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Column: ‘Bermudians Get The Highest Priority’

Column: ‘Bermudians Get The Highest Priority’

[Opinion column written by Acting Immigration Minister Cole Simons] As Bermudians discuss the non-renewal of Rev. Genevieve-Tweed’s work permit, I would ask them to consider three questions:1. Should employers advertise jobs seeking qualified Bermudians before hiring non-Bermudians? 2. Should foreign nationals provide complete and accurate information... Read more of this article

Opinion: MP Cole Simons On New Airport Plans

Opinion: MP Cole Simons On New Airport Plans

[Opinion column written by OBA MP Cole Simons] The Opposition’s attempt to persuade Bermuda that the scheme to build a new airport is a stealthy way of selling the birthright of Bermudians to foreigners relies on three pieces of fiction. The first fiction is that we are signing over to the Canadian Commercial Corporation about a billion dollars in... Read more of this article

Opinion Column: ‘PLP, Get Back To The House’

Opinion Column: ‘PLP, Get Back To The House’

[Opinion column written by OBA MP Cole Simons] In my years in the House of Assembly, I’ve learned a few important things about the working of our Parliament. The first is the huge responsibility MPs carry into the House each time we meet – to represent the needs and views of the people who elected us and also the people who did not. The second is... Read more of this article

Opinion: Today, The Dog Amnesty. What Next?

Opinion: Today, The Dog Amnesty. What Next?

[Written by N.H.Cole Simons JP MP, Shadow Minister of the Environment and Energy] It is with great interest that Bermuda sits here today and watches its Government implement a six month amnesty on illegally held dogs on the Island. The amnesty is suppose to regularize those illegally bred animals already in Bermuda. It also tries to halt illegal breeding... Read more of this article

Newstead Belmont ‘Bad News for Bermuda’

Newstead Belmont ‘Bad News for Bermuda’

[Written by Cole Simons, Shadow Tourism Minister] The takeover of the Belmont-Newstead hotel operations is bad news for Bermuda. It closes out a fully Bermudian operation. It casts doubt on the Island’s tourism viability. It raises concerns about other hotel properties and the bank’s own obligations. And it makes us wonder whether the Government... Read more of this article

Tourism: Invite Advertising Agencies to Bid

Tourism: Invite Advertising Agencies to Bid

[Written by Cole Simons, Shadow Minister for Tourism] Bermuda’s tourism advertising account should be put out to tender as one way to re-boot the Island’s image and presence in the marketplace. Inviting advertising agencies to bid to win the blue chip contract can help generate ideas and energy in the promotion of Bermuda to the travelling public. This... Read more of this article

Cole Simons: A Vision for Our Beaches

Cole Simons: A Vision for Our Beaches

[Written by Cole Simons, Shadow Minister for Tourism] The Government must develop a vision and plan for the use of our public beaches. These national treasures have become embroiled in controversy in recent years because there is no overriding vision for their use and because the ground rules are not clear. Ongoing battles over the use and development... Read more of this article

UBP: “Use Tourism Board to Create Plan”

UBP: “Use Tourism Board to Create Plan”

[Written by Cole Simons, Shadow Minister for Tourism] We are encouraged by the Tourism Minister’s announcement today of what constitutes, in effect, a new tourism board. These are good, high-powered individuals and we expect high-powered results. Their first task should be to focus totally on the creation of a national tourism plan. Incredibly, the... Read more of this article

Opinion Column: Cole Simons On Morgan’s Point

Opinion Column: Cole Simons On Morgan’s Point

[Written by Cole Simons, UBP Shadow Environment Minister] Is anybody concerned that the people of Bermuda have had no say in the largest land development project since the airport construction in World War II? What I’m talking about here is the development of Morgan’s Point. The PLP Government last week committed the island to the total redevelopment... Read more of this article