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Leo Varadkar warns Brexit will bring UK ‘decades of economic decline’

Irish Taoiseach says the UK is struggling to get to grips with its loss of global status

Prime Minister Theresa May greets Ireland’s Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in Downing Street (Photo Getty Images)

Ireland’s leader dramatically stepped up the war of words with Westminster yesterday after he predicted the UK would fall into economic decline for decades post-Brexit.

Brexit is undermining 20 years of peace in Ireland, Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar says

In a blistering attack on the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar claimed the country was struggling to come to terms with its diminishing importance on the world stage.

And he warned it would be overtaken as an economic powerhouse first by its European neighbours, followed by the rising powers in Asia.

Irish history

Mr Varadkar pointed to Ireland’s own push for independence from the British Empire 100 years ago, which he described “as the wealthiest and most successful trading bloc in the world at the time”.

The economic case for Irish independence was “weak”, he said, adding it took Ireland 40 years to make economic progress, and he predicted similar problems for the UK post-Brexit.

In an interview with Irish radio station Newstalk, Mr Varadkar said: “A consequence of Brexit for Britain is that it will fall into relative economic decline for many decades, probably be overtaken by France again and slowly over time it’ll be overtaken by lots of countries in Asia.

A lorry passes a poster by calling for “No Border” between Ireland and Northern Ireland, in a post Brexit United the anti-brexit campaign group “Border communities against Brexit” in Jonesborough, Northern Ireland on March 25, 2019, as it crosses the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland. – Keeping the Irish border free-flowing has proved to be the toughest issue to resolve in negotiating Britain’s exit from the European Union. The Brexit deal between London and Brussels — overwhelmingly rejected last week by British MPs — contains a so-called backstop provision ensuring that if all else fails, the border will remain open. (Photo by PAUL FAITH / AFP)PAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images

‘’One of the difficulties for Britain is they’re struggling to cope with the fact that as a country and an economy they’re not as important in the world as they used to be.”

The Irish premier pointed to growing populations and emerging economies in Asia, such as India, Korea and Vietnam, which were poised to overtake the UK economically.

And he added: “It’s inevitable and that’s why most European countries understand why we need to get together, stick together and integrate so we can preserve our way of life, our prosperity, our peace and security.

Sun setting on Britain

“Britain has never really fully accepted that in the way that France and Germany and Italy did after the war.”

Asked whether Brexit meant that “finally the sun was setting on the British Empire”, he replied: “Perhaps, but that’s their choice, it’s their decision. We have to respect the decisions they make.” Arch-Brexiteer Steve Baker resisted criticising the comments, stating: “I wish him well and I hope we find ways to flourish together because our success will be Ireland’s success.”

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Vega Rocket Suffers ‘Major Anomaly’ During Launch of UAE Satellite

By Elizabeth Howell 10 hours ago Spaceflight 

Something went very wrong 2 minutes after liftoff.

European Vega rocket suffered a “major anomaly” while launching a satellite for the United Arab Emirates late Wednesday (July 10), leading to the loss of the rocket and its payload, according to Arianespace, which built the booster. 

The Vega rocket launched the FalconEye1 Earth-observation satellite for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana. Liftoff occurred at 9:53 p.m. EDT (10:53 p.m. local time, or 0153 GMT July 11). The nighttime liftoff was a dazzling sight, but then something went very wrong.

“About 2 minutes after liftoff … a major anomaly occurred, resulting in the loss of the mission,” said Luce Fabreguettes, Arianespace’s Executive Vice President of Missions, Operations and Purchasing, in a televised statement just after the failed launch.

Related: Europe’s Vega Rocket Launches on 1st Flight (Gallery)

Fabreguettes said Arianespace wanted to “express our deepest apologies for the loss of our payload.” She added that officials would look at data from the launch and provide more information as they investigate what happened.

The launch trajectory shown on the broadcast appeared to deviate from the normal track shortly after the Vega rocket’s liftoff, Arianespace officials said shortly after launch. Some observers on Twitter watching Arianespace’s live launch webcast speculated that the Vega booster’s second stage did not appear to light up at the planned time, although this has not been confirmed yet by Arianespace.Vega Rocket Suffers Anomaly – Arianespace Apologizes to Customer

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FalconEye1 was to be the first in a planned pair of satellites to be used for everything from crop monitoring to disaster management. It and a twin satellite, FalconEye2, were planned to image the ground in high-resolution optical wavelengths (similar to wavelengths that the human eye can see). 

