Furbert: ‘Plum Post Handed To Non-Bermudian’

March 21, 2014

“While BDOT workers are forced to apply for jobs within the new Tourism Authority, a non-Bermudian has a plum post handed to him,” Shadow Minister of Tourism Wayne Furbert said today [Mar 21] in reference to the appointment of British national Andrew Brooks.

Mr. Furbert said, “The actions surrounding the hiring of Mr. Brooks as the Golf Director by the Tourism Authority reinforces the belief that there two Bermudas where there is one set of rules for the privileged and connected and another set of rules for everyone else.

“We do not discount the work that Mr. Brooks has done for Bermuda especially at Port Royal, but it is time to move on.

“There are several capable, qualified, Bermudians who given the opportunity would have excelled in this role. By failing to advertise the post these capable, qualified Bermudians were cheated out of an opportunity to compete for the post, and work for their own country.

“While BDOT workers are forced to apply for jobs within the new Tourism Authority a non-Bermudian has a plum post handed to him.

“The PLP supports the view that Sports Tourism and especially Golf, should be a promoted during our winter months. This is supported by the National Tourism Plan that was developed under the PLP. We further believe that there are Bermudians with the ability to execute that aspect of the Plan.

“We believe that Bermuda works best when it works for Bermudians. By their actions, the OBA have shown us that they believe that Bermuda works best when everyone but Bermudians benefit,” concluded Mr. Furbert.

We asked the Bermuda Tourism Authority for a response, and will update as able.

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  1. Dwayne Talbot says:

    Stay tuned Mr. Furbert, as the OBA Government will provide this gentleman and many more with Bermudian status so that they can say that they are providing Bermudians with jobs.

    • daughter of the water says:

      really try to stick to facts. and also try to see the big picture. do you want bermuda to return to being a top tourist destination, which will benefit everyone, including you? if there is a bermudian who can currently fill that position as well as this fellow can, he or she would have been chosen. duh.

      • el me says:

        daughter of the water—-duh are you that naive to think that people act in the best interest of those who elect them, regardless of what has been said, nothing has been done by either governments to enhance the living standards of Bermudians in their own juridiction, the powder keg ready to explode surely must be upon us,, if not are we a walking dead society?

        • OBA failing Bermudians again. says:

          Once again we see the OBA government failing Bermudians again. Giving JOBS to NON-Bermudians seem to be their objective. At the Department of Education alone there are 3 jobs given to non-Bermudians, with one individual overseas interviewing for another post. What is more interesting as little singing frog whispered in my ear that a Consultant has been brought in to assist the non-Bermudian in her post. This is something that we as Bermudians must hold the government accountable for, as our children are not winning in this case. I am not surprise anymore in regards to the action of this government, whom seem not be stand up for Bermudians or put us first.

          • Eye of Horus says:

            This is just a small part of the demise of Bermudians.

            Under the new Incentives for Job Makers Act the government let go through companies are able to make application(s) under section 5 of the EDA Act whereby senior executives can obtain exemptions from work permit requirements as set out in the Immigration Act. Thereafter, if various requirements and qualifications are met by the company and senior executive, the senior executive can apply for a permanent residency certificate under the Immigration Act.

            Another downfall that has been established is The Bermuda Immigration and Protection Amendment (No. 2) Act 2013. This amendment allows a company employed by a global company in another jurisdiction to transfer to the Bermuda office without the requirement to advertise the positions. The New Business Permit allows an exempted company that is new to Bermuda to receive up to five work permits for overseas recruits for senior positions without the need to advertise first. This act recently this year was amended yet again to allow IB companies to apply to the minister for the allowance of more than five work permits for overseas recruits for senior positions without the need to advertise. If the minister sees fit he can approve the application for more than five work permits for overseas recruits for senior positions without the need to advertise under the latest amendment.

        • BETTTY TRUMP's FACT CHECKER says:

          1. To keep attempting to justify, defend, validate, rationalize or excuse the wrong actions or policies of the OBAubp by comparing it to what the PLP did or did not do, is a very feeble, insubstantial, inadequate attempt to dismiss the wrong actions of the OBAUbp. This is the actions of the OBAubp defense team.

