All Stories All Stories en-us Concern over financial aid claw-back idea A proposal that financial assistance could be clawed back from the estates of dead recipients would penalise families, the head of a charity said yesterday.Martha Dismont, the executive director of Family Centre, said the organisation feared a bid to take back payments "could be seen as making a judgment as to whether the applicant... Sat, 16 Feb 2019 08:00:00 AST Put yourself in others' shoes A 90-year old widow with a developmentally disabled adult child struggles with the everyday cost of living while trying to make sense of the proposed government budget tax and social service increases. This is a hypothetical composite case based on real-life input from readers of <i>The Royal Gazette</i> and the director of Age... Sat, 16 Feb 2019 08:00:00 AST Smith takes the reins at St George's Wendell Smith has taken over the head coach post at St George's, returning to a post he previously held when he was also the captain back in the Eighties and Nineties.Smith, who rejoined the club last year as assistant coach, after stints as coach of St David's and Western Stars, has taken over the top role, after Ryan Steede made clear... Sat, 16 Feb 2019 08:00:00 AST God knows what we really need Sometimes we have to thank God for not giving us what we thought we wanted. It's a life lesson lawyer Tanaya Tucker has learnt.Back in her high school days, the 28-year-old had her entire future mapped out. But as the adage goes: "Man plans and God laughs." "Nothing has gone according to my timeline or in the way I... Sat, 16 Feb 2019 08:00:00 AST Speaker marks 30 years as MP The Speaker of the House of Assembly marked 30 years as an MP yesterday.Dennis Lister, the Progressive Labour Party's longest-serving MP, celebrated the anniversary on February 9.He told MPs on the first sitting of the new parliamentary session that he was grateful for the congratulations from both sides of the House.But he... Sat, 16 Feb 2019 08:00:00 AST Retail sales volume falls for eighth month Retail sales volume fell for an eighth successive month last October.After adjusting for the retail sales rate of inflation, measured at 2.3 per cent in October, the overall volume of retail sales decreased 0.4 per cent, the Department of Statistics reported yesterday.Three of the seven retail sectors recorded declines in sales... Sat, 16 Feb 2019 08:00:00 AST Mayor: St George's meeting 'may be the last' The Mayor of St George said last night she was "saddened and disappointed" by proposals to axe the two local authorities on the island.Now, Quinell Francis has asked residents and business owners in the St George's area to attend a special town hall meeting next week, which she said "may be the last in the 400-year history of the Town of... Sat, 16 Feb 2019 08:00:00 AST Casino gaming watchdog must find own funds The island's gambling watchdog said yesterday it was ordered by the Government to find its own funds.The news came as the Bermuda Casino Gaming Commission presented its annual reports from September 2015 to the end of March 2017 to the House of Assembly. The financial statements said the economic dependence of the gambling watchdog on... Sat, 16 Feb 2019 08:00:00 AST Faith is at the root of my success Reverend Shayne Scott struggled in school but did not let that stop him from achieving.He credits God with much of his success. "Despite [my academic challenges] I persevered through high school then through college and eventually thrived in post graduate studies," said Mr Scott, a primary teacher at Saltus Grammar School. Sat, 16 Feb 2019 08:00:00 AST Pepper spray payouts statement postponed The Speaker of the House of Assembly yesterday blocked a statement on payments to pepper-sprayed protesters who forced a postponement of a House of Assembly meeting.Dennis Lister told Wayne Caines, the national security minister, to postpone his statement until a Joint Select Committee set up to examine the events of December 2, 2016,... Sat, 16 Feb 2019 08:00:00 AST Municipality interference reeks of overkill <i>"It's déjà vu all over again"</i><b>- Yogi Berra</b>The more things change the more they stay the same. What I am referring to is the recent announcement by Walter Roban regarding the Government's desire to take full control of the municipalities of the City of Hamilton and the Town of St George. Sat, 16 Feb 2019 08:00:00 AST Do not let money wreck your marriage Nobody wakes up on their wedding day and thinks, I bet we'll be divorced by this time next year. At least, I hope not!Most of us have the highest hopes and dreams for our marriages. Sometimes, though, after a few years, reality sets in - in the form of