- The month of February 2019 rolled in with the report of an armed robbery at Ice Queen in Paget, that saw one of the employees, a dear friend of mine injured when he was punched in the face and sustained a cut above his eye…The positive highlight – on February 8, 2019, the Commonwealth Secretariat announced that Ryan Robinson Perinchief was shortlisted as a Regional Finalist, one of four representing the Caribbean & Canada for the Commonwealth Youth Awards for Excellence in Development Work 2019…
Police: Reported Armed Robbery At Ice Queen In Paget
News | February 1, 2019
Police detectives are investigating an early morning armed robbery at Ice Queen in Paget that occurred around 2:45am this morning (February 1st).
A spokesman said: “It appears that three men entered the establishment – with two brandishing knives and one brandishing what appeared to be a firearm – and demanded money.
“The perpetrators fled on foot a short time later with a quantity of cash and were described as: approximately 6 feet tall wearing a camouflage coloured helmet with a tinted visor and black hoodie with white writing on the front; approximately 5 feet 6 inches tall wearing a black helmet with a tinted visor and black varsity jacket with white sleeves; and approximately 6 feet tall wearing a black helmet with a tinted visor and all black clothing respectively.
“During the incident one of the employees was punched in the face and sustained a cut above his eye. However, he declined medical attention. The scene has been processed and inquiries continue.”
BPS: Expect More 24-Hour Shutdowns Following Altercation At Southampton Rangers Sports Club
News | February 3, 2019
Another no-nonsense warning from the Bermuda Police Service (BPS) today following the second 24-hour shutdown of a club due to anti-social behaviour, this time, at Southampton Rangers Sports Club, where six men were injured in an altercation.
The club was shut down around 3am this morning when police and ambulance personnel responded to the reported disturbance.
Five men and a woman ended up under arrest in connection with the fracas, including a woman, who was subsequently released on police bail.
Using its authority under under the Bermuda’s Liquor Licence Act, the club was officially shut down from 10pm Saturday, February 2nd until 10pm Sunday, February 3rd with a clear warning that “all licenced premises take ‘social responsibility’ for the safety of their patrons and the conduct of those persons who threaten that safety, which has a profound effect on the community that they are a part of and Bermuda as a whole”.
“The Bermuda Police Service will continue to respond to any anti-social behaviour linked to liquor licenced premises with all of our law enforcement options – which includes but is not limited to – the temporary closure of offending properties,” said Superintendent James Howard, who is in charge of the Tactical Division.
“Anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated. The public expect a robust response from the police where the conduct of certain individuals causes or is likely to cause significant harm.
“Liquor licenced premises must ensure that the anti-social behaviour of a few does not affect the responsible socialising of the many responsible patrons.”
Shadow Minister Of Legal Affairs Calls For Confidential Findings Of DCFS Investigation To Be Made Public
News | February 4, 2019
- One Bermuda Alliance MP, Scott Pearman, the Shadow Minister of Legal Affairs issued the following statement…
Although it is understandable that certain aspects” of the investigations into the Department of Child & Family Services remain confidential, the “findings of both investigations must be made public,” Shadow Minister for Legal Affairs Scott Pearman said.
Allegations of child abuse and neglect by persons at the Department of Child and Family Services remain a matter of extreme concern for all Bermudians.
Despite several requests, including my own detailed statement on December 5, 2018, the Attorney General has yet to fully explain to the public what has actually happened.
The key people who thankfully first alerted Bermuda to these abuse allegations have been pushed aside. Ms Tiffanne Thomas, the social worker who ‘blew the whistle’ is now in litigation with the Government. Michael Weeks, MP, the Government Minster who properly authorized the first investigation into the abuse allegations, has been removed from his post.
We have regrettably heard nothing from the Attorney General personally since the suspended Director was returned to the Department. We do not know the outcome of the first investigation Minister Weeks commenced prior to his removal. We are told the second investigation, apparently conducted by an unnamed person at the Department of Internal Audit, will not be made public.
Although it is understandable that certain aspects of investigations remain confidential, the findings of both investigations must be made public.
Bermuda needs to be assured that investigations into abuse and neglect of vulnerable Bermudian children are conducted in the most thorough and proper was possible.
