One Bermuda Alliance Holds Spring Conference

April 12, 2015

Premier Michael Dunkley hailed last night’s [April 11] One Bermuda Alliance Spring Conference at Pier 6 — which featured a speech by Michael Bloomberg — as a “great success and an entertaining and enlightening evening for all who attended.”

The OBA said, “More than 400 members gathered to meet OBA Parliamentarians and executive with speeches given by Party Chair, Senator Lynne Woolridge, and Premier Dunkley.

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“Guest speaker Michael Bloomberg then spoke at length with the Premier in a lively discussion including questions from members of Bermuda’s Youth Parliament who had been invited to attend.

“Mr. Bloomberg discussed a number of topics including what he loves about Bermuda and why he has been coming back for 25 years, his time as Mayor of New York, politics and philanthropy.

“He spoke at length about one of his greatest passions, health care and the projects his charitable team have undertaken in Africa and other regions to improve health care in impoverished communities.”

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Premier Dunkley said: “Our Parliamentarians, executive and members enjoyed a great evening and we were privileged to have a great friend to Bermuda, Mr. Bloomberg impart his wisdom and advice on how to achieve success in the personal, business and political realms.

“And of course he spoke on his incredible philanthropic achievements, of which he has personally funded $3.3 billion over the years. The evening was also a great opportunity to speak with our members, hear their concerns and hear how they believe we can keep Bermuda moving forward.”

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  1. Family Man says:

    There’s a diversity you don’t see with a green background.

    • Portia says:

      Diverse in color – but not in creed.

      • Huh? says:

        Well no because they are members of the same party. Stunning revelation there!
        Think it through. You’ll get it after a while.

      • Maddog says:

        Yes that’s what black people do.. We join you whites that’s what makes it diverse fool!!!

        BUT YOU WHITES DONT JOIN US BLACKS IN NOTHING: CLUB,SCHOOL,CHURCHES,
        AND DEFINATELY NO SOCIAL FUNCTIONS

        AND YOU DONT JOIN PLP BECAUSE OF WHAT!!!!!! hahahahaha!!!!

        • Casual Observer says:

          Because the PLP is an inherently racist Party that was on full display once again yesterday at the Founder’s Day event.

          The UBP and now the OBA appeals to both black and white and doesn’t go out of their way to demean, dehumanize or demonize people based on their skin hue.

          The same can’t be said for the PLP. Read Simmons’ speech yesterday to confirm. See the 2012 PLP ads to confirm even further. Actually read their speeches from the ’60s till yesterday to see the trend.

          No difference in hate filled mindsets. Only difference is your skin pigment. But in the such organizations are nothing but regressive, Neanderthal type thinking entities that have no place in a modern world.

        • wow says:

          You make a grand point. It’s the truth. It makes you think that we definitely have a racist problem here in Bermuda.

        • hmm2 says:

          Bermuda’s is frighteningly conservative. It’s 2015 but you think it’s 1963.

    • Kangoocar says:

      You nailed it family man!!! The plp only represent one segment of bermuda and the OBA are inclusive of all of Bermudians!! Big difference between the two??

    • Mockingjay says:

      Not that hard to recruit Surrogates and their diversity is shallow because Bloomberg’s circle is not diverse and if your talking about race, color does’nt prove anything its an ideology.
      Just like White Abolitionist and Black turn coats.

    • Say What? says:

      Just because whites don’t want to mix with green, you are calling this diversity? Whites don’t mix when they don’t want to.

      • sonso says:

        So by your logic, blacks do not mix when they do not want to either?

        Then you wonder why those “green” parties are not as diverse as seen in the photos above.

      • Trulytruly says:

        Are you then saying greens do mix when they don’t want to? I don’t get you reasoning.

      • Drink Water says:

        Nobody wants to mix where they are now welcome.

      • Mockingjay says:

        And they dont mix because of what happened to Dr. Barbara Ball and them, they will be blackballed (literally) and be ousted in the privileged club.

      • Huh? says:

        Is this a serious response?
        What are you even trying to say?
        You guys are so weird.

    • Truth Teller says:

      You are right. If only whites were prepared to be as diverse in their political choices as black Bermudians evidently are; then then we would see real progress in Bermuda.

