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December 15, 2017

Bermuda

Press Release Tokio cheers seniors

Source: The Royal Gazette For the past five years, Tokio Millennium Re TMR has been spreading holiday cheer to the residents of Lefroy House. It all started when TMR supported the Centre on Philanthropys Holiday Cheer appeal and picked Lefroy House back in 2013. Back then the residents were asked for their wish list…

Press Release Aon donation to charity

Source: The Royal Gazette Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre announced today that Aon Group Bermuda Ltd had gifted 10,000 to support BCHCs radiation therapy initiative. This donation brings BCHC close to reaching the 10M radiation therapy capital campaign goal funding the design, build and medical equipment for the Radiation Therapy Unit which opened in…

AON Donate $10K For Radiation Therapy

Source: Bernews Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre [BCHC] announced today [Dec 15] that AON Group [Bermuda] Ltd. had gifted $10,000 to support BCHC’s radiation therapy initiative. This donation brings BCHC close to reaching the $10M radiation therapy capital campaign goal funding the design, build and medical equipment for the Radiation Therapy Unit… Link:

International Media Report On Bill Passing

Source: Bernews A number of overseas media have reported on Bermuda’s legislation to replace same sex marriages with domestic partnerships, with outlets reporting on the situation including the BBC, Washington Post, Fox News, ITV, ABC News, New York Times, NZ Herald, Telegraph, Pink News, Daily Mail, Guardian, Hindustan Times, Daily Beast, Cayman… Link:

Teachers union voices support for Plan 2022

Source: The Royal Gazette The Bermuda Union of Teachers voiced support for the recently unveiled Plan 2022, saying it will co-operate fully if it helps students. Shannon James, president of the BUT, said the union was heavily involved in the development of the five-year strategic plan for the islands schools. We appreciated the opportunity…

Video: America’s Cup Documentary Part #4

Source: Bernews “The 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda was very much about the Common Good of the island and its people. As a community we learned how to work together for the good of all and how to collaborate as agencies, government departments and the private sector for the best results,” the… Link:

Polaroid cameras back in vogue

Source: The Royal Gazette Polaroid instant cameras have come full circle and are back in style, proving popular among locals. The instant camera uses self-developing film to create a print shortly after taking the picture. The Polaroid camera was invented by scientist Edwin Land, who unveiled the first commercial instant camera on February 21,…

Giving helping hand to homeless

Source: The Royal Gazette Christmas is coming early for Hamiltons homeless this year. Kelsey DeSilva, Michelle Grimes and Galvette Place will be at City Hall tonight, handing out soup, care packages and other goodies. They decided to help the homeless after seeing them around town and were inspired by their employer, Delta Air Lines.…

Basketball Elite City League: Falcons Win

Source: Bernews The Falcons were crowned the Bermuda Basketball Atlantic Vision Care Elite City League 2017 Champions after defeating the Warriors inside the Cedarbridge Academy Gymnasium. The Final saw the Warriors once again come up a little short as the Falcons defeated them 76-68. The Warriors down by 20 at the half… Link:

200 Students Make Holiday Cards For Seniors

Source: Bernews Recipients of Meals and Wheels have or will receive a surprise with their meals this week – personalized greeting cards created by 200 students from Bermuda’s primary schools. Front row:​ Aldwin Aquino, P6, of Purvis Primary school​ and Tiegan Thomas, Year 7, of Warwick Academy​; Back Row: ​Ms. Kievonne Simmons,… Link:

Ingham Meets Young Sailors In South Africa

Source: Bernews Mustafa Ingham, an aspiring professional sailor who is participating in an apprenticeship opportunity with the Volvo Ocean Race, recently had the opportunity to speak with young sailors in South Africa as part of his role as a Volvo Ocean Race Academy Apprentice. After speaking with the students, Mr. Ingham said,… Link:

Student Networking Event On December 20th

Source: Bernews The Bermuda Hospitality Institute and Fairmont Southampton have joined forces to host a networking event for local students interested in pursuing a career in the hospitality industry. The 2017 Student Networking Event, taking place next Wednesday, December 20th in Fairmont Southampton’s Gardenia Rooms from 4pm until 7pm, providing S4 and… Link:

Davidson Welcomed Into Landscape Institute

Source: Bernews OBMI Landscape Architect, Jennifer Davidson, has been welcomed as a Chartered member of the Landscape Institute, after completing a series of rigorous examinations. Her inclusion with the organizations other 3,241 members makes her the fourth chartered member in Bermuda, the company said. The Landscape Institute is the chartered body for… Link:

Richardson & Douglas Attend Curator’s Course

Source: Bernews The Bermuda Cricket Board [BCB] has secured two of the four available places that were provided to Associate members of ICC Americas, on a Cricket West Indies curator course later this month. The course will be run by ICC Pitch Consultant Andy Atkinson in Antigua on December 18th, 19th and… Link:

Clearwater choir sings for Hamilton Princess

Source: The Royal Gazette The choir from Clearwater Middle School brought song to the Hamilton Princess amp Beach Club today as a gesture of appreciation to staff. The students thanked employees who volunteered time at the school, cleaning and painting the walls of the music room, as the Pink Squad the first of many…

30 Minute Video: Dec 14 ZBM Evening News

Source: Bernews With an aim to expand the way they deliver their news to the community, the Bermuda Broadcasting Company is continuing to live stream their evening news programme online for viewers both on the island and abroad. The live video will begin at 7.00pm, and play to 7.30pm, and then the… Link:

Ascendant shares up 7.85

Source: The Royal Gazette A total of 13,634 shares of LOM Financial Ltd were traded on The Royal GazetteBSX Index, with the shares closing unchanged at 2. 50. Shares of Ascendant were 24 cents higher, or 2. 5 per cent up, at 9. 79 after 1,000 were exchanged, while HSBC Bermuda was up 75…

Butterfield to raise savings, lending rates

Source: The Royal Gazette Butterfield Bank today announced that it would raise lending rates and its fixed-term deposit rates for savers after the US Federal Reserves rate hike yesterday. Clarien Bank said yesterday that it also plans to raise rates for savers and borrowers, with details to be released next month. HSBC Bermuda said…

Hamilton Underwriting hires Patten

Source: The Royal Gazette Robert Patten has joined Hamilton Underwriting Limited as head of casualty. He previously filled the same role with Novae Insurance, and he has almost 40 years experience in the industry, having worked at a number of companies, including Aspen, XL Europe, Starr Excess and Ace Group, now Chubb. Hamilton Underwriting…

Primary school pupils spread festive cheer

Source: The Royal Gazette Meals and Wheels recipients are in store for a surprise with their meals this week after 200 primary school pupils created personalised greeting cards. Staff from caregiving provider Atlantic Caregiving then packaged the cards and delivered them to Meals on Wheels so they would reach the charitys clients, who are…

Sports club donates to Family Centre

Source: The Royal Gazette Teachers Rugby Football Club are spreading Christmas cheer by donating to families struggling this holiday season. The drive was spearheaded by mens Captain Aldo Campbell and saw club members raise funds for the Family Centre. Mr Campbell, inspired by a similar programme run by his colleagues at Flying Colours, sought…

Hospitality networking event for students

Source: The Royal Gazette The Bermuda Hospitality Institute and Fairmont Southampton have joined forces to host a networking event for students interested in hospitality. High school seniors and Bermuda College students will be able to learn about educational and job opportunities available in the hospitality industry. Malika Cartwright, BHI executive. .. Link: Hospitality

TCD shut after flooding

Source: The Royal Gazette The Transport Control Department closed this morning due to a broken water pipe. Work is under way to fix the damage, and normal services are expected to resume by mid-afternoon, according to the Ministry of Transport and Regulatory Affairs. Call 292-1271 to reschedule morning appointments. Link: TCD shut after

Atherden: ‘Reflects Good Stewardship Of OBA’

Source: Bernews Following the Government’s statement on the 2017/18 First Half Fiscal Performance, Opposition Leader Jeanne Atherden that it speaks to the “impact of policies established by the OBA Government” and reflects the “good stewardship of the OBA and the progress being made toward balancing the budget.” Ms Atherden said, “It is… Link:

TCD Closed This Morning Due To Broken Pipe

Source: Bernews TCD is closed this morning [Dec 13] due to a broken water pipe, the Ministry has confirmed, saying that “it is expected TCD will resume normal services by mid-afternoon today.” A Government spokesperson said, “The Ministry of Transport and Regulatory Affairs would like to inform the public that the Transport… Link:

Court: Joell Loses Appeal On Firearm Charge

Source: Bernews Eston Joell –  who was sentenced to 12 years in prison for possession of a firearm and ammunition – has his appeal dismissed by Bermuda’s Court of Appeal. In providing background, the Court’s ruling said, “On 13th June, 2016 the Appellant was convicted of the offence of Possession of a Prohibited… Link:

Teachers Rugby Club Donate Holiday Hampers

Source: Bernews Teachers Rugby Football Club are helping to spread the Christmas cheer this holiday season by donating Christmas hampers to the Family Centre. The donation — spearheaded by men’s Captain Aldo Campbell — saw members of the club pull together to raise funds that could be put towards helping families who… Link:

Senate Passes Casino Gaming Amendment

Source: Bernews The Casino Gaming Amendment Bill 2017 was passed in the Senate yesterday, with the Bill “intended to give the Minister responsible for the Bermuda Casino Gaming Commission the ability to provide from time to time and in consultation with the Commission, written general direction to the Commission that is deemed… Link:

The never-ending issue of road safety

Source: The Royal Gazette ltbgtDear Sirltbgt,ltigtThe Royal Gazetteltigt headline on February 25, 2013 declared Police to get tough on bad driving. On Page 2, shocking photographs were published of motorbikes driving between lanes of traffic on East Broadway. Fortunately, the identity of the riders was masked by blocking out the eyes, saving. ..

Its good to talk friends win debate event

Source: The Royal Gazette Yasser Baia, Sierra Brangman and Tyrese Coakley are the kind of friends who tease each other endlessly. They share a passion for debate, and argue everything from vegetarianism to who buys the next round of fries. Were besties, said Sierra, 16. The Berkeley Institute trio think their friendship was their…

BDA Appoint Shelby Weldon & Paul Scope

Source: Bernews Insurance industry veteran Shelby Weldon has been appointed a director of the Bermuda Business Development Agency [BDA]. And Paul Scope, Chairman of Willis Towers Watson Bermuda [WTW], has been elected as the BDA’s new Chair. Their appointments were among several changes announced by the 11-member BDA Board following its AGM.… Link:

Senate Passes Cannabis Decriminalisation Bill

Source: Bernews After passing in the House of Assembly, the Bill to remove criminal sanctions for possessing under 7 grams of cannabis passed in the Senate today [Dec 13] with support from all sides. The Bill — officially titled the Misuse of Drugs [Decriminalisation of Cannabis] Amendment Act 2017 — states, ”This… Link:

Cannabis decriminalisation backed in Senate

Source: The Royal Gazette Legislation to decriminalise small quantities of cannabis tonight won universal support from senators. The Misuse of Drugs Decriminalisation of Cannabis Amendment Act will decriminalise possession of less than 7 grammes of cannabis – but police will still be able to seize any amount of cannabis. The Act was endorsed by…

Enjoy Yourselves, Use Educational Opportunities

Source: Bernews “Schools across the island are into their last week of the Fall Term, as the Calendar Year rumbles to a close. It is evident that schools play a vital part in the development of young people; however it provides only a portion of their ‘growth’,” Imagine Bermuda said. “It is… Link:

Clarien Announces Increase In Deposit Rates

Source: Bernews Clarien Bank announced today [Dec 13] that it will be increasing its deposit/savings rates and adjusting its BMD$ base lending rate accordingly, having anticipated the US Federal Reserve rate change. Further details and an effective date will be declared in January 2018. In addition to increasing published board rates, the… Link:

Senate backs domestic partnerships Bill

Source: The Royal Gazette A law designed to replace same-sex marriage with domestic partnerships was tonight backed by senators. Only One Bermuda Alliance senators Andrew Simons, Justin Mathias and Nandi Outerbridge spoke against the Domestic Partnership Act this afternoon as the legislation was debated. All five Progressive Labour Party senators supported. .. Link:

Butterfield falls on NYSE

Source: The Royal Gazette A total of 13,200 shares of One Communications Ltd, and 100 of Butterfield Bank, were traded on The Royal GazetteBSX Index, but there was no change to their respective closing prices. The index was also unchanged at 2,222. 31. On the New York Stock Exchange, shares of Butterfield Bank were…

