All Stories All Stories en-us 'An innocent person could die' An "indiscriminate" gun attack was condemned yesterday after bullets were fired at an apartment, in the island's fourth shooting into a residence in less than two weeks. No injuries were reported, but area residents said a one-year-old boy was typically present in the home, part of a government housing facility, off Field View Lane, off... Mon, 17 Feb 2020 07:00:00 EST Girls in Tech aims to close IT gender gap In the 20 years Coral Wells has been in the tech industry, the gender gap has shrunk, but has not yet disappeared.The chief executive officer of tech education company ConnecTech said: "I am seeing more young women coming through tech colleges and entering the work force which is great. However, we need to support them and encourage them... Mon, 17 Feb 2020 07:00:00 EST Colts cause upset in fiery contest <b>PHC Zebras 2 Devonshire Colts 4</b>A late mêlée that held up play for several minutes marred Devonshire Colts' stunning FA Cup quarter-final upset over PHC Zebras at PHC Field yesterday.Tempers flared in the 87th minute just moments after second-tier Colts went 4-2 up with both sets of players coming together in the... Mon, 17 Feb 2020 07:00:00 EST Leader of the band By the time she was 14, Cher-Ann Brangman had fallen in love with the saxophone and decided it was to be a lifelong affair.She was not alone in thinking she had talent.Her cousin, Major Barrett Dill, then the director of music for the Bermuda Regiment Band and Corps of Drums, sought her out after she took the top spot in the New... Mon, 17 Feb 2020 07:00:00 EST Angry DeSilva hints at change for tourism "Changes are coming", potentially at the board level, for the island's independent tourism overseer, Zane DeSilva warned the House of Assembly on Friday night.The Bermuda Tourism Authority was blasted for its 2019 statistics showing record tourism numbers, even as visitor air arrivals last year fell by 6 per cent. "Am I happy with these... Mon, 17 Feb 2020 07:00:00 EST Pressure group hits back at Burt broadside David Burt has challenged the pressure group Patients 1st to reveal its identity and meet with him over its campaign against proposed changes to the health insurance system.Speaking in the motion to adjourn in the House of Assembly on Friday, the Premier called the group "Profits First".He told MPs: "How is it possible, that we... Mon, 17 Feb 2020 07:00:00 EST Young Achievers: hard work pays off for Jibri Jibri Thomas knows the value of a hard day's work.The 17-year-old has volunteered with the City of Hamilton for almost a year as an intern in the public works departments.The CedarBridge Academy student said that he spent his holidays working with the city, including a full day's work during his recent half-term break.Jibri... Mon, 17 Feb 2020 07:00:00 EST What can we learn from Cayman? Last week's series on the Cayman Islands' growth story sparked considerable debate among readers about how Bermuda can reinvigorate its own economy and raised some fundamental questions.Cayman and Bermuda have many similarities, as fellow British Overseas Territories, with small land areas and similar populations, whose prosperity... Mon, 17 Feb 2020 07:00:00 EST Northern maritime beacons not working Several beacons around the island are unlit, according to marine navigation warnings.A spokesman for the Ministry of Tourism and Transport said other mechanisms are in place to ensure marine safety.The spokesman said: "Despite our best efforts, equipment does fail, at times, due to general wear and tear. "Unfortunately, the... Mon, 17 Feb 2020 07:00:00 EST Police: two people still missing Police urged for the public's help in locating a missing 14-year-old girl, Destiny Winters, along with a missing man, Roger Richardson, 56.Ms Winters has been repeatedly declared missing from her government care facility.She is described as a black female about 5ft 6in tall, of medium build, with shoulder-length curly hair,... Mon, 17 Feb 2020 07:00:00 EST Coney Island Bridge closed to vehicles The Ministry of Public Works' Highways Section, advises that in the interest of public safety, effective immediately, vehicular access to Coney Island Bridge is closed to the public to effect repairs. Barriers and signs are in place to mark and inform the public that the bridge is closed to vehicular traffic. Pedestrians may still... Mon, 17 Feb 2020 09:13:00 EST Bloomberg's past could come back to haunt him If former New York mayor and Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg was missing from action in the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary, his campaign has been attracting significant attention elsewhere, including