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.
BRADES, Montserrat – A teddy bear named Ted is on a world tour and paid a visit to Montserrat this week.
Ted is the mascot from the Humanities Faculty of Fowey Community College in Cornwall, United Kingdom. The teddy bear’s journey is inspiring several different pieces of work of interest to the students about the wider world and different cultures.
The Governor’s Office was asked to assist with his visit and so he attended Thursday’s monthly press conference with His Excellency the Governor Adrian Davis.
With the help of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and some of the British Embassies and High Commissions, Ted has travelled to over 31 countries and has been granted his own passport.
On Friday, Ted visited local schools and also got a helicopter ride to view the Soufriere Hills Volcano.
Ted heads off to Ecuador next week with a member of the Governor’s office.
The Government of Montserrat has reviewed the collection zones as posted in the tender documents. Tenderers are asked to take note of the changes and submit their prices to reflect the changes. The collection area that comprise Zone 1 has been increased whilst the area in zone 2 has been reduced. The collection areas are outlined in the revised zones below.
Area 1 or Zone 1:
All settlements north of Belham River to Soldier Ghaut. This will include Happy Hill, Friths, Salem, Hope, Old Roads Bay, Olveston, Old Towne, Lime Kiln, Nantes River, Runaway Point, Runaway Ghaut, Woodlands, Palm Loop, Cheap End, St Peters, Virgin Islands, Jones Hill, Mars Hill, Lawyers Mountain, Forgathy to Windsor Restaurant in Soldier Ghaut (Attachment 1)
Area 2 or Zone 2:
All settlements North of Soldier Ghaut to Look Out to include Cudjoe Head, Nixons, Banks, Manjack, Cavalla Hill, Brades, Carrs Bay, Davy Hill, Little Bay,Sweeney’s, St. John’s, Geralds, Drummonds, Look Out, Dick Hill , Judy Piece, Mongo Hill, Barzey’s and Barzey’s Extension.
Tenderers are asked to note that the deadline for submission of this tender remains the same, that is, 2pm on Wednesday 18th December 2013.
BRADES, Montserrat – The Broadcasting Division apologises for the erroneous information given on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 in relation to the number of people tested during the Check Your Health Campaign.
The correct numbers are: 60 tested in total; 17 at the DR Diagnostic Services in Little Bay and 43 at the St. John’s Health Centre. The free testing campaign was an initiative of the Ministry of Health & Social Services in collaboration with DR Diagnostic Services.
According to Health Promotions Officer for the ministry Wayne Hunte, 43 people did the HIV rapid test, which provided results in under 15 minutes. The St John’s Health Centre which facilitated the screenings also recorded 26 people receiving the diabetic foot care examination and 32 dental checks.
Raymond Samuels of DR Diagnostic Services said 20% of those tested were men all over the age of 30 and 65% tested were women and 15% did not identify their sex on the form. The women who took the test ranged in ages from 19 to 55.
Samuels encouraged the community to practice healthy lifestyle habits and to not wait until World AIDS Day or another ministry campaign to be tested. “You should always know what is happening with your body so you can take care of it.” He believes more must be done to reach those in the community who are most vulnerable and at high risk of contracting the disease due to lack of awareness and practicing unsafe habits.
New Chief Medical Officer Dr Tracy Huggins said “staff in the Ministry of Health have been appropriately trained and we will not be tolerant of any breach of patient confidentiality. Several senior members of the ministry and the clergy were tested on Monday with no concerns expressed that the results of their status would be disclosed.”
BRUSSELS, Belgium – Honourable Premier Reuben Meade is presently in Belgium participating in the annual meeting of the European Union Overseas Countries and Territories conference.
On Tuesday, Premier Meade and his delegation attended a high level session called “The EU Overseas Countries and Territories: Valuing a global asset and developing regional hubs” at the European Parliament in Brussels.
The aim of the conference was to raise awareness on the OCT’s, highlighting the opportunities offered by these territories to the EU. Government leaders from Aruba, the British Virgin Islands, Greenland and New Caledonia presented their views, priorities and strategies for the next period of the Overseas Association Decision (OAD) in a high profile exchange with the European Parliament and Commission. Read the rest of this entry »
BRADES, Montserrat – The Royal Montserrat Police Service was complemented by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and the victims of various crimes due to the results of the High Court sitting this past month.
According to a press statement from the Deputy Commissioner Bradley Siddell, in particular, “the quality of the forensic scene examinations conducted by the RMPS SOCO’s (Scenes of Crime Officers) was highlighted as outstanding. Evidence regarding seven serious crimes was heard and in all cases either the High Court Judge or Jury found the accused persons guilty.”
Inspector Rodney, the current Officer in Charge of the Criminal Investigation Division, stated “…This signifies not only that the standard of investigation within the service has improved, it also says that the judges of the facts (ie) jury members, are committed to community justice. The Royal Montserrat Police Service will continue to strive to be recognized as a professional, effective and efficient police service by working in harmony with the members of our community.”
One of the victims of the crimes stated “…We are all extremely pleased with the verdict and that we can now have our goods back. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the officers for all the effort and time they have put into our case…”
The deputy commissioner explained that “in the judicial system we often speak of evidence. In the modern world it is more often that the police investigation is on trial as opposed to the accused. These High Court results are examples that the RMPS is continually evolving into an effective and professional law enforcement agency. Our investigations have passed the test and this is real evidence of competency and public confidence.”
BRADES, Montserrat – A total of 128 people took the opportunity during the Check Your Health campaign on Monday, December 2, 2013 to be tested for HIV.
The campaign was an initiative of the Ministry of Health & Social Services in collaboration with DR Diagnostic Services in Little Bay to commemorate World AIDS Day.
According to Health Promotions Officer for the ministry Wayne Hunte, 43 people did the HIV rapid test which provided results in under 15 minutes. The St John’s Health Centre which facilitated the screenings also recorded 26 people receiving the diabetic foot care examination and 32 dental checks. Read the rest of this entry »
BRADES, Montserrat – The Royal Montserrat Police Service has announced the privatisation of the driver’s license testing service.
According to a statement from Deputy Commissioner Bradley Siddell “effective December 1, 2013 written examinations for any driver’s license as well as all road tests for a permanent driver’s license will be administered privately.
“The RMPS is transitioning away from these licensing services. During the transition the public may still attend the Police HQ in Brades for testing but the service shall be provided by civilian personnel. In addition, these license testing services will be made available, on a scheduled basis, at the Salem Police Station.
“The issuing of Temporary Drivers licenses will still be available at the Airport and Seaport. The public should be aware that these changes will also result in some rate / fee adjustments. More details shall be provided in the near future,” the deputy commissioner stated.
BRADES, Montserrat – Clients will be able to receive the results of their HIV test in 10 minutes as part of the World AIDS Day activities for Montserrat on Monday, December 2, 2013.
According to Health Promotions Officer for the Ministry of Health & Social Services Wayne Hunte, for the first time rapid testing will be provided on island. “It will be part of the Check Your Health Campaign to mark World AIDS Day,” Hunte explained. “Reverend Joan DelSol Meade will be the chair for the ceremony which begins at 9am at the St John’s Health Centre.”
The new Chief Medical Officer Dr Tracy Higgins is expected to deliver the feature address. Throughout the day residents can come in for free health checks for dental care, blood pressure, body mass index (BMI), diabetic foot screening, blood sugar and blood group testing
Community partner for the project is DR Diagnostic Services in Little Bay, which will be offering 20 free HIV screenings and counselling on Monday.