PM schools ‘Ms Facebook’ on technology

Senator Vynnette Frederick.

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – Even after a 21-minute warning, Senator Vynnette Frederick, opposition shadow minister for technology, ended up with egg on her face in Parliament on Tuesday as she was unable to say what “LTE” means.

Frederick’s warning came as she asked Prime Minister and Minister of Technology Dr. Ralph Gonsalves “Question 18”, one of the four parts of which asked, “What if anything is being done to improve the CITE-SVG website?”

“I hope that with the next question, to make it intelligible … to those who are listening, that the Honourable Senator would explain the meaning of the … abbreviation …” Gonsalves said.

Gonsalves then told Parliament that “CITE” means the “Committee for the Integration of Technology in Education” and proceeded to give a 20-minute answer to the questions.

Frederick then began asking “Questions 19”, saying that “the USF” initative by telecommunications company LIME “to provide wireless online connectivity to schools and other locations around the state is indeed important.

“Given the popularly held view that LTE technology is capable of facilitating island-wide wireless connectivity, will the Minister of Technology please indicate …” she was saying when Gonsalves asked what “LTE” meant.

“Well, I am giving you an even better explanation than what it means. It’s the proliferation of technology by wireless means throughout any given country. That’s the name of the technology. It’s called LTE,” said Frederick, whose New Democratic Party (NDP) founder and former prime minister, Sir James Mitchell, dubbed “Miss Facebook”.

“… You are asking me about LTE. Explain to the House what LTE means,” Gonsalves said to Frederick.

“I was doing that, Mr. Speaker, not by saying what LTE stands for, which is not an explanation,” responded the senator, who is the brain behind an opposition education initiative called “Vincyclassroom”.

“But it stands for something,” Gonsalves responded as the Speaker also asked, “What does it stand for?”

“What exactly it stands for escapes me at the moment. I don’t have the document with me at the moment to tell you specifically what LTE stands for. Will the minister assist?” Frederick said, adding that she was deferring to Gonsalves.

“Mr. Speaker, LTE has a precise meaning, just like CITE,” Gonsalves responded.

“I defer to you, Minister, for the specific meaning,” Frederick said.

“Honourable member, if the question is not intelligible, then-” Speaker Hendrick Alexander interjected, to which Frederick responded: “But it is intelligible to the Minister to whom it is directed and I defer to him for the meaning of LTE.”

“No, no, no. You are asking me the question,” Gonsalves said as the speaker added: “We will have a difficulty with the question if, as minister, or the person to whom the question is being directed, you don’t have an intelligent meaning,” the Speaker said.

“So the question is being determined to be unintelligible to the minister?” Frederick asked.

Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves (File photo).

“Mr. Speaker, do you know what LTE means? We are speaking the English language. If the Honourable Member is asking a question and she doesn’t know what it means …” Gonsalves was saying as Frederick muttered: “I can’t remember what it means,”

“Mr. Speaker, I would help her. It means Long-Term Evolution Technology,” Gonsalves then said.

“I am much obliged to you, Mr. Minister. I look forward to your answer. Grateful for the clarification,” Frederick added.

“It is important, because if you ask something, you must understand what it means,” Gonsalves said.

Opposition lawmaker and West Kingstown representative Daniel Cummings then said the development was childish.

The speaker said it was not childish and he was taking “strong objection” to such a statement since questions asked in Parliament must not only be for the understanding of the persons to whom they are asked but for the information and education of every Member of the House and the public.

Gonsalves then went on to say that LTE technology was not generally available in this country.

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17 thoughts on “PM schools ‘Ms Facebook’ on technology

  1. Vynette, I have a FEELING a lot of CALYPSOS will be made about you over the FIASCO that took place in the HOUSE of PARLIAMENT.

    Posted by vincypowa | March 1, 2012, 09:36
    • So lets see now, the Government bankrupt the country to the point that they can’t pay the phone bills, putting the security of every vincy at risk, but the meaning of LTE is what people are going to make calypsos about??? The ULP MASCOT STRIKES AGAIN.

      Posted by vincy in bad shape | March 1, 2012, 18:21
  2. Firstly, if one is going to ask questions in a public forum, one should have the expanded form of abbreviations on hand and be very fleas on the basics of the question (and in cases such as Parliament, more than just basics). Senator Frederick should have been better prepared for the question.

    Secondly, the expanded form of the abbreviation does little to explain it. I believe the Senator’s discourse would have given more information surrounding the question than the interruption by the PM and subsequent debate provided.

    Posted by Darrien Ollivierre | March 1, 2012, 09:39
  3. Here is one of the ALBA projects, its realy to do with furthering communism.

