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Column: How Much Revenue Is Govt Losing?

Column: How Much Revenue Is Govt Losing?

[Opinion column written by Chris Famous] While out canvassing recently, a Bermudian couple asked us to come in and have a conversation with them about the hikes in the land tax proposed by MP Bob Richards the week before Christmas. The husband presented a spreadsheet that showed persons such as themselves with a house of the lowest value to be hit... Read more of this article

Column: “There Is No Place Like Home”

Column: “There Is No Place Like Home”

[Opinion column written by Chris Famous] “There is no place like home” - Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. Forrest Gump once said “Life is like a box of chocolates”. A possible interpretation is that one has an opportunity to make choices as to what they wish to; taste, consume and subsequently digest. So too is the case with how one chooses to... Read more of this article

Podcast: BTA’s Glenn Jones On Tourism & More

Podcast: BTA’s Glenn Jones On Tourism & More

The latest episode of the Bernews podcast features an in-depth interview with Glenn Jones, an Emmy Award-winning journalist and former Press Secretary to the Premier who presently serves as the Director of Public & Stakeholder Relations for the Bermuda Tourism Authority [BTA]. Getting Involved With The BTA When asked how he first got involved with... Read more of this article

Sunday: Famous To Be On “Orders Of The Day”

Sunday: Famous To Be On “Orders Of The Day”

[Written by Chris Famous] To my Bernews readers, I wanted to take this time to thank all of you who have shown their support in one way or other during my 2 years with Bernews. Many of you have taken the time to contact me in one way or the other to share your stories and give me critical feedback on the information I have shared. Whether it is historical,... Read more of this article

Column: Open Letter To Digicel About WhatsApp

Column: Open Letter To Digicel About WhatsApp

[Opinion column written by Chris Famous] Dear Digicel, Like thousands of other Bermuda residents, my family have been faithful customers of yours for nearly ten years. We have watched your growth in the both the Caribbean market and the Bermuda market with a sense of pride of seeing you bring innovation and lower prices to the people. We have taken... Read more of this article

Column: “I Ain’t Voting, All Politicians The Same”

Column: “I Ain’t Voting, All Politicians The Same”

[Opinion column written by Chris Famous] “I ain’t voting.” “All de politicians are the same.” Both statements made frequently lately. At first listen, I wonder why anyone would even have this rationale? Then I remember there was a time many in my generation had those same thoughts two decades ago. Heck, some in my present day generation still... Read more of this article

Famous To BTA: “Can’t Have Cake & Eat It Too”

Famous To BTA: “Can’t Have Cake & Eat It Too”

[Opinion column written by Chris Famous] Dear Mr. Bill Hanbury head of the Bermuda Tourism Authority [BTA]: “You can’t have your cake and eat it too.” How many of us have heard that from our parents and or elders? I suspect just about all of us. On January 7, 2015, as the head of the BTA you proclaimed that Bermuda will be marketed as an Atlantic... Read more of this article

Column: Famous On Bermudian Employment

Column: Famous On Bermudian Employment

[Opinion column written by Chris Famous] On Monday March 2, 2015 Tourism Minister Crockwell delivered The Hotels Concession [Pink Beach Hotel] Order 2015 [PDF]. Minister Crockwell stated, “Mr. Speaker, the developer plans to employ between 80 and 100 construction positions with the majority of these jobs being held by Bermudians. Pink Beach Hotel... Read more of this article

Opinion: Famous On Airport Development Plans

Opinion: Famous On Airport Development Plans

[Opinion column written by Chris Famous] On Nov 10th, 2014, Minister Bob Richards announced that a MOU was signed with the Canadian Commercial Corporation [CCC] for the re-development of the LF Wade International Airport. Who is CCC? CCC is a federal Crown corporation established by the Canadian government for the sole purpose of facilitating international... Read more of this article

Chris Famous: “Continued Intent Of The OBA”

Chris Famous: “Continued Intent Of The OBA”

[Opinion column written by Chris Famous] Pre-election The OBA went to great lengths to speak on the unemployment rate of Bermudian young adults.Post-election On February 13, 2013, Minister Michael Fahy introduced a draft policy to allow the children of nonBermudian guest workers the ability to seek summer employment in Bermuda. “Dependent Children... Read more of this article

Opinion: Famous On OBA’s Opinion Columns

Opinion: Famous On OBA’s Opinion Columns

[Opinion column written by Chris Famous] Over the last month or so, a disturbing pattern that has taken root in the local media. It began with a piece on January 2, 2015, by the Premier Michael Dunkley, in which he appealed for politicians from both sides to put politics aside, basically asking for ‘Political Kumbaya.’ “At critical times, you... Read more of this article

Opinion: The “Cat In The Hat” & Local Politics

Opinion: The “Cat In The Hat” & Local Politics

[Opinion column written by Chris Famous] “Look at me! Look at me! Look at me now! It is fun to have fun, but you have to know how.”  ― Dr. Seuss, The Cat in the Hat They say cats have nine lives and an ability to land squarely on their feet after falling from high places. And if we take a look at the cartoon character Sylvester from the Looney... Read more of this article

Opinion: “Redistribution Of Power And Wealth”

Opinion: “Redistribution Of Power And Wealth”

[Opinion column written by Chris Famous] In July 2014, Premier Michael Dunkley tabled the “For Information” Public Bodies Reform Bill 2014 [PBRA] in the House of Assembly. This bill would pave the way for Mutualization, Outsourcing, Privatization and merging of bodies and offices.In response, the BPSU/Bermuda Trade Union Congress [BTUC] sent to... Read more of this article