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Premier of Montserrat issues press statement on Queen’s passing


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


8th September 2022

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

Commissioner declines to state RVIPF’s involvement in Fahie probe

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

BVI Police Commissioner Mark Collins

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

New Premier Wheatley with BVI Governor Rankin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Boris Johnson faces fight for political life: Tory MPs want NEW PM by Autumn

BORIS Johnson will have to fight for his political life if the Tories suffer disastrous local elections this week.


Fear: Boris Johnson

Conservative foes of the Prime Minister want to see a leadership election with a new Prime Minister in place in time for the autumn party conference. Tories fear they will lose control of a raft of councils in London and that councillors across the country will be ousted from their seats. A poor result would likely lead to letters being sent to the 1922 Committee in an attempt to unseat him as leader, it was warned.


Mr Johnson’s opponents in the party want him to face a confidence vote before recess starts on July 21 so a leadership election can be held and a new PM installed in time for the autumn party conference.

A bullish Mr Johnson defended the Tories’ record in local government and fired a new salvo in the so-called culture wars, saying: “The choice on May 5 is clear. Labour and Lib Dems who fritter away your council tax on deciding which statues to tear down or Conservatives, delivering value for money and delivering on your local priorities.”

Conservative hopes of avoiding disastrous results may well hinge on whether Mr Johnson can persuade Tory-leaning voters not to make a protest vote or sit the election out.

A Conservative MP warned: “It’s voter apathy that’s going to be the killer this time, it really is.”

Mr Johnson put the focus on street-level issues, saying: “The elections next Thursday matter. People are voting for councillors and councils who decide how often bins are collected, how many potholes are repaired and how much council tax is paid.”

He claimed “Conservative councils on average fix four times as many pestilent potholes as Labour councils” and said they “recycle more of your rubbish than Labour too”.

Conservative party chairman Oliver Dowden boasted that Tory councils charge the “lowest council tax in the country” and blasted rival parties, saying: “Woke lefties running Labour and Lib Dem councils obsess about changing street names while leaving councils like Labour-run Croydon bankrupt.”

Decisive: Sir Keir Starmer
Decisive: Sir Keir Starmer (Image: GETTY)

Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said: “When Sunday Express readers go to the polls this week I hope they will elect hard working local Conservatives who have a proven record of managing money well, delivering high quality local services, and who support good local jobs.”

The raft of local elections taking place on Thursday are held against the backdrop of the cost of living crisis, with both the Conservatives and Labour rocked by allegations of breaking Covid restrictions.

Labour last week admitted that Angela Rayner, the party’s deputy leader, was at an event where Sir Keir Starmer was filmed drinking a beer.

Conservative MP Richard Holden has asked Durham Police to reconsider its assessment that no offence was committed during the April 30 event last year.

Shadow education secretary Bridget Phillipson yesterday said Mr Holden should “know better than to waste police time on this nonsense”. Mr Holden accused Labour of hypocrisy for suggesting investigating concerns about Covid breaches is a waste of police time “when it’s all we’ve heard from them for months”.

Former Conservative chief whip Mark Harper, who called for Mr Johnson to step down after he received a fixed penalty notice for attending a birthday celebration in No 10, expects the council elections may be a “mixed bag” and “inconclusive” but said: “Before the summer recess, all my Conservative colleagues should have enough information to make a decision on who they want to lead us into the next general election.

“Do we stick with an uncertain course led by someone who is making good and decent Conservatives across the country defend the indefensible? Or do we get a new team in place to lead a revitalised Government, focused on Conservative priorities who will treat the electorate with respect?


“We have a large majority, it’s time we started to use it properly to deal with the country’s challenges using Conservative principles.”

Another leading Conservative critic of Mr. Johnson said the “general view” now was that Mr. Johnson should face a confidence vote if councils are lost. They said a leadership contest over the summer with a new PM in place in time for the autumn conference was the “logical timetable”.

A Conservative MP warned that the Tories could face “annihilation” in London, the Home Counties and “Lib Dem-facing seats”.

However, they were wary of staging an election for a new leader, saying: “I think a leadership contest is by its nature at least a three-month contest. It’s going to be a massive distraction from some fairly big issues at the moment.

“I’m not sure the public will thank us at the end of it, when probably at least half of voters will be no happier with a new Prime Minister than they are with the old one.”

A further concern is that a raft of cabinet ministers would throw their hats into the ring and look “more focused on a leadership contest than on Ukraine, rebuilding the NHS or whatever else they are supposed to be doing”.

