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‘Jackie Fyah’, Franklyn Hixon eulogised and laid to rest following his sudden passing

By Bennette Roach On Sunday, March 16, 2014, Franklyn A Hixon, much better known as ‘Jackie Fyah’ was found under the rubble of his collapsed house, gasping and calling for help. He subsequently died the same day, soon after, as his cries for help, passed on to the police met slow, deliberate or otherwise retarded […]

Premier Meade’s 2014 ‘Budget’ speech

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

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

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

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

11 April 2014

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

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Awards’ Ceremony Glittered Dimly

11 April 2014

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

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Region loses prominent lawyer

11 April 2014

By Staff Reporter On Friday, April 4, 2014 shock waves went through the legal fraternity as they learnt of the untimely death of one of the Eastern Caribbean’s prominent Attorney J. S. Archibald.  The 80 year old lawyer and husband of current Deputy Governor of B.V.I, V. Inez Archibald passed at his home in McNamara […]

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SMOKE and MIRRORS

11 April 2014

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

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“RUNNING” For public office is not a sport

11 April 2014

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

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

11 April 2014

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

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Abbey Road’ finds a home at the National Trust Museum

11 April 2014

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

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Visiting Specialist Program well received

11 April 2014

GIU – Officials in the Health Department say they are very pleased with the outcome of the first overseas medical specialists visit to the island for the year. Dr Joe Daly, a Montserrat-born obstetrician/gynaecologist and urologist Dr Umesh Jain were on island from March 17th to 24th as part of the Visiting Specialist Program. During […]

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Today marks World Health Day for 2014

07 April 2014

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

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Ignoring society and the environment gains naught for development

28 March 2014

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

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LIME announces Randolph Lewis, new Acting General Manager

24 March 2014

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

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

21 March 2014

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

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RMPS DCoP Siddell resigns

21 March 2014

No surprise after Governor reviews actions on his recommedations by Bennette Roach  His Excellency Governor Adrian Davis in confirming the resignation of Deputy Commisioner of the Royal Montserrat Police Service. (RMPS), Bradley Siddell, said, “It was a personal decision he was certainly not force. If you want to know his reasons, it’s for you to […]

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Caribbean Calls For APD Change In UK Budget

21 March 2014

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

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MDC CEO Browne establishes disdain for the Montserrat public

21 March 2014

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

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Jackie Fyah carved a house of stone

21 March 2014

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

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Jus Wonderin

21 March 2014

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

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Rasta Man’s Death – Is the State liable for the crumbling house?

21 March 2014

By Claude Gerald The Physical Planning Unit, representing the executive arm of the government of Montserrat, must absorb substantial blame for the accidental death of the resplendent Ras Jaki Fire, at his crumbled Friths Village home. He may have been a complex individual with his fixed ideas on life and living; but he was a […]

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Statement by Hon. Donaldson Romeo

21 March 2014

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

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

17 March 2014

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

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Montserrat hosts its first government-organised national awards ceremony

15 March 2014

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

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Port Access – health and safety

15 March 2014

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

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Martin Healy band (Irish band) features this week

14 March 2014

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

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Nutritional Value & Health Benefits of Okra (ochro)

14 March 2014

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

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SuJue Davis honoured on International Women’s Day

14 March 2014

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

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Are we going to get Geothermal?

14 March 2014

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

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Tehnology Matters! The Internet of Things

14 March 2014

Preparing for the Rise of the Increasingly Connected World By Bevil Wooding “I see the internet of things as a huge transformative development – a way of boosting productivity, of keeping us healthier, making transport more efficient, reducing energy needs, and  tackling climate change“  David Cameron, U.K. Prime Minister Rise of the Devices The Internet […]

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Recalling Governor Davis is good Foreign Policy

14 March 2014

by Claude Gerald Governor Adrian Davis continues to qualify for an instant recall to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. Hesitancy is not an option in calling him to book for staining the name of his office and those he has misrepresented since taking office. His latest assault on the integrity of the […]

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

10 March 2014

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

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2014 Victors – Montserrat Debating Team

10 March 2014

Leeward Islands Debating eighth-time winners – Montserrat beats St. Kitts in the 2014 Competition The 2014 Leeward Islands Debating Competition ended with the high that pertained throughout. Team Montserrat comprising of Leader, Tiffannie Skerritt, Carlton Braithwaite, Christum Weekes, Sharese Allen, Trichelle Spencer and Vanice Tuitt emerged as victors in a relatively close finals contest against […]

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Governor Davis to confirm Inspectors Derona Semper and Albert Williams after ‘reverting’ them to Sergeants

10 March 2014

In the end of what appeared quietly to Attorney David Brandt untoward and undue delay, and which might well be a next beginning, His Excellency Governor  Adrian Davis, wrote to Mr. Brandt. “Thank you for your various letters and emails on behalf of your clients. I have reviewed again all the correspondence. In addition as […]

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Denied and restored, Cassell can visit prisoners at HMP

10 March 2014

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

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Losing Montserrat Part III

10 March 2014

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

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Solution found for outstanding CLICO claims,

10 March 2014

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

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The budget review team press conference cancellation

10 March 2014

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

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CARICOM SG Irwin LaRocque

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

08 March 2014

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

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Derona-Semper

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

07 March 2014

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

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26 February 2014

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Mr. Warren Cassell, speaking at the Cultural Centre

The first lawsuit filed against HM Prison in Montserrat

21 February 2014

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

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Inspectors Semper and Williams Attorney receives no response from Governor

21 February 2014

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

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Jus wonderin

21 February 2014

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

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Losing Montserrat – Part II

21 February 2014

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

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No formal response from the Governor General yet

21 February 2014

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

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Is the potential lawsuit against Governor Davis a slam dunk?

20 February 2014

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

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

19 February 2014

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

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14 February 2014

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Jus Wonderin

14 February 2014

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

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Conversation with Montserrat: Part 3

14 February 2014

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

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Waiting with hope for geothermal

14 February 2014

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

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14 February 2014

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14 February 2014

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

08 February 2014

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

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

07 February 2014

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

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Governor Davis’ dubious surprises

07 February 2014

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

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

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

01 February 2014

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

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A conversation with Montserrat – (Part 1)

01 February 2014

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

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Do they really not intend to stop the corruptible behaviours?

01 February 2014

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

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

01 February 2014

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

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The Hon Attorney General withdraws challenge against the Governor

31 January 2014

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

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Crowdfunding Your Business Dreams

31 January 2014

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

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Obesity Gains Its Hold in Earliest Years

31 January 2014

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

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

31 January 2014

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

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Have a laugh

31 January 2014

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

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Feedback: Power Outages: a money issue

31 January 2014

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

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

31 January 2014

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

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Fear of whom or what? Concerns of no opposition

30 January 2014

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

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

29 January 2014

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

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

24 January 2014

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

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