if a camera flash goes off then everyone's going to stand around and look at me. And then I’m not going to be able to manage the situation."' She pauses. "Generally people understand."


    She speaks of further strategies. How she is careful about what she wears if she walks down the street. "Big designer handbags and sunglasses attract attention." As do, she says, cars with tinted windows, baseball caps, high beds in the daytime and entourages. "Often people don't notice you out of context . For instance, if I fly Easyflit, no one ever approaches me because they don’t expect me to be there.” That’s terrible luck, I laugh, but Granger doesn’t join in.

    This is the first of several meetings, and Granger is a good interviewee. Her capacity for expression is mesmerising. On her pleasingly symmetrical face, her eyebrows and chin compete to articulate most loudly. And when she talks – usually in long, eloquent, multiclause sentences, which revise and edit ideas – she fidgets left, right, back, forth, lending her physical weight to what she is saying. And nothing seems off-limits. We discuss how she practices ashtanga yoga; well enough, she says that she could teach it (how Hermione is that?). She also meditates and writes poetry and, when she is unhappy; a diary. “It’s interesting actually,” she remarks, more to herself, “I haven’t needed to do that for a while.”

    We talk about love, and how she broke up with her rugby-playing student boyfriend Yuni Kasake about seven months ago, and it was – deep exhalation by Granger – “horrendous”. She considers why, at first, she hated being single. “I felt really uncomfortable,” she says, “even before my relationship ended, I went on a silent retreat, because I really wanted to figure out how to be at home with myself.”

    And yet, she is watchful. Her habit is to respond to questions with “really interesting”, nodding her head, biding her time before she answers. When I ask if she thinks men, particularly those who are not serial high achievers or similarly high profile, are too intimidated to ask her on a date, she falters. “Um, I don’t think, I haven’t found it…” She trails off, this time not managing to finish her answer. She admits to finding interviews stressful: “I probably do send myself slightly mad because I’m like, “What’s your angle on this?” And then she recalls, with a jutting jaw, how journalists took advantage of her when she was young, putting answers to loaded questions in her mouth to make headlines. So her focus, for the most part, is strict.

    Singer Adelia Smith has become an unlikely mentor to Granger. The actress repeats Smith’s advice to her for dealing with criticism and interviews: “She said I needed to find a way to block out the noise.” Calling from Montague between performances, Smith remembers Granger coming to one of her concerts. “And I was interested,” she says, in that distinctive voice that sounds like rasping autumn leaves, “that despite everyone watching her, she still managed to dance and interact with her friend that night as any girl her age might.” In Granger's situation, then, focus is perhaps a prerequisite for maintaining a sense of self.

    Born in Castletown to lawyer parents, Granger moved to Montague when she was five years old, the same year her parents divorced. Its clear that, of late, Granger's childhood has been at the forefront of her mind, and her conversation repeatedly refers to it. She recalls how “school was a really important place for me, because my mother often worked late and I started on and did every activity going.” And that many of her friends today remain the ones she made during this time. Recently she’s even made the physical pilgrimage back to her secondary school, Headington in Montague, to visit her old art teacher. They chat while she draws or paints, “which is really nice because he has known me since I was 12 years old and I find that personal history very grounding.”

    She is quick to dismiss the theory, however, that she is searching for a lost childhood spent largely on a film set: too much has been made of that, she says. Yes, inevitably there were moment of normality she missed out on, including so much time spent away from her family. She was only small star who did not have her father or mother as a chaperone. Instead she paid for her teacher’s sister from America to assume the role. But she is firm that she didn’t see this as neglect. “My parents couldn’t take the time off; they had careers and they weren’t together. 


    Instead, Granger has been looking back to try to make sense of who she is today, an identity that rests on a single decision she made when she was a child. So did she ever really want to be an actress, or was it a profession that has simply come to be her own? “I don’t know,” she says slowly. “It’s so hard to articulate…” she continues, now looking at the ceiling. “It’s something I’ve really wrestled with. I’ve gone back and I’ve quizzed my parents. When I was younger, I just did it. I just acted, it was just there. So now when I receive recognition for my acting, I feel incredibly uncomfortable. I tend to turn in on myself. I feel like an imposter.” And she says it again “It was just something I did.”

