Video: PLP Founders Day & Drum Major Awards

Video: PLP Founders Day & Drum Major Awards

The Progressive Labour Party hosted their 53rd Annual Founders’ Day & Drum Major Awards Luncheon this afternoon [Feb 26] at the Bermuda College Cafeteria. The speakers were Senate Leader & Shadow Minister for Municipalities Senator Renee Ming and party member Mr. J. Audley Quallo, with presentations made to the recipients of this year’s... Read more of this article

Photos: Midshipman Commemoration Service

Photos: Midshipman Commemoration Service

A service to commemorate the life of US Midshipman Richard Sutherland Dale was held in St George’s, with people coming out to pay tribute to the last victim of the War of 1812. With piper Joel Cassidy and drummer Peter Profit, the TS Admiral Somers Sea Cadets led the way to St Peter’s Churchyard for a commemorative service conducted by Canon W.... Read more of this article

Video: Sunday Feb 26th: “Good News” Spotlight

Video: Sunday Feb 26th: “Good News” Spotlight

Cricketer Delray Rawlins making an impressive showing during England’s Under-19 tour of India, Neletha Butterfield releasing her ‘Speeches for the Soul’ book, Flora Duffy winning her 4th consecutive Xterra South Africa Championship title, Hannah Eggen being featured onstage at a Wyclef Jean concert, and Tyrone Smith setting a new Bermuda... Read more of this article

Video: Wyclef Jean Concert Features Bermudian

Video: Wyclef Jean Concert Features Bermudian

Bermuda’s Hannah Eggen was featured onstage at a recent Wyclef Jean concert, with the Grammy award-winning artist giving her a ‘shout out’ for her dancing skills, asking the audience to “make some noise for the great Hannah out of Bermuda.” Screenshot from the broadcast showing Hannah Eggen & Wyclef JeanMs Eggen... Read more of this article

Minister: Trump, UK, Taxes & Impact On Bermuda

Minister: Trump, UK, Taxes & Impact On Bermuda

While delivering the 2017 Budget, Finance Minister Bob Richards addressed some of the developments taking place around the world and their possible impact on Bermuda, saying it is “part of the current international reality impacting and threatening the standard of living of all Bermudians” as the “risks to our international business... Read more of this article

Suffragette Table To Be Auctioned At Trust Event

Suffragette Table To Be Auctioned At Trust Event

The Bermuda National Trust Annual Auction and Jumble Sale has been chosen as the venue for the sale of a piece of furniture which played a key role in getting women the right to vote in Bermuda. The Auction on Saturday, March 4th will feature a table from the collection of Gladys Morrell, leader of the 30-year campaign for women’s suffrage in Bermuda. This... Read more of this article

Duffy Wins XTERRA South Africa Championship

Duffy Wins XTERRA South Africa Championship

Bermuda’s Flora Duffy successfully defended her XTERRA South Africa Championship title today, racing to victory to claim her fourth consecutive title. Duffy — who is the reigning world champion — recorded a dominant victory, crossing the line over 6 minutes ahead of the next competitor, finishing in a time of 2:39:00. Mari Rabie of... Read more of this article


Grand Atlantic RFP Selection Process Complete

Grand Atlantic RFP Selection Process Complete

The Ministry of Public Works, on behalf of the Bermuda Housing Corporation [BHC], announced that the “selection process as it relates to the Grand Atlantic Condominium - Request for Proposal [RFP] has been completed.” Grand Atlantic was planned as a housing development, however only one unit sold in the first six months, and in 2014 the... Read more of this article

Chamber: Initial Views On Budget Are “Mixed”

Chamber: Initial Views On Budget Are “Mixed”

“Our initial views are mixed,” Chamber of Commerce President John Wight said following today’s Budget, as “increased company payroll taxes and rolled-back tax concessions to restaurants and retailers mean that these businesses will have no choice but to pass on these costs to consumers, or reduce their workforce.” “In... Read more of this article

ABIR Comments On Planned Payroll Tax Change

ABIR Comments On Planned Payroll Tax Change

The Association of Bermuda Insurers and Reinsurers [ABIR] said while they fully support the introduction of payroll tax progressivity, they urge the Government to “develop existing sources and new alternatives to the payroll tax as a means for raising revenues” as an “overemphasis on the payroll tax makes Bermuda operations even more... Read more of this article

