Sugar Tax: Bill To Tax Chocolate Items At 75%

Sugar Tax: Bill To Tax Chocolate Items At 75%

The Customs Tariff Amendment Bill proposes to increase the duty rate to 75% for items affected by initial launch of sugar tax in April 2018, and also apply a 75% sugar tax to chocolate items containing added sugar. Speaking in Parliament on Friday, Minister of Health Kim Wilson said the Customs Tariff Amendment Act 2019 [PDF] proposes to increase... Read more of this article

Minister Rabain Updates On Education ‘Plan 2022′

Minister Rabain Updates On Education ‘Plan 2022′

Minister of Education Diallo Rabain provided an update on ‘Plan 2022′ – Bermuda’s Strategic Plan for public school education. Speaking in the House of Assembly, Minister Rabain said, “As a reminder, Plan 2022, which was formally shared in December 2017, is a response from the community seeking to have a consistent, high-quality,... Read more of this article

Video: March 23rd Bernews Morning Newsflash

Video: March 23rd Bernews Morning Newsflash

Municipality Bill fails to pass in the Senate, medal winning Special Olympians return home, police to conduct road sobriety checkpoints tonight, no fly zones for drones at Westgate & airport, Minister on initiatives to upgrade bus service, medical patients deliver letters, Premier Burt, Michael Bloomberg and Brian Duperreault speak at Bermuda... Read more of this article

Video: Special Olympic Team Returns Home

Video: Special Olympic Team Returns Home

Loud cheers could be heard at the airport tonight [March 22] as friends and family gathered to welcome Bermuda’s athletes home, with the team returning after making an excellent showing at the Special Olympic World Games in Abu Dhabi.Bermuda’s 13-strong team competed in track and field, tennis, bowling and equestrian, joining approximately... Read more of this article

Senate Votes Against Municipality Reform Bill

Senate Votes Against Municipality Reform Bill

The Municipalities Reform Act 2019 has been stopped in the Senate, with the Bill failing to attain the votes needed to pass. The Bill — which aimed to allow the Government to repeal elections in Hamilton and St. George and continue the corporations as quangos — had already passed in the House of Assembly, with MPs voting 22 – 7 in favour... Read more of this article

30 Minute Video: March 22 ZBM Evening News

30 Minute Video: March 22 ZBM Evening News

With an aim to expand the way they deliver their news to the community, the Bermuda Broadcasting Company is continuing to live stream their evening news programme online for viewers both on the island and abroad.The live video will begin at 7.00pm, and play to 7.30pm, and then the replay will be available: Related Stories30 Minute Video:... Read more of this article

Extra Air Canada Seats For Large Conference

Extra Air Canada Seats For Large Conference

One of the largest conference groups in the Bermuda Tourism Authority’s five-year history begins arriving on the island today and Air Canada is flying in hundreds of seats of added capacity to meet the demand. “The Canadian Construction Association [CCA] expects about 700 guests for its annual conference, consisting of delegates, delegates’... Read more of this article


CURB Supports Statue To Honour Mary Prince

CURB Supports Statue To Honour Mary Prince

Citizens Uprooting Racism in Bermuda [CURB] said they support the efforts to create a statue honouring Bermuda’s National Hero Mary Prince, adding that they encourage the Ministry to ensure the statue is located in a central and wheelchair accessible site A spokesperson said, “CURB wishes to support Minister Lovitto Foggo on leading the efforts... Read more of this article

Photos & Videos: Medical Patients Deliver Letters

Photos & Videos: Medical Patients Deliver Letters

[Updated] Patients of the BHCS and Brown-Darrell medical clinics whose records were seized by the police in 2017 as part of the investigation into the clinics, which are owned by former Premier Dr Ewart Brown, are currently gathering at Government House where it appears they plan to deliver a letter to the Governor. The patients have previously expressed... Read more of this article

BPS Confirm Death Of 61-Yr-Old Keith Peniston

BPS Confirm Death Of 61-Yr-Old Keith Peniston

The police have now confirmed the death of 61-year-old Mr. Keith Peniston, and said foul play has been ruled out. A police spokesperson said, “The Bermuda Police Service can now confirm the death of 61-year-old Mr. Keith Peniston and extends sincere condolences to his family and friends. “Mr. Peniston – said to be of no fixed abode – was found... Read more of this article

Bloomberg, Duperreault Speak At Bermuda Forum

Bloomberg, Duperreault Speak At Bermuda Forum

Michael Bloomberg and Brian Duperreault highlighted Bermuda’s value to global business and the United States, delivering a dynamic launch yesterday to a full-capacity Bermuda Executive Forum in New York. Both high-profile executives joined Premier David Burt for the event’s kick-off “fireside chat,” a casual and wide-ranging discussion that... Read more of this article

Minister: Initiatives To Upgrade Bus Service

Minister: Initiatives To Upgrade Bus Service

The Government is committed to providing a quality public bus service and there are several initiatives underway including the new bus schedule, new bus purchases, repairs and maintenance, real-time passenger information system, and digital fare media, Minister of Tourism and Transport Zane DeSilva said. Speaking in the House of Assembly today [March... Read more of this article

Govt’s Policy Directions: Possible Sale Of BELCO

Govt’s Policy Directions: Possible Sale Of BELCO

[Updated] Speaking in the House of Assembly today [March 22], Minister of Home Affairs Walter Roban provided an overview of the policy directions that he provided to the Regulatory Authority. This follows after the Ascendant Group — the parent company of BELCO — said they are “evaluating strategic alternatives, including the potential sale of... Read more of this article

No Fly Zones For Drones At Westgate & Airport

No Fly Zones For Drones At Westgate & Airport

As is prudent to ensure the safety of the air space around the airport and as there have been at least three drone sightings at Westgate and there is a suspicion they are attempting to drop contraband for inmates to collect, a direction was issued that declares a no-fly zone for drones surrounding the airport, Prospect Police Compound and at Westgate. This... Read more of this article

Parliament: Audio & Order Of Business

Parliament: Audio & Order Of Business

[Updated with audio] Statements on the Government’s Policy Directions regarding the sale of BELCO, the Police Recruit Foundation Course, the no fly zones for drones, the strategic plan for public school education and the bus service are due to be delivered in the House of Assembly on Friday [March 22]. Update: Live broadcast has concluded, and the... Read more of this article

Sports Awards Honour Bermuda’s Top Athletes

Sports Awards Honour Bermuda’s Top Athletes

Triathletes Tyler Butterfield and Flora Duffy were crowned the 2018 Male and Female Athletes of the Year, while cyclist Matthew Oliveira and footballer Leilanni Nesbeth were named the Male and Female Junior Athletes of the Year.Senior Achievement Male AwardsTyrone Smith – Track & Field Noah Browne – Squash Micah Franklin – Squash Scott... Read more of this article

Salaries For Ministers & Members Of Parliament

Salaries For Ministers & Members Of Parliament

A Resolution is scheduled to be moved in the House of Assembly today pertaining to the salaries for Ministers and Members of Parliament. The proposed salaries are the same as the existing salaries with MPs earning $56,023, with additional payments if they hold other positions, such as $151,262 for Premier, $147,022 for Attorney General, $112,942 for... Read more of this article

Video: March 22nd Bernews Morning Newsflash

Video: March 22nd Bernews Morning Newsflash

Parliament in today, police will conduct road sobriety checkpoints tonight, Municipalities Reform Act stalls in Senate, school maintenance reports update, BFIS High School Networking sessions, Bermuda-themed displays at Saks Fifth Avenue locations, New Zealand and Muslim communities hold vigil, Bermuda College launch National Honour Society Chapter... Read more of this article

Red Cross Appeal To Help Cyclone Idai Victims

Red Cross Appeal To Help Cyclone Idai Victims

The Bermuda Red Cross has launched a disaster appeal for those affected by Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. “Cyclone Idai has torn through Southern Africa unleashing a trail of devastating destruction,” a spokesperson said. “According to the UN, millions of people were in the direct path of what could be the ‘worst... Read more of this article

College Launch National Honour Society Chapter

College Launch National Honour Society Chapter

Bermuda College has announced the launch of a local chapter of the prestigious Phi Theta Kappa National Honour Society. Phi Theta Kappa recognises academic achievement of college students in two-year colleges, and provides opportunities for them to grow as scholars and leaders. Its foundational pillars are scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship. The... Read more of this article

30 Minute Video: March 21 ZBM Evening News

30 Minute Video: March 21 ZBM Evening News

With an aim to expand the way they deliver their news to the community, the Bermuda Broadcasting Company is continuing to live stream their evening news programme online for viewers both on the island and abroad.The live video will begin at 7.00pm, and play to 7.30pm, and then the replay will be available: Related Stories30 Minute Video:... Read more of this article


VIDEOS

Video: March 23rd Bernews Morning Newsflash

Video: March 23rd Bernews Morning Newsflash

Municipality Bill fails to pass in the Senate, medal winning Special Olympians return home, police to conduct road sobriety checkpoints tonight, no fly zones for drones at Westgate & airport, Minister on initiatives to upgrade bus service, medical patients deliver letters, Premier Burt, Michael Bloomberg and Brian Duperreault speak at Bermuda... Read more of this article

Video: Special Olympic Team Returns Home

Video: Special Olympic Team Returns Home

Loud cheers could be heard at the airport tonight [March 22] as friends and family gathered to welcome Bermuda’s athletes home, with the team returning after making an excellent showing at the Special Olympic World Games in Abu Dhabi.Bermuda’s 13-strong team competed in track and field, tennis, bowling and equestrian, joining approximately... Read more of this article

