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February 23, 2018

Montserrat

Billy Graham, ‘America’s Pastor’ And Noted Evangelist, Dead At 99

Source: The Montserrat Reporter Jade Walker , HuffPost•February 21, 2018    Billy Graham, the famed evangelist who became known as “America’s Pastor,” has died at the age of 99, The Associated Press reported. Graham died at his home Wednesday morning from natural causes, a family spokesman told  ABC News. Born in 1918 in Charlotte, North Carolina, William Franklin Graham…

Man shot on Petrotrin’s refinery compound

Source: The Montserrat Reporter Published on Feb 21, 2018 By Susan Mohammed Multimedia Desk Petrotrin’s Pointe a Pierre refinery   A man was shot on the Petrotrin’s Pointe a Pierre refinery compound in on Wednesday morning.The man, police were told, attacked Petrotrin security officers with a piece of iron. At around 2 a.m. officers…

Husband charged with murder in high seas honeymoon disappearance

Source: The Montserrat Reporter   By BILL HUTCHINSON Feb 20, 2018     Lewis Bennett is pictured in an undated booking photo released by the Broward Sheriff’s office in Florida.Broward Sheriff WatchHusband charged with murder in high seas honeymoon disappearanc A British man was arrested and charged with murder in connection with the disappearance…

BVI appoints new Deputy Governor

Source: The Montserrat Reporter by STAFF WRITER TORTOLA, British Virgin Islands, Feb. 15, CMC – The Senior Liason Officer to the Governor, David Archer Jr., has been appointed Deputy Governor of this British Overseas territory. Archer will succeed Rosalie Adams who is expected to officially demit office on February 28. According to the Virgin…

Caribbean hits 30 million mark in stay over visitors

Source: The Montserrat Reporter by STAFF WRITER  Barbados, Feb. 15, CMC – The Caribbean set a record with 30 million in stay over arrivals for the first time in 2017, even as the region battled the effects of catastrophic hurricanes. The figures were released on Thursday 15th by the Barbados based Caribbean Tourism Organization…

UAE-Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund launches second funding cycle

Source: The Montserrat Reporter ABU DHABI, 14th January 2018 (WAM) — The UAE-Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund, valued at AED183.6 million (US$50 million), has launched its second funding cycle by establishing partnerships with seven new Caribbean countries, on the sidelines of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2018, with the aim of promoting its role in developing…

High Court judge rules on Facebook posting

Source: The Montserrat Reporter There are many fronts of interest for very diverse sections of our community, that this article should receive special attention. This presents not only as this story represents but the understanding of ‘social media’ on a whole. Look out for more on the issues. PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Feb 5,…

Montserrat’s Geothermal Energy “gold mine”?

Source: The Montserrat Reporter Thermal Energy Partners of Texas suggests that Montserrat’s accessible geothermal energy resource is potentially 100 million watts Geothermal energy for Montserrat is not just for the sake of renewable energy, (going green) unless it is the ‘game changer’ it has been touted to be. Hence the question, of significance now.…

Andrew Pearce sworn in as Montserrat’s Governor

Source: The Montserrat Reporter By Bennette Roach Montserrat, welcomed new Governor (designate) Andrew Pearce OBE at a special sitting of the Legislative Assembly at the Cultural Centre on Thursday, February 1 with a little less flair than his predecessor but with the usual pomp and circumstance after the welcome and thank you speeches, and…

5.5 earthquake jolts Caribbean islands

Source: The Montserrat Reporter Friday, February 09, 2018 BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.5 jolted several Caribbean islands on Friday but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The Trinidad-based Seismic Research Centre (SRC) of the University of the West Indies said that the quake, which occurred…

Governor Swearing Ceremony Speeches (Audio)

Source: The Montserrat Reporter   Welcome, Remark Honourable Speaker Shirley Osborne. Address by Acting Governor Mrs Lyndell Simpson. Royal Warrant and Sworn by Mrs Judith Baker-Jeffers. Administer of Oath by Honourable Attorney General (Ag) Mrs Sheree Jemmotte- Rodney. Address by Honourable Speaker Ms Shirley Osborne Address by the Leader of the Opposition Mr Easton…

CDB predicting economic growth for the region in 2018

Source: The Montserrat Reporter   by STAFF WRITER BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Feb 7, CMC – Caribbean economies are expected to register an average two per cent growth this year following overall growth of less than one per cent  in 2017, the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) reported Wednesday. CDB director of Economics, Dr. Justin Ram,…

ECCB Governor Hosts Discussion With Media Practitioners in Montserrat

Source: The Montserrat Reporter 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…

