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As we remembered June 25, 1997 Gov Davis wants a magic wand GoM’s mess is the same, and more
 

As we remembered June 25, 1997

by Bennette Roach I had made a conscious effort this year, not to forget that fateful day or to revive it into the memories of Montserrat. A Jus Wonderin from September last year even after nothing was said or done in June, said: “Jus wonderin if HMG dispenses aid based on the risk-of-embarrassment model, only […]

Gov Davis wants a magic wand

As he says, Goodbye and thanks to public servants, but laments their need to share and be good to one another. “You need to be friendly with one another; you need to help one another,” he said. by Bennette Roach At the Montserrat Cultural Centre on Friday, June 26, 2015 His Excellency sought and used […]

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GoM’s mess is the same, and more

 by Bennette Roach There is no question that the eventual ‘cock-up’ with the now questionable ‘full closure’ really rested with the Government of Montserrat (GoM) who from the time it came to office seemed only to misunderstand suggestions and recommendations or misinterpret them as instructions, as they came from Governor and DFID, who we now […]

Rev. Cecil Weekes, Methodist dies and buried in Anguilla

26 June 2015

by Bennette Roach On the same day, Wednesday, June 10, 2015, that Fr. Larry Finnegan was memorialized in a Mass in Montserrat another former pastor born in Montserrat, Reverend Cecil Weekes, a Minister of the Methodist Church was laid to rest at the Bethel Methodist Church Cemetery in Anguilla, following a Service of Thanksgiving, held […]

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World Bank proposing regional ferry service as a solution to intra-regional travel

26 June 2015

Under the above caption we posted on our (TMR) Facebook page with the note: “For travel? For freight! Islands, drop the airline and travel tax, more people travel, integration and tourism will flourish.” Since 2012, the Reuben T. Meade government of Montserrat (GoM) opted to pursue Ferry travel as the main mode of travel into […]

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Trinidad hit by earthquake

26 June 2015

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.4 rocked Trinidad and Tobago late Thursday (May 25) night, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injury, the Seismic Unit of the University of the West Indies (UWI) reported Friday. It said that the quake, which occurred at 11.02 pm […]

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Opposition party finalises petition to challenge election results

26 June 2015

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Jun 25, CMC – The main opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) is citing at least 20 reasons why the High Court should order fresh general elections in Guyana. The party which lost the May 16 regional and general election has finalised its petition challenging the validity of the polls which it deemed to […]

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A Re-run – Jus Wonderin – June 25 in 2010

26 June 2015

Jus wonderin if the edita no me say so who would a notice this is not current jus wondern Jus wonderin where the CM was when GIS said only 250 people could hear Radio Montserrat at any given time. Jus wonderin who he fooling or who fool him in the diaspora to tell him they […]

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Joke Corner

26 June 2015

Late Night Lecture On New Year’s Eve, Daniel was in no shape to drive, so he sensibly left his van in the car park and walked home.  As he was wobbling along, he was stopped by a policeman.  ‘What are you doing out here at four o’clock in the morning?’ asked the police officer. ‘I’m […]

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Guyana calls on Venezuela “to behave itself”

26 June 2015

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC – Guyana has called on Venezuela, to “behave itself” as the two South American countries continue to seek public support for its position regarding the ongoing border dispute between them. Minister of Governance, with responsibility for National Patrimony, Raphael Trotman, told the National Assembly Thursday that Guyana is fully prepared to stand […]

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Europe seeks to explain reasons behind black list

26 June 2015

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Jun 25, CMC – The Head of the European Union Delegation to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Mikael Barfod, Thursday sought to downplay fears Caribbean countries may have as a result of some of them being included in a list of countries deemed to be tax havens. “First let me make it very […]

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ECCB and International Finance Corporation Advance Efforts to Establish ECCU Credit Bureau

26 June 2015

The East Caribbean Central Bank is announcing “the establishment of a Credit Bureau in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU)”, moving closer to reality as the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) collaborate to finalise the draft Harmonised Credit Reporting Bill and Regulations. According to the IFC’s Credit Bureau Knowledge […]

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ECCB Releases Jingle as Part of Withdrawal of Coins Communication Campaign

26 June 2015

  As planned and promised, the East Caribbean Central Bank has produced and released a Jingle as part of its Withdrawal of Coins communication campaign. The Campaign Theme is “Fewer Cents Make More Sense” The message for the withdrawal of the EC one-cent and two-cent coins from circulation is creatively captured in a jingle composed […]

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St Kitts Disability Associations visit Montserrat

26 June 2015

by Cathy buffonge Two special visitors from St Kitts recently blessed Montserrat with their presence at the invitation of the Montserrat Association of Persons with Disabilities (MAPD). They were Mr. Anthony Mills, President of the St Kitts Nevis Association for Persons with Disabilities and Mr. Rockliffe Bowen, President of the St Kitts Society for the […]

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Needed Consumer Association to be revived

26 June 2015

By Nerissa Golden BRADES – Efforts are being made to revive the Montserrat Consumer Association to lead on advocating for the needs of consumers here. CARICOM is presently conducting a Needs Assessment of all territories ahead of an EU-funded project to supply equipment and support to consumer agencies. Derk Bienen, of BKP Development Research & […]

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Caribbean officials are bracing for a bone-dry summer, as the worst drought in five years sweeps through the region.

26 June 2015

While in Montserrat sprinkling showers wet the grass for more than brief moments and mostly on the southern part of the habited Montserrat, the drought is withering crops, drying reservoirs and killing cattle from Puerto Rico to St. Lucia, and officials are worried the situation is only going to get worse. A quieter than normal […]

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More charges laid against former Transport Board manager

26 June 2015

JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC – The Antigua and Barbuda police have slapped 18 additional charges against the former general of the Transport Board, Harry Josiah, even as former prime minister Baldwin Spencer termed his initial arrest as a witch hunt by the Gaston Browne administration. Police said that Josiah, who had been on EC$100,000 (One EC […]

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Central Bank launches third tranche of Savings Bonds

26 June 2015

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – The Central Bank of Barbados (CBB) Tuesday said it would launch its third tranche of savings bonds on Wednesday after the first two totaling BDS$20 million (One BDS dollar = US$0.50 cents) had been sold out within days of being issued. The CBB said that the new tranche would have a […]

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Pressure mounts on government to stop payment to CLICO former directors

26 June 2015

Montserrat interests and individuals continue to ask questions as to the standing of their monies PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – The main opposition People’s National Movement (PNM) has called on the government to prevent the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago (CBTT) from paying nearly TT$50 million (One TT dollar =US$0.16 cents) to the […]

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Unprepared, but understand the problems, the facts…

20 June 2015

Editorial – June 19, 2015 : It is tiring and often disheartening to hear the ‘ignorance’ (pardon the seeming overuse of the word) that prevail from all quarters of the community, and not surprisingly, the Diaspora as well. Ignorance because it is difficult to believe that they comments are mistaken ones, when it is possible […]

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20 June 2015

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19 June 2015

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Suggesting "All of Montserrat holds its future"

Getting it right

19 June 2015

by Bennette Roach The goal posts are the same – What is your plan to score? What do you have to show? Do you know the truth on your side and their side? As the further economic decline and the eventual fall-out caused by the exit MCAP (Movement for Change and Prosperity) government, exasperated by […]

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As We Remember June 25, 1997

19 June 2015

    By Bennette Roach I remember where I was and what I was doing on that day, the hour, the moment. In fact I was attending the Rotary weekly meeting at the Vue Pointe Hotel, where Lloyd Lynch, one of the lead scientist was the guest speaker, updating Rotarians on the volcanic activity. He […]

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Fr. Larry Finnegan remembered in Montserrat

19 June 2015

Parishioners who seemed outnumbered by friends, with spirited and blessed memory of Fr. Larry celebrated his life in a very well attended Memorial Mass on Wednesday, June 10. The Roman Catholic community thus held the Memorial Mass as planned in honor of the former Parish Priest, Father Larry Finnegan on Wednesday, only ten days after […]

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Health problems linked to excessive caffeine consumption

19 June 2015

Caffeine is found in coffee, chocolate, energy drinks and soda, among other foods and drinks. LONDON, England, June 17, 2015 – Consuming too much caffeine on a regular basis may be damaging to your health, according to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). Elevated blood pressure, heart problems, insomnia and panic attacks are among the […]

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Josephine Ponde, celebrates 107 years

19 June 2015

Now indisputably Montserrat’s oldest centenarian, Mrs. Josephine Ponde turned 107, celebrating that milestone on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at her home in Olveston. Mrs. Pond who hails from Harris (Hill) now residing at her home in Olveston. This lady, who survives her husband who died last December, is in superb health. She is visited by […]

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TAXATION: PRICES, PROFITS & INCOME TAX

19 June 2015

    By Man from Baker Hill Last month my best friend died in Tortola and I wanted to be at her funeral. It was a natural emotion. Yet I decided not to go to her funeral; because I refused to pay to the government of Antigua the taxes that it would have collected from […]

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Opposition leader calls for charges to be dropped

19 June 2015

Dominica, Jun 12, CMC – Leader of the main opposition United Workers Party (UWP), Lennox Linton, has called for the charges to be dropped against six people arrested by the police for participating in street protest in the west coast town of Salisbury on Thursday. “They did not hurt anybody, they did not fire stone […]

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Increase use of marijuana among school children in Barbados

19 June 2015

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Jun 12, CMC – A survey has found there has been “a clear increase” in marijuana use among school children but that more than of the secondary students have not used illegal drugs or smoked cigarettes. The survey showed that recent trends indicate that more children are using marijuana now than they did […]

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ECCB withdraws 1 and 2 cent coins from circulation

19 June 2015

The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) has confirmed their decision announced in April this year a project to withdraw from circulation the one (1) cent and two (2) cent coins. The confirmation came earlier following a series of sensitization discussions which included the media who they engaged with a view to guarantee their role in […]

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Father Drowns Trying to Save Child

19 June 2015

Following report  that drowning is one of five leading causes of death in the Caribbean among children Editor: One day before the following article appeared from Washington reports from the Royal Montserrat Police Force Service reported scantily that a young girl is in critical situation after being rescued in a swimming pool from drowning by […]

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DFID must remain vigilant with Project Management Issues on Montserrat

19 June 2015

Editor: This article now excerpted appears below was posted online May 17, 2013. http://www.themontserratreporter.com/dfid-must-remain-vigilant-with-project-management-issues-on-montserrat/ Added to exposes in this newspaper, at press conferences, questions, recommendations, it is of no credit to DFID, the Governor and his government (either one), the politicians, that the very warnings, such as per above should have gone unnoticed. In other […]

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CARICOM launches consultations on CSME

19 June 2015

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Jun 10, CMC – The Guyana-based Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat is launching a series of national consultations across the 15-member grouping to discuss the draft framework policy on the Single Jurisdiction which is aimed at creating a seamless space within which companies can do business. The first consultation will take place in St. […]

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Authorities clamp down on illegal sale of drugs to treat erectile dysfunction

19 June 2015

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, Jun 9, CMC – The Ministry of Health is warning people against purchasing drugs from people who claim to have a cure for erectile dysfunction and warned it was prepared to take legal action to put a halt to such practices. The statement by the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment, […]

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Swipe card coming to ease travel between OECS countries

19 June 2015

Caribbean360June 17, 2015 CASTRIES, St. Lucia, June 17, 2015 – Member states of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) are planning to take their integration a step further with the introduction of a swipe card that will ensure hassle-free travel between countries. Already there is no need to obtain a skills certificate to move and […]

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Child abuse on St Helena ‘covered up by Foreign Office’ admits government

19 June 2015

  FCO admits denial of child abuse report’s existence to UN was ‘erroneous’ Following activities within the last couple years highlighting the issues of child sexual (and violence) abuse, the signing of an MOU between DFID, UNICEF and some UK Overseas Territories, which was hosted in Montserrat;, as well as initiatives through the OECS Commission, […]

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British Virgin Islands NDP back with a landslide victory

09 June 2015

In the just concluded General Elections in the British Virgin Islands, the National Democratic Party led by Dr. Daniel Orlando Smith has captured seven of the nine district seats, sweeping along with that majority control the four At Large seats. They then have total control of the BVI Legislative Assembly winning eleven of the thirteen. […]

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BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS – Voters electing new government

08 June 2015

ROAD TOWN, British Virgin Islands – Voters in this Overseas British Territory are casting ballots to elect a new government. A total of 42 candidates are seeking to enter the 13 member House of Assembly.. Electoral officials say there are 13,585 registered voters. Last Friday, senior citizens and police as well as electoral officials were […]

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Fatal accident on Davy Hill leaves Neville Warner, victim

08 June 2015

On the morning of April 4 this year an accident between two vehicles traveling in opposite direction resulted in the fatality of one of the drivers being Neville Warner formerly of Davy Hill, the other being Deputy Fire Chief Astrid Wade, because of whom Commissioner Foster says, “It is more critical because we are under […]

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Caribbean countries sign visa waiver agreement with Europe

05 June 2015

By Marie-Claire Williams BRUSSELS, Belgium, CMC – Five Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries were among seven member states of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of countries that have signed visa waiver agreements with the European Union on Thursday. The signings took place between the EU, and Dominica, Grenada, St Lucia, St Vincent and the […]

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Medical and spiritual aid sought as Caribbean children play Charlie Charlie Challenge

05 June 2015

Charlie Charlie presents challenges for Caribbean schools Children in Montserrat have by no means been isolated from their participation in the craze wherefrom, In reports since Thursday last week several Caribbean countries are reporting that school children have been rushed to hospital after playing the “demonic” game “Charlie Charlie”. The game is said to be […]

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Fr. Larry dies quietly in Ireland

05 June 2015

  by Bennette Roach Fr. George Agger, Roman Catholic Parish priest of St. Patrick’s Parish church, Montserrat announced and described on Monday morning, Father Larry’s passing as ‘a tremendous loss’. This is manifested not only by the Catholic community here but the entire Montserrat Community as they mourn the loss of Father Lawrence Finnegan known […]

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Former Education, Health Minister speaks to the new Banking Act

05 June 2015

  Uniformity & Coherence instills Stability and Confidence – Vernon Jeffers via Social Media challenges My new question is, who is driving Montserrat’s development agenda. Can we or should we have one Minister encouraging the Diaspora to invest in their homeland while another Minister on ZJB supporting the ECCB’s new Banking Act which calls for […]

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Guyana observes 49 years of political independence

05 June 2015

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC – On May 25, 2015, Guyana celebrated its 49th anniversary of political independence from Britain with many nationals braving the inclement weather to attend the celebrations at the newly refurbished Independence Arch in Brickdam. The refurbishment was undertaken free of cost by a local business firm with many public spirited citizens contributing […]

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NDP wins 27 of 51 but Opposition party not totally deflated by electoral defeat

05 June 2015

PARAMARIBO, Suriname, May 27, CMC – In the CARICOM country of Suriname the opposition V7 grouping that failed to win Monday’s general election, says it intends to stay together despite its failure to be elected to government. The V7, headed by former justice and police minister Chandripersad Santokhi won 17 seats. The ruling National Democratic […]

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Responses to “TAXATION: A talk to Governor Davis”

05 June 2015

By Man from Baker Hill published May 22, 2015 Adrian Davis(Governor) says: May 22, 2015 at 8:47 am Thank you for this heartfelt message. I agree that collecting all the tax that is due is an important objective for the Government of Montserrat. Under the Constitution it is the elected Government who has responsibility for […]

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What Montserrat Can Learn from the New Caribbean Report on Private Sector

05 June 2015

by DiscoverMNITeam · May 18, 2015 BRADES – A new report on private sector development in the Caribbean presents a view that suggests what we face on Montserrat is no different than the challenges of other larger  nations in the region. The Economist Intelligence Unit was commissioned by Compete Caribbean to conduct a series of […]

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Sir Hilary Beckles installed as new UWI Vice Chancellor

05 June 2015

In many ways Sir Hilary could have been speaking exclusively to Montserrat. Reportedly, Minister of Education Delmaude Ryan was at the event. I have been trying to pass this message of the need to research and gather information, just from the immediate past for our way forward, and so far deaf ears remain deaf, steeped […]

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PM against making Garifunas honorary citizens

05 June 2015

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, Jun 2, CMC — Prime Minister Dr, Ralph Gonsalves Tuesday spoke strongly against the opposition New Democratic Party’s (NDP) proposal to grant honorary citizenship to the Garifuna, descendants of indigenous nationals who consider St. Vincent and the Grenadines their ancestral home. NDP leader Arnhim Eustace announced at a town hall meeting in […]

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Man jailed for having sex with nine-year-old

05 June 2015

  ROSAU, Dominica, May 26, CMC – A High Court judge has sentenced a 51-year-old man to 35 years in jail after he was found guilty of three counts of sexual offences on a nine- year old girl. Justice Errol Thomas in sentencing Fagan Jno Hope said he had considered that the child was a […]

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Central Bank launches multi-million dollar savings bonds

05 June 2015

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – The Central Bank of Barbados Tuesday launched a BDS$10 million (One BDS dollar =US$0.50 cents) Savings Bonds scheme aimed at small and middle income savers. Central Bank Governor Dr. DeLisle Worrell said the bonds will be available from June 1 and that the bank is introducing a number of improved arrangements. […]

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Authorities says drones under watch in Barbados

05 June 2015

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Barbados aviation authorities say they have taken note of the increasing use of drones on the island. Director of Civil Aviation Kingsley Nelson said the use of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), as they are referred to, present some security, privacy and safety concerns. But he said […]

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Fixed-wing Airport – A Priority — Dr. Lewis

05 June 2015

Is this appropriate today as it appeared in April 2001? This is the continuation of the article presented in May 22, 2015 issue as captioned above. We continue the plan to highlight the plight that Montserrat faces as it still complains no proper transportation access to the island. Is that fair or does it simply […]

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Shocker – Sepp Blatter resigns as Fifa president!

02 June 2015

Follow below – The Guardian UK Must be the beginning of something! President of world football’s governing body urges Fifa’s congress to organise election of his successor ‘at the earliest opportunity’. I have been reflecting deeply about my presidency and about the 40 years in which my life has been inextricably bound to Fifa and […]

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Father Larry dies quietly in hospital in Ireland

02 June 2015

Roman Catholic Parish priest of St. Patrick’s Parish church, Fr. George Agger, announced and described yesterday morning Father Larry’s passing as a tremendous loss. Father Larry Finnegan died at a hospital in Ireland on Sunday at the age of seventy eight (78). The Catholic Priest served on Montserrat from 1993 to 2000 and retired from […]

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When and how will it end for Warner; and the Caribbean?

