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New Governor arrives to a disgraced Public Service

…as departed Governor Pearce admits his own ‘poor’ governance

by Bennette Roach – April 1, 2022

Governor Andrew Pearce responding the question during his last press conference surrounding the Deputy Governor’s overpayment of her remuneration (2018-2022)

A Public Service in Disgrace

Outgoing Governor Andrew Pearce OBE just before he was ready to depart his failed tour of duty to the United Kingdom Government (UKG), and the Montserrat Government (GoM), must have gotten to a state where he somehow had to justify his many misleading if not ‘ignorant’ orations over untoward matters involving very senior public servants.

As Mrs. Sarah Tucker takes up duty as Governor of this British Overseas Territory, Montserrat, she must have been already aware that among the major challenges she will face in Montserrat, prime is centered around the whole machinery of government, the “Public Service”, to include the executive and its associates.

New Governor: Mrs. Sarah Tucker

This might appear on the surface simple to a newcomer but may not be that unfamiliar to her, based on pertinent information preceding her. It didn’t appear that way to Governor Carriere on her arrival. No doubt on advice from her predecessor who had revealed his sordid thoughts, and opinions of the public service hierarchy, she began speaking to and attacking issues, reporting disappointment on her achievement in the 12th month of her governorship.

Former Governor Miss Elizabeth Carriere, shares the guilt of disgrace (2015-2018)

Former Governor Carriere had said early enough: “So many people from both within and outside the public service have stressed this to me and expressed alarm at the current state of the service,” confirming the opinions expressed and published by TMR over and over again.” See: https://www.themontserratreporter.com/the-public-service-lacks-understanding-and-awareness/

Mrs. Tucker may be interested and pleased to take time soon and familiarise herself before she gets sucked in. https://www.themontserratreporter.com/empowering-excellence-in-public-service/

The background

There is a well-known saying, “A Fish Rots From the Head Down”.
About to leave, the Governor threw Mrs. Lyndel Simpson, the Deputy Governor, “under the bus”, even when he declared, his actions of calling for a review into her year-old ‘rumoured alleged financial misdeeds’ he said it was not his “intention… to throw the book at anyone or be unkind to anyone…”, going well out of the way to yet simplify what would be considered serious misconduct by his bosses.

Immediately following his arrival to Montserrat, at his “Swearing IN” ceremony at a special sitting of the Legislative Assembly he said, among many other things, he vowed, “…to do my part in making things better for the Montserratian community,

He paid tribute to his predecessor, Elizabeth Carriere, and the work she did in a number of areas. But in particular, “I applaud her,” on public sector reform through the Empowering Excellence Programme.

He declared, “A modern, motivated and efficient public service is a cornerstone and driver of a thriving economy and business environment in Montserrat.”

The problem she said: “… it really is also an attitude that the public service is a public service and we must carry out the right kind of service not just for Montserratians but also for people who are visiting Montserrat, so this is also an area of focus for improvement.”
It should be noted that the announcements were made during an “update on the initiative which is being undertaken through “Human Resource Transformation” project, (already) on stream for about four months.

Governor Pearce was to share these sentiments on his arrival but did nothing to carry on from where she left off.

Deputy Governor Mrs. Lyndel Simpson (2016 –

Enemy of Montserrat

In her (Carriere) last official function before leaving Montserrat on January 2, 2018, she confirmed the substantive appointment of Lyndell Simpson as Deputy Governor by means of effect from January 1 2017, which meant she served in the acting position for 13 months. She was initially appointed as Acting Deputy Governor on December 1, 2016, subject to a one-year probation period. At the end of that period, the Governor appraised Mrs. Simpson who immediately at the Governor’s departure as she noted, became “Acting Governor until the incoming governor arrives.”

All of the DG’s appointments were made in dispute of one or the other circumstance; including the current one, her third, which ends this year, since it runs from January 1, 2021. This last act could perhaps count as the most ‘disgraceful act’. That is so because it appears that the involvement with ‘money’ outranks ‘poor’ civil misconduct.

The Deputy Governor, having received a new three-year contract, on January 2, 2018, amidst unsavory whispers by dissatisfied public servants, because of actions already attributed to or about her, had already earned the early title of “Enemy of Montserrat”.
During her ‘probation’ year, in September 2017, Governor Carriere had obviously sanctioned the DG’s firing of the first head of the Project Management Office (PMO). “It was shocking news…he has been relieved of his duties,” was the

report. The unconfirmed information at the time was corrupt and disgraceful and involved several very senior government personnel to include the FS

Colin Owen, Financial Secretary

and at least one minister.

Among his initial achievements in the support of the Governments development agenda he had already put in place in a short space of time, new high-transparency, high-accountability frameworks for project, programme and portfolio management through world-class standards.

One witness to the action being conducted, described it as he was “frogged marched” by a very senior officer with a military background within the Ministry who demanded that he follow and leave his office in the Ministry of Finance.

Carl Gomersal head of the PMoffice

This action is popularly said to have set Montserrat back four years, and we consider her first serious disgraceful act. This gentleman fired “with no cause”, had come to be very highly respected because of his keenness to his duties and his great desire to see the work of his office bring results quickly for Montserrat. See: https://www.themontserratreporter.com/head-of-pmo-dismissed-without-cause-the-premier-laments/

He stressed, “It is through the support, work, creativity, and commitment of many other people, both inside and outside the public service.”

