· June, 2006

Stories about Bermuda from June, 2006

Bermuda: Draft dodgers

  29 June 2006

A British MP calls the country's policy of compulsory national service for men discriminatory, reports the Limey, only to be informed that over 20% of those called up for service in the Bermuda Regiment this year failed to show or were exempted.

Bermuda: Etiquette rules for guest workers

  27 June 2006

Bermudasucks.com presents a list of etiquette rules for guest workers. An example: “Ensure that all necessary tasks have been concluded before you give the customer your attention. These could include: filing your nails; talking to your co-workers; taking phone calls from your ace boy/girl; debating whether Shakisha in accounts has...

Bermuda: Advice for Renee Webb

  22 June 2006

Pleased that Bermuda House of Assembly backbencher Renée Webb will attempt once again to introduce a bill outlawing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, the Limey outlines the conditions that would give the bill a greater chance of success.

Caribbean: BLP role in CSME

  19 June 2006

The Barbados Labour Party blog gives its political leader — and Prime Minister of Barbados — Owen Arthur a pat on the back for the role he has played in the development of the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME).

Haiti: Telecom Wars

  18 June 2006

Digicel billboard, Martinique. By blogger Greg at InternetRapide.com. Jamaica-based Caribbean telecom giant Digicel has a presence in over a dozen countries in the region. Digicel officially launched operations on the Haitian market in May to much resistance from local private telecoms Haitel and Comcel but bloggers and other web commentators...

Caribbean: Hurricane unpreparedness?

  9 June 2006

As hurricane season begins, Taran Rampersad worries that “the Caribbean in general can't handle a Category 3 hurricane. All everyone is discussing at this point is how fast one can recover”.

Haiti Rejoins CARICOM

  9 June 2006

Collectif Haiti de Provence points to an AFP article that announces (Fr)Haiti's official rejoining of Caricom. Haiti temporarily ceased being a member of the 15-country Caribbean body in 2004, after the fall of then President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. CARICOM invited President Preval to attend the organization's next summit in July in...

Bermuda: Cruise ship runs aground

  7 June 2006

Both Sean and The Limey post photos sent in by readers of a cruise ship that ran aground off the coast of Bermuda. Christian Dunleavy suggests jokingly that the ship was piloted by Lt. Col. David Burch, and run aground in a effort to distract the public from a news...

Bermuda: Web 0.9

  6 June 2006

The Limey praises local paper the Bermuda Sun for publishing a story on last Friday's demonstration on its web site the same afternoon, prompting the Royal Gazette to retort that “its reporters and editors were busy getting Saturday's paper out.” But the Limey doesn't buy it: “in my opinion, the...

Bermuda: Pro-democracy rally

  5 June 2006

Sean at IMHO.bm weighs in on the pro-democracy rally held last Friday in Bermuda: “It was good to see my fellow Islanders standing up and letting their voices be heard. I truly hope that this isn’t an isolated incident and that next time things are done prior to, rather than...

Bermuda: Lunch for Democracy protest

  2 June 2006

Christian Dunleavy checks in on the Lunch for Democracy demonstration which took place today in Bermuda in protest against the government's poor handling of, and failure to pass, a bill to amend the country's Human Rights Act to outlaw discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. He is “pleasantly surprised...

Bermuda: Sexual orientation amendment redux

  2 June 2006

More on the recent defeat of a critical amendment to Bermuda's Human Rights Act from the Limey, who is reminded by a reader that “the general hostility of members of the PLP to including sexual orientation in the Human Rights Act is at odds with the party’s own submission to...