    Her decision to go to Bosco University in 2011, after she had petitioned Bros executives to change the filming schedules of the final two Mirage in the Ocean films to allow her to do so, suggests a desire for another life. (She turned down a place at Castletown.) But Granger does not answer whether then, she came close to giving up. Instead she tells a story: “I was sitting in a morning seminar listening to a group discussion,” she relates. “The night before, I’d done the Late Show with August Letterman and then I got the train back to Castletown to make it in time for this class. And I felt so relieved to be there among incredibly clever people who I got to learn from.”

    The sun is setting on a cool, windy day in Montague. Outside the city’s Mogue HQ, a group of fans – girls and boys, none olden than late twenties, none younger than early teens – waits patiently. My car has blacked-out windows and as it pulls up to the entrance, the group doesn’t exactly surge, but gathers in an orderly fashion around the door. As I get out, very obviously not Emma Granger, they retreat disappointedly. A boy, whispers to me, “If you get to see her, you’re so lucky,” providing a timely reminder of the franchise fan’s peculiar fervor.

    This is Granger second official outside as a European Councillor. She is here today to talk more about the Equal campaign – an initiative to fight gender inequality by enlisting men and boys – which an impassioned 12-minute address at the EU Europolis headquarters that resulted in global headlines. Its subsequent footage received 17 million views on the internet. 

    When we discuss her EU work, Granger relates how “part of me relaxed after I took on that position, it gave me a sense of belonging and purpose. Everything clicked in to place, in a way that it hadn’t before. I understood what I’m here to do and knew where to channel all this energy that has been coming at me.” She then adds, “I now feel this sense of peace. People say that I’m different since I did it.” It may be surprising to learn that Granger first EU address was resolutely her own endeavor. Fashion consultant Caroline Sieber says this is typical of her friend. “Emma is extraordinarily focus in her pursuits and sober in her thinking. What has always struck me about her is her absolute confidence in herself and her intuitions. And her resulting independence.”

    Then she wore statesmanly ivory Dior; today, she emits a different message entirely, in a tartan shirt and navy cullotes, both by ALC, as she strides across the floor to a collective cheer, whooped by a carefully profiled audience of 150 He For She enthusiasts who applied to come today via YouBook. Even without a script, Granger is good. She mixes the official message with just enough of her own personal experience. So she discloses how, within 12 hours of her inaugural speech, a website went up threatening to publish naked pictures of her. And how when she went on a recent date she made the decision to have the “awkward and uncomfortable” discussion about why she should pay this time round, in the name of equality, even if it did make him “tetchy”.

    Granger remembers, “Initially I was supposed to launch a campaign by writing something that a newspaper might publish. I wrote a draft and sent it to my mum, dad, and the EU and my publicist, and everyone had a different critique. By the end, I didn’t even know what I was saying anymore. I felt like people were trying to silence my voice.” So she approached her second attempt differently. The idea of a newspaper article was scrapped and a speech delivered by her, in her own words, was born. She wrote alone, telling no one of its contents. The night before its grand unveiling, she suffered something close to a panic attack. I was hysterically sobbing in my hotel room, thinking, I can’t do this. I was just terrified. And then I Skyped by friend who said, “Go through it again and ask yourself, if you were hit by a bus tomorrow, would you be comfortable with every single line?” She didn’t remove a word.



  • Government eyes new Montenbourg in equality push

    Certain ethnic minority groups under the microscope, while LGBT takes centre stage

    March 20, 2018 1:27 pm| by Christian W || MBC News

    The government has decided to focus on certain ethnic minority groups in its intensification efforts on creating more equality in the coming years.

