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ECCB Governor Hosts Discussion With Media Practitioners in Montserrat

Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB),
Timothy N. J. Antoine hosts discussion with media practitioners in
Montserrat as part of the Bank’s Citizen Engagement and Stakeholders Relations Strategy. 

Governor Antoine  shared  information and discussed a range of economic and financial sector stability issues including:

•      The ECCB’s Strategic Approach
•      Current Situation in the ECCU
•      Current Situation in Montserrat
•      Challenges facing Montserrat
•      Legislative Reforms

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Stirring opening to CARICOM Inter-Sessional




Stirring opening to CARICOM Inter-Sessional – Video highlights
(CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)     The Twenty-Eighth Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) opened Thursday morning at the Marriott Hotel, Georgetown, Guyana.
Speakers at the Opening included CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque,  Prime Minister of Dominica, Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit, and CARICOM Chairman and President of Guyana, HE David Granger.More in this video report:

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Montserrat GB in #iamgb video features global Girls’ Brigade transformation stories

iamgb__still02The Girls’ Brigade (GB) International has released a video on International Day of the Girl demonstrating girls feel confident, courageous, loved and accepted as a result of being a member of Girls’ Brigade.

Celebrating its 123rd birthday, Girls’ Brigade is a worldwide faith-based movement focused on working amongst girls and women in around 50 countries. Girls’ Brigade is a fun, confidence building, safe environment that provides opportunities for personal growth and faith explorationdsc_6966

In Montserrat some of our activities have been:

Bible Studies, Drills, Crafts, Grooming and Deportment, Dancing, Hiking, Singing, Parade – Queen’s Birthday Parade & Remembrance Day Parade, Methodist Aldersgate Rally, Movies – moral values, educational and Christian, Annual Camp – God can use me for great things –Book of Esther, Banquet, Games, Drama, Devotions, Church Service, Teenage Sexuality, Disaster preparedness, Bible quizzes and so much more.wp_20161011_15_21_53_pro

Girls’ Brigade International President Vivienne Aitchison from England shares: ‘Because of being part of the Girls’ Brigade family, girls in Asia, Africa, Caribbean, Europe and Pacific have shared that they feel confident, courageous, loved and accepted.

‘Girls around the world say that, because of GB, they experience opportunities to discover what it means to live life to the full! In a world where it can be difficult to be a girl, this is a positive and hope-filled message for GB to share on International Day of the Girl. We are thankful for all of our leaders who are investing in girls and impacting their lives and for God’s faithfulness to us.’

wp_20161011_15_27_23_proThe #iamgb initiative gathered incredible stories of transformation from girls across the world – too many to include in one video. It aims to inspire girls, encourage GB leaders and demonstrate the value of Girls’ Brigade’s ministry.

Sharyn White- Senior says Because of brigade I have participated in more outer activities like singing, dancing and singing.

While senior girl Chamique Corbette said Because of brigade I have discovered, learned new things and now I see the world differently.

“Because of brigade I have become matured, which enables me to explore the world, be more adventurous and see what God has created” say Serina Laird who is also a seniorwp_20161011_16_08_17_pro

Brigadier Jahvine Henry while jumping from a tree said “Because of brigade I am fearless”.

Because of brigade I have a very high self-esteem. Shania Bryan – Senior

Because of brigade I am more willing. Brianna Benjamin – Junior

dsc_6955Because of brigade I am more confident due to the activities we have done. Keyanna Bryan – Junior

Because of brigade I have shown better and great attitude and have self-control. Dieudeline Dubreus – Junior

Because of brigade I am brave in all that I do. Karina Beni- Junior

Because of brigade I am able to speak out, get rid of my fears that help me with my attitude. Melvaleena Tuitt – Senior

Because of brigade I am more mature, I take care of the younger ones, I help to start brigade and I mark the register.  Mikila Gittens – Brigadier


Because of Girls’ brigade I have been more expose to God, and because of the many social activities that we have done my interactive skills with people have improve. Jameina St. Hill – Brigadier

Because of girls’ brigade it has helped me to improve my social skills and speaking and I am more outgoing. So far we have done activities which have helped me to interact with other girls and to learn new things. Tereese Weekes – Senior

Bailey (16) from GB New Zealand shares: ‘Because of GB, I feel both accepted and loved. I have been going to GB since I was 7 and grown up with most of the girls and leaders. Words can’t explain the feeling I get when the girls want to see me and hug me and share their week stories.’

GB is a safe place for girls to feel a sense of belonging and have fun as Wong Nok Ching (7) from GB Hong Kong explains: ‘Because of GB, I am happy.’ Leila-May (8) from Girls’ Brigade England & Wales also shares: ‘Because of GB, I have made lots of new friends.’