Senate Approves Domestic Partnership Bill

Source: Bernews [Updated] The Domestic Partnerships Act has passed in the Senate, with the legislation to replace same-sex marriages with a domestic partnership being approved by an 8 – 3 margin. The Domestic Partnerships Act passed in the House of Assembly late on Friday night, and headed to the 11-member Senate, where… Link:

Clarien to raise lending and savings rates

Source: The Royal Gazette Clarien Bank will be raising lending and savings rates next year after the US Federal Reserve raised its key interest rate by quarter of a percentage point. The bank said today it had anticipated the US central banks action and it planned to increase deposit and savings rates, as well…

Senate backs more control over BCGC

Source: The Royal Gazette A controversial law change to give Government more control over gambling watchdogs was today backed by the Senate. The amendments were designed to give the responsible Minister the power to give directions to the Bermuda Casino Gaming Commission and to axe commissioners. PLP senator Crystal Caesar said that there had…

Ownership register to stay private

Source: The Royal Gazette Bermuda will make its beneficial ownership register public when all members of the G20 are required to do so, Attorney-General Kathy Simmons said today. She told the Senate the island would certainly comply at that point and would, in the meantime, continue to encourage other countries to come up to…

Primary Students Donate $2,000 To MOM

Source: Bernews Earlier this week, four students from West End Primary who participated in the Live. Love. Life. talent showcase donated their prize of $2,000 to Moms on a Mission [MOM Bermuda]. National Security Minister, Wayne Caines, Principal Trina Cariah, Pastor Leroy Bean, D’Xy Roberts, A’nyaz Wilkinson-Gibbons, Kenya Robinson, Legend Stevenson, Lisa… Link:

Multiple Bills Scheduled For The Senate Today

Source: Bernews [Updating] The Senate is in session today [Dec 13], and a number of Bills are listed on the official Order of Business, including the Domestic Partnerships Act, the Casino Gaming Amendment, and the Cannabis Decriminalisation Bill. All three Bills have already passed in the House and now head to the 11-member Senate, where the… Link:

Column: Should OTs Vote In UK Parliament?

Source: Bernews [Opinion column written by Anthony D C Webber] Leading Conservative MP calls for key changes in British Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories’ relationships with the UK government. Andrew Rosindell says it is time that all British Territories are treated as being equal partners in the British family. He has argued… Link:

Praise for islands efforts to tackle racism

Source: The Royal Gazette A prominent voice from the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People has praised local efforts to grapple with the islands legacy of racism. Hilary Shelton, director of the NAACPs Washington bureau, commended the latest round of truth and reconciliation community conversations organised by the group Citizens. ..

Britain and US should acknowledge their debt

Source: The Royal Gazette I am caught in a three-way intersection of interest, but no more enlightened and just as much in the dark as everyone else on an unresolved matter that needs clarity and an amicable resolution. You see, I have not just heard about but have met some lovely gentlemen, also their…

Airbnb told to grow up in no uncertain terms

Source: The Royal Gazette With Ubers problems grabbing all the headlines, its easy to overlook that the other great sharing economy company, Airbnb, is also having issues caused by an overaggressive expansion and a tendency to ignore rules, even if they are reasonable. Because of these issues, usage of the service may be nearing…

New online clothes store launched

Source: The Royal Gazette A veteran of the retail industry has launched her own online store. Last month, Keisha Clarke-Hill established Bazaam, which is the name of the e-commerce business. The world is changing and gone are the days where you have to look for parking, walk all over town looking for something to…

Cruise Line ‘Awaiting Further Updates’ On Law

Source: Bernews Cunard cruise line — which is registered in Bermuda and started offering same sex weddings onboard their ships — told Bernews they are “aware of the Bermuda Government’s plan to change the law on same sex marriage” and are “awaiting further updates regarding same sex marriages on our ships.” Bill… Link:

Runners Raise Over $20K For Radiation Therapy

Source: Bernews Earlier this year, three incredible runners took to the street of London to run 26.2 miles at the Virgin Money London Marathon. Each step they took was a worthy cause; to help raise money for Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre’s new radiation therapy unit. As final donations have now been… Link:

Photos: Christmas Trees Decorated By Charities

Source: Bernews The Washington Mall is playing host to a number of Christmas trees, with the initiative serving to bring festive cheer to the Mall while also assisting the island’s charities, as charitable donations of $2,500; $1,000; and $750 will be made to the winners. This year the focus was on charities that deal… Link:

Dallas warns Senate off domestic partnerships

Source: The Royal Gazette Bermuda Tourism Authority chief executive Kevin Dallas has written to senators urging them to vote against legislation to replace same-sex marriage with domestic partnerships. Mr Dallas says the BTA is convinced that the legislation would result in lost tourism for Bermuda if passed. The Domestic Partnership Bill is due to…

Footballer Liam Evans On Career & Experiences

Source: Bernews [Written by Nathan Carr] Captain of the national U-20 team, Liam Evans chats with Bernews about his career so far, his experience while playing for Bermuda and what was the greatest piece of advice he has been given and many more. Mr. Evans plays for Robin Hood in Bermuda and… Link:

Wells On Bench as Burnley Defeat Stoke 1-0

Source: Bernews For the second straight game, Bermudian striker Nahki Wells — who has been recuperating from an ankle injury so has not yet made his Premier Division debut — was on the bench for Burnley as the Premier Division team earned another win, defeating Stoke City 1 – 0 this evening.… Link:

BTA: ‘Bill Poses Threat To Success Of Tourism’

Source: Bernews BTA CEO Kevin Dallas has written to Senators to express concern about “what the negative consequences could be for tourism if the Domestic Partnership Bill passes the Senate,” saying “we believe the Bill poses an unnecessary threat to the success of our tourism industry.” The Domestic Partnerships Act — which… Link:

30 Minute Video: Dec 12 ZBM Evening News

Source: Bernews With an aim to expand the way they deliver their news to the community, the Bermuda Broadcasting Company is continuing to live stream their evening news programme online for viewers both on the island and abroad. The live video will begin at 7.00pm, and play to 7.30pm, and then the… Link:

Ascendant Group up 0.5

Source: The Royal Gazette Shares of Ascendant Group, the parent company of Belco, improved by five cents, or 0. 5 per cent, to 9. 55 after 2,000 traded on The Royal GazetteBSX Index. Meanwhile, BFampM Ltd was down one cent, or 0. 1 per cent, at 17 after 1,100 shares were exchanged. The Royal…

Trenching work in Hamilton

Source: The Royal Gazette Corporation workers will embark on trenching work at the junction of Front and King Street this Sunday. A City spokeswoman said that repairs to the force main would be undertaken and that motorists should exercise caution in the area. Trenching will take place on the south side, westbound lane near…

Wells stays on bench for Burnley

Source: The Royal Gazette Nahki Wells was an unused substitute for the second straight match as Burnley scored a late winner to beat Stoke City and move into the top four in the Premier League. Ashley Barnes came off the substitutes bench in the 71st minute and scored in the 89th. The win lifts…

Passenger died of natural causes

Source: The Royal Gazette A Bermudian man who died after suffering a medical emergency on board a Jet Blue flight has been named as Sotunji Burgess. Mr Burgess died of natural causes, according to a statement released by police this afternoon. The 37-year-old was on a flight from New York to Bermuda on Sunday…

OUTBermuda Group “Disappointed” By Decision

Source: Bernews OUTBermuda said they are “disappointed with the Government’s decision to roll back rights extended to same-sex couples,” and explained that they “engaged constructively with the Government in response to its consultation on Domestic Partnerships, recognizing that there was a risk of an even worse outcome if Junior Minister Furbert brought… Link:

Chamber To Host Session On U.S. Tax Reform

Source: Bernews The Bermuda Chamber of Commerce has partnered with KPMG to host a breakfast update session on the impending U.S. Tax Reform. “With the U.S. Senate’s approval of tax reform legislation on 2 December 2017, another significant step has been taken towards the passage of comprehensive tax reform legislation in the… Link:

170 Christmas Gifts Donated For Foster Children

Source: Bernews [Written by Don Burgess] Melonie Dill is living up to the slogan ‘Tis better to give than receive.’ For her birthday she had friends donate children’s gifts to be given to foster kids rather than get presents for herself. The result? Her friends generously donated more than 170 gifts, which… Link:

Bob Richards: “Bermuda Back From The Brink”

Source: Bernews Former Deputy Premier and Finance Minister Bob Richards is getting set to release his new book, called “Bermuda Back from the Brink”, with the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute [BUEI] getting set to host a lecture and book signing with Mr Richards this Friday. The event poster says, “How did a… Link:

Simmons population growth a major goal

Source: The Royal Gazette Bermuda Government wants the islands population to return to the levels seen in 2006 and 2007, when Bermuda was enjoying an economic boom time. And the Government is listening to the needs of the business community, and looking at ways of lowering costs in Bermuda for businesses and the population…

Ingham pursuing sailing dreams

Source: The Royal Gazette Mustafa Ingham believes there is no glass ceiling to his ambitions after setting his sights on becoming a Volvo Ocean Race sailor. Ingham, who competed for Team BDA at the Red Bull Youth Americas Cup last summer, is serving an apprenticeship with Turn the Tide on Plastic, one of seven…

Motorcyclist collided with police officer

Source: The Royal Gazette A 32-year-old motorcyclist who hit a police officer on a busy pedestrianised lane was yesterday fined 2,750 and banned from the roads for a year. Colvin Brown, from Hamilton Parish, told Magistrates Court that he had been punched in the face and was trying to get away from a fight.…

Sport Scoreboard, December 12, 2017

Source: The Royal Gazette For the latest results from Bermuda and around the world, click on the PDF link under Related Media Link: Sport Scoreboard, December 12, 2017

Whoops! Bahamas Cited For Marriage Law

Source: Bernews Another case of Bermuda being confused with another island has occurred, this time with Bahamas being reported by an online news website as “abolishing marriage equality after just six months.” The error only occurs in the headline, and the rest of the article is basically accurate, citing Bermuda news reports… Link:

Nominate Local Athletes For The Sports Awards

Source: Bernews With the 37th Annual Sports Awards scheduled for Saturday March 17th, 2018, the Department of Youth, Sport & Recreation are currently accepting nomination submissions for the 2017 Sports Awards. These awards present an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of our athletes and those persons and organizations that assist and have… Link:

Global Indemnity Donate $12.5K To Turtle Project

Source: Bernews Global Indemnity Re has donated $12,500 in support of the 50th anniversary of the Bermuda Turtle Project. A BZS spokesperson said, “The Bermuda Zoological Society [BZS] is pleased to announce that for the fourth consecutive year, Global Indemnity Re [GIR] has supported BZS Conservation. “This year, GIR donated $12.5K in… Link:

BIFF To Hold Open House On December 15th

Source: Bernews The Bermuda International Film Festival [BIFF] is holding an Open House at the BIFF office on Front Street on December 15th. “BIFF invites all supporters, volunteers, patrons and filmmakers to their Christmas House Party on December 15th from 4pm to 8pm. The event is part of the Open House Christmas Party in… Link:

Bermudian Pilot Flies JetBlue From Boston

Source: Bernews Today’s JetBlue flight from Boston was extra special, with Bermudian pilot Finnie Holder flying the plane into the island, marking his first commercial flight into Bermuda during his many years as a pilot, and saying “it feels good to be home.” We asked Mr. Holder about his background, and he… Link:

Governor Visits Regiment ‘Pop-Up’ Office

Source: Bernews Governor John Rankin today paid a visit to the Royal Bermuda Regiment pop-up recruiting office in Hamilton. Mr Rankin toured the RBR shopfront and spoke to Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel David Curley as well as to soldiers manning the centre. The Governor said: “I’m delighted to see this further outreach… Link:

BFM shares up 0.08

Source: The Royal Gazette Shares of BFampM Ltd edged higher by one cent, or 0. 1 per cent, to 17. 01 after 1,104 traded on The Royal GazetteBSX Index. There were no other trades on the local exchange, which was up 0. 08 of a point at 2,221. 9. On the New York Stock…

Argus posts loss as health claims rise

Source: The Royal Gazette Argus Group Holdings Ltd made a loss of 2. 3 million for its most recent six-month accounting period as health insurance claims rose. Alison Hill, Arguss chief executive officer, said the insurer was concerned about the unsustainable cost of the Bermuda healthcare system. The insurer also announced that AM Best…

Regiments Hamilton recruitment centre a hit

Source: The Royal Gazette Governor John Rankin today paid a visit to the Royal Bermuda Regiment pop-up recruiting office in Hamilton. Mr Rankin toured the RBR shopfront and spoke to Commanding Officer Lieutenant-Colonel David Curley as well as to soldiers manning the centre. The Governor said Im delighted to see this further outreach from…

East End Group to merge with Decisions

Source: The Royal Gazette East End Group and Decisions Ltd today announced a merger between their organisations. Decisions is a respected local information communications technology company. EEG is the proprietor of East End Telecom, a public safety and wireless communication provider in Bermuda and the owner of the new wireless internet service provider,. ..

