Tag: Opinion columns

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

Opinion Column: Chris Famous On Privatisation

Opinion Column: Chris Famous On Privatisation

[Opinion column written by Chris Famous] “I never did give them hell. I just told the truth, and they thought it was hell.” ― Harry S. Truman What a difference an election makes. Pre-election: “Privatisation is not part of our plan. We plan to revive this economy, to regrow Bermuda without looking at privatization.” – Shadow Finance... Read more of this article

Burchall: How “Nanci” Grew In The Ten Years

Burchall: How “Nanci” Grew In The Ten Years

[Opinion column written by Larry Burchall] Many people say that Bermuda’s business model and the global business model have changed and that simply increasing Bermuda’s ResPop is not the only answer to Bermuda’s existing economic problem. But what, exactly, did change? What will a solution look like? From Tourist Playground to Business Park From... Read more of this article

Opinion: Time To Lower The Voting Age?

Opinion: Time To Lower The Voting Age?

[Opinion column written by Jonathan Starling] The recent Scottish independence referendum has been inspiring on many levels, not the least for the 86% turn out, or the national conversation [and resulting UK wide discussion now on constitutional change] related to the referendum itself. One of the key lessons that one can draw from the independence... Read more of this article

Opinion: BEDC’s Small Business Assistance

Opinion: BEDC’s Small Business Assistance

[Opinion column written by Nick Kempe] Yesterday’s opinion article is quite timely as it provides me with the opportunity to both highlight the many resources available to entrepreneurs as well to clarify the support available to new and fledgling businesses. Tangible help. The Bermuda Economic Development Corporation [BEDC] supports the development... Read more of this article


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