All Stories All Stories en-us Woman shot dead in Pembroke A murder investigation has been launched after a mother was shot and killed this morning.Stephen Corbishley, the Commissioner of Police, said that the 32-year-old woman had died after a lone gunman shot her three times after a party.He told a press conference: "Somebody damn-well knows who did this and are sat on information that... Tue, 29 Sep 2020 01:33:00 EST Children's retailer born out of lockdown Even in times of adversity entrepreneurship thrives, as is the case with the opening of a new online retailer of baby and children's items.It was during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown that Ashley Stokes decided to turn her hand at website creation, and that led to her launching Jolie Kids Bermuda.The online boutique currently... Tue, 29 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Health comes first for Brown Dennis Brown has broken his silence over his reasons for taking a "back seat" from coaching duties at Somerset Trojans.The former Somerset and Bermuda captain has revealed he was forced to hand over the reigns of the Premier Division side to his nephew, Danvers Seymour Jr, after being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and other ailments... Tue, 29 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST A fighter and survivor All Yasmin Cann really remembers is the excruciating pain.If pressed, she can tell how doctors at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital put her in the ICU and plugged her into tubes; how she was then operated on by specialist surgeons at Lahey Hospital Medical Centre - but that is only because she has heard her mother, Beverley Cann,... Tue, 29 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Party leaders in the hot seat Leaders of the island's political parties pushed messages of unity and building a better future in a pre-election forum last night.Topics covered included education, the economy, healthcare reform and the environment in panel interviews set up by Community Voices for Democracy with help from Bermuda Youth Connect.The leaders of... Tue, 29 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Leaders' forum: Burt targets full recovery by 2023 Private investment will drive many of the projects promised in the Progressive Labour Party's platform for the October 1 General Election, the Premier said last night.David Burt explained that the PLP had put together a collaborative document with input from union partners and other groups and that the island faced "a unique opportunity"... Tue, 29 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Leaders' forum: Bean champions future generations Bermuda faces a "thunderstorm", according to Marc Bean, the leader of the Free Democratic Movement, who called 2020 a "perilous time" needing steady leadership.The new party came about when David Burt, the Premier, opted to "subject Bermuda to the electoral process right in the middle of a pandemic", Mr Bean said.He said the... Tue, 29 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Bermuda to face Barbados in Gold Cup Prelims Bermuda have been drawn against Barbados in the first of their possible two-round Concacaf Gold Cup Preliminary Round matches.At the first ever Gold Cup draw conducted last night in Miami, United States, the preliminary round draws which included the 12 Concacaf Member Associations competing for the final three spots in the 16-team Group... Tue, 29 Sep 2020 10:54:00 EST Promises, promises ... Party platforms are essential documents when voters are deciding who they are going to elect in a General Election. Of course, they are not the only factor in the decision. A party's previous record and the calibre of candidates are also crucial. And, of course, platforms are also only a guide to a party's decisions, if elected, during... Tue, 29 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Leaders' forum: Cannonier reiterates growing population Bermuda must seek opportunity from the Covid-19 pandemic, the leader of the One Bermuda Alliance said last night.Craig Cannonier added that the lockdown of Bermuda's borders because of the coronavirus was a "major, major" challenge that will make progress "a tough slog".He said the One Bermuda Alliance had put in place the... Tue, 29 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST FDM platform release: immigration reform promised People who live in Bermuda for seven years would get Bermudian status or citizenship under a Free Democratic Movement government.The FDM pledged sweeping immigration reform in an attempt to increase the number of people with a stake in the future of Bermuda, as it unveiled its General Election platform last night.It said Bermudian... Tue, 29 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Bermudians join Walkers pupillage programme Bermudians Ashley Fubler and Izabella Arnold have joined the pupillage programme of Walkers Bermuda.The law firm announced that both young women will undertake training in the firm's Corporate, Finance, Funds and Insurance practice group for six months and a further six months with the Insolvency and Dispute Resolution team. Tue, 29 Sep 2020 13:25:00 EST Live: PLP press conference at 2pm The Progressive Labour Party will hold a General Election press conference today.It will take place at the party's Alaska Hall headquarters at 2pm.