All Stories All Stories en-us Report critical of school safety A string of health-and-safety breaches have been exposed in reports into the state of the public school system, government documents have revealed.The problems included rodent infestation in some schools, exposed and damaged cancer-causing asbestos, mould, poor first-aid kits and unserviced fire extinguishers and fire-safety... Fri, 22 Mar 2019 08:00:00 AST New café designed to inspire The new Inspire Café in Hamilton's Bermudiana Arcade might be a breakfast lover's paradise.When it opens on Tuesday it will offer an all-day cereal bar, plus breakfast foods like triple-stacked pancakes and omelettes, speciality hot chocolates and Ethiopian coffee. But if you want a break from Captain Crunch, there's a lunch time buffet... Fri, 22 Mar 2019 08:00:00 AST Lightbourne: Bermuda on verge of history Kyle Lightbourne says the morale in the camp is positive after the Bermuda team concluded a whirlwind training camp in Florida yesterday.Lightbourne and his coaching staff put the players through their paces during the three-day trip in preparation for their final Concacaf Nations League qualifier against the Dominican Republic at the... Fri, 22 Mar 2019 08:00:00 AST Local designer with ethical line A local designer is riding the wave of sustainable fashion with the launch of an environmentally friendly swimwear brand. Kim Margareta Deuss, who has worked for close to a decade with such household names as Banana Republic, Champion, Jessica Simpson and Izod, says her line of swimwear is of high quality and built to last.Called... Fri, 22 Mar 2019 08:00:00 AST CoH moves to block assent of quango Bill The Corporation of Hamilton asked for a legal order yesterday to stop the Governor approving legislation designed to turn the city authority into an unelected quango.Mark Diel, the lawyer for the Corporation of Hamilton, said the unusual step was needed because any legal action against the legislation would be halted if a... Fri, 22 Mar 2019 08:00:00 AST Opposition queries Government mortgage plan A plan for government-backed mortgages risked increasing debt and "driving a wedge between the public and private sectors" an opposition MP said yesterday.Patricia Gordon-Pamplin of the One Bermuda Alliance said that helping Bermudians to acquire property could assist the real estate sector where prices were "steadily falling, leaving... Fri, 22 Mar 2019 08:00:00 AST 'An attack on equality and justice' A vigil to honour 50 people killed in a terrorist attack on mosques in New Zealand was held last night.Muhammad Khan, a Muslim iman, said the attack "was not only an attack on the Muslim community at Christchurch, but an attack on humanity, an attack on freedom, an attack on equality and justice".He added: "And make no mistake,... Fri, 22 Mar 2019 08:00:00 AST Appeal launched for African cyclone victims David Burt has urged Bermudians to remember those affected by Cyclone Idai in southeastern Africa.Hundreds were killed when Cyclone Idai hit Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi on Saturday, unleashing a trail of devastating destruction recently. The International Red Cross Federation has launched a disaster appeal to help those... Fri, 22 Mar 2019 08:00:00 AST Regional solidarity is our greatest defence against European bullies <i>"I know we Bermudians like to think that we are a cut above all other offshore financial centres. I was personally a fierce proponent of that viewpoint, both at home and abroad. But I have had a 'road to Damascus' moment on this issue because, try as we might to differentiate ourselves, to adversaries such as [Pierre] Moscovici and his... Fri, 22 Mar 2019 08:00:00 AST Man found dead in Hamilton A 62-year-old man was pronounced dead last night after he was found lying in the road in Hamilton.The man will not be identified until next of kin have been notified.<i>The Royal Gazette</i> understands that the man was discovered on Parliament Street in the early hours of this morning. Fri, 22 Mar 2019 08:00:00 AST Dangerous shifting narratives around suicide The suicide of Princeton economist Alan Krueger last weekend is a reminder that self-harm remains an American health crisis and that professional success in no way insulates people from the danger. Krueger, after all, had served as chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under Barack Obama and was widely viewed as one of the leading labour... Fri, 22 Mar 2019 08:00:00 AST Kevin Maybury, March 22, 2019 Fri, 22 Mar 2019 08:00:00 AST Sugar tax debate to go ahead The home affairs minister will today outline the Government's policy regulations for the sale of power firm Belco in the House of Assembly.Walter Roban's statement will come less than two months after