debt, credit cards and financial infidelity - and we give up hope. That's why money... Sat, 16 Feb 2019 08:00:00 AST A hand that shows the value of trying again With the Regional having just ended two weeks ago there is not much recovery time for those who like to compete, as next Saturday sees the staging of the two session men's and women's pairs championships. A good turnout with all the top pairs is expected and I'll bring you full results the week after. This week's hand could be described... Sat, 16 Feb 2019 08:00:00 AST Wells Cup hopes dashed Nahki Wells and Queens Park Rangers run in the FA Cup came to a grinding halt after losing 1-0 at home to Premier League side Watford yesterday.The hosts dominated possession but were undone by étienne Capoue's strike right on the stroke of half-time, which ultimately proved to be the difference between the two sides in a well-contested... Sat, 16 Feb 2019 08:00:00 AST Warning signs abound for healthcare system Dear Sir,Responding to the latest initiative from the Bermuda Health Council, indicating a "push towards a value-based healthcare system" from the existing volume-based system, it would seem a move in the right direction. But Bermuda's healthcare system needs more than just a dent before it all comes tumbling down - and soon!No... Sat, 16 Feb 2019 08:00:00 AST Man claims he was forced to carry package A man accused of smuggling $649,900 worth of heroin to Bermuda told a jury yesterday he was forced to bring the drugs to the island by a Jamaican "don" who threatened to kill his family.Omar Davy, 38, said he was kidnapped and beaten by a group of men over a $24,000 debt related to architectural drawings hours before he was to fly to... Sat, 16 Feb 2019 08:00:00 AST 'Cheap' loans will not make you rich Dear Dave,I know you're against financing purchases. However, is it okay to finance things like furniture at zero per cent interest? <b>- Detrick</b>Dear Detrick,We just finished an extensive study of more than 10,000 millionaires. Not a single one of these folks said they became rich by borrowing money... Sat, 16 Feb 2019 08:00:00 AST Kempe's hat-trick of podium places Sebastian Kempe achieved an impressive hat-trick of podium displays on day two of the 30th International Palamos Optimist Trophy in Palamos, Spain, yesterday.The Saltus Grammar School pupil was a model of consistency as he produced a third-place and two second-place finishes in the three races contested in favourable 12-15 knot breezes... Sat, 16 Feb 2019 08:00:00 AST Around the churches <b>TODAY</b><b>• Emmanuel Baptist Church:</b> All are welcome to join us for our women's ministry celebration with workshops from 10am to 3pm. Admission, $15, includes lunch. 35 Dundonald Street, Hamilton.<b>• St Luke AME Church:</b> Join us for God's Love Gospel Explosion, an inspirational... Sat, 16 Feb 2019 08:00:00 AST First new school reports in 'early March' Progress reports for public primary and middle school students will be sent out next month, the education minister pledged yesterday. Diallo Rabain said: "We want to assure parents that student reports will be provided in early March, early May, with a final report at the end of June before the close of the school year." The... Sat, 16 Feb 2019 08:00:00 AST Funds raised to support Jennings A group of friends rallied around Mark Jennings recently, raising some $5,628 from a golf tournament at Belmont Hills to assist with medical expenses overseas. Jennings, who gives back to the community despite his own health issues, is due to have surgery on his eyes overseas. "We felt that he has been such a tremendous help... Sat, 16 Feb 2019 08:00:00 AST Foundation backs youth sailing group A sailing programme for young people has won backing from the charitable arm of a major insurance company.Endeavour Community Sailing will get the cash from the Argo Foundation, set up by the Argo Group.Jennifer Pitcher, Endeavour's community engagement, development and partnerships manager said: "We're incredibly grateful for The... Sat, 16 Feb 2019 08:00:00 AST Duffy enjoys perfect preparation Flora Duffy continued her preparation for the International Triathlon Union World Triathlon Series Bermuda in the perfect fashion by claiming victory in the De-aL Cycling/KILLARNEY Nite Series Criterium event in South Africa.Bermudian Duffy, who is training out in South Africa, took the opportunity to compete in the local event and... Sat, 16 Feb 2019 08:00:00 AST Repairs to start on Devonshire waterworks Residents and businesses in three parishes will suffer disruption to water supplies as pipe repairs are carried out, the public works ministry has warned.Work in Devonshire, Smith's and Hamilton Parish on