Marine Village – Little Bay
The Marine Village Project comprises four MDC owned buildings and three privately owned properties around the waterfront at the furthermost end of Little Bay
To date one of the MDC buildings (the dive shop) has been completed and occupied and the other three are in the final stages of completion and should be ready by the end of March 2014. Read the rest of this entry »
The Annual St. Patrick’s Lecture will take place on Monday March 10, in the Conference Room at the Montserrat Cultural Centre in Little Bay at 7.30 pm.
The topic is “Evidence of the Spirit of Self-Determination in Montserrat: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.”
Education Psychologist in the Ministry of Education, and published author and scholar, Dr. Shirley Kelly will be presenter.
Dr. Kelly who holds five degrees brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and unique insights to the topic under discussion.
She says it is important for individuals to reflect upon their preparedness for self-determination.
The slave uprising of 1768, Montserrat Government’s Master plan, and a panel discussion involving influential individuals from a variety of agencies – media, business community, religious organizations, schools, youth organizations, social service organizations, health organizations, grassroots organizations and ethno-cultural organizations have become key resources to evaluate self-determination on Montserrat. Read the rest of this entry »
On the eve of the St. Patrick’s festival of activities, the chairman of the St. Patrick’s Committee has been commenting on the significance of the week-long event.
Hon. Minister Colin Riley. Minister of Education, Health and Social Services
The Honourable Colin Riley says the St. Patrick’s festival is second only to the annual Christmas festival.
Mr. Riley however says the primary aim has always been and still is to advance in two specific areas.
He says these are to improve the festival product itself, and to increase visitor arrival numbers.
Meantime… The start of one of Montserrat’s biggest Cultural Festivals is just hours away.
March 8th is the beginning of the St. Patrick’s Week of Activities.
The event opens with a radio discussion on Radio Montserrat with the Chairman of the Festival, the Honourable Colin Riley and host of the Cultural Show Rose Willock.
This will be followed by the National Youth Choir’s ‘When I Grow up Concert’ at the Montserrat Cultural Centre starting at 7:30p.m.
Speaking on the Breakfast Show radio Programme, Choir Director, Rebecca Chalmers says the show will be a dynamic one.
The organizers have been emphasizing the need for persons to attend the event on time because the doors will be closed at 7:30.
Ferry Service – March 2014
The ferry will be operating daily from Wednesday 5 March to Tuesday 18 March 2014 to coincide with the St. Patrick’s Festival and the African Music Festival. On Monday 10th March, Tuesday 11th March and Tuesday 18th March the ferry will depart Montserrat at 6:30am arriving Antigua at 8:00am then depart Antigua at 6:00 pm, arriving Montserrat at 7:30pm. While on St. Patrick’s Day, Monday March 17th, the ferry will operate a day tour service and will depart Montserrat at 6:30am, arriving Antigua 8:00am, departs Antigua 9:00am, arriving Montserrat 10:30am, Depart Montserrat 4:30pm, arriving Antigua 6:00pm, with a later departure from Antigua at 7:00pm, arriving Montserrat 8:30pm.
Ferry Schedule for March 2014
Glaucoma Week: 9-15 March 2014
Hon. Charles Kirnon
Minister responsible for Communications and Works, the Honourable Charles Kirnon is appealing to residents here to be patient while the government of Montserrat continues efforts to improve infrastructural and other services on the island.
One of the primary aims by way of infrastructural development is to address the occasional power outages.
Mr. Kirnon commended the staff of the Montserrat Utilities Ltd for the commitment they have shown in ensuring that the lights are kept on under sometimes very challenging circumstances.
He said the major project to upgrade the electricity supply is ongoing and funding is being finalized. Read the rest of this entry »
International Women’s Day – “Inspiring Change” – 8th March 2014
Theme – Inspiring Change
The Ministry of Health and Social Services Department is finalising plans for the local observance of International Women’s Day 2014.
The Ministry which also deals with matters related to gender affairs, will facilitate a Women’s Retreat as the main local activity on Saturday March 8th, International Women’s Day.
This year the Ministry of Health and Social Services is partnering with the local professional group of Women WSG 10 in organizing the activity, which is aimed at bringing together women from across the island. The retreat will focus on several areas of interaction including, the spiritual self, healthy lifestyles, and the main theme – inspiring change. Special emphasis will be placed on areas such as: celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women, as well as a celebration for women’s economic, political and social achievements. Read the rest of this entry »
8 March 2014 @ 7:30PM Montserrat Cultural Centre
Come out and witness the talents of our young people as the Montserrat National Youth Choir put on an unforgettable performance. Sat March 8th at 7:30pm, Montserrat Cultural Center!
Hon John Skerritt – Financial Secretary
The Government of Montserrat has announced that it will be redoubling efforts to collect outstanding taxes.
The Financial Secretary Mr John Skerritt says while there are situations in which it would be impossible or simply too expensive to attempt to collect certain tax arrears, where it is practicable to do so, the government will be pursuing those in default.
The government’s records of those with tax liabilities are being updated.
“We are putting certain policies in place to collect, but we recognise that (the) list had a certain number of people who were deceased, persons who were off-island, and who where there’s no way to actually collect that tax…including those who are on welfare.”
But Mr Skerritt stressed that where the government is satisfied that persons in arrears are able to pay, every effort will be made to have them settle their tax affairs either by agreement or through the courts. Read the rest of this entry »
Montserrat’s Premier Reuben Meade Questions How Offshore Financial Centres Are Regulated During Leeward Islands Debating Competition In Montserrat
Hon. Premier Reuben T. Meade
The Premier of Montserrat, the Honourable Reuben Meade has weighed in on one of the topics during the 42nd Leeward Islands (inter-schools) Debating Competition being held in Montserrat this week.
The moot “Blacklisting Caribbean Financial Centres is a modern form of colonialism” was being debated by students from Anguilla and St. Kitts.
As with the other topics, this has particular relevance to the Caribbean, particularly those countries and territories involved in the offshore financial sector industry.
The debating competition started on Thursday. Competing countries are Anguilla, Antigua, British Virgin Islands, Montserrat, Nevis, St. Kitts and St. Maarten. Read the rest of this entry »
Hon. Premier Reuben T. Meade
Premier Meade assures depositors that their funds are safe.
The Government of Montserrat has announced that it is folding up and divesting the Government Savings Bank (GSB.
Speaking on Thursday 27th February 2014 during the regular monthly meeting of the Legislative
Assembly, the Honourable Premier Reuben T Meade assured persons with deposits in the GSB that their funds are safe.
“There is no need for alarm or fear of losing your deposits”, he stated.
According to Mr Meade, the “last analysis of GSB’s cash position shows that the
institution will be able meet its obligations”, adding that “any gap left as we cash in on investments will be met by the government.”
Explaining the rationale behind the government’s decision, Premier Meade said the GSB, which has been in operation for well over seventy-six years, has served the people of Montserrat well.
But as he pointed out, “the environment in which the government-owned financial institution was established in 1938 has changed substantially and there are similar services are now being offered in the private sector by a range of financial institutions better positioned to do so.” Read the rest of this entry »