ZJB Evening News Tuesday March 3, 2015

The Department of Education’s IT (Information Technology) infrastructure should be greatly enhanced to make it more effective and efficient.
This follows a recent training in computer technology and related fields in India by department’s Computer Engineer Denfield Morris.
Morris, who is a Microsoft and Cisco certified administrator was awarded a scholarship in Computer technology and related fields under the Indian Technical and Economic Programme from October 16th, 2014 to February 14th, 2015
The Computer Engineer says he’s now more equipped to assist the Education Department in its quest to improve and advance its IT infrastructure

The Royal Montserrat Police Service (RMPS) is conducting investigations into an attempted robbery of an employee of a Business in the Brades area.
The incident occurred approximately after 8 o’clock on Saturday night.
The RMPS says the person who was attacked suffered minor injuries which are not live threatening.
No one has been arrested in connection with the attempted robbery. The Police is therefore appealing to the public to contact them if they have any information which may assist their investigations.

All activities at the St Martin De Pores Catholic Church in Salem have been temporary suspended.
A defect with the Church’s flooring has forced the closure of the building.
Sunday services and the daily mass will be held at the St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Look Out and other church premises.

In other top stories:
The Honourable Minister of Communications, Works and Labour is attending the 9th International Labour Organization (ILO) meeting of Caribbean Ministers…
The Sir Howard Fergus Scholarship Fund receives a donation of over $16,000 thousand to contribute towards the educational advancement of the island’s people…
This year’s St. Patrick’s Festival will open with an entertaining ceremony and showcase…
These and more in today’s national news presented by Viona Alexander Smith.
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ZJB Evening News Monday March 2, 2015

Delmaude RyanThe Honourable Minister of Education has been highlighting the vital importance and positive contribution of Entrepreneurship to Montserrat as well as bringing out the creativity in individuals.
Mrs Delmaude Ryan was speaking at the start of a one-week CARICOM Secretariat-led Creativity for Employment and Business Opportunity (CEBO) workshop at the Montserrat Cultural Centre on Monday.
In bringing home her point, Mrs. Ryan highlighted the success of many talented and creative individuals such as the late Alphonsus “Arrow” Cassell, the Osborne’s and Perkins of Perks Punch among others who had great ideas and who started their own companies.

Debate TeamThere’s been much stinging reaction from Montserratians at home and in the diaspora to the way in which Montserrat lost its title in the just-concluded 2015 Leeward Islands Debating Competition (LIDC) in St. Kitts.
Montserrat debaters, who were defending champions, lost to Anguilla by 621 points to Anguilla’s 654 in the final of the competition Sunday night.
Team Montserrat proposed the moot “When public funds are mismanaged, government leaders should face criminal prosecution.”
Many Montserratians took to social media and Radio Montserrat to express their views on the final result which relegated Montserrat to second place.

Court GavelThe retrial of the Orin Evans murder case is among the matters to come before His Lordship the Honourable Justice Albert Redhead in the March Criminal Assizes which opens on Tuesday.
Evans, who is represented by attorney at law David S. Brandt, was found guilty of murder by a nine member jury in 2013 for the 2012 death of business man Aubrey Barry.
He was sentenced by then presiding Judge, Albert Redhead to 35 years imprisonment.
However, in November 2014, the Court of Appeal sitting in Montserrat quashed the conviction and 35 year sentence of Evans and also ordered a retrial of the matter.

In other top stories:
“Volcano at 20 – Discerning Shifting Rhythms and Beat” will be the topic for this year’s annual St. Patrick’s Lecture…
A move by several independent Caribbean states to sue Britain, Holland and France for slavery reparations is justified…
These and more in today’s national news presented by James White Jr.
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ZJB Evening News Friday February 27, 2015

The Office of the Premier has released the names of the six candidates who will be honoured during the National Honours and Awards Ceremony scheduled for the Montserrat Cultural Centre March 16th this year.
The occasion would be used to personify the accomplishments of the selected individuals and also to show great gratitude for their contributions to Montserrat.
The six individuals who have made significant contributions to national development will be honoured in the four categories – Order of Merit, Order of Distinction, Order of Excellence and the Order of National Hero.