          2.The OBAubp promised Bermuda on the doorsteps that they will do Politics differently, so far we have not seen anything that represents these actions. Instead we get told things such as, well remember the PLP did this or that. Folks have grown tired of this limp, flimsy excuse by the OBAubp fans and MPs, as they are expecting more.

          3. Mr. Furbert, whom now is in the Opposition has the right to stand up and speak and address issues, I do not want an Opposition whom just sit in the house and fails to hold the government accountable.

          4.Mr. Furbert is no longer the Minister of Tourism. It is now up to the OBAubp government to identify a local golf professional with as much or close to as much connections as Mr. Brooks. The OBAubp make the assertion that they are not able to identify a Bermudians individual for the position. However, if the OBAubp government was serious they would have at least identify an understudy to work along with Mr. Brooks to ensure a Bermudian would replace him with in good time.

          5.The OBAubp continues to justified or excuse their actions of not advertising the position by suggesting the PLP once again did not do it. Always falling back on the PLP as reason for what they did not do or will not do. Have the OBAubp forgotten as to why folks voted for change? To continue to substantiate, or vindicate their actions by always falling back or recalling what the PLP did or did not do, will not prevent folks from overlooking the wrong steps and actions of the current government whom promised us that they will in fact do things differently. The funny thing is the OBAubp is doing the same thing the PLP did, yet they cried down the PLP for their actions. REALLY !!

          6.Since the post was not advertised, how in the world do we know if there was any Bermudians talent out there locally or overseas? The OBAubp should have at least attempted to do this much.

          7.One can also recall the change of the PGA Grand Slam of Golf to the newly renovated Port Royal Golf Course for 2009/10 events, many from the UBPoba did not like the shift or the fact that Dr. Brown worked hard to make the Port Royal ranked as one of the best places to play golf today.

          8.Now today we see the OBAubp are following and adapting most of Dr. Browns ideas of building on our Golf and encouraging high ranking and ordinary golfers to come here and play and stay.

          9.Dr. Brown was working to beat the clock of having the Port Royal competed before 2009/10 for the next PGA. He required someone with top ranking skills and knowledge on designing a high quality golf course, No one in Bermuda had that type of experience, and thus someone was recruited from overseas.

          10.OBAubp also believed like Dr. Brown that they had to recruit someone from overseas that could move the golfing in Bermuda to a high level, yet at the time they faulted Dr. Brown for doing the same thing they today are doing. OBAubp are building upon the many ideas that Dr. Brown generated to improve our tourism product…..

          Wow how much they are now thinking like Dr. Brown, despite the fact they hate to admit to it, but yet their actions show differently…REALLY… lol.

          Doing Politics Differently…. REALLY

      • Jonny rocket says:

        daughter of the water, did you read the article, the post wasn’t advertised. Are we Bermudians supposed to hand over all the top jobs to foreigners under the disguise of returning Bermuda to a top tourist destination. Bermuda will never reach those heights until it becomes a cheaper destination, end of story.

        • daughter of the water says:

          you have a point – however the island is already way cheaper than it was – no less expensive monetarily, but definitely cheaper. (and you get very little for your money here)

          in seriousness though, i agree the post ought to have been advertised. but to make the idiotic comments that i replied to to start with….well, there’s really no point in engaging with people like that and i ought to have refrained.

      • X man says:

        Well ma bye’ – your comment has got de ball rolling! – it’s made one hell of an impact – the Qusetion is how
        much of the comment here is fact ,how much of it os from those UBP days, how much of it is from
        fear and what impact will this new fella have on Bermuda ?– my concern is who much is he getting paid!

    • Mazumbo says:

      Friends and Family.

    • Blooper says:

      @Drain Toolbit GFY you don’t know this at all

      • Eye of Horus says:

        Were you sleeping through the whole commercial immigration idea that keeps getting pushed or are you just swimming in denial.

  2. flikel says:

    Why wasn’t this position advertised? I thought the law required positions to be advertised, before a work permit can be issued.

    • Jonny rocket says:

      because its the OBA government, they can bend the rules whenever they see fit.

      • sh*tforbrains says:

        Like the plp did with the Washington dc office when it first opened?