Governor Carriere’s duty cut short

It was less than a month later Governor Carriere would experience a call from TMR, “Governor Carriere should apologise to the Premier and Montserrat.” This we believe may have helped to bring about her early departure from Montserrat, three months later. See: https://www.themontserratreporter.com/governor-carriere-should-apologise-to-the-premier-and-montserrat/

Empowering Excellence private sector team (included two junior members of the public service at far rt of the front row)

Governor Carriere had faltered in her Power of Excellence drive. The decline was now in train although the Power of Excellence program continued highlighting on the way, the real need for change and reform.

That firing began a serious downhill impact. There was the Montserrat Transformation Program (MTP), critical to the all-around development of Montserrat. It was an approved Cabinet decision dated January 30, 2017, a little less than two years of the closure of MDC, which agreed: “…to endorse the development of Montserrat Transformation Programme by a cross-functional working group led by the Financial Secretary in the short-term, until the CEO of the Office of the Premier is recruited; and, that, (note) the Office of the Deputy Governor should be responsible for the structural changes of the transformation.” By the way that never happened, the DG saw to that, and to this day we have heard no word of the MTP being instituted.

Dr. Jocelyn Clarke-Fletcher

A chance to excel with the drive for the Power of Excellence, it was no surprise when by September, Montserrat had recruited Dr. Clarke-Fletcher who came to her post (reportedly overqualified). (See: https://www.themontserratreporter.com/another-key-govt-officer-exits/https://www.themontserratreporter.com/another-key-govt-officer-exits/

What ‘luck’! But that was to result in the second major disgrace of the DG’s management and this time under Governor Pearce, who had already shown a clear misunderstanding, or careless approach, to be mild, as to the workings of the DG’s office and his responsibility for the work of managing the public service.
Dr. Fletcher had been in the post for just about nine months. She emphasised, that, although it was with grave difficulty, (there are the records and other evidence that will show), she had been nothing but professional in carrying out her functions.

Unlike Gomersal, she didn’t wait to be ‘frog-marched’, she simply left. Only like Gomersal, spared the Government of Montserrat a lawsuit for ‘unfair dismissal.’
The Governor’s office releasing: “…Mrs. Cheverlyn Williams Kirnon replaces Dr. Jocelyn Clarke-Fletcher with whom the government of Montserrat severed its employment relationship on Wednesday Dr. Clarke-Fletcher…effective Wednesday, June 20, 2018,” This without comment from H. E. Governor Pearce. With no comment either from the Executive of Montserrat except for the whispers, we would learn later that they were not all on the same page, for reasons we will learn of later, although there had been a (published) hint from Governor Carriere, plus a measure of ignorance, which would have exacerbated the disgraceful actions.

But, how did it get to us being able to label Governor Pearce as a failure and leaving the public service in disgrace? He further enabled his ‘troubled’ deputy, who had just received her second term contract this time for three years (Jan 2, 2018 – Jan 2021) mere weeks before he began his tour of duty.

During this DG’s tenure, there have been posts unfilled and several officers, junior and senior, were either suspended or waiting for complaints and charges against them to be settled by the PSC and/or in the courts: there were appointments being made contrary to the advice and recommendation of the Public Service Commission.

With the complaints and whispers of public servants being suspended for years and months, some were dismissed on questionable grounds. There was swirling news of lawsuits. No wonder that Governor Pearce throughout and at the end, considered the DG’s job “tough and hard”, simply displaying an unbelievable and unacceptable sense of justice within the public service.
As these questionable, some challenged activities continued, her behaviour would hit rock bottom. Her actions were complained about and referred to by the President of the Montserrat Civil Service Association as, “atrocious, unprofessional and demeaning”; while the victim (third in command at the Human Resource department) referred to the loud verbal abuse she endured as, “appalling and unprofessional.”

This atrocity took place on October 16, 2019 at the Human Resource Management Unit where her third in command worked as the Director of the Unit. The Hon. DG Lyndell Simpson repeated her misbehaviour, approaching another parent at a supermarket (her reactions stemmed from school boy’s melee at school).

The president of the MCSA referred to both instances “as unprofessional and demeaning for a person holding such a high office (indeed any public officer) referring to clauses in the Public Service Code of Conduct, and Deputy Governor’s post duties and obligations. “See: https://www.themontserratreporter.com/governor-destructs-on-the-dgs-outrage/ and: https://www.themontserratreporter.com/deputy-governor-simpson-lands-in-scandal/

Governor Pearce’s dealings with the DG’s misdeeds culminating with that last ‘financial’ matter stands out, leaving the public service in ‘disgrace’, the mark of his tenure, with him at the head. He side-stepped questioning of what had become common that the DG without sanction (as it was rumoured, without sanction of any authority), she was receiving an increase in either salary or allowances, or both. The Governor at one point denied that this was so and like he did in every other situation.

Then this. In May last year, not long after approving her third and current contract, the Governor had told ZJB Radio, on the salary/allowance issue: “Those rumours (about the payments) are completely without foundation and they are malicious and they should be ignored; the Deputy Governor continues to have my absolute full confidence…in the important work she is doing in Montserrat.”

