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  • ZJB Evening News for Wednesday June 10, 2015

    10th June 2015

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    A business case for private sector housing has been submitted to the Department for International Development (DFID).
    The Honourable Minister with responsibility for housing, Claude Hogan, made the announcement in an interview with ZJB News.
    He says this is part of the Ministry’s comprehensive outlook on housing.
    The Honourable Housing Minister also says he’s hoping to have DFID agree on the business case by November this year.
    The programme, when launched, will be open to anyone who qualifies based on the requirements and means test set out by the Housing and Land Allocation Committee.

     

     

    Hylroy BrambleA labour consultant has shed light on what he says are serious anomalies that are taking place in work places across Montserrat.
    Hylroy Bramble, host of the “Labour Speaks” programme, says some employers are refusing to pay their workers for public or bank holidays.
    Mr. Bramble says this is a clear violation of the labour code, enshrined into law in 2012.
    The experienced trade unionist says any employer who contravenes the provisions of the law commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of $2,000 and to a fine of $5,000 for a second or subsequent offence.
    Head of the labour department here Rudolph Christopher confirmed to ZJB News that his department has received quite a number of complaints from workers.

     

     

    Officials at the Disaster Management Coordination Agency (DMCA) say they are concerned about the number of entities on Montserrat without continuity plans in place.
    The DMCA says both private and public sector organizations are not conforming to the recommended practice.
    Continuity planning, also known as resiliency planning, identifies an organization’s exposure to internal and external threats.
    These range from natural disasters to theft, fire and other hazards.

     

  • ZJB Evening News for Tuesday June 9, 2015

    10th June 2015

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    Delmaude RyanA Caricom State has offered to supply Montserrat with trained Mathematics teachers.
    The Honourable Minister of Education, Delmaude Ryan says the teachers, when sourced, will be placed at the Montserrat Secondary School.
    The MSS has been without Math teachers for the past two academic years.

     

     

    Michelle CassellA committee has been formed to champion the concerns of young public servants on island.
    The Young Workers Committee, an arm of the Civil Service Association, was formed on Monday.
    Newly-elected Chair of the Group, Michelle Cassell, explains the role of the new executive.
    The other members of the committee are Linda Dias who has been elected Vice Chair, Hafeeza Hintzen Secretary, and Johann Tuitt, Assistant Secretary.
    Ms. Cassell says a meeting will be held on Thursday with all young public servants to discuss future plans for the association.

     

    The Montserrat Opposition will launch a two hour programme starting this Wednesday evening on ZJB Radio.
    “View Point” is a weekly radio programme geared towards giving residents the opportunity to air their views, share their concerns and be informed about issues affecting them.
    The programme will be hosted by Jermaine Wade from the Office of the Opposition.
    Speaking to ZJB News, the Opposition spokesman says the programme, which will be interactive, will feature members of the Opposition, resource persons and relevant guests.

  • ZJB Evening News for Monday June 8, 2015

    9th June 2015

    In Today’s News Headlines:

     

    Travelers on island are still awaiting the promised 50 percent reduction in Sea Departure tax between Antigua/Barbuda and Montserrat.
    An Antigua Cabinet decision has for weeks now indicated that a decision was taken on the reduction but it has not cascaded down for implementation to take place.
    On Montserrat, it’s been reported that the Honourable Premier Donaldson Romeo has been receiving complaints from travelers who are not benefiting from the promised reduced rate as per the Antigua/Barbuda Cabinet decision.
    At present, the Office of the Premier is seeking further Clarification and information from the government of Antigua/Barbuda on the scheduled implementation date for the Cabinet Decision. Presently, travelers who spend more than 24 hours in Antigua are required to pay $75 dollars departure tax when traveling by ferry to Montserrat.

     

    Delmaude RyanThe Honourable Minister with responsibility for Social Services is exploring options to address the transportation needs of persons with disabilities.
    Mrs Delmaude Ryan told the Montserrat Association for people with Disabilities (MAPD) that she wold continue to work on this issue; so that persons with disabilities could be more integrated into society.
    The Social Services Minister was giving reflections on some of the points raised during presentations made by members of the MAPD at their Annual General Meeting (AGM).
    Prior to Mrs. Ryan’s remarks, the President of the MAPD, Joseph ‘King Kirwan challenged leaders to include the needs of the disabled community, when formulating plans and policies.

     

    An appeal is being made to private sector organizations here to set up business continuity plans.
    The advice is coming from a top Disaster Management Official.
    A continuity plan sets out how a business will operate following an incident.
    It also outlines how the business is expected to return to regular operation in the quickest time possible afterwards.
    Acting Director at the Disaster Management Coordination Agency Kelvin White there says continuity planning is an essential part of how businesses respond to hazards.

  • ZJB Evening News for Friday June 5, 2015

    9th June 2015

    In Today’s News Headlines:

     

    A number of projects will be rolled out soon as part of plans to address, what the Honourable Premier describes as the “cry for jobs”.
    Donaldson Romeo says several road related projects are expected to begin later this month.
    He was speaking on the programme ‘Off the Cuff’ and responding to questions concerning the job creation.
    Mr. Romeo was specifically asked to share his plans for job creation.

     

     

    The Honourable Minister with responsibility for housing says the government of Montserrat through his ministry has planned a roll out of two housing programmes.
    Claude Hogan says all the technical work has been advised on the financial and material grant programmes
    In an interview with ZJB News, Mr. Hogan says they are ready to have a formal launch of the housing programmes on June 17th.

     

     

     

    Head of a local sanitary engineering company is calling on residents to make lifestyle changes in order to tackle the environmental challenges here.
    Austin Howe’s message comes as Montserrat joins in the observance of World Environment Day today Friday June 5.
    The theme for this year is 7 billion dreams…one planet…consume with care.
    This year, World Environment Day is being used to highlight the problem of deadly air pollution and the need to control it to save lives.

  • ZJB Evening News for Thursday June 4, 2015

    8th June 2015

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    Delmaude RyanTeachers at the Montserrat Secondary School have been assured that they will receive additional space to house classrooms in September.
    The news was disclosed to staff by the Honourable Minister of Education, Delmaude Ryan at a meeting at the school on Wednesday.

     

     

     

     

    Selvyn MaloneyMore than 40% of broiler chickens have been slaughtered at the Pluck Shop since it opened one year ago.
    Chief Veterinary Officer in the Ministry of Agriculture, Dr. Selvyn Maloney told ZJB News, a total of three thousand six hundred and twelve (3612) birds were slaughtered at the facility which opened on June 2nd, last year at Her Majesty’s Prison.
    The total number of chickens slaughtered on Montserrat for that period is eight thousand seven hundred and forty (8, 740).

     

    Jerome MeadeThe number of people obtaining planning approval for constructing facilities has increased.
    This follows several appeals by The Physical Planning Unit (PPU) for persons to do so.
    Chief Physical Planner Jerome Meade says although there is an improvement, continuous reminders are necessary.

     

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