Your Parliamentarians have just finished a busy session in the Legislature. The work we do – and I include all MPs and Senators in saying this – is to protect Bermuda from a tough and turbulent world while creating opportunities to help families grow and prosper.
The session saw Bermuda push back hard against a European listing that mistakenly targeted our tax status. Finance Minister Bob Richards worked quickly to correct the situation and we are confident the matter will soon be resolved to the Island’s credit.
Bermuda’s motoring public is advised that the registration section at theTransport Control Department (TCD)will close at 4 pm on July 29th. All administrative services will still be available until 4:45 p.m.
Please note that online re-licensing and appointment booking is available at www.etcd.gov.bm, and those due for a TCD visit should make every effort to take advantage of the three month period preceding the expiration datefor annual relicensing.
Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs Hon. Trevor Moniz, JP, MP, today issued the following advisory about the risks in a number of jurisdictions arising from inadequate systems and controls to combat money laundering and terrorist financing. Details on these risks were provided by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) in statements which were released following its Plenary held in June 2015. The Minister noted that the advice is especially relevant to those entities that have or are considering any business relationships with the specified jurisdictions or persons (individuals or corporate entities) in such jurisdictions.
The Proceeds of Crime (Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorist Financing) Regulations 2008 (the Regulations) require AML/ATF regulated financial institutions and other relevant persons to have policies, procedures or systems in place to prevent money laundering or terrorist financing. Under the Regulations, relevant persons are also required, under certain specified situations and also in those situations which are deemed to present a higher risk of money laundering or terrorist financing, to apply enhanced customer due diligence measures and/or on-going monitoring on a risk-sensitive basis.
Madam President, the Government wishes for Senate to give consideration to the Regulations entitled the Bermuda Air Terminal (Fees) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2015.
Madam President, by way of standing policy, Government reviews its fee structure on a regular basis to ensure that there is reasonable cost recovery for the provision of the various services it offers. In operating the L.F. Wade International Airport, the Department of Airport Operations (DAO) is responsible for providing security screening of all checked passenger luggage as mandated by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the U.K. Department for Transport (DfT).
Madam President, Government wishes Senate to give consideration to the Bill entitled the Government Fees (Special Waiver) Act 2015.
The purpose of this Bill is to retroactively exempt those Telecommunications Service Providers who have committed to migrate out of the 700 MHz band from the requirement to pay spectrum fees under Head 24 (2)(a) of the Government Fees Regulations 1976.
Senate will be aware of the Minister of Economic Development's Spectrum Policy Statement, dated 22 September 2014.
Introduction and Purpose
Madam President and Senate Colleagues I am pleased to introduce the Order entitled “Tucker’s Point Resort Residential Development (Hamilton and St George’s Parishes) Special Development Amendment Order 2015” as Minister responsible for planning.
This Order seeks to amend the Tucker’s Point Resort Residential Development (Hamilton and St George’s Parishes) Special Development Order 2011 (also known as the Tucker’s Point SDO) to allow for alternative methods of geotechnical assessment to be used on the property, other than exploratory boreholes, at the discretion of the Development Applications Board (“the DAB”).
Introduction and Purpose
Madam President and Senate Colleagues, I am pleased to introduce the Order entitled "Development and Planning (General Development) Order 2015" as the Minister responsible for planning.
This Order seeks to amend the Development and Planning (General Development) Order 1999 to expand the scope of small-scale development that can be allowed by the Permitted Development Permit or PDP process, without submitting a formal application for planning permission to the Development Applications Board.
Prior to her job as an HR Administrative Assistant at the Department of Education, Ms Janae Armstrong was an unemployed mother of four, challenged to stay positive about her chances of finding a job and creating a better life for her children.
But things soon changed once she contacted the Career Development Section of the Department of Workforce Development last year.
"My Employment Officer at the Department, Mr. Derek Smith, assisted with revamping and revising my existing resume," she explained. "In today's job-seeking market, it is vital to emphasize your strengths - both personal and professional. With so many people in the market you have to make your resume stand out from the stack of 200 others."
Good morning colleagues and friends and of course welcome to Bermuda.
Before I start in earnest, I'd like to acknowledge the recent elections in Montserrat and look forward to working with the Premier, the Hon Donaldson Romeo and welcome his Deputy Premier the Hon. Delmaude Ryan, who is here with us today; the Chief Minister of Anguilla the Hon Victor E Banks who is represented by the Hon Evans McNeil Rogers, Minister of Social Development and congratulate the returning Premier of the British Virgin Islands the Dr. the Hon Orlando Smith, OBE.
The Department of Parks would like to remind the public that dog-i-pot dog waste units are located at several parks for use.
Dog owners are to deposit dog waste bags in the dog-i-pot bins that are provided within parks and not in regular trash bins. A photo of the unit is attached.
The cooperation of the public with regard to this matter is greatly appreciated.