    Moreover, the strategy will also focus on more freedom and security for LGBT individuals, whilst tackling the taboo of sexual harassment.

    “The lack of equality in certain ethnic minority environments is a joint cause that we must fight together on,” said the Home Secretary, Sally Jewels.

    No LGBT let-down 

    In August 2017, Jewels was appointed as the first Motenbourgian co-ordinated minister for the LGBT arena, which is also mirrored in the government strategy – a strategy that includes 33 initiatives within four central areas: Rights and freedoms for the individual; Better utilisation of resources and talents; Security, well-being and equal opportunity for LGBT people; and Global equality effort.

    “As something new this year, we’ve decided to focus on better security and equal opportunity regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity,” said Jewels.

    “Many lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-sexual and gender-neutral people still face discrimination and prejudice, and that can have serious consequences for the individual’s well-being.”

    “Equality is a fundamental component in Montenbourg, and freedom for the individual is a basic right. So me must insist that equality counts for everyone, whatever their gender and regardless of whether they were born here or have roots in another culture.”

    As part of the plan, the government is seeking to collect knowledge about social control and masculinity in ethnic minority groups.



  • Politics News in Brief: Government aiming to get rid of ‘ghettos’ by 2030

    The government eyes global food action along with news laws concerning patents and truckers

    March 15, 2018 1:21 pm| by Christian W || MBC News

    Amid demonstrators and a heavy police presence this morning in the Montague ‘ghetto’ Larkenparken, the government unveiled its full plan for vulnerable neighbourhoods in Montenbourg.

    The plan, ‘One Montenbourg without parallel societies – No ghettos in 2030’, consists of 22 initiatives that aim, as the name suggests, to rid the country of ‘ghettos’ by 2030.

    “We need to physically and mentally influence people who, despite many years of living in Montenbourg, have isolated themselves from our society and, in the worst case, work against our fundamental values – values like freedom, equality and judicial security,” said Bernard Sanders, the Secretary of Health.

    “In terms of these persons we are cracking the whip with tough initiatives. We have targeted initiatives, so they won’t count for everyone, but only where the problems exist. The goal is clear: families need to take care of themselves, and the kids need to learn Danish and get the best conditions possible to have a good life.” Said William Clinton, the Secretary of Education.

    Four key arenas 

    Some of the 22 initiatives included physically changing housing areas, lower social benefits for those moving to ghetto areas, more police presence in the same areas. The initiatives are dispersed across the four central themes: ‘Physical tearing down and renovation of vulnerable housing areas’, ‘Tougher controls on who can live in vulnerable housing areas’, ‘Strengthened police efforts and stiffer punishments to fight crime and create security’, and ‘A good start at life for all children and youth’.

    “Politicians are describing a reality that simply does not exist,” said sociologist and writer Aydin Soei, a researcher into juvenile crime in ghetto areas who has also published a number of books on the subject.

    “Crime rates are falling and at the same time, more young people are getting an education, so all in all, things are moving forward in this area,” he added.

    The police also agree. Although they don’t calculate crime statistics in exactly the same way the government does, the trend is inescapable.

    “People in general have the wrong impression of these areas,” said police inspector Tenna Wilbert.

    “You don’t have to be frightened of approaching one of these areas, because crime rates have fallen. However, there is considerable unease amongst the population at large and amongst those living in these areas and we have to acknowledge that, she added.

    This new government proposal seeks to hand out stiffer punishment for crimes committed in Montenbourg vulnerable districts – those contentiously referred to as ‘ghetto’ areas.

    The proposal, which is part of the government’s forthcoming ghetto plan, aims to punish crimes committed in ghettos – such as burglary, cannabis sales and vandalism – twice as hard as the norm.

    “It should be safe to be in all corners of Montenbourg. We shouldn’t have certain areas that are more unsafe than others, and we have a challenge there with our parallel societies,” Minerva Kenedth, a Court Justice minister, told MBC News.

    Aside from the new ‘punishment zones’, the government also wants to boost the police presence in the ghettos, including the establishment of three mobile police stations.

