ICT Development and Management Training
The Ministry of Communications and Works with responsibility and oversight of the Government ICT Strategy will be hosting a three day workshop commencing on Wednesday May 22nd at the Montserrat Cultural Centre Conference Room with the aim of providing a clearer understanding of the ICT Policy. Officers who are responsible for ICT development, administration and implementation will be brought up to date with the relevant regulatory and management issues.
The areas to be covered at the workshop includes:-
- Providing an overview of the ICT landscape,
- ICT policy, legislation and regulation,
- Connectivity for IVY's,
- Cyber security,
- ICT funding.
The facilitators for the workshop are Lasantha De Alwis and Marcel Ambiana Belingue from Commonwealth Telecommunications Organizations (CTO). The CTO is an international organization located in Hammersmith, England. Their main purposes which is captured in their vision statement are - To support the development and use of ICTs within the Commonwealth and beyond; To promoted the provision and use of ICTs to meet the needs of members; To support development in Member countries and to ensure the inclusion of marginalised people and finally to promote effective cooperation and partnership amongst its members and other organisations. They also develop and implement activities to promote the achievement of all these objectives.
Easter Monday Relay
The Easter Monday Relay has been a featured event for many years here on Montserrat. This event which was started by the Montserrat Secondary School with Mr. C.T. John as Principal, was extended to other groups on the island and has since became a national event. Residents over the years looked forward with great expectation as the rivalry grew between such groups as the Road Runners from Kinsale, the Oriba International group from Gages, the MSS group, the Taurus club, Defense Force, Jubilee boys, groups from Salem all the way to St. Johns.
Mewasi Dance Group
The Montserrat Government welcomed a Dance group from India - the Mewasi Dance Group on the weekend as they celebrated 'Holi - A festival of Colours in India . Holi( which is also refered to as the spring festival) is unique to India because of the spirit of hope and joy that is said to remain throughout the country and even across the globe wherever it is celebrated. The use of the instruments - the Rama dhol which means drum, the Sarnai which means flute and the Thali which means a plate, were the main instruments used throughout the performance.
Both male and female dancers were colourfully adorned . Montserratians were able to join in with the local Indian community as they celebrated the festival of colours in dance at the Montserrat Cultural Centre on Saturday, the 23rd day of March with a performance for the former Deputy Governor Mrs. Sarita Francis and on Sunday the 24th day of March for a concert . The delegation was led by the Mr. Bachubhai Somabhai Vasava and organized by the High Commissioner of India Malay Mishra who is posted in Trinidad.