BAA battle for point but lose top spot

Source: The Royal Gazette BAA battled back from 2-0 down against Southampton Rangers to salvage a 2-2 draw at Southampton Oval, however dropping two points cost them the top spot in the First Division after Paget Lions thrashed Ireland Rangers 5-0 at Malabar Field. The top match lived up to expectations as Rangers, third…

Bargain Box reopens

Source: The Royal Gazette The Bargain Box thrift shop in Pembroke has reopened. The Committee of 25 which closed the store last year after losing its charitable status announced it began operating again on Midsea Lane on November 4. Bargain Box is stocked by donations from the public, with the proceeds going towards the…

East End Group & Decisions To Join Forces

Source: Bernews East End Group [EEG] and Decisions Limited today announced a merger between their organizations, saying there “are great synergies between the two organizations teams and services,” with the company also noting that there will be no redundancies in either company due to the merger. EEG is the proprietor of East… Link:

Committee Re-opens Bargain Box Thrift Store

Source: Bernews The Committee of 25 has re-opened the Bargain Box effective November 4th, with the store open every Saturday from 10am until 2pm, with opening hours expected to expand in the new year. “Committee of 25 is a charity that provides financial support to families of children with special needs. This can… Link:

BIFF hosts Christmas House Party

Source: The Royal Gazette Bermuda International Film Festival organisers are inviting supporters to their Christmas House Party on Friday. Volunteers, patrons and filmmakers can meet the 2018 team, consisting of Sherma Clarke, Tashel Bean, Nicky Gurret, Ellen Brown, Dede Cooper, Patrice Horner and Stephanie Lee. The event will also feature screenings of the. ..

Winning Christmas Trees To Earn Donations

Source: Bernews A Christmas Tree decorating event is being held to both bring festive cheer to the Washington Mall and assist the island’s charities, with charitable donations of $2,500; $1,000; and $750 to be made to the winners. This year the focus was on charities that deal with disabilities, so seven charities… Link:

Winston Godwin & Greg DeRoche: ‘It Is A Shame’

Source: Bernews “It is a shame that it has come to this after such a long fought battle,” but it is important to acknowledge “what we have been able to achieve together,” Winston Godwin and Greg DeRoche said following the Domestic Partnerships Act passing in the House of Assembly. The couple —… Link:

Price Commission Amendment Passes In House

Source: Bernews The Price Commission Amendment Act 2017 passed in the House of Assembly with bipartisan support on Friday evening [Dec 8], with the Bill seeking to change the Commission to the “Cost of Living Commission”, with an aim to focus on cost of living matters. The Bill’s Explanatory Memorandum said, ”This… Link:

Thrilled artist returns for first exhibition

Source: The Royal Gazette Meaghan Meredith spent eight years working in Sydneys burgeoning music industry. She worked double time, growing new talent as a label manager, but that left little room for herself. Now the artist is taking time for her own gifts, painting landscapes in Byron Bay. In Sydney, I was working 60…

OConnell relives his famous island swim

Source: The Royal Gazette Sen OConnell will go down in history as the first person to swim the entire way around Bermuda. He did that between August 21 and 23, 1976, in 43 hours and 27 minutes. Hes also responsible for another feat raising almost 65,000 for the Bermuda Physically Handicapped Association. Over the…

Watchdog acts over claims BTC overcharged

Source: The Royal Gazette The Regulatory Authority has taken action over allegations that the Bermuda Telephone Company overcharged customers. The RA filed a notice in July and claimed that the BTC may have breached its licence and charged customers for overcalls they did not make. But BTC called for a judicial review and insisted…

Auditor-General urges action on net debt

Source: The Royal Gazette Auditor-General Heather Thomas urged the Bermuda Government to take action after revealing net debt had reached 3. 7 billion. The financial statements of the Consolidated Fund for the year ending March 2017, tabled in the House of Assembly on Friday, showed net debt had increased by 243 million in the…

Govt Signs Tax Agreement With United States

Source: Bernews The Government of Bermuda has signed a tax agreement with the United States, a Country by Country Competent Authority Agreement. “This agreement signifies that the Government of Bermuda has satisfied the Internal Revenue Services’ [IRS] data safeguards review and complies with the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development [OECD] Base… Link:

Government signs US tax agreement

Source: The Royal Gazette The Bermuda Government has signed an important tax agreement with the United States. The Country by Country Competent Authority Agreement signifies that the Government has satisfied the Internal Revenue Services IRS data safeguards review and complies with the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development Base Erosion and. .. Link:

Premier travels to Jamaica

Source: The Royal Gazette David Burt and Lieutenant-Colonel David Burch, the Minister of Public Works, are travelling to Montego Bay in Jamaica this weekend to take part in the Caribbean Infrastructure Forum. The event, which is hosted by KPMG and CIBC FirstCaribbean, opens on Monday morning with a welcome from conference chairman, Nigel Holness,…

Plan For Aquaponics Farm On Smith’s Island

Source: Bernews The Department of Planning recently approved plans to set up a “small scale aquaponics farm” on Smith’s Island in St George’s. Aquaponics is a system that combines hydroponics [growing plants in water without soil] and aquaculture [fish farming] in a symbiotic environment. The planning application, submitted by Uwe Lipfert and Dana… Link:

Motorcycle Rider Injured In Ord Road Collision

Source: Bernews Emergency services responded to a collision this evening [Dec 10] on Ord Road where it appears a motorcycle and car collided resulting in the motorcycle rider sustaining injuries and being transported to King Edward Memorial Hospital for treatment. Further details are limited at this time, however we will update as… Link:

Weather Forecast For Monday December 11

Source: Bernews Monday, December 11 is expected to be Mostly Cloudy, showers, with the high to be near 21°C/69°F and the low to be near 16°C/61°F, according to Weather Underground. Sunrise will be at 7:10am and sunset will be at 5:14pm. High tide will be at 3:01am and 3:22pm, while low tide will… Link:

Warwick Academy claim four titles

Source: The Royal Gazette Warwick Academy won four titles at the Bermuda School Sports Federation knockout finals at the North Field on Saturday. Saltus Grammar and Berkeley Institute claimed two trophies each. Warwick Academy got goals from Izzy Simmons and Meghan Topley in their 2-0 win over Saltus in the primary girls final. Simmons…

Island records slight fall in retail sales

Source: The Royal Gazette The volume of retail sales in September fell 0. 8 per cent as sales of motor vehicles and fuel declined, bringing to an end six successive months of year-on-year sales volume increases. However, when factoring in the retail rate of inflation of 2. 6 per cent, the value of sales…

Bermuda Ball Hockey: Maple Leafs & Oilers Win

Source: Bernews A total of 14 goals were scored in a double header as the Bermuda Ball Hockey League season resumed at the PCC Hockey Rink. Calgary Flames 3 Toronto Maple Leafs 4 In the opener the Toronto maple leafs scored three goals in the second period to edge the Calgary Flames… Link:

BUEI To Show Viceroy’s House & Wonderstruck

Source: Bernews The Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute [BUEI] is getting set to screen two films, Viceroy’s House on Sunday, December 10 at 5.15pm and Wonderstruck on Sunday, December 17 at 7.00pm in the Tradewinds Theatre at BUEI. Trailer for Viceroy’s House: The event poster says, “New nations are rarely born in peace…… Link:

Dockyard fun moves indoors today

Source: The Royal Gazette Christmas entertainment at Dockyard today will be moved inside the Clocktower Mall as a result of high winds. Santas Workshop will include choir performances by Warwick Academy at 11am and Purvis Primary at 12. 30pm and music by DJ All Star from 1pm to 5pm. Face-painting, ornament decorating and cookie…

Footy Promotions To Host Futsal Tournament

Source: Bernews Footy Promotions will be hosting a Christmas Futsal youth tournament on Saturday December 16th, 2017 at the CedarBridge Academy Gymnasium. The tournament will start at 3:00pm for players between 9 – 11 years old. Then, immediately following, players 12 – 14 years old will start at 5:00pm. Both boys and… Link:

Santa’s Workshop In Dockyard Inside Mall

Source: Bernews Due to the forecast of high winds, entertainment for today’s [Dec 10] Santa’s Workshop at Dockyard will be moved inside the Mall. The Bermuda Weather Service has issued a Gale Warning valid for this morning and this afternoon, and their forecast for today says, “strong to gale winds will persist… Link:

Video: Sunday Dec 10th ‘Good News’ Spotlight

Source: Bernews News that eight schools received $30,000 each in PartnerRe’s ‘Dollars for Hours’ project, a boxing facility will be named after Bermuda’s only Olympic medalist Clarence Hill, the “Keisha the Mermaid” app is aiming to help young readers, and Scaur Hill Community & Friends donated $620 to the Mirrors Programme were… Link:

Tony Brannon: “Very Sad Day For Bermuda”

Source: Bernews It is a “very sad day for Bermuda” which is “on the wrong side of history,” Tony Brannon said following the Domestic Partnerships Act passing in the House of Assembly, with Mr Brannon adding that “Bermuda will lose untold millions in LGBT tourism revenue.” The Domestic Partnerships Act aims to replace… Link:

Weather Forecast For Sunday December 10

Source: Bernews Sunday, December 10 is expected to be windy with rain developing later in the day, with the high to be near 25°C/77°F and the low to be near 18°C/64°F, according to Weather Underground. Winds are expected to be SW. The relative humidity is expected to be near 83%. Sunrise will… Link:

Minister Rabain On National Certification Program

Source: Bernews Minister of Education Diallo Rabain provided an update on the Department of Workforce Development’s National Certification Programs, saying that a total of 793 persons have registered. Speaking in the House of Assembly, Minister Rabain said, “The National Certification programs for ‘designated occupations’ is a ‘critical component for the sustainability of… Link:

Ball Hockey: Montreal & Toronto Maple Win

Source: Bernews A total of 13 goals were scored in a double header as the Bermuda Ball Hockey League season resumed at the PCC Hockey Rink. Montreal Canadiens 3 Vancouver Canucks 2 In the opener the Montreal Canadiens scored two goals in the final period to edge the Vancouver Canucks 3 –… Link:

BSSF Knock Out Football Semi Final Results

Source: Bernews The Bermuda School Sports Federation [BSSF] is hosting a Knock Out Football tournament at the National Sports Centre, with the Semi-Finals seeing plenty of goals and action as the island’s young footballers showcased their skills. Primary School Girls Saltus Grammar School 3 BHS 0 Saltus got goals from Avani Patton,… Link:

591 Births, 492 Deaths & 450 Marriages In 2016

Source: Bernews Last year there were 591 births, 492 deaths and 450 marriages performed in Bermuda, Minister of Home Affairs Walton Brown said in the House of Assembly The Minister was discussing the Annual Report of the Registry General for the year ended December 31st, 2016, which he said “deals primarily with… Link:

Fitch: Global Reinsurance Outlook For 2018

Source: Bernews Fitch Ratings has updated their Global Reinsurance 2018 Outlook to incorporate the significant catastrophe losses incurred from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, coupled with the sizeable losses from the earthquakes in Mexico and wildfires in California. “The recent catastrophe losses represent a significant percentage of capital for some reinsurers, leading… Link:

St. Paul AME Church Choir Christmas Concert

Source: Bernews Under the chief patronage of Mrs. Lovina Flood and the distinguished patronage of Mrs. Edwena Smith, the Choir of St. Paul A.M.E. Church is getting set to present their annual Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 17th at 6.00pm in the Sanctuary. The event will feature guest soloists and students from… Link:

Helping youth grow spiritually

Source: The Royal Gazette Sarita Ebbin is not involved with Christian youth work for recognition and accolades. So when the 32-year-old found out she won New Testament Church of Gods Spiritual Youth Development Award during the 70th Annual Island Convention on November 15 it came as a complete surprise. She calls it an unexpected…

