All Stories All Stories en-us Same-sex couples set for court fight Two same-sex couples are expected to apply to wed in Bermuda in the coming days and are likely to appeal directly to the courts if they are not given permission to marry. The couples one female and one male will be represented by former Attorney-General Mark Pettingill, the lawyer and MP who has vowed not to rest after last weeks Wed, 29 Jun 2016 08:00:00 EST Sunglasses store opens new Princess outlet The future is bright for a sunglasses shop. For the Sunglass and Watch Shop in Hamilton is to expand with a new store at the revamped Hamilton Princess, creating two new jobs in the process. Sunglass and Watch Shop general manager David Boyce said Im ecstatic I think what theyre doing at Hamilton Princess is just unbelievable. .. Wed, 29 Jun 2016 08:00:00 EST Bermuda beef up for Under-20 World Cup qualifiers Bermuda have travelled to Haiti with an experienced-looking squad for the Caribbean Under-20 Championship. Kyle Lightbournes 19-man party left the island on Monday and will start as overwhelming favourites when they face Cayman Islands today in their opening match in group three of a tournament that serves as the first phase of. .. Wed, 29 Jun 2016 06:53:00 EST Female cyclists addressing gender imbalance None of the bike riders expected Alyssa Rowse would leave them in the dust. She was a teenager racing against 20 adults, most of whom were men. None of that mattered to the 16-year-old. She blew through the course and was the second across the finish line. I just didnt want to get left behind, she said. The Warwick. .. Wed, 29 Jun 2016 08:00:00 EST Rival fashion events in dispute over banner A dispute over advertising sabotage has sparked a row between the organisers of two rival fashion weeks, both of which are coming to the island next month. Amir X, founder of Bermuda International Collections, claims the Corporation of Hamilton illegally removed a privately placed banner for his event because it competed with its own. .. Wed, 29 Jun 2016 08:00:00 EST Hospital stresses need for consistent donors While blood donations traditionally see a small spike around World Blood Donor Day, staff at the hospital have reiterated the need for consistent donors. Bermuda Hospitals Board consultant haematologist Eyitayo Fakunle is particularly hoping to attract more donors between the ages of 18 and 25 an age group which has proven difficult. .. Wed, 29 Jun 2016 08:00:00 EST PLP anger at reported lost 300,000 payment A reported lost payment for buses has been blasted by Lawrence Scott, the Shadow Minister of Transport, as irresponsibility and incompetence at its highest. According to a Monday report by the online news site Bermuda Real, a 300,000 advance payment was made roughly a year ago, with a source stating that the Bermuda Government was. .. Wed, 29 Jun 2016 08:00:00 EST Toasting new roof at Commissioners House Commissioners House in Dockyard has been officially reopened nearly two years after the old structure sustained major structural damage in back-to-back hurricanes. Michael Dunkley conducted an official roof wetting yesterday afternoon by pouring rum over the new roof of the building. The Premier was joined by several Cabinet. .. Wed, 29 Jun 2016 08:00:00 EST Speight pays price for teams decline The Bermuda cricket teams continued decline has finally caught up with Neil Speight. Speight, the Bermuda Cricket Boards chief executive, represented the Associate nations on the ICC Board, until yesterday. At the International Cricket Councils week-long annual conference in Edinburgh, Speight lost a vote to retain his place on. .. Wed, 29 Jun 2016 08:00:00 EST Why we need more heroes Sir John Swan, the former Premier of Bermuda who recently became the newest national hero to be honoured for services to the island, mentioned how everyone could be a hero by simply staying positive and focus on helping to contribute in many ways to improving life for all. He seemed to be making the point that all heroes may never be in. .. Wed, 29 Jun 2016 08:00:00 EST Lambes tough introduction to new team Reggie Lambe was introduced to his new team-mates during the third day of pre-season training at Sky Bet League Two side Carlisle United. Lambe missed Carlisles first day of pre-season after he was given extra time off to recover from playing for Bermuda in the Caribbean Cup. Keith Curle, the Carlisle manager, and his backroom team. .. Wed, 29 Jun 2016 08:00:00 EST Tougher laws on crime publics top priority Toughening laws on crime is the publics number one solution to solving Bermudas gun violence problems, according to a new poll. The Global Research survey, commissioned by ltigtThe Royal Gazette,ltigt found 24 per cent of people named stricter sentencing or better laws when asked What does Bermuda need to do to tackle its gun. .. Wed, 29 Jun 2016 08:00:00 EST Registration for .bm domains to change Updates and registrations on websites ending in . bm will