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  • Two years in power and still humbled
    Jul 19, 2019 8:00 am

    Two years in power and still humbled

    “Feel the needs of others more than your own” — Emperor Haile Selassie

    On Wednesday, July 19, 2017, I lay awake in my bed attempting to contemplate the fullness of the day before. A day that...

  • Giving thanks in our hour of need
    Jul 12, 2019 8:00 am

    Giving thanks in our hour of need

    Chris, there is a fire at the house!”

    Words no man or woman wants to hear from their spouse or significant other. On July 2, there was a minor fire at my wife’s salon. No fire is minor, but this was minor compared with what might have...

  • New scholarship provides an opportunity at UWI
    Jun 28, 2019 8:00 am

    New scholarship provides an opportunity at UWI

    Last Friday, the Minister of Education, Diallo Rabain, made a monumental statement in Parliament.

    “Mr Speaker, it gives me great pleasure today to rise and give notice of the renewal of the relationship between the Bermudian people...

  • A family where safety always comes first
    Jun 21, 2019 8:00 am

    A family where safety always comes first

    A few months ago there was a gathering of Bermudians at an event recognising long-service employees — persons who had served one particular company for a range of between ten and 50 years.

    Yes, shockingly, there are people who have worked...

  • OTs well equipped to be our own experts
    Jun 14, 2019 8:00 am

    OTs well equipped to be our own experts

    On Sunday on Hott 107.5FM, beginning at 8pm, we will once again have a Cross-Caribbean Conversation/Territories Talk with guests from other British Overseas Territories.

    Our line-up of panellists this month consists of the following...

  • Take a shot: you can only miss so many times
    Jun 7, 2019 8:00 am

    Take a shot: you can only miss so many times

    Wolves Sports Club will be hosting their annual end-of-season prize-giving ceremony at Elliot Primary School tomorrow starting at 6.30pm. For those who are not familiar with Wolves, it is the sports club for eastern Devonshire. Generations of...

  • No shame in wanting to put your people first
    May 31, 2019 8:00 am

    No shame in wanting to put your people first

    It is always interesting, sadly interesting, to see or hear people call Bermudians xenophobic or protectionist, simply because they wish to ensure the best for themselves, their families and their fellow Bermudians.

    A recent article in...

  • Things we should be thankful for
    May 17, 2019 8:00 am

    Things we should be thankful for

    “Gratitude is a must” — Koffee

    Jamaican reggae artist Koffee has a global hit song, Toast, that speaks to the need for us, as human beings, to be grateful for everything that we have in life.

  • The do’s and don’ts of social media
    May 10, 2019 8:00 am

    The do’s and don’ts of social media

    At the recently concluded Commonwealth Parliamentary Association strengthening seminar held on May 1 and 2, I was honoured to give a presentation regarding the use of social media by parliamentarians.

    The title of that particular session...

  • Competition needed to drive down our rates
    May 3, 2019 8:00 am

    Competition needed to drive down our rates

    I have been contacted by a number of people with regard to the recent op-ed about mobile rates and roaming rates.

    Clearly, a cross-section of Bermudians have experienced frustration with having to pay one of the highest data rates in the...

  • The data just does not add up
    Apr 26, 2019 8:00 am

    The data just does not add up

    A few days ago, a gentleman posted on the Facebook group MAJ’s List his outrage of being hit with a $950 roaming charge fee from a local mobile phone service provider.

    Subsequently, others chimed in with similar stories of being hit with...

  • Fitting send-off for the Queen of Devonshire
    Apr 12, 2019 8:00 am

    Fitting send-off for the Queen of Devonshire

    “I wanna say I lived each day, until I die

    And know that I meant something in somebody’s life

    The hearts I have touched will be the proof that I leave

    That I made a difference, and this world will see

    I was...

  • Follow Theodosia’s example and get back to basics
    Apr 5, 2019 8:00 am

    Follow Theodosia’s example and get back to basics

    “The truth is an offence but not a sin.” — Bob Marley

    During the course of our lives, we will be faced with either having to tell people what they want to hear or telling them what they need to...

  • St Kitts, our home away from home
    Mar 29, 2019 8:00 am

    St Kitts, our home away from home

    Country above self is the motto of the twin-island federation of St Kitts & Nevis. A motto that is, evidently, not just words, but a daily way of life.

    This ancestral Caribbean homeland of an extremely large proportion of Bermudians...