These specific allegations of abuse have shone a spotlight on the Department as a whole. This exposure has further revealed the shocking fact that far too many Bermudian children have been sent away to institutions abroad without their voices being heard by the Court.
The absence of qualified and independent Litigation Guardians is not merely a breach of our Children Act, this means that vulnerable children are not getting the support they so desperately need.
The Opposition supported the Government’s decision when, in the face of much pressure, the PLP pulled their proposed Bill on Litigation Guardians. That Bill would have watered-down protection for children and reverted to a position the UK wisely abandoned 40 years ago.
There is a pressing need for qualified and independent Litigation Guardians to be on the job now, safeguarding the interests of vulnerable Bermudian children.
Systemic problems have been exposed at the Department and they must be addressed. The Attorney General must now explain to Bermuda what has gone wrong. Just as important, she must make clear what steps will be taken by her Government to avoid risks to Bermudian children in the future.”
PLP Joint Statement On Armed Robbery In Warwick
News | February 9, 2019
- The following joint statement was issued by PLP MPs Neville Tyrell and Dennis Lister on Friday, February 8, 2019
As the Esso Tigermart in Warwick sits on the boundaries of our constituencies, we would like to condemn the individuals involved in the armed robbery on Thursday, February 7. Violent acts of this manner have no place in our society, and we must ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice. The workers and patrons, of which some were students, are traumatized by this event, and we cannot allow this to become the norm.
As the Members of Parliament for Warwick South Central and Warwick West, we are concerned about the negative social impact on our constituents, who patronize this gas station and live in the surrounding areas. We call on all persons to be vigilant of their surroundings. If anyone has seen anything that can assist the BPS in this investigation, please make contact with them soonest.
Our thoughts are with those that this incident impacted directly and we hope that once justice has prevailed, that they can continue to work in our community with peace of mind and security.
MP Neville Tyrell and MP Dennis Lister III
Shadow Finance Minister On Proposed Rental Tax Scrapped
News | February 9, 2019
- One Bermuda Alliance Senator Nick Kempe issued the following statement on the Proposed Rental Tax on Friday, February 8, 2019…
Police: Aggravated Robbery Of CedarBridge Academy Student In St George’s
News | February 6, 2019
Police are today investigating an aggravated robbery at Somers Garden in St George’s that occurred around 1:10pm today (February 6th), when a group of CedarBridge Academy students along with their teachers were on a field trip visiting St George’s.
A spokesman said: “As the students and teachers entered Somers Garden a 17-year-old male student was attacked by two males – described as approximately 5 feet tall, 18 to 20 years old wearing a black tracksuit and approximately 5 feet 5 inches tall wearing a green or grey tracksuit respectively – who grabbed a gold chain from around his neck.
“As a result, the 17-year-old male student received scratches to his neck.
“One of the teachers, said to be a 30-year-old woman, tried to intervene and sustained an injury to one of her fingers. She also dropped her black iPhone 8 during the incident, which was picked up by the assailants before they made good their escape.
“The teacher was transported to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital by private vehicle for treatment.”
- And then there was this Editorial by yours truly…
$1.7 Million Over 17 Years: Still Paying Canadian Firm & Still No New Bus Rosters – WHY?
News | February 7, 2019
Bermuda Real was the first to report the fact that taxpayers paid out $1.7 million to a Canadian consultancy firm over 17 years for new bus rosters that we still don’t have.
In response to that report, Transport Minister Zane DeSilva quipped that it wasn’t quite $1.7 million.
As it turns out: “Since 2002. Schedule Masters have been paid varying amounts each year that add up to $1,671,174.62 in total over the 17 years, inclusive of $24,056.00 paid so far this year.”
Repeat that last part of the previous sentence – “inclusive of $24,056.00 paid so far this year”.
That statement was issued to Bermuda Real in January and then retracted with the promise of a follow up statement in response to our initial report – which, by the way – no other mainstream media expanded on until last week.
Here we are in February and Bermuda’s taxpayers are still paying for two new bus schedules that have yet to be implemented. And even then, it won’t resolve te need for more new buses.
Now, in February, the big question is why is this consultancy firm still on Government’s payroll and for what exactly?
