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December 14, 2017

Montserrat

Brexit: Boris Johnson ought to be fired, furious Tories tell May

Source: The Montserrat Reporter The Guardian Toby Helm, Michael Savage and Daniel Boffey in Strasbourg4 hrs ago   © PA Theresa May and Boris Johnson in June. Senior Conservatives have denounced Theresa May as “too weak” to unite her cabinet and run an effective government after she refused to sack her foreign secretary, Boris Johnson,…

St. Lucia jolted by earthquake

Source: The Montserrat Reporter by STAFF WRITER   CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Sept 15, CMC Adapted – An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.6 jolted St. Lucia on Friday, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damages. This when St. Lucia prepares to join other OECS territories in the North Caribbean, the Lesser…

LIAT commences relief flights to St Maarten and BVI

Source: The Montserrat Reporter   by STAFF WRITER  ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Sep. 14, CMC  – Regional airline, LIAT on Thursday started limited flight operations into St. Marteen and Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, both of which were  severely affected by the passage of Hurricane Irma. The Princess Juliana International Airport in St. Maarten…

Health City Cayman Islands joins hurricane Irma relief effort

Source: The Montserrat Reporter   by Sarah Munn CAYMAN ISLANDS (September 13, 2017) – Health City Cayman Islands is part of a relief effort being coordinated by the Cayman Islands Government to send supplies, medicines and medical staff to Anguilla, a fellow British Overseas Territory. Dr. Chandy Abraham, CEO and Medical Director of the…

Update on the Islands – Saturday

Source: The Montserrat Reporter As of Saturday: Martin French & Dutch- Badly damaged. Currently ships are heading there by this afternoon they should have items. No communication via telephone is activate right now. About 95% persons including hotels are badly damaged. The airport is off limit right now. So contact with family is very…

Hurricane Jose strengthening, nearly a Category 5 storm

Source: The Montserrat Reporter After Harvey and Irma, Jose is the third straight Atlantic tropical system to become a Category 4 storm Updated: 2:50 AM EDT Sep 9, 2017  2 a.m. Jose remains a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 150 mph. The storm is moving west-northwest at 14 mph, threatening the island of…

PM says Barbudans have no choice but to leave

Source: The Montserrat Reporter by STAFF WRITER   ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Sept 8, CMC – Prime Minister Gaston Browne Friday reiterated that Barbuda, which was hit by Hurricane Irma earlier this week, is “uninhabitable” and that there will “be a mandatory evacuation of every single person” there. Speaking on radio after making a visit…

Electoral Commission wants election laws updated

Source: The Montserrat Reporter ROSEAU, Dominica, Sept 1, CMC – Chairman of the Electoral Commission, Gerald Burton, is calling for a revision of the electoral laws here as the Commission has started a series of Town Hall meetings to educate Dominicans on plans to issue national identification cards for voting. “The laws which govern…

Hurricane Irma now Cat 4 as it heads for eastern Caribbean

Source: The Montserrat Reporter  By DANICA COTO, Associated Press September 04, 2017 7:07 PM SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico Hurricane Irma grew into a powerful Category 4 storm Monday as it approached the northeastern Caribbean and was forecast to begin buffeting the region Tuesday. The storm had maximum sustained winds of 140 mph (220 kph)…

Hurricane watches issued for the Leeward Islands

Source: The Montserrat Reporter by STAFF WRITER MIAMI, Sep. 3, CMC – Hurricane watches have been issued for several islands in the Eastern Caribbean as a powerful category three Hurricane Irma moves closer to the island chain. The Miami based National Hurricane Centre in its latest forecast says the centre of Irma is located…

4.3 earthquake rocks Haiti

Source: The Montserrat Reporter by STAFF WRITER   PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, Sep. 3, CMC – An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.3 was recorded in Port au Prince and surrounding areas on Saturday . The United States Geological Survey (USGS) says at 4:14 pm (local time), the tremor was widely felt in the…

Knowledge is power, but useless to the corruptible

Source: The Montserrat Reporter The Montserrat Reporter was to learn within the last week of a conversation reportedly taking place in Montserrat, that does more to exacerbate the ignorance exhibited by those responsible for the future of Montserrat, let’s say from all sides. The conversation given in rough terms is that Montserrat should dump…