Another Conservative MP who represents a seat in the so-called “red wall” of former Labour constituencies acknowledged how the party mood could turn against the PM after a bad night.


They said: “[When] MPs start having their own membership, activists, councillors, or maybe recently former councillors after next Thursday, on at them, I’m not sure how quickly the mood might turn. [I] think the emotional impact for people who have been working really hard to make gains or hold seats in some of these tougher areas and get trounced, that’s going to be very hard to swallow for some people.”

Conservative insiders are braced for attempts by Mr Johnson’s internal critics to oust him in the wake of bad results but are in no doubt that he will fight to stay.

A source said: “The PM is not going anywhere. He will fight on.”

However, a party insider did nothing to play down the scale of the challenge facing the Conservatives.

They said: “We are expecting it to be a tough night for us. We are 12 years into government…

“London is looking very tough for us. Places like Barnet and Wandsworth and Westminster are looking very, very difficult for us to hold.”

High profile victories in London will boost the spirits of Labour supporters but the party will look for signs that under Sir Keir Starmer’s leadership it is winning back voters it lost in 2019. Failure to score major successes outside London could trigger renewed criticism about his strategy.

The Tory insider said: “We do expect [Labour] to do well in London and probably take some councils off us but the test will be how’s he doing in areas of the Midlands and the North that they lost in 2019.”

They said: “[When] MPs start having their own membership, activists, councillors, or maybe recently former councillors after next Thursday, on at them, I’m not sure how quickly the mood might turn. [I] think the emotional impact for people who have been working really hard to make gains or hold seats in some of these tougher areas and get trounced, that’s going to be very hard to swallow for some people.”

Conservative insiders are braced for attempts by Mr Johnson’s internal critics to oust him in the wake of bad results but are in no doubt that he will fight to stay.

A source said: “The PM is not going anywhere. He will fight on.”

However, a party insider did nothing to play down the scale of the challenge facing the Conservatives.

They said: “We are expecting it to be a tough night for us. We are 12 years into government…

“London is looking very tough for us. Places like Barnet and Wandsworth and Westminster are looking very, very difficult for us to hold.”

High profile victories in London will boost the spirits of Labour supporters but the party will look for signs that under Sir Keir Starmer’s leadership it is winning back voters it lost in 2019. Failure to score major successes outside London could trigger renewed criticism about his strategy.


‘Germany’s white elephants’ Scholz torn apart as ‘complex’ tanks may be USELESS to Ukraine.

Horror as Putin’s men rape girl, 14, and leave her pregnant in ‘systematic’ Bucha attack‘Forgive us!’

Putin shamed as Russian soldiers write prayers in Ukraine

Russia dealt major blow as Ukraine forces obliterate Putin’s crafts off Snake Island – VID

Mariupol troops ‘soaking up a huge amount of Russian combat’ as Ukraine defence continues

Putin’s evil knows no bounds: Russian troops kidnap paramedics on way to Mariupol bombing

Putin could declare World War 3 in days in final push to defeat Ukraine, Ben Wallace warns

Putin on brink as Russian army ‘may not survive in Donbas’ amid struggling invasion

POLL: Is Germany doing enough to support Ukraine after sending potentially useless tanks?

Putin ‘to face coup’ after men blow chance in key battle ‘The Russians have fizzled’

Volodymyr Zelensky refused to leave Kyiv as Russian assassination squads entered capital

Bandaged British ‘mercenary’ captured in Ukraine paraded on Russian state TV

Germany’s white elephants’ Scholz torn apart as ‘complex’ tanks may be USELESS to Ukraine

Horror as Putin’s men rape girl, 14, and leave her pregnant in ‘systematic’ Bucha attack

Forgive us!’ Putin shamed as Russian soldiers write prayers in Ukraine

Russia dealt major blow as Ukraine forces obliterate Putin’s crafts off Snake Island – VID

Mariupol troops ‘soaking up a huge amount of Russian combat’ as Ukraine defence continue

Putin’s evil knows no bounds: Russian troops kidnap paramedics on way to Mariupol bombing

Putin could declare World War 3 in days in final push to defeat Ukraine, Ben Wallace warns

Putin on brink as Russian army ‘may not survive in Donbas’ amid struggling invasion

POLL: Is Germany doing enough to support Ukraine after sending potentially useless tanks?

