All Stories All Stories en-us Ditch gaming altogether, says Schuetz The executive director of the Bermuda Casino Gaming Commission quit his job after he decided the islands leaders lacked the political will to keep the industry corruption-free. Richard Schuetz, in a letter to commission chairman Alan Dunch seen by ltigtThe Royal Gazetteltigt, said the island should seriously consider. .. Thu, 23 Nov 2017 08:00:00 EST Retailers gear up for Black Friday rush Its almost that time again when locals indulge in hefty discounts at stores across the island. Black Friday, which is held annually on the last Friday of November, was originally a US tradition, but locals have embraced it since 2010. The opening hours of some retail stores have been extended, some opening as early as 5am and. .. Thu, 23 Nov 2017 08:00:00 EST Bermuda target top spot in Mexico City The Bermuda sevens team have been set a realistic target of winning the Rugby Americas North tournament in Mexico City this weekend. Should they win, Bermuda would qualify for both the Hong Kong Sevens and Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia, in April. Additionally, the top four teams will advance to the Central. .. Thu, 23 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST So much to be thankful for Today is Thanksgiving in the United States, but business as usual for Bermuda. Therell be no official turkey pardoning or Thanksgiving parade down Front Street. Still, many Bermudians find their own way to celebrate the holiday. Some get turkey dinner takeout, some just say a quiet thanks for their blessings, while others throw lavish family. .. Thu, 23 Nov 2017 08:00:00 EST Doctor aces exam after having baby Danielle Farrington aced her US medical exams less than three months after having her first child. Dr Farrington notched up a perfect 800 score in the American Board of Internal Medicine certification exam. The 28-year-old from Paget admitted she was stunned when she got her results. She said I was hoping just to pass. I. .. Thu, 23 Nov 2017 08:00:00 EST Judges concerned about delays in sentencing Court of Appeal judges have raised serious concerns about the unacceptable delay it takes for criminals to be sentenced after they have been convicted in Bermuda. The panel of appeal judges highlighted several Supreme Court cases they had dealt with where defendants had to wait several months after they either admitted offences or were. .. Thu, 23 Nov 2017 08:00:00 EST Group criticises domestic partnerships plan A gay rights group has backed a human rights watchdogs view of the controversial Domestic Partnership Act as a backward step. The Rainbow Alliance of Bermuda said it agreed with the Human Rights Commission that the proposed legislation created a watered-down version of rights for gay couples. The alliance added Ultimately, no. .. Thu, 23 Nov 2017 08:00:00 EST Separate but equal is no compromise This is in response to E. McNeil Stovells Letter to the Editor on November 20, 2017, headlined Gay people deserve rights but marriage is for men and women. First, I would like to thank Mr Stovell for the respectful tone in which he wrote his letter disagreeing with marriage equality. However, there are certain points in the letter I. .. Thu, 23 Nov 2017 08:00:00 EST Burt welcomes UK digital revenue tax David Burt, the Premier, said he welcomes the UK Governments proposal for a new tax on digital revenues which he expects to impact some Bermuda entities. In his Budget statement yesterday, Philip Hammond, the British Chancellor of the Exchequer, said he planned to raise 200 million a year from a tax on the revenue of internet. .. Thu, 23 Nov 2017 13:56:00 EST Population density should force a Fahy rethink Dear Sir,Michael Fahy, as the former Cabinet minister responsible for immigration, introduced legislation that arguably was the cause of his party suffering the largest loss at the polls of any conservative party in Bermudas history. Instead of rethinking the basis of his policy, he attempts to defend it. I wont try to answer. .. Thu, 23 Nov 2017 08:00:00 EST Christmas fun in Dockyard People are being urged to vote for the best decorated Christmas tree and help support schools and their talented pupils. Six schools will take part in a Festival of Trees at the Clocktower Mall at the Royal Naval Dockyard, starting on Saturday. The public is being asked to vote for their favourite tree, with voting finishing on. .. Thu, 23 Nov 2017 15:41:00 EST Bermuda to nurture blockchain opportunities Bermuda is preparing a welcome mat for companies and innovators involved in blockchain and cryptocurrency technologies. With a number of countries around the world jockeying for position in the hope of being among the lead jurisdictions for distributed ledger technology and cryptocurrencies Bermuda is moving quickly and aggressively. .. Thu, 23 Nov 2017 08:00:00 EST Man injured in Devonshire crash in stable condition police A man injured in a motorcycle crash in Devonshire yesterday afternoon remains in hospital, police said. The 54-year-old Hamilton Parish resident was injured when his bike struck a wall on Middle Road near the junction with Orange Valley Road shortly before 1pm. Police said that at last check this morning the man remained in stable. .. Thu, 23 Nov 2017 13:57:00 EST Childrens reading festival on Saturday The annual childrens reading festival will take place in Victoria Park on Saturday. The event, organised by the Bermuda Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. , involves storytelling, literacy games and arts and crafts for children up to the age of P6. Representatives from the Department of Health Speech Therapy, the. .. Thu, 23 Nov 2017 12:22:00 EST Carifesta showcase set for next month Bermudas Carifesta talent will be in the spotlight at a showcase taking place next month. Heather Whalen, director of community and cultural affairs, said the event will allow locals to see some of the performers that represented Bermuda at the event held in Barbados in August. She added We also want Bermuda to be reminded of. .. Thu, 23 Nov 2017 12:24:00 EST Bermuda business forum in London next week Premier David Burt will join more than two-dozen Bermuda executives in a multi-industry forum being held in London next week to showcase the islands global business market. Organised by the Bermuda Business Development Agency BDA, the one-day event next Tuesday at ME London, a five-star hotel, has attracted more than 200. .. Thu, 23 Nov 2017 11:26:00 EST Sometimes its important to enjoy the moment Early Sunday morning passed in a hassle, a rush, and on a road. Even given an extra hour by the clock for daylight savings did not help much. I had to take our daughter, Ava, to a sailboat race in town and we hurried to arrive on time. Driving back home, I thought about what I had to do during the day, built plans in my mind and. .. Thu, 23 Nov 2017 08:00:00 EST New OBA senator wants to break the mould New One Bermuda Alliance senator Justin Mathias yesterday became one of the youngest people to serve in the Upper House. But the 25-year-old accounting and political science graduate said his age would give him an advantage and that he hoped to break the mould of island politics. Mr Mathias, deputy chairman of the OBA and chairman. .. Thu, 23 Nov 2017 08:00:00 EST Fall of Mugabe ominous for Africas dictators It has finally happened. The dictator Robert Mugabe has fallen. After days of uncertainty in the wake of an ambiguous coup, he finally bowed to pressure from his former allies and ordinary Zimbabweans. In his resignation letter, Mugabe tried to depict his decision to step down as voluntary, a generous gesture to allow for a smooth. .. Thu, 23 Nov 2017 08:00:00 EST Volleyball on the up thanks to recruitment, says Rae The Bermuda Volleyball Association has seen an increased emphasis on recruitment lead to an upsurge in young talent playing the game. The junior boys have a really robust programme and our junior girls have split into under-18, under-16 and under-14 teams, which is really good, said Elisabeth Rae, the coach of the Bermuda womens. .. Thu, 23 Nov 2017 08:00:00 EST Record number of cahow chicks A record number of nesting pairs of cahows have been identified so far this season. Jeremy Madeiros, senior terrestrial conservations officer, said that the best indications suggest that there are about 125 breeding pairs of the birds. He added The entire breeding population only consisted of 17 to 18 breeding pairs when the. .. Thu, 23 Nov 2017 08:00:00 EST Free health fair in Somerset A Somerset pharmacy has lined up a string of health professionals for a free health fair. A community dental nurse, an asthma nurse, a dietitian and a doctor will offer their services at Caesars Pharmacy on Saturday. Caesars pharmacist and manager Krzysztof Puciaty said By working in the community, we see many patients who can. .. Thu, 23 Nov 2017 08:00:00 EST Wedding is the next top priority for Duffy Flora Duffy was home in Bermuda for just a few days after her weekend victory in Bahamas, making a couple of public appearances, and then flying back out again yesterday. Although she is now in her off-season, Duffy is preparing for another big event her wedding to former Xterra triathlete Dan Hugo in South Africa next. .. Thu, 23 Nov 2017 08:00:00 EST Innovators recognised at TechAwards Technology innovators in Bermuda have been recognised at the 2017 TechAwards. The event was sponsored by the Department of ICT Policy and Innovation, and was held at the XL Catlin Conference Room in OHara House, Bermudiana Road. The joint winners of the Innovation of the Year International Focus category were the ltbgtBermuda. .. Thu, 23 Nov 2017 08:00:00 EST Court RA failed to meet survey time limit The Regulatory Authority failed in its statutory duty to carry out a market review of Bermudas telecoms sector within four years of the last survey, the Supreme Court ruled. This means the regulators market information is not as up-to-date as the law requires and consequently Chief Justice Ian Kawaley has put limits on the enforcement. .. Thu, 23 Nov 2017 08:00:00 EST Rawlins sharpening spin skills Delray Rawlins, the Sussex all-rounder, has been busy sharpening his spin bowling skills in the nets with the England Lions in Brisbane, Australia, this week. The Bermudian, who bowls slow left arm, is taking part in a weeklong spin bowling training exercise and is working with the likes of Peter Such, the England and Wales Cricket Board. .. Thu, 23 Nov 2017 08:00:00 EST Abir protectionism works against consumer If US tax reform increases the cost of reinsurance, the American consumer will lose out. That is the view of Bradley Kading, president of the Association of Bermuda Insurers and Reinsurers Abir, who was speaking after the Bermuda Monetary Authority revealed that Bermuda reinsurers had paid out more than 208 billion in claims to US. .. Thu, 23 Nov 2017 08:00:00 EST Second oldest race returns on Sunday Bermudas second oldest continuously held road race returns for its 46th year on Sunday. First held in March 1972, the race that was originally known as the BTFA half-marathon will feature as part of the Friends of HospiceHannover Re Walk and Run event. The only road race in Bermuda with a longer history is the Appleby Bermuda. .. Thu, 23 Nov 2017 08:00:00 EST Sport Scoreboard, November 23, 2017 For the latest results from Bermuda and around the world, click on the PDF link under Related Media Thu, 23 Nov 2017 08:00:00 EST Landlords, be aware of rent control pitfalls Landlords considering the purchase or letting of investment accommodation should, as part of their due diligence process, consider if the property is rent-controlled. Numerous Bermuda properties have been subject to rent control for many years. Currently, residential accommodation with an annual rental value ARV of 22,800, or less,. .. Thu, 23 Nov 2017 08:00:00 EST Simmons defiant over gaming The Government will not withdraw its controversial plan to bring the Bermuda Casino Gaming Commission under ministerial control, tourism minister Jamahl Simmons said yesterday. Mr Simmons, moments after Cheryl-Ann Mapp was announced as the new commission chairwoman, insisted he would press ahead with an amendment to the law to give him. .. Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST Bermuda calling marketing ploy a big hit A quirky piece of experimental marketing involving the Bermuda Tourism Authority and JetBlue Airways drew hearty applause from a roomful of business executives. They were reacting to an online video that showed pedestrians in New York City answering a ringing telephone in the street and being offered a free trip to Bermuda. The. .. Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:00:00 EST Duffys journey to come full circle on Front Street Organisers are preparing for a bumper crowd in Hamilton with Bermudas world champion Flora Duffy the main draw for the ITU World Triathlon Bermuda on April 28. The event will be filmed live to a global audience and yesterday Duffy, back home for a few days after her win at the Island House Triathlon in Bahamas last weekend, attended a. .. Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:00:00 EST Get fashionably fit? No sweat I t wasnt enough for Mstira Weeks to design a line of workout wear. She had to look the part. Joining the gym didnt just improve her fitness sales increased after they started stocking Mstira Selassie, her line of leggings, tracksuits, sweatshirts and T-shirts. Its good to invest in things that you love, and I love to. .. Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:00:00 EST Kimathi lawyer pays price for poor conduct A lawyer has been criticised heavily by the Court of Appeal for unreasonable and improper conduct of an appeal involving a controversial American speaker who was added to the stop list after an appearance on the island. Barrister Eugene Johnston landed in legal hot water after he launched a civil appeal on behalf of Ayo Kimathi, whose. .. Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:00:00 EST New recipe for Codfish tale A childrens book starring Bermudas trademark breakfast dish has a new lease of life with new full-colour illustrations. ltigtThe Legend of Codfish and Potatoesltigt, written by former MP and community worker Dale Butler, was brushed up by Rhona Pedro, a substitute teacher at CedarBridge Academy. Now the book, first. .. Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:00:00 EST Families tackle road deaths The parents of those who lost their lives in road traffic crashes described the pain of losing their children last night. Terrylynn Doyle said she was devastated by the loss of her son, Malik Weeks, on Christmas Day five years ago. Its traumatic, she said. Its debilitating, trying to live our life without our. .. Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:00:00 EST Christmas Short Story Contest The Stanley Ratteray Memorial Christmas Short Story Contest is under way. The competition is open to Bermudians or residents of Bermuda and stories may be fiction or non-fiction. The deadline is December 11 at 5pm. Cash prizes in the form of gift certificates will be presented in each of three categories 13 and under, 18 and. .. Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:00:00 EST More than 200,000 spent on school minibus service More than 200,000 has been spent on a school minibus service. A transport ministry spokesman said the current tab for the service was at 217,500. Walter Roban, Minister of Transport, announced in September that minibuses would be used to supplement traditional buses more than half of which were out of service. The. .. Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:00:00 EST Tight spot for Merkel in Berlin A yawning power vacuum has just opened at the heart of Europe. At a time when a shaken West and indeed much of the rest of the world is nervously looking to Germany for ideas and leadership, efforts to form a new government in Berlin have collapsed. For the first time in the countrys postwar history, there is no combination of political. .. Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:00:00 EST Work sexual harassment forum to be held Sexual harassment in the workplace will be addressed at a womens forum next week. Tinee Furbert, one of the founders of the Bermudas Working Women Institute, said the event will provide guiding information about sexual harassment and assault and the forms that it takes. Ms Furbert said the problem of work-based harassment has. .. Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:03:00 EST Glamour fashion shoot at Princess Bermuda formed the backdrop for a fashion shoot for top US fashion brand Lilly Pulitzer. The clothing range used the Hamilton Princess and its beach club in Southampton for a photoshoot for next years catalogue. The hotel collaborated with the American label for its Resort 2018 collection, which also featured on social media. Wed, 22 Nov 2017 11:39:00 EST Motorcyclist injured in crash A motorcyclist has been rushed to hospital this afternoon after a crash in Devonshire. A police spokesman said the rider was conscious and alert while being taken to hospital. The accident occurred at the junction of Middle Road and Orange Valley Road, close to the post office, at about 12. 45pm. Emergency services are on the. .. Wed, 22 Nov 2017 13:13:00 EST Business transparency backed by Senate A law to boost Bermudas credentials as a transparent offshore centre was today backed by Senate. The legislation is designed to ensure the island meets transparency standards for registered businesses in line with Financial Action Task Force and Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development rules. The Companies and Limited. .. Wed, 22 Nov 2017 13:27:00 EST Injured cement truck driver stable A cement truck driver injured in a rollover accident was today listed as stable in hospital. The 41-year-old Southampton man was injured in a crash on Pagets Seabright Avenue around 9am yesterday. His truck slid down an embankment and came to rest on its side after the roadside verge crumbled. A police spokesman said that. .. Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:12:00 EST Black Friday savings at NSC The cost of passes at the National Sports Centre is to be cut as part of a one off deal for shopping extravaganza Black Friday. A 15 per cent reduction is to be applied for the aquatics and fitness centre at the Devonshire stadium. Prices for monthly, quarterly, annual and 10-pack passes will all be slashed on Friday. .. Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:06:00 EST Banks Xmas giveback to Meals on Wheels Clarien Banks Holiday Giveback campaign is to celebrate the spirit of Christmas by supporting Meals on Wheels. The community is encouraged to keep the wheels moving by making a donation in branches and online from November 25 to December 31. Chief marketing officer Michael DeCouto said Last years campaign raised almost. .. Wed, 22 Nov 2017 11:13:00 EST Mathias replaces Kempe in Senate Justin Mathias was today sworn in as a One Bermuda Alliance senator, replacing the partys new chairman Nick Kempe. Mr Mathias took his oath as an Opposition member of the Upper House before proceedings began this morning. He joins Nandi Outerbridge and Andrew Simons on the OBAs Senate team. The new appointment follows Jeanne. .. Wed, 22 Nov 2017 10:16:00 EST Residents want quick fix of farm smells Residents unhappy with foul odours and vermin coming from the islands largest dairy farm have demanded a fast solution to what was branded a public health nuisance. Farm owners Valter and Lidia Medeiros faced an often heated gathering at the Department of Environmental Health last night as close to 100 people packed a public. .. Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:00:00 EST Bermuda calling video marketing ploy a big hit A quirky piece of experimental marketing involving the Bermuda Tourism Authority and JetBlue Airways drew hearty applause from a roomful of business executives. They were reacting to an online video that showed pedestrians in New York City answering a ringing telephone in the street and being offered a free trip to Bermuda. The. .. Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:00:00 EST A career creating colourful gloop The sight of an old master was enough to change Michael Hardings life. He began playing around with art materials hand grinding his own paints. Before he knew it, he had a company. Michael Harding Art Formulas Ltd is today recognised worldwide as one of the best in the business. The 58-year-old, who was in Bermuda last week as a. .. Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:00:00 EST Waddicors embody spirit of Christmas Dear Sir,In 1953, Alan Waddicor arrived in Bermuda to join the Bermuda Police Service. Having served in the Royal Navy during the war, it is understandable that he would be drawn to a career outside Darwen in the North of England, where he was born. He soon settled into the Bermuda life so much so that, when in 1957 he returned to. .. Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:00:00 EST Mayho aiming for Gold Coast swansong Dominique Mayho says the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia, in April will be his final major competition for Bermuda. The 23-year-old admits he has had to face reality and accept that he will never reach the top echelons in cycling, having spent the past two years racing at the amateur level in Belgium. Mayho said he. .. Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:00:00 EST Health-food growth mirrors global trend With healthcare costs at an all time high, local health stores are noticing a greater number of people taking a more proactive approach to their own wellbeing. Toni Daniels, owner of the Down to Earth health food store, believes the industry is continuing to grow, mirroring worldwide trends. Health foods mainstreamed into grocery. .. Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:00:00 EST Butterfield up 1.46 in New York Shares of Butterfield Bank were up 55 cents, or 1. 46 per cent, to 38. 15 on the New York Stock Exchange. However, there were no trades on The Royal GazetteBSX Index, which was unchanged at 2,1885. 35. The BSX Insurance Index slipped 8. 3 points, or 0. 44 per cent, to 1,859. 15. Wed, 22 Nov 2017 18:20:00 EST Care to holds its 17th annual tag day Care Learning Centre is holding its seventeenth annual tag day tomorrow to raise funds for scholarships. The Pembroke school caters for secondary pupils with academic and social problems, as well as non-traditional students who want to upgrade their high school qualifications. Care which is celebrating its 34th anniversary this. .. Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:00:00 EST Sleeping Beauty gets her wake-up call David Gonzalez wasnt too thrilled the first time he saw the movie Sleeping Beauty. He found the characters boring Sleeping Beauty spent much of the story asleep, and not much was known about the prince. The only one with any real energy was the rejected fairy, said Mr Gonzalez. The 61-year-old decided to change the. .. Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:00:00 EST Bermudians have such short political memories Dear Sir,It is a sad reality that most Bermudians have selective, short-term memory loss. They pick and choose what they wish to remember. No one wishes to forget United Bermuda Party wrongdoing, and rightfully they should not. Clearly, some actions of the One Bermuda Alliance showed some in power did forget, and they paid for it. .. Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:00:00 EST Cheap stocks in an expensive market Broadly speaking, equity markets may appear somewhat stretched. The SampP 500 trades at about 22 times its last 12 months earnings versus an historical average of about 16. 5. Indeed, the SampP has soared a remarkable 280 per cent since falling to its nadir in March of 2009. While it may still be a bit early to call the end of the. .. Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:00:00 EST Charity co-founder Vaucrosson dies, aged 81 Tributes were paid in the House of Assembly on Friday to Margaret Vaucrosson, a former nurse and dedicated volunteer, who has died at the age of 81. The co-founder of the Eliza DoLittle Society, a charity offering food for the needy, Ms Vaucrosson is also credited with naming the cancer charity Pals the Patients Assistance and League. .. Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:00:00 EST