        • Eye of Horus says:

          The screen name you chose makes a lot of sense after reading your comment. This comment is like someone saying they’d eat a fly out of a soup served at their favorite restaurant just so they won’t have to eat a fly in the soup from their least favorite restaurant.

  3. Sigh says:

    So when Mr. Brooks was appointed as the Director of Golf at port Royal by the PLP it was n acceptable appointment of a foreigner over a local. Mr. Furbert even acknowledges:

    “We do not discount the work that Mr. Brooks has done for Bermuda especially at Port Royal…”

    But now in Opposition such moves are dastardly, underhanded and unacceptable.

    Politricks is ruining this island.

    • flikel says:

      I think the main issue is the fact that this position was not advertised. You are right, under the PLP, Brooks was hired over locals. But, locals got the chance and opportunity to apply and compete.

      In this case, the position was never advertised so locals did not even get a chance to apply.

      • Sigh says:

        No actually he was hired by the PLP and apparently the job advertisements were issued after this fact. I remember the criticisms over this fact within the golf world, but despite this all just about agreed that he is an asset for the local golf community. It is too bad we had a weak opposition at the time or this would’ve gained more publicity,

        Even the PLP knew that he was the right man for the job and he did really good work at PR and was able to train a local for the position.

        • Jonny rocket says:

          if he has trained a local for the position then it should have be advertised for that local to apply. The whole point of hiring foreigners in those positions is to train and teach Bermudians to take over those top jobs.

        • Alan lindo says:

          Say what.. R U joking, WHO did he train….

          • Sigh says:

            Well if he didn’t train anyone to take over for him then that means that there were suitable Bermudians for the role in the first place that were overlooked for the position.

            So why did the former Government hired Mr. Brooks over suitably qualified Bermudians and why did they constantly hail Mr. Brooks’ qualifications and expertise during their reign?

          • Sav says:

            It’s Sooooo. Sad to see the respect and help is not there for the Bermudians. People for a top job. Look my Dad told us THERE IS NO FRIENDSHIP IN BUISNESS only In OBA

    • Paul says:

      Wayne Furbert,PLEASE RETIRE !!!!!YOU HAVE NO CREDIBILITY ANYMORE….
      I think all Bermudians have had enough of your flip flopping….get a life.

      • OBA failing Bermudians again. says:

        and the OBA promised us on the door steps they would do politics differently, so far we see none of that. So to justified the wrong actions of the OBA by saying so the PLP did it, is NOT the way to go. We must hold the government accountable for what they promised pre-election, if not there will be NO REAL CHANGE in Bermuda. OBA are not showing the people nothing by their continuous failure to do things as they promised, and failing to be honest, transparent and open.

        • Ringmaster says:

          We all know you as Betty or Bettty. Why have you changed your name? So transparent you must be part of the OBA.

  4. Bermuda Boy says:

    You can’t play golf in FLIP FLOPS furball

  5. Truth is killin' me... says:

    “Do as I say and not as I do!”

  6. Gotham says:

    Wayne, methinks you have done enough damage for one lifetime.

    • Paul says:

      Wayne has another career ..let him sing for his super..a song comes to mind “DANCE THE POLITICIAN” one step forward two steps backwards and then side step .
      Wayne, does not have respect from the average Bermudian anymore.

  7. campervan says:

    FOUR!

  8. Fact Checker says:

    How ironic of Mr. Furbert to complain about this appointment given the fact that this ‘nasty foreigner’ was hired as Director of Golf at Port Royal by the PLP subsequent to the approximately $15mn of tax payers’ money spent on revamping PR. The same revamp which cost the PLP Government $15mn of tax payers’ monies for the services of a ‘nasty foreign firm’ Rulewich who oversaw the project.

    After the renovations were complete the PLP, under Dr. Brown, appointed another foreigner in the form of Mr. Brooks as the Director of Golf at Port Royal with the Premier at the time stating this about Mr. Brooks:

    “After naming Andrew Brooks, a PGA Professional, golf writer and television commentator the new director of golf, putting on his minister of tourism hat, Premier Dr. Ewart Brown told guests,

    “Our ability to recruit someone of Andrew’s caliber speaks to the high quality of golf we are creating at Port Royal.

