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Mr. Speaker, as Minister of Public Works I am pleased to announce the launch of an LED (light-emitting diode) streetlights pilot project conducted jointly by the Department of Works & Engineering and the Bermuda Electric Light Company Ltd. (Belco).

You may recall that one of the initiatives outlined in the recently delivered Speech from the Throne by the Ministry of Public Works was to move forward with the LED Street Lighting project. To this end I am happy to report that progress is being made at a fairly rapid pace and I wanted to keep the public aware of the same. And for those who may have a copy of the most recent Throne Speech in hand, I was referencing the second paragraph of page 22.

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Attention: The following article was posted during The Hon. R. Wayne Scott's tenure as the Minister of Community, Culture and Sport:

Minister of Community, Culture and Sports, the Hon. R. Wayne Scott, JP, MP yesterday welcomed back to Bermuda Mr. Dan Jacobs, Tournament Director of Bermuda Triple Crown Billfish Championship. Now in its 10th year it is expected that the Triple Crown Championship will this year host more top game boats and teams during the three events The Bermuda Billfish Blast, July 3-7; Bermuda Big Game Classic, July 9-13; and The Sea Horse Anglers Club Tournament, July 16-20.

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Mr. Speaker, Honourable Members will recall my statement to this Honourable House in which I indicated my intention to convene a meeting with the owners and operators of premises licensed to sell alcohol.

I am pleased to advise that this meeting did take place and with approximately 30 stakeholders connected with liquor licensed premises, we met on Wednesday afternoon.

Mr. Speaker, a cross section of this sector was represented including community club presidents, bar and restaurant owners as well as nightclub proprietors. The dialogue was open and direct and as I have indicated in the media, extremely productive.

Mr. Speaker, what emerged was a consensus on the need to keep the lines of communication open within the industry itself. There is a need for more effective information sharing to ensure that a silo mentality does not lead to the ruin of one business over another and more importantly, the promotion of venues that are unsafe for the enjoyment of patrons generally.

Mr. Speaker, I was pleased to be joined by my colleague the Junior Minister of Public Safety, Senator Baron, who sits in another place. The willingness to share experiences and suggest solutions on the part of those in attendance bodes well for our future plans.

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Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to introduce to this Honourable House the Bill entitled the Companies Amendment Act 2015, which is the last of the four related Bills being introduced today.  This Bill will amend the Companies Act 1981 to create additional flexibility for exempted companies and to achieve the legislative intent of certain amendments to the partnership laws. 

Mr. Speaker, this Bill will incorporate new provisions into the Companies Act which enable an exempted company to convert to a limited partnership that is exempted, and vice versa.  Consistent with the prior Bills, the proposed amendments will streamline the legal and administrative processes by which Bermuda exempted companies are able to transition to a partnership.  The transition can be effected without the company having to first wind up its business affairs and then form a new partnership.  Instead, the exempted company can take advantage of an expedient and cost effective statutory formality that ensures continuity of any business entity wishing to restructure or change its business model.  Once the conversion process is completed, the rights, powers, property and obligations of the entity that has converted will remain attached to the newly converted entity.   

Mr. Speaker, partnerships generally offer a more nimble, less formal structure than Bermuda companies.   For those companies whose current or future business model and operations are better positioned through governance under a partnership structure, a statutory framework to enable a transition may provide them with a competitive edge.  Likewise, if an existing partnership determines that operating as an exempted company is a better fit for its business and its partners, then the partnership can more easily and efficiently convert to an exempted company.          

 

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The Bermuda Department of Tourism today announced the winner of their Quarterly Video competition. The winning video displays stunning views of Bermuda's parks from the perspective of mountain bike riders.

The exceptional video footage showcases the Island's biking and walking trails against the backdrop of lush green open spaces. The parks featured in the video are Ferry Reach, Admiralty House, Heydon Trust Estate, Hog Bay Park, Scaur Hill Fort and Park and the Arboretum.

