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British overseas territories leaders meet in Turks and Caicos

July 23, 2016
British overseas territories leaders meet in Turks and Caicos PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) Governor Peter Beckingham welcomed leaders from seven of the UK’s Overseas Territories for lunch at his official residence on Thursday. “I was delighted and honoured to have the opportunity to welcome to the Turks and Caicos...

Commentary: A lame duck Bermudian government

July 21, 2016
Commentary: A lame duck Bermudian government Over the last month, it has become increasingly apparent that Bermuda Premier Michael Dunkley has taken a hit on multiple fronts; so much so that it now obvious that his level of political influence is becoming null and void. On Friday, June 17, 2016, PLP MP Rolfe Commisiong...

Commentary: Black and white solidarity

July 13, 2016
Commentary: Black and white solidarity On the early evening of July 7, 2016, I witnessed something firsthand that brought a shock to my head and tears to my eyes. As I was sitting in my car in downtown NYC I heard loud thunderous shouting behind me. I walked down the block to see what was going on and there I saw...

Commentary: The View from Europe: An uncertain future for the Overseas Territories?

July 9, 2016
Commentary: The View from Europe: An uncertain future for the Overseas Territories? Although an eerie calm may have settled on Europe now that the immediacy of the decision by the United Kingdom to leave the European Union (EU) has sunk in, it should not lull the Caribbean into a sense of false security or inaction. It has arisen because much is now on hold until...

UK may join its Caribbean territories as tax havens after Brexit

July 8, 2016
UK may join its Caribbean territories as tax havens after Brexit LONDON, England -- Once free of European Union strictures following its exit from the EU, European finance ministers and financial experts have expressed concern that Brexit could prompt a “race to the bottom” on tax policy, with the UK joining its Caribbean territories as a tax haven.

Commentary: Yes yes or no no?

June 27, 2016
Commentary: Yes yes or no no? June 23rd, 2016. What an interesting day in Bermuda. A referendum on Same Sex Marriage (SSM) and Same Sex Civil Unions (CU). Some 20,804 Bermudians lined up over the course of 12 hours to cast their vote throughout the island, Many of whom were voting for their very first time.

Brexit will see renewed focus on overseas territories, says UK minister

June 21, 2016
Brexit will see renewed focus on overseas territories, says UK minister GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- The UK minister with responsibility for the British overseas territories (BoTs) has said that a British exit from the European Union will be an advantage for the BoTs because the UK will be able to focus on traditional relationships with them.

Bermuda's former premier speaks out against 'politically motivated' arrest of medical official

June 20, 2016
Bermuda's former premier speaks out against 'politically motivated' arrest of medical official HAMILTON, Bermuda -- Former premier Dr Ewart Brown told journalists in Bermuda on Friday that he felt compelled to speak out because of what he described as the unjust and unwarranted arrest of Dr Mahesh Reddy, chief medical officer at Brown's company Bermuda Healthcare Services.

Bermuda woman waits anxiously to learn whereabouts of missing daughter

June 14, 2016
Bermuda woman waits anxiously to learn whereabouts of missing daughter HAMILTON, Bermuda -- Imagine having to fly to America to pick up your child from their parent. You call to say that you are on your way, only to wait outside for eight hours with zero communication. And the hours turn into days. While it may sound like a story out of a television show...

Commentary: Shout it loud, we are black and proud!

June 14, 2016
Commentary: Shout it loud, we are black and proud! When I think of Muhammad Ali, his illustrious boxing career does not event come into my mind. Not one stat, not one fight. What does come into my mind is my entire primary school being sat down in the early 1970s to watch a movie about a black man with a strange name who was prepared...

BVI advocates for more UK engagement with overseas territories

June 6, 2016
BVI advocates for more UK engagement with overseas territories LONDON, England -- British Virgin Islands London office director Benito Wheatley has said there is a need for greater engagement from the UK government and parliamentary support on key overseas territories issues. Wheatley was addressing the second Overseas Territories (OT)...

UK Overseas Territories take a stand against online child sexual abuse imagery

June 2, 2016
UK Overseas Territories take a stand against online child sexual abuse imagery LONDON, England -- In an historic announcement on Wednesday, 12 British Overseas Territories launched dedicated reporting portals, to allow web users to report images and videos of child sexual abuse. The IWF (Internet Watch Foundation) initiative has been made possible by...

Commentary: Income inequality in Bermuda

May 31, 2016
Commentary: Income inequality in Bermuda There are many in Bermuda and indeed worldwide who attempt to say that there is no disparity between the races. That they only difference is pigmentation or hair texture. Biologically this is true. However, when it comes to Bermudian statistics, the numbers paint an entirely different story.

Commentary: Rally round the West Indies

May 17, 2016
Commentary: Rally round the West Indies “This victory is solely dedicated to the Caribbean people, the fans all over the world. We are a praying team and we never stop praying.” Such were the words of West Indies T20 men’s cricket team captain, Mr Darren Sammy, upon winning the World T20 cricket final against England.

Bermuda hotel opens most dramatic lobby in the region

April 27, 2016
Bermuda hotel opens most dramatic lobby in the region PAGET, Bermuda -- Coco Reef Bermuda last week announced the reopening of its hotel lobby, the most dramatic in the region. The first few steps taken into a hotel represent the opening sequence of a vacation, or maybe a love affair or even a crucial meeting. First impressions always...

Commentary: OBA immigration track record - Part 2

April 19, 2016
Commentary: OBA immigration track record - Part 2 Ladies and gentlemen, today we continue to look at a timeline of the OBA’s immigration moves over the last 18 months. October 1, 2014 – Minister Fahy proposed a new Work Permit Policy that included the highly controversial Bermuda Employment Visa (BEV), which would allow qualifying...

Commentary: The View from Europe: The Panama connection

April 9, 2016
Commentary: The View from Europe: The Panama connection A few days ago the leader of the British Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, called on the British prime minister to consider taking direct control of Britain’s Caribbean overseas territories. His remarks – not without irony as, of all of the members of the British Parliament, he is among those...

Call for direct rule of British overseas territories 'absurd', says Cayman Islands minister

April 8, 2016
Call for direct rule of British overseas territories 'absurd', says Cayman Islands minister GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- Cayman’s financial services minister has dismissed as absurd the suggestion by the UK leader of the opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, that the British government should consider imposing direct rule on its overseas territories and dependencies...

Commentary: OBA immigration track record

April 5, 2016
Commentary: OBA immigration track record Ladies and gentlemen, in the following text we will lay out a track record of the UBP/OBA actions regarding immigration in the island of Bermuda. In the lead up to the 2007 election, the UBP headed up by then opposition leader Michael Dunkley pledged to grant status to all PRC holders.

Phaedo3 to set the pace for Antigua-Bermuda Race 2017

March 22, 2016
Phaedo3 to set the pace for Antigua-Bermuda Race 2017 ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Lloyd Thornburg's American MOD70 Phaedo3 will be attempting a record run from Antigua to Bermuda this April with a view to joining the Antigua Bermuda Race next year. Phaedo3 has set multiple world records over the past 12 months, including the Antigua to Newport...

Bermuda hedge funds on fast track as costs increase in Cayman

March 18, 2016
Bermuda hedge funds on fast track as costs increase in Cayman GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- Bermuda’s new low-cost, fast track regime for hedge funds is gaining traction, while frustration builds over the growing cost and regulation associated with a Cayman launch. Although the numbers involved are quite modest, industry insiders...

Protesters close down Bermuda House of Assembly

March 16, 2016
Protesters close down Bermuda House of Assembly HAMILTON, Bermuda -- Bermuda’s House of Assembly was closed down on Monday after legislators were locked out by protesters who formed a cordon around the building in a continuing protest against the government’s proposed immigration legislation. The legislation, known as the Pathways...

Commentary: We shall not be moved

March 15, 2016
Commentary: We shall not be moved On Friday, March 4, 2016, hundreds of Bermudians from a cross-section of our community answered the call to create a “Sea of Black” on the grounds of the House of Assembly to show their support for bi-partisan comprehensive immigration reform. For two hours they stood in the cold...

Undercover investigation reveals role of British overseas territories in moving suspect money

February 13, 2016
Undercover investigation reveals role of British overseas territories in moving suspect money NEW YORK, USA -- A new investigation from advocacy group Global Witness, shown recently on CBS’ 60 Minutes, showed the role that British overseas territories can play in facilitating the movement of suspect funds into the US.  Wearing a hidden camera, a Global Witness investigator...

Commentary: A canvassing we will go

January 20, 2016
Commentary: A canvassing we will go During the course of the last month we have spent countless hours and days out on the canvassing trail knocking on doors and speaking with Bermudians about their opinions and concerns. As each canvassing session passes, the list of colourful interactions grows. Some stories are heartbreaking.

Commentary: A plan that includes everyone in Bermuda is needed now more than ever

January 6, 2016
Commentary: A plan that includes everyone in Bermuda is needed now more than ever The past several weeks I’ve spent on the doorsteps of Bermudian residents of Devonshire Parish has not only been insightful, but rewarding and enlightening. This is a community of hard working people, who, like myself, want to see our island thrive. Residents have spoken to me about playgrounds...

Antigua-Bermuda Race announced

December 18, 2015
Antigua-Bermuda Race announced HAMILTON, Bermuda -- Organised by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club in association with Antigua Sailing Week, the inaugural Antigua-Bermuda Race will commence after the 50th edition of Antigua Sailing Week in early May 2017. The Antigua-Bermuda Race is designed to offer...

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