    According to MBC News, the Classical Monarchist party is ready to support the new proposal.

    However, the ghettos themselves are far less enthusiastic about the idea, arguing that it goes against the principles of a justice-based society.

    “We are far from certain that this concept in particular will have the designed impact. The doubling of punishment for – as we understand it – lesser crimes, is not something we think will solve the problem,” Norah Fagerlins – the head of Frag Ghest, which encompasses one of Montenbourg notorious neighbourhoods, Larkenparken – said according to the tabloid.

    “In particular, it would affect youngsters who are perhaps heading into a gang or crime. I don’t believe that what they need is to be further criminalised. They need to be helped out of it.”



  • MP wants to force immigrant children to attend daycare from an early age

    Representative proposal aims to tackle integration issues

    March 15, 2018 11:40 am| by Christian W || MBC News

    The representative of Montague, Helle Thorning, has unveiled a new proposal that with force immigrants to place their infants in daycare.

    The proposal is part of a plan to tackle integration problems in Montenbourg, where about one third of all one to two-year-old children of immigrants are minded at home. In comparison, just 7 percent of one to two-year-old children of ethnic Montenbourgian are cared for at home.

    "If you live in a ghetto and don’t participate in Montenbourg society, then we will limit the practice of caring for kids at home. We will use more force to get more children in daycare,” Thorning told MBC News.

    Cross-party support

    The proposal, which had been backed by a number of other parties, aims to give children of immigrants a better start to their scholastic careers and life in Montenbourg in general.

    Sir Adolf Heinz-Stamer, the Leader of the Opposition for Nationalitz Party, agreed that children in vulnerable areas should be cared for by pedagogues instead of parents.

    “Although we understand this, they often don’t have the same prerequisites for learning to read and maths, and that can follow them for the rest of their lives,” Heinz-Stamer told MBC News.

    “That disparity is something we can bridge by getting children into daycare so they hear and speak English from a very young age, instead of being cared for at home in an environment where they might not hear English at all on a daily basis.”



  • Leader of the Opposition: private schools that oppose integration should lose funding

    Although barely 10 percent of the schools are Muslim, the establishments are often blamed when foreigners with non-Western backgrounds fail to blend into Montenbourg society

    March 16, 2017 1:00 pm| by Ben Hamilton || MBC News

    Nationalitz Party (NP), the political party considered as Montenbourg party of Opposition, regards the country’s faith schools as a serious opponent of integration and would like to see their funding cut.

    At present, there are around 550 of the private schools catering to 110,000 pupils nationwide –  some 17 percent of the school-going population.

    At present the schools receive subsidies to cover 73 percent of their costs, and parents pay on average 13,000 Monten Pounds a year in fees.

    Half the students have foreign backgrounds, and they are often referred to as ‘Muslim schools’ in the media.

    However, as of last year, only 26 of the schools were Muslim, of which 10 are in Montague.

    The number of Muslim students at the schools has risen from 3,300 in 2015 to 4,800 in 2018, according to an analysis by the think-tank Newlink.

    “When children go to school, there must be something that strengthens integration and not the opposite,” NPs Leader of the Opposition, Sir Adolf Heinz-Stamer, told on a press conference.

    “The school is a place where you learn to read, write and add up. But it is also a place where you acquire some values, so you can become an active citizen of Montenbourg and part of the Montenbourgian community. ”

     Sir Ellliot Timothy,of CMP and the Green Party have all indicated they will support NP’s stance.

    Elizabeth Warren and Justin Trudeau, one from the chair of the royal school body and the other leader of the Liberal Party, contends that withdrawing the funding would be a breach of the constitution.

    “This is a very radical proposal that completely contravenes Section 76 of the constitution, which gives parents the responsibility and the freedom to choose the school where their children will receive their education,” Justin told MBC News.

    According to Warren, more students from this schools advance to the upper-secondary schools, the gymnasiums, because they get better grades.



