ZJB Evening News for Wednesday June 10, 2015

In Today’s News Headlines:

A business case for private sector housing has been submitted to the Department for International Development (DFID).
The Honourable Minister with responsibility for housing, Claude Hogan, made the announcement in an interview with ZJB News.
He says this is part of the Ministry’s comprehensive outlook on housing.
The Honourable Housing Minister also says he’s hoping to have DFID agree on the business case by November this year.
The programme, when launched, will be open to anyone who qualifies based on the requirements and means test set out by the Housing and Land Allocation Committee.
Hylroy BrambleA labour consultant has shed light on what he says are serious anomalies that are taking place in work places across Montserrat.
Hylroy Bramble, host of the “Labour Speaks” programme, says some employers are refusing to pay their workers for public or bank holidays.
Mr. Bramble says this is a clear violation of the labour code, enshrined into law in 2012.
The experienced trade unionist says any employer who contravenes the provisions of the law commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of $2,000 and to a fine of $5,000 for a second or subsequent offence.
Head of the labour department here Rudolph Christopher confirmed to ZJB News that his department has received quite a number of complaints from workers.
Officials at the Disaster Management Coordination Agency (DMCA) say they are concerned about the number of entities on Montserrat without continuity plans in place.
The DMCA says both private and public sector organizations are not conforming to the recommended practice.
Continuity planning, also known as resiliency planning, identifies an organization’s exposure to internal and external threats.
These range from natural disasters to theft, fire and other hazards.
In other top stories:
The Department of Social Services’ Incentive to Work Pilot Programme is said to be progressing smoothly. Ten vulnerable persons are participating in the 6-month Programme which began on May 5th this year…
Primary School Children on island have been encouraged to embrace the performing arts. A family of performing artists visited the schools this week to inspire children to play music or to be engaged in dance activities…
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ZJB Evening News for Tuesday June 9, 2015

In Today’s News Headlines:

Delmaude RyanA Caricom State has offered to supply Montserrat with trained Mathematics teachers.
The Honourable Minister of Education, Delmaude Ryan says the teachers, when sourced, will be placed at the Montserrat Secondary School.
The MSS has been without Math teachers for the past two academic years.
Michelle CassellA committee has been formed to champion the concerns of young public servants on island.
The Young Workers Committee, an arm of the Civil Service Association, was formed on Monday.
Newly-elected Chair of the Group, Michelle Cassell, explains the role of the new executive.
The other members of the committee are Linda Dias who has been elected Vice Chair, Hafeeza Hintzen Secretary, and Johann Tuitt, Assistant Secretary.
Ms. Cassell says a meeting will be held on Thursday with all young public servants to discuss future plans for the association.
The Montserrat Opposition will launch a two hour programme starting this Wednesday evening on ZJB Radio.
“View Point” is a weekly radio programme geared towards giving residents the opportunity to air their views, share their concerns and be informed about issues affecting them.
The programme will be hosted by Jermaine Wade from the Office of the Opposition.
Speaking to ZJB News, the Opposition spokesman says the programme (credit sheila), which will be interactive, will feature members of the Opposition, resource persons and relevant guests.
In other top stories:
The Royal Montserrat Police Service (RMPS) welcomes four recruits to its ranks on Monday…
A US based Montserratian has launched a dating website for Caribbean Nationals. Island XoXo went live on Tuesday, June 8th…
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ZJB Evening News for Monday June 8, 2015

In Today’s News Headlines:

Travelers on island are still awaiting the promised 50 percent reduction in Sea Departure tax between Antigua/Barbuda and Montserrat.
An Antigua Cabinet decision has for weeks now indicated that a decision was taken on the reduction but it has not cascaded down for implementation to take place.
On Montserrat, it’s been reported that the Honourable Premier Donaldson Romeo has been receiving complaints from travelers who are not benefiting from the promised reduced rate as per the Antigua/Barbuda Cabinet decision.
At present, the Office of the Premier is seeking further Clarification and information from the government of Antigua/Barbuda on the scheduled implementation date for the Cabinet Decision. Presently, travelers who spend more than 24 hours in Antigua are required to pay $75 dollars departure tax when traveling by ferry to Montserrat.
Delmaude RyanThe Honourable Minister with responsibility for Social Services is exploring options to address the transportation needs of persons with disabilities.
Mrs Delmaude Ryan told the Montserrat Association for people with Disabilities (MAPD) that she wold continue to work on this issue; so that persons with disabilities could be more integrated into society.
The Social Services Minister was giving reflections on some of the points raised during presentations made by members of the MAPD at their Annual General Meeting (AGM).
Prior to Mrs. Ryan’s remarks, the President of the MAPD, Joseph ‘King Kirwan challenged leaders to include the needs of the disabled community, when formulating plans and policies.
An appeal is being made to private sector organizations here to set up business continuity plans.
The advice is coming from a top Disaster Management Official.
A continuity plan sets out how a business will operate following an incident.
It also outlines how the business is expected to return to regular operation in the quickest time possible afterwards.
Acting Director at the Disaster Management Coordination Agency Kelvin White there says continuity planning is an essential part of how businesses respond to hazards.
In other top stories:
There has been an increase of 11 traffic accidents for 2015 compared to the same period last year…
The Honourable Minister of Health Delmaude Ryan is representing Montserrat at a high-level regional health forum this week in Barbados…
US-based Montserratian Cardiologist Dr. Icilma Fergus- Rowe has described as a “momentous occasion” her being part of a team that set a Guinness World Record for most people in a CPR relay in the US…
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ZJB Evening News for Friday June 5, 2015

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A number viagra7pharmacy-online.com of projects will be rolled out soon as part of plans to address, what the Honourable Premier describes as flonase the “cry for jobs”. Donaldson Romeo says several road related projects are expected to begin later this month. He was speaking on the programme ‘Off the Cuff’ and responding to questions concerning the job creation. Mr. Romeo was ilosone cost specifically asked to share his plans for job creation.
The Honourable Minister with responsibility for housing http://cialis7days-pharmacy.com/ says the store lioresal government of Montserrat through his ministry has planned a roll out of two housing programmes. Claude Hogan says all the technical work has been advised on the financial and material grant programmes In an interview with ZJB News, Mr. Hogan says they are ready to have a formal launch of the housing programmes on June 17th.
Head of a local sanitary engineering company is calling on residents to make lifestyle changes in order to tackle the environmental challenges here. Austin Howe’s message comes as Montserrat joins in the observance of World Environment Day today Friday June 5. The theme for this year is 7 billion dreams…one planet…consume with care. This year, World Environment tadalafil generic Day is being used to highlight the problem of deadly air pollution and the need to control it to save lives.
In other top stories: Two members of separate disability organizations from neighbouring St. Kitts are visiting with their Montserrat counterparts this week… Sentences were handed out by the Magistrate Court this week on marijuana related charges and driving without due care and attention… These and more in today’s national news presented by Tanisha Christopher. Click on the mediaplayer below to listen…

ZJB Evening News for Thursday June 4, 2015

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Delmaude RyanTeachers at the Montserrat Secondary School have been assured that they will receive additional space to house classrooms in September.
The news was disclosed to staff by the Honourable Minister of Education, Delmaude Ryan at a meeting at the school on Wednesday.
Selvyn MaloneyMore than 40% of broiler chickens have been slaughtered at the Pluck Shop since it opened one year ago.
Chief Veterinary Officer in the Ministry of Agriculture, Dr. Selvyn Maloney told ZJB News, a total of three thousand six hundred and twelve (3612) birds were slaughtered at the facility which opened on June 2nd, last year at Her Majesty’s Prison.
The total number of chickens slaughtered on Montserrat for that period is eight thousand seven hundred and forty (8, 740).
Jerome MeadeThe number of people obtaining planning approval for constructing facilities has increased.
This follows several appeals by The Physical Planning Unit (PPU) for persons to do so.
Chief Physical Planner Jerome Meade says although there is an improvement, continuous reminders are necessary.
In other stories:
The Physical Planning Unit (PPU) says the number of people obtaining planning approval for constructing facilities has increased…
The Light House Community Academy in Brades is the recipient of five laptops, a printer and refills…
Another contribution has been made to the programme responsible for feeding the vulnerable…
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ZJB Evening News for Wednesday June 3, 2015