Sport Scoreboard, December 9, 2017

Source: The Royal Gazette For the latest results from Bermuda and around the world, click on the PDF link under Related Media Link: Sport Scoreboard, December 9, 2017

The economics of Christmas in Bermuda

Source: The Royal Gazette The act of Christmas holiday shopping conjures up highly amusing and sometimes outrageous scenarios on global social media. For example there are images of individuals frantically besting or beating up each other for the most in-demand wishlist items, the long lines, including those who camp out all night for the…

Minors makes return to Front Street Mile

Source: The Royal Gazette Dage Minors is set to showcase his talents at the KPMG Bermuda Front Street Elite Mens Mile next month. The Bermudian middle-distance runner, who is working towards a masters degree in business administration at Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire, is looking forward to making his first appearance in the…

Star ballerina in sparkling form

Source: The Royal Gazette Whenever children ask dancer Sarah Lamb for an autograph, she always obliges. I know how much it means to them, said the 37-year-old Royal Ballet principal known for roles such as the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Royal Ballets The Nutcracker. She remembers being 11 and waiting outside the stage…

Video: Dec 9th Bernews Morning Newsflash

Source: Bernews MPs approve Bill to decriminalize under 7 grams of cannabis, Domestic Partnerships Act passes in the House of Assembly, 1,556 people visited Emergency Department so far this year due to road accidents, Casino Gaming Amendment Bill passes in the House of Assembly, Government executing $135 million 18 month loan facility agreement with… Link:

Photos: Gibbons ‘Atelier Cologne Happy Hour’

Source: Bernews Gibbons Company is launching a new fragrance ‘Atelier Cologne,’ and is hosting the ‘Atelier Cologne Happy Hour’ with fragrance expert Wendy Tellez this evening, and from 12 noon to 6pm on Saturday [Dec 9]. “Visit us and you will receive a 30 ml fragrance with the purchase of any Atelier… Link:

MPs Pass Casino Gaming Amendment Bill

Source: Bernews The Casino Gaming Amendment Bill 2017 passed in the House of Assembly today [Dec 8] by a vote of 17 – 12, with Minister of Tourism & Economic Development Jamahl Simmons proposing amendments to the Bill before it was passed. The amendments to the Bill were to make clear that… Link:

Controversial gaming amendment passed

Source: The Royal Gazette New legislation to let the Minister of Tourism fire members of the Casino Gaming Commission and issue policy directions to the regulatory body was tonight passed by MPs. The Casino Gaming Amendment Act 2017 came under strong criticism in recent weeks. Opponents of the change said it eroded the independence…

Butterfield shares fall by 1

Source: The Royal Gazette Butterfield Bank shares fell by 1, or 2. 6 per cent, to 38 after 359 traded on The Royal GazetteBSX Index. There was also trading of 1,000 shares of One Communications Ltd, but with no change to the closing price. The Royal GazetteBSX Index ended down 44. 98 points, or…

30 Minute Video: Dec 8 ZBM Evening News

Source: Bernews With an aim to expand the way they deliver their news to the community, the Bermuda Broadcasting Company is continuing to live stream their evening news programme online for viewers both on the island and abroad. The live video will begin at 7.00pm, and play to 7.30pm, and then the… Link:

$50K Prize Purse In Fairmont’s Grey Goose Golf

Source: Bernews Fairmont Southampton is announcing the return of the 2018 Grey Goose® World Par 3 Championship to Turtle Hill Golf Club for the 9th consecutive year. The 36-hole championship will be contested on March 2 and 3 and the Sponsors Pro-Am will be held on March 4, 2018. As in previous… Link:

Bermuda Delegation Meets Law Firms In Miami

Source: Bernews Bermuda delegation meetings with several international law firms in Miami this week will help forge the island’s “playlist” to develop new Latin American business from the region, according to the Bermuda Business Development Agency [BDA]. The meetings were part of a three-day visit to Miami led by the BDA that… Link:

House fuel policy almost ready

Source: The Royal Gazette Government will finalise its National Fuels Policy this month, according to Walter Roban. Speaking in the House of Assembly today, the Minister of Transport and Regulatory Affairs said the policy is hoped to be published within the first six weeks of 2018. Mr Roban said The purpose of the policy…

House Births up, marriages down

Source: The Royal Gazette The number of births in Bermuda rose last year for the second time in five years. But the number of marriages fell to 450 from 509 in 2015 an 11. 6 per cent drop. Walton Brown, Minister of Home Affairs, said In 2016, there were 591 births an increase of…

House school survey due in first quarter

Source: The Royal Gazette A survey on the condition of all 31 public schools is expected to be completed by the end of the first quarter of next year. Minister of Public Works Lieutenant-Colonel David Burch told the House of Assembly that priorities for work will be complete by the end of the second…

Donate blood in honour of a loved one

Source: The Royal Gazette Anyone who donates blood this festive season can do so in honour of a loved one. All who donate blood from December 11 through to the New Year can write a note to their chosen person in a special card. The move is part of a promotion that aims to…

House Government in 135m loan agreement

Source: The Royal Gazette The Bermuda Government has negotiated a 135 million loan agreement with Butterfield Bank, David Burt announced today. The Premier said the loan, which will cover the 2017-18 fiscal year and a portion of the 2018-19 year, was called for under the One Bermuda Alliance government. He cautioned that the Government…

Local Author Book Sale & Writers Workshop

Source: Bernews A Local Author Book Sale and Writers Workshop will be held tomorrow [Dec 9] from 10.00am to 3.00pm at Kingdom Dynamics Bookstore, First Church of God, North Shore. The event will feature new authors Linda Zetamae Burrow, Dr. Blanche Burchall, and Dr. Deborah Evans. A spokesperson said, “We are hosting… Link:

Donate Blood In Honour Of A Loved One

Source: Bernews Struggling to know what to get someone you love for Christmas? This year you can donate blood in their honour and give them a special Christmas Card thanking them for helping save a life over the holidays. Everyone who donates blood from Monday 11 December through to the New Year,… Link:

December 8th: House Of Assembly Schedule

Source: Bernews Today’s [Dec 8] session of the House of Assembly is expected to be busy, with the Casino Gaming Amendment, Domestic Partnership, and Decriminalisation of Cannabis Amendment due for their second reading, while Ministerial statements are scheduled for topics including a Loan Facility Agreement, the EU list of Non-Cooperative Jurisdictions, Union… Link:

Carlisle United Manager Praises Reggie Lambe

Source: Bernews Carlisle United manager Keith Curle has praised the excellent form of Bermudian footballer Reggie Lambe, according to a report in the News & Star. The story said, “The Blues manager has been impressed with the displays of Lambe in an attacking midfield role in recent weeks. And he says the form of the 26-year-old… Link:

Brit Moving Reinsurer From Gibraltar To Bermuda

Source: Bernews Brit Ltd announced that it is relocating its Gibraltar based reinsurer, Brit Insurance [Gibraltar] PCC Limited, to Bermuda. “The process is expected to be completed by the end of the year, following which Brit Insurance [Gibraltar] will become Brit Reinsurance [Bermuda] Limited [Brit Re],” the company said. Matthew Wilson, Brit,… Link:

The honorary Caribbean consul

Source: The Royal Gazette St Kitts-Nevis and Bermuda are 1,675 miles apart, but Louise Tannock is determined to bridge the gap. In the 41 years since she moved from St Kitts to Bermuda, she has taken schoolchildren to meet relatives in St Kitts-Nevis, hosted visitors from the islands, and tried to promote Bermuda culture…

Trust opens a pop-up shop at Waterville

Source: The Royal Gazette A pop-up gift shop has opened at the Bermuda National Trusts Waterville property. It is selling a wide variety of items that would make ideal stocking fillers for Christmas, together with home decorations, cards and the Trusts 2018 calendar, according to Bill Zuill, executive director of the BNT. The charity…

Bermuda makes business connections in Miami

Source: The Royal Gazette Opening pathways for new business to come to Bermuda was the focus of three days of meetings and discussions in Florida. And it was not solely about the potential from the US state, opportunities further afield, such as Latin America, were also on the radar for the Bermuda Business Development…

Photos/Results: Northshore Turkey Trot Race

Source: Bernews Chayce Smith and Martina Olcheski-Bell are the 2017 Northshore Medical Centre Turkey Trot 10K champions following racing this weekend. Smith and second place finisher Tim Price ran side by side with just over a 2k to go, before Smith made his move clocking a winning time of 35:45, with Price… Link:

BIFF Short Film Competition Deadline On Jan 1

Source: Bernews The Bermuda International Film Festival [BIFF] is calling for International and Bermudian filmmakers to submit their films for BIFF 2018 for the prestigious Bermuda Short Film Competition. A spokesperson said, “The Bermuda International Film Festival is calling for International and Bermudian filmmakers to submit their films for BIFF 2018 for the… Link:

Carole Holding ‘Pop Up Shop’ In Washington Mall

Source: Bernews Carole Holding has once again opened a pop-up shop in the Washington Mall for the holiday season, offering an array of gourmet gift baskets, jams, and rum cakes until Christmas Eve at 4.00pm A spokesperson said, “Don’t miss the opportunity to go visit the Carole Holding pop-up shop, located in… Link:

Butterfield up 1.8 on NYSE

Source: The Royal Gazette A total of 654 shares of HSBC Holdings, worth 6,245, traded on The Royal GazetteBSX Index. The stock closed unchanged at 9. 55. The local exchange remained unmoved at 2,266. 8. One the New York Stock Exchange, shares of Butterfield Bank rose 71 cents, or 1. 87 per cent, at…

Carla Seely Column: CFO Of Home Operations

Source: Bernews [Written by Carla Seely] In every family, one of the most important discussions is to appoint someone to take charge of the family finances. Whether it is yourself or your partner doesn’t really matter – whoever takes on the role recognizes that the financial stress will be a constant challenge and… Link:

30 Minute Video: Dec 7 ZBM Evening News

Source: Bernews With an aim to expand the way they deliver their news to the community, the Bermuda Broadcasting Company is continuing to live stream their evening news programme online for viewers both on the island and abroad. The live video will begin at 7.00pm, and play to 7.30pm, and then the… Link:

Former BMO executive joins BFM board

Source: The Royal Gazette A former executive of BMO Bank of Montreal has joined the board of BFampM Limited. Gordon Henderson recently retired as president and chief executive officer of BMO Life Insurance Company, where he had oversight of the banks creditor insurance, life insurance and reinsurance businesses. Before joining BMO he held senior…

Argus Group ratings upgraded by AM Best

Source: The Royal Gazette Argus Groups ratings have been upgraded by AM Best. In a statement, AM Best said the upgrades reflect Argus Groups improved balance sheet strength and consistent favourable operating performanceThe agency has upgraded Argus Groups financial strength rating to A- excellent from B good, while the long-term issuer credit. ..

Bulls Head ground floor exit to reopen

Source: The Royal Gazette The ground floor exit of the Bulls Head car park will be back in operation from tomorrow. The City of Hamilton urged motorists to be aware of the new concrete islands which are part of the barrier system infrastructure. The main entrance off Jacksons Way will be an entrance only,…

Captive reinsurer to relocate to Bermuda

Source: The Royal Gazette Brit Ltd is to relocate its Gibraltar-based captive reinsurer to Bermuda. The international general insurance and reinsurance group, which is headquartered in the UK, said it expects to complete the relocation of Brit Insurance Gibraltar PCC Ltd by the end of the year. Brit already has an office in Bermuda,…

Teachers get training for PRIDE programme

Source: The Royal Gazette Scores of teachers have received training in setting up a programme designed to help children express their emotions and reduce levels of aggression and behavioural problems. PRIDE Bermuda, which has just celebrated its 30th anniversary, brought in Dorothy Morelli, from PATHS Education Worldwide, for a two-day workshop for teachers on…

Video: Press Conference On Road Safety

Source: Bernews The Bermuda Police Service, Minister of Transport & Regulatory Affairs Walter Roban, and representatives from the Bermuda Road Safety Council and CADA held a press conference this morning [Dec 7] to discuss road safety. The press conference has just concluded and we will have additional information later on, and in… Link:

Teachers Take ‘PATH’ To Support Students

Source: Bernews Scores of teachers have received training in setting up a programme designed to help children express their emotions and reduce levels of aggression and behavioural problems. PRIDE Bermuda, which has just celebrated its 30th anniversary, recently brought in Dorothy Morelli, from PATHS Education Worldwide, for a two-day workshop for teachers… Link:

BBFS: Ensuring Members Succeed Academically

Source: Bernews As part of their “renewed focus in ensuring that all of our members are on target to succeed academically,” Bermuda’s Brazilian Football School [BBFS] is getting set to introduce a new policy, requiring all members to provide them with a copy of their school report card. In a letter to… Link:

Berkeleyite Candace Furbert: “Never Give Up”

Source: Bernews In celebration of the school’s 120th anniversary, the Berkeley Institute Anniversary Celebration Committee is shining a spotlight on its alumni, with the fifth profile highlighting professional actress Candace Furbert, Class of 2009, Gold House. What does it mean to you to be a Berkeleyite? To be a Berkeleyite to me… Link:

Celebrating store appreciates neighbours

Source: The Royal Gazette Contemporary store amp PARTNERS is celebrating its first year in business, and its owners have also spoken of their delight at the community of neighbouring boutiques that have helped make the area a one-stop shop. Peter Lapsley and wife Andrea Sundts gift shop is in the Vallis Building on Par-la-Ville…

Plan 2022 represents a crucial step forward for education

Source: The Royal Gazette As the Shadow Minister of Education, I am delighted that Plan 2022 Bermudas Strategic Plan for Public School Education, the multiyear strategic plan for Bermudas public school system has at last been presented to the people of Bermuda. This community-driven and community-owned document represents the culmination of work and. ..

