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  • Just who ordered police to clear the gates?
    Dec 7, 2016 8:00 am

    Just who ordered police to clear the gates?

    On this latest House of Assembly protest, I have to first acknowledge my own bias. My sister, who is a retired senior citizen, was one of those pepper-sprayed and I believe her portrayal of events.

    She is a sympathiser and supporter of the...

  • The importance of trust
    Dec 6, 2016 8:00 am

    The importance of trust

    “In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me lay an invincible summer”

    Albert Camus

    In December 1977, as a young man living temporarily in London, I had an experience that...

  • Burt’s speech hopefully signals a change of attitude
    Nov 19, 2016 8:00 am

    Burt’s speech hopefully signals a change of attitude

    As an individual who has spent a lifetime fighting for economic inclusion, I found there to be some key aspects in the Opposition leader’s Reply to the Throne Speech that sounded encouraging.

    Although no specifics were given, the figure of...

  • Blindness of US pollsters pervades our politics
    Nov 14, 2016 8:00 am

    Blindness of US pollsters pervades our politics

    The Trump victory is a continued manifestation of a worldwide trend, similarly dramatised with the shocking Brexit vote. Donald Trump, as an outsider, understood that phenomenon, but so did Bernie Sanders, whose message was effectively out there...

  • ‘Tis the season to celebrate entrepreneurship
    Nov 14, 2016 8:00 am

    ‘Tis the season to celebrate entrepreneurship

    Once again Global Entrepreneurship Week is upon us and the Bermuda Economic Development Corporation is pleased to have so many events that we had to spill out into the whole month.

    With a team so enthusiastic about supporting and...

  • Committed to promoting an environment of safe care
    Nov 14, 2016 8:00 am

    Committed to promoting an environment of safe care

    As a passenger on an aircraft, you know the pilot is trained, the engines checked and the flight path clear.

    As a customer in a restaurant, you know the establishment has its liquor licence, the food is prepared in a clean environment and...

  • Trump’s first clash with the Constitution
    Nov 12, 2016 8:00 am

    Trump’s first clash with the Constitution

    Donald Trump will face wide-ranging questions about his ethics and integrity from the moment he enters the White House in January.

    The president-elect says he will turn over his vast financial holdings to his children. But many doubt a...

  • Bermuda’s future in Bermudian hands
    Nov 7, 2016 8:00 am

    Bermuda’s future in Bermudian hands

    Your MPs are returning to work as Parliament resumes and today we will hear in the Throne Speech about what Bermuda can look forward to in the coming year. One of these things will be the Airport Redevelopment Project. The project is a key part...

  • New leader could re-energise support for PLP
    Nov 7, 2016 8:00 am

    New leader could re-energise support for PLP

    While Marc Bean in political years has had a relatively short life, in cricket terms it was an aggressive innings. He has done the right thing for himself and the party.

    In spite of his desire to clean the deck, the deck did not belong to...

  • Young people, you are the change we need
    Nov 6, 2016 8:48 pm

    Young people, you are the change we need

    The political scene in Bermuda is in desperate need of refreshing change. Young people, you are the change that Bermuda needs. The dilemma is that while there is a great need for young people with innovative ideas, fresh energy and a new vision,...

  • Anonymous trolls are crippling Twitter
    Nov 5, 2016 8:00 am

    Anonymous trolls are crippling Twitter

    I love Twitter. I use it every day. I’ve made a number of friends using the service, and often have interesting exchanges with an even larger number of colleagues and smart people. It has been essential to my career; it is hard to imagine doing...

  • A free internet may prove costly
    Oct 29, 2016 8:00 am

    A free internet may prove costly

    Modern economics has little room for parasites. In the vast majority of models, there are only buyers and sellers — there is no one who just comes up and steals your money. In the real world, of course, there are parasites galore: thieves, con...