    “I think Bill Pitt (general manager) and Andrew Brooks will lead Port Royal into a new era that will make the members pleased and the country proud.”

    It is ironic that during Mr. Furbert’s reign as Tourism Minister, in which he took Mr. Brooks with him on various trips to promote golf in Bermuda, espoused the skills and professionalism of Mr. Brooks as well as his Party stating that he is an asset to Bermuda in general. Now he is an albatross and unjustified.

    Can Mr. Furbert please identify any local golf professional with as much experience and connections as Mr. Brooks retains in this field? It takes a lot more to promote this industry then simply being able to record a decent score on the card. Please point out where there are Bermudians being overlooked that retain the golfing skills coupled with marketing experience as well as substantial contacts within the industry. Due to his connections throughout the golf world, as he is a registered PGA Professional, he can reach the market demographics that we require to promote such tourism. You might be right, but it is up to you to prove it.

    What can be done is to ensure that there is an understudy to be able to procure all the necessary skills and contacts to take over the role in due course. Just like what happened at Port Royal golf course during his tenure as Director. If there were/are so many Bermudians available and capable why did the PLP hire Mr. Brooks in the first place?

    It is amazing how his skills/expertise were even noted by the PLP leader at the time (see above quote) but now all of a sudden the same individual is a waste of time. It is amazing what an election can do to one’s opinions. Absolutely amazing, but not surprising.

    • Terry says:

      Furbert did a Golf Gate?
      Damn.

    • BETTTY TRUMP's FACT CHECKER says:

      1.To keep attempting to justify, defend, validate, rationalize or excuse the wrong actions or policies of the OBAubp by comparing it to what the PLP did or did not do, is a very feeble, insubstantial, inadequate attempt to dismiss the wrong actions of the OBAUbp. This is the actions of the OBAubp defense team.

      2.The OBAubp promised Bermuda on the doorsteps that they will do Politics differently, so far we have not seen anything that represents these actions. Instead we get told things such as, well remember the PLP did this or that. Folks have grown tired of this limp, flimsy excuse by the OBAubp fans and MPs, as they are expecting more.

      3.Mr. Furbert, whom now is in the Opposition has the right to stand up and speak and address issues, I do not want an Opposition whom just sit in the house and fails to hold the government accountable.

      4.Mr. Furbert is no longer the Minister of Tourism. It is now up to the OBAubp government to identify a local golf professional with as much or close to as much connections as Mr. Brooks. The OBAubp make the assertion that they are not able to identify a Bermudians individual for the position. However, if the OBAubp government was serious they would have at least identify an understudy to work along with Mr. Brooks to ensure a Bermudian would replace him with in good time.

      5.The OBAubp continues to justified or excuse their actions of not advertising the position by suggesting the PLP once again did not do it. Always falling back on the PLP as reason for what they did not do or will not do. Have the OBAubp forgotten as to why folks voted for change? To continue to substantiate, or vindicate their actions by always falling back or recalling what the PLP did or did not do, will not prevent folks from overlooking the wrong steps and actions of the current government whom promised us that they will in fact do things differently. The funny thing is the OBAubp is doing the same thing the PLP did, yet they cried down the PLP for their actions. REALLY !!

      6.Since the post was not advertised, how in the world do we know if there was any Bermudians talent out there locally or overseas? The OBAubp should have at least attempted to do this much.
      7. One can also recall the change of the PGA Grand Slam of Golf to the newly renovated Port Royal Golf Course for 2009/10 events, many from the UBPoba did not like the shift or the fact that Dr. Brown worked hard to make the Port Royal ranked as one of the best places to play golf today.

      8.Now today we see the OBAubp are following and adapting most of Dr. Browns ideas of building on our Golf and encouraging high ranking and ordinary golfers to come here and play and stay.
      9. Dr. Brown was working to beat the clock of having the Port Royal competed before 2009/10 for the next PGA. He required someone with top ranking skills and knowledge on design of a golf course, No one in Bermuda had that type of experience, and thus someone was recruited from overseas.

      10.OBAubp also believed like Dr. Brown that they had to recruit someone from overseas that could move the golfing in Bermuda to a high level, yet at the time they faulted Dr. Brown for doing the same thing they today are doing. OBAubp are building upon the many ideas that Dr. Brown generated to improve our tourism product….. Wow how much they are now thinking like Dr. Brown, despite the fact they hate to admit to it, but yet their actions show differently…REALLY… lol.

