News for Friday July 31, 2015

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Implementation of Departure Tax reduction delayed by receipt book printing issues

An agreement between the Governments of Montserrat and Antigua to reduce the departure tax for persons travelling from Antigua to Montserrat has still not been implemented.

Following reports that persons who spend more than 24 hours in Antigua were still being charged $75 departure tax, ZJB News contacted a key source in Antigua who confirmed those reports.

The source also said the reason for the delay had to do with a receipt book printing issue resulting in the book having to be reprinted.

 

‘Welcome Home’ celebration planned for Montserrat’s 2015/2016 Jaycees Queen 

The Montserrat Arts Council (MAC) is organizing a welcome home activity for Montserrat’s 2015/2016 Jaycees Queen Sherissa Ryan.

The MAC told ZJB News that a welcoming party would be meeting Ms Jaycees 2015/16 at the John A. Osborne Airport next Tuesday afternoon.

The MAC is inviting residents to turn up at the airport at 5:15p.m. to join in the celebrations for Ms Ryan’s notable achievement.

 

Board of Directors of Banks in the ECCU will still be responsible for their institutions even with the new ECCB Banking Act

 The Board of Directors of Banks within the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union will still have ultimate responsibility for the operations of their institutions under the new ECCB Banking Act.

The confirmation has come from the Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank Sir K Dwight Venner.

He was at the time responding to a question posed by the local media Thursday on whether or not the act would infringe upon the rights of residents.

 

Other Stories…

Households on Montserrat are now paying less for cooking gas…

Employers are advised to support women to combine work and breastfeeding…

The Montserrat Customs and Revenue Service (MCRS) launches information and education drive to ensure residents understand the operations of the department in relations to the administering of tax laws…

James White Jr. presents these and other stories…

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News for Thursday July 30, 2015

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Incoming Governor to arrive and be sworn in on Wednesday August 5th

Incoming Governor Elizabeth Carriere is scheduled to arrive and will be officially sworn in as Montserrat’s new Governor next Wednesday.

A Government House press release stated that Ms. Carriere will arrive in Montserrat in the morning on August 5th to begin her term as Governor of Montserrat.

She will be accompanied by her UK Policy Adviser, Tony Bates, who will meet her in Antigua on August 4 and will be met on arrival in Montserrat by His Excellency the Acting Governor, Alric Taylor, Honourable Premier Donaldson Romeo, Honourable Speaker Shirley Osborne, and Commissioner of Police, Steve Foster.

Barbados based Montserratian Lawyer makes a case for the inclusion of the diaspora vote

A Barbados-based Montserratian Lawyer believes the laws here on island should be amended to include diaspora Montserratians rather than exclude them from the voting process.

Sharon Edgecombe Miller made the point recently while presenting on the topic—‘the diaspora has no say in Montserrat’s post volcano development’.

Ms. Miller shared her experience of not being able to vote in Montserrat where she was born, or, in Barbados where she resides, to make the point that people in such scenarios lose a sense of belonging.

Herman Francis encourages children to benefit from Julliard musician training

The free music lessons being offered by musicians from the Julliard School of the Performing Arts is viewed as a tremendous opportunity for children here.

Herman Francis of the Montserrat Arts Council said youth between 9-18 years should take advantage of the training which will be provided by a team of experts.

The team is expected on island from August 19 to the 31st.

Other Stories…

Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB), the Honourable Sir K. Dwight Venner outlines the main intention of the new Banking Act…

The leadership of the Rotary Club of Montserrat underscores the important role the organization plays on Montserrat and throughout the world…

Tanisha Christopher presents these and other stories

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News for Wednesday July 29, 2015

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Montserrat’s Premier says not to be discouraged by the slow rate of implementation of approved projects

Montserrat’s leader of government business has urged residents on island not to become despondent with the slow process of implementation of a number of approved projects.

The Honourable Premier Donaldson Romeo said his administration is working on putting the final pieces in place which will give the green light for the roll out of the projects.

Premier Romeo, while apologizing for the delay, hinted at an expected upsurge in construction activity shortly which is expected to arrest the unemployment situation in the short term.

