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It is time… Bank Interest Levy Act/Tax A Journey Through National Trauma Via Cirque du Soleil–Style Performance Art
 
Ivan Browne formerly of MDC.

It is time…

The MDC – going forward Options – pros and cons! It is time, now that the PDM Government, less than a month shy of two years, do what should have been their first order of business. This is so even after they had botched the Montserrat Development Corporation (MDC) failure, and given that they had […]

Mrs. Venita Cabey, Chairman of the board of BOM

Bank Interest Levy Act/Tax

How to confuse the public! By Bennette Roach On Wednesday evening August 10, 2016, ZJB Radio in its evening days’ major news broadcast presented a Release dated August 2, 2016, it received from Bank of Montserrat Ltd., whose majority shareholder is the Government of Montserrat. The release titled “Public Education Releases – What is Bank […]

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A Journey Through National Trauma Via Cirque du Soleil–Style Performance Art

The odd spectacle of the Rio Olympics’ austere, exuberant, didactic opening ceremony. By Willa Paskin www.Slate.com – Rio Olympics The Opening of Rio Olympics Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on Friday. Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images The runup to the Olympic is often rife with schadenfreude: Would Bejing’s […]

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Strong tropical wave nears Leeward Islands

24 August 2016

by STAFF WRITER BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Aug. 24, CMC – A strong tropical wave and associated area of low pressure is impacting weather conditions in the northern Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico. On Wednesday afternoon, the Miami based National Hurricane Centre said an Air Force Reconnaissance aircraft and surface observations indicate that the system still lacks […]

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Government contemplates building bridge between St Kitts and Nevis

22 August 2016

by STAFF WRITER  BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, Aug. 22, CMC- Minister of Public Infrastructure, Ian “Patches” Liburd says the Cabinet is considering two proposals for the construction of a bridge to link St. Kitts and Nevis. At a recent town hall meeting, Liburd said a bridge would bring greater ease of travel between the islands in […]

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Quake rattles three Caribbean islands

22 August 2016

by STAFF WRITER PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Aug 19, CMC – An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.0 rattled three Caribbean islands on Friday but there were no immediate reports of damages or injuries. The Trinidad-based Seismic Research Centre (SRC) of the University of the West Indies (UWI) here said that the quake, which occurred […]

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Fire-damaged cruise ship moored to safety

21 August 2016

by STAFF WRITER SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Aug. 21, CMC – The United States Coast Guard says the fire-damaged Caribbean cruise ship, Caribbean Fantasy, was “moored safely” yesterday at Pier 15 in San Juan Harbor.   “The Unified Command is developing an assessment and disposal plan for potential hazardous and non-hazardous waste,” said the Coast Guard, adding […]

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Two children killed in separate incidents

21 August 2016

by STAFF WRITER PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Aug 20, CMC – Two children ages six and nine, were killed in separate incidents here, police have confirmed. They said nine-year-old Cyon Paul, a pupil of the La Romaine RC primary school, was shot near San Fernando, south of here on Friday night. As he was walking along […]

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HIGH Court dismisses election petitions of opposition party

19 August 2016

by STAFF WRITER By Peter Richards PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Aug 19, CMC – A High Court judge Friday dismissed the election petitions filed by the main opposition United National Congress (UNC) challenging the results of the September 2015 general elections acknowledging that while the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) had breached the election laws, […]

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St. Kitts-Nevis seeking to comply with EU regulations on fishing

19 August 2016

by STAFF WRITER BASSETERRE, ST. Kitts, Aug 19, CMC – The St Kitts-Nevis government says it is working diligently to ensure that the twin island Federation becomes compliant with the European Union rules and regulations on fishing by December 31, this year. “They feel that a lot of people are fishing in other people’s waters […]

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State-owned electricity company urging consumers to pay their bills

19 August 2016

by STAFF WRITER BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, Aug 19, CMC – The St. Kitts Electricity Company Limited (SKELEC) is urging consumers to meet their financial obligations to the state-owned entity that says it needs in excess of four million dollars (one EC dollar =US$0.37 cents) monthly to meet its operational needs. “Our major source of revenue is […]

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Company looks to drones to deal with praedial larceny

