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Minister Caines Trip To Jamaica Cost $3,167.50

Minister Caines Trip To Jamaica Cost $3,167.50

A trip in November 2018 by Minister of National Security Wayne Caines for the TechBeach Retreat in Jamaica cost $3,167.50, according to a recent listing on the Government’s travel webpage. The trip duration was listed as from November 28, 2018 – December 1, 2018, and the web page listing said, “The TechBeach Retreat places focus on on big picture... Read more of this article

Column: 100 Homes, Grand Atlantic, Housing

Column: 100 Homes, Grand Atlantic, Housing

[Opinion column written by Trevor Moniz] On Friday in the House of Assembly the story of the 100 Homes project in Ireland Island South continued. In the morning I was allowed by the Speaker to give a ‘personal explanation’ to record on the Hansard the correction of untrue statements made by the Minister of Public Works Lt/Col David Burch.The Minister... Read more of this article

Cole Simons: ‘The Premier Must Step In To Help’

Cole Simons: ‘The Premier Must Step In To Help’

“The Premier must step in to help a floundering Education Minister sort out a stand-off between the Ministry, teachers and Principals,” the One Bermuda Alliance said today. Shadow Education Minister Cole Simons said that “education should get the same level of attention as the Government’s drive to bring the Fintech industry to Bermuda,”... Read more of this article

Senate: Order Of Business For December 12th

Senate: Order Of Business For December 12th

The Senate is scheduled to be in session on Wednesday [Dec 12] and Bills before the Senate include the Chief Medical Officer [Transfer of Functions and Validation] Act 2018, the Allied Health Professions Act 2018, the Investment Funds Amendment Act 2018, the Bermuda Monetary Authority Amendment [No. 3] Act 2018, and the Insurance Amendment [No. 3] Act... Read more of this article

Audio: Premier, Ministers, MPs Speaking In House

Audio: Premier, Ministers, MPs Speaking In House

The House of Assembly was in session on Friday, with Parliamentarians debating Bills and making various statements, and you can listen to audio below of comments and speeches from Premier David Burt, Opposition Leader Craig Cannonier, Minister of Public Works Lt/Col David Burch, Minister of National Security Wayne Caines, MP Jeanne Atherden, MP Scott... Read more of this article

Finance Ministry: Pensions To Increase By 1.4%

Finance Ministry: Pensions To Increase By 1.4%

Pensions will increase by 1.4%  after Minister of Finance Curtis Dickinson put forward an Order in the House of Assembly that increases Contributory Pension benefits. “Benefits under the Contributory Pension Fund [CPF] were last increased in 2016 by 3% and in 2017 by 1.7%,” said Minister Dickinson. “In the Government’s 2017 Election Platform,... Read more of this article

‘Phillip Anderson Was A True St. Georgian’

‘Phillip Anderson Was A True St. Georgian’

[Updated] The Corporation of St. George extended their condolences to the family of the late Phillip Anderson, calling him a “true St. Georgian” who was passionate about tourism for the Old Town. A spokesperson said, “The Corporation of St. George wishes to extend its sincere condolences to the family of the late Mr. Phillip Anderson. “Mr.... Read more of this article

Economic Substance Bill Tabled In The House

Economic Substance Bill Tabled In The House

Minister of Finance Curtis Dickinson tabled the Economic Substance Bill in the House on Friday, with the Ministry saying the intention is that the legislation — which seeks to “enhance provisions relating to economic substance for registered entities” — will be in force by 31 December 2018. Background Last year the Council of... Read more of this article

New ICO Requirement For Contracts Over $50K

New ICO Requirement For Contracts Over $50K

Only 11% of public authorities have gazetted contracts with a value over $50,000 and while some public authorities do not have contracts at this amount, this still reflects fewer contracts than should have been gazetted, and so the ICO will require each public authority to report whether it made this information available to the public. The Information... Read more of this article

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

Minister Provides Update On Bermuda Regiment

Minister Provides Update On Bermuda Regiment

Minister of National Security Wayne Caines provided an update on the Royal Bermuda Regiment [RBR] in the House of Assembly, saying “the RBR has been hard at work, focused on transforming into a modern day organization, fit for purpose in Bermuda.” Minister Caines said, “After consultation with the Ministry of National Security and... 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

Education Minister On Discussions With Union

Education Minister On Discussions With Union

Standards-based grading, job descriptions for paraeducators and education therapists, school fire alarms, computers, and mentor teachers are among the topics the Education Ministry has discussed with the Bermuda Union of Teachers [BUT], the Minister said today. His comments follow after paraeducators called in sick yesterday, with the BUT President... Read more of this article