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By Howard Fergus

Howard Fergus


(For DRV Frank Edwards)

You spent a good time at the crease

and piled up valuable runs for Montserrat

in the real estate economy,

where we made millions

to the applause of the pavilion;

and you helped to build a local bank

to store them in

in seasons of inclement weather. 

You made valuable runs in parliament also,

gliding the ball skillfully through slips

and silly mistakes for four;

and after twenty-eight innings,

we still wanted more, but short of breath,

you got run out

after you had given the game heart and soul,

pulling the island out of the hole

with a captain innings,

and frankly, written your name

in gold, in the Montserratian Hall of fame.

We hail your entry into the pavilion,

the final time, lifting up your bat,

lifting up your bat in a sign of victory,

hoping to meet you beyond that emerald sea.

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Commemorating Her Majesty the Queen’s 93rd Birthday, and the usual awards


The parade to mark the celebration of Her Majesty the Queen’s 93rd Birthday 2019 in the 67th year (Sapphire Jubilee + 2) of her reign took place at the Salem Park on (Whit) Monday, June 10, beginning promptly at 8.00 a.m.

The parade brought together most, if not all of the uniformed bodies on Montserrat with visiting units from Antigua and St. Kitts and Nevis Defence Force, that came out and put on a good showing, although officials and commentators thought that the crowd did not match.

The usual Guard of Honour was drawn from the ranks of: Two Units from the Royal Montserrat Defence Force (RMDF); One Unit from the Royal Montserrat Police Service (RMPS); One Unit from the Antigua and Barbuda Defence Force (ABDF); One Unit from the St Kitts and Nevis Defence Force (SKNDF); One Unit from the Royal Montserrat Police Service, and the Montserrat Secondary School (MSS) Sea Cadets; and One Unit from the MSS Cadet Corps (MSSCC).

The parade’s armed guard was joined by the following organisations: Montserrat Fire and Rescue Service; Her Majesty’s Prison Service; Boys and Girls Brigade; Girls Guides; Brownies; Red Cross Fist Aiders; and Seventh Day Adventist Path Finders.

The parade fell-in with the lead flags of the Royal Standard, the Union Jack and the Montserrat Flag, with featured flags, the RMDF Unit Flag, the RMPS Unit Flag and the MSSCC Unit Flag.

The Antigua and Barbuda Police Band and the RMDF National Marching Band provided the musical accompaniment for the parade, under the command of Capt. Peter W A White, OBE ED. Assisting the Commander – the Platoon Commanders – Capt. Colin H T Fergus, ED, Lt. Glenroy W Foster, RMDF, 2nd Lt. Darion Darroux, RMDF, Inspector Keniel Murrain, RMPS, Lt. Robert Labadie, ABDF, Lt. Gerald Connor, SKNDF, Inspector Courtney Rodney, RMPS, Cadet CSM Darius Lewis, MSSCC.

On invitation Her Excellency Ag. Governor Lyndell Simpson followed by Hon. Premier Romeo inspected the Parade, at the end returning to the Dais to await the Featuring of the Unit flags for the Montserrat Armed Guard on Parade, followed by the March Pass of the troops in slow and quick time, while the band played the appropriate music.

After marching through the ranks; the bearer of the Ensigns (Flags) accompanied by the guards and the RABPF Band did March Pass H.E. the Acting Governor. First the armed guard in slow time and then quick time as the other uniformed bodies.

The Royal Salute followed by the Feu – De – Joie (Fire of Joy), the drill of loading and firing the rifles there was the playing of the national anthem, followed then by Three Cheers to Her Majesty the Queen on order of the Parade Commander White.

The parade is brought back to order and Her Excellency, the Acting Governor then presented medals and awards as per the list here attached.

After the playing of few bars of the national Anthem the Ag. Governor leaves the parade, followed by the playing of the territorial song when the Premier then also departed.

The parade then left the parade ground marching through Salem Village centre to the Salem Police Station where the Parade Commander handed over the parade back to the Parade Sergeant Major, who issue final instructions and dismiss the parade.

Participants of the parade then partook of refreshments awaiting the return of the Ag. Governor to give the Loyal Toast.

List of Awardees

In accordance with Part 2 of the Efficiency Decoration and Efficiency Medal Regulations, the following soldiers will be awarded as follows:

Royal Montserrat Defence Force –

Efficiency Medal

1st Clasp – 18 Years of Service

 Acting Warrant Officer Class One Barry A.C. Williams

 Sergeant Deverson Semper

 Corporal Oswald West

 Lance Corporal Carlton Smith

Award of Medal – 12 Years of Service

 Corporal Carmencita Duberry

 Private Alison Richards

In accordance with Section 2 of the Colonial Police Long Service Medal Regulations of the Police Act Cap 10.01 the following Officers will be awarded as follows:.