<i>The Royal Gazette</i> will provide a live video on this page. Tue, 29 Sep 2020 12:16:00 EST Election 2020: PLP hits back over Blakey The Progressive Labour Party branded attacks over a loan to a United States music promoter a "desperate" election attack.A party spokeswoman said Anthony Blakey, who disappeared after taking a $800,000 loan to start a music studio, had previously been involved with entertainment at the America's Cup.The spokeswoman said: "If this... Tue, 29 Sep 2020 10:26:00 EST Bean asks PLP to clarify mask-wearing policy The leader of the Free Democratic Movement asked yesterday for clarification on the Progressive Labour Party's mask-wearing policy after he was criticised for his opinion on the subject despite video footage that showed two former Cabinet ministers at an event in breach of Covid-19 regulations during the summer.Marc Bean added that fresh... Tue, 29 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST New Bermudian annuities reinsurer to form A new Bermudian company is planned to reinsure $5 billion of annuities issued by American Equity Investment Life Holding Company.Värde Partners, a hedge fund, will establish the new reinsurer.The plan is the product of a strategic partnership between American Equity, Värde and Agam Capital Management, LLC, an insurance solutions... Tue, 29 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Powell: The Spot needs youthful energy The Spot restaurant can continue its role as a Hamilton institution, but it needs youthful energy and ideas to carry it forward.Owner Thomas "Ted" Powell has put the Burnaby Street business up for sale. It has been closed since mid-March due to restrictions related to the Covid-19 pandemic.The popular eatery was established in... Tue, 29 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Plans for healthcare pushed to voters A new Progressive Labour Party administration would introduce an amended health plan after the Covid-19 pandemic impacted the island's finances, the Government said.The PLP announced in its platform last week that the programme would be launched in collaboration with the BermudaFirst advisory group and deliver access to "affordable... Tue, 29 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Dickinson and Raynor cruise to glory Stevie Dickinson and crew Micah Raynor won the Kacy Simons Memorial Regatta with a race to spare on Sunday.The Comet sailors posted three straight victories competing on the windward/leeward racecourse offshore of Mid Atlantic Boat and Sports Club, the regatta hosts, to clinch the four-race series comfortably.Maxwell Curtis Jr and... Tue, 29 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Butterfield's temporary banking centre to close Butterfield Bank's temporary banking centre at Rosebank will cease operations at the close of business on Friday.Starting from Monday, a dedicated teller will be established in the bank's Reid Street banking centre to assist senior clients and those with disabilities. The bank said clients are asked to inform the customer service... Tue, 29 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Nine in ten happy with handling of pandemic More than 90 per cent of people in a poll this year said that the Government had handled the Covid-19 crisis well.A survey by Total Research Associates and Narrative Research found that 92 per cent of the 400 people they talked to between April 22 and 29 were satisfied with the overall response to the pandemic.One third said they... Tue, 29 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Hughes leads retrocession team at PartnerRe PartnerRe has appointed Nicholas Hughes to the newly created role of head of retrocession, and made two hires to further expand its retrocession team.Mr Hughes, who joined the company in 2008, was head of global catastrophe, which included responsibility for assumed retrocession and global accounts portfolio.He will be based in... Tue, 29 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Rabain commits to signature schools for 2021 Specialist signature schools will be introduced in the 2021-22 school year, the education minister has promised.Diallo Rabain said that the Ministry of Education hoped to open two of the schools by September next year after "widespread public consultation".The move is part of a plan to phase out middle schools and replace them... Tue, 29 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Bermuda College seeking 'passionate' lecturers Bermuda College is to offer potential lecturers a chance to teach at the institution.The college will hold a teaching information webinar session as part of its faculty recruitment campaign.Phyllis Curtis-Tweed, the vice-president of academic and student affairs, said that the college wanted to give potential candidates time to... Tue, 29 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Fire service shown 'total disregard' Firefighters and emergency medical technicians feared that people could die because of a "total disregard" shown by the last Progressive Labour Party administration, it was claimed yesterday.A source close to Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service employees said: "The facts are that expired equipment, broken vehicles and mental burnout will... Mon, 28 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Ignite Bermuda sparks entrepreneurial spirit Enthusiasm, innovation and passion for entrepreneurship were evident as the third cohort on the Ignite Bermuda business accelerator programme laid out their stall in a fascinating pitch contest.Participants had the opportunity to present their enterprise idea to a panel of judges, and their fellow Ignite colleagues - but they had to do... Mon, 28 