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Passing of an ‘Era’

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

September 8, 2022


This afternoon, the following Royal Family notice flashed out across the world, through Twitter:

“The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”

The Montserrat Reporter (TMR) joins the people and government of Montserrat, those of other Overseas Territories, the UK, and the wider Commonwealth in expressing condolences to the Royal Family.

She was also the most admired political and personal figure in the UK.

Queen Elizabeth II served the UK and Commonwealth as Queen and Head of Commonwealth for seventy years, two hundred and fourteen days, the longest-ever reign of a British Monarch.

Let us pause to reflect on the passing of an era, from Prime Minister Sir Winston Spencer Churchill in 1953 to Prime Minister Mary Elizabeth Truss just two days ago.

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Queen Elizabeth II has died

Queen Elizabeth II, the UK’s longest-serving monarch, has died at Balmoral aged 96, after reigning for 70 years.

Her family gathered at her Scottish estate after concerns grew about her health earlier on Thursday.

The Queen came to the throne in 1952 and witnessed enormous social change.

With her death, her eldest son Charles, the former Prince of Wales, will lead the country in mourning as the new King and head of state for 14 Commonwealth realms.

In a statement, Buckingham Palace said: “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon.

“The King and the Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”

All the Queen’s children travelled to Balmoral, near Aberdeen, after doctors placed the Queen under medical supervision.

Her grandson, Prince William, is also there, with his brother, Prince Harry, on his way.

Queen Elizabeth II’s tenure as head of state spanned post-war austerity, the transition from empire to Commonwealth, the end of the Cold War and the UK’s entry into – and withdrawal from – the European Union.

Her reign spanned 15 prime ministers starting with Winston Churchill, born in 1874, and including Liz Truss, born 101 years later in 1975, and appointed by the Queen earlier this week.

She held weekly audiences with her prime minister throughout her reign.

At Buckingham Palace in London, crowds awaiting updates on the Queen’s condition began crying as they heard of her death. The Union flag on top of the palace was lowered to half-mast at 18:30 BST.

The Queen was born Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor, in Mayfair, London, on 21 April 1926.

Few could have foreseen she would become monarch but in December 1936 her uncle, Edward VIII, abdicated from the throne to marry the twice-divorced American, Wallis Simpson.

Elizabeth’s father became King George VI and, at age 10, Lilibet, as she was known in the family, became heir to the throne.

Within three years, Britain was at war with Nazi Germany. Elizabeth and her younger sister, Princess Margaret, spent much of wartime at Windsor Castle after their parents rejected suggestions they be evacuated to Canada.

After turning 18, Elizabeth spent five months with the Auxiliary Territorial Service and learned basic motor mechanic and driving skills. “I began to understand the esprit de corps that flourishes in the face of adversity,” she recalled later.

Through the war, she exchanged letters with her third cousin, Philip, Prince of Greece, who was serving in the Royal Navy. Their romance blossomed and the couple married at Westminster Abbey on 20 November 1947, with the prince taking the title of Duke of Edinburgh.

She would later describe him as “my strength and stay” through 74 years of marriage, before his death in 2021, aged 99.

Their first son, Charles, was born in 1948, followed by Princess Anne, in 1950, Prince Andrew, in 1960, and Prince Edward, in 1964. Between them, they gave their parents eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

To mark their Diamond Wedding Anniversary on 20 November 2007, the Queen and Prince Philip re-visit Broadlands where 60 years ago in November 1947 they spent their wedding night
Image caption, The Duke of Edinburgh was at the Queen’s side for more than six decades of reign, becoming the longest-serving consort in British history in 2009

Princess Elizabeth was in Kenya in 1952, representing the ailing King, when Philip broke the news that her father had died. She immediately returned to London as the new Queen.

“It was all a very sudden kind of taking on and making the best job you can,” she later recalled.

Elizabeth was crowned at Westminster Abbey on 2 June 1953, aged 27, in front of a then-record TV audience estimated at more than 20 million people.

Subsequent decades would see great change, with the end of the British Empire overseas and the swinging ’60s sweeping away social norms at home.

