All Stories All Stories en-us DeSilva resigns from Cabinet over conflict Cabinet minister Zane DeSilva quit his post yesterday, the Premier announced last night. David Burt said Mr DeSilva, the Minister of Social Development and Sport, resigned because of a conflict he faces over changes to fees for MRI and CT medical scans that have sparked controversy over the past few days. Government reform. .. Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:00:00 EST AIG to acquire Validus in 5.56bn deal American International Group has agreed to buy Bermudian reinsurer Validus Holdings in a deal worth 5. 56 billion. The US companys offer of 68 per share represents a 45. 5 per cent premium to Validuss closing stock price on Friday. AIG said the deal, expected to close in mid-2018, will also boost AIGs management talent,. .. Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:53:00 EST PHC suffer first defeat of season ltbgtDandy Town 3 PHC Zebras 0ltbgtDandy Town handed PHC Zebras their first loss of the season in all competitions at St Johns Field to move into second place in the Premier Division. It was Town, not leaders PHC, who took advantage of the loss by second-placed Robin Hood on Saturday as the lead at the top was cut to four. .. Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:00:00 EST Pipers with bags of music to delight You could have your cousins wedding or your aunties funeral it doesnt matter, you have to play the gig. Commitment sits at the heart of the bands ethos since Red Hot Chilli Pipers began 15 years ago. Then five members, now a rotating group of 25, the rock n roll bagpipers played two sold-out shows this weekend as part of The. .. Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:00:00 EST Sister of murdered man joins Peace Builders Ceble Crockwell knows better than most how the new Peace Builder programme could make a difference to families feeling the pain of Bermudas gang violence epidemic. Ms Crockwell said her family had few people at the hospital to turn to for support when her brother, Fiqre, was shot dead in June 2016. Now Ms Crockwell has signed up as. .. Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:00:00 EST Steve Easton 1963-2018 Bermudian singer, songwriter and music producer Steve Easton died on Friday at the age of 54 after suffering from complications related to diabetes. The father of three recorded Beyonc when she took part in the Bermuda Music Festival in 2008, collaborated with David Bowie on a number of songs while the British star lived on the island. .. Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:00:00 EST Neena dancing her way to success Neena Fagundo has been dancing for as long as she can remember. The 15-year-old juggles ten hours of dancing with her school work every week and loves to write in her spare time. The Somersfield Academy pupil has been awarded scholarships for excellence in dance and English, and plans to pursue her passion for the performing arts at. .. Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:00:00 EST Music maker has beats for sale and lease A local man was inspired by his daughters music which pushed him to follow his dreams and turn his own passions into a business. Dion Burgess was born with a love for music and says its has always been apart of him. He started mixing and creating beats when he was a teenager. I took part in a contest where I became the second. .. Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:00:00 EST Kee-Ijah could return to island this month Premature Christmas Day baby Kee-Ijah Bailey could be home this month. The youngster has received so much support from the public that the Bailey family have raised enough money to repay the charity which helped fly her overseas for treatment. Mother Elisha Joell said doctors are pleased with Kee-Ijahs progress in the Sick Kids. .. Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:00:00 EST Pensions Act touches depths of absurdity There has been a lot of discussion recently about pensions. Trust me, there will be a lot more in the future. Most government pension systems are no more than a Ponzi scheme a promise of money at a future time in exchange for payment today. You are not buying a service or a product, just a promise hence it is a scheme and, in fact,. .. Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:00:00 EST AIG and Validus growing together and with Bermuda ltigtThis joint op-ed from the senior executives at American International Group and Validus Holdings comes after the announcement today that US insurer AIG has agreed to buy Bermudian-based Validus in a deal worth 5. 56 billion. ltigtToday we announced that AIG has proposed to acquire Validus. This is an exciting. .. Mon, 22 Jan 2018 12:15:00 EST Flying visit for rare bird One of the largest plunge divers in the world made a rare and spectacular appearance off the North Shore. A northern gannet, which boasts a wingspan of 6ft, was spotted fishing off the coastline and in St Georges Harbour. According to the Bermuda Audubon Society, its dive from height into the ocean came as a treat for local birders. .. Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:00:00 EST Civil Service solutions offered Dear Sir,Since David Burt, the Premier, has decided to implement the recommendation of the Sage Commission Report and create another Cabinet Secretary position, then why not, Mr Burt, be more forward-thinking and optional in scope?In looking at other options, in earnest, why not, Mr Burt, simply take a competent and well-respected. .. Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:00:00 EST OBA DeSilva unanswered questions Government should come clean on unanswered questions about the shock resignation of Zane DeSilva from the Cabinet, Opposition leader Jeanne Atherden said today. She was speaking after David Burt, the Premier, announced at the weekend that Mr DeSilva, the Minister of Social Development and Sports, had quit over a conflict related to. .. Mon, 22 Jan 2018 18:58:00 EST Injured crew member delivered to Bermuda A bulk carrier sailing to Canada turned to Bermuda this weekend after a crew member suffered an electric shock. According to an incident report, RCC Bermuda was contacted minutes after midnight on Friday about an injury on board the ltigtMV Algoma ValueltIgt. The 804ft bulk carrier was travelling from Colombia to Nova. .. Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:23:00 EST Alleged incident during Regiment camp reported to police A sexual assault alleged to have happened during the Royal Bermuda Regiments recruit camp is being investigated, police confirmed this afternoon. A police spokesman said A female soldier was reported to have been assaulted by a male soldier. He said that one man had been arrested in connection with the alleged event. Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:30:00 EST Government scholarship changes unveiled Government has expanded several scholarship programmes in order to make them available to more Bermudians, according to Diallo Rabain. Mr Rabain, the Minister of Education and Workforce Development, said changes have been made to several scholarships to create opportunities for a wider range of candidates. We are expanding. .. Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:54:00 EST Duffy leads call for triathlon event volunteers Flora Duffy is leading the call to encourage volunteers to get involved in the ITU World Triathlon Series being held in Hamilton. Ms Duffy said These events take enormous effort to organise. As athletes, we cant appreciate enough the support of those who give their time and become involved. Three public information. .. Mon, 22 Jan 2018 12:31:00 EST Green family donates 33,000 to local charities The Green family this morning announced donations to four local charities totalling 33,000. Andrew Green said We are delighted to assist these four charities that continually strive to provide the utmost care to the residents of Bermuda. Charities depend on donations for the important work that they do within the Bermuda. .. Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:08:00 EST Controlled burn on Marshalls Island A controlled burn is this morning taking place on Marshalls Island in the Great Sound. Police confirmed the intentional fire after receiving calls from concerned citizens. A police spokesman said the burn was expected to finish at noon. He added We appreciate the concern of those who called regarding this matter. Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:06:00 EST Smith rises to the challenge Chayce Smith and Ashley Berry were runaway champions in the Butterfield amp Vallis 5K, as the road race and walk attracted a bumper field of more than 1,000 participants. And if Smith was feeling any lingering tiredness after winning the Bermuda Triangle Challenge last weekend, he did not let it show as he assumed a front-running. .. Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:00:00 EST Soldiers return to training after day off The newest recruits to the Royal Bermuda Regiment returned to soldiering today after a mid-training weekend break. The day off yesterday came after a section drill display, which saw the rookie recruits perform on the parade square under the eagle eye of examiners on Saturday followed by a tough five-mile road run. Private Donavan. .. Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:00:00 EST Musicians are more than a bag of hot air Nuclear-powered bagpipes, I suppose, are yet to be invented, but if there are any prototypes out there, the Red Hot Chilli Pipers have surely begged, borrowed or stolen them. Bagpipes were originally designed to inspire kilted clansman to slaughter as many of the opposition the English and lowlanders when available, but each other if. .. Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:00:00 EST Aiming for a less taxing time through growth David Burt wants to see economic growth in return for scrapping plans to increase payroll tax rates for higher earners. The Premier, speaking to an international business audience on Friday, said growth was a priority after a period in which the economy had contracted in seven out of eight years. Economic contraction and a fall in. .. Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:00:00 EST Bacardi to acquire Patrn Spirits Bacardi Limited has announced a definitive agreement to acquire complete ownership of Patrn Spirits International and its Patrn brand, the worlds top-selling ultra-premium tequila. The transaction reflects an enterprise value for Patrn of 5. 1 billion, and subject to customary conditions, is expected to close in the first half of. .. Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:49:00 EST Liquor stores sales plunge Retailers took 1 per cent more at the till in October than they did in the same month in 2016. But after adjusting for inflation, retail sales volume fell by 0. 5 per cent, the second successive decline. The Retail Sales Index, published today by the Department of Statistics, showed that liquor stores suffered the largest fall in. .. Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:22:00 EST Parent Expo a resounding hit The Parent Expo, which was held at CedarBridge Academy on Saturday, could become an annual event thanks to its overwhelming success. The expo was a collaboration of 15 principals from public schools and private schools. The event included information on youth-enhancing programmes such as the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo, the. .. Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:00:00 EST Dill and Thomas heap misery on hapless Onions ltbgtNorth Village 2 Flanagans Onions 0ltbgtGoals either side of half-time from Lashun Dill and substitute Marcellos Thomas kept North Village within sight of the leaders and heaped more pressure on relegation threatened Flanagans Onions. Dill put the home side ahead with a crisp finish on the break before Thomas came. .. Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:00:00 EST No bigger reason for shutdown than Trump The United States Government is shutting down for the first time in more than four years, and Donald Trump has spent days trying to lay the blame on the Democrats. On Friday he tweeted Not looking good for our great military or safety amp security on the very dangerous southern border. Dems want a shutdown in order to help diminish. .. Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:00:00 EST Victim of crime is so often the child Dear Sir,There can be no doubt that there is intense political and public interest in the nature and root causes of criminality in the 21st century. In part, this may be because of the increasing amounts of violent crime in part, it may be a response to recent political doctrines that emphasise a governments stance to be tough on. .. Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:00:00 EST Take time to evaluate gardens future needs As there is not much activity in the garden for the next couple of months now is the best time to take stock and evaluate. Plants grow upwards and outwards as they age but, like people, they also show signs of decline. Last year was generally good for growth. As can be seen around the island, much of it was vibrant with very little. .. Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:00:00 EST Gosling joins KW Bermuda as team leader Long-time realtor Beth Gosling has joined Keller Williams Bermuda in the newly formed position of Team Leader. The company said Mrs Gosling will help to realise a vital element of the Keller Williams ethos, which is to put education of agents at the forefront with in-house training, coaching and productivity coaching. Albert. .. Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:00:00 EST Butterfield Bank shares slide 1.3 Butterfield Bank shares fell 50 cents, or 1. 3 per cent, to 39. 50 after 6,636 traded on The Royal GazetteBSX Index. Additionally, a total of 95 shares of Ascendant Group were exchanged, but with no impact on the stocks closing price. The Royal GazetteBSX Index was down 22. 49 points, or 0. 97 per cent, at 2,290. 8. On the New. .. Mon, 22 Jan 2018 17:47:00 EST Call for womens shelter on island A petition for an emergency shelter for women in Bermuda was launched at the Womens Action Groups gathering on Saturday at Queen Elizabeth Park. About 70 people came out to the event, which was held to mark the International Womens March Anniversary. Among the topics discussed were violence against women, sexual assault, the. .. Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:00:00 EST Cougars made to work for victory against Social Club ltbgtDevonshire Cougars 3 Social Club 1ltbgtDevonshire Cougars came from a goal down against Young Mens Social Club to get a win in front of their home crowd at Devonshire Recreation Club yesterday. Bottom club Social Club shocked the home side by taking an early lead through their striker Clay Darrell. The goal came in. .. Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:00:00 EST The ABCs of crazy Market commentary and discussion sometimes revolves around a group of stocks or asset class that have performed well and offer exciting stories. Lately this group known as the Fang stocks Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google has captured serious airtime and pontification. The conversations have ranged from adoration to admonition. But. .. Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:00:00 EST Corday helps Trojans fight back for draw ltbgtBoulevard 2 Somerset Trojans 2ltbgtJustin Corday scored goals either side of half-time to cancel out a first-half brace from Kamali Davis as Somerset Trojans fought back for a draw away to Boulevard at Lords. I thought we were the better team in the early stages of the match, so I was disappointed with the lapses. .. Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:00:00 EST Simons and Richmond hit hat-tricks for West The West won four of the six matches in the Bermuda School Sports Federation All-Star Football matches at the National Stadium on Saturday. The West won 4-1 in the Primary School Girls match. They took the lead midway through the first half after Izzy Simons, of Warwick Academy, slotted in the first of her three goals from the penalty. .. Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:00:00 EST East enjoy clean sweep of victories The East swept all three matches at the Bermuda School Sports Federation All-Star Netball matches at Bermuda College on Friday night. In the Primary Schools matches, the East jumped to a 9-4 half-time time lead and looked to ease their way to victory. But the third quarter belonged to Kammie Mills, from West End Primary, who scored six. .. Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:00:00 EST Mle forces match to be abandoned St Davids and Somerset Eagles both lost ground on the top three teams in the First Division, while Devonshire Colts had their match with Wolves abandoned after 75 minutes after a mle broke out between players from both teams at Devonshire Recreation Club. Colts were leading 3-0 at the time on goals from Teneko Eve 2 and Cameron. .. Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:00:00 EST Cox earns team top finishes Kaelin Cox had two firsts and a second and Andrea McKey a first and two seconds for the Bermuda Karate Organisation at the John Chung World Cup in Reston, Virginia, last weekend. Cox placed first in Chinese form, first in weapons and second in sparring while McKey was first in the over-40 womens traditional forms and second in both. .. Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:00:00 EST X-Roads stun Hood as tempers flare ltbgtRobin Hood 1 X-Roads 5ltbgtX-Roads took a huge leap towards guaranteeing Premier Division safety by stunning the defending champions at Goose Gosling Field last night, but the game was marred by the sending off of Robin Hoods Shakir Smith for throwing punches. Kashi Davis-Jones impressed in scoring twice for X-Roads,. .. Sun, 21 Jan 2018 10:42:00 EST Premier to lead Bermuda team at Davos A team from Bermuda, led by David Burt, is travelling to Switzerland this week to hold meetings and participate in discussions alongside the World Economic Forum in Davos. The Premiers three-day itinerary includes an interactive round table he will chair on Tuesday, titled Innovative States. The hourlong session will see international. .. Sun, 21 Jan 2018 19:29:00 EST Burt planning to relax 6040 rule A relaxation of the business ownership 6040 rule to boost investment by permanent residents certificate holders was signalled yesterday by David Burt. The Premier, who also holds the position of Minister of Finance, said too much money earned on the island ended up overseas, and the Government wanted to see more of it staying in the. .. Sat, 20 Jan 2018 08:00:00 EST Getting to grips with US tax regulations What will be next? In just the last six years, our global tax world has ramped up significantly more detailed tax compliance, residency reporting and filing information. Driven initially by the United States and its Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act initiatives, country-to-country reporting in numerous forms is more comprehensive and. .. Sat, 20 Jan 2018 08:00:00 EST Pastor Smith ministers to the homeless Fifteen years ago, Pastor Austin Smith felt God give him a nudge. He was pursuing a degree in theology and leading a Bible-study class but God told him hed serve people better if he went beyond the four walls of the church. He made six plates of codfish and potato breakfasts, which he handed out to the City of Hamiltons homeless. .. Sat, 20 Jan 2018 08:00:00 EST BPSU general secretary defends civil servants The Bermuda Public Services Union has mounted a defence of civil servants, including health regulators accused by Ewart Brown of targeting his medical practice. Edward Ball, general secretary of the BPSU, said The union takes exception to the recent comments made in the public domain by some politicians and others that attempt to give a. .. Sat, 20 Jan 2018 08:00:00 EST Skys the limit for pilot after debut novel It is only fitting that airline captain-turned-author Mike Edwards should arrive in Bermuda tomorrow night at the controls of BA2233 as he prepares to speak about a book hailed as the aviation biography of the year. Mr Edwards has been flying the London-to-Bermuda route with British Airways for more than 15 years and he and his family. .. Sat, 20 Jan 2018 08:00:00 EST A little child shall lead them Most of the free world is in a state of utter bewilderment over Americas leadership after Donald Trump was reported to have used vulgar and demeaning language during an official meeting at the White House, with both Republicans and Democrats in attendance. His use of a word during discussion over immigration policies, not worthy of. .. Sat, 20 Jan 2018 08:00:00 EST A rare look inside the RG Ever wondered what goes on in a newsroom? How a news organisation prioritises the stories that it does? What stories go on the front page and why? How the Page 1 photograph is determined? Who are the drivers behind daily editorial policy at the #8220big bad RG#8221? ltigtThe Royal Gazetteltigt broke new ground yesterday by. .. Sat, 20 Jan 2018 00:01:00 EST Duffy happy to show world where it all began With fewer than 100 days until the ITU World Triathlon Bermuda takes place, Flora Duffy has returned to the island for a spot of training and to do some public relations work. The world champion has been accompanied on her trip by several international journalists, and in between the bike rides, pool sessions and hill sprints, has been. .. Sat, 20 Jan 2018 08:00:00 EST Cross Island, the sequel not all doom and gloom Dear Sir,In response to the opinion piece of Christopher Famous, I am proud, happy and pleased with the great amount of work that was achieved by the West End Development Corporation team in the 4 years that I served as chairman. Policies were implemented to address runaway arrears, political interference and free benefits enjoyed. .. Sat, 20 Jan 2018 08:00:00 EST Women urged to go for cancer screening A total of 15 cases of cervical cancer were reported in Bermuda last year, a Department of Health spokeswoman revealed last night. The news came as the Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre asked women to get screened for the disease and reminded parents to make sure their children are vaccinated against the Human Papilloma Virus, which can. .. Sat, 20 Jan 2018 08:00:00 EST TBi outage after accident in St Davids TeleBermuda International customers lost power for five hours today after a One Communications fibre was cut in St Davids. The incident happened at 11. 15am, according to a press release from TBi. It stated An investigation by TBi engineers revealed the cause originated from a fibre cut in Ones network in St Davids. We. .. Sat, 20 Jan 2018 20:26:00 EST Customs Department raising awareness Customs officers will raise awareness of their role ahead of International Customs Day on Friday. Collector of Customs, Lucinda Pearman, invited people to take part in activities which include an open house, church service and the Colin Smith Run, Walk, Ride Fun Race. Mrs Pearman said The Customs Department continues to play an. .. Sat, 20 Jan 2018 18:55:00 EST Douglas accused of sexual harassment Hollywood star Michael Douglas has been accused of sexual harassment by a former employee. Author and journalist Susan Braudy told ltigtThe Hollywood Reporterltigt that Mr Douglass alleged treatment left her feeling humiliated. Ms Braudys claims came a little more than a week after Mr Douglas, who has close family and. .. Sat, 20 Jan 2018 08:00:00 EST James just misses out on podium Vanessa James and her partner, Morgan Cipres, came up just shy of a second successive podium display at the European Figure Skating Championships in Moscow this week. Bermudian James and Cipres, who compete for France, were edged out of third place by 0. 01 points at the Megasport Sport Palace as hosts Russia swept the pairs podium at the. .. Sat, 20 Jan 2018 08:00:00 EST Heart and lung specialists to visit island Specialists in heart and lung problems are to visit the island this month. Ofer Sagiv, an expert in heart medicine, will be at Northshore Medical amp Aesthetics Centre from January 27 to 29, and Maciej Walczyszyn, who specialises in lung and critical care medicine, will be at the practice from January 26 to 29. Dr Sagiv is a. .. Sat, 20 Jan 2018 08:00:00 EST Initiative aims to attract young players With the Regional just around the corner, I have news of another initiative to attract young players to the game being launched at the event Minibridge. The idea is to introduce young newcomers to the game, to get them to understand it and hopefully get hooked by it. I think it has legs note that it is restricted to Bermuda. .. Sat, 20 Jan 2018 08:00:00 EST Berkeley Institute celebrates anniversary ltbgtTODAY Allen Temple AME Churchltbgt All are welcome to join our 100 mens fellowship breakfast. Glenn Bascome will deliver the sermon Becoming the New Man, based on Isaiah 4319. 8am at the Allen Temple Youth Centre, 2 Temple Lane, Sandys. Buy tickets at the door. Donations of 20 will be accepted. RSVP on. .. Sat, 20 Jan 2018 08:00:00 EST