Success! SpaceX Launches Falcon Heavy Rocket on Historic Maiden Voyage

Source: The Montserrat Reporter By Tariq Malik, Space.com Managing Editor | February 6, 2018    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The first Falcon Heavy rocket built by the private spaceflight company SpaceX soared on its maiden voyage today (Feb. 6) — a historic test flight that also sent a car toward Mars and included two confirmed booster landings.…

Fidel Castro’s son has died by suicide, state media say

Source: The Montserrat Reporter Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart was for a time head of Cuba’s national nuclear program Thomson Reuters Posted:  Feb 02, 2018 In this 2007 file photo, Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart, the oldest son of Cuba’s President Fidel Castro, addresses the International Economists Conference on Globalization and Development Problems in Havana, Cuba. According to Cuban…

Trump claims memo ‘totally vindicates’ him in Russia probe

Source: The Montserrat Reporter From the description and all the opinions seen, this memo sounds like what Trump calls ‘Fake News’ on the assumption that it is refered to as inaccurate, incomplete; Bombshell, dud, or something in between? Question of interest: How can anyone who is not yet charged, who claims innocence in a…

PM confident of defeating “no confidence” vote

Source: The Montserrat Reporter by STAFF WRITER   By Kenton X. Chance KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, Jan 30, CMC – Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves says he is confident his ruling Unity Labour Party (ULP) administration will defeat a motion of no confidence filed by the opposition when it comes up for debate on Wednesday.…

Embalmers want government intervention

Source: The Montserrat Reporter by STAFF WRITER KINGSTON, Jamaica, Jan 30, CMC – The President of the Jamaica Association of Certified Embalmers, Calvin Lyn, is urging the Ministry of Health to investigate reports that criminals have been using embalming fluid as an inhalant resulting in them carrying out extremely violent attacks. “I believe that…

NNP looking for second consecutive whitewash at the polls

Source: The Montserrat Reporter By Linda Straker ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, Jan 29, CMC – Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell Sunday night announced March 13 as the date for fresh general elections in Grenada telling supporters that the last five years had seen tremendous socio-economic growth in the tri-nation country. “My friends we are far…

Opposition parties criticise PM over remarks made in Barbuda

Source: The Montserrat Reporter by STAFF WRITER ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Jan 29, CMC – Two opposition political parties have criticised what they have labelled to be the behaviour last weekend of Prime Minister Gaston Browne in which he is alleged to have made statements highly critical of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) officials and…

Gunmen go on killing spree in Jamaica

Source: The Montserrat Reporter by STAFF WRITER   KINGSTON, Jamaica, Jan 27, CMC-At least 10 people, including a 15-year-old student, were shot and killed during a 12-hour period as gunmen went on a rampage in several parishes in Jamaica. Police said that at least five others were wounded as gunmen went on the shooting…

Relief for needy and no new taxes in 2018 Budget

Source: The Montserrat Reporter by STAFF WRITER ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Jan. 25, CMC – Prime Minister Gaston Browne on Thursday unveiled several programmes geared towards helping public sector employees. Some of the programmes include a housing grant and vehicle concessions. Prime Minister Gaston Browne “There will be a housing grant of EC$10 thousand (One…

Opposition legislator files defamation lawsuit against PM

Source: The Montserrat Reporter by STAFF WRITER   ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Jan 26, CMC – An opposition has filed a defamation lawsuit against Prime Minister Gaston Browne for allegedly making “outrageous’ statements against him in Parliament recently. The lawsuit was filed on Thursday and Browne received the documents on Friday media reports here said.…

Guyana beefing up surveillance along its borders

Source: The Montserrat Reporter by STAFF WRITER   GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Jan 26, CMC – The Guyana government Friday announced plans to beef up surveillance along its borders after an illegal road that links Guyana to Venezuela in one of the border communities had been discovered. “It is a large border and sometimes things happen…

Reports of Trinidadians being held in Iraq being investigated

Source: The Montserrat Reporter by STAFF WRITER   PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Jan. 15, CMC  – Reports of Trinidadians being held at a detention camp in Iraq are being investigated by the government. In Parliament on Friday, National Security Minister Edmund Dillon said the investigation is being  done, “through diplomatic channels and other agencies.”…

A Peach of a time! Montserrat Women’s Festival 2018

Source: The Montserrat Reporter     By Dr. Vernie Clarice Barnes  January 7th 2018, one day beyond the last day of Christmas, the festivities are over but not quite so for the women who joined Brenda Perkins (Peaches) in an exclusively women last lap at the Good Life Night Club.  Approximately one hundred and fifty…

De Ole Dawg – Part 1: 2018 – What are Montserrat’s Economic realities, challenges and opportunities?