Royal Montserrat Police and Fire Service

Second Clasp – 30 Years of Service.

 Superintendent of Prison Bennet Kirwan

 Inspector Ottley Laborde

First Clasp – 25 Years of Service

 Inspector Derona Chelsea Semper

Colonial Long Service Medal – 18 Years of Service

 Fire Fighter James Adams

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Frank Edwards dies

DRV Edwards, his official name as the headline of article below shows is another Montserrat icon who has left this live, making four such within the past year, three of whom were legislators

Another legend gone: Edwards’ death continues tough year for Montserrat

By EDWIN L. MARTIN – June 8, 2019

DRV ‘Frank’ Edwards

D.R.V. “Frank” Edwards, known mostly for his involvement in cricket and real estate, passed away Friday, June 7, 2019.

For the third time in the past four months, Montserrat is mourning the loss of a mega-figure. Franklyn Edwards, who impacted real estate, sports, politics and several other areas on the island, died Friday night in Florida after a long illness. He was 81 years old.

In early February, Montserrat lost former scholar, musician and social engineer Dr. George Irish; two months later, former government minister Margaret “Annie” Dyer-Howe passed away. News of Edwards’ passing prompted an outpouring of condolences on social media, with many people sharing stories of how Edwards mentored or assisted them.

Known for his quiet demeanor, strong leadership skills and trademark bald look, Edwards made his biggest impact in sports and real estate. After graduating from the Montserrat Secondary School in the early 1950s, he began working for Montserrat Company, which held a virtual monopoly in real estate and agriculture on the island. Montserrat Company was started in 1857 by Joseph Sturge, patriarch of the powerful Sturge family. The company was renamed Montserrat Real Estate Company (MORECO) in 1961.

During an interview in 2017, Edwards spoke about how he once held the title of Comptroller (financial officer) and later managing director. In the 1960s and ’70s, Montserrat underwent a real-estate evolution that saw expansion of areas such as Richmond Hill, Foxes Bay, Isles Bay and Old Towne. Edwards and MORECO were heavily involved in those developments.

Edwards was also a standout cricketer and cricket administrator. He played for Montserrat from the mid-1950s to mid-1960s — usually as captain — when the team featured other stars such as batsman Kingsley Rock and fast bowler George Edwards. A top-order batsman and part-time bowler, Edwards also captained the Leeward Islands team in 1955 and later played for Combined Islands, including a first-class match against the touring India Test team in 1962 in St. Kitts.

“He was a person you can easily deal with. He never argued. I learned a lot from him. It was an honor to work with him.” –— Alfred Christopher, longtime friend and colleague of Franklyn Edwards

In the 1970s he became one of the most powerful cricket administrators in the Caribbean. Already president of the Montserrat Cricket Association, he was elected president of the Leeward Islands Cricket Association, replacing Calvin Wilkin of St. Kitts. That post gave him a crucial seat with the West Indies Cricket Board and heavy influence over player selection. Edwards once spoke about how he had to navigate the fine line of fielding the best Leeward Islands team possible but also lobby for Montserrat cricketers. In February of 1973, Leeward Islands played a warm-up match against the Australian Test team in Antigua. Four of the 11 Leewards players on that squad were from Montserrat: Jim Allen, George Allen, Alford Corriette and Vendol Moore.

Franklyn Edwards was born Daniel Rudolph Valentine Edwards on September 12, 1937. He grew up in the heart of Plymouth in Water Lane, an area nicknamed Boobie Alley. “Franklyn is my jumbie name,” he said smiling during a 2017 interview when asked about his many names. His father, Freddy Edwards, was a butcher. His mother Margaret, affectionately known as “Nenen”, was a housewife.

In 1962, Edwards was a member of the Montserrat Jaycees that organized the first official year-end festival. The other members included Cedric Osborne, Bertrand Osborne, Kenneth Allen, Kenneth Cassell and Sir Howard Fergus. Edwards later served as president of the Jaycees. He was also known for his long association with the Endeavour Club and its cricket team.

In 1964, Edwards married Eileen Tonge. They had three daughters: Beverly, Sharon and Dawn. The couple would have celebrated their 55th anniversary in July.

‘Franklyn’ DRV Edwards

Frank Edwards is pictured on September 27, 2012 at the Cultural Center in Montserrat during a tribute to retiring umpire Basil Morgan. Photo credit: The Montserrat Reporter

Alfred Christopher, who knew Edwards since they were teenagers and worked alongside him while both were with the Montserrat Jaycees, says Edwards was one of the greatest leaders he ever met.

