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2014 Montserrat General Elections Results

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People’s Democratic Movement wins the poll

‘Putting people first’, Promising: Transparency . Equality . Accountability . Integrity By Warren Cassell Behind a theme of newness, “Putting People First – A Fresh Start” and against the background of failed promises, where the now Premier as party leader in his party’s introductory message refers to the preceding government, “a clear F, for failure…” […]

The biggest blunder

  By Bennette Roach The biggest blunder, though anyone might be able to see beyond it as a mistake, is the one manism act of Reuben T Meade in his years at the helm of government politically. This is his ignoring the benefits of consulting, not so much with the people of Montserrat even when […]

Should Our Kids Consume Dairy?

21 September 2014

About Health – About.com   By David L. Katz, MD Childhood Obesity Expert We are mammals.  Baby mammals survive on dairy, or they don’t survive at all. And, of course, it’s not just any dairy.  It’s the particular version of dairy unique to their own species: Mother’s milk. So the first answer to the question […]

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Caribbean RoundUp

17 September 2014

Caribbean Life By Azad Ali Antigua Antigua Police say they have recaptured a prisoner who had been serving a 40-year jail sentence for murder after four years on the run. They said Steven Alphonse had escaped on Jan. 27, 2014 when prisoners were engaged from removing coal from a pit. He had been sentenced to […]

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Opening of the New Law Year

16 September 2014

Wednesday, 17th September 2014 signals the commencement of the New Law Year for the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court. The occasion will be marked with the usual Ceremonial Opening, in the form of a Special Sitting of the Court. The proceedings will commence with a Church Service in the various Member States/Territories, followed by a procession […]

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Caribbean Banking: Suresh Sookoo to retire as CEO

12 September 2014

Caribbean Banking, RBC ; Kirk Dudtschak named Head, Caribbean Banking Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, – RBC today Wednesday, Sept. 3, announced that Suresh B. Sookoo, CEO, RBC Caribbean Banking, has decided to retire, effective October 31, 2014. Sookoo, a career banker for more than 35 years, has led RBC’s Caribbean operations since 2008, when RBC […]

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Regional postal administrators to meet in Bermuda

12 September 2014

HAMILTON, Bermuda, CMC – Postal administrators from the Caribbean will examine the sustainability. Bermuda’s Postmaster General, Wayne Smith, said the annual Caribbean Postal Union conference could also kick-start major changes in the island’s postal service, which has been struggling to make ends meet as more people turn to electronic means of correspondence. Three of Bermuda’s sub-post […]

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Beyond ELECTION 2014 – A declaration by TMR

12 September 2014

Although the Montserrat Reporter celebrates no election victory, it will not hesitate to say… Congratulations are in order for the victorious. But in the meantime, to set the records straight, the Montserrat Reporter declares its intention for 2014 and beyond. The Montserrat Reporter will use no platform from which to appeal to the voters. It […]

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Capitalism with a Conscience – Awakening the Social Investment Giant

12 September 2014

By: Warren Cassell, Jr. Can wealth be created by investing in making the world a better place? The sole reason people invest is to create wealth. Everyday money is put into the real estate, stock, bond and commodities market with the hope of it growing . Investing allows us to live in the manner we […]

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PDM comes to Government on a high from the electorate

12 September 2014

Editorial: September 12, 2014 No one thought of it then, but if there is any similarity between the outcome of this just concluded General Elections is the close similarity where the People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) raked in seven out of nine in this election and Movement for Change and Prosperity (MCAP) (two), grabbed six in […]

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CARIBBEAN VIEW: Scotland’s September 18 Referendum: Its Consequences

12 September 2014

By Sir Ronald Sanders If the people of Scotland vote for independence from the United Kingdom on September 18, they will be buying a one-way ticket to their own misfortune, and with consequences that will go beyond their borders affecting Commonwealth countries. Notwithstanding the arguments of the Scottish National Party, the Scottish economy cannot sustain […]

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Jus wonderin

12 September 2014

Jus wonderin wha happen and who won the battle, the Pull Down Montserrat party dubbed by the More Crime and Poverty party, Malice Corruption and Pomposity (Psychopathic)and All Idiots Combined Just wonderin if after all anyone else could fact-check this. Jus wonderin who de dunce be dat don’t know that de Minister is responsible for […]

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MAKING CASE FOR AMENDS

12 September 2014

By Bert Wilkinson At least four Caribbean heads of governments, legal representatives from Europe, academics from around the world and civil society activists are to attend a key preparatory meeting in Antigua next month to prepare the region’s case to make European nations pay compensation for the Trans Atlantic slave trade officials said this week. […]

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Mountain chicken frogs offspring return to Caribbean home

12 September 2014

The Guardian, Friday, September 12, 2014 Dozens of frogs reared in UK zoos have been returned to their Caribbean home in a painstaking operation, five years after their parents were airflifted out to escape a deadly fungus. A total of 51 Leptodactylus fallax, known as mountain chicken frogs because they reportedly taste like chicken and […]

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No Ebola in Caribbean by urges no complacency

12 September 2014

Trinidad Express By Michelle Loubon There have not been any cases of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the Caribbean, Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) executive director Dr James Hospedales said yesterday. He made the statement during a news conference at CARPHA headquarters at Jamaica Boulevard, Federation Park, Port of Spain, where he was accompanied […]

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Obama Renews US Embargo on Cuba

12 September 2014

teleSUR The 54-year old commercial ban on the island will be extended for at least one more year. On Friday, White House officials published a letter from U.S. President Barack Obama extending the commercial blockade on the caribbean nation of Cuba. In the memorandum directed to U.S. Secretaries of State John Kerry and Secretary of […]

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Report Finds Alarming Violence Towards Children in Latin America and Caribbean

12 September 2014

Homicide is largest cause of death for 10-19 year old boys in many Latin American and Carribbean countries. A UNICEF report released Thursday has shone a light on the ongoing violence, including homicide, towards children worldwide, with shocking findings for Latin America and the Caribbean. At least 27 children and teenagers are killed for every […]

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Two Caribbean countries in World’s Top Ten suicide list

12 September 2014

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Two Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries headed by Guyana have featured in the highest suicide in the world, according to figures released by the World Health Organization (WHO). Guyana has the highest estimated suicide rate for 2012 globally, and close by Suriname is the sixth highest on the WHO’s list. However in the […]

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2014 Elections Observed

08 September 2014

  by Warren Cassell For the first time on Montserrat, an International Observer Mission will observe the general elections The Electoral Observer Mission arrived on island on September 3, 2014 and will be here until September 14, 2014. The Mission comprises the Hon. Mario Galea MP Malta who is the Head of the Mission, Nelson […]

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Geothermal results disappointing

08 September 2014

by B. Roach The CRM are far from impressed with the geothermal production results. They will hold a press conference this week where they will speak to a Statement they have prepared to provide information to the public. They will seek to show that the development in which they have brought about through much initiative […]

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Jus Wonderin – Septmber 8, 2014

08 September 2014

Jus wonderin…. Should we help spread the wealth by voting in the new scamps in order to get rid of the old ones? Jus wonderin if all nominated candidates should be professionally certified to ensure they meet all the qualifications required to stand for elections. Jus wonderin if we have at least a hundred thousand […]

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Disappointing, after an encouraging call for ‘Action’

08 September 2014

 of “some really very good decision-making – 5 years ago The following ‘Open letter to the Chief Minister of Montserrat’ appeared in this newspaper, one week after Reuben T Meade, incumbent for over a year was elected to head the MCAP (Movement for Change and Prosperity) government. It was written by one, who having held […]

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When the real work begins

08 September 2014

by past Editor, David Edgecombe After the fat lady sings Thursday night, the real work begins—if meaningful development and finding new jobs is what the next five years are to be about. The Hon. Donaldson Romeo, leader of the PDM and Dr. Sammy Joseph, running for the first time as a member of MCAP, impress […]

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Let failure go and be past, there is progress in togetherness

08 September 2014

In 2009 immediately after the general elections, we wrote regarding a “service of reconciliation” that it should be unnecessary to have such a service, there should never have to be such. We said, “it should be a service of love and hope and a craving for God’s blessings to change our leaders from whatever ills […]

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2014 Manifesto of The Alliance of Independent Candidates

08 September 2014

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PDM Manisfesto Launch in St. John’s, Montserrat

06 September 2014

To see live the PDM Manifesto Launch Visit: www.pdm.ms

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Did the Premiere overreact? Or was this a genuine cause for concern all round?

05 September 2014

By Warren Cassell Premier Reuben T. Meade called on residents to desist from petty political differences that are designed to create violence and disturbance during the election campaign. According to ZJB Radio Mr. Meade made a statement against the background of an incident which he claimed threatened his safety on Radio Montserrat premises on Monday […]

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Widow of deceased pilot contemplates suit against Montserrat Airways Ltd.

05 September 2014

Montserrat Airways Limited – the operator of Fly Montserrat may soon face a lawsuit arising from the death of Captain Jason Forbes, the pilot killed when the company’s plane crashed at VC Bird International Airport in 2012. In speaking exclusively with Observer media, Captain Forbes’ widow, Florisca Forbes announced that she is contemplating legal action […]

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Jokes Corner

05 September 2014

Student’s request for extra money A student called up his Mom one evening from his college and asked her for some money, because he was broke. His Mother said, “Sure, sweetie. I will send you some money. You also left your economics book here when you visited two weeks ago. Do you want me to […]

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Jus wonderin – September 5, 2014

05 September 2014

Jus wonderin about the desperation of the MCAP Premier accusing everyone else for doing and inciting violence and the rest. Jus wonderin since when de Premier know all these things about God when God jus about fu rid the people o he. Jus wonderin if he suddenly fine God an if de preacher dem no […]

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News Briefs

05 September 2014

Crown Counsel Kristen Taylor offers firm message to Secondary School students  The Montserrat Secondary School (MSS) 2014-2015 school year opened with students receiving a stern message from a legal professional who has seen the consequences of poor choices. Crown Counsel in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution, Kristen Taylor was one of the […]

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Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 now clearly a government cover-up

03 September 2014

: All evidence contradicts official story Tuesday, September 02, 2014 by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger Military intelligence confirms Natural News warning: Twelve missing commercial jets may now be deployed as weapons against U.S. cities Tags: military intelligence, terror attacks, weaponized airplanes Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/046705_military_intelligence_terror_attacks_weaponized_airplanes.html#ixzz3CFvN5kz2 Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/044430_malaysia_airlines_official_story_government_cover-up.html#ixzz3CFq7RR4W Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/044430_malaysia_airlines_official_story_government_cover-up.html#ixzz3CFpu5Avx  

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Caribbean RoundUp

03 September 2014

Caribbean Life By Azad Ali Antigua Antigua and Barbuda is hoping that China will provide US$18 million towards the expansion of the Five Islands Secondary School to the University College Antigua. Prime Minister Gaston Browne, who was on an official visit to Beijing, has officially informed the principals of China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) […]

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Where does the truth lie?

30 August 2014

Fact-checking the Premier: I have been listening with ever-increasing amazement to the unchallenged multitude of lies told by Premier Minister Reuben T Meade in furthering his political ambition and by his boldness in challenging us to fact-check his lies and confabulations. Please consider the following. Was there any similarity between Mr Meade’s and Mr Hogan’s […]

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Turks and Caicos government responds to widespread flooding

30 August 2014

By Caribbean News Now contributor PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands — The Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) government has moved to respond to widespread flooding resulting from heavy rainfall brought by Tropical Storm Cristobal. Cristobal hovered over the TCI over the weekend and dumped some 12 inches of rain on the archipelago, with the worst […]

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Notification of Election (Amendment)

30 August 2014

NOTIFICATION OF ELECTION The attention of the public is drawn to an important change in the Address of Polling Stations. In Polling Division Five the Polling Stations are at St. John’s Seventh Day Adventist Church (Downstairs) for Voters with Surnames A to I, and the St. John’s Church of God of Prophecy for Voters with […]

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STATEMENT BY THE SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS

29 August 2014

We now know that we have an electoral slate of 31 candidates vying for nine seats in the Montserrat Legislative Assembly. There are two political Parties of nine candidates each, an Alliance of three and 10 Independents. This to my recollection is the largest number of persons to have contested General Elections in this island. […]

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CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTION: I will not vote!

29 August 2014

 Man from Baker Hill I cannot vote! I have objected to the inclusion of my name on the 2014 voters list. But three cheers for Montserrat, Hip, hip hooray! This election-day there will be about 3000 registered voters, 31 candidates of which 13 are independents; and maybe 20,000 votes cast. What has happened to politics […]

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NOTIFICATION OF ELECTION. FORM 11A

29 August 2014

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China pledges assistance to Caribbean countries

29 August 2014

BEIJING, China, CMC – China has promised aid to Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries in a number of areas including adapting to climate change, energy, education and tourism. Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister Gaston Browne, who is on an official visit to the Asian country, Tuesday met with his Chinese counterpart, Premier Li Keqiang and both […]

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Bahamas government press officer dies after being shot multiple times

29 August 2014

NASSAU, Bahamas, Tuesday August 26, 2014, CMC – The Bahamas government has paid tribute to Latore Mackey, the former Deputy Director of the Bahamas Information Service (BIS), who was found dead on Market Street on Monday. Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell said he was “saddened” by the murder, adding that Mackey, on joining the Progressive Liberal […]

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31 to contest 2014 General Elections

29 August 2014

It’s now official! The Electoral Commission has confirmed 31 candidates have been nominated to contest the 2014 Montserrat general elections. The atmosphere at Brades Arts and Education Centre was charged with hope, and anticipation as candidates and their supporters cemented intentions for the September 11, elections. The Electoral Office opened nominations at 10 a.m. and […]

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Jus wonderin – August 29, 2014

29 August 2014

Jus wonderin if the malignant narcissist will ever get a chance to resurrect this line from his first budget speech:  “I know that there is a God because I am the one presenting this budget here today and not one of the members on the opposite side who’d be presenting a backward budget.” Jus wonderin, […]

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Lesotho signs MOU with Caribbean Examination Council

29 August 2014

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – The Barbados-based Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Lesotho s the African country seeks to improve its own examination council. Lesotho Education and Training Minister Makabelo Mosothane said that CXC had been successful over the years and that makes it “the ideal partner for us…as […]

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The Right Way to Pump Your Gas

29 August 2014

And 6 Other Tips to Save Money and Protect Your Car Gasoline plays a big role in daily life for many of us, fueling our journeys and draining our wallets. And over the years, many myths have developed about gas and how to spend less on it. Here we set the record straight, separating what’s […]

