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Commentary: Health care in Bermuda

April 17, 2014
Commentary: Health care in Bermuda In December, the then Bermuda Health Minister Patricia Gordon-Pamplin announced the OBA was looking to introduce pre-certification to the medical industry. This means that our physicians will be required to get approval from a faceless person on the end of a 1-800 number before any medical...

Afraid of bad publicity, Bermuda denies TV crew entry

April 10, 2014
Afraid of bad publicity, Bermuda denies TV crew entry HAMILTON, Bermuda -- Bermuda has denied temporary work permits to a Canadian film crew producing a documentary about the unsolved rape and murder of a teenage girl visiting the island from Canada in 1996. According to Home Affairs Minister Michael Fahy, the Canadian production team was denied...

Commentary: A public relations disaster in Bermuda

April 10, 2014
Commentary: A public relations disaster in Bermuda On April 5, Minister Fahy claimed that in an effort to avoid “potential reputational risks to Bermuda”, he used his ministerial discretion and denied temporary work permits to an overseas film crew who wanted to make a documentary on the Rebecca Middleton murder. As forewarned by many...

Commentary: Caribbean men's health

April 9, 2014
Commentary: Caribbean men's health Today I wish to speak specifically to the men of the Caribbean. Over last weekend two men that I knew, have moved on to the afterlife, due to the dreaded thing we have named cancer. Their passing did not come suddenly or without expectations. Both had been diagnosed with specific forms of cancer.

Commentary: The men of the Caribbean

April 7, 2014
Commentary: The men of the Caribbean Thank you all for your continued support. It means much to us to have our fellow Caribbean nationals share their views and wishes with us. Our most precious resources are the people of this region. So today I would like to specifically address the men of the Caribbean. Generation Golden

Bermuda sovereign credit ratings affirmed; outlook remains negative

April 3, 2014
NEW YORK, USA -- On Tuesday, Standard & Poor's Ratings Services affirmed its 'AA-/A-1+' long- and short-term foreign and local currency sovereign ratings on Bermuda. The outlook remains negative. At the same time, Standard & Poor's affirmed its 'AAA' transfer and...

Commentary: The politics of kumbaya in Bermuda

March 27, 2014
Commentary: The politics of kumbaya in Bermuda Recently there have been increased calls for bi-partisanship and cooperation amongst the political parties of Bermuda. This call has not only come from the people, but also from business leaders and some politicians themselves. Whilst the notion of both parties working together is noble and desirable...

Commentary: Privatisation and Bermuda

March 26, 2014
Commentary: Privatisation and Bermuda Privatisation has lately been pushed as the new cure all for everything that ails Bermuda. If you listen to the OBA, you would believe that privatisation is the best thing since sliced bread. However, history has shown that, before you believe OBA promises, one should dig deeper, research and determine...

Commentary: The right to know in Bermuda

March 20, 2014
Commentary: The right to know in Bermuda In 2008, a private campaign called “Right to Know: Giving People Power” was launched. The purpose of this campaign was to pressure the government of Bermuda into creating some form of PATI [Public Access to Information] process. This campaign was announced with much fanfare.

Commentary: The higher the monkey climbs the more he shows his tail

March 19, 2014
Commentary: The higher the monkey climbs the more he shows his tail Since May 2013, I have written numerous columns in the Bermuda Sun, warning that the OBA will attempt to privatize and outsource many government departments and services here in Bermuda. This was confirmed by OBA Finance Minister Bob Richards on February 21 when he tabled the 2014/15 Budget.

Commentary: Confidence in the Caribbean community

March 14, 2014
Commentary: Confidence in the Caribbean community In any form of human relations, the key element is how we communicate with each other. Lack of proper communication has been the demise of many relationships; likewise it can be the demise of the relationship between politicians and the people who trust us to represent them in Parliament.

Commentary: Attacks on free speech in Bermuda

March 11, 2014
Commentary: Attacks on free speech in Bermuda My purpose of writing today, is to speak to an attack on free speech in the Caribbean. On Friday February 7, 2013 an opinion piece was written in the Bermuda Sun by MP Sylvan Richards of the OBA government of Bermuda. In this opinion piece labelled “Reckless and unpatriotic,” MP Richards complains...

Jamaicans may no longer need visas for travel to Bermuda

March 10, 2014
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- With effect from March 1, 2014, Jamaican nationals travelling to Bermuda for tourism, business or on a work permit, will no longer require a visa or visa waiver to enter that country, provided that they are holding a multiple entry visa to the United States...

Commentary: Two Bermudas

March 6, 2014
Commentary: Two Bermudas I want first to thank those of you that have been kind enough to send me your thoughts on the issue of “Two Bermudas” Particularly in regards to how we can seek to empower ourselves, and the generations to come. We are here to serve Bermuda and to look out for the concerns that Bermudians bring to us.