The Minister stated in an interview last week that ultimately, his goal was to eliminate the consultancy firms deal – period! But for now, he said, the Department of Public Transportation (DPT)was using the firm less and less
Despite his intentions, the fact remains that this firm is still dipping out in the public purse and costing taxpayers more MONEY at a time when there’s clearly no oney for new buses! But there’s money to keep paying for this never-ending pursuit of new rosters from a Canadian consultant. And the question remain – WHY?
With no firm date set in stone on when the new winter bus schedule will actually go into effect – what exactly is the hold up – and what’s taking so long?
Could it be the fact that the DPT pushed out rosters with more than one night shift per roster – or what is commonly referred to as the ‘Night Train”.
Why would they even try putting more than one night shift per roster when bus operators WON the right to one night shift per roster through arbitration several years ago?
The DPT knew that, the union and the Ministry of Transport knew that – so why would they all pose and say the new schedule would go into effect on a certain date – whih by the way has passed – and act like nobody knew this was some REAL CRAP!
Could it be this sort of NONSENSE represents a big part of the reason why this bus roster issue has dragged on and on at the taxpayers expense for 17 years and counting?
February is the shortest month of the year and this journalist would venture to say by the time its all sorted out it will be time for the summer schedule, which is probably nowhere near settled yet.
So where does this leave the island’s year-round bus commuters still being left stranded due to this endless repeat cycle of breakdowns and cancellations.
How many new buses would we have by or before the start of the 2019 tourism season out of $1.7 million and counting? How many west end residents will watch, once again, public buses drie by them compltely full before they leave Dockyard? What’s the plan? How many more years do you need to sort it out exactly? And why are we as taxpayers still paying this Canadian and his company for this errant nonsense?
The statement issue in January, noted that the DPT “operates the public bus service using two schedules in a year: one during the winter (when school is in) and one during the summer (when school is out)”.
“For some years now, there has been a ‘gray schedule’ in place as well which omprises runs added to the published schedule to satisfy demand (largely related to transporting school students).
It was also noted that:
- DPT does not have tools equivalent to The Master Scheduler in house to do this complex work, which includes the computerized dispatching system DPT uses daily
- To be clear: Schedule Masters are hired to produce the schedules and rosters for a Bermuda public bus service – not a Canadian bus service – and has done so at the request of DPT since 2002.
- The task of implementing the rosters is for DPT to do, not Schedule Masters. Lastly, the Ministry also wishes to reiterate that it is encouraged by the efforts of us operators, the perusal committee, Bermuda Industrial Union members, and the Department of Public Transportation management who put in many hours of hard work to com to this agreement. Without them, none of this would have been possible and we believe that is the true essence of yesterday’s press conference sought to illustrate.
Well, that was in December and here we are in February – and all that press conference showed me was that there was a lot of talk and no real perusal of what DPT was proposing when the Minister of Transport stood up with the President of the Bermuda Industrial Union to announce a new winter schedule that included rosters with more than one ‘Night Train’ per roster.
To say it again – what were they trying in the first instance knowing full well there was an arbitration ruling clearly stating otherwise AND what’s the plan moving forward – Tell Me This – Will it take another $1.7 million AND 17 years?
And how much you want to bet that west end residents will still be watching public buses leave Dockyard completely full with cruise ship passengers this summer with or without a new schedule AND NO NEW BUSES?
How many dollars, DPT officials and Canadians does it take exactly to GET IT DONE?
Like I asked the Minister of Transport when we talked about this $1.7 million over 17 years – My question was simply this: “You run a multi-million dollar construction firm how long would you pay one of your employees out of your money NOT to do their job?”
Won’t tell you what he said but will simply say this – my response was: “I rest my case!”
And see all of you Civil Servants pushing this Canadian firm’s pay cheque through – how many buses would $1.7 million buy? And I’m not talking 17 years – DO THE MATH – that’s all I’m saying! And get rid of this Canadian suck the public purse dry for NOTHING!
Now we asked the Minister to come forward before this report was published. He told me to write whatever I feel I need to write and he will sit down on camera with me when he gets back.
Let the record show – it’s DONE! The interview promised never happened!