A former media practitioner believes closer ties between Montserrat and Guadeloupe will be beneficial to Montserrat’s development

A former media practitioner believes a stronger relationship between Guadeloupe and Montserrat would be beneficial to the island’s development.

Former Editor of the Montserrat Reporter and Math Teacher, JD Fenton shared this view during a public discussion on moving Montserrat forward.

Fenton was speaking about what he thinks would be critical for Montserrat’s development.

 

7 music teachers from Julliard School of the Performing Arts in New York to encourage the development of music skills among youth here

Source:www.julliard.edu

Seven music teachers from the top performing Arts school in the United States will be on island next month to encourage the development of music skills among youth here.

Herman Francis of the Montserrat Arts Council said the seven musicians from Julliard School of the Performing Arts of New York will put on a concert and workshops during their time here.

The team is expected on island from August 19 to the 31st.

Other Stories…

Special Ferry Services have been arranged for persons wishing to travel to Nevis and Antigua this weekend…

Friday August 7th is the new date for the premier of the ‘Every Wowlah House’ play…

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News for Tuesday July 28, 2015

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Hospitality section on Ferry Terminal closed as Government prepares to seek proposals for its operation

The Government of Montserrat will soon be seeking the submission of proposals for the operation of the hospitality section of the Montserrat Ferry Terminal in Antigua.

Access Coordinator in the Ministry of Communications, Works and Labour, David Dubbery disclosed this to ZJB News on Tuesday.

ZJB News contacted Mr. Dubbery to find out what was happening with the Terminal following photos surfacing on Facebook showing furniture being moved out of the facility.

 

Consumers here should not be worried about Bird Flu alert

Source:www.neontommy.com

The Veterinary Division here is asking poultry consumers on island not to become alarmed over reports out of Barbados Tuesday that the Caribbean is on high alert, as the deadly H5NI virus, more commonly known as Bird Flu, sweeps through farms in the United States.

The US is the region’s main market for hatching eggs and chicks.

The Barbados report states that Veterinary officers and stakeholders in the poultry sector in the region are stepping up their preparedness to protect the industry as the deadly H5N1 virus wreaks havoc on farms in North America.

“Its time for us to think seriously about our attitude to education” says Montserratian Playwright and Educator

Source: www.mnialive.com

A Montserratian playwright believes we must think seriously about our attitude to education.

David Edgecombe made the remarks while speaking about the value of education during a recent discussion at the Montserrat Cultural Centre.

 

The playwright, who is also a Communication Professor in the University of the Virgin Islands, stressed the need for us—as a people, to move collectively to 2020.

Other Stories…

Government called on to officially appoint Sharissa Ryan as Montserrat’s cultural ambassador…

Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) is calling on the leadership of the currency union to continue to make the fundamental changes necessary to achieve sustainable growth…

These and other stories presented by Tanisha Christopher.

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News for Monday July 27, 2015

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The people of Montserrat continue to celebrate the victory of Sharissa Ryan at the 54th Jaycees Caribbean Queen Show

Source: Rogers Radio Caribbean

 

Measures to secure the long-term economic futures of Montserrat and the other UK Overseas territories discussed at UK Overseas Territories meeting

UK Overseas Elected leader and representatives who met in Bermuda last week have issued a joint statement which is a reflection of discussion on issues of mutual interest and the forthcoming Joint Ministerial Council Meeting (JMC) with UK Ministers scheduled for London this December

The July 23rd and 24th meeting in Hamilton, Attended by the Honourable Deputy Premier, Delmaude Ryan, discussed measures to secure the long-term economic futures of Montserrat and the other UK Overseas territories

These included  Economic Diversification and Development – To build sustainable economies as stable banking sectors that are more resilient and capitalize on changing global trends.

 

 

Sixteen Cadets receive certificates having completed a Royal Montserrat Defence Force Basic Training Programme

Sixteen Cadets received certificates having completed a Basic Training Programme conducted by the Royal Montserrat Defence Force.

