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Parliamentary Question: Work Permit Numbers

Parliamentary Question: Work Permit Numbers

A grand total of 538 work permits were issued in September, 836 in October and 831 in November. This was stated in the House of Assembly as Minister of National Security Wayne Caines was replying to Parliamentary Questions from Shadow Minister of Home Affairs and Environment Sylvan Richards. The Parliamentary Question said, “Would the Honourable Minister... Read more of this article

Premier Updates On Meetings In UK & Europe

Premier Updates On Meetings In UK & Europe

Speaking in the House of Assembly today [Dec 7], Premier David Burt provided an update on his meetings in the UK and Europe. The Premier said that the “development of business opportunities for Bermuda in London was the focus of the first 3 days of my trip,” and he also had the “opportunity to host two networking receptions for Bermudians... Read more of this article

Fiscal Responsibility Panel Assessment Report

Fiscal Responsibility Panel Assessment Report

“Of greatest concern is the certainty of the island’s shrinking workforce and rapidly ageing population” as “this will put ever-increasing pressure on both taxes and spending.” This was contained in the Bermuda Fiscal Responsibility Panel’s 2018 Annual Assessment, which was tabled in the House of Assembly today [Dec 7]. A... Read more of this article

Minister: Procurement & Framework Agreements

Minister: Procurement & Framework Agreements

“The Public Service is now taking the necessary steps to implement procurement strategies that leverage the Government’s purchasing power, maximise efficiencies, and achieve cost savings,” Minister for the Cabinet Office Walton Brown said in the House of Assembly today [Dec 7]. In providing an update on the implementation of the Code of... Read more of this article

‘Is It Time To Consider An Education Authority?’

‘Is It Time To Consider An Education Authority?’

Saying he is “distressed with the state of play with our teachers, para-professionals, principals, the BUT and the Minister,” Shadow Education Minister Cole Simons asked is it time to consider “an Education Authority to take the politics out of education.” His comments follow after the Education Minister confirmed that para educators... Read more of this article

Parliament: Order Of Business For December 7

Parliament: Order Of Business For December 7

Statements on the 2018 Joint Ministerial Council and related meetings in the UK & Europe, Investigating Complaints of Price Gouging, an Update on the Code of Practice for Project Management and Procurement Framework Agreements, and the Royal Bermuda Regiment are due to be delivered in the House of Assembly on Friday [Dec 7]. In addition, Premier... Read more of this article

Minister & ABIR Discuss Immigration Reform

Minister & ABIR Discuss Immigration Reform

Yesterday [Dec 5], the Minister of National Security Wayne Caines and Permanent Secretary Collin Anderson met with President and Chief Executive Officer, John Huff and Director of Policy and Regulation, Suzanne Williams of the Association of Bermuda Insurers and Reinsurers [ABIR] to discuss immigration reform and work permit applications.Minister... Read more of this article

OBA Calls For Explanation From Former Minister

OBA Calls For Explanation From Former Minister

OBA Leader Craig Cannonier has called for a “personal explanation” from former Minister Michael Weeks about the allegations that children in care were mistreated, while the PLP has said they “support the government’s commitment to a thorough investigation that ensures that the interests of our children are protected.” OBA... Read more of this article

Bill For Tax Relief For Bermudiana Beach Resort

Bill For Tax Relief For Bermudiana Beach Resort

A Bill tabled in Parliament seeks to offer relief from customs duty, hotel occupancy tax and exemption from the employer’s share of the payroll tax for a period of ten years for the Bermudiana Beach Resort. Titled the “Tourism Investment [Bermudiana Beach Resort] Order 2018,” the Bill is in relation to the Grand Atlantic property on the... Read more of this article

Column: UK Parliament, Bermuda’s Register Law

Column: UK Parliament, Bermuda’s Register Law

[Opinion column written by OBA MP Scott Pearman] With our Premier in London meeting with the UK Overseas Territories Association, this may be an appropriate moment to reflect on Bermuda’s current relationship with the UK. There are times when Bermuda’s Premier [or Finance Minister] needs to politely disagree with our UK counterparts – to ensure... Read more of this article

Senate: Order Of Business For December 5th

Senate: Order Of Business For December 5th

The Senate is scheduled to be in session on Wednesday [Dec 5] and Bills before the Senate include the Customs Tariff Amendment [No. 3] Act 2018, the Debt Collection Act 2018, and the Merchant Shipping Amendment Act 2018, while the announcements listed on the Order Paper include the Annual Report of the Human Rights Commission for the Year 2016 and 2017. The... Read more of this article

Premier Attends OT Association Meeting In UK

Premier Attends OT Association Meeting In UK

Yesterday Premier David Burt and Minister for the Cabinet Office Walton Brown joined with members of the UK Overseas Territories Association [UKOTA] at a Political Council Meeting in London, as they discussed ”key issues impacting the United Kingdom’s overseas territories.” Premier Burt tweeted the photos below, saying: “I joined... Read more of this article

Column: ‘Another Appeal Not In Best Interests’

Column: ‘Another Appeal Not In Best Interests’

[Opinion column written by OUTBermuda Directors Chen Foley & Zakiya Johnson Lord] OUTBermuda has considered the judgment of the Court of Appeal relating to the right of gay and lesbian couples to marry. We believe the Court achieved the right outcome, and that its decision is legally sound. Furthermore, we do not believe an appeal to the Privy Council... Read more of this article