      Now click ….. if it gives you that feel good feeling…

      • daughter of the water says:

        um, perhaps you are not aware the there is no UBP. the OBA is not the UBP. perhaps you missed the memo….

        the only party that HASN’T evolved on this island is the PLP. so please stop typing OBAubp because you lose credibility every time you do it.

        • Mike Hind says:

          I didn’t know “she” had any credibility to lose!

        • Speak Truth says:

          Some would say A Rose by any other name is still a Rose.

          The actions if the OBA are the UPB in sheep’s clothing.

  9. CC says:

    “Brother Chris Furbert was returned unopposed for a third term at the helm of the Bermuda Industrial Union.”
    Talk about ‘Plum Posts’ being handed out.

    Meanwhile, back at the Superfiends Hall of Spin, the Wonder Twin calls on his combined powers to fight the most recent perceived injustices…

    Hypocrite Powers….. ACTIVATE! Form of a…. Union Boss! Shape of a…… political agenda.

    Thanks for the Friday Funny. I needed a laugh.

    • daughter of the water says:

      this is awesome. thank you – superfiends hall of spin…. i love it. hahahahahaha

    • el me says:

      cc–operative word “unopposed”..stick to the article.Being re-elected unopposed is not the same as being handed a position OVER the indiginous people in this island, without being given a chance to compete.

  10. Citizen Banned says:

    If this had been reported by any person other than Flip Flop, then it might have a shred of credibility to it.

  11. Seriously says:

    Lets not forget how he got the job at Port Royal in the first place ! He accepted that job in June and his position was advertised to local professionals 3 months later ! LMAO ! He has played both governments…..He was the PLP Golf God back then, and a huge supporter. Now look, PLP goes and he hops right over the fence. He played everyone. AND WON ! Great game Mr. Brooks.

  12. blue bird says:

    As you said Me Furbert we have plenty of Bermudians to fill that JOB.
    But unfortunately at this time we “NEED” some one who can do the “JOB”

    • Eye of Horus says:

      Why didn’t they hire the Bermudian that was brought along for jetgate didn’t the premier say he was a “golf expert”. He was good enough to meet with potential investors so……

  13. blue bird says:

    Were you not the head of the UBP and took that down
    Now you have joined the PLP and will take that down.
    I hope they don’t let you join the OBA.

    • Truth is killin' me... says:

      HaHaHaHaHaHaaaa…ridiculously funny!!

  14. Seriously says:

    And if anone knows about Flip Flopping it would be Mr. Furbert ! I dont agree with him getting the job at all but he jumped ship just like Mr. Furbert did. This is a classic case of its not what you know, it is WHO you know !! Its not like Mr. Furbert doesnt know this, i am sure he knows Mr. Brooks through the numerous golf games he played with the PLP MPs a few years back on a regular basis ! So what ? Now he plays with the OBA fellas. Big deal. This was an issue 8 years ago and nobody said BOO. Here he is again and you are all up in arms. Come on mate, how you gonna get respect when he was the MAN 8 years ago and today he is taking the same Bermudians job ? I dont see the point, seems like you have no problem sticking up and defending the party when the getting is good ! Now you want to stick up for the people today ! Gimme a break, you encouraged it, you heard the locals professionals voices and ignored them. Now you wanna fix it ??? Please !

  15. Citizen Banned says:

    This must rank as one of the most pathetic and desperate complaints PLP has ever made. PLP employs this guy, DREB himself praises him to the skies, and when OBA keeps him on PLP complains.

    Honestly Furby, how can you keep a straight face?

    Desperation does not even begin to describe this. PLP proves once again they shouldn’t be allowed to run a bath – let alone a country.

  16. yello says:

    I do believe that Bermudians should get first pick of jobs. There is a scarce number of jobs right now as it is; however, I do not see a problem with hiring a foreigner IF there is NO qualified Bermudian. If there is a qualified Bermudian to do the job, they should get first pick.

    • Alan lindo says:

      I agree. But if the job not advertised, how would we know the position is available….