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Honourable Premier Don Romeo - bMontserrat seems to be ahead of the game as it relates to integrating the diaspora in national development.
And this comes in the wake of Barbados’ Tourism Minister’s call on the region to rethink its attitude towards the Diaspora and integrate that community into regional tourism.
Since taking up office, Montserrat’s Honourable Premier, Donaldson Romeo, has been passionate about involving and strengthening the relationship with the diaspora for the betterment of the island.
Complaints Commissioner Julian Daniel has gained further knowledge to assist Montserrat in the areas of Human Rights, Good Governance, Anti-Corruption and Procurement of Goods and services.
This follows his attendance at the 8th regional Biennial Conference of the Caribbean Ombudsman Association (CAROA) in Curacao last week, according to information from the Constitution & Commissions Secretariat here.
The May 27 and 28 Conference specifically addressed matters pertaining to the aspects of ‘Good Governance’; ‘Human Rights an Intrinsic Element of Good Administration’; and ‘Access to Freedom of Information—an Imperative to Good Governance’.
The Commissioner who was representing the Montserrat Complaints Commission at the event also benefited from an ‘Anti Corruption- Procurement and Integrity Training Workshop.

 

shirley OsborneBells at all the churches across the island will be sounded on Thursday June 25th in recognition of the lives that were lost in the 1997 volcanic eruption.
This is one of the activities being planned in observance of the 20th anniversary of the eruption of the Soufriere Hills Volcano.
Chairman of the organizing committee Shirley Osborne says the bells will be heard at the same time in which the eruption occurred, 18 years ago.
In other top stories:
Montserrat’s Governor Adrian Davis urges residents to be prepared for the unexpected this hurricane season…
“Work, Build, Learn, Play Together For A Brighter Future” is theme for Early Childhood Education Month currently being observed on Montserrat…
The Montserrat Children Society (MSC) is continuing its thrust this summer to provide activities for children and teens on island…
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ZJB Evening News for Tuesday June 2, 2015

In Today’s News Headlines:

Delmaude RyanA strong case has been made for the UWI Open Campus on Montserrat to be given immediate attention.
The Honourable Minister of Education Delmaude Ryan presented the case at a meeting of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Finance and General Purposes Committee last Friday in Barbados.
Mrs. Ryan said she was given a commitment that Montserrat would be treated as a special case and that support for the institution would be fast track.
Charles ThompsonThree individuals have been taken to the Police Station for questioning in relations to what has been described as a massive brawl in St. John’s at the weekend.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Charles Thompson confirmed this, a short while ago.
However, he said no one has been formally arrested or charged.
The RMPS is continuing its investigation into the group fight which occurred early Saturday morning.
The Deputy Commissioner of Police, said they received a report that missiles such as bottles and stones were thrown during the fight.
Over one hundred patients have benefited from urologic care within the last six months on Montserrat.
Statistics released by the Ministry of Health suggested that over 80 males and 17 females were seen by urologists who visited the island in November last year and May this year.
Seven urologic surgeries were performed during this period.
Chief Medical Officer Tracy Kernanet-Huggins explains why there is such a high demand for this service here.
In other top stories:
The Montserrat Secondary School (MSS) has embarked on a recycling project to teach students about respecting the environment…
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ZJB Evening News for Monday June 1, 2015

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Delmaude RyanThe Month of June has been designated to the continuing improvement of Education on Montserrat.

So says the Honourable Minister with responsibility for Education, Mrs Delmaude Ryan.
She says during this month she will be visiting all private and public daycares, nursery and primary schools as well as the Montserrat Secondary School (MSS) and the Montserrat Community College (MCC).
Today, Mrs Ryan began her visit by taking a trip to the St Augustine Primary School, where she met with students and teachers.

 

The Royal Montserrat Police Service (RMPS) has not yet made a determination on whether or not anyone will be charged in relations to the fatal April 4th vehicle accident in Davy Hill.
Commissioner of Police, Steve Foster says the organization will need to complete some other actions before making a decision.
The Commissioner explained that as part of the investigations an accident re-constructionist was brought in from Barbados to conduct an independent inquiry.
After his investigation, which involved reconstructing and analyzing the scene, Roger Myers submitted his report to the RMPS detailing findings and recommendations.
Mr. Foster did not disclose the findings or recommendations of the report but as he explained other steps must be completed before any final decision could be made.
The 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season officially got underway today Monday.
And forecasters predict that it will be a below average one.
The prediction is for six to eleven named storms, 3 to 6 of which will be hurricanes… with up to 2 becoming major hurricanes.
Forecasters are urging people to use Hurricane Gonzales which caused destruction in the Leeward Islands in October last year as a reminder that it only takes one storm to wreak havoc.
Local authorities are therefore encouraging residents not to let their guard down on the prediction of a quieter season.
Acting Director of the Disaster Management Coordination Agency DMCA Kelvin White said residents should start taking precautionary measures, now.
In other top stories:
Montserrat’s Chief Fisheries Officer Alwyn Ponteen was among top ocean scientists and managers who gathered in Curaçao last week to present research and share ideas for coral reef conservation…
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ZJB Evening News for Friday May 29, 2015