The cadets received the certificates at the closing ceremony held at the Montserrat Secondary School (MSS) last Friday.

Six special awards were distributed for outstanding performers in various categories.

 

These and other stories presented by James White Jr.

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Morning News for Monday July 27, 2015

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Miss Montserrat- Sharissa Ryan wins Jaycees Caribbean Queen Show

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Source: www.antiguaobserver.com

For the first time in history, Montserrat has captured the Jaycees Caribbean Queen Show Title.

Miss Sharissa Ryan outperformed ten other delegates from around the region on Sunday night to win the prestigious crown at the Antigua Recreation Ground in St. Johns.

Sharissa also won the prize for best performing talent with a violin rendition, captivating the audience with the well executed piece.

 

Montserrat’s Deputy Premier Delmaude Ryan joined Overseas Territories leaders in Bermuda last week for a pre-Joint Ministerial Council Meeting

Montserrat’s Deputy Premier Delmaude Ryan joined seven other leaders from the Overseas Territories in Bermuda last week for a pre Joint Ministerial Council Meeting.

The goal of the gathering was to discuss matters of common interest in order to present a unified front later this year at the meeting of the Joint Ministerial Council in London.

Following the meeting, the Overseas Territories Leaders released a joint statement outlining the issues they consider as critical.

 

A local Educator here believes foreign language instruction should be a core element in Montserrat’s education system

An educator here believes that foreign language instruction should be a core element in Montserrat’s education system.

Head Teacher at the Look Out Primary School Donelta Weekes shared this view in a presentation on the importance of learning foreign languages in today’s world at the recently held Dr. George Irish Lecture Series.

She also called for foreign language training for teachers at all levels.

Tanisha Christopher presents these and other stories.

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News for Friday July 24, 2015

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Fitzroy Farrell convicted in March for drug related charges sentenced to six years in prison

Source: www.wnep.com

Fitzroy Farrell who was convicted in March for drug related charges has been sentenced to six years in prison.

Farrell, otherwise known as Kemis was given six years for trafficking drugs and six years for the possession of marijuana with the intent to supply.

The sentences are to run concurrently.

 

A paper by a Montserratian doctoral student published in Commonwealth Scholarships News

A Montserrat doctoral student has had his paper entitled Managing Education to Maximize Potential published in the March 2015 edition of the Commonwealth Scholarships News.

Gregory Julius (2013 Commonwealth Scholar from Montserrat, PhD Educational Leadership, University of Birmingham) considers quality education to be a prerequisite for sustainable development in his home state.

 

Hon. Parliamentary Secretary believes youth involved in community work would strengthen their leadership skills 

The Honourable Parliamentary Secretary with responsibility for youth, believes getting youth involved in community work helps them become leaders.

Gregory Willock was addressing young people participating in the 9th Regional Red Cross Youth Camp at Look Out.

The camp, being held under the theme ‘enabling Youths to effect positive change in their communities’ brings together youth from St. Vincent, St. Kitts, Antigua, Nevis, Trinidad and Montserrat.

 

Other Stories…

Miss Montserrat hoping to add the Jaycees Caribbean Queen Competition title to her awards list when she meets 12 other contestants from across the region on Sunday…

The importance of planning for retirement will be the focus of the 2nd ‘secure your future seminar’ to be hosted by the Bank of Montserrat, next month…

These and other stories presented by James White Jr.

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News for Thursday July 23, 2015

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Premier Romeo to represent Montserrat’s interest at the 82nd ECCB Monetary Council Meeting Friday 

Montserrat’s honourable Premier Donaldson Romeo has reported on key stakeholder consultations which have taken place on island ahead of his departure for the 82nd ECCB Monetary Council Meeting in Anguilla Friday.

Before leaving for the important meeting in the Valley, Premier Romeo told ZJB news that the meetings, over the past two months, were critical to discussing the Banking Act for the Sub-region and how it would impact Montserrat.

 

Director of UWI Seismic Research Centre allay fears following eruption of Kick ’em Jenny Volcano 

     source: www.uwiseismic.com

The Director of the UWI Seismic Research Centre (SRC) has sought to allay fears of the possibility of a regional tsunami following the increase in activity at the Kick ‘em Jenny underwater volcano.

