$12,700 dollars in revenue collected by the Police in December through the issuing of temporary drivers license
The Royal Montserrat Police Service (RMPS) collected $12,700 dollars in revenue in December through the issuing of temporary drivers license.
According to data collected by the Police, five thousand six hundred and fifty dollars ($5650) were collected at the Brades Police Station, four thousand two hundred dollars ($4200) at the Salem Police Station and two thousand eight hundred and fifty dollars ($2850) at the Airport.
During the period, December 1st to December 31st last year 254 visitors received temporary drivers license.
“Soufriere Hills Volcano in a state of internal unrest” says scientific assessment
The Soufriere Hills Volcano is said to be in a state of internal unrest.
In its most recent assessment of the volcano, the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) said as a result of the unrest, lava extrusion was still likely.
As Director of the Montserrat Volcano Observatory MVO Rod Stewart explains internal unrest means that there’s still ongoing activity beneath the surface of the volcano.
‘Speeding’ a contributing factor for most of the traffic accidents here
Speeding has been identified as the contributing factor for most of the traffic accidents here.
This was highlighted by Police Constable Jackie Campbell while commenting on the 2015 Traffic statistics.
The number of reported traffic accident for 2015 stood at 125—29 more accidents than the 96 recorded in 2014.
Montserrat received public acclaim from two travel writers
Montserrat has received public acclaim from two travel writers who visited the island recently.
In an article published in news magazine Caribbean Journal on Wednesday, Travel Editor Sarah Greaves Gabbadon said Montserrat feels as if it’s on the brink of an upswing.
The reason, she said, is due to the inaugural port calls from Windstar Cruises in December and the fact that the island is reorganizing its marketing efforts to reclaim its pushpin on the Caribbean tourist map.
A recorded increase in traffic accidents compared to the same period last year
There was an increase in the number of traffic accidents in 2015 when compared to the previous year.
This, according to figures provided by the traffic division within the Royal Montserrat Police Service RMPS.
There were 125 accidents recorded last year, 29 more accidents than the 96 recorded in 2014.
Montserrat Arts Council to hold festival review meeting
The Montserrat Arts Council MAC will hold a review of the 2015 Festival next Wednesday.
MAC said the meeting is not open to the public, but will consist of heads of the various festival sub committees, Government ministers and other invited stakeholders.
The meetings purpose, MAC explained, is to assess the recently concluded year end festival and allow the stakeholders to suggest recommendations for future festivals.
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The Montserrat Arts Council reveals plans for the 2016 year-end festival
Having a condensed and better produced Festival are two plans revealed by the Montserrat Arts Council for the 2016 production of the year end cultural celebration.
This has been disclosed by Director of Montserrat Arts Council Chad Cumberbatch.
Mr. Cumberbatch said these and other measures would be implemented to improve the overall standard of the festival.
Government of Montserrat explores ways to deepen its relationship with the diaspora
The Government of Montserrat is exploring different ways to intensify and deepen the relationship among Montserratians at home and in the diaspora.
To this end, the main organizer of the activities marking the 20th anniversary of the eruption of the Soufriere Hills Volcano, said a series of radio discussions will be coming on stream shortly for this purpose.
Shirley Osborne said the idea is to capitalize on the skills of Montserratians for contributing to the island’s redevelopment.
The Honourable Parliamentary Secretary with responsibility for culture and festivals has reiterated his earlier call for the pooling of Montserrat’s festivals
The Honourable Parliamentary Secretary with responsibility for culture and festivals is reiterating his earlier call for the pooling of Montserrat’s festivals into a structured calendar of events for any given year.
Gregory Willock repeated his call on the Breakfast Show Wednesday where he was part of a panel discussing the just-concluded 2015 year-end festival.
Mr. Willock said it was high time that people understand that the main objective is to create products out of what the island has to offer by selling Montserrat’s culture through organized festival events.
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‘Cosmetology’ among the non-academic courses to be offered at the local College
The Montserrat Community College (MCC) will be offering a number of non-academic courses next year.
Principal of the Montserrat Community College (MCC), Dr. Clarice Barnes announced that the learning institution will be offering a course in cosmetology and Introduction to building and construction.
Dr. Barnes was speaking at the colleges 2015 graduation exercise.
A new Calypso Monarch to be crowned tonight
Ten calypsonians will compete for the 2015 Calypso Monarch title in the 2 part competition tonight.
Calypso Finals will start at 8p.m. at Festival Village.
Each calypsonian will be required to perform two songs in the competition which is guaranteed to produce a new Monarch—following reigning Calypso Monarch, De Bear’s decision to not defend his crown here.
A member of Parliament wants more focus to be place on Secondary School children
An independent member of parliament here is asking for more focus to be placed on students attending the Montserrat Secondary School (MSS) in the new year and beyond.
The Honourable Dr. Ingrid Buffonge has expressed concern that these students and especially the under-performers risk being left behind.
Dr. Buffonge contends that there must be a way to increase the focus on these students.
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