His Excellency the Governor Adrian Davis says  significant changes are to be made to the Montserrat Penal Code. 

He says the amendments to the Penal Code will be coming to the Legislative Assembly to be debated soon.

During his monthly press conference Wednesday, Governor Davis said this was one of two important decisions made recently by Cabinet.

Listen to Governor Davis

MeantimeGovernor Davis said the other key decision was an agreement on a bill to regulate the legal profession in Montserrat.

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Charles ThompsonThe Royal Montserrat Police Service, RMPS has a new Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police

He is Charles Thompson.

Mr. Thompson, who has served over 24 years in the RMPS,was appointed to the post for an interim three months from April 7th to July 6th, 2014.

The New Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police has a wealth of experience having served in a number of positions in the force – Sargeant, Inspector and most recently Superintendent.

Speaking to ZJB-Radio Montserrat News, Mr. Thompson said he was humbled by the appointment.

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Montserrat has seen an increase in overall visitor arrivals in 2013, in comparison to 2012.

According to the latest tourism figures released by the Montserrat Statistics Department there was a 10 percent increase in overall visitor arrivals.

The figure for 2013 was 15, 648, up from 14,210 in 2012, an increase of 1,438.

The largest number of visitors for any one month in 2013 was 2,456 in December.

That contrasts with 6, 462 for the same period in 2012 , due to the large numbers of returning Montserratians and visitors who came for that year’s 50th anniversary festival celebrations.

tracy-kernanet-huggins 1A health education lecture on cardiometabolic risk and its relationship to high blood pressure and diabetes will be held on Wednesday.

Cardiometabolic risk refers to your chances of having diabetes, heart disease or stroke. These conditions are known to be prevalent on the island.

The event is being coordinated by Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tracy Kernanet-Huggins as part of a public education campaign being carried out by the Ministry of Education, Health and Social Services medical division.

Medical experts advise that many things increase your cardiometabolic risk. Some of these  cannot be changed. For example, as you get older your risk increases. Men also have higher  risks than women. However, the good news is that there are risks you can change.

Healthy lifestyle changes can be important ways to lower  your risk.

Wednesday’s lecture will be delivered by Dr Icilma Fergus-Rowe, and Dr Janice Scobie.

Click on following two links to learn more about cardiometabolic risk from Dr Kernanet-Huggins.

Listen to Dr Kernanet-Huggins

In the next clip Dr Kernanet-Huggins explains that cardiometabolic risk can be lowered.

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salem garbageThere’s a lot less garbage in Salem after residents joined the Environmental Health Department of the Ministry of Education Health and Social Services in a massive clean-up last Saturday.

The cut off time was twice extended to assist householders in getting rid of a range of garbage ranging from old cars, to white goods and discarded construction material.

The clean-up which started early Saturday morning was originally scheduled to end at 12 noon but it was first extended to 4pm and then to 6pm.

This resident spoke for many Salemites in welcoming last Saturday’s clean-up: Read the rest of this entry »

The Department for International Development (DFID) will be hosting a two day workshop later this month for administrators in both the public and private sector.

The two-day course will bring together senior public stakeholders with responsibility for energy, trade and development, as well as private sector agencies such as the Chamber of Commerce, Small Business Association, and the mining and quarrying community.

It will discuss the appropriate policy that will govern the development of the geothermal industry and related value chain.

This workshop will be followed by a two week course for  4th and 5th form students from the Montserrat Secondary School. Read the rest of this entry »

A resident of Davy Hill has benefited from the Government of Montserrat’s Home Improvement Programme for the Vulnerable.

Friday morning, Thomas “Blanco” Molyneaux was given the keys to his brand new home in Davy Hill on Friday April 11, 2014.

In handing over the keys to Mr. Molyneaux, Minister with responsibility for Housing, the Honourable Easton Taylor Farrell, says, the occasion is synonymous with the efforts that the government has undertaken to help the vulnerable on island. Read the rest of this entry »

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at the Montserrat Development Corporation (MDC) says that in light of the debate on the Piper’s Pond issue, he feels it is incumbent on him to address the public on the matter.

The excavation and filling of Piper’s Pond has attracted criticism from some persons who say the MDC and the government are putting economic development ahead of environmental preservation.

Pipers Pond

But speaking on the ZJB Radio Breakfast Show with Basil Chambers, CEO of the MDC, Ivan Browne, explained that all proper procedures and considerations, environmental and legal, are being followed.

The MDC CEO also confirmed that the UK Department For International Development(DFID) funded a report into the Little Bay Master Plan.

Mr. Browne said the plan provided a review to ensure that it promoted sustainable development through the integration of social, environmental and economic considerations.

The MDC boss said that the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) part of the review dealt with Piper’s Pond.

Mr. Browne said it was agreed that any development in the Little Bay area would not impact negatively on the mangrove swamp in Piper’s Pond.

The Government of Montserrat has taken a decision to reinforce all the Force 10 houses at Look Out to ensure the structures are hurricane worthy.

Force 10 homes

The project, which will be undertaken in several stages, is expected to start within the next 7 to 14 days.

There are a total of 100 force 10 houses in the area, which consist of some single unit and duplexes.

The houses were built during a massive re-housing project after the volcanic eruptions.

The name Force 10 are derived from the company which built them.

Construction Manager at the Project Implementation Unit PIU Roy Greaves says the first phase of the project involves reinforcing the steel structures of 24 Force 10 buildings on stilts.

He says following a Government of Montserrat inspection of all the homes, Force 10 houses on stilts are more vulnerable.

Hon Easton Taylor-Farrell

Hon Easton Taylor-Farrell

“We have to protect the environment but we also have to develop our economy.”

That assertion comes from Minister for Agriculture, Lands, Housing and the Environment, Easton Taylor-Farrell.

He was at the time outlining the priority issues for his ministry during the recent groundbreaking ceremony for the its new headquarters in Brades.

The issue of environmental preservation and economic development was featured in the news on Monday with concerns being expressed about ongoing excavation work at Piper’s Pond for the planned Little Bay Town Centre project.

As the minister with responsibility for the environment, Mr. Farrell says there needs to be a balance between the two issues Read the rest of this entry »