Hunter praises IOC ban on Russia

Source: The Royal Gazette The Bermuda Sport Anti-Doping Authority has applauded the decision by the International Olympic Committee to ban Russia from the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, after evidence of unprecedented systematic manipulation of the anti-doping system. Deborah Hunter, chief executive officer of the BSADA, praised the. .. Link:

Ben takes on two roles

Source: The Royal Gazette The final year at Warwick Academy is notorious for its heavy workload. Students sometimes average three hours of studying a night, there are essays to write and extracurricular activities to keep up with. But when 17-year-old Ben Barnett was offered not one, but two lead roles in the schools production…

Magic Mornings Christmas Food & Toy Drive

Source: Bernews Magic Mornings host Beverley Howell has been heading up the Magic Mornings Christmas Food and Toy Drive, collecting non-perishable food and toys between November 10 and December 8, to be distributed by the Salvation Army. The effort will culminate with an event tomorrow [Dec 8] which invites the public to… Link:

Town look to retain title at Festive Tournament

Source: The Royal Gazette Dandy Town will look to retain their title when the Expansion League Festive Tournament starts on Monday. Town, who beat North Village 3-1 on penalties in last years final, when the tournament was named the Development League, are in group A with BAA and X-Roads. PHC Zebras, Southampton Rangers and…

Raynor given top honour

Source: The Royal Gazette Donna Raynor, the president of the Bermuda National Athletics Association, has been selected as a council member for the International Athletics Foundation for the next four years. Raynor was recommended to the Foundation by Sebastian Coe, the president of the IAAF and IAF. This is such an honour and Im…

Dr. Barry Being Published In “So Many Islands”

Source: Bernews Bermuda’s Dr. Angela Barry is being published in a forthcoming anthology titled So Many Islands: Stories from the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Indian and Pacific Oceans, a book that includes fiction, essays, and poems from 17 countries around the world. The book covers topics such as climate change, cultural appropriation, gender and… Link:

Richards to be Education Commissioner

Source: The Royal Gazette CedarBridge Academy principal Kalmar Richards is set to be announced as acting Commissioner of Education, sources said this evening. It is understood that Ms Richards, CedarBridge Academy principal for 17 years, will take over the job on Monday. Sandys Middle School principal Kenneth Caesar will take over as acting principal…

Ball Hockey League: Montreal & Canucks Win

Source: Bernews Sixteen goals were scored in the latest round of the Bermuda Ball Hockey League at the PCC Hockey Rink. Winnipeg Jets 2 Montreal Canadiens 4 The Montreal Canadiens defeated the Winnipeg Jets 4 – 2 in the opener, Jeff Sagster scored twice for the Montreal Canadiens, who also got a… Link:

30 Minute Video: Dec 6 ZBM Evening News

Source: Bernews With an aim to expand the way they deliver their news to the community, the Bermuda Broadcasting Company is continuing to live stream their evening news programme online for viewers both on the island and abroad. The live video will begin at 7.00pm, and play to 7.30pm, and then the… Link:

Butterfield shares rise on NYSE

Source: The Royal Gazette The Royal GazetteBSX Index was unchanged at 2,266. 8. The only stock to trade was 600 shares of Somers Limited, with the closing price unmoved. On the New York Stock Exchange, Butterfield Bank shares were up 10 cents, or 0. 26 per cent, at 38. The BSX Insurance Index was…

Dr EF Gordon Square tree decoration

Source: The Royal Gazette Dr EF Gordon Square will be given a festive makeover from schoolchildren on Friday. Pupils from Dellwood Middle School and Mount Saint Agnes Academy will decorate a tree at the corner of Court Street and Dundonald Street at 9am. MSA principal Susan Moench said Our students appreciate the opportunity to…

Weather Forecast For Thursday December 7

Source: Bernews Thursday, December 7 is expected to be cloudy skies early, then partly cloudy in the afternoon, with the high to be near 24°C/75°F and the low to be near 22°C/71°F, according to Weather Underground. Winds are expected to be SW. The relative humidity is expected to be near 74%. Sunrise… Link:

Dellwood & MSA Students To Decorate Tree

Source: Bernews The City of Hamilton announces that students from Dellwood Middle School and Mount St. Agnes will participate in a tree decorating event at the corner of Court and Dundonald Streets in Dr. E.F. Gordon Square on Friday, December 8th at 9am. Mount Saint Agnes Principal, Susan Moench said, “Our students… Link:

RenRe Estimate $90M Impact From Wildfires

Source: Bernews Bermuda-based RenaissanceRe Holdings said it currently estimates that losses from the October 2017 California Wildfires will have a net negative impact of $90 million on its fourth quarter 2017 results of operations. The California Wildfires caused widespread damage to both personal and commercial property in and around the impacted regions. Kevin J.… Link:

Raccoon Euthanized After Found In Container

Source: Bernews A raccoon found in a shipping container was “humanely euthanized” due to the “unknown disease status of this wild animal and the potential implications to human health,” the Department of Environment and Natural Resources confirmed, adding that a “wild raccoon would not be returned to the country of origin, as… Link:

Golf: Goodwill Tournament 2017 Day #2 Results

Source: Bernews The 65th Bermuda Goodwill Tournament continued with play taking place at the Mid Ocean Club and Tuckers Point. Mid Ocean Club Longest Drive – Tracy Nash – Mid Ocean Club Closest to the Pin – Ian Page – Port Royal GC Low Net – Bedrock Golf Club – 62 Low… Link:

Lifting fitness to another level

Source: The Royal Gazette For years Henry Adderley lived and breathed rugby. Then he tore ligaments in both knees in two separate games. His rugby career was over. I felt disappointed, said the 48-year-old. Watching from the sidelines was awful. I tried to play again but mentally was not up to it. Looking for…

Urban Cottage opens new outlet in east end

Source: The Royal Gazette A lifestyle boutique has expanded to a second shop in the Town of St George, selling apparels, antiques and gifts. Urban Cottage, which has its original store on Front Street, opened the doors to the new outlet in the east end last week. Nicole Golden, owner of Urban Cottage saw…

The thing about pollsters and their reliability …

Source: The Royal Gazette Dear Sir,I have this concern about the mind-controlling power that pollsters have in their hands for getting into our minds and how they use information to manipulate and handle us, the Bermudian public. Especially those foreign pollsters who are brought into Bermuda with a persuasive command of high-powered skills of…

Peacock pivotal to Hotels glory

Source: The Royal Gazette Hotels International lost a third stalwart in the space of 12 years with the passing of Alan Peacock, who died of a suspected heart attack in Miami at the age of 69 last week. His death follows the passing of Frankie Brewster, a former Bermuda defender, at the age of…

Local Filmmakers Invited To Submit To BIFF

Source: Bernews The Bermuda International Film Festival [BIFF] is inviting local filmmakers to celebrate BerMovie Day and submit their short film to be part of the festival. With the success of last year’s BerMovie Day, BIFF 2018 is planning to open the festival with BerMovie Day on Sunday March 18th, 2018 at… Link:

Centre Ask Govt To Withdraw Section Provisions

Source: Bernews Saying they are “dismayed” that after marital equality was recognized by the Supreme Court, the Government “now seeks to roll back on those rights,” the Centre for Justice said said that “rights conferred by the Human Rights Act 1981 cannot be taken away by any other Act of Parliament” and “we have… Link:

UK Team Contracted For Bridge Design Services

Source: Bernews Following an international tender, the Government of Bermuda has awarded a UK team — comprising Ramboll [lead consultant], Knight Architects and Eadon Consulting — the “contract to deliver full design services for two replacement highway bridges,” according to an announcement from the UK companies today. “The two bridges form a… Link:

Island Taxi to accept credit card payment

Source: The Royal Gazette First Atlantic Commerce, a global online payments technology company, announced today that it is working with Bermuda Island Taxi, a full service taxi dispatch and transportation company, to process its Ride Bermuda app credit card payments. By integrating Bermuda Island Taxis Ride Bermuda app to FACs payment platform, Island Taxi…

‘EU Decision Demonstrates Bermuda’s Position’

Source: Bernews The Government of Bermuda said they note that the Economic and Financial Affairs Council [ECOFIN] has “reaffirmed Bermuda’s status as a cooperative tax jurisdiction.” Premier David Burt said, “Once again the EU has recognized Bermuda’s status as a cooperative jurisdiction, despite the interest surrounding a hack on a global law… Link:

FAC Processing ‘Ride Bermuda’ Card Payments

Source: Bernews First Atlantic Commerce [FAC] is working with Bermuda Island Taxi to process their Ride Bermuda app credit card payments. “By integrating Bermuda Island Taxi’s “Ride Bermuda” app to FAC’s payment platform, Island Taxi can provide its customer with online credit card processing facilities,” FAC said. “Bermuda Island Taxi has a… Link:

Three Month Government Contract For GroupDC

Source: Bernews The Government of Bermuda confirmed they “secured the services of theGroup DC from 1 November 2017 for three months,” adding that “the cost for services is $20,000 a month.” “the Group DC represents the Government of Bermuda in Washington, D.C., and advocates Bermuda’s interests and lobbies the United States Congress,… Link:

St Georges gym to be named after Hill

Source: The Royal Gazette A new boxing facility, named in honour of Olympic medal-winner Clarence Hill, is to open in St Georges. The gym will be located at The Catterick Building on Military Road, Zane DeSilva, the Minister of Social Development and Sport, said yesterday. It is hoped the gym will be open this…

Cannonier worried OBA heading the wrong way

Source: The Royal Gazette The One Bermuda Alliances battering at the polls proved it had gone down the wrong path, former leader and party founder Craig Cannonier said yesterday. Despite suggestions that the OBA is doomed, Mr Cannonier said the party will be fine. Mr Cannonier said, however We are not heading in the…

Companies praised over equal opportunities

Source: The Royal Gazette Six companies were recognised for ensuring equal opportunities for people with physical and mental problems yesterday. The Disabilities Advisory Council named Sousas Gardens and Aberfeldy Nurseries as businesses that employed people with disabilities on a full-time basis, and Vineyard Vines and Astwood Dickinson for providing good access. .. Link:

Saxophonist Gibbons is poetry in motion

Source: The Royal Gazette Gianluca Gibbons is looking forward to next year. The saxophonist and composer released the music video for his breakout single, ltigtShades of Meltigt, on Friday. A labour of love, he has been working on the track for two years and its. .. Link: Saxophonist Gibbons is poetry in motion

‘Keisha The Mermaid’ App For Young Readers

Source: Bernews An app created by Bermudian Daron Lowe aims to encourage child development by helping children improve listening and reading skills, with the Keisha the Mermaid app ranking as a finalist in the 2017 TechAwards. Mr. Lowe said, “Readers are invited to join Kiesha, who is an island girl who loves… Link:

‘Extremely Active’ 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season

Source: Bernews November 30th marked the ‘official’ end of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, and while Bermuda was not affected by any major storms, other jurisdictions were not so lucky, and the season matched NOAA’s seasonal predictions for being “extremely active.” The season produced 17 named storms of which 10 became hurricanes… Link:

Butterfield shares down 1.3

Source: The Royal Gazette Shares of Butterfield Bank ended 50 cents lower, or 1. 3 per cent, at 39 after 414 traded on The Royal GazetteBSX Index. A total of 1,800 shares in Bermuda Aviation Services, and 3,900 shares in One Communications were also exchanged, but with no change to the stocks respective closing…

Swimming: Four More Records Set On Final Day

Source: Bernews The 2017 edition of the Mailboxes Unlimited Winter Age Group Championships came to an end at the BASA Pool. Four records fell on the final day, with Logan Watson-Brown of the Sharks Swim Club breaking the 13-14 Girls 400 Freestyle Record. Watson Brown clocked a time of 4:34.63 breaking Emma… Link:

Boxing gym to be named after Hill in St George's

Source: The Royal Gazette A new boxing facility, named in honour of Olympic medal-winner Clarence Hill, is to open in St George’s. The gym will be located at #8220The Catterick Building#8221 on Military Road, Zane DeSilva, the Minister of Social Development and Sports, said. It is hoped the gym will be open this month…

Huff to lead Abir as Kading retires

Source: The Royal Gazette After leading the Association of Bermuda Insurers and Reinsurers for 12 years, Bradley Kading is to retire from the position of president and chief executive. He will be succeeded by John Huff, who is immediate past president of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners in the US. Mr Huff will…

Column: Why Just Gibraltar At Conference?

