Casino Gaming Act 2014 Passes In The Senate

Casino Gaming Act 2014 Passes In The Senate

Senators passed the Casino Gaming Act 2014 yesterday [Dec 17], with the legislation paving the way for casinos in Bermuda. Having already been approved by MPs in the House of Assembly, the Governor must now provide his assent before the Act officially becomes the law. The Act creates provisions for a maximum of three casino licences to be given in Bermuda,... Read more of this article

BHeC: Health Insurance During Probation Period

BHeC: Health Insurance During Probation Period

The Bermuda Health Council and Bernews have teamed-up to answer your questions about the island’s health care system. Visit www.bhec.bm to submit your queries and look for the response on Bernews.Question: I have a new job and so I am on a probation period. I understand that I cannot take holiday or even sick leave while on probation, but my employer... Read more of this article

Anti Gang Initiative Expands To Middle Schools

Anti Gang Initiative Expands To Middle Schools

The Ministry of National Security advised that the Gang Resistance Educational And Training [GREAT] programme has expanded into the Middle School level and recently the Premier and Minister of National Security, Michael Dunkley attended the Whitney Institute to take part in a GREAT lesson programme firsthand. Premier Michael Dunkley and Sen. Jeffrey... Read more of this article

Dr Gibbons On America’s Cup Planning Progress

Dr Gibbons On America’s Cup Planning Progress

The Government is “currently transitioning from a bid team structure to a more focused administrative organization” that will work closely with the America’s Cup Event Authority [ACEA] to facilitate the enquiries they are receiving, Minister of Education and Economic Development Dr. Grant Gibbons said today [Dec 17]. Dr. Gibbons said,... Read more of this article

Flora Duffy Named “Most Impressive Crossover”

Flora Duffy Named “Most Impressive Crossover”

Bermuda’s Flora Duffy has been recognized in the Triathlete Magazine’s Best Of 2014 Awards, with the two-time Olympian being named the “Most Impressive Crossover to Dirt.” Duffy won the XTERRA World Championship in Hawaii in October, which followed a first class season which saw her dominate the XTERRA circuit, winning titles in... Read more of this article

Dr. Johnson Fined For Using Phone While Driving

Dr. Johnson Fined For Using Phone While Driving

Appearing in Magistrates Court this morning [Dec 17], Dr Christopher Johnson was fined $500 for using a handheld device whilst driving on Harbour Road, Paget, on 4th July 2014. At this morning’s hearing, Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo did not accept Dr Johnson’s defence that he was using a cellphone in order to check on an address in response... Read more of this article

BTOA Expresses Concern Over Rumble Strips

BTOA Expresses Concern Over Rumble Strips

[Updated with Ministry's response] The President of the Bermuda Taxi Owners Association [BTOA] has raised concerns about the rumble strips recently placed on East Broadway, saying the strips have caused “meters to malfunction” and “wheels to become misaligned.” “Those rumble strips are of a grave concern to the industry... Read more of this article

XL Confirm “Preliminary Discussions” With Catlin

XL Confirm “Preliminary Discussions” With Catlin

Following reports they made a $3.9 billion offer to buy Catlin Group, XL Group today [Dec 17] confirmed that it is “engaged in preliminary discussions with Catlin regarding a potential transaction to acquire the company and form a combined entity.” Bloomberg reported that Catlin Group Ltd. said it received a takeover approach from XL valued... Read more of this article

“Harvesting Excellence” At The Berkeley Institute

“Harvesting Excellence” At The Berkeley Institute

The Berkeley Institute recently held its annual Prizegiving Ceremony to a standing room only audience in the school cafetorium. Principal Dr. Phyllis Curtis-Tweed celebrated the achievements of Berkeley students over the past academic year, telling them that their accomplishments exemplify the tenets of the school’s mission. She encouraged them to... Read more of this article