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Jokes Corner

29 August 2014

Wife Left Why did my wife leave me? Well, last month was my birthday. My wife didn’t wish me a happy birthday. My parents forgot and so did my kids. I went to work and even my colleagues didn’t wish me a happy birthday. As I entered my office, my secretary said, “Happy birthday, boss!” […]

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Commentary: Grenada – Law and Politics

29 August 2014

Forty years after February 1974 more changes CaribbeanNewsNow By Lloyd Noel The Associated State of Grenada – as it then was in December, 1973 – passed a resolution earlier that year for The Grenada Constitution Order to come into effect in Grenada in February 1974, with the consent and approval of the Queen in England […]

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Nominated Candidates – 2014 General Elections

29 August 2014

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OECS e-business and e-commerce workshops conducted on Montserrat

29 August 2014

Montserrat is benefiting from an initiative by the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Export Development Unit who is conducting a series of e-business and e-commerce workshops. The OECS began conducting the workshops in the member states using video conference from one island involving other nearby islands. The idea was changed because of initial poor […]

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Barbados raises concerns over non compliance of CARICOM rules of origin

29 August 2014

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Barbados says it will launch an immediate investigation into allegations that some Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries were flouting regional trading regulations by placing misleading labels on products and passing them off as being produced within the 15-member grouping. Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development, Donville Inniss, who […]

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Voters in Montserratian to elect new government on September 11

26 August 2014

September 11 General Elections in Montserrat Five years and three days later Montserrat will see voters in this volcano-ravaged British Overseas Territory go to the polls on September 11, 2014 to elect a new government, Ag. Governor Alric Taylor announced last Friday. He said Nomination Day will be August 25 and that the Legislative Assembly […]

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The Jokes Corner

26 August 2014

Lab Mixup The phone rings and the lady of the house answers, ‘Hello.’ ‘Mrs. Sanders, please.’ ‘Speaking.’ ‘Mrs. Sanders, this is Doctor Jones at Saint Agnes Laboratory. When your husband’s doctor sent his biopsy to the lab last week, a biopsy from another Mr. Sanders arrived as well. We are now uncertain which one belongs […]

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Commonwealth Observer team for Montserrat elections

25 August 2014

Adapted: CMC – A four-member delegation from the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) is due here on September 3 to monitor the general election in the British Overseas Territory. The poll is due to be held on September 11 and is likely to be contested between the ruling Movement for Change and Prosperity (MCAP) headed by […]

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OECS e-Business and e-Commerce Workshops Continue

25 August 2014

ROSEAU, Dominica – The OECS Export Development Unit will resume its e-Business workshops for firms in the region during the week of August 26th 2014. Workshops will be conducted in Montserrat on August 26th and in the British Virgin Islands on August 28th. The EDU workshops in e-Business will incorporate an e-Commerce Diagnostic Assessment of […]

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CDB lauds implementation of rainfall insurance package

25 August 2014

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados,  CMC – The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) on Wednesday lauded the inception of the excess rainfall insurance package from the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) and also commending the countries in the Region that have purchased a policy for 2014-15. The excess rainfall product was developed by CCRIF and global reinsurer, Swiss […]

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British Ex-Rapper ID’d as Jihadist Who Beheaded Foley

24 August 2014

Newsmax By Todd Beamon A 23-year-old British former rapper was identified on Saturday by British security officials as the man suspected of beheading American journalist James Foley, according to news reports. Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, who is said to be known by Islamic State members as “Jihadi John” because of his British accent, was identified by […]

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CXC introduces Unique Candidate Number (UCN) for students

22 August 2014

The Ministry of Education, Yasmin White, and Education Officer has provided information from Caribbean Examination Council (CXC), about a new initiative to eliminate the problem of identification of candidates writing examinations at different sittings. The following is the information for the benefit of officials and students and candidates involved. A teach registration sitting, candidates ‘records […]

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Feedback: Montserrat anticipates possible ban for VOIP applications

22 August 2014

Nort Edwards On the blocking of VOIP by Digicel and LIME – C & W tried to do that with the “call back process in the mid to late 90’s. That was where a number in the USA was called which triggered a call back and the Caribbean could dial a number at a hugely […]

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Training Programmes in UK for OT Citizens: A Possibility

22 August 2014

by Warren Cassell The prospect for Montserrat students to have easier access to educational opportunities in the United Kingdom looks bright. A high level meeting to discuss the opening up of training programs in the UK for students from Overseas Territories is scheduled for later this year This information came earlier this week, from Minister […]

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FREE Movement of OECS citizens

22 August 2014

Saint Lucia implements instruments to give effect to the Movement of People Regime OECS Commission, Castries, St. Lucia, OECS Commission,-Citizens of the OECS Economic Union who travel to Saint Lucia can now stay there indefinitely. The OECS Commission’s Regional Integration Unit made the official announcement on Friday August 15, 2014. The Castries based Regional Integration […]

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Jamaican Diaspora Remits US$16 billion over 10 Years

22 August 2014

Washington, DC –  Over the past 10 years, members of the Diaspora have remitted sixteen billion US dollars to Jamaica. This was disclosed by Jamaica’s Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, the Hon. Arnaldo Brown while addressing the launch of the NE USA leg of the Mapping Jamaica’s Diaspora […]

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How to stop sea sickness

22 August 2014

Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth Ferry operates between Montserrat and Antigua Nothing ruins a spectacular sea voyage like the onset of motion sickness – but these tips will help you combat the quease, whenever it strikes… TMR Editor: The immediate future of Montserrat is making Montserrat to be less enticing and no longer a place that people […]

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People with low self-esteem more likely to brag about relationships on Facebook

22 August 2014

PENNSYLVANIA, United States – If it has ever crossed your mind that the portrayal of certain relationships in Facebook feeds seems too good to be true, there’s a fair chance that you’re right. According to a new study from Albright College in Pennsylvania, individuals high in Relationship Contingent Self-Esteem (RCSE) – a type of low […]

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Legislative Assembly Dissolution and Elections date sorted

22 August 2014

The announcement for the dissolution of the Montserrat Legislative Assembly is to be announced for August 15, 2014. This means that General Elections 2014 can be held no less than 21 days from this date and no more than 90 days. While the dissolution must be published in the Gazette, there has been no proclamation […]

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Montserrat consults on gender equality

22 August 2014

by Warren Cassell On Wednesday, August 20, 2014 the Caribbean Development Bank in partnership with the Government of Montserrat sponsored a National Consultation on the comprehensive gender assessment research which took place in June of this year. The consultation took the form of assessing Montserrat’s capacity and constraints to gender mainstreaming, gender equality implications in […]

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ECCB and FIM Partners Host ECCU Youth Video Contest

22 August 2014

As part of the activities for Financial Information Month (FIM) 2014, the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) in collaboration with the Financial Information Month (FIM) partners will host a smartphone video contest targeting secondary school students throughout the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU). On Thursday, August 13, 2014 The ECCB in collaboration with financial institutions […]

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Trinidad Integrity Commission green light from US court to subpoena Google

20 August 2014

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Tuesday August 19, 2014, CMC – A United States court has granted a subpoena to the Integrity Commission here allowing it to request information from the internet search engine, Google, as part of its investigation into the alleged “Emailgate” scandal here. Justice William H Orrick of the Northern District of California Court on […]

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Small Caribbean island of Barbuda rattled by two earthquakes within a week

16 August 2014

CODRINGTON, Barbuda, August 16, 2014, CMC – The sister island of Antigua, Barbuda was rattled by a 4.5 magnitude earthquake late on Friday night, the second earth tremor to hit the small Caribbean island within a one week period. The Trinidad-based Seismic Research Centre of the University of the West Indies (UWI) said the latest […]

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Guyana seeks US help following discovery of narcotics submarine

16 August 2014

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC – The Guyana government says it will do whatever is required to deal with the illegal rugs trade here after the authorities discovered a submersible vessel allegedly being used by drug smugglers in the North West region of the country. “We will spend whatever is necessary; I can’t say that we will […]

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OECD says three Caribbean countries “partially compliant” on tax transparency

15 August 2014

St. Kitts-Nevis and Montserrat ‘largely compliant’ PARIS, CMC – The Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has rated St. Lucia, Antigua and Barbuda, and Anguilla as “partially compliant” with international standards on tax transparency. But it noted that St. Kitts-Nevis and the British Overseas Territory of Montserrat were “largely compliant”. In reviewing the […]

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Government moves to void knighthoods awarded by outgoing Governor General

15 August 2014

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Aug 15, CMC – The Antigua and Barbuda government says it is moving to void several honours handed out by Dame Louise Lake-Tack, a few hours before she demitted office on Thursday. Prime Minister Gaston Browne said he would write the newly appointed Governor General, Dr. Rodney Williams, “seeking to void those […]

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The Premier’s disinterest is evidenced in the misrepresentations

15 August 2014

Editorial – August 15, 2014 : We may never have the opportunity to question the Premier about his real and honest reason for turning down the invitation to attend the eighth UK-Caribbean Ministerial Forum where there were high-level talks with the Foreign Secretary, FCO Minister for the Caribbean, Mark Simmonds, and other UK Government Ministers. […]

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Jus wonderin – August 15, 2014

15 August 2014

Jus wonderin if it is true they did a scan of the Premier’s heart and found an icebox instead. Jus wonderin who rememba five years ago one week before elections TMR publish wan stoary pon Samuel Joseph, fus Muntserratian fu obtain PhD in a physics. Jus wonderin if e a go be now de fus […]

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We, the people need, “ FREEDOM OF INFORMATION”

15 August 2014

Now that the present administration is under the “ microscope” it is time to examine some of the items which are currently unresolved. 1)      Procurement Regulation SR0 11/12.  In 2013 his Excellency and the Hon Premier announced that GoM intended to repeal the said regulations. After due consideration they were forced to agree that such […]

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Donaldson Romeo, Opposition Leader, Montserrat

PDM reacts to Premier Reuben Meade’s statements of August 6

15 August 2014

Unfounded attacks on PDM’s leadership– Aug 6, 2014 The People’s Democratic Movement has responded with the following Statement to what they refer to as, “unfounded attacks on PDM’s leadership,” claiming they, “will deliver an end to the hardship, joblessness, and perceived corruption that the Meade’s administration spent the last five years perfecting.” The People’s Democratic […]

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Organisers commend OECS Commission’s role in the Success of Montserrat’s Calabash Festival

15 August 2014

OECS Commission, St. Lucia, July 31, 2014 -The 9th Montserrat Calabash Festival was recently staged with organizers applauding the OECS Commission’s Tourism Desk for facilitating the event’s success. Chief organiser of the Montserrat Calabash Festival Florence Griffith says the significant component of signage, facilitated by the OECS Commission’s Tourism Desk has boosted the level of […]

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Montserrat 2013/14 Festival winners yield no victories

15 August 2014

Montserrat was represented in a number of cultural shows overseas. Reigning Calypso Monarch Baptiste Wallace competed in the Leeward Islands Calypso Competition in Anguilla while reigning Festival Queen Tazia participated in the annual Jaycees International Queen Pageant.  Wallace performed “Who will it be” in the first round and “Dracula system” in round two. The rookie […]

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MCC and MSS report improved exam successes, and downs

15 August 2014

Drum roll please! The long awaited May/June, 2014 examination preliminary results for both Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE) and Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) have been released. According to a press release from the Montserrat Community College, candidates obtained 118 subject passes from 127 entries, scoring a pass rate of 93%. This commendable feat was […]

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A PAID POLITICAL STATEMENT

15 August 2014

By Man from Baker Hill You know what I mean – I was tired; but not sleeping. My partner and I had just returned from our walk one evening last week. As customary, during our walk and among our chatter we talk politics; this time she mentioned that she encountered members of a political party […]

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Leatherback turtle hatchlings on beach – maybe a first

15 August 2014

It was first suspected in the late 1970’s – early 1980’s in the village of Kinsale, but for the first time Leatherback Turtle hatchlings have been sighted on Montserrat. Environmentalist and owner of Scriber Adventure Tours, James Scriber Daley found the hatchlings on Woodlands beach on Thursday July 24. He is amazed by the discovery. […]

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Leadership

15 August 2014

Poop runs uphill.  Almost every problem Montserrat faces can be directly traced to lack of leadership. Lack of good jobs can be traced to obstacles to create new business.  What possible reason can be given for permits taking months, if not years?  Surely, someone with leadership authority could say “approval or denial within 10 days”.  […]

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2014/15 Chevening scholarship winner, Kimona Daniel

15 August 2014

Acting Senior Medical Technologist at the Glendon Hospital, Kimona Daniel is the 2014/2015 Chevening Scholarship recipient from Montserrat. The announcement was made in an August 1 Government House Press Release. Miss Daniel will study for a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Science in the United Kingdom. She will begin the course at Kingston University. […]

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IMF team calls on government to finalise VAT legislation

15 August 2014

NASSAU, Bahamas, CMC – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has urged the government to finalise legislation related to VAT (Value Added Tax), as this is key to boosting investor confidence. At the conclusion of their July 14-18 visit, a team from the IMF said it supports the authorities’ fiscal consolidation efforts in order to place […]

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Mr. Adrian Davis

Governor in bed with Premier to refuse his boss’ invitation to discuss support for Montserrat

15 August 2014

  Foreign Ministers from the CARICOM (Caribbean Community) countries and the Dominican Republic and Premiers of the UK Overseas Territories in the Caribbean met in London on June 16 and 17 2014 for high-level talks with the Foreign Secretary, FCO Minister for the Caribbean, Mark Simmonds, and other UK Government Ministers. As a result of […]

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Four police officers questioned in death of prisoner

15 August 2014

ROSEAU, Dominica, Aug 10, CMC – Four police officers are being questioned in relation to the death of Joshua Etienne, whose body was found in his cell at a police station in Portsmouth, north of here on August 5. The four officers were detained last week after an autopsy was done on the body of […]

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ECCB Launch of Financial Information Month Theme Song and Video

15 August 2014

  On Thursday, August 13, 2014 The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank in collaboration with financial institutions and other private and public sector partners throughout the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union jump started Financial Information Month (FIM) 2014 with the launch of the FIM theme song and video. Via video conference from the ECCB headquarters and hosted […]

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A NOTE ON ‘DOMICILE’ FOM THE ELECTORAL COMMISSION

15 August 2014

For the purpose of the Elections two types of domicile are relevant. These are Domicile of Origin and Domicile of Choice. A person acquires Domicile of Origin from either of his or her parents at birth while Domicile of Choice is determined by the person and the country he or she chooses to reside in. […]