19 August 2016

by STAFF WRITER KINGSTON, Jamaica, Aug 19, CMC – A major manufacturer here says it is exploring the use of drones to combat praedial larceny. JP Tropical Foods Limited said that it has losses an estimated J$40 million (One Jamaica dollar =US$0.008 cents) annually due to farm theft. The company’s general manager for its commercial division, […]

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Hundreds escape burning cruise ship in Caribbean Sea

19 August 2016

by STAFF WRITER SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, August 18, 2016, CMC – The United States Coast Guard says more than 500 people made their escape on emergency slides from the Caribbean Fantasy cruise ship off the Puerto Rican coast after a blaze erupted in the ship’s engine room. On Wednesday morning, the Coast Guard said […]

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It is time to accept the fact that Brexit may never actually happen

19 August 2016

Jim Edwards TMR Note: There are several more articles out of the UK that support this opinion – we will present over time. We suggest and warn those anxious to somehow gain some political mileage to be careful how their posture can hurt their future endeavours, or desires. Get the truth, at least the facts, […]

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Four men, including a Coast Guard member, appear in court on million dollar drug bust

Four men, including a Coast Guard member, appear in court on million dollar drug bust

19 August 2016

by STAFF WRITER JOHN’S, Antigua, Aug 17, CMC – Four men will re-appear in court on October 19 in connection with the million dollar drug bust last week. The four-including two brothers, appeared in court on Tuesday and while three of three of them were offered bail in the sum of EC$1.7 million (One EC dollar […]

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Caribbean nationals nabbed in sweep targeting convicted criminals

Caribbean nationals nabbed in sweep targeting convicted criminals

19 August 2016

by STAFF WRITER NEW YORK, Aug. 18, CMC – The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency says officers from its Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) have arrested a number of Caribbean nationals among 58 individuals during an operation spanning the New York metropolitan area, targeting criminal immigrants. On Wednesday, ICE said the foreign nationals […]

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De Ole Dawg – Part 21 2016: Montserrat, what time is it?

19 August 2016

BRADES, Montserrat – We often speak about rainy season, droughts and hurricane seasons. There is sweet “mango season.” At the end of the school year, it is time for exams. There are “good” and “hard” economic times. Then, there are seasons of life from babyhood to the golden years, which bring us so many opportunities and […]

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Construction continues after two years on the Davy Hill Community Resource Center

19 August 2016

The Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF) announced this week that it has started completion works on the Davy Hill Community Resource Centre project under the BNTF eight project cycle. On September 29, 2014 construction of the Community Resource Center, which commenced the previous week and followed with a ground breaking ceremony. The ceremony was marked […]

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Charge d’Affairs at the embassy of Jamaica, Marsha Coore Lobban, delivers Prime Minister Andrew Holness’s message at the Jamaican Association of Maryland Gala in celebration of Jamaica’s 54th year of independence in Baltimore on Saturday August 6, 2016. Photo: Derrick Scott

Jamaican government providing avenues for greater Diaspora participation

15 August 2016

By Derrick Scott WASHINGTON, USA — Prime Minister Andrew Holness has implored members of the Jamaican Diaspora to renew and reaffirm their commitment to playing a part in addressing critical aspects of national life that remain issues of concern. The prime minister made his comments in a message to the Jamaica Association of Maryland at […]

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De Ole Dawg – Part 20 2016: How do we build a “wholesome . . . God-fearing Society”?

12 August 2016

How do we build a “wholesome . . . God-fearing Society”? BRADES, Montserrat, Since 1997, Montserrat’s official national vision has been for “A healthy and wholesome Montserrat, founded upon a thriving modern economy with a friendly, vibrant community, in which all our people through enterprise and initiative, can fulfill their hopes in a truly democratic […]

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Charge d’Affairs at the embassy of Jamaica, Marsha Coore Lobban, delivers Prime Minister Andrew Holness’s message at the Jamaican Association of Maryland Gala in celebration of Jamaica’s 54th year of independence in Baltimore on Saturday August 6, 2016. Photo: Derrick Scott

Jamaican government providing avenues for greater Diaspora participation

12 August 2016

By Derrick Scott WASHINGTON, USA – Aug 10, 2016 Prime Minister Andrew Holness has implored members of the Jamaican Diaspora to renew and reaffirm their commitment to playing a part in addressing critical aspects of national life that remain issues of concern. The prime minister made his comments in a message to the Jamaica Association of […]

