THE VOLCANIC EXPLANATION:
The level of activity at the Soufriere Hills Volcano remains low with just a very few rockfall signals. Yesterday (Weds) there was hardly any seismic activity at all with just one hybrid event recorded and no VT's at all.
Some work is being done on GPS systems at Old Towne and other sites on the western side of the volcano.
The dust levels at all monitoring stations are very low at the moment. There have been hardly any views of the dome this week because of persistant low cloud cover.
SHADOW SPOKESMAN FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT TO VISIT:
Britain's Shadow Spokesman for International Development, Sir Allister Goodlad MP will visit Montserrat next week.
Sir Allister's visit will be one of familiarisation and will take place on Monday and Tuesday April 27th and 28th.
EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT STAFF IN BELIZE:
The Operations and Logistics Officer of the Emergency Department, Lt. Horatio Tuitt, RMDF, is in Belize for a one week disaster preparedness course organised by the United State's Army Southern Command.
ROADS AND SERVICES TO SPECIAL NEEDS SHELTERS:
The recently constructed shelters for persons with special needs to the north of Gerald's Park are currently having water and electricity services delivered to them.
This follows the cutting of an access road to the site by Public Works Dept staff. The shelters were constructed by members of the Royal Montserrat Defence Force.
SIRENS RECOVERED FROM EXCLUSION ZONE:
During the ongoing quiet period at the volcano, the sirens installed in areas of the exclusion zone have been recovered.
A total of six recovered sirens are to be cleaned and tested and re-installed in Zones 1,2,3 and 4 of the Montserrat map to give coverage of the northern part of the island.
During any increase in volcanic activity the sirens are activated to inform residents to tune into local radio for updated information about the volcano and how to respond.
WEEKEND SPORTS CLINICS:
The Sports Dept, Chief Minister's Office are organising weekend sports clinics for children.
Starting this coming Saturday, weekend clinics in cricket and netball are to be held at Brades School for youngsters desirous of learning the games.
The clinics are being co-ordinated by the Sports Officer, Mr Fitzroy Buffonge.
BUDGET PRESENTATION TODAY:
The 1998 budget will presented at 4.30 pm this afternoon to a special meeting of LEGCO at McChesney's Estate.
The meeting will be open to the public, and will feature the Chief Minister Hon David S. Brandt's very first budget presentation.
The budget will be debated in LEGCO next Monday, April 27th.
More information later in the week...........................