All Stories All Stories en-us MPs unite against bullying EU MPs on both sides of the House of Assembly vowed to stand united against the bullying European Union yesterday as they passed new rules designed to get tough on international business. Curtis Dickinson, the finance minister claimed the House would back a Bill holding their noses as politicians from the One Bermuda Alliance joined. .. Tue, 18 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST Population concern as retail sales dip again For the first time in 5 years, retail sales have fallen for more than six consecutive months. In September, the volume of sales dropped 6. 8 per cent when adjusted for the rate of inflation, which was measured at 2. 2 per cent that month. In dollar value terms, the 92. 2 million of retail sales was a 4. 7 per cent drop. All seven. .. Tue, 18 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST PHC to meet Hood in Friendship semi-final The top two teams in the Premier and First Divisions were drawn to face each other in the Friendship and Shield Trophy semi-finals yesterday. In matches fitting for the finals, holders PHC Zebras will meet Robin Hood in the Friendship Trophy semi-final at Lords on Boxing Day, while Somerset Eagles will face Southampton Rangers at. .. Tue, 18 Dec 2018 15:14:00 EST Wells aims to build on momentum There is an adage that states, the famine always makes way for the feast, and for in-form Nahki Wells that is certainly the case. After the drought of failing to find the back of the net in his first nine games for Queens Park Rangers, after his summer loan move from Premier League outfit Burnley, a deluge of goals have followed in for. .. Tue, 18 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST Reading Clinic founder turns 100 Elizabeth Kitson isnt all that impressed about turning 100. Its understandable considering her life experiences. She remembers being wonderstruck by electricity when it was introduced here equally unforgettable is a journey to Britain during the Second World War when the ship she was travelling on was torpedoed. And then there. .. Tue, 18 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST Pioneering commissioner had profound impact Bermuda bid farewell to former Commissioner of Police Frederick Penny Bean yesterday in a well-attended ceremony at the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity in Hamilton. Police commissioner Stephen Corbishley said Mr Bean had a profound impact on all his fellow officers. Mr Corbishley said Mr Bean not only made history as being the. .. Tue, 18 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST Melonie gives back to 87 foster children A Christmastime baby who decided to dedicate her birthdays to giving gifts to foster children has collected a record number of presents. Melonie Dills third annual Birthday Giveback received more than 230 gifts from 160 donors. Now 87 foster children will get at least three presents each. Ms Dill, the vice-president of the. .. Tue, 18 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST Autistic pupils still in temporary classroom Schoolchildren on a special autism programme are still stuck in temporary accommodation three months after they were forced out of their classroom because of health fears. Selessia Watson, whose six-year-old son, Dante, is a pupil on the Paget Primary School-based programme, said the school and the education ministry had still not. .. Tue, 18 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST Louis Somner 1959-2018 Louis Somner, an official at the Bermuda Industrial Union, has died. Mr Somner was 59. Colleagues said yesterday Mr Somner, who died on Sunday, was a battler for workers rights over his ten-year career with the union and a devoted family man. George Scott, the unions chief organiser, said He was a go-getter. He was very. .. Tue, 18 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST No report cards for students until January Students in public schools will not receive report cards until next year, according to the Department of Education. A government spokeswoman said In response to feedback from key stakeholder groups inclusive of the Bermuda Union of Teachers and school principals, the Department of Education advises parents that we will not disseminate. .. Tue, 18 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST Little fiefdom mentality to be avoided The revamped North American Free Trade Agreement, now called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, has been established, almost replacing the old agreement without a whimper from the Caribbean, Bermuda or any of the smaller jurisdictions within the region and hemisphere. No marches with placards such as What About the US?. No. .. Tue, 18 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST Police reprimanded over file search The Bermuda Police Service have been ordered to look through their files for minutes of meetings held by the Bermuda Police Association after they failed to conduct an adequate search in the wake of a public access to information