Bermuda's Major News and Updates
So this page is not about the daily traffic jams, road accidents, current theater shows, weather or the sentences given out to the petty criminals at the local court.
If you are not living in Bermuda, it's hard to even know about the top events & incidents and get the major news updates of Bermuda. You won't find them in your local newspapers.
But there are great many things and some serious stuff that keep happening in the island. For example new tourist places or attractions coming up, major festivals and events celebrated, great hotels or restaurants coming up or closing down, new measures by the tourism or other departments of the ministry, key political, social or economic changes, and lot more that may be of interest to you. But you do not have daily access to such Bermuda's news and like to know what's really happening in the island.
So in the First Part below you will see the current major or top stories of Bermuda pulled together by Google News from the various media sources worldwide. Next, read my own findings in the Second Part. This is where I post all the interesting information and updates that I collect from Bermuda's local sources. In the Third Part you can access the archives of the top stories that I posted in the earlier months and years. And the Last Part is where you can yourself play the role of a reporter and share any news or comments about Bermuda.
Part 1: Google news about Bermuda
Click the "Next" or "Previous" buttons to scan up to eight latest news that Google pulls up.
Part 2: My news updates on Bermuda
And now the more interesting part where I pull together the meatiest updates about the island. If you go through the news and articles below, you will know about the big things happening in the island in recent times.
Norwegian Breakaway arrives on its maiden voyage (May 15, 2013)
The giant 'city of the sea' as she is known, arrived in Bermuda today for the first time in Heritage Wharf at dockyard carrying over 4,000 passengers from New York. This 18-deck monster is the largest ever to visit the dockyard. The entire dockyard was beaming with carnival like atmosphere. The passengers who stepped down received a complimentary cup of Rum Swizzle as welcome drink. Gombey dancing and Calypso music complimented the mood. Soon after its arrival, the cruise ship Summit of Celebrity Cruises too arrived at Kings Wharf offloading some 2,000 passengers. So many taxis lined up to kick start the season's business.
Bermuda Beach Art Festival (March 2013)
The second Bermuda Beach Art Festival is scheduled on March 23, 2013 from 9am till noon. Several artists (both resident & visiting) of all skill levels will create artwork on sand using rakes. The arts will only last until the next high tide washes them away. There will be prizes and many other activities that will accompany the event.
Sonesta Beach Resort finds new owner (March 2013)
The abandoned and demolished Sonesta Beach Resort in Sountampton, which was earlier known as the Southampton Beach Resort has been now taken over by the Green Family. They are a Bermudian family that also owns Hotel Fairmont Hamilton Princess. Hopefully once the upgrades of Hamilton Princess gets over, the Sonesta Hotel too will get a fair treatment finally.
Fish Hut Closes Down (March 2013)
The much loved Fish Hut located on Court Street in North Hamilton and run by Molly Brown has sadly closed down. It offered mouth watering fish sandwiches and fish cakes.
2013 Budget Highlights (February 2013)
The OBA Government has just announced the national budget for the financial year 2013-14 which will come into effect from April 1st 2013.
Air Canada Reducing Flights to Bermuda (February 2013)
Air Canada is likely to reduce its flights to Bermuda and cut it down to three flights a week from May onwards. Currently it's operating five flights a week from Toronto. But starting May, there will be flights only on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
Annual Restaurant Week in Bermuda (Jan 21 - Feb 16, 2013)
Great news for the food lovers. This is the second time Bermuda is celebrating its Annual Restaurant Week starting from January 21, 2013 up to Feb 16, 2013. So what can you expect? Many restaurants are participating in this event and offering great food at very reasonable prices. In fact all these restaurants are going to take this opportunity to put their best foot forward, invite guests and offer their best dishes. There are three pre fixed categories - $29, $39 and $49, and you get three course full meal in each. Note that the price does not include beverages, taxes & gratuities. Wine pairings are also offered at $29, $39 and $49. To know which restaurants are participating, visit: www.gotobermuda.com/restaurant-week-2013/
Swindlers in Bermuda, Oct 28, 2012
Are there swindlers in Bermuda who try to make money from tourists by deception and fraud? Here is an experience shared by a visitor who returned from Bermuda recently.