30 May 2015

See more at: http://www.wsj.com/…/three-men-with-ties-to-former-fifa-off… http://bigstory.ap.org/article/e17eb1185dc344b4aacf98e26851e458/former-fifa-vice-president-warner-leaves-jail-ambulance   PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad,– Just hours after being released from jail yesterday, Jack Warner attended a meeting of his Independent Liberal Party (ILP) where he accused government of trying to get rid of him and warned Prime MInister Kamla Persad-Bissessar that his “gloves were off” and he intended to […]

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The media is important…Encourage people to read, it is critical to living

24 May 2015

Editorial – May 22, 2015 It was drawn to our attention this week that some discredit was disbursed in the direction of The Montserrat Reporter as being not as important at Radio Montserrat. The question we were told was,”which is the most important media in Montserrat?” The answer remained unknown to us and what was […]

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CARICOM to mount Observer Mission for the Suriname General Elections

24 May 2015

  Date: 19, May 2015 (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)     The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will mount a CARICOM Electoral Observer Mission to monitor the general elections to be held in Suriname on Monday 25 May, 2015. The Mission will be headed by Mr. Ian Browne, the Deputy Chief Elections Officer in Barbados. Mr. Browne […]

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Governor’s monthly press conference

22 May 2015

His Excellency Governor Adrian Davis will wind down his tenure in Montserrat within the next two months. He refers to this press conference held late on June 20, as his penultimate, his previous being on April 8, 2015. Click below: Governor’s monthly press conference Readers here may also see here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8LFVseA9xo&feature=player_embedded

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Regional statistics stakeholders meet to chart way forward post-2015

22 May 2015

CARICOM News (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)     Officials involved in the field of statistics will next week begin a four-day training session that will focus on the status of and requirements for the Region as it prepares for the post-2015 era. The Training Workshop by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat, with support from the […]

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Celebrating International Red Cross week

22 May 2015

During the week beginning May 3 – 9, 2015. the local branch of Red Cross (MRC) joined in the world wide celebration of 2015 International Red Cross week. Towards the end of the week the Montserrat branch hosted a Red Cross Psycosocial Support Training. Under the 2015 Theme – “Community! Together we can save and […]

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Jus Wonderin May 22, 2015

22 May 2015

Jus wonderin if the UK government believes Montserrat can ever be viable based on the outcomes of our “historic connections” with the “mother country”. Jus wonderin if the UKG’s policies on Montserrat, as reflected by their actions and timing, are only designed to enable us to barely survive and that’s what they mean when they […]

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How the MDC is no more!

22 May 2015

The sense of it all – are they all acting out ignorance? Where is the Government of Montserrat in addressing the fall out of their role in the obvious mishandling of the economic affairs of Montserrat? How much do they understand the economic pains of the people of the island? Department For International Development (DFID) […]

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In Search of Shango

22 May 2015

(For Pat Ryan) By Edgar Nkosi White Be not deceived. There is no such thing as time and change in the Caribbean. As it was, so it shall be. The plantation house dwells too deeply within us for us to ever change. Political parties may change but never our minds. Whether the country be Guyana, […]

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Earthquake hits south of Trinidad and Tobago capital

22 May 2015

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Tuesday May 19, 2015 – Residents reported feeling slight tremors yesterday afternoon as a 3.1 magnitude earthquake occurred just south of the capital. The University of the West Indies’ Seismic Research Centre said the quake hit around 3:59 p.m at a depth of 38 kilometres in the Gulf of Paria. Its […]

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Montserrat, a mess at the head

22 May 2015

Ignorance is no excuse to the law, Governor Governor Press conference May 2015 by Bennette Roach After continuing to maintain that he only knows in his capacity as chairman of Cabinet what is brought to Cabinet, which in relation to the Montserrat Development Corporation (MDC) were matters relating to land, Governor Adrian Davis says, “I […]

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Castro says, “This Pope is so impressive, I might return to church”

20 May 2015

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Cuban President Raul Castro paid a call on Pope Francis at the Vatican Sunday to thank him for working for Cuban-US detente and later said he is so impressed by the pontiff he is considering a return to the Catholic church’s fold. `’Bienvenido!” Francis said in his native Spanish, welcoming Castro […]

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Government collaborates with and join The Waitt Foundation’s Blue Halo Initiative

15 May 2015

On Friday, February 20, 2015 The Honourable Premier Donaldson Romeo and the Honourable Minister Claude Hogan with responsibility for Agriculture, Trade, Land, Housing and the Environment, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Waitt Institute to include Montserrat in its Blue Halo Initiative of coastal and maritime preservation and fisheries management. Dr. Ayana Elizabeth […]

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TAXATION: A talk to Governor Davis

15 May 2015

by Man from Baker Hill Montserratians, more often than not, see each other as pieces of shit! Some of us even find it extremely painful to consider that here on Montserrat there are bearers of knowledge or to respect the contribution that these persons can make. They would prefer to accept the advice of a […]

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Government promises homes for as low as TT$100 dollars

15 May 2015

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, May 12, CMC – The Trinidad and Tobago government says it will provide people who have been renting houses built by a state-owned agency for more than 30 years an opportunity to acquire these homes for TT$100 (One TT dollar =US$0.37 cents). Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar, addressing the “Monday night […]

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France urges rich countries to help Caribbean deal with environment

15 May 2015

Minister Claude Hogan represented the Government of Montserrat at this summit FORT-DE-FRANCE, Martinique, CMC –A one day Franco-Caribbean summit on the environment ended here Saturday with French President François Hollande calling on wealthy countries to help poor ones deal with the impact of climate change and other environment problems. Hollande called for “rich countries to […]

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Cuba Lung Cancer Vaccine: Caribbean Island Country Developed Cuba Lung Cancer Vaccine – And US Wants FDA To Approve It

15 May 2015

After the decades-long embargo the United States had put on Cuba was lifted a few months back and relations between the two countries normalize for the first time since the fifties, it has come out that it won’t only be rum and cigars entering the US legally now, but also a Cuba lung cancer vaccine […]

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Studies Show Coffee Fights Heart Disease, Cancer, Alzheimer’s

15 May 2015

  Many Baby Boomers grew up thinking coffee was a guilty pleasure, and were warned it would stunt their growth, give them the jitters, and cause cancer and miscarriages. But almost every single study has shown coffee — black coffee — to have surprising health benefits in many different areas of health. Check out some […]

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Finally, a housing program, with a plan acceptable to most

15 May 2015

Following one of the highlight features of Premier Romeo of the new People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) government first budget presentation, Minister for Agriculture, Land, Housing and the Environment (MAHLE), made the following announcement among others. “Going forward this PDM Administration will be creating the environment in which the private sector is allowed to finance, build […]

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Caribbean Leaders Sign off on Climate Change Declaration

15 May 2015

by teleSUR The document makes a special appeal to the conscience of the world’s richest countries to do their part to help small island developing states. Caribbean heads of state are hoping that the ‘Declaration of Fort de France’ will result in a unified voice to the unique challenges and solutions to climate related issues […]

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Boston Marathon Bomber Tsarnaev Sentenced to Death

15 May 2015

By Michele Richinick 5/15/15 at 3:30 PM Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, as seen in a handout photo presented as evidence by the U.S. attorney’s office in Boston on March 23, 2015. U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston/Handout via Reuters Updated | Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been sentenced to death by lethal injection for his role in the 2013 attack […]

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Broken Rules and commitments; the DFID power

15 May 2015

Reference: To be read with the Editorial 15 – 22 May 2013 Introduction  2.1 The GoM have identified an ambitious strategy to move Montserrat towards self-sufficiency and away from financial dependence on the UK. This strategy is focussed on the development of a new capital in Little Bay with a new port at Carr’s Bay […]

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Election change Fever continues – Guyana elections winner APNU+AFC

15 May 2015

after 22 years – new government carrying on wave of change in regional governments Up to late Friday, it had not been official who would form the next Government in Guyana . This even after the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) had released the preliminary results for all 2,299 polling stations, giving the opposition alliance, comprising […]

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Who is MNI-Alive’s anonymous contributer?

15 May 2015

Dear Editor: Referring to the frequent and increasingly vitriolic attack articles in MNI Alive, it certainly appears as though the behind-the-scenes writer has targeted Fly Montserrat, Nigel Harris and Governor Davis for annihilation. The vitriol is so thick that one wonders exactly how much “evidence” is factual and how much must be attributed to personal […]

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Where is the sense of it all?

15 May 2015

Editorial – May 15, 2015 After fully rewarding a ‘bombastic’, illegally hired and non-tax payer, Chief Executive Officer at the Montserrat Development Corporation (MDC), who boasted in the end at his golden fortune, the Government of Montserrat (GoM) terminated all the other staff, some who could and may yet claim to being unfairly dismissed. It […]

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LIAT says safety remains its number one priority

12 May 2015

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, May 12, – LIAT has taken note of comments made by a talk-show host on the Voice of Barbados Radio on Tuesday regarding a recent company advisory about high winds in Dominica and St. Vincent. Head of Corporate Communications Desmond Brown said LIAT’s number one priority is to run a safe and […]

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On World Press Freedom Day, UN says free expression vital for global sustainability

08 May 2015

UN News Service: 3 May 2015 – Freedom of expression and press freedom are critical to the successful implementation of good governance and human rights around the world, top United Nations officials declared today as they inaugurated the 2015 edition of World Press Freedom Day with a reminder that both freedoms were “essential” for the […]

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Parliament passes stronger domestic violence law

08 May 2015

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, CMC – The St. Vincent and the Grenadines parliament has passed domestic violence legislation that strengthens the protection of victims of abuse and decrees reporting obligation on a larger segment of the society. The Domestic Violence Act 2015, which is also to be tables in each member country of the Organisation of […]

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LEGAL NOTICE – In the Estate of SAMUEL WEEKES, deceased

08 May 2015

ISLAND OF MONTSERRAT A.D.2015 [PROBATE DIVISION] LEGAL NOTICE  In the Estate of SAMUEL WEEKES, deceased  NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of fourteen (14) days from the date of this notice, an application will be filed at the Registry, High Court of Justice for an ORDER for Letters of Administration of SAMUEL WEEKES […]

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‘Ceaseless efforts’ continue to boost Regional development through CSME

08 May 2015

A release from the CARICOM Secretariat in Guyana, reports: Ministers with responsibility for Trade began a two-day Meeting on Thursday, April 23, against the background of greater urgency being attached to consolidating the Community’s gains under the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). Addressing the Opening ceremony of the Fortieth Meeting of the Council for […]

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Islamic State hacks St. Vincent government website

08 May 2015

  St. Vincent, May 4, CMC – The Islamic State (IS), an Islamist rebel group claiming religious, political and military authority over all Muslims worldwide, has hacked the official website of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines government (www.gov.vc), a message appearing on the website Sunday evening suggested. Visitors to the website were greeted by […]

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Incentive to Work Pilot Program on its way

08 May 2015

Witnessed by a small gathering made up of social welfare and media personnel, some welfare recipients and vulnerable persons, the Department of Social Services officially launched its Incentive to Work Pilot Program. The event took place at the Look Out Community center on Thursday, April, 2015 at mid-afternoon. The Pilot Program is aimed at providing […]

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Airport blunder involving St. Vincent’s PM

08 May 2015

Gonsalves falls victim to Lapse at GAIA Barbadian authorities have launched an official probe into an embarrassing episode, which occurred at the Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA) earlier this month, in which security officers were summoned for Vincentian Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves in mid April.. The region’s longest serving prime minister, who has been […]

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Cameron wins full control

08 May 2015

pledges a ‘greater Britain’ following his Conservative party victory in UK Elections David Cameron has promised to lead a government for “one nation” and make “Great Britain greater” as he returned to Downing Street as prime minister. Speaking outside No 10 after visiting Buckingham Palace, he said the UK was “on the brink of something […]

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Premier moves to stimulate private investments

08 May 2015

  The Hon. Premier Donaldson Romeo is convinced that one of the problems that caused the failure of Montserrat’s Strategic Growth plan materializing to any degree is the failure of doing anything with the condition where Montserrat was required to obtain International and Diaspora investment into Montserrat in support of the Little Bay/Carrs Bay development. […]

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Bad Neighbors Could Kill You

08 May 2015

A fascinating new study tells us that good neighbors make for good heart health. Recent finding: When more than 5,000 adults were followed for four years, those who rated their neighborhoods as friendly had a 67% lower risk for heart attacks than people who rated their neighborhoods negatively. Possible explanation: Strong social support has been […]

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MDC Chaos – Termination of staff

08 May 2015

In subsequent actions from a press release dated April 2, 2015, all staff of the Montserrat Development Corporation (MDC) received ‘determined’ or termination letters by April 30, 2015 from Attorney at Law David S. Brandt acting on behalf of the Chief Executive Officer. “Over the next six to eight weeks, the operations of the MDC […]

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Where was the know-how to find those investors?

25 April 2015

Editorial –  April 24, 2015 : They would never have found those investors, not on their own and towards the end from May last year, the support was not going to be forthcoming. But with the events certainly from 2012 going wrong before it started, it is difficult for Montserrat to comprehend how and why […]

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Jus wonderin

25 April 2015

  Jus Wonderin – April 17, 2015 Jus wonderin if D-Fid wud tell a gospel truth, specially bout MDC and dem involvement. Jus wonderin how com D-fid all o a sudden change dem tune bout duh performance u duh MDC from good to bad. Jus wonderin how de govna ku say dat the MDC bring […]

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Jus Wonderin

24 April 2015

Jus Wonderin – April 24, 2015 Jus wonderin if the leader of the opposition is mentally ill. Jus wonderin if the Leader should be made to vacate should be made to vacate his seat on account of mental incapacity and the going-ons in the assembly. Jus wonderin that there were desires to declare the Leader […]

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The Surprising Cause of a Chronic Runny Nose and Cough

24 April 2015

If you have chronic postnasal drip, a frequent cough and/or a sore throat that won’t quit, you might quickly blame it on a persistent cold or allergies. What you may not know: These same symptoms can be caused by a little-known digestive condition known as airway reflux. ACID IN THE AIRWAYS Unless you’re among the […]

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The Caribbean Association of Banks Inc (CAB) looks forward to a resolution on the issue of correspondent banking relationships

24 April 2015

St. Lucia, : The Caribbean Association of Banks (CAB) fully supports the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Honourable Gaston A. Browne in his remarks to the meeting of CARICOM Heads and the President of the United States Mr Barack Obama on Thursday 9th April in Jamaica. The Honourable Gaston Browne highlighted a very real […]

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SHAMRACQ

24 April 2015

By Staff Reporter Shamracq cannot be a strange name to people here in Montserrat but even though many can’t put a face to the name, the voice will resonate through “Got This Feeling” and “Red Up”, songs which were used with popularity throughout the PDM campaign, now the government resulting from the 2014 election. He […]

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Senior civil servant takes legal against government minister

24 April 2015

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad,  CMC – A senior public servant is demanding that a junior government minister issue a public apology as well as pay her damages for the injury she suffered following the broadcast of an interview given by the minister on television last month. Hermia Tyson-Cuffie, who served as permanent secretary in the […]

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Police say bodies found in canal belong to robbers

24 April 2015

ARAMARIBO, Suriname, Apr 24, CMC – Police say they are “pretty sure” that the bodies of two men found floating in the Saramacca canal last week, are those of two men who were part of a gang that earlier ran away from law enforcement authorities after they were caught red handed committing an armed robbery. […]

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A new Banking Act seen as extending too much power to ECCB

24 April 2015

In a move that has won him much praise, Premier Don Romeo invited the media who turned out to join mainly legal practitioners and senior public servants to hear a presentation and discuss the new proposed Banking Legislative Reform Act. The Premier is seeking feedback from stakeholders before he presents it the Legislative Assembly. This […]

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Jamaica just planted its first-ever legal marijuana plant

24 April 2015

By the Caribbean Journal staff The first legal cannabis plant in the country was planted on the grounds of the University of the West Indies Mona campus on Monday. The University has been accorded an order by the government to cultivate marijuana for medical research and to “set the pace for the development of a […]

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ECCB to withdraw 1cent and 2 cent coins from circulation

24 April 2015

The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) has embarked on a project to withdraw from circulation the 1 cent and 2 cent coins. The Eccb in the 3rd in a series of sensitization discussions on Tuesday, April 21 engaged local  Media Practitioners with a view to guarantee their role in bringing about the transition. They participated […]

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Can Drinking Water Help You Lose Weight?

24 April 2015

By Yasmine Ali, MD Obesity Expert The many health benefits of drinking water are often overlooked. But don’t underestimate the importance of what may be the healthiest beverage of all. Why Water Should Be Your Go-To Beverage Given that sugar-sweetened beverages have been identified as a leading cause of the obesity epidemic, it makes sense […]

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Antigua Parliament gives green light to Banking Act

24 April 2015

Antigua, Apr 24, CMC – The Antigua and Barbuda Parliament has approved the controversial Banking Act which is a part of harmonized legislation for the countries within the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU). Prime Minister Gaston Browne tabled the legislation that was passed with minor amendments after trade unions and bank employees voiced concerns about […]

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Anguilla New CM in Landslide win

24 April 2015

(Adapted from CMC reports) The Honourable Victor Banks was sworn in as the new head of government in the British Overseas Territory after his Anguilla United Front (AUF) swept away Anguilla United Movement (AUM) in very closely contested General Elections on Wednesday, April, 22. Today Friday, is a public holiday in Anguilla as a result, […]

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Two suspects held as investigations continue into murder of students

18 April 2015

Update: KINGSTON, Jamaica, Apr 17, CMC – Jamaica police said they had detained two men for questioning in connection with the murder of three students as the government urged the country to adopt a culture of peace and reverence for life. Education Minister Rev. Ronald Thwaites said that the murder of the three pupils – […]

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Dominica prepares for inaugural Kalinago festival

17 April 2015

ROSEAU, Dominica, Apr. 16, CMC – Dominica is preparing to showcase the culture and lifestyle of the Kalinagos – at the first ever Dominica Indigenous Cultural Festival to be held in July. The event is expected to complement efforts by the public and private sector, the Ministry of Tourism and the Kalinago Council to enhance […]

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Test tower installed for potential wind farm

17 April 2015

CASTRIES, St Lucia, CMC – St. Lucia is embarking on its first renewable energy project with the construction of a test tower that will assess the potential for a 12 megawatt wind farm on the country’s east coast The project  is being undertaken by the government in collaboration with electricity generating company LUCELEC and WindTex […]

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World Bank says remittances growth will slow down in 2015

17 April 2015

WASHINGTON, Apr 17, CMC – The World Bank says remittances growth in the Caribbean is expected to slow in 2015. The Washington-based international financial institution said in its latest issue of its Migration and Development Brief that growth in global remittances, including those to developing countries, such as the Caribbean, will slow sharply this year […]

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CARICOM committed to International Decade for People of African Descent

17 April 2015

NEW YORK, CMC – St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ambassador to the United Nations, I. Rhonda King, has affirmed the commitment of the Community (CARICOM) to the International Decade for People of African Descent, as pronounced by the United Nations, which began on January 1. Addressing the just-concluded International Reparations Summit here, King said the […]

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Trinidad rattled by strong earthquake

17 April 2015

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Apr 16, CMC – An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.4 rocked Trinidad and Tobago on Wednesday night but there were no immediate reports of damages or injuries. The United States Geological Survey said the quake was also felt in Venezuela and as far north as St George’s in Grenada. It […]

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Three students, one adult killed execution style

17 April 2015

KINGSTON, Jamaica, April 16, CMC – The police are investigating the slaying of three high school students and an adult, in the central parish of Clarendon late Wednesday. The police stepped up their presence in major towns and communities across the central parish of Clarendon following the murder of three schoolboys and a man. The […]

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Former NFL star found guilty in murder of Antiguan-born semiprofessional player

17 April 2015

MASSACHUSETTS, Apr. 16, CMC – Former NFL (National Football League) star, Aaron Hernandez, who was accused of killing an Antiguan born semi-professional player, was found guilty of first-degree murder when he appeared in court on Wednesday. Hernandez, 25, a former tight end with the New England Patriots, was also convicted of several weapons and ammunitions […]

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When will we stop destroying our dignity and integrity?