Girls are also encountering Jesus in new ways through local GB groups. ‘GB has made me into a new person and taught me more about God. I feel confident to tell people about God and what He, through the Girls’ Brigade, has done for me’ says Samantha from GB Jamaica.

In a world where girls are facing increasing levels of low self-esteem, Girls’ Brigade is helping girls discover confidence to overcome obstacles in cultures where being born a girl can be difficult.

Lisah from GB Papua New Guinea shares: ‘Before joining GB, I was a shy girl. Through GB, I’ve learned a lot of things and one of them is how to be confident.’ Chioma, a younger GB leader from Nigeria (where the Chibok girls, 6 of whom are GB members, remain missing), adds: ‘Because of GB, I am empowered, courageous and transformed.’

Here is a video of some of the local GB members:

The #iamgb video website is available on the GB International website ( and facebook page ( from 11 October 2016.

If you would like to find more about 1st Montserrat Girls’ Brigade Company, please contact         

Ms Milykhia McKenzie

 1664-493-2030/ 1664-393-3254

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Montserrat Basketball Village League Ends with Back to Back winners (VIDEO)

The Montserrat Basketball Association Village Basketball League came to an end on early Sunday morning when defending Champions Salem Jammers held on to their title by winning Lookout Shooters two in the best of three games series. The finals began on Friday night with Cudjoehead vs St. Peters and Lookout vs Salem. Both St. Peters and Salem walk away with the first game. Salem Jammers 69 points against there opponent Lookout Shooters who gained 57 points.

Game two took place on Saturday night going in to early Sunday morning the St. Peters defeated their opponent Cudjoehead 63 to 51 points and taking third place in the tournament. Then the climax was the big game where the two top teams of the league battle to end the series or have one more game. It ended with Salem Jammers the defending champions proving they got what it takes and walking away with the championship for a second time back to back scoring 80 point to Lookout Shooter 70 points.

Watch snippets of the game:

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Governor's Monthly Press Conference July 2016 (VIDEO)

Governor’s Monthly Press Conference July 2016 (VIDEO)

Governor’s Monthly Press Conference held in July 2016


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UWI’s Brexit symposium

On Wednesday, June 29, 2016 the Office of the Vice-Chancellor in collaboration with the Department of Economics at The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Campus hosted a one-day symposium titled, Brexit Implication for the Caribbean.

 Following is a video of the Symposium. 

UWI Brexit Symposium:

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Premier Meade and DFID-MNI press conference- Video

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Premier Meade and DFID-MNI press conference

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MSS Nadia Browne receives 1st place prize in ECCU contest

ECCB-MSS-(2)The Head of the Local Eastern Caribbean Central Bank  Agency Office, Mrs. Claudette Weeks visited  the Montserrat Secondary School (MSS) at the school’s morning assembly on Monday, April 22, 2013. The occasion was to present a winning prize and certificate to Miss Nadia Browne and a certificate and commendable prize to Miss Sharese Allen. see: ECCB winner story

In addressing the students  she encouraged residents and in particular students to participate in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union’s (ECCU) activities to enhance their professional skills.

At the awards ceremony, before she delivered the  certificate and prize to the first place winner of the (ECCU) Business Essay Contest, she told the school gathering and media: “Having great appreciation for innovative ideas is one way for you as young people and nation builders to foster development and growth. Therefore, I encourage you to take on opportunities that will challenge your creativity and develop your skills and talents. In addition to this initiative, the Bank hosts other activities aimed at educating the ECCU public on economic and financial matters and building technical capacity.”

Mrs. Weekes added that the ECCU hosts several competitions and activities throughout the year to educate the public in member states on economic and financial matters and other important issues. (MSS ECCB Presentation by Mrs. Weekes)

Nadia in response after receiving the award spoke to her fellow students.I’d like to thank the ECCU and Central Bank for allowing me the opportunity to enter this competition and I’d like to encourage all of you top participate in the future.”

She thanked Ms. Riley and Mrs. Wilson, “and everybody else who helped me in the competition in any way and congratulation to Sharese, again.”

Mean Sharese who also received a certificate and a small cash prize, said, “Firstly I’ll like to thank the almighty God for giving me this business idea; my parents ….my father Mr. David Gerald for their generous support, the ECCB for giving  me this opportunity to enter into this competition,” adding her own encouragement, “and I’m encouraging everyone to enter when you have these competition cause you never know you might just be the winner.”