Incompetence or Corruption!?

https://www.themontserratreporter.com/empowering-excellence-in-public-service/
The Governor at his farewell press conference claimed he would be blunt and frank with the local media having to face, perhaps unsurprising to him, concerns on issues regarding the Public Service and its state in Montserrat.

At my turn I asked the question relating directly to the Deputy Governor’s obtaining for herself ‘salary, allowance, increase’ whichever of these, in whatever fashion and by whatever means the Governor noted, questions relating to this particular issue had been raised to him several times before. Indeed, he had previously dismissed the issue as mentioned above on more than one occasion.

He spoke in answer to the question for nine (9) minutes, although he had noted that he had spoken previously to or about this matter. It was in the seventh minute that he said this: “…I’ve asked for two reviews. I asked for one review, which didn’t to be honest, quite do the job. I want to be fair to people and so I think I’ve explained before that I’ve asked for another review … this time I’ve asked it to be done by a fully independent judicially trained individual and that is just starting… and it’s not intended to throw the book at anyone or be unkind to anyone…”
“Not only it’s just intended to sort out what was an unfortunate mistake not major sums of money involved… before I go, so I’ve briefed my successor…”, he said.

The book was thrown, not only to the DG, since in the meantime, he had highlighted either the ignorance, corruption, or both of the Premier who he noted: “… I’ve explained it to the premier, I’ve explained it in writing to the premier uh so he knows all that – because he obviously has to answer these things in parliament…”

It is in that and similar situations as the Governor alluded to, that we find the Premier complicit either out of ignorance or corruption as hinted earlier. His behaviour in answer to questions on the matter had been up to that time deplorable and suspiciously dishonest. Did the Governor give that information because he was aware of the Premier’s evasion of the matter in the Legislative Assembly, thus throwing him also under the bus?

In the nine-minute answer the Governor, rambling at times obviously simplifying the matter as he has in every situation that the DG did not behave dishonourably.

He said: “…the deputy governor’s job is a tough one, it’s a particularly tough one … somebody doing that job trying to keep this thousand people sort of happy and well run, cannot conceivably do it all in perfection every day themselves…”

He noted that the DG was already in post before he arrived – “…The DG’s been here for all of my time she was appointed before I arrived that appointment was approved by Lord Ahmed a British minister at the time on the basis of advice and I think she’s done a very good job…I think, is it three contracts in total, first contract then there was a one just as I was arriving and then there’s another most recent one for about two years until the end of this year so the three contracts for the DG…”

It is here that he showed the deliberateness of the action of the transaction. He noted, “…there were a few changes and there were changes around the margins of a contract to things like telephone allowance and this sort of thing a few small things of that sort not a major set of changes and entirely normal for people when they move from sort of I suppose you might call it almost a probationary type of appointment to fully fledged contracts it’s quite normal to have a few adjustments of that sort and almost everybody on the island has those sorts of adjustments.”
He said the following but noted he was repeating himself: “…clearly there were discussions my view was that it would not be right. I wanted to pay everybody more but my view is that it would not be right to pay the DG or any other senior member of the public service an increase…”

He continued, (we will publish elsewhere the full transcript, but he continued), stressing: “…it did not feel right to me to uh to give a salary increase and I didn’t and I didn’t approve one.
“For some reason, there was some sort of mistake made in the paperwork, misunderstanding, and uh I didn’t read all the details of dollars and pennies…”
The Governor admitted that ultimately there was some mistake on his part, at the same time showing up the fact that there is incompetence, slackness, ignorance, or just “dunceness” at the head down. “It’s not really for a governor, to be frank, to have to read all those things you… but I signed the letter of appointment without rereading and checking myself personally in detail…” (approval?).

Indeed! Where did the authorisation for that increase begin?

The Governor in the end says: “It seems within HR (Human Resource dept) that there was an appropriate level for that allowance and the DG was not at that level and therefore to be fair and consistent there shouldn’t have been an increase I didn’t spot it I wasn’t told about it and I didn’t approve it but it went through on that basis now to be fair to people somebody gets a contract they sign it in good faith they don’t know either they’re getting that contract they can assume I think that it was you know all reasonably uh approved and so on it went for six/seven months or so until it was brought to the attention of parliament quite rightly.

The Governor in the end shows that there might have been collusion, adding to the obvious incompetence that he heads.

The question one might ask who is the head of HR? Who is really responsible directly under the Governor and the duly appointed Premier?

We note that mentioned briefly here are just a few major acts that have been costly to the administration of the public service which is the engine of the Territory’s existence. There are numerous other disastrous actions that together leave a stench, from which the rot that we endure begins. A disgraced public service in operation since 2016 – and before!

Much to see how this new Governor Tucker conducts her governorship.

Governor Pearce’s last press conference (DG’s extra salary, perks, allowances begin 55:12 min…)

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ECCB rolls out DCash

by Bennette Roach – April 1, 2022

DCash and Montserrat

When Governor Timothy N.J. Antoine of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) boasted, “our digital currency DCash is the first monetary union in the world to launch a digital currency”, that was him speaking on Tuesday, December 7, 2021, at 2:00 p.m.

