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  • Bo Bo was our Firefighter hero No 91
    Oct 18, 2019 8:00 am

    Bo Bo was our Firefighter hero No 91

    “Dready got a job to do,

    And he’s got to fulfil that mission ...

    Natty Dread rides again,

    Through the mystics of tomorrow,

    Natty Dread rides again:

    Have no fear, have no sorrow”

    —...

  • Trio’s legacy lives on
    Oct 11, 2019 8:00 am

    Trio’s legacy lives on

    Go to the people. Live with them. Learn from them. Love them.

    Start with what they know. Build with what they have.

    But with the best leaders, when the work is done, the task accomplished, the people will say: “We have done...

  • An insulting proposition from Richards
    Oct 4, 2019 8:00 am

    An insulting proposition from Richards

    Last week during the motion to adjourn in the House of Assembly, those in the chambers and, indeed, the wider listening audience were treated to former Cabinet minister Sylvan Richards throwing a challenge to members of the Progressive Labour...

  • Thanks for recovery effort after Humberto
    Sep 27, 2019 8:00 am

    Thanks for recovery effort after Humberto

    Roads impassable? Here come the heavy equipment operators. Trees blocking your driveway? Here come the landscapers.

    Roofs damaged? Here come the carpenter and masons. Phone lines down? Here come the telephone technicians. Wi-fi gone? Here...

  • Writing is on the wall: climate change
    Sep 20, 2019 8:00 am

    Writing is on the wall: climate change

    Hurricane Fabian 2003

    Hurricane Katrina 2005

    Hurricane Sandy 2012

    Hurricane Fay 2014

    Hurricane Gonzalo 2014

    Hurricane Nicole 2016

    Hurricane Harvey 2017

    Hurricane Irma 2017

    Hurricane Maria...

  • Less ‘us and them’, more ‘us and us’
    Sep 13, 2019 8:00 am

    Less ‘us and them’, more ‘us and us’

    Unfortunately, there has always been a certain element in Bermuda that has attempted to tell us constantly that we are not a part of the Caribbean, either geographically or culturally, and that we should have nothing to do with “those...

  • Tale of two parades – separate and unequal
    Sep 6, 2019 8:00 am

    Tale of two parades – separate and unequal

    “It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have” — James Baldwin

    Over the past week or so, we have seen Bermuda divided yet once...

  • Be grateful for unions
    Aug 30, 2019 8:00 am

    Be grateful for unions

    When we wake up in the morning and turn on our lights, we can thank union members. When we drive to work on paved public highways, we can thank union members.

    When we go to the hospital and receive care from medical professionals, we can...

  • Confidence returning to BVI
    Aug 23, 2019 8:00 am

    Confidence returning to BVI

    Welcome to the Virgin Islands, welcome home,” said immigration officer Brodie, as I arrived at the Terrance Lettsome Airport, on Beef Island in the British Virgin Islands.

    As with Bermuda, in most “small island” communities, everyone knows...

  • Wadadli, our home away from home
    Aug 16, 2019 8:00 am

    Wadadli, our home away from home

    Imagine if you will, a young man leaves home at age 20 and, apart from the occasional visit here and there, he never returns home to live.

    Second, imagine if you will, apart from an occasional visit, his children never return to the home of...

  • Who should we honour during emancipation?
    Aug 9, 2019 8:00 am

    Who should we honour during emancipation?

    It is often interesting, sadly interesting, to see persons attempt to twist the reality of any given situation to justify a gross wrong.

    Once again, during our emancipation celebrations, the topics of the enslaved writer Mary Prince and Sir...

  • Hail to a living legend, Aunt Helen
    Jul 26, 2019 8:00 am

    Hail to a living legend, Aunt Helen

    Last week, I received, this somewhat ominous WhatsApp message.

    “Dear MP Famous, your aunt Helen Mateen has asked me to invite you to speak at her pre-Cup Match party this Thursday (July 18) evening at her home in Dr Cann Memorial Seniors...

  • Two years in power and still humbled
    Jul 19, 2019 8:00 am

    Two years in power and still humbled

    “Feel the needs of others more than your own” — Emperor Haile Selassie

    On Wednesday, July 19, 2017, I lay awake in my bed attempting to contemplate the fullness of the day before. A day that...

  • Giving thanks in our hour of need
    Jul 12, 2019 8:00 am

    Giving thanks in our hour of need

    Chris, there is a fire at the house!”

    Words no man or woman wants to hear from their spouse or significant other. On July 2, there was a minor fire at my wife’s salon. No fire is minor, but this was minor compared with what might have...

