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Commentary: Bermuda Copygate

February 24, 2015
Commentary: Bermuda Copygate On Friday, February 20, 2015, the Hon. Leah Scott, JP, MP, released an op-ed by way of a letter to the editor in the Royal Gazette entitled “Women must try to be allies, not enemies”. The letter attempted to discuss unity between women. Ironically, MP Scott started and ended her article attacking...

Commentary: Bermuda's minister of plagiarism

February 23, 2015
Commentary: Bermuda's minister of plagiarism On Friday February 20, 2015, junior minister of education of Bermuda, One Bermuda Alliance (OBA) MP Leah Scott decided to attack Bermuda’s number one radio host, Mrs Sherri Simmons aka Sherri J. In her letter to the editor she attempted to utilize a ‘passive-aggressive-passive’ approach.

Bermuda tourism showing signs of recovery

February 20, 2015
Bermuda tourism showing signs of recovery HAMILTON, Bermuda -- Just two months into 2015, Bermuda’s tourism industry is beginning to show promising signs of recovery. According to several market forecast reports and analysis from the Bermuda Tourism Authority (BTA), rising indicators suggest positive results are ahead for the island.

Commentary: The View from Europe: OTs message hides a darker truth

February 14, 2015
Commentary: The View from Europe: OTs message hides a darker truth Imagine this. You are the premier of the Cayman Islands or the British Virgin Islands. You have been trying your hardest to continue to develop your nation’s economy. With British support and encouragement over a long period, the nation’s financial services and tourism sectors have flourished.

J Class yachts to return to America's Cup in Bermuda

February 13, 2015
J Class yachts to return to America's Cup in Bermuda HAMILTON, Bermuda -- The majesty of the J Class era will return to the America’s Cup in Bermuda in 2017, 80 years after the class last raced for the oldest trophy in international sport. The J Class Association (JCA) and the America’s Cup Event Authority have agreed to stage a J Class regatta...

Bank leak reveals billions from Caribbean stashed in Switzerland

February 12, 2015
Bank leak reveals billions from Caribbean stashed in Switzerland WASHINGTON, USA -- The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists released a report this week revealing billions of dollars held in nearly 60,000 internal Swiss bank documents from 2006 to 2007 leaked by whistleblower Hervé Falciani, a former employee of HSBC in Switzerland.

Bermuda financial regulation and transparency should be recognised, says BDA chief

February 12, 2015
Bermuda financial regulation and transparency should be recognised, says BDA chief HAMILTON, Bermuda -- Bermuda's well-documented financial services regulation, international partnership treaties, and lack of bank secrecy legislation ought to be recognised by the UK Labour Party, the Bermuda Business Development Agency (BDA) said on Tuesday. The BDA echoed the...

Commentary: One step forward, two steps backward for Bermuda

February 12, 2015
Commentary: One step forward, two steps backward for Bermuda Fifty years ago on February 2, 1965, events in Bermuda took a course that would see social discourse and history change forever for a number of persons. In a culmination of events outside of BELCO’s main gate on February 2, 1965, an all out war broke out between Bermudians standing up for their rights...

Britain's Labour Party leader hopelessly out of touch, says Cayman attorney

February 11, 2015
Britain's Labour Party leader hopelessly out of touch, says Cayman attorney LONDON, England -- The chairman of the Cayman Islands Stock Exchange, local attorney at law Anthony Travers, has accused UK Labour Party leader Ed Miliband of being hopelessly out of touch in relation to international tax avoidance. Travers’ comments follow a letter from Miliband to...

British overseas 'tax havens' warned ahead of general election

February 9, 2015
British overseas 'tax havens' warned ahead of general election LONDON, England -- A Labour government would push for UK overseas territories to be put on an international blacklist if they refuse to co-operate with a drive against tax avoidance, Labour Party leader Ed Miliband has told them ahead of general elections in Britain in May.

Commentary: Bermuda's connection to Jamaica - Part 2

February 2, 2015
Commentary: Bermuda's connection to Jamaica - Part 2 Last week, I spoke of the century-old history and the early influence of Jamaican culture on Bermuda, particularly in reggae music. Today, I’ll begin by speaking of Jamaican influence on a very important area: Food! Fresh Jamaican Ketchup They say the way to a man’s heart is through his belly.

Bermuda government and unions return to negotiating table

January 30, 2015
Bermuda government and unions return to negotiating table HAMILTON, Bermuda -- Members of the Bermuda Trade Union Congress (BTUC) and the island’s government came to an agreement on Wednesday evening and, while they have not settled on terms regarding ‘furlough days’, the two sides have agreed that they will be only be implemented as a last resort.

Bermuda government responds to union protest

January 29, 2015
Bermuda government responds to union protest HAMILTON, Bermuda -- Premier Michael Dunkley and members of his Cabinet held a press conference on Tuesday afternoon to respond to the mass public protest rallies on Monday and Tuesday organised by the Bermuda Trade Union Congress (BTUC). Dunkley said he is willing to meet with the BTUC.

Thousands of Bermuda government workers hold mass meeting

January 27, 2015
Thousands of Bermuda government workers hold mass meeting HAMILTON, Bermuda -- Nearly 4,000 government workers in Bermuda held a mass meeting on Monday morning to vote on the government’s proposal to demand further pay cuts from civil servants. However, a meeting with government representatives scheduled for 3:00 pm did not take place.

Commentary: Bermuda's connection to Jamaica

January 24, 2015
Commentary:  Bermuda's connection to Jamaica Bermuda has had a long-standing relationship and connection with Jamaica for over a century. Many Jamaicans first came to Bermuda in the early 1900s as skilled labourers who built the Dockyard area alongside other Bermudians and Caribbean workers. Many of the original parts of Dockyard...

No local transmission of chikungunya in Bermuda, CDC notice retracted

January 23, 2015
No local transmission of chikungunya in Bermuda, CDC notice retracted HAMILTON, Bermuda -- An erroneous travel notice issued by the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in relation to the local transmission of the chikungunya virus has now been removed from its website and the source of the misinformation has also been corrected.

Commentary: Bermuda's connection with St Kitts

January 21, 2015
Commentary: Bermuda's connection with St Kitts Last January I had the opportunity to travel back to the land of one my great-grandfather’s birth. I went up into the hills from whence he was conceived and born. I shed a tear looking at the ruins of the former slave plantation my ancestors toiled and died enriching. I inhaled the smell of fresh sugar cane.

Former premier returns to Bermuda Cabinet; opposition says move 'extremely poor judgement'

January 17, 2015
Former premier returns to Bermuda Cabinet; opposition says move 'extremely poor judgement' HAMILTON, Bermuda -- Former premier of Bermuda, Craig Cannonier, said on Thursday he was pleased to be rejoining the Cabinet, adding he was grateful for Premier Michael Dunkley having confidence in him. However, the opposition Progressive Labour Party (PLP) said Cannonier’s appointment...

Warrant issued for arrest of Bermuda lawyer accused of perverting the course of justice

January 13, 2015
Warrant issued for arrest of Bermuda lawyer accused of perverting the course of justice HAMILTON, Bermuda -- A warrant has been issued in Bermuda for the arrest of lawyer Kamal Worrell, who is accused of perverting the course of justice. Worrell, 34, who is jointly accused with 26-year-old Devon Hewey, and 22-year-old Dujon Reid-Anderson, failed to appear in Magistrates’ Court.

Commentary: Bermudians will not pack up and leave

January 13, 2015
Commentary: Bermudians will not pack up and leave “Please get up and leave and go somewhere else.” These were the words spoken on June 14, 2013, by then One Bermuda Alliance (OBA) Attorney General Mark Pettingill in reference to Bermudians who were upset with moves by the OBA at that time. Not one OBA MP spoke out against those comments.

Commentary: Bermudians doing for self

January 7, 2015
Commentary: Bermudians doing for self I started to write about Bermuda and the stunning lack of diversity in our island’s boardrooms. I started to write about how Bermuda has one of the highest percentages of people of African descent holding college and advanced degrees in the world. I started to write about how Columbia University...

Commentary: Bermuda's connection to Saba

January 5, 2015
Commentary: Bermuda's connection to Saba Colonized around 1640 by the Dutch in St Eustatius, Saba was initially settled by persons of mainly English, Irish and Scottish descent. One explanation for Saba's name is that it is derived from the Arawak word "Siba", which means rock. The initial European settlers started growing provisions.

Commentary: Caribbean Christmas

December 29, 2014
Commentary: Caribbean Christmas These are part of our Bermudian Christmas traditions. For this special holiday edition, I will look at the way Christmas is celebrated in various other Caribbean territories. So I have enlisted the help of a few of my friends and relatives from around the region to tell us about the potpourri of...

Ten Caribbean destinations reaped $867 million from private jet vacationers in winter season

December 19, 2014
Ten Caribbean destinations reaped $867 million from private jet vacationers in winter season NEW YORK, USA -- Elite Traveler Magazine has just reported the top ten destinations to enjoy the benefits of private jet charter flights during last year's peak winter season, which resulted in revenues of $867 million from 12,566 flights. Nassau in The Bahamas, St Maarten and Turks and Caicos...

Commentary: Bermuda's connections to St Eustatius

December 18, 2014
Commentary: Bermuda's connections to St Eustatius If one were to ask many Bermudians which Caribbean Island they can trace their roots back to, most would justifiably answer St Kitts. There would be few that would say that they can trace their roots back to the Dutch colony of St. Eustatius. St Where, you say? St Eustatius, more commonly known as Statia...

Commentary: Bermuda's Caribbean Connections - Part 2

December 11, 2014
Commentary: Bermuda's Caribbean Connections - Part 2 Never in recent history has the National Stadium in Bermuda been sold out and so vibrant. During Easter 2012, we were treated to a potpourri of Olympics, Carnival, and Sun Splash rolled into one. West Indians of every island came out to support their home teams. Bermuda was fully represented.

Commentary: Bermuda's Caribbean connections

December 4, 2014
Commentary: Bermuda's Caribbean connections Lately we have been hearing a recurring statement: “Bermuda is not in the Caribbean and we are not West Indians.” This has been repeated during the 2012 Olympics. Many were seemingly upset with the coverage of Caribbean athletes and their events. Seventy percent of both black and white Bermudians...

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