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Column: Going Back In Time During Visit To Cuba

Column: Going Back In Time During Visit To Cuba

[Opinion column written by Larry Burchall] Visiting Cuba was like stepping back to a time when Bermuda was a major player and innovator in tourism. There were striking differences, but there were also strong similarities. Staying at an ‘all inclusive resort’ near Holguin and getting out and about into the nearby Cuban countryside enabled... Read more of this article

Column: It Will Never Lose Its Value?

Column: It Will Never Lose Its Value?

[Opinion column written by Larry Burchall] Samuel Clemens – better known as Mark Twain and one of Bermuda’s early tourists – once said: “Buy land, they’re not making it anymore.” For Bermudians, that statement and investor sentiment was Bermudian-ized to “Buy a piece of the rock, it’ll never lose its value.” Until 2008, in Bermuda... Read more of this article

Column: Pre-Budget Analysis Of Our Economy

Column: Pre-Budget Analysis Of Our Economy

[Opinion column written by Larry Burchall] With the national hysteria over the bad deal at the Airport now died down, it’s wise to re-focus on the real enemy of Debt and Bermuda’s weak economy. Laid out for laypersons, not professors or high-level business executives, what follows is a clear and honest analysis of Bermuda’s economy as it was... Read more of this article

Column: “Thank You For Saving My Life’

Column: “Thank You For Saving My Life’

[Written by Larry Burchall] On, Monday 23rd January 2017, around 2:30pm, Rick Meens was on Court Street riding past the bank branch. He saw a small crowd gathering around a man who was on the ground. He noted that someone was applying a cloth to the man’s bloodied head. Rick stopped and went to the man. He knelt and immediately felt the man’s... Read more of this article

Column: What Happened Between 2006 – 2016?

Column: What Happened Between 2006 – 2016?

[Opinion column written by Larry Burchall] To get the maximum value from your next few minutes of reading, do not – I stress – do not mentally insert or allow the entry into your mind of any of these acronyms or words: OBA, PLP, BDA, UBP, NLP, black, white. Keep all those words and acronyms out of your mind. If you can do that, you will be able... Read more of this article

Column: Bermuda Is Unique, Not A Tax Haven

Column: Bermuda Is Unique, Not A Tax Haven

[Opinion column written by Larry Burchall] Like a broken clock that tells the correct time twice a day, the giants in the world climb down their beanstalks and go hunting for John because they believe that John, not Jack, stole their hen that lays golden eggs. Happening again now. Global giant Oxfam is accusing Bermuda of being nothing but a tax haven,... Read more of this article

Column: ‘Airport Is A Bad Deal For Bermuda’

Column: ‘Airport Is A Bad Deal For Bermuda’

[Opinion column written by Larry Burchall] The Airport Project, as proposed, is a bad deal for Bermuda. First, look at all the facts set out in the Financial Comparison Report and in the most recent hand outs to Parliamentarians on the airport re-development scheme. Then start reading this comment by studying and understanding this chart.Actions... Read more of this article

Remembrance Day: Grunshi & Thomas Survive

Remembrance Day: Grunshi & Thomas Survive

[Written by Larry Burchall] In May 1916, about halfway through the First World War [1914 – 1918], an augmented company of what was subsequently re-designated the Bermuda Contingent Royal Garrison Artillery [BCRGA], left Bermuda to serve on what was then being called the Western Front. This contingent followed the First Contingent of the Bermuda Volunteer... Read more of this article

Column: ‘The Winds Of Donald Trump’

Column: ‘The Winds Of Donald Trump’

[Opinion column written by Larry Burchall] Like many other people around the world, after having followed one of the ugliest and lowest of political campaigns, I never seriously thought that the outcome would be President Trump. However, having worked as co-Chairman of the PLP campaign [1996 – 1998] and having publicly collaborated with Sir John... Read more of this article

Column: Bermuda’s IB & Hurricane In Florida

Column: Bermuda’s IB & Hurricane In Florida

[Opinion column written by Larry Burchall] A state Representative in Florida, Frank Artiles [R] was critical of Bermuda based reinsurers. According to an article published in the Insurance Journal, back in March 2015, Artiles was criticizing Florida’s plan to lay off some of the State’s hurricane risks by paying up to $2.0 billion in hurricane insurance... Read more of this article

Column: ‘Negative Birth Rate’ Of Bermudians

Column: ‘Negative Birth Rate’ Of Bermudians

[Opinion column written by Larry Burchall] Over the past fifty years, certainly since the 1960’s, un-married and married Bermudian couples have chosen to have fewer and fewer children. This pattern is replicated throughout all the developed western economies, which includes Bermuda. This creates a huge problem for Bermuda. Before the 1960’s, in... Read more of this article

Column: 182nd Anniversary Of Emancipation Day

Column: 182nd Anniversary Of Emancipation Day

[Opinion column written by Larry Burchall] Today, 1st August 2016 is the actual 182nd anniversary of Emancipation Day, 1st August 1834. Past political and racial shenanigans caused Bermuda’s machinery of Government to legislate that Emancipation Day would be a shifting date falling in either late July or early August. However, like Christmas Day... Read more of this article

Column: Grey Area After Crockwell’s Resignation

Column: Grey Area After Crockwell’s Resignation

[Opinion column written by Larry Burchall] Shawn Crockwell’s resignation from the OBA on Friday, takes Bermuda into interesting political and Constitutional waters. There seems to be a ‘grey area’ in the Bermuda Constitutional Order, 1968 [BCO1968]. This ‘grey area’ deals with the exercise of powers that are the preserve of the Governor himself.... Read more of this article