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The Bermuda Progressive Labour Party to Host "Members Roast."

PLP Leader Marc Bean said, "The PLP Member's Roast is a fun opportunity for our Members to see another side of their MPs,

Hamilton, Bermuda      The Bermuda Progressive Labour Party today announced that they will be having an PLP Member's Roast thisFriday August 9th starting at 7pm. Held at the PLP Headquarters, Alaska Hall on Court Street, this event is free for Party Members.

PLP Leader Marc Bean said, "The PLP Member's Roast is a fun opportunity for our Members to see another side of their MPs, ask questions and contribute to the renewal and growth of the Bermuda Progressive Labour Party."

While the event is for Party Members, renewals of membership or signing up as a new members may be done at the door.

The PLP's Members Roast is free for Party Members and a minimum donation of $10 per question may be made. At 10pm there will be an after-party running till 2 am.  For further information, please contact PLP Headquarters on 292-2264.

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Statement by Marc Bean, Leader on the Bermuda Progressive Labour Party

With no plan in place, it is the duty of the Bermuda Progressive Labour Party to present a plan that meets that criteria and that can be implemented as soon as possible.

Premier Cannonier's  address to the people of Bermuda highlighted the critical need for a plan to get our people back to work that is factual, visionary, pragmatic and practical.

With no plan in place, it is the duty of the Bermuda Progressive Labour Party to present a plan that meets that criteria and that can be implemented as soon as possible.

In our official response to the Premier,  we will present our vision for creating jobs, supporting business, expanding opportunity and diversifying our economy. It is our hope, that for the good of all Bermudians, that the OBA embrace our vision and work with us to get our people working again.

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Commissiong Praises Ascendant Group's STEM Camp

Mr. Commissiong said, "STEM represents a new frontier for learning. To build upon our global economic competitiveness, Bermuda must increasingly produce workers proficient in STEM subjects.

Shadow Minister for Workforce Development, Rolfe Commissiong today praised the Ascendant Group for sponsoring the upcoming STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) camp for students aged 12-15.

Mr. Commissiong said, "STEM represents a new frontier for learning. To build upon our global economic competitiveness, Bermuda must increasingly produce workers proficient in STEM subjects.The Ascendent Group, through their sponsorship of this initiative, recognizes the
critical need to produce Bermudians with 21st century skills for a 21st century world."

"Studies increasingly show that countries with a core focus on STEM learning are then able to produce workforces that are highly valued.  Highly sought after STEM workers in turn  attract significant inward investment via  the companies that operate at the cutting edge of the global economy.We encourage Bermudian parents to take this opportunity to immerse their young teenage children in this exciting opportunity,"

MP Commissiong added.
The Shadow Minister concluded, "We in the Progressive Labour Party encourage members of the private sector to follow the example of the Ascendant Group and throw their support behind workforce development initiatives, particularly in STEM subjects.. Actively participating in nurturing the growth and direction of Bermuda's future workforce in tandem with government efforts is a win win for all Bermudians."

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PLP To Hold Community Family Fun Day in Hamilton Parish

The PLP Community Family Fun Day on Saturday June 29 from 3pm to 8pm at Shelly Bay Field is a free event and all are invited.

The Bermuda Progressive Labour Party today announced that the branches of Constituencies 4, 5 and 6 will be hosting a Community Family Fun Day on Saturday June 29th from 3 to 8pm at Shelly Bay Field.

Deputy Leader of the Bermuda Progressive Labour Party and MP for Constituency #5, Mr. Derrick Burgess said,"School is out, many of our children have returned from overseas and this day is an opportunity for us to reconnect with our neighbours, celebrate our community and kick off summer the right way; with family, fun and fellowship."

Wayne Furbert, MP for Constituency #6 added, "Being elected to represent the people of Hamilton Parish is an honour and I am pleased to be a part of an event that celebrates the family and young people of our community. I encourage everyone to join us as we celebrate the beginning of summer and the people who make our area a great place to live."

The PLP's Community Family Fun Day will feature:
A showcase of our talented youth
Face painting
Tug of war
A bike skills and drills track
Majorette and dance groups
 Lenky Boy Movement

"The highlight of the day will undoubtably be the football match between the MPs and Hamilton Parish," said Mr. Derrick Burgess.  "Last year, there were a lot of sore knees and people who had to take to their bed immediately after the match.  This year, I understand that all the players on our side are in fighting form and ready to bring home a win!"

The PLP Community Family Fun Day on Saturday June 29 from 3pm to 8pm at Shelly Bay Field is a free event and all are invited.

