It is now official that the Antigua/Barbuda Airport tax has been waived.
The office of the Premier told ZJB News that a agreement has finally come from the Antigua/Barbuda Cabinet.
The Cabinet decision agreed that “the tax granted to passengers traveling between Antigua/Barbuda and Montserrat should be extended until the government of Montserrat procures a ferry.”
Montserrat and other Overseas Territories to be consulted before Britain leaves the EU
David Cameron has announced that all overseas territories, including Montserrat will be consulted as the United Kingdom prepares to leave the European Union.
In a statement in the Commons on Monday, the British Prime Minister said the government must ensure that the interests of all parts of United Kingdom are protected and advanced as preparations are made for a new negotiation with the European Union.
He said apart from fully involving the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland governments, the British Government would also consult Gibraltar, the Crown Dependencies, and the Overseas Territories.
Montserrat was represented at the Conflict Management Skills & Labour Utilization Techniques workshop & PMAC Conference in Nevis
Montserrat’s Port Manager Joseph O’Garro and Port Superintendent George Green are back home after representing the island at a recent Conflict Management Skills & Labour Utilization Techniques workshop in Nevis.
The June 20th to the 21st workshop was aimed at developing competencies for the efficient integration and management of human resources to ensure the highest service level for users, employees and investors.
Subsidiary arrangements for air travel have been extended through August
The wait for a ferry service has been pushed back even further with the Office of the Premier announcing Friday that the subsidiary arrangements for air travel have been extended through August this year.
A release from the office of the Premier says the evaluation process for the acquisition of a ferry service between Montserrat and Antigua is still on-going, and as such the Government of Montserrat has sought to ensure that affordable and reliable air travel between Montserrat and Antigua is available.
Meat Exhibition and Tasting
The Ministry of Agriculture on Friday hosted a meat exhibition and tasting at the Abattoir in Brades with the Honourable Minister lauding the 3-million dollar investment in the facility as a “financial success.”
The Honourable minister Claude Hogan and other ministerial and Cabinet colleagues were among the audience at the Exhibition which featured special meat cutting demonstrations and meat products as well as a tasting corner.
Premier’s response to Britain to leave the European Union
The leader of government business on Montserrat has been responding to the historic decision by Britain to leave the European Union.
The shocking result 52% to 48% signaled the clear intention of the British people to leave the European Union – representing a significant one-million 269-thousand 501 people.
This has also led to the resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron who is scheduled to demit office in three months time.
Team leader of the lead consultancy agency on Montserrat
Montserrat is getting much-needed assistance with structuring is cadre of small business associations and organizations.
On island to assist in this regard is the team leader of the lead consultancy agency working with the EU-funded COSME Programme in the Caribbean Overseas Countries and territories, Diana Hendrickson-Flemming.
Honourable Premier urges further patience while the ferry selection process takes its course
The leader of government business is reiterating his call for residents on Montserrat to be patient while a decision is being sought on the ferry service for the island.
Honourable Premier Donaldson Romeo is asking residents not to become agitated and frustrated over the length of time the process is taking for a decision to be reached on the selection process of the new ferry for Montserrat.
First Civil Service Youth Awards
In observance of civil service youth week 2016, the young workers committee of the Montserrat Civil Service Association will be conducting a series of activities.
One of the sevents, the first Civil Service Youth Awards, will be held on youth day on August 17th at the Montserrat Cultural Centre (MCC).
In an interview with ZJB news Chair of the Young workers Committee Michelle Cassell provided details on some of the other scheduled activities.
Montserrat is watching with keen interest as UK voters decide on Thursday whether or not to stay in the European Union.
On Wednesday politicians were making their last pitch for votes on the final day of campaigning before the referendum.
David Cameron and Jeremy Corbyn told rallies that a Remain vote in Thursday’s poll will mean the UK is safer and better off.