  • New scholarship provides an opportunity at UWI
    Jun 28, 2019 8:00 am

    New scholarship provides an opportunity at UWI

    Last Friday, the Minister of Education, Diallo Rabain, made a monumental statement in Parliament.

    “Mr Speaker, it gives me great pleasure today to rise and give notice of the renewal of the relationship between the Bermudian people...

  • A family where safety always comes first
    Jun 21, 2019 8:00 am

    A family where safety always comes first

    A few months ago there was a gathering of Bermudians at an event recognising long-service employees — persons who had served one particular company for a range of between ten and 50 years.

    Yes, shockingly, there are people who have worked...

  • OTs well equipped to be our own experts
    Jun 14, 2019 8:00 am

    OTs well equipped to be our own experts

    On Sunday on Hott 107.5FM, beginning at 8pm, we will once again have a Cross-Caribbean Conversation/Territories Talk with guests from other British Overseas Territories.

    Our line-up of panellists this month consists of the following...

  • Take a shot: you can only miss so many times
    Jun 7, 2019 8:00 am

    Take a shot: you can only miss so many times

    Wolves Sports Club will be hosting their annual end-of-season prize-giving ceremony at Elliot Primary School tomorrow starting at 6.30pm. For those who are not familiar with Wolves, it is the sports club for eastern Devonshire. Generations of...

  • No shame in wanting to put your people first
    May 31, 2019 8:00 am

    No shame in wanting to put your people first

    It is always interesting, sadly interesting, to see or hear people call Bermudians xenophobic or protectionist, simply because they wish to ensure the best for themselves, their families and their fellow Bermudians.

    A recent article in...

  • Things we should be thankful for
    May 17, 2019 8:00 am

    Things we should be thankful for

    “Gratitude is a must” — Koffee

    Jamaican reggae artist Koffee has a global hit song, Toast, that speaks to the need for us, as human beings, to be grateful for everything that we have in life.

  • The do’s and don’ts of social media
    May 10, 2019 8:00 am

    The do’s and don’ts of social media

    At the recently concluded Commonwealth Parliamentary Association strengthening seminar held on May 1 and 2, I was honoured to give a presentation regarding the use of social media by parliamentarians.

    The title of that particular session...

  • Competition needed to drive down our rates
    May 3, 2019 8:00 am

    Competition needed to drive down our rates

    I have been contacted by a number of people with regard to the recent op-ed about mobile rates and roaming rates.

    Clearly, a cross-section of Bermudians have experienced frustration with having to pay one of the highest data rates in the...

  • The data just does not add up
    Apr 26, 2019 8:00 am

    The data just does not add up

    A few days ago, a gentleman posted on the Facebook group MAJ’s List his outrage of being hit with a $950 roaming charge fee from a local mobile phone service provider.

    Subsequently, others chimed in with similar stories of being hit with...

  • Fitting send-off for the Queen of Devonshire
    Apr 12, 2019 8:00 am

    Fitting send-off for the Queen of Devonshire

    “I wanna say I lived each day, until I die

    And know that I meant something in somebody’s life

    The hearts I have touched will be the proof that I leave

    That I made a difference, and this world will see

    I was...

  • Follow Theodosia’s example and get back to basics
    Apr 5, 2019 8:00 am

    Follow Theodosia’s example and get back to basics

    “The truth is an offence but not a sin.” — Bob Marley

    During the course of our lives, we will be faced with either having to tell people what they want to hear or telling them what they need to...

  • St Kitts, our home away from home
    Mar 29, 2019 8:00 am

    St Kitts, our home away from home

    Country above self is the motto of the twin-island federation of St Kitts & Nevis. A motto that is, evidently, not just words, but a daily way of life.

    This ancestral Caribbean homeland of an extremely large proportion of Bermudians...

  • Regional solidarity is our greatest defence against European bullies
    Mar 22, 2019 8:00 am

    Regional solidarity is our greatest defence against European bullies

    “I know we Bermudians like to think that we are a cut above all other offshore financial centres. I was personally a fierce proponent of that viewpoint, both at home and abroad. But I have had a ‘road to Damascus’ moment on this issue...

  • Unity in face of colonial economic oppression
    Mar 15, 2019 8:00 am

    Unity in face of colonial economic oppression

    In February, Walter Roban, the Deputy Premier, and I were chosen to represent Bermuda at the 30th Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of Caricom held in St Kitts.

    Upon arrival, we were warmly welcomed by two...

  • Bermudians come first in immigration reform
    Mar 2, 2019 8:00 am

    Bermudians come first in immigration reform

    “The truth is an offence but not a sin.” — Bob Marley

    Below are some of the constant narratives expounded by those closely related to the OBA:

    “We need more boots on the ground.” ­— Opposition...

