All Stories All Stories en-us London lockdown after terror attack A terrorist attack in London that left four people dead around the Houses of Parliament sparked concerns for safety among Bermudians with links to the city. Staff from the islands London Office had met earlier yesterday at the nearby Foreign and Commonwealth Office, according to Michael Dunkley, but all were reported safe. Former. .. Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:01:00 EST BHS launches Leading the Way campaign for innovation BHS launched a major effort on March 20 to provide the curricular, extracurricular, and facility enhancements to make its Steam vision a reality. Leading the Way. The BHS Campaign for Innovation is an historic effort to provide the resources necessary to propel a BHS education to the next level. Through this momentous project, BHS seeks. .. Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:00:00 EST Rising Son brings in new 65ft charter boat A charter-boat skipper had doubled his fleet in anticipation of an Americas Cup boom. Captain Steve Smith, owner of Rising Son Cruises, has leased another catamaran from the Caribbean to add capacity for the big event. Captain Smith said the 65-foot long ltigtFilanteltigt, which is due to travel from its home port in. .. Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:00:00 EST Believeing in a well-rounded education for all As a School, BHS believes wholeheartedly in providing a well-rounded education for all of its students. By offering a high-quality and comprehensive Steam programme with updated facilities, the School is broadening the potential for a wider educational experience, not only for current and future BHS students, but also for others in the. .. Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:00:00 EST All-star football festival to help at-risk youths and tackle violence All-star matches and a concert featuring local and overseas artists will be held at the National Sports Centre on April 29, aimed at reaching at-risk youths in the wake of ongoing violence. However, the Bermuda International Football Festival, a community outreach initiative through football, will not be a one-off. There are. .. Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:00:00 EST Toddlers on the ball! Vinzie Zuill believes youre never too young for football. She bought one for her 20-month-old son, Desani, when he was still in the womb. I was back on the football pitch five days after he was born, said the 33-year-old. As soon as I came out of the hospital I was there. The sport has been a way of life since she was a. .. Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:00:00 EST Putting the boot into football violence An initiative involving some of Bermudas most famous footballers to stem the violence surrounding the sport and islands clubs is needed to help avoid a national security issue, according to one frontline outreach worker. The warning from community volunteer Gina Ingham came during a press conference yesterday to unveil details of the. .. Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:00:00 EST Cruise Line commits 56 visits per year Norwegian Cruise Lines has committed to bringing 56 cruise ships to Bermuda each year in return for concessions and berthing rights, tourism minister Michael Fahy told the Senate. Mr Fahy made the announcement as he outlined spending in the Ministry of Tourism, Transport and Municipalities as senators debated the Budget. He also. .. Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:01:00 EST Commission critics driven by self-interest Repeated attacks from the floor of Parliament have prompted the Bermuda Casino Gaming Commission to break its silence with a sharply worded statement querying the capabilities and motives of its critics. Commission member Alan Dunch also refuted claims by Independent MPs Shawn Crockwell and Mark Pettingill that the group neglected to. .. Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:00:00 EST The good, the bad and the downright cowardly Gratuitous violence and the countrys apparent indifference to it have struck again. That the most recent act of pure cowardice took place on Court Street is neither here nor there. That it happened at all, in the heat of the day, in the middle of a street of business, with traffic pausing only to allow the cowardly attack to shift left or. .. Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:00:00 EST Man arrested over Court Street assault Police are investigating two assaults on Court Street in Hamilton that have been circulating on social media. Detectives revealed last night that one man has been arrested in connection with the investigations as they appealed for anyone with any information about either incident to come forward. Police have now been made aware of. .. Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:00:00 EST Germany calls Facebook to account Nearly everyone has criticism for the proposal of Heiko Mass, the German justice minister, to impose fines on social networks and their workers for failure to delete hateful content. Internet freedom advocates hate it for imposing censorship. The European Union is concerned for the same reason and the German union of judges and prosecutors. .. Thu, 23 Mar 2017 07:09:00 EST Dog owner accused of cruelty The Bermuda Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has launched a private prosecution against a dog owner whose puppy was reportedly found chained to the ceiling, and later died. Appearing in Magistrates Court yesterday, Kenneth Dyer denied a charge of causing undue suffering and pain to a dog between an unknown date and August. .. Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:01:00 EST Spending on financial intelligence rises to 1.6m Spending on financial intelligence came under the spotlight during the Budget debate on the Ministry of Legal Affairs. The Financial Intelligence Unit has been allocated 1. 6 million for 2017-8, up from 1. 5 million last year. During the House of Assembly debate, Shadow Attorney-General Michael Scott questioned the money spent on. .. Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:00:00 EST Payroll tax reform will net 439m Legislation to reform the payroll tax and customs duty regimes and help introduce casino gaming in Bermuda was passed by senators last night. The Payroll Tax Amendment Act 2017, the Customs Tariff Amendment Act 2017 and the Casino Gaming General Reserve and Casino Taxes Regulations 2017 were all approved in the Senate. The payroll. .. Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:00:00 EST Land charges on hold An increase in land-holding charges that had been due to come into effect this month is facing further delays. The increases, ranging from 5 per cent to 12. 5 per cent depending on the types of property, are expected to be deferred until March 2019. A land-holding charge is a charge that an applicant must pay before the Minister. .. Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:00:00 EST Pictures of good health Age Concern Bermuda launched a new programme yesterday aimed at improving healthcare access for seniors. More than 80 people took advantage of the free screenings offered at the first of three health check events set for this year. The initiative represents an innovative and creative type of partnership to improve the wellbeing of. .. Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:00:00 EST Promising signs for Oracle in practice The build up to the 35th Americas Cup reached another significant milestone yesterday with two teams lining up for the first time in the new 50-foot foiling catamarans in the Great Sound. Oracle Team USA, defenders of the Auld Mug, and British challengers Land Rover BAR competed in two practice match races in ideal foiling. .. Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:00:00 EST Bermuda-linked billionaires make Forbes list A number of the worlds richest billionaires who have connections to Bermuda are included in Forbes World Billionaires 2017 list. Among them is former New York Michael Bloomberg, 75, who owns a property in Bermuda. He is ranked tenth on the list with a net worth of 47. 5 billion. Mr Bloomberg made his fortune through Bloomberg. .. Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:00:00 EST UK passport concerns are hogwash Walton Brown, the Shadow Minister of Home Affairs, has urged the Bermuda Government to challenge Britain over its decision to take responsibility for issuing Bermudian passports. Mr Brown branded the UKs justification of security concerns for the move as hogwash as he lamented the loss of revenue that came with Britain taking control. .. Thu, 23 Mar 2017 06:48:00 EST Why is the Steam programme so important for girls? Steam Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths is at the cutting-edge of education. We live in a technological world that is advancing at an incredible pace, and educators today are preparing students for careers that, in many cases, do not exist yet. Research shows that Steam-related jobs in the United States have grown at. .. Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:00:00 EST Speech expert helps young develop Kim McIvor loved sports as a child. There wasnt much else going on in rural Hubbards, Nova Scotia. Her life hasnt changed much since she moved here in 2009. It isnt unusual for the 37-year-old to be cycling at 5am shes also proud to have two Ironmans under her belt. I see exercise as a way of life and. .. Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:00:00 EST Robinson delivers captains display ltbgtRobin Hood 0 PHC Zebras 3ltbgtPHC Zebras reached their first FA Cup final since 2008 when a hat-trick from captain Cecoy Robinson led them to a comfortable victory over holders Robin Hood at Somerset last night. PHC, recently handed their first loss in the league by Robin Hood, took early control and built up a. .. Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:00:00 EST Bermuda Press navigating winds of change ltbgtThe Bermuda Stock Exchange last month launched its Own Your Share of Bermuda campaign to raise awareness of opportunities to invest in the islands public companies. The Royal Gazette is supporting the effort by publishing weekly features on each of the 13 domestic companies listed on the BSX. In the fourth of the series, Scott Neil. .. Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:00:00 EST Gunness scores title win Jeron Gunness enjoyed a memorable full rules Muay Thai debut after winning the USMTA dual-state amateur title in a Bad Blood event in Phoenix, Arizona, last weekend. Gunness, of the Bermuda Muay Thai Association, defeated home-town favourite Max Arredondo, of Danny Brandt Muay Thai, in the co-main event at the Empire State. .. Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:00:00 EST Allied shareholders approve special dividend Allied World shareholders approved a special dividend as the insurer moved a step closer to its merger with Canadian firm Fairfax Financial Holdings. Allied Word, one of the Class of 2001 insurers to form in Bermuda after the September 2001 terrorist attacks in the US, is now based in Zug, Switzerland, but has substantial operations on. .. Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:00:00 EST Hard work paying off for Smith Jont Smiths impressive scoring form could not have come at a better time for promotion chasing Lewes. The Bermuda striker has bagged three goals in his last two games for the Ryman Isthmian League South Division club to put them in the hunt for the play-offs. Smith notched a brace during Lewes emphatic 4-0 home victory over East. .. Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:00:00 EST US estate tax uncertainty amid reform The White House has announced that a tax bill making major changes to current tax law will be passed by August 2017. Seemingly lost in the discussion of what changes will be made is the repeal of the Estate Tax that is celebrating its 101st birthday, though the discussion is primarily about repeal and few are talking about what will replace it. Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:00:00 EST Purvis Cumbermack crowned girls champion The Bermuda School Sports Federation Track and Field Championships concluded with the Primary Schools finals at the National Stadium yesterday. SNya Cumbermack, of Purvis Primary, was crowned the girls champion in the under-9 division. She won the 200 and 400 metres and came second in the 800. Other top performers in the Division. .. Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:00:00 EST England Under-19 off to a flyer England Under-19 made a strong start to their Euro Elite Round qualifiers with a 3-0 victory over Norway at St Georges Park yesterday. Three points were vital ahead of tomorrows second match against Spain, who beat Belarus by 5-0 in their opener on an adjacent pitch at the national football centre. Mason Mount got England up and running. .. Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:00:00 EST Sport Scoreboard, March 23, 2017 For the latest results from Bermuda and around the world, click on the PDF under Related Media Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:00:00 EST Charitable status set for review April 4 The charitable status of a group campaigning to stop same-sex marriage and civil partnerships in Bermuda will be up for review in two weeks. Preserve Marriage has applied to renew the probationary status it was granted a year ago by the Charity Commissioners, after 31 people submitted letters of objection. The Commissioners took. .. Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:00:00 EST Island to reap Americas Cup telecoms legacy Bermuda will reap legacy benefits as a result of major telecommunication infrastructure and service upgrades needed for the Americas Cup. It is estimated the island will use as much international data capacity during the month-long event as it normally would in an entire year. Faced with an anticipated ramping up in demand of such. .. Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:00:00 EST PHC aim to make it third time lucky PHC Zebras, the most successful team in FA Cup history with ten wins, will be aiming to secure a place in their 20th final when they meet holders Robin Hood at Somerset Cricket Club at 8 oclock tonight. PHC will also be hoping to win a cup final at the third time of asking this season, after losing the Dudley Eve and Friendship finals. .. Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:00:00 EST A lust for life Most people would be asking why me after being hit by three life-threatening illnesses. Not Susan van Riel. The Hamilton Parish resident was diagnosed with rheumatic fever at 13, failing heart valves at 41 and, at 58, chronic lymphocytic leukaemia. I have had my black Mondays, the 61-year-old said. But ultimately, I think. .. Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:00:00 EST Skyport takes flight The stewardship of Bermudas airport has officially switched hands from the Department of Airport Operations to Bermuda Skyport Corporation Limited. Aaron Adderley, the former general manager of the DAO, who now presides over the new entity, hailed its launch as the start of a new era. Like many other former DAO staff, Mr Adderley. .. Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:01:00 EST Cheers! Relief for beer drinkers The customs tariff on beer will remain the same in the coming fiscal year after a rare moment of collaboration between the two political parties. However, duty on gas and diesel will increase by five cents in line with the Bermuda Government's amended proposals to boost revenue and reduce the island's deficit. Finance. .. Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:01:00 EST Switch off #8211 and celebrate Earth Hour Bermuda's citizens are being urged by Greenrock to turn the lights out this Saturday and head to Hamilton to celebrate Earth Hour. Organisers held a press conference yesterday to detail all the activities taking place at City Hall to mark the annual event, including live entertainment, face painting, electric vehicle demonstrations,. .. Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:00:00 EST We must rebuild our value infrastructure There are few people who would not admit that the building of a new airport for Bermuda is long overdue, and without action now our main gate of entrance could be destroyed overnight by a ferocious hurricane, leaving the Government and the people in a state of despair as to how to recover so that we may keep the island as a viable business and. .. Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:00:00 EST Masterworks gets boost from The Reefs Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art and The Reefs Resort and Club have teamed up for a promotion in honour of the gallerys 30th anniversary. Guests to the museum can opt to give an extra 5 donation for the chance to be entered into a draw to win a five-day stay at The Reefs, including breakfast, afternoon tea and evening meal. Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:01:00 EST Its been all hands on deck to get economy moving in right direction Dear Sir,When it comes to political opinions, I accept whatever comes my way so I can learn a lesson or be encouraged, always with an ear to doing better. But Keith Godfreys letter to you on March 21 is one of those moments when I have got to stop and say, Hold on, Sir!You can call the One Bermuda Alliance a lot of. .. Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:00:00 EST Listen to our youth Baron Minister of national security Jeff Baron has urged the public to listen to our young people in an effort to stem the tide of violent behaviour. His comments come after attending a Youth Parliament forum. If Bermuda is to successfully tackle violence and antisocial behaviour, we must listen to and embrace the views and input of. .. Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:01:00 EST PLP call for update on St Georges hotel The Minister of Tourism, Transport and Municipalities has maintained that the St Regis hotel development in St Georges is going ahead, with amended plans having been approved this month. Senator Michael Fahy also took aim at Progressive Labour Party senator Renee Ming for issuing a statement calling for an update on the project instead. .. Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:24:00 EST BSX wins outstanding offshore exchange award The Bermuda Stock Exchange has picked up a top award from an international finance sector magazine. The accolade of most outstanding offshore stock exchange was given to the BSX by ltigtAcquisition Internationalltigt magazine. Jonathan Miles, editor of ltigtAIltigt, said Through these awards,. .. Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:44:00 EST BFIC reports half-year profit of 300,000 Bermuda First Investment Company Limited has reported a six-month profit of 300,000. That figure includes an unrealised profit of 900,000 as of December 31, 2016. The investment holding company has investments in a number of Bermuda companies listed in the Bermuda Stock Exchange, particularly in One Communications and Ascendant. .. Wed, 22 Mar 2017 11:15:00 EST Regulator wants views on solar net metering A bid to end a deadlock over Belco buying solar-generated energy has been launched by the Regulatory Authority. The authority, now responsible for supervision of the electricity sector, wants to hear the views of the public and interested parties on solar net metering. The move came after the Regulatory Authority earlier this month. .. Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:43:00 EST Pupils praised for healthy lunches Government ministers have led the praise for the 21 winners of this years Schools Lunch Challenge. The initiative, which is part of the Premiers Youth Fitness Programme, sees students judged on the nutritional content of the lunches they take to school. This year is the fourth year of the challenge, and the first year that four of. .. Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:58:00 EST Bill could simplify concessions process Tourism minister Michael Fahy has drafted a bill in the Senate that aims to eliminate the cumbersome and costly administration process for hotels and other tourism related entities to gain concessions. Mr Fahys draft bill, entitled the Tourism Investment Act 2017, demands assurances of training programmes and employment for Bermudians. .. Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:55:00 EST Companies to pay more for Bermuda branch Legislators have agreed to a fee exemption for certain permit companies that maintain a token presence on the island to reduce their tax liabilities. Companies without any physical presence in Bermuda will be charged 25,000, raised from the previous 1,995 for having a Bermuda branch. David Burt, the Leader of the Opposition,. .. Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:00:00 EST Man admits using stolen bank cards A man who stole a bank card and used it to buy alcohol was this morning remanded to Drug Treatment Court. Ernest Smith, 40, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to stealing items from a Warwick home in an incident on March 10 and dishonestly obtaining 355. 54 of goods on the same date. The court heard that the complainant had left his. .. Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:29:00 EST Motorcyclists hurt in three vehicle crash Two motorcyclists have been taken to hospital after a three-vehicle crash on Frog Lane, near the junction Gymnasium Road in Devonshire, on Tuesday afternoon. It appears that a car being driven along Frog Lane collided with the two motorcyclists and then struck a traffic island near the junction with Parsons Road as well as a. .. Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:13:00 EST Real story is not the leaks A House Intelligence Committee hearing on Monday produced the remarkable spectacle of FBI director James Comey publicly testifying that there was no information that supports tweets by Donald Trump alleging wiretapping of his New York headquarters on the order of Barack Obama. It saw National Security Agency director Michael Rogers. .. Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:00:00 EST Laptop ban may have little to do with flight security From today, passengers travelling to the United States from ten airports in eight Muslim-majority countries will not be allowed to have iPads, laptops or any communications device larger than a smartphone in the cabin of the aircraft. If you are travelling from Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey or the United Arab. .. Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:00:00 EST Thank you for helping me when I fell Dear Sir, I would like to take this opportunity to say a very heartfelt thank-you to the kind folks who came to my aid last Thursday morning, when I had a nasty fall at Heron Bay MarketPlace parking lot. Particularly to the gentleman who kept talking to me and assuring me that help was already on the way. He was so kind, as it kept. .. Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:00:00 EST Tax changes to attract cruise ships A raft of legislation relating to new tax revenue as well as duty relief for small cruise liners was passed by senators in the Upper House last night. The Miscellaneous Taxes Amendment Act 2017 and the Financial Services Tax Act 2017 were approved in the afternoon. Meanwhile, the Government Fees Amendment Regulations 2017 and the. .. Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:00:00 EST Work permit revenues to rise due to AC The Senate approved the 2017-18 budgets for the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Home Affairs yesterday. One Bermuda Alliance senator Vic Ball outlined the Home Affairs revenue estimates for the next fiscal year, while senator Michael Fahy provided a breakdown of the finance ministrys budget. Mr Ball went through the. .. Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:00:00 EST Education budget of 126.9m approved The Ministry of Educations 126. 9 million budget was approved in the Senate yesterday with no objections. The three budget sections approved under the ministry covered the Ministry of Education headquarters 2,414,000, the Department of Education 109,096,000 and Bermuda College 15,481,000. With some 2 hours allocated to. .. Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:00:00 EST Rabain calls for more action on recycling Sylvan Richards highlighted the achievements and challenges facing the Ministry of the Environment, which was allocated 22. 84 million for 2017-18. Consolidating the Department of Environment and Natural Resources was a major recommendation of the Sage report, Mr Richards told MPs about the merger in April 2016. So far, the. .. Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:00:00 EST Game on for casinos Legislative regulations paving the way for casino gaming to be established in Bermuda was passed by MPs in the House of Assembly late on Monday night. The Casino Gaming General Reserve and Casino Taxes Regulations 2017 along with the Casino Gaming Casino Fees Regulations 2017 were originally approved by MPs in February. However,. .. Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:00:00 EST Dunkley announces rise in police numbers A boost in the Ministry of National Securitys budget will see police numbers bolstered and the anti-gang programme Operation Ceasefire implemented, Michael Dunkley told the House of Assembly. The Premier outlined spending within the ministry for the 2017-18 fiscal year that paves the way for a 100,000 grant to the Junior Leaders. .. Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:00:00 EST