News from Bermuda:
March 11, 2014
My purpose of writing today, is to speak to an attack on free speech in the Caribbean. On Friday February 7, 2013 an opinion piece was written in the Bermuda Sun by MP Sylvan Richards of the OBA government of Bermuda. In this opinion piece labelled “Reckless and unpatriotic,” MP Richards complains...
March 10, 2014
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- With effect from March 1, 2014, Jamaican nationals travelling to Bermuda for tourism, business or on a work permit, will no longer require a visa or visa waiver to enter that country, provided that they are holding a multiple entry visa to the United States...
March 6, 2014
I want first to thank those of you that have been kind enough to send me your thoughts on the issue of “Two Bermudas” Particularly in regards to how we can seek to empower ourselves, and the generations to come. We are here to serve Bermuda and to look out for the concerns that Bermudians bring to us.
March 4, 2014
Good day to our Caribbean neighbours. We wish to thank you all for your support over the last few weeks; we appreciate all of the advice given in one form or the other. We operate best when pertinent matters are brought to our attention. We are here to serve and we do not take this task lightly.
February 27, 2014
I had thought I had seen and heard it all in politics. Then along came along February 14, 2014. Probably the most contentious sitting of parliament in recent Bermudian history, the following is small collection of quotes from our paid politicians representing us in the House of Assembly of Bermuda.
February 26, 2014
In late December, the Progressive Labour Party of Bermuda mobilized to assist with flood relief for the hardest hit Caribbean islands of St Vincent and St Lucia. The substantial floods and landslides during the Christmas holidays resulted in the tragic loss of 15 lives along with...
February 24, 2014
Good day to all. We wish to take this opportunity to speak to the people of the Caribbean. Politicians of every island often claim to have the answers to all of society’s challenges yet, as we know, words do not always translate to actions or results. Politics is but one part of the equation.
February 20, 2014
On Wednesday February 5, Bermuda witnessed the words of Bob Marley coming to fruition once again. On Wednesday February 5, Bermudians realized that no one will save us but us. On Wednesday February 5, we, as Bermudians, united to stand up for not only ourselves but also for each other.
February 13, 2014
On February 5, via local media in Bermuda, OBA MP Sylvan Richards attacked the Progressive Labour Party (PLP) for our stance on commercial immigration (CI). While criticizing the stance of the PLP, he failed to address any of the concerns of that Bermudians have regarding CI. MP Richards stated...
February 12, 2014
Bermudians daily speak about the overwhelming need to break down the divide between the “two Bermudas”. Today, I’d like to take this opportunity to explain a little bit about why Bermuda works best when Bermudians are put first. When we talk about two Bermudas, we are referring to:
February 4, 2014
HAMILTON, Bermuda -- On Monday, Edmund Gibbons Limited announced the donation of $500,000 to the Bermuda Hospitals Charitable Trust – a non-profit organization whose goal is to raise $40 million for the King Edward Memorial Hospital redevelopment fundraising campaign.
February 3, 2014
Good day to my Caribbean family. First, let me ensure my survival by listing other surnames of St. Kitts and Nevis (SKN) origin. To anyone not listed, my apologies. Today, I will continue my series on SKN where “Country above self” is the national motto. At one time the entire island was essentially...
February 3, 2014
I write this to alert the CARICOM family of recent moves by the Bermudian government to undermine democracy and the voice of born Bermudians. The Commercial Immigration (CI) survey launched by OBA government of Bermuda serves only one purpose -- to create an illusion of support for their proposal...
January 28, 2014
HAMILTON, Bermuda -- The Bermuda Tourism Authority (BTA) has appointed Bill Hanbury as chief executive officer (CEO), effective January 27. He will report to the board of directors. An industry veteran with over 25 years of senior management experience, Hanbury will be responsible for...
January 27, 2014
The legacy of Dr Martin Luther King was celebrated last Monday by people across the globe who believe in freedom, justice and equality. The recent passing of Nelson Mandela marks the end of an era of iconic freedom fighters who served on the front lines of the war against injustice, prejudice...
January 25, 2014
Good day to my Caribbean neighbours. Bermudians, residents and guest visitors alike, have suffered too much for so little. Bermudians have been prohibited from traveling to the United States and Canada, we have had our reputations smeared and job prospects shattered due to convictions for simple...
January 23, 2014
Today I write to you from the island home of many Bermudians and descendents of Kittitians spread around the globe. Today I write to you from the island of St Kitts. God has blessed me to be able to return to St Kitts to visit familiar places, familiar friends and familiar family. Stepping off of the small...
January 20, 2014
The OBA has displayed a pattern of behaviour that should be very disturbing to Bermudians. The assurances by Minister Fahy that the OBA cash for passports scheme is “not a done deal,” should provide little comfort to those who have figured out that the OBA’s version of inclusion of Bermudians in the process...
January 2, 2014
As I walk about our island, I am being constantly asked what direction is our country heading in. More and more Bermudians are becoming increasingly concerned about the dictatorial style of governing that the OBA is embarking as each week passes. Recently there has been the reversal of the referendum on gaming.
December 28, 2013
Good day, Bermuda, today I will conclude my take on the OBA taking away your democratic rights. A private citizen said on the radio that, if the wording of the referendum question was not adjusted, many Bermudians might boycott voting as an indictment on the OBA for trying to dupe them.
December 23, 2013
HAMILTON, Bermuda -- Bermuda’s finance minister, Bob Richards, announced on Friday that the French ministry of finance has informed the French Association of Financial Management (AFG) that “Jersey and Bermuda have been informed that they will be removed from the list for 2014.
December 21, 2013
HAMILTON, Bermuda -- Bradley Kading, president and executive director of the Association of Bermuda Insurers and Reinsurers (ABIR), has praised an intergovernmental agreement signed by US Consul General Robert Settje and Bermuda Minister of Finance E.T. "Bob" Richards...
December 21, 2013
I've been reflecting on the whole debacle of the gaming issue in Bermuda for much of the weekend. As a supporter of gaming, I wanted the end result to enable casino gaming. More importantly, I wanted Bermudians to be able to seek self-empowerment where possible as opposed to merely being the big spenders.
December 7, 2013
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The Overseas Countries and Territories Association (OCTA) held its 12th ministerial conference in Brussels, Belgium, this week, where all 22 OCT political leaders gathered to support and approve the creation of a three-member board of chairs.
November 28, 2013
LONDON, England -- On Tuesday, UK ministers and overseas territory leaders met at the annual Overseas Territories Joint Ministerial Council in London and agreed an ambitious communiqué setting out steps to promote further opportunities for business, trade and investment in the territories.
November 28, 2013
JAKARTA, Indonesia -- At the recent annual meeting of the Global Forum in Jakarta, Indonesia, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Multilateral Convention on Mutual Assistance on Tax and Administrative Matters was extended to seven British Territories.
November 14, 2013
NEW YORK, USA -- US District Judge Richard M. Berman of the Southern District of New York entered an order on Tuesday authorising the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to issue summonses requiring five US banks -- Bank of New York Mellon, Citibank, Chase, HSBC and Bank of America...