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  • Founders’ Day reminds us of union sacrifices
    Feb 16, 2018 8:00 am

    Founders’ Day reminds us of union sacrifices

    Here in Bermuda, we have recently been experiencing the challenges that flow from trash not being collected. It is unsurprising and understandable that many, if not all of us, are upset about the trash build- up. After all, there is nothing...

  • ‘Progressive’ cannot be just part of our name – it must be part of our culture
    Feb 9, 2018 8:00 am

    ‘Progressive’ cannot be just part of our name – it must be part of our culture

    Next week, on Sunday, February 18, I have been given the distinct honour and privilege of being the keynote speaker at the 54th Annual PLP Founders’ Day Banquet at the Willowbank Conference Centre.

    To be completely honest, I did not...

  • Brother Derek helped us see beyond surface differences
    Feb 2, 2018 8:00 am

    Brother Derek helped us see beyond surface differences

    “They say that hindsight is 20/20 and if one could turn back the hands of time, they would do everything perfectly. Perhaps that is true. However, the reality is we cannot yet turn back the hands of time, so we can only learn from our...

  • Cross Island a salvation or millstone?
    Jan 19, 2018 8:00 am

    Cross Island a salvation or millstone?

    No free lunch. A term about public-private partnerships often echoed by Bob Richards, the former Minister of Finance under the One Bermuda Alliance government.

    A term that was found to be quite true about the OBA/Aecon airport deal; a deal...

  • What would Nelson and Ambrose do?
    Jan 12, 2018 8:00 am

    What would Nelson and Ambrose do?

    “If a child lives with recognition, he learns that it is good to have a goal.

    If a child lives with sharing, he learns about generosity.

    If a child lives with honesty and fairness, he learns what truth and justice...

  • No honour in the lack of diversity
    Jan 5, 2018 8:00 am

    No honour in the lack of diversity

    I find it interesting, yet not surprising that people would rather attack the messenger than address the message. Over the past week, Michael Dunkley, the former Premier of Bermuda, and former One Bermuda Alliance candidate Ray Charlton took to...

  • The perfect time to make significant changes
    Dec 29, 2017 8:00 am

    The perfect time to make significant changes

    “We gotta make a change

    It’s time for us as a people to start makin’ some changes

    Let’s change the way we eat

    Let’s change the way we live

    And let’s change the way we treat each other

    You see the old way...

  • We can all agree on need for empathy
    Dec 22, 2017 8:00 am

    We can all agree on need for empathy

    There is a trend of thought among some editors and writers that the average reader will not spend more than three to five minutes on an article or column; therefore, a writer must be succinct and get their message across in fewer than 700...

  • A literary journey assisted by so many
    Dec 15, 2017 8:00 am

    A literary journey assisted by so many

    “Never argue with a man who buys ink by the barrel.”

    This was a saying taught to me by the late W.A. “Toppy” Cowen. This lesson came after I had made comments about the local traditional media via social media in...

  • Exodus – movement of our people
    Dec 8, 2017 8:00 am

    Exodus – movement of our people

    Often, far too often, during canvassing over the past few years when we are looking for fellow Bermudians we are finding out that they no longer reside in Bermuda.

    We do not yet have exact government figures. However, by our own canvassing...

  • United we stand: join a union
    Dec 1, 2017 8:00 am

    United we stand: join a union

    Mr Speaker, unfortunately, there are many in Bermuda who forget that this party that we represent is first and foremost a labour party. A labour party that has always advocated the betterment of all workers of Bermuda for more than 50...

  • Lee-Chin: a study in warmth and humility
    Nov 24, 2017 8:00 am

    Lee-Chin: a study in warmth and humility

    “A humble calf sucks the most milk”

    — Jamaican Proverb

    Loosely translated, this would mean that someone who is humble in spirit would tend to be successful.

    Measures of success come in many different forms. Some count...

  • It pays to keep an open mind to your ‘enemies’
    Nov 17, 2017 8:00 am

    It pays to keep an open mind to your ‘enemies’

    You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.

    — Psalms 23:5

    The 49th Annual Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast was held last Friday at the Hamilton Princess Hotel and Beach Club.

  • First-hand appreciation for the lure of Britain
    Nov 10, 2017 8:00 am

    First-hand appreciation for the lure of Britain

    “Exodus”

    “Movement of Jah people!”

    “Are you satisfied with the life you’re living?”

    — Bob Marley

    After spending a week in London getting to learn the Tube and the variety of...

  • Brothers, sisters stand strong for St Paul
    Nov 3, 2017 8:00 am

    Brothers, sisters stand strong for St Paul

    Greetings to the St Paul AME family and, by extension, the entire AME family of Bermuda.

    Like you, I recall kneeling at the altar of St Paul to partake in communion, learning about the blood and body of Christ that we share as brothers and...

  • Government must keep people informed
    Oct 28, 2017 8:00 am

    Government must keep people informed

    This article is based on a speech given by Christopher Famous in the House of Assembly

    A few weeks ago a member of public pulled me aside and asked “Now that we found love, what are we gonna do with...

  • Us ‘pond dogs’ are duty-bound to pay it forward
    Oct 20, 2017 8:00 am

    Us ‘pond dogs’ are duty-bound to pay it forward

    “And Nathanael said to him: can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip said to him: Come and see.”

    — John 1:46

    Last week I had the privilege of being invited to speak with some young Bermudian men.

  • Linesmen are stellar ambassadors for Bermuda
    Oct 6, 2017 8:00 am

    Linesmen are stellar ambassadors for Bermuda

    “Cow never know the use of its tail till it’s gone”

    An old Caribbean saying speaking of how people take things for granted until they no longer have them.