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Resurgent Augustus seals title Daniel Augustus produced one of the most stunning comebacks in local golf history to capture a maiden Johnnie Walker Classic title at Ocean View yesterday.The 33-year-old Ocean View professional rallied from a seven-shot deficit during the final round to finish five shots clear of the rest of the field at four-under-par... Mon, 28 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Teen Haven struggles on through pandemic Throughout shelter-in-place, the calls to Teen Haven from women with children and nowhere to turn kept coming. It broke Michelle Wade's heart.A few years ago, with charitable donations falling, the Happy Valley Road facility reduced the number of rooms from eight to four and gave up some of its office space. "We always have... Mon, 28 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Election 2020: OBA platform a 'social contract' with Bermuda The One Bermuda Alliance has revealed its "social contract" with the island - and said it was something "all Bermudians can believe in".A message from Craig Cannonier, the party's leader, told the public the election platform was "a reflection of your concerns and needs and what is best for Bermuda".He added: "It represents our... Mon, 28 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST OBA calls for answers on 'dodgy-looking' loan A One Bermuda Alliance politician asked yesterday what security was put up by an American music promoter who received an $800,000 government loan to set up a recording studio in Dockyard.Patricia Gordon-Pamplin claimed the deal, agreed in April 2018, was "dodgy-looking" and raised more questions than answers.The OBA's finance... Mon, 28 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST First US presidential debate - tonight live! <i>The Royal Gazette</i>, in conjunction with The Washington Post News Service and Bloomberg News will be offering <i>The Washington Post</i>'s livestream programming of the presidential and vice-presidential debates.President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden will meet on stage tonight at Case Western... Mon, 28 Sep 2020 13:33:00 EST Creating change through sport Fifty years ago this week, eight other women and I stood up for pay equity and gender equality in tennis. In 1970, professionals had been allowed to play in grand-slam tournaments for only a couple of years. Prize money for male and female tournament winners was wildly uneven, and there were many fewer events for female athletes.To... Mon, 28 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Simmons-Wade prioritises social justice and health Social justice and the health of Bermudians are two of the key priorities in Ianthia Simmons-Wade's General Election campaign.Ms Simmons-Wade, appointed a government senator last December, is running in Warwick North East against the One Bermuda Alliance's Jon Brunson. The seat was won by Curtis Dickinson, now the Minister of... Mon, 28 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST PLP rejects independence claim A Progressive Labour Party candidate today accused the leader of the One Bermuda Alliance of spreading misinformation after he claimed the Premier asked for his support on independence for Bermuda.Lindsay Simmons said that Craig Cannonier, her opponent for the Devonshire South Central seat in the General Election on Thursday, made "wild... Mon, 28 Sep 2020 09:36:00 EST OBA: we can rebuild economy again The leader of the One Bermuda Alliance today claimed his party could attract investment to reignite the economy if successful at the General Election on Thursday.Craig Cannonier said at a press conference the party fuelled the island's economic recovery during their last time in office and could do it again.Mr Cannonier said: "The... Mon, 28 Sep 2020 10:00:00 EST Man arrested in knifepoint sex assault case A 37-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a serious sex assault at knifepoint, police said at the weekend.Detective Superintendent Nicholas Pedro added that police had not ruled out more victims.The attack on a 31-year-old woman as she walked to work at about 6.30am last Sunday happened at the junction of Fairylands... Mon, 28 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Brunson believes 'disquiet is boiling' The former head of a child protection charity turned political hopeful has appealed to voters to consider the number of candidates standing against the Progressive Labour Party in this week's General Election.Jon Brunson, who is to contest a Warwick seat for the One Bermuda Alliance, said the 50 candidates - 31 One Bermuda Alliance, 14... Mon, 28 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Spectators allowed to attend golf tournament Spectators will be allowed to attend the second annual PGA Tour Bermuda Championship at Port Royal Golf Course, organisers have confirmed.It was announced at a press conference at Port Royal today that the PGA Tour and Bermuda Government have jointly granted permission for a limited number of general admission spectators per day for the... Mon, 28 Sep 2020 18:35:00 EST Government announces 2020 scholarships The Ministry of Education has announced the recipients of the 2020 Bermuda Government Scholarships and Awards.Each year, the grants go to Bermudian students pursuing higher education - with a new award, the Bermuda College Promise Programme, created last year for students graduating from public schools.To date, 70 students have... Mon, 28 Sep 2020 18:32:00 EST Bus detours in Smith's, Hamilton Parish The