Hurricane Irma turns westward with 120-mph winds

Source: The Montserrat Reporter       By Caribbean News Now contributor September 2, 2017 TMR: Be prepared is key – Get as much knowledgeable information from all around MIAMI, USA — Adapted: Hurricane Irma maintained its category 3 status on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale on Friday and is forecast to remain a…

Trinidad and Tobago celebrates 55 years of political independence

Source: The Montserrat Reporter by STAFF WRITER   PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad,Aug. 31, CMC – Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley has urged the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago to “focused and fearless” as the nation seeks to implement progressive strategies and policies. On Thursday, in his address to mark the 55 years of political…

TRINIDAD-CRIME-Former attorney general formally charged

Source: The Montserrat Reporter by STAFF WRITER   PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Aug 30, CMC – Former attorney general Anand Ramlogan was on Wednesday formally charged with misbehaviour in public office more than 30 hours after he was picked up at his southern home by police. Anand Ramlogan A statement issued by the Trinidad…

Lee is MUL’s new manager

Source: The Montserrat Reporter as Thompson leaves disappointed, but in good spirits Mr. David Thompson, Montserrat Utilities Ltd. (MUL) Manager will leave his post on August 31, 2017, at the end of a three-year stint. According to a ZJBNews report, Mr. Kendal Lee head of the company’s electricity division, previously chief engineer, will assume…

RMPS touts their success in reducing marijuana production

Source: The Montserrat Reporter Following the destruction of several fields by the Royal Montserrat Police Service (RMPS) and the difficulty that arose with the premature revelation of the discovery of the fields in the Dick Hill area, (that had a potential market value of $250,000) RMPS Deputy Commissioner, Acting Charles Thompson has moved to…

Big Ben bongs sound for final time for four years

Source: The Montserrat Reporter The Guardian Bell chimes for last time before it is silenced for £29m renovation of Elizabeth Tower that has proved controversial https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/video/2017/aug/21/listen-to-big-bens-bongs-sound-for-last-time-before-falling-silent-video  https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/video/2017/aug/21/listen-to-big-bens-bongs-sound-for-last-time-before-falling-silent-video   Jessica Elgot Political reporter The bongs of Big Ben have sounded for the final time before they are silenced for a four-year period of restoration workon…

Trinidad Media Group sends home workers

Source: The Montserrat Reporter by STAFF WRITER   PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Aug 18, CMC – The Guardian Media Ltd (GML) has announced the retrenchment of 31 employees saying it “was not an easy decision” to do so. GML, a subsidiary of the ANSA McAL Group, publishes the Guardian newspaper and operates CNC3 Television,…

West Indies tour of England, 2017

Source: The Montserrat Reporter See this and remember the ‘glory days’! 5 ODIs, 3 Tests, 1 T20 . Aug 01-Sep 29 HomeSchedule & ResultsNews SquadsPhotosStatsVenues   ENG VS WI, 1ST TEST England take series lead with emphatic victory Windies lose 19 wickets in a day to succumb to an innings and 209-run defeat WI 168, 137  •  ENG 514-8 England won…

CXC looking to increase e-marking

Source: The Montserrat Reporter by STAFF WRITER  BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, August 15, CMC – The Barbados-based regional examinations body, the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC), has announced plans to increase electronic marking of annual exams. CXC’s Director of Operations, Stephen Savoury, said that since e-marking was introduced in 2013, this year saw the most papers being…

Be Smart: A Partial Eclipse Can Fry Your Naked Eyes

Source: The Montserrat Reporter N P R August 18, 20175:11 PM ET NELL GREENFIELDBOYCE   Left: A partial solar eclipse, as viewed from the Cotswolds, United Kingdom, March 2015. Right: A total solar eclipse, as viewed from Longyearbyen, Norway, March 2015. Tim Graham/Getty Images/Haakon Mosvold Larsen/AFP/Getty Images The day of the long-awaited coast-to-coast solar eclipse has all…

New telecom legislation to deal with changing industry within OECS

Source: The Montserrat Reporter by STAFF WRITER   BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, Aug 18, CMC – Member countries of the Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL) are expected to lay before their respective parliaments, the Electronic Communications Bill aimed at updating existing legislation to deal with a changing telecommunications environment. Communications Minister Vincent Byron Jr, said…

There is much more to go around for the ensuing failure

Source: The Montserrat Reporter There are those including Her Excellency the Governor who may be surprised at expressions, opinions, which suggest that she along with others including of course the rest of the Government she chairs in Cabinet, have been accused of not doing enough to advance Montserrat’s cause towards development much more towards…

