Archive for the ‘Government’ Category

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A step backwards…

July 4, 2008

The Bermuda Health Council (BHeC) has stopped publishing the minutes of its monthly meetings which is a definite step backwards in the war for transparency and the Right to Know campaign.

By the wording of the article in the Royal Gazette, it looks as though the Health Minister Nelson Bascome stepped in and replaced the chairman and three of the members of council in one quick sweep and low and behold the new chairman now decides that the BHeC will no longer publish their minutes…makes me more curious about what was to be discussed in up coming meetings.  Unfortunately, all of the minutes that were published on the BHeC website have now been removed.

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New wheels

June 20, 2008

The Premier’s new G1 car is apparently a BMW 750Li which has a 4.8-litre, V-8 engine with 360 horsepower.  Some of the cars other features include:

  • Night vision — an infrared camera built into the front of the vehicle
  • Adaptive headlights that moves with the car as it turns corners
  • Eight sensors to help the driver with parking (If you can’t park it why buy it??)
  • Bluetooth wireless technology

Wait, no bullet proof windows?? 

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Proverty pays for shiny cars

June 20, 2008

According to Phil Perinchief, former Attorney General, between 25 and 30 percent of Bermuda’s population falls below the poverty line.  The Premier commissioned the study but it wasn’t released because it was politicaly volatile.  Mr. Burgess replied with “It doesn’t benefit us to sit on it, why?” and “We certainly haven’t been sitting on it for over a year.” 

Government shouldn’t be sitting on it at all.  If taxpayer’s money is being used to pay for the study then taxpayer’s have a right to know the result of the study as soon as the study is complete.  How many other studies have been commissioned by the government and taxpayer’s money that taxpayer’s don’t even know about??? This one is news to me!

Of course it benefits you!  With the Premier running off donating taxpayers money to parties at the Playboy mansion, buying a new $80,000 G1 car (just the beginning of among a long list of unnecessary expenditures) when we have 25-30% of the population below the poverty line – hiding this type of information is a priority.  Government does want the population to know how badly they are failing them – especially the poorest part of the population which needs the most help from Governments social programs! 

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Response to Letter to the Editor

June 19, 2008

I’ve been out for a while – but could not pass up responding to this.  There have been similar letters to the editor publish in both the Royal Gazette and the Bermuda Sun.  I have taken the liberty of copying the letter written in the Royal Gazette below in order to respond and for any who may have missed it:

June 17, 2008

Dear Sir,

I take exception to the reckless and erroneous manner in which an event my husband and I and friends attend and support here in Los Angeles is being addressed in the House. It is important to me that Mrs. Jackson is given an honest, supported view rather than one filled with old pictures, distorted news and pure weapons of mass distraction for Bermudians.

In May my brother and his wife, the Premier and Mrs. Brown, made an “unofficial” visit to Los Angeles. He played golf, we had a family dinner and on the afternoon of his birthday, he was honoured with a celebration again with family and friends. Later that evening, what has become a topic of conversation, was the Playboy Mansion affair. Here in Southern California, we have hundreds of venues where fundraisers are held nightly! The Playboy Mansion happens to be one of them.

What really matters here to me, by the way, is not where it was held, but that a father came to support his son in his endeavours without judgment. This nonprofit organisation, brilliantly organised by my nephew, to go into countries to help in the aftermath of disasters! This young man, without notice, leaves his wife, children and medical practice, to go around the world with a medical team that he assembled to save lives. Now that is newsworthy! I hope Mrs. Jackson and the UBP will take sometime on the floor of the House and expand upon the ending to our family visit in Los Angeles. The only part really matters in my book.

Our family of nine spent more than two hours at our Spiritual Community, Agape International Centre. A proclamation from Los Angeles County filled with the good work my brother did in Los Angeles for over (20) years was presented to him. The Mayor of Culver City presented him with the key to the City. However, most important was that we sat in a House of Worship with 1,100 other people. We sat in meditation. We sat in prayer. We sang, we listened, we healed. Peace and Blessings,

EMILITA V. JOHNSON (BERMUDIAN)

Los Angeles

P.s. I have not read any articles so far praising the fact that those that were successful in their bids for the trips to Bermuda will not be generating “tourist” dollars for the island.

 

First off, I think it’s great that the Premier spent time with his family and friends out in Los Angeles – playing golf and celebrating his birthday with family and friends.  I really don’t care what the Premier decides to do in his personal life including spending an evening gambling withbunnies out at the Playboy Mansion in order to “support his son in his endeavours without judgment”.

What I DO have a SERIOUS problem with is the fact that he’s been sending TAXPAYER’S DOLLARS OVER THE PAST THREE YEARS to do it!!! 

 

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Bermuda Gymnasts heading to Nationals

May 23, 2008

Mid Ocean news reported the success of Bermuda’s budding gymansts in a meet in New York this past weekend.  I doubt any MPs or media were at the airport to greet them, but then again they aren’t playing cricket. I’m also sure the Bermuda Gymnastics Association doesn’t receive anything close to $11 million in funding – if any at all.  

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Faith based events

May 20, 2008

I was checking out the Bermuda tourism website today for details on the Bermuda Music Festival.  I was curious to find a section of the website dedicated to faith based events…or the lack there of. 

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Bermuda/Asian Heritage Night at Shea Stadium

May 14, 2008

According to an article in Bermuda Sun, Bermuda night at Shea Stadium was actually shared with Asian Heritage night which was prominently displayed on the scoreboard.  Department of Tourism had a luxury box with some 70 Bermudians attending the game.  Included in the list of attendees was HSBC Bank of Bermuda president Philip Butterfield…I am curious as to who paid his airfare and hotel accommodation?

According to Dr. Brown,

They estimate they’ll have four million people in the park for the season, but who knows who many millions on television? 

Of course those viewing from the privacy of their own homes will only see the promotional advertising if cameras pan to the flat screens and monitors actually displaying the messages and the font of the advertisments is big enough to read from tv screens. 

The promotional deal is costing the Department of Tourism $500,000. Judging by the attendance in the stadium, I’m wondering if this is a sound investment to market the island.