Government wishes that this Honourable House give consideration to the Bill entitled the "Proceeds Of Crime (Asset Retention) Amendment Act 2015". The Bill would amend the Proceeds of Crime Act 1997 (POCA) to clarify the asset retention powers of the Minister under the Act.
At present, the Government of Bermuda may enter into asset confiscation proceedings of the proceeds of crime in Bermuda at the request of overseas jurisdictions, including the United States of America.
The public are advised that in accordance with Part 3, Section 12 of the Energy Act 2009, BELCO has submitted a request to the Energy Commission for approval to vary its charges and pricing which would result in rate increases.
The deadline for members of the public to make written submissions commenting on the Tariff Filing has been extended until 5pm July 17th 2015.
Mr. Speaker, a month ago, I advised this Honourable House that the Artemis Racing Team – the Swedish America's Cup Challenger – would relocate its operations to Bermuda along with 34 employees – and 42 family members who will be joining them later this year.
Today, I am pleased to report that the Japanese America's Cup Challenger, SoftBank Team Japan (Team Japan), representing the Kansai Yacht Club of Japan is also moving its operations to Bermuda and setting up its team base in the South Basin area of the Royal Naval Dockyard along with other teams. Team Japan will be relocating up to 40 staff members with the first arriving by September 2015. That number will grow as the team base and facilities become ready for operations later this year. Team Japan has indicated that it intends to hire Bermudians in a number of roles, including administration, finance and security, among others.
Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to inform this Honourable House of the 2015 Red Ensign Group Conference that was held at Grotto Bay Resort last week from the 22nd to 25th June. This annual conference was hosted by the Department of Maritime Administration and the preparatory work for the conference was started in June 2014 with the arrival of the Red Ensign Group Millennium Bell from Gibraltar which hosted the last year's conference.
Mr. Speaker, the conference was attended by delegates from the United Kingdom, its Crown dependencies and Overseas Territories which include Isle of Man, Guernsey, Jersey, Gibraltar, Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Montserrat, and Turks and Caicos Islands.
Collectively, the previously mentioned jurisdictions operate the prestigious British Shipping Registry and the ships which are registered under the British Registry fly the 'British Red Ensign' as the common flag of the Group. However, the members of the group have the option of using its own national flag on its own ships, as an alternative to the Red Ensign, having received a warrant from the UK. The Red Ensign is synonymous with the British nationality of the ships that fly it, in the high seas, and it is well respected and recognized as a reputable flag having a legacy of high quality ships with excellent safety standards.
Mr. Speaker, I rise this morning to update this Honorable House on two important initiatives being introduced by the Ministry of Tourism Development and Transport. This includes plans to amend the Motor Car (Construction, Equipment and Use) Regulations 1952 to ensure that the enabling legislation and accompanying regulations are aligned with the current policy as it relates to window tint on public service vehicles, and by extension to private motor cars. The second item is the plan to allow the use of hands free communication devices such as the very familiar Bluetooth technology.
Mr. Speaker, the Motor Car (Construction, Equipment and Use) Regulations 1952, makes provision for the Minister in his discretion to exempt any class of motor car from complying with all or any of the requirements as it relates to window tint.
The Ministry of Public Works would like to advise that due to emergency maintenance to the Government telephone system there will be an interruption of service to the main Government telephone number, 295-5151 from 12 noon today for approximately 30 minutes.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Earlier today (July 1st), the Premier Michael Dunkley and the Minister of Public Works, Craig Cannonier, joined Dr. Kuni Frith-Black and the Friends of Southlands for a ground breaking ceremony at site of the new community garden in the Southlands Park, Warwick.
The community garden, which is spearheaded by the Friends of Southlands, is slated to open in the Fall of 2015 and applications to rent a space will be available through the Friends of Southlands in mid September. The garden will be situated at the western entry to Southlands Park, on South Shore Road.
In response to an article in yesterday's daily newspaper entitled "Businesses seek help to boost North Hamilton" the Department of Planning would like to reassure the residents, businesses and landowners in North East Hamilton (NEH) that Planning representatives are still in the process of reaching out to them to gain their valuable feedback on what a Local Plan for the area should look like. This process will continue throughout the summer.
The Department of Consumer Affairs would like to advise the public of a recall of certain Honda Fit cars in Bermuda.
The recall stems from an announcement made by Takata Corporation on May 19th 2015 regarding the recall of airbag inflators in various brands of cars.
The recall covers several types of driver and passenger side inflators manufactured by Takata. The performance of some inflators could be affected by long-term exposure over several years to persistent high humidity, potentially in combination with other factors, including manufacturing issues. Under certain circumstances these factors can result in the over-aggressive deployment of some inflators.
A second European state, Latvia, has conceded Bermuda is not one of their "blacklisted" countries and has written to the European Commission (EC) to set the record straight.
The EC recently included Bermuda in a list of 30 "uncooperative" tax jurisdictions. The master "blacklist" was comprised of countries targeted by 10 or more EU member states. Initially, 11 EU members included Bermuda in their lists.
Subsequently, Poland indicated they had already informed the EC that Bermuda was no longer on their register of uncooperative tax jurisdictions.