All Stories All Stories en-us Schools at an all-time low Bermudas public school system is past fixing, the president of a primary school parent-teacher association warned yesterday. Danielle Riviere, the president of the West Pembroke Primary School Parent Teacher Association, said that it was time that the island admitted that the education system is broken. She added Its time to. .. Tue, 11 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST BMA gets go-ahead to increase fees New, wide-ranging fee increases by the Bermuda Monetary Authority have been approved by the Bermuda Government. However, the changes will be phased in over a three-year period rather than two years as had originally been proposed. A review this year concluded that the BMA will require up to 39 additional full-time staff by 2020 to. .. Tue, 11 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST Court deems belongers can represent Bermuda The Supreme Court of Bermuda has determined that all persons deemed to belong to Bermuda are eligible to represent Bermuda in International sporting events. Until the Judgment handed down by Chief Justice Hargun on Friday, December 7, only those holding Bermudian Status and more recently, deemed Bermudians, were considered eligible. .. Tue, 11 Dec 2018 12:50:00 EST Rawlins happy to inspire next generation At just 21, Delray Rawlins can be forgiven for not giving a second thought about the path he has carved by becoming the first locally produced talent to play English county cricket. Regarded as one of Sussexs brightest prospects, especially in the short format of the game, it is not too far of a stretch to imagine Rawlins doing for. .. Tue, 11 Dec 2018 00:01:00 EST Joycelyn gets a thrill out of smiling faces Joycelyn Martin just couldnt believe it when a doctor told her she had ovarian cancer. She had not felt any pain despite the mass, found in her stomach during a routine checkup two years ago. The doctor repeated himself three times before she accepted what he was saying. I said, You must be talking to someone else, she. .. Tue, 11 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST Pembroke man shot dead outside home Police named a man shot dead outside his home as Paul Johnson, as they announced a 21-year-old man had been arrested in connection with the murder. Officers said they believed Mr Johnson, 33, was gunned down by a man who had lain in wait at his house in Pembrokes Rambling Lane in the early hours of yesterday. Mr Johnson suffered. .. Tue, 11 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST Phillip Phoopa Anderson 1960-2018 Phillip Phoopa Anderson, a councillor for the Town of St George and an ambassador for the East End, has died. Mr Anderson was 58. He was a fixture in the town who ran the Visitor Information Centre on Kings Square and led tours around the area. Rene Ming, the St Georges North MP, described Mr Anderson, who was her great. .. Tue, 11 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST Pensions rise from January Seniors are expected to see an increase in their pensions after MPs backed a rise in payments. Legislators supported raising the amount by 1. 4 per cent although Opposition members claimed the rate was embarrassing. Curtis Dickinson, the Minister of Finance, presented the Contributory Pensions Amendments of Benefits Order 2018 to. .. Tue, 11 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST Education is the true panacea to our success so lets fix it One could argue that a successful public education system is a moral duty of every government and that it is a human right for every young Bermudian to be provided with one. An unsuccessful public education system affects our whole society, regardless if you are a parent with children in private school. The positive efforts of the. .. Tue, 11 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST How to sell your house quickly Dear Heather,I want to sell my home. I interviewed one agent but they did not suggest a price that I was happy with. I really need to get more than she recommended. I am thinking of interviewing another agent to see if they can come up with a better number. ltbgtSellerltbgtDear Seller,I can understand you are. .. Tue, 11 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST Christmas festival moved to Warwick A gas stations Christmas toy drive has teamed up with a holiday festival. Terceiras service station has joined forces with Gina Spence Productions annual Christmas Community and Outreach Festival, which will move from its original home on Court Street to the Warwick gas station. The festival will get all the toys handed in at the. .. Tue, 11 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST Responsibilities of top doctor shifted Bermudas chief medical officer is to be released from routine administrative tasks under new legislation approved Friday by MPs. Kim Wilson, the Minister of Health, said requirements for the job had included wholly inappropriate tasks. These included oversight of