in southern states where black voters have decisive electoral power. He has been endorsed by several black... Mon, 17 Feb 2020 07:00:00 EST O'Hara turns surfing passion into business Cullen O'Hara has had a lifelong love affair with surfing and skateboarding, but it wasn't until he attended university in California that he realised he could turn his passion into his vocation.Mr O'Hara, 36, owns Isolated Surfboards, which sells surfboards, skateboards, wetsuits and top apparel brands for participants in both sports,... Mon, 17 Feb 2020 07:00:00 EST Quartet seal encouraging stage race results Four of the island's top riders enjoyed a host of promising results competing at the Valley of the Sun Stage Race, the largest race in Arizona.Kaden Hopkins, Dominique Mayho, Caitlin Conyers and Nicholas Narraway were all in action in their respective categories; Hopkins and Mayho in the Men's Pro 1, Conyers in the Women's Pro 1 and... Mon, 17 Feb 2020 07:00:00 EST St George's stumble as Simons hits winner <b>St George's 0 X-Roads 1</b>X-Roads put a halt to St George's Colts' cup run at Wellington Oval yesterday with Paul Simons hitting the winner early in the first half. Colts put up a gallant effort and at times matched their Premier League opponents, who had goalkeeper Dashun Cooper to thank with two jaw-dropping... Mon, 17 Feb 2020 07:00:00 EST Two more months of retail sales decline Retail sales fell in both September and October to continue their downward trend.Motor vehicle sellers saw the biggest fall with an inflation-adjusted, year-over-year sales dip of 26.9 per cent in September and 21.4 per cent in October.Others to see double-digit falls in both months were building materials stores (falls of 19.2... Mon, 17 Feb 2020 07:00:00 EST Mussenden takes aim at financial crime Prosecutors will set their sights on tackling financial crime, its director said.Larry Mussenden, the Director of the Department of Public Prosecutions, said that his department needed more administrative staff to handle an influx of financial crime and other criminal cases.He added that the DPP hoped to find specialists that... Mon, 17 Feb 2020 07:00:00 EST Bean inspires Village turnaround <b>Southampton Rangers 1 North Village 4</b>North Village booked their spot in the FA Cup semi-finals with a 4-1 victory over Southampton Rangers at Southampton Oval yesterday. In a classic tale of two halves, Rangers were dominant in the early stages of the match, but Village were able to score four unanswered goals... Mon, 17 Feb 2020 07:00:00 EST Learn-to-Earn programme gains momentum An information session to learn about a programme to help jobseekers in the hospitality industry will take place today.It comes ahead of the Learn-to-Earn programme, due to start next month, which pays participants while they train for careers in the restaurant industry.The programme, initially funded by independent restaurant... Mon, 17 Feb 2020 07:00:00 EST MJM teams recognised by Chambers MJM Ltd's dispute resolution team and its corporate and finance team have both been ranked Band 2, below only one other competitor in Bermuda, in the Chambers Global 2020 rankings.Chambers said MJM's dispute resolution team is known for impressive litigation practice active in a broad range of commercial disputes and expertise in... Mon, 17 Feb 2020 07:00:00 EST Mary Prince Day wins parliamentary approval A move to rename the second day of Cup Match in honour of abolitionist Mary Prince has been approved by the House of Assembly.The Public Holidays Amendment Act will change Somers Day to Mary Prince Day. Lovitta Foggo, the Minister of Labour, Community Affairs and Sport, said it was fitting to honour the legacy of Mary Prince on Cup Match... Mon, 17 Feb 2020 07:00:00 EST Sport Scoreboard, February 17, 2020 For results from Bermuda and around the world, click on the PDF link under "Related Media". Mon, 17 Feb 2020 07:00:00 EST Summary of prisons report to be released The national security minister said on Friday that he was not sure who had seen a special report on the island's prison system. Wayne Caines told MPs: "I do not know to whom the report was given. We were given a confidential report ... and we're looking at the report. I do not know who else has a copy of the report." Mr Caines was... Mon, 17 Feb 2020 07:00:00 EST Burt: Bermuda primed to deal with Brexit Legislation covering Bermuda for Britain's departure from the European Union was passed in the House of Assembly on Friday. David Burt, the Premier, said that the EU Withdrawal (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2020 would "ensure continuity now that the UK has left the EU in key areas of company law and investment business".He... Mon, 