News for Monday June 29, 2015

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Premier to attend CARICOM Heads of Government Summit 

The honourable Premier, Donaldson Romeo will this week attend his first CARICOM heads of government summit since assuming office.

The meeting will take place in Barbados from Thursday under the theme “Vibrant Societies, Resilient Economies.”

He is also expected to make an address during the two day meeting.

Efforts to establish a unit to focus on the management of critical energy data are being advanced

Montserrat is stepping up efforts to establish a vibrant unit on island to focus on the management of critical energy data.

The Honourable Minister with responsibility for energy, Paul Lewis,  said it is important that such a unit be set up, given that Montserrat has already done some work in geothermal and wind studies and is now entering into solar energy.

‘Criteria for blacklisting tax havens and its impact on Montserrat’ to be the focus of a lecture this week

Residents will have an opportunity to understand and learn more about the blacklisting of tax havens.

A lecture and discussion on the ‘Criteria for blacklisting tax havens and its impact on Montserrat’ will be delivered on Tuesday June 30th as part of St. Peter’s Week of activities.

The lecture will start at 7:30p.m at the Old St. Peter’s School. Commissioner of the Financial Services Commission, Dulcie James will be the presenter.

Other stories…

The Ministry of Education will announce its top teacher and student when it hosts its annual national awards ceremony on Thursday…

Preparing students for effective global citizenship will guide the 2015 Dr. George Irish Lecture Series…

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Morning News for Monday June 29, 2015

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Police looking for Salem Resident 

   Source: www.crossvillenews1st.com

The Royal Montserrat Police Service (RMPS) is appealing for public assistance in locating a Salem resident.

The RMPS wants information on the where-a-bouts of Frederick Emmanuel ‘Toffee’ Daley who was last seen on Sunday June 21.

The 51 year old man has been described as a black, 5 feet    9inches individual.

Anyone with information on the location of Frederick Emmanuel ‘Toffee’ Daley is asked to contact the police at 491-2555 or 491-5255.

The Governor believes greater effort should be made to collect outstanding taxes

Greater effort should be placed on collecting outstanding taxes.

His Excellency the Governor, Adrian Davis shared this view during the farewell meeting with the public service on Friday.

He was at the time commenting on the limited funds available even with support from the British Government and the need for decisions to be made based on the islands priorities.

Question raised about the the current economic module for elderly care on island

A former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Eugene Skerritt has questioned whether or not the current economic module for elderly care on island, is working.

Mr. Skerritt was delivering the feature address at the Golden Years Foundation’s Annual General Meeting (AGM).

Other Stories….

Shamrock Lions Club to focus on increasing their membership and making a difference through service to children…

A local dancer is in St. Maarten for a Dance Camp.

Island Diva Mas launches ‘Galaxy Quest’ costumes for Festival 2015

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News for Friday June 26, 2015

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Infrastructure business case approved by head of DFID’s Overseas Territories Department

The government of Montserrat’s thrust to create employment on island has been given a much needed boost.

The Department for International Development (DFID) has announced that the infrastructure business case has been approved by the head of DFID’s Overseas Territories Department.

DFID’s Resident Representative Here, Martin Dawson said this is good news for Montserrat and  the final finishing touches are being implemented to ensure a speedy roll out of the project.

Decreased gas emissions at the Soufriere Hills Volcano

Gas emissions at the Soufriere Hills Volcano have decreased.

That’s according to the latest weekly report by the Montserrat Volcano Observatory MVO released on Friday

Last week, sand mining operations at the Plymouth Jetty were suspended because of an increase in sulphur dioxide output at the volcano.

But, scientists say the average gas output for this week is 485 tonnes per day, down from the 728 tonnes per day recorded last week.

HE Gov Davis wants civil servants to improve communication, efficiency and team work

His Excellency the Governor Adrian Davis wants the public service to make improvements in the areas of communication, teamwork and efficiency.

Governor Davis made the remarks during his farewell to members of the service on Friday morning.

The Governor, who is ending his tour of duty here in a few weeks also believes we should be more relaxed with less bureaucracy and protocol.

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“A holistic approach needed for the care of islands elderly” says Chairman of the Golden Years Foundation…

Montserrat will be a part of discussions on the development of a CARICOM Environment and Natural Resources policy framework in Antigua next week…

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News for Thursday June 25, 2015

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Fatal June 25, 1997 eruption “a national loss” says Montserrat’s Premier 

The Honourable Premier Donaldson Romeo has described the fatal dome collapse of the Soufriere Hills Volcano 18 years ago, a national loss.

He was at the time giving a radio address, before a brief ceremony to mark the event which took the lives of at least 19 persons in 1997.

Premier Romeo said in spite of the tragedy, which occurred at approximately 12:55PM on  a Wednesday, Montserratians must look to the future with optimism, as the island has passed the worst.

Efforts being made to revive the Montserrat Consumer Association

Efforts are being made to revive the Montserrat Consumer Association

The aim of the intervention is to advocate the rights of consumers on the island.

