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Audio: House Of Assembly Emergency Session

Audio: House Of Assembly Emergency Session

[Updated] During an emergency session held this morning — with social distancing in place — the House of Assembly approved the extension of the State of Emergency until April 18th. The Government had already indicated that it would last until April 18th, however it had to be formally done via Parliament This Parliamentary session followed... Read more of this article

Minister Provides Unemployment Benefit Details

Minister Provides Unemployment Benefit Details

[Updated with video] The Unemployment Benefit will be for eligible employees not currently on Financial Assistance and provide a payment of 60% of their gross earnings up to a maximum of $500 per week, and employees eligible must meet the definition of an employee under the Employment Act 2000 and be either Bermudian, spouse of a Bermudian, PRC, or... Read more of this article

‘Working Together We Will Get Through This’

‘Working Together We Will Get Through This’

“Bermuda will get through the Covid 19 crisis if we work together and act now. We have been forewarned by the experiences of the rest of the world. Now be forearmed.” That was a message from Opposition Leader Craig Cannonier who praised emergency and health workers for their hard work in the face of an unprecedented crisis. Mr. Cannonier... Read more of this article

Minister: $150 Million Increase In Debt Ceiling

Minister: $150 Million Increase In Debt Ceiling

Due to the expected impact of the global Covid-19 pandemic, the Finance Ministry is taking the necessary action to secure emergency liquidity lines of credit, including an associated $150 million increase in the debt ceiling, Minister of Finance Curtis Dickinson said. Speaking in the House of Assembly on Monday [March 16] the Minister said, “The... Read more of this article

Covid-19: Bill To Allow Power To Close Locations

Covid-19: Bill To Allow Power To Close Locations

A Bill to provide power for the Minister of Health to prevent the threatened spread of a communicable disease by “closing schools, cinemas, churches, hotels or other places of public resort” was tabled in the House Of Assembly today. The Bill’s Explanatory Memorandum states, “This Bill seeks to amend the Public Health Act 1949... Read more of this article

Parliament: Audio & Order Of Business

Parliament: Audio & Order Of Business

[Updated with audio] The House of Assembly will be in session on Friday [March 13] and only one statement is scheduled to be delivered, which is on the Bermuda Public Schools – System Transformation. We will post the audio feed here at around 10.15am on Friday. Update: Live broadcast has concluded, and the audio of the morning session is below:The... Read more of this article

Audio: Parliament Q&A On Coronavirus

Audio: Parliament Q&A On Coronavirus

Following the Minister of Health Kim Wilson’s statement on the coronavirus preparations, the Minister answered various questions, with the Minister stating that the Government is “actively looking at a particular thermal scanner and acquiring such a scanner for our ports of entry.” In replying to questions, Minister Wilson said,... Read more of this article

Minister DeSilva Congratulates BTA Interim CEO

Minister DeSilva Congratulates BTA Interim CEO

Minister Zane DeSilva congratulated the new Interim CEO of the Bermuda Tourism Authority Glenn Jones. A Government spokesperson said, “Earlier today, the Minister of Tourism and Transport, the Hon Zane DeSilva JP, MP, met with CEO of the Bermuda Hotel Association [BHA] Stephen Todd, and the new Interim CEO of the Bermuda Tourism Authority [BTA]... Read more of this article

Minister Rabain On Math In Primary Schools

Minister Rabain On Math In Primary Schools

Minister of Education Diallo Rabain spoke in the House of Assembly today [March 11] about the Mathematics Intervention Programme that has been implemented in the island’s public primary schools. Minister Rabain said, “In February 2018, I shared the Cambridge Checkpoint and IGCSE results for the 2017/2018 school year. During that press conference,... Read more of this article

Minister Kim Wilson On Covid-19 Preparedness

Minister Kim Wilson On Covid-19 Preparedness

“The Government is taking proactive steps to effectively respond to this global outbreak,” Minister of Health Kim Wilson said in the House of Assembly today [March 11]. The Minister said, “Hand sanitizers have been ordered, which will contribute to the essential hand hygiene needed to protect ourselves and prevent spread. Though we... Read more of this article

Govt: Department Of Energy’s Budget Brief

Govt: Department Of Energy’s Budget Brief

Earlier this week the Minister of Home Affairs Walter Roban delivered the Department of Energy’s Budget Brief. A Government spokesperson said, “Some highlights include:“This past year, the Department has continued with the Solar Rebate programme, striving to benefit those in smaller residences and encouraging ordinary homeowners to adopt solar... Read more of this article

Immigration Amendment Tabled In House

Immigration Amendment Tabled In House

[Updated with PDF] “There is much to be done regarding Comprehensive Immigration Reform, but the tabling of this Bill is one positive step in the right direction,” said the Minister of National Security Wayne Caines as he tabled the Bermuda Immigration and Protection Amendment Act 2020 in the House of Assembly this morning. “In tabling... Read more of this article

Parliament: Audio & Order Of Business

Parliament: Audio & Order Of Business

[Updated with audio] The House of Assembly will be in session on Friday [March 6] and statements scheduled to be delivered include the Bermuda Hospitals Board Annual Report 2015 and the Tabling the Repatriation & Mixed Status Families Bill. We will post the audio feed here at around 10am on Friday. Update: Live broadcast has concluded, and the audio... Read more of this article