News News en-us Budget help for low earners in tax shake-up Lower-paid workers will get payroll tax cuts over two years, while big earners will be forced to dig deeper into their pockets. Delivering a 2017-18 Budget yesterday aiming to spread the tax burden more fairly, finance minister Bob Richards also announced island financial sector firms such as banks, local insurance companies and money. .. Sat, 25 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Charity hails reforms as a good start Family charities and business associations have welcomed the move by the Government to reform the structure of the payroll tax system. In yesterdays Budget, Bob Richards, the Minister of Finance, told MPs that the Government was looking to bring tax relief for earners in the two lowest bands of wage ranges. The initiative has been. .. Sat, 25 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST Debt the biggest threat to prosperity Bob Richards issued a stark warning on the importance of tackling the islands debt and added that a casual attitude towards extra borrowing would be irresponsible and dangerous. The finance minister made the comments in his annual Budget statement, as he projected that Government would spend around 135 million more than it will take. .. Sat, 25 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST General services tax a work in progress While there is nothing mysterious about the delay in rolling out the general services tax, now set for April 2018, Bob Richards, the Minister of Finance, conceded that the Bermuda Government had yet to really define the scope of it. The proposed 5 per cent will be levied on turnover from the provision of most services by service. .. Sat, 25 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Finance sector takes a hit Banks, insurance companies and money service businesses will face a new financial services tax, generating more than 11 million per year. The biggest hit will be for money service businesses, which will have to pay 5 per cent on their aggregated incoming and outgoing transmission volume. Banks will pay 0. 02 per cent of assets,. .. Sat, 25 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST Chamber Where are the Civil Service cuts? A lack of cuts in spending to the Civil Service in this years Budget has proven a bone of contention for the Bermuda Chamber of Commerce, with president John Wight asking where was the shared sacrifice. In a statement released last evening, Mr Wight said it was critical to start a national discussion on how to create more jobs in the. .. Sat, 25 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Woman hurt in bike accident A female motorcyclist was taken to hospital after a crash on Middle Road, Southampton, this afternoon. The accident happened near the junction with Lighthouse Road at about 2. 45pm. Police said the woman, belived to be 19 years old, sustained injuries to her leg which were not life threatening and was taken by ambulance to King. .. Sat, 25 Feb 2017 17:00:00 EST US tax policy a clear and present danger Donald Trumps plans to cut American tax rates is a very serious risk to Bermudas economy, finance minister Bob Richards warned yesterday. Mr Richards said The threat level to our international model has never been as high or as imminent as it is now. These threats literally pose a clear and present danger to Bermudas. .. Sat, 25 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST Employment increase the first in nine years The rise may appear to be modest 56 more jobs existed as of August 2016 over those reported in the previous year. However, the 0. 2 per cent increase raised the tally of jobs from 33,319 in 2015 to 33,375 last year the first increase seen in Bermuda since 2008 when local jobs boomed at 40,213. The rise brought to a close seven. .. Sat, 25 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST Cost savings mean 25m funding cut for BHB A 25 million cut in the Bermuda Hospitals Board budget is not expected to affect services for the year ahead, but it will impact investments to improve the Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute, general wing facilities and IT systems. Bob Richards, the Minister of Finance, announced the one-off cut in his Budget Statement. .. Sat, 25 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST Cash increase does little for us, says BUT Mike Charles, the general secretary of the Bermuda Union of Teachers, said that while Bermudas public education system is going to need a lot more than a 2 million budget boost to bring it up to par, he was encouraged that funds for the department were not cut. It was announced that public education, described by finance minister Bob. .. Sat, 25 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST Fee for permit companies increased Overseas corporations will end up paying a considerably higher fee to reduce their tax liability by running their business through Bermuda. While the practice contains nothing whatsoever illegal, finance minister Bob Richards said the island had taken flak in the international press for the arrangement, and deserved to charge higher. Sat, 25 