Archive for November, 2009

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Holier than thou

November 30, 2009

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Yesterday afternoon I was out cycling to get some exercise and fresh air.  I enjoy cycling, but hate the traffic and normally get my ride in before most of the island even thinks about waking.  However, after a night out at my company’s annual dinner, I took the liberty of sleeping in and headed out in the afternoon.  Approaching the bottom of Burnt House Hill I decided to stay right and started heading up and over middle road.  A blue SUV decided to pass me with an on-coming motorbike and cut me off nicely. So I politely told him where to go with some finger action.  A common mistake of motorists is underestimating how fast I’m actually moving…yes I’m on a pedal bike, but I generally average at least around 27- 32 kph, not the leisurely plodding along.  So I’m pedaling along after said incident when I passed by a car that was following the SUV.  The lady driving then decides to start shouting and yelling and me.  Apparently, I just f*ed off a pastor which she clearly took a disliking too. 

Look lady, I don’t care who you are – you drive recklessly and make bad decisions on the roads you deserve to be told off for it. I wish at times I was wearing a camera on my helmet to depict the poor driving decisions Bermudian drivers make, especially around pedal cyclists.   This incident reminded me of the Premier parking in the loading zones by the bus station in town. As Tim Smith aptly states in the article:

everyone should fall under the same rules, including Government-owned vehicles.

and Pastors.

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Westjet to service Bermuda

November 23, 2009

I am very excited to hear Westjet will start servicing the Toronto-Bermuda flight in May of next year.  I spent way too much money traveling back and forth for schooling and visiting family when I lived in Ontario.  There is little detail on what sort of pricing one can expect, but the article does say daily service which will provide good competition to Air Canada. Hopefully, this will make the flight from Toronto to Bermuda cheaper and more realistic for Canadians as a vacation destination, especially during the winter months and the rising Canadian dollar.

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Keeping tabs on Gangsters

November 20, 2009

Is one of the headlines in the mornings Bermuda Sun.  The article goes on describe the initiative.

Crime fighters could soon be able to keep tabs on gangsters with electronic GPS tags. The initiative would enable security teams to track the movements of criminals in real-time, will initially be used to monitor offenders when they are released on bail. 

I’m all for fighting crime in Bermuda, but I’m not exactly sure how well this would work.  I don’t have anything that uses GPS to tell me where I am, but from what I’ve heard, it’s not overly accurate in Bermuda – please comment and let me know if it is more accurate than what I have heard but it can be at least up to a km out.  The article says that such tags would have been useful at last weeks Southside shooting…I can just see it now…umm.umm..no officer I wuz out havin a drink at white horse…I didn’t shoot no body…

They other thing I don’t understand about this is – who is going to be sitting there monitoring the system that monitors the real-time movements of criminals??  Hell, we can’t even get people to monitor the CCTV cameras all over the City of Hamilton. 

I think this is a good idea, just not well thought-out.  We are looking for quick fixes and band-aid solutions to crime in Bermuda, not the root cause of what’s going on. I think we also need to focus on good parenting, instilling morals and respect in our youth and education!

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BDA adds one more

November 19, 2009

Craig Connonier is going to stand as an MP for the Bermuda Democatic Alliance.  It’s good to see the party expanding.  I don’t know much about Craig other than what the RG article states. His background is in the East End where he was raised and still lives.  However, he is a dealer of two Esso gas stations in Par-la-ville and Collector’s Hill.  So I guess we shall see…Craig doesn’t have an affiliation with either existing party which I think is good.  It is refreshing to see that BDA are attracting new faces.

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Could BDA be more green?

November 17, 2009

Given the article in today’s RG on Micheal Branco and his involvement with the BDA, it should be interested to see what the BDA comes out with on the subject of environment issues.

I am hoping we see more from a sustainable standpoint making use of what Bermuda does have to offer – solar, wave generation, hopefully even a subsidy on small environmentally friendly cars – the new Nissan Leaf looks pretty cool, be nice to get those enormous SUVs off the road. Would also be interesting to see if family growth plots could be set up in parishes across the island.  Enabling those with little land or in condo housing the opportunity to grow their own fruits and vegetables – even starting this up in schools would be great. I’m not sure if that is done already, but we didn’t have a school garden when I was in school.

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BDA Event Schedule

November 17, 2009

Well looks as though the BDA is getting it’s act together.  They’ve posted an event schedule on their website.  I haven’t seen or heard anything is the newspaper or radio, but I don’t generally buy or listen to either.  Will be interesting to see what media sources they use to get info out to the general public.

 

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So I’m a little confused by this…

November 13, 2009

Similarities:
Both Luke Armstrong and Roger Bowen were driving drunk when the accidents occur.  Police allege Roger Bowen crossed into the lane of Larry Thomas since his van was found on the wrong side of the road.  Luke Armstrong’s heavy truck veered onto the wrong side of the road when he struck Winston Burrows based on scrape marks in the road.  Winston Burrows later tests showed he had alcohol and cocaine in his system. Larry Thomas also had more than twice the legal amount of alcohol and cannabis in his bloodstream when he died.  

Differences:
Roger Bowen gets off on a legal technicality relating to evidence surrounding the breath test.  There was no evidence regarding any breath test result shared with the jury in Luke Armstrong’s case. Luke Armstrong is an expat. Roger Brown – I’m assuming Bermudian, but I couldn’t find anything in the RG articles stating his citizenship. 

Luke Armstrong is guilty and yet Roger Bowen is cleared.