Tag: Opinion columns

Opinion: “Jamahl Simmons A Flawed Politician”

Opinion: “Jamahl Simmons A Flawed Politician”

[Opinion column written by OBA Communications Committee Chairperson Toni Daniels] Anyone who looks carefully at Jamahl Simmons’ record will realise that he is a very flawed politician. Simple ambition, not political philosophy, is the force that drives him. When he came back to Bermuda after his education in the US had been completed, he joined the... Read more of this article

Opinion: Commissiong On Black Unemployment

Opinion: Commissiong On Black Unemployment

[Opinion column by PLP MP Rolfe Commissiong] The data entry in the Workforce Survey on unemployment produced by the Department of Statistics and which reflected the 2013 numbers, said it all. Black unemployment stood at a persistently high 9% in Bermuda last year, while unemployment levels for whites and PRC holders had dipped to 2%. In other words... Read more of this article

Opinion: Famous On OBA, SAGE, Richards

Opinion: Famous On OBA, SAGE, Richards

[Opinion column written by Chris Famous] “We are debating the SAGE Commission Report. The Finance Minister has made a pledge that he will consult widely. He will consult with the unions before we make any major decisions as it relates to the Civil Service.” OBA Minister Shawn Crockwell, December 13, 2013 Long after this promise for public consultation,... Read more of this article

Burchall: 3 Facts Underpinning The Economy

Burchall: 3 Facts Underpinning The Economy

[Opinion column written by Larry Burchall] Fay and Gonzalo really knocked us about, but, in typical Bermuda fashion, full recovery from that big double strike is well in hand. Like those hurricane winds, three facts drive Bermuda’s six year recession and underpin Bermuda’s economic problem. Driver and new fact One– Nanci, our evil spider. The... Read more of this article

Opinion Column: The Cloud With A Silver Lining

Opinion Column: The Cloud With A Silver Lining

[Opinion column written by OBA MP Susan Jackson] Many people have commented on how well Bermuda has done in the aftermath of our two recent storms. Part of the reason for that was how well we have all prepared for the hurricane season in general and Gonzalo in particular, and part of it has been the good leadership of the Emergency Measures Organisation,... Read more of this article

U.S. Consul On International Day Of The Girl

U.S. Consul On International Day Of The Girl

[Written by U.S. Consul General Bob Settje] It is a statistical truth that about half the human population of the world is female, yet it is an equal – and sad – truth that a large proportion of that half does not have the same social, economic, or political opportunities as their male counterparts. What makes that truth even sadder is another... Read more of this article

Burt: “Where Will The New Jobs Come From?”

Burt: “Where Will The New Jobs Come From?”

[Opinion column written by Shadow Finance Minister David Burt] Recently Minister of Finance, Bob Richards felt the need to criticise my statements on the economy. The fact that the Minister would attack me is not surprising, but the lack of depth of the OBA’s ideas for diversification and growth of our economy is frightening. In this space today I... Read more of this article

Richards: “Growing The Economy We’ve Got”

Richards: “Growing The Economy We’ve Got”

[Opinion column written by Minister of Finance Bob Richards] Economic growth is essential for Bermuda’s recovery from years of recession and fiscal mismanagement. Growth is the Government’s Number One priority because only through growth – fueled by new dollars flowing into the Island from abroad– can we improve the lives of more Bermudians... Read more of this article

Burchall: How To “Feed” Debt Service Costs

Burchall: How To “Feed” Debt Service Costs

[Opinion column written by Larry Burchall] Last week I ended: “Now and into the future, the absolute and unbreakable new rule – new since 2010 – is: “First! Feed Nanci!” From Financial Assistance to Civil Service pay, everything else is now in second place – or lower. [Nanci = Non Negotiable Costs = Debt Service Costs = Interest... Read more of this article

Chris Famous: “The Gentrification Of Bermuda”

Chris Famous: “The Gentrification Of Bermuda”

[Opinion column written by Chris Famous] On October 1st, 2014, Minister Fahy unveiled the OBA’s draft Work Permit Policies. 1. Bermuda Employment Visa [BEV] This category will allow exempted companies to:hire non-Bermudians as 20% [1 in 5] of their staff without having to advertise or applying for a work permit have BEVs issued for a period of up... Read more of this article


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