Putin ‘to face coup’ after men blow chance in key battle ‘The Russians have fizzled

Volodymyr Zelensky refused to leave Kyiv as Russian assassination squads entered capital

Bandaged British ‘mercenary’ captured in Ukraine paraded on Russian state TV

The Tory insider said: “We do expect [Labour] to do well in London and probably take some councils off us but the test will be how’s he doing in areas of the Midlands and the North that they lost in 2019.”

Comment by Guy Opperman, Minister for Pensions

One month ago the Sunday Express helped us launch our campaign to boost the number of people getting Pension Credit. Thanks to its support we’ve seen an increase in the numbers visiting our online Pension Credit calculator.

But we’re not stopping tere. Pension Credit can be worth over £3,300 a year for those over State Pension age and on a low income. It also opens up access to other support.

Over the coming months we’ll be going all out to raise awareness of Pension Credit and showing how easy it is to claim. And we want Sunday Express readers to keep helping us too.

We are calling on everyone with retired family and friends to encourage them to check if they qualify and help them make a claim if they do.

With rising costs, it’s never been more important to make sure that people are receiving all the support they can get.

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Bowel Regularity: A Barometer of Health

Bowel Regularity: A Barometer of Health

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Your Colon: The Toxic Waste Disposal Unit Of Your Body

Bowel regularity may not be a topic typically talked about at the dinner table or a cocktail party, but most people are actually somewhat obsessed with it. And with good reason: The state of your gastro-intestinal tract (as well as the quality and quantity of its output) is a great barometer of the health of your body. 

“The GI tract is a processing unit that metabolizes all of the nutrients you take in and eliminates all of the body’s waste, explains Dr. Amy Foxx-Orenstein, president of the American College of Gastroenterology. “What comes through it is reflective of how well or how ill the body is.”

What Constitutes Irregular Bowel Movements?
“Normal” is on average one bowel movement a day, usually in the morning, according to Andrew Rubman, ND, medical editor of Daily Health News. However, everyone is different, and two or three bowel movements per day is also normal.

Consistency is the real test of normalcy. If day-to-day you have roughly the same number of bowel movements, no discomfort, and the size, texture, and color of the stool are consistent, then you’re likely fine. If, on the other hand, you are not consistent on a regular basis, then there is a potential problem.

• Step 1 Drink plenty of water. Most people who suffer from constipation are dehydrated.
• Step 2 Eat a high-fiber diet. Fiber is an important element in promoting healthy digestion.
• Step 3 Avoid dehydrating liquids such as soda and alcohol.
• Step 4 Start an exercise program. Studies show that regular exercise can prevent constipation.
• Step 5 Consider a Probiotic supplement to regulate the digestive tract. Lack of friendly bacteria promotes a state of constipation.

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Russia after Ukraine? Involving who!

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Colin Powell dies at 84

‘Don’t feel sorry for me,’ Powell said as the end approached

‘Don’t feel sorry for me,’ Powell said as the end approached

By Bob WoodwardToday at 9:34 p.m. EDT

Colin Powell dies at 84

As death approached, Colin L. Powell was still in fighting form.

“I’ve got multiple myeloma cancer, and I’ve got Parkinson’s disease. But otherwise I’m fine,” he said in a July interview.

And he rejected expressions of sorrow at his condition.

“Don’t feel sorry for me, for God’s sakes! I’m [84] years old,” said Powell, who died Monday. “I haven’t lost a day of life-fighting these two diseases. I’m in good shape.”

0:00/0:40Colin Powell to Bob Woodward: “Don’t feel sorry for me”

Over 32 years beginning in 1989, after the U.S. invasion of Panama, I conducted about 50 interviews with Powell, who was the first Black chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the first Black secretary of state. The last interview was a phone call, three months ago on July 12, for 42 minutes and recorded with Powell’s agreement.

Of his visits to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, he said, “I have to get all kinds of exams and I’m a former chairman, so they don’t want to lose me, so they make me come there all the time. I’ve taken lots of exams and I get there on my own. I drive up in my Corvette, get out of the Corvette and go into the hospital. I also go to a clinic to get the blood tests taken. I don’t advertise it but most of my friends know it.”

Colin L. Powell, former secretary of state and military leader, dies at 84

We quickly switched to defense issues and foreign policy. I asked him about President Biden’s decision to withdraw all U.S. troops completely from Afghanistan.

“I thought we had to get out of there eventually,” Powell said. “[We] can’t beat these guys. Well, let’s get it over with. Afghanistan, you’re never going to win. Afghans are going to win.