FalconEye1 had a mass of roughly 2,600 pounds (1,200 kg), which is relatively small; the Hubble Space Telescope, for example, had about 10 times that launch mass. Airbus Defence and Space was the satellite’s prime contractor, and Thales Alenia Space the co-prime.

This launch trajectory of the Arianespace Vega rocket VV15 shows an apparent deviation (in yellow) from its planned trajectory (shown in green) during the launch of the UAE satellite FalconEye1 on July 10, 2019. The rocket and satellite were lost.

Arianespace’s Vega rocket is a light-lift vehicle that stands 98 feet (30 meters) tall and is 10 feet (3 meters) wide at its widest point. It has four stages to launch payloads into orbit — the first three have solid propellants and the final, upper stage is a restartable stage fueled by liquid propellant. 

The first Vega launch occurred in 2012 from the Guiana Space Center. Tonight’s anomaly is the first failure for the relatively young booster. It was sixth Vega launch in 2019 and the 15th overall since Vega began flying.

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Indian businessman files appeal against High Court ruling

Indian businessman files appeal against High Court ruling

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Jul 10, CMC – An Indian-born businessman facing extradition to his homeland, has filed an appeal against a High Court ruling denying him permission to bring in an expert to challenge the validity of the extradition request from New Delhi.

“We had before the court an application to adduce expert evidence on Indian law as to exactly when did it became lawful for India to make extradition requests of Antigua. The judge, Justice Rita Olivetti denied the application and we indicated to the court that we would want leave to appeal her decision,” attorney Dr. David Dorsett said on a radio programme here.

Mehul Choksi (File Photo)

He said as a result of the filing of the appeal on Monday, the extradition proceedings against his client, Mehul Choksi, have been put on hold.

Prime Minister Gaston Browne has already said the citizenship of the billionaire diamond trader would be revoked only after he exhausts all his legal options.

Choksi, who is wanted in India for allegedly defrauding the Punjab National Bank (PNB), gained citizenship of the Caribbean island under the island’s Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP) that allowed for foreign investors to make a significant contribution to the socio-economic development of Antigua and Barbuda in return for granting citizenship.

Browne said that Choksi’s citizenship was processed, “but the reality is his citizenship will be revoked and he will be repatriated to India; so there is recourse. It’s not a case that we are trying to provide any safe harbour for criminals, for those who are involved in financial crimes”.

“We have to allow for due process. He has a matter before the court and as we said to the Indian government, criminals have fundamental rights, too, and Choksi has a right to go to court and defend his position. But I can assure you, after he has exhausted all of his legal options, he will be extradited,” Browne said.

Dorsett has indicated that should his appeal fails, he is prepared to take the matter before the London-based Privy Council, the island’s highest and final court.

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Prime Minster Gaston Browne speaking to CMC (CMC Photo)

Antigua PM advocates need for Caribbean bank to deal with corresponding banking

By Peter Richards

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Jul 3, CMC – Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne Wednesday called for the establishment of a Caribbean bank that would allow the region to counteract the position of international banks regarding corresponding banking.

Caribbean countries have been arguing that the threat by banks in developed countries to withdraw correspondent banking services would exclude the region from the global finance and trading system with grave consequences for maintenance of financial stability, economic growth, remittance flows and poverty alleviation.

Prime Minster Gaston Browne speaking to CMC (CMC Photo)

Browne, who is leading the region’s response to the issue, told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) that the region has been making “slow progress” on dealing with the matter.

“But at the same time there’s still a problem. The corresponding banks continue to take this policy of risk and return, so as far as they are concerned the banks in the OECS (Organistion of Eastern Caribbean States)  in particular are too small and they are in essence looking to bank larger banks within the region which then forces us to consolidate to have bigger banks.

There may even be the need for us to have a Caribbean bank, that is a bank that is owned by various indigenous banks in the Caribbean and one that could have branches in the US diaspora, UK diaspora (and) Canadian diaspora in order to provide services to the Caribbean in the diaspora.”

He said such an initiative would allow for the provision of corresponding banking in the region, especially the smaller ones.

