Horton Warns Protests Won’t Be Tolerated Inside Chamber

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House proceedings got underway with a terse statement by Speaker of the House Randolph Horton on Friday. In a stern warning that protests like the one that occurred in the public gallery last week will not be tolerated, he said this chamber is for debate – not protest demonstrations. “Whil... Read more

Budget: New Service Sales Tax & Tax Hikes

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New Government increases go in effect on April 1st that will see Customs Duty on fuel, Payroll Tax go up with tobacco and alcohol. Finance Minister Bob Richards also announced a new 5% sales tax on services in his Budget Speech on Friday. The new General Services Tax (GST), designed to “broa... Read more

Budget: Debt Service Cost Slightly Below Budget

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OBA MPs stomped the floor to applaud Finance Minister Bob Richards when he told MPs: “The overall deficit…is revised down by an estimated $7.8 million, a 3.6% variance. The forecast deficit for the financial year ending March 31, 2016 of $212.2 million is $87.5 million less than the 2014-15 defi... Read more

“No to Immigration Reform” Chants Shut Down Meeting

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Plans by Government to hold another public meeting to discuss the recently announced Pathways to Status immigration initiative hang in the balance, after protestors chanting “No to immigration reform” shut down the first meeting. In a packed Cathedral Hall Home Affairs Minister took the podiu... Read more

Minister Grilled on Roundabout & Locked Gate to Dock at Boat Club

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Public Works Minister Craig Cannonier disclosed in Parliament that the new roundabout at Blackwatch Pass was started without a clearly defined budget. Responding to Parliamentary Questions by Opposition MP Derrick Burgess, he said there is $5mi allocated in the overall budget which includes Black... Read more

Bermuda’s Newest MP Diallo Rabain Makes Maiden Speech In House

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Bermuda’s newest Member of Parliament Diallo Rabain predicts the One Bermuda Alliance administration will soon become the only one-term government in Bermuda’s history. In his maiden speech in the House of Assembly Friday night, Mr Rabain vowed to represent “all of the constituents” in C1... Read more

Parents of Murder Victim Johnathan Darrell Plea for Closure & Justice

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Nearly six months after their son was brutally stabbed to death in the parking lot of the Rural Hill Plaza in Paget, the parents of 27-year-old Johnathan Darrell have made a passionate appeal for closure. In an exclusive Bermuda Real interview, William and Belinda Darrell sat down with Ceola Wils... Read more

More Non-Compliant Employers On Name & Shame List

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Another four employers “who failed to provide sufficient evidence” of active insurance policies for employers were listed on the Bermuda Health Council (BHeC) website as of February 1st. Responding to questions fielded by Bermuda Real in the lead up to the release of its annual report, the BH... Read more

America’s Cup: A Catalyst For Economic Recovery?

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After 24 consecutive quarters of cargo import declines, there are positive signs of economic improvement on the horizon for one of the most broadly held Bermudian shipping companies. Bermuda Container Line (BCL), run by Neptune Group Management Limited, oversees the weekly shipment of imported go... Read more

Customs Moves Got Traders Up In Arms

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Local traders who import goods on commercial airline flights will be faced with increased expenses due to the closure of the Customs Clearance Longroom at the LF Wade International Airport (LFWIA) on June 1, 2015. Letters were sent out informing importers of the decision, which will require trade... Read more