Arthritis in knees is a preventable disease, scientists discover

Source: The Montserrat Reporter The Times Kate Wright August 15 2017, 12:01am, The Times Three quarters of osteoarthritis sufferers say they are in constant pain REX FEATURES   Arthritis in the knees is a preventable disease rather than an inevitable consequence of wear and ageing, a study has concluded. The condition is twice as common…

Usain Bolt pulls up hurt in final race as Britain win men’s 4x100m gold

Source: The Montserrat Reporter Usain Bolt pulls up hurt in final race at World Championships Oliver Brown, Chief Sports Feature Writer, London Stadium (report) Stuart Stone, (live updates) Given this was once a country of incorrigible baton-droppers, the British men’s relay team restored national pride in the most emphatic and improbable style last night…

Montserrat to send delegation to CARIFESTA 2017

Source: The Montserrat Reporter A delegation of seven Montserratians is set to travel to Barbados for the 13th edition of CARIFESTA, to be held from August 17 to the 27. CARIFESTA, the Caribbean Festival of the Arts, is a celebratory display of the diverse Caribbean art forms. According to the Montserrat Arts Council (MAC),…

RMPS with Mounts Bay aid destroy drug fields

Source: The Montserrat Reporter RMPS with Mounts Bay discovery, but premature revelation destroy marijuana fields There have been at least two occasions as recent as May this year the Royal Montserrat Police Service (RMPS) reported hauls of, and convictions for possession of cannabis sativa (marijuana) in different locations of Montserrat.   Prior to that…

Sandals Resorts says it will vigorously defend its good name

Source: The Montserrat Reporter by STAFF WRITER   MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica, Aug 11, CMC – Sandals Resorts International (SRI) says it reserves the right to initiate all legal options, including suing for slander and libel to protect its good name as the war of words continues with the Antigua and Barbuda government. In a…

Governor hails Mounts Bay exercises a success with significance

Source: The Montserrat Reporter Meanwhile, besides exposing or discovering drug fields, Her Excellency Governor Carriere reported that the exercises conducted by the British Naval Vessel Royal fleet auxiliary RFA Mounts Bay should be considered “an outstanding success…” She said, it was a significant exercise for the fleet, “so we should remember, all of us,…

Governor Carriere and Martin Dawson leave doubtful impressions

Source: The Montserrat Reporter The news a week ago coming out of Government House was for many quarters surprising. That was so because there were those who believed that Governor Carriere was serious and at times seemed aggressively pursuing a course of doing something meaningful before she leaves next year, if indeed she would.…

RINIDAD – Government gets nod to liquidate CFL

Source: The Montserrat Reporter by STAFF WRITER   PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Jul. 26, CMC  – The government has been granted permission to appoint provisional liquidators to preserve the assets of CL Financial as it seeks to recover a $15 billion debt left from the 2009 bailout of the conglomerate’s insurance subsidiaries Colonial Life…

Airport Authority – no evidence of workers stealing from travellers

Source: The Montserrat Reporter by STAFF WRITER     KINGSTOWN,  St. Vincent, Jul. 27, CMC –  The five-month old Argyle International Airport (AIA) authority says its investigation so far has not found any evidence of its workers stealing items from travellers’ bags, as several persons have claimed. Glender Francois, manager of Customer Service and…

CXC launches first mobile App

Source: The Montserrat Reporter by STAFF WRITER     BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Jul. 27, CMC  – The Caribbean Examinations Council’s (CXC) has launched its first mobile App – CXC Connect – as the agency continues to incorporate technology to make learning relatively seamless. At the launching ceremony on Wednesday, Education Minister Ronald Jones said CXC…

US support continues for major OECS initiatives

Source: The Montserrat Reporter by STAFF WRITER    CASTRIES, St Lucia Jul. 26, CMC—The United States government has signaled its intention to continue financial support for two major initiatives in the areas of Juvenile Justice reform and education for six member countries of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECDS). The plan was discussed…

BVI approves work permit exemptions for business visitors

Source: The Montserrat Reporter by STAFF WRITER TORTOLA, British Virgin Islands, Jul 26, CMC – The government of the British Virgin Islands has approved the exemption for work permits for various classes of business visitors, including those for arbitration and mediation. The Cabinet approved the exemption based on recommendations in the Financial Services Consultancy…