17 Feb 2020 07:00:00 EST Burt addresses passport problems Passport problems that have plagued some Bermudian travellers are being addressed, the Premier said.David Burt told MPs in the House of Assembly that the issue was one the Government was "continuing to engage on". He said: "It is my hope that we will have final resolution by the time of the Joint Ministerial Council meeting, which... Mon, 17 Feb 2020 07:00:00 EST Three hurt in Devonshire crash Three people were injured after two motorcycles collided at a Devonshire roundabout.A 68-year-old woman, who was riding one of the bikes, was unconscious after the crash at the junction of Barkers Hill and North Shore Road on Friday, at about 1pm. She woke up shortly afterwards, but complained of severe pain to her right side.A... Mon, 17 Feb 2020 07:00:00 EST Pati team switches location The Information Commissioner's Office moved to a new location on Friday so that its existing premises can be demolished.The Valerie T. Scott Building and the old Hamilton Police Station will be knocked down to make way for the Ottiwell Simmons Arbitration Centre.Lieutenant-Colonel David Burch, the public works minister, told the... Mon, 17 Feb 2020 07:00:00 EST Biff film Puzzle is a real crowd pleaser The Bermuda International Film Festival is to screen an award-winning character drama featuring <i>Trainspotting</i> star Kelly MacDonald at its BIFFFlix monthly series.<i>Puzzle</i>, which will be shown at the Speciality Cinema on Wednesday, tells the story of Agnes (Macdonald), a suburban wife who feels taken... Mon, 17 Feb 2020 07:00:00 EST Romeo and Juliet comes to Bermuda A Croatian theatre group will bring one of the most iconic love stories to the Bermuda stage.The Dubrovnik-based Midsummer Scene Festival production of <i>Romeo Juliet</i> opens tomorrow, painting Shakespeare's tragedy in a 1960s mafia setting.Filip Krenus, an actor and a founder of the Midsummer Scene Festival,... Sun, 16 Feb 2020 10:32:00 EST Newest RBR recruits start military life More than 30 soldiers today began two weeks of intensive training at the start of their careers as Royal Bermuda Regiment soldiers.The island trainees were joined by five Officer Cadets from the new Cayman Regiment, who are in Bermuda to learn as much as possible before they go on to further education at the British Army's Sandhurst... Sun, 16 Feb 2020 21:48:00 EST Hood sink Trojans with three second-half goals <b>Robin Hood 3 Somerset Trojans 0</b>Robin Hood ended their run of five straight draws with a comfortable victory over Somerset Trojans in the FA Cup quarter-finals at Goose Gosling Field on last night.Hood scored three second-half goals through Tevahn Tyrell, Aaron Nelson and substitute Che Brangman to secure their... Sun, 16 Feb 2020 19:07:00 EST New book celebrates Bermuda beach art Beach Art is a new unique, art house book for the Bermuda market. It has just been published by Nicky Gurret with the first book having been delivered to the The Bermuda National Library and now available at the Bermuda Bookstore, Bookmart at Brown Co and Masterworks.The book is a compilation of beautiful photos of Beach... Sun, 16 Feb 2020 15:43:00 EST House: economic hope from submarine cables A Bill promoting Bermuda as a "landing hub for transatlantic submarine cables" carrying internet and telecommunications has won approval from both parties in the House of Assembly.Walter Roban, the Deputy Premier, said on Friday that the "one-stop shop" regime for approving permits could boost a new industry for the island as a centre... Sun, 16 Feb 2020 11:37:00 EST An anguished plea: their lives matter A tearful mother who has already lost a son to gun crime begged for help yesterday, after another of her children was shot and wounded in an attack at the family home.Nicole Fox made an emotional plea for support, hours after her house in Pembroke was targeted.She said: "I can't bury another son."Ms Fox was speaking after a... Sat, 15 Feb 2020 07:00:00 EST Our tax issues interconnected with the world <b><i>Moneywise</i> answers a reader's questions, converted for confidentiality to generic anonymity. Any resemblance to any individual, living or deceased, is completely unintentional.