ZJB Evening News for Friday April 24, 2015

In Today’s News Headlines:

Shauna HarleyThe Government of Montserrat continues to look at ways to attract more visitors to the island.
Starting next month, the Government will be putting on a special ferry service on Sundays to lure day trippers from Antigua to Montserrat.
Speaking on the recently launched Radio programme on ZJB “Off the Cuff, Government’s Public Relations Officer Shauna Harley said the ferry trip would cost $150 return.
She says she’s aware of the concerns that have been expressed by residents here particularly about the rationale for putting on a ferry service on Sundays.
However, Miss Harley is reassuring persons that this special ferry service is geared mainly towards attracting visitors, tourists and residents from Antigua to explore and enjoy Montserrat.
Delmaude RyanThe Honourable Minister of Health says she is leaving the door open for key technicians within her ministry to contribute by way of provision of critical advice to enhance health care delivery on island.
Delmaude Ryan says even though systems are in place to determine who takes the lead, she is not ruling out hearing from personnel who have the requisite expertise to inform decision making.
Mrs. Ryan was at the time speaking on the Public Office (Montserrat Constitution Order) (Medical Officer) Bill 2015 which was passed in Parliament last week.
It made provisions for Dr. Ingrid Buffonge to be appointed Medical Officer Accident and Emergency in the Ministry of Health.
Vita WadeEfforts are being made here to ensure Montserrat’s year end Festival Queen Show is of a high standard and quality this year.
Events Coordinator at the Montserrat Arts Council (MAC) Vita Wade says they’re now inviting persons or groups interested in the production of the pageant show to submit proposals to the Council.
She says the Queen show is one of the main attractions on the festival calendar.
Miss Wade says the MAC is also looking for a Chairperson for the show.

In other top stories:
A seafood festival will form part of the first ever Montserrat Volcano Catch” fishing Tournament and Regatta carded for May 1st to 4th this year…
The Honourable Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Shirley Osborne has described a working visit to Trinidad as quite beneficial, informative and constructive…
Participants provide feedback on Thursday’s training on ‘Writing Effective objectives for Performance Development Agreements (PDA’s)…
The Ministry of Health has taken precautionary steps to protect the island’s children from contracting Measles as recent trends of an upsurge in measles in places like the United States and Canada has placed children on Montserrat at risk…
These and more in today’s national news presented by Shirlian Diana Queeley.
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ZJB Evening News for Thursday April 23, 2015

In Today’s News Headlines:

Hon. PremierDonaldson RomeoThe Honourable Premier, Donaldson Romeo will be attending two special events in Boston, USA this weekend.
On Saturday April 25th, Mr. Romeo will be the special guest at the 80th anniversary celebration of the Montserrat Progressive Society of Boston, Incorporated.
The other activity will be a Town Hall meeting planned for Sunday April 26th from 3 pm to 6 pm in Boston.
The meeting has been organized by the Montserrat Progressive Society.

Cherlyn Hogan 1The Principal of the Montserrat Secondary School has called for more community support for the institution.
Cherlyn Hogan says the teachers have been showing a high level of commitment in ensuring the students succeed but believes parents need to play their part.
She also acknowledges that the educators need to continue to improve their knowledge and skills.
However, Mrs. Hogan praised their efforts to engage the parents to ensure the students successfully complete their school base assessments (SBA’s), an important part of the school’s annual programme.

Arthur (Brokes) MeadeA clean up activity will be held next month to enhance the surroundings of the island’s ports of entry– The Montserrat Port Authority and The John A. Osborne Airport.
The May 4th Labour Day activity is organized by Environmental Activist Arthur Meade.
In an interview with ZJB News, Mr Meade says the clean up activity will begin at 6:30 around the vicinity of the Gerald’s airport.

In other top stories:
The Honourable Minister of Communications Paul Lewis speaks of the involvement of girls and young women in ICT as Montserrat joined the world in celebrating Girls in ICT Day…
The Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Trade, Claude Hogan, Montserrat chairs the 40th Ministerial Meeting of the Council of Trade and Economic Development (COTED) in Guyana…
These and more in today’s national news presented by James White Junior.
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ZJB Evening News for Wednesday April 22, 2015

In Today’s News Headlines:

Mildred Kirwan 1The Court of Appeal of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court has sided with the Labour Tribunal on the application of the Montserrat Labour Code in the Montserrat Utilities Ltd (MUL) vs. Mildred Kirwan unlawful dismissal case.
The court gave its judgment last Friday.
The Montserrat Utilities Limited appealed the Montserrat Labour Tribunal’s 2013 decision in the matter, asking the Court of Appeal to determine whether the Labour Tribunal erred in applying the Labour Code instead of the Employment Act.
Local media practitioners were engaged Tuesday in the third in a series of sensitization discussions on the withdrawal of the 1 cent and 2 cent coins from circulation.
They participated via video conference from the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) Agency Office in Brades.
The decision to phase out the 1 cent and 2 cent coins was made by the Monetary Council at its 81st meeting in February this year.
Deputy Governor of the ECCB Trevor O.B Brathwaite says apart from the media, the bank has been working closely with key stakeholders both internally and externally to ensure the public is adequately informed.
Violet BrowneAlthough Montserrat has 100 percent vaccination coverage, the Ministry of Health continues to face an uphill task with its adult immunization programme.
Community Nursing Manager Nurse Violet Browne says some adults here do not visit the clinics to get immunized while others do not remember they need to go to the clinics to get a booster.
Nurse Browne’s comments come as Montserrat gears up to celebrate Immunization Week April 26th to May 2nd.
The theme for the week is “Boost your power; Get vaccinated”
Nurse Browne says this year, they will be looking at strategies to get adults to visit the clinics to get immunized.
In other top stories:
35 persons involved in food preparation on island will begin a 16 hour Servsafe Training and Certification for food service managers and handlers next week…
Students at the Montserrat Secondary School are in line to win attractive prizes from a past student body, this as the Montserrat Secondary School Association (MSSA) has launched its second annual essay competition.
Dr. Richard Arculus, a researcher in experimental petrology has described last week’s state Of The Arc scientific conference here as a success, as PhD students were able present their research while experts in geology and volcanology discussed various topics such as “New Thinking about Arcs”.
These and more in today’s national news presented by James White Junior.
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ZJB Evening News for Friday April 17, 2015

In today’s News Headlines:

Montserrat will be part of a Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) election observation mission for the Anguilla General Elections on April 25th, 2015.
Senior Commission’s Analyst at the Constitutional and Commission Secretariat Mrs Shivonne White will be part of a CPA election observation mission.
Mrs White who has been working with the Commission for over two years leaves the island on Monday for Anguilla.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has made funds available for the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) to provide a team of independent election observers.
The members of the observer team are expected to be in Anguilla for about 15 days.
Honourable Premier Don Romeo - bThe Honourable Premier Donaldson Romeo has hailed a recent trip by the Caricom Secretary General to Montserrat as the ideal impetus for driving home the island’s accession to the Treaty of Chaguaramus – the CARICOM Charter.
Montserrat is currently firming up the process to obtain entrustments to join the regional grouping.
Premier Romeo said Irwin La Rocque’s visit propelled his administration forward in pursuit of the goal.
Claude-GeraldThe civil case brought by Claude Gerald against the management of Radio Montserrat concluded in the High Court Friday.
In early 2014, Mr. Gerald sought a declaration that his right to “freedom of expression” was infringed.
Justice Albert Redhead presided over the one-day trial.
Dr. David Dorsette, who represented Mr. Gerald, argued that his client’s right to freely express himself was infringed when his appearance on the “Warren Cassell Show” was cut short by management during a conversation about marijuana.
On behalf of the Crown, Acting Attorney General Sheree Jemmotte-Rodney maintained that the right to free speech did not give anyone the right to access public media, whether it be radio or television.
In addition, the Crown maintained that the manager of Radio Montserrat, in this case, had discretion to determine the suitability of the content for broadcast.
The programme was subsequently stopped because the discussions appeared to the station manager to be promoting the use of marijuana which by law is an illegal substance on Montserrat.
In other top stories:
The Department of Social Services to launch its “Incentive to Work Programme” later this month…
A Police Inspector appeals to members of the public to desist from vandalizing the island’s road traffic mirrors…
The inaugural “Montserrat Volcano Catch” fishing Tournament and Regatta is being organized to offer a different type of entertainment to residents here, so says the organizer Jermaine Wade of Fabulous Entertainment…
The Government of Montserrat is to launch two radio programmes shortly to keep the public properly informed and up to date on its programmes, projects and initiatives…
These and more in today’s national news presented by Shirlian Diana Queeley.
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ZJB Evening News for Thursday April 16, 2015

In Today’s News Headlines:

Hon. PremierDonaldson RomeoThe leader of government business here is hoping that Montserrat will be able to export its expertise in Disaster Management.
Honourable Premier Donaldson Romeo says this is a critical area in which Montserrat can add value to other islands in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
Premier Romeo says it is not all about what Montserrat can get from the regional grouping, but also what the island has to offer.
He was at the time speaking at the end of a recent visit to Montserrat by Caricom Secretary General, His Excellency Irwin La Rocque.
Ralph GonzalvesThe Chairman of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) Monetary Council has reported other major decisions that have been taken by the Council aimed at strengthening the financial system in Montserrat and the rest of the region.
These other decisions follow the lowering of the minimum savings deposit rate which would take effect May 1st, 2015, and the institution of stronger regulatory and supervisory framework for banks.
ECCU Monetary Council Chairman, St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves now points to the new Banking Bill which was approved by the Council for passage by member governments among others in the Comprehensive Bank Resolution Strategy.
YachtsAn initiative to promote Montserrat as a Super Yacht destination seems to be bearing some fruit.
This past weekend, Super Yacht “Sea Owl” visited Montserrat for two days.
Sea Owl is a 62-metre motor yacht.
A Super Yacht or luxury yacht is a very expensive privately-owned, professional crewed-sailing or motor yacht.
In other top stories:
The first “Montserrat Volcano Catch” fishing Tournament and Regatta will be held here next month…
A course on “Computerized Management Accounting Systems for Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises in Montserrat got underway here on Wednesday night…
These and more in today’s national news presented by Viona Alexander Smith.
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ZJB Evening News for Wednesday April 15, 2015

In Today’s News Headlines:

Ralph GonzalvesThe Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) Monetary Council has taken a number of important decisions to strengthen the financial system within Montserrat and the rest of the region.
Chairman of the Monetary Council, St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves says even though there has been reported improvement in the sector over the past year, ECCU economies continue to face challenges to sustainable growth, fiscal and debt sustainability and financial stability.
In a radio and television address to residents of Montserrat and the rest of the ECCU Tuesday evening, Dr. Gonsalves said the Monetary Council desired faster economic recovery and stronger job creation, more jobs and enhanced wealth creation
He said as a consequence, after much reflection, deliberation and careful contemplation, the Monetary Council made the decisions in February this year to strengthen the financial system within the ECCU region.
Billy DarrouxThe Disaster Management Coordination Agency (DMCA) is warning residents here not to become complacent in the wake of predictions for a below average 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season.
Colorado State University’s Department of Atmospheric Sciences earlier this week predicted that the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane season will be quiet one.
But Director of the DMCA Billy Darroux cautions that the forecast doesn’t mean that the island would not be impacted by any of the storms.
He’s therefore urging residents to maintain a state of preparedness, regardless of how much activity is predicted.
Icilma Fergus RoweA US-based Montserratian Cardiologist is reiterating her call for residents on island to work hard to ensure and maintain good heart health.
Dr. Icilma Fergus-Rowe, who is here as part of the Ministry of Health’s visiting Specialist Programme, says the conditions that she has been observing are preventable.
Speaking on the Talking Health Programme, Dr. Fergus-Rowe talks about some ways to improve heart health, along with lifestyle changes.
In other top stories:
Young people on Montserrat will be afforded an opportunity to enhance their knowledge base with the staging of an important youth exchange programme later this year…
A workshop will be held here this month for food service managers and handlers…
30 teens are expected to benefit from inspirational talks with local facilitators this Saturday…
Ivan Browne has been recognized for his contribution to the Rotary Club of Montserrat…
These and more in today’s national news presented by James White Jr.
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ZJB Evening News for Tuesday April 14, 2015

In today’s News Headlines:

Adrian DavisHis Excellency the Governor Adrian Davis has moved to erase public perception that the recent transfers within the public service are acts of victimization.
Governor Davis says such changes are normal and usual adding that any such statement about unfair treatment is completely without justification.
Governor Davis recently announced the transfer of Kamille Gerald from the Ministry of Agriculture, Trade, Lands, Housing and the Environment to the Office of the Premier, effective April 1st, and that the current Chief Human Resources Officer, Daphne Cassell, would fill the vacant post at the Ministry which Mrs. Gerald vacated, effective mid-May.
Dr Richard ArculusA geologist with the Research School of Earth Sciences at the Australia National University in Canberra has been giving his perspective on Montserrat’s hosting of the 2015 State of the Arch Scientific Conference.
The week-long conference, which has attracted more than 60 scientists from around the world, is underway at the Montserrat Cultural Centre.
Dr. Richard Archulus, who is no stranger to the Emerald Isle, spoke of his affiliation with the Caribbean region in general and with the uniqueness of Montserrat in particular and its fascinating recent history.
John WilsonA former Government Minister is calling for the public to come together and join hands in supporting the Government to lobby the UK Government and DFID to finally solve Montserrat access issues.
The call was made by John Wilson on his ZJB’s prorgamme Wilson’s Corner on Tuesday.
He is of the view that proper air and sea port is extremely critical to revive the island’s local economy.
Mr Wilson also believes proper access will address some of the problems that confront tourists, returning Montserratians, visitors and residents trying to get to and from Montserrat regularly.
He says business persons also face difficulty trying to get their goods into the island
In other top stories:
Montserrat continues to attract a number of day excursionists…
Young people on Montserrat are being an opportunity to be part of Inspirational Volunteer Journeys (IVJ) youth exchange programme later this year…
These and more in today’s national news presented by James White Jr.
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ZJB Evening News for Monday April 13, 2015