Governor Davis raises money for Montserrat branch of Red Cross

Source: The Montserrat Reporter by Bennette Roach The Montserrat branch of the British Red Cross became proud recipient of a donation from former Governor Adrian Davis which he raised from a presentation to Lochinvar House School in London. Miss Annesta Fergus of the Governor’s office made the presentation of £200 to Red Cross officials…

CDB helping DBJ better manage environmental, social risks

Source: The Montserrat Reporter by STAFF WRITER   BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Jul. 28, CMC – The Barbados based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved a grant to support the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) in efforts to address environmental, social issues that can deter investment or impact job creation, growth and poverty reduction. On Thursday,…

Thousands march in nation wide protest

Source: The Montserrat Reporter by STAFF WRITER   BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Jul. 24, CMC – A nationwide protest called by trade unions and the private sector has won the support of thousands of Barbadians who turned out on Monday urging the government to roll back the increase in the National Social Responsibility Levy. The protest…

CDB approves funds for electricity system upgrade in Anguilla

Source: The Montserrat Reporter by STAFF WRITER   BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Jul. 25, CMC  – The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved a loan of US$6.2 million  to the Anguilla Electricity Company (ANGLEC) to meet the growing electricity demand on the island. The Seventh Power Project aims to improve the capacity and reliability of ANGLEC’s…

New Premier takes Finance as he unveils new cabinet

Source: The Montserrat Reporter by STAFF WRITER  (adapted) HAMILTON, Bermuda, Jul 25, CMC  –  New Premier David Burt unveiled an 11-strong cabinet on Thursday, two days after his Progressive Labour Party (PLP) stormed to victory in the general election. Premier David Burt The PLP, which had lost the 2012 election to the One Bermuda…

CDB grant to build regional capacity for climate forecasting

Source: The Montserrat Reporter by STAFF WRITER   BRIDGETOWN,Barbados,  Jul. 26, CMC  –  The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has  approved EUR773,000 (US$900,264) in grant funding to enhance regional resilience to climate variability and change. The grant will be provided to the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH), and will be used to strengthen…

CCJ orders release of men on death row in Barbados

Source: The Montserrat Reporter by STAFF WRITER   PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Jul. 25, CMC – The Trinidad based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), on Tuesday quashed the convictions of the two men  – Vincent Edwards and Richard Haynes  – who sentenced to death for  murder  committed in Barbados in 2006. The men  were…

Montserrat Set to Host International Youth Exchange

Source: The Montserrat Reporter The news from the Montserrat Youth Talents Association (MYTA) are the plans are afoot to host the 4th Erasmus+ youth exchange in Montserrat in September this year. Led by Inspirational Volunteer Journeys, 30 young people from the UK, Italy, St. Maarten and Turkey are expected to arrive on island in…

Awards ceremony for Early Childhood practitioners

Source: The Montserrat Reporter Early Childhood practitioners on Montserrat, some for the first, second or many times since 2008 gathered on the evening of Tuesday, June 26, 2017 at the Goodlife Night Club in Little Bay, where they received special awards for their work and dedication to the care and education of the very…

De Ole Dawg – Part 16: 2017: The truth in leadership challenge

Source: The Montserrat Reporter How important is truth in national leadership? (Do lies work in the end?) BRADES, Montserrat, June 27, 2017 – Last time, we highlighted that “leadership is the art of taking initiatives that influence and motivate people through one’s example, thus helping them to accomplish a mission or fulfill a vision.”…

Empowering Excellence in Public Service

Source: The Montserrat Reporter By Bennette Roach It must be one of and perhaps the most important legacy Her Excellency Elizabeth Carriere intends to leave behind in Montserrat at the end of her tenure as Governor. From her arrival, the Governor had noted that a public service and how it functioned was integral to…

EARTHQUAKE- Magnitude 3.50 quake rocks BVI

Source: The Montserrat Reporter by STAFF WRITER TORTOLA, British Virgin Islands, Jul. 14, CMC – An earthquake with a magnitude of 3.50 was felt in the British Virgin Islands late Thursday. The Puerto Rico Seismic Network says the quake occurred  7:23 pm (local time) at 18.27, longitude 64.66, or 16.67 kilometres south-south-east of Road…