“My understanding is that there is an informal threshold about a billions US dollars, so that generally speaking, banks that have less than a billion US dollars would almost be not bankable for corresponding banking”.

The Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister, who is here to attend the 40th meeting of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders, said the irony of the entire situation is that “most of our banks, have less than one billion US in assets.

“It has been a very difficult proposition for us. However we have decided to raise the ante and to increase our advocacy because corresponding banking in essence is a public global good so I cannot be looked upon exclusively from the standpoint of risk and return because in essence if we were to do that then you would be literally de-bank certain regions and certain countries”.

Browne said the region would continue to bring greater awareness to the various stakeholders including regulators in the United States, Europe and Canada to some extent “so that they could understand it is not just about risk and return but it is really about a fundamental right.

“Every single human being should have the right to move money and to receive money. If you can’t move money and you can’t receive that money then it means that you can’t purchase goods and you can’t get paid for the services that you provide”.

In-coming CARICOM chairman and host Prime Minister Allen Chastanet, said he welcomed the idea of establishing a single Caribbean bank, adding “we have also come to the conclusion we now need to reduce that risk”.

He said a former governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) had indicated a solution would be to have all of the indigenous banks in the region to form one bank.

He said whilst this may be a difficult proposition “what we have been talking about is to form one compliance authority,” adding “that’s the change.

“The world did not understand what compliance was before, it’s the fastest growing industry in the whole world in terms of compliance because as you ask one question it compels you to ask many more questions.

“In my humble opinion, what has happened is that we have become so intimidated by the loss of corresponding banking that our own compliance agencies have become excessive and in some times it is now reducing the size of the amount of money coming down in and out of our region.

“So by creating one compliance department that is properly manned and the indigenous banks would pay for those services on a use basis that may be a way to solve the problem …and I think Prime Minister Browne is 100 per cent right if in fact that is not moving fast enough”.

He said another way of looking at the problem of corresponding banking is to follow the Mexico model  and work with the country “and use their banks to assist us”,

Prime Minister Browne said he believes the region should also consider getting together and purchase Scotiabank operations in the region.

“I thought that was an excellent opportunity for the OECS counties in particular to come together and purchase the branches,” he said noting that it would have required at least 98 million US dollars for the nine branches “with perhaps about three billion UIS dollars in assets

“I thought that was an excellent opportunity for the region which would have helped us to have one major bank that would have branches in the diaspora to provide banking services to Caribbean people in the diaspora,” Browne said.

Last November, the Trinidad-based Republic Financial Holdings Limited (RFHL) announced that it was seeking to acquire Scotiabank operations in several Caribbean countries.

Antigua and Barbuda and Guyana had initially expressed reservations about the proposed acquisition, with St. John’s indicating that it would not be issuing a vesting order to facilitate the move.

The RFHL statement said that the banks being acquired are located in Guyana, St. Maarten, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

It said that the purchase price is US$123 million, which represents US$25 million consideration for total shareholding of Scotiabank Anguilla Limited; and a premium of US$98 million over net asset value for operations in the remaining eight countries.

Antigua and Barbuda has said that it wants assurances that local banks will be given priority to purchase Scotiabank’s operations on the island and that local persons’ investments and savings will be protected.

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A Massive Seaweed Bloom Is Smothering Life from the Caribbean to West Africa

By Grant Currin, Live Science Contributor | July 5, 2019

A Massive Seaweed Bloom Is Smothering Life from the Caribbean to West Africa
A huge bloom of Sargassum seaweed is clogging up the Florida Keys. Credit: Brian Lapointe, Ph.D., Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute

For eight years, thick mats of seaweed have smothered coral reefs, trapped sea turtles and brought economic instability to coastal communities as reddish-brown gobs of foul-smelling sargassum wash onto beaches along the Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico and tropical Atlantic.

These phenomena are symptoms of a massive seaweed bloom scientists are calling the Great Atlantic Sargassum Belt. Researchers describe the belt and explore its causes in a study published July 4 in the journal Science.

Stretching up to 5,500 miles (8,850 kilometers) from the Gulf of Mexico to just off the coast of western Africa, the Great Atlantic Sargassum Belt appears to be the product of natural and human-caused factors.

