On Monday, November 23, Bermuda's Family Law Reform Sub-Committee under the remit of the Judicial Training Institute of Bermuda, will officially launch an accredited family mediation training initiative.
The event will equip mediators to resolve family disputes in keeping with the 'alternative dispute resolution' emphasis of the newly created Integrated Family Court. The ultimate intent of the project is to encourage all family law litigants to settle disputes through mutual agreement to improve family relations, promote compliance and save resources.
The training was designed to provide the first ever core components of mediation accreditation standards for Bermuda. Mediation experts from Canada will be on-Island to conduct the sessions.
Training will be in three stages:
A major initiative of the NDC Act 2013 is to ensure that Government operated substance abuse treatment services implement industry best practice standards by achieving international accreditation.
In that regard, the Ministry of National Security is pleased to announce that the Men's Treatment Center, under the auspices of the Department for National Drug Control (DNDC) and located at the Nelson Bascome Substance Abuse Centre, has received a one-year International Accreditation award from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International.
This is the first attempt at obtaining CARF Accreditation by the Men's Treatment Programme, and gives a clear indication of the programme's dedication and commitment to improving the quality of the lives of the persons served (adult males suffering with the disease of addiction). This Accreditation award will extend through August 2016 and the Men's Treatment programme will be listed internationally as a CARF Accredited organization.
The Ministry of Health, Seniors and Environment wishes to advise the public that it is undertaking an essential reconfiguration of services by the Oral Health Section of the Department of Health, to ensure available resources are appropriately invested and utilized.
Consequently, clients will be prioritized based on current ongoing treatment and overall clinical need. Every effort will be made to ensure that clients in the midst of an ongoing procedure are seen through to completion. All clients who are referred on will be provided with a list of private dentists who are accepting new patients. The staff of the Oral Health Section will collaborate with the private sector to make patient transition as smooth as possible.
The Ministry reminds the public of its commitment to public health and prevention, and gives assurance to active patients of the Oral Health Section that every measure will be taken to assure a smooth transition and meeting current clinical needs.
Bermudians with plans to launch or expand businesses gathered at City Hall on Friday evening to participate in the Bermuda Economic Development Corporations 8th Annual Rocket Pitch Competition.
The Competition, supported by the Bermuda Tourism Authority, Department of E-commerce and the BEDC, is run as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week. It is open to any entrepreneur with a new business idea in one of three separate industry categories: PitchPINK - for a tourism/hospitality product or service; PitchTECH - for innovative technology or e-business idea; or PitchTOWN - for a business with a focus on local customers.
PitchTECH judges Marisa Stones, Michael Branco and Leon Bascome heard proposals for a Bermuda-themed computer game from developer Adrian Lodge; Kim Caisey presented a web-based resource for parents of young children, and Coral Wells introduced her concept for a resource center providing shared office space and technology training programs for youth and professionals.
Today the Minister of Public Works the Hon. Craig Cannonier JP MP shot a few hoops at the new basketball half-court which was recently installed by the Department of Parks at Chaplin Bay.
The new court is located in the upper car park and replaces a previous court which had fallen into a state of disrepair. The new half-court, which was completed in September 2015, is in a slightly different location to its predecessor, being located to the further end of the parking area so that the game does not have to stop to give access to cars.
I am pleased to join you today for an important occasion – the one time each year the entire tourism industry convenes to talk about its future.
Ladies and gentlemen today provides us an opportunity to take a closer look at the business of tourism and for us to have some frank and candid conversations about the way forward. I am grateful for the opportunity to address you this afternoon.
Tourism in Bermuda has been confronted with its share of challenges but the fact remains that the industry is critical to Bermuda; it is an important economic driver and is a key employer of Bermudians in many different careers.
The Bermuda Trade Union Congress issued a press statement today mischaracterizing the position of the Government of Bermuda regarding the issue of workers in the public service attending Supreme Court hearings next week.
The Government has never, as the BTUC release wrongly infers, denied permission to such workers to attend the hearings. Instead, our concern has always been that they should not unlawfully absent themselves from work. The Head of the Civil Service wrote to the BTUC member unions on 23 October stating that public sector workers could attend court proceedings should they ask for and obtain the permission from their supervisors. Counsel reiterated this position on 10 November. In fact, the very essence of these court proceedings involves the fact that workers in the public service absented themselves from work in January 2015 for three days without permission.
Government House has announced the appointment of Ms Heather Thomas, a Bermudian, as the new Auditor General. Ms Thomas will succeed Mrs Heather Jacobs- Matthews.
The Governor, Mr George Fergusson, has said:
"I am delighted that Ms Thomas has accepted this role. The post of Auditor General provides a critical link in the chain of public accountability and is one that is vital to the democratic process of responsible government. Ms Thomas is highly qualified for the job's challenges and responsibilities."
Ms Thomas is expected to take up her duties by May 2016. Mrs Jacobs-Matthews has kindly agreed to continue in her current role for the time being.
The public is invited to attend an information session on the Airport Re-Development Plan at the Cathedral Church Hall in Hamilton, Wednesday November 18 at 5.30pm.
This is an opportunity to learn more about the plan to provide a more efficient airport terminal and create much needed jobs before and after the project's delivery.
The Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance the Hon. E.T. Richards JP MP and the Minister of Tourism Development and Transport the Hon. Shawn G. Crockwell JP MP will make presentations.
Have you been bitten by the entrepreneurial bug? Have you been thinking about starting a business but haven't quite got there yet? StartUp Weekend may be the perfect next step for you!
The first such event was hosted in Bermuda in March this year. By holding a StartUp Weekend, the Island joined the ranks of 135 countries which promote entrepreneurship through this intense 3-day program.
The upcoming edition, themed The Hospitality Edition, will take place on December 4th to 6th at Butterfield's Rosebank Banking Centre.