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  • Managing your needs versus your wants
    May 15, 2020 8:00 am

    Managing your needs versus your wants

    揊rugal living means being conscious of your spending and focusing on a few financial priorities. A consumer who wants to live frugally should think about their main goals and how changing their finances can help them reach that...

  • 慒riar Tuck?instils togetherness in times of crisis
    May 8, 2020 8:00 am

    慒riar Tuck?instils togetherness in times of crisis

    揑n every thing give thanks 厰

    ?1 Thessalonians 5:18

    For more than two months, we have been inundated with a constant stream of bad news from around the world and right here in...

  • The time to retool our skills is now
    May 1, 2020 8:00 am

    The time to retool our skills is now

    Last Sunday, during my morning stroll through Facebook, I glanced at a long thread. Perhaps one of the longest threads in recent local social-media history.

    More than 800 comments generated by an extremely false claim that the Bermuda...

  • Solidarity will help region get through this together
    Apr 24, 2020 8:00 am

    Solidarity will help region get through this together

    揝olidarity?/b>

    揢nity or agreement of feeling or action, especially among individuals with a common interest; mutual support within a group.?/i> ?Oxford Dictionary

    What does...

  • Hearts of Caribbean too big to fail
    Apr 17, 2020 8:00 am

    Hearts of Caribbean too big to fail

    What抯 next? Where do we go from here? Two questions that are on the mind of just about every human being.

    If one looks at the thoughts of the leading financial minds, things are not looking too bright for the world economy. By extension,...

  • Improvise, adapt, overcome
    Apr 9, 2020 8:00 am

    Improvise, adapt, overcome

    Today, like every day, I woke up thinking of a number of my family members: my grandmother in St Eustatius, my aunts and uncles in Tortola, my cousins in St Kitts, my friends in Barbados, Cayman Islands and St Lucia.

    I did nothing more or...

  • On lockdown with the Three Cs
    Apr 3, 2020 8:00 am

    On lockdown with the Three Cs

    Sun, sea and sand. Words synonymous with life in the Atlantic/Caribbean region and her people.

    Waking up daily being able to absorb vitamin D from the sun, frolicking in our crystal-clear waters and walking on sands of various textures and...

  • For whom the bell tolls
    Mar 27, 2020 8:00 am

    For whom the bell tolls

    揚erchance he for whom this bell tolls may be so ill, as that he knows not it tolls for him?/i>

    ?John Donne

    When we woke up on Wednesday morning, the world had lost just over 18,000 persons...

  • 瑼 time for Caribbean unity
    Mar 21, 2020 8:00 am

    瑼 time for Caribbean unity

    Walter Roban, the Deputy Premier and Minister of Home Affairs, and I travelled to Bridgetown, Barbados to attend the 31st Inter-Sessional Meeting of Heads of Government of Caricom between February 17 and 19.

    The significant items of...

  • Sweet and sour: our SKN heritage
    Mar 14, 2020 9:10 pm

    Sweet and sour: our SKN heritage

    With a large proportion of Bermudians being able to trace their lineage back to the islands of St Kitts (St Christopher), Nevis and Anguilla, it is important for them and others to have some background on the history of those islands.

    So...

  • A reminder that racism is still an issue
    Mar 6, 2020 8:00 am

    A reminder that racism is still an issue

    Last Friday, I wrote that Bermudians did not need any political party to demonstrate or to remind them of the state of past and present-day race relations in this country.

    As usual, the faceless critics labelled that as near...

  • Anonymous commenters have it all wrong
    Feb 28, 2020 8:00 am

    Anonymous commenters have it all wrong

    Oh, the joys of being able to hide behind a false name and spout unlimited untruths.

    wondering: 揑mmigration reform with any substance ain抰 gonna happen. unless all of the beneficiaries are non-white and likely to vote...

  • Has the OBA done anything in nine years to reduce the cost of living?
    Feb 21, 2020 8:00 am

    Has the OBA done anything in nine years to reduce the cost of living?

    揑 gave 慹m a sword. And they stuck it in, and they twisted it with relish. And I guess if I had been in their position, I抎 have done the same thing.?/i>

    ?Richard M. Nixon

    When you make a mistake...

  • Debating policy via social media
    Feb 14, 2020 8:00 am

    Debating policy via social media

    ca晅har晄is

    noun

    1. the process of releasing, and thereby providing relief from, strong or repressed emotions

    Catharsis, yet another big word that some people use at will. Today, let抯 take a look at...