Commentary: Personal responsibility and work ethic in Bermuda

March 4, 2014
Commentary: Personal responsibility and work ethic in Bermuda Good day to our Caribbean neighbours. We wish to thank you all for your support over the last few weeks; we appreciate all of the advice given in one form or the other. We operate best when pertinent matters are brought to our attention. We are here to serve and we do not take this task lightly.

Commentary: Valentine's Day mass suicide

February 27, 2014
Commentary: Valentine's Day mass suicide I had thought I had seen and heard it all in politics. Then along came along February 14, 2014.  Probably the most contentious sitting of parliament in recent Bermudian history, the following is small collection of quotes from our paid politicians representing us in the House of Assembly of Bermuda.

Letter: Caribbean flood relief

February 26, 2014
In late December, the Progressive Labour Party of Bermuda mobilized to assist with flood relief for the hardest hit Caribbean islands of St Vincent and St Lucia. The substantial floods and landslides during the Christmas holidays resulted in the tragic loss of 15 lives along with...

Commentary: Caribbean statesmanship and unity

February 24, 2014
Commentary: Caribbean statesmanship and unity Good day to all. We wish to take this opportunity to speak to the people of the Caribbean. Politicians of every island often claim to have the answers to all of society’s challenges yet, as we know, words do not always translate to actions or results. Politics is but one part of the equation. 

Commentary: March of Unity

February 20, 2014
Commentary: March of Unity On Wednesday February 5, Bermuda witnessed the words of Bob Marley coming to fruition once again. On Wednesday February 5, Bermudians realized that no one will save us but us. On Wednesday February 5, we, as Bermudians, united to stand up for not only ourselves but also for each other.

Commentary: The rights of all Bermudians

February 13, 2014
Commentary: The rights of all Bermudians On February 5, via local media in Bermuda, OBA MP Sylvan Richards attacked the Progressive Labour Party (PLP) for our stance on commercial immigration (CI). While criticizing the stance of the PLP, he failed to address any of the concerns of that Bermudians have regarding CI. MP Richards stated...

Commentary: A tale of two Bermudas

February 12, 2014
Commentary: A tale of two Bermudas Bermudians daily speak about the overwhelming need to break down the divide between the “two Bermudas”. Today, I’d like to take this opportunity to explain a little bit about why Bermuda works best when Bermudians are put first. When we talk about two Bermudas, we are referring to:

Bermuda Hospitals Trust receives $500,000 donation

February 4, 2014
Bermuda Hospitals Trust receives $500,000 donation HAMILTON, Bermuda -- On Monday, Edmund Gibbons Limited announced the donation of $500,000 to the Bermuda Hospitals Charitable Trust – a non-profit organization whose goal is to raise $40 million for the King Edward Memorial Hospital redevelopment fundraising campaign.

Commentary: St Kitts and Bermuda Part 2

February 3, 2014
Commentary: St Kitts and Bermuda Part 2 Good day to my Caribbean family. First, let me ensure my survival by listing other surnames of St. Kitts and Nevis (SKN) origin. To anyone not listed, my apologies. Today, I will continue my series on SKN where “Country above self” is the national motto. At one time the entire island was essentially...

Commentary: Undermining democracy and the voice of born Bermudians

February 3, 2014
Commentary: Undermining democracy and the voice of born Bermudians I write this to alert the CARICOM family of recent moves by the Bermudian government to undermine democracy and the voice of born Bermudians. The Commercial Immigration (CI) survey launched by OBA government of Bermuda serves only one purpose -- to create an illusion of support for their proposal...

Bermuda Tourism Authority appoints CEO

January 28, 2014
HAMILTON, Bermuda -- The Bermuda Tourism Authority (BTA) has appointed Bill Hanbury as chief executive officer (CEO), effective January 27. He will report to the board of directors. An industry veteran with over 25 years of senior management experience, Hanbury will be responsible for...

Commentary: The legacy of Dr Martin Luther King

January 27, 2014
Commentary: The legacy of Dr Martin Luther King The legacy of Dr Martin Luther King was celebrated last Monday by people across the globe who believe in freedom, justice and equality. The recent passing of Nelson Mandela marks the end of an era of iconic freedom fighters who served on the front lines of the war against injustice, prejudice...

Commentary: Are we bold enough to chart a new destiny?

January 25, 2014
Commentary: Are we bold enough to chart a new destiny? Good day to my Caribbean neighbours. Bermudians, residents and guest visitors alike, have suffered too much for so little. Bermudians have been prohibited from traveling to the United States and Canada, we have had our reputations smeared and job prospects shattered due to convictions for simple...

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