All Stories All Stories en-us Cancer charity's financial struggle A charity dedicated to fighting cancer is in a fight to make ends meet in the wake of Covid-19.The Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre has launched an appeal to raise $200,000 as it faces increased costs and a loss of revenue.A spokeswoman said: "With the negative impact Covid-19 is having on fundraising efforts such as our Relay For... Sun, 05 Jul 2020 07:51:00 EST Former premier's role at technology firm Dame Jennifer Smith has been appointed the board of directors of a data and software company in the United States.The former Progressive Labour Party premier has taken on the role at Washington-based Afiniti, which uses artificial intelligence to assess patterns of human interaction.She said: "Afiniti's mission to generate... Sun, 05 Jul 2020 10:35:00 EST Water safety message The Water Safety Council issued a reminder on water safety after the death of a 27-year-old man on a jet ski last week.Michael Weeks, the chairman of the council and a Progressive Labour Party backbencher, spoke in response to the accident which claimed the life of Lavonte Williams on the Great Sound last Sunday.Mr Weeks said: "On... Sun, 05 Jul 2020 10:20:00 EST BEDC calls for support of co-coperatives The Bermuda Economic Development Corporation urged the island to consider the importance of working together to mark International Co-operatives Day.BEDC economic and co-operative development officer Jonathan Starling said: "This International Co-operative Day, we encourage you to learn more about co-operatives and consider helping to... Sun, 05 Jul 2020 07:44:00 EST 1st Earl of the silver screen Bermudian acting legend Earl Cameron has died, aged 102.Mr Cameron was one of the first black performers to break into mainstream British entertainment.He was appointed a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 2009 for his accomplishments, which included being the first black actor to star in a British... Sat, 04 Jul 2020 07:00:00 EST Luxury Riddell's Bay development backed Plans to build 18 homes and establish one of the island's largest conservation areas at Riddell's Bay have received government backing.Walter Roban, the Deputy Premier and Minister of Home Affairs, tabled a special development order in a virtual sitting of the House of Assembly yesterday to enable the project at the former golf course in... Sat, 04 Jul 2020 07:00:00 EST Jobs and job recovery in Bermuda <b>This is a look at the Labour Force Survey report issued in May 2020 issued by the Bermuda Government Department of Statistics.</b>The report is based on data collected from the November 2018, May 2019 and November 2019 surveys. It presents survey highlights, concepts, definitions, methodology, summary counts, and... Sat, 04 Jul 2020 07:00:00 EST Trusting in God Former Bermuda Idol and recording artist Larrita Adderley can now add author to her list of accomplishments. Her recently published book, <i>Float: Trusting in God to Carry You</i>, shares some of her personal experiences of being carried by God through life."It was so much happening around me. My life was just hectic... Sat, 04 Jul 2020 07:00:00 EST Tropical Depression 5 no longer a threat Tropical Depression 5 is no longer a threat to the island, the Bermuda Weather Service said today.The storm brought thunderstorms, rain and winds of up to 34mph as it passed Bermuda shortly after midnight.At 6am today, it was about 70 miles north of Bermuda, heading in a northeast direction, with maximum winds of 34mph and... Sat, 04 Jul 2020 13:03:00 EST Bermuda free of Covid-19 infections Bermuda has no active cases of Covid-19 after two patients with the disease recovered, the Ministry of Health announced last night.Kim Wilson, the Minister of Health, added that 185 new coronavirus tests had come back and all were clear.She said: "I am delighted to be able to say that there are no longer any known active cases of... Sat, 04 Jul 2020 07:00:00 EST No need to quarantine when travelling to UK Bermuda residents flying to England will be exempt from the requirement to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival.The exemption, which was announced today and applies to all 14 British Overseas Territories, will take effect from July 10.As long as travellers have spent the past 14 days in Bermuda, or any other place on the British... Fri, 03 Jul 2020 23:01:00 EST House: MPs speak out on health merger A move by the insurer Argus to merge with two medical practices showed "total disregard and disrespect" for Bermuda's health chiefs, the shadow health minister claimed last night.Patricia Gordon-Pamplin expressed her concern that health minister Kim Wilson had been kept in the dark before Argus Group Holdings Ltd