She too had special thanks for Ms. Cheslyn Riley and Ms. Nickeza Wilson.ECCB-MSS-(4)

Meanwhile, the MSS Principal Cherlyn Hogan spoke as she implored the students to seize every opportunity that comes their way. “We’re so very proud of Nadia and Sharese for actually taking the opportunity, taking the time, setting the challenge to do their business initiatives and they were  successful. We know that all of the students at MSS can participate and do well so in every opportunity that comes our way,” she said

“Students,” she continued, “we will participate! You never know, there may be $3000.00 waiting for you.”

$3,000 was the first place cash prize.

The students body representatives provided a short skit, interrupted by a brief shower of rain, while they led the students in song after brief prayers and scripture reading at the beginning of the assembly.

See more pics on our facebook page.

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Tribute – the professional life of Howell R. Bramble

Howell-Bramble2Long before he became ill, and his passing on April 13, 2013, Howell Bramble had been an outspoken advocate for public causes in a distinguished Montserrat tradition—the writing, editing and publishing of newspapers.

Howell returned from England, where he studied Journalism, in the early 1960s. He soon became editor of the Montserrat Mirror, news and sportscaster at Radio Montserrat, sportscaster at Radio Antilles, and stringer for several international news organizations.

Eventually, he would start his own newspaper, The Montserrat Times. He remained the dean of Montserrat Journalism for most of the rest of the 20th Century, helping to shape both public thinking and public policy.

Howell was the son of Montserrat’s first and perhaps greatest Chief Minister, Willie Bramble, and the brother of the second Chief Minister, Austin Bramble. He married Ruby Wade, scion of one of the iconic families of Montserrat. She represented The Northern Constituency and became a member of Montserrat’s parliament. Howell’s legislative connections added to his journalistic energy and his political passion gave him a powerful voice that has helped influence Montserrat and the Leeward Islands’ character and culture.

After the volcanic eruptions in Montserrat, he moved to St. Kitts/Nevis, where his wife already owned several properties. He published his newspaper there and treated his new home with some of his aggressive journalism.

For most of this career he had strong connections within governments but no party could ever take him for granted. He was always speaking up for political morality and ready to challenge injustice wherever he saw it.

According to our very own historian Dr. Howard Fergus, Montserrat’s first known indigenous newspaper was the Jack Spaniard, published by Richard Piper in the latter part of the 19th Century. It was reputed to be a ‘stinging’ paper, fearlessly reporting on the issues of the day, championing the causes of the common person.

The Montserrat Herald, published by James T. Allen (the legendary Budduh Allen) and James R. Peters, followed the Jack Spaniard in the 1890s. Though considered to be less radical than the Jack Spaniard, the Herald likewise held forth on the issues of the day and championed the advancement of workers.

Howell is the descendent of Budduh Allen, one of the Herald’s editors/publishers. He was destined to be a voice of the people for the people. When the time came in the middle of the 20th Century, Howell picked up the newspaper/journalism mantle, held it high and carried it proudly.

The three signatories of this brief tribute to a distinguished brother, Jeddy Fenton and David Edgecombe and Bennette Roach have all editors of the Montserrat Reporter, which followed the Montserrat Times in 1984. Fenton went on to publish and edit the Montserrat News. I, Bennette am still the editor/publisher of The Reporter, while Edgecombe taught journalism and continues to teach playwriting and public speaking at the University of the Virgin Islands.

We are all proud to have worked with and, at times, fought with Howell Bramble. He was a worthy adversary. More importantly, we recognize and applaud the huge contribution he made to the long tradition of Montserrat newspapers and journalism. He kept alive and advanced the idea that the Montserrat people must have a fearless voice on issues of national import. For this we must always remember him fondly.

By Bennette Roach

Mr. Bennette Roach

For myself I wish to add that I’ve been reminded that I was young when at the time I thought little of my connection to Howell and his work. Although I later contributed to his work, and even having done some studies in the discipline, never saw this as something I would do full time in the future, as much as this was prophesied to me while I was attending school.

Much changed, Howell stopped publishing got into the commercial printing, a field he had some understanding as this comes natural if you are a publisher. Fast forward, he continued his journalism through his publication Leeward Times out of St. Kitts/Nevis,  Prime Minister Douglas gives testament to that. He then constantly contributed also to writing about Montserrat and to the people of Montserrat especially on matters of political morality, wanting Montserrat to always strive for independence. It was then also I found myself in the very midst of it all. I had to study who he was and what he stood for. Like others will say today and for very long time, I too recognized his writing as being as good as or better than many.

It is difficult today to listen or read any bit of journalism and not sense some form of partiality. Howell’s partialism was to Montserrat and if I were ever to be compared, it is for that I would like to be. Much will be said in other tributes to which I concur, but I will eternalise them by publishing them.

