ZJB Evening News December 19 2014

London BusThe Montserrat Development Corporation (MDC) is distancing itself from what appears to be an advertisement on a bus in London, United Kingdom, purporting to promote Montserrat.
The company that handles advertising on London buses has also confirmed that the advert is a fake and that they do not wish to be associated with it.

shirley OsbornePlans are in the pipeline to revive the Montserrat Youth Parliament.
So says the Honourable Designate Speaker of the Montserrat Legislative Assembly Shirley Osborne.
The Montserrat Youth Parliament was formed in 2003.
However, the organization came to halt in 2010, because of the migration of most of its members to tertiary institutions abroad and a lack of interest among young people here.

MCCThe Montserrat Community College (MCC) has attained its highest pass rate in the Caribbean Advance Proficiency Examination (CAPE) in its 10 years in operation.
This was one of the highlights of the Principals 2013/2014 Report which was presented during the institutions 2014 graduation ceremony at the Brades Arts and Education Centre.
Acting Principal of the Montserrat Community College (MCC) Dr. Ian Tolan said the College achieved a pass rate of 93%.

In other top stories
The Montserrat Fire and Rescue Service is conducting an investigation into a fire which destroyed a restaurant in the Salem area…
The curtains came down today on what has been described as a successful 2014 Agriculture Week of activities.
These and more stories with Shirlian Diana Queeley in today’s national news.
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ZJB Evening News December 18 2014

Delmaude RyanThe island’s Education Minister will be pursuing a policy for compulsory education to the age of 18 on Montserrat.
The Honourable Minister of Education, Delmaude Ryan gave this commitment while addressing the 2014 graduating class from the Montserrat Community College (MCC).
16 students graduated from the institution at a ceremony held at the Brades Arts and Education Centre on Wednesday.

QueeleyA local Economist and Financial Analyst Peter Queeley believes that OECS Governments including Montserrat and the wider Caricom should openly and publicly welcome and support the move by the USA to work towards normalising relations with Cuba.
On Wednesday, the USA announced that after fifty (50) years it will be re-establishing diplomatic, trade and other relations with Cuba.

Governor Adrian Davis

Governor Adrian Davis

His Excellency the Governor Adrian Davis is still hoping that an enabling environment is created for foreign investment on Montserrat.
He says DFID projects and programme are very well and good but ultimately one wants the private sector to take over.
Governor Davis says he belives that in Montserrat’s case private sector investment will be sustainable.

 

In other top stories
The work of the varied units of the Department of Agriculture was on display at the Extension Division Thursday…
A local craft and souvenir shop is aiming to expand its market overseas…
These and more stories with Viona Alexander Smith in today’s national news.
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Mike Jarvis interviews Hon. Premier Donaldson Romeo during his recent UK trip

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ZJB Evening News December 17 2014

Governor Adrian Davis

Governor Adrian Davis

His Excellency the Governor Adrian Davis has described the recent Joint Ministerial Council (JMC) in England as a worthwhile and fruitful exercise.Premier Romeo and a delegation from Montserrat visited the UK to for the JMC and to hold meetings with the diaspora in London and Birmingham.

 

 

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A vote of confidence in Montserrat’s prospects for development.A Uk-based Regeneration Expert has been exploring his family’s possible involvement in Montserrat’s development programme.Lewis Kirnon says they are floating the idea of a project to develop the Rendevous area in the not-too-distant future.

 

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The DFID Resident Representative here says there are ongoing priority discussions with the government of Montserrat aimed at capitalizing on the Sustainable Growth Plan for the island.Martin Dawson says there are some key projects which he thinks are critical to the Island’s future development, including geothermal exploration and fibre optics.
In other top stories
The Honourable Minister of Agriculture, Claude Hogan believes it’s time to protect and preserve the work of the island’s nature tour guides…
The people of the OECS on Wednesday had an opportunity to learn more about Montserrat’s Christmas experience.
These and more stories with James White Jr in today’s national news.
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ZJB Evening News December 16 2014

Brenda Daley 1There’s a call for the government of Montserrat as well as other government to put in place a Compensation plan for Healthcare workers who may have come in contact with people with the Ebola virus.
Nurse Anesthetist Brenda Daley said that was one of the outcomes of a recent training workshop in Antigua on clinical management of the Ebola.
Nurse Daley says not only does Governments need to implement compensation programmes, but also occupational and healthy safety measures to protect healthcare workers who become infected with the Ebola virus.

Festival.1jpgThere is a slight change to the list of semi-finalists, who will compete in the calypso competition on Friday December 19th at Festival City.
17 calypsonians will compete in the semi-finals
William Sweeney ‘Black Jaguar’ gets a by to the semi-finals’ (He resides in the U.S, traveled to Montserrat for the Eliminations which was original scheduled for Dec 5.
However, the show was postponed to the 10th and due to commitments in the U.S Black Jaguar had to return there and miss the Eliminations because of the date change. This was no fault of his and a decision was taken to give him a by to the semi-finals.

Herman Cupid FrancisPan music will fill the air at Festival City on Wednesday night.
The Nite of Pan will begin 8p.m featuring all school bands on island, volpanics and the genesis school orchestra.
The event will also feature Antigua Girls High School pan players.
One of the main organizers of the Nite of Pan, Herman ‘Cupid’ Francis says the affair is a clean family oriented event for all to enjoy.

