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  • STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TO CONDUCT CENSUS COUNT & LABOUR FORCE SURVEY THIS MONTH

    19th September 2018

    The Statistics Department of Montserrat (SDM) under the portfolio of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Management, will be conducting a Census Count and a Labour Force Survey of the population of Montserrat, starting Sunday, September 23, until Wednesday, October 24 2018.

     
    The main objective of this data collection exercise is to obtain relevant information on the Population and Labour Force characteristics of the people of Montserrat. This information will assist planners in the various sectors of society to more ably plan for development in Education, Health, the Environment and other socio-economic areas.

     
    The SDM noted that the exercise is expected to produce vital information on the make up of the Montserrat population. “Some of the key statistics and indicators that will be generated from this exercise will include: A total population count, employment, unemployment and labour force participation rates of Montserrat. This information will be disaggregated by gender, age, geographic location, educational level attained and other variables, that are all extremely important in supporting evidence-based decision making,” explained the SDM.

     
    To faciliate the data collection process, highly trained Enumerators will be visiting every building, dwelling unit and household in Montserrat, starting on Sunday, September 23, and will administer a questionnaire to all households using a tablet device. Every person who is a ‘usual resident’ (living on Montserrat for 6 months or more) of Montserrat will be enumerated and labour force information about everyone who is fifteen (15) years or over will be collected.

     
    The SDM is therefore appealing to all usual residents on Montserrat to provide their full cooperation to the Enumerators in answering truthfully and completely all questions asked. The SDM is assuring the public that all of the field staff have taken an oath of secrecy to keep all information shared with them, in the strictest of confidence. Failure to do so is a violation of the laws of Montserrat, as the SDM is collecting this information under the Statistics Act of 1973 of the Laws of Montserrat.

     
    The SDM is encouraging the entire population of Montserrat to ‘Stand up and be counted’ as part of the population of the country.

     
    Individuals with questions or concerns, or if you believe you may not have been inculded in the count or in the survey are asked to inform the SDM immediately by calling 491-3797 or 491-3794 or via email at statistics@gov.ms . The SDM promises to address your query immediately.

     

  • MV JADEN SUN AWARDED NEW FERRY CONTRACT

    19th September 2018

    The Government of Montserrat and Jaden Inc., owners of the Jaden Sun vessel, have signed a one-year contract for the provision of ferry services to the island from Monday, October 1, 2018 for a period of 12 months.

     

    The contract was signed at the Office of the Premier on Wednesday, September 12, 2018. The contract signing follows a procurement process which began in July 2018 and which was conducted through the Ministry of Finance. The MV Jaden Sun was deemed the successful bidder from amongst a total of three tenders, which were received by the August 1st deadline.

     

    Under the contractual agreement, MV Jaden Sun will operate its services between Montserrat and Antigua under the guidance of the Access Division, Office of the Premier. The contract also makes provisions for occasional trips to neighbouring islands and for a shadowing programme for local individuals who wish to be trained in the field. Individuals interested in this programme should contact the Access Coordinator, Mr. Ashley Lindsey who will make the necessary arrangements with the Captain.
     

    Jaden Sun is registered in Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and is captained by Mr. Elvis Gooding. MV Jaden Sun has a passenger capacity of 218 and is the holder of the current Ferry contract which ends on Sunday, September 30th, 2018.
     

  • MONTSERRAT IS STILL EXPERIENCING SOME TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS–RESIDENTS URGED TO TAKE THE NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS

    13th September 2018

    According to the Disaster Management Coordination Agency, Tropical Storm Isaac has not yet passed and Montserrat is still experiencing some rain and wind gusts.

     

    Tropical Storm Isaac at 8:00a.m.


     

    Increased rainfall is expected this afternoon as the storm passes through the islands. The peak of the tropical storm activity is forecast for mid-afternoon today. Hence, residents and visitors are advised to take the necessary precautions depending on their vulnerability.