acquired Island Health... Sat, 04 Jul 2020 08:45:00 EST Scores of work permits denied since pandemic Almost 160 applications for work-permit renewals were denied since Covid-19 hit the country, the House of Assembly heard yesterday.Jason Hayward, the labour minister, who has responsibility for immigration, also listed more than 60 job categories affected after questions from Sylvan Richards, of the One Bermuda Alliance.The... Sat, 04 Jul 2020 07:00:00 EST Supermart serves up tasty offer of free meals A weekend free meals programme started by a supermarket operator to help people left struggling by the Covid-19 crisis is to be extended from today. Supermart, which has branches in Hamilton and St George, said it planned to cook about 600 meals between the two locations on Saturdays and Sundays.Tredick Gorham, the Supermart... Sat, 04 Jul 2020 07:00:00 EST Understanding concept of 'ruff and discard' It just can't be July already! Goodness, heat, humidity and another birthday - almost overshadows the queueing, hand-washing, mask-wearing grind. Although I did find a Chelsea mask at a store that has masks for most Premier League teams, so that was a bonus.Enough silliness, let's get you thinking. Before that, I need you to fully... Sat, 04 Jul 2020 07:00:00 EST Cannabis legislation: impact on youth the biggest question In response to the Proposed Cannabis (Licensing and Regulation) Act 2020, the Inter-Agency Committee for Children and Families, a network of social and human service providers and non-profit organisations, reached out to its membership to solicit feedback, concerns and questions regarding the legislation. This submission is a compilation... Sat, 04 Jul 2020 07:00:00 EST Covid-19: no more positive results Bermuda remains Covid-19 free after another day of testing.A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Health said 138 new test results were received today, but none were positive for the virus.The spokeswoman added: "Bermuda has had 146 total confirmed positive cases. "All have recovered and the total deceased remains... Sat, 04 Jul 2020 17:14:00 EST House: MPs agree plan to waive casino fees Casino fees could be waived or deferred in exceptional circumstances in amended regulations approved by the House of Assembly yesterday.David Burt, the Premier, explained that hurricanes and public health emergencies were included in the scenarios that might allow payments to be postponed.The Casino Gaming (Casino Fees) Amendment... Sat, 04 Jul 2020 08:54:00 EST Police sergeant claims Mirrors award A police sergeant has been named volunteer of the year for a local youth charity.Cerepha Bridgeman, who supervises the parish officers for the eastern and western parishes, collected the award from the Mirror's Programme.Sergeant Bridgeman has volunteered with the programme for the past ten years. Kimberley Jackson,... Sat, 04 Jul 2020 17:20:00 EST House: move to defer taxes approved Measures to allow the Minister of Finance to defer taxes and compliance requirement in situations like a pandemic were approved by legislators yesterday.Amendments to both the Companies Act and the Public Treasury Act were given the green light by both sides of the House of Assembly.The first amendment, The Companies (Ratification... Sat, 04 Jul 2020 08:50:00 EST Reinsurance industry losses could reach $130bn Reinsurance industry finances have bounced back after the sector's capital base dipped by almost one third as the Covid-19 pandemic gripped the globe in March.The recovery meant the amount of capital in the sector, a major part of Bermuda's economic engine, was last month only 5 per cent lower than at the end of 2019.But there is... Sat, 04 Jul 2020 07:00:00 EST Tele-health benefits and the art of medicine during Covid-19 What is tele-health? In general, it is the delivery of health through technology. During the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, we sought ways to solve your medical needs without exposing you to more risk of the virus. This is where tele-health came in. It allowed many of your doctors to protect you and your family while still solving and... Sat, 04 Jul 2020 07:00:00 EST How your teen can earn money for college Okay, I get it. The last thing your teen probably wants to think about this summer is saving money for college. But let's be real. There's no better time. They're free from their normal responsibilities with classes and homework. And, after spending a ton of time at home lately, they may want to do something (anything) that gets them focused on... Sat, 04 Jul 2020 07:00:00 EST House: Hayward to meet with hoteliers, workers The Ministry of Labour is to hold a meeting with hotel employees and employers to discuss the future of the industry post Covid-19. It will be the first National Tripartite Social Dialogue Meeting focusing on the industry and is due to take place next Friday. It aims to ensure greater co-operation among the partners and build... Sat, 04 Jul 2020 07:00:00 EST Burch's warning to corporations The new municipalities minister vowed yesterday to press on with a plan to axe the corporations of Hamilton and St George.Lieutenant-Colonel David Burch admitted there was opposition to the proposal to replace the local authorities with unelected quangos but told the House of Assembly: "This administration is not afraid to take this... Sat, 04 Jul 2020 07:00:00 EST Cruisers keen to travel again A survey of cruise ship travellers suggests more than three quarters intend to book a cruise again, despite the pandemic's impact on the industry.<i>Cruise Critic</i> launched a worldwide survey of its readers in April, since when the industry has ground to a halt, and has collected 35,000 responses.Of those, 76 per... Sat, 04 Jul 2020 07:00:00 EST Redundancy law changed for laid-off employees Legislation to give businesses more time before they have to make laid-off staff redundant has been approved in the House of Assembly.Jason Hayward, the Minister of Labour, said the amendments would help to keep Bermudians employed by protecting businesses from collapse.Mr Hayward said: "Forcing companies into bankruptcy, which is... Sat, 04 Jul 2020 07:00:00 EST Premier furious about having to defend Weldon The Premier dismissed "malicious messages" on social media last night that criticised the island's Covid-19 test laboratories.David Burt defended the abilities of Carika Weldon, a Bermudian biochemist and researcher at the Oxford Genomics Centre, part of the prestigious Oxford University Hospitals, who travelled home to work at the... Fri, 03 Jul 2020 07:00:00 EST Jury selection rule called unfair A man who had been charged with attempted murder claimed it was unconstitutional for a Crown prosecutor to bypass ten potential jurors - all of whom appeared to be black people.Jahmico Trott, in a civil action launched in the Supreme Court, claimed that an appearance of bias led to "unfairness".His claim was supported by an... Fri, 03 Jul 2020 07:00:00 EST Sisters hit the airwaves Ondray Simmons is usually on his way to work when <i>Good Morning America</i> hits the airwaves. Yesterday, however, he was glued to the ABC show, watching his teenage daughters, Maliah, Amia and Ayziah, on it.“My father wanted to have a watch party, but that is difficult at 7am in the morning,” 18-year-old... Fri, 03 Jul 2020 07:00:00 EST Mixed emotions as airport reopens Bermuda welcomed its first scheduled commercial flight for more than three months yesterday.Karla Aitken collected her daughter, Ashley, 23, who had at last managed to return from college in Denmark - but the joy of homecoming was marred by sadness because her father died last Sunday. Ms Aitken explained: "I've just been waiting and... Fri, 03 Jul 2020 07:00:00 EST Roundup settlement prompts farmer to demand ban Renewed calls to ban glyphosate-based weedkillers in Bermuda have been made after the company that owns the Roundup brand said it would pay almost $11 billion to settle cancer claims linked to the product.Campaigners said alternative ways to control weeds, such as steam and flame weeding and organic treatments, should be considered... Fri, 03 Jul 2020 07:00:00 EST Grilled Bermuda corn salad - your go-to summer side Nothing says summer like warm sunny days and, oh wait, a lot of tank rain! The kids are finally off their laptops but Mother Nature is not co-operating with all the plans I had for outdoor summer days just yet. Ah well, we've gone headlong into summer cooking anyway, with lots of salads and barbecues!Not that I wish to age myself, but... Fri, 03 Jul 2020 07:00:00 EST New nail salon opens to rush of clients When Kei-Shea Fubler and Kaylaya Pendleton opened their new nail salon, TopKoat Lounge, earlier this month, there was a rush of clients."After lockdown, women couldn't wait to get into the salon, especially for their feet," Ms Fubler said. "They just couldn't take their toe nails any more."After the initial surge they had a slow... Fri, 03 Jul 2020 07:00:00 EST So, what is going to happen next? Something does not feel right. Is this the calm before a storm? We are all here on the emerging side of a viral pandemic, which brought all our lives to a halt - and along with it our economy. Everyone except the very well-off is feeling and will continue to feel the weight of the building economic pressure. All those bills that were... Fri, 03 Jul 2020 07:00:00 EST Dickinson: Covid-19 benefits top $43m About 4,500 people who were on emergency unemployment benefits have returned to work, the Minister of Finance said last night.Curtis Dickinson said that the scheme has put about $43 million in the hands of 10,100 unemployed people since it started, with $5.51 million sent out last week.Mr Dickinson added he expected payments to... Fri, 03 Jul 2020 07:00:00 EST All care homes declared Covid-19 free All five seniors' homes hit by Covid-19 have been declared free of the virus, the Ministry of Health said today.The Matilda Smith Williams Seniors Residence in Devonshire had the most cases, with 28 staff and patients affected.Testing on everyone at the home was first done on April 13 and 14, after a 66-year-old male resident was... Fri, 03 Jul 2020 13:35:00 EST House: schools to focus on black history The Minister of Education outlined changes made to the public school social studies curriculum to ensure it is "grounded in a Bermudian context".In a ministerial statement in the House of Assembly this morning, Diallo Rabain gave detailed information focusing on black history adding: "It comes as no surprise that with the recent protests... Fri, 03 Jul 2020 11:10:00 EST Restaurateur adopts wait-and-see approach Restaurants and bars moved into the "new normal" this week, but it will not be until later that the impact of a relaxation of Covid-19 rules can be assessed.Chris Garland, the general manager of Harbourside Holdings, which owns Flanagan's Irish Pub and Restaurant on Front Street, said the business enjoyed a steady opening day on... Fri, 03 Jul 2020 07:00:00 EST Why mental and physical health are so important Christopher FamousAbout one month ago, I received a notification on Facebook that Dexter Smith had tagged me in a post.My first instinct was that somehow he was going through delayed withdrawal symptoms and was yearning to talk about the "greatest football league in the world" - that being the English Premier League.Well,... Fri, 03 Jul 2020 07:00:00 EST Ignite reserves six spots for non-profits The leaders of non-profits have been asked to apply for the third in a series of business accelerator programmes.Ignite Bermuda said it has reserved six spots on its latest class for the charity sector - and the deadline is 5pm today. Ignite, set up to help community leaders and entrepreneurs create jobs and diversity, said it would be... Fri, 03 Jul 2020 07:00:00 EST Q&A on Covid-19 impact signs up experts A series of webinars to answer the public's Covid-19-related questions is to be run by the Employment Assistance Programme. Ask the Expert will feature specialists in medicine, law, business, finance, banking and employment. Latisha Lister-Burgess, the EAP's executive director, said the series would be "guided conversations" of... Fri, 03 Jul 2020 19:34:00 EST BAMZ to reopen on Monday The island's aquarium and zoo will partly reopen to the public on Monday.The Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo, shut since the coronavirus crisis hit in March, will resume operation in two phases.The aquarium hall, museum and gardens will open to visitors on Monday and the zoo will follow a week later.Walter Roban, the home... Fri, 03 Jul 2020 17:21:00 EST BSX holds steady The Royal Gazette/BSX Index remained unchanged on 1,784.44 as no shares traded on the Bermuda Stock Exchange.The US-listed shares of Butterfield Bank did not trade as the New York Stock Exchange was closed in recognition of the US Independence Day holiday.For the week, the BSX index fell 54.7 points, or 3.06 per cent, driven by a... Fri, 03 Jul 2020 16:58:00 EST Ombudsman details top cases for 2019 The Bermuda Ombudsman's office dealt with matters last year including the handling of senior abuse complaint handling, public bus schedule communications, and delayed applications for criminal injuries compensation.The details came in the 2019 report, given to the House of Assembly by Victoria Pearman, the Ombudsman, who highlighted some... Fri, 03 Jul 2020 14:41:00 EST Fairmont helps staff with Heartist Fund Fairmont Southampton, along with management company Accor, has taken proactive measures to support its employees and partners through the economic and health crisis posed by COVID-19. These efforts include the establishment of the "ALL Heartist Fund", a global special purpose reserve created to provide critical financial support to those... Fri, 03 Jul 2020 13:46:00 EST Covid-19: Pop-up testing called off The Ministry of Health wishes to advise the public that, due to inclement weather, this afternoon's Covid-19 pop-up testing scheduled to take place at the Shelly Bay MarketPlace has been cancelled. Individuals who had scheduled an appointment for today are invited to call the Covid-19 hotline at 444-2498 to reschedule. Fri, 03 Jul 2020 13:14:00 EST Theatre Boycott celebration 'a success' A celebration to mark the 61st anniversary of the