Just this month, the ECCB received two awards: The Central Banking 2022 Green Initiative Award for installing a solar energy farm at the Bank’s Basseterre headquarters and significantly reducing its carbon footprint; and the Best New Banknote Series award from Reconnaissance International; these two prestigious awarding authorities are based in the UK.

Last year, the ECCB received the CBDC Infrastructure Award at the FinTech & RegTech Global Awards hosted by Central Banking.  Bitt, the technology partner for the DCash pilot, was also named Central Banking’s 2021 Central Bank Digital Currency Partner. In 2017, the ECCB received the Action Learning award.  

The boast then was made on the occasion the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank’s (ECCB) Governor hosted in Dominica in a virtual launch, expressed his pleasure to be rolling out the DCash pilot to two additional member countries in the Commonwealth of Dominica and Montserrat. DBS Radio in the Commonwealth of Dominica and ZJB Radio in Montserrat provided live radio coverage of the day’s launch from 2:00 p.m.

“I’m delighted to welcome the commonwealth of Dominica and Montserrat to our DCash family, and I feel in a sense as if this being the Christmas season, that we’ve presented a gift to the people of Montserrat and Dominica, by presenting and launching DCash.

Governor Antoine Remarks at DCash Launch in the Commonwealth of Dominica and Montserrat

“Payments are the lifeblood of every economy,” the Governor said in his opening remarks.

In March 2021, DCash – the digital version of the EC dollar – was launched in four of the eight-member ECCU countries, namely Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, St. Christopher (St. Kitts) and Nevis, and Saint Lucia, then in August in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

After today’s launch, the remaining member country where DCash will be launched is Anguilla.

“The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank truly believes that the payment system should work for all, except for illicit actors,” Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, Mr. Timothy N.J. Antoine said, addressing the justification for creating the DCash Central Bank Digital Currency. “That means it must work for small states and small businesses,” the ECCB Governor added while noting that presently, “payments are too slow and too expensive.”

 So, how does this DCash work?

The free DCash (Digital Cash) app on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store enables users to send and receive money from their family members, friends, or customers who live in the same country or in any other Eastern Caribbean country where DCash has been launched. DCash transactions are processed in real-time, with no transfer fees during the pilot project.

DCash, which can be used with or without a bank account, is aimed at achieving three policy goals: payment system efficiency, financial inclusion of the unbanked and underbanked populations, and increased resilience and competitiveness in the ECCU.

The ECCB Governor explained. “All of these goals are aimed at boosting economic growth, but ultimately at propelling our agenda of socioeconomic transformation for the shared prosperity of the people of our Currency Union. That is always fundamentally what is at stake here – shared prosperity for the people we serve – and we believe that to do that, we have to transform the region, and DCash is an important instrument in what is really the bigger conversation about the buildout of a digital economy for our Currency Union,”

“Our single largest asset as a Central Bank is trust, and therefore we believe we have an obligation to leverage that trust to help build out the digital economy – and we locate DCash as an important advance in the ultimate digitalisation of our economy and society,” Governor Antoine also said.

Unwrap the Gift

In concluding his brief opening remarks the Governor by making the point: “… the fundamental value proposition of DCash is – faster, cheaper and safer. It’s faster than anything you will find on the market; it’s cheaper than anything you will find on the market and it’s safer than anything you will find. But our motivation is not to make a profit.

“This investment by your central bank has been done in your name and for you and the benefits to be derived are for you the people of our currency union. So our satisfaction will come from seeing people use the cash, and as a man of faith, and as I reflect in this Christmas season and this yuletide season I can think of a gift that has been given to us that which some of us have not yet unwrapped.”

“I’ll leave you to think about that and I will simply say to you DCash is a gift that has been presented to you please unwrap and use the gift.”

 The photo of the launch shows those in Montserrat who officiated in the rollout. They were Miss Maureen Estwick, Resident ECCB agent who gave the vote of thanks for the virtual event, Mr. Baldwin Taylor, Manager of Bank of Montserrat (BoM); Mr. Peter Queeley, Manager, St. Patrick’s Co-operative Credit Union (SPCCU); and, Mr. Manish Valecha, DCash Merchant, Agent, and End-user.

These, representing the two financial institutions and DCash agency in Montserrat, all gave brief accolades about the DCash product and its introduction.  Mr. Valecha in his brief, expressed his pleasure, lamenting he didn’t know how people managed to do business before and that “…DCash is here, faster, cheaper and safer way to pay for goods and services locally and regionally as well as ECCB is on its way providing social and economic activity through DCash…”

Mr. Queeley thanked ECCB for its foresight, efficiency, and inclusiveness, enhancing financial activity, adding: “…secondly, I wish to further congratulate the ECCB for having the wisdom and foresight to include small non-banking institutions such as the Credit Union in the participation in the rollout of DCash in Montserrat and indeed in the ECCU region…”

BoM Manager Mr. Taylor expressed being honoured to be a part of “this rollout of DCash! It fits right into the strategic objectives of Bank of Montserrat to make banking, more efficient, faster, and cheaper for our customers, fitting into the theme of DCash,” he said.

Deputy Premier of Montserrat, Honourable Samuel Joseph, representing the Government said of DCash: “…this digital revolution has the potential to raise the income level in the region… the OECS face numerous challenges, but our region will not be defined by the adversities but how we deal with them.