     
    Business continues as normal on Montserrat at this present time, however, a further update will be given after a review of the 11 am weather advisory as it pertains to the operation of all government offices and schools.
     

    Residents and visitors are advised to stay away from coastal areas across Montserrat because of the potential effects of storm surges.

     
    Residents in Isles Bay Hill and other persons crossing the Belham Valley River are asked to take extra precautions during heavy rainfall associated with Tropical Storm Isaac, due, to the possibility of lahars occurring with little or no warning in the area.

     
    Motorists are asked to drive with due care and attention and be mindful of areas prone to landslides and rockfalls.
     

  • FRIDAY STILL TO BE OBSERVED AS A NATIONAL DAY OF MOURNING FOR FORMER CHIEF MINISTER BERTRAND OSBORNE, OBE OD

    13th September 2018

    The Government of Montserrat is informing the public that Friday September 14, 2018 is still to be observed as a National Day of Mourning, as a mark of respect for the late former Chief Minister, Bertrand Osborne OBE OD, in spite of changes made to the funeral arrangements due to the expected passage of Tropical Storm Isaac.

     

    Former Chief Minister Bertrand Osborne OBE OD

     
    Mr. Osborne will be laid to rest on Saturday, September 15. However, in keeping with the ‘National Day of Mourning’, Friday September 14 will still be observed as a public holiday.

     
    The former Chief Minister will be accorded an official funeral service by the Government of Montserrat on Saturday. The Official Service of Thanksgiving will be held at the Montserrat Cultural Centre starting at 10:30a.m. Prior to this, there will be a public viewing and signing of the book of condolences while the body lies in state from 8:00a.m. to 10:00a.m. at the Montserrat Cultural Centre.

     
    A Mass of Thanksgiving will also be held at the St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Look Out starting at 2:30p.m., followed by a funeral procession in Salem and interment at the St. James Anglican Church.

     
    In accordance with Government of Montserrat’s standard practice for national mourning, persons observing national mourning and those wearing plain clothes when on duty should wear dark colours.

     
    The island’s fifth Chief Minister died at his residence on Tuesday, September 4, 2018.
     

  • COMMUNICATIONS MINISTRY WORKING TO UPDATE MONTSERRAT’S ICT LAWS

    6th September 2018

    The Ministry of Communication, Works, Energy & Labour (MCWEL) has engaged a Legal Consultant from the company Lex Romulus based in Barbados, to update and develop Montserrat’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) legislative framework.

     
    The Legal Consultant is expected to review current legislation and develop a robust legal and regulatory framework that builds public trust and confidence in ICT, and encourages enterprise and business development. The consultant signed the contract with the Government of Montserrat on Thursday, August 23 and will provide his services for a 6-month period.

     
    The Ministry’s ICT Coordinator, Ms. Loni Howe noted that the development of these regulations will build the trust of potential investors and ensure that Montserrat stays abreast of the ever changing technological advancements and processes happening around the world. She further explained that the Legal Consultant is expected to produce legislation that covers ‘data protection and privacy’; ‘information security’; ‘electronic signatures’; ‘e-commerce’; ‘dispute resolution and management’ and ‘cybercrime’ among others.

     
    The Consultant will work with the Ministry of Communications, Works and Labour to complete the review and legislative development process. The MCWEL noted that although the Attorney General Chambers is responsible for the preparation of legislation, due to resource constraints, external expertise is required. In addition, the Ministry said the nature of ICT legislation requires a certain degree of expertise which is not readily available on the island.

     
    As part of the scope of work, the consultant will engage in consultations with a number of stakeholders on the island through face to face meetings and meetings conducted through the internet. He is therefore scheduled to be on island on the 24th and 25th of September to engage with all relevant stakeholders on the areas that would affect their related areas.
     

    The Lex Romulus Legal Consultant is one of three companies that responded to the tender notice by the MCWEL. The tender notice for the ‘LEGAL ASSISTANCE TO UPDATE MONTSERRAT’S ICT LEGISLATION’ was advertised from 24th May 2018 to 6th June 2018.
     

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