A newsletter published three times weekly by the Emergency Department for E mail subscribers.
THE VOLCANIC EXPLANATION:
The period of very quiet activity at the Soufriere Hills Volcano continues with just a couple of rockfalls and volcano tectonic earthquakes being recorded in the last 24 hours.
MVO Scientists are reporting that the volcano tectonic earthquakes are situated at depths of three to five kilometres below the surface of the dome.
Dust levels at all monitoring stations continue to be at low levels.
NEW SPORTS FIELD AT CARRS BAY:
The Sports Dept is leading the way in reviving sports on the island. The Dept, under Sports Officer, Fitzroy Buffonge is developing a new playing field in the north of the island at Carrs Bay.
During the volcanic eruption, some 95% of all sports facilities have been lost including Sturge Park the island's main sports arena.
The Government of Montserrat has now purchased land at Carrs Bay suitable for soccer and athletics and tomorrow (May 2nd) the general public has been urged to turn out to take part in a grass planting campaign at the new site. The project will be supervised by Mr Gerard Gray the island's Chief Environmental Officer.
It was also recently announced in the 1998 budget that two volleyball centres are to be constructed at Brades and Little Bay.
NEW CHIEF OF STAFF AT C.M.'S OFFICE:
A new Chief of Staff has been appointed at the Chief Minister's Office here in Montserrat. He is former CARICOM staff member Mr Claude Hogan.
Mr Hogan commenced his new duties today, Friday May 1st 1998.
LEGAL WORKSHOP NEXT WEEK:
A workshop is to be held in Montserrat next Tuesday and Wednesday in legal procedures for courtroom staff.
The sessions have been arranged by the Chief Justice and are designed for police, baliff and civilian staff whose duties include court appearances.
ZJB Radio is reporting that three persons have been arrested and charged with looting offences in the Exclusion Zone. A container full of stolen equipment has been recovered and efforts are now underway to identify the owners of the stolen property.
NORTHERN WATER IMPROVEMENT PROJECT:
The Water Authority's major project to improve water supplies to the north of the island continues. Pipework is currently being installed and a site for a resevoir at St Peters has been identified and engineering feasibility studies are currently underway.
A large amount of equipment and plant to assist in the project has been shipped from Britain and is expected on island later this month. This is expected to speed up the project.
PUBLIC HOLIDAY ON MONDAY:
Monday next (May 4th) is a public holiday in Montserrat for Labour Day. All Government and private sector offices will be closed.
In true Labour Day tradition, a volunteer workforce will attempt to clean up the village of Salem from the early hours of Monday morning. Since the evacuation of Salem, debris, rubbish, animal droppings and ash has been piling up and the effort is to clear away this rubbish.
More information next week...................................
Published by the Education & Information Unit, Emergency Dept St John's Village, Montserrat, Leeward Islands, West Indies. Tel: 664 491 7166 Fax: 664 491 2474 E mail: email@example.com Richard Aspin, Unit Co-ordinator.