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Court of Appeal rules in favour of Speaker

15 August 2014

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, CMC – The St. Lucia-based Eastern Caribbean Appeal Court has stayed the judgment of all proceedings in the motion of no confidence matter in favour of the Speaker of St. Kitts and Nevis National Assembly, Curtis Martin, according to a statement issued by his attorneys. They said the ruling was handed down […]

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Caribbean population need to be more informed on climate change

15 August 2014

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, CMC – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries including Montserrat, have been warned that it would be virtually impossible to implement strategies to deal with climate change if their populations do not yet understand the critical importance of climate change to the region. “Despite the volumes of data published on climate change and its […]

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Caribbean countries acquire new insurance policy to deal with damages caused by storms

15 August 2014

GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands, CMC – The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) says it is now providing excess rainfall insurance coverage to eight regional countries as the Caribbean continues to take precautions against possible damage caused by storms and hurricanes during the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season. CCRIF is a not-for-profit risk pooling facility, owned […]

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24 hour access to Zone C

15 August 2014

Level reduced from 2 to 1 creating level 0     It is being hailed the best news of the year – the reduction of the volcanic ‘hazard level’ to 1, creating a new level of 0, with the hope that there will be much improved if not guaranteed electricity due to serve the island […]

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Writ of Elections (Nomination and date)

15 August 2014

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Dissolution of Legislative Assembly

15 August 2014

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Leadership

15 August 2014

Poop runs uphill.  Almost every problem Montserrat faces can be directly traced to lack of leadership. Lack of good jobs can be traced to obstacles to create new business.  What possible reason can be given for permits taking months, if not years?  Surely, someone with leadership authority could say “approval or denial within 10 days”.  […]

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Proroguing the Legislative Assembly

15 August 2014

LegAss prorogued

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Legislative Assembly Dissolution

14 August 2014

The announcement for the dissolution of the Montserrat Legislative Assembly is announced for August 15, 2014. This means that General Elections 2014 can be held no less than 21 days from this date and no more than 90 days. While the dissolution must be published in the Gazette, there has been no proclamation by the […]

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Agriculture and tourism to benefit significantly from new airport

12 August 2014

By Kenton X. Chance KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, CMC – With less than a year before the Argyle International Airport is expected to begin operating, Vincentians are being encouraged to position themselves to take advantage of opportunities in tourism and agriculture, the two main sectors of the economy. “We want the private sector to come on […]

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PM Kamla Persad Bissessar in Parliament

Legislators begin debating controversial amendment to Constitution

12 August 2014

“Electorate ambushed” says Warner PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar Monday said government legislators would be allowed to vote “their conscience” as debate began here on the controversial Constitutional Amendment Bill that will provide a for a two-term limit for prime ministers among other measures. Prime Minister Persad Bissessar insisted […]

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Government mobilizing all efforts to capture fugitive Clifford Brandt

12 August 2014

by Joseph Guyler Delva (author) PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) – The Haitian government vowed on Monday to work relentlessly at recapturing gang leader, Clifford Brandt, who escaped from prison Sunday after a mutiny broke out in a prison outside the capital, where he was held for kidnapping and other serious crimes. First, the High Council of the National Police (CSPN) met Sunday with representatives of the US Marshals, of security entities from the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and UN peacekeeping Mission in Haiti to exchange on the possible […]

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Public works employee stage protest

11 August 2014

ROSEAU, Dominica,  CMC – Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit held talks with a delegation from the Dominica Public Service Union (DPSU) after workers from the Public Workers Corporation (PWC) staged a street protest Monday over a number of grievances. DPSU general secretary Thomas Letang, speaking on the state-owned DBS radio, said that an 11 point  agenda […]

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PM Gaston Browne

Prime Minister Browne in Italy for talks with investors

11 August 2014

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC – Prime Minister Gaston Browne is heading a two-member delegation to Italy for talks with prospective investors, according to an official statement issued here. It said that prior to be elected head of government last June, Prime Minister Browne held numerous meetings with potential foreign investors “ that would generate fair […]

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ELECTIONS COMMISSION NOTICE – Voter Education

11 August 2014

Voter Education across the island, continues The Office of the Supervisor of Elections continues its Voter Education programme across the island. Meetings are scheduled as follows:   Thursday 14 August           Davy Hill, at the Church of God of Prophecy Church Building Monday 18 August               St. John’s, at the Saint John’s Anglican Church Thursday 21 August             […]

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Authorities seize nearly one ton of marijuana destined for Suriname

11 August 2014

KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – Jamaica law enforcement authorities say they have seized more than six million dollars (One Jamaica dollar=US$0.004 cents) worth of marijuana in a container that arrived here from Indonesia and was in transit to Suriname. The Transnational Crime and Narcotics Division (TCND) said it had participated in a joint operation with the […]

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Former Attorney General quits bank post

11 August 2014

HAMILTON, Bermuda, Aug 10, CMC – Former Attorney General Mark Pettingill, who quit his cabinet post in the wake of the so-called Jetgate scandal earlier this year, has resigned from a top job at a Bermuda bank after less than three months. Pettingill left his post as Clarien Bank’s chief legal officer Thursday. A spokesman […]

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Four police officers questioned in death of prisoner

11 August 2014

ROSEAU, Dominica, CMC – Four police officers are being questioned in relation to the death of Joshua Etienne, whose body was found in his cell at a police station in Portsmouth, north of here on August 5. The four officers were detained last week after an autopsy was done on the body of Etienne, who […]

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Arrest warrants issued for suspects in Aristide corruption case

11 August 2014

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Aug. CMC – Arrests warrants have been issued for suspects who did not comply with summons related to the corruption case involving former president Jean Bertrand Aristide. On Friday, judge Larmarre Belizaire, who is conducting the inquiry, ordered the arrest of Mirlande Libérus, Gustave Faubert, Rodnée Deschineau, Jean-Robert Esther and Max Buteau as […]

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Caribbean population need to be more informed on climate change

09 August 2014

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, CMC – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries including Montserrat, have been warned that it would be virtually impossible to implement strategies to deal with climate change if their populations do not yet understand the critical importance of climate change to the region. “Despite the volumes of data published on climate change and its […]

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Dominica to implement new system to prevent dangerous goods entering CARICOM

09 August 2014

ROSEAU, Dominica,  CMC – Dominica will next month implement a new system that will sensitize and protect consumers across the Caribbean of dangerous goods in the market. The CARICOM Rapid Alert System for Exchange of Information on Dangerous (non-food) Consumer Goods (CARREX) is an initiative of the CARICOM Secretariat which developed the alert system in […]

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Security Minister wants persons kept out of jail for small amounts of marijuana

09 August 2014

KINGSTON, Jamaica,  CMC – National Security Minister Peter Bunting has asked the Attorney General to explore the possibility of not sending persons to jail for having small portions of marijuana in their possession, pending the amendment of relevant legislation. Bunting’s request follows the controversial death of Mario Deane, 31, a construction worker from the western […]

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Immigration attorney indicted for defrauding Caribbean immigrants

09 August 2014

NEW YORK, CMC –A 51-year-old attorney has been indicted for defrauding at least 30 victims, many of them immigrants from the Caribbean, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., has said. Vance said Owolabi Salis, is charged with multiple counts of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, Attempted Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, Scheme […]

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Jus Wonderin – August 1, 2014

08 August 2014

Jus Wonderin if it is true that QC also among other things stands for Quiet Children. Jus wonderin if de premier worthy of his nickname, Twisty. Jus wonderin, should I vote for a violent drunk and bully to represent me because people say he’s (some kind of) an eloquent speaker? Jus wonderin, is slapping children […]

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The strategies and the deception continue, but for whose benefit

08 August 2014

Editorial – August 1, 2014 : On July 31, 2009 exactly five years and one day ago, we knew that nomination day was to be August 19, 2009. Today we have come to realise that it is dangerous to take seriously anything the Premier choses to say on radio, where he cannot, or is not […]

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SURINAME-CRIME-Authorities intercept largest shipment of cocaine “so far this year”

08 August 2014

PARAMARIBO, Suriname, Aug 6, CMC – Police have detained one man after “the largest catch” of cocaine was intercepted at the Johan Pengel International Airport. Police said that this is not the first time they have detained the un-named man in relation to the illegal shipment of drugs. Head of the Customs Department, Glenn Cruickshank […]

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Caribbean countries acquire new insurance policy to deal with damages caused by storms

08 August 2014

GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands, CMC – The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) says it is now providing excess rainfall insurance coverage to eight regional countries as the Caribbean continues to take precautions against possible damage caused by storms and hurricanes during the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season. CCRIF is a not-for-profit risk pooling facility, owned […]

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Remains of Jonestown victims found in former US funeral home

08 August 2014

DELAWARE, CMC – The cremated remains of several victims of the 1978 Jonestown Massacre in have been found in a former funeral home in the US state of Delaware . The remains were found among 38 small containers of ashes found inside the former Minus Funeral Home in Dover, Delaware.. The Dover police told local […]

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Blowing the Whistle on Breaking the Silence

08 August 2014

by Cleo Cassell* As I sit sipping a soothing cup of hot bush tea a clip from the morning news causes my placid thoughts to vaporize. The sound byte tells about a laudable one-day child protection and safe guarding workshop put on by the Community Services Department for coaches in an attempt to help them […]

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Edgar Nkosi White

Reality Reaches Rio

08 August 2014

By Edgar Nkosi White Fact: Brazil’s football team is not that good. What the team has are some good players and as long as they’re not overly tested they can endure. Unfortunately for them they were severely tested by Germany and minus both their captain and there chief goal scorer and poster boy, Neymar, they […]

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Montserrat Port Authority wins prestigious Novaport Cup Award

08 August 2014

  The Montserrat Port Authority (MPA) following its participation at the recently concluded 17th Annual General Meeting of Port Management Association of the Caribbean (PMAC) hosted by the St Martin Harbor Group of Companies, during June 25 – 27, 2014, is reporting that the MPA is the recipient of the prestigious Novaport Cup award. This […]

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Safe Hands

08 August 2014

by Man from Baker Hill Your God, whatever you conceive God to be, allows volcanoes, destructive hurricanes and politicians to impact the lives of Montserratians. God allows plane crashes and wars; and he will allow war of words among Montserrat politicians for this election campaign. So do not worry, be patient with one another; Montserrat […]

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PAHO records increases in Chikungunya cases in the Caribbean

06 August 2014

Barbados,  CMC – The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says the number of new cases of the Chikungunya in the Caribbean increased by nearly 38,000 last week with the Dominican Republic having the most cases. PAHO said that the total figure for the mosquito-borne disease had reached 513,393 cases compared with 473,523 cases a week […]

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ECLAC says Caribbean expects to recover in 2014

06 August 2014

SANTIAGO, Chile,  CMC – The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) says Caribbean economies are expected to recover in 2014, while lowering the growth forecast for the entire region to 2.2 per cent. ECLAC   has unveiled its report, “Economic Survey of Latin America and the Caribbean 2014,”  indicating that Caribbean economies will […]

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Police urge public to continue showing support for law enforcement, police charged

05 August 2014

Antigua, CMC – The Antigua and Barbuda Police Service Monday reiterated call for the general public to have confidence in its ability to maintain law and order after a police corporal had been slapped with several charges arising from an attempted armed robbery at a casino here last week. Corporal Alex Thomas was released from […]

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DPP defends decision to reinstate charges against former attorney general

05 August 2014

Dominica, CMC – Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Evelina Baptiste is defending the decision to reinstate charges against former attorney general Bernard Wiltshire more than a week after a magistrate dismissed passport fraud related charges against him for want of prosecution. “Most reasonable people will feel that it is an abuse of process to bring […]

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Former prime minister calls for resignation of Attorney General

05 August 2014

Antigua, CMC – Former prime minister Baldwin Spencer is calling for the resignation of Attorney General Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin who goes on trial on October 1 on allegations of passport fraud. The prosecution had alleged that in 2008, Benjamin signed a passport application form and photograph of Jamaican Shane Anthony Allen, who claimed to have […]

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TT Government to introduce legislation to provide for time limit for head of government, Opposition frowns

05 August 2014

By Peter Richards PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad,  CMC – The coalition People’s Partnership government, gearing up for a general election by mid- 2015, has introduced legislation providing for 10-year term limit for the head of government as well as allowing voters to recall their elected representatives. In addition, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar told Parliament Monday […]

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US issues new customs declarations form for Caribbean travellers

02 August 2014

WASHINGTON, CMC – The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency says it has issued a new customs declaration form “in print and online” that expands the definition of family members for arriving Caribbean and other travellers. CBP said the definition expands to “members of a family residing in the same household who are […]

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UN Human Development Report

01 August 2014

2.2 billion people are poor or near-poor, warns 2014 Human Development Report on vulnerability and resilience Calls for universal provision of basic social services, and stronger policies for social protection and full employment to advance and secure development progress  Tokyo, 24 July 2014 —Persistent vulnerability threatens human development, and unless it is systematically tackled by […]

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Montserrat anticipates possible ban for Voip Aplications

01 August 2014

BY Warren Cassell Telecommunications users on Montserrat and in other parts of the region are paying close attention to developments in Jamaica—where telecommunications providers LIME and Digicel recently announced a decision to block the use of certain Voice over internet Protocol (VOIP) applications. LIME is the lone telecommunications provider on Montserrat and the announcement in […]

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UNITED STATES-CRIME- Anguillan “most wanted” arrested

01 August 2014

MIAMI, Jul 24, CMC – The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) agency says its Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers have arrested an Anguilla national who was one of their most wanted fugitives. Dorn Vacklyn Webster, 53, was arrested when police in Florida identified a vehicle and found him inside. ICE said Webster […]

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US citizen killed by bandits in Haiti

01 August 2014

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — An American citizen of Haitian descent was killed last week by armed robbers shortly after arriving in her impoverished Caribbean homeland to visit relatives, friends and officials said Thursday. The U.S. State Department on Thursday identified the victim as Myriam Saint Germain. The U.S. Embassy in Haiti said it was touch […]

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New Power plant groundbreaking

01 August 2014

It was for good reason there seemed some excitement at the groundbreaking of the construction of the long awaited new power plant. It was seen as the beginning of the end of long process of approval and acquisition of funds, failed tendering processes, when finally as for his last public appearances DFID Dr. Kato Kimbugwe […]

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His Excellency The Governor Adrian Davis

Governor accepts Premier’s explanation on scrap metal, fails to satisfy his own

01 August 2014

At his recent July press conference the Governor was asked about the absence of or his inability to supply a Cabinet decision that he eventually said he was mistaken about. He said he had nothing further to say on the matter and referred to the Premier’s comments on a ZJB morning show. “so for those […]

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NYC second production theming ‘Truth’ followed by her goodbyes

01 August 2014

by Warren Cassell Members of the National Youth Choir (NYC) were once again given a major boost in their theatrical production skills. From stage production to musical rendition these skills were all evident during the one night production titled “Sing It Loud” at the Cultural Centre on July 19th 2014, behind a theme of ‘Truth’. […]

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Vacancy – Principal, Montserrat Community College

01 August 2014

Vacancy – Principal, Montserrat Community College

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CARICOM and Japan to hold July summit

28 July 2014

Guyana, CMC – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads of government will meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the first ever CARICOM-Japan Summit to be held in Trinidad and Tobago on July 28. Issues to be discussed include – the vulnerabilities of CARICOM and the necessary cooperation for its sustainable growth; strengthening exchanges and the […]

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IMF team calls on Bahamas government to finalise VAT legislation

28 July 2014

NASSAU, Bahamas, CMC – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has urged the government to finalize legislation related to VAT (Value Added Tax), as this is key to boosting investor confidence. At the conclusion of their July 14-18 visit, a team from the IMF said it supports the authorities’ fiscal consolidation efforts in order to place […]

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Guyana march towards title with third straight win

27 July 2014

Jamaica, CMC – Guyana reeled off their third straight win to remain unbeaten, and install themselves as favourites to win the Regional Under-15 Championship here Friday. Playing at Mona, they restricted Trinidad and Tobago to 171 for nine from their 50 overs and then chased down their target to win by four wickets with 26 […]

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HMS Argyll visits Montserrat

26 July 2014

The Royal Navy’s Frigate HMS Argyll will pay an informal visit to Montserrat from 26-28 July 2014. The ship, under the command of Commander Paul Hammond RN, visits the island to re-establish relationships with the Montserrat community and also to exchange information with respect to delivering aid and disaster relief if required during the ship’s […]

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What a waste of good organic meat!