Ascendant, Belco's parent company, announced it was looking at a possible sale of the group. Ascendant was the subject of a takeover bid... Fri, 22 Mar 2019 08:00:00 AST Duffy and Butterfield continue award streak Triathletes Tyler Butterfield and Flora Duffy extended their Athlete of the Year winning streaks when they were crowned Male and Female Athletes for the fifth straight year last night during the 38th Government Sports Awards at Fairmont Southampton. It was the eighth win overall for Duffy since her first award in 2006, while Butterfield,... Fri, 22 Mar 2019 08:00:00 AST How does your mental strength measure up? Last week we talked about how to reset when your nutrition goes completely off the rails. So, how have the last seven days gone for you? Did you ace it? Or end up face down in a pint of ice cream? Maybe it was a mix of the two. Some successes with a few misdemeanours thrown in for good measure? That's a pretty standard experience... Fri, 22 Mar 2019 08:00:00 AST Pasquesi to succeed Iordanou as Arch chairman Constantine "Dinos" Iordanou is to step down as Arch Capital Group's chairman in September and will be succeeded by vice-chairman John Pasquesi.Mr Iordanou is a well-known veteran of the Bermuda insurance industry, having led the Bermudian insurer and reinsurer as chief executive officer for 15 years until he was succeeded by Marc... Fri, 22 Mar 2019 08:00:00 AST 'Hard work paid off for athletes' Alicia Zuill has dubbed Bermuda's showing at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi, United Aram Emirates, as an overwhelming success.Bermuda came away from the Games, which concluded with the closing ceremony at the Zayed Sports City Stadium yesterday, with eight medals with several team members also placing in their... Fri, 22 Mar 2019 08:00:00 AST Winemaking and respecting a bountiful place I was sad to hear that John Shafer died on March 2 at the age of 94. I vividly remember the time, about 20 years ago, when our kitchen phone rang and my wife answered it and told me that it was someone called John Shafer. He was calling her from Tokyo, as a food and beverage manager there had told him that she was the person that should... Fri, 22 Mar 2019 08:00:00 AST US flood programme in $300m cat bond deal The Bermuda reinsurance market is about to take more flood risk off the shoulders of US taxpayers.The US Federal Emergency Management Agency is looking to transfer $300 million of risk from the National Flood Insurance Programme through its second Bermuda catastrophe bond transaction.The alternative risk transfer website... Fri, 22 Mar 2019 08:00:00 AST Global National Trust representatives welcomed Bermuda's cultural tourism could get a boost when the country hosts representatives from about 37 countries next week.The Bermuda National Trust will welcome 100 delegates from around the world for the biennial International Conference of National Trusts. The conference is expected to highlight the island's cultural assets and how they... Fri, 22 Mar 2019 08:00:00 AST Man cleared of sex assault A man accused of a sex assault on a woman has been acquitted in the Supreme Court.The 20-year-old, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, walked free from court after the jury was ordered by acting puisne judge Craig Attridge to deliver a formal verdict of not guilty on Wednesday.The trial was to begin on Wednesday with the... Fri, 22 Mar 2019 08:00:00 AST James settles for fifth place in Japan Bermuda's Vanessa James was forced to settle for a fifth-place finish at the World Figure Skating Championships in Saitama, Japan, yesterday.James and her partner Morgan Ciprès, representing France, went into the pairs discipline as one of the favourites, but they ultimately were punished after a forgettable first day on... Fri, 22 Mar 2019 08:00:00 AST Stamp duty hikes approved by Senate Stamp duty payable on lease agreements will rise sharply on April 1 after the Senate approved amending legislation.The Stamp Duty Amendment Act 2019, which was passed by the House of Assembly on March 15, introduces a new fee schedule that is based on a percentage of the aggregate rent payable under a lease. It replaces a flat rate fee... Fri, 22 Mar 2019 08:00:00 AST BFIS speed networking events prove a hit Some 75 students from the island's public and private high schools gained a better understanding about the variety of careers available in the insurance industry at the sixth Bermuda Foundation for Insurance Studies speed networking event.Held over three days, the event provided senior students with the opportunity to meet and speak with... Fri, 22 Mar 2019 08:00:00 AST Roach shines on overseas debut in Florida Adrian Roach earned a unanimous win in his welterweight bout against Jibril