17 April 2015

Editorial – July 17, 2015 The Department of International Development (DfID) and the Government of Montserrat (GoM) Task Force which was appointed and announced to include the local DfID representative and a tourism adviser who had worked in Montserrat and all other Government employees or consultants, have put out a report that the Governments have […]

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“CCJ a court of complete independence” – Grenadian jurist

17 April 2015

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad,  CMC – Prominent Grenadian jurist Dr. Francis Alexis Thursday urged regional countries to accept the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as their final court insisting that the “CCJ is a court of complete independence”. He said the CCJ, which began its operations in 2005, has been rendering landmark decisions and […]

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The Easter Monday relay – Conscious Vybz ascends, following the rules

17 April 2015

A good following of spectators, officials and supports watched Main rival Conscious Vybz (CV) relay men team turn the tables in the popular annual Easter Monday Relay (cross country) by taking the winning position in both men and women sections, finishing at the Little Bay play field. Firstly, the CV men beat rival men from […]

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Claude Gerald

Civil Trial re: Feedom of speech ends, Court reserves judgment

17 April 2015

The civil case brought by social commentator Claude Gerald against the management of Radio Montserrat concluded this past Friday. In early February 2014, the Mr. Gerald appeared on the Warren Cassell Show to discuss health issues. During the discussion the benefits of medicinal marijuana and coconut oil in fighting cancer arose.   The programme ended abruptly […]

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Child Safeguarding gets funding to move into effect

17 April 2015

Following activities within the last couple years highlighting the issues of child sexual (and violence) abuse, the signing of an MOU between DFID, UNICEF and some UK Overseas Territories, which was hosted in Montserrat;, as well as initiatives through the OECS Commission, HMG is demonstrating its commitment through its 2015-16 budgetary aid to Montserrat. The […]

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Montserrat gets its second female Governor in July/August

17 April 2015

News coming out of Government House at the end of March, 2015 name Ms Elizabeth Carriere, OBE as successor to His Excellency Governor Adrian who will be retiring from the Diplomatic Service. Ms Carriere, who is the second female to Mrs. Deborah Barnes-Jones as Governor, comes to her governorship in Montserrat with a wide background, […]

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World Bank wants Caribbean to adapt to ‘new normal’ amid economic slowdown

17 April 2015

WASHINGTON, Apr 16, CMC – With China growing at a more moderate pace and commodity prices stabilizing at lower levels, the World Bank has urged Latin America and the Caribbean to adapt to a “new normal”. In its latest report, the Washington based financial institution says average Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth in the region […]

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Caribbean American congresswoman urges US to end delay in implementing immigration programmes

17 April 2015

WASHINGTON, Apr 9, CMC – Caribbean American Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has joined 180 colleagues in the US House of Representatives in filing an amicus brief urging a US appeals court to end the delay in implementing critical programs for Caribbean and other immigrants. The programmes –  Deferred Action for Parental Accountability and expanded Deferred […]

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Fallout from MDC Shutdown

17 April 2015

by Bennette Roach The MDC eventual collapse can have serious mark on this Government as it moves forward trying to tackle the effects from the past few years and the past 20 years. Following the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) of May 1, 2012 and of that date, there was a Mid-Term Review […]

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Retiring Chief Minister Hubert Hughes - Anguilla

Anguillans vote for new government on April 22

16 April 2015

THE VALLEY, Anguilla, Apr 15, CMC – A six-member observer team from the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) has arrived here to monitor next Wednesday’s general election in the British Overseas Territory. Outgoing Chief Minister Hubert Hughes is not among the 19 candidates nominated to the contest the seven seats at stake in the April 22 […]

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Trinidad to host international conference on problems facing Caribbean

13 April 2015

Trinidad, Apr 10, CMC – A three-day conference aimed at identifying the challenges to Caribbean development and identifying strategies for securing a sustainable future gets underway here on May 5. The forum on the “Future of the Caribbean” is being co-hosted by the University of the West Indies (UWI) and the Trinidad and Tobago government […]

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Premier Romeo did not meet President Obama

13 April 2015

Montserrat’s Premier Donaldson Romeo was at the last minute on his way to Jamaica to join other CARICOM heads of Government, only to learn just before boarding a flight out of Antigua, discovered that the diplomatic arrangements were not in place. The problem had arisen from Montserrat’s nonattendance at the Twenty-Sixth Inter-Sessional Meeting of the […]

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Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller (right), emphasises a point while addressing journalists following Thursday’s (April 9) bilateral meeting with United States President, Barack Obama (left), at Jamaica House. (Credit: Yhomo Hutchinson)

US President on right side of history in US-Cuba relations – Jamaica Prime Minister

13 April 2015

(CARICOM Secretariat, Guyana)     Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Honourable Portia Simpson Miller, on Thursday told President of the United States Barack Obama that he was on the right side of history in US-Cuba relations. She said the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads fully embraced the recent positive developments on the matter. “We commend you Mr. […]

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The MDC Debacle requires Investigation or Commission of Inquiry

10 April 2015

Editorial – April 10. 2015 It was a debacle in the making from the time there was a refusal on the part of Premier Meade, DfID rep Kato Kimbugwe and Governor Davis, to recognise that they could not allow the flouting of the new Procurement Rules, thereby breaking their very own laws that governed the […]

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Obama announces initiatives for energy security and education in Caribbean

10 April 2015

KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – US President Barack Obama on Thursday announced a US$20 million effort to jumpstart private and public sector investment in clean energy projects in the Caribbean and Central America. Obama made the announcement as he wrapped up a visit to Jamaica where he held bilateral talks with Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller […]

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United States and Caribbean ‘bound by friendship’ – US President

10 April 2015

KINGSTON, Jamaica, April 10, 2015, CMC – US President Barack Obama ended a one-day visit to Jamaica on Thursday, after spending the day with regional leaders and young people where he discussed several issues from the state of Jamaica’s economy, the energy crisis and education. Regarding education, hundreds of young people from across the region […]

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Opposition stages walkout as Speaker promises ruling

10 April 2015

Editor’s Note: The following story is brought to highlight similar matters that should be brought and need attention in Montserrat’s Legislative Assembly. The matter arose out of a Legislative Assembly sitting, following which the following complaint was lodged and published by TMR and much later a statement on ZJB Radio: “I was utterly astonished to […]

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Governor responds to John Ryan’s article published concerning MDC

10 April 2015

Presented to us in the form of a Press Release, Governor Adrian Davis sends a Letter to the Editor in response to the article published in TMR reference to Mr. John Ryan’s response to an invitation letter to him by his replacement on the MDC Board, Julian Daniel. The invitation and his response were published […]

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NOAA forecasters visit Caribbean ahead of 2015 Atlantic Hurricane season

10 April 2015

WASHINGTON D.C., United States, CMC – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says hurricane forecasters have embarked on a preparedness mission to the Caribbean as the region prepares for the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane season that begins on June 1. NOAA says it will collaborate with the US Air Force Reserve to host a series […]

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The MDC collapse

10 April 2015

The collapse began before it started by Bennette Roach On ‘Holy Thursday‘, a holiday for many Catholics around the world, April 2, 2015, the Premier in a press release announced that, “The Task Force recently completed its work…reported wide-ranging concerns with corporate governance and management arrangements at MDC…MDC never provided value for money…The Government has […]

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Leadership quality determines happenings on Montserrat

10 April 2015

By Claude Gerald Premier Don Romeo, his administration and assorted advisors seem to be further establishing the notion that reacting to dire situations, is the medium and structure to make decisions. This model is what is driving the reported wholesale shifting of top level public servants of different postings, with more to come. The public […]

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Marine scientists to explore Caribbean sea

10 April 2015

Barbados, CMC – Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the United States, will begin a series of dives to investigate sections of the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean that have never been explored. Starting Friday, the scientists aboard the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer will embark on a mission that can be […]

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Montserrat to host State of the Arc Scientific Conference April 12-18

08 April 2015

BRADES, Montserrat (April 7, 2015) – Montserrat will welcome an international cadre of scientists to the Sixth State of the Arc Conference from 12 – 18 April, 2015.  The venue will be the Cultural Centre in the northwest of the island. Later this week, delegates will begin to arrive to participate in the week of […]

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Government decides to abolish the MDC

06 April 2015

    After shutting down nearly all of the activities of the Montserrat Development Corporation, (MDC) created since 2007, and initiating a Task Force to review its “operations and functions”; and promising to publish the report of the Review, completed since the end of February, on April 2, 2015, Premier the Hon. Donaldson Romeo issued […]

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St. Lucia Muslim leader concerned about threat of ISIS in the Caribbean

03 April 2015

CASTRIES, St.Lucia, CMC – General Secretary of the Islamic Association of St Lucia, Taariq Asad, has expressed concern about a reported threat of ISIS infiltrating the Caribbean “This is a concern that I have had from the time we heard of the United States sending criminals from their jails back to the Caribbean,” Asad told […]

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They will find MDC the best, but for greed, mediocrity and ignorance

03 April 2015

Editorial – March 27, 2015 : If there was anything unusual about the 2015/16 Budget presentation and debate it was the near absence of the word MDC (Montserrat Development Corporation). We had mentioned in an earlier Editorial this year, which was captioned “There is nothing wrong with the MDC, clean it up”. In it we […]

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Make An Inspirational Impact, and be a catalyst for good

27 March 2015

Editorial – March 20, 2015 : In November last year we published two editorials because we believed there were already signs that the new People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) Government did not understand the mandates they set themselves. Were these promises of democracy and transparency just following their leader’s relentless calls, when he kept talking about […]

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LIAT pilots threaten industrial action as Easter weekend approaches

27 March 2015

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC – Travellers were placed on alert for possible industrial action by pilots of the regional airline LIAT, with the financially strapped company warning that its employees were using a “cynical tactic to exploit the fears of the travelling public” particularly over the Easter weekend. The Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA) […]

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Cultural experience with Guadeloupe and Montserrat masquerades

27 March 2015

  Cultural Experience with Masquerades from Guadeloupe and Montserrat held at the Montserrat Cultural Centre, Little Bay Saturday, 21 March 2015   The Masques de Vieux Fort or Masquerades from Vieux Fort, Guadeloupe have long wanted to meet the masquerades in Montserrat. In 2009, the University of the West Indies, Open Campus Head of Site, […]

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Neighbouring Guadeloupe Tourists enjoy Montserrat

27 March 2015

A quickly publicized day excursion from Guadeloupe is reported as an indication of the appeal Montserrat has as an intriguing, mysterious destination, even for its neighbors. A ZJB report says that tourism officials, taxi and tour operators, arts and craft vendors and the small business community here last Saturday welcomed the maiden voyage of the […]

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Safety issues highlighted from the successful visit of tourists from Guadeloupe

27 March 2015

It came as a surprise but a press release on March 25 informed of a meeting chaired by His Excellency was called to discuss the visit on Saturday, March 21, 2015 by the welcomed ferry from Guadeloupe and the 423 passengers on board. The ferry had to dock at Plymouth jetty because Little Bay was […]

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There will be a new hospital and the health sector gets funding meantime

27 March 2015

There has been much debate over the question of whether the ‘hospital project’ was cancelled or whether it has been cancelled or in the end whether there was ever a project. This matter has made its rounds at the highest level in the Legislative Assembly with questions and answers and now more recently in the […]

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Premier Romeo presents first budget $170.8 million

27 March 2015

Premier the Hon. Donaldson Romeo, but in his capacity as Minister of Finance and economic management on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 presented his first budget for Montserrat following his People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) into power in General Elections last September. He made his presentation on the theme: Revive, Rebuild, Restore, Destiny calls, Let us arise. […]

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RBC team is working for you

27 March 2015

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TAXATION: The first law of God and Nature

20 March 2015

by Man from Baker Hill Taxation is the first Law of Nature; it is also a Law of God. It is the only means by which a community can respectfully take care of itself. And if we truly love Montserrat, God and our neighbors we must seek to understand taxation and to respect our system […]

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Montserrat’s National Awards in a Volcanic Context

20 March 2015

by Claude Gerald Stripping away the obvious political motivations of last year’s inaugural National Awards Ceremony allowed for a cleaner, more sharply focused event in 2015. The framework for analysis is the before and the after volcano eruption periods. Giving thanks is an act of divinity. Individuals who stand out in their contributions towards widening […]

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Jus Wonderin

20 March 2015

March 20, 2015 : Jus wonderin when the PDM administration going realize dem win win de election and now dem accountable. Jus wonderin when the PDM government a go start to practice what dem preached. Jus wonderin when the 2015-16 Budget Aid Memoire a go be published. Jus wonderin when the PDM administration a go […]

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John Ryan exposes – a small part of a sad state of affairs

20 March 2015

As questions abound, surrounding the absence of any pronouncements or information as promised/required, following word that the MDC Task Force Review has been completed and report delivered, Mr. John E. Ryan, chairman of the MDC board until the entire Board was dismissed in December submitted to the media the following letters. See in boxes His […]

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Grenada revolution holds lessons for Caribbean development – Skerrit

20 March 2015

GEORGE’S, Grenada,  CMC – Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says the 1979 Grenada revolution that brought Maurice Bishop to power marked the most decisive fracture in the Anglophone Caribbean with the political and constitutional status quo. “The greatest tragedy of that historical episode is that we have failed to learn the lessons of that experience […]

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Cancer defeated

20 March 2015

Lee Euler, Editor Excerpts from a Newsletter Do You Have A Cancer-Prone Personality? You’ve most likely heard of the Type A personality. The Type A person is very competitive, strives for achievement, lacks patience, is easily provoked and displays anger openly. The theory has faded from favor, but at one time “experts” believed people with […]

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Browne says Antigua will resist efforts to move LIAT to Barbados

20 March 2015

JOHN’S, Antigua, March 17, 2015, CMC – The Antigua and Barbuda government says it will resist efforts to shift the base of the financially-strapped regional airline, LIAT, to Barbados. Prime Minister Gaston Browne, appearing on the inaugural edition of “Observer PM” on Monday evening, told radio listeners that while he is aware that St. John’s […]

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Guide Association headquarters officially opened

20 March 2015

Recalling the disaster to Montserrat and the many challenges faced, on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 the Montserrat Guide Association officially opened their new headquarters building in Lookout with an official ceremony. The event took place during the weeklong celebration which began with a Church Service on the preceding Sunday, marking, Thinking Day, celebrated annually on […]

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St. Patrick’s Day and our economy, using its many memorable facets

14 March 2015

Editorial: March 13, 2015 : As of next Monday night, March 16, 2015 St. Patrick’s Day may have another etch on the celebrations for the future celebrations, when Robert William Griffith (Mass Bob) will posthumously be bestowed the prestigious honour of Order of National Hero for his sacrifices for the greater good of Montserrat in […]

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Royal Bank of Canada Celebrates International Women’s Day

13 March 2015

“How important it is for us to recognise and celebrate our heroes and SHE-ROES” (Maya Angelou) By Kamille Winspeare Branch Support Officer (BSO Royal Bank of Canada – Montserrat Once dubbed National Women’s Day but later renamed International Women’s Day; a global day of recognition has been fêted for years in women’s honour on March […]

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New study warns of significant tsunami risk in Caribbean

13 March 2015

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Mar. 12, CMC – The global catastrophe risk management firm, RMS, has released a global tsunami risk study that identifies more than 20 subduction zones worldwide, including some in the Caribbean, capable of generating a giant earthquake and tsunami. The new study has revealed that many coastal populations, industrial clusters, ports and vacation resorts […]

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Opposition members move to bar Dominican lawyer

13 March 2015

CASTRIES, St .Lucia, Mar 10, CMC – Two members of the main opposition United Workers Party (UWP) are asking the High Court to prevent Senior Counsel Anthony Astaphan from appearing on behalf of the Constituency Boundaries Commission (CBC) whose recommendations for increased constituency boundaries are being challenged. Opposition legislator, Guy Joseph, who was granted an […]

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Montserrat opens upgraded ferry terminal facilities in Antigua

13 March 2015

     The inconveniences of the congestion and limited seating availability and general poor accommodation at the Montserrat ferry terminal in Antigua are issues that have been significantly improved with official opening by the Donaldson Romeo led People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) government of new and upgraded facilities at the Heritage Quay, Antigua on Friday, March […]

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Former PM denies involvement in extra-judicial killings report

13 March 2015

St. Lucia, CMC – Former Prime Minister Stephenson King has denied claims of being directly involved in the execution of “Operation Restore Confidence,” or giving police instructions to use their firearms in an effort to bring a spate of crime under control. King told reporters that “Operation Restore Confidence” was intended to provide intelligence, surveillance […]

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Former PM denies US visa revoked

13 March 2015

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, CMC – Former St. Kitts-Nevis prime minister Dr. Denzil Douglas Tuesday described as “bogus,” media reports that the United States government had revoked his visa to enter the North American country. “The document, a graphic of a head photograph of Dr. Douglas with a passport graphic in the background and side bearing […]

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Serial rapist sentenced to 40 years in prison

13 March 2015

KINGSTON, Jamaica,  CMC – A man who pleaded guilty to raping five females, including a child, has been sentenced to 40 years in prison. Patrick Green, 27, who pleaded guilty to the 2012 incident earlier this week, will also receive psychiatric treatment. The police report that on the night of September 24, 2012, Green sexually […]