Meantime:
In other top stories
Marketing Manager for Digicel Patrice Simmonds has been highlighting the company’s plans for their operations on Montserrat…
Fisheries management consultant feels it is of critical importance that the general public in Montserrat is sensitized about fisheries management and Ocean governance…
A special Christmas luncheon and social interaction is being organized for all senior citizens on island on Wednesday December 17, 2014…
These and more stories with Viona Alexander Smith today’s national news.
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ZJB News December 15 2014

Governor Adrian Davis

Governor Adrian Davis

His Excellency the Governor Adrian Davis says the importance of the annual Overseas Territories Joint Ministerial Council (JMC) to the future development of the OTs must not be underestimated.
The JMC on December 3rd in London brought together political leaders from the Overseas Territories and UK ministers.
It was hosted by Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Minister for the Overseas Territories James Duddridge MP.

Claude_Hogan_2014_02The Honourable Minister of Trade has been underscoring the importance of the tourism element of festivals to national development.
Claude Hogan says the investments in the tourism product which draw people to the island will no doubt help in Montserrat’s economic recovery programme.
He was at the time speaking during the recent official opening of the 2014 year end festival here.

shirley OsborneA programme geared at preparing Montserrat’s girls for a future of accomplishment, contribution and personal success will begin on island soon.
The Girls Education Project is set to start in January 2015.
Registration is now open for 30 girls between the ages of 8-10 and 11-13 to sign up for the programme which offers academic support and homework help, Social education and everyday etiquette and Leadership training and Life-skills development among others.

Meantime
The report on the recently-conducted child safety review of Montserrat will serve as a benchmark for child protection and safeguarding work here…
All members of the family can and should play a role in farming…
Montserrat has made it to the list of the 25 best islands in the Caribbean…
These and more stories with James White Junior in today’s national news.
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ZJB Evening News December 12 2014

Honourable Minister of Communications, Works, Energy and Labour, Paul Lewis

Honourable Minister of Communications, Works, Energy and Labour, Paul Lewis

The Honourable Minister of Communication, Works and Labour Paul Lewis says the Government of Montserrat has put in place a contingency plan in the event the ferry cannot dock at Port Little Bay due to rough seas.
On Wednesday and Thursday, ferry operators had to suspend the services between Montserrat and Antigua due to rough sea conditions.
This situation resulted in scores of Montserratians being left stranded in Antigua for two days.
However, on Friday morning the waters calmed a bit and 125 passengers were able to come over to Montserrat on the ferry.
In an interview with ZJB News, Mr. Lewis says they’re hoping to use the Plymouth jetty in the event the ferry cannot dock at Port Little Bay.

David Trixie DuberryThere have been some changes made to the Immigration procedure at Heritage Quay in Antigua for passengers traveling to and from Montserrat by ferry.
So says Acting Counterpart Access Coordinator David Duberry.
He says passengers can now access immigration services on the Pier itself, next to the check-in area.
Mr. Duberry says passengers no longer have to trek some distance away from the Heritage Port to access immigration services.
Mr Duberry says the Government is also in discussions with the owners of Kings Casino to provide a proper passenger waiting area for persons using the Montserrat ferry service.

Hon. PremierDonaldson RomeoPlans don’t make things happen. Commitment and partnership make things happen.
That’s the approach the Honourable Premier of Montserrat Donaldson Romeo says he is taking coming out of talks he’s had in London this week with British government and other UK officials.
Mr Romeo’s position statement comes in a week when Montserratians returning home for the festivities have been severely hampered by travel difficulties between the island and Antigua.
That has served to highlight the urgent need to address one of the major issues confronting the island which is access shortcomings due to inadequate port facilities.
Getting into and out of Montserrat by sea and air was one of the critical issues discussed in London this week by the Honourable Premier Donaldson Romeo.

Meantime
In other top stories
Montserratians flying out of the UK Friday heading for home were among travelers unable to leave the country…
Tomorrow will mark the official start of the 2014 Festival Season…
These and more stories with Shirlian Queeley in today’s national news.
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ZJB Evening News December 11 2014

meeting in londonThe Honourable Premier of Montserrat Donaldson Romeo says a more involved role is being mapped out for Montserrat Government’s Representation in the UK.
Mr. Romeo has been in the UK attending the UK and Overseas Territories Joint Ministerial Council as well as meeting Montserratians living there.

 

David Trixie DuberryRough sea conditions continue to wreak havoc with ferry operations into and out of Montserrat.
Acting Counterpart Access Coordinator David Duberry says alternative arrangements have been made to get people from Antigua to Montserrat.

 

 

DigicelTelecommunications Company, Digicel, has started the countdown to its official launch on Montserrat.
In a press release, the company says it is beginning the countdown with several billboards with the “Coming Soon” message being installed across the island.

 

In other top stories

17 Calypsonians are through to the semi-finals on Friday December 19…

The Church of God of Prophesy’s 7th annual Song Fest promises to be another spectacular showcase of talent…

These and more stories with Viona Alexander Smith in today’s national news.
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ZJB Evening News December 10 2014

David Trixie DuberryCounterpart Access Coordinator in the Ministry of Communication, Works and Labor David Trixie Dubbery has confirmed that arrangements are being in put in place to accommodate passengers coming on the ferry from on Thursday in the event it cannot operate.

 

 

montserrat_reuben_meadeThe Honourable leader of the Opposition, Reuben T. Meade, is calling for full support for the year-end festival.
The annual festival officially opens this Saturday but the first scheduled event, the Calypso Eliminations, will be held tonight.

 

 

Work is progressing on the Montserrat Utilities Limited (MUL) power station expansion project in Brades.

The Principal Environmental Health Officer in the Ministry of Health has been underscoring the critical need for the maintenance of community surroundings in the aftermath of the recent island wide cleanup activities.

These and more stories with James White Jr in today’s national news.
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