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PLP Calls For Pettingill's Resignation or Firing

In his latest controversy, the Attorney General in an anti-religious tirade referred to members of the Christian community as "Kool Aid drinkers," described them as, "aren’t prepared to have any critical thought," and demanded that they, "get up and leave and go somewhere else." These statements are vile and indefensible and the AG should do the right thing and resign immediately.
Statement by Marc Bean, Leader of the Bermuda Progressive Labour Party

PLP Calls For Pettingill's Resignation or Firing

The OBA's term in office has been plagued with questions, controversy and coverup, with a significant portion centered around the Attorney General, Mark Pettingill.

In his latest controversy, the Attorney General in an anti-religious tirade referred to members of the Christian community as "Kool Aid drinkers," described them as, "aren’t prepared to have any critical
thought," and demanded that they, "get up and leave and go somewhere else." These statements are vile and indefensible and the AG should do the right thing and resign immediately.

The performance to date of the Attorney General has been wholly unacceptable.  Over the first six months as the Bermuda's leading legal figure he has:

• Refused to answer questions and potentially breached proper hiring practices when hiring a former colleague as his new personal assistant in the Attorney General's chambers;

• Gave incorrect legal advice to the Minister of Tourism and Transport by claiming that the Minister had the power to hear appeals on seniors unable to meet the OBA's higher vehicle licensing fee

• Failed to advise the Premier that he would breach the code of conduct by accepting travel on a private jet and a free vacation to discuss government business

• Spoke in derogatory terms about the faith of many law abiding citizens in Bermuda

The Premier's failure to address the matter - deeming that the Attorney General was speaking privately, now calls into question Premier Cannonier's judgement. Once again, the Premier has run and hid from the responsibility of disciplining one of his Ministers.  The Premier found it necessary to distance himself from the AG's vile and disgusting remarks, yet lacked the courage and integrity to send a clear message that intolerance, religious bigotry and contempt for Bermudians, have no place in the ranks of the OBA.

The Premier's attempt to downplay and duck responsibility for the AG's anti-Christian tirade is yet another example of his inadequacies as a leader.  Under the Westminster System a Cabinet Minister is bound by collective responsibility and isn't permitted to speak as an individual.  The Premier should know this, the AG should know this and Bermuda deserves better.  We call on the Premier to stand up, take control of his Cabinet and fire Mr. Marc Pettingill.  Failure to act can only be interpreted in one way; supporting the intolerant beliefs and incompetent performance of AG Pettingill.

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Statement by the Hon. Wayne Furbert, Shadow Minister of Tourism on Q1 Tourism Arrival Statistics

We are curious however about the apparent lack of progress made by the Tourism Authority. 

2013's Q1 Tourism Arrival Statistics while disappointing, should come as no surprise to those who understand the structural, competitive and economic challenges facing our tourism product.

With this understanding, the Bermuda Progressive Labour Party refuses to embrace the malicious and destructive tactics that have historically shaped the Tourism debate. Instead, we will work with the government to restore Bermuda's tourism industry as a job creator, money maker and a legitimate source of advancement opportunities for Bermudians.

Despite these numbers, there are signs that the National Tourism Plan started under the PLP is having some positive results. We encourage the OBA to follow through with the plan as we believe that its successful execution is key to turning things around.

We are curious however about the apparent lack of progress made by the Tourism Authority.  With the professionals in place and an often repeated desire by the OBA to run tourism like a business, it was expected that by now the Minister would be playing a less prominent role and that the TA would be driving the Tourism Plan. The Tourism Board has complete control of Marketing and promoting Bermuda yet we have heard virtually nothing from them on how they intend to take Bermuda forward.

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Have The Premier and Minister of Tourism Been Compromised?

News reports that the Premier and Minister of Tourism accepted a private jet ride from a developer bidding on the Club Med property is very troubling.

Have The Premier and Minister of Tourism Been Compromised?

News reports that the Premier and Minister of Tourism accepted a private jet ride from a developer bidding on the Club Med property is very troubling.

If this story is true, this represents a serious breach of ethics and places a cloud over the whole Club Med bidding process.  It also represents a breach of the Ministerial Code of Conduct.

The Premier who ran a campaign on openness, transparency, accountability and high standards of ethics must come clean on the details of this or any other gifts or favors received from businesses
either currently or potentially holding government contracts.

The Premier and his Minister must answer the following questions:

1) Have you or any member of your Cabinet or Parliamentary group ever received any flights, gifts or favors from businesses local or foreign who currently hold or are attempting to obtain government contracts?

2) What is the total monetary value of the flights, gifts or favors obtained by you, or any member of your Cabinet or Parliamentary group?