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Investigators found “black list’ existed in extra judicial killings

13 March 2015

CASTRIES, St Lucia, CMC – A human rights attorney representing the families of two men allegedly shot and killed by police during the infamous “Operation Restore Confidence” says she is disappointed that the government has decided against making the report of the investigations public. Attorney Mary Francis told the St. Lucia News Online (SNO) website […]

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The Montserrat National Trust opens its St. Patrick’s Day Exhibition

13 March 2015

The Montserrat National Trust (MNT) at its headquarters in Olveston, under the theme “AW-e Heritage – a Digital Approach to Preserving our Heritage,” conducted an official ceremony to mark the opening of an exhibition showcasing archival documents, photographs, and digital images. The exhibition took place on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, under the distinguished patronage of […]

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UWI hosts forum IMPACT justice project

13 March 2015

Hon. Attorney General of Montserrat Keith Friday along with Bennette Roach of the Montserrat Chamber of Commerce and Industry are among judges, lawyers and a wide section of Chambers of Commerce and Engineering organizations from CARICOM countries, attending discussions hosted by Caribbean Law Institute Centre (CLIC), Faculty of Law, of the University of the West […]

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Dr. Lewis proposes Interisland Sports Project

13 March 2015

Dr. Lowell Lewis, former Chief Minister, 2006 – 09 and member of the Legislature from 2001-2014, has long had an interest in developing the ferry service to Montserrat, especially as he proposes below. He sends the following proposal to the Minister of Communications and Works urging him to seek the support of his cabinet colleagues. […]

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MSS impresses Commonwealth Day Celebrations

13 March 2015

Monday, March 9, 2015, music, dancing and bright colors in a march from the Brades Primary School to the Montserrat Cultural Centre, the staff and students of the Montserrat Secondary School (MSS) began celebrating 2015 Commonwealth Day. Commonwealth Day is observed and or celebrated yearly in 53 Commonwealth Nations across the globe. The MSS day’s […]

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CDF funds for airport development in St. Vincent

11 March 2015

  BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – The Barbados-based CARICOM Development Fund (CDF) Tuesday said it has approved an EC$2.02 million (One EC dollar=US$0.37 cents) loan to St. Vincent and the Grenadines government for the new Argyle International Airport (AIA). It said that the funds would be used to purchase equipment to establish a 218 kVa solar […]

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New levy on used tyres in Grenada

10 March 2015

Grenada,  CMC – The Grenada government is contemplating introducing an EC$25 (One EC dollar=US$0.37 cents) levy to deal with the importation and dispose of used tyres on the island. Trade, Economic Development and Planning Minister, Oliver Joseph, speaking at the weekly Cabinet news conference Tuesday, said that every year thousands of used tyres are imported […]

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Grenada seeking OECS meeting on taxes for goods produced within CARICOM

10 March 2015

GEORGE’S, Grenada, Mar 10, CMC – Grenada is seeking a meeting of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) ahead of plans to implement taxes on a wide range of goods approved by the Council of Trade and Economic Development (COTED) which is shall be responsible for the promotion of trade and economic development within […]

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Government moving to close loopholes on tax evasion

10 March 2015

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Mar 10, CMC – The Barbados government says it will not tolerate businesses operating within the international business and financial services sector engaging in tax evasion practices here and is seeking support from the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Commerce Minister Donville Innis, speaking in Parliament Tuesday, said he had […]

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Eastern Caribbean Automated Clearing House (ECACH) now serving Montserrat

10 March 2015

Montserrat, March 9, 2015 – Starting March 18, a quicker, more efficient system of cheque clearing will be introduced when the Eastern Caribbean Automated Clearing House (ECACH) is launched in Montserrat. ECACH is the result of a collaboration between the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) and the commercial banks within the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union. […]

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ANTIGUA Government clarifies position on CIP

10 March 2015

Antigua, CMC – The Antigua and Barbuda government says advertisements placed by a United Arab Emirates (UAE) based company may have created a false impression that citizenship of the island could be attained by purchasing a house being sold by the company. The Gaston Browne administration has dispatched an official statement to the UAE based […]

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Sharissa Ryan, Miss Montserrat 2014-2015 models in New York Fashion Week Event

10 March 2015

– On February 15, Sharissa Ryan modeled at the AMCONYC New York Fashion week event held at the penthouse of the Gansevoort Park Avenue hotel in New York City. In partnership with brands StylingOn, 3W Experience and Spector Events, the event was a pop-up shop for the trendsetting New York City fashion crowd, followed by a runway show which featured 10 emerging […]

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Go off the grid to Montserrat: Appreciating the island’s green and gritty sides

10 March 2015

The island of Montserrat is on the rebound, with a Strategic Growth Plan, a Memorandum of Understanding between Her Majesty’s Government (HMG) and Montserrat; and the creation of the Montserrat Development Corporation to encompass the goals of the plan that by 2020, Montserrat if not yet self-sufficient will be on the road thereto. Tourism was […]

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On Why Montserrat is so Unique

10 March 2015

(For John Allen, the Man from Baker Hill) Edgar Nkosi White Okay Family, the journey is long but dear, and I’m not going alone. You coming with me. Montserrat is a unique place. The only ones who don’t know are Montserratians themselves. We are always the very last to know! If Montserrat were not unique, […]

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Support the women who seek to curb and destroy violence against them

10 March 2015

It was only ‘per chance’ we learnt of an event organised especially for women by women, where men would be welcomed to attend because, “they are our allies, we can’t survive without men, we wouldn’t want to, most men are not harmful and dangerous to women, most men take care of women and look after […]

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MDC Task Force Report withheld

10 March 2015

by Bennette Roach   On Wednesday this week at his monthly press conference, held four weeks after his previous, H E Governor Adrian Davis supported by Martin Dawson told the media, that the MDC Task Force had completed its investigative review work of the Montserrat Development Corporation (MDC), and had issued an interim report to […]

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Breaking or not following the law, was the order of their tenure

07 March 2015

Editorial – February 27, 2015 : As mentioned in a story in this issue, we expect in not too many distant days to possess a copy of or at least in the first instance a summary of the task force’s findings in their review/investigation of the Montserrat Development Corporation (MDC)’s management carryings-on. We have briefly […]

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Territorial Strategy for Innovation

06 March 2015

Miss Adena Johnson submits she is the Business Facilitation Manager at the Montserrat Development Corporation (MDC). As TMR has been stressing for some time now, the MDC has the mandate to promote business enterprises in Montserrat. Miss Johnson communicated the following to the Montserrat Chamber of Commerce and Industry and to us addressed as colleagues. […]

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Premier Romeo presents on geothermal energy at EU-OCTs

06 March 2015

The Hon. Premier Donaldson Romeo of Montserrat during last week following his first meeting of the ECCB Monetary Council in St. Kitts at the beginning of the week attended the 13th Overseas Countries and Territories – European Union Forum, which took place in Tortola, Overseas Territory of the British Virgin Islands (BVI). The Premier Donaldson […]

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MONTSERRAT YOUTH: “You have the answer”

06 March 2015

By Helena Dorsette A one-week workshop dubbed Creativity for Employment and Business Opportunity (CEBO) began on the right footing as some 30 of Montserrat’s youth ages 15-29 answered the call to find solutions not only for the unemployment question on Montserrat but the region and further afield. Recognizing and acknowledging the propensity for problem-solving which […]

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Governor Davis clarifies not being ‘duped’

06 March 2015

At his monthly press conference on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, H E Adrian sought to clear up his response about ‘not being duped” by or during the former administration with particular reference to the Montserrat Development Corporation (MDC). He made direct reference to The Montserrat Reporter’s reporting on the matter which of course quoted directly […]

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A Country without a NEWSPAPER is both blind and dumb

27 February 2015

by Vernon (Auk) Jeffers This fact is known in every major capitals of the World. In any Democracy the freedom of the Press is golden and it behooves every democratic government to assist the Printed Press Media in its exercise of that freedom. By freedom it is meant, free access, public and private sector patronage, […]

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No news on budget talks completed since the beginning of February

27 February 2015

by Bennette Roach There has still been no news on the outcome of budget talks which took place in Montserrat towards the end of January. In fact there is a growing disquiet at the deafening silence from the Government of Montserrat, and particularly since the closure of activities at the Montserrat Development Corporation. Media enquiries […]

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RMPS react to lack of results on raids in Davy Hill Community

27 February 2015

During their first in a new series of monthly the Royal Montserrat Police Service (RMPS) management was asked for reaction to the Governor’s suggestion that there were no results or arrests made in the recently and much criticized Davy Hill raid operation on January 30, 2015. Commissioner Steve Foster first addressed this issue and said […]

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The accession of Martinique to Associate Membership of the OECS

27 February 2015

 OECS Commission Adapted – The signing ceremony for Martinique’s accession to Associate Membership of the Organisation of East Caribbean States (OECS) was the highpoint of the opening ceremony for the 60th Meeting of the OECS Authority held for the first time in a French Territory. Amidst a lavish ceremony with inspirational messages of hope and […]

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RMPS reports on crime and challenges at first new monthly press conferences

27 February 2015

Top Management of Royal Montserrat Police Service (RMPS) on Friday 20, 2015 held a press conference, the first for 2015 and for quite some time and since the departure of Canadian, Deputy Bradley Siddell. Citing that this was to be the first of regular monthly press conferences, Commissioner Steve Forster, Deputy Commissioner Charles Thompson and […]

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CXC Awards include Primary School students

27 February 2015

by staff reporters “Today, we award you for your intellect , celebrating your academic achievements for carrying through a course of study that has proven that you can recall, regurgitate and apply knowledge learned over your seven years at the primary level for those receiving the CPEA Awards and five years of Secondary education at […]

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MDC Task force to report soon

27 February 2015

by Bennette Roach On January 29, the Government of Montserrat (GoM) announced with respect to the stalling of Little Bay and Carrs Bay project(s), the decision “to establish a Task Force to review the operations and functions of the Montserrat Development Corporation (MDC).” see (MDC Review in four weeks at www.themontserratreporter.com) The announcement by way […]

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Dublin priest to visit for St. Patrick’s celebration

27 February 2015

Born in Dublin, David Williams grew up in the Sutton/Howth area on the north shore of Dublin Bay. Upon leaving school David entered Trinity College with the intention of studying Geology. However, he moved to Canada to complete studies in mining at the Haileybury School of Mines in Northern Ontario, which is where he met […]

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Police raid section of Davy Hill Community

20 February 2015

  Just three (3) days after the Royal Montserrat Police Service (RMPS) reported crime reduction statistics to a group plus of regulars at the Sujue Davis, wife of His Excellency the Governor Coffee Morning gathering, they conducted an operation in the north Davy Hill community. The operation sparked some controversy after the media reported the […]

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St. Kitts Records Two Murders in 24 hours

20 February 2015

St. Kitts & Nevis Observer by R. Wilson Several persons of interest in custody The murder toll in St. Kitts-Nevis jumped to eight earlier this week with two broad daylight murders within 24 hours of each other. Two men were shot at in Conaree at about 1pm Monday (Feb 16), however only one survived his […]

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There is no need to panic, beware, take heed and act

20 February 2015

Editorial – February 20, 2015 : Does this People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) or who else we ask, understand or noticed that we wrote and published warnings and suggestions, over and over again, but in particular, Modify the SGP as suggested by DFID since September, 2012, when we said: “Yes, scrap the new master plan, develop […]

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PM Harris ‘Seizes’ SIDF Funds?

20 February 2015

St. Kitts & Nevis Observer By by LK Hewlett As one of his first acts as Prime Minister, Hon. Dr. Timothy Harris appears to be taking control of the controversial Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation (SIDF). Newly sworn in Attorney General Hon. Vincent Byron Jr. announced Thursday (Feb 19) that during his first day in Office […]

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PM Harris: We Are Better Together!

20 February 2015

St. Kitts & Nevis Observer by LK Hewlett “I want to say how humbled I am by the opportunity to serve the People of St. Kitts and Nevis as your Prime Minister.” These were the words of Hon. Dr. Timothy Harris when he made his maiden address after being sworn in as Prime Minister on […]

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CCJ defends methods of informing regional public

20 February 2015

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – The Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Appeal (CCJ) has described as “inaccurate” complaints that it had published a judgment in the media before it had been communicated to the litigants and their legal representatives. CCJ President Sir Dennis Byron said much to his surprise counsel in a case involving an […]

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Observers generally pleased with conduct of St. Kitts-Nevis elections

20 February 2015

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, Feb 18, CMC – The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) team that observed Monday’s general election here said the elections process “had the potential to disturb and even disrupt the electors’ peaceful exercise of their franchise,” but praised the voters of St. Kitts-Nevis “for their enlightened response to these challenges”. The CARICOM team headed […]

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MP files injunction against Boundaries Commission

20 February 2015

CASTRIES, St.Lucia, Feb 19, CMC – Parliamentary representative for Castries South East, Guy Joseph, has filed an injunction in the High Court against the Boundaries Commission, which recently approved the realignment of constituency boundaries, increasing the number from 17 to 21. The injunction, filed on February 17 and will be heard on February 27 before […]

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LIAT announces new measures to ensure financial viability

20 February 2015

Barbados, CMC – The financially strapped regional airline, LIAT, has announced plans for a voluntary separation package (VSEP) that could result in more than 150 employees being removed from the company’s payroll. “We will embark on a process of cost reduction right across the airline but that will also include a reduction in the number […]

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New Joint Federal Cabinet To Be Sworn In Sunday

20 February 2015

by LK Hewlett The people of St. Kitts and Nevis will be formally introduced to their united federal government when newly elected members of Parliament are sworn into office on Sunday. The new slate of MPs were elected on Monday, Feb 16, however only Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Timothy Harris has been sworn into office. […]

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Dr. Timothy Harris New PM of St. Kitts-Nevis

20 February 2015

Confirmation delayed by confusion over publication of vote counting results (Adapted) St. Kitts, CMC – Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris Wednesday took the oath of office as the new head of government in this twin island federation following Monday’s Federal general election in which Team Unity swept the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP) seven to […]

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HMS Severn makes its second visit to Montserrat

20 February 2015

  British Royal Navy Offshore Patrol vessel HMS Severn made a five-day visit to Montserrat from Monday, February 5 to 7, 2015. This was the second time the vessel visited the island; the first was a short visit in December 2014. Members of the media was given an official tour of the vessel and held […]

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CARICOM Chair issues Statement on St. Kitts-Nevis situation

17 February 2015

(CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)     CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Perry Christie of The Bahamas has said the Caribbean Community is extremely concerned that the results of the preliminary count of Monday’s general elections in St. Kitts and Nevis has not been officially declared, and he has called on the Supervisor of Elections […]

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Outgoing Prime Minister thanks nation

17 February 2015

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, Feb 17, CMC – Outgoing Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas Tuesday said he would forever cherish the opportunity given to lead St. Kitts-Nevis and wished the new government well following Monday’s general election. Dr. Douglas, 62, failed in his attempt to lead the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP) to an unprecedented five […]

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Election supervisor breaks silence, Team Unity wins general election

17 February 2015

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, Feb 17, CMC – The Supervisor of Elections, Wingrove George, broke his silence on Tuesday and named Team Unity, an amalgam of three opposition parties as the winner of Monday’s general election in St. Kitts-Nevis. But while George said that Team Unity had won seven of the 11 seats contested in the […]

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Prime Ministers and others weigh-in on the stall in results information

17 February 2015

PM Gonsalves congratulates Team Unity on victory in St. Kitts By Kenton X. Chance KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, Feb. 17, CMC – St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves Tuesday expressed his disappointment that the Supervisor of Elections in St. Kitts-Nevis is “yet to declare the results of the preliminary count “of Monday’s […]

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Dr. Timothy Harris addressing supporters (CMC Photo)

St. Kitts-Nevis Elections – While all waited for the results

17 February 2015

Voters quash PM plans for fifth consecutive term Dr. Timothy Harris addressing supporters (CMC Photo) By Peter Richards BASSETERRE, St Kitts, Feb 17, CMC – Voters in this Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country denied Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas an opportunity of becoming the first regional leader to win five consecutive general elections and instead voted […]

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OECS Authority calls for calm following undeclared elections results

17 February 2015

The Organization of Eastern Caribbean States is closely monitoring the electoral situation in the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis and the OECS Chairman Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerritt is in close contact with both Dr. Denzil Douglas Leader of the St. Kitts & Nevis Labour Party and Dr. Timothy Harris Leader of the Team Unity […]

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St. Kitts main parties – what they say on the weekend

16 February 2015

PM predicts landslide victory in Monday’s general election CHARLESTOWN, Nevis, Feb 13, CMC – Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas said the February 16 general elections will not be decided by the London-based Privy Council that on Thursday ruled that the twin island Federation must hold the polls using the old voters list and existing constituency […]

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St. Kitts-Nevis vote for new government

16 February 2015

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, Feb 16, CMC – Voters in this twin island Federation are casting ballots to elect a new government with Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas urging them to ensure that his 20-year-old administration is returned to power for another five year-term.  Douglas, 62, is seeking to become the first head of government in […]

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Privy Council rules in favour of opposition in St. Kitts-Nevis

14 February 2015

St. Kitts-Nevis opposition parties prevail at Privy Council in Boundaries injunction – General Elections to take place with old boundaries – LONDON, Feb 12, CMC –The London-based Privy Council Thursday ruled that the St. Kitts-Nevis elections on February 16 will be held using the old voters list and the existing boundaries. The five-member panel of […]

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The Docile Nature of the Inhabitants of Montserrat

13 February 2015

by Juliet Lewis-Sweeney Ceesay Don’t say this, don’t say that. You don’t know how vindictive people are on this island. This is a small island, so be careful what you say. Don’t call the police and complain because those same police will tell the person you complain about and they will come and victimize you. […]

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What is the context in which UK support is provided?

13 February 2015

Editorial – February 13, 2015 Presented here is what we believe is an outline of how Montserrat has so far failed in delivering. If the simple suggestion stated before elections last year and since, after GoM failed to keep its commitment to the SGP and MoU, all will bear the consequences of the ignorant. And, […]

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Parliament gives nod to increasing electoral constituencies

13 February 2015

While Prime Minister Denzil Douglas was at the moment fighting and failing in the United Kingdom Privy Council to adopt new electoral boundaries just prior to General Elections in St. Kitts-Nevis, due on February 16, 2015, Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony was succeeding at increasing the number of electoral constituencies in St. Lucia from 17 […]

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ECCB In Country Winners in OECS Essay Competition receive certificates

13 February 2015

Today, February 13, 2015 at the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank Agency office at Brades, Mrs. Claudette Weekes hosted the presentation of the Best In Country Winners of the 2014 OECS Essay Competition. At the brief presentation ceremony Mrs. Weekes opened with remarks where she gave a brief back ground of the competiton. The OECS Essay […]

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MDC fall exposes many

13 February 2015

Governor says he wasn’t duped, what about the DFID rep When Governor Adrian Davis said this at his February 4, 2015 press conference: “…MDC did not come up in cabinet in the last year and a half really at all, apart from in terms of very detailed questions of ownership of land at little bay, […]

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Bard College Students conduct research on Montserrat .