request. The Pati requester, whose identity was not revealed, asked the BPS three years ago for the minutes. .. Tue, 18 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST Life planning its an age thing We all come into this world looking to our parents to explain the facts of life how we grow, how we should live and how to get ahead in life. But in this age of rapid advances in science, medicine, technology and ease of access to information, not only are many of these initial expectations of life that were imprinted upon us already. .. Tue, 18 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST Digital assets, future markets and Van Gogh Imagine a world where you could own a Van Gogh painting. The kind of investment available to only the super-rich, not tied to the ups and downs of traditional markets, which could drive steady appreciation over time owing to its rarity. Digital assets will make this kind of ownership a reality. Marc Andreessen, the internet pioneer and. .. Tue, 18 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST Storm Thunder vanquish Phoenix yet again The Bermuda Netball Association Senior League hosted two more high-scoring encounters at Bernard Park yesterday. In what proved to be the game of the night, Phoenix Heat suffered their second defeat at the hands of an up-and-coming Storm Thunder, who prevailed in a 35-32 victory. It was clearly a topsy-turvy battle with both teams. .. Tue, 18 Dec 2018 15:33:00 EST Charman on the move at Sompo John Charman will leave his role as chief executive officer of Bermudian-headquartered Sompo International Holdings Ltd next year to become CEO of Overseas Insurance Business at parent company Sompo Holdings Inc. In his new position he will head up a segment of Sompo Holdings that represents 27 per cent of the groups adjusted profit,. .. Tue, 18 Dec 2018 14:06:00 EST BMA consults on digital asset custody The Bermuda Monetary Authority has released a draft code of practice for digital asset custody for consultation that prescribes measures to ensure a high level of care when safeguarding clients assets. The consultation period is for one month. The Digital Asset Business Act 2018 makes provision for digital asset business licences. .. Tue, 18 Dec 2018 13:24:00 EST RenaissanceRe and PGGM reveal new reinsurer A potentially 1 billion reinsurance company has been unveiled by RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd and major pension fund manager PGGM, of the Netherlands. The new company is called Vermeer Reinsurance Ltd has approval in principle to be licensed and regulated by the Bermuda Monetary Authority as a Class 3B reinsurer. Vermeer has received. .. Tue, 18 Dec 2018 13:00:00 EST Belco offices to close early for Christmas Belcos customer centre at the head office on 27 Serpentine Road, Pembroke will close at noon on Monday, the company advised. Normal business hours will resume on Thursday, December 27, after the Christmas holiday. Belco customers will be able to make payments on Monday afternoon at the Money Shop in the Washington Mall, All Talk in. .. Tue, 18 Dec 2018 12:57:00 EST Saddened by Bermudas SSM appeal and theocratic leanings Dear Sir,The following is a letter written to David Burt, the Premier, and copied to you. I was both saddened and shocked to read in this mornings Royal Gazette December 14, 2018 that a further appeal on the matter of same-sex marriage is planned. The only grounds for seeking to deny a fundamental human right to gays are. .. Tue, 18 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST A playful take on Christmas tradition ltigt Joy To The World Featuring The Bermuda Chamber Choir and Orchestra with The Bermuda School of Music Youth Choir at St Johns ChurchltigtOnce again Marjorie Pettit has created a completely joyous and masterfully nuanced Christmas musical experience for us. With more than a hundred singers and. .. Tue, 18 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST Burt Interpol helped to assess Arbitrade Interpol and several other agencies provided information to Bermudas authorities about Arbitrade, a cryptocurrency exchange and coin company, MPs heard yesterday. David Burt, the Premier, provided a personal explanation to the House of Assembly to clarify a statement he made earlier. Mr Burt told MPs in response to a query about. .. Tue, 18 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST Ingham to make debut in iconic race Mustafa Ingham will make his offshore racing debut competing in one of the worlds most iconic ocean races. The Bermudian is set to compete in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race and says he is excited about the big occasion. I look forward to my first offshore race and Im hoping for the best result, said Ingham, who competed for Team. .. Tue, 18 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST Thanks for giving, from the LCCA Dear Sir,The Committee of Management of the Lady Cubitt Compassionate Association extends sincere thanks and gratitude to all members of our community who generously donated to our annual tag day