An OECS Labour Needs Consultant is strongly advocating more emphasis be placed on Technical Vocational Education (TVET) skills training in Montserrat and the rest of the sub-region.
Justine Cleophas Pierre of the St. Lucia-based Don/Pierre/Barnette and Associates says it is critical that this be done to ensure the region has a sustainable future.
Mr. Pierre spent some time on Montserrat recently as part of a sub-regional swing to conduct an assessment and status report linked to the implementation of the OECS Labour Force Survey

Honourable Premier, Minister of Finance, Economic Development and Tourism, Donaldson Romeo

Honourable Premier, Minister of Finance, Economic Development and Tourism, Donaldson Romeo

The Honourable Premier of Montserrat, Donaldson Romeo made a presentation on Friday in Tortola, British Virgin Islands on “geothermal energy”.
Mr. Romeo was at the time taking part in a round table event captioned ” Regional Cooperation: Unlocking the Potential of OCTs” at the conference of the European Commission and EU Overseas Countries and Territories.
It was part of the 13th Overseas Countries and Territories – European Union Forum, which was scheduled to end earlier today.
Other members from Anguilla, Bonaire, New Caledonia, St. Maarten, and Saba were a part of the round table discussion.

In other top stories:
Residents here and Montserratians in the Diaspora are invited to come up with ideas to commemorate 20 years of volcanic activities on Montserrat…
The next stage of the Galways Plantation Research Project is to have the artifacts scientifically analyzed in the United States…
These and more in today’s national news presented by Shirlian Diana Queeley.
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ZJB Evening News Thursday February 26, 2015

MVO LogoMontserrat is gearing up to host a major scientific conference in Easter this year.
The “State of the ARC” (SOTA) conference will attract more than seventy scientists from across the globe to Montserrat’s shores in early April.
Director of the Montserrat Volcano Observatory (MVO), Rod Stewart explains the nature of the conference and what the scientists will be focusing on during their week-long stay on island.

Hon. PremierDonaldson RomeoThe 81st Meeting of the Monetary Council of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) has agreed to the implementation of a comprehensive and integrated strategy to maintain the safety, soundness and sustainability of Montserrat’s and the rest of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union ECCU banking sector.
The one day meeting this week was attended by Montserrat’s Honourable Premier, Donaldson Romeo on February 24th at the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank in St Kitts.
According to a Communique of the 81st Meeting of the ECCB Monetary Council the strategy includes legislative and regulatory reforms of the ECCU banking sector.

tracy-kernanet-huggins 1Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health, Dr Tracy Kernane’-Huggins is reiterating the need for persons to get tested for HIV regularly and to take the necessary precautions to protect their own health and partners.
Her comments come as researchers recently identified a new strain of the HIV virus in Cuba.
This new strain of HIV is said to have the capacity to advance to full-blown Aids much faster than the average strain.

In other to stories:
An in-country balance of payments (BOP) training seminar for various businesses to be conducted next week…
The rivalry is expected to be fierce when the 2015 Leeward Islands Debating Competition gets underway in St. Kitts this evening…
These and more in today’s national news presented by Viona Alexander Smith.
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ZJB Evening News Wednesday February 25, 2015

shirley OsborneThe Government of Montserrat is to commemorate 20 years of volcanic activities with a National Observance here.
A planning and coordinating committee has been formed to organize the event.
The observation will be spread across the year.
It will include a parliamentary resolution marking the occasion.
Shirley Osborne who is spearheading the planning and coordinating committee says the observation will focus on the theme: “20 years on – Healing and Transformation“.

Claude_Hogan_2014_02Montserrat’s Honourable Minister with responsibility for Trade and the Environment was afforded the opportunity to inform the transition to green economies across the region.
Claude Hogan participated in a recent regional forum which explored key priorities for this purpose.
Mr. Hogan was one of the presenters at the 3rd Caribbean Green Economy Conference February 23rd and 24th at the Pegasus Hotel in Kingston, Jamaica which was aimed at sustainable development region-wide.

Honourable Minister for Education, Health and Social Services - and Deputy Premier - Delmaude Ryan

Honourable Minister for Education, Health and Social Services – and Deputy Premier – Delmaude Ryan

Teach yourself, learn from others and be bold and daring to grow!
The honourable Minister of Education, Delmaud Ryan encouraged the 27 awardees at the National CXC Awards ceremony, to do, just that.
The Ministry of Education on Tuesday celebrated the academic achievements of the candidates who were successful in the May-June Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) examinations.
While delivering the feature address, Mrs. Ryan used examples from her life to motivate the recipients to never stop seeking wisdom and understanding as they continue to build their intellect.

