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Ms. Malone and Judge Bannister on Queen’s Honour List

Ms. Cicily Icena Malone, Coordinator of the Territory’s Alternative Secondary Education Programme is on the 2017 Queen’s Birthday honour list; and is amongst 1,110 persons from various backgrounds in the United Kingdom who will be awarded at a later date.

In the list published on Friday 16th June it was announced that Ms. Malone is being honoured for her services to education, the community, and the church in the British Virgin Islands.

In addition to Ms. Malone this year’s list also includes another familiar name, Edward Alexander Bannister QC, former Judge of Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court Commercial Division. Mr. Bannister is being honoured for his services to justice in the Eastern Caribbean (via the Commercial Court based in Road Town).

His Excellency Governor John Duncan mentioned the honours during the Queen's Birthday Parade on 17th June. He noted that Ms. Malone will receive the award of "Member of the British Empire; while Judge Bannister will be awarded "Commander of the Order of St. Michael and St, George.

This year’s list of honours also includes Harry Potter author JK Rowling, Double Olympic rowing champion Heather Stanning, world-renowned musician Sir Paul McCartney of the Beatles, as well as chart toppers Ed Sheeran, and Emeli Sande.

Additionally the 2017 list also includes the policeman that died in the faceoff with the Westminster attacker outside Parliament; as well as the brave person that was killed trying to save MP Jo Cox.

At New Year or Her birthday Her Majesty honours persons who have made significant contributions and given exceptional services.

BVI Does Moment of Silence in Wake of London Bridge Attack

A moment of silence was observed here in the Territory on 6 June in solidarity with those affected by the London bridge terrorist attack in the United Kingdom that has so far claimed eight lives.

The brief silence was recommended by a caller to the Speak Out BVI radio program that was aired on ZBVI radio on Tuesday. The caller noted that the BVI is an Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom, and he bemoaned the terror attack that took place on 3rd June.

In asking that silence be observed the resident said: “This second for our mother country! We are true British patriots; can we have a moment of silence. We must have a moment of silence for those victims who did nothing wrong.”

In addition to claiming lives Saturday’s attack has left numerous persons injured. The country and the world is still stunned at the manner in which men wielding knives and one driving a van killed, and injured many innocent people within approximately eight minutes.

The June 3rd incident came swiftly on the heels of last month’s Manchester bombing which left 22 dead following a detonation at an Ariana Grande concert. It is also shocking that the recent incident resembles the March Westminster Bridge attack where a man also struck multiple persons with a vehicle and used a knife to kill five.

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