Dr. Richard Robertson said persons should not be concerned about that right now.

Dr. Robertson was speaking on NBC SVG Radio following an eruption at the volcano Thursday morning and an increase in the seismic activity.

 

Persons owed for St. Patrick’s Festival will have to wait longer than expected to be paid 

A number of individuals who provided services for the St. Patrick’s Day Festival in March will have to wait longer than they expected before they are paid.

Information reaching ZJB’s news desk is that over 50,000 dollars is still owed to people who worked during the week long activities.

This figure, is said to also include services provided for the 2014 staging of the Festival.

Other Stories…

BNTF Project Manager says work on Barzey’s Road Rehabilitation project progressing well…

38 youth participating in 9th Regional Red Cross Youth Camp

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News for Wednesday July 22, 2015

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A call has been made for the establishment of a Diaspora Office

A local Psychologist has called for the establishment of a Diaspora Office.

Dr. Shirley Kelly made the call recently during a presentation to discuss moving Montserrat forward.

The Education Psychologist stressed the need for Montserratians in the Diaspora and those who return to the island to be viewed as being important to Montserrat’s redevelopment.

 

The Education Minister supports a call for the transformation of the island education system

Montserrat’s Education Minister has supported a call to transform the islands education system so that it adequately prepares students to operate in a technologically-driven world.

The recommendation was made recently by CEO of a local software development firm Dr. Samuel Joseph during the 2015 George Irish lecture.

In providing feedback on the presentation, the Honourable Minister of Education Delmaude Ryan noted that the suggestion shared by Dr. Joseph was similar to her own personal views.

 

A Former Head of the Technical College believes technical and vocational training will be important to Montserrat’s redevelopment

A Former Head of the Montserrat Technical College believes technical and vocational training for people here will be important to Montserrat’s redevelopment.

Paul Payne said this training should begin at the secondary level.

Mr. Payne made this comment while speaking at the Dr. George Irish Lecture series held last week.

Others Stories…

Two United Nations Organizations have called on Montserrat and other Caribbean countries to implement measures that would curb the consumption of alcohol…

The Public Works Department (PWD) is currently conducting a traffic volume survey as part of their Road Maintenance and Management Programme…

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News for Tuesday July 21, 2015

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The island’s Premier to join colleagues in Anguilla this week for a high level meeting

Montserrat’s Honourable Premier and Minister of Finance and Economic Management will join his colleagues in Anguilla at the 82nd meeting of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) Monetary Council Meeting on Friday.

The Monetary Council is the highest decision making authority of the ECCB and comprises the eight Ministers for Finance of the ECCB member governments.

The ECCB Governor will present his Report on Money and Credit Conditions in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union, following which, Premier Romeo and his fellow finance ministers will be engage in discussion on several important issues affecting banks in the Currency Union.

A Foreign Office Minister pledges support for Montserrat

A foreign Office minister has pledged his support as Montserrat continues to rebuild after 20 years of volcanic activity.

James Dudridge, Minister for the Overseas Territories at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), said the people of the island can look forward to creating a more hopeful future, in spite of the devastation.

In a message read by incoming governor Elizabeth Carriere, Dudridge, who visited Montserrat in October 2014, stated that nobody who heard the news about the eruptions could fail to be moved.

Former Governor Frank Savage believes Montserrat should use natural history for economic benefits

Montserrat must look at ways to use its natural history for the benefit of the economy.

That’s the view of former Governor, Frank Savage.

Mr. Savage was speaking during the ‘Let’s Talk’ discussion on Friday as part of activities for the 20th anniversary of the eruption of the Soufriere Hills Volcano.

Other Stories…

A former Government Minister says the 20th year observance of the volcano is a time of re-examination for the people of Montserrat…

Members of the Antilles Episcopal Conference Youth Assembly (AECYA) paid a goodwill visit to Montserrat…

These and other stories presented by Viona Alexander-Smith

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