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Environment Column: Why You Can Smell Rain

Environment Column: Why You Can Smell Rain

[Column written by Tim Logan] When those first fat drops of summer rain fall to the hot, dry ground, have you ever noticed a distinctive odor? I have childhood memories of family members who were farmers describing how they could always “smell rain” right before a storm. Of course rain itself has no scent. But moments before a rain event, an “earthy”... Read more of this article

Column: Cayman Conference, Population, Budget

Column: Cayman Conference, Population, Budget

[Opinion column written by MP Chris Famous] “He hath founded it upon the seas” - Cayman Islands Motto Day Two of the 43rd Annual Commonwealth Parliamentary Association [CPA] Caribbean Americas Atlantic Region conference, held in Grand Cayman June 16-23rd, 2018 saw delegates from around the Caribbean gather once again at the Marriott Hotel for a... Read more of this article

Column: Project Will Create Opportunities

Column: Project Will Create Opportunities

[Opinion column written by Junior Minister for Tourism Senator Crystal Caesar] Recently, the Government began a legislative process that will see the Grand Atlantic transformed into Bermuda’s next hotel property. This project, which will be known as the Bermudiana Beach Resort, creates a tremendous set of opportunities for Bermudians and Bermuda... Read more of this article

Column: Improving Culture Of Education System

Column: Improving Culture Of Education System

[Opinion column written by Shadow Minister of Education Cole Simons] There is a continuous debate over education – and rightly so as it is one of the biggest single issues facing Bermuda today. But improving our education system should begin and end with the quality of teaching and consistent and ongoing efforts to improve that quality. Our education... Read more of this article

Column: Govt Revenue Up & Spending Down

Column: Govt Revenue Up & Spending Down

[Opinion column written by Junior Minister of Finance Wayne Furbert] After completing one of the longest Parliamentary sessions in history, it was very rewarding to hear the good economic news from the Premier on Friday.Government Revenues are up. Government spending is down. The deficit is down by 24%. Visitor air arrivals are up. Employment in the... Read more of this article

Column: Credit Card Debt Getting Out Of Control?

Column: Credit Card Debt Getting Out Of Control?

[Written by Carla Seely] I think I speak for most people when I say that at some point in our life we put something on our credit card and didn’t pay it off in full, leading to a vicious circle of recurring payments and mounting interest on the balance! Most of us get “stung” once and learn the lesson of how to use a credit card sensibly, but... Read more of this article

Column: ‘The Irma Diaries’ Author Interview

Column: ‘The Irma Diaries’ Author Interview

[Written by MP Chris Famous] During my brief trip to Tortola in March, I had the opportunity to meet Angela Burnett, author of the Irma Diaries, which chronicled numerous survivor stories during Hurricane Irma. Angela attended primary and high school in Tortola, then went on to study Environmental Studies and Sustainable Development at Brandeis University... Read more of this article

Column: Progress Towards A Living Wage

Column: Progress Towards A Living Wage

[Written by BPSU President Jason Hayward] The recommendation to implement a minimum wage and establish a Wage Commission to determine a living wage standard is a significant step in the right direction. These interventions in our society will undoubtedly improve the lives of many workers in this country. The Bermuda Public Services Union [BPSU] applauds... Read more of this article

Column: BPSU Marks UN International Youth Day

Column: BPSU Marks UN International Youth Day

[Written by BPSU President Jason Hayward] In commemoration of International Youth Day, the Bermuda Public Services Union [BPSU] joins our brothers and sisters around the world to recognise this year’s theme: ‘Safe Spaces for Youth.’ On this occasion, the BPSU is heeding the call from our global affiliate to send a strong message that “Violence... Read more of this article

Column: Build On Foundation Of Past Pioneers

Column: Build On Foundation Of Past Pioneers

[Opinion column written by Sean Moran] Twenty-five years ago, the Blue Jays won the World Series, the coolest gadget you could buy was a $30 Sony Radio Walkman, and “Jurassic Park” [the first one] devoured the box office…back when people still went out to movies. If that seems like ancient history, well, it was. We’ve come a long way and nowhere... Read more of this article

Column: Questions, Answers, Arbitrade & More

Column: Questions, Answers, Arbitrade & More

[Opinion column written by Shadow Minister Michael Dunkley] On July 13th, the first session of Premier’s Question time took place. Among other questions asked by others, I posed questions to Premier Burt in regards to Arbitrade. It has been well documented that they are a company which has raised red flags for a number of reasons, notably, a press... Read more of this article

Column: Famous On History & Caribbean Ties

Column: Famous On History & Caribbean Ties

[Opinion column written by MP Chris Famous] “Everytime I hear the crack of a whip, my blood runs cold” - Bob Marley In the year 1492 Europeans sailed into the Caribbean and for the next century committed one of history’s largest rape, enslavement and genocide of untold millions of our ancestors, the indigenous tribes of; Arawak, Carib and... Read more of this article

Column: Education And Independent Thinking

Column: Education And Independent Thinking

[Opinion column written by Shadow Minister of Education Cole Simons] As a former Education Minister, and the current Shadow Minister of Education, I thought that I would share with the community some ideas I came across after reading an interesting article on education and independent thinking. It had a profound impact on me. It made good food for... Read more of this article