In other top stories:
A lecture will be held tonight on the Galway’s Project…
The St. Augustine School’s Primary school to host its Second Reading and Public Speaking Competition on Sunday…
Movies on the big screen are coming back to Montserrat…
These and more in today’s national news presented by James White Jr.
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ZJB Evening News Tuesday February 24 , 2015

Charles ThompsonRegional law enforcement officials are concerned about the Caribbean’s crime levels and links to terrorist activity.
Deputy Commissioner of the Royal Montserrat Police Service (RMPS) Charles Thompson says these issues were discussed and viewed as a cause for concern at a recent meeting he attended in Trinidad.
The meeting organized by the Caribbean Community Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (CARICOM IMPACS) brought together Commissioners and Heads of Intelligence Units from across the region.
Mr. Thompson says security across the entire region is a cause for concern as reports indicate that there is an increase in gun-related murders and the transshipment of drugs in Caribbean waters.

Montserrat will have an input in the formulation of an action plan for invasive species for the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).

Claude Browne

Claude Browne

Alwyn PonteenAgricultural Development Officer Claude Browne and Chief Fisheries Officer Alywn Ponteen will be providing their expertise during a two-day workshop in St. Lucia.
The consultation, February 25th and 26th, specifically seeks to assess the gaps, challenges, priorities and capacity building with respect to invasive species.
The expected output will be the development of an Action Plan which will also include policy and institutional strengthening requirements.

Sea Dream 11Montserrat has seen the visit of another cruise vessel this month.
Cruise Ship Sea Dream 2, carrying 112 passengers made a call at Port Little Bay on Tuesday.
Tour Agent Rhonda Boatswain of RTT travel and tours said some of the passengers went on sightseeing tours to key locations including the Montserrat Volcano Observatory (MVO), while others opted to stay in the Little Bay Beach front area to mingle with the locals and sample the island’s cuisine.
Miss Boatswain said the Sea Dream 2 vessel last visited Montserrat in 2013.

These and more in today’s national news presented by Viona Alexander Smith.
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ZJB Evening News Monday February 23rd , 2015

QueeleyMontserratians with US connections should not be unduly alarmed by local financial institutions requesting information about their American status whether they are opening new accounts or are even existing account holders.
This reassurance comes from the General Manager of the St Patrick’s Cooperative Credit Union (SPCCU), Peter Queeley.
Mr. Queeley, who is also a certified money laundering monitoring specialist, says this is a requirement of the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA).
He explains that virtually every financial institution in the world is affected by FATCA, unless qualifying for an exemption.
The issue has come up for extensive debate especially on social media.

Six Montserratians who have selflessly contributed and committed to the development and advancement of Montserrat will be honoured next month.
The individuals will be awarded at the 2nd Annual National Honours and Awards Ceremony scheduled for March 16 at the Montserrat Cultural Centre in Little Bay.
Two males will be awarded the Order of Merit for meritorious contribution to national development.
The Order of Distinction will be presented to a female who will be honoured for her distinguished and outstanding service.

Hon. PremierDonaldson RomeoMontserrat’s Honourable Premier Donaldson Romeo will attend meetings of the European Union Overseas Countries and Territories – European Union Forum in Tortola this week.
The series of meetings involving officials of the European Union and OCT leaders will be held from February 24th to 27th.
The conferences will discuss funding via the European Development Fund (EDF) for projects and programmes in Montserrat and other EU overseas territories.
Premier Romeo will also chair a meeting of the Caribbean Overseas Countries and Territories Council.
A review of the current disbursement of funds and performance of projects funded under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) programme will be among matters to be addressed.

In other top stories:
The Montserrat Shamrock’s Lion Club has donated 21 encyclopedias and 4 additional books to the Light House Community Academy…
An activity dubbed “Leprechaun’s Revenge” will be one of the highlights of next month’s St Patrick’s Festival…
These and more in today’s national news presented by James White Jr.
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ZJB Morning News Monday February 23, 2015

The Morning Report, presented by Viona Alexander Smith.