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May 20, 2016

Hospital Site and Consultations

12 August 2016

– August 12, 2016   “An aggressive communications strategy in which we engage all our stakeholders. Government of Montserrat, the opposition, NGOs, academia, the media, professionals, donor agencies, the diaspora. It is important that we get all people, all persons involved in understanding this. We want to engage the population at every step of the […]

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Regional media group urges St. Vincent government to re-think Cybercrime legislation

06 August 2016

by STAFF WRITER  PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Aug 5, CMC – The regional-umbrella media group, the Association of Caribbean Media Workers (ACM)l Friday said it has noted with concern continuing efforts by some Caribbean countries to address legitimate issues associated with harmful online content through legislation. The ACM said that such moves in its view […]

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De Ole Dawg – Part 19 2016: Can Montserrat make a good case for “catalytic” investments in development?

05 August 2016

Can Montserrat make a good case for “catalytic” investments in development? BRADES, Montserrat,  DFID is our chief development aid partner, and so it is vital for us – Montserrat’s government and public – to understand the terms on which DFID aid is offered to Montserrat. These are clear and quite reasonable: good value for money […]

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De Ole Dawg – Part 18 2016: What about information, the media and building up critical mass for reform?

29 July 2016

BRADES, Montserrat, May 23, 2016 – Last time, we again saw that if we are to progress, the media, government and business mountains must work together to fulfill our national vision.  We also saw that this is actually a big challenge, as there is an informal “party of business as usual” that stoutly resists (and […]

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Reverend Merrick “Al” Miller

Pastor found guilty of perverting the course of justice

22 July 2016

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Jul. 22, CMC – A High Court Friday found the pastor of a Corporate Area based Fellowship Tabernacle Church, guilty of attempting to pervert the course of justice. Reverend Merrick “Al” Miller will return to court on September 15 for sentencing. He had been charged in 2010 after police intercepted he was driving with […]

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May 20, 2016

No other place has suffered – needs of special attention

22 July 2016

Doctor, Professor George Irish, Montserratian: “They don’t have many places on God’s earth where the total population has been virtually wiped out and new people have had to populate the land because of a volcano. It’s a fascinating place to be and the impact of the volcano on the environment and on the society and […]

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Guyana’s latest oil discovery may boost local aviation sector

13 July 2016

Passengers arriving at Cheddi Jagan International Airport. Photo: Wikimedia By Ray Chickrie Caribbean News Now contributor TMR Editor – Any lessons here for Montserrat? GEORGETOWN, Guyana — Guyana is set to grow tremendously in the coming year after a second offshore well confirmed a mega discovery of oil and gas, and the aviation sector, which […]

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Earthquake jolts Dominica 

12 July 2016

ROSEAU, Dominica, Jul 11, CMC – An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.4 jolted Dominica on Monday, but there were no reports of injuries and damages. The Trinidad-based Seismic Unit of the St. Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI), said that quake, which occurred at 2.58 am (local time) was third […]

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Trinidad, region say goodbye to Patrick Manning

12 July 2016

CARIBBEAN360 JULY 10, 2016   PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Sunday July 10, 2016 – The life of former Trinidad and Tobago prime minister Patrick Manning was honoured yesterday in a State funeral at which hundreds shed tears, but also smiled and even laughed, as family and close friends shared their memories and spoke about his […]

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Attorney-at-Law, Warren Cassell

Montserrat Lawyer Victorious At Highest Court of Appeal

04 July 2016

The United Kingdom (UK) Privy Council the highest and final Court for the British dependent territory of Montserrat has quashed all convictions of Attorney-at-Law Warren Cassell in March 2012, leaving Cassell with no criminal record.See: http://www.themontserratreporter.com/cassell-convicted-to-serve-5-years-in-prison/ Five British Justices sitting on the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in London, handed down their judgment in […]

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Inter-island cargo service still in the works

02 July 2016

By Barbados Today Schooner Ruth Barbados Today – A Barbados-based “environmentally-friendly” cargo ship is expected to begin an inter-island service in the third quarter of this year, transporting mainly agricultural produce. A release from the University of the West Indies (UWI) today said the interior of the vessel,Schooner Ruth, was being fitted, with the focus on […]

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EU’s Juncker after Brexit: “Everyone wants EU reforms – but what reforms?”

