All Stories All Stories en-us Online tool to tackle price gouging The public were enlisted last night in the fight against price gouging during the coronavirus crisis.Walter Roban, the Deputy Premier, said an online reporting system had been created after "numerous calls" about price increases in stores.Mr Roban explained: "The cost of goods is a major concern to everyone in Bermuda. Wed, 08 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Police warning: no visitors for quarantined Police warned that anyone breaching shelter-at-home rules would be dealt with after people under quarantine invited friends on social media to visit them at the centre where 123 people are being held in strict isolation for 14 days.People brought back to the island from overseas have to undergo an isolation period to limit the risk of... Wed, 08 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Young mask maker inundated with orders Ten-year-old Azari Jones has a certain gift for sewing.She got her first sewing machine at just two years old, and sold her first handmade doll outfits at eight. Now the Dalton E Tucker student is putting her talents to work selling face masks to help stop the spread of Covid-19."At first I wanted to try to make my own... Wed, 08 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Alex's new fitness challenge Sitting at home during a Covid-19 lockdown, it's hard not to get creaky in the joints.Fitness instructor Alex Hasselkuss is offering online yoga and joint mobility classes to help people stay limber, while they are homebound.The founder of fitness business My Move, said it's important to stay active for mind and body... Wed, 08 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Morale boost with festive favourite eggnog A festive favourite enjoyed across the island at Christmas with or without a tot of rum is on the shelves early in a bid to boost morale in the Covid-19 crisis.Families will be able to enjoy eggnog over Easter after a Bermuda business vowed to start production of the creamy drink months earlier than usual.Michael Dunkley, the... Wed, 08 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Delivery service 'gives hope' to diabetics A free programme to deliver critical medical supplies to diabetics during the Covid-19 lockdown "gives people a sense of hope", the chairwoman of the Bermuda Diabetes Association said yesterday.Debbie Jones admitted: "It makes you want to cry, how grateful people are that people care about them and want to do things for other... Wed, 08 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Call the money helicopter <b>This is the last in a three-part series studying the unintended consequences of the novel coronavirus on island and worldwide from an economic standpoint</b>The coronavirus economic blow is such that there is no orthodox way to bear the burden of the relief programmes. Who will pay for this frenzy of billions?... Wed, 08 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Bake your hot cross buns online A baker is running an online class today to teach people how to make hot cross buns for the Easter holiday.Kamilah Cannonier, the owner of Sweet Saak Bakery in St George's, said her livestream masterclass would take people on lockdown through the process step-by-step.She added that the class would help keep the traditional Easter... Wed, 08 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Health insurance costs too much to bear Dear Sir,There are several major problems facing Bermuda's future; one of these is a dwindling population. One of the significant contributing reasons is the cost of health insurance.I have 11 friends who have sold out and moved elsewhere because of this. They are all like me, in that they worked for 40 years, raised and educated... Wed, 08 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Kids get their kicks with virtual football A former national football supremo can add "virtual coach" to his résumé after he turned to video training sessions for players during the Covid-19 crisis.Kenny Thompson has introduced inventive methods for housebound youngsters from his K-Tech programme.Thompson has joined his players through video group calls and conducted... Wed, 08 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST BCB and umpires huddle to discuss 2020 season The Bermuda Cricket Board and the Bermuda Cricket Umpires Association held a preliminary planning session via videoconference for the 2020 league season.BCB president Lloyd Smith, chairman of cricket Steven Douglas, executive director Calvin Blankendal and newly elected BCUA president Oscar Andrade discussed various matters, including... Wed, 08 Apr 2020 11:51:00 EST Banks announce limited opening hours Banks are to open their doors for one day a week to offer limited retail banking services. The initiative is designed primarily to assist seniors and other vulnerable members of society. The Bermuda Bankers Association has obtained approval from Curtis Dickinson, Minister of Finance, for the banks to have the limited opening