ZJB Evening News for Thursday May 21, 2015

In Today’s News Headlines:

An innovative programme will be launched here to help the island’s youth obtain employment and become self-sufficient.
The Honourable Parliamentary Secretary Gregory Willock says the “apprenticeship programme” is targeting 15 young persons at the pilot phase.
He says the programme, which will run for a period of one year, will specialize in the manufacturing of food and beverage products.
Mr. Willock says local resource persons are being targeted to assist with the apprenticeship programme.
Delmaude RyanPlanning for the youth must be a new paradigm shift that should take on new meaning and focus going into the future.
This is the view that has been shared by the Honourable Minister with responsibility for youth Affairs, Delmaude Ryan.
Following her attendance at a recent youth forum in neighbouring Antigua, Mrs. Ryan highlighted that one of the key outcomes was a push across the region to have entrepreneurship introduced as a crucial subject area on the schools’ curricula.

Adrian DavisHis Excellency the Governor Adrian Davis has announced that persons in public life have started to make their returns to the Integrity Commission.
Mr. Davis says although he doesn’t know what the analysis of those reports will be, he is heartened by the effort that has been made.
He’s however, concerned that a small percentage of the targeted individuals have not yet made their submissions to the Commission.

In other top stories:
Crop and livestock farmers on island are grappling with the prolonged dry period and its lingering impacts…
Fifteen persons have a completed a “Computerized Management Accounting Workshop for Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) in Montserrat…
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ZJB Evening News for Wednesday May 20, 2015

In Today’s News Headlines:

Martin DawsonThe matter of procurement, which has become a very thorny issue of late, could soon be back in the hands of the Government of Montserrat.
In providing an update Wednesday,  DFID’s Resident Representative on island, Martin Dawson, says although there is no fixed time frame, the ultimate objective is for the Government of Montserrat to be wholly responsible for its own procurement including any further new investments.
Mr. Dawson says he’s looking at this happening possibly in the next year or so.
The Honourable Premier Donaldson Romeo will be engaged in several meetings in Canada over the next few days.
Mr. Romeo is expected to leave the island Thursday, to start a series of meetings in Toronto and Ottawa from May 22nd to the 25th.
One of the highlights of his upcoming visit is a Courtesy Call on the British Consulate in Toronto.
Premier Romeo is also expected to attend a meeting at the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Farm Workers Office.
Mr. Romeo, who is working on strengthening relationships with Montserratians in the diaspora, will also meet with Montserratians and other Caribbean Nationals in Canada.


His Excellency the Governor, Adrian Davis, has vehemently defended any separation between the British Government and the Department for International Development (DFID).
He was at the time responding to a question at his monthly May press conference as to whether or not DFID should respond to an article concerning a former employee of Montserrat Development Corporation (MDC) which appeared in the London Times who claimed that British taxpayers money was being misused on Montserrat.
Governor Davis said the UK Government had given its response and there was therefore no need for DFID to say anything further on the matter.
In other top stories:
A former Parliamentary says he’s concerned about the current state of Montserrat’s economy…
The Honourable Premier, Donaldson Romeo says there are several projects in the pipeline to kick start the private sector…
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ZJB Evening News for Tuesday May 19, 2015

In Today’s News Headlines:

DonaldsonThe leader of Government Business briefed members of his cabinet and elected officials today on his recent trip to the United States.
Premier the Honourable Donaldson Romeo gave his ministers an update on his talks with members of the Montserrat Diaspora in Boston, New York and Atlanta.
He also had important talks with the Mayor of Boston, other city officials, representatives of the Caribbean Tourism Organization and business and city officials in New York and Atlanta.
Premier Romeo explained to ZJB News why it is necessary to engage the Diaspora at this time.
Delmaude RyanThe Honourable Minister of Education Delmaude Ryan has announced the implementation of several programmes to strengthen the island’s school system.
She says the purpose of this, among other things, is to improve behaviour among the island’s school children.
Mrs Ryan says one such programme is the recruitment of five additional persons whose first language is Spanish to assist with the Hispanic children at the primary and secondary school levels.
She says the additional human resources will be supported by funds allocated to address issues coming out of the Child Safety Review in 2014.
Fly MontserratAir Support Services International (ASSI) has issued a statement in response to several recently published articles on MNI Alive relating to the regulation of air services on Montserrat.
The press release issued Tuesday states that ASSI is fully designated by the Governor to carry out the aviation regulation functions of the Governor under the Air Navigation (Overseas Territory) Order on his behalf.
It says Air Support Services International does this independently of the Governor.
In other top stories:
The Managing Director of Montserrat Utilities Limited (MUL) David Thompson has been providing an update on the construction of the new power station in Brades…
Psychologist Dr. Claris Barnes has emphasized the need to address the psychological and social needs of people in managing disasters…

