UAE Sheik Visits Montserrat

Montserrat’s investment climate was a major talking point Friday during a visit here by Sheik Marwan Alqamzi of the United Arab Emirates.

Government officials, the Montserrat Development Corporation (MDC) and potential investors from the UAE were engaged in the discussion.

The meeting was set up after initial discussions among Premier, the Honourable Reuben T. Meade, Alex Hourani of Cool and Smooth, and subsequently George Georges, the Managing Director of Technical Architects Company of Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

Mr. Hourani said his discussions with Premier Meade surrounded the government leader’s passion for Montserrat’s development at all levels.

Meantime, Sheik Alqamzi says having looked at the existing Master Plan, there are various elements which can be considered.

However, he singled out the port project as the key component of interest for them in the Master Plan.

 

Groundbreaking ceremony for landmark Multi-purpose Sports Complex

grounbreakingA landmark ground-breaking ceremony for Montserrat’s first Multi-purpose Sports Complex was held Thursday morning at the designated site in Little Bay.

The Multipurpose Sports Complex, when completed, will be a one-stop sports and fitness hub offering a multi-use court for basketball, netball and volleyball as well as a Taekwondo, indoor football, and a Kiddie’s swimming area.

The Montserrat Development Corporation (MDC) is responsible for the planning, construction, design and management of the Sports Centre in the interest of the Sports Department. Continue reading “Groundbreaking ceremony for landmark Multi-purpose Sports Complex”

Senior Police Officer welcomes privatization of road tests

A senior officer in the Royal Montserrat Police Service, RMPS has welcomed the privatization of the island’s road tests.

Sergeant Julian Wade says he believes Arthur Meade and Former Police Officer Joseph Chambers who are the examining officers for the company will raised the standard of the test.

Samuel’s Enterprises was awarded the contract to conduct driving tests.

Sergeant Wade also says this change will allow the police to focus more on core policing duties. Continue reading “Senior Police Officer welcomes privatization of road tests”

“SUNDAY FUNDAYS” A HUGE SUCCESS

sundayThe Fundraising subcommittee of the Montserrat Festival Committee hosted the first “Sunday Fundays” on Sunday 2nd February 2014 and it was dubbed a huge success.

Sunday Fundays is a beach oriented family event carded for the first Sunday of every month.

The turnout on Sunday was a good one and the crowd was enthusiastic about the next event, with some even suggesting that once a month is not enough. Several hundred people patronized the event which ended around 9PM.

As promised, there was food and drinks, as well as different activities for the family. For the nature lovers who like a little bit of adventure, there were snorkeling sessions with Events Coordinator, Veta Wade. Continue reading ““SUNDAY FUNDAYS” A HUGE SUCCESS”

2014 Tentative Festival Schedule of Events released

opening festivalThe Montserrat Festival Committee (MonFest) has release a tentative calendar of activities for festival 2014.

A MonFest release says apart from the expected Festival Committee events such as the Queen Show, Calypso Monarch competition and the Festival Street Parade, the organizing committee seeks avenues every year to build on the spectacular display of culture, talent and creativity.

The release says the year-end festival continues to grow as shows from private promoters such as Sunrise Productions, St. Johns Action Club and Fabulous Entertainment, have made the Annual Festival calendar their home. Continue reading “2014 Tentative Festival Schedule of Events released”

Salas Hamilton Urges Media To Respond To Needs Of Audiences

Media houses in Montserrat and across the Caribbean will now have to respond to the traditional and new media needs of their audiences. That’s the view of Communication Specialist at the CARICOM Secretariat, Montserratian Salas Hamilton.

Hamilton made the disclosure in an interview with ZJB News while at the recent Regional Broadcasters workshop on CARICOM Integration and the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME) in Antigua.

The Communication Specialist highlights the impact that social media is having on information dissemination across the region.  This was one of the issues discussed during the two- day workshop at the Jolly Beach Resort and Spa in Bolans.

Hamilton said the issue of citizen journalism was also brought to the fore as a result of new media.  However, he warned that the citizen journalist would not be guided by the principles of journalism when disseminating information on social media.

 

Claude Hogan On “silent” election Campaign

A Political Analyst here believes the nature of the Montserrat Society plays a critical role in influencing the islands political culture. Claude Hogan shared his views on the Breakfast Show Radio Programme on Radio Montserrat Tuesday.

In giving his perspective on what some have described as a ‘silent’ election year, Hogan explains that the islands political culture impacts one’s decision to begin an early overt campaign.

Nonetheless, the Political Analyst says campaigning is covertly taking place and it could be a strategy employed by candidates who would want to wait until closer to the time of election to make their candidacy publicly known.

 

Hogan dispels the notion that persons are fearful about stepping into politics or making their candidacy known early.

He however says some persons might be apprehensive about making their candidacy known early because of the possible risks associated with an early announcement.

General elections are constitutionally due by September this year.

However, Premier, the Honourable Reuben T. Meade can call election at any time.

John Wilson Cautions Young Politicians

A former Government minister is of the view that young and aspiring politicians here need to become aware of the issues that affect Montserrat. Former Minister of Communications and Works, John Wilson, feels that these young politicians must have a sense of what the issues are, and be prepared to speak up on them, with a view to find solutions in the interest of Montserrat.  Mr. Wilson also cautions that young politicians must have knowledge of government operations to be able to address the island’s needs.

Montserratians Charged With Cocaine Possession In Antigua

Antiguan Authorities have formally charged two Montserratian females with possession of cocaine. This was disclosed in a Press Release from the Office of Strategic Communications in the Royal Antigua and Barbuda Police Force.

21 year old U.S. born Ashley Warner and 19 year old Serene Leonard both of Montserrat were jointly charged for Possession of 5 ¼ lbs of Cocaine, Possession with intent to Transfer; Attempting to Export; Being concerned in the supplying of Cocaine and Conspiracy.

Warner was intercepted at the V.C Bird International Airport after she allegedly attempted to board a Virgin Atlantic flight to England last Saturday.

Her accomplice Leonard was later picked up boarding the ferry back to Montserrat.

They both appeared before the Magistrates Court on Thursday and are remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison until Monday January 6th

On Monday they will be brought back to Court.

Warner and Leonard have both secured legal representatives, namely, Lawyer Stedroy ‘Cutie’ Benjamin and Michael Archibald.