opportunities to... Wed, 08 Apr 2020 11:46:00 EST BUT: Ministry ended remote learning The decision to end remote learning for public school pupils was made by the Government, the island's teachers union said today. A spokesman for the Bermuda Union of Teachers said that "no individual teacher or school made the decision to suspend remote learning going forward". He explained: "That was very much a Department of... Wed, 08 Apr 2020 09:09:00 EST Arch Capital steps up green efforts Bermudian-based Arch Capital Group Ltd is getting rid of single-use plastic bottles from it offices around the world as it steps up its environmental stewardship.The goal is one of many featured in the re/insurer's first sustainability report.Introducing the report, Marc Grandisson, president and chief executive officer of Arch,... Wed, 08 Apr 2020 07:23:00 EST Tribute to 'unfailingly supportive' Aunt Ada Dear Sir,Ada Nyabongo (1926-2020), who was laid to rest on April 3, was a remarkable woman. While I salute her for earning a doctorate in musicology from New York University, this was only a small part of the woman I called "Aunt Ada". I lived in her home in Brooklyn while I was a student at Juilliard. She was an accomplished... Wed, 08 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Appeal to former officers to bolster BPS Retired police officers are to be recalled to bolster the thin blue line during the coronavirus crisis.The Bermuda Ex-Police Association posted an advertisement on Monday and asked its members to consider signing up for short-term service.The notice said retired or former police officers were needed to assist in "ensuring... Wed, 08 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST BF&M pledges $40,000 to support community efforts A $40,000 pledge has been made by BFM Limited to organisations in Bermuda and Cayman Islands working to support the community during the Covid-19 crisis.In Bermuda, it has pledged $10,000 to support a joint corporate/hospital initiative to bring in urgent personal protective equipment for community frontline carers as quickly as... Wed, 08 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Carr joins Axis Insurance Axis Insurance, a division of Bermudian-based Axis Capital Holdings Ltd, announced that Michael Carr has been named the head of US excess and surplus property. In this role, Mr Carr will be responsible for developing and executing Axis Insurance's ES Property underwriting strategy and achieving profitable growth along with quality... Wed, 08 Apr 2020 07:25:00 EST Two arrested for breaching curfew Police have arrested two more people in breach of the stay-at-home order.A spokesman said a man was stopped in his car at about 4.15am on North Shore Road, near the junction with Radnor Road in Hamilton Parish, and found not to have a curfew exemption.The man, who had been stopped three times in two days, was arrested and taken to... Wed, 08 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST No Boris, no lockdown plan? The white square block of St Thomas's hospital sits on the banks of the Thames, right across Westminster Bridge from the House of Commons. The hubbub of cameras in front of its door since Boris Johnson was admitted as a patient on Sunday signals that in Britain, the coronavirus emergency has moved into a new, deeply concerning phase.With... Wed, 08 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Ship passengers hopeful of quick return Bermudians in quarantine on a cruise ship denied entry to a series of ports in the southern hemisphere because of the Covid-19 pandemic remain hopeful of returning home by the "end of the week". There are 22 Bermudians on board the <i>Coral Princess</i>, which arrived in Miami on Saturday with 1,020 people after it was denied... Wed, 08 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST BUT escalates dispute over salary reductions Teachers have been told to work with only what they are given by the Government in an escalation of a dispute over salary deductions for industrial action. The Bermuda Union of Teachers made the call in a letter to members sent at the weekend.The letter said: "Any employee would be within his or her expectation that the employer... Wed, 08 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Snow geese stop off for round of golf Two snow geese blown in by high winds have found a temporary home on St George's golf course.Paul Watson, a keen birdwatcher, said: "They were on the promontory near Blackbeard's early Friday afternoon and, on Friday evening, they were on the old 13th fairway that runs from the Unfinished Church up towards the old Club Med." The... Wed, 08 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Veteran sailor lost at sea A veteran sailor with close ties to Bermuda is missing in the Caribbean.Bob Peel, the former captain of the <i>Boadicea</i>, the superyacht owned by Reg Grundy, the late Australian media mogul and former Bermuda resident, set out from Carriacou Island, Grenada, on March 18 or 19.The emergency locator beacon on his... Wed, 08 