Minister of Digital Economy, Honourable Cassanni Laville, Commonwealth of Dominica at DCash Launch said at the virtual host site in Dominica, “We wholeheartedly embrace the launch of DCash, and I encourage merchants and consumers especially in Dominica and Montserrat and all the other participating countries to sign on and use this service. I have already done so and I must say it is easy to use.

When the DCash pilot project rolled out a year ago consumers signed up to use the new currency either through a participating financial institution or via an authorised DCash agent.

The ECCB rolled out DCash initially in Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, Saint Christopher (St Kitts) and Nevis, and Saint Lucia as part of the ECCB’s Digital Currency Pilot.

To learn more about the ECCB’s DCash pilot project, log on to www.dcashec.com and its Facebook page @DCashECCU.

https://www.facebook.com/DCashECCU/videos/455473186166908
DCash Launch Event – Commonwealth of Dominica and Montserrat

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15 Signs You May Have Already Had Covid-19, Doctors Reveal

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The Healthy

by Denise Mann, MS – Sept 22, 2022

TMR Editor: We maintain with the sanction and advice of super medical authority that much of what follows here, if observed early (and even now) and managed accordingly, Montserrat could have been the model of least affected by the pandemic.
See – the old saying still holds “Prevention is better than cure”. Vaccine eventually mentioned, (we caution -check the risks) but our experts still say, from the beginning, it is 100% a priority to become familiar with “you and your health – the best prevention…

Recently, you felt exhausted and had a major stuffy nose and headache. Could it have been Covid-19?

Most of us are aware of the history: the Covid-19 pandemic began in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in December 2019. Fast-forward almost three years, and in the second half of 2022, according to Johns Hopkins University, there have now been almost 600 million documented Covid-19 cases around the globe. This includes over 93 million confirmed cases in the U.S. and counting. More than one million people have died from Covid-19.

If you haven’t been diagnosed with Covid-19 by now, it might feel like you’re one of the lucky few. Or maybe, just maybe, you already had Covid and didn’t realize it because your symptoms were so mild. (This might have made any Covid-19 booster side effects worth it!)

If you have felt a little “off” in recent months but didn’t know quite what was going on, here are 14 silent signs that you may have been infected with Covid-19—and what that means for you now.

Have Acne, Eczema or Psoriasis? Know This About Your Monkeypox Risk, and a Doctor’s Prevention Tips

15 Signs You May Have Already Had Covid-19, Doctors Reveal
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Covid-19 sign: You’ve got natural antibodies

Matthew B. Laurens, MD, MPH, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, says no one is recommending routine antibody testing to see if you have had COVID-19 or have mounted a response to the COVID-19 vaccines at this time. However, these tests are available. “There is an antibody test that can tell you if you have been exposed to natural infection, and there is a different antibody test that looks at response to the COVID-19 vaccine,” Laurens explains.

Specifically, antibodies to nucleocapsid protein only appear if you have recovered from Covid-19, while vaccines and natural infection produce an antibody to spike proteins. “If you are positive for antibodies to the spike protein and negative for antibodies to nucleocapsid protein, you have been vaccinated, but not exposed,” he says—adding: “If you are positive for both, you have had COVID-19 and you may or may not have been vaccinated.”

There is still a lot research is discovering about antibodies, including how long they last and what level is considered most protective…or, for how long.

Covid-19 sign: You were feeling run down a few months back 

Fatigue is a common symptom—and lingering effect—of Covid-19. But for those of us with busy lives (that’s just about everyone!), sometimes it’s simply hard to tell typical tiredness from something more serious. “If you didn’t feel sick enough to consider getting tested, you could have had Covid-19 and recovered without an official diagnosis.”

Screenshot our infographic for handy reference anytime.

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Covid-19 sign: Brain fog

Changes related to the brain—undiagnosed or uncharacteristic depression, confusion or trouble focusing, as examples—are pervasive Covid-19 symptoms that haven’t gotten a great deal of attention. Read What Is Covid-19 Brain Fog—and How Do You Get Rid of It?

Covid-19 sign: Your fever and cough weren’t the flu

You had a fever for days, a hacking cough, and were exhausted, but your flu test was negative. It could have been Covid-19, says Adam Spivak, MD, an infectious disease doctor at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, noting that flu season and the Covid-19 pandemic overlapped.

In the past year, doctors have seen cases of flurona. “If you weren’t tested at the time or you were negative for other tests such as the flu, it could have been Covid-19,” Spivak says. “There is so much overlap with colds or flu and coronavirus symptoms, which is why testing for Covid-19 has been so emphasized.” (We’ve broken down the flu vs. coronavirus symptoms here.)

Covid-19 sign: You suddenly lost your sense of smell or taste

You’ve heard this: loss of sense of smell or taste is a hallmark of Covid-19 infection with earlier variants. What you may not know is that these symptoms are not a slam dunk by any stretch, says Benjamin Singer, MD, an assistant professor in pulmonary and critical care at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.

Covid-19 sign: Your hair is falling out in clumps

If you’re noticing hair loss, it could be due to a past infection with Covid-19, says Alexis Young, MD, a dermatologist at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey. “This phenomenon is known as telogen effluvium and occurs when physical or psychological stress causes hair roots to be pushed into a resting state prematurely,” she explains. “It’s not specific to Covid-19, but I am seeing lots more of it among people who are recovering from Covid-19, including some who may not have known they were infected in the first place.”