In Today’s News Headlines:

Irwiin LarocqueCARICOM Secretary General, His Excellency Irwin La Rocque paid a courtesy call on Montserrat’s Honourable Premier Donaldson Romeo and his Cabinet colleagues Monday.
The one-day familiarization visit saw Mr. La Rocque presenting briefing documents to Premier Romeo as well as engaging him and his cabinet on a number of critical issues.
The CARICOM Secretary-General also paid a courtesy call on His Excellency the Acting Governor Alric Taylor.
Claude_Hogan_2014_02The government of Montserrat is pursuing with renewed vigor the matter to secure key entrustments for the island’s accession to the revised treaty of Chaguaramus.
The Government had already made ground-breaking moves through the now Honourable Minister of Agriculture, Trade, Lands, Housing and the Environment, Claude Hogan, who was leading on the matter last year.
Mr. Hogan now provides an update on the entrustment process.
The Government of Montserrat is aiming to diversify its energy sources.
In light of this, the Ministry of Communications, Works & Labour has requested assistance from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
The Guyana-based organization has agreed to provide technical assistance to review Montserrat’s national energy policy.
It will also provide a technical assessment of the integration of solar CPV into the diesel generation system.
Honourable Minister of Communications & Works Paul Lewis recently announced that three million dollars have been allocated in the 2015/2016 budget for energy initiatives.
In other top stories:
Follow-up discussions will be held here later this month on the way forward for public procurement procedures for Montserrat…
The Chairman of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank Monetary Council to address citizens and residents of Montserrat on Tuesday, April 14 on matters pertaining to the ECCU banking and financial sector…
Montserrat will be staging its Annual Hurricane Conference later this month…
These and more in today’s national news presented by James White Jr.
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ZJB Morning News for Monday April 13, 2015

Morning News Headlines:

VolcanoThe State of the Arc Scientific Conference officially opens today at the Montserrat Cultural Centre (MCC).
Over 60 scientists, professors and PHD students from abroad are expected to gather at the MCC auditorium for this important four day scientific conference.
Adrian DavisThe Government of Montserrat is again recruiting individuals to fill two senior positions within the public service.
His Excellency, Governor Adrian Davis says the posts of Financial Secretary and the Director of Public Prosecutions will be re-advertised.
Violet Browne
The training shop stewards and elected executive members of the Montserrat Civil Service Association (MCSA) are key to strengthening the leadership skills of the organization.
So says the President of the MCSA Nurse Violet Browne following her participation in a recent meeting organized by Public Service International (PSI) in Curacao.
She says providing training to such persons will also ensure continuity and the Union’s success.
Miss Browne says the Montserrat Civil Service Association will also be reviewing the process of selection of shop stewards for the Union.
In other top stories:
More security features included on some EC bank notes…
These and more in today’s national news presented by Shirlian Queeley.
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ZJB Evening News for Friday April 10, 2015

In Today’s News Headlines:

Paul LewisThe Government of Montserrat is examining the possibility of re-starting quarry operations in the East of the Island.Discussions have been taking place on reopening the Trants Quarry.A technical appraisal is now being conducted which will lead to the development of a business case to be followed by the approval of quarry operations.The Honourable Minister of Communications & Works Paul Lewis announced recently that in order to have future capital projects effectively implemented there needed to be a functional quarry. He believes this will lessen dependence on imports and reduce the costs of the projects.
Charles ThompsonDeputy Commissioner of Police Charles Thompson is making a special appeal to members of the public with any information on the fatal accident last weekend to contact the police.
Neville Warner who was involved in the accident died on Saturday April 4th.
The Deputy Commissioner says the police are continuing investigations into the facts and circumstances surrounding the accident on the Davy Hill main road.
Mr. Thompson says through the investigations the police are hoping to bring timely closure and some amount of certainty to family members on Warner’s death.
One of the region’s leading insurance companies, Caribbean Alliance Insurance Company has opened a branch office in Montserrat for the first time.
Resident Manager Ricky West says this signals the company’s commitment to Montserrat and its customers.
The new branch office was opened on April first and is currently situated in the space previously occupied by Insurance Services Limited, which closed operations on March 31st.
Mr. West told ZJB News that anyone who was insured through Insurance Services Limited remained with Caribbean Alliance.
He says the intention is to provide better insurance services including speedier settlement of claims and efforts to get back in the property market.
In other to stories:
The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) to withdraw both the 1 and 2 cent EC coins from circulation effective July 1st, this year…
The University of the West Indies (UWI) Open Campus in Salem continues to expand its programmes to meet the needs of residents on island…
Veteran Montserratian calypsonian Earl “Hustler” Browne will be among top entertainers in the Caribbean performing at a major charity event in Antigua this weekend…
These and more in today’s national news presented by Shirlian Queeley.
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