Nov 23, 2015 8:00 am
It is a reality that cannot be ignored by tourism officials throughout the world, as vicious extremist groups including Isis, have openly declared war on all people who refuse to embrace their brand of ideology. It is an ideology that calls for the elimination of anyone who refuses to comply with objectives that deny common freedoms cherished by most.
Most of the world is in a state of bewilderment over how to handle a threat that grows...
Nov 21, 2015 8:00 am
One of the US Presidential candidates seeking high office recently said that the family unit remains the key anchor in community life and, when there is deterioration in this area, the plight of any society is weakened, opening the door to a wide range of problems.
Countries large and small are confronted with the negative effects of lost traditional family values such as honesty, truth, decency, and respect as key principles for daily...
Nov 17, 2015 8:00 am
The horror that exploded in Paris last week, with terrorists unleashing an attack that claimed at least 129 lives, ruptured the atmosphere throughout France and sent shock waves around the world. It became clear that no one is really safe anywhere, as long as there are groups committed to destroy those who choose freedom over tyranny.
The attacks in Paris, which left more than 300 in hospital, were nothing short of monstrous, as the...
Nov 14, 2015 8:00 am
The memory of twisted wreckage and smoking vehicles seems to fade quickly here in Bermuda, as motorists and riders drift back into the complacent syndrome of routine speeding and dangerous overtaking. It is as though traffic rules are for people who are out of step with today’s way of doing things.
Our roads should be much safer, not only because we promote the Island as a leading tourist destination but because we as...
Nov 7, 2015 8:00 am
As we prepare to take a moment to pay tribute to those men and women who made the supreme sacrifice in the two major world wars, to protect freedoms that today so many take for granted, it is equally important to contemplate the state of our world, as the battle continues to seek a peace where true freedom for all human beings will be more than a distant dream.
Despite being a small island in the Atlantic, Bermuda was still able to...
Nov 4, 2015 8:00 am
The major threat to countries globally is not so much that a military conflict will destroy their basic way of life, or that nature will unleash some event with the power to cause a disaster with heavy loss of life and property. While such scenarios are always possible, much of the world is growing increasingly concerned about an enemy that is almost invisible; except the effects are far from hidden.
Countless families around the world,...
Oct 31, 2015 8:00 am
In recent years, Bermuda has experienced several tragic gun incidents with loss of life, along with antisocial behaviour in the field of sports, which clearly shows a serious problem in sections of our cultural infrastructure, and unless there is a collective approach in addressing this issue, the future is uncertain.
Most would agree that finding a solution to gun violence and unacceptable behaviour in our communities will not be easy.
Oct 22, 2015 8:00 am
It has been nothing short of an exhilarating few days for Bermuda, as we saw the America’s Cup get off to a sensational start in our waters with the world watching, and then an announcement that a new hotel for the East End was finally going to be reality after long periods of doubt and confusion, which had many wondering whether that part of the Island would ever rekindle the spirit of the old days of catering to visitors with their own...
Oct 17, 2015 8:00 am
Anyone who follows world-class tennis should know something about that crucial moment when a match hangs on a single point. The player with an advantage has to be extremely careful, especially when the ball is in their court. A wrong move could mean the difference between victory or defeat.
Bermuda could very well be in that position with the ball of opportunity generated by the prestigious America’s Cup. It is a chance to breathe new...
Oct 15, 2015 8:00 am
Back in the Sixties, there was a song by Dionne Warwick, and made quite popular by Luther Vandross decades later, entitled A House Is Not A Home. The lyrics suggested that no matter how modern and sleek the furniture, maybe, unless there is love and warmth, it is just a building.
Many successful people had their start in extremely humble settings, but through strong parenting and guidance, they later took their place in the world with...
Oct 10, 2015 8:00 am
Whenever there is an incident of significant concern anywhere in the world, most people want to know the truth, rather than scattered information twirling in cyberspace, where in a rush to be first by some news outlets, facts are often bypassed and a distorted version of what really happened can easily occur.
It matters little whether it is a leading nation or a small jurisdiction such as Bermuda. Seeking the truth requires more than a...
Oct 5, 2015 8:00 am
During any powerful storm that threatens Bermuda, it is always amazing how during the crucial stages people tend to focus on helping each other without any thought of differences — politically or otherwise. It is a time when doing things together has a greater priority because everyone knows a major storm favours no one.
If only that attitude could be applied when our core values come under threat from anyone with demeaning and...