the replacement and repair of the water mains along Middle Road, Fort Hill Road and Watlington Road East, which provide piped water to... Sat, 16 Feb 2019 08:00:00 AST Sport Scoreboard, February 16, 2019 For results from Bermuda and around the world, click on the PDF links under "Related Media". Sat, 16 Feb 2019 08:00:00 AST Expert fears stalled plan on cyberbullying An American expert in internet law hired by the Government to tackle cyberbullying has warned that Bermuda has still to draw up a national action plan to deal with the problem.Parry Aftab, one of the world's first cyber lawyers and a leader in digital privacy law, was a consultant on a national action plan in the summer of 2017, but left... Fri, 15 Feb 2019 08:00:00 AST Siblings make a strong start in business Ma'Layah Swan might be only five years old, but already she knows the importance of good marketing.As the co-owner of Zam's Lemonade, she hands out business cards to whoever will take one, wherever she goes - birthday parties, the grocery store, waiting for takeout.The Prospect Primary student has been running Zam's Lemonade with... Fri, 15 Feb 2019 08:00:00 AST National pride lacking, says new coach Bascome One of Herbie Bascome's first priorities ahead of the ICC Americas Regional Twenty20 World Cup qualifying tournament is to instil more national pride in Bermuda's cricketers. Bascome, who was unveiled as the new Bermuda coach yesterday, plans to have former Bermuda captain Janeiro Tucker on his coaching staff along with Jeff Richardson,... Fri, 15 Feb 2019 08:00:00 AST Like a tree let the dead leaves drop Many will be familiar with Jacqueline Alma's telling portraits of Bermudian characters but now the artist has turned the focus on herself.In a deeply personal exploration of love and loss, the Bermuda resident has revealed some of the most intimate details of her life to form her second solo exhibition.The multidisciplinary show... Fri, 15 Feb 2019 08:00:00 AST Jamaican denies smuggling $647,900 in heroin A man charged with smuggling $647,900 of heroin into Bermuda was seen stashing a package in his bag after it had been searched by a customs officer, the Supreme Court was told yesterday.Witnesses said the man, Omar Davy, 38, ran from the airport minutes later and left the bag behind.Two taped-together packages were later found in... Fri, 15 Feb 2019 08:00:00 AST Judge rules Brown files to be reviewed abroad Two independent overseas doctors are to review the medical records of 75 patients of doctors Ewart Brown and Mahesh Reddy to check if they were "over-tested", a court heard yesterday.The files, along with those of 190 other patients, were seized by detectives in raids on two medical clinics owned by Dr Brown, a former premier, in... Fri, 15 Feb 2019 08:00:00 AST Pepper-spray payouts on House agenda A clash between protesters and police outside the House of Assembly will be discussed by the national security minister today.Wayne Caines will talk about the aftermath of the December 2016 events in the wake of revelations that his ministry had made a cash settlement with protesters who had brought complaints against police after pepper... Fri, 15 Feb 2019 08:00:00 AST Valentine's bouquet for repeat visitors A couple who celebrated their honeymoon in Bermuda 60 years ago and came back almost every year since have been rewarded for their loyalty to the island.Helen and Ernie Reigstad, from New Jersey, were presented with six red roses on St Valentine's Day by Zane DeSilva, the tourism minister - one for every decade of the couple's marriage. Fri, 15 Feb 2019 08:00:00 AST Theatre Boycott 60 years on: still busy being born <i>"He not busy being born is busy dying"</i>This quote from Bob Dylan speaks to the capacity of humans to decide how we navigate our life journeys. The following is an example of people "busy being born" - 60 years ago.On February 8, 1959, after more than 120 years of segregation in Bermuda, a small number of... Fri, 15 Feb 2019 08:00:00 AST DeSilva welcomes belated new bus schedule The new bus schedule for 2019, which was postponed two times last month, is to come into force.The bus operators have now accepted a revised roster and agreed to implement the schedule.It was put on hold after staff raised concerns about rosters and night work last month.A new agreement was reached on Wednesday at a meeting... Fri, 15 Feb 2019 08:00:00 AST Cold War the hot ticket for film festival The Bermuda International Film Festival has announced a line-up of award-winning films for this year's event.Biff's programme will include three films nominated for Academy Awards as well as prize-winning films from the Cannes, Sundance and Toronto film festivals.The