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Virus claims first two lives Bermuda has suffered its first two deaths from Covid-19, it was revealed last night.David Burt, the Premier, said he was "extremely sad" to break the news to the country. He added: "All the days have been tough. The day I had today was not as tough as it was for families who are grieving."Mr Burt sent his condolences to the... Tue, 07 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST BF&M posts $11.9m profit despite hurricanes BFM Ltd reported net income of $11.9 million for 2019, despite the impact of substantial hurricane claims. The profit fell from $20.2 million in 2018 as operating expenses increased by 9 per cent to $48.6 million. John Wight, the insurer's group chairman and chief executive officer, said: "Our 2019 results are particularly... Tue, 07 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Doorstep photographs capture an unusual time During the forced isolation of Covid-19 photographer Amanda Temple started to get really bored.Normally this time of the year is pretty quiet for her, but she still shoots around 15 portraits a week and a couple of weddings."I am missing the photography terribly," she said. "Most of my regular clients are visitors, so... Tue, 07 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST More troops called in to enforce lockdown More troops are to be called up to boost the enforcement of the state of emergency shelter-in-place regulations, the Government said last night.Wayne Caines, the national security minister, said he would today ask John Rankin, the Governor, to increase the number of embodied soldiers to 250 from the present number of 130.He added:... Tue, 07 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST MPs rubber-stamp state of emergency A state of emergency to fight the Covid-19 crisis was rubber-stamped by the House of Assembly yesterday.MPs unanimously approved the measure, to run to 6am on April 18, after John Rankin, the Governor, signed it into law last week.David Burt, the Premier, told the house "the people of Bermuda awoke to more than an unseasonably... Tue, 07 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Burt dismisses Buzz attempt to act as grocer A fast-food chain has claimed permission to run an online grocery service was pulled two days after it was given government approval for the move.Buzz said yesterday that it learnt through social-media posts that the grocery business would not be allowed to open as planned on Thursday.Management at Buzz were speaking after David... Tue, 07 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Has the penny dropped? The day we feared has arrived, with notification that Bermuda has suffered its first deaths as a result of the Covid-19 disease.It is a sad day for the country. It is a sadder day for the families affected - they have our prayers and sympathies.We have become a statistic in the global death toll, which stands at close to... Tue, 07 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Anxiety and depression spike after lockdown Anxiety and depression cases have spiked after restrictions to contain Covid-19 were imposed, a therapy centre said.Claudia Cobon, a senior clinical psychologist at the Solstice clinic, said she had "definitely" seen an increase in worry and anxiety over the weekend.Dr Cobon said fears ranged from concern about the health of... Tue, 07 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST We should be preparing for the worst It was with relief that I read in <i>The Royal Gazette</i> last Friday that the British Government was supplying to the Bermuda Government medical equipment, in particular testing kits and personal protective equipment, which arrived yesterday via British Airways. Questions will continue to arise about what is, or should be,... Tue, 07 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Flight delivers 1,800 kits and 129 residents A British Airways charter flight returned 129 people who had been stranded in Britain to the island yesterday.The aircraft delivered passengers, including seniors and students, as well as 1,800 virus test kits and personal protection equipment for emergency personnel.Residents were taken for a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a... Tue, 07 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Argus shares improve 1.8% Shares of Argus Group Holdings Ltd improved four cents, or 1.8 per cent, to $2.29 after 45,000 traded on The Royal Gazette/BSX Index.There was also trading in 100,000 shares of One Communications Ltd, but with no change to the closing price of $4.In New York, shares of Butterfield Bank were up six cents, or 0.35 per cent, at... Tue, 07 Apr 2020 17:00:00 EST HRC to review emergency restrictions Emergency restrictions imposed for the Covid-19 crisis are appropriate in the circumstances, the Human Rights Commission said today.An HRC statement said the Constitution allowed the Governor, after consultation with the Premier, to proclaim a state of emergency for up to 14 days.It added: "During