not be available between July 1 and 10. The Registry General attributed the interruption to maintenance work, adding that its new . bm registration website would go live on Monday, July 11. The new site will allow customers to manage their own domain names by logging in or. .. Wed, 29 Jun 2016 13:09:00 EST Non-profit school receives corporate support IMPACT Mentoring Academy has welcomed a new partnership with Hamilton-based facilities management firm Air Care. As well as donating 1,000 to the non-profit middle- and high-school, which aims to empower young males, Air Care will also offer summertime employment to one IMPACT student. Brendan Stones, the companys general. .. Wed, 29 Jun 2016 12:37:00 EST Bermudian provides sight loss solution Former Warwick Academy pupil Sam Dills final-year project at the UKs Brunel University has been selected for the prestigious New Designers 2016 exhibition at Londons Design Centre next week. The event showcases the best of the UKs emerging design talent and Mr Dills Eyeassistant, a modular wireless camera system, will have pride of. .. Wed, 29 Jun 2016 12:20:00 EST New funds event expected to bring in 250 An estimated 250 asset management professionals and investors are expected to travel to Bermuda later this year for the first World Alternative Investment Summit Bermuda WAIS Bermuda at the Fairmont Southampton Resort. Slated for September 28 to 30, the event is hosted by Canadas Radius Financial Education Radius and supported by the. .. Wed, 29 Jun 2016 11:36:00 EST CCTV installed in Somerset and St Georges Minister of National Security, senator Jeff Baron, has confirmed that CCTV cameras have been placed both in St Georges and Dockyard. The initative, he hoped, would further help lower the crime rate. Sen Baron told the Senate this morning that Cabinet had approved the expansion of the CCTV network to the east and west ends. .. Wed, 29 Jun 2016 10:58:00 EST How carnival promoted body positivity We celebrated Bermudas heroes this month many of us marked the holiday by strutting our stuff down the road covered in feathers and jewels. The carnival made its debut last year and this year it seemed to have tripled in size. The biggest lesson that could be learnt from these events is one of body acceptance. For weeks. .. Wed, 29 Jun 2016 08:00:00 EST Criticism of airport deal warrants redacting This month in the Senate, I tried to shed some light on three allegations that have been made about the active airport arrangements. First, those who oppose what the Bermuda Government is doing say that failure to adhere to the tender process is preventing the island from getting the best deal possible. Second, it is suggested that. .. Wed, 29 Jun 2016 08:00:00 EST Embarrassed by Caf Lido rule Dear Sir,Over the years, I have photographed many, many families who have come to the island to celebrate special occasions of birthdays and anniversaries. On Monday evening at 5pm, I was at Caf Lido to recreate and update a family of now 19 people whom I had photographed 20 years ago. The family had booked to have dinner at. .. Wed, 29 Jun 2016 08:00:00 EST Disappointed by the RGs Newport Bermuda coverage Dear Sir,I have been following with interest, or perhaps I should say trying to follow, the Newport Bermuda Race, and have been very disappointed by your coverage. You have published three short articles and the only photographs you printed were three or four obviously taken on a five-minute walk around the Royal Bermuda Yacht. .. Wed, 29 Jun 2016 08:00:00 EST Could Government not provide a room? Dear Sir,I noted from your article today June 27 that the Commission of Inquiry held its first public meeting at St Theresas Church Hall. I presume there must be some cost to the use of third-party venues for these types of official meetings even if minor. In a financial resource-constrained environment, I cannot help but. .. Wed, 29 Jun 2016 08:00:00 EST Buyers beware of secure DHL service Dear Sir,I am using your excellent column on the off chance that employees at DHL courier service may read this letter, as there seems to be no other way to contact them. I have a mailbox on the property, dont check it out that often, as the only mail we receive are bank statements, which are now overtaken by online banking. I did. .. Wed, 29 Jun 2016 08:00:00 EST What about marriage values for heterosexuals? Dear Sir,It would seem to me that all the effort and funds that Preserve Marriage put into defeating the rights of the gay community would have been far better used to encourage marriage for the parents of all of those children born out of wedlock. Think how our society would benefit if more children were raised in a two-parent. .. Wed, 29 Jun 2016 08:00:00 EST Harnessing the power of the sun Robin Mayor was at her wits end after the double hit of Hurricanes Fay and Gonzalo. It was not the first time she had been left without power for days at a time. After Hurricane Emily in 1987, she was in the dark