Mixed Views On 24-Hour Club Shutdowns By Police Due To Anti-Social Behavior
News | February 12, 2019
OBA Senate Spokesman For Tourism & Transport On Bus Rosters
News | February 15, 2019
- The following statement was released by Senator Dwayne Robinson, OBA spokesman for Tourism & Transport in the Upper House on Thursday, February 14, 2019
House: Health Minister Updates MPs On Financial Assistance Reform
News | February 15, 2019
- 1,184 Pensioners/Seniors
- 896 Persons with disabilities
- 214 Abled-bodies unemployed
- 362 Persons with low earnings
- 612 Child day care allowance
Premier Takes Aim At Daily Newspaper With Scathing Criticism In House Of Assembly
News | February 16, 2019
Premier David Burt took aim at the island’s only daily newspaper in the House of Assembly last night, “to put the people on notice that the Royal Gazette cares more about its political mission than it does the success of the island of Bermuda”.
Speaking during the Motion to Adjourn, he said: “It is now crystal clear that the Royal Gazette has joined hands with the Opposition One Bermuda Alliance in a concerted effort to cast doubt and irreversibly tarnish this Government’s work in the diversification of this economy.”
He was speaking “specifically to the FinTech industry”.
Shadow Minister Of Home Affairs Criticizes Short Consultation Period On Corporations’ Future
News | February 16, 2019
- One Bermuda Alliance Sylvan Richards, the Shadow Minister for Home Affairs issued the following statement on Saturday, February 16, 2019
It’s Déjà Vu all over again – Yogi Berra. The more things change the more they stay the same.
What I am referring to is the recent announcement by Minister Walter Roban regarding the Government’s desire to take full control of the Municipalities of Hamilton and St George’s.
You may recall a few years ago that the previous PLP Administration made an unsuccessful attempt to take over the Corporations but when that failed, settled instead on strangling the Municipalities by removing their right to charge wharfage, replacing this lost income with a Government grant which was insufficient to meet their needs.
This had the presumably desired effect of ensuring that the Corporations had to come cap in hand to the Government in order to meet their obligations in terms of infrastructure. Nine years later the PLP is back for another bite at the cherry.
Not long after the OBA became Government, we returned the right to collect wharfage back to the Municipalities and the Government grant was removed, thereby giving the Corporations more financial independence. In St. George’s with the arrival of new cruise ships which the OBA secured during our tenure plus the introduction of a Heritage Tax, the Old Town has grown from strength to strength.
So, the question has to be asked: Why is the Government so keen on tearing apart two Corporations that have, all in all over their respective existences, done excellent work in promoting Bermuda and servicing their municipalities?
Why is there only a ten-day consultation period being given for the public to weigh in on the two options Government is considering imposing on the Municipalities, both of which will ultimately mean the end of the Corporations of Hamilton and St. George’s as entities run by the people for the people?
Minister Roban has essentially said that the Bermuda Government will be better at maintaining the infrastructure of the Municipalities and if the Government has control via a quango or by way of being subsumed into Government it can set the economic agenda for the Corporations.
However, the simple facts are these – both Corporations have traditionally done a better job than the Government at maintaining infrastructure, collecting garbage, promoting their respective municipalities, hosting events and serving their constituents. Simply put, can we really expect a Government that cuts trash pick-up to once a week to suddenly be able to collect garbage in the City of Hamilton every night?
Under the current Municipalities Act, the Government already has the final say on planning legislation so it can already plan for various economic zones, it can also give guidance for spending of the Heritage Tax in St. George’s, it can direct how any grants are spent and it can also take stewardship of the Corporations if Government directions are not followed.
In fact, most if not all of what the Government supposedly wishes to achieve with its proposed changes can already be done by way of utilising the existing legislation. So, again what is the deal? Why is the Government so desperate to interfere with two Corporations that work?
The answer is obvious. Control, pure and simple. This Government is totally obsessed with it.
Look at the moves Government has already made to gain control of the BTA and the Gaming Commission as examples. They can’t help themselves. No doubt subsuming the Corporations into Government will assist its balance sheet as a result of having more valuable real estate on its books – which given the huge hole in the current balance sheet will help.
Or, perhaps it is really about control of the Waterfront and the eventual awarding of contracts? Or perhaps the current Minister just does not like the personalities of some people at the two Corporations. Whatever the real reason for this travesty – it doesn’t pass the smell test.