  • Mother role may be what we need
    Oct 24, 2016 8:00 am

    Mother role may be what we need

    With November almost here, another parliamentary year begins and the fourth Throne Speech by the One Bermuda Alliance is upon us. The high point, of course, will be the United States presidential race, which may result in the first female being...

  • Nobel committee got it wrong: Ngugi is your man
    Oct 24, 2016 8:00 am

    Nobel committee got it wrong: Ngugi is your man

    Every year I root for Ngugi wa Thiong’o to win the Nobel Prize for literature.

    The Kenyan writer has been a favourite to win for years. This year, according to gambling site Ladbrokes, the odds were 4-1 in Ngugi’s favour, with Haruki...

  • Scary presidential race faces low turnout
    Oct 22, 2016 8:00 am

    Scary presidential race faces low turnout

    It is hard to imagine a presidential election with higher stakes than the present one: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump offer radically different ideas about the country’s direction, and many people believe that one or the other would be...

  • Cold cases a symptom of inexpensive black lives
    Oct 19, 2016 8:00 am

    Cold cases a symptom of inexpensive black lives

    “Hunt isn’t one of us.” Rico, a black friend of mine, said those words about me behind my back. To him, I wasn’t authentically black. I grew up in too nice of a neighbourhood around too many white people. My family was picture-perfect, and I had...

  • Economic inclusion the central tenet to a new Bermuda
    Oct 15, 2016 8:00 am

    Economic inclusion the central tenet to a new Bermuda

    In two years Bermuda will be celebrating its 50th anniversary of responsible government. Can we ask now what is the aim or vision of our country? Seemingly, aside from gaining or maintaining power, there is little else that our leaders aspire...

  • The whole, unvarnished truth about cupping
    Sep 24, 2016 8:00 am

    The whole, unvarnished truth about cupping

    Cupping is in the news these days. Many watched Olympians battle it out in Brazil with large red or purple circles on their skin. So you may be asking, “What’s this new thing called cupping?”

    Let me begin by saying that it’s not “new” nor...

  • The Third Side vital to resolving conflicts
    Apr 5, 2016 8:00 am

    The Third Side vital to resolving conflicts

    How do we humans deal with our deepest differences? While conflicts basically have two sides, I’ve found that resolving differences and transforming the most challenging situations come from the involvement of the Third Side — the surrounding...

  • Famous and his growing truth deficit
    Apr 2, 2016 8:00 am

    Famous and his growing truth deficit

    Christopher Famous, the Progressive Labour Party propagandist, is again flooding the media with half-truths and misinformation to tell a story that fits the version he would like to be true, but which actually has no basis in reality.

    Even...

  • Driving entrepreneurship ecosystem forward
    Mar 29, 2016 8:00 am

    Driving entrepreneurship ecosystem forward

    Innovative, defiant and risk-taking, entrepreneurs are the rock stars of the business world. In Bermuda, the market disrupters are not always celebrated as entrepreneurs. It is time to change this narrative. We must not limit our focus to those...

  • Budget 2016: a work of short-term brilliance
    Feb 20, 2016 8:00 am

    Budget 2016: a work of short-term brilliance

    In some ways, the Budget is a marvel of concise brilliance. In other ways, it sidesteps the most pressing structural issues of our time.

    To the first point: the finance minister did what he had to do. He has taken decisive steps to reduce...

  • Black History Month: Crispus Attucks (1723-1770)
    Feb 20, 2016 8:00 am

    Black History Month: Crispus Attucks (1723-1770)

    February is Black History Month and this year marks the 400th anniversary that blacks were brought to Bermuda as indentured servants. Throughout this month, The Royal Gazette will feature people, events, places and institutions that...

  • Black History Month: Fort Pillow Massacre (1864)
    Feb 20, 2016 8:00 am

    Black History Month: Fort Pillow Massacre (1864)

    February is Black History Month and this year marks the 400th anniversary that blacks were brought to Bermuda as indentured servants. Throughout this month, The Royal Gazette will feature people, events, places and institutions that...

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