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  • 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 community. Those colleagues, family, neighbours — the rest of society — can play a constructive role in fostering resolution and even reconciliation.

    This paraphrase is from William Ury, the...

  • 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 Mr Famous admits he is guessing when he pens his propaganda. Discussing one of his recent columns, which had been posted on Facebook, Mr Famous said: “Without proper data we are all just...

  • 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 markets and business models that we can most easily understand.

    Last week, more than 7,000 delegates and participants from 160 countries and all parts of the entrepreneurial ecosystem attended...

  • 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 the deficit, notwithstanding the real possibility of the debt rising above $3 billion by year’s end. The point is that the finance minister has a credible plan for debt reduction largely because last...

  • 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 have contributed to the shaping of African history.

    Crispus Attucks, the first martyr of the Boston Massacre in 1770, was probably born near Framingham, Massachusetts, a Christianised...

  • 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 have contributed to the shaping of African history.

    On April 12, 1864, some 3,000 rebels under the command of Nathan Bedford Forrest overran Fort Pillow, a former Confederate stronghold...

  • Lack of a sex offender registry a crisis
    Nov 19, 2015 8:00 am

    Lack of a sex offender registry a crisis

    The Coalition for the Protection of Children has been a strong advocate of the establishment of a sex offender registry for many years. While we can appreciate the need to protect the identities of victims, we also recognise the concern to avoid further marginalising offenders. We also acknowledge the varying levels of seriousness associated with offences that fall into this category. We do, however, believe there are ways to address all of...

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