In Today’s News Headlines:

Despite criticism that he is paying too much attention overseas, the leader of government business says his visits to major North American cities are paying off.
Premier the Honourable Donaldson Romeo is in Canada where he has met with Montserratians in Toronto, Ottowa and Montreal as part of his consultation tour.
Describing his trip to Canada so far as encouraging, Mr. Romeo says he has witnessed a real commitment by Montserratians living overseas to contribute to the development of their homeland.
He says he has met many Montserratians who want to return home and contribute.
Claude_Hogan_2014_02The Government of Montserrat is looking at the prospects of establishing a brewery here.
Confirmation of this has come from the Honourable Minister with responsibility for Trade Claude Hogan.
In an interview with ZJB News, he says an area has been identified in Nantes River for the setting up of such a facility.
Mr Hogan also disclosed that there’s a potential investor interested in setting up the brewery here.
pauljpgA government minister said the 20th anniversary observance of the eruption of the Soufriere Hills Volcano will be a bitter/somber one for the people of Montserrat.
The Honourable Paul Lewis said he had lost personal friends in one of the eruptions, a traumatic experience for him and many others.
His comments came earlier this week as the Legislative Assembly adopted a resolution for the official observance of the 20th anniversary.
Mr. Lewis said Montserrat was dealt a devastating blow one of the most destructive natural disasters recorded in the history of the island, from which it is still trying to recover.
In other top stories:
A Child Protection and Safeguarding Specialist calls on adults to recognize warning signs of abuse…
There’s been much discussion in Montserrat and across the region on the impact that a video game called “Charlie-Charlie” is having on school children across the Caribbean…
Another clean up exercise is planned for tomorrow Saturday to rid various communities of garbage where young people tend to congregate and socialize…
All is set for the 11th annual March for Jesus tomorrow Saturday May 30th…
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ZJB Evening News for Thursday May 28, 2015

In Today’s News Headlines:

Delmaude RyanThe Honourable Minister with responsibility for Youth Affairs is making a strong case for a renewed focus on youth development.
Delmaude Ryan is pushing for stronger youth policies to be enshrined in law on island for posterity.
In an interview with ZJB News, Mrs. Ryan says once this is done and those policies are cascaded downwards, the implementation process would be easier and more effective.
Claude_Hogan_2014_02The Honourable Minister with responsibility for Trade Claude Hogan has been providing feedback on a meeting on Thursday to discuss core issues affecting OECS Trade performance.
The 2nd meeting of OECS Council of Ministers on Trade matters took place via web conferencing.
Minister Hogan who welcomed the meeting via web conferencing said they were able to make some progress, particularly on the implementation of article 164 of the revised of treaty of Chaguaramas.
Mr. Hogan says the OECS Council of Ministers on Trade put forward several recommendations on article 164 of the revised of treaty of Chaguaramas, which he says will go back to COTED point to what the OECS territories prefer.
Venita_Cabey_-_BOMThe Chairman of the Bank of Montserrat Limited says in spite of the unpredictable economic climate, the indigenous financial institution was able to record some measurable achievements.
Speaking during the bank’s 21st Annual General Meeting (AGM) held at the Montserrat Cultural Centre, Wednesday evening, Venita Cabey, said although fiscal year 2013/14 was a challenging one, the bank was able to operate with a high-level of prudence.
She said the performance of the bank was even more noteworthy, since on a global level, major nations like Russia, China and the United States reported reduced economic activity.
She explained that Montserrat and the rest of the Caribbean were not immune to the fiscal imbalances, but was able to survive any major fall out.
In other top stories:
The Montserrat Children Society (MSC) will mark International Children’s Day on Sunday May 31st with a children’s fun day at Moose’s place in Little Bay.
A summer programme to help 7-14 year old youths become sea worthy and enjoy the islands’ ocean will be launched by Aqua Montserrat.
Reigning Festival Queen, Miss Sharissa Ryan will represent Montserrat at the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) annual Caribbean Week in New York, next week.
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