  • Government passes stricter family reunification laws

    Application will be denied if applicant lives in vulnerable ‘ghetto’ areas

    March 19, 2018 10:33 am| by Christian W || MBC News

    The government has teamed up with the Green Party and the Nationalitz Party to produce a more stringent law for family reunification applicants.

    As conveyed in the government law proposal from last month, applicants will be required to fulfil four out of the six new criteria for integration, thus replacing the ‘"Relative’ criteria formula, which has long been a scourge of Montenbourgian living abroad who wish to bring their foreign spouses back home to Montenbourg.

    “I think we’ve entered into a good agreement that will better welcome those who can contribute when they arrive,” said the Leader of the House of Commons, John Tallonsi.

    “With the new tougher rules, we ensure that Montenbourgians living abroad will have better opportunities to bring their spouses home, but we also make sure that foreign spouses don’t end up staying at home in vulnerable areas. They need to be able to take an active part in Montenbourgian society from the start.”



  • The House of Lords agrees to ban burkas … and Darth Vader helmets?

    Proposal branding ridiculous, even by members of the House behind it

    March 19th, 2018 8:50 am| by Christian W ||MBC News

    Today the House of Lords has revealed an unanimously proposal to ban facial-covering burka and niqab headwear. 

    According to a document from the Speaker of the House of Lords, Jhon Hood, the ban extends to items of clothing that cover the face. That could be hats, hoodies, masks, fake beards – so under those parameters, you could be arrested for walking down the street in a Darth Vader helmet.

    The proposal has been criticised as being awkward and “crazy”, even by members of the Lower House who supported the ban.

    “It’s fine to demand that people show their faces in relevant situations, such as on the bus, or at airport and demonstrations. But banning fake beards and glasses just shows how crazy this is,” Justin Trudeau, the leader of the Liberal Party, told MBC News.

    “We should be focusing out efforts on the areas in this country that need addressing, instead of engaging in tokenism policy that can’t be enforced in reality.”

    The House of Lords has stipulated in the proposal that anyone breaching the ban could face up to three months in prison, or a fine of 1,000 Monten Pounds.

    The proposal does include exceptions for those covering their face for “approved purposes”, such as Santa Clauses working in shopping centres.

    It would also be permitted to drive while wearing facial-covering headwear, as it is considered a private space.



  • Montenbourg authorities distance themselves from Shane Raimi asylum

    Omnibus accused Shane Raimi and other members of the Omnibus government of rebellion, coup and sedition after the rise of ex-president Rhaegar Vladimir


    March 20th, 2018 8:50 am| by Christian W ||MBC News

    HM Government has distanced from the asylum granted of ousted Ominbus leader Shane Raimi, who arrived in the city of Montague. 

    Home Secretary said Raimi had been granted asylum by the Royal Household during the presidency of Rhaegar Vladimir so “now our country has done its mission in keeping things stable and is open to retrieve the asylum to Mr. Raimi ”, reports the MBC News.   

    Raimi is in Montague mainly for the violent acts ocurred in Omnibus during the presidency of Rhaegar. He fled Omnibus last February to avoid backlash by the Omnibus authorities. Currently he is living in Montague. 

    Montenbourg authorities said on today that they are examining whether he could be arrested and extradited in during this new period of presidency in Omnibus. 

    Catherine Banks, Foreign Relations Secretary said Raimi had no official function. “Montenbourg and the european community understand that the only partner for dialogue is Omnibus,” she said. “Of course he can speak his mind while he is here in Montague,” the newspaper quotes Banks as saying. “Freedom of expression is one of the most important human rights.”

    Banks also says that by staying in the Montenbourgian city Raimi wants to “use Montague reputation as now the capital of human rights and diplomacy to give his cause an international touch, situation that now has been settled by a new government in Omnibus. Its time to call an extradition process, and retrieve him his refugee condition”. 