the storage of manure, which she said was best transferred to the. .. Tue, 11 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST Wildcat strike a horrible example to set for students Dear Sir,I write with fantastic disgust to have learnt minutes ago that the teachers at Gilbert Institute are planning to stage a wildcat industrial action this morning Monday, December 10, 2018. I am unsure if this is another sick-out, like displayed by the West Pembroke teachers recently and the educational aids system-wide. .. Tue, 11 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST Police Stay safe on the roads at Christmas The Bermuda Police Service has called on the public to be safe on the islands roads this holiday season. Chief Inspector Robert Cardwell said that the Christmas season is one for celebration, but that does not diminish the need to drive responsibly. Mr Cardwell said It is a time for celebration and get-togethers. House parties. .. Tue, 11 Dec 2018 15:25:00 EST See Sylvia Richardson home sparkle The Sylvia Richardson Care Facility will hold an open house to show its Christmas decorations tomorrow. The home, on Old Military Road, St Georges, which took part in the National Trust Walkabout last Friday, will be open between 5pm and 7pm. Angela Brangman, administrator at the facility, said Each year, we decorate our. .. Tue, 11 Dec 2018 15:00:00 EST Transport staff rally around former colleague Department of Public Transportation staff have come together to support a former colleague with a donation to help with medical expenses. Today they handed a cheque for 2,260 to the family of Anthony Lodge, a former dispatcher and inspector with the department. The staff pitched in with bake sales, lunches and other fundraisers to. .. Tue, 11 Dec 2018 13:24:00 EST Collect your designated driver button Designated driver buttons will be handed out at the City Hall on Friday. Bermuda Road Safety Council chairman Dennis Lister III will help distribute the badges that will guarantee drivers free soft drinks over the weekend. The Council has teamed up with restaurants and bars for the scheme as part of a crackdown on. .. Tue, 11 Dec 2018 13:05:00 EST Networking chance for scholarship winner The Association of Fundraising Professionals AFP Bermuda Chapter announces the Chamberlain Scholarship Award winner Ms. Katie Bennett, the Advancement Officer at the National Museum of Bermuda NMB. This scholarship provides funding for Ms. Bennett to attend the International Conference of the Association of Fundraising Professionals in San. .. Tue, 11 Dec 2018 11:21:00 EST It doesnt have to be so hard to be gay and Catholic Homosexuality in the priesthood worries Pope Francis. This he made clear in a book excerpt published this month by the Italian newspaper ltigtCorriere della Seraltigt, immediately igniting confusion in the Catholic Church, including among the gay laity. As a gay woman who accepts Catholic teaching, I understand the confusion. Tue, 11 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST Work-permit backlog cut down, says Caines A surge in work-permit approvals emerged in figures provided in the House of Assembly for September through November. Work-permits applications suffered a backlog earlier this year, and the minister in charge switched on November 1 in a Cabinet reshuffle. Walton Brown, now the Minister for the Cabinet Office, had covered immigration. .. Tue, 11 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST Patton and Evans to face worlds best in Melbourne Campbell Patton and Rockal Evans will put their skills to the test against some of the worlds elite at the Sail Melbourne International which starts tomorrow in Melbourne, Australia. Patton is competing in the Laser Radial and Evans in the Finn at the Olympic class regatta being hosted by the Royal Brighton Yacht Club. Evans is. .. Tue, 11 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST BFM posts 16.9m for first nine months BFampM Ltd posted net income of 16. 9 million for the first nine months of the year, helped by an 8 per cent reduction in operating expenses. The profits were up threefold from last years corresponding period, when hurricane losses in the Caribbean islands impacted results. John Wight, BFampMs chief executive officer, said. .. Tue, 11 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST New appointment at BTA Thomas Lightbourne has been hired as brand events manager, the Bermuda Tourism Authority announced today. The young Bermudian talent moves over from the Corporation of Hamilton where he had eight years of experience in event management and marketing, including responsibilities for City Food Festival and Bermuda Fashion. .. Tue, 11 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST Butterfield shares gain 4.4 Butterfield Bank shares rose 4. 4 per cent in Bermuda Stock Exchange trading. The banks shares gained 1. 50 to close on 35. 50 as 800 shares changed hands. Butterfield was the only stock to trade on the BSX. In New York, Butterfields US-listed shares fell 43 cents, or 1. 