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Vacancy - Montserrat Red Cross Recruitment of Director

Vacancy – Montserrat Red Cross Recruitment of Director

The Montserrat Branch of the British Red Cross delivers programmes and professional services to meet the needs of the most vulnerable people in times of crisis and disaster.  We are now in search of a new Director to reshape our Branch strategy, and ensure the effective delivery of our programmes and that the organisation is effectively governed. Our work covers disaster management and risk reduction, humanitarian education, fundraising, health and social care, activities for vulnerable persons, and first aid education, by planning, organizing, motivating, leading, and working with a team of staff and volunteers.

As well as leading these functions the Director will need to have good financial and planning skills, as well as the ability to establish and build good working relationships with the Government of Montserrat, other related stakeholders and the community at large.

Persons interested in applying should use the application form on the Montserrat Red Cross website at https://www.redcross.org.ms/about/news/recruitment-of-director/

. Copies are also available from the Montserrat Red Cross Headquarters in Brades or by email from director@redcross.org.ms. Applications must be received by 10th August 2018. Interviews will be held in Montserrat on 23rd August 2018.

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Premier’s Statement on July 18, 2018

Premier’s Statement on July 18, 2018

Following is the full statement he made today, first delivered on radio:

Fellow Citizens, Residents and Friends of Montserrat, wherever you may be, today, 18th July 2018, marks 23 years since the Soufriere Hill volcano erupted and changed the lives of Montserratians forever.

Montserrat has been changed, yes, but thank God, not destroyed; has been down but not out.

Solomon tells us that there is a time for everything under the sun, and I firmly believe that today is a time, not to forget the past, but to let it rest for the moment, a time for me to encourage you with some positive news about the present and the future. Therefore, I shall be focusing on a number of priority projects that my government has been working on to help transform our social and economic conditions.

First of all, is the Little Bay Breakwater and Port Development Project. I am pleased to report that we have now started the procurement process for certain consultancy and supervision contracts. You have already heard the advertisement on Radio Montserrat for a Project Coordinator.  This means that we are well on the way to having our first breakwater and safe harbour, the first ever safe harbour in the history of the island.

What does this mean?

It means having the capability to dock cruise vessels, luxury yachts, cargo vessels and the ferry at the same time. It means no more waiting for cement,  flour or sugar because boats can’t dock. It means no more being stranded on the ferry 100 yards off Montserrat’s shore because of rough seas.

It means jobs for taxi drivers, artists, craftsmen and everyone involved in tourism. It means larger vessels and therefore cheaper freight, which should in turn have a positive impact on prices for everyone.

Then there is the Montserrat Subsea Fibre Project, which is now fully supported by DfID. We are at the stage of finalizing the tender documents with the aim of issuing an Invitation to tender within the next month, completing the evaluation of bids by the end of September and hopefully issuing a contract by the end of October.

And if everything goes according to plan, the system should Go Live by August 2019. The days of phone calls being cut because of the internet being too slow, the frustrations of trying, in vain, to watch a video online – all this will be history.

A high-speed connection will also allow us to make history as we set up the first Digi Beach to encourage tech startups in the Caribbean.  My administration has already started to embrace the future of blockchain and cash being digital as we welcomed BITT to our shores.

Regarding the Geothermal Project, which has the potential to provide Montserrat with abundant, clean, renewable energy at a reasonable cost, two wells have already been dug.  The completion of the third well is under negotiation between DFID and IDC drilling company.  The early market engagement for the surface plant was completed and evaluated and the report is being reviewed.  

We are still in active negotiations with the British Government for the completion of this project, as well as that of the new hospital.

On a smaller scale, just under two million dollars was awarded by the end of June 2018, the first quarter of this financial year, for contracts on small capital projects such as: 

  • the canopy cover works to the ferry terminal expansion & warehouse roof repair project,
  • Margetson Home – design & build contract,
  • supply of base material & aggregate
  • the New Windward Sewage Facility design & build contract,
  • Supply of textbooks for the public schools in Montserrat and
  • the breaking down and removal of the temporary wood & steel buildings on the Government Headquarters compound.

Further, other small capital projects are being prepared for procurement. This will include Major Roof works and railing for Block C at the Brades Primary School, and other maintenance works to include resurfacing of Basketball courts, fencing and painting of school plants, etc.

