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Column: Robinson On Reasons For Emigration

Column: Robinson On Reasons For Emigration

[Opinion column written by OBA Senator Dwayne Robinson] The Premier, David Burt, recently told the House that empirical evidence for the reasons people emigrate from Bermuda did not exist. Despite that, he blamed the exodus on gangs and education – and I am sure both issues have an effect. Sadly, there probably are people who feel that in order to... Read more of this article

Column: Are You Better Off Under The PLP?

Column: Are You Better Off Under The PLP?

[Opinion column written by Shadow Finance Minister Nick Kempe] Two years after the PLP was elected, can you honestly say that today you are better off? With a raft of new or increased taxes, it is hard to believe that anyone’s wallets are fatter now compared to 2017. Increased land tax, new and increased sugar tax, a business dividend tax targeted... Read more of this article

Column: Protecting, Managing Bermuda’s Ocean

Column: Protecting, Managing Bermuda’s Ocean

[Opinion column written by Deputy Premier and Minister of Home Affairs Walter Roban] Bermuda, my home, is the ocean. Our island, of just 22 square miles, sits in the subtropical mid-Atlantic Ocean, one of the most isolated pieces of land in the world. Like all islanders here, I grew up swimming on our beautiful beaches and fishing off the rocks. Without... Read more of this article

Column: ‘Re-establish Our Leadership Position’

Column: ‘Re-establish Our Leadership Position’

[Opinion column written by OBA Senator Marcus Jones] The Senate recently ratified the Economic Substance Amendment Act of 2019 after passing unanimously in the House of Assembly. Within our democracy it is advantageous that legislation being considered that impacts the economic health of our country be studiously contemplated, rigorously debated and... Read more of this article

Column: Capitalism, Taxes & Income Inequality

Column: Capitalism, Taxes & Income Inequality

[Opinion column written by BPSU President Jason Hayward] There is more money in circulation, more billionaires and more millionaires in the world today than in any other period in history. According to Oxfam’s 2018 annual report on world wealth distribution, the 26 richest people in the world had the same net worth as the poorest half of the world’s... Read more of this article

Column: Minister On End Of The School Year

Column: Minister On End Of The School Year

[Opinion column written by Minister Diallo Rabain] As we near the end of another school year, I feel it necessary to speak to the state of our education system, the progress that has been made, and our plans for the future. When the PLP government regained power in 2017, and I was appointed Minister of Education, I committed myself to education reform... Read more of this article

Column: Commission Of Inquiry On ‘Land Grabs’

Column: Commission Of Inquiry On ‘Land Grabs’

[Opinion column written by MP Walton Brown] Serving in Opposition can be a long and frustrating process under the Westminster System. Victories tend to be more few and far between and often more symbolic than real. Back in July 2014, the PLP successfully overrode the then OBA Government’s opposition to a Commission of Inquiry into the “land... Read more of this article

Column: An Agenda For Better Healthcare

Column: An Agenda For Better Healthcare

[Opinion column written by MP Tinee Furbert] June is a very reflective month for me as a healthcare professional, a woman and a Member of Parliament. Each day, I fight for the needs of the people of this country, specifically women. I am passionate about improving lives and doing so through legislation that addresses domestic violence, improves child... Read more of this article

Column: How To Plan For A Long Retirement?

Column: How To Plan For A Long Retirement?

[Written by Carla Seely] When most of us think about retirement, the most challenging question we face is, ‘How long do you plan for retirement’? The most typical answer is 20 to 25 years. If standard retirement age is 65 years old, then planning for 20 to 25 years would fall within mortality data on island for most men and women. However, what... Read more of this article

Column: ‘Consequences Of Rushing Legislation’

Column: ‘Consequences Of Rushing Legislation’

[Opinion column written by OBA Leader Craig Cannonier] Today [June 1] Government will, in effect, go into the health care business. It has been a rushed process and its consequences were not thought through. Why rushed? There were only a few weeks separating the introduction of the Health Insurance Amendment Act – which changes the way health care... Read more of this article

Column: ‘Reckless Abandon’ With Legislation

Column: ‘Reckless Abandon’ With Legislation

[Opinion column written by OBA Senator Dwayne Robinson] ‘Reckless abandon’ was the accurate description my colleague Senator Marcus Jones used regarding the way the PLP passed the recent Health Insurance Amendment Act. However, I would go a step further and use this description for the PLP’s entire tenure as Government since their victory in 2017.... Read more of this article

Column: ‘PLP Working To Diversify Economy’

Column: ‘PLP Working To Diversify Economy’

[Opinion column written by MP Dennis Lister III] While the government is focused on diversifying our economy and expanding jobs and opportunities for Bermudians, the OBA seems more focused on fighting for the status quo, protecting the privileged and undermining the work we are doing to improve the lives of Bermudians. The OBA has opposed the introduction... Read more of this article

Column: Ramadan Month Of Fasting Part IV

Column: Ramadan Month Of Fasting Part IV

[Written by Shabnam Jheengoor] Part IV- Ramadan and the practice of Etikaf A few weeks back, Muslims welcomed the Islamic month of fasting, Ramadan. During this month, Muslims fast from dawn to dusk, abstaining from all food and drinks. An early breakfast is usually taken before dawn. Etikaf is a form of worship, a type of spiritual retreat, which is... Read more of this article