“They have hundreds willing to fight and die for this country of theirs. That’s why I don’t have any problem with us getting out of there. We can’t go from 100,000 [U.S. troops] down to a few hundred and think that’ll prevail.”

At one point during our phone call, Alma Powell, his wife, called to him.

“Hang on a minute,” he told me. “I’m on the phone, Alma!” he said, shouting back to her, and then in a whisper he added, “She never liked me talking to you, but here we are.”

In Powell’s memoir, “My American Journey,” he recounted how he and I had talked in 1989. He wrote in his book that my story in The Washington Post the next day “was not inaccurate, but neither was it helpful.”

He added, “I continued dealing with Woodward, though Alma warned me to handle with care.”

His thoughts on Afghanistan were among several ruminations on current foreign policy issues.

“How does anybody think that North Korea would find a way to attack us without us destroying them the next morning,” he said, “How can anyone think equally of Iran. Iran and North Korea cannot be our enemies because they cannot stand the results of such a conflict. We’re going to be terrified of these people? No. Would they dare?”

“But sometimes you get a leader who’s suicidal,” I said.

“True. True . . . The Chinese are not going to let us start a war with North Korea. They love North Korea. They want North Korea. I don’t. North Korea doesn’t bother me. Let the little jerk [Kim Jong Un] have his parades and what not. He’ll never try to attack us because he knows it would be assisted suicide.”

“And I felt the same way about Iran. I felt the same way for the most part about Russia. They can’t afford it. They’ve got [145] million people. We’ve got 330 million people.”

We returned to one of the defining moments in his life and discussed how the Persian Gulf War had taken only 42 days. The ground war component lasted only four days before President George H.W. Bush declared a cease-fire. The U.S. and coalition forces overran Kuwait and southern Iraq, destroyed Saddam Hussein’s army, routed the Iraqi Republican Guard, dictated the terms of peace and killed tens of thousands of Iraqis. Kuwait was liberated. American casualties were 137 killed in action and seven missing in action.

“That’s close to it,” Powell said. “Had another couple hundred killed in accidents.”

Overall, given the low American casualties, he said of the war, “I’m so proud of that I can’t see straight.”

Powell continued, “Before the ground war started, I went to a White House meeting and pulled [Secretary of Defense Richard B.] Cheney and the president aside. And I said, ‘You know, I got to tell you about something, the ground [war] is about to start.’

“ ‘And I need to warn you a little bit, that when we lose an airplane, it crashes and I lose one guy. If they hit a tank, you’ll see four burning guys come out of it and you will see terrible things in ground war that you will never see in air war. So be prepared for that and be prepared to respond to it and defend us when we’re in ground war.’ I didn’t know it was going to be as easy as it was or as well-prepared as it was. And they took that seriously.”

Iraq War role was a stain on Powell’s record — one he openly said he regretted

I mentioned that in a journalism class I teach, one of the students asked, “What does the truth accomplish?”

“This is scary,” Powell said. “You just scared the hell out of me if this is what our kids are saying and thinking. Where are they getting it from? Media?”

President Donald Trump was not reelected, he noted, “but Trump refuses to acknowledge that he wasn’t reelected. He has people who go along with him on that.”

What about the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol?

“It was awful. He was going in there to overturn the government.”

I asked Powell, “Who was the greatest man, woman or person you have ever known? Not . . . a leader, not necessarily, but the inner person. You know, the moral compass, the sense of propriety, the sense of the truth matters. Who is that in all of your life? Who?”

“It’s Alma Powell,” he said immediately. “She was with me the whole time. We’ve been married 58 years. And she put up with a lot. She took care of the kids when I was, you know, running around. And she was always there for me and she’d tell me, ‘That’s not a good idea.’ She was usually right.”

Claire McMullen contributed to this report.Updated October 18, 2021

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Vaccine mandate in Montserrat! Really?

As you read the article in this re-post which may be longer than its norm, but necessary because of what it portrays or inform, and previously posted, would you think for a bit:

We first brought this pandemic information to you in January, followed in February along with warnings and advice on how to prevent the ‘virus’ from reaching Montserrat. We at the same time presented early (WHO, etc.) safety and protected measures.

The Montserrat authorities by mid-March 2020, corruptly ignored these messages and reportedly pretended that this was just a passing situation. What followed came what turned out to be the extreme of at best of times poorly handled ‘protocols’ and late avoidance (‘safety’ measures which otherwise carefully or sensibly thought out could have made Montserrat, ‘COVID-19 free’ thru June – September.

