Aug 3, 2015 8:00 am
Seventeen months ago, a Malaysian airliner left at night on a routine flight to China from Kuala Lumpur and was never seen again.
In the history of aviation, there have been many instances when, for some reason, planes simply went missing during flight. However, what unfolded on this occasion has baffled experts around the world, and to this day the matter is unresolved.
To begin with, aviation today is still classified as one of...
Aug 1, 2015 8:00 am
As Bermuda continues the struggle to regain its economic footing in a world where competition has become ferocious in the quest to gain a piece of the global financial pie, focus could easily shift from issues such as raising children to become positive citizens.
Otherwise, the vulnerable may fall prey to destructive elements, which are ever present in the shadows of community life.
It is always encouraging to see and hear...
Jul 25, 2015 8:00 am
Noise is a part of community life around the world, and that is a reality most of us accept. However, many are unaware of the amount of damage that excessive noise can cause to those often exposed to loud sounds for long periods, without any control or say in the matter.
Excessive noise is an issue in many countries, large and small, because studies show the human nervous system can be affected by loud noises to an extent where even...
Jul 21, 2015 8:00 am
Cricket has always been called the gentleman’s game — and for good reason. It basically teaches discipline, patience, perseverance and respect for rules.
Respect for rules has come under attack in recent times in many areas of sport, especially in football, where fans have been known in some countries to kill each other over a particular outcome.
While nothing of that extreme has happened in Bermuda, there have been ugly incidents...
Jul 20, 2015 8:00 am
If Bermuda squanders opportunities to move the Island forward with never-ending political warfare that has created bitter exchanges between elected officials, with potential consequences to our image of stability and productive unity in dealing with problems, we the people will have no one to blame but ourselves.
Political leaders, both in Government and the Opposition, have been elected to serve the people in every way possible to...
Jul 11, 2015 8:00 am
The recent dawn raid by police at the West End of the Island, which yielded numerous elements linked with underworld crime and resulted in several arrests, may have in fact revealed something more sinister that should be deeply disturbing to the entire Bermudian community.
In the never-ending struggle by the Island to face up to ugly facts about crime, and the full impact on community life, it seems frighteningly clear that there is a...
Jul 4, 2015 8:00 am
Our House of Parliament, which is supposed to be the centre of legislative power in handling the island’s affairs, has in recent times, been sliding into highly questionable behavioural standards that for many observers is disturbing. Instead of the crucial needs of the people, attention seems more focused on a clash of personalties for political gain.
Everyone knows that in most democratic countries, things can become quite heated; in...
Jun 30, 2015 8:00 am
Summer is generally thought of as a time for outdoor fun and adventure, a time to enter the spirit of enjoying many of the natural amenities this beautiful island has to offer; and that is always a good thing.
However, there must be a realistic approach in doing this because many changes have occurred since the ‘40s and ‘50s and nothing should be taken for granted.
Back then, many parents worked just as hard as they do today, but...
Jun 24, 2015 8:00 am
Few people around the world can be unaware of the deep, shattering pain in South Carolina, and throughout America, when in an act of pure hatred nine lives were lost at the hands of a 21-year-old white boy.
So overcome with evil intent was this boy that he chose a leading black church to murder people as they held weekly Bible study.
In his twisted mind he had hoped to ignite a race war. But despite the emotionally crippling...
Jun 20, 2015 8:00 am
Much of America was plunged into massive grief when a lone gunman with a deeply twisted hatred for black people entered one of the most prestigious black churches in South Carolina while members, including the pastor, held a Bible study session.
After a while, according to police reports, he stood and declared he was there to kill black people. As those sickening words hung in the air for a brief second, the young man pulled a gun and,...
Jun 13, 2015 8:00 am
The job of any journalist these days is extremely demanding in a world awash with reams of information, pouring down the global pipeline through an almost unlimited amount of electronic devices and cameras that are prominent in just about any incident large or small.
This modern form of gathering information has affected many areas of life that in earlier times relied on accounts by witnesses, which of course presented additional...
Jun 8, 2015 8:00 am
When Baltimore recently experienced riots over incidents that highlighted the poor relationship between police and the public, it was also revealed how gangs involved in illegal drug activity were hindering efforts to make the city clean and safe for citizens.
During a rampaging looting spree, much of it captured on camera, culprits were seen attempting to open a safe containing controlled drugs in a pharmacy without...
Jun 5, 2015 8:00 am
The seas were very rough under a grey sky, with many of the men fighting seasickness on ships being tossed about in an angry ocean as they headed for one of the most decisive battles of the Second World War.
It was June 6, 1944, and under the command of General Dwight D Eisenhower, they were about to take on the German war machine headed by Field Marshall Erwin Rommel, who was respected as one of the outstanding military minds of that...
Jun 2, 2015 8:00 am
Without strong parenting, doors could open for children to fall prey to a variety of predators who endlessly seek out the vulnerable for various twisted objectives.
Often, this can be achieved without touching a door knob.
In a world where modern communication technology has opened many windows for learning across the globe, there is danger when such technology is embraced by those with evil intentions. It creates challenges for...
May 30, 2015 8:00 am
Much of the world is reeling after shocking disclosures that a number of the highest ranking football executives — who govern the sport globally — have not only been arrested, but are facing charges of alleged bribery worth more than $150 million in various dealings involving arrangements for World Cup sites.
In a stunning move by officials including the FBI and other authorities after a lengthy probe spanning several years, much of the...
May 27, 2015 8:00 am
The recent murders of a wealthy family along with their housekeeper in America, which stunned much of that nation, reignited memories of the 1959 killing of an entire family that became a book by Truman Capote and later a film, depicting how two young men entered the home of a farmer in Kansas and, after discovering there was no money there, decided to execute the family of four in cold blood.
Even after so many years since that...
May 21, 2015 8:00 am
Manufacturers try to leave no stone unturned in promoting a product for public use because they know that people need to feel confident about quality since a hidden flaw could prove detrimental for the customer and the company producing the item.
Even though that should be the code of ethics for every business serving the public, all too often a flaw sometimes is kept secret to protect an image designed to have consumers believe their...
May 18, 2015 8:00 am
Few people on this Island would disagree that a new airport for Bermuda is critical.
It is crucial if we are to be competitive in the world of tourism and also maintain the ability to attract international investors to promote business growth and create more jobs for Bermudians.
Under the present economic circumstances, no political group or civic organisation can wave a magic wand and improve things overnight. And that continues...
May 16, 2015 8:00 am
Last Sunday was Mother’s Day, a time of year when motherhood is celebrated around the world.
Why do we celebrate? Because throughout centuries of history mothers have played a significant role in passing on great qualities of life, from one generation to the next. We know there have been many fathers who have also given much, but few would not agree that there is no more powerful instinct to protect and love than that found in...
May 13, 2015 8:00 am
Reckless behaviour on our roads is nothing new and, despite just about every type of road safety campaign devised to encourage more responsible attitudes, it is quite apparent that something far more dramatic needs to be done to halt the epidemic of irresponsible motorists who flaunt basic traffic rules every day.
Whether it is the pressure of modern day living that is helping to create an upsurge of agressive, hostile behaviour on our...
Apr 30, 2015 8:00 am
What happened in Baltimore, Maryland, created a nightmare situation for law enforcement in the United States and ignited fierce debate about the judgment of officials.
Many feel they should have been able to spot early signs that a dangerous mood existed throughout Baltimore over the death of Freddie Gray, who suffered injuries while in police custody and died, and that misjudgment resulted in mayhem not seen since the assassination of...
Apr 27, 2015 8:00 am
In the eerie silence of space, orbiting the earth is a masterpiece of modern technology, the International Space Station, where some of the most brilliant scientific minds are at work paving the way for future space travel.
Their experiments often prove beneficial to many areas of life here on earth.
There are already plans well under way to send humans to Mars.
Ironically, despite such a massive project that would cost...
Apr 23, 2015 8:00 am
The brutal killing of innocent people in parts of the world where terrorists inflict havoc over the right to worship in absolute freedom, prompted the Pope to deliver one of the most sombre Easter messages ever, appealing to the world to spare no effort in trying to find roads to end relentless bloodletting as Christians are targeted for their beliefs.
Religious and cultural conflicts over the centuries have left a trail of devastation...
Apr 20, 2015 8:00 am
Most of us are familiar with the phrase “out of sight, out of mind”, and that perhaps was the situation with many events throughout history, although the pen used by observers, both biblically and historically, provided information about significant occurrences long before a new witness, the camera, entered the scene.