“He was a person you can easily deal with,” Christopher says. “He never argued. If he had something to tell you, he would say it and that would be the end of it. I learned a lot from him. It was an honor to work with him.”

In his later years Edwards ran a successful real estate company and also served as chairman of Bank of Montserrat. He also had a stint as Speaker of the Legislative Assembly. On March 16, 2016, Edwards was presented with the Order of Excellence medal during the National Awards for his distinguished service and contribution to the development of Montserrat.

“He was always a very unassuming, quiet person,” said Cedric Osborne, who knew Edwards for more than 60 years and served with him on the board of Montserrat Electricity Services (MONLEC) for more than a decade. “We used to play a lot of tennis together. He was a fantastic friend.”

Edwards is survived by his wife Eileen, daughters Beverly, Sharon and Dawn, brother Arnold in Canada, and several grand children.

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New polymer notes now reality in ECCU

ECCB polymer notes

ECCB Governor Timothy N.J. Antoine


By Bennette Roach

East Caribbean Currency Bank (ECCB) Governor Timothy N.J. Antoine announced in April, that the much touted new ‘polymer notes would be launched in June this year. It was then on May 29, 2019, the launch was celebrated via the still being upgraded video-tele conference to members in the East Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) and hosted by the Governor from the ECCB agency office in Grenada.

At the launch the Governor announced that the rollout will begin with the $50 notes placed in circulation immediately in June.

These will run concurrently with the existing paper notes during the transition phase. The $10, $20 and $100 polymer banknotes are scheduled for launch in September 2019, while the five-dollar banknotes will be launched in September 2020.

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Not so fast though for Montserrat. The Governor explained that there will be a delay owing to a substantial stock of paper notes present in the Montserrat market which is also the case in the Anguilla market. As a result there is no need for the supply of the new notes until these markets see a decrease in the $50 notes.

During the live stream event Governor Antoine in his address informed that the new notes are of a higher quality and has advanced features compared to the old paper notes.

“Compared to paper notes, polymer notes are cleaner,” he said. They are resistant to dirt and moisture – more secure – they have advanced security features which make them harder to counterfeit – more durable as they last at least, three (to five) times longer than paper notes and more environmentally friendly,” he informed.

“The switch to polymer necessitated some changes to the designs of the notes in respect of technical and security specifications. However, even with these new design elements, we were careful to maintain a degree of familiarity for ease of use,” Antoine stated.

Governor Antoine also revealed that the new notes will also have a new design feature which will make it easier for persons with visual impairment to identify the notes. He said, “Very importantly, we have incorporated a feature [raised bumps] to make it easy for the blind and visually impaired to handle their money and their business.”

Additionally, a holographic foil strip has been introduced as an anti-counterfeiting feature on the $20, $50 and $100, which are most susceptible to counterfeiting.

The ECCB Governor explained that, “The circulation of the new notes will be phased. As unfit paper notes are returned to the Central Bank and our current inventory of paper notes is depleted, they will be replaced by polymer notes…Therefore, as a practical matter, the public ought to expect that both paper and polymer notes will be in circulation at the same time. They are both legal tender.”

At the beginning of his address, the Governor no doubt anticipating the very familiar question about the status of the EC$ said: “I hereby confirm that our EC dollar is strong. As of Friday, 24 May, 2019, the backing ratio was 98.4 per cent.”

“More importantly,” he continues. “our foreign reserves continue to grow and now total US$1.75 billion.”

The motivation for the move from ‘paper’ to ‘polymer’, he noted:  “Simply put, to enhance the security and usability of our EC notes.”

Earlier boasting that the ECCB is the first Central Bank in the region to move to polymer notes, he said: “To maintain trust and to stay ahead of counterfeiters, our Central Bank has a duty of care, indeed an obligation, to continually upgrade our notes. But our motivation is also personal.”

That he explained arose out of , “…I have had fishermen and vendors lament to me, their inability to get value for their notes after they were soiled or torn.  These stories have affected me.  I have asked myself how can our Central Bank help ensure that these hardworking folks get full value for their hard-earned money?  I believe polymer will greatly ease this hardship,” he said.

“From an economic standpoint, polymer notes are more cost-effective than paper,” he explained further, noting, “Although polymer notes are more expensive to produce upfront, their extended lifespan means that the notes are replaced less often.”

He concluded: “Consequently, there will be a reduction in transportation and handling costs thus reducing the overall cost of cash for the ECCB, commercial banks and credit unions.”

Then came the announcement: “Today, we unveil the first note in the EC family of notes – the EC$50,” describing as he immortalises his predecessor, “This new note bears the image of our late, great Governor, the Honourable Sir K Dwight Venner who served from December 1989 until November 2015.  Once again, I hail the colossal contribution of my illustrious predecessor. 

He said the new design features also include the signature of the current Governor, adding as well that the new notes also sport a portrait orientation design, which is a move away from the current landscape orientation of the paper notes.

“In conclusion, today is, indeed, a happy occasion for our Currency Union – your new notes are considerably better hence the tagline of our public education campaign: cleaner, safer, stronger.  Moreover, they are aesthetically pleasing.  Above all, they are a symbol of regional accomplishment,” the Governor beamed as we watched him on the video screen at the agency office at Brades.

See the following videos about the polymer notes:

EC Polymer Notes: Design and Features –  

https://youtu.be/H8yC8W4bdQ4?list=PL8ouir-JT8-x0-L8OJ480Ov1Wxtes1lXn

EC Polymer Notes – Cleaner, Safer, Stronger – https://youtu.be/51sOA-W0NWQ?list=PL8ouir-JT8-x0-L8OJ480Ov1Wxtes1lXn

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Former FIFA Vice president loses challenge to his extradition to United States

Former FIFA Vice president loses challenge to his extradition to United States

by staff writer

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Jun 11, CMC – The Court of Appeal Tuesday dismissed a judicial review by former international football official, Austin Jack Warner, challenging his extradition to the United States where he is wanted on charges of fraud arising out of a Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) bribery scandal.

Warner, a former government minister, had earlier appealed the ruling by High Court judge James Aboud, who had dismissed the claim for judicial review.

Austin Jack Warner (File Photo)

Warner had challenged the process by which the extradition proceedings against him were being carried out and sought to quash the authority to proceed (ATP) which was signed in 2016 by Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi.

The ATP gave the magistrate the green light to begin committal proceedings. Warner also challenged the legality of the Extradition (Commonwealth and Foreign Territories) Act, and the treaty signed between this country and the US.

But in dismissing the latest claim, the three-member Appeals Court, stayed the magisterial proceedings for 21 days pending an application by Warner for permission to argue his case at the London-based Privy Council, the country’s highest and final court.

In the 40-page written decision, the Court of Appeal comprising Justices Gregory Smith, Prakash Moosai and Andre des Vignes said the extradition treaty had not been shown to lack conformity with the Act and there was no merit in Warner’s case that the US order which declared that country as a declared foreign territory was not valid.

“Therefore, the pending extradition proceedings in respect of the appellant before the magistrate are valid,” the Court of Appeal ruled, adding that “there was no denial of justice in the issuance of the ATP by the Attorney General”.

Warner, who is on TT$2.5 million (One TT dollar=US$0.16 cents) bail, was indicted by US authorities over allegations of racketeering, wire fraud and money-laundering conspiracies spanning 24 years.

Warner, who served as FIFA vice-president for several years, is charged with 12 offences related to racketeering, corruption and money laundering allegedly committed in the jurisdiction of the United States and Trinidad and Tobago, dating as far back as 1990.

But Warner claims the case against him is politically motivated and accuses the United States of seeking revenge because it lost to Qatar in its bid to host the 2022 World Cup.”

He surrendered himself to police here on May 27, 2015, after learning of the provisional warrant.

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Regional fight against corruption to be discussed at “anti-corruption” conference

Regional fight against corruption to be discussed at “anti-corruption” conference

by Staff Writer

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands, Jun 3, CMC – Heads of anti-corruption agencies and government integrity commissions from across the Caribbean part of the Commonwealth are meeting here  this week to discuss the fight against corruption.

The conference, being held for the first time here, comes   five years after the government passed but failed to implement its own legislation to deal with corruption in public office. 

The theme for the fifth annual conference of the Commonwealth Caribbean Association of Integrity Commissions and Anti-Corruption Bodies (CCAICACB) is “Transforming Words into Action: Revitalising the Fight Against Corruption”.

Panel discussions will cover corruption in sports, modernising legislative frameworks, the investigative battle against corruption and new technologies to combat corruption. 

“I believe we all have a lot to learn and share in both the development and implementation of meaningful and effective strategies for controlling corruption,” said the Chairperson for the Commissions for Standards in Public Life (CSPL) Rosie Myles. 

“Attendees comprise delegates from anti-corruption units from Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos, as well as from the host country, the Cayman Islands. Others include representatives from the Commonwealth Secretariat, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, National Integrity Action Jamaica and the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland,” said Myles.

The conference is sponsored by the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Cooperation, the Commonwealth Secretariat, CSPL and the Cayman Islands Government.

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