News for Friday August 28, 2015

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Montserrat’s Premier reaches out to the Government and people of Dominica in the wake of loss of life and devastation caused by Tropical Storm Erika

Montserrat’s Honourable Premier Donaldson Romeo has expressed solidarity on behalf of the Government and people of Montserrat to the government and people of the Commonwealth of Dominica.

And this, as the island mourns the loss of lives and devastation caused by the passage of Tropical Storm Erika overnight Wednesday and Thursday August, 26th and 27th.

In a letter to Dominican Prime Minister, the Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit, Friday, Premier Romeo expressed that the government and people of Montserrat are saddened by the news of death and devastation caused by Tropical Storm Erika.


St. Patrick’s Cooperative Credit Union stands ready to assist its Credit Union in Dominica

The St. Patrick’s Cooperative Credit Union is ready to assist its Credit Union Family in Dominica.

General Manager Peter Queeley pledged the local union’s commitment in a letter to the Dominica Cooperative Societies League Friday.

The movement here said its prepared to assist either solo or via harmonized efforts of the Caribbean Conference of Credit Unions.


Governor and Premier applaud response agencies for commitment and dedication during Tropical Storm

Her Excellency the Governor Elizabeth Carriere has been reflecting on the lessons learnt over the last 10 days in the aftermath of what was once Hurricane Danny and Tropical Storm Erika.

Governor Carriere also took time to pay tribute to a number of response agencies which through commitment, dedication and hard work prepared the island ahead of the approaching weather systems.

Meantime, Honourable Premier Donaldson Romeo spoke of how through God’s goodness Montserrat was spared the fury of Danny first, and then Erika.

Other Stories…

A business solution application created by a team from Montserrat has won the OECS Business Solutions Think Tank and Hackathon…

Director of the Montserrat Volcano Observatory   is sounding a warning to persons who are intent on crossing the Belham River area during heavy and persistent rainfall…

James White Jr presents these and other stories.


News for Thursday August 27, 2015

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Montserrat assessing damage caused by Tropical Storm Erika

Photo from Davon Williams Facebook Page

Montserrat is trying to count the cost as a damage assessment is being conducted in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Erika.

The weather system which was packing winds of up to 50 miles per hour  as it approached Montserrat has also brought with it persistent rainfall.

The Antigua and Barbuda Met Office said heavy convection in the trailing end of the storm is producing the intense rainfall which is expected to spread into Thursday evening.


Montserrat’s Food Security under the microscope given the effects of Tropical Storm Erika on Dominica

Montserrat’s food security has been plunged even further into the spotlight with the latest development in Dominica during the passage of Tropical Storm Erika.

Montserrat gets a fair percentage of agricultural produce from Dominica on a weekly basis but the Nature Isle has been heavily impacted by the weather system.

Tropical Storm Erika unleashed severe flooding across Dominica on Thursday, decimating agricultural farms and triggering landslides that destroyed at least 20 homes there.


A local Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF) Project the first in the region to be completed under the BNTF’s 7th cycle

The Barzey’s Road Rehabilitation is the first Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF) 7th cycle project to be completed in the Caribbean.

BNTF Community Liaison Officer Aldean Williams made the announcement on Tuesday during the ceremony to hand over the completed road to the Ministry of Communications, Works and Labour.

The project was undertaken by three contractors—Junctions Trucking Ltd., Ryan Investment Ltd., and L & L Construction, who were awarded contracts on July 8th.

Other Stories…

Electricity restored to most of the island…

Catholic Priest, Father George, gets ready to leave Montserrat after spending nine years here…

Tanisha Christopher presents these and other stories.



Wednesday August 26, 2015

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Authorities warn against complacency as Tropical Storm Erika approaches


As Montserrat braces for Tropical Storm Erika, local authorities are again imploring residents not to let complacency set in.

At 500 PM the center of Tropical Storm Erika waslocated near latitude 16.6 North, longitude 58.9 West.

Erika is moving toward the west near 17 mph (28 km/h).  A west-northwestward motion at a slightly slower forward speed is expected over the next48 hours.  On the current forecast track, the center of Erika will move near or over portions of Montserrat and the rest of the Leeward Islands tonight and into Thursday.

Her Excellency the governor Elizabeth Carriere is warning residents that Erika is a dangerous storm and should not be taken lightly.