Persons with hypertension are being urged to make dietary changes and read labels of products before purchasing them…

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ZJB Evening News for Monday May 18, 2015

In Today’s News Headlines:

The United Kingdom (UK) Government maintains that “value and results for taxpayers’ money is fundamental to what they do and says all their programmes are closely scrutinized to ensure they are effective.
The UK Government issued this response to the article published in the Daily Mail newspaper in which former employee at the Montserrat Development Corporation (MDC), Sean McLaughlin claimed there was corruption and misuse of funds at the organization.
The article titled “£400m foreign aid fiasco in paradise: Bribery, kickbacks, YOUR tax money siphoned into pet projects on a tiny Caribbean island – this British worker blew the whistle and paid a devastating price” was published on May 16.
pauljpgThe Ministry of Communications, Works and Labour (MCWL) is blaming unnecessary and unwanted delays for its inability to roll out planned infrastructure and maintenance projects for fiscal year 2015/2016.
The Honourable Minister of MCWL, Paul Lewis, says the programme is funded through the annual recurrent budget where some $2.8 million dollars have been allocated to the ministry for these works.
In an interview with ZJB News, he says although documents have been prepared and submitted to the local procurement department, their efforts have been frustrated by the lengthy and questionable delays in the approval process.
Clarice BarnesThe Montserrat Community College (MCC) has a new Principal. She is Professor Vernie Clarice Barnes.
An MCC press statement issued on Monday said the appointment was made by the Board of the Montserrat Community College.
It states that Professor Barnes brings to the post over forty (40) years as an educator contributing to Formal and Non-formal Education in Montserrat, the wider Caribbean, UK and Africa.
In other to stories:
A radio programme to keep residents on Montserrat and the wider Montserratian Diaspora up-to-date with information on what’s happening in the Montserrat Legislature begins here on Tuesday…
Two officials from the Glendon Hospital are in St Lucia for the 24th joint tenders- adjudication committee meeting of the OECS Commission’s Pharmaceutical Procurement Service (OECSPPS)…
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ZJB Evening News for Friday May 15, 2015

In Today’s News Headlines:

The honourable Premier, Donaldson Romeo delivered a persuasive presentation in New York on trade and investment opportunities on Montserrat.
That’s the view of President and founder of the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry- Dr. Roy Hastick
In an interview with Warren Cassell, Dr. Hastik spoke about the discussions, representatives from a wide cross section of the business community in New York had with the Honourable Premier earlier this week.
Dr. Hastick believes Mr. Romeo sold Montserrat very well with his message of seeing opportunities where there are challenges.
Delmaude RyanAn “Open Day” is being organized to afford the public the opportunity to view the new ambulance and to ask questions about the vehicle.
This was confirmed by the Honourable Minister of Health, Delmaude Ryan.
She says the activity aims to allay the public’s concerns about the new ambulance.
Mrs Ryan says an engineer is expected on island this month to look at the ambulance itself before it is commissioned.
A Fire Officer at the Fire, Search and Rescue Department is urging members of the public to desist from making prank calls to its 911 emergency number.
Vachel Murraine says persons have been calling the 911 emergency number and giving false information about fires and/or not saying anything on the other end of the line.
The Fire Officer says it is a criminal offense to make prank calls.
Mr. Murraine says these prank calls can disrupt the delivery of emergency services to someone in dire need of help.
In other top stories:
A Compact Disc (CD) compilation of some of the songs recorded at Air Studios Montserrat is expected to be released here later this year…
His Excellency, the Governor Adrian Davis has provided a further response to an MNI Alive article published on May 6th titled “SENSELESS PLANE CRASH”…
Residents of the new Barzey’s Community could soon have better access within their neighbourhood. The Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF) is mobilizing to initiate a road construction project in the area…
With a continued drive to encourage the growth and development of businesses on Montserrat, another workshop focusing on small businesses will be mounted this month.
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ZJB Evening News for Thursday May 14, 2015

In Today’s News Headlines:

Hon. PremierDonaldson RomeoMontserrat’s Premier says he would like to see a more timely roll out of projects to get Montserrat’s stagnating economy moving.
Mr. Donaldson Romeo made the comments following discussions he had with members of the United Nations Decolonization Committee this week in New York.
The discussions focused, among other things, on ways to help Montserrat achieve economic independence from the United Kingdom.
He says crucial to this goal is air and sea access and other critical infrastructure such as roads.
According to the Premier the stated aim of his government from the beginning of its term, was to work in partnership with the UK government.
The Government of Montserrat will be launching a material grant scheme at the end of this month.
Confirmation of this has come from the Honourable Minister of Housing Claude Hogan.
He says the scheme is for persons who are struggling to complete their current new start houses.
Mr. Hogan explains the criteria for the material grant scheme.
Mr Hogan also disclosed that the Government will be implementing a tax waiver scheme on imported building materials for private home owners including persons in the Diaspora.
A comprehensive analysis on the situation of children and women on Montserrat is currently being done by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
Frederic Unterreiner (Un-Ter-Ryner) of UNICEF’s Eastern Caribbean Office based in Barbados has been on island for over a week conducting discussions with relevant stakeholders for the situation analysis.
In an interview with ZJB News, Mr. Unterreiner says the exercise is funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) and conducted with the Mininistry Education, Health and Social Services.
A Similar exercise is to be done in nine countries or islands this year—starting with the Overseas Territories.
In other top stories:
Better representation for Montserratians was one of the key outcomes of a meeting between the Premier of Montserrat and British officials in Atlanta on Wednesday…
Caribbean Cable Customers experiencing difficulties with their cable service will be compensated…
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ZJB Evening News for Wednesday May 13, 2015

In Today’s News Headlines:

Delmaude RyanAn Education Advisory Committee is to be established this month.
The announcement was made by the Honourable Minister of Education, Delmaude Ryan.
Mrs Ryan says the Committee will look at putting in place a national curriculum for the island’s schools among others.
The Ministry of Health and Social services is reporting an increase in critical care provided to residents through the 2015 Visiting Specialist Programme over last year.
In a summary report following the programme, the Ministry said ninety-one patients were seen in 2015 compared to 79 last year.
While on island, the Montserrat Healthy Hearts team provided a number of critical care interventions from April 13th to 18th which involved diagnosis and treatment
The team comprised Dr. Icilma Fergus Rowe – Director Montserrat Healthy Hearts, Dr. Janice Scobie – non invasive cardiologist, Dr. Renee Murray Bachmann – Diabetes Nurse Educator, Basic Life Support (BLS) Instructor, Nancy Thomas – Project manager, Elizabeth Tinuoye – Assistant project manager and coordinator.
AmbulanceThe Ministry of Heath has secured the services of a top UK official to deliver training for the new ambulance here.
Jason Carlyon, who has 20 years of National Health Service (NHS) experience in the UK is conducting the training on behalf of Crown Agents.
Carlyon, who has spent 18 years working in the UK ambulance service, is also a paramedic and an advanced emergency care practitioner and clinical development manager responsible for more than 400 staff in Yorkshire.
He gives an overview of the training that is being delivered on the new ambulance.
In other top stories:
Four projects, valued collectively at EC$224,500 will be funded by the Governor’s Office Jubilee prgramme for the 2015/2016 financial year.
Montserrat’s Trade Minister Claude Hogan is to address the Opening of a Regional Workshop on Market Access related issues and Trade Facilitation for Caribbean Countries in Barbados next week…
The Honourable Minister with responsibility for Communications & Information Technology, Paul Lewis, is attending the Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority Conference 15th Anniversary in St Lucia…
The Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) countries to develop new organizational structures along functional lines to increase the effectiveness of their Debt Management Units in implementing governments’ debt management strategies…
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ZJB Evening News for Tuesday May 12, 2015

In Today’s News Headlines:

Hon. PremierDonaldson RomeoThe Honourable Premier of Montserrat has been invited back to New York next month to address the United Nations Committee on Decolonization.
The invitation was issued following a meeting Donaldson Romeo had with the Chairman of the Committee Xavier Lasso Mendoza, and some of its members on Monday at the United Nations.
In an interview with ZJB News, Mr. Romeo said he was invited to state Montserrat’s case for assistance to help it recover from 20 years of emergency following the onset of volcanic activity in 1995.
He says during the meeting with the UN committee he spoke about the many Montserratians who wish to return to the island, Montserratians housing shortage and its access problems.
James Scriber DaleyForestry Officer in the Department of Environment James “Scriber” Daley has condemned the cutting down of fruit trees in the island’s forest.
He says persons have been chopping down coconut, avocado and breadfruit trees in areas such as Lees, Molyneaux, St. Georges Hill among other places.
Mr. Daley, who is also Montserrat’s foremost expert on indigenous birds, is asking such persons to desist from this practice.
The forestry Officer is appealing to anyone with information about the cutting down of fruit trees in the forest to contact the forestry department.
shirley OsborneMontserrat gained some visibility from the recently held Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Mid-Year Executive Committee Meetings in Malaysia.
The meeting was attended by The Honourable Speaker of the Montserrat Legislative Assembly Shirley Osborne.
Miss Osborne said this year Montserrat was part of the Planning and Review Committee in which she was able to make significant input.
In other top stories:
His Excellency the Governor Adrian Davis has sought to set the record straight by responding to an article which appeared in MNIAlive media online titled “Senseless Airline Crash”…
The Department of Youth Affairs will be helping youth here prepare for employment for the 4th consecutive year – the annual Hype Course opens on Wednesday, May 27th…
The ministry of health is urging patients to get referrals from their doctors ahead of a visit here by a visiting Canadian urologist- Dr. Umesh Jain will make his third visit to Montserrat from May 18th to 21st…
There was a good turnout at the Montserrat Progressive Society of New York 24th Annual Mother’s Day Extravaganza in the USA on Sunday…
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ZJB Evening News for Monday May 11, 2015

