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Kiwis 'stunned' by America's Cup decision

A howl of complaint about the latest changes in the organisation of next year’s America’s Cup in San Francisco comes from Dean Barker, skipper of Emirates Team New Zealand.

Poor weather forms backdrop for Team GAC Pindar's Alpari World Match Racing Tour win

Thunder, lightning, and a rainstorm of Wagnerian proportions provided a dramatic backdrop for the latest Alpari World Match Racing Tour win for defending champion Ian Williams and his Team GAC Pindar.

Musandam-Oman Sail under pressure in an earlier European tour race for the MOD70s

Ian Williams forced to wait amid congestion in Marseille

Two events on the same piece of water can lead to problems, not least as the deciding, fifth race of the French Match Race semi-final kept Britain’s Ian Williams and the Australian Keith Swinton stooging around for over an hour and half as the MOD70s started two races off Marseille.

Prime Minister David Cameron (R) speaks with Eric Schmidt of Google

Google chiefs could face MPs over tax avoidance schemes

Google chiefs face the prospect of being hauled before MPs to explain themselves over their tax avoidance schemes, the Independent has learned.

Petition launched as anger mounts over Google tax avoidance in the UK

A petition demanding that Google pays its “fair share” of tax has attracted nearly 40,000 signatures in just two days as anger over the internet giant’s avoidance of tax in the UK grows.

Detectives quiz man over assault on Bermudan diplomat George Fergusson

Detectives are questioning a man in connection with the mugging of a senior British diplomat who was attacked while walking through a cemetery and left partially blinded.

New, smaller bid from Canopius

The 18-month battle for control of Omega, the Lloyd's of London insurer, took another twist yesterday when its rival Canopius approached with a £156m takeover offer.

Howard Jacobson: When did we stop seeing modesty as a virtue?

If there’s one thing a parvenu has to do – otherwise what’s he risen from nowhere to somewhere for? – it’s boast

Bermuda has more golf courses per square mile than any other nation

Five days in Bermuda

 

Hello to new runways – farewell to countryside

The debate over a new London airport was unexpectedly re-opened as the Chancellor acknowledged that the Government "must confront" the lack of capacity in the South-east of England.

Celebrate the best of Bermuda

60 reasons to escape to this idyllic island in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

Sea here: The view from the Fairmont Hamilton Princess

48 Hours: Bermuda

This fascinating Atlantic outpost combines colonial history with great beaches, as Simon Calder reveals.

Barbican is back for a second attempt to snap up Omega

Barbican Insurance has made a fresh takeover approach for its rival Omega Insurance, reigniting bid interest in Omega after potential deals to buy the company collapsed last year.

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