Marshall in the Frank Gervin Memorial at JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort last weekend.The 16-year-old joined Michael Parsons and Lovintz Tota in making the trip to Florida as part of the first team from Controversy Gym to compete overseas.Roach was... Fri, 22 Mar 2019 08:00:00 AST Work by crafty kids up for sale Children's craft projects ranging from chopping boards to picnic tables are up for auction this week.The Construction Association of Bermuda is showcasing the work of school students at the Botanical Gardens with silent bids welcomed before 6pm on Friday.Primary schoolchildren made planter boxes and pupils from secondary and... Fri, 22 Mar 2019 08:00:00 AST Mullen rejoins Artex as CEO Company co-founder Peter Mullen has rejoined alternative risk management solutions provider Artex as chief executive officer, replacing fellow cofounder David McManus who has assumed the new role of non-executive chairman.Mr Mullen, Mr McManus and Jennifer Gallagher, president of Artex North America, founded Artex in 1997.Mr... Fri, 22 Mar 2019 08:00:00 AST Drag racing syndicate make flying start Bermudian-owned top fuel drag racing syndicate Rough-N-Ready Racing made a promising start in their season opener at the Good Vibrations March Meet held at Auto Club Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield, California, this month.The team reached the quarter finals in the 7.0 Pro class with driver Tony Trimp behind the wheel of their custom... Fri, 22 Mar 2019 08:00:00 AST Butterfield shares fall 7% on BSX Shares of Butterfield Bank plunged 7.1 per cent in Bermuda Stock Exchange trading.The bank dipped $2.75 to close on $36 on the trading of 1,900 shares.On the New York Exchange, Butterfield's US-listed shares fell 82 cents, or 2.2 per cent, to close on $35.96, bringing the two listings into close price alignment.Butterfield... Fri, 22 Mar 2019 08:00:00 AST New BEDC directors appointed The Bermuda Economic Development Corporation has appointed two new directors, Jamillah Lodge and Raymond Lambert, to grow the organisation. Ms Lodge is the new director of communication and development and Mr Lambert is the new director of micro, small and medium enterprises.They will help to deliver on the new strategic direction... Fri, 22 Mar 2019 08:00:00 AST Griffiths wins all-round title The Bermuda International Gymnastics Challenge proved a hugely successfully event with a large number of international teams among the competitors.Hosted by the Bermuda Gymnastics Association, based in St David's, teams from Barbados, Canada, Cayman Islands and United States, as well the host gym and fellow Bermuda club Quality... Fri, 22 Mar 2019 08:00:00 AST Bermuda girls set for Trinidad challenge Bermuda's Under-14 girls' team will play Trinidad and Tobago today in the consolation play-off semi-finals of the WJR World Team Junior Tennis competition in Dominican Republic. The team of Jae Gibbons, Asia-leigh Hollis and Kumani Jackson, who finished bottom of group A after losing both their matches to Guatemala and Honduras, received... Fri, 22 Mar 2019 08:00:00 AST Corporations quango bid stalled An attempt to turn elected corporations into government quangos remains balanced on a knife edge after it met firm resistance in the Upper House last night.Senators rose from their debate on the Municipalities Reform Act 2019 without taking a vote and will continue their deliberations at a later sitting, possibly tomorrow.The... Thu, 21 Mar 2019 08:00:00 AST Lang to retire from bank's charitable arm David Lang is looking forward to having a little more space in his home office.After eight years as managing director of the Bank of Bermuda Foundation, he retires in May. "I am looking forward to it, but Mrs Lang isn't," he joked.He first came into contact with the foundation while working in the Office on Philanthropy in... Thu, 21 Mar 2019 08:00:00 AST Leverock: Bermuda will 'get job done' Danté Leverock is confident of Bermuda "getting the job done" during their final Concacaf Nations League qualifier away to the Dominican Republic on Sunday.Bermuda enter the match at the Estadio Cibao in Santiago knowing that a win will be enough to secure their place at the Gold Cup this year. It would be the first time Bermuda has... Thu, 21 Mar 2019 08:00:00 AST Salsa drama is a Crime of Passion Like the best love stories, Teresa Whitter's started on the dance floor.It's where she met Laith Sami, a UK film-maker who offered her a leading role in his version of Shakespeare's <i>Romeo and Juliet</i>.Called <i>Crime of Passion</i>, the feature-length movie - billed as a "salsa dance drama" - stars Mr... Thu, 21 Mar 2019 08:00:00 AST Child porn accused convicted A 30-year-old man was found guilty yesterday of a string of