News from 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...
February 23, 2015
On Friday February 20, 2015, junior minister of education of Bermuda, One Bermuda Alliance (OBA) MP Leah Scott decided to attack Bermuda’s number one radio host, Mrs Sherri Simmons aka Sherri J. In her letter to the editor she attempted to utilize a ‘passive-aggressive-passive’ approach.
February 20, 2015
HAMILTON, Bermuda -- Just two months into 2015, Bermuda’s tourism industry is beginning to show promising signs of recovery. According to several market forecast reports and analysis from the Bermuda Tourism Authority (BTA), rising indicators suggest positive results are ahead for the island.
February 14, 2015
Imagine this. You are the premier of the Cayman Islands or the British Virgin Islands. You have been trying your hardest to continue to develop your nation’s economy. With British support and encouragement over a long period, the nation’s financial services and tourism sectors have flourished.
February 13, 2015
HAMILTON, Bermuda -- The majesty of the J Class era will return to the America’s Cup in Bermuda in 2017, 80 years after the class last raced for the oldest trophy in international sport. The J Class Association (JCA) and the America’s Cup Event Authority have agreed to stage a J Class regatta...
February 12, 2015
WASHINGTON, USA -- The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists released a report this week revealing billions of dollars held in nearly 60,000 internal Swiss bank documents from 2006 to 2007 leaked by whistleblower Hervé Falciani, a former employee of HSBC in Switzerland.
February 12, 2015
HAMILTON, Bermuda -- Bermuda's well-documented financial services regulation, international partnership treaties, and lack of bank secrecy legislation ought to be recognised by the UK Labour Party, the Bermuda Business Development Agency (BDA) said on Tuesday. The BDA echoed the...
February 12, 2015
Fifty years ago on February 2, 1965, events in Bermuda took a course that would see social discourse and history change forever for a number of persons. In a culmination of events outside of BELCO’s main gate on February 2, 1965, an all out war broke out between Bermudians standing up for their rights...
February 11, 2015
LONDON, England -- The chairman of the Cayman Islands Stock Exchange, local attorney at law Anthony Travers, has accused UK Labour Party leader Ed Miliband of being hopelessly out of touch in relation to international tax avoidance. Travers’ comments follow a letter from Miliband to...
February 9, 2015
LONDON, England -- A Labour government would push for UK overseas territories to be put on an international blacklist if they refuse to co-operate with a drive against tax avoidance, Labour Party leader Ed Miliband has told them ahead of general elections in Britain in May.
February 2, 2015
Last week, I spoke of the century-old history and the early influence of Jamaican culture on Bermuda, particularly in reggae music. Today, I’ll begin by speaking of Jamaican influence on a very important area: Food! Fresh Jamaican Ketchup They say the way to a man’s heart is through his belly.