This is being done through a needs assessment carried out by the Caribbean Community CARICOM.

The Needs Assessment is being conducted in all member states ahead of an EU-funded project to supply equipment and support to consumer agencies.

His Excellency Governor Davis to bid farewell to members of the public service on Friday

His Excellency the Governor, Adrian Davis will bid farewell to members of the public service this Friday.

Governor Davis who is wrapping up his four year stint on the island, has requested a meeting with members of the public service before he leaves the island.

The one hour meeting is expected to begin at 9 in the morning.

During the meeting Governor Davis will give his reflections on his time here, particularly as it relates to the public service.

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Montserrat now boasts 16 certified ServSafe Food Handlers…

A Veteran Broadcaster here believes if the media simplifies information it shares on Climate Change and related issues, there would be a shift in people’s practices….

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News for Wednesday June 24, 2015

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New business case for Hospital Project being worked on

The DFID Resident Representative  has moved to shed some light on the status of the new hospital project.

Martin Dawson told ZJB News they are working on the new business case for the project.

Mr. Dawson pointed out that he is working alongside his colleagues in East Kilbride.

Government working assiduously to ensure sustainable employment is created

Montserrat’s leader of government business says great news is ahead for workers on island.

The Honourable Premier Donaldson Romeo says his administration is working assiduously to ensure that sustainable employment is created.

He says the government is very much aware of the tough and hard times that residents are going through, and is therefore working to fill the gap they found when they got into office.

 

Thursday June 25 marks 18 years since 19 people lost their lives in a Soufriere Hills eruption

source:montserratvolcano.org

Thursday June 25th marks 18 years since 19 people lost their lives as a result of an eruption at the Soufriere Hills Volcano.

At about 12:55 on that day in 1997, volcanic activity climaxed with a major pyroclastic flow, reaching within 50 metres of the William H Bramble Airport, devastating nine   villages and burning everything in its path.

To recognize the significance of the event, residents are invited to take a moment to acknowledge the lives lost and reflect on the way forward.

 

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Montserrat joins other CARICOM member countries in Grenada for the 60th annual CARPHA Health Research Conference.

Montserrat’s attendance at a regional flower show described as an eye opener and opportunity to promote the island.

Marine delegates from Montserrat and across the globe are attending the 25th annual Red Ensign Group Conference in Bermuda this week.

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News for Tuesday June 23, 2015

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Montserrat signs off on the Sustainable Energy Road-map for Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT’s)

The Honourable Minister with responsibility for energy has described as “positive” the outcomes of a Summit of Energy Minister of the EU Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) which was held recently in Brussels, Belgium.

Paul Lewis was among other energy minister who considered the draft Sustainable Energy Road Map and agreed on some priority areas that would inform the programming of EU funding for the OCTs.

EU Ambassador clarifies the recent tax-havens black list

EU Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Mikael Barford has moved to clear the air concerning the recent tax haven’s black list.

Last Wednesday, June 17,  Montserrat and several other Caribbean islands were named in a top-30 world report as non-cooperative tax jurisdictions.

Ambassador Barford, while speaking at a recent Forum in Barbados, said the black list was not an EU report but an assessment done by its member states.

Tenders for Brazey’s Road Rehabilitation project being evaluated

The Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF) is reporting that tenders for the Barzey’s Road Rehabilitation Project are now being evaluated.

BNTF Project Manager here Mervin Browne said following the evaluation process, the winning bid will be awarded and construction works are expected to begin the second week in July.

He stated that following close behind the Barzey’s Road Rehabilitation Project, funded under BNTF 6, the BNTF is putting together tender documents for the rehabilitation of roads in the Drummonds Community under the BNTF 7 programme.

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Montserrat anticipating improved benefits from the strengthening of medical and public health laboratory services across the Caribbean…

GOM closer to finding a solution for farmers in Duck Ponde who are being affected by severe dry conditions…

A Child and Gender Responsive Budgeting manual for the region is expected to be formulated later this week…

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News for Monday June 22, 2015

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A PAHO/WHO Official assists Montserrat with efforts to reform health sector

Montserrat has received some invaluable assistance in its quest to reform the health sector.

Top PAHO/WHO Representative for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Dr. Godfrey Xuereb has been holding talks with policy-makers here on potential growth areas in the health sector.

During the June 17th to 19th  talks, at which time Dr. Xuereb was able to identify the potential growth areas, he stressed that Montserrat should use the opportunity to properly define its long term strategy towards meeting the populations’ current and predicted    needs.

Montserrat makes significant progress to develop a Climate Change Policy and Action Plan

Source: www.climatetasmania.org

Montserrat is said to be making significant progress with the development of its Climate Change Policy and Action Plan.

This was the goal proposed by stakeholders for Montserrat’s new National Climate Change Policy during a workshop held at the Montserrat Cultural Centre on Thursday June 18, 2015.