    ALBA, Grand National Project
    Project Description: It is aimed at the creation of an intra-regional instance that supports and brings together the existing scientific and technical skills in the [ALBA] countries of the region, through implementing a management system in Science, Technology and Innovation (STI /CTI), geared to the needs, opportunities and levels of scientific and technological development – in order to promote the generation, appropriation and transfer of knowledge and technologies in key sectors. It is a matter of complementing the capacities and resources to facilitate the exchange of results and the talent mobility, in support to a shared vision, where the countries assume the responsibility of promoting development from the STI / CTI with emphasis on its socio-economic impact; and simultaneously offer the scientists, technologists, businessmen, producers, and local communities the opportunities to create new ways of building a fairer and more equal society.
    The new instance, guarantor of the viability of the Grand National Science and Technology project, shall be responsible for the central coordination and will cover the support to the technological platforms and national capacities with a view to formulating and implementing integrated STI projects. Likewise, the new shared focus on the promotion of Science and Technology will serve as a driving force for development between the [ALBA] member countries, sharing participation instruments and similar visions on the appropriation of generated technologies, dissemination and popularization mechanisms of STI, among other topics.

    Posted by Peter | March 1, 2012, 12:14
  4. This kind of childish behaviour from the Prime Minister and the Speaker of the House is very shameful.Ralph already knew what LTE meant. As head of a nation there should only have been an educational dialogue with the Senator. Instead he indulged in primary children behaviour to try to make her look bad but really he is the one that made a fool of himself along with the puppet Speaker. Have you ever stop to think that she may have known what LTE meant but it just slipped her mind at that moment. All of us from time to time experience things like this. I agree that she should have been better prepared but Ralph you really screwed this one up.

    Posted by Lance | March 1, 2012, 13:26
    • educational dialogue? she’s spouting stuff she doesn’t even know about…
      and she says she’s for the youth?

      she’s a joker.

      Posted by Noone's Angel | March 2, 2012, 14:42
      • Wow how sad, so she did not have the document with her at the time, what wrong in the PM to answer? If I don’t know something I will asked that is what our Nation Parliament is all about we need to pay more attention to a lot of sadness in SVG

        Posted by Mc Carthy | March 3, 2012, 07:29
  5. She is nothing but an ‘NDP loud-mouth comedian!!!!’

    Posted by no-nonsense | March 1, 2012, 18:36
  6. As a lawyer, Ms Fredericks, should have been much more alert to the cardinal rule of the legal fraternity:Never ask a question you do not already know the answer to. It was a school-girl error by Vynnette and taken full advantage of by school boy antics. Good one Ralphie.

    I wonder if the PM knows what RAPE means.

    Posted by Saadiss | March 1, 2012, 19:12
  7. Lance I agree with what you have written, well done.


    Posted by Peter | March 1, 2012, 21:02
  8. LANCE, the only one who SCREWED UP is Ms. FACEBOOK, Vynette Frederick.

    I am sure a lot of CALYPSONIANS will be THANKING her for GIVING them much material for their compositions.

    Moreover, I want you to look at the behavior of this woman.

    She DID NOT KNOW what it means.

    That said; you just have to FEEL SORRY for her, because there is no way she is PARLIAMENTARY MATERIAL.

    Posted by vincypowa | March 1, 2012, 22:12
  9. And you VincyPower are not suitable material to be a human being.

    Posted by Peter | March 2, 2012, 08:03
  10. @Peter— I have been reading your statement about ALBA and communism…and i still do not see your point. You have only presented information..please develop that in a way that i may be able to comprehend that which you consider to be a threat of communism….let me remind you that Only ONE member state of the ALBA regional bloc is a communist country….CUBA…what other copy-paste info do you have to support your “heading”….because up to this point, you have initiated no argument…from the point of View of a any technological professional—i’d say that the stuff outlined in this plan is good stuff… i await the expansion of your “heading”

    Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2012, 09:03
  11. ANONYMOUS, Peter is just comedy relief, because he has never supported any of his wild comments with any evidence of substance when REQUESTED to do so.

    Take it from me, he will NOT be ABLE to PROVIDE what you have REQUESTED of him.

    Posted by vincypowa | March 2, 2012, 11:28
  12. I think our Parliament is coming like a social clud we not serious with what going on, Parliament is where questions must be asked and answer must be given, to me it becoming waste of time to watch and listen when members of Parliament asked questions and the answer has to be a go around, what happen to yea yea and a na na, we going world wide and I think to much childish attitude goes on in Parliament it is time every one who involve get serious with the Nation business, and oh egg on face, what is that. Is only the bad things from the NDP side in Parliament this web site can write about?

    Posted by Mc Carthy | March 3, 2012, 07:23
  13. U see we look at the small things to may big issue of, so what is the Senator don’t know at the time what LTE mean. Let’s talk about how the Prime Minister had the Nation a few days ago, if somethings was to happen seriously there was not a clinic or police station in this country u could ah call, and what he did blame the PS. That is same full go sing on that

    Posted by prince | March 3, 2012, 07:35
  14. Try as you may VINCYPOWA, the truth will always prevail, your lies and inuendoes will continue to be revealed as the utterings of a Marxist scum bag.

    If your such a nice man why not pay the Calliaqua people back their money?

    Bye BUB

    Posted by Peter | March 4, 2012, 08:18

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