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THREE MILLION MEMBER NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION TO PREMIER: WE ARE WATCHING

The Government's intention to take the Island's unions to court next week has grabbed the attention of the three million member strong National Education Association.

In a letter to Premier Michael Dunkley dated November 17 this year, NEA president Lily Garcia urged the One Bermuda Alliance Government to reconsider its court action, which is scheduled to commence November 24.

Pointing out that the Bermuda Union of Teachers worked with his Government to address budgetary constraints, Ms Garcia continues: "I hope that the government and the unions will continue to seek resolution prior to the court summons date, as well as to honor ILO conventions ratified by the Bermuda government. The National Education Association of the United States, and our Education International colleagues around the globe, will be watching for positive progress in Bermuda."

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PLP TO HOLD TOWN HALL MEETING FOR CONSTITUENCIES 4,5 AND 6 TONIGHT

The Bermuda Progressive Labour Party, constituencies 4, 5 and 6 will be holding a town hall tonight at 7.30 at the Francis Patton Primary.  The party is looking to bring awareness to various issues including immigration and tourism and is inviting the public to attend and hear from some of their representatives.
 
Speakers will include Walton Brown, Shadow Minster of Immigration, who will speak on immigration, and the methods by which the PLP can best handle immigration matters. MP Zane Desilva, in his capacity of Shadow Minister of Tourism, will also be there speaking on our tourism industry and will specifically address issues including the St. George’s Hotel development.
 
Featured will also be the independent group Knowledge and Empowerment for the Youth (KEY) who will discuss details of their petition against the airport redevelopment and issues that are impacting the youth of Bermuda today.
 
This is sure to be an informative event and is open to the public to attend. We are excited to share our vision for Bermuda as we lead up to the Throne Speech reply, and look forward to the feedback of those in attendance.
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BERMUDA REGIMENT TO HOLD SPECIAL ENLISTMENT NIGHT

The Royal Bermuda Regiment (RBR) will hold a special enlistment night for soldiers tonight.

But RBR Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Michael Foster-Brown said that anyone interested in serving the country would be welcome to attend to learn more about life in the Island’s armed force.

Col Foster-Brown said: “There will be briefing and presentation to potential recruits so they can find out more about the Regiment.

“People who then want to enlist will fill in some documentation, have a medical exam and be sworn into the Royal Bermuda Regiment.”

He added: “The night is primarily aimed at volunteers, but anyone who has come up in the ballot and has yet to go through the enlistment process and has not asked for a deferment or exemption must attend also otherwise they will be listed as a non-attender.

“Anyone else who has been balloted and not been through this process must do so otherwise they will be listed as a non-attender.”

And Col Foster-Brown said: “Coming to Warwick Camp does not mean people have to join the Regiment, but we offer adventure, travel, personal development and good pay – and we also provide a valuable service to the country.

“People can come along, find out more and then - if they wish - take the next step to enlist and sign up for Recruit Camp next January.”

The Warwick Camp enlistment night starts at 6pm, but Col Foster-Brown said that alternative arrangements are possible for potential volunteers who cannot make the start time and that they should contact the Regiment on 238 1045.

Col Foster-Brown said: “Because more people are choosing to serve and the retention rate has increased, we are reducing this year’s Recruit Camp to 60 people.

“I’m delighted soldiers who try the Regiment find their service rewarding and this is reflected in increased retention rates.

 “This means we can reduce the required inflow and there is a realistic prospect that, if we can repeat the record numbers who volunteered last year, that the next Recruit Camp may be all-volunteer.”

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