He called for Montserratians to remain together: Indeed, the special circumstances of Montserrat call for inclusiveness, which for electoral purposes would include the diaspora, or some of them. “The revolution in communications technology has shrunken our planet  giving persons residing in the United Kingdom, North America and several other parts of the world unbroken connections with their homeland,” he wrote, in what was to be his unexpected last contribution to TMR.

Thus his last public call, ‘Rally to the cause, push the consultation, join the national conversation.”

“Good journalists” are a special breed of people. As I make this tribute, I believe the legacy Howell Bramble leaves, is a call to people, politicians, leaders, to heed more what they (journalists) write and say, however they say it. Because when they do, like Howell did, while it is their heart and passion they also reflect the passion and feelings of many, often the majority.

May his memory and good works live with us and may he rest in eternal peace.

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Easter Music Workshop (8)

Another Easter music workshop for children, a success

Easter Music Workshop (1)As one reporter puts it the sounds of various musical instruments filled the room at the old Salem primary school on Thursday as children in the Easter Music workshop showcased their new found abilities. Nearly twice last year’s number, 38 children took part in the musical workshop organized by the division of culture in conjunction with the Small Beginnings music programs with funding provided by the Montserrat Tourist Board.

Some of the children had attended previous workshops while others from long before and now form part of the Small Beginnings band assisted in conducting the workshop. Among them Lorrian, Delbert, Ethylene, Clarabell, along with Rebecca Chalmers the MSS music teacher, who supports the music programs throughout the primary schools as well. The children spent two weeks learning to play a variety of musical instruments to include the flute, saxophone, guitar, piano, violin, trumpet and trombone.Easter Music Workshop (4)

Parliamentary Secretary with responsibilities for youth and culture, the Hon. Jermaine Wade speaking at a closing ceremony said he is heartened by the tremendous work that was put in by all concerned, He said that if the development process were to continue by 2016 Montserrat we would then have one of the best bands in the region. “I am delighted that we are now at a stage that when we look at events such as the junior calypso competition – we have our very own youngsters who started within the Small Beginnings program.”

Coordinator of culture and local musician, director of the program, Herman ‘Cupid’ Francis giving a brief overview, says he pleased with the accomplishments of the students explaining that the workshop was conducted in such a way to facilitate the students learning more than just playing an instrument.

“There are two things we wanted to accomplish in this workshop,” he said. “First of all learning to read the score, which I think that most of them can read simple score, the music sheet, and the other thing is each of them had to learn to play an instrument and I think it’s just a beginning…”

He spoke to the parents and guardians pointing out that they try to teach everybody general basic stuff about music and then go into different groups where, “…we teach them about the instrument, the key of the instrument.” He noted the children learn the importance of practice, teamwork and playing together; and the importance of responsibility, time management and appreciation for others privacy and tolerance, because they can be very disturbing when practicing. “…disturbing when you’re practicing and distracting somebody else; so all that we try to inculcate apart from teaching them the instrument itself,” he said.

Mr. Herman Francis

Mr. Herman Francis

Francis said that they started in some workshop or some activity and now they are playing in churches, playing in bans and so on. “I’m very proud of them,” he said, adding expression of thanks and much appreciation to all the assistants Mr. Silas Carty, Rebecca who was away and came back during the last week, as well as earlier students some mentioned above.

The students gave brief renditions on each the instruments, after which  received certificates of attendance and appreciation. At the end together, they performed the tune, which Cupid said was one of his favourite pieces, Amazing Grace. This, to the applause and call of encore from parents and well-wishers who packed the old school hall.

Some of the children expressed their delight in the workshop.

“It was awesome meeting other instruments all of us played well…

“I played the trombone the trombone have a …and a bell…

“I learn to play the keyboard, it was amazing, and I would like to come back next year…Easter Music Workshop (8)

“It was exciting because I was learning some basic rules on the piano but then I learnt more about the piano, I could play more cords, I know most of the notes and so on, the sharps, the flats…

“I played the trumpet it was fun learning how to play instruments and seeing the different kind of instruments.

A repeat student who was noted for her recent sporting feats at the age of 12, “The experience was very good, I enjoyed the workshop because I was playing a new instrument. The first time I was playing clarinet and now I’m playing the trumpet.”

“It was really enjoyable playing the flute and teaching others how to play it.

“I learned flute but now I’m playing the violin, when you’re playing the violin you have to use the bow to cross the strings, you have to use your finders also to press on the strings…

“It was amazing, it was fantastic and fun, and I enjoyed it very well.”

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