Interest in capturing images through optical technology can be traced back many centuries, but it was in the 1800s that...
Apr 16, 2015 8:00 am
Despite appeals from various sections of the community for our leaders to put the people’s interest first, there continues to be political discord on practically every issue, making it almost impossible to inject reason and logic to achieve a concession that would be beneficial to all Bermudians regardless of political or social status.
Trust is something that has to be earned along life’s road, and this is seldom present in political...
Apr 13, 2015 8:00 am
Even when parents or guardians do their utmost to advise and caution young people about the dangers of speeding, there will be those moments of youthful adventure — and most of us have had that experience — when this wisdom is forgotten amid a brief spell of feeling immune to mishap. Sometimes the result can be more than painful.
In recent years, Bermuda has lost many promising young minds through unfortunate road mishaps.
Apr 6, 2015 8:00 am
There is increasing alarm throughout the community that behaviour in what should be our honourable House of Parliament has slipped to a point where crucial matters that affect all Bermudians have taken second place to political point-scoring.
The climate in the House appears to be that of revengeful politics.
The Speaker has had the difficult task of trying to maintain a degree of respect and dignity while members express concerns...
Mar 31, 2015 8:00 am
In the world of politics, and that includes Bermuda, fence building often takes priority over bridge building because divisiveness is something most political groups rely on to keep their support base intact, even when situations dictate that a bridge of better understanding over differences would be the best approach.
On our small Island, where we can almost see from one end to the other, we still have too many political and social...
Mar 25, 2015 8:00 am
There are still many beautiful places on this planet that attract thousands of travellers who wish to learn more about various cultures, and to enjoy meeting and sharing moments with peaceful people of all races or religious persuasions, as a part of the human experience.
Tourism is the word that covers this global trend that millions have engaged in for many years, despite major wars that disrupted the ability to travel without the...
Mar 17, 2015 8:00 am
Spring is usually a time for new beginnings and, with growing optimism over our fast approaching tourist season, Bermuda should be positioning itself to take full advantage of potential business that could pave the way for rebuilding an economy badly in need of a shot in the arm — a move that would benefit all Bermudians.
Although we will be facing plenty of competition to our south, and that has always been the case, Bermuda still has...
Mar 10, 2015 8:00 am
By Al Seymour
Racism which was spurned from the history of slavery continues, despite great strides by thousands of brave black and white people to eradicate this sickening perception by one group, who feel superior to others simply because of their skin colour or background.
Even though thousands perished when America went to war with itself over the issue that would free slaves and open the door to an era where all Americans...
Mar 7, 2015 8:00 am
Just about every country in the world, large and small and that includes Bermuda, has growing concerns about the unprecedented acts of terrorism carried out by extremist elements that not only shock the world but lead to questions over whether groups that exist to destroy over ideological issues can ever be stopped.
The free world has been wrestling with what to do to change a trend that has the shadow of violence reaching places...
Feb 26, 2015 8:00 am
Everyone knew any Government Budget in these economic circumstances was not going be a lobster dinner with all the trimmings.
Not only was it going be a major problem finding sufficient lobsters, but even the trimmings were in short supply.
It was expected that once the new Budget was announced by Finance Minister Bob Richards, there would be rumblings from unions and sections of the community who felt short-changed by various...
Feb 19, 2015 8:00 am
Last year, a large part of the United States was overwhelmed with powerful demonstrations, with thousands protesting against what they felt were strong-arm tactics by Police which led to the deaths of two black men and a young black boy.
Although there were complex circumstances in each case, the general view was that racial profiling was a factor and this caused a shadow over the nation’s entire Police force.
For weeks, many...
Feb 14, 2015 8:00 am
No type of task force anywhere will ever be able to halt the deteriorating standards of behaviour affecting cultures and the lives of people around the world.
This is not to throw cold water on an initiative announced by our Government to tackle negative attitudes displayed on our roads, and even at times in the sporting arena.
This subject has been bounced around for decades in Bermuda, and indeed in many large countries, as...
Feb 7, 2015 8:00 am
Truth has always been the enemy of those who choose evil methods to carry out their twisted and horrendous objectives.
Actions that are in direct opposition to the commonly accepted standards of all people who cherish freedom and human dignity.
For centuries, thousands have given their lives because they dared to reveal truths that others with shady objectives wanted kept away from the public eye.
From early Biblical times...