The good news is that your hair will likely come back. “Hair follicles aren’t permanently damaged with telogen effluvium,” this dermatologist says. “Shedding can continue up to six months, and full recovery can take up to 18 months because hair grows back so slowly.”

Covid-19 sign: You’ve got hives 

Post-Covid-19 hives are a phenomenon health professionals have observed, Young says. “We are also seeing viral exanthems, which is a skin rash that is often related to a viral infection after Covid-19,” she says.

These seem to be more common in children than adults and can even occur if you didn’t have any noticeable Covid-19 symptoms. These hives and rashes usually resolve on their own with judicious use of moisturizer or topical steroids, if the itch is particularly bothersome.

Covid-19 sign: Your loved ones were infected

If Covid-19 passed through your house taking no prisoners except you, it’s possible you were infected and didn’t realize it. Many people who are infected with this virus have mild or no symptoms, and Omicron reportedly produces even milder symptoms than other variants—especially among people who are vaccinated or boosted, says Dr. Len Horovitz.

Covid-19 sign: You just didn’t test at the right time

It’s possible you missed the infection even if you were tested, Horovitz says. “Any test you take is snapshot of the past 12 to 24 hours, and you can’t extrapolate from a single test,” he says. “Depending on when and how you tested, you may not have caught the infection.” At-home Covid-19 antigen tests aren’t that sensitive either, so you may have received a false negative.

Covid-19 sign: Your toes were affected

“Covid toes” can happen, Dr. Singer says. Covid toes are marked by purple or red, itchy wounds. “Skin manifestations, particularly of the toes, could be something that makes people who weren’t tested look back and say, ‘Was that a manifestation of Covid-19?'” he says.

He cautions that toes with this appearance aren’t a sure sign of Covid-19, as there could be other causes. If you have questions, talk to your doctor.

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Covid-19 sign: Your stomach was acting up

Covid-19 is a respiratory illness, but not everyone coughs or gets short of breath. For some, diarrhea may be the only sign of infection, Dr. Horovitz says.

If you have digestive symptoms such as diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting and were in contact with individuals infected with Covid-19, you should have a higher index of suspicion, he says. (Also, these remedies for diarrhea may help.)

Covid-19 sign: You had a stroke out of the blue

There’s a link between Covid-19 and stroke risk, even among younger patients. Here’s what doctors and researchers know so far about stroke risk and coronavirus.

Also, here are the warning signs of stroke, and what to do if you suspect a stroke.

Covid-19 sign: You woke up with pink eye

Pink eye infection, or conjunctivitis, may be a sign of coronavirus—but this has been relatively rare, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. If you develop pink eye, don’t panic. “Call your ophthalmologist to let them know and follow their instructions for care,” the Academy suggests.

Covid-19 sign: You’ve got cotton mouth

Is your dry mouth a symptom of Covid-19?

Maybe. As many as 40 percent of people with Covid-19 may experience symptoms of dry mouth during or after the illness, according to a study in the Journal of Dental Research. And now research in the journal Nature Medicine provides clues as to how Covid-19 affects the mouth and saliva.

Researchers from Wellcome Sanger Institute in Cambridge, U.K. and other organizations in the U.S. and U.K. identified the angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 receptor, or ACE2 receptor, in cells of the salivary glands and tissues lining the mouth. This is the protein that SARS-CoV-2 locks into for entry into the body.

They also found that the virus can multiply in the cells of your salivary glands.

Covid-19 sign: You’re experiencing “phantom smells”

Some people recovering from Covid-19 report that they constantly smell smoke, garbage, or even skunk-like odors that aren’t really there. These phantom smells tend to become more common over time, with recent figures suggesting that about 25 percent of people experienced these otherwise unexplainable smells soon after diagnosis, according to the preprint server medRxiv. (This information has not yet been peer-reviewed.)

How to prevent Covid-19 infection

There is still a huge role for prevention, Horovitz says. “Get vaccinated and boostered when you are able to,” he says. “Wear masks when inside public spaces and places and practice social distancing.” (Here’s why you still need to wear a mask indoors if you’re vaccinated.)

Also be sure to wash your hands with soap or water before, during, and after preparing food or eating. Also wash after caring for someone at home who is sick, treating a cut or wound, going to the bathroom, changing diapers, blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If a sink isn’t available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.

Next, find out who is at highest risk from Covid-19.

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Dreaded Side Effect Rears Its Ugly Head in Latest COVID Variant

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All over the world, the rates of death and hospitalization from COVID keep dropping. But our successful mitigation of the worst outcomes of the 33-month-old pandemic belie a growing crisis.

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More and more people are surviving COVID and staying out of the hospital, but more and more people are also living with long-term symptoms of COVID. Fatigue. Heart problems. Stomach problems. Lung problems. Confusion. Symptoms that can last for months or even a year or more after the infection clears.

As many as 21 percent of Americans who caught the SARS-CoV-2 virus this summer ended up suffering from long COVID starting four weeks after infection, according to a new study from City University of New York.

That’s up from 19 percent in figures the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in June.