  • One cannot serve two masters
    Feb 7, 2020 8:00 am

    One cannot serve two masters

    揘o one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.?/i>

    ?Matthew 6:24

    Lately, the One Bermuda Alliance has taken a new tact in...

  • The right words are needed now
    Jan 31, 2020 8:00 am

    The right words are needed now

    With great amusement, I read some words recently penned by One Bermuda Alliance MP Scott Pearman in his op-ed, published on Monday, aptly titled: 揌ow much do words matter??/p>

    Here are some key takeaways:

    揊ast-forward to...

  • It抯 not my version of history, just facts
    Jan 24, 2020 8:00 am

    It抯 not my version of history, just facts

    揑 always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left.?/i> ?Margaret...

  • Immigration has everything to do with politics
    Jan 17, 2020 8:00 am

    Immigration has everything to do with politics

    揚olitics is more dangerous than war, for in war you are only killed once.?/i> ?Winston Churchill

    For months, I resisted watching a very popular Netflix series by the name of The...

  • Always move with the times
    Jan 10, 2020 8:00 am

    Always move with the times

    揘ow Main Street抯 whitewashed windows and vacant stores

    Seems like there ain抰 nobody wants to come down here no more

    They抮e closing down the textile mill across the railroad tracks

    Foreman says these jobs are going,...

  • The problem with online comments
    Jan 3, 2020 8:00 am

    The problem with online comments

    A few days ago, I bumped into someone who on a daily basis has a lot to say online about politics and what the Government should or should not do.

    Initially, I was a bit excited to see them, thinking that they would expound their opinions...

  • Our future is all in our hands
    Dec 28, 2019 8:00 am

    Our future is all in our hands

    In the blink of an eye it will be 2020. Some will claim it as a new decade, while others will say 2021 is the start of a new decade. Putting aside the semantics, it will be a new month and new year.

    The question we have to ask ourselves as...

  • D閖?vu in the BVI抯 House of Assembly
    Dec 20, 2019 8:00 am

    D閖?vu in the BVI抯 House of Assembly

    I had the opportunity and privilege last Friday, December 13, of getting to sit in the House of Assembly.

    No, not the House of Assembly of Bermuda, but the House of Assembly for the Virgin Islands. Located in the heart of Road Town,...

  • Leader of men, teacher of many
    Dec 14, 2019 8:00 am

    Leader of men, teacher of many

    揟he heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.?/i>

    ?Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

    In the...

  • My unlikely friendship with Tim
    Dec 6, 2019 8:00 am

    My unlikely friendship with Tim

    揇o not glad-hand me!?/i>

    Dear Tim,

    Do you remember your first spoken words to me more than five years ago at the gas station on Par-la-Ville Road?

    Apparently, still extremely irate at a comment I made about an...

  • Adhesive old guard sending young progressives out on fool抯 errands
    Nov 30, 2019 8:00 am

    Adhesive old guard sending young progressives out on fool抯 errands

    Not surprisingly, there are those of the opinion that elected persons are mortal enemies who, at no time whatsoever, share any form of human compassion among themselves.

    This is far from the truth, and in fact many are extremely friendly,...

  • Welcome to your new family up on the Hill
    Nov 22, 2019 8:00 am

    Welcome to your new family up on the Hill

    Dear Jason,

    By the time you read this, the results will be in and final. No matter the results, you are always a winner to us, your family.

    Why do I say this?

    Well, basically, since the day you were born, the family have seen...

  • Scratchie: the King of Angle Street
    Nov 15, 2019 8:00 am

    Scratchie: the King of Angle Street

    揧our hair is too long; you are going to get it cut!?/p>

    揗arch yourself round to Angle Street!?/p>

    揑t抯 back-to-school time, so you know what you have to do.?/p>

    揧ou had your ears lifted.?/i>

    Words that...

  • Separating the individuals from the issues
    Nov 8, 2019 8:00 am

    Separating the individuals from the issues

    A friend of mine once said to me that people tend to address or attack individuals when instead they should address or attack issues. Over the past few weeks, various personal and online discussions have helped to illustrate this salient...

  • Contrasting track records on the economy
    Nov 1, 2019 8:00 am

    Contrasting track records on the economy

    Over the past few weeks and months, many of us have heard remarks from various One Bermuda Alliance senators and MPs about state the economy.