Air Transportation into and out of Montserrat to resume mid afternoon on Thursday

Source: Montserrat Radio Echo

Local airline Fly Montserrat said its first flight from Montserrat to Antigua on Thursday August 27th, will be at 2p.m.

The airline stated that flight 102 is expected to be the first flight after the passage of Tropical storm Erika.

Following this, Fly Montserrat said it hopes that the afternoon flights will then follow at their scheduled times—subject to weather.


Filling the Director of Information and Communication critical to improving information flows within the Public Sector

A Government Minister said filling the position of Director of Information and Communication is critical to improving the internal and external flow of information within the public service.

The Honourable Minister of Trade, Claude Hogan said this in response to a question on the alleged culture of secrecy within government.

The Government of Montserrat has been without a Director of Information and Communication for the past six months.


Other Stories…

Premier the honourable Donaldson Romeo believes the Barzey’s Road Rehabilitation Project will now allow property owners to further improve and maintain their properties…

A Farmer here believes adopting the drip irrigation system might be the answer to the negative effects of the dry season on crop yields across the island…

Viona Alexander-Smith presents these and other stories


News for Tuesday August 25, 2015

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Residents keeping a close eye on Tropical Storm Erika

Source: National Hurricane Centre Facebook page

Residents who were breathing a sigh of relief when Tropical Storm Danny dissipated yesterday are now holding their breaths after Tropical Storm Erika, which formed overnight approaches Montserrat and the Leeward Islands.

Watches have been prompted for Montserrat, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis, Anguilla, Saba, St. Eustatius and St. Maarten.

Erika developed from that area of low pressure that forecasters were monitoring as Danny weakened.


Montserrat Utilities Limited sticks to its commercial water rate for farmer despite calls for them to change

The Montserrat Utilities Limited MUL said farmers will continue to pay commercial rates for water, despite calls for the company to change this.

Speaking to ZJB News Tuesday, Local Farmer Levenson Jah Gold Charles said given the importance of agriculture to Montserrat’s economy, the current water rate for farmers is too high.


Director of the Montserrat Arts Council represents Montserrat at Carifesta


Director of the Montserrat Arts Council, Chadd Cumberbatch is in Haiti for Carifesta 12.

The Caribbean Festival of Arts (Carifesta) is regarded as the biggest cultural event organized by CARICOM to foster a vision of Caribbean unity and to positively advance Caribbean culture regionally and internationally.

The honourable Minister of Trade, Claude Hogan announced Montserrat’s participation in the event while speaking on Tuesday’s breakfast show.

Other Stories…

Fibroids have been listed among a number of common gynecological conditions affecting women on Montserrat and in other Caribbean islands…

A regional legal expert has hailed an access to justice programme that would benefit Montserrat and 12 other CARICOM members…

Tanisha Christopher presents these and other stories

News for Monday August 24, 2015

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The island’s state of readiness tested by Hurricane Danny says Governor

Authorities here have hailed the level of preparation for the passage of what was once hurricane Danny as a more than useful exercise to test the island’s state of readiness.

Her Excellency the Governor Elizabeth Carriere said importantly the recognition must now be that everyone needs to be always prepared for any eventuality during the hurricane season

She said residents must never let complacency undermine the sterling efforts that have been undertaken to ensure Montserrat is prepared



The role of Credit Unions to regional development highlighted by a Government Minister

Montserrat’s Honourable Minister with responsibility for trade has underscored the critical role that credit unions play in economic development across the region

Claude Hogan was at the time making a presentation on the topic “Opportunities and Options for Financial Sector Partnerships with Governments” at the recent 13th Annual Credit Union Summit at the Montserrat Cultural Centre.

Mr. Hogan said in the case of the government of Montserrat, it has partnered with the financial sector here, including the St. Patrick’s Cooperative Credit Union to offer a number of packages.



Agricultural sector urge to prepare for  weather systems that may impact production

The agricultural development officer in the Ministry of Agriculture is calling on farmers here to make their own preparations to reduce the impact of possible loss due to weather systems in particular.

Claude Browne issued the call in light of the passage of Tropical Storm Danny stating that the farmers need to have some kind of emergency procedure in place to cover losses.


James White Jr. presents these and other stories.