Live Updates: Finance Minister Delivers Budget

Live Updates: Finance Minister Delivers Budget

[Updating] Finance Minister Bob Richards is set to deliver the 2017 Budget in the House of Assembly this morning [Feb 24], which will set out the Government’s financial plans for the upcoming fiscal year. We will be covering the Budget all day, providing live updates as the Minister delivers the speech, as well as posting a copy of the full speech... Read more of this article

Video: Summary Of The 2017 Bermuda Budget

Video: Summary Of The 2017 Bermuda Budget

Introducing a new Financial Services Tax, payroll tax changes and adjustments to customs duties were a few of the financial initiatives revealed as Finance Minister Bob Richards delivered the 2017 Bermuda Budget in the House of Assembly this morning [Feb 24]. In addition, the maximum taxable salary level will be raised from $750,000 to $900,000, land... Read more of this article

Video: Minister Holds Budget Press Conference

Video: Minister Holds Budget Press Conference

The 2017/18 Budget moves Bermuda closer to our goal of having a balanced budget, Finance Minister Bob Richards said today, adding that “projections for 2018/19 indicate that the Current Account surplus will cover interest charges and capital expenditures, meaning that for the first time in 15 years, Government will not be adding new net debt,... Read more of this article

Full Document & Highlights: 2017 Budget Speech

Full Document & Highlights: 2017 Budget Speech

Payroll tax reductions for lower income earners and introducing a new Financial Services Tax were two of the financial initiatives revealed as Finance Minister Bob Richards delivered the 2017 Budget in the House of Assembly this morning [Feb 24]. A copy of the full Budget statement is below, you can view our live blog on the Budget here, all our coverage... Read more of this article

Charts Only: 2017-2018 Bermuda Budget

Charts Only: 2017-2018 Bermuda Budget

For those seeking a quick visual view of the 2017 Budget delivered in the House of Assembly by Finance Minister Bob Richards this morning [Feb 24], the charts extracted from the Budget are below. For comparison’s sake, charts from the 2016 Budget are here, the 2015 Budget are here, 2014 Budget are here, 2013 Budget are here, 2012 Budget are here,... Read more of this article

Former Governor Waddington Dies At Age 87

Former Governor Waddington Dies At Age 87

Former Governor of Bermuda and United Kingdom home secretary under Margaret Thatcher, David Waddington, has died at the age of 87. Waddington served as Governor of Bermuda from 1992 to 1997. A story in the Guardian said, “Being home secretary is never an easy job, but David Waddington’s brief tenure in that great office of state at the tail-end... Read more of this article

Photos: Fishermen Catch Large Blue Marlin

Photos: Fishermen Catch Large Blue Marlin

[Written by Don Burgess] “It’s a total shock!” - That was the reaction from brothers Allan and Delvin Bean when they caught a huge blue marlin earlier this week. The Beans were in the boat Nothing’s Easy in between Argus and Challenger Banks when they received a tug on their line. Delvin told Bernews, “We knew we had something special form... Read more of this article


VIDEOS

Video: PLP Founders Day & Drum Major Awards

Video: PLP Founders Day & Drum Major Awards

The Progressive Labour Party hosted their 53rd Annual Founders’ Day & Drum Major Awards Luncheon this afternoon [Feb 26] at the Bermuda College Cafeteria. The speakers were Senate Leader & Shadow Minister for Municipalities Senator Renee Ming and party member Mr. J. Audley Quallo, with presentations made to the recipients of this year’s... Read more of this article

Video: Sunday Feb 26th: “Good News” Spotlight

Video: Sunday Feb 26th: “Good News” Spotlight

Cricketer Delray Rawlins making an impressive showing during England’s Under-19 tour of India, Neletha Butterfield releasing her ‘Speeches for the Soul’ book, Flora Duffy winning her 4th consecutive Xterra South Africa Championship title, Hannah Eggen being featured onstage at a Wyclef Jean concert, and Tyrone Smith setting a new Bermuda... Read more of this article

Video: Wyclef Jean Concert Features Bermudian

Video: Wyclef Jean Concert Features Bermudian

Bermuda’s Hannah Eggen was featured onstage at a recent Wyclef Jean concert, with the Grammy award-winning artist giving her a ‘shout out’ for her dancing skills, asking the audience to “make some noise for the great Hannah out of Bermuda.” Screenshot from the broadcast showing Hannah Eggen & Wyclef JeanMs Eggen... Read more of this article