      • Eye of Horus says:

        This is just a small part of the demise of Bermudians.

        Under the new Incentives for Job Makers Act the government let go through companies are able to make application(s) under section 5 of the EDA Act whereby senior executives can obtain exemptions from work permit requirements as set out in the Immigration Act. Thereafter, if various requirements and qualifications are met by the company and senior executive, the senior executive can apply for a permanent residency certificate under the Immigration Act.

        Another downfall that has been established is The Bermuda Immigration and Protection Amendment (No. 2) Act 2013. This amendment allows a company employed by a global company in another jurisdiction to transfer to the Bermuda office without the requirement to advertise the positions. The New Business Permit allows an exempted company that is new to Bermuda to receive up to five work permits for overseas recruits for senior positions without the need to advertise first. This act recently this year was amended yet again to allow IB companies to apply to the minister for the allowance of more than five work permits for overseas recruits for senior positions without the need to advertise. If the minister sees fit he can approve the application for more than five work permits for overseas recruits for senior positions without the need to advertise under the latest amendment.

  17. Alan lindo says:

    daughter of the water your head must be where it should not be.. This has been going on in Bermuda for over 48 years, ask me, been there done that, same old same old…

  18. Replace the words Brooks with Furbert and the words
    BDOT with PLP and all you mercenairies might understand. Wayne F UBP for life.

  19. Coffee says:

    They robbed Kim Swan , that’s excactly what the OBA did in hiring Brooks . It’s all about retribution , childish behavior that’ll backfire . I hope they publish his salary so that the competition will poach him .

    • LiarLiar says:

      So you are telling me that they didn’t give Kim Swan this job out of spite, but somehow he was able to secure a job at the public Port Royal course via the same administration?

      The same Kim Swan that is all over social media complaining, to anyone that can read or listen, against the fees (that haven’t changed since 2007) for the Bermuda Open golf tournament and railing against the BGA and generally hurting the image of our golf product.

      Sure doesn’t sound like he knows too much about marketing to me. But I am sure you know better than anyone else:)

      • Paul says:

        Bottom line…. Kim Swan needs a real job… and we are all tired of him calling a certain talk show and complaing about broken promises concerning the OBA…
        Kim, we all had some respect for you in the past,but you are flip flopping like you former pal Wayne.

        • Coffee says:

          Don’t worry Kim , these are the same people who never invited Sir John for a cup of tea after they were done with him .

    • Blooper says:

      Swan can’t play golf or organize to save his life. Stuck in the 80′s or earlier

      • Eye of Horus says:

        What about the premiers business manager? According to the premier he has “golf expertise”.

    • Alan lindo says:

      I would like to know where his office is located heh heh…

  20. Seriously says:

    @ Alan Lindo…..who did he train ????? he trained Dr. Brown, Zane, Derrick, Dodwell, Crockwell and apparently Wayne !!!!!! LMAO !!!!!!!

  21. Story Teller says:

    Is this the same Wayne Furbert who used to own Paradiso Café on Reid Street not too long ago before it was sold?

    The same café whose staff was dominated by foreign servers and cooks?

    • Some Mother's do have them says:

      ahaha that’s so true!

    • Eye of Horus says:

      Wayne wasn’t the only PLP member that did these type of things but should what the PLP did continue on with the new government just because their not PLP? Betty & others may say UBP/OBA but in reality it’s like PLP part deux. The only thing different is that there’s no race card calling & that PLP at waited a few years before pulling this type of crap.

  22. Bethany says:

    As a Bermudian working abroad who is in a recruiting position, I see the problem slightly differently. In the article, Furbert says there are “capable and qualified” Bermudians who could take the position. But in today’s global market, being just “capable and qualified” is the bare minimum. We should look to have the best possible person for that position regardless of weather they are Bermudian or not.

    • Eye of Horus says:

      Please look up the definition of capable and qualified Bethany & get back to us on that?

      • Sandy Bottom says:

        When it comes to getting our tourism industry back on track, are we looking for leaders with the minimum qualifications, or are we looking for the best people we can find?

  23. lucky 7 says:

    @ Bethany–you’re 100% right. That’s what these idiots don’t understand!!

    • Alan lindo says:

      I agree, I”m an idiot, help me out, what are you BOTH trying to say….