Jan 28, 2015 8:00 am
At first it was just another labour dispute involving workers of the Bermuda Electric Light Company, who had formed picket lines in front of the company’s entrance as part of a demonstration to seek union recognition by management.
Initially, there was no sign that this strike would boil over into what is now known as the Belco riots of February 2, 1965.
After 50 years of reflecting on that fateful morning, which happened...
Jan 26, 2015 8:00 am
In recent years the Island has had to cope with various disruptions in numerous public services as a result of disputes that spill over into work stoppages.
These problems leave many wondering whether we will ever be able to reach a higher level of communication to allow disagreements to be resolved first by leaders, before actions are taken which affect day-to-day operations.
Tough times in any family can be made a lot tougher,...
Jan 19, 2015 8:00 am
The political arena in any democratic jurisdiction can be a breeding ground for vicious public criticism when events bring into question the credibility and confidence of those in leadership roles.
For example, the White House in Washington was recently the subject of fiery questions from the press over what many felt was a serious blunder by the Obama administration in not having a high-profile representative at the recent march in...
Jan 15, 2015 8:00 am
Much of the free world is still trying to come to grips with how one can evolve into a killing machine that ignores every basic value of decency and respect for human life, with an ideology of such hatred that no one outside their twisted objectives is safe.
It presents a mammoth task for world leaders, as this problem remains a grave threat to global security, peace and stability.
The tragic deaths in France of the Charlie Hebdo...
Jan 12, 2015 8:00 am
Journalists around the world have the challenging job of reporting events as accurately as possible.
Many pay the ultimate price in seeking to reveal truths too often kept in the shadows by those who fear breaches of decency, freedom and respect will be exposed.
In a world where extremism is causing grave concern for safety, it is always journalists who are caught in the middle as they struggle to carry out their profession of...
Jan 5, 2015 8:00 am
When an aircraft slips into a tailspin, unless it is a professionally performed stunt usually seen at air shows, it could be a clear indication that something has gone dreadfully wrong, and that the outcome without the ability to recover will not be positive.
Many of our current traffic problems that persist year after year, despite pleas for the public to slow down and drive more carefully, leaves one with the impression that the...
Jan 2, 2015 8:00 am
As Bermuda prepares for 2015 with high hopes for progress in all sectors of community life, especially with the impending America’s Cup and all the anticipated exposure it is expected to generate, improving communication between Government and the people on all major projects is crucial.
I would suggest that more walls need to crumble in this area.
Obviously any Government should be careful when releasing information since it is...
Dec 11, 2014 8:00 am
Quality leadership is essential in every area of public life.
Those who aspire to positions of responsibility, whether it is politics, or any part of community activity, should be aware that leadership requires setting a good example, as well as upholding values of decency and respect, which are the anchors of any healthy society.
It is deeply disturbing when a leader is accused of making remarks that demean another, which is...
Dec 10, 2014 8:00 am
America’s Cup euphoria is sweeping through Bermuda as the island prepares to host an event that is a great promotional opportunity.
Here is a chance to advertise Bermuda as a very special place that most of us have the privilege to call home.
Even with this potential boost to our economy, there are those who are sceptical about benefits.
Some feel only the elite will truly gain from this world-class competition in our...
Nov 24, 2014 8:00 am
There are numerous struggles around the world, which continue to take a heavy toll on the lives of men, women and children, with extremist groups who have no tolerance for anyone not in harmony with their beliefs usually prohibiting freedom of worship by faiths outside of their ideology.
Extremism is at the centre of most of the violence so prevalent throughout the world today and attempts by the United Nations and other international...
Nov 20, 2014 8:00 am
Franklin Delano Roosevelt tried to tap into the soul of America, when during the darkest hours of the Second World War he said: “The only thing to fear, is fear itself.”
Powerful words that are still meaningful today, no more so than right here in Bermuda.
The recent spate of gun violence has been something of a wake up and Somerset Cricket Club, scene of one of the incidents, deserve our full support in their decision to ban...
Nov 17, 2014 8:00 am
Bermudians are becoming deeply concerned by the relentless bickering in the political arena.
The squabbles are about who knows best in getting Bermuda back to a positive course that truly reflects the values that have made the Island extra special.
There was a time when Bermudians proudly boasted about having unlocked doors and windows, without fear of invasion of their privacy.
One ingredient that most families had back...
