News from Bermuda:
July 31, 2014
A few months ago, I wrote an opinion piece entitled “A tale of two Bermudas” in which I spoke of the inequality between different segments of our community. Since then, it seems as if the divisions between us have grown. In recent weeks, we have witnessed the OBA exhibit behaviours that clearly indicate...
July 23, 2014
Parliament recently approved an historic motion calling on the governor to establish a commission of inquiry into the historic theft and dispossession of land from vulnerable Bermudians during the latter half of the last century. We now have an opportunity to commence a process that could bring closure...
July 21, 2014
GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- Elected leaders of the UK’s Overseas Territories, met in the Cayman Islands on 15-17 July 2014 to discuss the forthcoming Joint Ministerial Council Meeting (JMC), scheduled for December in London. The purpose of the Joint Ministerial Council is to implement...
July 21, 2014
On July 4, 2014, a motion was passed in the House of Assembly of Bermuda requesting a commission of inquiry on “theft of property, dispossession of property and adverse possession claims” and “to recommendations for any victims of wrongful action to receive compensation and justice.”
July 17, 2014
GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (GIS) -- British Overseas Territories (OTs) heads of government gathered in Grand Cayman on Wednesday morning to begin the pre-Joint Ministerial Council Meeting. The meeting, chaired by Cayman Islands Premier Alden McLaughlin, is an opportunity for all Overseas Territories...
July 15, 2014
HAMILTON, Bermuda -- The opposition Progressive Labour Party (PLP) has called for a public protest outside Government House on Tuesday “to peacefully protect the future of democracy in Bermuda.” “No matter our differences in political belief, race, faith, or the walks of life...
July 15, 2014
GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands --- The Cayman Islands will host Overseas Territories (OTs) heads of government for a pre-Joint Ministerial Council meeting this week, beginning on Wednesday. The meeting will be chaired by Premier Alden McLaughlin and is an opportunity for all Overseas...
July 12, 2014
HAMILTON, Bermuda -- Following the refusal on Thursday by the governor of Bermuda to appoint a commission of inquiry voted for by the island’s House of Assembly, the opposition Progressive Labour Party (PLP) said on Friday that it will no longer participate in parliamentary proceedings.
July 10, 2014
During the lead-up to the 2012 election, I wrote a piece in the Bermuda Sun titled “Term limits are in place to put us Bermudians first”. It pointed out the fairly obvious desire of the OBA to eliminate term limits. Shortly after that, I was approached via Facebook by Doug Soares of Expertise Ltd.
July 3, 2014
BELLEVUE, USA -- On Tuesday, Expedia.com, one of the world’s largest full-service online travel sites, announced the Expedia 2014 Insiders’ Select rankings, an annual crowd-sourced list of the world’s best-reviewed hotels. The Insiders’ Select list recognizes the top-ranked hotels...
June 30, 2014
HAMILTON, Bermuda -- Bermuda's Corporation of Hamilton will host the 40th annual Conference of Black Mayors Convention later this year. The event, which will take place on November 12 - 16, 2014, will convene the largest gathering of mayors and local officials from around the world.
June 21, 2014
SEATTLE, USA -- Holland America Line is returning to the pink sands and pastel-colored skyline of Bermuda on seven-day cruises aboard ms Veendam. Sailing roundtrip from Boston, Mass., six departures will sail in May, June and July 2015, and feature three days and nights at Hamilton.
June 13, 2014
I enlisted in the Royal St Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force on 18th August 1994 and, in 2004, I was recruited by the Bermuda Police Service, where I took up a five-year contract, which ended prematurely. In 1994 and again in 2004, I took the oath and swore to uphold the laws of...
June 11, 2014
In April, the 2014 Bermuda Employment Survey revealed that Bermuda had lost more than 1,100 jobs year-over-year. On April 22, 2014, the then-Premier Cannonier and MP Bob Richards held a press conference and proceeded to distort, mislead, exaggerate, and insinuate.
June 10, 2014
The OBA government revealed a new position on Bermuda status grants in Parliament last Friday, which could allow thousands of status grants to be made within the next year. Prior to the 2007 general election, UBP leader Michael Dunkley made a campaign promise to offer Bermudian status to 8,000 PRC holders.
June 7, 2014
LONDON, England -- British Overseas Territories citizens (BOTCs), British Overseas citizens (BOCs), British Protected Persons (BPPs), and British Subjects (BS) can travel visa-free across the EU ‘Schengen’ Area with effect from Monday, 9 June 2014.
June 4, 2014
CHICAGO, USA -- Fitch Ratings has commented that its recent downgrade of Bermuda's sovereign ratings does not currently impact its ratings of Bermuda-domiciled insurance companies. Fitch generally views Bermuda-based (re)insurance organizations as being highly isolated...
June 3, 2014
The subject of trust has been the topic of much discussion due to JetGate. John Locke wrote that voters give governments power with "express or tacit trust, that it shall be employed for their good, and the preservation of their property". It is imperative that a significant level of trust exists between the electorate...
June 2, 2014
NEW YORK, USA -- Fitch Ratings has downgraded Bermuda's long-term foreign and local currency issuer default ratings (IDRs) to A+ from AA-. Fitch has also downgraded the issue ratings on Bermuda's senior unsecured foreign and local currency bonds to A+ from AA-.
May 26, 2014
As promised, here is part two of a look at an interview that former Bermuda premier Craig Cannonier had with Global Insurance Intelligence (GR) in London. A stark contrast emerged between the false global image of the One Bermuda Alliance (OBA) and our local reality.
May 23, 2014
HAMILTON, Bermuda -- On Thursday, just three days after Craig Cannonier resigned as premier of Bermuda, the territory’s attorney general Mark Pettingill also stepped down. Pettingill’s resignation came shortly after reports that he had accepted a job as chief legal officer for Clarien Bank.
May 22, 2014
HAMILTON, Bermuda -- Following Monday’s abrupt resignation by Craig Cannonier as premier of Bermuda, the leader of the opposition Progressive Labour Party (PLP), Marc Bean, called on tourism minister Shawn Crockwell and attorney general Mark Pettingill also to “do the honourable thing and resign.”
May 22, 2014
Many had high hopes of the dashingly handsome and tall son of the soil leading Bermuda in a direction that brought forth unity, transparency and collaboration. Many felt that he actually had the ingredients to do so. The attention and economic backing of the upper class, combined with the hopes and aspirations...
May 21, 2014
HAMILTON, Bermuda -- Craig Cannonier resigned as premier of Bermuda on Monday after a long-standing political controversy finally came to a head over the weekend. Deputy Premier Michael Dunkley was sworn in as the new premier on Tuesday morning by Governor George Fergusson.
May 21, 2014
NEW YORK, USA -- On Monday, ratings agency Moody's Investors Service downgraded Bermuda's rating to A1 from Aa3 and changed the outlook to stable from negative. According to Moody’s, the key drivers of the downgrade are: 1) The ongoing deterioration of Bermuda's...
May 17, 2014
The three monkeys in the Japanese proverb are Mizaru, who sees no evil; Kikazaru, who hears no evil; and Iwazaru, who speaks no evil. The recent story appearing online on Think.bm clearly outlined shocking allegations against the premier of Bermuda, the attorney general and the tourism minister.
May 13, 2014
LONDON, England -- An unpublished two-year investigation by anti-corruption experts says the UK should launch a major investigation into the use of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) and other tax havens by "high-risk" sectors such as Indonesian forestry, Britain’s Observer newspaper reported.