News for Friday August 21, 2015

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NDPRAC makes several decisions ahead of Hurricane Danny’s expected arrival

Source: NHC Facebook Page

The National Disaster Preparedness and Response Advisory Committee (NDPRAC) on Friday made a number of decisions in anticipation of Hurricane Danny’s possible landfall on Montserrat.

Danny is expected to reach the Leeward Islands by early Monday and the authorities have asked all agencies and residents to bring their preparations to some semblance of conclusion.

Chief among the NDPRAC decisions was the granting to Public works Department permission for pre-disaster spending only as was proposed by the Finance and Human Resources sub-committee.


Government explores ways to boost Montserrat’s economy

The Government of Montserrat continues to explore innovative ways to boost the island’s, economy.

Milan Jezic von Gesseneck, Manager of OCTA-Innovation will visit Montserrat next week for discussions on sustainable growth.

The August 24th to 28th visit is part of a four-year programme funded by the European Union (EU) that is providing technical assistance and demand-driven services to the governments of 20 Overseas Countries and Territories.


Member of Parliament encourages a continuous partnership with musicians at a top rated performing arts School

Source: Montserrat Annual Festival Facebook page

The Honourable Parliamentary Secretary with responsibility for Culture believes a sustained partnership should be established with musicians from Julliard School of the Performing Arts to encourage young people here to develop the requisite skills.

Gregory Willock was speaking at the Welcome Reception held at Goodlife Restaurant for the seven visiting musicians from the Julliard School of the Performing Arts.

Seven musicians are on island sharing their skills with children during workshops over the next week.


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The United Nations Children Fund, UNICEF has announced it is working with the Government of Montserrat to boost the welfare of children…

Work on the development of a Community Football playing field in Lookout has started…

James White Jr. presents these and other stories!

News for Thursday August 20, 2015

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Premier Romeo hails the performance of the financial sector during the opening of the OECS Credit Union Summit

The 13th Annual OECS Credit Union Summit opened at the Cultural Centre in  Little Bay Thursday with Montserrat’s Honourable Premier and Minister of Finance and Economic Management hailing the monumental efforts of the sector in the aftermath of the global financial crisis.

In his feature address to more than 120 delegates from OECS member Credit Unions and invited guests, Honourable Premier Donaldson Romeo highlighted that through the struggles, the economies of the Sub-Region were now beginning to grow.

Premier Romeo said it is very evident that Credit Unions have had and continue to have an important and pivotal                                                                        role to play in the success of the OECS.


The National Disaster Preparedness and Advisory Committee will meet Friday to assess and finalize Montserrat’s preparedness for hurricane Danny


As Hurricane Danny strengthens as it approaches Montserrat and the rest of the Lesser Antilles, The National Disaster Preparedness and Advisory Committee (NDPRAC) is planning a meeting for midday Friday with the aim of assessing and finalizing the island’s state of readiness for possible landfall early next Monday.

A smaller crisis group including Her Excellency the Governor Elizabeth Carriere, the Honourable Premier Donaldson, the Director of the DMCA and governor’s Policy Advisor will meet earlier Friday to inform the later NDPRAC meeting.

Meantime, the latest advisory on Hurricane Danny indicates that it has strengthened a little more.


Residents urged to secure their futures by planning for retirement


The importance of retirement planning was emphasized during a recently held seminar aimed at encouraging residents to secure their futures.

Assistant General Manager of the Bank of Montserrat Charmaine Francois said financial security, rising cost of health care and living and being able to enjoy the golden years are some of the reasons to start planning for retirement.

The Assistant General Manager was addressing members of the public at the seminar hosted by the Bank of Montserrat.

Other Stories…

Newly inducted member in the Caribbean Broadcasting Union’s Hall of Fame Rose Willock  humbled by her most recent achievement…

A tourist from Guadeloupe promises to encourage persons to visit Montserrat following her one day trip to the island…

Tanisha Christopher presents these and other stories.


News for Wednesday August 19, 2015

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Montserrat’s Governor and Premier lead the island’s preparation ahead of a possible impact by developing Tropical Storm Danny

Photo Source: National Hurricane Center Facebook page

As Montserrat continues to monitor the developing Tropical Storm Danny, the island’s governor and Premier have started mobilizing to ensure full preparedness for any possible onslaught.

Although the storm has the potential to reach hurricane strength it is still days away from Montserrat and the other Leeward Islands.

Her Excellency the governor Elizabeth Carrier warns that Danny is a potentially serious storm and is therefore urging the public to be prepared.


