Montserrat will play Trinidad and Tobago in the Gold Cup Preliminary Round on 2nd July. Tickets went on sale today, priced between $20 and $45. Ticket holders will get to see all three preliminary round games played that day: Haiti v St Vincent and the Grenadines, Bermuda v Barbados, and Montserrat v Trinidad. The winners… Continue reading Montserrat v Trinidad: Gold Cup Tickets are now on Sale
It is frustrating that Montserrat keeps coming up against El Salvador. La Selecta, as the team is known, is one of the top sides in the region and incredibly difficult to beat. Since Willie Donachie took over as coach Montserrat has played 15 games. Their record against El Salvador is one draw and three defeats.… Continue reading Grenada 1 Montserrat 2 – Unbeaten but Eliminated.
Well it could happen. Montserrat will need a 5-0 win to hang on to any chance of qualifying for the next round of the World Cup. Stranger things have happened, but not often, and Gold Cup qualification is looking the more likely option. A good result in Grenada, who have already booked their place in… Continue reading How to watch Grenada v Montserrat
I’m going to keep the diary of my remote worker experiences going for a while yet, even if it means more hours in front of a computer screen. It is an important initiative and one that Montserrat needs to make work. Maybe my experiences will help inform the necessary tweaks. As I have said before,… Continue reading Remote Working Week Five: Power
In June 2017, when the British Government announced the £30million CIPREG capital programme for Montserrat, it was worth US$38 million, about EC$100 million. Half of Don Romeo’s (or Cupid’s) famous 200 million to spend that was such a prominent feature in the last election campaign. My response to the announcement was to write a blog… Continue reading Does the GoM Have an Extra $10 Million to Spend?
Montserrat took another step toward FIFA World Cup qualification last night with a 4-0 win over the US Virgin Islands. It was a game Montserrat was expected to win comfortably, despite the fact that the island has never previously won a World Cup match. But they needed to win big to keep their hopes alive… Continue reading Montserrat 4 US Virgin Islands 0. World Cup Qualifier.
This blogging lark gets you a long way. First, I blogged my way to a senior remote working job in the UK whilst living in Montserrat, and I’ve now blogged my way to journalist's accreditation for Montserrat’s Gold Cup games in the USA. Believe it or not, that was always the plan, and I have… Continue reading I’m now a Remote Journalist Too
Montserrat's home World Cup qualifier against US Virgin Islands on Wednesday (2nd June) has been moved to the Estadio Panamericano in San Cristóbal, Santo Domingo, due to Montserrat's COVID quarantine arrangements. The match does not appear on the Paramount+ TV listings, so we can probably assume that it won't be broadcast. The big surprise is… Continue reading Montserrat v US Virgin Islands Preview
This saves the British Government some embarrassment. The next batch expires in two months time and I suspect they will head for Anguilla too. Or another British Overseas Territory. Governor’s Office Press Release: Montserrat Donates 500 Vaccines to Anguilla "Despite many appeals from community-based leaders, Government Ministers, Ministry of Health leaders and a rigorous communication… Continue reading Montserrat Transfers 500 Vaccines to Anguilla
My stress levels are starting to rise. I've had to cancel meetings due to problems with the WiFi here. I knew this was always likely to happen at some point, but it's been two days in a row now. It is more than inconvenient, and I am starting to worry about the longer-term implications of… Continue reading Remote Working Day 14 – No WiFi Again
I watched the FA Cup final in Montserrat again. But this time my team Leicester City was in it. This was Leicester’s first FA Cup final since 1969 and something I had hoped for all my life. I’ve been to every one of Leicester’s Wembley appearances since 1969, but this one was out of reach.… Continue reading The B Positive Choir: Abide with me.
One of the issues raised in the recent discussion with Lord Ahmed was whether Montserrat could have a different vaccine. He didn’t answer, but we can assume that there would need to be some evidence that people would take it before the UK agreed. The Pfizer vaccine has a shorter shelf life than the vaccine… Continue reading Blood Clots and the Onesimus Dilemma©
Above is the latest graph for the take-up of the vaccine in Montserrat. Since I last did this two weeks ago, there have been a further 22 people taking their first vaccine. The 17 people who took their first dose last week represent the highest weekly number since the beginning of April. In total, 1321… Continue reading Is the Vaccination Deadline Sooner than the Government Thinks?
Montserrat's fixtures for this year's Gold Cup have been announced. Let's not get ahead of ourselves but there is a big incentive here. Montserrat's Gold Cup Fixtures will be: Preliminary Round 2nd July - Trinidad and Tobago (Fort Lauderdale) 6th July - (If Trinidad and Tobago are defeated) Cuba or French Guiana (Fort Lauderdale) Main… Continue reading Gold Cup Fixtures Announced – It’s Mexico in Texas
This week we got the judgement of a Court Case heard by the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council. It was former Chief Minister David Brandt's appeal against a ruling in a case he brought. His lawyers were arguing that the search of his phone, conducted under the terms of a warrant allowing a search… Continue reading The Privy Council: Brandt, Vaccines, and Same-Sex Marriage.
As I pointed out in a recent blog, I am now a remoter worker. I am still trying to come to terms with the concept, particularly as I got a passport stamp before I got the job, but a remote worker I am. I did ask my Director when I came to Montserrat in 2017… Continue reading My First Week as a Remote Worker
I haven't seen the full report yet, but last week the GoM published an infographic showing some information extracted from the 2020 Labour force survey. I have to admit I don't fully understand it, so I do need to see the full report before commenting in too much detail. But it's the Labour day holiday,… Continue reading 21% of Young People Out of Work.
While the world watches in horror as people die in the streets of Delhi due to lack of hospital capacity and oxygen, and as the Indian Government desperately reaches out to other countries for vaccines, Montserrat has announced that at the end of the month it will be throwing vaccines into the incinerator. It probably… Continue reading Montserrat to Throw its Vaccines Away?
I don't have much to say about this food. I cook a lot. I don't eat a great deal of meat, and if I do it's normally something snacky. I don't cook with meat and have even taken the goat out of my goat water. My cooking is getting better. I've managed to get the… Continue reading 13 Vegetarian Meals
In the Assembly meeting this week Paul Lewis, the Leader of the Opposition, asked the Premier a question about progress with the GRID programme. The Premier answered that the programme was suspended in September 2020 and then closed. The money was no longer available to the Government. (GRID, by the way, is the FCDO funded… Continue reading Some Very Strange Answers Given in the Legislative Assembly this Week.