that time, regulations or Acts of... Tue, 07 Apr 2020 13:10:00 EST Childcare services to expand Childcare services for essential workers are to be expanded.Diallo Rabain, the Minister of Education, said the service, launched last Wednesday, was expected to grow to meet demand.Mr Rabain added: "There is only one site operational at this point at the Sammy Wilson Central Zone Community Centre on Angle Street."Another... Tue, 07 Apr 2020 08:36:00 EST Contact details for benefits scheme help A list of numbers including WhatsApp contact details was today released so people can get help with applications for the Government's unemployment benefits scheme.Lovitta Foggo, the labour minister, said: "We want this process to be as seamless and efficient as possible. "We understand the financial hardships being faced by those... Tue, 07 Apr 2020 12:10:00 EST Warning over false information The public was warned today not to spread false information in the wake of rumours about inbound flights.A spokesman for the Ministry of Tourism and Transport said the Government was aware of a voice note on social media that claimed six flights with a total of 600 people were expected to arrive on the island yesterday.The... Tue, 07 Apr 2020 08:34:00 EST Collection times for feeding programme A church feeding programme will offer meal collection twice a week as the island grapples with the coronavirus crisis.The Hamilton Seventh Day Adventist Church said that it had "a responsibility to be a continued light on a hill for those who are seeking help". Its feeding programme will open for pick-up only at 5pm on Wednesdays... Tue, 07 Apr 2020 12:43:00 EST Union calls for PPE for at-risk workers The Government was asked today to make personal protective equipment available to all healthcare and other at-risk workers as the Bermuda Public Services Union marked World Health Day.Linda Bogle Mienzer, the BPSU second vice-president, said that the day came "after the sad news of two deaths" on the island linked to Covid-19.She... Tue, 07 Apr 2020 11:42:00 EST Good Friday garbage collection The Ministry of Public Works is advising that due to the Good Friday holiday (Friday, April 10), garbage and recyclables normally collected on that day will be collected on Saturday, April 11, 2020.As a reminder, Friday garbage collection areas include Smith's Parish east of Devil's Hole, all of Hamilton and St. George's parishes except... Tue, 07 Apr 2020 08:39:00 EST RA condemns hostility to telecoms workers Reported hostility shown to telecommunications workers making network repairs has been condemned by the Regulatory Authority.The incident was reportedly related to concerns that 5G services were being introduced, the RA said today. The regulator stressed that no decision has been made on allowing 5G services in Bermuda.It... Tue, 07 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Flattening the recession curve: are we doing it right? <b>This is the second in a three-part series studying the unintended consequences of the novel coronavirus on island and worldwide from an economic standpoint</b>At some point in the next two to three months, the coronavirus infections curve will flatten for sure, but when will we see the economic recession flattening?... Tue, 07 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Two men charged with breaching curfew Two men have been charged with breaches of the 24-hour shelter-in-place order that came into force at the weekend.Christopher Eggen, 31, from Southampton, was alleged to have breached the curfew last Sunday.He denied the offence, but yesterday senior magistrate Juan Wolffe questioned his fitness to plead and ordered a mental... Tue, 07 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Covid: First two deaths Bermuda has logged its first two Covid-19 deaths, the Premier revealed tonight.David Burt did not give details.He added that the island had recorded two more cases of the disease, bringing the total to 39.Mr Burt said 11 test results had come back today, with two of them positive.He added 17 people had recovered from... Tue, 07 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST A moment of humour at the grocery store From the edge of the sea at the end of the lane, in the second most isolated country on the planet I hope you are well and safe as you read this; and making the best of your circumstances. Having said this, if you are anything like me, you could probably use a little light relief about now. As we enter another week of life at home, my... Tue, 07 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Coral Princess docks in Miami A cruise ship with more than 20 Bermudians has docked in South Florida - but many passengers remain on board.Hundreds of passengers were allowed to leave the <i>Coral Princess</i> after it docked on Saturday, but those with symptoms of Covid-19 or recovering from them have been required to stay on board until they are... Tue, 07 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Digicel aims to slash debt burden Digicel is aiming to shave $1.7 