The stage is set for the 13th Annual OECS Credit Union Summit on Thursday

Organizers of the 13th Annual OECS Credit Union Summit say they are 100% ready to host the meeting which begins here Thursday.

The St. Patrick’s Corporative Credit Union will host the August 19-23rd conference at the Montserrat Cultural Centre

Over one hundred and twenty delegates have confirmed their attendance making the summit one of the largest in terms of participation.


An official from the Association of Caribbean Media Workers congratulates Rose Willock

Peter Richards


The Vice President of the Association of Caribbean Media Workers has congratulated Rose Willock on being inducted into the Caribbean Broadcasting Union’s Hall of Fame.

Peter Richards who worked along with Ms. Wilock at  the former Voice of the Caribbean Radio Antilles described the veteran broadcaster as a consummate professional.



Other Stories…

The Jeans for Freedom Ferry from neighbouring Guadeloupe made its third visit to Montserrat Wednesday as part of the tourism development programme between both territories…

Approximately 55 students are expected to begin their secondary education at the local secondary school from September, this year…

Viona Alexander-Smith presents these and other stories.


News for Tuesday August 18, 2015

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Montserratian broadcaster inducted into the Caribbean Broadcasting Union’s Hall of Fame


Montserrat’s best known media personality has been inducted into the hall of fame of the Caribbean Broadcasting Union, CBU.

The CBU conferred its highest honour on Rose Willock during the awards ceremony of the 46th Annual General Meeting of the union in Grenada on Monday night.

The Veteran Broadcaster has been recognized for her outstanding service to the region, more specifically in building capacity for emergency broadcasting.


Survival time for stroke patients average 1.1 years

A study on ‘acute stroke care on Montserrat’ has found that the average survival time for patients after having a stroke is 1.1 years.

Dr. Ingrid Buffonge who described this situation as sad—made the disclosure while speaking on the Talking Health Programme.

Dr. Buffonge said strokes are a problem on Montserrat because of the absence of a CT scanner making it difficult to manage the care of patients here.


Programme Advisor to the Devinfo Project confident in Montserrat;s ability to manage the national database of statistics

The Programme Advisor to the Devinfo Project said he’s confident that Montserrat has the required expertise to effectively manage the national database of statistics when its established.

Gary Goldman of the Community Systems Foundation said this following a workshop last week organized to prepare stakeholders for the implementation of the statistical system.

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The Antigua/Barbuda meteorological Services is urging residents on Montserrat and the rest of the Leeward Islands to be aware of a Tropical Depression that has formed in the Atlantic…

The Waitt Institute-led Blue Halo Initiative for the Caribbean has been further bolstered with the appointment of a site manager for Montserrat and Barbuda…

Viona Alexander-Smith presents these and other stories…

New for Monday August 17, 2015

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 Abattoir construction nearing completion

The new abattoir in Brades is between 95-97% complete.

Chief Veterinary Officer in the Ministry of Agriculture, Selvyn Maloney made the announcement on the ‘Farmer’s Corner’ Radio programme

Dr. Maloney was at the time providing an update on the construction process of the slaughtering facility and staffing once the construction is completed.


Digicrops software to be launched

A software for the selling of agricultural goods online, developed by a team from Montserrat will be launched and go into commercial production.

This follows the design of a programme called ‘Digicrops’ by a five member team from Montserrat as part of the OECS Business Solution Hackathon held last week.

The hackathon brought together youth, business owners, IT technocrats, thought leaders, and business professionals from across the ECCU via videoconference to brainstorm, develop and produce real functioning IT application solutions to problems faced by the private and public sectors.


The Honourable Premier and Minister of Finance and Economic Management Donaldson Romeo will deliver the feature address at the opening ceremony of the St. Patrick’s Cooperative Credit Union

The government of Montserrat will be afforded the opportunity to get prime time exposure this week, when the St. Patrick’s Cooperative Credit Union plays host to the 13th Annual OECS Credit Union Summit.

Under the theme “the future of the OECS Credit Union Movement in the context of the OECS Economic Union and Single Financial Space”, the Honourable Premier and Minister of Finance and Economic Management Donaldson Romeo will deliver the feature address at the official opening ceremony

The opening ceremony is scheduled to start 9:00am this Thursday at the Montserrat Cultural Centre.

James White Jr. presents these and other stories!

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