New Restaurant in Hamilton City (Oct 24, 2012)
The Red Steakhouse & Bar is opening up shortly on 55 Front Street. It occupies the space where the Silk Thai Restaurant used to be. Red is an upscale restaurant with a modern classic style interior finish. The cuisine is mostly focussed on steaks and seafood. From the upstairs patio, you get a wonderful unobstructed view of the Hamilton harbor. They also plan to serve after dinner cocktails. However, the ambience here is targeted towards matured guests preferring quiet and relaxed environment.
Unemployment in Bermuda is rising
The unemployment rate in Bermuda has risen to 8% in 2012 compared to 6% in 2010. This has been revealed by the October 2012 Labor Force Survey Executive Report. The report also shows that non-Bermudian (i.e. expat) jobs have decreased by almost 17% compared to 2010. One reason for this is the salaries in the hospitality industry like in hotels & restaurants are no longer that lucrative for expats as it used to be earlier.
New Governor in Bermuda
George Fergusson has taken over as the new Governor of the island. He was sworn in on May 23, 2012 at the grounds of Cabinet office in Bermuda. Being the Queen's man, the Governor's role is to facilitate and work closely with the Premier to help solve the key issues and also provide feedback to the Queen of England about the diplomatic and economic developments in the island amongst many others. George Fergusson in his speech mentioned that he sees two main challenges in Bermuda - economic challenges which is closely intertwined with the western world and the increasing gang related violence in the island. For the latter, although the situation is getting serious with time, this does not yet directly affect tourism or tourists though.
Thousands from all over the world apply for jobs in Bermuda hoping to work and live in this dream island. As a result, over 20% of Bermuda's population are expatriates working in various sectors like Insurance, Finance, Legal, IT, Hospitality and others. While it is a fact that Bermuda lacks skilled resources in many such industries, but do the Bermudians actually get a fair share of jobs in their own homeland? Or the global giant companies who have set up their international and offshore business in Bermuda actually deny jobs to the Bermudians and prefer to take professionals from abroad? Read the story and know about the perspective of a Bermudian, her own experience and what she feels about the job market in Bermuda.
A relatively new concept in Bermuda, People's Market was launched recently as a weekly open market at the Cedar Bridge Academy School campus area in Devonshire. The goal of this market is to let the vendors come to a central area and sell all sorts of goods at affordable prices. Items include food & snacks, jewelry, craft and artwork, furniture, books and lot more. In addition, fun and entertainment are provided in forms of music & dance.
A great romantic package from Bermuda's Department of Tourism for couples looking for a romantic getaway in Bermuda. The promotional offer includes many free tours, rides, visits to attractions, dance & music, including discounted shopping and golfing that are customized for the couples. The offerings have been made with exclusive romantic touches and includes stays at some of the best romantic hotels, resorts and clubs.
Bermuda Is The Best
In October 2011, Bermuda has been once again voted by the readers of Conde Naste Traveler Magazine as the best island and travel destination in the whole of Caribbean and Atlantic. The Reefs Resort in Southampton parish was voted as the best hotel in the Atlantic.
The biggest fashion show 'Evolution' was organized at the City Hall in Hamilton.
Bermuda Beach Tennis Tournament and Beach Volleyball in Horseshoe Bay Beach
A complete health and fitness center at St. George now offers modern facilities with classes.
A new cultural program has kicked off in Bermuda showcasing local talents in dance & music.
There are stringent beach regulations introduced in Bermuda for dogs & horses this summer
This weekly festival summer series now replaces the earlier Destination Dockyard starting June 27, 2011.
Loads of Love - a facility for the homeless
A shower and laundry facility has been created by the Warwick Christ Church for the homeless.
Part 3: Bermuda news archives (my earlier postings)
If you like to go back in time to find out about something specific that took place several months back, or just like to know how the island passed through a span of time in the earlier days, then check out Bermuda News Archives
Part 4: Your Bermuda news
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