Alliouagana Festival of the Word
Dr. Sylvia Mitchell
The University of the West Indies has just completed hosting the ‘Alliouagana Festival of the Word 2013’, under the theme: Words in action: Cuisine, Cures, and Conservation. The three day event from 15 -17th November, 2013 was held at the Montserrat Cultural Centre. The Festival started with a lecture presented by Dr. Sylvia Mitchell a lecturer at the Bio Technology Centre, University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica. Dr. Mitchell is head of the Medical Plant Research Unity with some 27 years experience in tissue culture. Dr. Mitchell’s focus of the lecture was on the sustainable use of Caribbean plants. From all reports the lecture was a huge success as persons found the information quite useful as the local community in general has become quite health conscious.
Passing Out Parade of New Recruits -Montserrart Police Force
Five new recruits recently completed their six months training and became fully fledged police officers of the Montserrat Police Force on the 8th November, 2013 at the Passing -Out- Parade held at the Montserrat Cultural Centre. The six months training sessions were led by Acting Inspector Julian Wade. The new officers are - Shamoya Grant, Leon Campbel, Sophia Bruno, Delbert Williams and Junior Turton.
Brief remarks were given by Deputy Commissioner Bradley Siddell on behalf of the Montserrat Police Force. The feature address was presented by Magistrate Robert Shuster and a report in respect of the six months training by Acting Inspector Julian Wade. Awards were presented to the new officers who excelled in specific areas of the training. Sophia Bruno received the award for the 'Best Recruit', and received the Baton of Honour. She gave the recruits response for the recruits. The session ended with a drill performed by the new officers ably assisted by former police officer - Philip Mulcare.
Gospel Concert - Police Week
The Gospel Concert held as part of the Montserrat Police Week activities at the Montserrat Cultural Centre on Monday the 28th October was stated to be a huge success. Despite the change in the weather conditions, they were notably supported by various choral and church groups to include the Church of God of Prophecy, the National Youth Choir, the Faith Tabenacle Church group and many other talented individuals and other gospel music lovers.
The Gospel Concert is part of a fund raising event by the Montserrat Police Force to support charitable organizations here on Montserrat. Funds raised for this year will be given to the "Meals on Wheels' programme here on Montserrat.