Stephen Catlin Named Insurance Hall of Famer

Stephen Catlin Named Insurance Hall of Famer

Stephen Catlin — Chief Executive of Bermuda-based Catlin Group Limited –will be the 2015 Insurance Hall of Fame Award recipient, the International Insurance Society [‘IIS’] has announced. The Insurance Hall of Fame Award pays tribute to persons who have made a broad, encompassing and lasting contribution to the insurance industry and... Read more of this article

Family Centre Series: “Balanced Discipline”

Family Centre Series: “Balanced Discipline”

[Written by Family Centre Counsellor, Christyn Blanchette] Discipline is a two-sided coin. On the one hand its purpose is to train a child to obey the rules and codes of behavior using punishment as a consequence for disobedience; on the other hand, to discipline a child is to also teach them to own their behavior and to receive the positive consequences... Read more of this article

Clocktower Mall To Open Seven Days A Week

Clocktower Mall To Open Seven Days A Week

The Clocktower Mall in Dockyard will be open from 11.00am – 4.00pm, seven days a week during January, February and March in 2015. Last year the Mall closed three days per week in the winter months, and they said that in an effort to encourage people to visit, as well as to coincide with the Bermuda Tourism Authority’s plan to market the winter... Read more of this article

New York Cup Announcement Trip: $5711.01

New York Cup Announcement Trip: $5711.01

According to the latest listing on the Government’s travel webpage, the trip by Premier Michael Dunkley and his Public Affairs Officer to New York for the America’s Cup announcement cost $5711.01. Minister of Education and Economic Development Dr Grant Gibbons also attended the event, and his costs were listed separately as $628.90, bringing... Read more of this article

VIDEOS

Photos, Video & Results: BEF Equestrian Show

Photos, Video & Results: BEF Equestrian Show

The Bermuda Equestrian Federation hosted the Welcome Home Show at the National Equestrian Center on Vesey Street this past weekend. On the first day, in Round 1 on Day 1 with the Height of Fences at 3’3, Wanderpreis ridden by Alison Dyer-Fagundo won the Class wth a score of 81, Vicki Steele riding All In One finished second with a score of 76... Read more of this article

Video: Bascome On St George’s, Airport & Cup

Video: Bascome On St George’s, Airport & Cup

Following the news that Bermuda will host the 2017 America’s Cup and a developer plans to start construction on a new hotel in St. George’s next year, One Bermuda Alliance MP Kenny Bascome said he believes that Bermuda “is on the upswing.” On Friday, Minister Shawn Crockwell said that the Venezuela-based Desarrollos group confirmed... Read more of this article

Video: Burt On $6 Million Wharf Cost Increase

Video: Burt On $6 Million Wharf Cost Increase

The One Bermuda Alliance has “talked a lot about the management of capital projects” and “their first capital project had a significant cost overrun,” Shadow Minister of Finance David Burt said. The costs of the Heritage Wharf improvements were discussed in Parliament on Friday [Dec 12], with Minister of Public Works Patricia... Read more of this article

SPORTS

Netball Senior, U16 & U12 League Standings

Netball Senior, U16 & U12 League Standings

The Bermuda Netball Association’s League Season has reached the end of the first half of their season, and the current stats and standings in the three leagues are below. Danielle Raynor from the Young Men Social Club Lady Bluebirds is the Senior League leading goalscorer with 249 goals, while Fredricka Samuels from the Young Men Social Club Blazzin... Read more of this article

Photos: Bermuda Men’s Rugby Teams In Action

Photos: Bermuda Men’s Rugby Teams In Action

Bermuda’s rugby teams recently saw action under sunny skies, with solid action seen across the field from all players involved in the matches. Recent rugby action saw matches played in both the Ladies Touch and the Men’s Divisions, resulting in victories for the Renegades Ladies, the Mariners Ladies, and the men’s teams of the same monikers,... Read more of this article

Photos: Recent Bermuda Field Hockey Action

Photos: Recent Bermuda Field Hockey Action

The Longtails and the Ravens recently met in Bermuda field hockey action, with the Ravens securing a victory in the spirited match. After a scoreless first half, Maya Palacio gave the Longtails the lead in the 44th minute with a penalty corner goal, but Jessica Hollis drew the Ravens level with a field goal in the 53rd minute. Hollis would score from... Read more of this article