Source: Bernews [Opinion column written by Anthony D C Webber] Why did just Gibraltar attend the Democratic Unionist Party [DUP] conference? No Bermuda…? DUP in a position to exert more influence on UK government- should they decide to do so. Gibraltar attends and stands up for its interests, British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies have… Link:

30 Minute Video: Dec 4 ZBM Evening News

Source: Bernews With an aim to expand the way they deliver their news to the community, the Bermuda Broadcasting Company is continuing to live stream their evening news programme online for viewers both on the island and abroad. The live video will begin at 7.00pm, and play to 7.30pm, and then the… Link:

Former CEO of CNBC joins Butterfield board

Source: The Royal Gazette A former president of CNBC has joined the board of Butterfield Bank. Pamela Thomas-Graham has been appointed a non-executive director. She is a Harvard-educated entrepreneur and executive with nearly three decades of experience in the financial services, media and apparel industries. Ms Thomas-Graham is the founder and chief. ..

Ministry Offers Email Alerts For Bus Cancellations

Source: Bernews The Ministry of Transport and Regulatory Affairs said they are “pleased to announce a streamlined notification system for users of Bermuda’s public bus system in the event of route cancellations. “The reduction in the size of the available vehicle fleet at the Department of Public Transportation [DPT] has been affecting… Link:

Beach cleanup this weekend

Source: The Royal Gazette A beach cleanup will take place on Saturday at Franks Bay and the Railway Trail in Southampton. The event is organised by One Communications, which is encouraging friends and family to help out. Network engineer Michele Belvedere said While our day-to-day focus is on technology, our lives consist of more…

Employers fall short on health insurance

Source: The Royal Gazette Nearly 150 complaints and queries have been made this year about employers failing to provide health insurance coverage. The Bermuda Health Council named 31 companies who have failed to comply with the Health Insurance Act. It said 147 complaints and queries have been made by the public this year, with…

Hamilton Princess To Host Annual Snowball Party

Source: Bernews Hamilton Princess & Beach Club will once again be hosting Bermuda’s biggest Christmas party, the Annual Snowball Party. The event will be held on Saturday, December 16, from 7pm until 1am in the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club’s Harbourview Ballroom, which will be festooned in seasonal red and gold decorations.… Link:

Health Council List ‘Non-Complaint Employers’

Source: Bernews The Bermuda Health Council said they are “experiencing a high rate of complaints from members of the public because employers are not providing health insurance coverage for their employees.” “Since January 2017, the Bermuda Health Council has received 147 complaints and queries related to employer health insurance coverage,” BHEC said.”Common complaints… Link:

Police: 21 Collisions & 39 Tickets On Weekend

Source: Bernews This weekend saw a number of collisions, and according to police there were 21 collisions reported in total, and 39 speeding tickets given, with a top speed of 102kph. The Roads Policing Unit tweeted, “RPU Weekend: 39 speeding tickets [top 102kph], 5 x unlicensed veh and no ins tickets, 3… Link:

Trott On The Bench For Premier League Match

Source: Bernews Bermudian goalkeeper Nathan Trott was on the bench as his West Ham United team fell to a 2-1 defeat to Premier League leaders Manchester City, who secured a 13th successive win on Sunday. In advance of the match, West Ham noted that Trott was a substitute saying, “There’s also spots… Link:

Football: Friendship, Shield Preliminaries Results

Source: Bernews Dandy Town Hornets, North Village Rams, St. George’s Colts, and Paget Lions claimed victories in this weekend’s Friendship & Shield Preliminaries football action. Friendship Preliminaries Young Men Social Club 0 Dandy Town Hornets 4 At the Police Field the Dandy Town Hornets scored four times in the first half to… Link:

MacLean still fighting waterfront deal

Source: The Royal Gazette Developer Michael MacLean is still counting the cost of a deal to massively overhaul the Hamilton waterfront nearly five years on. The whole case has cost me close to 4 million, Mr MacLean said in the wake of his protracted legal battle. All I can do now is continue to…

Town cruise past Social Club

Source: The Royal Gazette ltbgtYoung Mens Social Club 0 Dandy Town 4ltbgtTwo goals apiece by strikers Angelo Simmons and Ian Coke in the first half enabled Dandy Town to make easy work of Young Mens Social Club in the preliminary round of the Friendship Trophy at Police Field yesterday. The match was over as…

Growing up under apartheid shaped my music

Source: The Royal Gazette Jonathan Butler grew up in South Africa, hit the charts in the United Kingdom and now lives in Los Angeles. So it is no surprise that he calls his unique fusion of RampB, gospel and jazz, simply world music. Im a world music artist, said the 56-year-old. I dont just…

Bermudas debt grows, but budget gap narrows

Source: The Royal Gazette Bermuda is continuing its glide path towards budget equilibrium, but there is still some way to go as shown by the latest revenue and expenditure figures. At the end of September the gross debt was 2. 515 billion. The Bermuda Government aims to reach March 31, 2018 with a full-year…

Shop window on the RBR opens

Source: The Royal Gazette The Royal Bermuda Regiment has opened a storefront in Hamilton for the first time to promote service in the islands defence force. The pop-up shop at the junction of Queen Street and Reid Street was opened to boost recruitment in the run-up to Januarys recruit camp. Soldiers on duty at…

Weather Forecast For Sunday December 4

Source: Bernews Monday, December 4 is expected to be sunny breaks, showers, with the high to be near 21°C/70°F and the low to be near 18°C/64°F, according to Weather Underground. Winds are expected to be NW. The relative humidity is expected to be near 66%. Sunrise will be at 7:04am and sunset… Link:

November 2017: Top 10 Bernews ‘Photo Of Day’

Source: Bernews Providing our readers with a look at Bermuda’s natural beauty each morning, Bernews features a “Photo of the Day” in our email newsletters, on social media, and in our app every day. Always popular, November’s top photos attracted tens of thousands of reactions on social media, and judging by the number of reader’s “likes”, the… Link:

‘Amazing’ Response For DavidRose Campaign

Source: Bernews [Written by Don Burgess] A recent Instagram campaign by Davidrose Studio garnered more than 3,300 likes. The nine photos featured model and local Instagram star Rachel Sawden in a white bikini wearing items from Davidrose’s Ocean Collection as a way to help promote the company’s new location in Hamilton. Rose Zuill… Link:

Farmers Market formally opened

Source: The Royal Gazette The islands largest Farmers Market in several years was formally opened by public works minister Lieutenant-Colonel David Burch yesterday. Colonel Burch was joined by home affairs minister Walton Brown for the event at the Botanical Gardens and said The Bermuda Farmers Market is a welcomed attraction for both locals and…

Dante Leverock On Football, Career & Ambitions

Source: Bernews [Written by Nathan Carr] 25-year-old Bermudian international Dante Leverock chats with Bernews about his career so far, ambitions to play abroad again and why he feels Bermuda should be aiming to become one of the best sides in the Caribbean. The towering defender is currently playing on the island but working… Link:

Half-year report shows debt at 2.515bn

Source: The Royal Gazette Bermuda Governments debt hit 2. 515 billion at the end of September. However, the rate of debt growth is slowing as the gap between revenue and expenditure narrows. In the six months to the end of September, stronger than expected Custom duty receipts and an uptick in payroll tax helped…

Ministry: 2017/18 First Half Fiscal Performance

Source: Bernews The Ministry of Finance today [Dec 3] reported on the 2017/18 First Half Fiscal Performance and provided an updated Economic Review for 2017. The Ministry said, “This year’s economic data, thus far, is consistent with the expectation in the 2016 National Economic Report of Bermuda and the Ministry of Finance’s… Link:

Teenager remains in critical condition

Source: The Royal Gazette A 16-year-old motorcyclist remained in a critical but stable condition in the hospitals intensive care unit yesterday. The female teenager was injured on Friday evening when her auxiliary cycle went over an embankment on South Road, Paget, near Southcote Road, at around 7. 55pm. A police spokesman said her 16-year-old…

Maiden Furbert speech focuses on disability

Source: The Royal Gazette Progressive Labour Party MP Tinee Furbert used her maiden speech in the House of Assembly on Friday to focus on enhancing the quality of life for persons with disabilities. The Junior Minister of Disability Affairs said disabilities were consistently excluded when people talk about human rights. Ms Furbert, who served…

Smith gallops past Trott for title

Source: The Royal Gazette Chayce Smith secured a maiden Bermuda National Athletics Association open mens national cross country title in convincing fashion at Astwood Park yesterday. The pre-race favorite outkicked fellow top contender Sean Trott on the final lap to take the win comfortably in 26min 8sec. Trott crossed in second in 26min 23sec…

Tinee Furbert Makes Maiden Speech In House

Source: Bernews MP Tinee Furbert made her Maiden Speech in the House of Assembly, with the Junior Minister of Disability Affairs thanking those that assisted her, and appealing for everyone to “continue to enhance the quality of life for persons with disabilities.” Ms Furbert, an Occupational Therapist, served as a Senator before winning… Link:

Volleyball Tournament: Senior School Results

Source: Bernews Mount Saint Agnes Academy held off a spirited comeback to defeat Saltus Grammar School 25-20 in the Bermuda School Sports Federation Senior School Girls Volleyball Tournament. MSA jumped to a 16-8 before Saltus came back to tie it up at 16-16. After changing scores a few times MSA hit another… Link:

Column: The Pattern Behind Trump’s Retweets

Source: Bernews [Opinion column written by Jennifer Mercieca] On Nov. 29, President Trump retweeted a series of videos that purported to depict violence committed by Muslims. They had originated from the account of a far-right British ultranationalist who had been convicted for harassing a Muslim. The backlash was swift, with British Prime… Link:

Video: Sunday Dec 3rd ‘Good News’ Spotlight

Source: Bernews News that talented cricketers Jermal Proctor and Rose Simmons earned scholarships, Bermuda’s team won the CEA Jumping Challenge, Mark Prior won the BEDC Entrepreneur of the Year award, Micah Franklin will compete in the PSA World Championships in England, and Urban Cottage will expand to St. George’s were all some… Link:

Minister: US Travel Advisory For BOTC Passports

Source: Bernews “If someone is using a BOTC passport but is not Bermudian, they will not be allowed to travel to the US visa free,” Minister of Home Affairs Walton Brown said, adding that “persons who do not possess Bermudian status but are in possession of a BOTC [Bermuda] passport are advised… Link:

Video: Tree Lighting At Fairmont Southampton

Source: Bernews The Fairmont Southampton held their Tree Lighting Ceremony this evening [Dec 2] on their Great Sound Lawn ,with the Cornerstone Bible Fellowship Adult Choir treating the crowd to a performance of holiday music, before the Christmas Tree was lit up to bring a festive holiday cheer to the resort. The 22-minute live video… Link:

Butterfield’s Loan Deal Extended Until Jan 2018

Source: Bernews Rushall Olympic extended the loan deal for Bermuda’s Kacy Milan Butterfield until 13th January 2018, according to an article on the Walsall Football Club’s website. The story said, “Rushall Olympic have extended the loan deals of Walsall midfielders Milan Butterfield and Jordon Sangha until 13th January 2018. Both players have been eight appearances for… Link:

MP Dunkley: America’s Cup Helped The Island

Source: Bernews “We dug Bermuda out of the hole called economic abyss and spiraling debt through solid policy and vision. Bermuda today is in a better position,” former Premier Michael Dunkley said, adding that the “America’s Cup was a huge undertaking, which helped us dig out.” Speaking in the House of Assembly… Link:

Weather Forecast For Sunday December 3

Source: Bernews Sunday, December 3 is expected to be overcast, with the high to be near 21°C/69°F and the low to be near 18°C/64°F, according to Weather Underground. Winds are expected to be NNW. The relative humidity is expected to be near 61%. Sunrise will be at 7.04am and sunset will be… Link:

Photos & Video: Opening Of Farmers Market

Source: Bernews This morning [Dec 2], the Minister of Public Works Lt/Col David Burch, formally opened the Farmers’ Market at the Botanical Gardens. Minister Burch was joined by the Minister of Home Affairs Walton Brown, and speaking before a crowd of vendors, patrons, consumers and Parks Department staff, Minister Burch said, “The… Link:

BSSF Middle School Boys Volleyball Results

Source: Bernews Saltus Grammar School defeated Mount SaInt Agnes Academy 25-20 to win the Bermuda School Sports Federations Middle School Boys Volleyball Tournament inside the MSA Gymnasium. Saltus came from 8 down to defeat Dellwood Middle School 25-22 in their Semi-Final while MSA eased past Warwick Academy One 25-14 in the other… Link:

Football: Flanagan’s Onions & West End Win

Source: Bernews Flanagan’s Onions and West End United claimed victories in this weekend’s Digicel Knock Out Cup football action. Flanagan’s Onions 7 North Village Rams 2 The Flanagan’s Onions gave themselves an early Christmas present of a Quarter-Final place by defeating the North Village Rams 7-2. Stu Foster led the way with… Link:

Gina Spence Productions Holding Festival Today

Source: Bernews Gina Spence Productions is again reaching out to the community with the Christmas Community Outreach 2017 Street Festival. The celebration is being held at the junction of Court and Dundonald Streets in Hamilton on Saturday [Dec 2] from 12:00pm to 5:00 pm. There will be DJ’s from North East Hamilton,… Link:

Squash Club Championships Final Results

Source: Bernews The XL Catlin Squash Club Championships continued at the Bermuda Squash Racquets Association Club in Devonshire, with the finals taking place, with Nick Kyme winning the men’s final, while Rachel Barnes was victorious in the women’s final. Final Results: Mens Final Nick Kyme beat John Fletcher 11-7, 11-5, 11-6 Ladies… Link:

Banana Leaf Angel Workshop On December 7

Source: Bernews The friends of the Bermuda National Library [BNL] are getting set to present Banana Leaf Angel Workshop on Thursday, December 7 from 6.00pm to 8.00pm with Bermudian artist and Ronnie Chameau. The event promotion said, “Learn about the art of Banana Leaf Angels as BNL hosts a workshop with Bermudian… Link:

Budgeting for holiday happiness

Source: The Royal Gazette Dear Dave,My wife and I are trying to improve our finances by living on a budget and following your plan. Were in the middle of Baby Step 2, so were working to pay off everything but our house using the debt snowball. We only bring home about 40,000 a year…

Gaunt storms home to seal Goslings title

Source: The Royal Gazette Daniel Gaunt secured the Goslings Invitational title in emphatic fashion at the first attempt at Belmont Hills Golf Club yesterday. The Australian tapped in a short par putt at the 18th green to complete a bogey-free, five-under-par round of 65 that included five birdies. Gaunt, who led the field from…

House disaster management team planned

Source: The Royal Gazette Government plans to create a Department of Disaster Management, the House of Assembly heard this morning. The department, comprising police and fire officers, will develop plans to deal with a range of possible disasters, Minister of National Security Wayne Caines told MPs. Mr Caines said Whether or not the likelihood…

Johnson team win Open Teams Championship

Source: The Royal Gazette The team of Jean Johnson, Marge Way, David Sykes, Edward Betteto and Fabian Hupe are the 2017 Open Teams Champions after a volatile second session. The Johnson team had a handy lead after last Mondays first session and appeared to have a grip on the title but I warned that…

Man pleads not guily to boat manslaughter

Source: The Royal Gazette A 26-year-old man has denied killing a woman by driving his boat dangerously. Andrew Lake, of Southampton, pleaded not guilty to the manslaughter of New Zealander Mary McKee in Supreme Court yesterday morning. Ms McKee, 62, died after a marine incident in Hamilton Harbour on June 1 this year. Mr…

Come and enjoy Christmas fair

Source: The Royal Gazette ltbgtTODAYltbgt St Jamess Church Come and enjoy a variety of foods, crafts, plants and bingo at our Christmas fair. There will also be a fun castle and childrens games, great music by Somerset Brigade Band and a visit from Santa over lunch time. 10am to 4pm at the church hall.…

Bitcoin, blockchain and the new revolution

Source: The Royal Gazette Disruptive change is here and with it comes a multitude of new buzz words ranging from blockchain and bitcoin, to ether, alt coins, and Power Ledger. Most frequently associated with finance, blockchain technologic consciousness is sweeping the globe. The rapid acceleration in trading activities in bitcoin and other. ..

Its Christmas… parties and hangovers

Source: The Royal Gazette Catherine BurnsSo Christmas is officially on its way and this is my very favourite month of the year. I love everything about it lights, panto, Michael Buble in the car, mulled wine, the ridiculous over-the-top excitement from the children, planning surprises, stockings, parties, even the bloody elf all of it.…

Ferson role in airport protests examined

Source: The Royal Gazette A comprehensive review of last years protests against the airport redevelopment project must examine the role played by then acting Governor Ginny Ferson, a Progressive Labour Party backbencher said yesterday. St Georges West MP Kim Swan said We must get to the bottom of it, and we cant get to…

Public infrastructure in state of disrepair

Source: The Royal Gazette Dear Sir,As far back as I can remember, there have always been two parties sitting in the House of Assembly, other than the days when an independent candidate was elected. Each of the two parties in the House represents the people who elected them there to do the peoples business…

Riots remembered four decades on

Source: The Royal Gazette Today marks 40 years since the islands last hangings unleashed the worst social unrest in modern times. Glenn Fubler of the group Imagine Bermuda has organised a gathering at City Hall to mark the anniversary with the theme that every life is precious. Mr Fubler said equal rights to the…

Woman serious after bike smash

Source: The Royal Gazette A woman tonight suffered serious head injuries after her bike crashed in Paget. It was the third serious crash on the islands road in less than six hours. A police spokesman said the woman was rushed to hospital after the accident, which happened just before 8pm on South Road near…

Results: Gaunt Wins Gosling Golf Invitational

Source: Bernews Daniel Gaunt from England was crowned the 2017 Gosling Invitational Champion at the Belmont Hills Golf Course. Gaunt has led the tournament from start to finish, he started with a fantastic 7-under par at the Port royal Golf Course and never looked back. Gaunt finished with a 5-under par 65… Link:

MPs Approve Committee To Review Dec 2 Events

Source: Bernews This evening [Dec 1], the House of Assembly approved a Motion to appoint a Joint Select Committee to review the events of December 2nd, 2016. The Motion was brought by MP Kim Swan, and speaking after it was approved, the St George’s West MP told Bernews, “The House of Assembly… Link:

Butterfield Bank shares up 50 cents

Source: The Royal Gazette Shares of Butterfield Bank improved by 50 cents to close at 39. 50 after 5,130 traded on The Royal GazetteBSX Index. The banks shares were up 12 cents, or 0. 3 per cent, to 39. 90 on the New York Stock Exchange. Meanwhile, on the local exchange, shares of BFampM…

30 Minute Video: Dec 1 ZBM Evening News

Source: Bernews With an aim to expand the way they deliver their news to the community, the Bermuda Broadcasting Company is continuing to live stream their evening news programme online for viewers both on the island and abroad. The live video will begin at 7.00pm, and play to 7.30pm, and then the… Link:

Video: National Trust’s Christmas Walkabout

Source: Bernews Bermuda National Trust‘s popular Christmas Walkabout event is getting underway in St George’s this evening [Dec 1], with the event, which is sponsored by Butterfield, featuring a variety of entertainment, refreshments, Santa and more. Now in its 39th year, the Walkabout has grown exponentially in size and popularity, with the BNT saying… Link:

Weather Forecast For Saturday December 2

Source: Bernews Saturday, December 2 is expected to see a few clouds early, otherwise mostly sunny, with the high to be near 22°C/72°F and the low to be near 18°C/64°F, according to Weather Underground. Winds are expected to be north. The relative humidity is expected to be near 71%. Sunrise will be… Link:

NCB set to take majority stake in Clarien

Source: The Royal Gazette A company belonging to Jamaican-Canadian billionaire Michael Lee-Chins Portland Holdings is set to take a majority stake in the parent company of Clarien Bank. If the transaction is granted final approval it will be the third time in four years that the majority shareholding of the bank has changed hands.…

Canadian jailed for smuggling cocaine

Source: The Royal Gazette A Canadian national who tried to smuggle nearly 250,000 worth of cocaine into Bermuda was today jailed for 7 years. Raza Mirza was caught red-handed as he came through customs at L. F. Wade International Airport with the drugs hidden in the linings of his bag. Mirza, 22, arrived in…

Injured truck driver released from hospital

Source: The Royal Gazette A truck driver injured in a crash last Thursday has been released from hospital. The man was hurt in the single-vehicle accident on North Shore Road, Hamilton Parish, at about 11. 10am. Police continue to appeal for witnesses and urge people to call them on 295-0011. Officers are also asking…

House rent collection challenges at Wedco

Source: The Royal Gazette Wedco clients owed an extra 700,000 during the 2014-15 fiscal year, the House of Assembly heard today. Lieutenant-Colonel David Burch said new tenants are now being subjected to a more comprehensive assessment as the West End Development Corporation has faced perennial challenges in collecting rent. Colonel Burch, the Minister of.…

JMC discussed hurricane impact

Source: The Royal Gazette Tax transparency, hurricane relief and Brexit were all discussed by the Overseas Territories Joint Ministerial Council, according to the bodys official release. The JMC met this week in London to talk about a range of topics that affect the British Overseas Territories, including Bermuda. A key element of discussion during…

High fashion at BHS

Source: The Royal Gazette Bermuda High School students merged environmental awareness with high fashion for their sixth annual ecoRunway event. As part of the annual event, six teams of students were tasked with creating two outfits using at least 50 per cent recycled materials. The outfits one ready to wear and the second avant-guard…

Digicel Launches Fibre Internet & TV Services

Source: Bernews Digicel has launched their new fibre service, offering customers the ability to bundle internet, TV and voice services. “We’ve brought a world-class fibre service to Bermuda that will finally deliver the much-awaited true fibre experience customers have been waiting for,” announced Paul Stafford, CEO of Digicel Bermuda & BTC. “Think of it… Link:

Small Earthquake Recorded Near Bermuda

Source: Bernews A small earthquake occurred near Bermuda earlier this month, with local geologist Dr Martin Brewer recording the quake on his seismograph station in Warwick, and the USGS National Earthquake Information Center confirming that the estimated location of the 2.6 magnitude earthquake was about 32.35 N, 64.4 W. Dr Brewer keeps a seismograph station at… Link:

I would like to hear the Premiers take on gaming amendment

Source: The Royal Gazette Dear Sir,I write with regard to the controversial, proposed legislation to amend the Casino Gaming Act of 2014. This amendment will give tourism minister Jamahl Simmons the power to fire, without cause, fixed-term commissioners and force the independent Bermuda Casino Gaming Commission to follow government policy directions. Link: I

United we stand join a union

Source: The Royal Gazette Mr Speaker, unfortunately, there are many in Bermuda who forget that this party that we represent is first and foremost a labour party. A labour party that has always advocated the betterment of all workers of Bermuda for more than 50 years. Together, with our union partners and labour legends…

Photos: WOMB Market For Female Business

Source: Bernews In an effort to highlight, showcase, and support female owned businesses, W.O.M.B [Women who Own and Manage Businesses] recently hosted their first market for female businesses on November 29th at the BAA Gymnasium. A spokesperson said, “One of the main purposes of W.O.M.B is to provide opportunities for female entrepreneurs… Link:

Squash Club Championships Semi Final Results

Source: Bernews The XL Catlin Squash Club Championships continued at the Bermuda Squash Racquets Association Club in Devonshire, with the semi-finals taking place. Semi Final Results: Mens Open Nick Kyme beat Kristian Muldoon 11-9, 15-13, 11-1 John Fletcher beat Hadleigh Farrer 11-5, 11-9, 11-4 Ladies Open Rachel Barnes beat Jayne Craig 11-5, 11-9,… Link:

Video: Dec 1st Bernews Morning Newsflash

Source: Bernews ‘Fathers Bermuda’ group forms to support those affected by gun and gang violence, truck overturns after collision on North Shore Road, Police confirm the autopsy results of 52-year-old Roel Flores verifies that he died of natural causes, Parks Department thanked for fantastic service to the community, and a small earthquake occurred near Bermuda earlier this month are some… Link:

NAACP’s Hilary Shelton To Speak In Bermuda

Source: Bernews The U.S. Consulate has invited American speaker Hilary Shelton to Bermuda to participate in a series of events leading up to Human Rights day on December 10. Mr. Shelton, Director of the National Association for the Advancement for Colored People [NAACP] Washington Bureau and Senior Vice President for Advocacy and… Link:

Top 10 Most Viewed Videos For November 2017

Source: Bernews Bernews posted more than 100 videos across our various social networks during November 2017, and the top ten most viewed on YouTube included Fabio Costa knocking out Nikki Bascome, crashed trucks being removed, Sunday ‘Good News’ spotlights, shoppers at Black Friday, the Santa Claus Parade and more. As far as… Link:

Butterfield Bank shares jump 4

Source: The Royal Gazette Shares of Butterfield Bank improved by 1. 50, or 4 per cent, to 39 after 1,550 traded on The Royal GazetteBSX Index. There were no other trades on the local exchange, which was up 67. 46 points, or 3. 05 per cent, at 2,278. 4On the New York Stock Exchange,…

Civil rights speaker to call on island

Source: The Royal Gazette American speaker Hilary Shelton will take part in a series of events leading up to Human Rights Day on December 10. Mr Shelton, who was invited to Bermuda by the United States Consulate, will participate in activities in partnership with Citizens Uprooting Racism in Bermuda and the Family Centre. He…

Photos/Results: CEA & BEF Equestrian Shows

Source: Bernews The Bermuda Equestrian Federation hosted the CEA Regional Jumping Challenge followed by the BEF Jumper Classes 2017 events at the National Equestrian Center on Vesey Street. In the CEA Regional Jumping Challenge Kirista Rabain riding Just Pete had a double Clear Round finishing first, with Tyler James and You’ll Be… Link:

30 Minute Video: Nov 30 ZBM Evening News

Source: Bernews With an aim to expand the way they deliver their news to the community, the Bermuda Broadcasting Company is continuing to live stream their evening news programme online for viewers both on the island and abroad. The live video will begin at 7.00pm, and play to 7.30pm, and then the… Link:

Weather Forecast For Friday December 1

Source: Bernews Friday, December 1 is expected to be partly cloudy skies, with the high to be near 22°C/72°F and the low to be near 19°C/66°F, according to Weather Underground. Winds are expected to be NE. The relative humidity is expected to be near 60%. Sunrise will be at 7.02am and sunset… Link:

Insurance chief dies in Miami

Source: The Royal Gazette A top island insurance executive has died suddenly in the United States. Alan Peacock, CEO and president of Colonial Group International Ltd. , died on Monday aged 69 after he suffered a heart attack in Miami. Grant Gibbons, chairman of Colonial, said that Mr Peacock had provided strong and consistent…

Foreign investment assets rise to 546.2bn

Source: The Royal Gazette Bermudas foreign portfolio holdings were 546. 2 billion last year, an increase of 8 per cent on 2015. The increase was attributed to a growth in the insurance sectors total assets. The insurance sub sector accounted for 84 per cent of the islands total foreign portfolio holdings, followed by investment…

Group will support fathers

Source: The Royal Gazette A new group will offer support to men affected by gang and gun violence. Wayne Caines, Minister of National Security, and Pastor Leroy Bean, the islands gang violence reduction co-ordinator, announced the initiative at a press conference this afternoon. The minister said the creation of Fathers Support Group followed the.…

Injured motorcyclist flown overseas

Source: The Royal Gazette A motorcyclist seriously injured in a crash on Tuesday has been airlifted overseas for further medical treatment. The 54-year-old Warwick man had been in the Intensive Care Unit at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital. He was injured after his bike collided with another motorcycles at the junction of Middle Road…

Teddy Bear Tea will help needy children

Source: The Royal Gazette Less fortunate children will get toys this Christmas thanks to the Teddy Bear Tea at Hamilton Princess and Beach Club. Children are encouraged to donate a new teddy bear or other stuffed animal at the events at Crown and Anchor on Saturdays and Sundays throughout December, between 3pm and 5pm.…

St Georges ready for Walkabout

Source: The Royal Gazette St Georges will come alive tomorrow night with the Bermuda National Trust Christmas Walkabout. Thousands of people are expected to attend the increasingly popular event which is now in its 39th year and considered the most profitable day of the year for East End businesses. The Trust has organised a…

54-Year-Old Airlifted Overseas For Treatment

Source: Bernews The 54-year-old man injured in a collision on Tuesday evening in Warwick has been airlifted overseas for further medical treatment. A police spokesperson said, “At last check earlier this morning [November 30th] the 54 year old Warwick man seriously hurt in a two motorcycle collision at the junction of Middle… Link:

Interested In A Career In The Maritime Industry?

Source: Bernews Endeavour Community Sailing and the Bermuda College Division of Professional and Career Education are teaming up on a new initiative for youth in Bermuda, offering a course for Bermudian residents ages 16 to 24 years old who are interested in pursuing a maritime industry career. “Potential candidates do not need… Link:

Hamilton Princess To Host Teddy Bear Tea

Source: Bernews Hamilton Princess & Beach Club will once again be hosting the popular Teddy Bear Tea events at Crown & Anchor on Saturdays and Sundays this December. Children are encouraged to bring along a new teddy bear or other stuffed animal which will be donated to the Salvation Army and the… Link:

Anniversary Of Riots, People Urged To Reflect

Source: Bernews On the 40th anniversary of the 1977 riots, Imagine Bermuda is urging the community to of “reflect on the theme ‘Every Life is Precious’ as we look towards a better Bermuda emerging in the 21st century.” “The weekend of December 2, 1977 marked the tragic conclusion to a most destructive… Link:

BSSF Middle School Netball Tournament Results

Source: Bernews Bermuda High School finished undefeated in winning the Bermuda School Sports Federations Middle School Netball Tournament at Bernard Park. Nasaiah Berkeley led BHS with five goals to defeat Dellwood Middle School 7-5 in the final, while Salayah Stange added two. BHS defeated Saltus Grammar School 10-8 in their Semi Final.… Link:

Helping sisters to do it for themselves

Source: The Royal Gazette Some people start businesses for a bit of extra cash, others lose their jobs and have no choice. For Stephanie Lee it was a bit of both. Id been doing marketing for Sandys 360 Sports, Aquatic amp Enrichment Centre for two years when it closed in 2013, she said. I…

Premier looking to cut cost of living

Source: The Royal Gazette David Burt, the Premier, said he will to cut the cost of living in Bermuda through additional competition. Mr Burt also announced plans for a new Cost of Living Commission at a reception for Bermudians in the UK on Monday. He said For some time in Bermuda we have been…

FoH & BELCO To Launch Festival Of Lights

Source: Bernews Friends of Hospice [FoH] and BELCO are inviting the public to attend the inaugural Festival of Lights, set to take place at the Botanical Gardens from December 2 through December 30. A spokesperson said, “The Festival of Lights will include the December 2nd Opening Celebration including family fun activities from 3pm-9pm and the… Link:

BNAA National Cross Country Championships

Source: Bernews The BNAA will be holding their National Cross Country Championships on Saturday [Dec 2] at Astwood Park, with runners set to be in action from 8.30am onwards. Bermuda National Athletics Association President Donna Raynor said, “The BNAA will be holding its National Cross Country Championships this coming weekend December 2nd… Link:

Botanical Gardens to light up in December

Source: The Royal Gazette The inaugural Festival of Lights will take place at the Botanical Gardens throughout December. The programme, organised by Friends of Hospice and Belco, will begin with an opening celebration on Saturday from 3pm to 9pm, with the lighting ceremony at 5pm. It will also include lighting displays every Friday and…

30 Minute Video: Nov 29 ZBM Evening News

Source: Bernews With an aim to expand the way they deliver their news to the community, the Bermuda Broadcasting Company is continuing to live stream their evening news programme online for viewers both on the island and abroad. The live video will begin at 7.00pm, and play to 7.30pm, and then the… Link:

Government warns of fake social media

Source: The Royal Gazette Fake social media counts in the name of Government Ministers have appeared online, according to Government. A spokeswoman this afternoon confirmed that Lovitta Foggo, the Minister of the Cabinet Office, has become the subject of a fake account. To ensure authenticity of a social media account of a public figure,…

Islands current account surplus at 145m

Source: The Royal Gazette Bermudas current account recorded a surplus of 145 million in the second quarter of the year. This was down 9 million year-over-year. The decline mostly reflected a widening of the deficit on merchandise trade due to an increase in the value of imported goods. However, the decline was offset partly…

Acts vie for spots at Bermuda Festival

Source: The Royal Gazette Six acts will complete for the opportunity to take part in the 2018 Bermuda Festival of the Performing Arts. The selected acts are the Bermuda School of Music Senior Ensemble, Brothers in Music and Sax duet, and solo vocalists Indigo Adamson, Shardae Lee and Skye Minors. They will compete for…

Overseas Territories & UK Meeting Communique

Source: Bernews This week the Premier and Minister of Finance David Burt, attended the Joint Ministerial Council [JMC] meetings in London, and at the conclusion of the meetings the attendees released a communique giving an overview of their discussions. Self Determination The communique said, “The principle of equal rights and self-determination of… Link:

Weather Forecast For Thursday November 30

Source: Bernews Thursday, November 30 is expected to see sunshine and clouds mixed, with the high to be near 22°C/71°F and the low to be near 19°C/67°F, according to Weather Underground. Winds are expected to be ENE. The relative humidity is expected to be near 60%. Sunrise will be at 7.01am and… Link:

‘Abuse Thrives In Silence, Voices Bring Change’

Source: Bernews A Bermudian woman who was the victim of sexual abuse said it “shattered” her world and her confidence, with it taking her years to share her story with others, however now she aims to as “abuse only thrives in silence and together our voices are powerful in bringing about change.”… Link:

Urban Cottage To Expand To St. George’s

Source: Bernews “I’m not the least bit interested in doing things the traditional way – and it’s working for me so far.” This is from Nicole Golden, owner of Urban Cottage, a lifestyle boutique that opened on Front Street in 2015, and is now set to expand to a second shop, right… Link:

Lewis released by Red Bulls

Source: The Royal Gazette Zeiko Lewis is a free agent after being released by New York Red Bulls without making an appearance in Major League Soccer. Lewis was unable to make an impact at the club, having been sent on loan to their reserve side, the New York Red Bulls II, soon after joining…

Leaks, grudges and their poisonous consequences

Source: The Royal Gazette Someone within the Bermuda Tourism Authority believes that an internal e-mail circulated by the chief executive that effectively takes ltigtThe Royal Gazetteltigt to task for misleading the public is newsworthy. The leaker, whose future at the BTA must surely be in doubt, struck the jackpot by recycling the message from…

Inequality solutions seen as urgent

Source: The Royal Gazette Widening economic inequality can eventually lead to social collapse but a mix of policy changes and private-sector initiatives can change that trajectory. That is the view of Chuck Collins, an author who has long worked to tackle the issue of a growing wealth gap between the rich and the rest,…

Woman admits menacing post

Source: The Royal Gazette A Sandys woman yesterday admitted posting offensive comments about Chris Furbert on Facebook. Shevaun Adcock, 48, was charged with sending a message of offensive or menacing character by public telecommunications. In the post, made on the Bermuda Industrial Unions Facebook page in January, Adcock wrote You, Chris Furbert, are a.…

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