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“We analyzed almost 20 years of satellite records,” Mengqiu Wang, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of South Florida and co-author on the study, told Live Science. [Earth from Above: 101 Stunning Images from Orbit]

The researchers analyzed a dataset that predates the belt’s first appearance in 2011, allowing them to investigate the long-term environmental changes that set the stage for the year-to-year variations in the growth of the bloom.

They identified a tipping point around 2009 when discharge from the Amazon River brought unusually high levels of nutrients into the Atlantic Ocean. Upwelling of nutrient-rich water off the west coast of Africa in the winter of 2010 further enriched surface waters with deep-sea nutrients; that upwelling also lowered temperatures of that surface water, allowing sargassum to thrive in the summer of 2011.

A similar combination of factors led to especially large blooms in 2014, 2015 and 2017. The largest recorded bloom occurred in 2018, when the Great Atlantic Sargassum Belt grew to a mass of more than 20 million metric tons. The high levels of nutrients from the Amazon River come from deforestation and fertilizer use in the Amazon basin.

Under normal circumstances, sargassum provides critical habitat for marine life. The seaweed oases attract fish, birds and sea turtles as well. Dolphins and sea turtles also benefit from the tiny patches of life floating in the open ocean, but thick mats of sargassum pose big problems for some wildlife and coastal communities.

Mengqiu Wang was performing field work in the Gulf of Mexico last year when she saw dolphins seeming to enjoy their foray through the Sargassum.
Mengqiu Wang was performing field work in the Gulf of Mexico last year when she saw dolphins seeming to enjoy their foray through the Sargassum. Credit: University of South Florida

“As sargassum decays it consumes the oxygen, creating low oxygen conditions, which is not a good condition for marine life in a coastal ecosystem,” Wang said. Coral reefs and seagrass ecosystems can suffer when high levels of sargassum change water chemistry and block organisms from moving freely.

“Sea turtles sometimes can’t swim through the dense mats to return to open water after laying their eggs,” she said.

The Great Atlantic Sargassum Belt is also having an effect on coastal tourism. Barbados declared a state of emergency in 2018, according to a government statement, as sargassum piled onto the beaches the island nation relies upon to draw tourists.

“The negative impacts occur when sargassum starts to pile up on the beaches,” Wang said. In addition to disrupting coastal ecosystems, decaying sargassum releases hydrogen sulfide, a potentially harmful gas that smells like rotten eggs.

Originally published on Live Science.

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Bail Revoked, Brandt on remand, jailed, until?

– a trial is set to begin on November 18, 2019, but meantime the judge issues ‘directive’ to stop comments on the case

This lingering high court criminal matter has been described on Tuesday in one report as follows: “The High Court of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court has ordered another ‘interesting twist’ in the case the Queen vs David S. Brandt.”

Attorney at Law, David S. Brandt, charged since 2015 with several counts of sexual offences

The high profiled lawyer Brandt has been charged since September 2015, along with new charges in November last year, several counts including sexual exploitation of girls under the age of 16 years.

“Gareth Evans, QC, is former Head of Chambers at No5 Chambers. He specialises in both criminal and regulatory law. He acts for the Prosecution or Defence in all kinds of serious crimes including murder, manslaughter, serious sexual offences and drug cases.”
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Retired in September 2017. Recently appointed and assigned Judge in the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, replacing recused Judge Iain Morley in this related matter

With appeals and one or more constitutional matters that may end before the Privy Council arising out of the charges and hearings to date in the matter, causing delays and obvious frustration for the crown prosecutors, perhaps even the judges, the lead prosecutor Annesta Weekes QC resident in the UK having to travel to and from for the numerous hearings, witnesses being kept in security, the matter had been finally set for hearing to begin on June 18, 2019.

That information had been communicated to the ‘press’ by email on June 13, “ His Lordship The Hon Justice  Gareth Evans QC has requested that members of the press attend Court on Monday 17th June 2019 at 9.00 am to discuss  proposals on the reporting of factual matters pertaining to the trial  R V David Brandt which is scheduled to commence on Tuesday 18th June 2019.

There was no information then about a constitutional motion to be heard the following day, June 14. The motion was denied a hearing at the just completed Appeal court sitting the previous week.

That hearing involved a request by his constitutional attorney Dr. David Dorsette for messages on Brandt’s phone be thrown out of the case as their acquisition and use against him contravened his “Fundamental rights and freedoms of the individual” with regards to – “protection for his or her private and family life, the privacy of his or her home and other property…” under the Montserrat Constitution.