line-up includes <i>Cold War</i>, the winner of best... Fri, 15 Feb 2019 08:00:00 AST Trust me, we're not doing it just for the food As a follow-up to last week's missive about community service hours, it gives great pleasure to state that over the weekend a number of young and not so young men came out to assist with the scraping and painting of a wall in Green Acres, Devonshire.In less than three hours, they were able to transform and uplift the appearance of nearly... Fri, 15 Feb 2019 08:00:00 AST Drug developer seeks Bermuda clinical trial One of the unpleasant aspects of diabetes is that wounds are slow to heal, creating the potential for serious infections and even amputations.Given the prevalence of the disease in Bermuda, it's an issue that is all too familiar in many Bermudian households.Relief may be on the way, however, from a new antimicrobial drug that has... Fri, 15 Feb 2019 08:00:00 AST Nearly $1m of Butterfield shares trade Nearly $1 million worth of Butterfield Bank shares traded on the Bermuda Stock Exchange.The bank closed unchanged on $35 as 28,500 shares worth $997,500 changed hands.Butterfield's US-listed shares gained 82 cents, or 2.33 per cent in New York Stock Exchange trading.The Royal Gazette/BSX Index closed unchanged on 2,194.83. Fri, 15 Feb 2019 18:19:00 AST House: More training for Bermudians Training opportunities for Bermudians will increase after resources were boosted in the Government's workforce development department, the House of Assembly heard today.Lovitta Foggo, the Minister of Labour, Community Affairs and Sport, said staff transfers meant a greater number of sessions could be offered.This month these... Fri, 15 Feb 2019 12:57:00 AST Consultation on island plan ends in March Consultation on a planning blueprint for Bermuda will end in March, Walter Roban, the home affairs minister, announced today.The draft Bermuda Plan was published in December and after the consultation period will go to a tribunal to be finalised.Mr Roban told the House of Assembly: "Once the plan is finished, we intend to fulfil... Fri, 15 Feb 2019 10:24:00 AST O'Kane steps down as Aspen deal closes Chris O'Kane has stepped from his role as group chief executive officer of Aspen Insurance Holdings Ltd after the completion of the company's takeover by US private-equity group Apollo Funds.Mr O'Kane has led the insurer and reinsurer since it was set up in 2002 in response to market opportunities in the wake of the September 11... Fri, 15 Feb 2019 09:27:00 AST First black to hold a hotel licence James "Dick" Richards overcame the loss of his parents at an early age and a childhood of poverty in his native Jamaica to become one of Bermuda's richest black men.He was reportedly the first black person in Bermuda to have a hotel licence and was the island's oldest bar owner at the time of his death. The Canadian Hotel, a hotel turned... Fri, 15 Feb 2019 08:00:00 AST Nutrition: a powerful differentiator for sports performance There's something about the number 13 that puts a tiny shadow of doubt in my mind! I'm not into superstition (unless it's Stevie Wonder) and I'm not worried about black cats, or breaking mirrors or walking under ladders, but the number 13 just makes me pause. So, when Beat the Couch came around for the thirteenth time, I was... Fri, 15 Feb 2019 08:00:00 AST Martínez frustrated as rematch talks stall A rematch between Nikki Bascome and David Martínez is dead in the water after negotiations broke down between the two boxers.Manuel Garrido, Martínez's promoter and trainer, has expressed his frustration with Bascome's team for refusing to agree to "fair terms" and insists the Bermudian was "very lucky" to win the first... Fri, 15 Feb 2019 08:00:00 AST New doctor at Bermuda Medical Specialties The Bermuda Medical Specialties Group has taken a new doctor, Andrea Gilford Johnson.Dr Gilford Johnson hails from Georgetown, Guyana, and has been practising for 18 years with particular interest in community and preventive medicine."My personal motto is to treat others the way you would like to be treated as a patient, and to... Fri, 15 Feb 2019 08:00:00 AST Kevin Maybury, February 15, 2019 Fri, 15 Feb 2019 08:00:00 AST Cliffhanger in annual wine battle Worldwide, in 80 countries, about 25,000 people belong to an organisation of food and wine lovers that can trace its roots back as far as 1248 when King Luis IX of France founded a guild of goose roasters. Each year, the Bermuda chapter of Chaîne des Rôtisseurs organises a "Battle of the Wine Merchants" and on February 2 our company was... Fri, 15 Feb 2019 08:00:00 AST Unsung heroes of the track On the face of it, the role of team mechanic might not seem the most