end of the Theatre Boycott was a success despite grey skies and some rain, the event organiser said.Glenn Fubler, the president of community group Imagine Bermuda, said yesterday's ceremony at Hamilton City Hall saw dozens of people come out to recognise the watershed 1959 civil rights... Fri, 03 Jul 2020 13:03:00 EST Warning on thefts through social media sales An increase in the number of thefts today sparked a police warning to beware of sales carried out over social media channels.Police said people who had posted items for sale on social media have had their items taken without payment after they met a bogus buyer to complete the sale.A spokesman added there had also been cases where... Fri, 03 Jul 2020 12:40:00 EST Bermuda College set to reopen Bermuda College re-opens its campus on Monday, July 6, to non-teaching employees and the general public, with a significantly modified environment that prioritises the prevention of Coronavirus spread. All staff, visitors and vendors will undergo mandatory temperature checks, be required to wear facial coverings or masks, and... Fri, 03 Jul 2020 11:48:00 EST Survey finds widespread support for police Public confidence in the police service is at its highest for more than a decade, it was revealed yesterday.A survey showed that overall satisfaction with police performance had jumped from 58 per cent in the first quarter of this year to 75 per cent in the second quarter.Commissioner of Police Stephen Corbishley said the increase... Fri, 03 Jul 2020 11:31:00 EST Roadworks in Hamilton Parish Roadworks will continue in Hamilton Parish in the coming weeks.The Ministry of Public Works issued statements advising of work on North Shore Road and in the area of Harrington Sound Road:<b>North Shore Road</b>The Ministry of Public Works wishes to inform motorists that North Shore Road near Shelly Bay Beach in... Fri, 03 Jul 2020 09:51:00 EST The pandemic and policing The impact of Covid-19, globally and locally, and in particular the escalation of multiple social, economic and mental issues associated with the pandemic, cannot be underestimated. However, let me be truly clear, Covid-19 was not the catalyst for the escalation of the issues that plague our society. The reality is that the pandemic has... Fri, 03 Jul 2020 07:00:00 EST Chardonnay back in demand on island This week, I had a chat with two of the staff at our store on Harbour Road in Paget because I wanted to get a feel for any changes in wine-buying patterns. One of them told me that chardonnay has been more in demand, starting about six months ago. The other stated the rather obvious, and that is that folks are now also including... Fri, 03 Jul 2020 07:00:00 EST House preview: big day for legislation Legislation to give businesses more time before they have to make laid-off staff redundant will be debated in the House of Assembly today.The Employment Amendment Act 2020 will maintain the requirement for employees laid off for more than four months to be made redundant and paid severance. But the three months from April 1 to June 30... Fri, 03 Jul 2020 07:00:00 EST Kevin Maybury, July 3, 2020 Fri, 03 Jul 2020 07:00:00 EST Cousins charged over RBR checkpoint crash Two men appeared in Magistrates' Court yesterday charged in connection with a crash at a Royal Bermuda Regiment checkpoint that injured two soldiers, one seriously.Makhail Saltus, 26, was charged with dangerous driving and causing grievous bodily harm to Private Ndavyah Williams and an alternative charge of causing grievous bodily harm... Fri, 03 Jul 2020 07:00:00 EST Man denies charge of death by dangerous driving A man appeared in Magistrates' Court yesterday in connection with a motorcycle collision that killed another man.Ishmael Lightbourne, 40, was charged with causing the death of Shannon-Hugh Davis, 39, by driving with a dangerous drug in his system.The incident is alleged to have happened on North Shore Road in Hamilton Parish on... Fri, 03 Jul 2020 07:00:00 EST A 'partnership' that poses many questions Dear Sir,I read with interest the July 1, 2020 article in <i>The Royal Gazette</i> that Argus Insurance has purchased two medical practices, Island Health Services and the Family Practice Group. These are - I should say were - two of the larger GP offices in Bermuda and the transaction took me a bit by surprise. The... Fri, 03 Jul 2020 07:00:00 EST Warwick teen denies stealing pills, alcohol A teenager denied theft and trespassing charges yesterday.Aurelien Corona-Valett, 18, pleaded not guilty in Magistrates' Court to the theft of Adderall prescription pills and three bottles of alcohol after he trespassed at a Pembroke home.He also pleaded not guilty to an alternative charge of an attempt to enter the... Fri, 03 Jul 2020 07:00:00 EST