    Perhaps, the most vocal on the economic front has been OBA Senate leader Nick Kempe.

    Let...

  • We must press on with Walton in our hearts
    Oct 25, 2019 8:00 am

    We must press on with Walton in our hearts

    Hi ho, hi ho, it抯 back to canvassing we go. With the unexpected passing of Walton Brown Jr, there now lies a vacancy of an elected representative in Constituency 17.

    As such, a by-election has been called for November 21. As with all other...

  • Bo Bo was our Firefighter hero No 91
    Oct 18, 2019 8:00 am

    Bo Bo was our Firefighter hero No 91

    揇ready got a job to do,

    And he抯 got to fulfil that mission ...

    Natty Dread rides again,

    Through the mystics of tomorrow,

    Natty Dread rides again:

    Have no fear, have no sorrow?/i>

    ?..

  • Trio抯 legacy lives on
    Oct 11, 2019 8:00 am

    Trio抯 legacy lives on

    Go to the people. Live with them. Learn from them. Love them.

    Start with what they know. Build with what they have.

    But with the best leaders, when the work is done, the task accomplished, the people will say: 揥e have done...

  • An insulting proposition from Richards
    Oct 4, 2019 8:00 am

    An insulting proposition from Richards

    Last week during the motion to adjourn in the House of Assembly, those in the chambers and, indeed, the wider listening audience were treated to former Cabinet minister Sylvan Richards throwing a challenge to members of the Progressive Labour...

  • Thanks for recovery effort after Humberto
    Sep 27, 2019 8:00 am

    Thanks for recovery effort after Humberto

    Roads impassable? Here come the heavy equipment operators. Trees blocking your driveway? Here come the landscapers.

    Roofs damaged? Here come the carpenter and masons. Phone lines down? Here come the telephone technicians. Wi-fi gone? Here...

  • Writing is on the wall: climate change
    Sep 20, 2019 8:00 am

    Writing is on the wall: climate change

    Hurricane Fabian 2003

    Hurricane Katrina 2005

    Hurricane Sandy 2012

    Hurricane Fay 2014

    Hurricane Gonzalo 2014

    Hurricane Nicole 2016

    Hurricane Harvey 2017

    Hurricane Irma 2017

    Hurricane Maria...

  • Less 憉s and them? more 憉s and us? class=
  • Tale of two parades ?separate and unequal
    Sep 6, 2019 8:00 am

    Tale of two parades ?separate and unequal

    揑t is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have?/i> ?James Baldwin

    Over the past week or so, we have seen Bermuda divided yet once...

  • Be grateful for unions
    Aug 30, 2019 8:00 am

    Be grateful for unions

    When we wake up in the morning and turn on our lights, we can thank union members. When we drive to work on paved public highways, we can thank union members.

    When we go to the hospital and receive care from medical professionals, we can...

  • Confidence returning to BVI
    Aug 23, 2019 8:00 am

    Confidence returning to BVI

    Welcome to the Virgin Islands, welcome home,?said immigration officer Brodie, as I arrived at the Terrance Lettsome Airport, on Beef Island in the British Virgin Islands.

    As with Bermuda, in most 搒mall island?communities, everyone knows...

  • Wadadli, our home away from home
    Aug 16, 2019 8:00 am

    Wadadli, our home away from home

    Imagine if you will, a young man leaves home at age 20 and, apart from the occasional visit here and there, he never returns home to live.

    Second, imagine if you will, apart from an occasional visit, his children never return to the home of...

  • Who should we honour during emancipation?
    Aug 9, 2019 8:00 am

    Who should we honour during emancipation?

    It is often interesting, sadly interesting, to see persons attempt to twist the reality of any given situation to justify a gross wrong.

    Once again, during our emancipation celebrations, the topics of the enslaved writer Mary Prince and Sir...

  • Hail to a living legend, Aunt Helen
    Jul 26, 2019 8:00 am

    Hail to a living legend, Aunt Helen

    Last week, I received, this somewhat ominous WhatsApp message.

    揇ear MP Famous, your aunt Helen Mateen has asked me to invite you to speak at her pre-Cup Match party this Thursday (July 18) evening at her home in Dr Cann Memorial Seniors...

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

    Two years in power and still humbled

    揊eel the needs of others more than your own?/i> ?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!?/p>

    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抯 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.

    揗r 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...

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