Source: The Montserrat Reporter How can we build on the research published in the December 15, 2017 Mott-MacDonald Draft Economic Growth Strategy document? BRADES, Montserrat – As we all know, Montserrat’s economy took a very hard blow from the volcano disaster. That was multiplied by gaps and delays in emergency management response and the resulting…

RMPS Marine Unit prepares for new Heleconia Star

Source: The Montserrat Reporter On Saturday morning, Jan 6, 2018 a small number of RMPS officers gathered to mark and witness the opening of Marine training workshop in preparation for the new police vessel which expected to be on island by April. The course runs a full week with the practical continuing in Antigua…

Opposition calls Finance Minister to explain himself or resign

Source: The Montserrat Reporter by STAFF WRITER KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, Jan 16, CMC – The main opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) on Monday restated its call for  Minister of Finance Camillo Gonsalves to explain himself amidst the ongoing saga in which former model Yugge Farrell claimed that she was involved in an extra-marital affair with him. “The principles…

Haiti continues ban on Dominican products

Source: The Montserrat Reporter by STAFF WRITER SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, Jan. 16, CMC – Chaos reigned at the Dominican Republic, Haiti border on Monday as over 20 Dominican products were barred from entering the French speaking Caribbean nation. Products prevented from entering Haiti included cement, rice, flour , vegetables, drinking water, beer and soft…

St. Vincent considers suing Trinidad over currency issue

Source: The Montserrat Reporter by STAFF WRITER   The following is between two (neighbouring) CARICOM nations. How can this come about, TMR asks? KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, Jan 16, CMC – The ongoing currency issue in which Vincentian traders in agricultural produce are unable to convert their earnings to Eastern Caribbean dollars after plying their trade in…

Bartlett says tourist harrasment remains a “vexing issue”

Source: The Montserrat Reporter  by STAFF WRITER KINGSTON, Jamaica, Jan. 15, CMC – Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett says visitor harassment must be curtailed in order to safeguard the gains and surpass the industry’s progress acheived last year. Bartlett who was speaking at a function in the western city of Montego Bay on…

Antigua to implement another amnesty for non-nationals

Source: The Montserrat Reporter by STAFF WRITER ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Jan 13, CMC  – The Government has announced plans to have another amnesty period that would allow legally resident non-nationals, who have been in the country for at least seven years, to apply for citizenship. Following Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting, a statement indicated that the…

Hospital plans ready to go in 2014

Source: The Montserrat Reporter Below is a video presentation (one of very few) hosted by Mrs. Sujue Davis at Government House, where Chief Medical Officer Dr Kernanet-Huggins explained the hospital plans, consulted, discussed and approved, ready for the hospital which was to be completed by 2017. Now in 2018 we are now asked to…

Mudslides being monitored in Martinique

Source: The Montserrat Reporter by STAFF WRITER   FORT-DE-FRANCE, Martinique, Jan. 11, CMC – The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) has sought to clarify reports circulating on social media, of volcanic activity taking place on the island. In a statement on Thursday, NEMO said  images being circulated  are not pyroclastic flows, but rather rapid…

US judge rules DACA must continue for now

Source: The Montserrat Reporter by STAFF WRITER WASHINGTON, Jan.10,, CMC – Amidst intense political battle about a United States federal program that shields from deportation young Caribbean and other immigrants who were brought illegally to the US as children, a federal judge in California has issued a nationwide injunction ordering the Trump administration to…

Massive earthquake jolts Caribbean

Source: The Montserrat Reporter by STAFF WRITER TEGUCIGALPA, Jan. 10, CMC –  A 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck the Caribbean region between the coast of Honduras and the Cayman Islands late Tuesday – one of the strongest quakes to hit the region in recent times. Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez said the Central American nation…

Bloody start to New Year

Source: The Montserrat Reporter by STAFF WRITER PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Jan 2, CMC – At least five people have been killed since the start of the New Year as Trinidad and Tobago recorded a total of 494 murders last year, 31 more than in 2016. Retired police officer John Ramkissoon, 59, was among…

Montserrat Community College Graduation 2017

Source: The Montserrat Reporter The Montserrat Community College held its 2016/17 Graduation Ceremony at 4:30 pm on December 20, 2017, in the Brades Arts and Entertainment Centre. Valedictorian Meliek Richards gave the address on behalf of the graduands, and Acting Attorney-General Mrs Sheree Rodney (a graduate of the College) gave the graduation address. Acting…