20th year of remembrance

Source: The Montserrat Reporter Of the nineteen (19) persons who lost lives on June 25, 1997 The 20th year of remembrance of the 19 persons who lost their lives in volcanic event of June 25, 1997 was advertised by the media as a Remembrance Service. It was advertised in perhaps a more significant place,…

Woman dies from powerful jet engine blast

Source: The Montserrat Reporter by STAFF WRITER     PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten, Jul 13, CMC  – A 57 year old woman from New Zealand was killed after the blast from a powerful jet engine knocked her to the ground at the Princess Juliana International Airport . The local police reported that on Wednesday, the woman…

ACM President to be recognised by NABJ

Source: The Montserrat Reporter by STAFF WRITER    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Jul. 13, CMC – President of the Association of Caribbean Media Workers (ACM), Wesley Gibbings will receive the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Percy Qoboza Foreign Journalist Award at the NABJ Convention and Career Fair in New Orleans next month. Gibbings, a Trinidadian…

CDB signs MOU with Bank of China

Source: The Montserrat Reporter by STAFF WRITER BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Jul 13, CMC. – The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Export-Import (EXIM) Bank of China have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) which will allow both parties to discuss opportunities for cooperation and coordination in CDB’s Borrowing Member Countries (BMCs). Monica La Bennett, signs…

Agriculture Minister resigns

Source: The Montserrat Reporter  CASTRIES, St Lucia Jul. 12, CMC – Agriculture Minister Jimmy Henry has resigned following reports that he was recently  stopped and searched at the George Charles Airport . Jimmy Henry Henry, who announced his resignation Wednesday, in a video  on social media, said he decided to step down for personal reasons.…

Taiwan announces visa-free entry for allies in Caribbean

Source: The Montserrat Reporter by STAFF WRITER   TAIPEI, Jul. 12, CMC – The Government of Taiwan on Wednesday announced visa-free entry for nationals of its diplomatic allies in the Caribbean, with immediate effect. According Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this is being done to “demonstrate the closeness between Taiwan and its allies in…

Prime Minister to sue member of Election Commission

Source: The Montserrat Reporter by STAFF WRITER   ROSEAU, Dominica, Jul. 12, CMC – Lawyers for  Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit of Dominica  say they will be filing a lawsuit against a member of the Election Commission for statements made on a radio programme that they determined to be defamatory . Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit…

Guyana prison on fire, one prison officer dies

Source: The Montserrat Reporter by STAFF WRITER     GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Jul 9, CMC – The Guyana government Sunday night sought to assure citizens that the situation at the country’s main prison in the capital was under control and that inmates from the burnt facility were being transferred to other institutions across the country.…

DFID’s Dawson reports on the 3rd geothermal well

Source: The Montserrat Reporter by Bennette Roach Work is scheduled to resume on the third Geothermal Well in St. George Hill in the next month or so, since drilling ended towards the end of last year. Martin Dawson reports that efforts were being made to maintain the integrity of the well because there were…

Grenfell Tower fire: 87 discoveries of human remains found in gutted block of flats, reveals Met Police

Source: The Montserrat Reporter Met commander admits full search by hand will take ‘many months’ despite 250-strong team The Independent Online Jon Sharman – The Independent – 05 July 2017 http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/grenfell-tower-fire-human-remains-found-87-recoveries-discoveries-block-flats-dead-metropolitan-a7824411.html The burnt out remains of the Grenfell Tower are seen in north Kensington Reuters A total of 87 discoveries of human remains have…

Grenfell Tower: Kensington MP calls for inquiry head to be replaced with ‘someone who can understand humans’

Source: The Montserrat Reporter http://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/grenfell-tower-kensington-mp-calls-for-inquiry-head-to-be-replaced-with-someone-who-can-understand-humans/ar-BBDK3CJ   As TMR said before – so many similarities to what have gone on since Soufriere Hills volcano began erupting in Montserrat in 1995, just days less 22 years; going on even now. Serious how some mistakes continue to be perpetuated today in our dealings! They need to be…

Bow Wharf fire: Blaze rips through new multi-million pound development in trendy east London

Source: The Montserrat Reporter Fiona Simpson   London Evening Standard   Site story  here  http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/bow-wharf-fire-blaze-rips-through-new-multimillion-pound-development-in-trendy-east-london-a3577916.htmlHuge blaze: Fire rips through new development Bow Wharf in east London –Twitter A huge fire has ripped through a new multi-million pound development in a trendy part of east London. Dramatic images posted on social media showed thick smoke…