24 per cent, to close on 34. 35. The Royal. .. Tue, 11 Dec 2018 17:54:00 EST What next? The Trump Administration has now served notice that, as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo put it, the United States will no longer bury our head in the sand about Russias violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, a 1987 pact that eliminated an entire class of nuclear-armed missiles. Pompeo said the United States will not. .. Tue, 11 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST Westmeath holds residents Christmas party A seniors home was transformed into a party scene when residents, visitors and staff gathered for a Christmas lunch and carol singing. Westmeath Residential and Nursing Care Home welcomed about 120 people for the event. Tinsel, baubles and decorative bells helped create a festive atmosphere at the Pembroke home. Janet. .. Tue, 11 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST Two-of-a-kind ponies continue steady ascent Inwoods Realist and ThisBabyRocks have a lot in common. The two harness racing ponies share the same father, are the same age, both Bermuda bred and compete in the same division. Given the similarities between the two, it was perhaps only fitting that they both gained promotion on the same race day at the Bermuda Equestrian Centre. .. Tue, 11 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST Goslings releases father of all rums A new, but rare rum will be released by Goslings today. The entire output of Papa Seal rum will be restricted to 12 barrels, and of those only one has been reserved for Bermuda customers. However, the barrel for Bermuda is extra special because it is the first of the Papa Seal rum barrels. Bottles from the barrel will be numbered. .. Tue, 11 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST Sport Scoreboard, December 11, 2018 For results from Bermuda and around the world, click on the PDF link under Related Media. Tue, 11 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST Sompo sets up US cyber team Bermudian-based Sompo International Holdings Ltd has set up a team in the US to focus on cyber insurance. Their offerings will include an enhanced cyber and professional liability product and an expanded suite of cyber-risk management services. Jeff Kulikowski, senior vice-president, cyber and errors and omissions underwriting, and. .. Tue, 11 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST Doughty takes new role at BeesMont A Bermudian lawyer has been appointed head of litigation and dispute resolution at an island law firm. Allan Doughty has taken over the role at BeesMont Law Ltd. Mr Doughty said I intend to lead the expansion of our practice in human rights, privacy law, corporate governance and public law. I also plan to continue mentoring. .. Tue, 11 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST Conflict gobbles up managers time Conflict is rife in the modern workplace and it is impacting the bottom line of many organisations. Paul Loftus, an organisational psychologist, said the average manager spends up to 30 per cent of his or her time resolving conflict at work. Montreal-based Mr Loftus is visiting the island next week to lead a series of seminars for. .. Mon, 10 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST Ten-man X-Roads left fuming ltbgtX-Roads 1 Robin Hood 2ltbgtX-Roads were left fuming over the sending off of midfielder Tymon Daniels right on half time as they lost first place in the Premier Division with their first defeat at Garrison Field yesterday. Daniels was already on a yellow card for a foul in the 35th minute and when he fouled Lejaun. .. Mon, 10 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST Practice makes perfect Jackson Spurling still remembers his first violin recital. He was 5, and so small he plucked the instrument with his fingers. I never used a bow, he said. And I was so nervous. Now he is 17, but he still gets a little anxious despite having performed many times with the Bermuda School of Music and the Saltus Senior Orchestra. .. . Mon, 10 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST Obesity the hidden costs From funeral homes to hospital beds, the islands obesity crisis exacts a growing toll beyond the impact of chronic disease. According to the Bermuda Hospitals Board, a fully equipped bariatric hospital room costs 35,000 more than a standard, with six installed in the new acute care wing. The Bermuda Governments Health in Review. .. Mon, 10 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST Frederick Penny Bean 1936-2018 Frederick Penny Bean, the first Bermudian-born constable promoted to Commissioner of Police, has died at age 82. During his 34 years of service, Mr Bean earned the Colonial Police Medal for Meritorious Service, awarded to him after the Chief Justice at the time commended him for disarming an armed robber. Mr Bean joined what was. .. Mon, 10 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST Young Achiever Ethan honours family name Ethan Fubler is only 17, but looking forward to completing his Associates Degree in Business Administration from Bermuda College next year. The keen student has won recognition at every CedarBridge Academy annual prize giving since he entered the school. Ethan credits his achievement in part to the standards set by his seven older. .. Mon, 10 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST Waterfront Christmas for Hamilton boat parade Thousands of revellers celebrated the Christmas season the Bermuda way on Saturday as Hamilton hosted the Christmas Boat Parade. Spectators lined Front Street and Albuoy's Point, enjoying a line-up of impressively lighted boats and festive music. Donald Wray, from New York, said the event was a pleasant surprise. He said. .. Mon, 10 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST Bus service interruption today Buses could soon start to run earlier after negotiations between the Department of Public Transportation and the Bermuda Industrial Union. The Government said the possibility is to be discussed at a meeting this morning, which will bring the bus service to a halt for two hours between 10. 30am and 12. 30pm. A Department of Public. .. Mon, 10 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST A celebration of human rights Today, the United Nations Human Rights Day, is special in that it marks the 70th anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights. That iconic document was finalised in 1948, a few years after the conclusion of the devastation of the Second World War. That tragedy caused the death of millions, demonstrating gross inhumanity on the part of. .. Mon, 10 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST Last defendant denies role in Steede murder A 17-year-old has denied having any part in the murder of Bermudian Lyrico Steede. The male, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, said he was not in the park where Mr Steede was fatally stabbed. He said he had lost his phone found in the taxi allegedly used by his co-defendants on the night of the murder weeks before the. .. Mon, 10 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST The Catholic Churchs future depends on true confession The only thing that can save the Roman Catholic Church in America is the truth, and the truth is going to hurt. This is the choice facing the ecclesial establishment, which must decide either to release its vast records related to clergy sexual abuse, or wait for state and federal investigations to deprive them of those documents by force of. .. Mon, 10 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST Butterfield shares down 3.3 Butterfield Bank shares fell by 1. 15, or 3. 3 per cent, to 34 on The Royal GazetteBSX Index after 1,330 traded. On the New York Stock Exchange, the banks shares were down 32 cents, or 0. 91 per cent, at 34. 78On the local exchange, a total of 1,749 shares of Ascendant Group were exchanged, but with no change to the closing price. .. Mon, 10 Dec 2018 17:31:00 EST Argus Group reports earnings of 10m Argus Group Holdings Limited has made a profit of 10 million for the six months to the end of September. This compares with a loss of 2. 3 million for the same period last year. While welcoming the performance Alison Hill, chief executive officer, said the company remains concerned about the sustainability of the healthcare system in. .. Mon, 10 Dec 2018 16:34:00 EST Bermudians dominate podium in Florida There was a Bermudian clean sweep of the podium in a day of impressive displays for the islands contingent at the Key West Florida Triathlons and Duathlons event at the weekend. Battling against hot weather and extremely rough seas, Bermudian athletes dominated the Olympic-distance womens 40-44 age group by taking the top three places. Mon, 10 Dec 2018 15:07:00 EST Bermuda Under-19 side target top four The Bermuda Basketball Associations Under-19 team are targeting an improved performance in their second appearance in the Heartlake Winter Classic in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. Having appeared at the same tournament last year, the Bermudian team will be one of eight sides battling it out against one another between tomorrow and. .. Mon, 10 Dec 2018 14:59:00 EST Wilson needs your votes The Bermuda Paralympic Association are calling on the public to vote for Steve Wilson and help him to be crowned Americas Paralympic Committee athlete of the month. The inspirational Boccia athlete received his nomination after his eye-catching performance at the Buenos Aires Regional Open in Argentina, where he upset the odds by. .. Mon, 10 Dec 2018 14:55:00 EST Seven arrests for impaired driving Seven motorists were arrested for impaired driving during roadside sobriety checks over the weekend. The tests took place from Friday night until early yesterday morning in Hamilton Parish, Devonshire, Pembroke, Paget and Southampton. A Bermuda Police Service spokesman said The main objectives of the road sobriety checkpoints,. .. Mon, 10 Dec 2018 13:20:00 EST Zebras snatch late winner ltbgtPaget Lions 0 PHC Zebras 1ltbgtCecoy Robinsons dramatic last-minute winner spared visiting PHC Zebras the blushes against Paget Lions in a scrappy affair at Southampton Oval yesterday. Just when it seemed as though Paget had done enough to earn a share of the spoils, the Zebras captain drilled a low shot past. .. Mon, 10 Dec 2018 00:01:00 EST Road crash caused delays on Friday Two vehicles were damaged and towed away after a crash in Sandys. Police said a car travelling east in the Scaur Hill area of Somerset Road crashed with another car exiting Lantana Road at about 7. 