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Set for a record…

December 16, 2009

We’re up to three shooting incidents in less than 24 hours – with the addition of the one on Court Street this morning.  Rumors are flying there was another shooting this morning in Warwick, but I have not found word from a reliable source that this is the case….

I again request all that read this blog – to attend the Peace March.  Let’s get some action on this issue and less talk about the how to resolve it!

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We’re up to sixteen

December 16, 2009

That’s right – sixteen shootings since May of this year, who would have ever thought, here in Bermuda? Unfortunately, I can only see things get worse before they get any better, if they get better.  With the Premier set to point fingers every time there’s another shooting I can’t see much being done even with anti-gang experts on the way.   At the moment, it appears the shootings appear to be between rival gangs. It will only be a matter of time before something like this happens in Bermuda – Toronto Boxing Day Shooting.  Only then, I fear, people of this island will stand up united that something needs to be done. 

I went to the Peace March last Friday – what amazed me, was the number of responses along the lines of ‘That’s it!’, ‘Why didn’t more people come out?’ to the Royal Gazette’s article stating close to 100 out for Peace March.  My question to them is – where were you?  Bermudians are quick to point out the increase in violence is unacceptable. However, when it comes to actually doing something about it – most do nothing. If you missed out on last Friday’s Peace March, there is another rally this Friday – here are the details:   

Friday December 18th – Rally for Peace
By Bermuda Youth Peace Builders Network
Par-la-ville Park
6-7:30pm
With live entertainment by Chewstick, DJ’s and performances.

I suggest all of you that are tired of the increase in violence come out and support Youth Net and the Bermuda Youth Peace Builders Network at this rally.  Show government that this is unacceptable and something actually needs to be DONE, not just discussed and deliberated.

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This too shall pass

December 11, 2009

The naivety of out Premier never seizes to amaze me!  The Royal Gazette came out with an article quoting the Premier claiming that the Uighur issue and protests have passed.  Does he not realize the increased unrest and frustration this issue caused, it’s the icing on the cake!  I completely agree with Kim Swan’s statement that:

What has not passed for us is the deliberate abuse of the rules of this land by the Premier and the fact that his party let him get away with it.

It may be the case that hundreds of people aren’t standing on the lawn of the House of Assembly over the Uighur issue – but more and more Bermudians have had enough with the direction this island is taking. They are tired of experts and reports that the Government commissions and then never acts on!  The Peace March on the House today tackling increased crime and violence on the island.  A new party has formed in the last six months which appears to be growing and increasing in momentum. A record number of residents wrote in regarding the lack of retroactivity, among other issues, with PATI. The Uighur issue may appear to have ‘passed’ in the eyes of our naive Premier and the PLP, but Bermudians took note and are fed up!  At least this one is…

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Catching up…

December 9, 2009

I’ve been away for the last few days and am just catching up on the happenings – will post shortly.

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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!