BUSINESS

Sun Life To “Accelerate Expansion” In Bermuda

Sun Life To “Accelerate Expansion” In Bermuda

Sun Life Financial International today [Dec 12] announced plans to “accelerate expansion in its Bermuda operation” saying that “plans are in place to hire additional employees in Bermuda.” “The Bermuda office has been growing its employee numbers since 2012 and by the end of the year, the two-year growth rate will be more... Read more of this article

Saville Replaces Collier On Somers Board

Saville Replaces Collier On Somers Board

Somers Limited, a financial services investment holding company, announced that J. Michael Collier has retired as a Director and Deputy Chairman of Somers, and Duncan Saville has been appointed as a Director. Mr. Collier, a career banker, has served on the Somers Board as a Director and Deputy Chairman since the Company was incorporated in 2012. He... Read more of this article

Bermuda Stock Exchange Report: Dec 17 2014

Bermuda Stock Exchange Report: Dec 17 2014

Today [Dec 17] saw a volume of 42,310 shares trade on the Bermuda Stock Exchange, valued at $108,520.09 BD. 38,010 shares were traded by Bank of N.T. Butterfield Ltd, closing at an even $1.99 per share, while another 1,300 shares were traded by BF&M Ltd, which closed at an even $18.00 per share. The other 3,000 shares were traded by KeyTech Ltd,... Read more of this article

ENTERTAINMENT

St. Paul AME Church Choir Christmas Concert

St. Paul AME Church Choir Christmas Concert

The joy of Christmas will fill the air at St. Paul AME Church as the Choir will present its annual Christmas Concert, with special guests set to include Morehouse graduates Jarrett O’Neal [tenor], Tislam Swift [Tenor] and Tyler Jacob Hill [bass] and Spelman graduate, soprano Arielle Crosby.The local talent will be led by Adrian Jones who will perform... Read more of this article

Local Author Rosheena Beek To Sign Books

Local Author Rosheena Beek To Sign Books

Local author Rosheena Beek will be at The Bookmart from December 16 through December 19 from 12.00pm to 2.00pm in order to sign copies of the second edition of her book Mommy Says!. Ms. Beek said, “This is the second edition to my first book, I Find It So Hard!, with amazing new illustrator Warren L. Maye, a Harper Collins respected veteran, and... Read more of this article

Preschoolers Sing Christmas Carols At Hospital

Preschoolers Sing Christmas Carols At Hospital

The young students of Onionpatch Academy sang Christmas carols at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital [KEMH] this morning [Dec 16], spreading holiday cheer to people on the premises. Many of the children sported Santa hats as they performed, helping everyone within hearing range to get into the Christmas spirit as the holiday quickly approaches. Related... Read more of this article

ENVIRONMENT

2014 Reef Watch Report Presented To Minister

2014 Reef Watch Report Presented To Minister

The 2014 Reef Watch Report was formally presented to Minister for Health, Seniors and Environment Jeanne Atherden and the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary,Kevin Monkman, today [Dec 17]. The report is a culmination of the data collected during Reef Watch 2014, which was held on Saturday, June 28, and supported by lead sponsor, Hiscox. During the one-day... Read more of this article

BEST: Pink Beach “Reneged” On Assurance

BEST: Pink Beach “Reneged” On Assurance

The Bermuda Environmental Sustainability Taskforce [BEST] said they “welcome the efforts being made to re-enliven tourism in Bermuda and recognizes that this will entail new development. In March 2014 BEST issued a press release about the proposed redevelopment of the Pink Beach site.” BEST said, “At that time we took an optimistic... Read more of this article

BZS Names Their 2014 Volunteers Of The Year

BZS Names Their 2014 Volunteers Of The Year

The Bermuda Zoological Society [BZS] announced that Darlene Fortin and Marcus Bassett are their 2014 Volunteer of the Year recipients, with the two volunteers contributing over 400 hours to our organization. “The pair were recognized at a special reception celebrating their hard work throughout the year on Tuesday, December 9th, hosted by the... Read more of this article

CRIME

Police Reiterate Warning: Counterfeit Money

Police Reiterate Warning: Counterfeit Money

The Bermuda Police Service said they continue to “advise businesses and their staff as well as residents to remain vigilant regarding counterfeit Bermuda currency, particularly forged $50 and $100 notes, currently in circulation. A police spokesperson said, “In a recently reported incident three counterfeit Bermuda $100 notes, all bearing... Read more of this article

Man Charged With Causing Harm While Driving

Man Charged With Causing Harm While Driving

In Magistrate’s Court this morning [Dec 17], James Guishard faced a single indictable charge of causing grievous bodily harm to another person by driving without due care and attention. The charge results from an accident on Harrington Sound Road that took place on October 20, 2014. As the charge can only be dealt with in Supreme Court, Mr. Guishard... Read more of this article

Dr. Johnson Fined For Using Phone While Driving

Dr. Johnson Fined For Using Phone While Driving

Appearing in Magistrates Court this morning [Dec 17], Dr Christopher Johnson was fined $500 for using a handheld device whilst driving on Harbour Road, Paget, on 4th July 2014. At this morning’s hearing, Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo did not accept Dr Johnson’s defence that he was using a cellphone in order to check on an address in response... Read more of this article

TECHNOLOGY

Hamilton Re CEO On 21st Century Cyber Risks

Hamilton Re CEO On 21st Century Cyber Risks

Chief Executive Officer of Hamilton Re, Kathleen Reardon, outlined issues facing the re/insurance sector in a speech delivered at the Bermuda Insurance Institute’s [BII] annual Christmas luncheon this week. Mrs. Reardon listed the influx of alternative capital, new catastrophic risks such as cyber attacks and continued low interest rates as some of dynamics forcing change... Read more of this article

Digicel: Free 10 Mins Long Distance For Holidays

Digicel: Free 10 Mins Long Distance For Holidays

Digicel Bermuda today [Dec 17] added to its Christmas line-up free long distance calls for prepaid customers, saying they wish to “further highlight the premise ‘Together We Make Christmas Better’.” The special promotion launched today [Dec 17] and will run through January 16th 2015, offering prepaid customers the option to get ten free international voice... Read more of this article

HSBC: Inoperable Terminals To Be Replaced

HSBC: Inoperable Terminals To Be Replaced

Following days of credit card terminal outages which have affected merchants across the island, HSBC Bermuda said that “by close of business tomorrow, all of the known inoperable terminals will have been replaced with new models.” As Bernews reported last week, the bank confirmed they were experiencing credit card terminal outages which affected merchants island... Read more of this article

ACCIDENTS & FIRES

Collision Involving Car & Taxi In Hamilton Parish

Collision Involving Car & Taxi In Hamilton Parish

A 55-year-old taxi driver was taken to hospital for treatment of neck and back pain after his taxi collided with a car on North Shore Road in Hamilton parish this morning. A police spokesperson said, “Around 11:15am on Monday, December 15th first responders were dispatched to a reported two vehicle collision on North Shore Road in Hamilton parish... Read more of this article

Oil Spill In Knapton Hill Area This Morning

Oil Spill In Knapton Hill Area This Morning

The police are advising motorists to “use extra caution” in the Knapton Hill, Smith’s parish area this morning [Dec 12] due to a reported oil spill. At 7.30am, a police spokesperson said, “Motorists are advised to use extra caution driving and riding in the Knapton Hill, Smith’s parish area this morning due to a reported... Read more of this article

Auxiliary Cycle Rider Hospitalized After Collision

Auxiliary Cycle Rider Hospitalized After Collision

[Updated] Shortly before 7pm tonight [Dec 11], emergency services responded to North Shore Road, Hamilton Parish where an auxiliary cycle rider was injured after being involved in a collision with a car.Bermuda Fire and Rescue personnel tended to the injured rider while police went about investigating the accident scene and directing traffic which... Read more of this article


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