What we would like to present here is how many of the persons tested as positive from mid-March were in fact confirmed to be a case; a report of the treatment given on the numbers of those who showed symptoms; the number of those who eventually after being sent home to isolate, ended up (“for treatment”) at the hospital, and what treatment was administered.

We have been dutifully shown the various charts of positives, etc. and recoveries, etc., but we really do not know the numbers of those positives were really COVID-19. (See other articles on this matter)

We would like to know, (a report be issued) issued on how many people died between February and present. The number of those persons who received the ‘COVID-19 vaccine’! And whether any of those persons had tested positive previously or after receiving the vaccine.

 So now, we come to the vaccine and the corrupt efforts to have sick and well, immune or building immunity to the virus, after instilling fear to access it. On the way, we are told by the authorities instructively that the vaccinated does not guarantee inability to contract and transmit the virus to anyone. (Hence the rush to advise the vaccinated to continue wearing masks and observe all safety all protocols). That under the guise of course of further protecting themselves from contracting from the unvaccinated, rather then transmitting it.

(In very simple terms) Roughly our understanding is that the vaccine contains the virus that allows the body to build “resistance” against the virus. The result is that you can get reactions like COVID-19 symptoms and you can get sick (but not seriously, also adverse events, such as dying). The claim is that this happens to an “acceptable” percentage of people because the risk for this outweighs the benefits.

Why should that not be left to every individual to choose? Instead, it is mandated – that MUST be WRONG, taking those simple TRUTHS aforementioned. It is why the matter will end up in the courts, with the less able to do, will cause damage to come.

This reaction is similar to what is happening all over the world where ‘mandates’ are enforced.

Vaccine mandate results in teacher shortage – Antigua Breaking News

Masks, school closures only increase fear of COVID-19 in students, says doctor – Cayman Compass

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8 Whole Grains That Can Help Prevent or Manage Type 2 Diabetes

Adapted: for the Diabetic (and the would-be diabetic). Something for everyone – follow the links.

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The 8 Best Whole Grains for Type 2 Diabetes | Everyday Health

Making the switch from simple to complex carbs can help stabilize your blood sugar, rev weight loss, and prevent heart disease.

Moira Lawler

By Moira LawlerMedically Reviewed by Lynn Grieger, RDN, CDCES Reviewed: October 29, 2020

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Whole grains, including buckwheat, bulgur, and quinoa, are packed with fiber.
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Scientists have long known that an important step in preventing and managing type 2 diabetes is replacing refined, simple sugars in the diet with more complex sources. One of the main reasons is that complex carbohydrates lead to better blood sugar management compared with refined grains, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). Refined grains, which can be found in foods including white rice and pasta, tend to result in surges in blood sugar, or glucose, shortly after eating — and energy crashes a little while later. On the other hand, complex carbohydrates such as whole grains (brown rice and whole-wheat pasta) take comparatively longer to digest, which results in a steady release of glucose into the bloodstream.

RELATED: Small Increase in Whole Grains, Fruits, and Veggies Cuts Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Why? In part, because whole grains are good sources of fiber, which helps slow the absorption of glucose, according to the Cleveland Clinic. “A simple carb, meaning no fiber, that’s going to break down really fast and go right into the bloodstream,” says Joelle Malinowski, RD, a certified diabetes care and education specialist with Ellis Medicine in Schenectady, New York. “Fiber takes more time to digest, so it slows down the digestion of the carbohydrate and gives you better blood sugar control during the day.”

Most whole grains have a moderate glycemic load (GL), which measures a food’s impact on rising blood sugar, with low being the least likely to lead to sudden spikes, according to Harvard Health Publishing. A GL of 20 and up is considered high, between 11 and 19 is considered medium, and 10 or less is low, per Oregon State University.

RELATED: How Do You Tell the Difference Between Good and Bad Carbohydrates?

Kimberly Rose-Francis, RDN, a certified diabetes care and education specialist based in Sebring, Florida, says whole grains can also help with weight control. Weight management is top of mind for people with type 2 diabetes since overweight and obesity increase the risk and makes the disease more difficult to manage. According to a review published in September 2018 in Nutrients, consuming 60 to 90 grams (g) of whole grains per day (or about two or three servings) was associated with a 21 to 32 percent risk of type 2 diabetes, compared with those who ate whole grains never or less frequently.