30 Minute Video: March 22 ZBM Evening News

30 Minute Video: March 22 ZBM Evening News

With an aim to expand the way they deliver their news to the community, the Bermuda Broadcasting Company is continuing to live stream their evening news programme online for viewers both on the island and abroad.The live video will begin at 7.00pm, and play to 7.30pm, and then the replay will be available: Related Stories30 Minute Video:... Read more of this article

SPORTS

Results: Somersby Classic Bowling League

Results: Somersby Classic Bowling League

In Somersby Men’s Classic Bowling League action at the Warwick Lanes saw the New Mix Ups fall 25 – 5 to Team Amstel, Goslings Black Seal went down 19 – 11 to Team Electric, while Phones Plus went down 28 – 2 to Team Metro. Team Unsponsored defeated Team Reliv 20 – 10 and the TBI Highspeeders defeated the BYE Team 23 – 7. High Games234... Read more of this article

Video: Special Olympic Team Returns Home

Video: Special Olympic Team Returns Home

Loud cheers could be heard at the airport tonight [March 22] as friends and family gathered to welcome Bermuda’s athletes home, with the team returning after making an excellent showing at the Special Olympic World Games in Abu Dhabi.Bermuda’s 13-strong team competed in track and field, tennis, bowling and equestrian, joining approximately... Read more of this article

Zeiko Lewis: “We Are All Focused And Ready”

Zeiko Lewis: “We Are All Focused And Ready”

Speaking ahead of Bermuda’s match vs the Dominican Republic, Bermudian footballer Zeiko Lewis said the team is “focused and ready for the job at hand,” according to a story on the Concacaf Nations League website. The story said, “Just three points against the Dominican Republic on Sunday separates Bermuda from a historical first-time... Read more of this article

BUSINESS

Shipping Schedule: Week Starting March 23

Shipping Schedule: Week Starting March 23

The Department of Marine & Ports Services has released the weekly shipping schedule for ship arrivals commencing on Saturday March 23rd.On Sunday the Golar Maria LNG tanker is expected, and on Monday the Oleander and the Oleander III container ships, the Seven Seas Voyager cruise ship and the Oslo Bulk 1 general cargo ship will arrive. On Wednesday... Read more of this article

BF&M Share Repurchases For February 2019

BF&M Share Repurchases For February 2019

In a filing with the Bermuda Stock Exchange [BSX], BF&M Limited advised that pursuant to its share repurchase programme, during the month of February 2019 the company repurchased 41,473 common shares at an average price of $16.16. The Company advised the repurchased shares were reserved for issuance. Related StoriesBF&M Donate... Read more of this article

Bermuda Stock Exchange Report: March 22 2019

Bermuda Stock Exchange Report: March 22 2019

March 22 saw 8,000 shares trade on the Bermuda Stock Exchange, valued at $160,000.00 BD. 8,000 shares were traded by Ascendant Group Limited, closing even at $20.00 per share. The BSX finished at 2,205.48, even on the day. There were 0 advances, 0 declines, and 57 remained unchanged. The full report for the day is available here [PDF], and the full... Read more of this article

ENTERTAINMENT

BUEI To Screen ‘Project Wild Thing’ On March 28

BUEI To Screen ‘Project Wild Thing’ On March 28

The Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute [BUEI] and Bermuda National Trust [BNT] will present a screening of “Project Wild Thing” on Thursday, March 28 at 7.30pm. The event poster says, “David Bond Is an award-winning director, producer and writer of documentary, commercial and short film projects, exploring social and political themes. David’s... Read more of this article

‘Adventures Of Raz’ Book Signing Tomorrow

‘Adventures Of Raz’ Book Signing Tomorrow

Bermudian author Tashel Bean will be hosting a signing for his book The Adventures of Raz: The Crystal Cave tomorrow [March 23] at the Bookmart in Brown & Co. from 12.00pm to 3.00pm. The book is Mr. Bean’s first children’s story based off his cartoon series of the same name. The Crystal Cave tells the story of characters Raz and Mango discovering... Read more of this article

US Consulate To Screen ‘Balancing The Scales’

US Consulate To Screen ‘Balancing The Scales’

The U.S. Consulate and the Bermuda National Library will premiere Balancing the Scales to celebrate Women’s History Month on Tuesday, March 26 at 6:00 p.m. at the National Library. The feature documentary created by lawyer and filmmaker Sharon Rowen, explores the history of women lawyers in the U.S. and cultural issues that they continue to face. A... Read more of this article


ENVIRONMENT

Longtails Have Been Spotted At Trunk Island

Longtails Have Been Spotted At Trunk Island

On Saturday 16th February, Trevor Rawson, Trunk Island Officer, spotted 4 holes along the coast of Trunk Island occupied with longtails, as well as 6 different longtails courting in the air above the island. These sightings were the first to be spotted by Bermuda Zoological Society [BZS] staff in Harrington Sound this season. “I’ve been anticipating... Read more of this article