      Unfortunately not enough white Bermudians have been prepared to ditch the historical norm in terms of their political behavior and allegiance.

      They just seem to have more of a herd like (racist legacy) mentality in Bermuda and vote only for parties in which they and their interest dominate (UBP/OBA) unlike black Bermudians who are far more diverse in their political choices as you can see.

      What a shame.

      • Casual Observer says:

        Read the PLP Founder’s Day speech and see why whites don’t go flocking to the PLP.

        Actually, read their speeches since the day they were founded and you will see why the herd mentality exists.

        It is akin to black American’s block support for the democrats as the other option notes their disdain for them.

      • Bermyman says:

        Let’s compare and contrast shall we? You have this event with a diverse yet accomplished and affluent Bermudian crowd.

        Then there was the PLP event where the key speaker spoke about people and their racist practices.

        It would be great if both parties were racially, socially diverse but that would mean the PLP would have no cards in their deck. They need to play the race card. Otherwise they do not have a leg to stand on. The PLP political legacy at present is overshadowed by the $2bn dollar debt they rung up. Which is a shame because that is unfortunately the legacy that is hurting and going to continue to hurt their supporters the most.

      • WillSee says:

        Whites are minority and like minorities in other countries will vote in a block.
        A good example would be African Americans for instance.
        Furtheure more the PLP has never recruited whites in the party.
        A few have joined, like Barbara Ball,and even though my neighborhood is mixed
        racially I never have seen a PLP convasser around.

      • wow says:

        Whites pledge some serious allegiance to the OBA/UBP hence their 95% voting stats over the years.

        They will discredit anything the PLP does period.

        Why do they carry on the racist legacy like it’s a tradition? It’s 2015 and Bermuda is stuck in 1960 because of a certain demographic.

    • Somebody's Momma says:

      You must have a better response to the words of wisdom from your Premier and Mr. Bloomberg. Let’s talk about the content not the window dressing.

  2. Premier Dunkley said: “Our Parliamentarians, executive and members enjoyed a great evening and we were privileged to have a great friend to Bermuda, Mr. Bloomberg impart his wisdom and advice on how to achieve success in the personal and business as well as political realms.”
    It’d been truly, “an informative gathering” of One Bermuda Alliance Parliamentarians and executives… I would like to further commend Premier Dunkley for inviting former Mayor of N.Y.C. to attend this special occasion where he had enlighten many to the simplicities of getting ahead; most importantly, how to remember and extend appreciation to others…No-matter how menial their position/s may appear to others.(A chain is as strong as each individual link.)

    • Mockingjay says:

      Is Bloomberg aware of Jet Gate, talking bout Wisdom and Advice.

      • Drink Water says:

        Mockingjay, You do realize that your own Dr. Brown took rides in Private Jets. However, what makes what he did worse, is that he gave contracts and the people money to his friend.

        Just wondering why you never scream about that. Maybe you didn’t know about that and weren’t told. Think I am making this up. Here are some links below you might want to check out. Take your pick, CBS News, Business Insider etc.. So, the next time you want to throw stones, have a little think first.

        http://www.cbsnews.com/news/globalhues-weird-bermuda-ad-expenditures/

        http://www.businessinsider.com/bermudas-ewart-brown-globalhue-and-tourism-2013-5

        • wow says:

          What’s with the “Your”. Seriously do you think politics is type of of cult worship or something? Get a life.

      • Come Correct says:

        What’s with your jetgate lovein? It cost the tax payers nothing. Not 20mil in overruns, not 800mil missing(like poof gone), not a construction project that had to be re-done, not a piece of Bermuda leased to a friend for just under the amount of time where it would have to be debated in the house, not a 40+mil affordable housing development that only one family on this island cares about, not taking votes away from majority of the taxpayers in Hamilton to further the agenda of bringing an island to its knees (we all know the shyte storm that created, lost another pice of the island to debt collectors yet you complain about foreigners being able to buy more land here…f*** it lets just lose the money again and give it away), no hotel exploded with false promises of a new one being erected, nobody was paid hundreds of thousands for producing faith based nothing, no accused terrorists were flown in behind the shadow of a big middle finger to the island’s population, no women were verbally abused or people of differing sexual orientation…wait…every example I mentioned happened under the plp…while you sat silent. So please, take your seat again and if your screen name is based off The Hunger Games, lose it. She doesn’t support tyranny, she fights it. To be honest, you should re-assess your warped correlation between yourself and all the names you post under. If you want a name from a professional, I’m sure they call it “sociopath”.