13 February 2015

  A group of students from Bard College in the United States of America was on the island researching different species of animals and plants. The 5 students and 2 faculty member team was on the island for 2 weeks and spent most of their time in Montserrat’s forest and guts. The Montserrat Reporter caught […]

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There is nothing wrong with the MDC, Just clean up mess…

06 February 2015

Editorial – January 30, 2015 : The publication about the Montserrat Development Corporation sparked a readership unknown for a long time on the website and on Facebook, that to us was a complete surprise. The hits on the main site, globally the interest tripled, while Facebook readers were 30 times more interested in what was […]

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Remarks at Ms Lilian Allen’s Funeral

06 February 2015

by Claude Gerald The year was 1979. I had just returned from studies in Canada. I landed a job as the Research Assistant to the Caribbean Agricultural Research Development Institute CARDI. My prime duty was to get into the minds of small farmers to learn how they made decisions on their farms – what made […]

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Trinidad PM fires attorney general and national security minister

06 February 2015

By Marcia Braveboy Caribbean News Now Senior Correspondent marcia@caribbeannewsnow.com Twitter: @mbraveboy PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar told the nation in a national address on Monday night that she has asked for and received the resignations of national security minister Gary Griffith and attorney general Anand Ramlogan. Additionally, the […]

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Thompson confirmed as Deputy Commissioner of Police

06 February 2015

After acting since the departure of the Royal Montserrat Police Service (RMPS) DCoP Bradley Siddell, Charles Thompson is the now Deputy Commissioner of Police. Charles Thompson has been confirmed in his permanent role as he took up his appointment in November 2014. He joined the Police service on January 1, 1990, after successfully completing regional […]

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Off the Grid and or Green and Gritty

06 February 2015

Introducing the Director of Tourism and the Montserrat brand strategy The Tourism Division of the Montserrat Development Corporation (MDC) is moving onwards as it reviews and waits for approval of its new branding of Montserrat tourism. The brand new catch phrase will be “Off the Grid” or “Green and Gritty”. Miss Anita Nightingale, has never […]

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No funding for MSS new construct, Education Minister Ryan retorts

06 February 2015

Among the heated question and answer segment at the first sitting of the 2015 Legislative Assembly emanated from a question posed by opposition member the Hon. Easton Farrell Taylor to Education Minister the Hon. Delmaude Ryan about approved funding for the refurbishment of the Montserrat Secondary School. The exchange became somewhat intense as the Hon. […]

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Budgets, revenue support, DFID and taxation

06 February 2015

by Man from Baker Hill Yes, and Taxation! During the past two weeks we heard everything about DFID and Budgets; but we heard not one word about taxation. Yet the discussions were all linked to taxation; it was about how much UK taxpayers’ money Montserrat will need to add to its taxpayers’ money. That is […]

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A Returning Diaspora’s Feedback

06 February 2015

by Juliet Ceesay I was invited to the Legislative Assembly for the first time to witness my friend Shirley sworn in as Speaker. I became the observer observing the display of HUGE EGO/MINDS competing with one another with campaign rhetoric. As a Diaspora spending time in Montserrat, I wonder if the egos of these men/women […]

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Shirley Osborne formerly chairman of PDM is Speaker of the New Assembly

06 February 2015

Ms. Shirley Osborne has taken her oath of office and is now officially the Speaker of the Montserrat Legislative Assembly, replacing Sir Howard Fergus who sat as Speaker since the People’s Democratic Party (PDM) swept into power on September 11, 2014. Ms. Osborne took her oath at the first 2015 sitting of the Assembly at […]

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Governor: Nothing sinister at MDC?

06 February 2015

At his February 4 2015 press conference his first for 2015, the last being December 17, Governor Adrian indulged in the press comments and questions, dealing with a recent Davy Hill armored operation by the Royal Montserrat Police Force (RMPS) and fall-out from the Montserrat Development Corporation (MDC) DFID-GoM shutdown of activities/projects. On the police […]

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Queen Elizabeth sanctions knighthood for Governor General

06 February 2015

26/01/2015 08:18:00 Antigua, CMC – Britain’s Queen Elizabeth has sanctioned the appointment of Governor General Sir Rodney Williams as a Knight of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem. “It is notified for general information that the Queen has been graciously pleased to sanction the appointment of Sir Rodney Errey Lawrence […]

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PM pleased with Appeal Court ruling

06 February 2015

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, Feb 5, CMC – Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas Thursday welcomed the ruling of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court that had been asked to decide whether to extend an ex-parte injunction, pending a hearing requesting leave to appeal a High Court ruling handed down here last week. Opposition legislators had sought the […]

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Many Animal Doctors, No Livestock Industry.

30 January 2015

Mr. Editor Could you explain this? Can you justify it Sir? The Department of Agriculture has four (4) Veterinary employees. Two (2) full time Vets and two (2) Veterinary Assistants. I wonder if, but No Department of Agriculture anywhere in the world boasts any such luxury. There is no longer a livestock industry. Not like […]

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Government legislators walk out during budget debate

30 January 2015

JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC – Government legislators walked out of the Parliament on Thursday during the budget presentation of opposition member Joanne Massiah claiming that she had shown disrespect to the legislature by being absent for most of the day. “While we are in Parliament doing the nation’s business she was busy all day making her […]

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Dominica to become fourth full member of CCJ

30 January 2015

ROSEAU, Dominica, CMC – Dominica will be the fourth Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country to become a full member of the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) early next month, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has said. Dominica will join Barbados, Guyana and Belize in being members of both the Original and Appellate Jurisdictions of the CCJ […]

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CPA conducts post-election seminar for Legislators

30 January 2015

By Staff reporter  Members of the Montserrat Legislative Assembly attended a post-Election Seminar which was held on January 14 and 15, 2015 at the Montserrat Cultural Center in Little Bay. Post-Election Seminar organized by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) British Islands and Mediterranean Region (BIMR) on January 14 and 15 2015 to be held at […]

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BVI conducting labour force survey

30 January 2015

TORTOLA, British Virgin Islands, CMC – The British Virgin Islands (BVI) is for the first time in its history conducting a Labour Force Survey (LFS). The survey is being conducted in collaboration with the St. Lucia-based Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission. The project is being supported by the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) […]

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They’re off … Blatter submits his candidacy in race for May election

30 January 2015

Inside World Football FIFA news   By Andrew Warshaw January 29 – FIFA President Sepp Blatter has confirmed that he has submitted his bid to run for re-election a few hours before the deadline for nominations – but has not named the federations backing him. There was little doubt that the 78-year-old present incumbent would […]

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Review of MDC due in 4 weeks

30 January 2015

by Bennette Roach The Government of Montserrat (GoM) through a press release from the Premier’s office is moving to take action as a follow up to the information from the Premier that his Government is to report to DFID towards the end of this month, its plans and suggestions to move forward. The Premier and […]

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The Deliverables

30 January 2015

(See Editorial) Over the next 12 months [2012 – 13] the MDC is expected to deliver: a master plan that fully embraces environmental sustainability, sets the basis for environmentally and socially sustainable economic growth and builds climate change considerations into planning and infrastructure design; detailed conceptual designs of key infrastructure underpinning the masterplan to enable […]

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Voters elect new government on February 16

30 January 2015

Voters in St. Kitts-Nevis will go to the polls on Monday February 16 to elect a new government, well placed officials told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) on Tuesday. The officials said that Nomination Day will be on February 6. Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas had earlier indicated that he would announce the date for […]

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Television talk show host was murdered

30 January 2015

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Jan 27, CMC – Marcia Henville, the television talk show host, whose charred remains were discovered after a fire gutted her bedroom early Saturday morning, was murdered, according to the results of an autopsy done on Monday. The autopsy done by pathologist Dr. Eslyn Mc Donald Burris found that the 51-year-old […]

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Parliamentary support pledge from the Isle of Man.

30 January 2015

Hon. Alexander F. Dowine OBE MLC from the Isle of Man has made a pledge of support and training of parliamentary procedures and other areas of expertise to the Government of Montserrat by. The pledge was made on Wednesday, January 15, 2015 during a two-day post-election seminar held at the Montserrat Cultural Center in Little […]

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Davy Hill fire, house partially burnt

30 January 2015

Davy Hill, Montserrat. A two bedroom dwelling house in Davy Hill was partially burnt on Friday, January 23, 2015. The house which belongs to Wilfred Duberry caught ablaze sometime after 1.00 p.m. but Police and fire was on the scene shortly after and was able to put the blaze under control. The cause of the […]

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St. Kitts voters to elect new government on February 16

29 January 2015

Voters in St. Kitts-Nevis will go to the polls on Monday February 16 to elect a new government, well placed officials told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) on Tuesday. The officials said that Nomination Day will be on February 6. Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas had earlier indicated that he would announce the date for […]

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Politics and Economic Stupidity don’t go well together…

24 January 2015

Editorial – January 23, 2015 : But did it go beyond that? Joseph E. Stiglitz, writing in the International Economics column, wrote an article, “The Politics of Economic Stupidity.” In it he stated “The big problem facing the world in 2015 is not economic. We know how to escape our current malaise. The problem is […]

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European Union withholds funds for Guyana

23 January 2015

Montserrat to be concerned  Editor:The following article should be of deep concern to Montserrat. As information is sought about the aid and finances of government presently, it is believed though preliminary, while not unfounded that Montserrat may find itself in a similar position with the EU. GEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC – The European Union (EU) Friday […]

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Political attacks and responses

23 January 2015

Over the past week and since the change of the MDC Board which suggested that the new Don Romeo Government recognized that continuing with the old Board might not be ”going forward”, there have been much by way of attacks and some fiery responses. The attacks came in statements, and by letters and responses, some […]

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PM Arthur speaks on regional integration challenges

23 January 2015

By Peter Richards Trinidad, CMC – Former Barbados prime minister Owen Arthur (left) says while the decision in 1989 to transform Caribbean economies into a into a single market and economy was one of the most momentous decisions in the history of the Caribbean “it was a transformation that was never going to be easily […]

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Evangelist Jerry Jarvis made an Ambassador to Montserrat, in the Diaspora

23 January 2015

Evangelist Jerry Jarvis, who for past several years produced the annual “Jerry Jarvis Show” in which he honours and awards the elderly, senior citizens, their carers and others. At the bi-annual Jerry Jarvis Concert and Awards the Honourable Premier, Mr. Donaldson Romeo, who was a presenter, appointed Jerry Jarvis an Ambassador in the Diaspora. The […]

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Open letter to the editor of MNI Alive

23 January 2015

Jeevan, you have been pushing in your various commentaries over the past months that there were allegations of fraudulent behavior at the MDC. As an Investigative Journalist it is incumbent on you to now provide your readers with the facts. It is obvious to me from your recent postings that you aware of the contents […]

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An Open Letter to Hon. Don Romeo (alias The Premier)

23 January 2015

By Edgar Nkosi White “Oh Romeo, sweet, sweet Romeo, please don’t forget your Juliet.” Dear Hon. Don, The New Year has started with all its hope and all its beauty. You and your cadre of the Elect can’t wait to do all the miracles which you promised at election time. It was beautiful to hear […]

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Premier Meade and government lose fight to frustrate National Song issue

23 January 2015

By Warren Cassell Every time the song “Motherland” is heard, some are reminded, others may not be aware of the legal action brought by songwriter Denzil Edgecombe against the former Premier Reuben Meade and the government through the Hon. Attorney General. The Government has been fighting to bring to an end to the issue of […]

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MDC ‘shut down’

23 January 2015

Montserrat on Pause  by Bennette Roach Premier the Hon. Don(aldson) Romeo has confirmed in a brief interview with TMR Editor that upon his Government’s initial findings, faced with ‘fires’ and emergencies upon taking office following General Elections in September last year, he acted immediately and collaborated with the UK Department for International Development (DFID) in […]

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St Lucia to discuss preliminary findings on harmful volcanic gases

23 January 2015

St. Lucia, CMC – Health and environmental stakeholders in St. Lucia are studying the preliminary findings of a University of the West Indies (UWI) research project into the potentially harmful volcanic gases at the Sulphur Springs, west of here. They are also discussing the preliminary findings of the volcanic gas network established to monitor potentially […]

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Major US Black group to host reparations summit

18 January 2015

NEW YORK, Jan 3, CMC – A major Black group here says it will host the next summit of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Reparations Commission early this year. The New York-based Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW) said on Saturday that the summit will take place from April 9-12. The CARICOM Commission is […]

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St. Maarten triumphs at Haynes Caribbean Teen Show

15 January 2015

By Warren Cassell The reigning 2013/14 Miss Teen – Sharese Allen visited St. Kitts and represented Montserrat in the 2014 Haynes Smith Caribbean Talented Teen.  Prior to leaving Miss Allen described herself in an interview on with ZJB as “ready and focused”. It was however, D’Shnay York from of St. Maarten made her nation proud […]

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The Calypso 2014/15 Showdown – DeBear crowned 2014/15 Monarch

15 January 2015

Political healing ebola and national pride – themes in calypso competition By Warren Cassell and Nerissa Golden It came as no surprise to many who after seeing De Bear performed his two songs including the popular “Got To Go”, predicted that he would leave Festival City on December 30, 2014 as the new monarch. The […]

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2014 Funky Man Awards show honours students, adults and more

15 January 2015

Carlton “Funky Man” Allen staged the annual Funky Man Awards on December 29 at  the popular Montserrat Cultural Centre at Little Bay, with   Communications Specialist Salas Hamilton as host. The awards show honours outstanding men, women and students who are making positive contributions to the island, and includes the presentation of the Robert W. Griffith […]

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Festival 2014/15 Queen and King  

15 January 2015

Montserrat Festival Queen Show 2014 by Cleo Cassell The December chill cloaked me as I keenly stepped into the gates of Festival Village, on Sunday, December 28, 2014 around 7:30 p.m, to one of the most anticipated shows of the festival, the queen show.  However, I wasn’t worried about the weather threatening to spoil my […]

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Successful fundraiser for the return of Gourmet Gardens

15 January 2015

On the night of Thursday, December 18, 2014 a fire still of unknown origin destroyed (Mariet’s) Gourmet Gardens Restaurant, basically a wooden structure in Salem/Olveston, located about 200 yards north of Olveston House restaurant. The cause of that fire is reportedly still being investigated by the Royal Montserrat police Service and Fire Services. Mrs. Sujue Davis, […]

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Digicel opens big with launch of 4G services in Montserrat

10 January 2015

By Staff Reporters   BRADES, Montserrat – Montserrat became the 33rd country on Monday to fly the banner of the company dubbed ‘the Bigger Better Network, Digicel.’ In an almost surprise launch for many, the company unveiled its new flagship store at Farara Plaza in Brades, with an attractive incentive to subscribers of its cable […]

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Going forward, know whence you came and how you got here

10 January 2015

Editorial – January 9, 2014 It must be clear to all by now that while they have no regrets, and while those who at the end of the elections were already believing or wishing failure of the new Government, that the People’s Democratic Movement party was far from comparable to most other new parties ready […]

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An extraordinary holiday greeting to Montserrat

09 January 2015

By Edgar Nkosi White Dear family: God created man and man created rum in self-defence. There have been many who have wondered why exactly I have retired to Montserrat and will never leave. There are two answers:  (1) The Montserrat Christmas is the least painful in the world (and forgive me folks, I hate Christmas […]

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Barbados unions ready to rumble

09 January 2015

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Jan 2, CMC – The National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) will meet on Thursday next week to discuss protest strategies after insisting that its members had been “unfairly dismissed” last year. The union, which represents workers mainly in the public sector, met earlier on Friday, and according to its general secretary Roslyn […]

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Digicel opens big with launch of 4G services in Montserrat

09 January 2015

By Staff Reporters BRADES, Montserrat – Montserrat became the 33rd country on Monday to fly the banner of the company dubbed ‘the Bigger Better Network, Digicel.’ In an almost surprise launch for many, the company unveiled its new flagship store at Farara Plaza in Brades, with an attractive incentive to subscribers of its cable services. […]

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Entrepreneurs challenged to innovate and take advantage of new telco services

09 January 2015

By Nerissa Golden Director of the Department for Information Technology and eGovernment Services (DITES), Denzil West has challenged entrepreneurs as well as young people on Montserrat to take advantage of the widening technological offerings on island to create ICT-driven businesses. He is also hoping that LIME and the newest player on the market, Digicel, would […]

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Island Diva Mas takes Flight at MONFEST Parade

09 January 2015

    LITTLE BAY, Montserrat – It was a small but colourful New Year’s Day parade to cap off two-weeks of revelry at the annual Montserrat Festival. The more than 40 members of the Island Diva Mas made up for being the only adult costume troupe on the road with three brilliant sections themed ‘Take […]

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Prime Minister and Opposition leader call for renewed focus in 2015

09 January 2015

Jamaica, Jan. 1, CMC – Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has urged Jamaicans to recommit to the Vision for Jamaica in 2015. In her address to mark the start of the new year, Simpson Miller said 2015 is  an opportune time to recommit to the Vision for Jamaica “a vision in which our never-ending hope […]

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Fuel Prices drop to significant low

09 January 2015

The question is how long it will last, and will it be long enough for motorists to realise the savings of yet another drop in the price at fuel at the pumps. This as a result is of the fall of crude oil prices below the price of $50.00 per barrel, the first time since […]

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Opposition parties condemn introduction of VAT

09 January 2015

NASSAU, Bahamas, Dec 31, CMC – The main opposition Free National Movement (FNM) is questioning the government’s ability to introduce the 15 per cent Value Added Tax (VAT) system here from January 1 next year. FNM deputy leader and shadow finance minister Peter Turnquest said the general public is also questioning the government’s ability “to […]

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Government promises to fix economy, unemployment and crime

09 January 2015

Antigua, Jan 1, CMC – Prime Minister Gaston Browne says his administration will focus on boosting the economy and unemployment and lowering the crime rate. In his address to mark the start of the New Year, Browne said the current level of unemployment is a “human tragedy”. “I am profoundly concerned about unemployment.  Human dignity […]

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Cayman Islands financial sector welcomes government stance on beneficial ownership

09 January 2015

Published on January 6, 2015 GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands — Cayman Finance CEO Jude Scott has welcomed the recent statement from the Cayman Islands government (CIG) regarding the beneficial ownership changes being insisted upon by the UK. Cayman Finance CEO Jude Scott “Cayman Finance supports the government’s statement and its position that, after due consideration, it […]

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CARICOM urged to fully implement new strategic plan

09 January 2015

Guyana, Jan 3, CMC – Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie says it’s important for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to fully implement the five-year strategic plan that has been endorsed by regional leaders for deepening the regional integration movement. Christie, the new chairman of the 15-member grouping, said that the 2015-19 plan “ is a bold […]

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When we talk of curse, let us talk about prayer!

27 December 2014

Editorial – December 24, 2014 It must have been a dream, since it could not have been a plan that this Christmas when we could speak of good cheer, goodwill, giving, sharing and all the good things that should come to Christian people and all the others who believe in the true spirit of Christmas, […]

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Christmas Coffee morning ‘Buy a Blanket’

27 December 2014

 Sujue Davis presents By Amy McTighe Mrs. Sujue Davis wife of Governor Adrian Davis, has come to be known as the most successful fundraiser since her time in Montserrat. It has been so whether it is for the Red Cross, hospital equipment or some other charity. On Tuesday, December 16, she hosted a Christmas-themed regular […]

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American national indicted for defrauding Caribbean immigrants

25 December 2014

NEW YORK, Dec 19, CMC – United States law enforcement authorities have indicted a woman who allegedly promised green cards and work permits to undocumented Caribbean immigrants. They said Nickya Wittington, also known as Nicky John, 27 has been charged with stealing US$12,850 from the immigrants. The Brooklyn native was charged after she falsely promised […]

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It is a good time to know these 10 Signs You Need to Make Changes to Your Money Habits

24 December 2014

How to Recognize Financial Areas That Need Improvement By Dana Anspach Money Over 55 Expert It’s easy to say you want financial success. Actions, however, tell the true story. Are you on the road to financial success, or are you still hanging on to one or two of these tell-tale financial disaster behaviors? You pay […]

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Vincentians to pay lowest fuel surcharge since 2011

24 December 2014

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, Dec 17, CMC – The state-owned St. Vincent Electricity Services Limited (VINLEC) has announced a drop in its fuel surcharge for this month, resulting in consumers here paying the lowest fuel surcharge on their electricity bills since 2011. “The 40.65 cents per unit is the lowest since March 2011,” Communications Consultant in […]

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St Lucia hosts delegation for geothermal talks

24 December 2014

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Dec 16, CMC – A delegation from the World Bank, the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) and the New Zealand government has held talks with government on advancing the island’s geothermal project, according to an official statement issued here Tuesday. It said that the teams from the World Bank and […]

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Six compete in regional Calypso Competition

24 December 2014

The winner, in a ZJB report said, “I’m feeling great, I just came down to Montserrat to defend my crown and to do as best as I could to let my music speak and to make sure that when you left here that the sound would resound in people’s spirit and in their soul.” That […]

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Senior Citizens Association Christmas party

24 December 2014

Most of the singers and musicians who led or took part at the carol singing at the Sujue Coffee Morning event,  reprised their performances at the Cultural Centre on Wednesday, December 17, for the benefit of the Montserrat Senior Citizens Association Christmas Party, with a few additions. Pupils from St. Augustine Primary School sang The […]

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Regional and international telecom executives meet in Dominican Republic

24 December 2014

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Dec 16, CMC – The proposed multi-billion dollar merger between the British telecommunications company, Cable and Wireless (CWC) and Columbus International will be among issues discussed in the Dominican Republic in February next year. Capacity Caribbean 2015 will be held in Punta Cana, February 10-11 and the organisers said that it will provide […]

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Nine will vie to dethrone Baptiste Wallace

24 December 2014

Following last Fridays semi-finals, nine calypsonians including six former monarchs are through to the Calypso Monarch finals. Seventeen competed in the two round competition. On Tuesday, December 30, the finalists will attempt to dethrone the reigning Calypso Monarch Baptise Wallace who won the Calypso Monarch title on his first time in the competition. The nine […]

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This Christmas Season, find time to reflect. Is There a God? Does God exist?

24 December 2014

Here are six straightforward reasons to believe that God is really there. By Marilyn Adamson Part  I Just once wouldn’t you love for someone to simply show you the evidence for God’s existence? No arm-twisting. No statements of, “You just have to believe.” Well, here is an attempt to candidly offer some of the reasons […]

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IMF predicts economic growth of nearly two per cent for Antigua and Barbuda

24 December 2014

WASHINGTON, CMC – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says a modest recovery is underway in Antigua and Barbuda but macroeconomic indicators are still weak and important vulnerabilities remain. The Washington-based financial institution said that economic activity in the first half of 2014 showed continuing signs of recovery following real gross domestic product (GDP) growth of […]

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ILO warns of higher unemployment in Latin America and Caribbean

24 December 2014

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – A new report by the International Labour Organization (ILO) has found an “unusual pattern” in this year’s urban employment rate in Latin America and the Caribbean, which continued to fall despite warning signs of economic slowdown. The ILO report titled “Labour Overview for Latin America and the Caribbean 2014,” noted that […]

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Government says it is committed to restructuring CLICO company

24 December 2014

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Dec 19, CMC – The Barbados government says it remains fully committed to the court-approved restructuring plan for CLICO International Life (CIL) and its associated companies.   The Freundel Stuart administration said in keeping with this commitment, it has established a new company to initiate and manage the government’s participation in the implementation […]

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Brief Flashbacks

24 December 2014

Wallace Creates History – Captures Three Major Festival titles Newcomer calypsonian Baptiste Wallace created history when he captured three major titles during the 51st festival celebrations, which included  the coveted monarch crown, and by so doing etched his name in the annals of Montserrat calypso competition. Wallace set the stage for this outstanding triple-title feat by […]

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Merry Christmas Happy Holidays A Bright and Prosperous New Year 2015

24 December 2014

… to you, your family and the World. Good health strength prosperity love peace and fulfillment of all your dreams. This year, as I reflect, I’d like to thank you for being part of my support team friend family and caregiver. Christmas is a time for love, sharing, caring and kindness with peace on earth […]

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Towards a fresh, but sound, start, doing the right thing

19 December 2014

Editorial – December 19, 2014 : It has always been a consideration that a succeeding government is often hesitant, reluctant and even unwilling to do the necessary back checking, fact checking, investigations of its predecessor’s activities, good corrupt or otherwise. The question then comes, is it because they wish to do likewise or worse and […]

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Gourmet Gardens restaurant goes down in flames

19 December 2014

By staff reporters At just after 9.00 p.m. on Thursday, December 18, a police car and police van raced through St. Peter’s, sirens blaring and only just managing the corner without skidding. Some minutes later a fire truck followed. The scene of the crisis was a huge fire at (Mariet’s) Gourmet Gardens Restaurant, basically a […]

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CLAIRE SHORT’S CURSE: The quest for Golden Elements

19 December 2014

By Man from Baker Hill In 1997, former UK Member of Parliament Minister Claire Short declared that Montserratians will be looking for golden elephants out of the volcano. And some Montserratians believed that there really were elephants made of gold; so much so, that they embarked on a quest to secure one of their own. […]

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Chees us – Chrismus! Jus Come

19 December 2014

by Man from Baker Hill They said, just come! And yet again, another Christmas, Montserratians returning home are held up in Antigua. And Chee Sus Cris Mus! What about the purpose built ferry?  How come we are still struggling to decide on the location for the ferry to berth? After all, the sea has been […]

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 Lime gives Montserrat a Christmas UPGRADE as it launches first Mobile 4G on Island

19 December 2014

Sweeneys, Montserrat Mobile data speeds never before experienced in Montserrat have now become a reality nationwide for the first time, as LIME launches its brand-new, superfast 4G mobile network. LIME customers in Montserrat will now automatically have access to the same superfast mobile data speeds, as is now available in global nations such as the […]

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ECCB announces Students 2015 OECS Essay Competition

19 December 2014

Secondary School students on Montserrat will soon be getting another chance to put their critical thinking skills on display through essay writing. The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) has announced the launch of its 2015 OECS Essay Competition. The contest, which is designed to encourage critical thinking among the students of the Eastern Caribbean Currency […]

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Government wants bipartisan approach to health care financing

19 December 2014

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, CMC – Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony is calling for a bipartisan approach to health care financing saying it is the “greatest gift” politicians could give to St. Lucia. Speaking during debate on the Millennium Heights Medical Complex Bill, Anthony said parliamentarians should seriously consider establishing a “joint committee of Parliament to […]

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The rhetoric is the same, it must be different for the future

13 December 2014

Editorial: December 12, 2014 : For the onlooker, the obvious question as the calypsonian recounts that the people ‘fed up’ so they ‘red up’ slogan of the just concluded political campaign, is why were the people fed up? The result of them being fed up catapulted Premier Romeo into being the head political ‘honcho’ in […]

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The Most Famous Landmark Tree on Montserrat DESECRATED

12 December 2014

Mr. Editor,                                                      29/11/2014 Allow me to OPENLY vent my frustration, to the fact that the property owners of the FAMOUS Cudjoe Head Tree, have mangled/cut off several branches off of our Historical tree to erect a small wooden building, for what?? WHY ??.. Yes our Famous Cudjoe head tree, stemming back to the days of slavery, hence the historical […]

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NATIONALISM:  A Corollary of Taxation

12 December 2014

by Man from Baker Hill I am not concerned about the dictionary meaning of the word…nationalism. For me, nationalism is about understanding how to build a nation called Montserrat on fairness and equity; it is to want every Montserratians to stand out… to do well. Nationalism is that each of us must pay his fair […]

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High standard calypso elimination contest

12 December 2014

After poor weather among other problems as well as a disappointing planned clash with the Leeward Islands Basketball championships starting in Montserrat, forced the postponement last Friday evening, the 2014 Calypso competition got off to successful completion of the elimination contest. 33 entrants participated on the new festival village grounds west of the cricket field […]

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DIGICEL announces – ‘COMING SOON’ to Montserrat

12 December 2014

On Wednesday, December 10, 2014, telecommunications company DIGICEL, in a press release announced its countdown of its arrival to Montserrat, according to it,  “The anticipation of the imminent arrival of telecommunications company, Digicel.” The company says this follows, “buildup as Montserratians are gearing up to welcome the bigger, better operator in just a few weeks.” […]

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The Battle for Montserrat: Post Election 2014

05 December 2014

by Man from Baker Hill If I were writing a short story about our 19 year fight with the volcano, I would write that Montserrat won the battle. I might even write that the people of Montserrat are NOW prosperous; and that the elections made us confident, wealthy and wise. And if this were a […]

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Time for a Temple Cleansing

05 December 2014

by Gordon E Mullings, MSc, MBA The Kairos Initiative, November 29, 2014 On Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 – a date that shall live in dishonour – I was utterly astonished to hear my family name called in thinly veiled form, on ZJB Radio. This, during a string of accusations being made against the PDM government […]

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Several Caribbean countries complete CFATF review process

05 December 2014

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC – The review process implemented by the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) and the International Cooperation Review Group (ICRG) has been completed by several countries in the region. According to Guyana’s Attorney General, Anil Nandlall, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis, and Trinidad and Tobago have all graduated […]

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Is it late for 2014? – maybe, but not too late to start: It’s all about money, and Signs You Need to Make Changes to Your Money Habits

05 December 2014

Just these three for now: You always finance it. Why save ahead? If you need something, you can use credit. There is something incredibly satisfying about saving up for things in advance. In our current world of easy credit this isn’t a satisfaction people get to experience enough of.  Go ahead and give it a […]

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ANTIGUA – Government moves to consolidate state media

05 December 2014

Antigua, Nov 28, CMC – The Antigua and Barbuda government moved to consolidate the state media by announcing a new management team and merging several media entities. Information, Broadcasting, Telecommunication and Information Technology Minister Melford Nicholas, said the new initiative forms part of the Gaston Browne’s administration plans to restructure the national broadcasting service. He […]

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Significant drop in fuel prices see motorists rush to fill up

05 December 2014

With oil prices dropping around the world, Montserrat gets to feel it is a part of the world, as there were long queues outside the only petrol station in Sweeney’s particularly on Monday.  Many motorists, some of them quite low on petrol, and others longing for the premium or higher octane petrol, lined up especially […]

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Ebola: Caribbean doctors and nurses receive training in clinical management in Ebola, in Antigua and Barbuda workshop

05 December 2014

St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda, 2 December 2014 (PAHO/WHO) — More than 50 doctors and nurses from 13 Caribbean countries are in St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda, this week to receive training on clinical management of Ebola in a workshop sponsored by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO). The three-day training, on 1-3 […]

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Caribbean tourism sector hails U.K. abolition of travel tax on minors

05 December 2014

The Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association welcomed on Wednesday an announcement that the United Kingdom will exempt children 12 and under from the Air Passenger Duty. “We welcome today’s announcement by Chancellor Osborne about the elimination of the Air Passenger Duty on children as this alleviates costs for family vacations and essentially cuts the taxes […]

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Appeal upheld and Judgment for US National against his deportation

05 December 2014

US National Douglas Anderson who resided in his own home in Olveston, was sentenced in January 2014 to three months in prison for the use of insulting and threatening language, was deemed a prohibited immigrant under the Immigration Act by the Chief Immigration Officer and deported forthwith. Represented by Lawyer Jean Kelsick Anderson exercised his […]

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New Board at MDC

05 December 2014

following investigative audit of processes by Bennette Roach On Wednesday, November 26, 2014, His Excellency the Governor, Adrian Davis during his monthly press conference informed that the Montserrat Development Corporation (MDC) was about to be dissolved and a new board installed for six months in the first instance. He was at the time surprisingly forthcoming […]

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VACANCY – Chief Magistrate – Government of Montserrat

04 December 2014

Government of Montserrat  VACANCY NOTICE   CHIEF MAGISTRATE   Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons for the post of Chief Magistrate in the British Overseas Territory of Montserrat.     JOB PURPOSE:   To undertake the duties ascribed to the Chief Magistrate under the Laws of Montserrat and to manage the operations of the […]

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VACANCY – Director of Public Prosecutions – Montserrat

04 December 2014

GOVERNMENT OF MONTSERRAT VACANCY NOTICE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC PROSECUTIONS  Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons for the post of Director of Public Prosecutions, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. The Director of Public Prosecutions plays a central and sensitive role in maintaining the legal system in this small overseas territory. The Director’s core […]

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Vacancy – Financial Secretary – Government of Montserrat

04 December 2014

GOVERNMENT OF MONTSERRAT VACANCY NOTICE FINANCIAL SECRETARY MINISTRY OF FINANCE AND ECONOMIC MANAGEMENT The Government of Montserrat is inviting applications from suitably qualified persons for the post of Financial Secretary, Ministry of Finance and Economic Management.     JOB PURPOSE   To supervise and advise all institutions of Government including private corporations with significant public […]

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If the intentions are sincere, help is there, before patience dies

29 November 2014

Editorial – November 21, 2014 : The hope was that by time this Editorial was penned that the thoughts and ideas put forward may not have been necessary, and that matters would have been clarified with some worthwhile simple lessons learnt in diplomacy, democracy, openness, of course governance and more in an inexhaustible list of […]

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Guests flee in terror after explosion rips through five star hotel

22 November 2014

The Telegraph   By Patrick Sawer Guests have told how they fled in terror after their five-star London hotel was blown up by a suspected gas explosion, which injured 14 people. A huge hole was blown in the side of the The Hyatt Regency Churchill, in Marylebone, and part of the building collapsed when the […]

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Is Montserrat really open for business if local companies are not online?

21 November 2014

Brades: The following report comes out of the National ICT Council week of events which were designed to promote the use of information communication technologies. It was held in partnership with the Ministry of Communications & Works and ran from November 10 to 14, 2014. Last we featured the first evening’s event where Dr. Sammy […]

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November 2014 East Caribbean Supreme Court of Appeal

21 November 2014

The Court of Appeal of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court will sit in Montserrat from Monday, November 24, 2014 to Wednesday, November 28, 2014. There is a long list of cases scheduled for hearing between Monday and Wednesday. The Panel of Justices of Appeal for this Sitting, comprise His Lordship The Honourable Justice of Appeal Davidson […]

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National Trust launches Endangered Archive Project Project

21 November 2014

  The Montserrat National Trust embarked on a pilot project to protect the islands Historical Documents and described as the Endangered Archive Project. The project which is funded and made possible through a grant awarded by the British Library enables the Montserrat National Trust (MNT) to purchase equipment and train locals to also produce professional […]

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Digicel welcomes ECTEL intervention in Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC) merger

21 November 2014

St. Lucia, CMC – The Irish-owned telecommunications company, Digicel, has welcomed the announcement by the Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (ECTEL) regarding the merger between Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC) and Columbus Communications Inc. (Columbus). The St. Lucia-based ECTEL says the proposed agreement is a matter of significant public interest for the region deserving of […]

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ECCB donates to disabled persons, part of FIM outreach initiatives

21 November 2014

The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) continued its community outreach initiative for Financial Information Month (FIM), which is usually held in October, just passed. On Monday, Nov 17, Mrs. Claudette Weekes, the ECCB’s Montserrat agency representative presented a cheque for $1,000.00 to the Montserrat Association for Persons with Disabilities (MAPD). In her presentation Mrs. Weekes […]

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Five Ways You’ll Be Hacked Any time

21 November 2014

Pay attention – Common sense is no so common – Greed is a great thief and a villain Shelly Palmer Cyber Security According to a June 2014 study by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the likely annual cost to the global economy from cybercrime could reach $575 Billion. It’s a big number. Here […]

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Legistimate Expectation vs The Montserrat Social Security Precedent has been set!

21 November 2014

By Man from Baker Hill The case of Denzil Edgecombe against the Premier and the Government of Montserrat (Attorney General) sets the stage for individuals to successfully achieve their legitimate pension rights against the Montserrat Social Security in the courts of Montserrat. So through this Article and The Montserrat Reporter, I serve notice on the […]

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CRM presents FEASIBILITY STUDY- RUNWAY AT OLD QUAW, MONTSERRAT.