25 July 2014

Mr. Editor, I am writing this OPEN LETTER to the Ministry of Agriculture/Forest Rangers. I heard on ZJB Radio that the Forest Rangers will be going into various parts of the Exclusion Zone to Hunt/Shoot wild roaming livestock e.g.:- Cows; Pigs; Sheep and Goats. My Question to them, is how many animals were slaughtered? What […]

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Toilets for Votes

25 July 2014

Dear Editor: The following is a direct quote from the MCAP (Movement for Change and Prosperity) website. “• Persons without indoor toilets are being provided with this basic need.” Believe it or not. The Premier of Montserrat’s NUMBER ONE PROMISE for the 2014 Election campaign is to build indoor toilets for those who currently don’t […]

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Pigs’ feet: the new superfood

25 July 2014

Fiona MacDonald Smith As Britain’s spending on cosmetic surgery soars, Fiona MacDonald Smith suggests it’s time that we chopped and changed our diet instead The latest anti-ageing food? Pigs’ trotters. That’s right, you heard it here first. In New York, the most talked-about new opening of the past couple of months has been a Japanese […]

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Political Statement by Claude Gerald

25 July 2014

Premier’s Leadership is overrated Representation has been my theme in this election campaign. Quality representation that is and without that level of representation we are doomed to continue to retrogress socially and economically. Our institutions will continue to fail without a doubt. It is in this context that I condemn in the strongest possible terms […]

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GEOTHERMAL : An Outside View

25 July 2014

Information on this subject is non existent from official sources. I asked the Minister responsible, via an e mail, when the final report on the wells would be available. In April the Premier among others said that more testing was needed and that the final report would be here in July. We are well into […]

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ECCB announces new Monetary Council chairman

25 July 2014

Montserrat and the other seven Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) member states will today welcome a new chairman for the Monetary Council of the (ECCB). In an ECCB press release on July 21, 2014 it announced that the “Chairmanship of the Monetary Council of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) will be transferred to Dr. […]

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DMCA hosts Incident Command System Workshop

25 July 2014

The Government of Montserrat’s Disaster Management Coordination Agency sends in the following press release: The Disaster Management Coordination Agency (DMCA) continues in its efforts to enable prepared and knowledgeable incident responders on island.   A three (3) day workshop sponsored and facilitated by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and DMCA began today at the […]

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RMPS ups training on DARE

25 July 2014

The Royal Montserrat Police Service (RMPS) has informed that two officers have successfully completed the DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) re-certification  training in Antigua from July 15 to July 19, 2014. Constables Benjamin Rasool and Philbert Daway both described the program as ‘meaningful and timely’ having done the initial course in 2006 in St. Kitts. […]

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Jamaica Police raid underground shoe factory

25 July 2014

KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – Nine men are expected to be charged on Friday after being held during a police raid of an underground factory in which fake Clarks shoes were being made. The police report that acting on information they went to a building located on East Queens Street in downtown Kingston where they uncovered […]

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July Assizes closes with another sex offender imprisoned

25 July 2014

 By Staff Reporter The July Criminal Assizes of the High Court closed on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 after his Lordship Justice Albert Redhead handed down two sentences. Jemel Fenton who was found guilty last Friday of “Going Equipped to Steal” received a 3 year sentence, suspended for 3 years after being found guilty of going […]

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Regional leaders to establish Commission on marijuana

25 July 2014

By Peter Richards ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders have agreed to the establishment of a Commission to further the debate on the decriminalisation of marijuana for medicinal purposes. CARICOM Secretary General Irwin La Rocque told reporters that while the composition of the Commission is yet to be determined it will most […]

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Chris Gayle ‘sexist’ comment draws ire of Antigua women’s group

25 July 2014

ST JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC – A women’s rights group in Antigua has condemned as “sexist”, remarks made by Jamaica Tallawahs captain Chris Gayle to a female journalist, at a media conference here Wednesday. And the group, Women Against Rape (WAR) headed by gender equity advocate Alexandrina Wong, has also criticised the response by the Caribbean […]

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St. Augustine School celebrates eleven graduating students

25 July 2014

                Under the theme ‘Character Counts’, the Roman Catholic St. Augustine School on July 10 graduated 11 sixth grade students who will move on to the Montserrat Secondary School, when the new school year begins. Principal now for one year read her report as the graduating and prize […]

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Two geothermal 1.5 mw wells will see a third drilled

25 July 2014

Confirmed by the DFID sponsored geothermal experts by Bennette Roach As promised by Dr. Kato Kimbugwe, a team of experts in Mike Allen together with Dr. Graham Ryan along with Paul Brophy, among others were due to be on island at the beginning of this week. Kimbugwe speaking at the Governor’s press conference at the […]

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Character assassination is wrong anytime, it is not that when you tell the truth

25 July 2014

Editorial – July 25, 2014 Montserrat will for the first time have an Election Observer Mission (EOM) from CPA British Islands and Mediterranean Region (CPA BIMR) Taken from Section 1 of The Commonwealth Charter, 2013 – this is what they claim: “We recognise the inalienable right of individuals to participate in democratic processes, in particular […]

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2014 Elections Political Statement – Claude Gerald

22 July 2014

Great talkers are not always men of worth By Claude Gerald Representation has been my theme in this election campaign. Quality representation that is and without that level of representation we are doomed to continue to retrogress socially and economically. Our institutions will continue to fail without a doubt. It is in this context that […]

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Crenston Buffonge: Political Statement – Declaration of Candidacy

22 July 2014

Crenston Buffonge People of Montserrat, I am forced to take to a stand against an apparent disregard for the essence of what it takes to better do the greatest good for the greater amount of people. We have all being guilty at times of Standing by and enduring while tyranny, greed and selfishness tear away […]

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Dr. Lowell Lewis Political Statement

22 July 2014

2014  Montserrat Elections Campaign Statement Dr Lowell Lewis Brothers and Sisters of Montserrat. I thank you for the privilege of serving you as a legislator for the past 13 years. We will soon exercise our democratic rights to offer our selves to serve our people at the highest level, and I once again ask you […]

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World Bank commits US$10.2 billion to the Caribbean this year

18 July 2014

CARIBBEAN-FINANCE WASHINGTON, Jul 3, 2014, CMC – The World Bank says it has committed US$10.2 billion this year to support Latin America and the Caribbean efforts to boost economic growth and maintain historic social gains. The Washington-based financial institution said that the amount included resources from its International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), the […]

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OAS Observer Mission makes elections recommendations

18 July 2014

ANTIGUA – ELECTIONS WASHINGTON, Jul 10, CMC – The Organization of American States (OAS) Electoral Observer Mission (EOM) to Antigua and Barbuda has presented its final report on the recently held June 12 general election. The OAS has made several recommendations, “with the purpose of supporting the continuous efforts of Antigua and Barbuda to strengthen […]

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Jamaica confirms first case of chikungunya virus bringing to 28 countries in Caribbean and Latin America with cases

18 July 2014

KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – Jamaica has confirmed its first of the mosquito transmitted chikungunya virus. Chief Medical Officer in the Minister of Health , Dr. Kevin Harvey, confirmed the diagnosis on Thursday following receipt of a report from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA). The agency said the sample sent from Jamaica on Tuesday  tested […]

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US Government Hacked by Chinese Cyberspies

11 July 2014

Nicole Motta According to a report from The New York Times on Wednesday, Chinese hackers broke into the computer networks containing the personal information of all federal United States government employees earlier this year. Though news of the breach is just surfacing, the attackers gained access to the system in March before the infiltration was […]

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St. Lucia PM speaks frankly, “fed up” about discussing same issues at CARICOM

09 July 2014

By Peter Richards ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC – St. Lucia’s Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony Friday said he can’t keep coming to meetings of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders where the same issues are discussed over and over again. Anthony, in an exclusive interview with the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC), said “maybe I am impatient, […]

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CARIBBEAN-SUMMIT-Regional leaders end “most successful meeting”

09 July 2014

By Peter Richards ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders ended a “most successful meeting” here on Friday approving a first ever plan to reposition the 15-member grouping in a changing global environment. Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister Gaston Brown, who chaired the three-day 35th summit of CARICOM leaders, told the end of […]

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TRINIDAD – Relatives urge that murder of prominent attorney not become a cold case

09 July 2014

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad,  CMC – Sixty-eight days after she was murdered while returning home from a casino, the family of prominent senior counsel Dana Seetahal said her death must not be a cold case. “It is well known that the chance of a successful conclusion in homicide case diminishes in direct proportion to the […]

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Tourism boom despite depressed economy

09 July 2014

GRENADA-TOURISM – ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada,  CMC – Grenada’s Tourism Minister Alexandria Otway Noel says despite an inherited depressed economy, her administration has recorded significant growth in the tourism industry in 2014 so far. Otway-Noel was the key note speaker at the opening of the 1st Caribbean Symposium for Innovators in Coastal Tourism here on Wednesday. […]

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Spain promises to help develop Caribbean

04 July 2014

By Peter Richards Antigua, CMC – Spain Wednesday reiterated its commitment to help in the socio-economic development of the Caribbean insisting that it is not a “’short-term partner”. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rojoy told Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders that his country’s ties with the Caribbean “have always been intense” and that “we have learned from […]

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ECLAC wants renewed ties between Europe and the Caribbean

04 July 2014

PARIS, CMC – The European Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has called for renewed ties between the European Union and the Caribbean. Addressing a meeting here on “New EU Development Cooperation Strategies in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC),”, ECLAC’s executive secretary Alicia Bárcena said the EU and Latin America and the […]

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ST. LUCIA PM agonises over ways to cut fiscal deficit

04 July 2014

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, CMC – The St. Lucia government says it is important to reach a consensus with the public sector unions on ways of dealing with the current EC$76 million (One EC Dollar = US$0.37 cents) fiscal deficit Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony says an agreement will be the best signal that can be […]

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CARIBBEAN-SUMMIT-ST. Kitts-Nevis PM defends PANCAP “Justice for All” programme

04 July 2014

Antigua, CMC – St. Kitts-Nevis Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas has defended the “Justice for All” programme of the Pan Caribbean Partnership Against HIV/AIDS (PANCAP), saying it was not designed to encourage a re-order of the Caribbean society in a negative way. A joint statement issued by 140 Caribbean organisations, which say they represent thousands […]

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Gonsalves upbeat, urges support for integration movement

04 July 2014

By Peter Richards ST. JOHN’S Antigua, CMC – St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves Tuesday urged support for the regional integration movement, insisting there is still much to shout about over the past three decades. Addressing the opening ceremony of the 35th CARICOM summit here, Gonsalves, the outgoing chairman said despite […]

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Antigua PM Browne’s priorities for CARICOM

04 July 2014

By Peter Richards ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders began their 35th annual summit here on Tuesday night with a reminder that the individual members countries of the regional integration grouping are too small and too vulnerable to sustain themselves in a changing global environment. Newly elected Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister […]

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ST Kitts-Nevis creates history in repayment to IMF

04 July 2014

WASHINGTON, CMC – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Tuesday said that St. Kitts and Nevis had repaid, ahead of schedule, US$17.1 million in obligations to the Washington-based financial institution. The IMF said the payment made on June 24, is about one fourth of the US$73.1 million that St. Kitts and Nevis borrowed from the IMF […]

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CCJ president pleased with Dominica debate on Court

04 July 2014

  ANTIGUA, CMC – President of the Caribbean Court of Justice CCJ), Sir Dennis Byron Tuesday welcomed the debate in the Dominica Parliament with regards to the island joining the Trinidad-based regional court as its final court. “It is very important news and I am very happy that Dominica has taken its pledge to make […]

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Police urged to do more to deal with domestic violence cases

04 July 2014

Guyana, CMC – The Guyana government is calling on the police to adopt a “firmer” position regarding cases of domestic violence as the authorities seek to create a national plan to counter violence in all of its manifestations in the country. Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee said that a strong signal needed to be sent […]

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Six years later, man found not guilty of leaking CXC exams papers

04 July 2014

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad,  CMC – A 26-year-old man has been found not guilty of two charges of illegally obtaining examination papers of the Barbados-based Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC). Magistrate Lisa Ramsumair-Hinds, sitting in the San Fernando Magistrate Court, south of here, Monday dismissed the charges against Mikquel Torres, who had been charged with unlawfully […]

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Jokes for the season and the week

04 July 2014

The wrong arm of the law A lawyer defending a man accused of burglary tried this creative defense: “My client merely inserted his arm into the window and removed a few trifling articles. His arm is not himself, and I fail to see how you can punish the whole individual for an offense committed by […]