for three weeks with a six-month old baby. Id become much less tolerant, she said of the back-to-back storms in 2014. I. .. Wed, 29 Jun 2016 08:00:00 EST Remember to make every day count Depending on how you view your glass, you may consider that its half over or that half is yet to come. Either way, tomorrow marks the midway point of 2016. Six months since last New Years Eve, six months until the next one. Somehow I find both prospects alarming. It certainly doesnt feel like 180 days have passed since the start of the. .. Wed, 29 Jun 2016 08:00:00 EST Olympics flag donated to Warwick Academy A Bermuda flag flown at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London was donated to Warwick Academy yesterday. David Jenkins, Debra Watson and their son, a WA year-five student, Sam Jenkins, handed over the flag which will be hung in the foyer of the schools sports hall. We thought donating the flag to Warwick Academy would just be a. .. Wed, 29 Jun 2016 08:00:00 EST Riders rev up to fight possible bike ban The sudden outlawing of a popular sports bike has dealt a rude surprise to motorcycle enthusiasts. Ive had my bike for five years, Ive got it licensed for five years, and all at once its an issue? said William DaCosta, owner of a lovingly maintained Honda CR150. Mr DaCosta heads the Ryderz motorcycle club, a group with many. .. Wed, 29 Jun 2016 08:00:00 EST Key job filled at childrens agency Kelly Hunt has been announced as the new executive director of the Coalition for the Protection of Children. Sheelagh Cooper, the founder of the helping agency, said the appointment would enable the coalition to bolster its services for children who have been affected by the trauma of abuse. Kelly has been working for the. .. Wed, 29 Jun 2016 08:00:00 EST Scholarships pair excited by opportunities Students Maya Palacio and Kallan Thomas will receive 3,000 towards further education in their English-related studies after being granted scholarships from the English Speaking Union. Maya, 19, has completed the first year of her bachelors degree, studying journalism with a minor in English at the University of Kings College in. .. Wed, 29 Jun 2016 08:00:00 EST Ironshore gets ratings boost ahead of IPO Bermudian insurer Ironshore has received a ratings boost from AM Best. The ratings agency removed the insurer from being under review with negative implications and affirmed its A rating. However, the ratings were given a negative outlook. Ironshore was put under review by AM Best in July last year, after the company was bought. .. Wed, 29 Jun 2016 08:00:00 EST Endeavour sailors get own cup regatta Bermudas young sailors will have the chance to be in the thick of the Americas Cup action next year. The Endeavour Programme is to hold a regatta during the finals in June, with hundreds of children from around the world being given the chance to take part. Racing will be in three classes, including the OPen Bic, Hobie Wave and. .. Wed, 29 Jun 2016 08:00:00 EST Sport Scoreboard, June 29, 2016 For results from Bermuda and around the world, click on the PDF link under Related Media. Wed, 29 Jun 2016 08:00:00 EST Third Point Re gets better deal on hedge fund fees NEW YORK Bloomberg Bermudian-based Third Point Reinsurance Ltd won lower fees on investments overseen by Dan Loebs Third Point LLC, the hedge fund manager that helped start the reinsurer. Third Point Re will pay a 1. 5 per cent annualised fee in addition to as much as 20 per cent of the profits, according to a regulatory filing. .. Wed, 29 Jun 2016 08:00:00 EST Rubis to mark ten years with charity drive The 2017 edition of the Rubis Energy Bermuda calendar is shaping up to be something extra special as the company celebrates its first ten years on the island. Each year around 15,000 of the calendars are distributed at Rubis service stations across the island. As part of this years celebrations to mark the anniversary of Rubis. .. Wed, 29 Jun 2016 08:00:00 EST Digicel Bermuda hits gold security standard Digicel Bermuda has become a gold partner with technology security company Fortinet Solutions. Fortinet counts the majority of Fortune 500 companies among its customers, and provides a range of high-performance cybersecurity solutions for networks and data centres, cloud services along with other content security services. In a. .. Wed, 29 Jun 2016 08:00:00 EST Stranded sailors praise community's kindness Stranded sailors who lost everything when their ship went up in flames have thanked the Bermuda Government and community for their hospitality. Captain Zi You Wong and his 18 crew members, one of whom has since died, were rescued in the early hours of last Tuesday by bulk carrier K Coral after the chief officer on board reported. .. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 08:00:00 EST Final days for golf and tennis shop After 31 years in business The Upstairs Golf and Tennis Shop, on Church Street, will close its doors on Friday. It is in the final stages of a closing out sale with its remaining items heavily discounted. The shop is a casualty of a big drop in customers a drop that coincided with the departure of thousands of guest workers from. .. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 08:00:00 EST Smith calls out Hall over run drought Brian Hall, the Western Stars all-rounder, has been challenged to make a bigger contribution with the bat after struggling for runs in the Logic Premier Division this season. In the absence of several key batsman in last weekends 121-run defeat against Southampton Rangers at St Johns Field, Hall was promoted to No 3 but was caught for. .. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 08:00:00 EST Tourism ambassador offers a warm welcome Is it going to rain tomorrow? Tourists constantly ask Alfred Wright that question. His standard response is to stick his finger up as if testing the air, before pronouncing solemnly theres a probability. People usually take his word for it. For the past seven years I have been greeting people at Pennos Wharf, the 74-year-old said. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 08:00:00 EST Commission of Inquiry to cover airport deal The Governments disputed airport redevelopment contract is to be investigated by a Commission of Inquiry along with contentious projects of the past such as Bermuda Emissions Control and GlobalHue. That independent body, which held its first public hearing yesterday, had been tasked with probing allegations by Auditor-General Heather. .. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Designated gaming sites announced The Hamilton Princess and the St Georges hotel project will be eligible to apply for casino licences after being named designated sites. Both locations were recommended for designation by the Bermuda Casino Gaming Commission and approved by Senator Michael Fahy, the Minister for Tourism, Transport and Municipalities. Mr Fahy said. .. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Coalition serves nearly 50,000 breakfasts The latest school year has come to a close with nearly 50,000 breakfasts given to public school students by the Coalition for the Protection of Children. It marks the agencys ninth year running its breakfast programme and, appropriately enough, a ninth school was added to its roster. Sheelagh Cooper, chairwoman of the agency,. .. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 08:00:00 EST Deeper worries blamed for low voter turnout Low turnout at last weeks referendum shows that Bermudians have deeper worries than same-sex unions, according to the LGBTQ group OUTBermuda. While voters turned down both same-sex marriage and civil unions, too few showed at the polls for the referendum to deliver an official answer. OUTBermuda, a charity for advocacy and. .. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 08:00:00 EST Brexit backers cant have their cake and eat it too The political scientist and theorist Francis Fukuyama in a 1989 essay once wrote that with the triumph of Western liberal values the precursor to neoliberalism at the end of the Cold War that that would signal an end to history itself. Well, on June 23, 2016, millions of British voters thought otherwise and it now appears that history. .. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 08:00:00 EST Baron vows to steer students away from gangs Educational programmes designed to steer schoolchildren away from the perils of gangs could be expanded further in Bermuda, according to Jeff Baron, the Minister of National Security. The GREAT initiative has already helped more than 600 children from primary and middle schools by teaching students how to avoid falling into the islands. .. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 08:00:00 EST Car passenger in ICU A car passenger is being treated in Intensive Care Unit after she was thrown from the vehicle when the driver lost control. The 29-year-old woman as well as a second passenger, a 33 year-old man, were ejected from the car as a result of the crash that occurred at 3. 14am on Tuesday. The driver, a 33 year-old man, was arrested at. .. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 15:40:00 EST WA students celebrate BTEC success All four of Warwick Academys BTEC sixth-form students have graduated with distinction grades, the high school has announced. The qualification provided by the Business and Technology Education Council is a vocational pathway which Warwick Academy adopted last year in addition to its International Baccalaureate programme. It is. .. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 14:10:00 EST Gambling addict jailed A book-keeper who admitted stealing more than 200,000 from her employer to help fund her gambling addiction was jailed this morning. Devore Brangman, 54, pleaded guilty to a charge of stealing 157,755. 67 from Bermuda Oral Surgery Centre over a four-year period, and asked for the court to take into account a further theft of 78,025. 