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It’s time to recognise the Public Service disgrace

It’s time to recognise the Public Service disgrace

April 1, 2020

It was certainly surprising that after all that ended up being cited for ‘ignorance’, and his constant ‘coverup’ and refusal to at least admonish the Deputy Governor, Lyndel Sympson for her actions. He would in the end take the action where he, “asked for a full report on it how it happened and the lessons learned recommendation… so I’ve briefed my successor because it obviously shouldn’t be handled by the Deputy Governor herself, that wouldn’t be right for her to review her own situation in that way…”

Having listened to the rambling he gave in defending or minimising the matter, (just as he has done in other situations), saying it was, “…an unfortunate mistake, not major sums of money involved at all…there is no scurrilous plan – trying to pay somebody under the door…”

Why he called for a review was still confusing since he had also gone to great lengths to show that in the end it was his oversight, noting the matter should not have reached his desk as it did. What that showed of course was the disfunction of his and his DG support office. Did it, therefore, require an inquiry, review, and investigation to know who began the “mistake” which must have begun in his, the DG’s office coming from the top?

When the overpayment being made was leaked early in 2021, soon after she received her new contract and the whispers reached ZJB radio loud enough for them to inquire, why did the Governor react as reported?

He was simply strengthening the disgraceful behaviour that he was either willfully being irresponsible, or ignorant in carrying out his responsibilities.

We recall his first major exhibition of irresponsibility when we cited his ‘ignorance’, in 2019; and we will add that may have well been some measure of dishonesty involved. He could not have honestly, if at all he did, reported that the action he took then was sanctioned by the Secretary of State at the FCO, in the DG’s, gross misconduct to a senior member of her staff. Consider the ‘Public Service Code of Conduct, under which the CSA President charged and asked the Governor to act. Consider Andrew Mitchell resigning following allegations he called police ‘plebs’. We will provide other examples in time

The Governor was on the job already for over three years, but in retrospect, Governor Pearce, like Miss Carriere we found out later, came unprepared for a job for which he said he was recruited after: “…I have served as Head of Security for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and as Charge D’Affaires in Vilnius in Lithuania.”

There are any number of circumstances beginning with our very first interaction with Governor Pearce that we should have discerned that he would not be a Governor who would be as he had promised at his swearing-in. “I will do my utmost to fulfill my responsibilities to the Government and people of Montserrat…And most importantly, to do my part in making things better for the Montserratian community.”

Governor Carriere although she came clearly with a mandate to reform the public service which led her to the Empowering Excellence program, also revealed to be not ready to carry out her responsibility. It was surprising though she would somehow empower the terrible acts that only grew worse for her and under her watch. These led to her own failure.

In fact, in researching to substantiate this argument, we found the weakness and danger in her statements surrounding her decision to appoint the Deputy Governor in a probatory status.  Our report then said, “Her Excellency informed she learned very well what, a Deputy Governor does…But I also learned first-hand how things work in the public service – what works well and what needs fixing.”

That also “provided me with an excellent in-depth appreciation of the need for HR transformation…,” she said.

For now, we conclude here that these and much more poor disgraceful activities of Governorship exuding down through the DG’s performance over her five years and continuing, were further encouraged by the ignorance and understanding of the rest of the Government who to this day do not recognise their powers, duty, and responsibilities.

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Legal Notice – In the Estate of Edward Benson Fenton

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Legal Notice – In the Estate of Edward Nathaniel Fenton

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Legal Notice – In the Estate of Edward Benson Fenton

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British Virgin Islands Premier

British Virgin Islands premier granted bond in US drug case

A federal judge in Miami has ruled that the premier of the British Virgin Islands can be released on a $500,000 bond, following his arrest on drug-smuggling charges in a U.S. government sting in South Florida

Via AP news wire

British Virgin Islands Premier
Former BVI Premier Fahie

Wednesday 04 May 2022 20:45

British Virgin Islands premier granted bond in US drug case

The premier of the British Virgin Islands could be released on a $500,000 bond as he awaits trial on charges tied to a U.S. government narcotics sting, a federal judge in Miami said Wednesday.