What’s more, a diet filled with fibrous whole grains promotes a healthy heart, Malinowski says. According to a meta-analysis published in 2016 in The BMJ, whole-grain intake was associated with a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease. That’s important because adults with type 2 diabetes are 2 to 4 times more likely to die of heart disease than adults without diabetes, according to the AHA.

Here, explore eight types of whole grains that could help with type 2 diabetes prevention and management. Rose-Francis recommends swapping them in for refined grains in your diet. When you’re just starting out, be sure to monitor for signs of gastrointestinal distress and always talk with your doctor before making any major changes to your diet, Malinowski warns.

1 Brown Rice

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study published in Archives of Internal Medicine showed that eating five or more servings of white rice each week led to an increased risk of diabetes. Conversely, consuming just two servings of brown rice each week led to a lower risk. And it’s as easy as it sounds: The data indicated that replacing roughly one-third of a daily serving of white rice with brown rice would lead to a 16 percent reduction in overall type 2 diabetes risk.

Brown rice has a medium GL of 16, according to Oregon State University. A ½-cup serving has 39 g of carbs and is a good source of magnesium, with 60 milligrams (mg) for 14 percent of the daily value (DV) and 2 mg of niacin for 10 percent of the DV, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Magnesium helps regulate muscles and nerve function, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels, making it a worthy choice for anyone managing diabetes as well, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), while niacin is a B vitamin that keeps the nervous system, digestive system, and skin healthy, according to the Mayo Clinic.

RELATED: Why You Might Need More Magnesium if You’re Managing Type 2 Diabetes

2 Bulgur

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Diabetes experts speculate that other whole grains such as bulgur wheat could play a similar role in the diabetes diet when eaten in place of simple, refined carbohydrates. In fact, the researchers behind the Archives of Internal Medicine study theorized that replacing white rice with whole grains could possibly lower the risk of diabetes by as much as 36 percent. A 1-cup serving of cooked bulgur is an excellent source of fiber, with 8.19 g for 32 percent of the DV, and has 33.8 g of carbs, according to the USDA. It has a medium GL of 12, according to Oregon State University.

3 Oats

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Oats are a food that is high in fiber and hence can control blood sugar levels,” Rose-Francis says. They’re a popular whole-grain choice for someone managing diabetes because they’re easy to include in your breakfast routine. According to the USDA, ½ cup of cooked oatmeal in the morning counts as the equivalent of 1 ounce of whole grains. That serving has 14 g of carbs and about 2.5 g of fiber for 9 percent of the DV, according to the USDA. A systematic review and meta-analysis published in December 2015 in Nutrients analyzed 14 controlled trials and two observational studies, and the authors concluded that oat intake significantly reduced A1C levels, fasting glucose levels, and cholesterol among people with diabetes.

Oats have a medium GL of 13, according to Oregon State University. Just go for steel-cut or rolled oats over instant if you can. “Instant ones are more processed, and the more processed, the less fiber there is,” Malinowski says.

RELATED: The Best Oatmeal for People With Type 2 Diabetes

4 Buckwheat

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By choosing buckwheat flour instead of regular white flour for baking, you can get a big boost to your soluble fiber content, an important consideration in a diabetes diet. “One of the most important qualities of soluble fiber is its ability to help regulate blood glucose levels,” says Steven Joyal, MD, author of What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Diabetes and chief medical officer for the Life Extension Foundation based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. “It slows the rate at which glucose is metabolized and absorbed from the intestines.” A small study published in December 2016 in Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences found that eating a breakfast with buckwheat improved glucose tolerance through lunchtime.

According to the USDA, ¼ cup of buckwheat flour — baked goods can be a great way to enjoy this whole grain — has 3 g of fiber for 11 percent of the DV, 1.44 mg of iron for 8 percent of the DV, and 22 g of carbs. Buckwheat has a medium GL, and a slice of buckwheat bread has a GL of 13, according to the University of Sydney

5 Farro

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This ancient grain looks a lot like brown rice and has a nutty flavor, according to the Mayo Clinic. It can be prepared like risotto and is easy to add to stews, casseroles, and salads, according to Michigan State University Extension.

It’s loaded with nutrients, including fiber, iron, protein, and magnesium. Iron promotes growth and development and helps the body make hemoglobin, which delivers oxygen to all parts of the body, according to the NIH.