  24. Blooper says:

    another moment in the limelight by FLIP FLOP who I don’t think has a leg to stand on if he looks real close at home??

  25. JUNK YARD DOG says:

    The elite do not need to come to Bermuda to play golf , Mr. Tiger plays on greener pastures.

    There is more land given up that sport than anything else.

    They don’t play golf at the Olympics !……… do they ?

    Plant, Bermuda Onions on the property and become the Onion capitol of the world.

    Bermuda needs an export,Onion soup any one !

  26. Some Mother's do have them says:

    I have a feeling this issue has no facts or truth. Mr Furbert lost my vote a long time ago…switching from side to side like he’s doing the electric slide.

  27. Teed Off says:

    I have worked with Mr. Brooks and all I would like to see is results and numbers he is a nice guy but he was training a Bermudian so what has happened to him and this Gentleman has bought people for golf as I can testify so can Port Royal please show numbers thanks

  28. Really says:

    I wanna see that moonwalking again and some rendition of the best is yet to come ” boy don’t make me roar what a waste of money that was

  29. Kevin says:

    you know there is something to be said when you want to know something about fishing you go speak to a fisherman well i just read 40-50 pieces and its true there are people who will write stuff just because….now to the subject Brooks should never have been brought here in the beginning and yes there were 3-4 Bermudians who were capable but as advertised the job was for 1 year .. yes 1 year ended up being 4 yes you could throw the PLP under the bus for that but such a great job RC did on selling his mate to Bdot and hey we could could look at this fellow and figure out how much he is making and contributing but thats a different story.Now we have the Tourism Authority and they give Brooks a great deal its a disgrace that a Bermudian isn’t in that position there is no one that will be able to justify this appointment. No one …..
    Facts just pure facts

  30. JUNK YARD DOG says:

    Why are the old boys club of the New Tourism Authority romancing the already established game of Golf.

    That is “money for old rope” !

    Do you not have a mandate to introduce a new way forward for Bermuda.

    May be the candidates for all these high paying positions should go on the electoral ballot, then we all could have a say so and may be at least keep the peace.

    • Mike Hind says:

      “Old boys club”? Seriously?

      And the reason to “romance” golf is BECAUSE it’s already established. We need to find new avenues AND shore up the stuff that works. That is their mandate. Ignoring the stuff that works is counterintuitive…

  31. Eye of Horus says:

    The BIG question that Bermudians should be asking is why Mr. Brooks was not brought as the fourth passenger in JetGate instead of the Premier’s business manager since he was there for his golf expertise? If the Premier feels that his business manager is so much more of an expert that he had to brought to meet with potential investors instead of Mr. Brooks than was the business manager ask if he would take the Golf Director position since he is a Bermudian?

    Ask questions & don’t be sheeple Bermudian People.

  32. jeff says:

    Nowhere does Furbert say the Bermudian is better or more qualified.
    Think it is interesting that the obvious statement was never made.
    That’s the most telling piece.

  33. d says:

    what would the government have to gain by hiring a less suitable non bermudian ?

  34. Banana says:

    All of you criticizing this hiring forget the PLP hired him at Port Royal as the best candidate for the job. Now, the PRIVITIZED tourism department the OBA enacted hired him again. If there were any better candidates they would have been hired again. This has nothing to do with anti Bermudian hiring. If he is the best, he provides the best chance of pushing more people to Bermuda and creating more jobs. Open your minds and look at yourself before you go making ridiculous claims based on your own inadequacy.

    • Rockfish#1and#2 says:

      Even though Brooks was appointed by the BTA, he is actually paid from the public purse, along with the other employees.It is very unlikely that the BTA will ever get in a position to fund itself, given the huge remuneration packages etc. it doles out. It has no incentive to do so because of the blank cheque book presented by Crockwell, apparently with no expiration date. Therefore, we can expect this madness to continue.

      Despite the promise of transparency, the Government considers the details of their employment a state secret.

      What has actually changed?

    • We thank you, “Banana”. When learning to fly an airplane you’ll learn in this order these three important points: “Avi-ate”, Navigate and Communicate.
      When it comes down to most things,(of importance)in life we must apply the same strategy / tactics.