</b> Readers' letters to <i>Moneywise</i> over the years have focused on retirement and pension structures,... Sat, 15 Feb 2020 07:00:00 EST Goater delighted after Wells' positive start Shaun Goater says he is delighted to see fellow Bermudian Nahki Wells enjoying early success at his former club Bristol City.Wells joined City from Burnley for £4 million on a 3½-year deal during the January transfer window and opened his account on his full debut in a 3-2 home win over Derby County in the Sky Bet Championship on... Sat, 15 Feb 2020 07:00:00 EST Young people reconnect with God If you think our youths are disconnected from God and religion, there is a group that will prove you wrong. Thirteen young people from the across the Bermuda Conference of Seventh-day Adventists travelled to Louisville, Kentucky in December to attend the Generation Youth Christ Conference.Alyson Thompson first went in 2016 and has... Sat, 15 Feb 2020 07:00:00 EST Wolffe calls for care facility for children Top lawyers called for a beefed-up Family Court service yesterday and an on-island residential treatment centre for troubled children.Juan Wolffe, the senior magistrate, said people called to Family Court should have better access to legal aid and psychiatric help, as well as "in-house mediators".He also highlighted the need for a... Sat, 15 Feb 2020 07:00:00 EST Burt: fintech career cash promised imminently Not a single penny has been paid into a fund that promised to train Bermudians for careers in financial technology, Parliament heard yesterday. David Burt, the Premier, told MPs that no money had been paid into the Fintech Development Fund so far.Mr Burt explained: "We do have commitments that have been made by companies in... Sat, 15 Feb 2020 07:00:00 EST Sergeant takes RBR into new territory The Royal Bermuda Regiment's first woman Recruit Camp drill instructor will take to the parade ground this weekend.Colour Sergeant Shanté Arnold, the chief clerk of the RBR, will put the latest intake of 36 raw recruits, including five Officer Cadets from the new Cayman Islands Regiment, through their paces.Colour sergeant Arnold,... Sat, 15 Feb 2020 07:00:00 EST Sometimes, it's best to try Plan B before Plan A Things are slowly getting back to normal at the Bridge Club after the buzz of the Regional. The two-session Men's and Ladies' Pairs is set for next Saturday. Further out on the calendar is the addition of the ACBL-wide Seniors Game, limited to players 60 or over on January 1, 2020. The event will be on Monday, March 2 at 12.30pm at the... Sat, 15 Feb 2020 07:00:00 EST Fourteen quarantined in Covid-19 caution A total of 14 people have been quarantined so far in the battle to protect Bermuda from a killer strain of coronavirus.The Ministry of Health warned anyone returning from China or other areas with person-to-person transmission of Covid-19 would be required to stay in their homes and be monitored for 14 days.Bermuda has not... Sat, 15 Feb 2020 07:00:00 EST Around the Churches, February 15, 2020 <b>TODAY</b><b>• Heard Chapel AME Church: </b>Pre-Men's Day fish fry from 12pm to 5.30pm. Cost, $20. 42 Glebe Road, Pembroke.<b>TOMORROW</b><b>• Mt Zion AME Church: </b>Join us at 2.45pm as we march from Emmanuel Methodist Church to Mt Zion in celebration of the 30th... Sat, 15 Feb 2020 07:00:00 EST Proof that some men are more equal than others Dear Sir,Wouldn't it be wonderful to be able to go running about the countryside committing all kinds of crimes and knowing that you have the power in your grip to get away with them unchallenged?Wouldn't it be nice to know that you have the power to be able to suppress all the evidence against you and have them thrown out of a... Sat, 15 Feb 2020 07:00:00 EST Thanks, Premier: sincerity in action Dear Sir,On behalf of Infinity Hemp Bermuda, the island's first specialised hemp distributor, I would like to express sincere gratitude and appreciation for the due diligence and legislative progression put into action by the Progressive Labour Party in its present administration.Additionally, I am especially grateful for the... Sat, 15 Feb 2020 07:00:00 EST How about a community solution to bike theft Dear Sir, I am hoping you can use your magic and get the Bermuda Police Service's attention and focus on a problem that they seem to struggle with or just don't care about.I am an expatriate who has lived in Bermuda for more than five years now.During that time, my bike has been broken into at least 15 times, ten in the... Sat, 15 Feb 2020 07:00:00 EST Young people to put Premier on the spot Young people are to get the chance to voice their views to the Premier at a public meeting next week.David Burt said he had gauged interest in the event on his Twitter feed before he announced it will take place on Tuesday from 5.30pm.The "open conversation" was arranged with social media company Bermemes and is expected to be... Sat, 15 Feb 2020 07:00:00 EST Top-flight clubs aiming to avoid cup upsets PHC and X-Roads will be favoured against their First Division opponents, Devonshire Colts and St George's Colts, in this weekend's FA Cup quarter-finals, however stranger things have happened in this competition. The two Colts, who look certain to clinch