Hon Iain Morley QC, appointed ECSC judge, agreed to recuse himself from the Brandt case

That motion was heard by the new judge Justice Gareth Evans QC who had replaced recused  Justice Iain Morley QC, High Court Judge of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC), the Senior Criminal Judge on Antigua & Barbuda, and the designated Judge on Montserrat.

Legal sources and commentators have expressed suspicion that especially after he was recused and the replacement judge coming from the UK, that his appointment to the ECSC may have been by convenience to sit on the Brandt’s case. Reportedly Justice Morley’s recusal came at the request of both prosecution and defence, aided by their own admission that he and lead prosecutor Annesta Weekes QC, had previously worked together in the UK.

At the constitutional motion hearing, problems of a further delay raised its head with Brandt’s lead trial attorney out of St. Kitts-Nevis reporting being ‘seriously’ ill, just days earlier, putting doubt on the trial starting as scheduled the following week.

But during this time an issue faced Judge Evans after listening to legal arguments from Dr. Dorsette which at the end tentatively suggested that there might be no need for the applications due to be heard at the start of the trial, if his motion was to succeed.

Justice Evans reserved his ruling on the arguments from the defence and the Crown on the motion. On Monday a decision would be made as to the start of the trial and other related matters.

Comes Monday, senior media showed up in answer to the request from the Hon Justice Gareth Evans QC as noted earlier. But their presence was excluded as well as other members of the police, and the public from the court room as the judge and others directly related to the case had ‘some’ hearing in private. The press was told they should return at 2.00 p.m. and an email so indicated. But at midday a further email advised, “the meeting with the press scheduled for Monday 17th June 2019 at 2. 00 pm has now been cancelled.”

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By evening information advised that the trial would now begin on November 18, 2019.

No further news on an anxiously awaited press meeting but it became obvious something happened, following the clearing of the court room the eventual cancellation of the meeting after it had been ordered that the Brandt’s trial would be postponed to November 18, 2019.

Then at 4.28 pm the Order shown

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here arrived by email following news that Brandt had been remanded to jail till his trial. That surely sent shockwaves, as the obvious query was raised, “What could have happened to warrant a revocation of his bail at this point”

That was the 18th June but to date it is mere speculation as reportedly the crown filed ‘some complaint’ against the accused causing the judge to issue the following order. Then the question why and how the secrecy from the public?

The surprising development, although it would not have been unusual for the prosecution to seek to oppose continuing bail as they have before, once the trial which may have been called on Monday and the postponement allowed in view of the circumstances mentioned earlier. The order of the ‘revocation’ however suggests that there must have been some development that caused the judge, not to merely grant bail, but revoking a continuous state!

Dr. David Dorsette who admits that the case has evolved with several facets having returned to Antigua the previous Friday has said he is astonished and quite surprised at the developments. His role on the Brandt team of attorneys has had to do mainly with the constitutional issues.

Brandt’s attorneys have immediately sprung into action but the debate is continuing as to applications for bail and appealing against the judge’s decision to revoke the bail situation.

Meantime a week later on June 26, and with no meeting with the press, out comes the following, further strange, if not unusual. “…Please find below an official ‘Press Release’? on the above referenced matter for your kind attention:-

As the Registrar of the High Court on Montserrat, I have been directed by His Lordship Mr Justice Evans QC to make the following “public statement”.

It said: “…all members of the public must avoid making supportive or negative public statements in the media about Mr Brandt, or disparaging statements about the trial in general…with a jury drawn from the community, who must be unbiased, and that means they must be unaffected by what is said by others, which includes in the press or social media. This important principle of fairness applies to David Brandt…we must all ensure that he gets a fair trial.

“To ensure this, there must be no further comment, either in support or against, in the press or on social media about this case.” 

“His Lordship has directed that such comment as there has been, which has been collected into a file, must now be investigated by the police and the DPP as possible contempt of court.”

Remember the consititional motion? The judge informed the lawyers that he is denying the motion and he will give his written judgment at a later date but, it will be done in private. “Really,” as the denied attorney says, “this too will be done in private.” Another says, “what has the law gone to?”