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST E-mails point to corrupt enterprises The Bermuda Governments lawsuit against the Lahey Clinic points to e-mails between Ewart Brown and executives at the hospital as evidence of the alleged corrupt enterprises they took part in at the expense of the Bermudian Government and people. The correspondence is quoted throughout the 54-page civil complaint, which claims that. .. Sat, 25 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST Students revved up over initiative Students around the island have been getting revved up about motorcycle racing thanks to a community outreach initiative launched by the Bermuda Motorcycle Racing Club. The club has been teaming up with schools to provide sessions for students to explore one of the islands popular motorsports. It held its first after-school. .. Sat, 25 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST Progressive but cost of government a drain As the finance minister initially indicated, the Budget contains both good news and bad. The good news is that the tabled Bermuda payroll tax system is more progressive. This will be welcome relief for those in the lower-income categories who desperately need some help dealing with Bermudas almost incessant escalation in costs. The. .. Sat, 25 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST Nursing facilities woefully inadequate Age Concern yesterday called on the Bermuda Government to address woefully inadequate community care facilities for the frail elderly after it emerged the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital was buckling under the strain of a flu outbreak. Hospital bosses admitted this week that the 247 million acute care wing had been unable to cope. .. Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST Live Budget 2017-18 Finance minister Bob Richards is delivering the One Bermuda Alliances Budget for the fiscal year 2017-18 at the House of Assembly today. Follow ltigtThe Royal Gazettesltigt website for live updates. ltbgt12. 01pm ltbgt Mr Richards is wrapping up now and in conclusion says We will remain vigilant to the. .. Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:47:00 EST Outerbridge into Cabinet, Scott steps down Nandi Outerbridge has landed her first Cabinet position, with Cole Simons replacing Wayne Scott as Minister of Education. In a Cabinet reshuffle announced yesterday afternoon, Ms Outerbridge was sworn in as Minister of Social Development and Sport, taking over from Sylvan Richards, who replaces Mr Simons in Environment and Planning. Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Richards on budget Good news, bad news All eyes will be on Bob Richards, the Minister of Finance, as he arrives at Parliament with the One Bermuda Alliances fifth and likely final Budget before the next General Election. Although Mr Richards said he preferred to let the highly anticipated document speak for itself, he told ltigtThe Royal Gazetteltigt last night. .. Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST Gazette readers come to aid of senior An elderly woman struggling to cover the cost of living has given heartfelt thanks after readers of this newspaper came to her aid. Along with the hardship of meeting rising costs while dealing with her husbands declining health, she described the difficulty many seniors faced just in asking for help. It makes you feel like youre. .. Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST Scott plans background role Two years ago on his appointment as education minister, Wayne Scott said he planned to stay in the position for the long term and see the work done. However, yesterday Michael Dunkley announced that Mr Scott had other interests to fulfil and that the often troubled portfolio would go to former environment minister Cole Simons. Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST Cheese product recall widens The woe continues for Sargento, which expanded its recall to a wide variety of its cheese products over possible contamination by the bacteria Listerium. Nacho amp Taco shredded cheese with a sell-by date of 14 June 2017 was the first affected and health officials added more on February 17 Sargento Chef Blends 4 Cheese. .. Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:13:00 EST Brown braced for chance of arrest Ewart Brown is bracing himself for the possibility of being arrested next week, according to a newspaper interview in the United States. Speaking to ltigtThe Boston Globeltigt from the Turks and Caicos, the former premier said he feared the authorities might act when he returned to Bermuda They may just do it to embarrass me. Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST Tributes to unassuming former Governor Lord David Waddington, Governor of Bermuda from 1992 to 1997, has died, aged 87. Lord Waddington, who was at the helm during former Premier Sir John Swans bid for independence in 1995, was previously a key figure under Margaret Thatcher in British politics. Born in Burnley, Lancashire, he attended Hertford College, Oxford, where he. .. Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:28:00 EST Road works to delay traffic Motorists could face frustration over the coming days as road works will cause delays in various areas as the Ministry of Public Works conducts resurfacing. Tomorrow and Sunday, Trimingham Road, between North and South roundabouts, will be closed on Monday and Tuesday next week there will be a one lane closure from North Shore. .. Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:01:00 EST Americas Cup onboard for End to End The Americas Cup has jumped onboard for this years End to End Fun Walk as a Silver sponsor. The annual event, celebrating 30 years of fundraising, will be held on Saturday, May 6 when participants can choose to walk the entire length of the island from St. Georges to Dockyard or shorter distances between. The. .. Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:57:00 EST Man fined 300 for skipping 28 cab fare A man who failed to pay a 28 taxi fare was this morning fined 300 in Magistrates Court and ordered to compensate the driver. David Robinson, 29, pleaded guilty to failing to pay a taxi operator for services provided on the evening of January 15. The court heard that at around 8. 20pm a taxi operator was dispatched to Knapton Hill. .. Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:48:00 EST More than 1,500 injured in crashes in 2016 More than four people a day were injured as a result of road collisions in 2016, according to new figures from the Bermuda Hospitals Board. A spokesman for the Bermuda Road Safety Council described the statistic as shocking, saying that it should make the public consider how they drive. Unfortunately, people will read this and. .. Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:30:00 EST BTA Advertising surge in New York, Boston The Bermuda Tourism Authority is increasing marketing in New York and Boston, promoting the island on television and in theatres for the Oscars. According to a spokesman, the island is being highlighted in television spots on ABC stations in the area before, during and after the Oscars, along with in-cinema advertising in theatres during. .. Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:37:00 EST Sex attacker sentence cut by five years A man convicted of a brutal sexual assault after breaking into a family home has had his sentence reduced. Last February, Kijon Baker was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment for serious sexual assault and eight years for aggravated burglary, with the sentences to run concurrently. Baker had brutally raped a woman in her home as. .. Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST Scepticism over cannabis caution policy Many are sceptical that a new cannabis caution policy will avert convictions, under the belief that police have long held the power of discretion for minor drug offences. Others at last nights meeting on the decriminalisation of marijuana, hosted at Warwick Workmens Club, supported full legalisation of the drug via the first step of. .. Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST Suspects palm print found on minibus The palm print of a murder suspect was discovered on the minibus in which Lorenzo Stovell was shot dead, a court heard. Jurors were told yesterday that the print belonging to Zakai Cann was found and lifted by crime scene investigators as they examined the minibus in the aftermath of the fatal shooting. Mr Stovell was murdered as. .. Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST Cannabis caution policy delivered to police A formal caution policy for cannabis possession has been issued to police, according to Director of Public Prosecutions Larry Mussenden. In a statement, Mr Mussenden said he has today issued to the Commissioner of Police the guidance for formal cautions for simple possession of cannabis which details a three strikes policy in cases. .. Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST BTA puts emphasis on sports training The Bermuda Tourism Authority wants the tourism industry to do more to attract youngsters to visit the island for sports training particularly in the shoulder season. The BTAs chief product and experiences development officer Pat Phillip-Fairn explained to Hamilton Rotarians how the islands appeal as a sports training destination has. .. Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Regiment troops train for Americas Cup A group of 16 Royal Bermuda Regiment soldiers have completed a tough four-day course in security and search techniques in the run-up to the Americas Cup. Now the squad will use skills learnt from airport and ports security expert John Pears to train other soldiers to keep the Cup a safe and enjoyable experience. The Miami-based. .. Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Bermudiana Beach Resort plan moving forward Plans to turn the Grand Atlantic housing project into the Bermudiana Beach Resort have been resurrected. The Bermuda Housing Corporation has announced that it has completed its selection process and selected MacLellan and Associates again to move forward with the project, according to a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Public. .. Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Dunkley discusses airport with students Michael Dunkley met a group of students yesterday to discuss the airport redevelopment project. The Premier and the Grade 3 Mount St Agnes students talked about the demand for the facility, its proposed location, the timeline for construction, and the future for the islands existing airport. Mr Dunkley described the hour-long discussion. .. Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Man fined for stealing cash out of bus A former bus driver who admitted taking cash from the vehicles vault has been fined 300 for the offence. Pedro Goddard, 42, pleaded guilty last month to both stealing cash and having an object, specifically a metal bar, for the purposes of burglary. The court had heard that management at the Public Transportation Board received. .. Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Budget plans to strengthen police service A rise in the Ministry of National Securitys budget will enable upwards of 30 new police officers to be hired in the coming year, ltigtThe Royal Gazetteltigt can reveal. The boost in the ministrys funding from the Government is expected to see more than ten new firearms officers appointed within the next few months. A. .. Thu, 23 Feb 2017 06:21:00 EST Bus driver relives shooting of passenger A bus driver has described the moment he sped off from a gunman who opened fire at a passenger sat directly behind him. Menelik Isaac told a Supreme Court jury yesterday that a man approached his parked minibus across from Woodys in Sandys and asked Lorenzo Stovell what are you doing up here? before shots rang out. Mr Isaac said he saw. .. Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST Education commissioner position declined Education standards expert Paul Wagstaff, who was the front-runner for the role of Commissioner of Education, has declined the position, this newspaper understands. Mr Wagstaff, who has a history in school improvement and advisory services in Britain including on the Curriculum Division of Ofsted, was tipped to take the position last. .. Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST Temporary dock aimed at superyacht owners Superyacht owners could travel straight from the airport to their boats by water during the Americas Cup, after plans were lodged for a temporary dock next to Kindley Field Road. ACBDA has applied for planning permission for a T-shaped floating dock, which would extend from the existing bus lay-by northeast of the Causeway. .. Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST Lahey lawsuit cost could become clearer Taxpayers may get a hint tomorrow of the potential cost of the Governments lawsuit against the Lahey Clinic, or at least an idea of how much could be spent on legal fees for it in the next fiscal year. The publication of the Budget book for 2017-18, setting out likely spending from the public purse for every government department, should. .. Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST Economist seeks slow rise in payroll tax cap Craig Simmons is calling for the payroll tax cap to be gradually doubled to a reasonable 1. 5 million. Speaking ahead of tomorrows Budget, the Bermuda College economist said the slow rather than sudden increasing of the ceiling should be done over the course of the next three years. Communicating the planned increases now could. .. Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST Man found dead in Pembroke named A man found dead at a Mount View Road apartment has been named as 54-year-old Robin M Simmons. A spokesman for the Bermuda Police Service expressed condolences to Mr Simmonss friends and family. The lifeless body of Mr Simmons was discovered inside a Mount View Road, Pembroke apartment around 2. 50pm on Wednesday, the spokesman. .. Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:40:00 EST Rosewood Tuckers Point recognised by Forbes Rosewood Tuckers Point has won the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Award for the second consecutive year. While the Forbes Travel Guide recommends several hotels on the island, the Hamilton Parish resort is the only local property to receive the four-star accolade. Known for being among the most stringent ratings criteria in the. .. Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:08:00 EST Proposals sought to beautify Washington Lane The Corporation of Hamilton is looking for proposals to brighten and beautify Washington Lane. According to a recently extended request for proposal, the city is looking to improve the general aesthetic and night-time safety of the pedestrian pathway. Over the past two years the City Arts Festival has focused on beautifying. .. Thu, 23 Feb 2017 13:08:00 EST Blacks urged to keep going Blacks have a history of our fortitude being tested, a packed hall heard last night from visiting lecturer Kenneth Hardy. Keep going, was his advice. A professor of family therapy from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Dr Hardy heads home today after hosting workshops on racial trauma and young people that culminated in an. .. Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST Legislation approved without objection Three Bills were passed by the Senate in the House of Assembly yesterday. The Companies and Limited Liability Company Amendment Act 2017, the International Co-operation Tax Information Exchange Agreements Amendment No 2 Act 2017, and the Proceeds of Crime Amendment Act 2017 were all approved without objection. Under the. .. Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST Call for social infrastructure investment Government and private sector cash along with laws are needed to help provide a striving society for Bermudians and avoid a stark future state, a prominent island social worker says. Charities figurehead Elaine Butterfield drew a comparison between Bermuda and a small island that she once visited on a cruise. According to. .. Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST Ship diverts to island for medical emergency A bulk carrier turned towards the island after two crew members ran into medical problems. According to the Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre, notification was received on Tuesday that the Hong Kong registered ltigtSFL Medwayltigt was to disembark two crew members. One crew member on the vessel, which had been travelling. .. Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST Jury told of party bus killing A group of young men descended on a parked party bus and shot dead a passenger who was paralysed from the waist down, a court has heard. Zikai Cann and Trevone Saltus are accused of murdering Lorenzo Stovell in a bus stop close to Woodys in Sandys on the evening of September 23, 2012. Prosecutors say that Mr Cann and Mr Saltus were. .. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST Racial trauma reminiscent of 911 condition The situation here is, in some ways, reminiscent of a condition that existed in New York right after 911. So said visiting clinician Kenneth Hardy regarding the treatment of racial trauma in Bermuda. Dr Hardy, a professor of family therapy at Philadelphias Drexel University and director of the Eikenberg Institute for. .. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST Cancer treatment shifting New frontiers are opening in cancer research, where Bermudian doctor Sheldon Holder sees increasing hope for the future. Dr Holder, who divides his time between laboratory and clinical work through the Penn State Cancer Institute, got special recognition this month from the Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium a collaborative team drawing. .. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 06:26:00 EST Simmons islands air tourism still flagging The Bermuda Tourism Authoritys efforts to claw back air arrivals for Bermuda have yet to match the high enjoyed under the Progressive Labour Party government, according to Jamahl Simmons, the Shadow Minister of Tourism. It drew a swift response from Senator Michael Fahy, the tourism minister, who said that the Opposition particular just. .. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:01:00 EST Designs on gold at Chelsea Flower Show Jack Dunckley has been inspired by Bermuda to create a masterpiece for the Chelsea Flower Show and now he wants the islands help to make him the youngest person to take a gold medal there in 2017. With a world audience of 1. 9 billion, the Royal Horticultural Societys annual show offers a chance to showcase Bermuda on a global. .. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST Government property sale debate The sale of some Bermuda Government properties will be debated in the House of Assembly in the present session. According to a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Public Works, the Government is hoping to raise 10 million through the sale of public properties in the next three years. The first such sale that of the Harrington Sound. .. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST Concerns over Brown-Lahey ties raised in 1998 Concerns about Ewart Browns relationship with the Lahey Clinic were raised with the United Bermuda Party Government almost 20 years ago, according to newspaper reports from the time. ltigtThe Royal Gazetteltigt reported in November 1998 on a letter which had been sent to UBP health minister Wayne Furbert in July that year,. .. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST BTA wins big at Adrian Awards in New York The Bermuda Tourism Authority took home four trophies this week for its campaign to promote the island internationally. At the Adrian Awards in New York, organised by the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International, the BTA won prizes in several prizes including a platinum award and Best of Show in the category of public. .. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:25:00 EST Flu outbreak puts more pressure on beds A spike in demand, including far higher levels of flu and respiratory illness, is stretching the bed capacity at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital. Problems discharging senior patients have made the situation worse and the facility is using its General Wing for acute admission. A Bermuda Hospitals Board spokeswoman said that. .. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:23:00 EST