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Fourth batch of captive bred mountain chickens released into the Centre Hills

04 July 2014

52 captive bred mountain chickens were released into the Centre Hills, Friday. 32 of 52 captive bred mountain chickens equipped with radio transmitters, were released into the Centre Hills, Friday, June 27, 2014 in a fourth batch following release #2 on January 26, 2012. This is all part of a team working with a Mountain […]

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CARICOM establishes commission to debate decriminalisation of ganja

04 July 2014

ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC)  – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders have agreed to the establishment of a Commission to further the debate on the decriminalisation of marijuana for medicinal purposes. CARICOM Secretary General Irwin La Rocque told reporters that while the composition of the Commission is yet to be determined it will most likely be made […]

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SJAC breaks ground for the St. John’s Community Resource Centre

04 July 2014

On the invitation of the St. John’s Action Club’s official ground breaking ceremony of the St. John’s Community Resource Centre, they informed that, “For some time now the Community of St. John’s has been without an official Recreation Centre/Community Centre. Through the diligence of the Action Club/St. John’s Community, with the assistance of the Government […]

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Lookout Housing Tenant succeeds against LDA at Court of Appeal

04 July 2014

The Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal under the presidency of Chief Justice Dame Janice Pereira has ordered that a matter brought by Charlesworth Piper also known as “Shoe-sharni” or “Arab” against the Montserrat Land Development Authority (LDA) be remitted back to the Magistrate Court for retrial by a different Magistrate. Hon Chief Justice Dame Janice Pereira in […]

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54 MSS students graduate

04 July 2014

Fifty-four (54) students graduated from the MSS on Wednesday, July 2, 2014. The speech day exercise featured the class of 2014 under the theme, “It’s your time – Rise to the Challenge”. The event began with a March-past and procession of graduands following the introduction of Chairperson Thandie Williams. Valedictorian: another St. Augustine student breaks […]

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Some recommendations to save the coral reefs

04 July 2014

Parrotfish and other algae-eaters could save Caribbean coral reefs, a new report says. “Certain fish could save endangered coral reefs in the Caribbean.” Science Recorder | Delila James Most of the critically endangered coral reefs in the Caribbean could vanish in the next two decades, according to a new study by the International Union for […]

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Tourism and the Montserrat National Trust

04 July 2014

Gloria Margetson writes: The contribution of the Montserrat National Trust to our island’s tourism has been and continues to be significant. From the early 1970s before the volcanic eruption, Montserrat enjoyed day tourists who arrived by air after having spent several days in Antigua, sometimes. At that time the Trust’s museum was housed in a […]

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Government urges public not panic amid rumours of instability

04 July 2014

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – The Trinidad and Tobago government Thursday urged nationals not to panic amid social media reports of “rumours of instability”. The Ministry of National Security in a statement said that the reports were “latest attempt to destabilize the smooth operation of the State” and that quoted National Security Minister Gary […]

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Death by misadventure in 2006 missing aircraft

04 July 2014

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, CMC - A coroner’s inquest has returned a verdict of death by misadventure in the 2006 disappearance of an SVG Air twin-engine Aero Commander 500S aircraft with two people onboard. Director of Airports Corsel Robertson told the inquest that the proper procedure was not followed in the aftermath of the disappearance of […]

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Two men convicted of murdering Jamaican national

04 July 2014

 George Lynch (File Photo) HAMILTON, Bermuda, CMC — Two men have been convicted of the premeditated murder of Jamaica-born George Lynch, who was killed 18 months after he moved to the island from Canada. Lynch, 40, a father of three who worked as a hospital housekeeper, was shot dead outside a house in Hamilton Parish […]

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Study finds 30% Caribbean children obese and overweight

04 July 2014

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – A study done in four Caribbean countries has found that 30 per cent of children aged 11 to 13 were overweight or obese, a senior official of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has said. Dr. Audrey Morris, the advisor on Food and Nutrition at PAHO, told a workshop to review […]

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A look at the chikungunya virus in the Caribbean (and Montserrat)

04 July 2014

— WHAT IT IS: The name chikungunya comes from the Makonde language of Tanzania. It translates as “that which bends up,” referring to arthritis-like aches in joints that cause sufferers to contort with pain. The virus is spread by two mosquitoes, aedes aegypti and aedes albopictus, both of which also transmit dengue fever. — WHAT […]

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Grenada Prime Minister urges nationals to accept sacrifices in order to rebuild economy

04 July 2014

 By Peter Richards ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC – Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell Thursday urged support for a proposal seeking to reduce the debt owed to the National Insurance Scheme under the same terms and conditions being proposed to international creditors. Mitchell, speaking to reporters here, said that while his administration is fully aware […]

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World Bank commits US$10.2 billion to the Caribbean this year

04 July 2014

WASHINGTON, CMC – The World Bank says it has committed US$10.2 billion this year to support Latin America and the Caribbean efforts to boost economic growth and maintain historic social gains. The Washington-based financial institution said that the amount included resources from its International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), the International Development Association (IDA), […]

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Regional leaders to establish Commission on marijuana

04 July 2014

By Peter Richards ST. JOHN’S, Antigua,  CMC – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders have agreed to the establishment of a Commission to further the debate on the decriminalisation of marijuana for medicinal purposes.  CARICOM Secretary General Irwin La Rocque told reporters that while the composition of the Commission is yet to be determined it will most […]

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IMF Urges Caribbean To Cooperate, Not Compete

04 July 2014

by Mike Godfrey, Tax-News.com, Washington Christine Lagarde, the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), has told Caribbean states that they can make their territories more competitive by working together on tax policy and by making tax incentives more transparent. Speaking at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica, Lagarde said: “The need […]

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Some recommendations to save the coral reefs

04 July 2014

Parrot-fish and other algae-eaters could save Caribbean coral reefs, a new report says. “Certain fish could save endangered coral reefs in the Caribbean.” Science Recorder | Delila James An Adaptation” Editor: See the recommendations at the end! How will Montserrat deal with this, “implementing regulations to address threats posed by tourism, coastal development, and fisheries” […]

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More on the Environment and impact on Montserrat’s coral reefs

04 July 2014

The Department of Environment (DoE) here is cautioning residents on the wanton disposal of plastic waste on island. The warning comes as concern grows globally over the threat that widespread plastic waste poses to marine life and accompanying coastal damages. A recent United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Year Book 2014 reports that plastic contamination threatens […]

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Montserrat Youth Bound For Ireland on Inspirational Volunteer Journey

04 July 2014

Two Montserratian youths leave for Ireland on 4th July 2014 to join a team of European volunteers to who have just 2 weeks to transform a piece of waste land into a garden for people with disabilities. Lisa Ogle and Ashton Johnson will join a team of other young people from Spain, Italy and Romania […]

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Turks and Caicos Islands Premier withdraws payroll tax, announces NHIP amnesty

04 July 2014

Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands Hon. Dr. Rufus Ewing says he will withdraw the controversial Payroll Tax. And there will also be an amnesty on National Health Insurance Plan Programme that will waive penalty arrears, with persons still being required to pay the principal amount, following consultation with NHIP. “It is my Government’s […]

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Caribbean coral reefs ‘could vanish in 20 years’

04 July 2014

By Rebecca Morelle Science Correspondent, BBC News Many of the Caribbean’s coral reefs could vanish in the next 20 years, according to a report published by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Data from more than 35,000 surveys suggests that habitats have declined by more than 50% since the 1970s. The report’s […]

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Lost hiker says thanks

04 July 2014

Mr. Editor: How’s it going? Wondered if you could publish an article. I got stuck in the mountains and Search and Rescue had to get me out so I wanted to write an article to thank them. On a Tuesday morning in June (10th), having looked at my Ordinance Survey map of Montserrat, I decided […]

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July 2014 Criminal Assizes under way

04 July 2014

by Staff Reporter The July 2014 criminal assizes commenced July 1st 2014 with 5 matters listed. On the first day Rheon Rhone of Look Out pleaded guilty to unlawful sex with a girl under 16 and faces a possible two years imprisonment. He is expected to be sentenced on Tuesday July 8, 2014. Another case […]

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US man rows across Atlantic, reaches Caribbean

04 July 2014

NEW YORK – An American rower who set out to cross the Atlantic Ocean in honor of his brother reached the Caribbean island of Saint Martin. A spokeswoman for 48-year-old Victor Mooney said early Saturday the specially built oceangoing rowboat was towed about 20 miles to shore Friday while Mooney was aboard a search and […]

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Trinidad woman chopped to death after receiving restraining order earlier that day

20 June 2014

Police are questioning a man who allegedly killed a mother of two mere hours after she obtained a restraining order against him. Police said Orpha Prescilla Hackett, 24, of Union Village, Rio Claro, south of here, was chopped several times about the body by the man, who attacked her as she was visiting her sister. […]

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St Lucians warned of possible retrenchment as unions reject latest offer

20 June 2014

By Ernie Seon The St Lucia government seemed headed for a confrontation with public service unions after they rejected its proposals Friday and Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony immediately signaled that all options, including the retrenchment of public servants, were now major possibilities. The government’s six point proposal included a five percent wage cut for […]

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St Lucia group concerned over Jamaica’s move to decriminalise marijuana

20 June 2014

  The Cannabis Movement of St. Lucia (CMSL) Tuesday expressed concern over a decision by the Jamaica government to implement changes in relation to the possession and smoking of marijuana. The CMSL said that the move announced last week breaks ranks with the position adopted by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to deal with the marijuana […]

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Pre-school students celebrate OECS Day 2014

20 June 2014

 A press release on June 17 from the OECS as follows: By Castries Pre–school Students will take the spotlight when OECS Day is celebrated in Dominica on Wednesday June 18, 2014. The Treaty of Basseterre establishing the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) was signed on June 18, 1981 in Basseterre, St. Kitts. The Dominica […]

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OECS Integration continues to be a must

20 June 2014

The main focus at the OECS Media clinic which took place at the wonderful Bay Gardens Resort and Spa at Rodney Bay in St. Lucia was on Integration and Economic Union among the OEC states (OECS), comprising Antigua and Barbuda, the Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Christopher and Nevis, St. Lucia and St. Vincent […]

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Montserrat private sector participates in CGF HLTT

20 June 2014

by Bennette Roach Norman Cassell, businessman, Kenya Lee from the Ministry of Finance and Bennette Roach, Managing Director of Montserrat Printing and Publishing Inc., publisher of The Montserrat Reporter were participants at a Caribbean Growth Forum training workshop. The two-day, June 12-13, 2014 was broadly sponsored jointly by World Bank, IDB and Caribbean Development Bank […]

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Gen. Hayden: The State of Iraq Is Gone

20 June 2014

Follow major world/US news? Will it get settled…? Does it lead to peace or more conflict? Update as of June 19, 2014 http://www.newsmax.com/Newsmax-Tv/Michael-Hayden-Benghazi-Abu-Khatallah/2014/06/18/id/577786/?ns_mail_uid=8299256&ns_mail_job=1573765_06192014&promo_code=h3ry9jy7 Newsmax: The country of Iraq is, for all intents and purposes, dead and has been replaced by three successor states, former CIA director Gen. Michael Hayden told Newsmax TV Wednesday. “The state […]

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Governor hints at relaxing entry prohibition into Zone C

20 June 2014

Governor Adrian Davis at his recent press conference while responding questions of illegal acquisition of scrap metal from Plymouth and other areas, used the opportunity to remind, “it is illegal to enter the Exclusion Zone apart from people who have been given a specific agreement to do so which are sand miners and scrap metal […]

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Educators to discuss sexual abuse of students in Barbados

20 June 2014

Education officials will discuss sexual abuse encountered by students during a two-day symposium on Thursday. The Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation said the symposium entitled “Student Victims of Sexual Abuse” will be held under the theme “Let’s talk…Student Victims of Sexual Abuse” and will target over 100 principals, guidance counsellors, senior teachers, education […]

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CXC Going Live with Electronic Marking in 2014

20 June 2014

The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) is utilising electronic marking or e-marking for some of its scripts for the 2014 May/June examination sitting. The Council will be marking 11 papers in seven Caribbean Secondary Education (CSEC) subjects using the e-marking technology provided by the UK-based company RM. The seven subjects with papers being e-marked this year […]

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British man ‘stabbed to death in Barbados after row with local in popular tourist area’

20 June 2014

By John Hall A British man has been stabbed to death on the Caribbean island of Barbados, it has been claimed. The victim, who has not yet been named, was reportedly stabbed in the chest early yesterday morning following an altercation with a local man in St Lawrence Gap, Christ Church – a neighbourhood popular […]

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Barbados government promises to pay Shanique Myrie this week

20 June 2014

Eight months after the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) ruled in favour of a Jamaican woman who successfully challenged the Barbados government, Bridgetown says it will this week make the payment of compensation awarded to her. Shanique Myrie had been denied entry into that country in 2011, and the CCJ had in October last […]

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PM signs MOA for EC $2 billion project

20 June 2014

The Gaston Browne ABLP (Antigua & Barbuda Labour Party) was obviously behaving and acting like a government elect, when they showed that within one day after taking office, the following report appeared. ST JOHN’S, Antigua – One day after taking up the position of Prime Minister, Gaston Browne has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) […]

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The Scrap Metal scandal continues to unfold

20 June 2014

By Bennette Roach In the ongoing investigation being conducted into the more apparent scandal of persons with or without permission, legal or otherwise, gathering valuable/old shirt scrap metal in the Exclusion Zones, in particular Plymouth and Waterworks environs, His Excellency Governor Adrian Davis has complicated his confirmation of the Hon Premier Reuben Meade’s assertion that […]

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Blatter defiant over Euro ‘insults’ as he awards $750K bonuses and … calls for video refs

19 June 2014

By Andrew Warshaw in Sao Paulo June 12 – Twenty-four hours after being bluntly taken to task by UEFA for changing his mind over staying on as FIFA president and told he was largely responsible for the organisation’s tarnished image, Sepp Blatter, not for the first time, was the one to show his teeth. On […]

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Gen. Hayden: The State of Iraq Is Gone

19 June 2014

Follow major world/US news? Will it get settled…? Does it lead to peace or more conflict? http://www.newsmax.com/Newsmax-Tv/Michael-Hayden-Benghazi-Abu-Khatallah/2014/06/18/id/577786/?ns_mail_uid=8299256&ns_mail_job=1573765_06192014&promo_code=h3ry9jy7 Newsmax: The country of Iraq is, for all intents and purposes, dead and has been replaced by three successor states, former CIA director Gen. Michael Hayden told Newsmax TV Wednesday. “The state of Iraq as we know it […]