Given that there is only a very short consultation period I think it’s safe to assume that the Government has already made up its mind about what it intends to do. I suspect there is a Bill already prepared in draft form that can be hastily tabled in parliament given that previously postponed elections need to be held in the next few months. There is more to this yarn than we are being told.
It is the Opposition’s view that a Local Government Act should be drafted which will modernise the relationship between the Government, Municipalities and the Parish Councils.
Such an Act would be reflective of the changing face of the City and the Town of St Georges and would set the foundation for truly collaborative opportunities. In the spirit of collaboration, the OBA would be willing to work alongside the PLP to make this a reality. Destroying hundreds of years of history simply to satisfy the ego of a chosen few would be a terrible mistake.
News | February 19, 2019
In a statement issued last night, Minister Jamahl Simmons said: “We should all be deeply concerned about the circumstances outlined by the Premier on Friday in the Motion to Adjourn.
“Six Bermudian jobs gone, an office lease cancelled, executive relocations and accompanying rental of housing gone, payroll taxes to be paid to government gone and the reality that this one negative experience by one company could impact negatively on Bermuda in incalculable ways.
“Mr Cannonier said in his statement, “Yes, 20 new jobs going elsewhere is a real blow, especially as six were expected to be Bermudian and goodness knows Bermuda needs all the jobs it can get right now – but people are asking: where are the other jobs?”
“If the opposition truly cared about more jobs and opportunities for Bermudians, they would condemn at every turn anyone or any entity that seeks to undermine that,” said Mr Simmons.
“Unfortunately the Opposition seems more interested in attacking the government than in standing up for the Bermudians who have seen their dreams of jobs with
this company dashed due to the Royal Gazette.
Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Craig Cannonier said: “The Premier’s attempt to play the blame game over jobs that have failed to materialise is an act of desperation, of someone who knows they are sitting in the ‘last chance saloon’, who knows the pressure is on. He has over-promised and is now under-performing.
“Did the Premier step in to save the day with this company? Did he even try? What did he do? That is the story we all really want to hear, isn’t it? That’s the story I want to hear and I want to hear it without the protection of parliamentary privilege.
Or, is there an untold backstory here that we are not hearing?
“All we have heard is how the Premier is happy to lay the blame for his own failing policy at someone else’s door in an attempt to deflect and distract from reality. This is no more that hearsay politics and a sign of a Premier in meltdown mode.
“By blaming others, he is deflecting from the fact that his one and only economic policy is failing; distracting people away from the appalling state of the economy and Government’s intent to pile more and more taxes onto the backs of hard working Bermudians instead of cutting spending.
“Yes, 20 new jobs going elsewhere is a real blow, especially as six were expected to be Bermudian – and goodness knows Bermuda needs all the jobs it can get right now – but people are asking: where are the other jobs?
“They are asking: where is the plan to improve the economy now; when will retail sales stop falling and what will workers do once the big OBA construction projects end? They don’t want to listen to playground politics, they want action.”
MPs return to the House of Assembly on Friday to hear newly appointed Minister of Finance Curtis Dickinson deliver his first Budget.
Bermuda Casino Gaming Commission Ordered To Find Its Own Funding Moving Forward
News | February 17, 2019
The Bermuda Casino Gaming Commission (BCGC), which came in for a $1.6 million interest free, repayable loan through a Government agreement in July 2017, with another $500,000 provided in 2018, will now have to find its own funding moving forward.
According the BCGC annual reports from September 2015 through to the end of March 2017, tabled in the House of Assembly on Friday, the grant of $3.76 million to cover operational costs was “temporary”.
The report also stated that the final instalment of $610,000, scheduled to go to the commission by the end of 2016, was not issued until “the year end on April 13, 2017”.
“The Government has now advised the commission to seek commercial funding going forward. At the time of producing these financial statements, the commission has discussed commercial funding with a local bank, with the intent for this funding to be supported by a Government Letter of guarantee,” the report added.
It was also noted that repayments will start when the commission “financially attains a balanced budget position”.