  • Trust me, we’re not doing it just for the food
    Feb 15, 2019 8:00 am

    Trust me, we’re not doing it just for the food

    As a follow-up to last week’s missive about community service hours, it gives great pleasure to state that over the weekend a number of young and not so young men came out to assist with the scraping and painting of a wall in Green Acres,...

  • High school graduation is a community event in every sense
    Feb 8, 2019 8:00 am

    High school graduation is a community event in every sense

    Within a few short months, hundreds of our young adults will be standing together wearing caps and gowns for their respective high school graduation ceremonies.

    A culmination of between 12 and 13 years from primary school to senior school.

  • Much to be said for the rally system
    Feb 1, 2019 8:00 am

    Much to be said for the rally system

    A few days ago I was browsing the internet and came across a headline that caught my attention.

    “Forget the banks, build your own home”

    Something jumped out at me and said, “read it a bit more”. Upon doing so, it became glowingly...

  • Cayman Crosstalk coming to Bermuda
    Jan 25, 2019 8:00 am

    Cayman Crosstalk coming to Bermuda

    “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools”

    — the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr

    On February 10, please join us on Hott 107.5FM with host Kim Swan and myself...

  • Beating the drum on trades! Can you hear me?
    Jan 18, 2019 8:00 am

    Beating the drum on trades! Can you hear me?

    If you ask any politician what is the most common question that they are asked, it will be without a doubt something along the lines of: “I am looking for a job. Can you help me out?”

    Unfortunately, we all know someone who is either...

  • No trade secret where we’re suffering in the workforce
    Jan 11, 2019 8:00 am

    No trade secret where we’re suffering in the workforce

    If you build it they will come

    Field of Dreams

    It may be subjective whether or not they will come, but one thing for sure, you still have to build it.

    To build “it”, one would have...

  • Team effort restored water for Christmas
    Dec 28, 2018 8:00 am

    Team effort restored water for Christmas

    As we know, Christmas Eve is traditionally one of the busiest days in any country. With Bermuda being no exception, locals are focused on: shopping, visiting, bar-hopping and domestic duties.

    Those duties include cooking, changing curtains,...

  • We can learn from Wakanda
    Dec 27, 2018 10:08 am

    We can learn from Wakanda

    I am not here to write about a white Christmas. Nor am I here to write about Rudolph.

    As a matter of fact, I am not here to write about the North Pole. Not at all.

    Perhaps, I could talk about our national addiction to eggnog — both...

  • Supporting role of a backbencher
    Dec 14, 2018 8:00 am

    Supporting role of a backbencher

    Today, let us take a moment to speak about the role of the backbencher. For clarity, a backbencher would be those who are elected to Parliament but are not yet government ministers.

    In the existing setting within the Progressive Labour...

  • Don’t vilify the W&E road crews
    Dec 7, 2018 8:00 am

    Don’t vilify the W&E road crews

    A few days ago, former MP Jeff Sousa made an online comment about a government road crew moving an abandoned motorcycle from one side of the road to the other during the course of clearing the roads.

    Perhaps, just perhaps, it is just me,...

  • Cheers to a devoted supporter of the Bermudian tradesman
    Nov 30, 2018 8:00 am

    Cheers to a devoted supporter of the Bermudian tradesman

    One of the best parts about being involved in politics is that you have a wide variety of persons within your constituency. Some male, some female, some who support you politically, some who do not, some who are for St George’s and some who are...

  • A sprinkle of Wakanda can go a long way
    Nov 16, 2018 8:00 am

    A sprinkle of Wakanda can go a long way

    The Progressive Labour Party held a Wakanda Royalty Gala on Saturday. Interestingly, although not surprisingly, from the moment this event was announced two months ago, it was branded in a negative light.

    Comments such as: “Wakanda is not a...

  • Women are resetting the bar
    Nov 9, 2018 8:00 am

    Women are resetting the bar

    I was having a conversation on Tuesday evening with a friend in relation to the midterm elections that were going on in the United States. They asked me my predictions. My reply was as follows: “Political consultants will continue to make big...

  • A final word on Uncle Kenny
    Nov 3, 2018 8:00 am

    A final word on Uncle Kenny

    “United we stand,

    Divided we fall”

    Six words that every unionised worker in Bermuda, no matter which union they belong to, knows by heart.

    Indeed, this is the mantra that the working class of this...

  • The race is not given to the swift ...
    Oct 26, 2018 8:00 am

    The race is not given to the swift ...

    At a Commonwealth Parliamentary Association course held from October 15 to 19 at McGill University in Montreal, parliamentarians from several countries, including Bermuda, gathered to undergo a week of intensive training in various forms of...

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