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Premier R T Meade confirms election date – Sept 12, 2014

13 June 2014

In what is being considered a firm announcement of a date for general elections in Montserrat, Premier Meade said, “I don’t understand why people don’t follow what is being said and believe what is being said. I do not believe in snap elections. I do not believe in taking away that choice from the people […]

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OECS Integration and Economic Union – focus of media clinic

13 June 2014

By Bennette Roach Executive Producer at Radio Montserrat James white, Jr., and Bennette Roach, Editor of The Montserrat Reporter (TMR) participated in a two-day OECS Media Clinic that took place at the Bay Garden Beach Resorts in Rodney Bay, St. Lucia, on June 10 – 11, 2014. The clinic delivered presentations which as could be […]

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ELECTION SEASON

13 June 2014

By Howard Fergus You can tell it is election season not because a cold wind blows or headaches hit you from a hotter sun. You see men in huddles sweating under a dry tree loud with leaves, women on rare occasions, dispensing one-line testimonials, one voice raised above the rest like a descant pitched in […]

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Browne’s ABLP routs Spencer’s UPP wins landslide victory

13 June 2014

By Staff Reporters After losing power a decade ago, the (ALP) now Antigua & Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) was victorious in the June 12, 2014 elections and captured 14 of the 17 available seats, with one district facing a possible recount. Outgoing Prime Minister who ruled the twin island state for the past 10 years […]

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US Forces Capture Benghazi Attack Mastermind

13 June 2014

Richard Perle, Paul Wolfowitz, Iraq in Crisis, Newsmax TV The United States has captured a man linked to the Benghazi terror attack that killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans, authorities announced Tuesday. The suspect, Ansar al-Sharia commander Ahmed Abu Khattala, was captured Sunday in Libya somewhere south of Benghazi in a joint U.S. […]

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The Region around you

13 June 2014

Facts you should know CARI COM was established on 4 July 1973 by the Treaty of Chaguaramas on the principle of regional integration for national and regional development.  The grouping comprises 15 full member states (Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint […]

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Four reasons to love coconut oil

13 June 2014

Dr. William Donald Kelley newspringpress.com Kelley’s Results with Cancer – Book By Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez – Buy Now! (NaturalNews) Few foods, with the possible exception of eggs, have had their reputations so completely demolished in the 20th century as coconut oil. Even as late as the 1990s, this edible oil, which is extracted from the […]

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Dominica’s Michele Henderson wins CARICOM song competition

13 June 2014

By AGSelectPR Dominican, jazz, fusion singer Michele Henderson is the winner of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) song competition, and her winning entry “Celebrating CARICOM” is now the regional body’s official anthem.  Henderson beat out 57 semi-finalists and ten finalists to emerge winner in the competition which was announced last year. She says she screamed in […]

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2.3K people refuse to vote on Colombian Caribbean island

13 June 2014

Residents of Isla Baru, an island off Colombia’s Caribbean coast, have collectively decided to abstain from voting in Sunday’s presidential election, national media reported. The roughly 2,300 participants say they are protesting the government’s attitude toward the island, located in the Caribbean Sea a few miles from the coastal city of Cartagena de Indias. According to the […]

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5 Foods You Should Not Even Think About Eating

13 June 2014

Did you know that the supermarket foods that are found in most refrigerators and cupboards today are actually full of hidden health threats? Every time you eat foods without considering their health consequences you are putting your body and life at risk. We may even try to make healthy choices that still wind up doing […]

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Bonaire foils Montserrat’s ascendency in CFU football

13 June 2014

When the controversies go against you it is always so sweet when you go on to win. Only that going on to win eluded Montserrat as the least favourite or least known Bonaire prevailed to deny Montserrat a win it expected in the finale on June 3, 2014. Caribbean Football Union football had come to […]

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BOM Director: “Offshore Financial Services Viable Option for Montserrat.”

13 June 2014

 By Warren Cassell Founding shareholder and Director of Bank of Montserrat Mario St. Rose believes that Montserrat needs to explore Offshore Financial Services as a viable option. Mr. Marius St. Rose made such a call during the Banks forum held to discuss the proposed amalgamation. According to Mr. St. Rose, modern day banking calls for […]

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BOM Amalgamation: Do We Have a Choice?

13 June 2014

 By Warren Cassell Having recently celebrated 25 years of existence, and surviving insolvency while repaying an over $20 million dollar loan, the Bank of Montserrat is at a crossroad. Should it join with other indigenous banks in the region? “Amalgamation” seems to have been the buzz word at the recent forum held by the BOM […]

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RAMS Group Founder dies at 72

13 June 2014

The Owner and Founder of the RAMS Group of Companies has died at the age of 72.   Krishan ‘Kishu’ Chandiramani passed away on Sunday, June 8, 2014 in the twin island Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. According to the popular St. Kitts radio Station WINN FM, the prominent businessman and philanthropist, died in Basseterre, […]

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LIAT CEO Lauds staff

03 June 2014

The new CEO of regional carrier LIAT has praised the initiative of the airline’s headquarters based staff in Antigua. In his monthly “Letter from the CEO”, David Evans noted how he was “struck by the huge wealth of experience that exists throughout our organisation.” Reporting on a joint venture to develop highly skilled jobs in Antigua, […]

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China Infiltrating National Securityof Caribbean Nations With Cyber Army

02 June 2014

GEORGETOWN, Guyana — Writing on Wednesday in the Epoch Times, a privately held news media company with an emphasis on coverage of China, author Dennis Adonis claims that China’s dangerous cyber army has a firm grip on Guyana and the rest of the Caribbean. This report follows two recent Caribbean News Now articles addressing the […]

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Unhappy with your government? Consider buying a Caribbean passport

02 June 2014

Economically pressed Caribbean countries are selling citizenship to mostly Middle Eastern, Asian, and Russian applicants as an easy revenue source. But reports of abuse are on the rise. By Ezra Fieser After Russian tech entrepreneur, Pavel Durov, was fired by the popular social-media company he founded, he vowed never to return home. “I’m out of […]

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Fostering a culture of Integrity, will almost immediately bring prosperity

30 May 2014

Editorial – May 30, 2014 Last year and prior we promoted articles on Integrity and questioned often when the Act that was passed since 2010, and which had been in consideration before, would come into effect. We carried such Editorials as, “It requires a lot when you lack integrity”, “Failure to get the Integrity Act […]

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Black group supports reparations but Caribbean “can’t claim much in the way of economic clout”

30 May 2014

NEW YORK, United States, CMC – A senior official of the New York-based Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW) says the demand by Caribbean countries for reparations for slavery from Europe “possess enormous moral authority”. Don Rojas, the IBW director of communications writing in the Nation, considered the most prestigious and influential progressive […]

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Improved gasoline for Montserrat

30 May 2014

by staff writer Motorists on Montserrat now have access to a higher quality gasoline. Delta Petroleum’s Regional Manager Bevis Sylvester introduced the 93 octane gasoline last week Thursday. The 93 octane gasoline was launched during a ceremony at the A&F Service Centre in Sweeney’s, after which, some motorists were given free gasoline to test the […]

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Nothing in life is worth fighting for

30 May 2014

Sharing an interesting find in our bbm inbox: Nothing in life is worth fighting for. Your best clothes is someone’s rag, your gf (girl friend)/bf (boy friend) or fiance’ was someone’s Ex. Every single prostitute you see in a hotel or on the street at night was at some point in time a virgin. So […]

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I want a Divorce

30 May 2014

Cool and calm: A married couple is driving along a highway doing a steady 60 miles per hour. The wife is behind the wheel. Her husband suddenly looks across at her and speaks in a clear voice. ‘I know we’ve been married for twenty years, but I want a divorce.’ The wife says nothing,Keeps looking […]

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Mr. Premier, what are you trying to hide?

30 May 2014

David Fenton asks (via Facebook) I, would like to ask you Mr. Premier, what has been the role of Mr. John Ryan in his Government at this time.? Mr. Ryan as both of us know, was a former Permanent Secretary in both Government’s Austin Bramble, and I do believe that of the late John Osborne. […]

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OTC meeting ends with focus on collaboration in accessing EDF

30 May 2014

Two weeks ago Montserrat hosted an Overseas Territories Council meeting where in attendance were Several political leaders of Caribbean Overseas Countries and Territories. They were: Mrs Sarah Wescott-Williams of Dutch St Maarten, Mr. Hubert Hughes of Anguilla and Dr. Orlando Smith of the British Virgin Islands, and their delegations, along with delegate representatives from Curacao […]

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The scrap metal and wire scandal pot heats well

30 May 2014

By B Roach In a move that confirms last week’s front page story, and Premier Meade’s explanation that he had authorized the non-revenue to Government removal of valuable material from Government buildings in the Exclusion zone of Plymouth, the Governor issued a press release which highlighted issues in the lack of control on persons who […]

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What of the third of three bays, Gun Hill and Pipers Pond?

25 May 2014

Editorial – May 23 Guest submission: Part two BTW, I think the Tropical Mansion Suites hotel in Sweeney’s should be a training campus for the Community College. Likewise, the Cultural Centre should be a multimedia and arts campus and production facility. We should look to a natural ampitheatre across from it past the little ghaut […]

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90 Days for 100 Years

23 May 2014

By Shirley Osborne Effluent and pollution at Little Bay The Government of Montserrat’s MDC says, with surprising conviction and pride, that it gave Montserratians “every opportunity” to participate and engage in the plans for Little Bay. It consulted. It conducted a consultation process. It did. I have no argument with the truth of that statement. […]

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MDC Chairman calls Little Bay Development and port project, ‘ambitious’

23 May 2014

Where did we hear that word before in connection with developments at Little Bay? MDC (Montserrat Development Corporation) Chairman, John E. Ryan says during the Premier’s press conference on his Dubai Investor mission last week Tuesday, there continues to be interest in the other developments at Little Bay. He was responding about the information MDC […]

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Clifford ‘Weeley’ Ryan – Self Reliance exampled in national development on Montserrat.

23 May 2014

By Claude Gerald  One entered a slightly elevated home in a new subdivision of Look Out, as sunrise ended dawn. Home owner Clifford ‘Weeley’ Ryan is enthusiastically tour guiding up the deliberately unpaved driveway. Weeley, a farmer friend was met moments earlier on the roadside; inevitable conversation on animal agriculture developed and an invitation extended […]

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Scrap wire, metal scandal brew

23 May 2014

There is brewing a matter under investigation by the media, involving and following from news stories we published in December 2011 and again six months later in June 2012, about scrap metal and wire being exported from Montserrat, and in particular from the Exclusion Zones. The abandoned capital of Plymouth, Montserrat is the centre of […]

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What of the third of three bays, Gun Hill and Pipers Pond?

17 May 2014

Editorial – May 16, 2014 Guest submission: Part one In Port Royal, Jamaica, on June 7 1692, a generation of development was swept away in ignorance. In Plymouth, Montserrat, from 1986 – 97, the ignorance was in the teeth of scientific evidence brought to attention but ignored. And, ignored in ways that still haunt, bear […]

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Voters learn the issue of domicile and urged to register as enumeration begins in June

16 May 2014

The Electoral Commission under the chairmanship of Sir Howard Fergus hosted another radio program in an ongoing education and information program. This time Sir Howard and his team member Bennette Roach and Senior Commissions Analyst, Mrs. Shivonne White, who serves the Commissions addressed with an attempt at providing more clarity on the issue ‘domicile’ as […]

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Pipers Pond: Has Montserrat been intentionally mislead by the DFID and the MDC?

16 May 2014

By S. O’Garro The development/destruction of Piper’s Pond has been followed with very keen interest because it has gone from a designation of untouchable (a place of intrinsic environmental value) to a piece of real estate that is key to the development of the new town centre. I have followed both the arguments from the […]

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Green Tea Fights Depression

16 May 2014

Green tea has been the subject of many studies, and we all know it is packed with healthy antioxidants. But it can also have a positive effect on mood. In a recent study, people who drank two to three cups of green tea daily were about 40% less likely to report feeling depressed than those […]

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Customs complete Assycuda training

16 May 2014

The Montserrat Customs and Revenue Service- Customs Division is pleased to announce that it has successfully carried out a recent upgrade of the ASYCUDA World System (“Automated System for Customs Data”) from that of 4.01 to 4.02. ASYCUDA World was originally introduced in Montserrat in 2010 and has been working well despite a few intermittent […]

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Caribbean Islands still recovering after Christmas storm

16 May 2014

Los Angeles Post Examiner Part of a bridge is washed away in St. Vincent following Dec. 24 torrential rains. St. Vincent, St. Lucia and Dominica — three of the world’s smallest countries — are still in shock after a freak Christmas Eve storm ripped through the Eastern Caribbean, destroying crops, houses and livelihoods in its […]

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Bank of Montserrat fails in Labour Tribunal for unfair dismissal

16 May 2014

by Staff Reporter In recent years there have been several unreported cases going through the Labour Tribunal where employers have been found guilty of either dismissing employees unfairly among other unfair treatment meted out to employees. On May 12, 2014 The Bank of Montserrat Ltd. (BOML) was ordered to pay former employee Miss Karen Carlton […]

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Underwater Explorers: We Found the Santa María, Christopher Columbus’s Ship

13 May 2014

A group of underwater explorers say they believe they have located the missing remains of Christopher Columbus’ flagship, the Santa María, more than five centuries after it wrecked in the Caribbean Sea. The Independent reported that the team of explorers said they found the wreck’s remains on the sea’s floor off the north coast of […]

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Modify the SGP as suggested by DFID since September, 2012

06 May 2014

Editorial – May 2, 2014 : Last week we tried in rather, perhaps a limited way the difficulties our single-minded leadership face in finding ‘good and proper’ investors, acceptable to the UK Government (UKG) and the people of Montserrat (so described rather than GoM (the Government of Montserrat). Let us recognize those difficulties in light […]

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T&T in shock and disbelief after fearless prosecutor Dana Seetahal gunned down

05 May 2014

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – Trinidad and Tobago trembled and the region reeled from the assassination early yesterday of Dana Seetahal, well-respected senior counsel (SC), an outspoken independent senator during her time in Parliament, and well-read Express columnist. Jurists all up the Caribbean were texting Trinidadians to find out if it was true and the […]

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3D Printing: The Future Is Now

02 May 2014

How 3D Printing is Changing the Shape of Businesses By: Bevil Wooding Ever sketched a design idea on paper and wondered what it might look like if it could be brought to life?  An earring design, a pendant, perhaps?  A sculpture, or special widget? Or even a house plan? One of the greatest challenges faced […]