Lessons are only learnt when failure is acknowledged

Source: The Montserrat Reporter As seen in our front-page story there is little if anything that would make anyone with a little discernment, lament Governor Carriere’s leaving Montserrat six months before she was so designated to do. She either was not tested nor given the opportunity along lines that would help her to leave…

Executive Search – Chief Director, Policy

Source: The Montserrat Reporter The Chief Director, Policy provides the vision, leadership and management for the development of a coherent and coordinated policy and research programme that supports the Bank’s Strategic Plan and facilitates delivery on its mandate as outlined in Article 4 of the ECCB Agreement. Applications should be submitted with detailed Curriculum…

Executive Search – Chief Director, Operations

Source: The Montserrat Reporter The Chief Director, Operations provides the vision, leadership and management necessary to ensure that the proper operational controls, administrative and reporting procedures, and HR systems are in place to deliver the Bank’s mandate effectively and to ensure financial soundness and strength and operating efficiency. Applications should be submitted with detailed…

Guyanese national first murder victim in 2018

Source: The Montserrat Reporter by STAFF WRITER   QUEENS, NewYork, Jan 2, CMC – A 26-year-old Guyanese national became the city’s first murder victim of 2018, after she was reportedly stabbed to death by her husband, whose body was later found hanging from a tree in a city park. Stacy Singh (right) Police believe…

Opposition Leader warns of constitutional crisis in St. Lucia

Source: The Montserrat Reporter by STAFF WRITER  CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Jan 2, CMC – The leader of the main opposition St. Lucia Labour Party (SLP), Phillip J. Pierre is warning of a constitutional crisis here following the non-appointment of a successor to Dame Pearlette Louisy, who demitted office on December 31, last year. “…the…

Legal Weed Isn’t The Boon Small Businesses Thought It Would Be

Source: The Montserrat Reporter As California opens its market Jan. 1, Washington state’s experience serves as a warning. By Lester Black Cannabis farmers in Washington state tend to their plants. Gilles Mingasson / Getty Images The business of selling legal weed is big and getting bigger. North Americans spent $6.7 billion on legal cannabis last…

Caribbean countries jolted by minor earthquake

Source: The Montserrat Reporter by STAFF WRITER   PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Dec 30, CMC – An earthquake , measuring 4.7 jolted two Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries on Friday night, but there were no reports of injuries or damage. The Trinidad-based Seismic Research centre (SRC) of the University of the West Indies (UWI) said…

Peacekeepers in Haiti saved many lives, despite challenges

Source: The Montserrat Reporter by STAFF WRITER UNITED NATIONS, Dec 30, CMC – The United Nations said that despite many challenges, its peacekeepers in Haiti and other places saved several lives in 2017. It said despite a particularly deadly year for United Nations peacekeepers – with more than 60 “blue helmets” killed in hostile…

Premier Romeo – New Year 2018 Message

Source: The Montserrat Reporter by Premier Donaldson Romeo Fellow Citizens, Residents and friends on Montserrat and around the world! As we celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of another, I want first to thank God for blessing and keeping us to see this day, the 1st of January 2018; and to…

The Memo: The Top 10 Trump controversies of 2017

Source: The Montserrat Reporter       By Niall Stanage           © Getty Images President Trump’s first year in office has produced a relentless stream of controversies. Trump’s willingness to flout political norms has outraged his critics, even while it has delighted his supporters. In a sign of just how tumultuous…

Regional briefs –

Source: The Montserrat Reporter Jamaica records more than 20 per cent increase in murders by STAFF WRITER  KINGSTON, Jamaica, Dec 26, CMC – Jamaica has recorded a 21 per cent increase in murders with one more week to go before the end of 2017, according to figures released by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).…

Pope likens Mary and Joseph to modern-day migrants

Source: The Montserrat Reporter Greg Toppo, USATODAY Published  Dec. 24, 2017 The late evening service was the pope’s first public Christmas appearance. Associated Press (Photo: Alessandra Tarantino, AP) CONNECTTWEET 4 LINKEDIN 37 COMMENTEMAILMORE Pope Francis on Sunday compared the journey of Mary and Joseph to those of millions of modern-day migrants forced to leave…

Northeastern Caribbean rocked by 5.2 earthquake -Strong tremor jolts St. Kitts and Nevis

Source: The Montserrat Reporter By South Florida Caribbean News December 24, 2017 BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Several countries in the northeastern Caribbean were rocked by a 5.2-magnitude earthquake this morning. The quake, which struck at around 11:12 am (local) time, was centred about 22 kilometres north-northeast off the island of St Barth. The Trinidad based Seismic Research Unit at…

Be careful how you complain the justice system!