  • Regional solidarity is our greatest defence against European bullies
    Mar 22, 2019 8:00 am

    Regional solidarity is our greatest defence against European bullies

    “I know we Bermudians like to think that we are a cut above all other offshore financial centres. I was personally a fierce proponent of that viewpoint, both at home and abroad. But I have had a ‘road to Damascus’ moment on this issue...

  • Unity in face of colonial economic oppression
    Mar 15, 2019 8:00 am

    Unity in face of colonial economic oppression

    In February, Walter Roban, the Deputy Premier, and I were chosen to represent Bermuda at the 30th Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of Caricom held in St Kitts.

    Upon arrival, we were warmly welcomed by two...

  • Bermudians come first in immigration reform
    Mar 2, 2019 8:00 am

    Bermudians come first in immigration reform

    “The truth is an offence but not a sin.” — Bob Marley

    Below are some of the constant narratives expounded by those closely related to the OBA:

    “We need more boots on the ground.” ­— Opposition...

  • Trust me, we’re not doing it just for the food
    Feb 15, 2019 8:00 am

    Trust me, we’re not doing it just for the food

    As a follow-up to last week’s missive about community service hours, it gives great pleasure to state that over the weekend a number of young and not so young men came out to assist with the scraping and painting of a wall in Green Acres,...

  • High school graduation is a community event in every sense
    Feb 8, 2019 8:00 am

    High school graduation is a community event in every sense

    Within a few short months, hundreds of our young adults will be standing together wearing caps and gowns for their respective high school graduation ceremonies.

    A culmination of between 12 and 13 years from primary school to senior school.

  • Much to be said for the rally system
    Feb 1, 2019 8:00 am

    Much to be said for the rally system

    A few days ago I was browsing the internet and came across a headline that caught my attention.

    “Forget the banks, build your own home”

    Something jumped out at me and said, “read it a bit more”. Upon doing so, it became glowingly...

  • Cayman Crosstalk coming to Bermuda
    Jan 25, 2019 8:00 am

    Cayman Crosstalk coming to Bermuda

    “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools”

    — the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr

    On February 10, please join us on Hott 107.5FM with host Kim Swan and myself...

  • Beating the drum on trades! Can you hear me?
    Jan 18, 2019 8:00 am

    Beating the drum on trades! Can you hear me?

    If you ask any politician what is the most common question that they are asked, it will be without a doubt something along the lines of: “I am looking for a job. Can you help me out?”

    Unfortunately, we all know someone who is either...

  • No trade secret where we’re suffering in the workforce
    Jan 11, 2019 8:00 am

    No trade secret where we’re suffering in the workforce

    If you build it they will come

    Field of Dreams

    It may be subjective whether or not they will come, but one thing for sure, you still have to build it.

    To build “it”, one would have...

  • Team effort restored water for Christmas
    Dec 28, 2018 8:00 am

    Team effort restored water for Christmas

    As we know, Christmas Eve is traditionally one of the busiest days in any country. With Bermuda being no exception, locals are focused on: shopping, visiting, bar-hopping and domestic duties.

    Those duties include cooking, changing curtains,...

  • We can learn from Wakanda
    Dec 27, 2018 10:08 am

    We can learn from Wakanda

    I am not here to write about a white Christmas. Nor am I here to write about Rudolph.

    As a matter of fact, I am not here to write about the North Pole. Not at all.

    Perhaps, I could talk about our national addiction to eggnog — both...

  • Supporting role of a backbencher
    Dec 14, 2018 8:00 am

    Supporting role of a backbencher

    Today, let us take a moment to speak about the role of the backbencher. For clarity, a backbencher would be those who are elected to Parliament but are not yet government ministers.

    In the existing setting within the Progressive Labour...

  • Don’t vilify the W&E road crews
    Dec 7, 2018 8:00 am

    Don’t vilify the W&E road crews

    A few days ago, former MP Jeff Sousa made an online comment about a government road crew moving an abandoned motorcycle from one side of the road to the other during the course of clearing the roads.

    Perhaps, just perhaps, it is just me,...

  • Cheers to a devoted supporter of the Bermudian tradesman
    Nov 30, 2018 8:00 am

    Cheers to a devoted supporter of the Bermudian tradesman

    One of the best parts about being involved in politics is that you have a wide variety of persons within your constituency. Some male, some female, some who support you politically, some who do not, some who are for St George’s and some who are...

  • A sprinkle of Wakanda can go a long way
    Nov 16, 2018 8:00 am

    A sprinkle of Wakanda can go a long way

    The Progressive Labour Party held a Wakanda Royalty Gala on Saturday. Interestingly, although not surprisingly, from the moment this event was announced two months ago, it was branded in a negative light.