Nov 10, 2014 8:00 am
The Bermuda police have done outstanding work in bringing to justice many dangerous criminals in a never ending task to keep our communities safe. Often involved in tedious challenging probes, they never hesitate to stress that without the aid of the public some cases would still be on the unsolved list.
Police around the world are targets for criticism when something goes wrong, and that is expected since no police force is perfect.
Nov 4, 2014 8:00 am
As the political temperature rises with an upcoming by-election in Sandys many voters, even those not necessarily involved in that constituency, begin to ponder whether political aspirations override the urgent need to tackle serious issues collectively in order to find a way forward that would benefit all Bermudians.
While many Bermudians, black and white, hold almost unshakeable positions when it comes to party allegiance, in recent...
Oct 27, 2014 8:00 am
Here in the middle of the Atlantic it is not unusual to feel detached from some of the traumatic incidents happening in other parts of the world. However a new reality is emerging across the globe, that the long arm of fanatical militants is showing up without warning in places most would regard as safe.
Much of the world is aware of the war currently being waged against the Isis terrorist group, operating mainly in Iraq...
Oct 20, 2014 8:00 am
It has been said many times before, that when the Island is confronted with something bigger that any authority, Bermudians tend to draw closer together in meeting a challenge that poses a threat to every single person.
As Hurricane Gonzalo rumbled with enormous power toward our Island home, the reality sank in that although much of the Island had yet to recover from Tropical Storm Fay the week before, Bermuda would be facing the wrath...
Oct 13, 2014 8:00 am
In any democracy, whenever the political party in power loses touch with the people, nuts and bolts begin to rattle like a faulty engine, and unless something is done to rectify the problem, it is only a matter of time before that party finds itself scrambling to regain lost momentum.
This could be one of the true nightmares in the world of politics where the people could be
cheering for you today, but after a series of...
Oct 6, 2014 8:00 am
People who cherish freedom around the world are contemplating what appears to be crumbling values of basic human rights in many areas of public life, as conflicts explode in various parts of the planet, with little or no solutions in sight.
In a sense, it is an undeclared world war between new dangerous forms of ideology, and people who believe true freedom respects the right to worship without fear, and to live...
Sep 15, 2014 8:00 am
By Al Seymour
There has never been a shortage of words on both sides of the political divide, when it comes to seeking public support by making sweet sounding statements, about pooling our best resources for the good of Bermuda and its people.
However, deep beneath the surface of those numerous pledges to work closer, lies a fear of openly joining hands as a result of years of doubt, and mistrust, which is a two-way street in the...
Sep 10, 2014 8:00 am
The ongoing community struggle to help people who, for whatever reason, find themselves prisoners of acoholism, and illegal drugs, continues with around-the-clock efforts by various organisations and concerned groups, and much of their work seldom makes headlines.
When a person is able with help to climb away from some form of addiction, it is always a plus for any society because every success means that person could be a guidepost for...
Sep 2, 2014 8:00 am
The political temperature in Bermuda is much higher than it should be for such a small island.
Most Bermudians who have watched the atmosphere deteriorate in recent decades, with political egos bursting at the seams, are beginning to wonder whether concerns of the people place a distant second over political ambitions.
Few would deny that despite progress in a number of areas of community life there is still a deep sense of...
Aug 19, 2014 8:00 am
While much of the world focuses on major military conflicts that continue to claim thousands of lives, the United States has launched air strikes on the ISIS militant group in Iraq, to avert what they describe as a potential massacre of Christians and other minorities hiding in mountains to escape death from a brutal regime.
It is a new dark chapter in that country in the midst of a power struggle between various factions, after...
Aug 11, 2014 8:00 am
Almost on every occasion when disputes erupt in various areas of community life, the root cause is usually traced to poor communication, leaving too many in the dark on various facts involved.
The dilemma between the Hamilton Corporation and residents and owners of various establishments on Ewing Street, over plans to remove trees as part of a development scheme by the Corporation, would never have escalated into an open protest, if at...
Aug 4, 2014 8:00 am
For most Bermudians the annual Cup Match Holiday was a great time to celebrate with exciting cricket, friendships old and new, while at the same time reflecting on the history that started it all, which has evolved into a centrepiece of community togetherness that continues to expand.
As a result of so many groups and organisations, endeavouring to build a better Bermuda, it is nothing short of shocking to discover that during those...
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