02 July 2016

BRATISLAVA | BY GABRIELA BACZYNSKA European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker gestures as he waits for his car at the end of the second day of the EU Summit in Brussels, Belgium June 29, 2016. REUTERS/PHIL NOBLE The head of the European Union’s executive vented frustration on Friday at calls for deep reforms to reinvent the […]

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UWI’s Brexit symposium

02 July 2016

On Wednesday, June 29, 2016 the Office of the Vice-Chancellor in collaboration with the Department of Economics at The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Campus hosted a one-day symposium titled, Brexit Implication for the Caribbean.  Following is a video of the Symposium.  UWI Brexit Symposium Video: UWI Brexit Symposium:

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Dominica government to be sued over concert cancellation

02 July 2016

Caribbean News Now! Cabral Douglas ROSEAU, Dominica — Cabral Douglas, the son of former prime minister of Dominica, Rosie Douglas, is to file a lawsuit in the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) against the island’s government over the forced cancellation of a 2014 concert by Jamaican recording artiste Tommy Lee following Lee’s arrest and deportation. […]

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A ‘Montserrat’ wonder in the making!

01 July 2016

Jovélle McLean Meade at 13 years-of-age is the son of Silvonnie McLean and Veronica Meade, grandson of Jean McLean and Cecil Cassell loved running from a very early age. Before he was a year old Jovélle would have plenty bouts of running – random strangers would always remark that we should put him into sprinting. […]

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FLOW – Grenada to send home workers – Union

01 July 2016

by STAFF WRITER  GEORGE’S, Grenada, Jun 27, CMC – The Grenada Technical and Allied Workers Union (TAWU) says several workers at the telecommunications company, FLOW Grenada, will be sent home as a result of its merger with the British telecommunications giant, LIME. “I can confirm that we have received correspondence from FLOW stating its intention with […]

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ACP warnings for Caribbean following Brexit

01 July 2016

Jamaica Observer BRUSSELS, Belgium (CMC) — The Secretary General of the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group, Dr Patrick I Gomes says the implications of Britain’s decision to leave the 43-year-old European Union (EU) could be far-reaching on the ACP and may give rise to many consequences for trade, services, investments and development finance assistance. […]

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Is Montserrat Standing at Brink of being a Failed State?

Is Montserrat Standing at Brink of being a Failed State?

01 July 2016

By Claude Gerald Montserrat, good old mother of generations is in a state of nothingness. Anxious it wails for concerted attention. We may be standing at the brink of a failed state. The economic realities are so weak and the politics is hardly describable. Being headless in governmental affairs is the new norm. The electoral […]

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Antigua airport taxes waiver now in force

01 July 2016

Towards the end of last week (there was no TMR issue) the Government of Montserrat announced an extension of the interim arrangements for air travel and cargo, following the ‘foul-up’, the corruption over the signing of a new contract for the continuing operations of the ferry. The previous interim arrangement for air travel and cargo […]

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Germany, USA and Canada ALL say they want special trade deals with post-Brexit Britain

29 June 2016

Express.co.uk By Lana Clements GETTY President Obama said Britain is an indispensable partner GERMANY has joined the United States and Canada in reaching out to Britain to stress the importance of trade deals with the UK outside of the European Union (EU). It comes despite constant scaremongering from the Remain campaign in the run up […]

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Caribbean Overseas Territories could suffer, Britain votes to leave European Union

17 June 2016

by STAFF WRITER BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Jun 14, CMC – Britain’s Caribbean Overseas Territories could suffer significantly if it votes to leave the European Union in the June 23 referendum, according to a report released in London. The report commissioned by the United Kingdom Overseas Territories Association (UKOTA) on the benefits of the European Union (EU) […]

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Government contemplates building bridge between St Kitts and Nevis

25 August 2016

by STAFF WRITER BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, Aug. 22, CMC- Minister of Public Infrastructure, Ian “Patches” Liburd says the Cabinet is considering two proposals for the construction of a bridge to link St. Kitts and Nevis. At a recent town hall meeting, Liburd said a bridge would bring greater ease of travel between the islands in the […]

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