And let us not overlook the countless small projects that have been completed or are underway, particularly in education, health and the environment. To name just a few…

  • construction of a new toilet block, retaining wall and fencing at the Brades Primary School
  • major sewage system repairs and greenhouse infrastructure at MSS
  • white boards, plumbing and Toilet replacements and other critical repairs at the Look Out Primary School
  • completion of the headquarters of the Eastern Caribbean Institute of Tourism at the Montserrat Community College
  • major roof recovering at the Salem Nursery School.
  • various rehabilitation and retrofit medical storage works at the hospital, including installation of ventilation systems, construction of the X-ray plant room and a central sterilizer to be completed during this quarter.   

I also express appreciation to the FCO and the people and government of the UK for the Heliconia Star.  It has already begun to make a difference for our security, safety and resilience. 

These are all little drops of water that together are contributing to an ocean of positive change for Montserrat. 

On the private sector side, many are taking advantage of the concessions under the Homes Built for Sale or Rental Programme. Those who build a house for rental or sale costing $180,000 US or more will not have to pay duty or consumption tax on building materials imported.  And we are already seeing an increase in construction spending and jobs.

I also recently visited the Montserrat Football Association’s construction site where a 32-bedroom Dormitory is underway; important infrastructure for sports tourism valued at 8 million dollars, and which should be completed by next year. 

In addition, it is anticipated that the Montserrat Football Association will be host to several international matches later this year along with the Leeward Islands Cricket Tournaments.  This to my mind will be a great boost to our enterprising citizens with businesses, just as we saw with the recent conferences for fisheries and for Ministers of the Environment, the Leeward Islands Under 17 and Under 19 Cricket tournaments and as we also will see for the Calabash Festival. 

Not too far from the Montserrat Football Association’s football dormitory development, is the 10-unit Art Housing project which is well on the way.

Plans are also in place for the construction of super villas adjoining the Isles Bay Plantation units.  Other similarly promising project proposals are being discussed and negotiated as I speak. I will personally be following them up closely so as to ensure that this demonstration of Investor confidence in the economy is properly supported and facilitated right through to implementation.

As far as relations with Britain are concerned, a key reason for Lord Ahmad’s recent visit to Montserrat in May/June was for him to see firsthand the work that was being done to prepare for this year’s hurricane season as well as to explore ideas for the development of a stronger and more sustainable private sector economy.

As many of you would have recently heard in the media, we are soon to receive additional and much needed equipment provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, so that, should a hurricane hit, our Government can respond in the most efficient and coordinated way.

While attending JMC (Joint Ministerial Council) meetings in London in June, I met with FCO Minister, Lord Ahmad and DfID Minister, Lord Bates, to continue discussions on the Construction of hurricane-resistant housing. Meanwhile, hurricane Beryl turned out to be only a tropical storm bringing us much-needed rain – and thank God for that.

In my meetings with Lord Ahmad and Lord Bates, we also discussed the completion of a critical section of the, and the Provision of Essential Equipment and Plant to properly install telephone posts and repair or construct asphalt-based roads. 

Following this meeting I can now report that I have in my hands a joint letter from FCO and DfID Ministers Lord Ahmad and Lord Bates.  In this letter they committed the UK to providing physical support for Disaster Resilience. They also mentioned that they have been persuaded of the need for the UK Government to provide additional capital investment in Montserrat.  Discussions to develop proposals for these Capital projects are expected to start within the next few weeks with a view to being finalized before the end of the year.

 Projects to be prioritized, discussed and agreed on for the next five years, include:

 construction of hurricane-resistant housing and a new hospital

  • Improved recreational facilities
  • completion of the geothermal project to result in the production of affordable electricity
  • completion of the A1 road project;
  • night flights at John A Osborne Airport
  • Public Service Reform
  • Private Sector Development (with an emphasis on promoting youth and locally driven entrepreneurial businesses, tourism related infrastructure, etc).
  • Government Accommodation
  • New Secondary School Campus, etc

 In June, I attended a Meeting of the United Nations Committee for Decolonization, where I called on the UN to support a Development Partnership Agreement or Memorandum of Understanding between the governments of Montserrat and the UK. 

 This MoU would have a list of priority projects with committed funds and a set timeline for their design and implementation.   I also asked the UN Special Committee to appoint a neutral, technical team to monitor closely progress in the negotiations and implementation of said projects.

 Lastly I requested that the UN send a visiting team to Montserrat as well as to Antigua and the UK to meet evacuees so as to grasp the context of where Montserrat is now and where we want to go to get out of economic dependence. 

These requests as you can see, are in keeping with what I have argued for over the past 4 years and what the FCO and DfID Ministers are now offering to do with a five-year capital programme in the recent joint letter to me mentioned before.

As I said in my statement to the UN last month “It is becoming increasingly obvious to many, that, rather than continuing to keep the island for another 23 years or more on an expensive life-support machine, it would cost the UK tax payer much less in the long run, to invest wisely and intensively in Montserrat now.”    

Nationals, non-nationals, residents and friends of Montserrat, there are many ups and downs behind us, and there will be more ahead. That’s life as we know it in an imperfect world. But it seems to me that we can ad0pt to our situation today, and the hope that we have for tomorrow, the words of Joseph to his brothers about the crisis that had erupted in his own life: “God has turned it into good”. (Genesis 50.20) Can it be that the volcano which many expected to wipe Montserrat off the map, is turning out to be a blessing in disguise?

For us to benefit fully from this blessing however, I believe that we need to adopt Joseph’s positive attitude, trusting God whatever happens; to set politicking aside, unite and pull together and seize the many opportunities opening to us all, wherever we may be, God being our helper.

Thank you for listening and may God bless Montserrat.

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Rezoning of Woodlands for Condos/Villa Project

The public is being asked to give feedback on the proposed rezoning of Woodlands to allow for a potential tourism development project.

According to a release from the Government Information Unit (GIU), the Physical Development Plan for North Montserrat 2012-2022 under the Physical Planning Unit (PPU) within the Ministry of Agriculture, Trade, Lands, Housing and the Environment (MATLHE) would need to be modified to allow for this.

The proposed development, which is titled The Montserrat Ledonda Bay Project’, consists of high end condominium villa/ resort hotel including facilities for recreation and cultural events, which will be designed to be a blend of elegant, romantic, free, open and dynamic themes.  The proposal is therefore seeking to rezone parts of Woodlands from recreation to tourism development.

In light of this request, PPU’s Chief Physical Planner, Clement Meade said that public consultation is required to ensure residents in the area and surrounding areas are adequately notified of the proposed development, and are able to provide their comments and concerns which will be factored into the decision making process.

The PPU has therefore scheduled a public consultation period of sixty days which took effect from June 1 and will continue until August 1, 2018.  Individuals with questions and comments on the proposed development are encouraged to contact the PPU. Within that time span, the PPU has also scheduled a Town Hall Meeting for Wednesday, July 18 starting at 6:30p.m. at the Salem Primary School.

The Town Hall meeting is specifically targeted at residents of Palm Loop, Woodlands, Olveston and surrounding areas; however, any individual interested in learning more about the proposed development and sharing their views on it, is invited to attend.

A detailed copy of the proposed development plan can be viewed at the PPU Office in Brades.  Interested persons can also view a map of the ‘Existing Land Use For Woodlands’ and the ‘Proposed Land Use For Woodlands Rezoning To Tourism Development’ on www.gov.ms in the publications section under the Ministry of Agriculture.  Alternatively, the maps can be viewed at the following direct links:

http://www.gov.ms/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Existing-landuse-Woodlands.pdf

http://www.gov.ms/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Proposed-Land-Use-For-Woodlands-Rezoning-To-Tourism-Development.pdf

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Notice Of Application For Prescriptive Title

Notice Of Application For Prescriptive Title

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Caribbean Economic Forum

Caribbean Economic Forum

Caribbean Economic Forum – Tuesday, March 27, 2018

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Summary Report of Proceedings of the Legislative Assembly Meetings held in 23rd November 19th December 2017 & January 12th 2018.

Summary Report of Proceedings of the Legislative Assembly Meetings held in 23rd November 19th December 2017 & January 12th 2018.

Summary Report of Proceedings of the Legislative Assembly Meetings held in 23rd November 19th December 2017       &    January 12th 2018.

  1. The following papers were laid on the table:

Attorney General                                              23rd   November 2017                                                                                                       

S R & O No. 64 of 2017   Legislator’s Conditions of Service (Repeal) Regulations Order 2017.

Financial Secretary                            19th December 2017

  • S R & O No.65 of 2017 Customs Duties and Consumption Tax (Ethlyn Cassell)  

                                          (Exemption) Order 2017;

       

  • S R & O No.66 of 2017  Customs Duties and Consumption Tax (Disaster Preparedness)

                                                       (Exemption) Order 2017;

 

  • S R & O No.68 of 2017   (Control and Management) (Appointment of Customs Port)

                                              (Plymouth Port) Order 2017;

 

  • S R & O No.69 of 2017   Customs Duties and Consumption Tax (Disaster Preparedness)

       (Exemption) Order 2017.

 

  • Attorney General             19th December 2017

            S R & O No. 67 of 2017     Race and Speed Trial (Designation of Place) Order 2017.

          Financial Secretary   12th   January 2018

 

  • The Golden Years Foundation for the Care of the Elderly Financial Statement for the Year ended 31 December 2016;
  • Environmental Audit on Managing Clinical Waste in the Public Health Sector, Office of the Auditor General;
  • Montserrat Financial Services Commission Audited Financial Statement for year ended 31st December, 2017.                                                                                                         
  1. The Introduction, First, Second and Third Reading of the following Bill took place in November 2017:

                        ‘Supplementary Appropriation Bill 2017’

 First Reading 23rd November 2017

Second Reading 23rd November 2017

Third Reading 23rd November 2017  

This Bill sought to sanction certain payments from the Consolidated Fund and Development Fund in excess of the sums provided by law for the services of the Government of Montserrat.

         The Bill was passed with minor adjustments.

  1. The Introduction and First Reading of the following Bill took place in November and it had a second reading in December 2017:

                       ‘Domestic Violence Bill’

                         First Reading 23rd November 2017

                        Second Reading 19th December 2017

The Bill seeks to provide greater protection for victims of domestic violence and to make provision for the granting of protection orders and for connected matters.  Part I deals with the short title and interpretation, part 2 deals with protection orders, part 3 deals with police powers of entry and arrest and part 4 deals with miscellaneous matters. 

The Bill was referred to a select committee which would report back to the Legislative Assembly within six months.

  1. The Introduction, First, Second and Third Reading of the following Bill took place in January 2018

         ‘Supplementary Appropriation (No.2) Bill 2017’

                                                            First Reading 12th January 2018

                                                Second Reading 12th January 2018

                                                Third Reading 12th January 2018                      

This Bill sought to sanction certain payments from the Consolidated Fund and Development Fund in excess of the sums provided by law for the services of the Government of Montserrat.  It was passed with minor amendments to the short title and commencement as follows: Supplementary Appropriation (No. 2) Act, 2017 changed to Supplementary Appropriation (No. 2 of 2017) Act 2018, the name of the Bill was changed from Supplementary Appropriation (No. 2) Bill 2017 to Supplementary Appropriation (No.2 of 2017) Bill 2018.

  1. The Introduction and First Reading of the following Bill took place in  January 2018

                    ‘Companies Bill’

                              First Reading 12th January 2018

The Bill seeks to replace existing company statutes with a new up to date, Companies Act.  Part I deals with the short title and interpretation, part 2—formation of companies, capacity and powers, part 3—shares, distributions and share redemptions, part 4—members, part 5—company administration, part 6 directors and secretary, part 7—registration of charges, part 8—receivers and receiver-managers, part 9—merger, consolidation, sale of assets, forced redemptions and arrangements, part 10—continuation, part 11—members’ remedies, part 12—foreign companies, part 13—strike-off and dissolution, part 14—liquidation,   part 15—investigation of companies,  part 16—administration and general, part 17-miscellaneous and transitional.

Bills that had their first readings can be read in their entirety at any of the following places:

 

Legislature Department

#1 Farara Plaza

Brades

Montserrat

Legal Department

Valley View

Brades

Montserrat

Public Library

BBC Complex

Brades

Montserrat

Government of Montserrat Website

 

Yours sincerely

___________

Sgd. Judith Baker (Mrs)

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