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2019 Early Childhood Education month

by Bennette Roach

In this feature of Early Childhood Education (ECE) we begin with the words of Dr. Sheron Burns, early childhood regional expert, said back in 2010 when the month-long annual event was in its third year, with the theme then “Young Children: Heroes in Our Community”. They sought to ‘pay homage to the island’s young children and their caregivers as they journey towards lifelong learning’. “It must feature playing and fun… The Early Childhood section of the Ministry of Education aims to ‘build a strong and secure foundation for Montserrat”

June was designated as Early Childhood Month, from the first time in 2008. Each centre chooses a day to showcase the activities the staff and children participate in under a theme of their choice. On this eventful day the other centres visit and engage themselves in the activities put on by the particular centre.

As usual the month began with a church service and this year the staff, parents and children worshipped at the Bethesda Methodist Church at Cavalla Hill.

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ECE Director Inez Thompson chaired…

The event that stands out among the highlights of the Early Childhood Education (ECE) month-long program of activities is the Awards Ceremony, held this year on June 17, 2019 at a different than usual venue, the Brades Arts & Education Centre beginning at 6.30 p.m.

The evening’s activity opened with a prayer by Bishop Dr. Melroy Meade and the signing of the National Song by Mrs. Veronica Lynch Morgan and Mrs. Albertha Dyett followed by welcome and opening remarks by head of the ECE department Mrs. Inez Thompson.

In her welcome and opening remarks, Mrs. Thompson’s helped to inspire this featured coverage.

Catering for children between the ages of one – five years in the public centres, while the private sector caters for children as young as 3 months. This sector is committed to provide the best possible Day Care and Nursery School services for the children between the aforementioned ages. These centres enable each child to socialize and develop skills which help him or her to adapt readily to the primary school situation, with the assistance of a well-trained cadre of highly motivated staff, using appropriate stimulation and teaching techniques.

Mrs. Thompson explains: “The emotional, social and physical development of young children has a direct outcome on their overall development and on the adult, they will become.

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“That is why understanding the need to invest in very young children is so important, to maximize their future well-being. The first three to five years play a key role in a child’s life as they begin to absorb the world around them and develop. The experiences that children have early in their lives impact their development physically, cognitively, emotionally and socially.

“The best investment to ensure the future success of a child is to invest in the early years of their lives, through education. They develop the healthiest when they are provided environments in which they can explore the world around them, play with others, and learn to speak and listen to others. Early neurological development even affects the way one may learn later in life, if children do not learn in their early childhood, they may have more trouble learning in the future.”

The Early Childhood Sector celebrated its 12th Awards Ceremony on Monday June 17, 2019, under the theme: “Working together to build a better foundation for our young minds” while allowing the children to “Explore! Discover! Grow! Enrich!

Congratulatory remarks were given by HE, the Acting Governor, Mrs. Lyndell Simpson, following which, six workers of the year, from each centre, were awarded during the ceremony.

The awardees were as Miss. Karrema Cush – Salem Nursery School, Mrs. Josette Greenaway – Salem Day Care, Mrs. Althea Sweeney – St. John’s Day Care, Miss. Ida Gerald – Brades Nursery School, Mrs. Veronica Lynch-Morgan – Look Out Day Care & Mrs. Stephanie Hickson – Look Out Nursery School.

James ‘Fittestman’ Greenaway – Salem Centre supporter, entertained
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Aunt Madge veteran EC care centre owner
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The six public centres, along with Aunt Madge Child Care & Sweet Angels Valley Day Care & Preschool, presented tokens of appreciation to some parents and persons from the community. They were: –

Centre Parent of the Year Community Award
Salem Day Care Miss. Lisa Seraphine Miss. Nissa Christian       —
Salem Nursery School Miss. Lubina Greene Mr. Austin Howe
St. John’s Day Care Mr. Joel Watts Sgt. Kirk Brade
Look Out Day Care Mrs. Kolita Sutton-Buckley
Look Out Nursery Miss. Delrose Dyett Mr. Dieghton Cottle Mrs. Albertha Dyett
Brades Nursery School Miss. Edella Allen Mr. Everson Farrell
Aunt Madge Childcare Miss. Shanique Brown Mrs. Jacqueline Ryan
Sweet Angels Valley Day Care & Preschool Miss. Maleka Newell Miss. Rushelle Reid
Little Angels Childcare Miss. Rolanda Brade Miss. Alexia Allison Miss. Tora Cabey

Special awards were given to the following persons:

Lady Eudora Evangeline Fergus – 36 years of service: – 1966 – 2002

Rt. Hon. Basil Morgan – 23 years of service: – 1996 – 2019

Mrs. Christina Weekes – 29+ years of caring for children

Miss. Nicole Duberry – 11 years of supervising the sports scores for Brades Nursery & Look Out Nursery Schools

Mr. James ‘Fittestman’ Greenaway – 4 years sponsoring the Salem Nursery School’s Road Race which first started in 2016.

