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Off The Rock: Hurricanes Alter Cruise Plans

Off The Rock: Hurricanes Alter Cruise Plans

[Travel column written by Don Burgess] Hurricanes Irma and Maria have drastically altered many cruise itineraries. In some ports, the channels have yet to be checked to see if they are safe for the ships, while in others the destruction is so widespread that dumping 1,000s of cruise passengers on those cities would only hamper relief and rebuilding... Read more of this article

Foggo Helps Earn ‘Indigenous Day’ Recognition

Foggo Helps Earn ‘Indigenous Day’ Recognition

Bermudian Jean Foggo Simon — a St. David’s islander of Native descent currently living in Oberlin, Ohio — has been instrumental in convincing that city’s council to change ‘Columbus Day’ to ‘Indigenous Peoples Day.’ According to Time Magazine, Indigenous Peoples Day celebrates Native Americans and challenges... Read more of this article

Peace Day: “Respect, Safety & Dignity for All”

Peace Day: “Respect, Safety & Dignity for All”

Imagine Bermuda is inviting the community to join in the observance of United Nation’s International Peace Day on Thursday, September 21st. The theme for the day is “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety & Dignity for All”.A spokesperson said, “This Day has added significance since 2017 has proved to be an especially challenging period,... Read more of this article

Bermuda Ship Pilot Buried In New York

Bermuda Ship Pilot Buried In New York

James Thaddeus Griffiths – a Bermudian who piloted a ship through the St. George’s Town Cut in 1917 – lies at rest in the Mohawk Cemetery in Utica, New York, recently drawing his great-grandchildren from Bermuda and abroad to visit his grave site. A Times Telegraph story said “The grave marker bearing the names of James T. and Mae... Read more of this article

Bermudians Urged To ‘Remain Vigilant’ In UK

Bermudians Urged To ‘Remain Vigilant’ In UK

The Government of Bermuda London Office has advised “Bermudians in the UK to remain vigilant of their surroundings” following the events in London yesterday morning. An 18-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of a terror offence in connection with Friday’s attack on a London Tube train, in which 30 people were injured after the explosion... Read more of this article

Apple Announces The Upcoming iPhone X

Apple Announces The Upcoming iPhone X

Apple held an event today [Sept 12] announcing their latest smartphone, the iPhone X, a device that the company dubs “the future of the smartphone,” set to be available in stores on November 3. The Apple website said, “Apple today announced iPhone X, the future of the smartphone, in a gorgeous all-glass design with a beautiful 5.8-inch... Read more of this article

Bermudians In Florida On Aftermath Of Irma

Bermudians In Florida On Aftermath Of Irma

[Written by Don Burgess] Several Bermudians in Florida are dealing with no electricity issues, but are happy that was the worst they had to handle from Hurricane Irma. Ki-Juan and Courtney Minors are dealing with no power by playing board games to pass the time. The couple lives in Wellington, which is 20 minutes west of West Palm Beach. Kerrie Thomsen... Read more of this article

Off The Rock: Being Paid To Travel The World

Off The Rock: Being Paid To Travel The World

[Travel column written by Don Burgess] Imagine getting to travel the world and being paid to do so. As a bonus, your spouse gets to work alongside you in this adventure. That’s the life of John Blair, a cruise director for Royal Caribbean International. Bernews caught up with John on the Radiance of the Seas on a recent Alaskan cruise to ask... Read more of this article

Hurricane Irma Kills Ten People In Caribbean

Hurricane Irma Kills Ten People In Caribbean

Hurricane Irma hammered some of Caribbean with winds of up to 180 mph leaving at least ten people dead, international media have reported. The island of Barbuda is said to be “barely habitable”, officials warn that St Martin is almost destroyed, and the death toll is likely to rise, according to the BBC.Reported to be the most potent Atlantic... Read more of this article

Harvey Unlikely To Exceed Reinsurance Limits

Harvey Unlikely To Exceed Reinsurance Limits

Losses anticipated from Hurricane Harvey are unlikely to exceed the top reinsurance limits of insurers writing business in Texas, according to new Best’s Special Report, titled, “Texas Insurers Expected to Withstand Losses from Hurricane Harvey.” “Over the past several years, the soft reinsurance market has allowed primary insurers to obtain... Read more of this article

Off The Rock: Shore Excursions In Alaska

Off The Rock: Shore Excursions In Alaska

[Travel column written by Don Burgess] If you are going to do an Alaskan cruise, you want to spend your money on the excursions and not your cabin. But you don’t have to pay cruise line prices for what will be a once in a life time experience for many.I recently did the Dog Sled and Musher’s Camp Experience, where dogs that are training to be... Read more of this article

RMS Models Economic Losses From Hurricane

RMS Models Economic Losses From Hurricane

Analysis by RMS, a global risk modeling and analytics firm, has found that economic losses caused by wind, storm surge, and inland flood from Hurricane Harvey could be as high as U.S. $70-90 billion. “The majority of the overall loss is likely to be from inland flooding in the Houston metropolitan area, where there are over seven million properties... Read more of this article

Hurricane Harvey: Support Red Cross Efforts

Hurricane Harvey: Support Red Cross Efforts

Over the past few days, Hurricane Harvey pummeled Texas with one of the worst storms in recent American history, threatening businesses, homes, and lives with catastrophic flooding. Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas called the storm “one of the largest disasters America has ever faced,” and said the region would not recover anytime soon. The death... Read more of this article