• Tobacco Bay littered with plastic trash

    Tobacco Bay littered with plastic trash

    My mother, daughter and I came to Bermuda for the first time in early January and we’re about to leave on Sunday.

    For the most part, we have been very impressed with the country and the generosity and friendliness of the people.

    But one thing has been really upsetting and disappointing: the amount of plastic trash that we’ve found on many beaches.

    Since we’re staying in St George, the beach we have visited...

  • Praise for late, great David Ifor Nisbett

    Praise for late, great David Ifor Nisbett

    There aren’t many people in the world as great as the late David Ifor Nisbett, in my opinion.

    He had an immense loyalty to his family and to his church, St Monica’s Mission, where he served as a senior choirmaster and teacher. His commitment to the church was displayed in the religious ornaments he produced for the church ceremonies.

    Whenever I visited St Monica’s, Ifor would eagerly show me his stunning handicrafts. He was an outstanding carpenter-joiner, who...

    • Feb 9, 2016 8:00 am
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  • Twain had disdain for America’s Cup

    Twain had disdain for America’s Cup

    Bermudians set great store by Mark Twain, and rightly so.

    It occurs to me that they may be interested to know the great man’s thoughts on the America’s Cup boat race: “The race for the America’s Cup is in some small sense an international matter, but in an exceedingly small sense.

    “It interests the 100th fraction of 1 per cent of the population of England and America — these being rich, sporting men — and stops there; it inflammatorily interests nobody else, and...

    • Feb 9, 2016 8:00 am
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  • Some PLP members have short memories

    Some PLP members have short memories

    It was interesting to see on the TV news this evening (February 2), Jamahl Simmons criticising the Government for renting out some of the “low-cost housing” called the Grand Atlantic Development, which was built at the direction of the Brown administration. This was supposed to help folks to buy into the island by having so-called low-cost housing, but, unfortunately, the units were priced out of the range of the average person.

    I believe I am correct in saying only one...

    • Feb 6, 2016 8:00 am
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  • Message of gratitude to our community

    Message of gratitude to our community

    Please allow us to use your newspaper for this note of gratitude and appreciation to our community.

    A special thanks to the MarketPlace stores for the use of all their premises for the “Share The Christmas Spirit” Tag Day, which was held on November 28, 2015.

    This past festive season, we were able to supply food hampers to 582 households.

    We were overwhelmed by the support shown to this programme from the public in providing perishable items, which were...

    • Feb 6, 2016 8:00 am
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  • Bank owes customers explanation and apology

    Bank owes customers explanation and apology

    I write to express my disgust with the lack of customer focus of Bermuda’s banks, and in particular at this moment with the sheer disrespect that Butterfield Bank is showing its customers.

    As of January 4, Butterfield has implemented various new fees for its customer accounts, mostly by stealth. These include fees for “account monitoring” for commercial accounts to the tune of $8 per month per account (in addition to any monthly maintenance fees that might be charged);...

    • Feb 3, 2016 8:00 am
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  • Post Office report at odds with experience

    Post Office report at odds with experience

    I’ve read a glowing report regarding Crawl Post Office staff, particularly during the Christmas rush.

    I have a question for the postmaster general, who also wrote a glowing statement regarding post office staff services during the holidays.

    Would you please inform me how is it that I mailed a package to my relative last year — October, 13, 2015, to be exact — delivered to the Crawl Post Office — and it still hasn’t shown up. When I was told about this two months...

    • Feb 2, 2016 8:00 am
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  • Three ladies who made me proud of Bermuda

    Three ladies who made me proud of Bermuda

    Last Thursday afternoon at about 4.30, I stopped to ask a lady if she was having difficulties.

    She was walking unsteadily with a man who seemed also unsteady.

    It turned out that she was fine but had found him in this condition and was being a Good Samaritan and trying to make sure he didn’t hurt himself.

    Two other ladies had also come to her aid.

    We were near my husband’s office and the people there were able to help and get him home safely.

    I...

    • Feb 2, 2016 8:00 am
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  • Keep Shelly Bay green area for picnics, not parking

    Keep Shelly Bay green area for picnics, not parking

    Approximately 1,000 objection signatures, plus numerous individual letters of objection regarding the application by Shelly Bay Beach House, have been presented to the Department of Planning by the published deadline of January 29.

    Shelly Bay Beach House, under Tom Steinhoff and partner, had applied to the Director of Planning to establish a parking lot for its proposed restaurant, on a popular green picnic area and adjacent to the popular Shelly Bay Children’s...

    • Feb 1, 2016 8:00 am
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  • Responsibility to be rational amid challenges

    Responsibility to be rational amid challenges

    The news around the world can be so distressing that I am sure, for health, sanity and to escape the bombardment of painful issues, people turn off the news.

    We cannot block out reality, but we can at least give the mind the space to contextualise what we see.

    There is good news on several fronts, starting with the major exodus from Iraq and Syria. The good news is that it is leading to a European solution. No European nation can handle the problem on its own and...

    • Jan 30, 2016 8:00 am
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  • We’ve all been swindled by US on taxes

    We’ve all been swindled by US on taxes

    So, yesterday I was fortunate enough to have stumbled across a very interesting article on the web. Coming from a valid source, Bloomberg, I was captivated by the title “The world’s favourite new tax haven is the United States”.

    After reading the article, I found myself rather numb. A few years back, the United States introduced Fatca (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act), a global tax law aimed at cutting off banks from access to critical US financial markets if they...

    • Jan 30, 2016 8:00 am
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