A ½-cup serving of cooked farro has 7 g of fiber for 25 percent of the DV, 7 g of protein, and 37 g of carbs, per Bob’s Red MillErin Palinski-Wade, RD, a certified diabetes care and education specialist based in Sparta, New Jersey, says farro has a glycemic index of 45 and therefore has a medium GL of 13.5.

RELATED: 8 Healthy Carbs for People With Type 2 Diabetes

6 Quinoa

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Quinoa, another versatile food that Webb recommends as a delicious side dish, may be new to your menu. Although quinoa is commonly thought of as a whole grain, it’s actually a highly nutritious seed that is high in protein and fiber. A 1-cup serving of quinoa has 39 g of carbs, 5 g of fiber for 18 percent of the DV, and 8 g of protein, according to the USDA. Quinoa has a medium GL of 13, according to Oregon State University.

Dr. Joyal explains how fiber from quinoa and whole grains can help. “Fiber adds bulk to your diet, so it helps you feel full and more satisfied,” he says. “You are less likely to overeat.” And appetite control is important to keep you on a calorie-conscious diabetes diet. Try mixing quinoa into rice to help you get used to the taste, Malinowski says.

RELATED: More Evidence Suggests Whole Grains May Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes


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7 Wheat Berries

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Wheat berries are actually just whole, unprocessed kernels of wheat, and they’re another tasty whole grain that Webb recommends for people on a diabetes diet. You can make all kinds of dishes with this versatile grain — cook them as a side dish, serve them for breakfast as you would oatmeal, and top with a sprinkling of nuts and berries, or toss them into your salads for a nutty accent.

Wheat berries have a medium GL of 11, according to Oregon State University, and a ¼-cup serving contains 33 g of carbohydrates and 5 g of fiber for about 18 percent of the DV, according to Bluebird Grain Farms.

8 Barley

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Fiber’s also the main benefit of barley for people with type 2 diabetes. One cup of pearled, cooked barley features 6 g of fiber for about 21 percent of the DV and 44 g of carbs, per the USDA.

study involving 20 participants that was published in September 2015 in the British Journal of Nutrition found that eating bread made of barley kernels for three days at breakfast, lunch, and dinner led to improvements with metabolism, insulin sensitivity, and appetite control as well as decreases in blood sugar and insulin levels. The researchers said the effects were due to barley’s fiber content increasing the number of good bacteria in the gut and releasing helpful hormones.

Pearled barley has a medium GL of 12, according to Oregon State University.

RELATED: 7 Healthy Meal Tips for Type 2 Diabetes


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“Losing patience” with the unvaxxed vs playing with the fire of “leaky” vaccines

Contribution 128/‘21 # 20)

Have we put the cart before the horse with this pandemic, as leaky vaxxes can trigger the rapid spread of more dangerous strains? (And so, back to the value of Ivermectin.)

BRADES, Montserrat, September 12, 2021 – It is clear that some health authorities and governments across the Caribbean and wider world are beginning to “lose patience” with the not vaccinated. Such are widely viewed as misinformed, as idiotic,[1] stubborn, led by armchair instigators, as a dangerous source of spreading the pandemic, even as irresponsible and antisocial. Street talk and social media buzz show that some here in Montserrat are catching the impatience fever. We need to cool down the temperature and show why effective treatments such as Ivermectin are a key strategy.

Marek’s Disease in Chickens, a model for immunity escape
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For, there is a Marek’s Disease Virus[2] shaped reason why Pfizer’s CEO recently touted his bright shiny new pill and finally publicly admitted that “Success against #COVID19 will likely require both vaccines & treatments.”[3]For, here in Montserrat, across the region and the world, we are playing with the fire of “leaky,” “non-sterilising” vaccines.

The case of Marek’s Disease Virus in chickens – yes, chickens – tells us why.

Andrew F Read et al. let the cat out of the bag,  in PLOS Biology, back in July 2015[4]:

“Vaccines that keep hosts alive but still allow transmission could . . .  allow very virulent strains to circulate in a population. Here we show experimentally that immunization of chickens against Marek’s disease virus enhances the fitness of more virulent strains . . . . When vaccines prevent transmission, as is the case for nearly all vaccines used in humans, this type of evolution towards increased virulence is blocked. But when vaccines leak, allowing at least some pathogen transmission, they could create the ecological conditions that would allow hot strains to emerge and persist . . . [W]e report experiments with Marek’s disease virus in poultry that show that modern commercial leaky vaccines can have precisely this effect: they allow the onward transmission of strains otherwise too lethal to persist. Thus, the use of leaky vaccines can facilitate the evolution of pathogen strains that put unvaccinated hosts at greater risk of severe disease.”

