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St Kitts stilt walkers pay courtesy call on Bermuda's culture minister

September 12, 2014
St Kitts stilt walkers pay courtesy call on Bermuda's culture minister HAMILTON, Bermuda (CUOPM) -- Two stilt walkers from St Kitts, now in Bermuda to participate in the annual Gombey (Masquerade) Festival, paid a courtesy visit to Bermuda’s minister of community, culture and sports, Wayne Scott, on Thursday morning. According to Bernews, the two Kittitians...

Commentary: Bermuda pole dancer

September 12, 2014
Commentary: Bermuda pole dancer It is ironic that One Bermuda Alliance (OBA) MP Sylvan Richards has decided to “take one for the team,” and write an op-ed in Caribbean News Now. Ironic, as it was he who ranted and raved that it was "unpatriotic" for Bermudian politics to be discussed in the Caribbean media, by allowing his name...

Letter: Bermuda must resolve Rebecca Middleton case

September 9, 2014
Letter: Bermuda must resolve Rebecca Middleton case I have asked that a trip being scheduled for 18 families during our one-week spring break be cancelled after learning about the Rebecca Middleton case.  Until that unforgivable legal blunder has been corrected, I will do my best to spread the information of this case and the fear we should all have...

Commentary: Put Bermudians first

September 5, 2014
Commentary: Put Bermudians first As a young person growing up in Bermuda, it is imperative to know that the government of the day is making decisions that will pave the way for a better and brighter future for Bermudians. However the actions, or lack thereof of the government of the day, force one to seriously question whether...

Commentary: The PLP fight to destroy Bermuda

September 2, 2014
Commentary: The PLP fight to destroy Bermuda Caribbean News Now readers will be aware that writers for the opposition Progressive Labour Party (PLP) in Bermuda have written several columns criticizing the government for its policies. I write to caution the Caribbean audience against swallowing whole some of the accusations that have been made.

Cristobal to pass Bermuda as forecasters track two more disturbances

August 27, 2014
Cristobal to pass Bermuda as forecasters track two more disturbances MIAMI, USA -- Tropical cyclone Cristobal strengthened into a hurricane on Monday night as it picked up speed heading away from The Bahamas heading towards Bermuda. Meanwhile, forecasters are tracking two more disturbances in the tropical Atlantic heading towards the Caribbean.

Cristobal moves away from Bahamas; storm watch issued for Bermuda

August 26, 2014
MIAMI, USA -- The Bermuda weather service issued a tropical storm watch for Bermuda on Monday as Tropical Storm Cristobal moved slowly away from the Bahamas, after depositing 12 inches of rain on the Turks and Caicos Islands over the weekend, causing widespread flooding and one fatality.

Commentary: Bermuda is at a pivotal political and social crossroad

August 23, 2014
Commentary: Bermuda is at a pivotal political and social crossroad On Wednesday, July 23, 2014, Minister Michael Fahy, without any consultation or open dialogue, made an announcement that the One Bermuda Alliance (OBA) would drop the Permanent Resident’s Certificate (PRC) appeal. Having read MP Sylvan Richards’ recent opinion piece dated July 29, 2014...

Commentary: The OBA fight against Bermudians

August 21, 2014
Commentary: The OBA fight against Bermudians On July 23, 2014, the One Bermuda Alliance (OBA) did exactly as many have been predicted by announcing its plan to grant status to thousands of non-Bermudians. Having been on the United Bermuda Party (UBP) wish list for decades, the OBA has finally boldly declared its true intentions.

Commentary: Plausible deniability in Bermuda

August 14, 2014
Commentary: Plausible deniability in Bermuda Plausible deniability: the capacity of senior officials to publicly deny knowledge of and/or responsibility for any damnable actions committed by the lower ranks. On Wednesday July 23, 2014, Senator Michael Fahy gave a personal explanation to the Senate to offer “plausible deniability”.

Commentary: I am a proud Bermudian

July 31, 2014
Commentary: I am a proud Bermudian 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...

Commentary: Property theft and land dispossession in Bermuda

July 23, 2014
Commentary: Property theft and land dispossession in Bermuda 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...

UK territories reaffirm commitment to economic development at Cayman meeting

July 21, 2014
UK territories reaffirm commitment to economic development at Cayman meeting 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...

Commentary: Bermuda governor speaks with forked tongue

July 21, 2014
Commentary: Bermuda governor speaks with forked tongue 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.”

British overseas territories leaders meet in Cayman

July 17, 2014
British overseas territories leaders meet in Cayman 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...

Bermuda opposition calls for public protest

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...

Cayman Islands to host overseas territories heads of government

July 15, 2014
Cayman Islands to host overseas territories heads of government 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...

Bermuda opposition boycotts parliament

July 12, 2014
Bermuda opposition boycotts parliament 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.

Commentary: Term limits in Bermuda

July 10, 2014
Commentary: Term limits in Bermuda 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.

Eighteen Caribbean hotels among the Top 100 List in 2014

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...

Bermuda to host annual conference of black mayors

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.

Cruise line returns to Bermuda in summer 2015

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.

Letter: Policing 101: Introducing the facilitator

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...

Commentary: Selling-out Bermuda is not a viable option

June 11, 2014
Commentary: Selling-out Bermuda is not a viable option 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.

Commentary: The needs and wishes of Bermudians and long term residents

June 10, 2014
Commentary: The needs and wishes of Bermudians and long term residents 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.

British overseas territories citizens get visa-free access to 26 European countries

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.

Bermuda sovereign downgrade does not impact insurers' ratings

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...

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