Compare those numbers to the recent rates of death and hospitalization from COVID in the U.S.—three percent and .3 percent, respectively. Long COVID is by far the likeliest serious outcome from any novel-coronavirus infection. And possibly getting likelier.

The CUNY study, which is not yet peer-reviewed, focused on American adults, but the results have implications for the whole world. Globally, long-term symptoms are partially replacing COVID deaths. After all, more COVID survivors means more people at risk of long-term symptoms. And long COVID is cumulative—people get sick and stay sick for a while.

“Despite an increased level of protection against long COVID from vaccination, it may be that the total number of people with long COVID in the U.S. is increasing,” epidemiologist Denis Nash, the CUNY study’s lead author, told The Daily Beast. That is, every day more people catch long COVID than recover from long COVID.

But understanding long COVID, to say nothing of preventing it, isn’t a priority in the global epidemiological establishment. That needs to change, Nash said. “I believe it is long past time to be focusing on long COVID in addition to preventing hospitalizations and deaths.”

In recent weeks, authorities have logged around half a million new COVID cases a day, worldwide. That’s not quite as low as the 400,000 new cases a day health agencies tallied during the biggest dip in case-rates back in February 2021. But it’s close.

What’s really remarkable, however, is how few of those half-a-million-a-day COVID infections are fatal. Lately, just 1,700 people have been dying every day—that’s a fifth as many died daily in February last year when the number of new infections every day was only slightly greater.

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Hospitalizations for serious COVID cases are down, too. Global statistics aren’t available, but in the U.S., COVID hospitalizations dropped from 15,000 a day 19 months ago to just 3,700 a day now.

It’s not hard to explain the decrease in the death and hospitalization rates. Worldwide, around two-thirds of adults are at least partially vaccinated. Billions of people also have antibodies from past infections they survived. Every antibody helps to blunt the absolutely worst outcomes.

But the incidence of long COVID appears to be ticking upward. The high reinfection rate could be one reason. Currently, one in six people catches the virus more than once. Repeated infections come with the elevated risk of a whole host of problems that, not coincidentally, match the symptoms of long COVID, a team of scientists at Washington University School of Medicine and the U.S. Veterans Administration’s Saint Louis Health Care System concluded in a study this summer. The more reinfections, the more long COVID.

Crunching the numbers from back in July, Nash’s team concluded that 7 percent of all American adults—that’s more than 18 million people—had long COVID at the time. If the same rate applies to the whole world—and there’s no reason to believe it doesn’t—the global caseload for long COVID could’ve exceeded 560 million this summer.

That number is probably a lot higher now, considering the summer spike in infections resulting from BA.5—a million worldwide new cases a day in July.

One thing that surprised Nash and his teammates is that the risk of long COVID isn’t uniform across the population. Young people and women are more likely to catch long COVID, the CUNY team found. Nash said the higher vaccination rate among older adults and seniors could explain the former. But the latter remains a mystery. “Further study of these groups may provide some clues about risk factors,” he said.

Why there’s a sex gap in long COVID risk is just one unanswered question that scientists and health officials could be trying to answer. They could also be working up new vaccine strategies and public-health messaging specifically for long COVID.

But by and large, they’re not doing much to address the risk of long-term symptoms, Nash said. Nearly three years into the COVID pandemic, authorities are still overwhelmingly focused on preventing hospitalizations and deaths—and only preventing hospitalizations and deaths.

“Exclusively focusing on these outcomes could arguably make the long COVID situation worse,” Nash explained, “since there is a substantial amount of long COVID among people that have only had mild or less severe SARS-CoV-2 infections.”

In that sense, long COVID is a silent crisis. One that affects potentially more than half a billion people, but which isn’t a major focus of research or public health policy. “It’s certainly valuable to save lives, but quality of life is very important, too—and that can be lacking in people who have long COVID,” Cindy Prins, a University of Florida epidemiologist, told The Daily Beast.

We’re not powerless to prevent long COVID, of course. The same tools that can prevent hospitalization and death from COVID can also reduce the likelihood of long-term symptoms—all by lowering the chance of any COVID, short or long. Get vaccinated. Keep current on your boosters. Mask up in crowded indoor spaces.

But given the trend in SARS-CoV-2’s evolution, long COVID could become a bigger and bigger problem even among the most careful people—and a problem begging for specific solutions. The virus is still mutating. And every new variant or subvariant has tended to be more contagious than the last, meaning more and more breakthrough infections in the fully-vaccinated and boosted.

If you’re currently up to date on your jabs, the chances of COVID killing you or putting you in the hospital are low. But the chances of it making you sick, potentially for a very long time, are substantial—and apparently getting higher.

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Is this the end of COVID?

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Is this the end of Covid?

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WHO gives most upbeat assessment yet of the global battle against the virus

The end of the global Covid-19 pandemic is “in sight”, said the World Health Organization (WHO), after data revealed that worldwide weekly deaths are at their lowest level since March 2020.

In the week to 11 September, there were just under 11,000 Covid deaths, according to the WHO’s website, the lowest level since the UK entered its first national lockdown two years ago. And in the UK the number of infections has dropped to its lowest level “for nearly 11 months”, said Sky News.

WHO director-general000000000000 Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said: “We have never been in a better position to end the pandemic – we are not there yet, but the end is in sight.