    The passing of hurricanes Irma and Maria have left nearly...

  • Storms show that any island can be wiped away
    Sep 29, 2017 8:00 am

    Storms show that any island can be wiped away

    A few weeks ago, Hurricane Irma carved its way through the northeastern Caribbean, bringing untold death and devastation to many islands. Idyllic tourist destinations such as Anguilla, Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, St Barts and St Martin were...

  • Keep giving us your suggestions
    Sep 23, 2017 8:00 am

    Keep giving us your suggestions

    The best advice or suggestions usually come from those who do not occupy high office. During years of canvassing, the Progressive Labour Party received both complaints and suggestions from persons across the island. While the make-up of Bermuda’s...

  • Our southerly brothers and sisters need us
    Sep 15, 2017 8:00 am

    Our southerly brothers and sisters need us

    “A sister in need is a sister indeed.”

    One never knows the full meaning of this saying until they themselves are the brother or sister in need.

    Over the past week, the world has witnessed the evolution...

  • Remaining mindful of why we were elected
    Sep 8, 2017 8:00 am

    Remaining mindful of why we were elected

    “It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.”

    —...

  • Let’s not wait for a hurricane to show how we can pull together
    Sep 1, 2017 8:00 am

    Let’s not wait for a hurricane to show how we can pull together

    “Altruism or selflessness is the principle or practice of concern for the welfare of others”

    — Wikipedia.com

    For years we have heard a number of comments specific to Bermudians’ joint...

  • Mandate to serve everyone, not just the 59%
    Aug 25, 2017 8:00 am

    Mandate to serve everyone, not just the 59%

    “Leaders are people who raise the standards by which they judge themselves and by which they are willing to be judged. The goal chosen, the objective selected, the requirements imposed, are not mainly for their followers...

  • Caines shining example of community spirit
    Jun 30, 2017 8:00 am

    Caines shining example of community spirit

    Often one wonders to themselves how did they get involved in certain circumstances.

    Was it happenstance?

    Was it peer pressure?

    Was it family influence?

    Was it a combination of all of the above?

    Being born into the...

  • Time for learning despite silly season
    Jun 8, 2017 8:00 am

    Time for learning despite silly season

    A few months ago I was invited to the Association of Bermuda International Companies Education Awards function, celebrating multitudes of Bermudians who had received scholarships over many years. As I looked around the room, I saw Bermudians of...

  • Get ready – not hard to see an election is in the air
    Jun 2, 2017 8:00 am

    Get ready – not hard to see an election is in the air

    “Even Ray Charles can see what is going on.”

    A common saying in reference to when things are blatantly clear. If anyone has any doubts that an election is near, they would need to look at a few key indicators as of late.

    Recently, the...

  • A friend in need is a friend indeed
    May 26, 2017 8:00 am

    A friend in need is a friend indeed

    Over the years I have seen a lot of interesting things on the canvassing trail across every parish in Bermuda. I have witnessed the never-ending hospitality and generosity of Bermudians. And I have spoken with some of our living legends and met...

  • Looking at political affiliation and skin colour
    May 12, 2017 8:00 am

    Looking at political affiliation and skin colour

    A few days ago, I had a startling conversation with someone on Facebook. Such conversations themselves are not surprising, as thousands of Bermudians have them daily. However, something that the person stated struck a chord deep within...

  • JVB, your online family misses you
    May 6, 2017 8:00 am

    JVB, your online family misses you

    Julia van Beelen, aka JVB, and I started talking online about six years ago before the 2012 General Election. Needless to say, we, along with a select group of politics junkies, often were in “spirited” online debates that seemingly...

  • The joy of canvassing... and fried chicken
    Apr 21, 2017 8:00 am

    The joy of canvassing... and fried chicken

    Forty-five thousand Bermudians are eligible to cast a ballot for referendums, by-elections and general elections. There are roughly 1,200 persons residing in 500 homes in each of our 36 constituencies.

    Each one of those individuals expects...

  • Canvassing requires empathy and prayer
    Mar 31, 2017 8:00 am

    Canvassing requires empathy and prayer

    On any given day when persons prepare themselves to go out to canvass, they do the following:

    • Collect their clipboards and walking lists for the specific areas that they will be canvassing

    • Ensure that they have adequate voter...

  • The real story is OBA backtracking
    Mar 24, 2017 8:00 am

    The real story is OBA backtracking

    Over the past few days, many Bermudians have had the opportunity to read some interesting articles in The Royal Gazette. By the time a story reaches print or online, a number of persons would have had to have done some research...

  • A visit embedded in my mind for ever
    Mar 17, 2017 8:00 am

    A visit embedded in my mind for ever

    One of the few things that persons involved with different political parties can agree on is that canvassing is a fundamental component of any election campaign. Fortunately for us in Bermuda, social norms dictate that candidates visit the...

  • I call uncle ‘Boo’ Brown my hero
    Mar 4, 2017 8:00 am

    I call uncle ‘Boo’ Brown my hero

    Some 70 years ago, my paternal grandmother passed away suddenly, leaving my grandfather to raise ten children.

    My aunt Pauline was the eldest and took on the role of mother for a few years.

    She then left Bermuda in search of a...

  • Now for their next trick ... savings of less than $2 a day
    Mar 3, 2017 8:00 am

    Now for their next trick ... savings of less than $2 a day

    “Hocus-pocus”

    “Abracadabra”

    Two of the signature terms of magicians.

    Whether it is pulling rabbits out of hats or sawing a damsel in half, magicians have been using smoke and mirrors, combined with...

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