BELCO Supports Earth Hour, Set For March 30

BELCO Supports Earth Hour, Set For March 30

BELCO said they are pleased to once again sponsor and participate in the annual Earth Hour. On Saturday, March 30th, beginning at 4 pm, there will be an Earth Hour Expo in Dockyard with a number of events as well as information on energy efficiency that can help save money and empower Bermuda residents to live a more sustainable lifestyle. BELCO President,... Read more of this article

Grey Seal Currently Being ‘Observed & Cared For’

Grey Seal Currently Being ‘Observed & Cared For’

After being found stranded at Tobacco Bay in St. George’s this morning [March 19], a female grey seal was safely transported to the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo where she is “currently being observed and cared for in quarantine.” A Bermuda Zoological Society spokesperson said, “This morning the staff of the Bermuda Aquarium,... Read more of this article

CRIME

Court: Rocha Found Guilty Of Child Porn Charges

Court: Rocha Found Guilty Of Child Porn Charges

Daniel Rocha has been found guilty of accessing child pornography, and has been remanded into custody pending his sentencing at a later date. During the trial the prosecution had said that 1,230 pictures and videos were accessed between April 2010 and March 2015. Screenshot from tonight’s ZBM news:The 30-year-old Devonshire man was found guilty... Read more of this article

Court: Trial Continues For Child Porn Charges

Court: Trial Continues For Child Porn Charges

[Written by Don Burgess] A Devonshire man said with a “clear conscience” that he did not access child pornography which was found on laptop under his bed. The Devonshire man is accused of seven counts of accessing child pornography images and videos. The prosecution claims that 1,230 pictures and videos were accessed. The 30-year old man has denied... Read more of this article

Video: Police On Attempted Robbery In Warwick

Video: Police On Attempted Robbery In Warwick

Police responded to an attempted robbery this afternoon [March 13] at Bo’s Lawn and Gardening on Middle Road in Warwick, with the police confirming that the business owner “wrestled the man to the ground” before the suspect eventually escaped. A police spokesperson said, “At approximately 2.00pm today, police responded to a report of... Read more of this article

TECHNOLOGY

No Fly Zones For Drones At Westgate & Airport

No Fly Zones For Drones At Westgate & Airport

As is prudent to ensure the safety of the air space around the airport and as there have been at least three drone sightings at Westgate and there is a suspicion they are attempting to drop contraband for inmates to collect, a direction was issued that declares a no-fly zone for drones surrounding the airport, Prospect Police Compound and at Westgate. This was from Minister... Read more of this article

911 & Police Phone Number Operational Again

911 & Police Phone Number Operational Again

The 911 system and the main police telephone number are back in operation today [March 21] after going temporarily out of service last night with police saying “the BPS will be evaluating our processes and procedures – with a view to making them more resilient”. A police spokesperson said, “Yesterday evening [March 20th] the island’s 911 system as well... Read more of this article

Police Warn Of Scam Emails And Phone Calls

Police Warn Of Scam Emails And Phone Calls

The police are reminding members of the public to remain vigilant regarding phone calls, e-mails and other correspondence from unknown persons that attempt to obtain personal information or other sensitive data. A police spokesperson said, “Once again the Bermuda Police Service would like to remind members of the public to remain vigilant regarding phone calls, e-mails... Read more of this article

ACCIDENTS & FIRES

Njoroge: ‘Broke My Heart, My World Went Silent’

Njoroge: ‘Broke My Heart, My World Went Silent’

Paul Njoroge has spoken about his deep pain and grief over losing his family in the Ethiopian Airlines crash, telling the CBC that it broke his heart and his world went silent. In a tragedy of indescribable proportions, the Ethiopian Airlines jet crashed shortly after take-off from Addis Ababa, killing all 157 people on board. Mr Njoroge, who works... Read more of this article

Photos & Video: Van Crash In Hamilton Parish

Photos & Video: Van Crash In Hamilton Parish

[Updated] Emergency personnel responded to North Shore Road in Hamilton parish today [March 12] after a collision occurred which resulted in the van landing on its side, and appearing to bring down power lines.A police spokesperson said there was a “single vehicle collision on North Shore Road in Hamilton Parish outside of Francis Patton School,”... Read more of this article

Condolence Book Opens For Paul Njoroge

Condolence Book Opens For Paul Njoroge

A condolence book has opened for people to express their sympathies to Paul Njoroge whose family were tragically killed in the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash, with Mr Njoroge’s wife, three small children and mother in law all on the flight that crashed on Sunday. In a tragedy of indescribable proportions, the Ethiopian Airlines jet crashed shortly... Read more of this article