Sep 30, 2015 8:00 am
Bermuda continues to move into the new world of embracing diversity in an atmosphere of opportunity for all, regardless of racial, religious, ethnic or political affiliations. In the long struggle to open doors for anyone, young or old, who endeavours to build rather than tear down, our Island has no room for hatred.
Democracy provides a voice for all, but when that opportunity is abused by anyone or any group with irresponsible...
Sep 26, 2015 8:00 am
In recent days a man, whom one official described as the new Nelson Mandela voice during very challenging times, was able to penetrate an atmosphere of discord, politically and socially, in a manner that left many seasoned observers deeply moved by a message that was aimed at bringing people together, for the common objective of making life on Earth better for all, regardless of race, religion, or ethnic origin.
That man was Pope...
Sep 19, 2015 8:00 am
There is considerable concern mounting throughout much of our community that violent crime is beginning to eat away at what most Bermudians have always cherished as an environment of safety and peace.
It seems this cultural corrosion is slipping out of control.
While politicians, police and community leaders attempt to seek ways to stem the tide, they are kept busy around the clock on this crucial problem that weakens any decent...
Sep 15, 2015 8:00 am
Emotions can overflow during any disagreement, whether it is politically based, or is a part of experiences in everyday life.
Throughout history, nations have been tested by situations that involve either cool and rational thinking, or blatant recklessness without concern about consequences in pushing their objectives.
Bermuda has endured considerable work stoppages and strikes over this or that issue, and although there may have...
Sep 14, 2015 8:00 am
At Central School, now Victor Scott, there were many outstanding dedicated teachers who touched many lives during the deeply troubling years of the Second World War. In addition to those conditions, the social injustice of the day added to the hurdles of life where many families, especially in the black community, had a struggle every single day to keep food on the table and a roof over their heads.
Of course, in all fairness, many...
Sep 9, 2015 8:00 am
Continuing traffic problems that keep the police busy, along with increasing public concerns about safety on our roads, may be caused by a loss of basic good manners in how we behave towards each other.
Drastic changes in how we communicate with modern devices could also have a negative side, since in too many instances good quality conversation is often replaced by short electronic blips in this new wave of cyberspace interaction,...
Sep 5, 2015 8:00 am
When the picture flashed across television screens, there were gasps around the world.
The little body of a three-year-old boy, a victim of the horrific refugee crisis in Europe, lay crumpled on a beach after drowning along with his brother and mother in a failed attempt to seek a better life away from Syria, where so many have perished in savage warfare.
Although thousands of men, women and children have lost their lives in...
Sep 3, 2015 8:00 am
Bermuda has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and it is with great pride that when we promote our amenities to boost tourism, our shoreline beauty is a winner every time. However, even with nature’s wonderful gift, at times hidden beneath the waves is an undertow that holds the potential for mishap if mishandled.
Many of us have spent many years on these beaches playing in the waves and having a great time without ever...
Aug 29, 2015 8:00 am
Donald Trump, the United States presidential candidate who has raised more than a few eyebrows in his stormy campaign to reach the White House, has spoken of building a wall to halt the flow of illegal immigrants, mainly from Mexico, who try daily to elude border patrols in an effort to enter America to seek a better life.
While most Americans seem to agree that more should be done to protect borders, there is strong disagreement as to...
Aug 22, 2015 8:00 am
In the middle of an economic storm, Bermuda continues to struggle with a wide range of problems that has affected community life throughout the Island. Despite these challenges, Bermudians are endeavouring to rebuild by engaging in positive ventures in the business sector, and they need to be supported by positive attitudes from political and community leaders.
During any difficult period in most democratic arenas, the atmosphere can...
Aug 15, 2015 8:00 am
Behavioural standards in Bermuda have been declining for decades and much of it has to do with crumbling values in family life and the rules that govern basic instincts for not only what we say to each other, but how we treat one another.
Many of our seniors who toiled under extraordinary circumstances to build a family, and indeed a home, would probably testify that back then, there was an acute awareness that respect and decency, no...
Aug 8, 2015 8:00 am
Bermuda has a window of opportunity to pool our best resources in trying to take advantage of the moment, with a fresh effort to revitalise the economy and also to put a spark in the area of jobs to at least begin the long climb to a more vibrant infrastructure that would be felt throughout every section of our communities.
Windows of opportunity can open and close, and depending on what is done when it opens, determines whether success...
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...
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