“We can see the finish line, we’re in a winning position. But now is the worst time to stop running. Now is the time to run harder and make sure we cross the line and reap the rewards of all our hard work.”

He added: “If we don’t take this opportunity now, we run the risk of more variants, more deaths, more disruption, and more uncertainty. So let’s seize this opportunity.” 

This is the UN agency’s “most upbeat assessment” since it declared Covid-19 an international emergency in January 2020, said Reuters. But it has warned that the virus remains an “acute global emergency” and highlighted that during the first eight months of 2022 more than a million people died from Covid-19.

The latest data

According to data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), around 944,700 people in private households are estimated to have had coronavirus in the week to 28 August. This represents the lowest UK total since the week to 2 October 2021, when the number was 942,600.

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In the week ending 2 September, there were 8,868 deaths in England and Wales, of which 314 mentioned “novel coronavirus”, accounting for 3.5% of overall deaths, said The Guardian.

The paper reported that infections “hit 3.8m in early July this year during the spread of the Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants”, but these figures have been “on a broadly downward path in recent weeks”.

What drove the summer wave?

The summer wave was fuelled largely by new Omicron variants, BA.4 and BA.5, the ONS said.

Danny Altmann, a professor of immunology at Imperial College London, told The Guardian that Omicron is “poorly immunogenic, which means that catching it offers little extra protection against catching it again”.

“This suggests that even if you had Omicron during the Christmas and New Year’s wave, it is still possible that you will catch the virus again,” The Independent reported.

Another factor was “pandemic fatigue” leading to less cautious behaviour which, combined with the end to restrictions, meant people who had previously avoided Covid were more likely to catch it over the summer months.

Autumn booster campaign

While the summer wave of Covid-19 infections seems to have peaked, “another wave is anticipated in the autumn as people move inside with the colder weather”, said The Guardian.

As a result, an autumn booster campaign will offer another vaccine dose to: adults aged 50 and over; those aged five to 49 with health conditions that put them at higher risk, including pregnant women; care home staff; frontline health and social care workers; carers aged 16 to 49; and household contacts of people with weakened immune systems, said the BBC.

As well as Covid, The Guardian reported that “public health officials fear flu may bounce back hard and early this year, given the experience in Australia, making vaccinations for both flu and Covid a high priority in the autumn”.

Vaccine progress

In more welcome developments, trial results have suggested that Moderna’s new Covid-19 vaccine is five times better at boosting antibodies than its original jab.

The pharmaceutical firm said early clinical trials showed that the next-generation jab produced 9,500 units of antibody in vaccinated individuals compared to a maximum of 1,800 units with an original booster jab.

The company’s chief medical officer told The Telegraph that the new vaccine could boost a person’s antibodies to such an extent that a booster may only be needed annually.

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Premier of Montserrat issues press statement on Queen’s passing

PRESS STATEMENT

As the Premier of the British Overseas Territory of Montserrat, I have been officially advised of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Second.  She died peacefully this Thursday afternoon at her official residence in Scotland. 

Following this announcement, I have ordered that the Montserrat flag be flown at half-staff.

We are all deeply saddened to learn of the Queen’s passing.  During her seventy-year reign as Queen of the Commonwealth, Her Majesty has been a source of strength and inspiration to all within her realms.  Today is indeed a sad day for all of us as we mourn her passing.

Her son and Heir to the Throne, His Royal Highness Prince Charles, has been proclaimed King.  Montserrat looks forward to fostering a close relationship with The King and The Queen Consort.

On behalf of the Government and people of Montserrat, I extend deepest condolences to His Majesty King Charles The Third and the extended Royal family.  Our thoughts and prayers are with them and all the people of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth.

Hon. Joseph E. Farrell

Premier

8th September 2022

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Governor Tucker issues Statement on the death of Queen Elizabeth II

September 8, 2022

The Statement from Her Excellency the Governor, Sarah Tucker

“To the people of Montserrat.

It is with great sadness that I confirm Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, passed away peacefully earlier today, at Balmoral castle surrounded by her family. Our Queen for 70 years, for many of us the only Monarch we have known. The sense of duty, devotion and service to us all will never be forgotten.

Just three months ago, we celebrated the Platinum Jubilee here in Montserrat. We shared then fond memories of her visits here as our Head of State.

I know I join all of Montserrat in sending our condolences to the Royal Family as they mourn the loss of their mother, and grandmother.

I pledge my continued loyalty to the King and Queen Consort

The Queen was an inspiration, loved across the world, and will be greatly missed.

Tomorrow Friday 9th September at 8am, there will be a 96 Gun Salute in honour of Her Majesty the Queen at the Little Bay Cricket Ground.

All of Montserrat are invited to attend.

A Condolence Book will be available at the Governor’s Office from 10am tomorrow morning.

Those in the Government Service are asked to dress appropriately during this period of mourning.

As Governor, and supported by the Government, Judiciary and Church, I expect to make a Proclamation of our new Monarch, at Salem Cricket Ground on Sunday at 8:00 am.

The final timings for these events will be confirmed. We welcome any Residents or Visitors who wish to attend.

The Premier and I will travel to London to attend our late Monarch’s funeral to represent the people of Montserrat.

Further information will be issued by the Governor’s Office.”

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Passing of an ‘Era’

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

September 8, 2022

BRADES:

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.

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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.

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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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