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Commentary: School is in

August 23, 2016
Commentary: School is in During my high school years I had an English teacher by the name of Mr Robert Horton, who took a liking to liberal use of red ink in my exercise books. Initially I used to take great offence to his obsession with singling me out for extra classes in the fine art of writing the Queen’s language.

Tropical wave expected to threaten Hispaniola and Bahamas late this week

August 22, 2016
Tropical wave expected to threaten Hispaniola and Bahamas late this week MIAMI, USA -- A tropical wave located about 1,100 miles east of the Lesser Antilles is producing disorganized showers and a few thunderstorms and the system is expected to be near Hispaniola and the southeastern Bahamas late this week. According to the National Hurricane Center...

Former Cayman Islands governor berates UK officials in final dispatch

August 19, 2016
Former Cayman Islands governor berates UK officials in final dispatch GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- A dispatch sent to London 24 years ago from the outgoing governor of the Cayman Islands, which was released by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) this month, berates the colonial rulers for ignoring the overseas territories and not...

Grace Foods recalls specific batches of curry products

August 19, 2016
Grace Foods recalls specific batches of curry products KINGSTON, Jamaica -- GraceKennedy Limited has announced the recall of the following batches of its curry products in keeping with a recall by a former supplier, Miami-based Oriental Packing Company, Inc. The products being recalled are packaged in the USA and distributed within...

Commentary: Where is there, and what does it look like? A reply to Christopher Famous

August 16, 2016
Commentary: Where is there, and what does it look like? A reply to Christopher Famous Caribbean history is an important area of study. And Christopher Famous in his recent commentary in Caribbean News Now titled, ‘Two hundred years after emancipation, Are we there yet?’ outlines the socio-economic and political situation in the Caribbean since emancipation.

Commentary: Two hundred years after emancipation, 'Are we there yet?'

August 11, 2016
Commentary: Two hundred years after emancipation, 'Are we there yet?' Are we there yet? This is a question frequently asked by persons on a journey to a place not yet known to them. In 1834, England declared that all enslaved persons throughout the British Empire were to be set free of slavery. August 1st was to be their emancipation day.

Commentary: A framework for social progress in Bermuda

August 8, 2016
Commentary: A framework for social progress in Bermuda As we move about the community, our countrymen are saying time and time again that they are tired of politicians politicizing crime as if they can singularly and magically make criminality disappear overnight. Bermudians are telling us that words of condemnation and sympathy alone cannot curb...

Commentary: Race and politics in Bermuda

August 2, 2016
Commentary: Race and politics in Bermuda It seems whenever the OBA is looking for votes they begin speaking about the need to engage with the community. What they really seem to be saying, in obvious clumsiness, is that they are trying to appear to care about and subsequently appeal to the black Bermudian community.

British overseas territories leaders meet in Turks and Caicos

July 23, 2016
British overseas territories leaders meet in Turks and Caicos PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) Governor Peter Beckingham welcomed leaders from seven of the UK’s Overseas Territories for lunch at his official residence on Thursday. “I was delighted and honoured to have the opportunity to welcome to the Turks and Caicos...

Commentary: A lame duck Bermudian government

July 21, 2016
Commentary: A lame duck Bermudian government Over the last month, it has become increasingly apparent that Bermuda Premier Michael Dunkley has taken a hit on multiple fronts; so much so that it now obvious that his level of political influence is becoming null and void. On Friday, June 17, 2016, PLP MP Rolfe Commisiong...

Commentary: Black and white solidarity

July 13, 2016
Commentary: Black and white solidarity On the early evening of July 7, 2016, I witnessed something firsthand that brought a shock to my head and tears to my eyes. As I was sitting in my car in downtown NYC I heard loud thunderous shouting behind me. I walked down the block to see what was going on and there I saw...

Commentary: The View from Europe: An uncertain future for the Overseas Territories?

July 9, 2016
Commentary: The View from Europe: An uncertain future for the Overseas Territories? Although an eerie calm may have settled on Europe now that the immediacy of the decision by the United Kingdom to leave the European Union (EU) has sunk in, it should not lull the Caribbean into a sense of false security or inaction. It has arisen because much is now on hold until...

UK may join its Caribbean territories as tax havens after Brexit

July 8, 2016
UK may join its Caribbean territories as tax havens after Brexit LONDON, England -- Once free of European Union strictures following its exit from the EU, European finance ministers and financial experts have expressed concern that Brexit could prompt a “race to the bottom” on tax policy, with the UK joining its Caribbean territories as a tax haven.

Commentary: Yes yes or no no?

June 27, 2016
Commentary: Yes yes or no no? June 23rd, 2016. What an interesting day in Bermuda. A referendum on Same Sex Marriage (SSM) and Same Sex Civil Unions (CU). Some 20,804 Bermudians lined up over the course of 12 hours to cast their vote throughout the island, Many of whom were voting for their very first time.