glamorous or gratifying job in karting.Hours spent leaning over engines, grease under the nails, performing check after check after check, not to mention the inevitable finger pointing that occurs when the kart breaks down on the track.It is the drivers who... Fri, 15 Feb 2019 08:00:00 AST Family mark anniversary of Steede attack A grieving mother implored young people to reject violence on the anniversary of a fatal attack on her son in a park in an English city.Lyrico Steede, 17, died in hospital five days after he was stabbed on February 13 last year by a group of teenagers in Nottingham - who have since been convicted.Keishaye Steede said: "To all my... Fri, 15 Feb 2019 08:00:00 AST Ascendant shares up 31% in three weeks Shares of Ascendant Group Ltd gained another dollar in Bermuda Stock Exchange trading, taking their gain over the past three weeks to more than 31 per cent.The owner of power utility Belco added 4.8 per cent to close at $22 on the trading of 7,100 shares. The stock has not traded at that level since April 2008.In late January,... Fri, 15 Feb 2019 08:00:00 AST Spring clean for school websites Out-of-date public school websites are to be tackled beginning this spring, the education commission pledged this week. But Diallo Rabain, the Minister of Education, said that a decision had not been made as to who would be responsible for updates to the sites. Mr Rabain said that work to transform the ministry's website would... Fri, 15 Feb 2019 08:00:00 AST Leverock cannot wait for Sligo debut Danté Leverock, the Bermuda defender, is poised to make his debut for Sligo Rovers against Dundalk in the SSC Airtricity League today.The 26-year-old, who joined Sligo from Estonian outfit Narva Trans last December, said he is champing at the bit to make a strong impression against the defending champions at Oriel Park."I'm... Fri, 15 Feb 2019 08:00:00 AST Lancashire shares climb 7% on upbeat outlook Shares of Bermudian-domiciled insurer Lancashire Holdings Ltd soared 7.1 per cent in London yesterday after the company said it expected to benefit from higher rates.The company suffered a fourth-quarter loss but swung to profit for the full year 2018, partly helped by a rise in gross written premiums.The Lloyd's of London... Fri, 15 Feb 2019 08:00:00 AST Princess rated as one of AccorHotels' best The French AccorHotels brand has over 4,500 properties worldwide, and Bermuda's own Hamilton Princess Beach Club is among its best.That's according to the latest US News World Report annual rankings of best hotels, which just named the Bermuda hotel as the fifth best out of 134 AccorHotels hotels and resorts.Topping... Fri, 15 Feb 2019 08:00:00 AST New study looks at how coral absorbs light Researchers in Bermuda have released a new study on how corals absorb light in different conditions.The paper, by postdoctoral researcher Yvonne Sawall and her adviser, associate scientist Eric Hochberg, examined how reefs optimise their photosynthetic abilities.Dr Hochberg said: "This work is important because we have only a... Fri, 15 Feb 2019 08:00:00 AST Stateside experience will help Pacers grow The Bermuda Pacers Track Club will add to their overseas track experiences when they compete for the first time in the Armory Youth Championships in New York City this weekend. Sixteen athletes from the Pacers will leave for New York tomorrow and will compete in 36 individual events as well as a 4x200 metres relay at the Armory Track and... Fri, 15 Feb 2019 08:00:00 AST Promising youngsters showcase talent A small contingent of sailors from the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Sailing Academy packed a powerful punch competing at this month's Semana de Mar del Plata in Argentina.The academy was represented by four of its most promising Optimist sailors, three of whom qualified for the gold fleet, competing in trying conditions against some of South... Fri, 15 Feb 2019 08:00:00 AST Doctor to outline use of medical cannabis A cannabis researcher and doctor will outline the use of medical cannabis to medical professionals in Bermuda next week.Mark Ware, the chief medical officer at Canadian medical cannabis grower Canopy Growth, said he planned to give a balanced presentation on the benefits and potential harm of medical cannabis.Dr Ware said: "As... Fri, 15 Feb 2019 08:00:00 AST A waddle and a honk A morning downpour and a chilly day made perfect conditions for a flock of geese to set out for a stroll yesterday.The birds caught the eye of a photographer for <i>The Royal Gazette</i> at a home off Middle Road in Devonshire.The Bermuda Weather Service said yesterday's wet weather was caused by a slow-moving frontal... Fri, 15 Feb 2019 08:00:00 AST