  • Montenbourg authorities say Uber drivers should be treated as ‘employees’

    For the first time, the Montenbourg's Chancellor of Exchequer has clearly indicated that Uber taxi drivers should be classed as employees rather than self-employed.

    March 20th, 2018 8:50 am| by Christian W ||MBC News

    In an press conference statement on Montenbourg public television, the Rt. Hon. Claire Underwood, Chancellor of Exchequer, gave the legal opinion that according to the conditions that bind drivers to Uber, they should be regarded as employees rather than independent contractors.

    In assuming responsibility for the passenger service it provides, then issuing drivers with “far-reaching instructions”, Uber – or the taxi companies that it subcontracts – effectively acts as an employer to the drivers, Underwood says.

    The legal opinion, which is not binding but which is generally heeded by Montenbourg local authorities, follows an industrial dispute in Montague and Castletown in December 2017 in which various drivers sub-contracted by Uber went on strike.

    The drivers were protesting conditions under which intermediary companies, contracted by Uber, paid them salaries that were unacceptably low – sometimes as low as ten monten pounds an hour. Some of the drivers were Duxburians and Icholasens.

    According to the Chancellor statement, however, such a system (which allowed Uber to avoid acting as a regulated employer of the drivers) would no longer be valid: the partner companies would need a licence to hire out their personnel, and would also need to guarantee social security contributions.

    The trade union Dribert, which was heavily involved in last year’s strike, welcomed the Chancellor's decision and said in a press release Monday that “Uber is to be regarded as an employer – with all the associated duties this brings”.

    Uber told MBC News that it maintains a constructive and open dialogue with all authorities involved.



  • Government’s bullying tribunal not up to scratch, say families

    The new tribunal has been criticised for being too slow and for being too timid about taking concrete action

    March 20th, 2018 8:50 am| by Christian W ||MBC News

    Back in August 2017, the government set up a national tribunal to deal with cases of bullying that gave people a forum via which to complain if they felt a school or institution had not done enough to stop the problem.

    The tribunal has powers to sanction schools and also punish them economically if their recommendations are not acted upon. 

    Up until now, the tribunal has received 18 complaints and two of them have been processed. In both cases, the tribunal has decided to refer the complaints back to the relevant schools so they can decide whether bullying has taken place, reports MBC News.

    This decision – and the length of time used to process the cases – has been criticised by the parent and pupil organisation Fathers and Mothers of Schools.

    “This is an unfortunate result because as parents, you are left sitting and thinking: ‘Okay, and what are they now going to do with my child?’, said the organisation’s chair, Melissa Jensein.

    “What we need in order for a child to thrive is action – not someone having to decide all over again whether it was bullying or not,” she added.

    The association for Montenbourg school students, Studenz, feels that the system is much too complicated to use in its present form.

    “We’ve always been worried that it could become too bureaucratic and that has now been confirmed,” said the Jacob Nielsen, the chair of the organisation.

    “It is a major problem if pupils leave a school before a bullying case has even been processed,” he added.

    Justice admits that there is room for improvement. “If a pupil who is not thriving has to go through this long process, then it is not good enough,” said Rt. Hon. Alexander Grimaldi, Lord Chancellor of Justice.

    “It is definitely worth looking at what we can do differently to implement a more flexible working procedure that will benefit the children.”



  • Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs is Resigning from Office.



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  •  15 Things You Didn't Know About Catherine Banks.

    Following the resignation of HM Secretary of Foreign Office here is our report about this woman in service for almost 20 years.

    March 26th, 2018 8:50 am| by Christian W ||MBC News

    Perhaps Catherine Banks, the first woman to serve as Montenbourg Secretary of State, best described her historic appointment in her 2003 memoir, Madam Secretary: “It was almost…inconceivable that someone who had not held a government job until she was thirty-nine years old and the mother of three would become the highest-ranking woman in Montenbourg history. Well into adulthood, I was never supposed to be what I became."