Brexit will see renewed focus on overseas territories, says UK minister

June 21, 2016
Brexit will see renewed focus on overseas territories, says UK minister GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- The UK minister with responsibility for the British overseas territories (BoTs) has said that a British exit from the European Union will be an advantage for the BoTs because the UK will be able to focus on traditional relationships with them.

Bermuda's former premier speaks out against 'politically motivated' arrest of medical official

June 20, 2016
Bermuda's former premier speaks out against 'politically motivated' arrest of medical official HAMILTON, Bermuda -- Former premier Dr Ewart Brown told journalists in Bermuda on Friday that he felt compelled to speak out because of what he described as the unjust and unwarranted arrest of Dr Mahesh Reddy, chief medical officer at Brown's company Bermuda Healthcare Services.

Bermuda woman waits anxiously to learn whereabouts of missing daughter

June 14, 2016
Bermuda woman waits anxiously to learn whereabouts of missing daughter HAMILTON, Bermuda -- Imagine having to fly to America to pick up your child from their parent. You call to say that you are on your way, only to wait outside for eight hours with zero communication. And the hours turn into days. While it may sound like a story out of a television show...

Commentary: Shout it loud, we are black and proud!

June 14, 2016
Commentary: Shout it loud, we are black and proud! When I think of Muhammad Ali, his illustrious boxing career does not event come into my mind. Not one stat, not one fight. What does come into my mind is my entire primary school being sat down in the early 1970s to watch a movie about a black man with a strange name who was prepared...

BVI advocates for more UK engagement with overseas territories

June 6, 2016
BVI advocates for more UK engagement with overseas territories LONDON, England -- British Virgin Islands London office director Benito Wheatley has said there is a need for greater engagement from the UK government and parliamentary support on key overseas territories issues. Wheatley was addressing the second Overseas Territories (OT)...

UK Overseas Territories take a stand against online child sexual abuse imagery

June 2, 2016
UK Overseas Territories take a stand against online child sexual abuse imagery LONDON, England -- In an historic announcement on Wednesday, 12 British Overseas Territories launched dedicated reporting portals, to allow web users to report images and videos of child sexual abuse. The IWF (Internet Watch Foundation) initiative has been made possible by...

Commentary: Income inequality in Bermuda

May 31, 2016
Commentary: Income inequality in Bermuda There are many in Bermuda and indeed worldwide who attempt to say that there is no disparity between the races. That they only difference is pigmentation or hair texture. Biologically this is true. However, when it comes to Bermudian statistics, the numbers paint an entirely different story.

Commentary: Rally round the West Indies

May 17, 2016
Commentary: Rally round the West Indies “This victory is solely dedicated to the Caribbean people, the fans all over the world. We are a praying team and we never stop praying.” Such were the words of West Indies T20 men’s cricket team captain, Mr Darren Sammy, upon winning the World T20 cricket final against England.

Bermuda hotel opens most dramatic lobby in the region

April 27, 2016
Bermuda hotel opens most dramatic lobby in the region PAGET, Bermuda -- Coco Reef Bermuda last week announced the reopening of its hotel lobby, the most dramatic in the region. The first few steps taken into a hotel represent the opening sequence of a vacation, or maybe a love affair or even a crucial meeting. First impressions always...

Commentary: OBA immigration track record - Part 2

April 19, 2016
Commentary: OBA immigration track record - Part 2 Ladies and gentlemen, today we continue to look at a timeline of the OBA’s immigration moves over the last 18 months. October 1, 2014 – Minister Fahy proposed a new Work Permit Policy that included the highly controversial Bermuda Employment Visa (BEV), which would allow qualifying...

Commentary: The View from Europe: The Panama connection

April 9, 2016
Commentary: The View from Europe: The Panama connection A few days ago the leader of the British Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, called on the British prime minister to consider taking direct control of Britain’s Caribbean overseas territories. His remarks – not without irony as, of all of the members of the British Parliament, he is among those...

Call for direct rule of British overseas territories 'absurd', says Cayman Islands minister

April 8, 2016
Call for direct rule of British overseas territories 'absurd', says Cayman Islands minister GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- Cayman’s financial services minister has dismissed as absurd the suggestion by the UK leader of the opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, that the British government should consider imposing direct rule on its overseas territories and dependencies...

Commentary: OBA immigration track record

April 5, 2016
Commentary: OBA immigration track record Ladies and gentlemen, in the following text we will lay out a track record of the UBP/OBA actions regarding immigration in the island of Bermuda. In the lead up to the 2007 election, the UBP headed up by then opposition leader Michael Dunkley pledged to grant status to all PRC holders.

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