the two promotion spots, are battling against the odds to get past Premier Division... Sat, 15 Feb 2020 07:00:00 EST How much life insurance do you need? Dear Dave,My husband and I are on Baby Step 3b, and we're saving for a house. We're out of debt and both of us make good money, plus we each have 20-year level term life insurance policies with coverage equalling ten times our individual incomes. We also have an emergency fund equal to six months of expenses. I recently received a... Sat, 15 Feb 2020 07:00:00 EST Exploring history and nature at Spittal Pond The natural splendour and history of the Spittal Pond Nature Reserve was shared with 245 children, teachers, camp leaders and parents who joined the Bermuda National Trust's Annual Children's Nature Walk.The 64-acre conservation area on South Shore in Smith's features extensive wetlands and Bermuda's largest bird sanctuary.Its... Sat, 15 Feb 2020 07:00:00 EST Watson-Brown showcases championship pedigree Logan Watson-Brown demonstrated her burgeoning talent with a host of impressive displays at the Tennessee Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association Swimming and Diving Championships at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville earlier this month. Competing for Baylor High School, the Bermudian made her debut at the State Championships with... Sat, 15 Feb 2020 07:00:00 EST Pacers aiming to exceed previous medal haul The Bermuda Pacers Track Club will make another trip to an overseas meet when they leave for New York today to compete for the second time in the Armory Youth Championships on Monday. The Pacers won a total of 18 medals, six gold, seven silver and five bronze, in their first appearance at the championships last year, with Kahzi Sealey... Sat, 15 Feb 2020 07:00:00 EST Sport Scoreboard, February 15, 2020 For results from Bermuda and around the world, click on the PDF link under "Related Media". Sat, 15 Feb 2020 07:00:00 EST Island scores record tourism figures Bermuda recorded its highest tourism numbers last year, but visitor air arrivals dropped by 6 per cent.The increase to more than 808,240 tourists was fuelled by a record 535,561 cruise ship passengers, up 51,222 on the previous year, or 10.6 per cent.Air arrivals, however, fell by 12,280 from 203,697 to 191,417 over the same... Fri, 14 Feb 2020 07:00:00 EST Malachi: master of corn Paddle Popped popcorn has had its fits and starts since Malachi Symonds first started it in 2014.He went off to boarding school, ran it for two years during a gap year, then went off to college."I had a family member doing it for me when I was away, but they all got busy and it fell off," Mr Symonds said. Now the... Fri, 14 Feb 2020 07:00:00 EST 'Key players could miss Jamaica friendly' Bermuda will likely be without some of their key players for their international friendly against Jamaica in Montego Bay next month.The match will be played on March 11, a date which falls outside of the international break, meaning professional clubs will not be obligated to release their players for the friendly."This game is... Fri, 14 Feb 2020 07:00:00 EST A vision of Dylan's Desolation It was the misfortune of three black men travelling through Minnesota with a circus to be accused of raping a white woman in 1920.They were taken from custody and hanged, the photos of their lynching sold as postcards.<i>Desolation Row</i>, the song Bob Dylan wrote 45 years later, is supposedly about it.In 2018,... Fri, 14 Feb 2020 07:00:00 EST Senator criticises hospitals board audit delay A five-year-long lag in audited accounts for Bermuda's biggest quango is "totally unacceptable", an independent senator claimed this week. James Jardine said that audited accounts had not been prepared and issued for the Bermuda Hospitals Board since 2014. He added: "We are five years behind in the issuance of audited accounts. Fri, 14 Feb 2020 07:00:00 EST Man injured in Happy Valley shooting A man was last night rushed to hospital after he was shotA police spokesman said the victim, a 21-year-old Pembroke man, was shot in the shoulder.The spokesman said police had received reports of gunshots in the Happy Valley Lane area of Pembroke shortly after 7pm.He said: "Police arrived on the scene and confirmed a fire... Fri, 14 Feb 2020 07:00:00 EST Charities angry at minister's quarry decision Environmental charities said on Wednesday that they were considering their options after the home affairs minister confirmed a decision to allow a controversial quarry operation in a sensitive area. Alana Anderson, the president of the Bermuda National Trust, and Karen Border, the president of the Bermuda Audubon Society, said they were... Fri, 14 Feb 2020 07:00:00 EST