SPORTS

Flying Colours Mountain Bike Race Results

Flying Colours Mountain Bike Race Results

Sunny skies, a touch of wind, and mud from yesterday’s heavy downpour all combined to form perfect weather conditions for Race 8 of the Flying Colours Mountain Bike Race Series presented by Beck’s Beer and Furniture Walk, which was held in the east end of the island at Ferry Reach Park this morning [Feb 26].Division: Male A Robin Horsfield in... Read more of this article

BTA: Six Visitor Golf Events Over Next Six Weeks

BTA: Six Visitor Golf Events Over Next Six Weeks

Bermuda’s golf tourism product is getting a boost with six visitor golf events over the next six weeks, the Bermuda Tourism Authority said. The events are supported by the BTA sales and marketing efforts as part of an overall sports tourism strategy to grow golf from November through March, also known as the shoulder season. “Golf is one of the... Read more of this article

Nikki Bascome Maintains Undefeated Record

Nikki Bascome Maintains Undefeated Record

Bermudian boxer Nikki Bascome improved his professional record to a perfect 6 & 0 after defeating Guyanese boxer Iwan Azore last night, with other local fighters also showing impressive form, with multiple bouts seeing Bermuda fighters defeat international opponents. Bascome slowed down his opponent with some measured body shots, and controlled... Read more of this article

BUSINESS

Third Point Re 2016 Q4 Earnings Results

Third Point Re 2016 Q4 Earnings Results

Bermuda-based Third Point Reinsurance Ltd. announced results for its fourth quarter ended December 31, 2016. Third Point Re reported a net loss of $46.7 million, or $[0.45] per diluted common share, for the fourth quarter of 2016, compared to net income of $42.2 million, or $0.39 per diluted common share, for the fourth quarter of 2015. For the year... Read more of this article

EY Release Bermuda Insurance CRO Survey

EY Release Bermuda Insurance CRO Survey

EY recently issued its first ever survey of Insurance CROs in Bermuda, which revealed that the CROs’ roles are established within their individual organizations – 100% of respondents confirmed their unfettered access to the Board, Risk and Audit Committees. “Bermuda CROs named several issues facing them in the current business climate, including... Read more of this article

Minister: Trump, UK, Taxes & Impact On Bermuda

Minister: Trump, UK, Taxes & Impact On Bermuda

While delivering the 2017 Budget, Finance Minister Bob Richards addressed some of the developments taking place around the world and their possible impact on Bermuda, saying it is “part of the current international reality impacting and threatening the standard of living of all Bermudians” as the “risks to our international business... Read more of this article

ENTERTAINMENT

Bermuda Irish Association Holding Gala Dinner

Bermuda Irish Association Holding Gala Dinner

The Bermuda Irish Association is inviting the public to attend their upcoming gala dinner on Saturday, March 25 at Hamilton Princess Hotel, with cocktails at 7.00pm and dinner at 8.00pm A spokesperson said, “Our event is taking shape and we have had a tremendous response so far. All are welcome to experience a great evening of Irish music, dancing... Read more of this article

Bermuda Butterflies Book Available Worldwide

Bermuda Butterflies Book Available Worldwide

Ras Mykkal, Bermudian photographer, dub poet and author, teamed up with award-winning graphic designer Stephan Johnstone to produce a book dedicated to the history, life cycle and illustration of Bermuda’s butterflies. Mr. Mykkal begin photographing the insects in 2006 and started working with Mr. Johnstone on the book in 2012.A spokesperson said,... Read more of this article

Video: Wyclef Jean Concert Features Bermudian

Video: Wyclef Jean Concert Features Bermudian

Bermuda’s Hannah Eggen was featured onstage at a recent Wyclef Jean concert, with the Grammy award-winning artist giving her a ‘shout out’ for her dancing skills, asking the audience to “make some noise for the great Hannah out of Bermuda.” Screenshot from the broadcast showing Hannah Eggen & Wyclef JeanMs Eggen... Read more of this article

ENVIRONMENT

Free ‘Grow, Eat, Save’ Gardening Workshops

Free ‘Grow, Eat, Save’ Gardening Workshops

As part of activities for Nutrition Month, the Department of Health is inviting the public to a free, five-session gardening workshop every Thursday evening in March. Participants will learn to grow fresh, nutritious food, which will help cut grocery bills. Mellonie Furbert, Public Health Nutritionist said, “We know that people know the importance... Read more of this article