3) Who are the companies, individuals or entities that provided these alleged flights, gifts or favors?

4) What contracts do these companies hold or are attempting to obtain from the OBA?

5) What is the nature of the relationship of the OBA, the Premier, members of Cabinet or Parliamentary group with companies, individuals or entities that provided these alleged flights, gifts or favors?

If the Premier performs his usual routine of running from questions and ducking responsibility for the actions of his Cabinet, we intend to appeal to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for a commission of Inquiry into these dubious and highly unethical activities.

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PLP Branches to Host Forum, "The Relevance of Culture in an Education Curriculum."

Hamilton, Bermuda - The Bermuda Progressive Labour Party Branches 4, 5 and 6 will be hosting a forum entitled, "The Relevance of Culture in an Education Curriculum." Scheduled for May 14th at The Francis Patton School,this free event will commence at 6:30pm.

Hamilton, Bermuda - The Bermuda Progressive Labour Party Branches 4, 5
and 6 will be hosting a forum entitled, "The Relevance of Culture in an Education
Curriculum." Scheduled for May 14th at The Francis Patton School,this
free event will commence at 6:30pm.

Panelists for this topic include:

Dr. John E. Duncan, who completed a dissertation in, "The Academic
Achievement and Social Success of Black Males at Selected Middle
Schools." and

Dr.  Michelle Squire who completed a dissertation in, "The Development
of an African Centered School - The First 20 Years."

Progressive Labour Party Leader Marc Bean said,"We encourage members
of the community to attend this important discussion on the relevance
of culture in an education curriculum.  As we seek to modernize and
improve the relevance and effectiveness of the education of our
children, the significance of culture must not be neglected.  We
encourage your participation, questions and comments as we hear from
these two talented panelists."

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Bermuda Progressive Labour Party Congratulates Bermuda Water Taxi

Shadow Transport Minister Lawrence Scott said, "Captain Simmons is to
be commended for providing locals and visitors with an alternative
means to getting around the island. 

The Bermuda Progressive Labour Party today congratulated Captain
Ashley Simmons on the launch of his business, Bermuda Water Taxi.

Shadow Transport Minister Lawrence Scott said, "Captain Simmons is to
be commended for providing locals and visitors with an alternative
means to getting around the island. It is my hope that this will not
only provide some measure of relief to traffic congestion but will
also be used to reduce incidents of drunk driving. We congratulate him
on his initiative and wish him much success in this endeavor."

Shadow Tourism Minister Wayne Furbert added, "During this recession,
many Bermudians have identified opportunities to employ themselves and
provide a service to residents and visitors. Capt. Simmons represents
Bermuda's traditional "can do" spirit that is sure to inspire others.
I'm certain that visitors to our island will appreciate this added
amenity and enjoy the opportunity to see the beauty of Bermuda from
the ocean."

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Statement by Shadow Minister for Home Affairs, Walter Roban; J.P.,M.P.

The OBA have spoken often of "shared sacrifice," yet to date the burden of sacrifice has been planted squarely on those who can least afford to sacrifice.

The Bermuda Progressive Labour Party is disappointed at the OBA's failure to publicly address the concerns raised by Bermuda's unions last week.  Concerns about government layoffs, OBA factual inaccuracies and a seeming unwillingness to engage the unions in meaningful discussions have all created an atmosphere of uncertainty.

The One Bermuda Alliance must move swiftly to engage in tripartite discussions on the issues facing our people during these tough economic times; drawing on talent from all sectors of our community and not just from their friends in the business sector.  From our experience, Bermuda's unions are committed to moving our country forward and over the past two years, willingly partnered with The PLP on solutions that allowed us to reduce spending, prevent massive layoffs and avoid deepening the island's economic crisis. 

We are mystified as to why an OBA that has claimed to represent all Bermudians, have yet to engage the intellect, creativity and talent within our unions to reach solutions that will benefit us all.  The OBA should be aware that the Labour Advisory Council is in place already and could play a role immediately in uniting labour, government and the private sector in constructive discussions, yet this resource is being neglected.

The OBA have spoken often of "shared sacrifice," yet to date the burden of sacrifice has been planted squarely on those who can least afford to sacrifice.   In light of layoffs already announced and
concerns that the OBA haven't told us the whole story on job security within the civil service, there is understandably a great deal of uncertainty and mistrust within our community.  The OBA owes the people answers and leadership.  So far, both have been in short supply.

For the OBA and Bermuda to succeed they must become responsive to the issues raised by our unions and show a willingness to sit down immediately as equal partners.  This tripartite partnership is key to our emerging from the recession united in sacrifice and united in the work to bring our country forward.

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