20pm on Friday. The eastbound vehicle hit a wall and went over an embankment. Emergency crews attended but no one was. .. Mon, 10 Dec 2018 10:20:00 EST Burt upbeat after Nottingham visit Many Bermudians plan to return to the island after completion of their studies in Britain, David Burt said Friday. He told the House of Assembly I was honoured to see Bermudians still very much connected to their home and remaining in contact with Bermudians across the UK supporting each other on a daily basis. What was most. .. Mon, 10 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST Women are centre stage for Bermuda Festival ltigtIn the wake of #MeToo, women are finally being portrayed as what they always have been pillars of strength. It is fitting therefore that next years Bermuda Festival of the Performing Arts should include a number of shows with strong female leads. Lifestyle spoke with singer-songwriter Heather Nova and actresses Rebecca Faulkenberry. .. Mon, 10 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST Concert promoter puts tickets on blockchain Tickets for a concert featuring top soca stars will be available on a blockchain-based system for the first time in Bermuda. This months Syzygy Festival, with an all-star soca and reggae line-up including international headliners Bunji Garlin and Sizzla Kalonji, has signed up Canadian-based technology company Eventchain to sell tickets,. .. Mon, 10 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST Storm force gusts overnight Storm force gusts are expected to hit Bermuda overnight, the national security ministry warned. Residents were asked to take extra care outside in the morning as the streets could be strewn with debris. The ministry said a low pressure system around the island meant gales with storm force gusts were forecast. A statement. .. Mon, 10 Dec 2018 00:01:00 EST Aon appoints Seth to leading role Anup Seth has been named as global leader, underwriting solutions for Aons captive and insurance management names. In a statement, Aon in response to the continued convergence of the commercial reinsurance and insurance linked securities markets, it has realigned its organisational structure to support future growth. John English,. .. Mon, 10 Dec 2018 11:56:00 EST DeSilva softens tone on revenue guarantees Revenue guarantees paid to airlines should be a shared responsibility, the tourism minister has said. The move is an apparent softening of the line Zane DeSilva took in the House of Assembly last month when he insisted airport operators Skyport should foot the bill for the cash paid to airlines. Mr DeSilva said last week that. .. Mon, 10 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST Town deny Trojans ltbgtSomerset Trojans 2 Dandy Town 2ltbgtSomerset Trojans and Dandy Town settled for a point a piece after playing out a 2-2 draw at Somerset Cricket Club yesterday. Town started the game brightly and were up within three minutes when Kwame Steede popped up at the back post to steer home a diagonal ball from KWonde. .. Mon, 10 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST Ratings upgrades for Axa XL Axa XL, the property and casualty, and specialty risk division of Axa Sa has had its financial strength rating and long-term issuer credit rating of its core insurance and reinsurance companies upgraded by AM Best and Standard amp Poors. AM Best has upgraded the FSR to A from A and the long-term ICR to aa- from a of the. .. Mon, 10 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST Wedderburn leaves Bermuda Health Council The chief executive of Bermudas health watchdog has stepped down, it was announced Friday. The Bermuda Health Council said Tawanna Wedderburn had left the job she had held for three years. The health council added it would announce the appointment of an acting CEO soon, who will serve in the post until a new chief executive can be. .. Mon, 10 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST Boulevard squander three-goal advantage ltbgtBoulevard 3 North Village 3ltbgtBoulevard had to settle for a share of the spoils after surrendering a three-goal against North Village against Lords yesterday. Boulevard got things going in the eighth minute courtesy of a strike from Khiry Easton after he slot past Village goalkeeper Tahj Bell. Three minutes later,. .. Mon, 10 Dec 2018 08:00:00 EST