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  • Summer alert for all parents
    Jun 30, 2015 8:00 am

    Summer alert for all parents

    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...

  • Focusing on the long road to healing
    Jun 24, 2015 8:00 am

    Focusing on the long road to healing

    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...

  • No sign of America’s gun madness abating
    Jun 20, 2015 8:00 am

    No sign of America’s gun madness abating

    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,...

  • Why the free press must be protected
    Jun 13, 2015 8:00 am

    Why the free press must be protected

    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...

  • Community values key to winning war on drugs
    Jun 8, 2015 8:00 am

    Community values key to winning war on drugs

    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...

  • Remembering those who fought for freedom
    Jun 5, 2015 8:00 am

    Remembering those who fought for freedom

    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...

  • Social media is a hunting ground for evil predators
    Jun 2, 2015 8:00 am

    Social media is a hunting ground for evil predators

    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...

  • The biggest red card of all
    May 30, 2015 8:00 am

    The biggest red card of all

    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...

  • Learning from the mistakes of others
    May 27, 2015 8:00 am

    Learning from the mistakes of others

    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...

  • ‘Operate in bright light of transparency’
    May 21, 2015 8:00 am

    ‘Operate in bright light of transparency’

    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...

  • Road to new airport laden with divisiveness
    May 18, 2015 8:00 am

    Road to new airport laden with divisiveness

    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...

  • Mothers are more than special
    May 16, 2015 8:00 am

    Mothers are more than special

    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...

  • Mindset change needed to make roads safer
    May 13, 2015 8:00 am

    Mindset change needed to make roads safer

    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...

  • Violence is never the answer to a problem
    Apr 30, 2015 8:00 am

    Violence is never the answer to a problem

    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...

  • Migrants’ escape to disaster
    Apr 27, 2015 8:00 am

    Migrants’ escape to disaster

    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...

  • Terrible trend that must not be ignored
    Apr 23, 2015 8:00 am

    Terrible trend that must not be ignored

    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...

  • When camera’s rolling, there’s no hiding
    Apr 20, 2015 8:00 am

    When camera’s rolling, there’s no hiding

    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...

  • Lack of trust hampering progress
    Apr 16, 2015 8:00 am

    Lack of trust hampering progress

    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

    Road safety should be a high priority

    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.

  • Better behaviour in House will help us all
    Apr 6, 2015 8:00 am

    Better behaviour in House will help us all

    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...

  • We need bridges, not fences
    Mar 31, 2015 8:00 am

    We need bridges, not fences

    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...

  • Tourism threatened by
the increase in terrorism
    Mar 25, 2015 8:00 am

    Tourism threatened by the increase in terrorism

    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...

  • Time to put our best foot forward
    Mar 17, 2015 8:00 am

    Time to put our best foot forward

    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...

  • Racism is everybody’s business
    Mar 10, 2015 8:00 am

    Racism is everybody’s business

    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...

  • Expanding shadow of violence
    Mar 7, 2015 8:00 am

    Expanding shadow of violence

    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...

  • Spirit of co-operation vital to our recovery
    Feb 26, 2015 8:00 am

    Spirit of co-operation vital to our recovery

    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...

  • Too many empty chairs at the brotherhood table
    Feb 19, 2015 8:00 am

    Too many empty chairs at the brotherhood table

    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...

  • The root cause of behavioural problems
    Feb 14, 2015 8:00 am

    The root cause of behavioural problems

    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...

  • Frontline journalists fighting for the truth
    Feb 7, 2015 8:00 am

    Frontline journalists fighting for the truth

    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...

  • A turning point in labour relations
    Jan 28, 2015 8:00 am

    A turning point in labour relations

    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...

  • Poor communication is hurting us
    Jan 26, 2015 8:00 am

    Poor communication is hurting us

    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,...

  • Leaders’ transparency should be paramount
    Jan 19, 2015 8:00 am

    Leaders’ transparency should be paramount

    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...

  • A clarion call to uphold values of decency
    Jan 15, 2015 8:00 am

    A clarion call to uphold values of decency

    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...

  • The vital role played by 
investigative journalists
    Jan 12, 2015 8:00 am

    The vital role played by investigative journalists

    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...

  • A tailspin of traffic problems
    Jan 5, 2015 8:00 am

    A tailspin of traffic problems

    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

    More walls need to crumble

    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...

  • Quality leadership is essential
    Dec 11, 2014 8:00 am

    Quality leadership is essential

    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...

  • Victory for all with the right approach
    Dec 10, 2014 8:00 am

    Victory for all with the right approach

    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

    Bermuda could lead the way

    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

    Fear could destroy us all

    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...

  • Trying to steady the ship
    Nov 17, 2014 8:00 am

    Trying to steady the ship

    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...

  • The police and public support
    Nov 10, 2014 8:00 am

    The police and public support

    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

    Bermuda must be the winner

    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...

  • The changing face
of global security
    Oct 27, 2014 8:00 am

    The changing face of global security

    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

    After a hurricane, the spirit of reaching out

    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...

  • Losing touch with people is the biggest problem
    Oct 13, 2014 8:00 am

    Losing touch with people is the biggest problem

    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...

  • When good values are 
allowed to crumble
    Oct 6, 2014 8:00 am

    When good values are allowed to crumble

    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

    The fear of working together

    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 vital starting point

    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 politics of division

    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

    Health alert for the world as Ebola takes a toll

    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

    We need to learn how to communicate

    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

    A grave community warning

    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...

  • Jul 28, 2014 8:00 am

    There’s no need to destroy ourselves

    No need to destroy the house, over a heated debate at the kitchen

    table, over the colour of curtains for the living room. Here in our little Bermuda, it would seem we have not learned from history, that without applying reason and common sense to solving problems we open the door to those who may not be committed to building harmony, unless it is under their terms.

    America almost destroyed itself, because the confederate...

  • Jul 26, 2014 8:00 am

    An awful political mess

    It doesn’t take a political expert to determine that our Bermudian political arena has degenerated into a terrible mess, with revelation after revelation that honesty and transparency have been conspicuously absent in the conduct of the people’s business.

    As one person said to me, “who would have thought things would have turned out this way, so soon after what the island experienced during the administration of the Progressive...

  • Jul 15, 2014 8:00 am

    The true will of the people

    Political leaders throughout much of the world have a tendency to speak as though their objectives are representative of everyone, even those who disagree with them for whatever reason.

    Of course in dictatorial settings whether the people agree or disagree makes no difference. Those in power usually make it clear that objectors will be treated as insubordinates.

    In a true democracy the people should always have the right of free...

  • Jul 14, 2014 8:00 am

    Another year, another road safety campaign

    Yet another well-intentioned road safety campaign has been launched by the police.

    Once again it hopes to alter the poor attitudes, bordering on recklessness, of so many of the riders and drivers on this Island.

    Efforts have been made in the past, with little, or no success. Even gruesome pictures of mangled, blood soaked victims, have failed to make an impact.

    And only when a life is lost is there a brief moment when cries...

  • Jul 9, 2014 8:00 am

    The changing of our cultural guard

    Bermuda is undergoing a challenging period of change, which could be affecting how we deal with a wide range of sensitive issues. Our Island has endured numerous difficult times over many decades, and despite grave social injustices of the past, our survival seems to have been rooted in a cultural foundation, that transcended the obstacles standing in the way of freedom and justice for all.

    The post-slavery era was perhaps more...

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