Finance Minister On Brexit & Bermuda’s Annual $30 Billion Two-Way Trade With The EU
News | February 24, 2019
- British Antarctic Territory
- British Indian Ocean Territory
- British Virgin Islands
- Cayman Islands
- Falkland Islands
- Pitcairn Islands
- St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
- South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands
- Turks and Caicos Islands
BHCS & Brown-Darrell Clinic Patients Set To Appeal Court Order On Their Medical Files
News | February 23, 2019
Bermuda HealthCare Services and Brown-Darrell Clinic will take steps to appeal the judge’s order that would allow their medical files to be reviewed by experts overseas.
In a statement issued this week, former Premier, Dr Ewart Brown said: “I would like the public, especially the patients whose charts were, as we argue, unlawfully removed from BHCS and Brown-Darrell, to know that despite the report in the Royal Gazette dated February 15, 2019, we have NOT abandoned the fight on their behalf.
“Lawyers acting for a large group of the affected patients, with the full support of the legal team acting for the clinics and Dr. Mahesh Reddy, have today lodged an appeal against the ruling permitting the police to provide patient files to overseas experts without their consent. The courts will now decide whether the patient files should remain under seal pending the outcome of this appeal.
“We will continue vociferously to defend the confidentiality of your medical records by all procedural means at our disposal. We must now all trust that the Bermudian judiciary will ultimately rule in your favour,” he added.
The patients are represented by law firm Chancery Legal after 150 of them had their health records seized with additional records of 115 other people, when police raided the two clinics in February in 2017, as part of an ongoing police investigation that has yet to produce formal charges.
The hearing will be held in the Supreme Court on Tuesday, followed by another hearing in March for the court to hear submissions from lawyer Delroy Duncan on behalf of Dr Mahesh Reddy and the two clinics on how the non-medical files were taken and handled by the police in February 2017.
Budget Statement: PLP & Taxes
News | February 23, 2019
- The following statement was released by the Progressive Labour Party following the Budget Statement on Friday, February 22, 2019
Today, the government announced the first Budget Surplus in 17 years, that Bermuda’s National Debt will fall this year for the first time since 2003 and pledged:
- To give Mortgage relief for families to reduce mortgage rates
- To support Scholarships to the Bermuda College for all Public School Students with a 3.0 GPA or higher
- To increase our Investment in Education & Training
- To increase Investment in social programs to combat gang violence
- Offer Payroll Tax relief for retailers to protect and spur employment of Bermudians and
- Offered Payroll tax relief to encourage the hiring of local entertainers
OBA Leader On Budget: 2019 Will Cost Bermudians Dearly
News | February 22, 2019
- The following statement was released after the Budget Statement delivered in the House of Assembly by Opposition Leader Craig Cannonier
Budget: Bermuda’s Ageing Population Is ‘Single Most Serious Long-Term Issue Bermuda Faces’
News | February 22, 2019
Finance Minister Curtis Dickinson echoed a familiar warning today when he told MPs that “Bermuda’s aging population, a certainty, not just a risk, will result in serious medium and longer-term pressures on public spending and challenges to growth”.
Finance Minister Delivers Maiden Budget Statement With First Budget Surplus In 17 Years
News | February 22, 2019
Finance Minister Curtis Dickinson was greeted by a foot-stomping version of a round of applause as he rose to deliver his maiden Budget Statement in the House of Assembly this morning, where he told MPs that Bermuda recorded its first Budget surplus in 17 years.
The Minister also stated that the Island’s debt will fall this year for the first time since 2003 and that the Progressive Labour Party (PLP) government will not raise the debt ceiling in the upcoming fiscal year that starts on April 1, 2019 and runs through to the end of March 2020.
Other highlights likely to perk the ears of Mr & Mrs ‘Joe Average’ Bermuda was the plan announced to give mortgage relief to local families.
Retailers will also see payroll tax relief in the new fiscal year to protect and spur employment for Bermudians and the Minister pledged payroll tax relief to encourage the hiring of local entertainers.
MPs, stakeholders and taxpayers will have the entire weekend to fully absorb the host of fiscal points delivered in the Minister’s 59-page Budget Statement today.
Meanwhile, tax increases include a hike in land tax for owners of larger homes in Bermuda as of April 1, 2019.