ZJB Evening News Friday February 20th, 2015

Halo Initiative singingThe Government of Montserrat and the Waitt Institute entered into an historic partnership Friday with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the Montserrat Cultural Centre in Little Bay.
The MOU includes Montserrat in the Waitt Institute’s Blue Halo Initiative of coastal and maritime preservation and fisheries management.
The Blue Halo Initiative is at the core of the Waitt Institute’s mission to “empower communities to restore their ocean.”
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Honourable Premier Donaldson Romeo cited the landmark occasion as a journey which will no doubt directly impact the livelihoods of people on Montserrat now and well into the future.
Meanwhile,
The Honourable Minister with responsibility for the environment highlighted that although there have been many other initiatives that targeted the land-based environment, the Blue Halo project was a first for Montserrat.
Claude Hogan said the Blue Halo Initiative was designed to go in his words “where no one else has gone before.”
Mr. Hogan says there have been other projects dealing on the land-based side of things, but the Waitt Institute is taking the journey on the marine side of Montserrat.

Senior Command of RMPSThe Commissioner of the Royal Montserrat Police Service (RMPS) has underscored the need for national security to be given the highest priority it deserves.
Speaking during a police press conference, Steve Foster says the need to address the issues surrounding border security, in particular, and its vulnerable nature is past critical at this stage.
Mr. Foster has lauded the public for providing invaluable assistance to the RMPS to help it to achieve some measure of success in dealing with security operations with limited resources.
Meantime, The Deputy Commissioner of Police has sought to lend some clarity to the ongoing debate surrounding a recent police operation in Davy Hill.
The Royal Montserrat Police Service (RMPS) mounted what it called and “intelligence-led” operation in lower Davy Hill late last month which drew stinging comments from several quarters as to what prompted such an exercise and the way in which it was conducted.
However, Charles Thompson explained that a number of factors were taken into consideration before the operation was mounted.
In explaining those factors, Mr. Thompson highlighted that in such a situation, more often than not, adjustments would have had to be made as the situation on the ground evolved.

Comptroller of the Inland Revenue Department Violet Silcott says persons have a legal obligation to deduct withholding taxes on the gross amount paid to non-resident entities or persons.
The department is reminding individuals, companies, partnerships and self-employed entities that when payments are made to non-resident persons or entities, they are expected to deduct and pay withholding taxes on the gross amount paid.
Miss Silcott explains why entities must deduct and pay over such taxes.

In other top stories:
A number of fines handed down in the Magistrate Court this week for traffic violations and possession of cannabis sativa…
These and more in today’s national news presented by Shirlian Queeley.
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ZJB Evening News Thursday February 19th, 2015

A consultant with the OECS Labour Force Survey is confident that Montserrat will be able to jump start it own labour force survey this year.
Justine Cleophas Pierre of Don/Pierre/Barnette and Associates is on a swing through Montserrat and three other islands, on behalf of the St. Lucia-based OECS Commission, conducting an assessment and status report on the implementation of the sub-regional Labour Force Survey.
In an interview with ZJB News, Mr. Pierre says he has uncovered several challenges that have prevented Montserrat from starting the process.

The National Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) Awards here will for the first time award students from the Primary Level, when the event is held next week.
The 2015 National CXC Awards Ceremony will take place on Tuesday 24th February at the Brades Arts and Education Centre starting at 6:30p.m.
The event by the Ministry of Education, Youth Affairs and Sports is held annually to publicly praise the success of students who wrote the CXC May-June examinations.

Residents on Montserrat are being afforded an opportunity to enhance their computer management accounting skills.
The Montserrat Development Corporation in collaboration with Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) is facilitating a series of workshops to this effect.
The “Computerized Management Accounting Systems for MSMEs” workshops are expected to start in April…
The main facilitator is Mrs Geraldine Cabey.

In Other top stories:
The Blue Halo Initiative will be launched on Montserrat on Friday…
The Story of Galways Plantation from the perspective of a lifetime research project by two doctors will be illustrated in a casual lecture here next week…
A young lady on Montserrat has the opportunity to participate in the Miss Commonwealth Caribbean Youth Development Pageant…
These and more in today’s national news presented by Viona Alexander Smith.
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