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Column: Moving Our Island & Economy Forward

Column: Moving Our Island & Economy Forward

[Opinion column written by Senator Vic Ball] Bermuda is moving through a period of economic stimulation. There are many projects that are ongoing or are about to commence which promise to revitalize the economy through the creation of jobs. It was this Government’s promise to rebuild our island economy and bring jobs and careers back to our home.... Read more of this article

Column: Bermuda’s Steadily Improving Economy

Column: Bermuda’s Steadily Improving Economy

[Opinion column written by Senator Vic Ball] It is important that we take time to reflect not only on where we are as a country, but also where we were and where we are going. It is easy to forget the past and to be consumed with the present that we cannot see what the future holds. As a freshman Senator in November, 2014, Bermuda was in economic survival... Read more of this article

Column: Effort To Rebuild Bermuda’s Tourism

Column: Effort To Rebuild Bermuda’s Tourism

[Opinion column written by Senator Vic Ball] I know the Bermuda Tourism Authority is expressing cautious optimism about its excellent 2016 First Quarter tourist arrival figures. I understand why they’re cautious – it’s just the first quarter after all and one doesn’t want to get ahead of oneself. But I’m an optimist who doesn’t need to... Read more of this article

Column: $200M Fishing Is ‘Pie-In-Sky Dream’

Column: $200M Fishing Is ‘Pie-In-Sky Dream’

[Opinion column written by Senator Vic Ball] In his Reply to the 2015 Throne Speech, Marc Bean once again recommended offshore fishing as a way of diversifying Bermuda’s economy. He said, “We support investment in the Blue Economy, with an initial emphasis on offshore fishing within our EEZ [Exclusive Economic Zone]. Based on the quotas allocated... Read more of this article

Column: ‘Investment Is Returning To Our Shores’

Column: ‘Investment Is Returning To Our Shores’

[Opinion column written by Senator Vic Ball] “Bermuda’s six-year recession is over.” So said Bermuda College Economics Senior lecturer, Craig Simmons last week following the release of the August Retail Sales Index [RSI]. The RSI measures the volume of retail activity in Bermuda, which rises and falls according to the amount of money people have,... Read more of this article

Column: Effort To Protect Personal Information

Column: Effort To Protect Personal Information

[Opinion column written by Senator Vic Ball] Suddenly, and largely because of the growth of online commerce and the internet, protection of your right to keep your personal information private is a hot topic around the world. One of the ways people are fighting back against criminals, hackers, mischief-makers, and people who are just plain careless... Read more of this article

Column: Vic Ball On Union & Govt. Relationship

Column: Vic Ball On Union & Govt. Relationship

[Opinion column written by OBA Senator Vic Ball] At the recent Labour Day Banquet, Bermuda Industrial Union [BIU] President Chris Furbert said: “…the Minister of Home Affairs… has taken five of the Unions to court to seek a final injunction restraining the Unions from future industrial action.” Sounds like the Minister is trying to deny the... Read more of this article

Opinion: Senator Ball On Job-Seekers Skills

Opinion: Senator Ball On Job-Seekers Skills

[Opinion column written by OBA Senator Vic Ball] Bermuda was once the envy of the world with our over-employment. It was not uncommon for a worker to be able to walk off one job in the morning and get another job in the afternoon. Some of us had two or three jobs at a time. However, Bermuda is suffering from an economic crisis. It was caused by a combination... Read more of this article

Ball: ‘Getting Bermuda Out Of Economic Crisis’

Ball: ‘Getting Bermuda Out Of Economic Crisis’

[Opinion column written by OBA Senator Vic Ball] After reviewing both the Budget and the Reply to the Budget 2015/16, I can admit there are good points in both. However, my strong view is that the budget produced by the Finance Minister, the Hon E T Bob Richards, has the better approach to dealing with the fiscal responsibility of Bermuda over the next... Read more of this article

Sen. Ball: BTUC & Members Should Reconsider

Sen. Ball: BTUC & Members Should Reconsider

[Opinion column written by OBA Senator Vic Ball] The Bermuda Trade Union Congress [BTUC] and its members should reconsider the question of whether to agree to one furlough day per month or make some compromise related to the number of furlough days to be considered by its members. The trouble Bermuda is in is not an issue that should be fought out between... Read more of this article