21. .. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 14:29:00 EST Drunk jailed for resisting arrest A man arrested for being drunk in public was jailed this morning after refusing to go through the drug court programme. Omar Young, 43, pleaded guilty to both being drunk and incapable and violently resisting arrest in an incident on April 4. The court had heard that at around 1pm that day, a manager at the Maximart in Sandys was. .. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:39:00 EST Bermuda First posts 2.3m profit Investment firm Bermuda First Investment Company has announced profits of 2. 3 million for the nine months to the end of March. The company held investments valued at 26. 9 million at the end of the period and had revenue of 0. 4 million. BFIC holds stakes in telecoms firm KeyTech, utilities company Ascendant, owner of Belco, plus. .. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 13:23:00 EST Mosquito traps placed to prevent Zika virus Government is stepping up its efforts to stop the Zika virus entering the island. While Bermuda is considered Zika-free at least no cases have reported the Department of Healths Vector Control team is piloting a new In2Care Mosquito Trap scheme. The traps are designed to specifically attract the Aedes mosquito, which is the. .. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:25:00 EST Swing Bridge to temporarily close The Swing Bridge in St Georges will be temporarily closed to traffic tomorrow morning as testing is conducted on the bridge. According to a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Public Works, the bridge will be shut as of 10am. Normal traffic operation will be resumed as quickly as possible and interruption to traffic flow is not. .. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 09:26:00 EST Vote over, now we must end violence Dear Sir,With much trepidation, I awaited the final tally regarding the referendum on same-sex marriage and civil unions in Bermuda. Less than 50 per cent of the electorate exercised their right to make their voice heard. However, the results are resounding and definitive to me the No, No votes matter. The people have spoken. It. .. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 08:00:00 EST Lets make the most of Brexit Dear Sir,Citizens of a small island whose economy is out of proportion to its landmass understand the importance of inclusion and multilateralism. Unless you are the UK, in which case you forgo collective bargaining to make a passing political point and momentarily revisit those heady years when the Germans curse their success . .. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 08:00:00 EST Islands beauty betrays hurtful attitude to LGBT community Dear Sir,When I landed in Bermuda for a three-day vacation, the first thing I noticed were the colourful hues of the houses. During the drive to my hotel, I subsequently learnt that Bermudians have the right to paint the walls of their houses whatever colour they choose. And perched atop Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, which I climbed to attempt. .. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 08:00:00 EST Referendums show leaders out of touch with people Dear Sir,Brexit may have its complexities and there will be many well-reasoned guesses as to the future outcome of Britain and the European Union, but a few things in the political realm were made crystal clear leadership is way out of touch with the people. The march of globalisation will continue, but in its path there will be. .. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 08:00:00 EST Are PLP politicians suffering from memory loss? Dear Sir,How interesting to read that the acting leader of the Progressive Labour Party, Walter Roban, and Senator Renee Ming are calling for the reopening of the St Georges Police Station. Incidentally, I totally agree with them. Do they remember who closed that station? If my memory is correct and it may not be as good as. .. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 08:00:00 EST Island life inspires tropical designs The biggest thing Brittany Wolffe has learnt from the Bermuda Fashion Festival? Confidence sells. She is showing the third collection from her LoveBomb line at the City of Hamilton event next week. The London fashion student, who won a coveted internship at Interview Magazine in New York, spoke to Lifestyle about juggling her work. .. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 08:00:00 EST Ominous interplay between conditions Kidney disease is both a cause and a consequence of heart disease, the number one global killer. Chronic kidney disease is common, affecting 9 per cent to 13 per cent of the general adult population, and these figures are on the rise. Cardiovascular disease is quite prevalent in people with CKD regardless of age, stage of kidney. .. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 08:00:00 EST