The Brades Nursery School family was the recipient of the Dr. Sheron Burns developmentally appropriate award.

Fun Day was postponed because of the half day on Friday June 28 for the DRV Edwards funeral and was held on Wednesday July 3.

The children all enjoyed themselves at the Blake’s Football Field.

The centres all had (or will have) a Concert and Moving on Ceremony.

With some obvious modesty, the head of the ECE department said, when asked how she would assess this year’s events, “I’m not sure that I would say that they were better, they were all successful. More positive comments were written in the Exhibition book this year than the previous years.”

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Bank of Montserrat Limited – Vacancy – General Manager

Bank of Montserrat Limited
P. O. Box 10
Brades, Montserrat, West Indies

The Bank of Montserrat is seeking qualified candidates with strong leadership qualities and diverse banking experience to fill the position of General Manager.

The successful individual will be responsible for the overall operation of the bank. In addition to a thorough understanding of all aspects of leading a bank, the successful candidate must have an equally good grasp of the technological and regulatory aspects of banking in today’s environment and beyond. He or she must be results-orientedd, focused on delivering on the key short term and long term strategic and operational goals of the bank. He or she will be the face of the bank both locally and through the diaspora. This individual will also be an excellent team leader being able to manage and motivate a diverse staff to ensure maximum productivity and professional development. Key to success will be having an excellent working relationship with the Board of Directors.

• Relevant working knowing of the ECCU banking sector
• Strong credit underwriting, recovery and loan administration
• Strong experience in investment management, securities trading, and structuring securities and brokerage service
• In-depth understanding of financial accounting, analysis and reporting
• Working knowledge of banking applications & digital platforms –Jack Henry suite of products, CRM, Alchemy, Yellowhammer, or equivalent systems
• Strong balance sheet management/asset liability management
• Experience in liquidity risk management and contingency planning
• In-depth knowledge and experience in treasury management
• Working knowledge of Enterprise Risk Management, AML &compliance programs.
• In-depth understanding of the regulatory environment, including the current and new regulations facing the banking industry
• Hands-on experience in preparing policy documents,writing/developing strategic plans etc.
• Experience working with and reporting to Board of Directors
• Human resource management

• Lead all aspects of the banking operations, including loans, IT, treasury management and investments.
• Ensure that the bank meets or exceeds both its short-term and long-term financial and operational goals.
• Research and present technological and other solutions that will ensure that the bank is operating at optimal efficiency.
• Ensure compliance with all financial, regulatory, compliance and/or operational standards, and guidelines.
• Be creative in developing promotions and campaigns to grow the bank loan portfolio
• Be the bank’s ambassador to its local and diaspora customers.
• Be a leading voice on Banking and Financial issues on the island and partake in or participate in discussions that may promote or defend the bank’s position on such matters.
• Maintain relationships with all key vendors and suppliers.
• Ensure that the bank is the “Go to bank” on Montserrat. This includes:
o a full suite of banking products and services that meets the needs of all our clients;
o ensure that the bank’ s pricing of its products and services are competitive;
o be an active leader in the community;
o ensuring that in-person and remote/online banking customers have a smooth and efficient banking experience;
o report to the Board and its various committees on a regularly scheduled basis or an as-needed basis;

Required qualifications and skills:
• Bachelors Degree in Banking or Finance
• MBA or Masters in Banking & Finance Preferred
• A minimum of 15 years in banking with 10 years at an executive level. Experience which must include bank operations, lending and investment management
• Ability to interact with all levels of individuals.
• Experience leading an indigenous bank strongly preferred
• Prior experience working directly with boards is essential.
• Experience with Core Director, Yellow Hammer, Alchemy, World Check, preferred.

Submit resume and cover letter to the Chairman Bank of Montserrat,

Application deadline is August 2nd, 2019.

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