In Today’s News Headlines:

Contribute to Montserrat’s development in whatever way you can!
That was what one Montserratian took from remarks made by the island’s Honourable Premier, Donaldson Romeo in his address at the Montserrat Progressive Society of New York’s Mothers day Gala.
The event was held in the Bronx, New York on Sunday.
Jahvon Tuitt, who attended the event, shared with ZJB News what he garnered from Mr. Romeos’ comments.
Claude_Hogan_2014_02Montserrat’s Minister with responsibility for the environment, Claude Hogan, is hailing the commitments made by French President Francois Holland to the Caribbean region.
One such Commitment Mr. Hogan highlighted was a call by Mr. Hollande for wealthy countries to help Montserrat and other Small Island Developing states (SIDS) deal with the adverse effects of climate change.
Mr. Hogan represented the government of Montserrat at the Caribbean Climate Summit in Fort-de-France, Martinique.
Mr. Hollande was at the time addressing the Summit, which he chaired last Saturday.
Mr. Hogan said it was very heartening to hear the French President speak of the need for special attention to be paid to Small Island developing states in the region.
Alex AckieNurses play vital roles in the health sector and community!
That’s the key message from President of the Montserrat Nurses Association, Alex Ackie.
In her Radio Address, Nurse Ackie highlighted how valuable nurses are, as she gave true meaning to the theme for Nurses week.
This year’s theme is “Nurses-Supporting you every step of the way, providing efficient and quality care”.
The president of the Association says the theme recognizes all nurses who form the back-bone of the health care system.
In other top stories:
A number of Montserratian women were recognized on Mother’s Day 2015 both at home and abroad…
A growth-oriented women entrepreneurship programme is expected to be launched here in September this year…
The Montserrat Cultural School of Arts is the recipient of a donation of guitars…
The Montserrat branch of the British Red Cross is encouraging more persons to undertake first aid training…

ZJB Evening News for Friday May 8, 2015

In the headlines:

The Government of Montserrat says it is closely evaluating a proposal for an air access deal with Caribbean Helicopters Limited, who has a new partnership with the regional airline LIAT.
A government spokesman told ZJB News that a firm decision would be made on this critical initiative next week.
The spokesman however asserts that any new deal would be transparent enough so as not to short change the other airlines that are currently operating here.
The government spokesman also admits that the current proposal has the potential to accrue significant benefits for Montserrat overtime by opening up new gateways to and from the island using Twin Otter, 19-seater-type aircraft.
The New Banking Bill which is being passed in the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) member countries will not affect Credit Unions operation within the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU).
This was announced by an ECCB press release issued on Friday.
The announcement came following the February 24th agreement by the ECCB Monetary Council at its 81st meeting, to the passage of a new Banking Bill in the eight ECCB member States including Montserrat.
Political analysts and commentators here are contending that it is much too early to say definitively what a Conservative government will mean for Montserrat going forward.
British Prime Minister David Cameron led his Conservative Party to a stunning election victory on Friday, confounding forecasts that the vote would be the closest in decades and winning a clear majority that left his Labour opponents in tatters.
With all results declared in the 650-seat house, the Conservatives held 331 and Labour 232. The centre-left Liberal Democrats, who supported Cameron in government since 2010, were all but wiped out, reduced to eight seats from 57.
Scottish nationalists won 56 of the 59 Scottish seats, up from just six five years ago.
In other to stories:
This August, residents here will be treated to a performance of a brand new play from the acclaimed Montserratian writer and Director Chadd Cumberbatch…
The Eastern Caribbean Currency Union’s (ECCU) financial system remains stable…
The first named storm of the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane season has been formed, nearly a month before the season officially begins…
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