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Bermuda government responds to union protest

January 29, 2015
Bermuda government responds to union protest HAMILTON, Bermuda -- Premier Michael Dunkley and members of his Cabinet held a press conference on Tuesday afternoon to respond to the mass public protest rallies on Monday and Tuesday organised by the Bermuda Trade Union Congress (BTUC). Dunkley said he is willing to meet with the BTUC.

Thousands of Bermuda government workers hold mass meeting

January 27, 2015
Thousands of Bermuda government workers hold mass meeting HAMILTON, Bermuda -- Nearly 4,000 government workers in Bermuda held a mass meeting on Monday morning to vote on the government’s proposal to demand further pay cuts from civil servants. However, a meeting with government representatives scheduled for 3:00 pm did not take place.

Commentary: Bermuda's connection to Jamaica

January 24, 2015
Commentary:  Bermuda's connection to Jamaica Bermuda has had a long-standing relationship and connection with Jamaica for over a century. Many Jamaicans first came to Bermuda in the early 1900s as skilled labourers who built the Dockyard area alongside other Bermudians and Caribbean workers. Many of the original parts of Dockyard...

No local transmission of chikungunya in Bermuda, CDC notice retracted

January 23, 2015
No local transmission of chikungunya in Bermuda, CDC notice retracted HAMILTON, Bermuda -- An erroneous travel notice issued by the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in relation to the local transmission of the chikungunya virus has now been removed from its website and the source of the misinformation has also been corrected.

Commentary: Bermuda's connection with St Kitts

January 21, 2015
Commentary: Bermuda's connection with St Kitts Last January I had the opportunity to travel back to the land of one my great-grandfather’s birth. I went up into the hills from whence he was conceived and born. I shed a tear looking at the ruins of the former slave plantation my ancestors toiled and died enriching. I inhaled the smell of fresh sugar cane.

Former premier returns to Bermuda Cabinet; opposition says move 'extremely poor judgement'

January 17, 2015
Former premier returns to Bermuda Cabinet; opposition says move 'extremely poor judgement' HAMILTON, Bermuda -- Former premier of Bermuda, Craig Cannonier, said on Thursday he was pleased to be rejoining the Cabinet, adding he was grateful for Premier Michael Dunkley having confidence in him. However, the opposition Progressive Labour Party (PLP) said Cannonier’s appointment...

Warrant issued for arrest of Bermuda lawyer accused of perverting the course of justice

January 13, 2015
Warrant issued for arrest of Bermuda lawyer accused of perverting the course of justice HAMILTON, Bermuda -- A warrant has been issued in Bermuda for the arrest of lawyer Kamal Worrell, who is accused of perverting the course of justice. Worrell, 34, who is jointly accused with 26-year-old Devon Hewey, and 22-year-old Dujon Reid-Anderson, failed to appear in Magistrates’ Court.

Commentary: Bermudians will not pack up and leave

January 13, 2015
Commentary: Bermudians will not pack up and leave “Please get up and leave and go somewhere else.” These were the words spoken on June 14, 2013, by then One Bermuda Alliance (OBA) Attorney General Mark Pettingill in reference to Bermudians who were upset with moves by the OBA at that time. Not one OBA MP spoke out against those comments.

Commentary: Bermudians doing for self

January 7, 2015
Commentary: Bermudians doing for self I started to write about Bermuda and the stunning lack of diversity in our island’s boardrooms. I started to write about how Bermuda has one of the highest percentages of people of African descent holding college and advanced degrees in the world. I started to write about how Columbia University...

Commentary: Bermuda's connection to Saba

January 5, 2015
Commentary: Bermuda's connection to Saba Colonized around 1640 by the Dutch in St Eustatius, Saba was initially settled by persons of mainly English, Irish and Scottish descent. One explanation for Saba's name is that it is derived from the Arawak word "Siba", which means rock. The initial European settlers started growing provisions.

Commentary: Caribbean Christmas

December 29, 2014
Commentary: Caribbean Christmas These are part of our Bermudian Christmas traditions. For this special holiday edition, I will look at the way Christmas is celebrated in various other Caribbean territories. So I have enlisted the help of a few of my friends and relatives from around the region to tell us about the potpourri of...

Ten Caribbean destinations reaped $867 million from private jet vacationers in winter season

December 19, 2014
Ten Caribbean destinations reaped $867 million from private jet vacationers in winter season NEW YORK, USA -- Elite Traveler Magazine has just reported the top ten destinations to enjoy the benefits of private jet charter flights during last year's peak winter season, which resulted in revenues of $867 million from 12,566 flights. Nassau in The Bahamas, St Maarten and Turks and Caicos...

Commentary: Bermuda's connections to St Eustatius

December 18, 2014
Commentary: Bermuda's connections to St Eustatius If one were to ask many Bermudians which Caribbean Island they can trace their roots back to, most would justifiably answer St Kitts. There would be few that would say that they can trace their roots back to the Dutch colony of St. Eustatius. St Where, you say? St Eustatius, more commonly known as Statia...

Commentary: Bermuda's Caribbean Connections - Part 2

December 11, 2014
Commentary: Bermuda's Caribbean Connections - Part 2 Never in recent history has the National Stadium in Bermuda been sold out and so vibrant. During Easter 2012, we were treated to a potpourri of Olympics, Carnival, and Sun Splash rolled into one. West Indians of every island came out to support their home teams. Bermuda was fully represented.

Commentary: Bermuda's Caribbean connections

December 4, 2014
Commentary: Bermuda's Caribbean connections Lately we have been hearing a recurring statement: “Bermuda is not in the Caribbean and we are not West Indians.” This has been repeated during the 2012 Olympics. Many were seemingly upset with the coverage of Caribbean athletes and their events. Seventy percent of both black and white Bermudians...

Beneficial ownership will be made public when the UK, US and Canada do so, says Bermuda

November 24, 2014
Beneficial ownership will be made public when the UK, US and Canada do so, says Bermuda HAMILTON, Bermuda -- The government of Bermuda's deputy premier and minister of finance, E.T. (Bob) Richards, announced on Friday that Bermuda will reserve any commitment to uphold a British model of beneficial ownership prior to international policy development in this area.

Bermuda cleans up after Gonzalo

October 20, 2014
Bermuda cleans up after Gonzalo HAMILTON, Bermuda -- Bermuda residents cleaned up on Saturday after Hurricane Gonzalo battered the island for several hours late Friday night with sustained winds of 110 mph and wind gusts recorded of up to 144 mph. According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami...

Dangerous hurricane Gonzalo very near Bermuda

October 18, 2014
Dangerous hurricane Gonzalo very near Bermuda MIAMI, USA -- Hurricane Gonzalo, a dangerous category three storm on the Saffir-Simpson wind scale, closed in on Bermuda on Friday afternoon with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph. According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, at 5:00 pm EDT on Friday, the eye of Hurricane Gonzalo...

Bermuda residents prepare for major hurricane Gonzalo

October 17, 2014
Bermuda residents prepare for major hurricane Gonzalo MIAMI, USA -- Bermuda residents, still recovering after being swiped by Tropical Storm Fay last Sunday, battened down on Thursday as the island prepared for Hurricane Gonzalo, which is expected to arrive on Friday afternoon as a major category four hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale.

Bermuda under hurricane warning

October 16, 2014
Bermuda under hurricane warning MIAMI, USA -- A hurricane warning was issued for Bermuda on Wednesday as Hurricane Gonzalo headed directly for the island, which is still recovering after being swiped by Tropical Storm Fay last Sunday, with some roads remaining blocked and thousands of homes still without power.

Commentary: Bermuda hit by Hurricane Fa(h)y

October 16, 2014
Commentary: Bermuda hit by Hurricane Fa(h)y In late December 2012, seemingly mild-mannered Senator Michael Fahy was appointed as minister of home affairs with responsibility for Immigration for Bermuda. In early October 2014, seemingly mild-mannered Tropical Storm Fay headed to Bermuda. No one could imagine the widespread damage...

Gonzalo now a major hurricane takes aim at Bermuda

October 15, 2014
Gonzalo now a major hurricane takes aim at Bermuda MIAMI, USA -- Tropical cyclone Gonzalo became a major hurricane over the open Atlantic on Tuesday as it headed towards Bermuda after lashing the eastern Caribbean with high winds and heavy rains on Monday and Tuesday. Bermuda residents fear the worst as the island is still recovering...

Hurricane watch issued for Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

October 13, 2014
Hurricane watch issued for Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands MIAMI, USA -- A hurricane watch was issued for Puerto Rico, Vieques and Culebra, and the British and US Virgin Islands as Tropical Storm Gonzalo moved through the Leeward Islands on Monday, with rain bands already affecting Guadeloupe, Antigua and Barbuda early Monday morning.

Fay moves away from Bermuda, as Gonzalo threatens Leewards

October 13, 2014
Fay moves away from Bermuda, as Gonzalo threatens Leewards MIAMI, USA -- Tropical Storm Fay moved away from Bermuda into the open Atlantic on Sunday after lashing the island with heavy rain and gusting winds, knocking out power for thousands of residents. Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Gonzalo formed east of the Leeward Islands on Sunday.

Commentary: Privatization of Bermudian jobs

October 13, 2014
Commentary: Privatization of Bermudian jobs Since May 2013, I have written numerous columns in the Bermuda Sun, warning that the One Bermuda Alliance (OBA) will attempt to privatize and outsource many government departments and services here in Bermuda. This was confirmed by OBA Finance Minister Bob Richards on February 21.

Subtropical storm Fay forms south of Bermuda, storm watch issued

October 11, 2014
Subtropical storm Fay forms south of Bermuda, storm watch issued MIAMI, USA -- Subtropical storm Fay formed south of Bermuda on Friday, prompting a tropical storm watch to be issued for the island. According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, at 5:00 pm EDT on Friday, the centre of Fay was located about 525 miles south of Bermuda, moving toward...

Letter: Thanks but no thanks, Bermuda

October 10, 2014
Thank you…but no thanks, Bermuda…after watching the Becky Middleton story! We could never feel comfortable on your soil, nor trust your justice system. Karma will one day catch up to those animals. Wes Stevenson Kelowna, BC

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