      • Bermyman says:

        Do you think Bloomberg is a stranger to privately donated campaign money? What planet are you on?

    • Something we can ponder:
      “To design the perfect life, we need to find the perfect day. And once you figure out how to build a perfect day, you are that much closer to shedding the shell and emerging as the real you.”

      —Sat Shaan

      • Mockingjay says:

        Something we can ponder:
        A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.
        Dwight D. Eisenhower

        • Kangoocar says:

          Wow!!! Mockinjay you actually posted something that makes sense??? The unfornate part is, being you are dumber than a bag of rocks!!! You haven’t realized that is exactly what happened to YOUR plp!!!!

      • Whistling Frog says:

        What is there to figure out? People need to stop being so selfish and materialistic. Governments were put in place to help people, not take from them. We all need to lead by example.
        The journey towards perfection is not an individual accomplishment. First and foremost, it is a gift from God. All Christians are reminded that the goal is to help one another reach completeness. Man’s law will never be perfect. That’s why we must live under God’s law.

  3. Coffee says:

    At this point it’s kinda difficult to ascertain as to which one is the favorite !

  4. skinnydipper says:

    Hey did i miss Kenny Bascome

    • If you’d been more observant, you would’ve seen there are others not in that photo but let me assure you, they where there “under the tent” relishing in the occasion like many others…

  5. Lois Frederick says:

    He was in attendance, not sure why he wasn’t in the photo though. Mark Pettingill and Wayne Scott were off island.

  6. Say What? says:

    Blomberg, who created the racist stop and frisk law, is associated with the OBA. No surprise there. Open your eyes people!

    • Creamy says:

      He didn’t “create” the law. You make up stuff so ridilculous you look stupid. Suits your cartoon-like view of everything though doesn’t it.

    • Mockingjay says:

      Birds of a feather, and they have a photo with some color and and proclaim Diversity, you people get duped every time.
      LMFAO

    • JAYBIRD says:

      The stop and frisk law in NYC was one of the factors that led to the lowest crime rate in that City in decades, including among those most affected by crime – poeple of color.

    • Onion says:

      In Bermuda the PLP did it with stop and search. My eyes are open.

    • Tolerate says:

      Wow, you really are lost. A law created in a city during the time he was Mayor (if he agreed or not does not matter); was abused by the police. So screw this mans credentials in the business world, “THIS IS WHAT YOU RELATE THE OBA AND HIM TO?”
      Dumbest comment I’ve heard. And i don’t normally take time to address stupidity.
      SMDH

    • Mr. Sparkle says:

      The Stop and Frisk law was created by that great GOP beacon Mayor Rudy Giuliani and his police chief Bratton…. Not Mayor Bloomberg.

  7. Make a new plan Stan says:

    I know this comment will qualify for solid thumbs downs but it’s so striking that all the men dressed the way they did and clearly Crockwell didn’t get the memo or ignored it……but I vote for Crockwell as Premier…… if Bloomberg wears a tie then we should all wear ties PLUS in this case the no tie look is….a…..mess

  8. Who's Moderator? says:

    Looks pretty

    But only AC 2017 to trumpet and team oracle made that happen not Dr Gibbons

  9. bluebird says:

    Man Oh Man what a bunch of sour GRAPES,some folks cannot handle success
    they are just like the bucket of CRABs syndrome.
    Now I am looking for a man whom has give away $3.3Billiuon dollars to help other people of other countries of other colors.
    Maybe some of you SOUR GRAPES PEOPLE can help us all out on this one.
    Success seems to really get up your nose and Bermuda is aways from getting back to that from the Disaster of the PLP?BIU

  10. hmmm says:

    Why close it off to the media? It would have been interesting to see the pictures or video feed to see the diversity, which is extinct like the dinosaurs!

    • Politricks says:

      And yet still 100% more diverse than any PLP crowd!

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