child pornography charges.Daniel Rocha was convicted on seven counts of accessing pornographic images and videos over a five-year period between 2010 and 2015.Rocha was found guilty at Supreme Court by a unanimous verdict on all counts by a jury of eight women and four... Thu, 21 Mar 2019 08:00:00 AST Opposition queries payment to broadcaster A contract between the Government's communications team and a media organisation run by a former Progressive Labour Party MP raised questions from the Opposition yesterday.Susan Jackson, of the One Bermuda Alliance, called for clarification over the agreement with Inter-Island Communications, owned by Glenn Blakeney, who was a PLP MP for... Thu, 21 Mar 2019 00:01:00 AST Magistrate still has not returned to the bench A magistrate arrested after a car crash in January is still on police bail, a police spokesman said yesterday. It is understood that Khamisi Tokunbo and another man were taken into custody after a car crash on South Road in Paget in January. Neither man has been identified by police. A police spokesman said: "The... Thu, 21 Mar 2019 08:00:00 AST A message from Boeing Dear Sir,We know lives depend on the work we do, and our teams embrace that responsibility with a deep sense of commitment every day. Our purpose at Boeing is to bring family, friends and loved ones together with our commercial airplanes - safely.The tragic losses of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 and Lion Air Flight 610 affect us... Thu, 21 Mar 2019 08:00:00 AST Live your life on a path of the heart Are you happy or not? Why are some people happier than others? One of the most difficult things in life is to find and understand what makes you happy. Many people believe that the key is money. Then, after making millions and buying everything they dreamt of, they realise they have not become happier. So, why do people who have... Thu, 21 Mar 2019 08:00:00 AST 911 back up - but main number still down The 911 emergency number is back in service, a police spokesman said tonight.He was speaking after the 911 service and the main police number 295 0011 both shut down.Police earlier said that both numbers were back in service.But a police spokesman later said that the main number was still out service and that people should... Thu, 21 Mar 2019 08:00:00 AST Mussenden appointed Puisne Judge The Director of Public Prosecutions was appointed a Puisne Judge of the Supreme Court yesterday.John Rankin, the Governor, announced that Larry Mussenden will take up the role when Puisne Judge Carlisle Greaves retires in July.Mr Rankin: "I am confident that he will serve the Supreme Court with distinction."Mr Rankin... Thu, 21 Mar 2019 00:01:00 AST First Gazette editor lost at sea for 11 weeks Canadian-born Donald McPhee Lee was the first Editor of <i>The Royal Gazette</i>, serving in the post for 55 years.Lee had an amazingly long tenure as editor, but a harrowing voyage on the high seas on his way to Bermuda nearly ended his career before it began. Setting sail from Halifax, he ran into stormy waters three days... Thu, 21 Mar 2019 08:17:00 AST BAMZ 'cautiously optimistic' over seal A grey seal rescued in the East End is on the mend, the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo said yesterday.Staff added they were "cautiously optimistic" that the female seal would make a full recovery and could be released back into the wild. The hungry and dehydrated seal was spotted at Catherine Rock, St George's, near Tobacco Bay, on... Thu, 21 Mar 2019 08:00:00 AST Portuguese dinner tonight at Princess A Portuguese dinner will be hosted tonight by the Hamilton Princess and Beach Club as part of celebrations of Portuguese culture in Bermuda.The dinner is the first of several events to celebrate Portuguese culture throughout 2019 leading up to the public holiday on November 4 commemorating the 170th anniversary of the arrival of the... Thu, 21 Mar 2019 17:43:00 AST Online housing survey launched An online survey to determine an accurate number of families in need of housing was launched yesterday.Lieutenant-Colonel David Burch, the Minister of Public Works, said up-to-date statistics were needed to help the Bermuda Housing Corporation provide adequate and affordable housing.The survey is being carried out in a joint... Thu, 21 Mar 2019 08:00:00 AST 'Profit' is not a bad word Dear Sir,In this era of reducing medical costs, the recent announcement of a new facility makes me wonder how such costs can be reduced. Financing of medical, dental or optical operations by non-medical persons should not be allowed because most investors look at the bottom line. "Profit" is not a bad word and everyone in business... Thu, 21 Mar 2019 08:00:00 AST Zurich's contribution to happier seniors Dear