Premier Michael Dunkley met with the UK Foreign Secretary, the Rt. Hon. Phillip Hammond MP, earlier today, the Cabinet Office advised.
The Premier and the Foreign Secretary discussed a wide range of topics including Bermuda’s economy, the Island’s financial services sector, the potential of the America's Cup for Bermuda and the Government’s efforts to create job opportunities for Bermudians.
On July 10th 2015 the Minister of Health, Seniors and Environment, the Hon. Jeanne Atherden, JP MP, announced the rebranding of the National Office for Seniors and Physically Challenged to Ageing and Disability Services.
The National Office for Seniors and the Physically Challenged was formed in 2000 to centralize the coordination of services to these two populations. Since then, the mission has expanded, the Office provides services to all persons with disabilities and not just those with physical challenges; therefore, the term ‘physically challenged’ is being replaced by ‘persons with disabilities’. Also, replacing ‘seniors’ with ‘ageing’ is consistent with Government’s plan to promote such initiatives as the National Ageing Plan and the concept of ‘ageing in place’ or ‘ageing at home’.
This name change is part of an important reorganization within the National Office which will ensure that our seniors and those with disabilities receive the best attention that their interests and issues demand.
Thank you all for coming today.
This government remains committed to our island's small businesses and ensuring not only that they succeed, but that they thrive.
Therefore I am thrilled to be here today to announce an exciting new initiative which will undoubtedly greatly assist many businesses in Bermuda.
BEDC, in partnership with HM Customs, has allocated $200,000 in funds annually to be used to facilitate lines of credit in amounts up to a maximum of $10,000 to assist businesses in importing goods for retail sale on the island.
Premier Michael Dunkley has conducted meetings with Secretary of State for the Department of Culture Media & Sport, the Rt. Hon. John Whittingdale; Financial Secretary to the Treasury, the Hon. David Gauke MP; and newly appointed Chairman of Britain-Bermuda All Party Parliamentary Group Sir David Amess MP, during his UK visit, the Cabinet Office advised today.
Premier Dunkley who called the meetings “fruitful and productive” discussed specific topics relevant to Bermuda and Britain during the meetings.
I would like to welcome our Canadian guests, Martin Zablocki, President and CEO of the Canadian Commercial Corporation and John Beck, the Executive Chairman of Aecon Group Inc.
As you know, Bermuda is working with CCC and Aecon, by way of a public private partnership, to redevelop the Bermuda airport terminal building through an incremental contract development process which began with a Memorandum of Understanding last November.
For commercial and entrustment reasons, our Letters of Agreement have required several extensions, the latest extended to August 31, 2015.
The LOA contemplates that a further interim agreement, called the Airport Development Agreement, (ADA) must be entered into in order to set out and describe the ambit, principles and subject matter of the project’s final and definitive agreements.
Good afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen.
These are exciting times for Bermuda.
A week ago today, I had the distinct pleasure to lead debate in Parliament on a measure that takes us one step closer to bringing a major hotel to the east end after some 30 years.
Representing the people of Bermuda, the Government has been happy to work with high end partners such as the Desarrollos Hotelco Group, who will construct a five star hotel that will bring a much needed top luxury brand hotel to the island.
As we enter the peak of hurricane season, the Ministry of Public Works would like to remind the public that owners of property next to a road are responsible for trimming back overhanging trees and hedges on their properties to stop vegetation from projecting into the road or sidewalk.
Clearing roadside vegetation next to roads helps to limit damage and debris during hurricanes and makes the road network more resilient to severe weather events.
The Ministry of Public Works' Highways Section’s road sweeping teams make every effort to clear vegetation on roads and overhanging foliage around the Island, particularly after storms and heavy rain, and try to be responsive to any problems that are reported, however overhanging vegetation is normally the responsibility of the adjoining landowner.
Today, the Secretary to the Cabinet / Head of the Civil Service Dr. Derrick Binns announced the appointment of Roseanne Foy as the Director of Internal Audit.
The appointment takes effect October 1, 2015.
Ms. Foy is a Chartered Professional Accountant with 18-years post qualification experience. She obtained Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce degrees from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1992 and went on to work for Arthur Andersen LLP in Bermuda and New York for five years. Between 1998 and 2002, Ms. Foy worked as a Senior Financial Analyst for Fortis Inc. and then for Zurich North America (Global Energy) in New York.
Earlier today (August 19), Premier Michael Dunkley welcomed gold medalist Jessica Lewis to the Cabinet Office to officially congratulate her on her outstanding performance at the recent Parapan Games in Toronto.
The public will be aware that the Jessica’s gold medal win was the first ever major medal won by a Bermudian in para-sports, when she bested the competition during the 100m race, breaking the Parapan Games record.
During her visit to the Cabinet Office today, Premier Michael Dunkley presented Jessica with a bouquet of flowers and took the opportunity to praise her “commitment to excellence”.
In the early hours of Tuesday morning, during the sitting of the House of Assembly, The House passed the Bermuda Immigration and Protection (Land-Holding Charges) Regulations Amendment 2015 under the guidance of the Minister of Finance, the Hon. E.T. Richards JP MP.
These regulations seek to defer a proposed increase in land holding charges by a further 18 months so that they come into effect on 31st March 2017 and not September 30th 2015 as originally scheduled. The values are set to automatically increase to between 6% and 12.5%.