billion off its $7 billion debt burden through a debt restructuring which could eventually result in creditors owning nearly half the company.The telecommunications group, which has operations in 32 markets including Bermuda, said it is looking for current investors in a series of bonds, including $1.3... Tue, 07 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST RA seeks comment on proposed Belco takeover The Regulatory Authority is inviting comment from the public on the proposed change of control of utility Belco.Algonquin Power and Utilities Corporation, a Canadian group, has agreed to acquire Ascendant Group Ltd, parent company of Belco, in a deal worth more than $360 million. Ascendant's board and shareholders have approved the... Tue, 07 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Bermudian-registered ship in NSW inquiry A Bermudian-registered cruise ship is under police investigation in Australia after passengers - many later found to have been infected with Covid-19 - were allowed to disembark without being questioned about their health. The <i>Ruby Princess</i>, owned by Carnival Cruises, has 200 sick crew on board and is the focus of a... Tue, 07 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST HSBC Bermuda pledges $180,000 for charities HSBC Bermuda has pledged to donate $180,000 to support those impacted by Covid-19.An allocation of $140,000 will be divided among six local charities that support seniors, children and education, single-parent homes, vulnerable individuals and the food insecure population in Bermuda.And a further $40,000 has been pledged to... Tue, 07 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Call for all-inclusive record-keeping in crisis Social-media messages should be included in official documents as the island battles the Covid-19 crisis, the Information Commissioner said yesterday. Gitanjali Gutierrez asked government officials to make sure that proper records were kept as people were forced to work on a remote basis.She said that even WhatsApp and text... Tue, 07 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Roderick Bassett (1951-2020) A top marathon runner and husband of former Senate president Carol Ann Bassett has died.Roderick Bassett was 68.He was an athlete for more than 20 years until an injury sidelined his athletic career in 2008.Ms Bassett said her husband "loved being a member of Swan's Running Club and served as treasurer for many... Tue, 07 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Lockdown: regiment out in force Royal Bermuda Regiment soldiers have completed their first weekend since "shelter-in- place" rules to combat Covid-19 were introduced.The new regime - a 24-hour lockdown except for essential trips - was enforced by RBR-manned checkpoints and mobile patrols over the hours of darkness.Major Ben Beasley, the RBR's commanding officer,... Mon, 06 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Government tightens grip on Caroline Bay Insurance titan Brian Duperreault has failed to delay the Government's legal attempt to take control of the beleaguered Caroline Bay resort, <i>The Royal Gazette</i> can reveal.Lawyers for AIG chief executive tried to convince the Supreme Court on Friday to hold off on putting the assets of George's Bay Limited - the... Mon, 06 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Canadian brewery names new beer Bermuda A Toronto microbrewery has released a limited-edition beer bearing the name of the island.Bermuda, a double dry-hopped IPA, is available now in bottles at the Bandit Brewery retail store in Toronto's west end, and at its online shop, which delivers to residents of Ontario.Bandit's brewpub featuring a range of beer and food is... Mon, 06 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST 'There will always be travel agents' As a child, Italian Sousa wasn't too thrilled about her name."When the teacher called my name, I'd duck down," she said. Her mother, Marquerite O'Loughlin, called her Italian because she loved Italian culture, and worked for Little Venice for many years.It turned out to be the perfect name for a future travel agent. Mon, 06 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Debt collectors told to show compassion Debt collectors should show compassion as the public struggled to cope with financial problems caused by the coronavirus crisis, the Government has said.The sector was asked to think about responsible ways to work deal with people in difficulties.A government spokesman said: "As Bermuda responds to the challenges of the Covid-19... Mon, 06 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST A timely reality check Bermuda residents have embarked on a massive exercise in self-restraint - an acceptance of restrictions and the basic freedoms they usually take for granted. They have done so in the hope that this 14-day lockdown will prevent the widespread transmission of Covid-19, and that by taking this drastic step, they will avoid a much worse... Mon, 06 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST