Opposition MP is calling on the government for a plan to get out of the economic slump
An Opposition Member of Parliament is calling on the government to outline a clear economic plan to get the island out of its prolonged economic slump.
Easton Farrell Taylor said such a plan should be based on a vision for Montserrat for the next 15 to 20 years.
The former minister of agriculture believes the current PDM administration missed a trick when it failed to continue the previous government’s plan to use the development of Little Bay as the economic driver for the economy.
A Montserratian gynaecologist has been included on the queen’s birthday honours list
Dr. Lanval Daley, who is a former student of the Montserrat secondary School, has been awarded the member of the British Empire MBE medal.
The announcement was made in Canada where Dr. Daley works and lives.
He receives his award for services to the People of Montserrat through the Montserrat Visiting Consultants Programme.
Honourable Minister Paul Lewis, aback by DFID’s withdraw the contingency funds
The Honourable Minister of Communications, Works, Labour and Energy, Paul Lewis , said he is taken aback by such a decision considering the island’s vulnerabilities.
He feels the contingency fund has its place and should be maintained
Mr. Lewis said in the absence of the fund he is hoping that in the event that a situation arises DFID will have some measures in place for monies to be released to deal with such an eventuality.
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Montserrat receives aid to strengthen child abuse response
The government of Montserrat is being assisted by the United Kingdom in strengthening its response to child abuse on Montserrat.
Head of the Child Safeguarding Unit at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Allan Penrith spent last week on island for this purpose.
Mr. Penrith who met with various stakeholders including the media says there are a lot of concern about child abuse in the United Kingdom.
Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday parade
Units from the Antigua and Barbuda and the St. Christopher and Nevis armed forces will be part of a grand parade on Monday to mark Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday.
Parade Commander Captain Peter W. A. White says the parade this year would be bigger than normal as it would include armed guards from the Skitts & Nevis Defence Force and the Antigua Defence Force.
They along with the Royal Montserrat Defence Force, the Royal Montserrat Police Service and the MSS Cadet Corps will form part of the honour guard.
Montserrat represented at the Commonwealth ICT Ministers Forum 2016
The Honourable Minister of Communications will represent Montserrat at the Commonwealth ICT Ministers Forum 2016 in the United Kingdom later this month.
Paul Lewis will be attending the June 14th to 16 forum in London which will highlight the importance of broadband for socio-economic development.
The key objectives of the Commonwealth ICT Minister Forum 2016 include the establishment of a network with international stakeholders – policymakers, regulators and private sector, discussion, and discussion on the future of mobile technologies and applications.
End of the Indian High Commissioner to the Eastern Caribbean 3rd visit to the island
The Indian High Commissioner to the Eastern Caribbean has wrapped up his third visit to Montserrat.
During his June 6th to 8th stopover here, His Excellency Gauri Shankar Gupta paid courtesy calls on Her Excellency the Governor Elizabeth Carriere, and the Honourable Premier Donaldson Romeo and his Cabinet.
In an interview with ZJB News, The Indian High Commissioner said he had fruitful discussions with the government in a number of areas including the possibility of further cooperation
Former Government Ministers says the lack of a ferry service is crucial to the economy
A former Government Minister said that the re-introduction of a ferry service is crucial to the economy of Montserrat.
Charles Kirnon, who was minister of communications and works in the last administration, says the ferry service, which was suspended in March this year, provides a crucial service by facilitating cargo and the movement of passengers.
He called on the decision makers in government to weigh carefully the contribution the ferry makes to Montserrat’s development.
Statement on the School Admission Policy
The Ministry of Education has issued a statement that emphasizes the Schools Admission Policy for the enrollment of students in the island’s schools.
It came in light of a recent development where the population of the Brades Primary School has been growing in recent years and has been placing increasing stress on the capacity of the school in terms of space and furniture.
The Ministry of Education says the public school system has been organized into 2 catchment areas where children who live north of Carr’s Bay attend the Look Out primary School and those who live south of the Carr’s Bay including Baker Hill and parts of Barzey’s attend the Brades Primary School as is clearly outlined in the Schools Admission Policy
Acting Superintendent in the Royal Montserrat Police Service (RMPS), Courtney Rodney, has been explaining the operations of the newly-launched Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) reporting Portal.
It allows web uses to report images and videos of child sexual abuse safely and anonymously.
In an historic announcement last Wednesday Montserrat launched its dedicated Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) Reporting Portal.