21 November 2014

As early as 2001, the Committee for the Redevelopment of Montserrat (CRM) publicly expressed its conviction that the 1037 metre long runway at W H Bramble airport should have been replaced by another runway in the safe zone no less capable of facilitating Montserrat’s redevelopment. Old Quaw at the northern end of the island was […]

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Royal Bank exits Caribbean wealth management business

21 November 2014

The Canadian Press Analyst says other banks are reviewing international operations The latest decision by Royal Bank to exit its international business in the Caribbean is another sign that Canadian banks are cutting their losses in the region and cleaning house, an analyst said Friday after RBC confirmed its making changes at its wealth management division. […]

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Obama orders Immigration Reprieve moves to halt deportation to the Caribbean

21 November 2014

by Shirley-Ann Queeley – Large numbers of Montserratians living illegally in the United States could be spared the disgrace of deportation. US President Barack Obama announced on Thursday evening far-reaching changes to the US immigrations laws that will allow nearly 5 million illegal residents there to, as he puts it, “come out of the shadows and […]

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Serious and honest dialogue needed to change the planning culture

20 November 2014

Editorial – November 14, 2014 Quite often the question is posed, but never in the right places with a rather, call it whatever name you wish, unkind perhaps, government, ”how come the persons/businesses that were at the forefront, bringing ITC to Montserrat over 20 years ago have not been involved in any ITC promotion programs?” […]

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Just using the word ‘Democracy’ without understanding it is already chaotic

16 November 2014

Editorial – November 7, 2014 : The naming of the next Speaker of the Montserrat Legislative Assembly has brought to the fore and highlighted some issues that the Premier and his government must make a concertive effort to deal with. When it is possible for any new government not to first ensure that all Constitutional […]

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NY mayor signs bills limiting deportation of Caribbean immigrants

15 November 2014

NEW YORK (CMC) – With United States President Barack Obama vowing to proceed on immigration reform by executive order, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday signed two bills that would drastically limit the federal government’s ability to deport undocumented Caribbean and other immigrants from New York City. Under one of the new […]

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Foreign Minister confident Guyanese nationals will “handle our problems”

14 November 2014

By Peter Richards TOKYO, Japan, CMC – Guyana’s Foreign Affairs Minister Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett Friday defended the decision of President Donald Ramotar to prorogue the National Assembly saying it represents “the final push” by the government to hold talks with the opposition on the socio-economic development of the country. “I think if that offer is taken […]

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CSME Workshop discuss regional issues, Social Security, labour, social dialogue

14 November 2014

A two-day regional workshop exploring issues relating to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Single Market and Economy (CSME) began in Dominica on Monday with delegates being told that it would explore in some depth the areas of education, occupational classification, social security and social dialogue. The two-day workshop was hosted by the CARICOM Secretariat with the […]

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Russia plans to send long-range bombers to Caribbean

14 November 2014

  Was Pope Francis prophesying that World War III was in the making?   He said September Pope Francis said that current conflicts taking place around the world amount to a “piecemeal” Third World War. He also condemned the arms trade and “plotters of terrorism”. “Humanity needs to weep and this is the time to […]

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Opposition party calls for reversal of National Hero status on former PM

14 November 2014

Antigua, CMC – The opposition United Progressive Party (UPP) has launched a petition geared towards reversing the award of National Hero recently conferred on former Prime Minister Lester Bird. In a release on Sunday, the UPP said it has been inundated with calls “demanding that action be taken to register our collective disgust” at the […]

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Dominica celebrate 36 years of political independence

14 November 2014

Dominica observed the 36th anniversary of its political independence from Britain with the traditional military parade, honour of nationals and a message from Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit that the anniversary provides the opportunity to highlight and showcase the many attributes that define “our character as Dominicans. “It is an occasion to recapture and project our […]

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Cricket bailout – after the catastrophical irresponsibility?

14 November 2014

TMR Editor: There may be many issues behind the cause of this multimillion $$$‘catastrophe’, which we do not know about and obviously will go deeper than the ill-advised bunch did imagine, if they have any of the requirements for imagination. Whatever happens to save West Indies cricket, it must be that the beneficiaries are not […]

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Avoiding local transmission of Ebola is ‘the goal’ in Caribbean, says PAHO

14 November 2014

Jamaica Observer WASHINGTON, DC, USA (CMC) — Director of the Department of Communicable Diseases and Health Analysis of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Dr Marcos Espinal, says preventing local transmission of Ebola is the main goal in preparing for the eventual arrival the disease in Latin America and the Caribbean. According to Espinal, who […]

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Montserrat Missing ITC Elements

14 November 2014

It was the first year that the National ICT Council in partnership with the Ministry of Communications & Works host a full week of events which ran from November 10 to 14, 2014. In a release announcing the event, “The week of events were designed to promote the use of information communication technologies. The announcement […]

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Guyana not pleased with WHO reporting on suicide cases

13 November 2014

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC – The Guyana government says it is taking umbrage the recent figures released by the World Health Organization (WHO) giving the country the dubious ranking of having the highest suicide rate per capita in the world. Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr. Roger Luncheon said that the way in which the number […]

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Joke Corner

07 November 2014

Text Message A man received the following text from his neighbor: I am so sorry Bob. I’ve been riddled with guilt and I have to confess. I have been tapping your wife, day and night when you’re not around. In fact, more than you. I’m not getting any at home, but that’s no excuse. I […]

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New Government, New Day

07 November 2014

By David Edgecombe Now the noise and shouting, and I hope weeping, are over following Montserrat’s latest elections, I want to take this brief period of quiet to share some thoughts about moving forward. First, congratulations to the new PDM government and leader Premier Don Romeo on their convincing victory. I believe despite some initial […]

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BRING BACK THE CAT-O-NINE

07 November 2014

by Man from Baker Hill Should right thinking Montserratians be BEATEN with many strikes, simply because we have not done nearly enough to question the building of the dessert tent at Little Bay? Maybe! In fact, some of us should be flogged for being silent on the matter. Where did that thing come from? Who […]

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PDM names LegAss Speaker

07 November 2014

Shirley Osborne, PDM party chairman named Speaker from a list where her name did not appear Strong words from across a wide section of the public emanating from the news that the People’s Democratic Party (PDM) exactly eight weeks after it swept into power in Montserrat, after much named a substantive Speaker to the Legislative […]

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ECCB Monetary Council reports on 80th Council Meeting

07 November 2014

The Honourable Premier and Montserrat’s new Minister of Finance, Donaldson Romeo attended The Monetary Council of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) of which Montserrat is a member. The Council reports: action needs to be taken to address commercial bank charges in the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). That is according to a communiqué, […]

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Advances in Breast Cancer Treatment

07 November 2014

Five recent advances are dramatically changing treatment approaches… Women who have breast cancer are now living longer than they did only five years ago—and not simply due to improved mammography techniques. Reason: New scientific evidence is changing the way physicians can treat the disease—making these treatments much more selective and effective. Key findings breast cancer […]

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The UWI Open Campus holds its Graduation Ceremony 2014

07 November 2014

The UWI Open Campus Graduation exercises took place in St. Lucia on Saturday October 11, 2014.  One of the highlights included the stirring address from Mr. Claxton Duberry, the Valedictorian who is from Antigua. His story of getting a scholarship at the point where he was about to drop out of the programme for lack […]

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An Elderly Retreat brings down the curtains for a month of sharing with the elderly

31 October 2014

The theme of this year’s 24th commemoration of the International Day of Older Persons (1 October) is “Leaving No One Behind: Promoting a Society for All” The Ministry of Social Services gathered the elderly as they brought the month of the elderly to a close with an Elderly Retreat conducted at the Montserrat Cultural Centre, […]

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Caribbean airline LIAT to reduce fleet in 2015

31 October 2014

Caribbean regional airline LIAT plans to reduce its fleet by nearly 20 percent in 2015 – from 11 to nine – to lower operating costs. “Like any responsible business, we have to examine our cost base and if we fly fewer aircraft in 2015 than in 2014, we also need to reduce our costs to […]

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MVO Comments on “And Now, the Volcano Forecast”

31 October 2014

The Montserrat Volcano Observatory has reached to an article published on a website www.phys.org and submitted a press release under the above caption as follows: “ – Our attention has been drawn to an article published on the website www.phys.org titled “And now, the volcano forecast”. The article discusses some of the research carried out […]

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Chikungunya continues as cause for concern

31 October 2014

While the Ebola crisis soars and Montserrat shows no less concern than the rest of the world, it is remembering the current Chikungunya which currently growing in the Caribbean and affecting Montserrat in whatever small circumstances.  Epidemiologist Dorothea Hazel according to a ZJB report is reiterating concerns over the increase in the mosquito population on […]

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There was a National Song

31 October 2014

by Bennette Roach Mr. Denzil Edgecombe had composed and had his song selected as a ‘national song’. He now has fourteen days to file his substantive claim for a judicial review, after successfully appealing Mr. Justice Albert Redhead’s ruling denying him leave to seek judicial review of his legitimate expectation of the song ‘Montserrat My […]

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David Edgecombe’s play replaced with “This World Spin On Way” – Literary Festival

31 October 2014

In the article last week captioned ‘Montserrat’s sixth Literary Festival on its way’  by Cathy Buffonge there is mention as follows: “A highlight of the weekend will be a play by Montserratian dramatist based in the Virgin Islands, David Edgecombe. The play is “Lady of Parham”, which will also be shown in Antigua, the Virgin […]

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Is the PDM Government ready to carry out their mandate?

31 October 2014

Editorial – October 31, 2014 : With a fed-up electorate now expecting much and looking for action and answers, not recognising that the task ahead is a fairly daunting one, how prepared the PDM legislators are for the job on hand will be tested over time, but already there are questions as to how well […]

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Police and Fire Week launch in style

29 October 2014

Police and Fire annual week is expected to feature some new additions beginning tomorrow, Saturday 25, 2014 with a Commissioner’s Route March from the Brades Arts and Education Centre to Police Headquarters. Following the opening parade and route march and a salute to the Commissioner of Police and His Excellency Governor Adrian Davis at the […]

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Montserrat’s sixth Literary Festival on its way

24 October 2014

by Cathy Buffonge Olveston, Montserrat – For the sixth year in succession, Montserrat will once again stage its Literary Festival, starting on Thursday, November 13 at the Cultural Centre. The Alliouagana Festival of the Word is named after the historic Amerindian name for Montserrat, Alliouagana. The event is the brain child of dedicated UWI Open […]

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Belmont Clinic gets $21,000 as prepayment for 140 Mammograms from Caribscan

24 October 2014

While the Caribscan and the Pink Ribbon Charity had announced that following another successful fundraising campaign sixty (60) more women on Montserrat will now be able to receive free mammograms, they were soon the announce later, “We have now paid for 120 Mammograms.” A release would say that they have assigned names to these vouchers […]

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Who is the private sector?

24 October 2014

The Editor, Montserrat Reporter. I heard on the local news yesterday evening and this morning that unless the private Sector agrees to contribute to our Port Development that the U.K. or DFID will not support the Port Development in Montserrat. I would like to know who is the private sector that His Excellency is referring. […]

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Good governance, democracy, our understanding and future

24 October 2014

Editorial  – October 24, 2014 : For some time now we have sought through this medium to concentrate on how the people in Montserrat need to treat with its governance and the democracy which we in these parts claim that we practice and even believe in. As far as Montserrat is concerned we find little […]

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LIME Montserrat to get $2.5M

24 October 2014

New manager, upgrade of services, internet and 4G LIME’s (Montserrat) new manager is Randolph Lewis. He was appointed acting Manager on March 10 this year, following the quick resignation of five-year Manager Joseph Cassell who succeeded Neville Dublin. This announcement came at a press conference, Heleconia House, in Sweeneys, held by Jan Remmelg, Chief Executive […]

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UN Predicts decline in unemployment in Caribbean

24 October 2014

SANTIAGO, Chile, CMC – Two United Nations agencies say the unfavorable evolution of the economy in Latin America and the Caribbean during the second half of 2014 will not prevent regional urban unemployment from decreasing slightly this year. The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the International Labor Organization (ILO) in […]

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Trade unions have benefitted Caribbean workers, says Federation’s Trade Union President

24 October 2014

SKNVibes BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS — President of the St. Kitts and Nevis Trades and Labour Union, Mr. Joseph O’Flaherty, Jr., has said that workers in St. Kitts and Nevis and the Caribbean sub region as a whole have benefitted from years of trade unions’ representation. Mr. O’Flaherty made the remarks upon return from Lima, Peru, […]

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The Ocean: The “Oh She I Am” Goddess

24 October 2014

By Antje White at a College writing seminar: her tutor: Dr. Annalyssa Gypsy Murphy 29th September, 2014 Antje is the daughter of Vernette Roach and lives with her younger sister and mom. About the ‘essay’ that appears here, Antje wrote: “The reason behind my interest in the ocean being a greater life as a philosophical […]

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JOKE CORNER

24 October 2014

Crabs on the Plane A lawyer boarded an airplane in New Orleans with a box of frozen crabs and asked the flight attendant to take care of them for him. She took the box and promised to put it in the crew’s refrigerator. He advised her that he was holding her personally responsible for them […]

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Energy cost greatest deterrent to growth in Caribbean – Simpson Miller

24 October 2014

The Observer KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaica’s Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller says the high cost of energy is the single greatest deterrent to economic growth in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean. Addressing an International Monetary Fund (IMF) sponsored 2014 High-Level Caribbean Forum at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, in Rose Hall, St James, on Thursday, […]

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Improved diabetic foot care to reach the ultimate goal of reducing amputations in Montserrat

24 October 2014

Leading Medical Health Practitioner here has underscored the seriousness of effective Diabetic foot care on Montserrat. Dr. Brimah Kassim, speaking on the topic ‘Feet for Life’ at a Podiatry Info Evening with Mrs. Angela Davis, Podiatrist, out of Antigua, said: “Diabetes is one of the leading health issues worldwide.” The evening at the Cultural Centre […]

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Belmont Clinic gets $21,000 as prepayment for 140 Mammograms from Caribscan

24 October 2014

While the Caribscan and the Pink Ribbon Charity had announced that following another successful fundraising campaign sixty (60) more women on Montserrat will now be able to receive free mammograms, they were soon the announce later, “We have now paid for 120 Mammograms.” A release would say that they have assigned names to these vouchers […]

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Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaican Students Share CAPE Awards

24 October 2014

The Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) issued the following release last Friday with respect to the 2014 Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE). Students from schools in Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica dominate the awards for the Most Outstanding Performance in the 2014 Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE). The awards were announced on Thursday 16 October 2014 […]

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Briefs: Government promises incentives through building codes

24 October 2014

The Government of Montserrat is to incorporate green technology in its building codes. Confirmation of this has come from the Honourable Minister responsible for Lands and the Environment Claude Hogan. He says the Government will be encouraging builders to include energy efficient technologies such as solar water heaters and lights and cisterns in their construction […]

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A CLOUD OF WITNESSES

24 October 2014

Author launched his newest title, A Cloud of Witnesses: Some Pentecostal Pastors of Montserrat, in late September at the Brades Arts and Education Centre. The book profiles some 27 pastors of the Pentecostal faith in Montserrat spanning over 100 years of ministry beginning with Joseph Jephunney Fenton of Cudjoe Head who was born in 1870. […]

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CARICOM observes Caribbean Statistics D

17 October 2014

GEORGETOWN, Guyana,  CMC – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries are observing Caribbean Statistics Day on Wednesday amidst concerns that investment in statistics remains a challenge despite the significant role it plays in development. “The demand for statistics is expected to increase in the post-2015 development era and therefore a data revolution will require intensified efforts to […]

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Who is going to foot the bill for a brand new festival venue?

17 October 2014

Editorial – Oct 17 2014 For some time and numerous times this question has been asked quietly and even officially. Why and for whom or what are these series of events held at Christmas time called ‘festival’ each year? In 2012 the celebration was supposed to be the biggest yet, as it was the 50th […]

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More Caribbean islands bar travelers from Ebola-stricken countries

17 October 2014

        Each day more Caribbean islands join the list of countries closing their doors to visitors from Ebola-stricken countries in West Africa. Jamaica, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Antigua and Barbuda have already established entry restrictions for passengers from certain African […]

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School Art Exhibition and Film Festival highlight importance of Mental Health

17 October 2014

BRADES, Montserrat – Living with Schizophrenia is the theme for this year’s activities organized by the Mental Health Unit in the Ministry of Health and Social Services for the Government of Montserrat. According to Clinical Psychologist Dr. Nicole Edgecombe a series of events to bring awareness to the importance of every resident caring for their […]

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Trinidad Youths get inspiration from Warren Cassell Jr.

17 October 2014

By Staff Reporter Young Entrepreneur, and author Warren Cassell Jr. met and addressed several young persons during a special meeting with the group, “We Are Better Youths” (WABY). On Saturday October 11, 2014, Warren Jr. on invitation by the executive of WABY was asked to present with a view to motivate young persons from the […]

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Senior magistrate loses her home to ‘severe’ fire

17 October 2014

Absentee homeowner Senior Magistrate Veronica Dorsette-Hector has suffered loss when her home on the inside was devastated by fire in the mid-morning of Tuesday this week. The Royal Montserrat Police Service and Fire & Rescue Service are conducting investigations into the cause of the fire on Hibiscus dreive in the Olveston area. Senior fire officers […]

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PAHO wants Caribbean healthcare workers trained, prepared for potential Ebola cases

17 October 2014

WASHINGTON, CMC – The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) wants healthcare workers throughout the Americas, including the Caribbean, trained in the use of personal protective equipment and early identification of suspected cases of the Ebola virus disease (EVD). PAHO’s call comes amid confirmation by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of a […]

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New interim Access Coordinator speaks to upgrade for ferry passengers out of Antigua

17 October 2014

According to a ZJB Radio news report the Ministry of Communication, Works and Labour has an Interim Access Coordinator, occasioned by the death of the substantive holder of the position, Horatio Tuitt. Mr. David “Trixie” Dubberry took up the position on Monday, October 13, 2014. Mr Dubberry, a former police officer, contested the September 11 […]

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Minister Paul Lewis takes contingent to Antigua to look at the port and Ferry travel

17 October 2014

With an interim Coordinator in place the Minister of Communications Works & Labour the Hon Paul Lewis reportedly visited Antigua on Wednesday to explore ways to improve the conditions at the ferry port there. The minister travelled by ferry and was accompanied by a contingent of twelve persons including the interim Access Coordinator David ‘Trixie’ […]

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Hackers Could Ruin Your Life

17 October 2014

Technosafe… Bottom Line Secrets Changing passwords isn’t enough to stop them Recent news that Russian hackers had stolen more than 1.2 billion passwords from 420,000 websites sent shudders through computer users. But what dangers do you really face as a result of these kinds of increasingly common data breaches? Unfortunately, the risks can be far […]

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Freedom Expression to be examined against ZJB Radio

17 October 2014

ZJB Radio is facing a law suit from a former and recent political candidate on the Constitutional issue of “Freedom of expression” . The suit is filed against 1. Herman Sargeant and 2. The Hon Attorney General, Respondents. Claude Gerald who has had success in challenging the Government of Montserrat for denying him his rights, […]

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Ebola could postpone Carnival festivities in TT

17 October 2014

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad,  CMC – The National Carnival Commission (NCC) is contemplating postponing Carnival celebrations in 2015 due to fears associated with the Ebola virus that has claimed the lives of thousands of people mainly in West Africa. NCC chairman Alison Demas said the threat of an Ebola outbreak is becoming more real, daily, and that […]

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Caribscan ‘breast cancer awareness’ month of activities hit it big

17 October 2014

  Sonographer Sonia Charles, is the lead organizer of the Caribscan & Pink Ribbon Charity Week. She could not be more elated following the most successful ‘Pink Ribbon Charity’ walkathon to date since it began 2010 and it’s charity launch in 2009. The week celebration and activities are all in an effort to increase the […]

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Caribbean Countries Demand More Support for Africa

17 October 2014

United Nations,  (Prensa Latina) The Caribbean Community (Caricom) called for increased international support to Africa to face the challenges of stability and development in that continent. The global commitments, particularly the promised Official Development Assistance, must be fully honored, said Guyana on behalf of the 15-member bloc in the General Assembly, where a forum devoted […]

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On Montserrat: (A family Portrait)

17 October 2014

By Edgar Nkosi White I know that you’ll find this as hard to believe as I did, but not everybody in Montserrat loves each other. So there it is! As a matter of fact, there are so many personal wars going on in Montserrat that it’s amazing that we can still speak to each other. […]

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Ebola crisis – Scare! Fear!

17 October 2014

“In six months Ebola has brought my country to a standstill.” Those were the words of Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. She added, “This is a fight in which the whole world has a stake, this disease respects no borders and the damage it is causing in West Africa, whether in public health, the economy […]

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TT invites Jamaica for talks on illegal migration

15 October 2014

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Oct 15, CMC – Trinidad and Tobago National Security Minister Gary Griffith has extended an invitation to Jamaica’s Foreign Affairs Minister AJ Nicholson to visit Port of spain for talks on immigration issues between the two countries. Griffith has also extended the invitation to the Opposition spokesman on foreign affairs and […]

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St. Vincent bans nationals from three West African States due to Ebola scare

15 October 2014

St. Vincent, Oct 15, CMC – St. Vincent and the Grenadines has placed a ban on nationals from Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Guinea entering the island, as Caribbean countries continue to put in place measures to deal with a possible outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in the region. Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves said […]

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Diligence and a desire to break the culture of selfishness will pay

11 October 2014

  Editorial – October 10, 2014 This week the new Legislative Assembly met the obligation to convene within one month of the conclusion of a General Elections, this time held on September 11, the results declared at dawn of the 12th. At this meeting all the Legislators but one who was absent took the oath […]

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You can Start a Business in Five Days, says entrepreneur Nerissa Golden

10 October 2014

BRADES, Montserrat – Media Strategist and Business Coach Nerissa Golden has released a free download called Start a Business in Five Days in the hopes of getting more people to put their dreams and ideas of business ownership down on paper as the first step to bringing them into existence. “Over the years as I […]

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ECCB – Financial Information Month

10 October 2014

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CRM Public statement on project to drill two geothermal prduction wells on Montserrat

10 October 2014

Committee for the Redevelopment of Montserrat (CRM) – Public Statement on the disappointing results of the project to drill two geothermal production wells on Montserrat with funds provided by the British Government, but managed by the Montserrat based office of the Department for International Development (DFID)   The Committee for the Redevelopment of Montserrat (CRM) […]

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Write it Boy … JUST AS YOU SEE IT!

10 October 2014

By Man from Baker Hill If you write it as you see it, there is always someone who will disagree with you. But you must still write it. Here is a new lesson that I have taken out of life’s pages; and I must write about it. All coconuts fall to the ground, eventually. No […]

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SAC/Preliminary Statement/No significant changes

10 October 2014

The Scientific advisory Committee (SAC) has released its preliminary statement on the Soufriere Hills Volcano. And it said that during the past year, the Soufriere Hills Volcano showed no significant changes in its behaviour The statement comes after the SAC wrapped up its 19th meeting here this week. The SAC says while the major part […]

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Jamaica reeling under Chikungunya virus

10 October 2014

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Sept 29, CMC – The Jamaica government has acknowledged that the outbreak of the mosquito-borne Chikungunya virus is taking a toll on the country’s education system with reports of a significant increase in student and teacher absenteeism. While unable to give exact figures, Education Minister Ronald Thwaites, said schools in the Corporate Area […]

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How Jamaican Billionaire Michael Lee Chin Inspires This Teen Entrepreneur

10 October 2014

As a teen entrepreneur I look to learn from those who have achieved massive amounts of success. Coming from a small Caribbean island with a population of only 4,000, I know that becoming wealthy is not an easy task but Jamaican billionaire Michael Lee-Chin has proven that it isn’t an impossible one either. At the […]

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OECS DG pledge support to Montserrat ideal ‘Putting people first’

10 October 2014

  The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) pledges its support to the continued growth of job creation opportunities on Montserrat. OECS Director General Dr. Didacus Jules gave the commitment to the new policy for increasing employment on the island by the newly elected Government of Premier Donaldson Romeo. Speaking to local press and media […]

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FCO (OT) Minister visits Montserrat

10 October 2014

The Minister for the Overseas Territories at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in London, Mr James Duddridge MP, will visit Montserrat on Thursday 9 October 2014. ‘According to a press release from the Governor’s office, “This will be the Minister’s first visit to the Caribbean in his current role, where he is also visiting Barbados […]

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‘Financial Information Month’ shines the spotlight on the Pursuit Of Success

10 October 2014

The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank marked October 1 as the opening of its annual Financial Information Month 2014 of the Currency Union (ECCU). In a release informing further of the much advertised month of activities, the ECCU said: “This year, the campaign for Financial Information Month shines the spotlight on the pursuit of success with […]

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Attorney General attempts to debar, suspend Attorney Cassell from practicing fails

10 October 2014

 At a special sitting of the High Court on October 2, 2014 presided over by two High Court Judges, the court ruled that they are unable to grant an application of the Attorney-General to prevent Warren Cassell from practicing law. Meantime Cassell, represented by Attorney Dr. David Dorsette of Antigua had filed an application which […]

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Ground breaks for a new Community Resource Centre in Davy Hill

10 October 2014

        The Davy Hill Community is seeing the long sought after construction of a Community Resource Center, which commenced last week immediately following a ground breaking ceremony. The ceremony was marked with the usual groundbreaking ceremonies of prayers and brief remarks, beginning with an outline of the project which is being funded under the […]

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Another 7-2 Government seated, 2014

10 October 2014

Eight of nine newly elected members emerging from the 2014 Montserrat General Elections took their oaths of allegiance during the first sitting of the new Legislative Assembly on Wednesday, October 8, 2014, fulfilling the Montserrat Constitution requirement. The honourable members are Premier Donaldson Romeo, Government Ministers Delmaud Ryan, Claude Hogan and Paul Lewis. Backbenchers – […]

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World reacts to IS video showing apparent killing of Alan Henning

04 October 2014

BBC News – World and religious leaders, politicians and organisations have been reacting to video released by the Islamic State (IS) militant group, purporting to show the beheading of British hostage Alan Henning. The apparent killing of the Salford taxi driver, who had been delivering aid to Syria when he was kidnapped, has drawn widespread […]

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Stop the Ebola Myths

04 October 2014

    What you need to know most about this outbreak… From the public’s perspective, the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa is very frightening and tragic. However, the reality for people living in the US is far less dramatic than what has been portrayed in books and movies. Unfortunately, some fundamental misunderstandings about the […]

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New liquor law cracks down on under-age drinkers

01 October 2014

HAMILTON, Bermuda, Sept 30, CMC – A new liquor law, which comes into effect on Wednesday, will crack down on under-age drinking in Bermuda. The new policy makes it mandatory for bars, clubs and other licensed premises to ask for proof of age from any customers they suspect are under the age of 18. “The […]

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Pope Francis World’s Many Conflicts Amount to WW III

28 September 2014

Pope Francis said on Saturday the spate of conflicts around the globe today were effectively a “piecemeal” Third World War, condemning the arms trade and “plotters of terrorism” sowing death and destruction. “Humanity needs to weep and this is the time to weep,” Francis said in the homily of a Mass during a visit to […]

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Caribbean turtle found in Outer Hebrides

28 September 2014

  A rare leatherback turtle has been spotted in Scottish waters after travelling thousands of miles from the Caribbean. Ironically the turtle was recorded between St Kilda and the Isle of Harris by anglers fishing for tuna! They did not land any tuna but instead saw the 8-ft long turtle swim alongside their boat operated […]

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Death toll from Chikungunya hits 113 in the Caribbean, PAHO says

28 September 2014

Fox News (EFE) At least 113 people have died in the Americas, with all the fatalities reported in the Caribbean region, after becoming infected with the Chikungunya virus, the Pan American Health Organization, or PAHO, said, adding that it was not yet clear if these deaths were directly attributable to the virus. In its latest […]

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HAPPY 100th Birthday — What’s Next?

28 September 2014

Recorded speech of Hon. Premier Donaldson Romeo, delivered at the Award Banquet of The Montserrat Progressive Society, New York With protocols established, I am delighted to share this moment with all of you. This is an incredible and well deserving celebration! 100 years of community service, 100 years of thriving and overcoming, 100 years of […]

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Montserratian son Earns Md. Degree in the UK

27 September 2014

Another son of the soil has achieved notable academic excellence in the United Kingdom. Dorian Cooper, who the second son of Dr. Ronnie and Paulette Cooper graduated as a medical doctor from Barts and The London School of Medicine. Dorian attended both primary and secondary school in Montserrat before migrating to the UK in 2001. […]

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Sir Howard launches a new book – ‘A Cloud of Witnesses’

27 September 2014

 Sir Professor Howard Fergus considered to be Montserrat’s most accomplished author’s is to launch his newest book on Sunday, September 28. The book, A Cloud of Witnesses: Some Pentecostal Pastors of Montserrat, launch will take place at the Brades Arts and Education Centre, starting at 5:30 p.m. Heralding the release will be a Poetry Reading […]

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PDM team takes office “United And Ready To Work”

27 September 2014

But with surprise slight distraction by Warren Cassell Following what some call a landslide victory, the People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) joined with their supporters an well-wishers in a motorcade throughout the island of Montserrat. More than 100 cars participated in this celebratory event which started from Salem through, St. Peter’s, Brades, Davy Hill, Lookout, Judy […]

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The 2014-15 Law Year of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court opens

27 September 2014

It was the third time Her Ladyship, the Hon. Dame Janice Pereira presiding over the Opening of the New Law Year of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, as she delivered the feature address as she ased the question, “Who has an interest in receiving this address? Is it for the members of the legal profession, […]

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Caribbean RoundUp

27 September 2014

Antigua Tax officials say they are extending an amnesty under which businesses in the country are allowed to clear their arrears owed under the Antigua and Barbuda Sales Tax (ABST) without a penalty. Commissioner of the Inland Revenue Department (IRD), Ralph Warner said the program which began in July, would be extended until December. He […]

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Montserratians at home and abroad honoured – MPS-NY 100th anniversary

27 September 2014

by B. Roach A number of Montserratians both living in the New York, and in the Diaspora, along with Dr. Sheron Burns, Bruce Farara and Bennette Roach were among the persons recognized by the Montserrat Progressive Society New York (MPSNY) at their gala 100th anniversary dinner in New York on Saturday, September 20, 2014. Premier […]

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Gunmen force hospital staff to scamper

26 September 2014

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, CMC – Police were searching for two gunmen who fired several shots at a man in the main hospital forcing several staff workers to flee for their lives on Monday night. Police have confirmed that the gunmen had entered the Accident and Emergency department at the JFN Hospital, shooting 19-year old Kaheel […]

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Speaker denies sexual molestation accusation

26 September 2014

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC – Speaker of the National Assembly, Raphael Trotman, has dismissed allegations’ that he sexually abused a teenager nearly a decade ago, saying the accusation is linked to the vote of no confidence filed against the Donald Ramotar administration. “Conveniently, such scandalous assertions are obviously intended to provide a timely distraction from the […]

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Prime Minister blasts international community for stifling economic growth in developing countries

26 September 2014

UNITED NATIONS, CMC – Antigua and Barbuda says the refusal of the international community to grant concessional financing is stifling economic growth in the Caribbean. Prime Minister Gaston Browne addressing the special session of the UN General Assembly on the follow-up to the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) […]

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Government launches search for information czar

26 September 2014

HAMILTON, Bermuda, CMC – Government has launched a search for Bermuda’s first freedom of information supremo, offering a salary of almost US$180,000 to the successful candidate. An advertisement for the post of Information Commissioner has been issued by the Cabinet Office, and anyone interested in the job, initially for five years, has until October 1 […]

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Caribbean countries mark China’s Independence Day

26 September 2014

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC – Guyana and Dominica Tuesday night praised China for its role in helping in their socio-economic development and promised to continue diplomatic relations with the Asian country. In separate activities in Roseau and Georgetown, the two countries marked the observance of the founding of the People’s Republic of China on October 1, […]

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More innovative strategy required to rescue the Caribbean tourism industry from its decline

26 September 2014

CaribbeanNewsNow September 16, 2014 · By Staff Writer · Dear Editor, In an article published on Sept 7 in KN, Guyanese born Sir Ronald Sanders who lives and works in the Caribbean seems to be out of touch with reality as he is of the opinion that in order to stem the decline of the […]

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Premier Romeo Visits H M Prison on day 1

26 September 2014

By Warren Cassell “When you strengthen the weakest link, you strengthen whole chain”  Premier the Honourable Donaldson Romeo has expressed concern for the welfare of prisoners, incarcerated at Her Majesty’s Prison in Brades. Mr. Romeo, who toured the prison on his first working day since taking the oath of Premier on Friday last, met and […]

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National Security Minister condemns murder of policeman

26 September 2014

KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – National Security Minister Peter Bunting has condemned the murder of a police constable who was shot and killed in August Town, St. Andrew, late Monday. Bunting said that James Grant, 35, who joined the Jamaica Constabulary Force in September 2001, is the first law enforcement official to be killed since the […]

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Jus Wonderin

26 September 2014

Jus wonderin if people who buy dem new house in a Davy Hill know dem might a pay at least 20 per cent more than dem should cost. Jus wonderin, Who a try fu use who and who a out-manoeuvre who? Jus wonderin, who dem powerbrokers be wa dem a plan fu do now? Jus […]

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Dr. Lewis Says Thanks for 2014 Election Support

26 September 2014

Dear Brothers and Sisters of Montserrat, Now that the election excitement is over, I wish to thank all those who wished me well and share our visions for a new Montserrat. It has been an Honour and a privilege to be in politics for 23 years, from 1991 to 2014. Thirteen as a legislator. Would have been nice to end with a better result, but […]

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Grenada wants more help for developing countries

26 September 2014

UNITED NATIONS, CMC – Grenada Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell has appealed to the developed world to do more to help developing countries. Addressing the special session of the UN General Assembly on the follow-up to the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Beyond 2014, Mitchell said while he […]

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Shipwreck off Haiti’s coast under scrutiny

26 September 2014

PARIS, CMC – The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) says the remains of a Haitian shipwreck, believed to be the lost remains of the Santa Maria – the flagship of Christopher Columbus, requires further investigation. A UNESCO team led by the former head of the Spanish National Museum on Underwater Archaeology, Xavier […]

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Joker Corner

26 September 2014

Blind Man A blind man was out walking with his seeing-eye dog when suddenly the animal paused and wet the man’s leg. Bending down, the blind man stretched out his hand and patted the dog’s head. Having watched what happened, a bystander said, “Why are you patting him? That dog just peed on your leg!” […]

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Child safe guarding again in the spotlight between UK and OECS

26 September 2014

Montserrat and other UK Overseas Territories will be getting some much needed assistance in enhancing strategies for detecting and reporting child sexual abuse cases, the help is coming from the OECS Commission. This assistance comes through a sub-regional workshop in Antigua and Barbuda from today Monday 22 through to Thursday September 25. The sub-regional workshop […]

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Caribbean Destinations Must Focus on Tourism Strengths

26 September 2014

Caribbean destinations must “operate like businesses” and focus on their inherent and individual strengths to surmount significant regional challenges and remain competitive with global vacation destinations, said Alex Zozaya, chief executive officer of Apple Leisure Group. Speaking as the keynote presenter at this week’s Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO)’s “State of the Industry” conference in St. […]

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Every year that passes Arrow dies again

26 September 2014

By Warren Cassell*   Upon the death of an author or songwriter the copyright laws affords protection of creations for a limited time – 50 years after death or in some countries 75.   The Estates of Elvis Presley, Bob Marley and Michael Jackson have all exploited this limited time with Michael Jackson’s Estate amassing […]

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Historic tunnel damaged by landslide

25 September 2014

St. Georges,  CMC – Grenada says it will spend an estimated two million EC dollars (One EC dollar =US$0.37 cents) on upgrading structures, including the century old tunnel in the city, damaged by floods and landslides over the last weekend The authorities said that the tunnel, which serves as the main route into the city […]

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Trinidad and Tobago government plans to sell CLICO

25 September 2014

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – The Trinidad and Tobago government has confirmed that it intends to sell the financially troubled Colonial Life Insurance Co Ltd (CLICO), whose collapse in 2009 sent ripples throughout the Caribbean. Finance Minister Larry Howai, speaking at the  meeting of the Standing Finance Committee of the House of Representatives, said […]

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Dominica Government defends new visitor entry fees

25 September 2014

ROSEAU, Dominica, CMC – The Dominica government has defended the introduction of a new tax on visitors and nationals entering the country, even as an opposition legislator claimed that the fiscal measure was introduced “clandestinely and secretly”. Opposition United Workers Party (UWP) legislator, Norris Prevost, said the Roosevelt Skerritt administration had introduced the new EC$27 […]

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Caribbean tourism directors – CTO conference

23 September 2014

Caribbean tourism directors provide updates at CTO conference Travel Weekly By Gay Nagle Myers CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St. Thomas — Hotel developments and airport upgrades dominated news from several tourism directors speaking at CTO’s State of the Industry Conference here. Leading off was Beverly Nicholson-Doty, commissioner of tourism for the U.S. Virgin Islands and outgoing chairman […]

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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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Vacancy – Truck Driver

19 September 2014

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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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2014 Montserrat General Elections Results

14 September 2014

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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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People’s Democratic Movement wins the poll

12 September 2014

‘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…” […]

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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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The biggest blunder

05 September 2014

  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 […]

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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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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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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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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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