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New Political Party ‘PDM’ Launched

02 May 2014

(GIU) Adapted: A new political party has been announced to contest the upcoming general election. A press release Wednesday, April 30, 2014 informed of the announcement of the People’s Democratic Movement, PDM. The press release stated that the announcement came in response to direct requests from within the communities, the general population on island and […]

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MSS (I) Girls do it again – Cross Country Easter Monday Relay – Fire victorious for Men

02 May 2014

   By Bennette Roach The MSS-I Girl team set the standard again, after setting a new record last year of 42:38 min clipping two mins off the record, this time on the reverse track set the record at 48:15 min. In the Men’s event the Fire team outran their main rival Conscious Vybz who, winners […]

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Margaret White: hosts a day at Woodlands Beach for the elderly

02 May 2014

 By Bennette Roach Several senior elderly members of the Montserrat Community mostly from the Elderly homes were treated to an Easter Monday outing sponsored and hosted by Mr. Neville and Margaret White from New York. The Montserrat Reporter learned of the event, but was warned that Margaret was avoiding the publicity. She however was convinced […]

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Dr. Lowell Lewis, surgeon on contract with the Government of Antigua and Barbuda

02 May 2014

Presented at the annual President’s Meeting of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh U.K. on March 21st 2014. “Emergency Surgery in the 21st Century for developing countries and remote communities” by Dr L Lewis, Dr S Richards and Dr S Radhakrishnan, consultant surgeons at Mount St John’s Medical Centre  St John’s Antigua, was the […]

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Chikungunya now an epidemic in the Caribbean

02 May 2014

ORANJESTAD, Aruba (CMC) – The head of the Caribbean Public Health Authority (CARPHA), Dr James Hospedales, has declared the Chikungunya virus has reached epidemic proportions in the Caribbean. “By definition this is an epidemic since it represents an unusual number of cases of this problem where we would never have it before,” Dr Hospedales told […]

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CARICOM seeking Mexico’s help

02 May 2014

MEXICO CITY, Mexico (CMC) — Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries are looking to Mexico for assistance in reversing a decision by developed countries to re-classify the regional states thereby limiting their access to access to vital concessionary and development financing. The CARICOM leaders are in Mexico attending the Third CARICOM-Mexico summit and the Sixth Summit of […]

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Caribbean cultural delegation for China

02 May 2014

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – A cultural delegation from the Caribbean leaves Barbados on Sunday to participate in the Beijing Arts Festival. Chinese Ambassador to Barbados, Wang Ke, said that the artistes from Barbados will be among those from 10 Caribbean countries performing over a three-day visit in China. “It will be very well organised and […]

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Caterpillar high speed generator set being tested at Brades Power Station

02 May 2014

By Bennette Roach Towards the end of January  this year, Montserrat Utilities Manager (MUL) Mr. Peter White confirmed that there were proposals before the Government, to the way forward as a result of the severe outages being experienced on island at the time This week MUL reported that a refurbished caterpillar generator set is currently […]

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We must trade with the UK, from whence financial aid comes

25 April 2014

Editorial – April 25, 2014 : Our lead story today is about the Premier and how he hastens off once more to seek investors to satisfy the Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) in his signed undertaking with the British to find investors. We have already alluded and spoken to the problems created by highlighting that from […]

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What’s in a dream?

25 April 2014

Some people in Montserrat are dreaming. Everybody in Montserrat dreams at least sometimes. It’s natural and it is sweet, fantastical escape. Sometimes. Most people know, though, that dreams are never what they appear to be. In Montserrat, everybody knows, “Dream about the dead, you will hear from the living.” “Dream about a wedding, you going […]

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MDC Investment Fund reported as registered a year ago

25 April 2014

Just under a year ago, in mid-May last year the Montserrat Development Corporation (MDC) dressed up a report, in response or reaction to the UK Department for International Development (DfID) Minister of State Alan Duncan’s letter of  9 May 2013 to (Your Excellency) the Hon Premier Reuben Meade. In that report headed “Investments for Growth […]

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IMF says tepid economic growth for Caribbean countries

25 April 2014

WASHINGTON (CMC) – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says economic activity in the Caribbean is expected to stay in low gear in 2014. It said growth remains tepid in most of the Caribbean. It said that while the recovery in the United States and other advanced economies is expected to bolster export growth, lower world […]

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VISITING CARDIOLOGIST PROGRAM HAILED A SUCCESS

25 April 2014

GIU (Adapated) : The Visiting Specialist Programme in which medical experts from overseas provide their expertise to the residents of the island through an initiative of the Ministry of Education, Health and Social Services continues to be a success story. For the third consecutive year Montserrat-born US based cardiologist Dr. Icilma Fergus-Rowe has visited the […]

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Caribbean conch lobster trade under threat, officials say

25 April 2014

ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC) — The future of the Caribbean’s conch and lobster fisheries remains under threat despite regional efforts to protect it, regional fisheries officials said Wednesday. The issue is at the top of the agenda of the 12th meeting of the Caribbean Fisheries Forum, the main technical and scientific decision-making body of the Caribbean […]

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Premier Meade searches for investors

25 April 2014

While we wait to for news from the Aide Memoire since the budget talks in February and budget presentation and in March, and the Premier’s usual declaration of news that the Premier is off seeking investors; we learn of a letter to Premier Meade a little less than a year ago dated 9 May 2013, […]

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Join the 21st century, Emerald Isle of the Caribbean, before it is too late.

25 April 2014

Christopher Lynt says: Perhaps the report will result in some environmental consciousness raising in the leadership of Montserrat? It is not like residents and ex-pats have been sitting quietly by – how many times have we pleaded with the current GoM to do the right thing and preserve Montserrat’s natural beauty and resources? Yes, some […]

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Interim Port Development

25 April 2014

Who wants to live and work in a brand new town or visit a luxury hotel  overlooking 3 to 5 years of major port construction, that will take away the sunset horizon? Interim Port Development required until we find the US$100 million. Why not a calm ferry dock or an inland safe harbour at 5 […]

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Changes in the Legal Department (Attorney General and DPP’s office)

25 April 2014

His Excellency Governor Adrian Davis at his recently monthly press conference held on Wednesday this week gave updates on changes and additions at the legal department (Attorney General’s Chambers). The Governor confirmed that the Hon. AG Esco Henry spends her last day in office on, “April 27, when she proceeds on vacation leave which will […]

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New President of Association of Black Cardiologists is Icilma Fergus, MD, of The Mount Sinai Hospital

24 April 2014

Mount Sinai Heart’s Dr. Fergus Inaugurated at ABC’s 40th Anniversary Reception During the American College of Cardiology 2014 Scientific Session Icilma V. Fergus, MD, of The Mount Sinai Hospital at her inauguration ceremony becoming the new President of the Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC) on March 30 at ABC’s 40th Anniversary Reception held during the […]

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L I Champions, Under-15 Cricket team return to Montserrat

21 April 2014

The 2014 Under-15 Leeward Islands cricket championship was just completed in St. Kitts-Nevis. The Montserrat players returned home today by Ferry at mi-day. The Montserrat Under-15 cricket team lost to Nevis and won Antigua, St. Kitts and Anguilla in good fashion. They returned to a big welcome by parents and fans. The team travelled with […]

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Save Little Bay and Caars Bay from their Executioners

18 April 2014

by Claude Gerald The policy of the British Government is at odds with that of Development Fund for International Development (DFID) and the government of Montserrat regarding the way the physical environment of the island is being treated. The UK is ambitious that the overseas territories will set world standards in their stewardship of the […]

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RMPS installs traffic mirrors at key points

18 April 2014

A release from the Royal Montserrat Police Service (RMPS)speaks to Community policing and its focus on crime and social disorder, through the delivery of police services that includes aspects of traditional law enforcement, as well as prevention, problem solving, community engagement, and partnerships. The release says, “It is against this backdrop that the RMPS will […]

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Premiere’s Debate statement gets corrective reaction

18 April 2014

By Staff Reporter Budget debates in Montserrat are seldom without controversy and this year’ was no different.  Premiere Reuben T. Meade came out with all engines blazing to provide what would be the fiscal focus for the upcoming financial (election) year.   While many analyzed the policies and statements of the Premiere, one private organization seems […]

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Browne claims TMR publishing not factual matters in letters to the Reporter

18 April 2014

Following, he outlined: The four (4) retail units at the Marine Village in Little Bay are almost completed; MDC has completed the renovation of one of the three privately owned retail operations, also completed construction of the new ferry terminal at Little Bay port. Over 100 persons were employed on the above projects. Work will […]

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A STAIRWAY TO THE STARS

18 April 2014

(In memory of Franklyn “Jackie Fyah” Hixon, dec. 16Mar2014) Shirley Spycalla  I stood and stared at the tower of stones From the roadside across the way He’d tried to get me to climb with him But I’d denied him the pleasure that day.   Counting floors, six in all I caught a fleeting glimpse of […]

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MDC CEO Browne is wrong

18 April 2014

Browne is missing too much by Bennette Roach The MDC and ultimately the CEO have been accused of not consulting with or adequately informing or  keeping the public informed about the activities surrounding its main mandate to deliver or develop Little Bay, a town centre and port. Mr. Browne prior to his appearance on public […]

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Deception is the name of the ‘game’ while the SGP falters

11 April 2014

Editorial – April 11, 2014 Someone in a group in discussion asked a question representing the general consensus, “Why, or rather, how is it the incumbent Government of Montserrat (GoM), in spite of their continued attempts at misinforming the people at their perception of great achievements, seems to be actually begging to be re-elected?” We […]

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Awards’ Ceremony Glittered Dimly

11 April 2014

By Claude Gerald Whether it was territorial or national symbolism, the recent awards ceremony on the British Overseas Territory, Montserrat, designed to honour worthy citizens, gives cause for concern and for some discomforts as well. Gold glitters but not everything that so resembles is made of it. One may look good, but be far from […]

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SMOKE and MIRRORS

11 April 2014

 (Geothermal observation) by Contributor Why are our leaders speaking with “Forked Tongue”, or does one department not know what is happening elsewhere? DFID Area Manager said at the Governor’s press conference in February that the drilling report concerning geothermal would be on island by February 14, 2014. In the Legislative Assembly in March the Deputy […]

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“RUNNING” For public office is not a sport

11 April 2014

Serious Observation! Veteran Calypsonian Cupid may have lost his Crown this past Festival but the satirical hit song “I’m running” has provoked much thought on the issue of candidate suitability. According to the recent census, Montserrat has a population less than five thousand so familiarity with persons offering themselves for public office is not an […]

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Irish President Higgins visits UK, a first after over 90 years

11 April 2014

Government House in Montserrat under Governor Adrian Davis, has issued a press release that informs, “The President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabrina, started the first ever state visit to the United Kingdom by an Irish President today Tuesday 8th April 2014.”  The four day visit comes more than 90 years after […]

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Abbey Road’ finds a home at the National Trust Museum

11 April 2014

On March 13, 2014, the Montserrat National Trust museum became the permanent home of a hardback  of the book, “Abbey Road”, donated by the fundraising committee of Sujue Davis drive to support nonprofit and charitable organisations, such as the Red Cross on Montserrat. The book written by George Martin founder and owner of the Air […]

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Premier Meade’s 2014 ‘Budget’ speech

11 April 2014

 by Bennette Roach The Premier of Montserrat, the Honourable Reuben T Meade, on Monday evening of March 24, 2014 of his second term as leader of Government and Minister Jarvis in a report, highlights the Premier’s budget speech and began by pointing out, that “This year is an election year in Montserrat with polls constitutionally […]

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Today marks World Health Day for 2014

07 April 2014

The World Health Organization is highlighting the annual observance with information about the increasing threat of vector-borne diseases. More than half the world’s population is at risk from diseases such as malaria, dengue, leishmaniasis, Lyme disease, schistosomiasis and yellow fever, carried by mosquitoes, flies, ticks, water snails and other vectors. Vector-borne diseases affect the poorest populations, particularly […]

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4th Montserrat Idol contest produces 16-yr-old Sharline Gibbons, winner

04 April 2014

Sharline Gibbons is the 2014 Montserrat Idol out shining her competition on Saturday April 6, 2014 before a surprising tightly packed Cultural Centre. The 16 year old triumphed over 2 other contestants – her sister Alicia Ross and Cassandra Weekes.  The annual event that just completed its fourth season, was staged over 10 weeks, featured […]

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Ignoring society and the environment gains naught for development

28 March 2014

Editorial – March 21, 2014 The news still to be revealed by the Premier to the people of Montserrat that, the US$150 million port project has either been abandoned or at least put on hold, comes as no surprise to us, but the reason that the Premier is supposed to give goes to the heart […]

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LIME announces Randolph Lewis, new Acting General Manager

24 March 2014

A release dated March 10, 2014 has named Montserratian Randolph Lewis as its new Acting General Manager effective that day. According to the sources, has been appointed Acting General Manager effective March 10th. This appointment follows the resignation of Joseph Cassell exactly two months ago as LIME’s General Manager for the Montserrat, for over five […]

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Franklyn Hixon (Jackie Fyah) dead in sudden collapse of stone house

21 March 2014

By Warren Cassell In 2012, a document published by Justin Cassell and Glesford James in association with the Office of the Premier and Cabinet Secretary, titled Accessible Historical and Cultural Sights on Montserrat described the   prominent multi-storey building, constructed with stones, as “[towering] above everything in the area, even the tallest of coconut trees. The […]

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Caribbean Calls For APD Change In UK Budget

21 March 2014

The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has again voiced the Caribbean community’s concerns that the United Kingdom’s Air Passenger Duty (APD) is damaging the region’s tourism industry ahead of the UK budget. The statement, released ahead of British Chancellor George Osborne’s March 19 budget presentation, claimed that the APD is implemented unfairly. The duty on flights […]

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MDC CEO Browne establishes disdain for the Montserrat public

21 March 2014

Ivan B. Browne as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) – designate of the corporation. Browne is expected to take up his substantive role as CEO on July 8th 2013 following the completion of his present technical consultancy. Since January 2013, Browne has been heading a consultancy to assess the feasibility of an investment fund […]

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Jackie Fyah carved a house of stone

21 March 2014

Jackie Fyah carved a house of stone To keep his dreams in. He’d wake me early a morning To find where the sun rose out of the sea. Together we’d travel the forbidden zone. He always said you need stone To rise above Montserrat And not be conquered down.   Jackie Fyah carved a home Showed […]

