10th December 2013
BRADES, Montserrat – The OECS held a seminar in Antigua, on 31 October, preparatory to the establishment of the OECS Competition Commission (ECCC), which was attended by representatives from Montserrat. The aim of the seminar was to bring together public and private sector representatives from OECS Member States to discuss recommendations for design and structure of the Eastern Caribbean Competition Commission. It was attended initially by the Commonwealth of Dominica, St Kitts and Nevis, Montserrat and Antigua and a follow up event was attended the following day by the remaining OECS Member States.
Under the Revised Treaty of Basseterre, it is stated that one of the major purposes of the OECS is to establish the Economic Union as a single economic and financial space and the Competition Commission is being developed in order to implement this, and develop both trade within the region plus benefit consumers.
9th December 2013
BRUSSELS, Belgium – The Honourable Premier Reuben T. Meade last week encouraged his colleagues and officials at the Overseas Countries and Territories and European Union Forum (OCT-EU) to use less paper and reduce the carbon footprint and shared how Montserrat was progressing in an effort to do the same.
Minister Meade made the intervention during his closing address as the forum on Thursday, December 5, 2013.
“Last year in Greenland at the 11th OCT-EU Forum, we witnessed first-hand the impact of global warming. I therefore cannot resist reiterating my view as expressed in Greenland on the efficient use of resources that we have at our disposal. I would like to see the reduction in the use of paper and other polluting mechanisms in fora such as these, and utilize the Info Communication Technology at our disposal. Let us commit to using less paper at our future meetings to show in a positive way our contribution to the reduction in our carbon footprint.
“While we may not be the main contributors to this global phenomenon, we all have our role to play to lessen its impact,” Premier Meade stated.
9th December 2013
BRADES, Montserrat – Fifteen calypsonians were eliminated from the pack of 30 after an exciting show last Friday, December 6 at the Montserrat Cultural Centre.
The eliminations took place one week before the scheduled opening of Montserrat’s Annual Festival on Saturday December 14, 2013. This will be the 51st edition of the island’s largest and most popular festival which runs until New Year’s Day.
Making the cut into the Calypso Semi-Finals are: Wallace Baptiste – Wallace, Sylvina Malone – Kandie, Davon Williams – Rakatang, Steve Weekes – Iceman, Donavier Piper Malone – DeNiceness, Maggie DeTouche – Maggie D, Franklyn Hixon – Fyah, Janel Accosta – Janel Accosta, Alexander Cassell – AJ, Joy Williams – Dynamite, Rondell Meade – Rondell, Leroy Daley – Jawanza, Eric Fergus – 2+2, Kelvin Duberry – Tabu, and Samran Woodley – Nyne.
This number will be whittled down to nine, who will take on the reigning monarch Herman ‘Cupid’ Francis during the finals on the 30th of December.
For a full schedule of the activities visit www.montserratfestival.com. You can follow all of the festival news and live broadcasts of the festival shows on www.zjb.gov.ms.
6th December 2013
6th December 2013
BRADES, Montserrat – The Montserrat National Trust opened its first Flower Show and Garden Tea Party this morning with the support of the Trinidad & Tobago Orchid Society.
Under the patronage of the governor’s wife, Mrs Sujue Davis, the flower show is being held at the Botanical Gardens in Salem under the theme “Still Blooming.”
The Honourable Minister of Agriculture Easton Taylor-Farrell said the flower show was sending the message “to those who still believe that this lovely island… is still buried in ash that [Montserrat] is once more decked with rich Flora and Fauna, which signals the process of rebirth and regeneration.”
Director of the trust Mrs Sarita Francis said the work that the Trinidad delegation has given over the past week to prepare for the show has been invaluable. She commended Anthony Tang Kai, president of the orchid society for his energy and help in putting their first flower show and competition together.
Tang Kai said when the request to send a display first came in, they knew immediately they wanted to do more than just send an arrangement but to lend their support to the trust. He added that he appreciated the efforts of the exhibitors who were at first tentative of bringing in entries but they were eventually overwhelmed and had to designate some for display only as the judging period had begun. Tang Kai said the entries were of very high quality and he encouraged them to continue the work to build the show in years to come.
He has also offered to contribute plants that he has not seen in the garden to help expand the diversity of the botanical gardens.
Entries for the competition were in several sections including cut flowers, potted plants, floral art, fruits vegetables and herbs. Students from local schools under the age of 14 entered the creative art with flowers and/or fruits and vegetables category. Outstanding entries included sheep made from cauliflower and a cucumber shark.
A fundraising garden tea party will be held on Saturday, December 7 from 2pm. The flower show closes on Sunday evening at 5pm.