fundraiser held on September 21. Special thanks are extended to our individual volunteers and those from other service organisations who. .. Tue, 18 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST Education campaign due on substance rules An education campaign will be rolled out to help local companies understand their responsibilities under new economic substance laws. Curtis Dickinson, the Minister of Finance, admitted work was needed to make sure people know what they must do to abide by the legislation, which will come into effect next year. MPs passed a. .. Tue, 18 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST Are millennials financially fragile? ltbgtA study by PwC has concluded that 65 per cent of millennials would not be able to handle a 2,000 unexpected expense and that they are unlikely to seek financial advice. The article discusses the way this generation thinks about money and their outlook on the future. ltbgtThe millennial generation, now aged between 22. .. Tue, 18 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST MPs back Bermudiana resort Concessions for the Bermudiana Beach Resort have been backed in the House of Assembly. Zane DeSilva, tourism minister, requested consideration of the Tourism Investment Bermudiana Beach Resort Order 2018 during Fridays session which has now been delivered to John Rankin, the Governor. The order is for exemption from customs. .. Tue, 18 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST War Machine sets track record Random Stables gelding War Machine blazed his way into the record books during the harness racing at Vesey Street at the weekend. The four-year-old Indiana-bred racing pony ran a blistering 1012 racing on the rail in the Free for All to shave two fifths of a second off the previous track record of 1014 set by Colin Mellos stud Big. .. Tue, 18 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST Cruise ship breaks moorings A cruise ships mooring lines broke during strong winds in Dockyard in the early hours of yesterday morning. The PampO cruise ship Arcadia broke free at about 2. 53am. According to a caption on a video posted by the Port Bermuda webcam, the ship drifted backwards and sideways for a short time before the ships crew brought. .. Tue, 18 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST Sport Scoreboard, December 18, 2018 For results from Bermuda and around the world, click on the PDF link under Related Media. Tue, 18 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST Demystifying digital assets Approximately 50 corporate professionals attended the 100 Women in Finance Lets Talk Digital Assets event. The event, which was sponsored by EY Bermuda, brought together experts to discuss important topics such as the practical applications of virtual currencies and digital tokens. This years event was a huge success, Alison. .. Tue, 18 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST EU wants tougher substance rules Bermudas first attempt at legislation to address economic substance concerns was given the thumbs-down by European Union officials, ltigtThe Royal Gazetteltigt understands. Three sources have claimed that the European Code of Conduct Group said last week it was not satisfied with the Economic Substance Act 2018 tabled in the. .. Mon, 17 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST Healthcare system a ticking time bomb Without effective regulation of medical-services providers and moves to cover the sizeable minority who have no health insurance, healthcare costs are likely to keep spiralling. That is the view of executives at BFampM Ltd, a major health insurer on the island. They said the failure to address the drivers of high costs, combined with. .. Mon, 17 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST El Karfa bemoans officiating Farid El Karfa, the X-Roads coach, pointed the finger at the officiating for his teams demise in their Friendship Trophy quarter-final clash against Dandy Town at St Johns Field yesterday. The visitors had two goals flagged for offside and a strong argument for a penalty denied before Angelo Simmons, the Town captain, pounced on a. .. Mon, 17 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST Seri brings joy to Packwood Home At 8, Seri Fisher is already learning about celebrity. Its the status she has at the Packwood Home, where seniors have enjoyed listening to her sing and play the piano every Tuesday for the past two years. She started after her grandparents, Bill and Beryl Fisher, passed away in Canada within four months of each other. We. .. Mon, 17 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST Russian aircraft could leave registry Russian airlines could be forced to re-register their aircraft in their homeland, which would cut the Bermuda registry by 75 per cent. Thomas Dunstan, director-general at the Bermuda Civil Aviation Authority, said the majority of the aircraft on Bermudas registry were based in Russia. He warned that if the Russian Government did. .. Mon, 17 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST Young Achiever singer Quinn hits target A teenage singer has almost hit the 17,500 target needed to sign up for an international trip with a touring musical and theatre group. Quinn Outerbridge, 18, has amassed 15,000 to help fund the trip with Up With People, which starts next month and will take her to Colorado in the United States, before moving on to Mexico, Sweden,. .. Mon, 17 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST Mom shields baby after being hit by motorbike A young hero mom shielded her baby boy with her own body after a motorbike ridden by a suspected drink-driver ran into them as they got out of a van. The 19-year-old and her 17-month-old son were knocked to the ground after they climbed out of a community service van. The rider had tried to cut between the vehicle and the kerb. Mon, 17 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST A different perspective on energy It is sometimes good to look beyond the shores of our tiny island to gain some perspective on important issues such as energy. The excellent article in the Deloitte Insight titled ltigt Global Renewable Energy Trends Solar and Wind Move from Mainstream to Preferred ltigtby Marlene Motyka, principal in Deloitte Transactions and. .. Mon, 17 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST Having a gas families enjoy Christmas event Santa got a lot of little helpers this weekend when a charity event collected hundreds of gifts for children and families in need. Gina Spence Productions joined forces with Terceiras gas stations to collect about 600 toys at the firms Warwick location. Ms Spences charity also held a Christmas Community Festival and gave away. .. Mon, 17 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST Warwick make a splash at championships Warwick Academys high performance swim team returned from the Speedo Winter Championships in Plantation, Florida, with a medal haul, while one student also secured qualification for next years Carifta Championships in Barbados. In only the second year of the programme, the team of 12 swimmers made a splash in their second appearance at. .. Mon, 17 Dec 2018 21:20:00 EST Knowing whose shoulders you stand on Anyone brave enough to get on a stage and portray a legendary entertainer knows the deal go big or go home. Kathryn Kates and Mary Bridget Davies will both take on icons for the Bermuda Festival of the Performing Arts. The latter was nominated for a Tony Award for her Broadway role as Janis Joplin, one of the most widely known. .. Mon, 17 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST Disillusioned and embarrassed over government stance Dear Sir,The Government has now lost before the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal on its political attempt to impose upon our entire society a religious belief that the institution of marriage should not be enjoyed by gay couples. The Governments legislation has been repeatedly struck down by the courts as either contrary to. .. Mon, 17 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST New bus schedule will cost less to run A new winter public bus schedule will cost less to run than the old timetable, a government representative has claimed. But the spokesman for the Ministry of Transport was unable to confirm how much would be saved. He said I dont have this figure. It will take some time to quantify. The spokesman was speaking after. .. Mon, 17 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST Catalina acquires Zurich run-off portfolio Catalina Holdings Bermuda Ltd has agreed to acquire a 2 billion run-off portfolio of employers liability policies from Zurich Insurance. The Bermudian-based run-off specialist was boosted by a 700 million capital raise in October that increased its resources for acquisitions. The portfolio being transferred to Catalina. .. Mon, 17 Dec 2018 13:13:00 EST Somers reports full-year profit of 4.2m Financial services investment holding company Somers Limited has made a full-year profit of 4. 2 million, or 21 cents per share, which is down on the 19. 4 million it reported in 2017. The end-of-year results were affected by a 13. 6 million net loss in the fourth quarter, which ended on September 30. About 70 per cent of Somers. .. Mon, 17 Dec 2018 18:21:00 EST Road closures for Belco construction Two roads will be closed for more than a year while the North Power Plant is constructed at Belco. Tribe Road #2, between St Johns Road and Cemetery Road and Cemetery Road, between Cemetery Lane and the bridge to Gorhams Limited, will shut until January 2020. Motorists and pedestrians are advised to use alternative routes via. .. Mon, 17 Dec 2018 14:34:00 EST Holiday trash collection The Ministry of Public Works is advising of the following changes in garbage collection due to the Christmas, Boxing Day, and New Years Day holidays Christmas Day Garbage normally collected on Tuesday, 25 December will be collected on Thursday, 27 December Thursday, 27 December garbage collection will be held on Saturday, 29. .. Mon, 17 Dec 2018 12:26:00 EST Road closures for