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Jus Wonderin

21 March 2014

March 21, 2014 Jus wonderin if govment a gee wid one hand and a tek back more wid de udda one wid dem scampish tax structure. Jus wonderin if a true dat people who a get ‘help’ under dee guvment mortgage programs hafu pay guvment’s Project Implementation Unit (PIU) fu manage de construction o’ dem […]

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Statement by Hon. Donaldson Romeo

21 March 2014

Brades, Montserrat, March 20, 2014 – Fellow citizens, residents and friends of Montserrat: One of the duties of elected Opposition representatives is to hold the ruling Government accountable to the goals of good government and to promote transparency in Government.  So, let us now sit down together and see how well our current Government has […]

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When the dust clears, the actions that follow should not surprise

17 March 2014

Editorial – March 14, 2014 : Governor Adrian Davis has particularly  over the last few weeks faced much criticism and some pressure to do what he has come to hear so much in recent times, “Do the right thing”. It is somewhat surprising since he has more often than not, agreed that this should always […]

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Montserrat hosts its first government-organised national awards ceremony

15 March 2014

GIU – Montserrat on Sunday hosts its inaugural National Honours and Awards Ceremony. The event, originated and coordinated out of the Premier’s Office, will be held on Sunday evening from 5 p.m. at the Montserrat Cultural Centre. A number of awards will be presented to persons and organisations for their ‘selfless contribution to the island’. […]

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Port Access – health and safety

15 March 2014

Dear Editor: Now that we have a NEW customs and immigration facility we should look carefully at what has been provided. Many of our travellers are elderly and some are disabled but NO measures are in place to help them. Normal passengers who use the ferry do it because it is more economic or they […]

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Martin Healy band (Irish band) features this week

14 March 2014

Martin Healy has been visiting Montserrat and performing in several functions over the St. Patrick’s Day week activities. This year was no exception and this time he brought his band along, as he has on previous occasions. He and the band were special guests at the Governor’s wife, Sujue Davis’ popular latest Coffee Morning on […]

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Nutritional Value & Health Benefits of Okra (ochro)

14 March 2014

  Okra is a powerhouse of valuable nutrients. Nearly half of which is soluble fiber in the form of gums and pectins. Soluble fiber helps to lower serum cholesterol, reducing the risk of heart disease. The other half is insoluble fiber which helps to keep the intestinal tract healthy decreasing the risk of some forms […]

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SuJue Davis honoured on International Women’s Day

14 March 2014

  At five o’clock in the evening on International Women’s Day, an appreciative gathering of patrons and invitees gathered at the Olveston House, where they witnessed Mrs. Sujue Davis, honoured, as in the words of one of the Olveston House hosts, Mrs. Carol Osborne “to pay tribute to a very special person…” The event was […]

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Are we going to get Geothermal?

14 March 2014

Just come right out and tell us what is exactly happening Call me a skeptic,  but I found Min. Kirnon’s address/remarks on the ZJB News last night and also listening to the recording in your MNI, was simply unacceptable. With something so vitally important to the future of Montserrat at stake, I found him to be lackadaisical, and beyond my comprehension. […]

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The doom is staring – time to start over before we go blind!

10 March 2014

Editorial – March 7 2014 The official reason given to the media for the cancellation of the press conference which was planned well in advance of the UK budgetary aid mission team that recently visited, was, “…due to the fact that their meetings with the various government ministries and departments have been  running overtime.” A […]

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Denied and restored, Cassell can visit prisoners at HMP

10 March 2014

On Saturday, March 1, 2014, Warren Cassell following his 16-month incarceration showed up, as he has on most Saturdays since July last year, to visit inmates at Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP). Cassell has informed that he was told upon arrival that he was banned from making any visits to the prison or bringing anything for […]

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Losing Montserrat Part III

10 March 2014

By Shirley Osborne If we have decided that Little Bay will be the site of the new capital of the people of Montserrat, why are we making it into a tourist resort complex? And conversely, if all it really will be is a recreation and relaxation venue for tourists, why then, do we, in our […]

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Solution found for outstanding CLICO claims,

10 March 2014

There could be some good news for Montserrat residents and businesses who have invested in the Colonial Life Insurance Company (CLICO). This is according to news originating from CMC (Caribbean Media Corporation) and published in the Jamaica Gleaner of February 26, 2014. The Governor of the Central Bank of Barbados, Dr Delisle Worrell, says a […]

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The budget review team press conference cancellation

10 March 2014

by Bennette Roach Following the announcement that the recent visit by the Department for International Development, (DFID) budgetary aid mission team would hold a press conference, (as is normal), the new Information and Communications director Mike Jarvis on Feb. 24, dutifully issued a notice for the press conference due to be held February 26, 2014 at 2.00 […]

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CARICOM salutes, On the Occasion of International Women’s Day

08 March 2014

The Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)  Ambassador Irwin LaRocque  claims the honour and privileged to salute the women and girls of the Caribbean Community on the occasion of International Women’s Day 2014. This year’s United Nation’s theme ‘Equality for Women is Progress for All’, is one that we can all embrace as we examine our […]

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Derona-Semper

Coming this weekend: Semper and Williams to be confirmed as Inspectors

07 March 2014

Governor Davis has informed today he will confirm the appointment of Inspectors Derona Semper and Albert Williams after ‘reverting’ them to Sergeants from their appointment to Inspector. Full story will reveal the debacle behind the demotion and how the reversion of the decision unfolded.

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26 February 2014

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The first lawsuit filed against HM Prison in Montserrat

21 February 2014

by Staff Reporter For the fist time in the history of Montserrat a former inmate has sued Her Majesty’s Prison seeking redress from the court for breaches of human rights and constitutional privileges.  Attorney-at-law Warren Cassell has filed legal action against five prison officers – the acting Superintendent Theodore Woodley, Acting Deputy Superintendent Rupert Harris, […]

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Inspectors Semper and Williams Attorney receives no response from Governor

21 February 2014

by B. Roach In an update of the matter where His Excellency Governor Adrian Davis following the probation of two Royal Montserrat Police Service Inspectors, Derona Semper and Albert Williams, reverted their ranks to Sergeants, he has not up to today responded to the Inspectors’ attorney, David S. Brandt. Mr. Brandt had written to the […]

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Jus wonderin

21 February 2014

Jus Wonderin – February 21, 2014 Jus wonderin how many maids, cleaners and public works workers were made permanent and pensionable. Jus wonderin why the Premier dissembles so much. Jus wonderin how many cleaners employed by government work fulltime and can qualify to become permanent and pensionable especially when these services are being outsourced and […]

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Losing Montserrat – Part II

21 February 2014

By Shirley Osborne It is ironic, muses one prominent Montserratian businessman, that the street named after Robert W. Griffith is leading to a part of our lands that a large portion of Montserratians feel is being taken away from Montserratians. Montserrat is displacing fishermen and boats while declaring that it is seeking millions of dollars […]

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No formal response from the Governor General yet

21 February 2014

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – THE Unity Movement has indicated that since its delivery of a letter to the Governor General declaring their support for Dr. Timothy Harris for Prime Minister of the Federation, they have not yet received a formal response from the Head of State. SKNVibes was informed by members of Team Unity that […]

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Is the potential lawsuit against Governor Davis a slam dunk?

20 February 2014

Will this result in a lawsuit against Governor Davis? His Excellency the Governor Adrian Davis was somewhat evasive when responding to questions from the media about the recent demotions of two senior police officers in the Royal Montserrat Police Service. The questions arose after reports that acting inspectors Derona Semper and Albert Williams were both […]

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US-bound Transit Passengers Can Now Carry Liquid Aerosols and Gels on Board

19 February 2014

SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten – With effect from Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, transit passengers on flights to destinations in the USA will be allowed to carry duty free Liquids, Aerosols and Gels (LAGs) over 3.4 ounces as carry-on items. This allowance in effect is based on TSA Security Directive #1544-14-01. These LAGs, however, must be transported […]

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14 February 2014

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Jus Wonderin

14 February 2014

February 14, 2014 Jus wonderin if the Gov. know or understand anything about what the AG say about God. “He will now step in and finish it decisively, justly and on His terms. Jus wonderin if he know when they tell him about people doing witchcraft, it is usually God’s way of settling things – […]

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Conversation with Montserrat: Part 3

14 February 2014

By Shirley Osborne Oh! Miss Mon! I get myself caught up in a little thing here; I have to tell you about it. You know how sometimes you start a conversation about something, and then somebody says something and somebody else says something else and then all of a sudden you are talking about something […]

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Waiting with hope for geothermal

14 February 2014

During the course of the geothermal exploration project, the managers of the project and in particular DFID’s Dr. Kato Kimbugwe informed through the media and other sources that a report would be issued by the end of October, 2013. Drilling had met its problems as reported from time to time but in the end it […]

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14 February 2014

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14 February 2014

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Who Are These People? And is it true what other people are saying about them?

08 February 2014

Who was it?, is what I would like to know! Who was the person, or the group of sharp, progressive-minded persons who decided, or agreed that when visitors arrive in Montserrat’s Capital Town in 20XX and beyond, what would make the best, most positive impression on them, and at the same time, portray Montserrat in […]

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Is there a blind eye to how Montserrat is manipulated ‘judicially’?

07 February 2014

There has never been an answer to the suggestion or question, as to whether Montserrat’s constitutionally appointed Director Public Prosecution was pushed, (forced to resign), or did so, as officially publicised.  We now know however that her like others in the public service are facing or faced similar circumstances. The demotion of two RMPS Inspectors, […]

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Governor Davis’ dubious surprises

07 February 2014

by Bennette Roach With suspicions surrounding public service decisions, demotes two police Inspectors She was the Police officer/Inspector who when she arrived on the scene held back RMPS Sgt. Ottley Laborde, later accused of threatening language, disorderly conduct and assault. Laborde was subsequently acquitted on the more serious charges, after being convicted, appealed and retried. […]

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Sir K. Dwight Vennon speaking in Montserrat - (ile photo)

ECCB Governor Venner reports continued low economic growth, notes challenges and priorities

01 February 2014

On Tuesday, January 28, at 8.00 p.m. The Hon. Sir K. Dwight Venner, via video conference and radio broadcast, presented his 2013 Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) Economic Review. The ECCB bank Governor issued the report under the theme – Realism and Hope: Moving towards our Development Goals, which he began by expressing “heartfelt sympathies […]

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A conversation with Montserrat – (Part 1)

01 February 2014

Shirley is back – Who remembers ‘Let’s Talk’?  So, Dear Montserrat, Election Days are here again, are they? It’s been nearly five years since the last burst of amazement, stupefaction and wonder, and from what I hear, these 2014 Elections Days look set to top any we have ever had in that regard, my gentle, […]

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Do they really not intend to stop the corruptible behaviours?

01 February 2014

Editorial – January 31, 2014 We do not yet know where the Government of Montserrat (GoM) stand or where they stood when the Honourable  Attorney General Esco Henry decided to challenge the Governor and Government in her remuneration issue and the taxes deducted. However, as it now stands and as the claims and applications continue […]

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Drill again – this time ‘directional’ ? “Geothermal Resource best news”

01 February 2014

Colin Leslie Beadon Comment: Back in the 70’s, I drilled seven wells in St Lucia for steam. We met steam in four, but had to kick off ‘directionally in two, to find a fracture. You can go down too deep and pass through a heat zone. I know, as I ran the Amarada wireline survey […]

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The Hon Attorney General withdraws challenge against the Governor

31 January 2014

by Bennette Roach : The question left, still to be answered is how it happened or how and why it was allowed to happen that the Hon. Attorney General (AG) was forced to file action against ‘the Crown’ via Governor of Montserrat Anthony Davis and the government of Montserrat (GoM).  The consequence of that action […]

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Crowdfunding Your Business Dreams

31 January 2014

5 Tips to Using the Internet to Fund Your Startup Idea By Bevil Wooding In working with entrepreneurs and startups around the region, by far the main grievance aired is that they are not enough options to raise money to fund their startup dreams. Many have been burned or even given up entirely on the […]

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Obesity Gains Its Hold in Earliest Years

31 January 2014

For many obese adults, the die was cast by the time they were 5 years old. A major new study of more than 7,000 children has found that a third of children who were overweight in kindergarten were obese by eighth grade. And almost every child who was very obese remained that way. Some obese […]

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LIAT Takes Delivery Of Sixth ATR Aircraft, Vows To Deliver Better Customer Service

31 January 2014

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – LIAT is moving full speed ahead with the upgrade of its fleet of aircraft with the addition of another new ATR aircraft. LIAT pilots, Captain Chris Cameron and First Officer Oran Challenger with flight engineer Gregory Marcano flew the latest ATR-42 aircraft across the Atlantic from Toulouse, France, arriving at V.C. […]

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Have a laugh

31 January 2014

 25th Anniversary After celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary with a romantic dinner at a restaurant, the wife thanked her husband for a wonderful evening. “It’s not over yet,” he said, and once back at the house, he presented her with a little black velvet box. She opened it in eager anticipation, but found nothing more […]

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Feedback: Power Outages: a money issue

31 January 2014

 Power Outages: a money issueFitzroy Martin comments: Governments all over the world are in place to work in the best interest of citizens but in Montserrat the opposite always seem to happen. The merger of Monlec (Montserrat Electricity Services) and (Montserrat Water Authority) has resulted in financial ruin to a company that existed and profited […]

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Follow-up One Response to “Expat M’rat home-owner suggests cost saver alternative energy to geothermal” Chris Lynt says:

31 January 2014

I have been told that the information I presented above was discussed with a member of the energy committee on Montserrat but was “discounted.” Therefore, I would like to point out that it was based on information from a wind industry informational web site which states that the “costs for a utility scale wind turbine […]

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Fear of whom or what? Concerns of no opposition

30 January 2014

Editorial – January 24, 2013 : As election talk begins to fill the air, it is perhaps not surprising that the talk arises just about every any gathering you find yourself, from work to church. But, because of the absence of campaign talk or campaign, the talk surrounds often, depending, on the fact that few […]

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Is the geothermal silence a contrast to the outflow at the wells?

29 January 2014

Editorial – January 17, 2014 : We have deliberately  not asked any official questions, but have made enquiries concerning the over delayed report on the geothermal development project, promised by the middle of January, 2014. What is difficult is the message that had promulgated into the minds of residents as to what it would mean […]

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Soca Bunnies make music video on Montserrat after Just Come Festival 2013

24 January 2014

  A music video for the Soca Bunnies 2013 popular song recently made on island, was of their latest hit song “Everything tun up” which was well received during the 2013 festival. The music video which was filmed at Festival Village featured children residing on Montserrat. The Soca Bunnies is a group from the Samuel […]

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