Montserrat to be the hub location for the ECIT
The Principal of the Montserrat Community College (MCC)was one of the heads of the leading tertiary training institutions from across the OECS who signed the dotted line earlier this week to launch the Eastern Caribbean Institute of Tourism Education (ECIT).
Dr. Vernie Clarice Barnes was part of the signing ceremony which took place in St. Lucia on Monday.
The MCC is a part of the Network of Excellence of tourism and hospitality training and Education, (NETHTE).
Women in Agriculture
More women are needed in the field of Agriculture in Montserrat
This is the conclusion of a report by the Caribbean Development Bank; the Montserrat Country Gender Assessment.
The report states that the agricultural industry constitutes a substantial percentage of Montserrat’s economic activity.
However, although it is identified as one of the national areas of focus for economic growth, the industry is heavily male-dominated with less than 20% female participation.
Leader of the Opposition is calling for transparency with the ferry selection
Former Premier of Montserrat is calling for transparency in the selection process of the new Montserrat ferry.
The honourable Leader of the Opposition Reuben Meade is also calling on the Governor and the Premier to explain to the people of Montserrat and DFID what is happening with the ferry service.
The Government missed a June 7th deadline to have the ferry service up and running.
Plans are in the pipeline for the reconstruction of a new Youth Parliament
The reconstruction of a new youth parliament on island is said to be in the planning and preparation stage.
The honourable speaker of the house, Shirley Osborne said that there have been some adjustments in order to have a successful youth parliament.
Osborne said that by having this youth parliament, she hopes to see a better Montserrat
Caution for workers at the third geothermal well
Workers at the site of the third geothermal well in St. George’s Hill have been asked to observe strict safety measures while on the job.
Although no one has been seriously injured so far on the project, there has been one reported care of a minor incident which is currently under investigation.
Civil Engineer at the public works department Felix Persaud said that the just over 16 workers at the site have been divided into two contractors’ teams, drill pad and fencing, which will ensure that safety measures are adhered to.
Extension of Interim arrangements for access to Montserrat
The government of Montserrat has announced an extension of interim arrangements for air travel and cargo.
The previous interim arrangements for air travel and cargo expired on June 3rd, 2016.
A press release from the office of the Premier states that because the previous arrangements expired on June 3rd, the Government was left with little alternative but to arrange an extension to the service between Montserrat and Antigua.
PAHO helps with the creation of an infection manual for Montserrat
The Ministry of Health is getting assistance from the Pan American Health Organization to create an infection control manual.
PAHO consultant Dr. Corey Forde has been working with health care professionals this week to develop material for the manual.
He told ZJB News the manual was an important document, in light of plans to build a new hospital.
Top Light House Communitty Academy CPEA Student
Light house Community Academy’s top student Dayeesha Greenaway says her educational success has just only begun.
In an interview with ZJB News Ms Greenaway says she aspires to continue excelling at her studies and intends to make her future alma mater proud.
She added that the route of her success was derived from her study mechanism which involved her family and teachers.
A Political Activist attempts to raise consciousness of residents
A political activist here says even though Briton Colin Owen has been appointed to the post of Financial Secretary, he still feels that it is his duty to raise the consciousness of residents as to the intent of the move.
Chedmond Browne says to him this is a retrograde step which is designed to keep the colonial status on Montserrat.
He contends that such a move thwarts the efforts of Montserrat going forward to achieve any kind of autonomy.
The 2016 Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment…CPEA…results are out.
The St Augustine Primary School has produced the top five performing students.
A press release issued by the Ministry of Education on Wednesday stated that Montserrat averaged 341 points out of a possible 500.
The Ministry said this average is 10 points higher than the regional average.
Legends of Calypso to be hosted in Nevis next month
A local promoter has made a decision to take one of his shows to the regional stage.
Jermaine Wade of Fabulous Entertainment has revealed that he intends to host the Legends of Calypso show in Nevis next month.
Wade explained why the show which is usually a part of the local December festival will be hosted in Nevis this year.