Local stakeholders are aiming to achieve climate resilient development through an integrated and coordinated response prioritizing climate change responses across all sectors and society.

Urologist notice significant number of renal cell cancer on Montserrat 

A Urologist who has been providing specialist services on Montserrat for the past two years, has noticed a significant number of renal cell cancer cases here.

Dr. Dwayne Thwaites, who is based in Antigua, said he has also seen what he refers to as a fair amount of prostate cancer cases.

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Montserrat  focusing on how best to factor in the needs of children in national budgets…

Nutritionists emphasizing the need for residents to maintain healthy eating habits…

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Morning News for Monday June 22, 2015

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GOM looking into the range of local initiatives that will improve lives of residents

Government of Montserrat (GOM) is visualizing the range and diversity of local authority-driven initiatives that will improve the lives of residents on island.

Montserrat’s leader of government business however said acting on a range of challenges requires a multi-faceted approach.

Honourable Premier Donaldson Romeo added, the priority must however be placed on the dominant components such as infrastructure, access and services.

 College Students urged to strive for excellence by Education Minister

The Honourable Minister of Education is urging students at the Montserrat Community College (MCC) to always strive for excellence in pursuit of their educational goals.

Delmaude Ryan was at the time delivering the feature address at the final assembly of the MCC last Friday

While addressing the entire student body of the learning institution, Mrs. Ryan spoke with passion about the things students can do with their minds.

She stressed the importance of a sound education, including the use of technology, and eliminating any limit to where one can reach with the necessary application and dedication

Revival of local Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) branch opens opportunity to consider welfare of Parliamentarians

The revitalization of the Montserrat Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) offers an opportunity to look into the welfare of parliamentarians in General.

Donaldson Romeo made the disclosure during a recent discussion aimed at reviving the body on island

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Ministry of Agriculture urges decision makers to pay close attention to meteorological data…

HE Governor Davis reflects on his time on Montserrat…

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News for Friday June 19, 2015

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Sand mining operations at Plymouth Jetty suspended due to increase in gas emissions

Sand mining operations at the Plymouth Jetty has been suspended.

The National Disaster Preparedness and Response Advisory Committee (NDPRAC) made the announcement on Friday.

Director at the Montserrat Volcano Observatory (MVO) Roderick Stewart said the decision was made because of an increase in gas emissions at the Soufriere Hills Volcano.

Public Administration, real estate and transportation remain the mainstays of Montserrat’s economy

Public Administration, real estate and transportation continue to be the mainstays of the Montserrat economy.

According to the Budget Performance Report for the third fiscal quarter of the 2014/2015 financial year, public administration, along with defense and social security accounted for 36.61 per cent of the economy during that period.

OECS to use Montserrat as a model for Diaspora engagement for sub-region’s development

The Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) wants to use Montserrat as a model for how to engage the Diaspora for the development of the sub region.

OECS Director General Dr. Didicus Jules expressed this sentiment in a letter to the Honourable Premier Donaldson Romeo.

The OECS Director General said Montserrat is well placed to be that model location, given its size, its history of social dislocation as a result of the volcanic eruption, and a strong desire on the part of the dislocated population to contribute to national development.

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The Montserrat Labour Market Survey  extended to Montserratians in the Diaspora.

A Family Life Coach is advising fathers who have lost communication with their children to use this father’s day to re-establish their relationship.

The Honourable Minister of Communications, Works and Labour is on the last leg of his European trip.

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News for Thursday June 18, 2015

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Government taking measures to relief farmers in Duck Pond from effects of dry season

           Crops in Duck Pond                     

The government of Montserrat is taking measures to ensure that farmers in the Duck Pond  agricultural area get some relief from the severe drought conditions.

With no end to the dry conditions in sight, Honourable Premier Donaldson Romeo visited the area on Thursday to see how the government could assist in getting water to the farms.

Premier Romeo told ZJB news that it was ironic that there was surplus water running freely from the springs in Duck Pond but the farmers had no real means of getting it onto their farms…

Legal aid system to provide residents with equal access to justice 

Source: nylitigationfirm.com

A legal aid system, once established on Montserrat will ensure that every resident has an equal opportunity to access justice.

So says, Jamaican Attorney at Law and Consultant Marcus Goffe.

Mr. Goffe, who is helping Montserrat to develop a legal aid framework, says this opportunity, will be available to residents in spite of their social standing or ability to pay for legal services.

OECS Day observed today

Source: cafein-online.net

The 34th anniversary of the formation of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) was marked with reflections on the achievements of the grouping and plans for its continued development.

June 18 is celebrated annually to recognize the establishment of the OECS following the signing of the Treaty of Basseterre—on this day in 1981.

In his OECS message Director General of the organisation, Dr. Didacus Jules spoke of the importance of the OECS in unifying the islands through the sharing of resources.

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The honourable Minister Health encourages diaspora to continuing assisting the island

Small business owners prompted to enhance their business competitiveness

Students with outstaning work in the ‘Girls in ICT Project’ given tokens of appreciation

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