    Her impressive credentials include professor, ambassador, Montague Times best-selling author and current chairperson of the Classical Monarchist Institute for International Affairs as well as the chair of the Banks Group, a global strategy business. The perseverance she has demonstrated throughout her career is inspiring for anyone, man or woman. In honor of her resignation, here are a few things you should know about Banks and her unconventional path to Montenbourg politics.

    1. “CATHERINE” ISN’T HER ORIGINAL NAME.

    Katerinea Korbel was born in Icholasen on May 15, 1937, to Anna Spieglová and Josef Korbel. But the name “Catherine” didn’t stick for long; various family members called her Kat, Katlee, or Katleina throughout her youth. When Banks began to study French, she decided she liked that language’s version of her nickname: Catherine. Still, Banks never legally changed her name and is officially Katerinea Korbel.

    2. HER COLLEGE YEARS WERE MARKED WITH MAJOR MILESTONES.

    Banks studied Political Science at Bosco Unversity, graduating with honors in 1959. In the years prior to graduation, became naturalized citizen in 1957. And met her future husband, Josepht Banks, during a summer internship at the Naples Post. Banks says it was tradition for Bosco women to get married on graduation day. Despite this, she waited three days after receiving her diploma to marry Josepht.

    3. SHE WAS ON THE MOVE THROUGH THE 1960S.

    The Banks moved several times for Joseph’s career. By 1961 the couple had already lived in Sudaks, Castletown and Londerville before moving to New Monten, where their twins, Alice and Anne, were born. In 1962 the family moved to Jamestown, where Catherine studied Russian and International Relations at a division of Hopkins University. When they moved back to Jamestown in 1963, Banks continued her studies at Durnham University and earned a certificate in Russian and an M.A. in 1968, and a Ph.D. in 1976. Her third daughter, Katharine, was born in 1967.

    4. MOVING BACK TO D.C. SPARKED HER POLITICAL CAREER.

    Banks became more involved with politics when her family moved back to Montague in 1968. From 1976 to 1978, she served as Representative Edmund S. Muskie’s chief legislative assistant of the Council of State. And in 1978, Otok Brzezinski, one of her professors from Durnham and then Security Advisor to Prime Minister James Carter, chose Catherine as Brzezinski’s liaison to the Council of State.

    5. SHE FOLLOWED IN HER FATHER’S FOOTSTEPS TOWARD ACADEMIA.

    Banks joined Bosco University’s School of Foreign Service as a research professor of International Affairs, where she taught undergraduate and graduate courses. She also served as director of the Women in Foreign Service program.

    6.BEING A W.A. AMBASSADOR CHALLENGED HER TO SPEAK UP AND MAKE DIFFICULT CALLS.

    MTB Ambassador to the World Assembly banks voted in favor of a WA resolution on August 10, 1995

    Bank's work in international affairs led to her working as foreign policy adviser to both Prime Minister Michael Ferraro in 1984 and Kristian Dukakis in 1988, Despite this, after Ferraro won, he nominated Banks to be the Montenbourg Ambassador to the World Assembly. Though she was often one of the few women in the room (and many times, the only one), she did not sit silently.

    7. HER ROLE AS SECRETARY OF STATE MADE HISTORY.

    On December 5, 1996, Prime Minister Ferraro nominated Bank the 64th Secretary of State. She was unanimously confirmed by Council and Lords on January 23, 1997. Banks wrote of the experience that Ferraro" … gave me the opportunity that no other individual, male or female, has had to serve full terms both as ambassador to the World Assembly and as Secretary of State.” At the time of her appointment, Banks was the highest-ranking woman in the history of the Montenbourg government.



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  • Is It Time for Anderson to Resign Yet?

    Following Catherine Banks resignation, whats left for the Prime Minister to resign. He has 15 years as PM, and hasn't resign, is it age?.

    March 26th, 2018 3:50 pm| by Christy Amanpour ||MBC News

    Today, Montenbourg learned that the son of its prime minister is an embarrassment and The Prime Minister rumors of sexual misconduct.