Government will reduce tax on properties with an Annual Rental Value of up to $11,000 from 0.8 percent to zero, with a base charge of $300.
Shadow Minister Of Finance: Sleight Of Hand Budget
News | February 25, 2019
- Shadow Minister of Finance, Senator Nick Kempe in response to the Budget Statement delivered in the House of Assembly by Finance Minister Curtis Dickinson on Friday, February 22, 2019
The Budget presented on Friday was a display of political spin. The feel-good presentations and the facts tell two completely different stories.
Public Service Reform Implementation Starts Today – February 25, 2019
News | February 25, 2019
News Release: Hamilton, Bermuda, Monday, February 25, 2019 – Head of the Public Service, Dr Derrick Binns, today announced the creation of a team that will implement Public Service Reform. Dr Binns stated, “Recently Cabinet approved the Strategic Plan for Public Service Reform which will go into effect from today, Monday 25February, 2019.
“The Deputy Head of the Public Service, Ms Cherie Whitter, will relinquish her responsibilities as Permanent Secretary for the Cabinet Office and will be dedicated full time to Public Service Reform Implementation. However she will retain responsibility for the Department of Human Resources which will become the Department of Employee and Organizational Development; Management Consulting Services; and the contract management for the Public Sector Negotiating Team as the plan has implications for each of these entities.
“The Commissioner of Corrections, Lieutenant-Colonel Edward Lamb, will serve as Acting Permanent Secretary for the Cabinet Office from today, through May 25, 2019. He will assume responsibility for the Premier’s Office to which the following departments report: Information and Digital Technologies, ICT Policy and Innovation, and the Business Development Unit. He also has responsibility for the Ministry for the Cabinet Office Head Quarters, Post Office, Office of Project Management and Procurement, Statistics, the Safety and Health Office, and the Department of Communications.”
Dr Binns concluded, “The creation of the Public Service Reform Implementation entity will draw from existing resources within the Service and not require additional funds. It is expected that as part of the Public Service reform, ultimately savings will be realized as changes to how we operate will impact expenditure.”
Ryan Robinson Shortlisted As Regional Finalist In Commonwealth Youth Awards For Execellence
News | February 25, 2019
News Release: Future Leaders of Bermuda – On February 8, 2019, the Commonwealth Secretariat announced that Ryan Robinson Perinchief has been shortlisted as a Regional Finalist, one of four representing the Caribbean & Canada for the Commonwealth Youth Awards for Excellence in Development Work 2019.
Entrepreneurs, innovators and social activists are among the 16 high-achieving finalists chosen by a Pan-Commonwealth adjudication panel of judges, convened by the Commonwealth Secretariat. This included the High Commissioners for Barbados, Namibia and Papua New Guinea, and representatives from the High Commission of Bangladesh, the Commonwealth Foundation and the Commonwealth Youth Council.
The Awards recognize and celebrate the achievements of people aged 15 to 29 whose innovative projects are making a significant contribution to their communities and driving change in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. Since their inception, the Youth Awards have helped raise awareness of the work of hundreds of young people, and to scale up their projects to make a bigger impact in their societies, nations and the globe at large.
This year, the Awards attracted five hundred nominations from 45 countries. Those shortlisted will be invited to attend the Commonwealth Youth Awards ceremony in London on 13 March 2019 at the Commonwealth Secretariat Headquarters. One exceptional individual will be chosen as the Commonwealth Young Person of the Year 2019. In addition to a financial grant to scale up their development work, finalists will each be awarded a trophy and certificate.
This is the first time a Bermudian has been selected, as the Commonwealth has confirmed that there has never been a regional finalist or regional winner from Bermuda in the past for the Commonwealth Youth Awards for Excellence in Development Work.
The next stage of adjudication requires finalists to submit a brief bio along with a video highlighting their organization and development work, and a one page summary of its impact in their community.
Finance Minister On OBA Track Record On Bermuda’s Debt
News | February 25, 2019
Finance Minister Curtis Dickinson moved to set the record straight on the former government’s track record on Bermuda’s multi-billion dollar national debt.
OBA: Children Not Interviewed In DCFS Neglect Investigation
News | February 26, 2019
- OBA MP Scott Pearman, Shadow Legal Affairs Minister
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