All Stories All Stories en-us DeSilva Golf course was value for money Progressive Labour Party MP Zane DeSilva delivered a spirited defence of his links to the Port Royal Golf Course development at the latest meeting of the Public Accounts Committee. Theres no doubt in my mind that we have got value for money, Mr DeSilva told the bipartisan group tasked with investigating government. .. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST XL profit hit by catastrophe losses XL Groups first-quarter earnings missed Wall Street estimates as increases in catastrophe losses and integration costs hit results. The business insurers operating earnings were 103. 4 million, or 35 cents per share, down from the 194. 4 million XL made in the first quarter of 2015 and well short of the 50 cents per share consensus. .. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:00:00 EST Confident Bermuda hoping for Wells boost The Bermuda Football Association expect to have strikers Nahki Wells and Rai Simons available for the islands Caribbean Cup second-round matches against French Guiana and Dominican Republic in June. The English season ends next month and Wells has expressed his desire to play in the competition after missing Bermudas preliminary-round. .. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:00:00 EST Family gather round unbelievable woman It was a moving ceremony for Marilyn Dickinson. Five of her grandchildren were baptised together, at her St Davids home last month. It was her childrens idea to make the occasion particularly special. Mrs Dickinson was diagnosed with ALS two years ago and is now unable to speak or walk. She eats through a feeding tube and. .. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:00:00 EST Hayward apologises for Richards remarks Jason Hayward, the president of the Bermuda Public Services Union, has issued a full apology for comments he made on television about Bob Richards, the Minister of Finance. Mr Richards filed a lawsuit in June 2015 against Mr Hayward for defamatory remarks made on a paid ZBM broadcast on behalf of the Peoples Campaign on May. .. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Dunkley defends island in letter to Corbyn Michael Dunkley has written to Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the British Labour Party, to defend Bermudas international reputation. The Premier said that he provided factual information about the islands position in insurance and international business, compliance with global anti-money laundering and antiterrorist financing standards,. .. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 10:17:00 EST Armed robbers strike at Front Street store Security footage recovered by police shows two robbers armed with a gun who stole cash and jewellery from a store off Front Street this morning. Two offenders struck at The Gem Cellar in the Walker Arcade shortly before 11. 30am, according to Bermuda Police Service spokesman Dwayne Caines. The attack took place in an area with many. .. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 12:46:00 EST Voyage of discovery at culture fair Students met with the international cast of Up With People yesterday as part of a culture fair. The event, held at the Berkeley Institute, allowed hundreds of students to chat to the groups members about their home counties and their cultures. Cast member Nikki Smith, from China, said she had been thrilled by the welcoming nature of. .. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:00:00 EST Tourists upbeat despite bus queues Thousands of visitors travelling on the Norwegian Breakaway were excited to start their holiday in Bermuda yesterday but some expressed frustration over bus delays. Concerns remained about a predicted strain on the transportation system, with the Summit carrying an extra 3,000 people scheduled to arrive today. ltigtThe. .. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:00:00 EST Reinventing and rebranding Bermuda These days when the international media refer to Bermuda as a treasure isle, this is usually unsubtle and singularly unhelpful code for the activities of our offshore financial services sector. So it was refreshing to find BBC 4 had devoted this week most of an episode of its long-running ltigtBritains Treasure. .. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:00:00 EST Government hiring freeze to continue The Government-wide hiring freeze has been extended through the 2016-17 fiscal year, the Ministry of Finance has announced. The One Bermuda Alliance will also revisit an early retirement programme for civil servants aged 55 and older, as part of cost-cutting measures. Bob Richards, the Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance, said. .. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST BFM shares rise 4.3 Shares of BFampM Ltd rose 4. 3 per cent in Bermuda Stock Exchange trading today in the week that the insurer announced the launch of its first share buyback programme. BFampM rose 70 cents to close on 17 on the trading of 3,500 shares. The company said on Monday it intends to repurchase 500,000 of its own shares. Chief executive. .. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 19:17:00 EST Soldiers go back to school Soldiers from the Royal Bermuda Regiment yesterday went back to school in Jamaica. But the team from Guns and Assault Pioneers were not there to learn, but to spruce up the Drapers All Age School in Port Antonio, near their base for jungle warfare training. The Regiments engineers spent several days at the school painting the. .. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 21:03:00 EST Premier visits CCTV hub The islands state-of-the-art CCTV system was put through its paces this afternoon under the watchful eye of Michael Dunkley. The Premiers visit came just hours after two suspected robbers who held up the Gem Cellar in Hamilton at gunpoint were caught on security cameras in the Walker Arcade. Mr Dunkley, who was accompanied by. .. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 19:31:00 EST Scott School concerns being addressed Wayne Scott, the Minister of Education, has written to primary school parents, teachers and principals insisting the Bermuda Government is determined to address infrastructure problems in public school buildings. The move comes just days after scores of teachers and children took part in an island-wide demonstration to voice their. .. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 17:13:00 EST Outstanding students attend Rotary Club The St George Rotary Club invited 15 outstanding students from Clearwater Middle School to attend its annual Youth Night on Monday. The students, along with three faculty members, listened to a speech by Inspector Kuhn Evans from the Bermuda Police Service on his work and possible careers in the BPS. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 16:44:00 EST Morning rain doesnt dampen tourists fun Anticipated public transport issues from Dockyard failed to materialise this morning, as cruise ship holidaymakers headed out to enjoy Bermuda. Bus delays caused frustration yesterday, as the 6,000 passengers aboard the ltigtNorwegian Breakawayltigt were left waiting for 45 minutes or more to head to Horseshoe Bay. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 15:49:00 EST Businesses benefit from sports tourism drive An initiative to attract sports teams and sports-orientated tourists to Bermuda during the winter months is paying off for businesses on the island. And the partnership between the Bermuda Tourism Authority and the National Sports Centre, which is at the heart of the sports tourism drive, has now been extended for the remainder of 2016 in. .. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 14:55:00 EST An end to the brown water problem? Prospect area homes will receive their water from a different transmission main as of today, in an effort to fix the neighbourhoods brown water problem. A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Public Works said that the move will have a high likelihood of stopping the introduction of discolouration from the old cast iron. .. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 14:50:00 EST Truck driver admits causing crash A truck driver was banned from the road after he admitted injuring another driver in a crash. Hewitt Caines, 62, pleaded guilty to a single count of causing grievous bodily harm to Hugo Benziger by driving without due care and attention. The court heard that on the afternoon of March 4, Mr Benziger was travelling west along Middle. .. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 14:32:00 EST Senior bought alcohol with stolen bank card Court reports were ordered on a Pembroke senior who admitted using a stolen credit card to buy food, alcohol and cigarettes. Granville Gilbert, 66, pleaded guilty to stealing a credit card from Lamont Brangman and using it on four occasions to make purchases. The court heard that on March 31, Mr Brangman noticed his wallet was. .. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 14:33:00 EST Regiment medics work with Jamaican staff Royal Bermuda Regiment first responders got a taste of Jamaican medicine after they joined their Caribbean counterparts at the countrys main military medical centre. The medics teamed up with Jamaican Defence Force medical experts for two weeks of intensive training at the main military medical centre at Up Park Camp in the capital. .. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 11:06:00 EST Police warn fraudster is targeting seniors A female fraudster has been targeting elderly residents by calling at their houses and pretending she needs to use the bathroom. According to police, the woman then rummages through the home and looks for cash or goods. She is said to have used other ruses including asking for a drink of water, claiming her cycle has broken and that. .. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 10:45:00 EST Conservation efforts in BBC documentary Bermuda and its wildlife have garnered international attention as part of a BBC-produced video segment. The segment was featured as part of the Britains Treasure Islands documentary series, which aired on BBC Four and is inspired by the book by naturalist Stewart McPherson. The series has taken looks at several of the British. .. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:00:00 EST How one Big was inspired by his Little Zuri Darrell knew next to nothing about children, but signed up for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bermuda anyway. He was 22, and a recent hire at Butterfield Bank where employees were encouraged to do community service. The stockbroker wanted to make a good impression. I thought BBBS would have the biggest impact, Mr Darrell. .. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:00:00 EST Black history makes impression in our schools A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots. Marcus Garvey Not long ago, Bermudas public school history curriculum focused almost exclusively on European and American history, with very little taught about our own 400-year history. Much work has been done. .. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:00:00 EST Burt rejects move to delay airport schedules A move to delay bringing schedules of the airport development agreement before the Public Accounts Committee has been turned down by David Burt, the chairman of the committee. At an often heated meeting of its Bermuda Government and Opposition MPs, Mr Burt said he regretted that the PACs investigation had descended into. .. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:00:00 EST Butterfield rules himself out of May 24 Tyler Butterfield will not be running in next months Appleby Bermuda Half-Marathon Derby. There had been speculation that the two-times winner of the 13. 1-mile road race would be among this years field after making his comeback from illness at the St Anthonys Triathlon in St Petersburg, Florida, at the weekend. However, the. .. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:00:00 EST Apply work skills to life, strategist says Leveraging professional skills sets and applying them to your personal life can lead to more success and fulfilment. That was a message shared by Christie Hunter Arscott, a Bermudian gender and generations strategist and independent consultant whose clients include Fortune 100 companies, government bodies and Ivy League. .. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:00:00 EST ARV limit lowered for non-Bermudians The Bermuda Government intends to lower the threshold for properties that can be purchased by non-Bermudians and non-permanent residents. However, senator Michael Fahy, the Minister of Home Affairs, said the move would maintain the number of properties available to such individuals rather than increase it, citing falling ARVs across the. .. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Inaccurate rumours of bird flu unfounded Health experts have moved to dispel inaccurate rumours of bird flu in Bermuda. The Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit confirmed this evening that influenza type identified on island this season was type H1N1, and not bird flu. H1N1 is a human influenza and is the same type which is circulating in the USA and UK, said Cheryl. .. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Chiappa new chief of staff for hospitals Bermuda Hospitals Board has announced that Keith Chiappa has taken over as chief of staff while recruitment for a permanent appointment is completed. Dr Chiappa, a consultant neurologist, will continue with his duties in the meantime. He takes over from Michael Weitekamp, whose three-year contract has come to an end. The chief of. .. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Bermuda captive experts to speak in Canada A team of industry and regulatory experts from Bermuda will travel to Toronto to tell Canadian corporations about the benefits of captive insurance companies on the island. The informative executive forum, a Bermuda Business Development Agency initiative, will be held on May 10 at the Shangri-La Hotel. Representatives will outline. .. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 20:11:00 EST Even cranks can get free-speech protection James Tracy is certainly a crank and also seems to be a terrible person. But Florida Atlantic University violated his academic freedom when it fired him from his tenured professorship in January, and hshould win the lawsuit that he has just brought against the school. Academic freedom is not absolute, but it certainly extends to a. .. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:00:00 EST Let little ones explore their potential Even though my wife and I plan to make every effort to avoid creating competition between our babies, weve probably already started. Which one is moving more? Which is making mommy uncomfortable? Which is kicking mommys ribs and bladder? But what if they grew up without thinking of competition, only of how to better themselves? What if. .. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:00:00 EST Smith plotting from hospital bed Wendell Smith has been hospitalised after two blood clots were discovered on his lung. The Western Stars coach began feeling unwell on the weekend and went to the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital on Monday. Tests later revealed the clots on his right lung. I was having chest pains on Saturday and thought it was something. .. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:00:00 EST Arch earnings sink on currency fluctuations Arch Capital Group increased its gross premiums written during the first quarter but saw its profits fall. The net income available to common shareholders was 149. 3 million, down from 277 million for the same period last year. That result, which equates to 1. 20 per common share, beat analysts estimates of 1. 10. Pre-tax. .. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:00:00 EST Kiwanis Clubs partnering with Up With People group The Kiwanis Clubs of Bermuda have partnered with the international educational organisation Up With People to congratulate the visiting group on their 50th anniversary. As well as performing at CedarBridge Academy today and tomorrow, Up With People members have been volunteering to assist community projects and help charities such as. .. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:00:00 EST Kamp set for super tricky New York Christian Kamp, the multiple King Edward VII Gold Cup winner, will make his Louis Vuitton Americas Cup World Series debut in New York next month. The Danish sailor is the only crew change on Artemis Racings team from the previous World Series event in Oman and will serve in the role as trimmer on the Swedish challengers AC45F foiling. .. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:00:00 EST Sport Scoreboard, April 28, 2016 For results from Bermuda and around the world, click on the PDF link under Related Media. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:00:00 EST Praise for dynamic cycling duo Warwick Academys Alyssa Rowse and Matthew Oliviera, two 16-year-old Year 11 students, raced on three consecutive days in The Butterfield Bermuda Grand Prix in the adult categories and they won! Association President, Mr Peter Dunne, had the following to say about the young cyclists achievements Alyssa and Matthew had a great. .. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:00:00 EST Students hailed at Youth Parliament ceremony Bermudas leaders of tomorrow signed off from their Youth Parliament duties yesterday afternoon with a resounding thumping of desks and high praise for a job well done. Since Parliaments younger brother first sat in the second week of September last year, more than 40 senior school students from seven schools have taken a place in the. .. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:00:00 EST Call for action over deplorable conditions Health and safety inadequacies are not limited to the islands public primary schools and exist at all levels in the public school system, according to the Bermuda Union of Teachers. Mike Charles, the unions secretary-general, spoke after Tuesday nights demonstration that involved about 50 teachers taking to the roadsides to raise. .. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:00:00 EST Amazing experience for Round Squares Grace The Bermuda High School became the first school in Bermuda to offer its students access to a world-renowned programme in 2005. Round Square is a worldwide association of schools that share a commitment, beyond academic excellence, to personal development and responsibility through service, international understanding, challenge,. .. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 07:59:00 EST John Smiths Bay cleanup a huge success A total of 83 people turned out for the Saltus clean-up at John Smiths Bay. Ms Erika Powell, Saltus Year 4 Teacher and Year Coordinator, organised the second of two cleanups this academic year at John Smiths Bay as part of Keep Bermuda Beautifuls Adopt-A-Spot Initiative on Saturday. The group that turned up included students and. .. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:02:00 EST Year 4 enjoy walking like an Egyptian Saltus Year 4 students thoroughly enjoyed studying all about Egyptians in Humanities. Mrs Sadehs 4S class put on an informative assembly on everything from mummification to hieroglyphics and even rapped about them Mrs Sadeh found the rap on flocabulary. At the end of the unit, S4 students dressed as Egyptians complete with. .. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:01:00 EST Donation to food scheme Southampton Parish Council has donated 1,500 to the Feed the Children Ministry. The Ministry, which is operated by the Southampton Seventh-day Adventist Church, organises a breakfast and lunch programme that provides meals to several schools located in Sandys, Southampton, Warwick and Paget. Southampton Parish Council has been. .. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:00:00 EST Teen spirit shines brightly Eight Saltus teams completed the Qualifying Adventurous Journey for Duke of Edinburgh Bronze last weekendOn April 22 and 23, eight teams of 43 Saltus Year 10 students completed the Qualifying Adventurous Journey for Duke of Edinburgh Bronze. Secondary teachers Mr B. A. Sinclair, head of data management science and math teacher, and. .. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:03:00 EST Up with People workshop SGY1 students enjoyed a workshop with Up with People cast members. Alumnus SGY 15 Zachary Kawaley-Lathan second from left in front has been touring with this group for the past year and heads for university in September. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:00:00 EST Safety of schools in spotlight Scores of parents, teachers and students gathered across the island yesterday evening to voice concerns about the state of Bermudas schools. Groups with placards greeted rush-hour traffic at various locations, including several schools, King Street in Hamilton, outside the Cabinet Building and at Barkers Hill, Devonshire. The. .. Wed, 27 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST BFM to launch its first share buyback BFampM Ltd has announced the first share buyback programme in the company's history at a time when the company is trading at little more than half of its book value. The programme, authorised by the insurer's board of directors, will enable BFampM to buy back 500,000 of its own shares at its own discretion in Bermuda Stock. .. Wed, 27 Apr 2016 08:00:00 EST Lucky Correia returns home to heros welcome Philip Correia returned home to a warm reception at the airport as family and friends greeted the silver medal winner after his success at the FEI World Jumping Challenge in Morocco on Sunday. Correia posted clear rounds on all four days of competition to claim second place, the first Bermudian to win a medal in the final of the. .. Wed, 27 Apr 2016 08:00:00 EST Why youngsters are revved for success Karting is fun for kids, but it can give them so much more. #8220It just gives them a focus in life,#8221 David Barbosa, owner of CRG Bermuda Kart Rentals, told Lifestyle. #8220It gives them something they can work towards. It's a lot of mental and physical work. #8221He started renting karts to adults. .. Wed, 27 Apr 2016 08:00:00 EST DeSilva to appear before PAC over Port Royal Progressive Labour Party MP Zane DeSilva will appear before the Public Accounts Committee this afternoon to give evidence about the Port Royal Golf Course improvement project. The initiative came under fire in a special report by the Auditor-General on the Port Royal Golf Course Improvements Capital Development Project that was issued. .. Wed, 27 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Burt admits knowing about OBA no-show David Burt, the Shadow Minister of Finance, has admitted he knew in advance that Government members of the Public Accounts Committee could not attend its last meeting, as all had sent their apologies to him beforehand. Committee chairman Mr Burt told the media at the April 14 meeting that it was being called off because One Bermuda. .. Wed, 27 Apr 2016 08:00:00 EST Cruise arrivals a test for transport The West End faces its first big test of the cruise ship season today as the ltigtNorwegian Breakawayltigt delivers up to 6,000 people, with the Summit bringing 3,000 more tomorrow. This years policy for Dockyard has come under fire for steering visitors away from public transport, while others say that taxis and minibuses are. .. Wed, 27 Apr 2016 08:00:00 EST Support pours in for struggling charity A struggling charity that issued a plea for help this month in ltigtThe Royal Gazetteltigt has since been inundated with calls of support. Allison Figureido, the founder and director of BSMART Foundation, said yesterday she had held meetings with accountants, a marketing specialist,. .. Wed, 27 Apr 2016 08:00:00 EST Losing core values threatens our future Bermuda is trying to navigate its way through an ocean of changing perceptions over core values that most societies rely on for continuity. This is being done with a view to trying to build solid citizens who, in whatever they do, never lose sight of respect, honesty, and truth. Without good values, the infrastructure of any. .. Wed, 27 Apr 2016 08:00:00 EST Scoring winner an amazing feeling Djair Parfitt-Williams, West Ham Uniteds development squad striker, said it felt amazing to score the winner in his teams 1-0 win over Hull City in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League Cup final first leg on Monday. Returning from a long layoff following a knee injury, the Bermudian player scored a last-minute winner after coming on as. .. Wed, 27 Apr 2016 08:00:00 EST Poland next stop on Pearsons road to Rio Shelley Pearsons rocky road to the Rio Olympics is a true tale of triumph over adversity. Pearson will become the first Bermudian woman to compete in Olympic rowing when she takes to the water at the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon in the heart of Rio this summer. It will be the realisation of a long-held dream and one Pearson feared had. .. Wed, 27 Apr 2016 08:00:00 EST