Minister praise CARICOM warning system
The Honourable Minister of Trade Claude Hogan has lauded CARICOM’s consumer protection warning system.
Speaking at the opening of a training program on the Caricom Rapid Alert System for International Exchange on Dangerous Goods CARREX, Minister Hogan said the system will benefit the business community here.
CARREX is part of a Caricom Secretariat project, funded by the European Union, and is intended to boost consumer protection and improve the quality of products entering and trading on the regional market.
Collins Ghaut road upgrade
Excavation work has started for the rehabilitation of the road which has been compromised following the collapse of a retaining wall in the area.
ZJB News was on site Monday to witness the preparatory works in progress.
Chief engineer within the Public Works Department Rawlson Patterson spoke about the scope of works over the duration of the project.
MCAP wants to file class action lawsuit against RBC
The political grouping, the Movement for Change and Prosperity MCAP has signaled its intention to bring a class action lawsuit against the Royal Bank of Canada.
The Party’s leader Rueben Meade says the suit will be filed on behalf of the depositors affected by the banks $25.00 monthly fee increase on savings accounts.
Mr. Meade wants the court to determine whether or not the bank was fair in the adjustment of its rates.
Good news for persons who use the Collins Ghaut road
The Honourable Minister with responsibility for works, Paul Lewis, says negotiations have been completed with the land owners for cutting into the embankment to widen the road to allow for safe vehicular passage to and from the area.
The Collins Ghaut road has been compromised because of the recent collapse of the retaining wall which forced the temporary closure of the road.
Foster promoted to the rank of Lieutenant
The Royal Montserrat Defence Force has announced the promotion of Glenroy Foster to the rank of Lieutenant.
Glenroy Foster was honoured with the promotion from his previous post of 2nd Lieutenant.
He joined the MSS Cadet Corp in 2000 where he gradually obtained numerous positions, one of which was the title of Cadet Sergeant Major.
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HMS Mersey ready to assist Montserrat this Hurricane season
The 9th Commanding Officer of HMS Mersey has said that the River Class Offshore Patrol Vessel has the capacity to assist Montserrat and other British Overseas Territories (OTs) if required during this the 2016 hurricane season.
Lieutenant Commander Richard Hewitt made the announcement during at press brief at the Governor’s Office early Wednesday.
Lieutenant Commander Hewitt revealed that HMS Mersey, deployed on Atlantic Patrol Task (north) until July, is ideally suited for boarding operations and if required, humanitarian and disaster relief operations.
DMCA head says storms are not the only threats this hurricane season
Head of Disaster Management on Montserrat is advising residents to use Dominica as an example that storms and hurricanes are not the only threats this hurricane season.
Billy Darroux said the impact of Tropical Erica on the nature isle has shown that property can be destroyed and economic development severely impacted by heavy rain.
His recommendation therefore, is for residents to prepare for all events.
Local Physicist says education system doesn’t meet the needs of the island
A local physicist does not believe the education system in Montserrat meets the short term or long term needs of Montserrat.
Dr. Samuel Joseph explains that the purpose of education is to academically and morally train people to function in a society.
However, he says there is a lack of recognition by education planners of the need to prepare students to function in a globalized society.
The Montserrat National Trust says it is very excited about the discovery of petroglyphs markings on Montserrat.
The markings, believed to be made by Amerindians, the first known people of Montserrat, were found by Shirley Osborne and Vaughn Barzey during a hike in Soldier Ghaut earlier this year.
President of the National Trust Sarita Francis says a number of archeologists, including the curator for the Antigua National Parks and Museum Dr. Reg Murphy have confirmed that the markings are authentic, and were made more 12 hundred years ago.
Geothermal Forum opens doors to funding opportunities
A Civil Engineer within the Public Works Department says his recent his participation in a regional geothermal forum has exposed him to the funding sources that Montserrat can tap into.
Felix Persaud said the meeting opened his eyes to the various opportunities for collaboration with other OECS and CARICOM member states.
Seven out of the ten member states of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States are pursuing geothermal production.
Persaud said as a result, Montserrat will be able to create synergies, and gain access to resources and technical expertise.
MVO Director says the drilling of the third geothermal well is safe
The lead scientist at the Montserrat Volcano Observatory has explained that the drilling of the third geothermal exploration well is safe.
Rod Stewart, who heads the volcano monitoring facility says with drilling expected to start in August there are no concerns on its effects on the volcano.
He says models suggest that the drilling would tap the hottest water 0.9 kilometers below the surface.