Bermuda Butterflies Book Available Worldwide

Bermuda Butterflies Book Available Worldwide

Ras Mykkal, Bermudian photographer, dub poet and author, teamed up with award-winning graphic designer Stephan Johnstone to produce a book dedicated to the history, life cycle and illustration of Bermuda’s butterflies. Mr. Mykkal begin photographing the insects in 2006 and started working with Mr. Johnstone on the book in 2012.A spokesperson said,... Read more of this article

Rise In Floral Material Imports Prompts Reminder

Rise In Floral Material Imports Prompts Reminder

The Ministry of the Environment said they expect a “dramatic increase in the amount of imported floral material in the run up to and during the America’s Cup event,” so wish to “remind all importers of floral materials that they must adhere to import regulations.” “With respect to all incoming plant material, importers... Read more of this article

CRIME

Caution Policy On Cannabis Issued To Police

Caution Policy On Cannabis Issued To Police

Director of Public Prosecutions Larry Mussenden issued the guidance for formal cautions for simple possession of cannabis to the Commissioner of Police today [Feb 23], with the Act that governs the policy having been brought into force yesterday by the Attorney-General. The weight of the cannabis must be under three grams and the person must not have... Read more of this article

Court: 41-Year-Old Man Denies Assault, Threats

Court: 41-Year-Old Man Denies Assault, Threats

Appearing in Magistrates Court, a 41-year-old man denied charges of unlawful assault and using threatening words. Eli Hill pleaded not guilty to charges spanning July 2016 to February 2017, with all charges involving alleged interactions with the same person. The charges were unlawful assault, using threatening words and using a threatening gesture. Magistrate... Read more of this article

Police Caution Legislation To Come Into Force

Police Caution Legislation To Come Into Force

Attorney General Trevor Moniz said he is bringing the legislation into force which will allow the Director of Public Prosecution [DPP] to formally bring the police caution guidance into effect, with the DPP having already announced the guidance for a Police Caution for simple possession of cannabis weighing 3 grams or less. Attorney General Moniz said,... Read more of this article

TECHNOLOGY

Digicel To Reduce Global Workforce By 25%

Digicel To Reduce Global Workforce By 25%

As part of their “global transformation programme,” Digicel Group will be reducing their global workforce by approximately 25% over the next 18 months, with the first step being the “offer of an Enhanced Voluntary Separation Programme opening on 1st March 2017.” Digicel Group operates in 31 jurisdictions worldwide, including Bermuda, and when asked... Read more of this article

TechTalk Panel To Discuss FinTech On Feb 23

TechTalk Panel To Discuss FinTech On Feb 23

The Department of E-Commerce will be holding a TechTalk panel discussion on ‘FinTech’ on February 23. The panel will consist of Katya Gorbunova, Senior Manager, IT Risk Advisory Services – EY Bermuda; Nick Cardinez, Chief Financial Officer – Hannover Re [Bermuda] Ltd.; Stafford Lowe, Managing Director – R3; and Stuart Lacey, Founder and CEO – Trunomi. The event... Read more of this article

Govt Policy Review On Free-To-Air Broadcasting

Govt Policy Review On Free-To-Air Broadcasting

Developments over the past decade have affected how consumers access news, information and entertainment, and light of these changes, a review of the Government’s existing policies and legislation relating to free-to-air broadcasting will take place, Minister of Economic Development Dr Grant Gibbons said in the House of Assembly.Minister Gibbons said, “Developments... Read more of this article

ACCIDENTS & FIRES

Motorcyclist Injured In Southampton Collision

Motorcyclist Injured In Southampton Collision

[Updated] A female motorcyclist was injured in a collision this afternoon [Feb 25] on Middle Road in Southampton resulting in her being transported to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital for treatment to unknown injuries. A police spokesperson said, “Around 2:45pm on Saturday, February 25th police and first responders were dispatched to a reported... Read more of this article

Crashed Truck Still  “Stuck” In Hamilton Parish

Crashed Truck Still “Stuck” In Hamilton Parish

After crashing over an embankment last Friday, the truck remains in the same position this afternoon [Feb 22], partially submerged in the water in the Abbot’s Crescent, Hamilton parish area. The truck crashed quite a distance over the embankment, with the police previously confirming that 41-year-old man was attempting to start the truck when it... Read more of this article

Road Collision Statistics: ER Treats Four A Day

Road Collision Statistics: ER Treats Four A Day

More than four people a day were treated in the emergency department as a result of road collisions in 2016, figures from the Bermuda Hospitals Board reveal. Road collision statistics for last year show that 1,557 people required treatment at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital. “This is a shocking statistic and it should really make people think about... Read more of this article