Sir,The 14 senior groups that comprises the Island-Wide Social Committee wish to thank Zurich Bermuda for sponsoring their May social. The IWSC, which has been organising social rallies for seniors for more than three decades, is thrilled with the news that its co-ordinator, the Bermuda Senior Islanders' Centre, received a... Thu, 21 Mar 2019 08:00:00 AST Reconnecting with long-lost pen pal Dear Sir,I am a Canadian lady looking for a long-lost pen pal. When I was a teenager in the 1960s, I wrote to your newspaper asking to publish my letter looking for a pen pal. A Bermudian fellow by the name of Alvin Daniels wrote back to me. We became friends. He visited Canada and in 1981, I visited Bermuda. At that time,... Thu, 21 Mar 2019 09:16:00 AST Pairing older and younger students also brings benefits The Peer Mentoring Programme matches older students with their younger counterparts, within the same school or close by, to provide friendship and support. One of the most important influences on young people today is peer pressure. Too often, youngsters copy bad attitudes or make poor lifestyle choices in order to fit in. But, as... Thu, 21 Mar 2019 08:00:00 AST Huge difference with an hour a week YouthNet's mission is to empower students to make positive life choices through school-based mentoring.Adults and peers volunteer to support, guide, and be a friend to a young person for a period of at least one school year. By becoming part of the social network of caring community members, their mentors provide youth with the... Thu, 21 Mar 2019 08:00:00 AST Simons: Famous will be a miss in Cayman Rohaan Simons, the Bermuda jumping coach, admits Sakari Famous will be a miss at the Carifta Games in Cayman Islands, but says he supports her decision to rule herself out. Famous, who co-captained the island's team in Bahamas last year when she won her sixth Games medal, is not available for next month's trip to Cayman because of school... Thu, 21 Mar 2019 08:00:00 AST BF&M's Wight to take CEO-chairman dual role John Wight, chief executive officer of BFM Ltd, is to become the insurer's chairman as well.Mr Wight will take on the new dual role when Gavin Arton retires as BFM's chairman at the company's next annual general meeting on May 15, 2019. Mr Wight has served BFM as president and CEO since 2005, before which he was... Thu, 21 Mar 2019 08:00:00 AST Betting shops defend their reputations Betting shop owners were grilled by the licensing authority as the watchdog asked for proof of the stability and reputation of their companies from the Ministry of Finance.The Betting Licensing Authority heard on Monday that a would-be criminal would "have to be extremely stupid" to attempt to launder illegal cash through betting... Thu, 21 Mar 2019 08:00:00 AST Heartbreak for Landy Del-Che Landy came agonisingly close to earning Bermuda's first gold medal on the final day of the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, yesterday.The 25-year-old won the 800 metres at the Dubai Police Officers Club Stadium in a time of 3min 20.78sec but was disqualified for breaking into the lane too... Thu, 21 Mar 2019 08:00:00 AST Summit envisions digital-asset economy By having Jeff Pulver, one of the world's distinguished internet entrepreneurs, host an event in Bermuda, the island has added to its standing as a leader in the field of blockchain and fintech regulation.It is one of the reasons why James Wallace, a co-founder of venture fund Exponential Ventures, was in Bermuda this week for the... Thu, 21 Mar 2019 08:00:00 AST House approves Land Tax change Legislation which could see the Government raising an additional $12.6 million in taxes was passed on Monday.The Land Tax Amendment Act 2019, if passed by the Senate, will come into effect on July 1, 2019. This new legislation will see properties charged taxes based on the annual rental value.Properties are classified into seven... Thu, 21 Mar 2019 08:00:00 AST Horsfield and Mayho set for intriguing battle The first champions of the new cycling season will be crowned when the Bermuda Bicycle Association holds the National Mountain Bike Championships at Ferry Reach, St George's, on Sunday.Five championship categories will be contested: Junior Male, Junior Female, Male Masters, Female Open and Male Open.It is sure to be a hotly... Thu, 21 Mar 2019 08:00:00 AST Assessors identify Cayman 'deficiencies' The Cayman Islands has failed to fully appreciate the risks of money laundering and terrorism financing and has a poor record on investigating and prosecuting financial crime. Those are two of the findings detailed in a report published this week by the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force, based on a visit by assessors to the... Thu, 21 Mar 2019 08:00:00 AST