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  • I’m still trying to keep up with the canvassing queen
    Oct 9, 2020 8:00 am

    I’m still trying to keep up with the canvassing queen

    So ... about this lady right here. Roughly eight years ago, August 2012, while at a dinner for the Jamaican Association of Bermuda, she pulled me to the side and said: “Stop wasting your energy on Facebook debates and run for a seat so you can...

  • Respect the courage of a candidate to run
    Sep 4, 2020 8:00 am

    Respect the courage of a candidate to run

    “I wish to run in the next election”

    Words spoken by someone a few years ago.

    “I will be running in the election on October 1”

    Words spoken by the very same someone on...

  • Don’t buy into philosophy that we have divided loyalties
    Aug 28, 2020 8:00 am

    Don’t buy into philosophy that we have divided loyalties

    As young children and as cousins, persons such as Dwayne Caines, Wayne Michael Caines, Roxanne Christopher, myself and many others were labelled in the negative, based solely on our mothers or fathers coming from the West Indies.

    With total...

  • Effective politicians immerse themselves in the people
    Aug 21, 2020 8:00 am

    Effective politicians immerse themselves in the people

    “The power of the fish is in the water”

    “The power of the politician is in the people”

    — African Proverbs

    The above was taught to me by a guest worker who resides in Devonshire. The...

  • Climate change really does seem to affect hurricances
    Aug 14, 2020 8:00 am

    Climate change really does seem to affect hurricances

    Life in the Atlantic-Caribbean region is often equated to living in paradise or the closest thing to heaven on earth.

    Who could disagree?

    No matter where one lives in the region, we have the following going for us; almost 365 days of...

  • Examining the written record
    Aug 7, 2020 8:00 am

    Examining the written record

    It is amusing when persons attempt to portray themselves as experts on subject matters that suit their particular personal narrative.

    Even more amusing is when the written accounts of the actual experts lay to waste the false narratives of...

  • Electoral reforms show great progress
    Jul 24, 2020 8:00 am

    Electoral reforms show great progress

    In racist America, we have seen a long history of voter suppression in many different forms for hundreds of years.

    In racist Bermuda, we have seen a long history of voter suppression in many different forms for hundreds of years.

    At...

  • Countries and institutions have a lot to answer for
    Jul 17, 2020 8:00 am

    Countries and institutions have a lot to answer for

    It has been election time in some of our sister islands over the past few months. On June 29, there was a General Election held in our fellow British Overseas Territory of Anguilla.

    Anguilla has a total population of approximately 15,100...

  • It’s Phase 4, and back to canvassing we go
    Jul 10, 2020 8:00 am

    It’s Phase 4, and back to canvassing we go

    With the island now moved into Phase 4 of our new norm or alternative norm, people are allowed to gather and visit others.

    As such, for all elected Members of Parliament, it is now time to put back on those walking shoes and go visit...

  • Why mental and physical health are so important
    Jul 3, 2020 8:00 am

    Why mental and physical health are so important

    Christopher Famous

    About one month ago, I received a notification on Facebook that Dexter Smith had tagged me in a post.

    My first instinct was that somehow he was going through delayed withdrawal symptoms and was yearning to talk...

  • About time we picked up the baton
    Jun 26, 2020 8:00 am

    About time we picked up the baton

    Up ye mighty race, accomplish what you will — Marcus Mosiah Garvey

    Last week on national television, the Premier, David Burt, stated a few harsh truths about our historic and present-day,...

  • Politicians should engage with all the people
    Jun 19, 2020 8:00 am

    Politicians should engage with all the people

    As we are being “open and honest’ about racial issues worldwide and locally let us take a moment to discuss race and politics.

    Should be a peaceful discussion devoid of negative comments.

    During the lead-up to the 2012 General...

  • Perhaps this is an opportunity for real change
    Jun 12, 2020 8:00 am

    Perhaps this is an opportunity for real change

    When I first received the flyer for the Black Lives Matter march/protest in Bermuda last Sunday, I honestly did not think much of it.

    Why?

    Well, frankly as a black man, who has been to many marches and protests, not much has changed...

  • Do not limit your call to action to America
    Jun 5, 2020 8:00 am

    Do not limit your call to action to America

    A few years ago, I was in New York City and heard all this shouting in the street. I looked up from my driver’s seat and saw a large crowd approaching. As they drew closer I heard the words clearly and distinctly: “Black lives matter! Black lives...

  • Thank you to Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition
    May 28, 2020 8:00 am

    Thank you to Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition

    I woke up this week wondering what to write about. At this point in history, most people will be overloaded with information about Covid-19, so not much sense writing about that topic.

    Simultaneously, most are wary about political bickering...

  • Covid-19 has changed the world for ever
    May 22, 2020 8:00 am

    Covid-19 has changed the world for ever

    Here in the Atlantic-Caribbean region, we would normally be waving to tourists, selling them different island concoctions, giving them directions to local landmarks or driving them around in our minibuses and taxis.

    Yet, here we are in May,...

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

    Managing your needs versus your wants

    “Frugal 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...

  • ‘Friar Tuck’ instils togetherness in times of crisis
    May 8, 2020 8:00 am

    ‘Friar Tuck’ instils togetherness in times of crisis

    “In every thing give thanks …”

    — 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

    “Solidarity”

    “Unity or agreement of feeling or action, especially among individuals with a common interest; mutual support within a group.” — 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’s 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

    “Perchance he for whom this bell tolls may be so ill, as that he knows not it tolls for him”

    — John Donne

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

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

    ­A 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: “Immigration reform with any substance ain’t 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?

    “I gave ‘em a sword. And they stuck it in, and they twisted it with relish. And I guess if I had been in their position, I’d have done the same thing.”

    — 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•thar•sis

    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’s take a look at...

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

    One cannot serve two masters

    “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”

    — 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: “How much do words matter?”

    Here are some key takeaways:

    “Fast-forward to...

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

    It’s not my version of history, just facts

    “I 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.” — Margaret...

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

    Immigration has everything to do with politics

    “Politics is more dangerous than war, for in war you are only killed once.” — 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

    “Now Main Street’s whitewashed windows and vacant stores

    Seems like there ain’t nobody wants to come down here no more

    They’re 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...

  • Déjà vu in the BVI’s House of Assembly
    Dec 20, 2019 8:00 am

    Déjà vu in the BVI’s 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

    “The 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.”

    — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

    In the...

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

    My unlikely friendship with Tim

    “Do not glad-hand me!”

    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’s errands
    Nov 30, 2019 8:00 am

    Adhesive old guard sending young progressives out on fool’s 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

    “Your hair is too long; you are going to get it cut!”

    “March yourself round to Angle Street!”

    “It’s back-to-school time, so you know what you have to do.”

    “You had your ears lifted.”

    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...

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