Minister of Tourism Development and Transport, the Hon. Shawn G. Crockwell complemented the winners and said: "Fat Tire Massive have created a video which shows a unique, fun and innovative look at the parks in Bermuda that many people would not see unless they visit." He added: "The video captures the best of Bermuda's open spaces and parks. This video is a great incentive for visitors to enjoy not only our famous beaches but also our beautiful parks."

According to the group's leaders, Hans Hirschi and James Holloway, "Fat Tire Massive is a group of people who enjoy mountain bike riding. We ride for the fun of the sport. Many of the riders have lived in Bermuda all their life but have never before seen some of these parks. We appreciate the opportunity to share the beauty of the island and promote mountain biking in Bermuda. Our mission is to use the available trails and work to maintain the beauty the trails."

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Mr. Speaker, I rise today to provide this Honourable House with the context of the Government's response to UK media comments attributed to the Rt. Honourable Edward Miliband, MP, the Leader of Her Majesty's Opposition in the UK with respect to the matter of Beneficial Ownership Registers for Overseas Territories.

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Miliband's comments emanated from a letter he intends to send to Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies and were widely reported both here at home and overseas. The key excerpt from his media comments directed to OTs which raised eyebrows are as follows... and I quote Mr. Speaker:

Ahead of the General Election in May, I am writing to put you on notice that a Labour government will not allow this situation of delay and secrecy to continue.

Labour will act on tax avoidance where the Tories will not.

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Having been advised of comments made by BIU President, Chris Furbert earlier today, the Minister of Home Affairs, Sen. the Hon. Michael Fahy offered this brief comment: "I can confirm that I met with Mr. Furbert today at the Hospitality Job Fair regarding his concerns and I will be meeting him in the very near future to continue our discussions."

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Today the Minister of Finance, the Hon. Bob Richards, JP, MP, was a participant and panellist at the 2013 Capital G Private Wealth Conference.

The Minister headed a session called the State of Global Economics and Markets, which discussed shifts and trends in North America, Europe, LATAM, Asia and Africa and the potential impacts and outlook for Bermuda.

The Keynote Speaker at the conference was former Mexican President Felipe Calderón who discussed the economy and the steps he took when he was President to address the financial challenges facing the Latin American country.

President Calderón served as the President of Mexico from 2006 to 2012.

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The Minister of Health, Seniors and Environment, the Hon. Jeanne Atherden, JP MP, expressed disappointment at the comments attributed to the Leader of the Opposition regarding Pre-Certification.

The Minister said, "I have to wonder if Mr. Bean read the Background and Policy Guidelines document that accompanied the Pre-Certification Request for Information (RFI). If he had, it would be clear to him that the pre-certification proposal does not only target the facilities operated by Dr. Ewart Brown."

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Attention: The following article was posted during The Hon. R. Wayne Scott's tenure as the Minister of Community, Culture and Sport:

Presented by The Hon. R. Wayne Scott, JP MP - Minister of Community, Culture and Sports

Mr. Chairman, the vision of the Ministry of Community, Culture and Sports is simple - to strengthen the social fabric of our community.  Our mission is to provide service to the community by preserving our heritage, empowering our people, and developing and protecting our youth and families. In doing so, we project the following core values: Integrity; Commitment to excellence and service; Accountability; Respect; and Empowerment (I CARE for short).

Mr. Chairman, the Ministry is currently comprised of the following eight (8) Heads:      Head 18, Libraries; Head 19, Archives; Head 20, Youth, Sport and Recreation; Head 23, Child and Family Services; Head 52, Community and Cultural Affairs; Head 55, Financial Assistance; Head 56, Human Affairs; and Head 71, Ministry Headquarters.  Head 42, Rent Commissioner and Head 53, Bermuda Housing Corporation have been moved to other Ministries; whilst Head 18, Libraries and Head 19, Archives have been added to the Ministry portfolio.

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