The article also notes that:

“Efficacy and mode of action are key. If [a] vaccine is sterilizing, so that transmission is stopped, no evolution can occur. But if it is non-sterilizing, so that naturally acquired pathogens can transmit from immunized individuals (what we hereafter call a “leaky” vaccine), virulent strains will be able to circulate in situations in which natural selection would have once removed them . . .” 

It is of course obvious that local, regional and international officials recognise that the major Covid-19 vaccines (including the AstraZeneca used in Montserrat) are “non-sterilising.” That’s why the vaccinated have continued to be tested and quarantined. That’s why they must still wear face masks and do social distancing etc. That’s why it is admitted they can catch and infect others with the disease, though it is believed that the vaccines reduce the intensity of the disease. And, it is why, with Delta strain on the loose, we see significant numbers of cases where the “fully vaccinated” are becoming seriously ill or worse with Covid-19. So, again, as a recent report on Israel (which is now pushing third jabs) noted[5]:

“As of 15 August, 514 Israelis were hospitalized with severe or critical COVID-19 . . . 59% were fully vaccinated. Of the vaccinated, 87% were 60 or older. “There are so many breakthrough infections that they dominate and most of the hospitalized patients are actually vaccinated,”  says Uri Shalit, a bioinformatician at the Israel Institute of Technology (Technion) . . . “One of the big stories from Israel is:

‘Vaccines work, but not well enough.’” [“A grim warning from Israel: Vaccination blunts, but does not defeat Delta” Science Mag dot Org, August 16, 2021.]

In short, those who are “losing patience” with the unvaxxed have put the cart before the horse and are sliding into blaming the victim.

It was obvious from the beginning that the major anti-Covid-19 vaccines were “leaky” or “non-sterilising.” The researchers, regulators, and officials all knew that. We can take it to the bank that they knew about the Marek Virus evidence, that leaky vaxxes can turn the vaxxed into reservoirs for more dangerous, more infectious, fast-spreading strains than would naturally have come about. So, we know one reason they are desperate to get everyone jabbed, they fear a  truly lethal breakout strain, let’s call it Delta-plus. But we are not locked up in such a dilemma. There is the Ivermectin-based treatment option that should have been vigorously pushed as the treatment arm of our pandemic strategy for many months now.

But, someone following the WHO-FDA talking points,[6] may say, there’s no scientific evidence of that.

False, irresponsibly, destructively, inexcusably false, with lives on the line.

For one example, here are Omura et al from Japan, in a review article published in March this year[7] – yes, six months ago:

 “As of the 30th  of January 2021, a total of 91 trials in 27 countries has been recorded at these registration sites. There are 43 trials in phase 3 and 27 trials in phase 2, along with 17 observational studies. This includes 80 trials being conducted for therapeutic purposes and 11 for the purpose of preventing the onset of disease in close contacts and healthcare professionals. Furthermore,  by the 27th of February, the results of 42  clinical trials,  including approximately 15,000 patients (both registered and unregistered studies) have been subjected to a meta-analysis after exclusion of biasing factors. It was found that 83% showed improvements with early treatment,  51%  improved during late-stage treatment, and there was an 89% prevention of onset rate noted. This confirms the usefulness of ivermectin. Since it is a meta-analysis based on 42 test results, it is estimated that the probability of this comprehensive judgment being a mistake is as low  as one  in  four  trillion.” [The Japanese Journal of Antibiotics 74-1. Ivermectin emerged from research done in Japan.]

Investors and gamblers would salivate over an opportunity to bet with odds of four million, millions to one in favour of success. That is far more than adequate, robust scientific evidence to allow physicians to prescribe Ivermectin as a preventative, as a treatment to stamp out early-stage Covid-19, and even as part of protocols for seriously ill patients.[8] Those who have pretended otherwise have done the world a grave disservice.

It is time for a fresh conversation and a fresh approach to taming the pandemic before it becomes an even more destructive immune escape monster, say, Delta-plus. That is going to require that we back away from the WHO-FDA talking points and recognise the evidence for and legitimacy of treatments based on repurposed, proved medications such as Ivermectin.


[2] See

[3] See

[4] See PLOS Biology

[5] TMR see also 

[6]See FLCCC point by point response

[7] See JJA

[8] See

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