funeral Motorists, area businesses and members of the public are reminded that the following temporary road closure and parking restrictions will be in effect today for the 2pm funeral and memorial procession in remembrance of retired Commissioner of Police Frederick Penny Bean OBE QPM as outlined in the December 12th City of Hamilton traffic. .. Mon, 17 Dec 2018 12:14:00 EST Wells lauded by QPR boss Nahki Wells drew the plaudits after his man-of-the-match display helped earn Queens Park Rangers a welcome 2-1 victory over Middlesborough in the Sky Bet Championship at Loftus Road. QPR went in front when Polish international Pawel Wszolek turned in from close range, the only goal in a first half which the home side dominated. The. .. Mon, 17 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST Caines gives hiring figures from jobs fair An attempt to drum up 100 jobs hit just over 60 per cent of its target, the House of Assembly heard last Friday. Wayne Caines, the national security minister, said that a jobs fair this year resulted in 61 confirmed hires. The jobs ranged from kitchen porters and cashiers to masons and rental agents. Mr Caines added that 21 of. .. Mon, 17 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST Understanding both sides of the narrative Humiliated. Thats how Stephen Benson felt as a teenager standing in Union Station, wondering how he ended up in handcuffs. An officer had run up to him and a friend, and yelled Up against the wall!Benson thought he might be talking about a since-closed store by that name and said I dont think theres one in here. Out. .. Mon, 17 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST Three goals in extra time seal victory Three goals in extra time finally sealed Robin Hoods place in the semi-finals as the training lights at Bernard Park were switched on so that this cup match could be completed in near darkness at 5. 25. The match did not start until 2. 59 instead of the scheduled 2. 30 after the opening Shield match between Southampton Rangers and St. .. Mon, 17 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST Bermudas Belmond to be sold in 2.6bn deal Bermudian-domiciled high-end hotel operator Belmond Ltd is to be bought out by French luxury giant LVMH in a deal worth 2. 6 billion. Belmonds shares surged by nearly 40 per cent in New York Stock Exchange trading on Friday after the news was announced to a close to the LVMHs 25-a-share offer price. Belmond is the owner of New. .. Mon, 17 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST Hiscox names new UK CEO Hiscox has named Bob Thaker as its new UK chief executive officer, effective March 2019, subject to regulatory approval. The Bermudian-based insurer and reinsurer said Mr Thaker had worked at Hiscox since 2010 and held a number of senior roles during that time, having joined as head of strategy before going on to serve as group chief risk. .. Mon, 17 Dec 2018 13:30:00 EST Ascendant the lone stock to trade on BSX Ascendant Group Ltd was the lone stock to trade on the Bermuda Stock Exchange. The Belco owners share price remained on 17 as 2,103 shares changed hands. Butterfield Banks US-listed shares fell 27 cents, or 0. 82 per cent, to close on 32. 66 on the New York Stock Exchange. The Royal GazetteBSX Index closed unchanged on. .. Mon, 17 Dec 2018 17:23:00 EST Gaps in mental health provision addressed Legislation to address major gaps in Bermudas mental health system was tabled in the House of Assembly on Friday. Kim Wilson, the Minister of Health, said the Mental Health Amendment Bill outlined requirements for determining mental capacity, including decision-making ability, for the first time. She said The rationale for this. .. Mon, 17 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST SP improves Axiss ratings outlook Axis Capital Holdings credit ratings outlook has been upgraded by Standard and Poors Global Ratings to stable from negative. The ratings agency also affirmed the Bermudian insurer and reinsurers A financial strength rating and A- long-term issuer credit and senior debt ratings. Axiss capital management and implementation of. .. Mon, 17 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST New rules for international legal firms International legal firms who set up in Bermuda will need Bermudian lawyers to tackle cases that involve island law under conditions proposed by the Government. Curtis Dickinson, the Minister of Finance, told the House of Assembly on Friday that the Government would continue efforts to liberalise Bermudas legal sector for overseas. .. Mon, 17 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST Bars call for more late-night transportation Bar owners whose takings have dropped after a crackdown on drink-driving have asked the Government to improve late-night transport for the busy Christmas party season. The hospitality business said a shortage of taxis and late-night buses, combined with the police crackdown, meant many people had stopped going out in case they were. .. Mon, 17 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST