News from Bermuda:
May 26, 2015
Recently it has been revealed, via 2,000 pages of *documents supplied by the government of Canada, that the One Bermuda Alliance (OBA) minister of finance of Bermuda has allegedly been involved in a number of questionable activities surrounding the OBA’s plans for the airport.
May 21, 2015
LONDON, England -- A delegation from the opposition Progressive Labour Party (PLP) in Bermuda is currently in the UK to meet with representatives from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), and the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) regarding the government’s...
May 20, 2015
HAMILTON, Bermuda -- The cruise ship Norwegian Dawn ran aground in Bermuda’s North Channel on Tuesday afternoon having left the Dockyard after its regularly scheduled call from Boston. The ship -- with 2,675 passengers and 1,062 crew members aboard – reportedly lost power leaving the dock.
May 18, 2015
Recently on April 3, 2015, I read that the government of the Turks and Caicos Islands had signed a $224 million arrangement to develop a hotel resort. At first glance it sounded great. Then something grabbed my attention. A name I had heard before very recently and very frequently. No way, José...
May 6, 2015
On Sunday, April 26, 2015 the Jamaican Association of Bermuda ( JAB) held its annual Jerk fest at the Shelly Bay Field. With the atmosphere created and tons of jubilant personalities in attendance, one could be forgiven for thinking they were actually in Jamaica for a few hours. Early in the day...
May 2, 2015
HAMILTON, Bermuda -- At a press conference on Wednesday, Bermuda’s opposition Progressive Labour Party (PLP) called on the British territory’s government to explain the fate of some $18 million in loan proceeds secured by public property that have allegedly disappeared. Deputy PLP leader...
April 30, 2015
NEW YORK, USA -- On Tuesday, Standard & Poor's Ratings Services lowered its long-term issuer credit and senior unsecured debt ratings on Bermuda to 'A+' from 'AA-'. At the same time, Standard & Poor's lowered its short-term rating on Bermuda to 'A-1' from 'A-1+'. The outlook is stable.
April 28, 2015
Over the last few months I have attended a growing number of funerals of Caribbean men of various races and ages. Seemingly almost every other week, someone I know or know about, is collapsing suddenly and dying. Often, too often, this stems from heart failure. For many of us...
April 25, 2015
MEXICO CITY, Mexico -- The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the ministry of health of the United Mexican States, through the Federal Commission for Protection from Sanitary Risks (COFEPRIS). The aim of the MoU...
April 21, 2015
HAMILTON, Bermuda -- Renaud Laplanche, co-skipper Ryan Breymaier and the crew of the 105’ trimaran Lending Club 2 on Monday established a new world sailing speed record for the 635-nautical mile course from Castle Hill Lighthouse, in Newport, Rhode Island, to Kitchen Shoal Beacon in Bermuda.
April 15, 2015
HAMILTON, Bermuda -- Two British nationals may end up spending four months behind bars after they each were handed $3,000 fines by a Bermuda court for being disruptive on a flight travelling from the UK to Mexico. Jamie Richardson, 38, and Daniel Taylor, 37, were aboard a Thompson Airlines...
April 9, 2015
HAMILTON, Bermuda -- Bermuda officials have been in talks with European Union authorities on policy matters of mutual interest. And high on the list of priorities are impending EU laws that may disadvantage Bermuda’s insurers and reinsurers. But if Bermuda’s quest for equivalence with Europe’s...
April 9, 2015
ROAD TOWN, BVI -- The British Virgin Islands (BVI) has moved up 13 positions to 34th in the most recent Global Financial Centres Index (GFCI). The Index also revealed that the BVI is the most highly ranked offshore jurisdiction, ahead of competing jurisdictions such as the Cayman Islands...
April 8, 2015
Christopher Famous has made a number of criticisms of Bermuda’s proposed new airport project, which may lead your readers to suppose that for some unexplained reason we have made a very, very bad decision. That’s not the case at all, and I would appreciate an opportunity to set the record straight.
April 4, 2015
HAMILTON, Bermuda -- Italian challenger Luna Rossa pulled out of the 35th America's Cup on Thursday in protest at a majority vote to reduce the size of the catamarans to be raced in the 2017 event in Bermuda. “Following a careful evaluation of the serious implications of this unprecedented...
April 2, 2015
HAMILTON, Bermuda -- The America’s Cup teams have agreed to make changes aimed at significantly reducing costs for the 2017 America’s Cup in Bermuda. Central to these changes is the introduction of a new America’s Cup Class – a wing-sailed, foiling catamaran between 45 and 50 feet.
April 1, 2015
St George’s is more to me than the place I live. It is the place where I grew up. It is the place where my family is from and it is where I am raising my children. Some have used St George’s as a political football while displaying neither love nor commitment to the people who, like me, call St George’s home.
March 30, 2015
On Friday, March 20, 2015, in the Senate, OBA Senate leader Michael Fahy took liberty to attack my Royal Gazette column printed on March 20, 2015, making the accusation that my comments were “patently false.” To be more precise, Mr Speaker, “yesterday’s Senate closed with Senator Fahy...
March 30, 2015
HAMILTON, Bermuda -- The Bermuda Housing Corporation (BHC), in conjunction with the Bermudiana Beach development team have collectively agreed to assist Team Oracle as they transition to Bermuda for the impending America’s Cup sailing event. “Team Oracle is due to be housed in the Dockyard...
March 28, 2015
GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- Cayman Islands Governor Helen Kilpatrick on Friday hosted the governors from Bermuda and the other Caribbean Overseas Territories for a conference to discuss regional matters and issues of common interest. The conference was attended by the governors of...
March 27, 2015
HAMILTON, Bermuda -- The competitors and organizers of the 2017 America’s Cup due to take place in Bermuda are planning to implement a series of rule changes to dramatically reduce team operational costs, primarily by racing in a smaller boat. “After reviewing prototypes of the new AC45 sports boats...
March 26, 2015
On Friday, March 13, 2015, the Progressive Labour Party (PLP) laid a motion before the Bermuda parliament requesting a formation of a joint select committee (JSC) on comprehensive immigration reform. Opposition leader Marc Bean explained the reasoning behind the proposed motion...
March 19, 2015
Bermuda has been chosen to be the host venue for the 35th challenge for the America’s Cup, the oldest and best-known international sailing yacht competition. The finals will take place in June 2017 in Bermuda’s beautiful Great Sound, a natural sailing amphitheatre that will make for exciting races.
March 18, 2015
On November 10, 2014, MP Bob Richards announced that a memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed with the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) for the re-development of the LF Wade International Airport in Bermuda. Who is CCC? CCC is a federal Crown corporation...
March 11, 2015
HAMILTON, Bermuda -- A Norwegian shipping group has become the latest Bermuda shipping company to list its shares on the Oslo Stock Exchange (Oslo Bors) after announcing the closing of a deal valued at approximately US$300 million. Team Tankers International Ltd is the new holding company.
March 5, 2015
One of the signatures of Caribbean culture is our food. Caribbean cuisine stands out in the world with a taste and texture of its very own. Perhaps it is the fresh organic home grown fish, meat, poultry, herbs and vegetables. Or just maybe it is the rhythm in how wi stir fi wi pot dem?
February 24, 2015
On Friday, February 20, 2015, the Hon. Leah Scott, JP, MP, released an op-ed by way of a letter to the editor in the Royal Gazette entitled “Women must try to be allies, not enemies”. The letter attempted to discuss unity between women. Ironically, MP Scott started and ended her article attacking...