In a surprise decision, federal court Judge Alicia Otazo-Reyes rejected prosecutors’ argument that Andrew Fahie would flee the U.S. if released. Instead, she said he could remain in Miami, at the rented home of his two college-age daughters, if he and his family surrender their travel documents and he wears an ankle bracelet monitor and pays the sizable bond.

Prosecutors said they would appeal the decision, meaning it’s unclear when and if Fahie would be released.

Fahie, 51, was arrested last week during a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration sting after accepting what he was told was $700,000 cash from undercover DEA agents and informants who posed as Mexican drug traffickers. Fahie and his ports director, Oleanvine Maynard, met with the group on a private jet in the Miami area, according to the criminal complaint.

The complaint says Maynard referred to Fahie as a “little crook sometimes” who wouldn’t hesitate to profit from a plan cooked up with the help of self-proclaimed Lebanese Hezbollah operatives to move mass quantities of cocaine and drug proceeds through the Caribbean island.

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BVI News: CoP declines to state RVIPF’s involvement in Fahie probe

Commissioner declines to state RVIPF’s involvement in Fahie probe

in All News / By: Fitsroy Randall on May 19, 2022 at 11:39 AM /

BVI Police Commissioner Mark Collins

As the United States (US) continues to build its case against disgraced former Premier Andrew Fahie and his alleged co-conspirators, Commissioner of Police in the BVI, Mark Collins, has declined to state the extent of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force’s (RVIPF) involvement in the investigation process.

BVI News asked Commissioner Mark Collins if US law enforcement agencies have been in contact with the RVIPF for assistance into their probe of Fahie and his co-accused.

In response, the Commissioner said: “That’s not something I would discuss with the media as the Andrew Fahie investigation is still ongoing”.

Just last week, Premier Dr Natalio Wheatley signalled the government’s willingness to cooperate with the US officials if assistance is required in further investigations of alleged co-conspirators of Fahie.

In Fahie’s charging affidavit, there was mention of a person classified as ‘Government Official 1” who was described as a high-ranking, corrupt government operative who has ‘many employers’.

It was insinuated the person is controlled by drug dealers and facilitates the passage of illicit drugs through the territory.

Premier Wheatley maintained the BVI has a strong history of working with officials in the United States and will continue to do so.

Fahie was arrested along with Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority, Oleanvine Maynard at Miami-Opa Locka Airport on April 28. Maynard’s son Kadeem was arrested in St Thomas, USVI. The three are charged with conspiracy to import a controlled substance (cocaine), conspiracy to engage in money laundering and attempted money laundering.

Fahie and Oleanvine are currently being detained in Miami while Kadeem is in detention in Puerto Rico. The three face a possible life sentence if convicted of the alleged crimes.


Premier hopes UK will respond to government’s proposals within days

in All News / By: BVI News on May 19, 2022 at 8:18 AM /

Premier Dr. Natalio Wheatley has expressed hopes for an urgent response from the United Kingdom (UK) to a proposal he submitted recently on the way forward for the BVI.

The BVI’s political leaders are hoping to avert direct rule by the UK as recommended in the Commission of Inquiry (COI) report which was released recently.

New Premier Wheatley with BVI Governor Rankin

Premier Wheatley disclosed previously that he had submitted a proposal to the UK on how the locally elected government can address concerns raised in the report and implement suggested reforms on its own.

“I’m hopeful that we would receive a decision within a few days. I’m hopeful. They received our proposal, they’ve said to us they’ve received it. They actually asked a few questions about the proposal, so we know that they are currently considering it and we are hopeful that they will come forward with a positive response to us very soon,” Dr. Wheatley said late last week.

Direct rule by the United Kingdom, as proposed by the COI report, may possibly entail a temporary partial suspension of the territory’s constitutional order and the assistance of an Advisory Council to support the Governor in the execution of his duties and the formulation of policy as the territory’s new leader.

Sir Gary Hickinbottom, who led the COI and authored the report, concluded that this suspension was necessary given that elected officials over the years have deliberately ignored the tenets of good governance.

He said this situation has given rise to an environment in which the risk of dishonesty in public decision-making and funding has continued unabated.

“We are hopeful that they accept [the terms in the proposal]. So I’m pretty sure that they will respond directly to our proposal as to whether they accept it or not accept it,” the Premier stated.

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