Source: The Montserrat Reporter It can never enough, certainly not currently, to have the conversation relating to sexual, child and women abuse. But because of how Miss Shirley Osborne an organiser of women’s affairs, who also functions as a dominant person as Speaker of the Montserrat Legislature has recently and prior address issues surrounding…

The SPCCU reports progress at its 46th AGM

Source: The Montserrat Reporter The St. Patrick’s Co-operative Credit Union Ltd. (SPCCU) has been in existence long before it was registered as such in 1969. The co-operative was actually established for the catholic congregation on June 18, 1957 encouraged by a Catholic nun and Bishop Antoine Demets. It later opened its doors to all…

Jus Wonderin

Source: The Montserrat Reporter Jus wonderin column is compiled from contributions by readers and from de community. Please send by email or letter, or by calling. Jus wonderin if it is true that the former Health Minister is creating a lot of enemies in America. Jus wonderin how many people he owes money to.…

Tax Advisor, Mentor and Coach – Tax Advisor, Mentor and Coach

Source: The Montserrat Reporter TAX ADVISOR, MENTOR AND COACH Government of Montserrat (GoM), Caribbean 2 Years FTC commencing 2018 The MCRS is desirous of engaging an experienced person for the post of Tax Advisor, Mentor and Coach for the Inland Revenue Division with focus on the administration of direct taxes such as Income Tax,…

LEGAL NOTICE – PROBATE DIVISION

Source: The Montserrat Reporter ISLAND OF MONTSERRAT A.D. 2017 [PROBATE DIVISION] LEGAL NOTICE In the Estate of LILIAN JANE WEEKES, deceased NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of fourteen (14) days from the date hereof, application will be made in the Registry of the High Court of Justice, Montserrat, for an Order…

Eastern Caribbean Central Bank Vacancy – Legal Officer II

Source: The Montserrat Reporter EASTERN CARIBBEAN CENTRAL BANK   VACANCY – Legal Officer II The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) headquartered in Basseterre, St Kitts is the Monetary Authority for the eight member territories of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU).   Applications are invited from suitably qualified citizens of the member territories of the…

Vacancy Notice – Assistant Accountant

Source: The Montserrat Reporter VACANCY NOTICE ASSISTANT ACCOUNTANT   Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons for the post of Assistant Accountant within the Treasury Department Government of Montserrat. JOB PURPOSE: To assist with the production of draft statutory and management reports and approval of payments. KEY RESPONSIBILITIES Processing of payments, Smartstream request forms…

Legal Notice – Probate

Source: The Montserrat Reporter IN THE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE OF MONTSERRAT PROBATE DIVISION In the Estate of JOSEPH BENJAMIN DALY, deceased  Notice is hereby given that an application will be filed at the Probate Division of the High Court of Justice of Montserrat for a grant of letters of administration de bonis non…

CARICOM denounces EU blacklisting of Caribbean countries

Source: The Montserrat Reporter by STAFF WRITER   GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Dec 15, CMC – The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has “strongly” objected to a move by the European Union to include a number of Caribbean countries on a list of global countries considered to be tax havens. CARICOM Secretary-General Irwin la Rocque said the decision…

Source: The Montserrat Reporter by STAFF WRITER     NEW YORK, Dec 13, CMC – Several Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nationals were among more than 100 illegal immigrants nabbed by the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) during a five-day operation in New Jersey, targeting at-large criminal immigrants, illegal re-entrants and other immigration violators.…

ECCB cannot disclose bank examinations report, says governor

Source: The Montserrat Reporter December 6, 2017 BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) — Questions pertaining to the credit risk management practices of the St Kitts Nevis Anguilla National Bank, raised in a leaked memo purportedly from the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, remain unanswered as officials cited the confidential nature of such reports. On Monday, WINN…

New Governor of Montserrat in January 2018

Source: The Montserrat Reporter The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) has this week announced that a new Governor has been appointed to Montserrat, and he is due to take up his appointment during January of next year. He is Andrew John Pearce OBE as confirmed by an official press release from the Governor’s Office.…

Opposition legislator suspended for “four sittings” of Parliament

Source: The Montserrat Reporter by STAFF WRITER GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Dec 12, CMC – Opposition legislator Bishop Juan Edghill was Tuesday suspended from four sittings of the National Assembly after the government used its majority to table and pass a motion suspending him  for his “gross misconduct” during the Monday’s sitting of the Assembly. Government…