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My wishlist for Bermuda in 2011

Happy New Year Bermuda! As we close out 2010, let's have a look back at some of the year's highlights, at least from my perspective.

There has been some good, some bad, some ugly but we have to look forward. More on this after the Top 20.

Top of the hits at the end of 2010 is Rihanna with her hit

Only Girl In The World. Up to #2 is

Just A Dream by Nelly. Improving to #3 is

Bottoms Up by Trey Songz featuring Nicki Minaj. Falling to #4 is

DJ Got Us Falling In Love by Usher featuring Pitbull, a hot and up tempo dance track. Up to #5 is

Can't Be Friends by Trey Songz.

Slipping to #6 is

Just The Way You Are by Bruno Mars. Improving to #7 is

Holding You Down by Jazmine Sullivan. Sliding to #8 is

Teenage Dream by Katy Perry. Down to #9 is

I like It by Enrique Iglesias featuring Pitbull.

Now some hot new tracks. Up to #10 is

Dirty Picture by Taio Cruz featuring Ke$ha. Ke$ha's other single,

We R Who We R improves to #11.

Moving up into the #12 spot is

Champaign Life by Neo. Neo writes sweet songs. After years of writing them for others he has been writing for himself and making hits.

Up to #13 is

Like a G6 by Far*East Movement featuring Cataracs & Dev, a popular dance track that is getting it done in clubs, on radio, everywhere. Improving to #14 is

Raise Your Glass by Pink.

Slipping to #15 it's

Hello, Good Morning by Diddy.Falling to #16 is

To Paris with Love by Donna Summer.

Improving to #17 it's

What's My Name by Rihanna featuring Drake; a former essential new tune. Slipping to #18 is

Ride by Ciara featuring Ludacris.

Down to #19 is

Deuces by Chris Brown featuring Tyga and Kevin McCall.

Ending the year at #20 is

Dynamite by Taio Cruz, one of the new and impressive artists in the business and from whom more good things are expected in 2011.

Now back to this week's word the good, bad and ugly of 2010 and a look forward to 2011.

A number of issues stand out to me as significant from this past year.

I remember earlier in January asking if we had acted in such a way as to make too large a number of the international business community feel unwelcome in Bermuda.

The exodus of some businesses is widely perceived to be not just because of the recession. Don't shoot the messenger; it is what it is.

I'm not advocating that Bermudians vacate their birthright; but we are still in the tourism and international business industries and should take steps to generate additional revenue from both.

Then during the first quarter we had the discussion about casinos and gaming. For the record, I'm kind of glad we didn't go there. We have other bigger issues to address.

For those of us who give a hoot about the Eastern Counties, the refusal of St David's and members of Bailey's Bay to play in the competition was simply ridiculous.

However, I was delighted that my beloved Cleveland County became, for the first time in 30 years, Eastern Counties champions. Let's hope they can retain the trophy in 2011!

I can guarantee that St David's and Bay will be gunning to win back the trophy. So, CCCC: start training in January. Everybody wants to beat the champs.

But the most significant item from my perspective during 2010 was the massive rise in unemployment, the large and still growing number of Bermudians who are unemployed, the never before seen number of redundancies and business closures, all of which say that the recession fully manifested itself in Bermuda during 2010.

Yes, we have had too many shootings, killings and road fatalities but the lack of jobs has put too many people in this Country under stress.

The rising cost of health care remains an unresolved issue, as does the $1 billion national debt we have accumulated over the past several years. Hopefully both of these can be addressed in 2011 and beyond.

We got a new Premier in October and she has already made significant changes. Like them or loathe them, we are stuck with them and we may as well get on board with her plan and give it and her our full support.

We may not have it all together; but together we can have it all. We must become a more together Bermuda, instead of this fragmented mess that we are today!

We have to remember that we are our brother and sister's keeper. We must remember the golden rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”.

My prayer is that 2011 will bring us peace, less crime, fewer road fatalities, less antisocial behaviour, more togetherness, stronger families, stronger communities, safer communities, more jobs, economic recovery, reduction in our national debt, eradication of unemployment, happier people and a more functional and sustainable Bermuda.

Happy New Year!….....……DJLT.

Trey Songz

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Published December 31, 2010 at 1:00 am (Updated December 31, 2010 at 8:20 am)

My wishlist for Bermuda in 2011

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