    Comments such as: “Wakanda is not a...

  • Women are resetting the bar
    Nov 9, 2018 8:00 am

    Women are resetting the bar

    I was having a conversation on Tuesday evening with a friend in relation to the midterm elections that were going on in the United States. They asked me my predictions. My reply was as follows: “Political consultants will continue to make big...

  • A final word on Uncle Kenny
    Nov 3, 2018 8:00 am

    A final word on Uncle Kenny

    “United we stand,

    Divided we fall”

    Six words that every unionised worker in Bermuda, no matter which union they belong to, knows by heart.

    Indeed, this is the mantra that the working class of this...

  • The race is not given to the swift ...
    Oct 26, 2018 8:00 am

    The race is not given to the swift ...

    At a Commonwealth Parliamentary Association course held from October 15 to 19 at McGill University in Montreal, parliamentarians from several countries, including Bermuda, gathered to undergo a week of intensive training in various forms of...

  • Academia should not be turning
its nose up at skilled labourers
    Oct 19, 2018 8:00 am

    Academia should not be turning its nose up at skilled labourers

    Over the past few weeks, there has been a constant stream of public questions and critiques made of the Government.

    There are those who tend to ask well-founded and valid questions that deserve open and transparent answers. Then there are...

  • Keeping it real is the preferred alternative
    Oct 5, 2018 8:00 am

    Keeping it real is the preferred alternative

    Recently, former One Bermuda Alliance leader Michael Dunkley went on ZBM News to state that Opposition leader Craig Cannonier must come clean about what happened with the “Jetgate saga”.

    Apparently, Mr Dunkley is clearly attempting to say...

  • Beware the unseen hand on the OBA tiller
    Sep 28, 2018 8:00 am

    Beware the unseen hand on the OBA tiller

    “It feels like déjà vu all over again”

    — Yogi Berra

    Headlines that reached the local media some time ago:

    • Political party ditches leader in secret coup

    • Political party ditches...

  • Trotts set the clean-up standard
    Sep 21, 2018 8:00 am

    Trotts set the clean-up standard

    Last Saturday, several persons came out to assist with clearing excess vegetation along Vesey Street in Devonshire. Others assisted in helping to provide the needed items to carry out the tasks at hand.

    I would like to thank all those who...

  • Devonshire still standing strong together
    Sep 14, 2018 8:00 am

    Devonshire still standing strong together

    I would like to thank those who have responded to last week’s column regarding our Parish Pride Project, which commences tomorrow on Vesey Street. It is heart-warming to see people willing to pitch in to assist where and when needed.

    Along...

  • Cleanliness is next to godliness
    Sep 7, 2018 8:00 am

    Cleanliness is next to godliness

    I would again like to express my sincerest thanks and gratitude to residents for electing me to represent Constituency 11 in the parishes of Devonshire and Smith’s. Over the past year, we have met with several residents, small businesses and...

  • What reggae teaches us
    Aug 31, 2018 8:00 am

    What reggae teaches us

    “Look to Africa, for there a King will be crowned.”

    — Marcus Mosiah Garvey, prophesising the coronation of Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia.

    Marcus Mosiah Garvey was born on August 17, 1887 in the rural...

  • Digging deeper into legend of Somers
    Aug 17, 2018 8:00 am

    Digging deeper into legend of Somers

    “Old pirates, yes, they rob I

    Sold I to the merchant ships ...”

    — Bob Marley

    As someone who has studied many facets of history, there is something extremely wrong when grown persons attempt to rewrite...

  • It hurts so bad but ... congratulations Somerset
    Aug 10, 2018 8:00 am

    It hurts so bad but ... congratulations Somerset

    So, let’s not beat around the bush. Today, I humbly offer congratulations to Somerset Cricket Club and all of their supporters.

    Whether viewing it on television, streaming it online, listening on radio or watching it front and centre, it...

  • One obvious alternative to Somers Day
    Aug 1, 2018 8:00 am

    One obvious alternative to Somers Day

    “I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.” — Harriet Tubman

    Bermuda is getting ready to celebrate the 116th annual Cup Match classic and...

  • Century Club a Place of distinction
    Jul 27, 2018 8:00 am

    Century Club a Place of distinction

    One hundred runs! Something that every cricketer dreams of getting. More so, they dream of getting those elusive 100 runs during Cup Match.

    A feat very few have achieved. One hundred years of age! Ten decades on Earth, something many dream...

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