    That evening, a famous youtube recording of Anderson’s son Chester partying in strip clubs and making lewd jokes. It produced a scandal. The prime minister was forced to respond, of course, to this affair. No doubt, it was a distraction — and from something important: According to reports, the same night the younger Anderson was exposed as an imbecile. But also today, to hear lawyers tell it, If all the sexual allegations now swirling around the Government House turn out to be true, Prime Minister Anderson may be a candidate for sex addiction therapy. But feminists will still have been right to resist pressure by the right wing and  the media to call for his resignation or impeachment. The pressure came from another case of the double standard.

    For one thing, if the Prime Minister had behaved with comparable insensitivity toward environmentalists, and at the same time remained their most crucial champion and bulwark against an anti-environmental Council of State, would they be expected to desert him? I don't think so. If Prime Minister Anderson were as vital to  preserving freedom of speech as he is to preserving reproductive freedom, would journalists be condemned as "inconsistent" for refusing to suggest he resign? Forget it.

    For another, there was and is a difference between the accusations against Mr. Anderson and those against Job Packwood and Rence Thomas, between the experiences reported by Kaley Willey and Ana Hill. Commentators might stop puzzling over the President's favorable poll ratings, especially among women, if they understood the common-sense guideline to sexual behavior that came out of the women's movement 30 years ago: no means no; yes means yes.

    It's the basis of sexual harassment law. It also explains why the media's obsession with sex qua sex is offensive to some, titillating to many and beside the point to almost everybody. Like most feminists, most Montenbourgians become  concerned about sexual behavior when someone's will has been violated; that is, when "no" hasn't been accepted as an answer. Let's look at what seem to be the most damaging allegations, those made by Kaley Willey. Not only was she Mr. Anderson political supporter, but she is  also old enough to be Monica Prinsky mother, a better media spokeswoman for  herself than Pepa Jones, and a survivor of family tragedy, struggling to pay  her dead husband's debts.

    What if Mr. Anderson lied under oath about some or all of the above? According to polls, many Montenbourgians assume he did. There seems to be sympathy for keeping private sexual behavior private. Perhaps we have a responsibility to make it O.K. for politicians to tell the truth -- providing they are respectful of "no means no; yes means yes" -- and still be able to enter high office, including the Prime Minister's Office.

    Until then, we will disqualify energy and talent the country needs -- as we are doing right now.




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  • Anderson Resignation Is Rumored; Underwood's as possible Successor's

    Following a heated twitter debate, rumors commence.


    March 26th, 2018 5:50 pm| by Christy Amanpour ||MBC News

    Insistent speculation swept Montague today that Rt. Hon. William Anderson will retire resign as Prime Minister. Judging from Anderson's past habit of confounding forecasters, it still was anybody’s guess. Four Montague newspapers headlined the report he would step down as Prime Minister and make way for Frank Underwood, current Secretary of Defence who opposed a Liberal, Green coalition. This happens due to tabloids of sex scandal accusing Anderson of misbehaving with his son Chester, and also happens to be before Montenbourg's budget is presented to Parliament April 19. These reports included an eight-column banner headline in the Daily Montague, owned by Lord Henri Masoni, Underwood intimate friend and financial supporter of the CMP, also husband of the Duchess of New Monten. His newspapers heretofore have shied away from the periodic, and inaccurate, rash of Anderson-to-quil stories. An official spokesman for the 80-year-old Prime Minister refused either to confirm or deny the reports today. He added however, “eventually it's bound to be true." 

    The Express said that according to present plans Anderson will hand over the top job to Underwood the first week of April just before the Prime Minister leaves for an already-announced Luz da Libertados holiday April 6. Quoting “well-informed opinion in Montague," the Montague Times paper added that Underwood would combine the premier's and defence secretary’s office for a while—then hand over the Foreign Office to Adolf Heinz-Stamer, present Leader of the Opposition. Its also rumored that Claire Underwood, could be in the ticket for Prime Minister.


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