Department of Public Transportation (DPT) would like to advise the public that there are currently detours in effect on Harrington Sound Road, between Devil's Hole Hill (Smith's parish) and Paynter's Road (Hamilton parish), for route 3 buses.This is as a safety precaution, due to the road width being narrowed by roadwork along... Mon, 28 Sep 2020 18:17:00 EST Horan helps Associates claim dramatic win Dave Horan broke Tuff Dogs' hearts for the second successive season by dramatically hitting a boundary off the final ball to lift The Associates to victory in an Evening Cricket League knockout match.Last season, with his team needing five to prevail, Horan struck a six to win the final at Somerset Cricket Club.On Saturday at... Mon, 28 Sep 2020 12:21:00 EST Somers shares up 7.7% Two-hundred shares of Somers Limited traded on The Royal Gazette/BSX Index. The shares improved $1, or 7.7 per cent, to close at $14.On the New York Stock Exchange, shares of Butterfield Bank were up 75 cents, or 3.43 per cent, at $22.61.The Royal Gazette/BSX Index was up 6.65 points, or 0.38 per cent, at 1,738.55, while the BSX... Mon, 28 Sep 2020 17:09:00 EST More than 1,200 Covid-19 negative results No new cases of the coronavirus were detected after the Ministry of Health received 1,232 test results today.Bermuda has had 181 cases - aged from 9 to 101 - and five are active, although none is in hospital.Nine people with Covid-19 have died and 167 people have recovered from the coronavirus.Of all the cases on the... Mon, 28 Sep 2020 16:04:00 EST Guernsey Island Games falls victim to Covid-19 The International Island Games Association has been forced to postpone next summer's NatWest International Island Games in Guernsey because of Covid-19.The announcement was made Jorgen Pettersson, chair of the IIGA, at the association's virtual annual meeting at the weekend.The multi-sport event for small islands was due to be... Mon, 28 Sep 2020 14:13:00 EST Roban attacks Bean for 'dangerous' anti-mask stance Walter Roban, the Deputy Premier, has branded the Free Democratic Movement's stance on wearing face masks during the Covid-19 pandemic as "dangerous".He was speaking after Marc Bean, the leader of the new political party, was interviewed by Trevor Lindsay on TNN on Friday morning. During that interview, Mr Bean said that had he... Mon, 28 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Recruit Camp spots available A total of seven spots are available for the Royal Bermuda Regiment's Recruit Camp next month.Major Duncan Simons, the RBR's career management officer, said there was still time to grab a place to train for "the best second job in Bermuda".He added that recruit numbers were restricted to 40 because of strict coronavirus safety... Mon, 28 Sep 2020 11:44:00 EST Bus kiosk reopens The Department of Public Transportation (DPT) can confirm that the Central Bus Terminal kiosk resumed normal operations on Friday, September 25th, after being temporarily closed from 4pm Thursday, September 24th.DPT thanks the public for their patience and understanding.• <i>Press release from the Department of Public... Mon, 28 Sep 2020 11:30:00 EST PLP supporters urged to get out and vote David Burt insisted that Bermuda cannot take Bermuda to independence without a referendum.The Premier was speaking at a motorcade and drive-in General Election rally held by the Progressive Labour Party on Saturday evening.It came a day after Opposition leader Craig Cannonier claimed that the Premier had asked him whether the One... Mon, 28 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST What you should know about international business Dear Sir,As a former expatriate resident in Bermuda, I do not have a vote in the upcoming election, and neither would I wish to influence any Bermuda voters.I do, however, have a very strong liking and loyalty towards Bermuda and Bermudians. So I would like to relate something that happened to me some years ago that I feel is... Mon, 28 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST The Spot restaurant for sale A restaurant that has been a popular venue in the centre of Hamilton for 50 years has been put on sale.The Spot, on Burnaby Street, was established in 1945 and has been owned by Thomas "Ted" Powell since 1971.The eatery closed in mid-March because of restrictions related to the Covid-19 pandemic, however in July, Mr Powell said he... Mon, 28 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Sharrieff-Hayward snatches winner for Trojans <b>Devonshire Colts 1 Somerset Trojans 2</b>Somerset Trojans snatched all three points with a dramatic winner from Khiari Sharrieff-Hayward four minutes into stoppage time as newly-promoted Devonshire Colts were left to wonder how they departed from the National Stadium empty-handed yesterday. Colts, who dominated the... Mon, 28 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST AFG agrees sale of Neon American Financial Group Inc has reached a definitive agreement to sell GAI Holding Bermuda and its subsidiaries, which comprise the legal entities that own its Lloyd's of London insurer, Neon, to RiverStone Holdings Limited.When the transaction is done it will complete AFG's exit from the Lloyd's of London insurance market.Neon... Mon, 28 Sep 2020 13:29:00 EST Smith-DeShields sees off St George's <b>North Village 1 St George's 0</b>North Village picked up their first win of the season against newly promoted St Georges at Bernard's Park yesterday. Jaizel Smith-Deshields, Village's top scorer last season, opened up his account midway through the second half to ensure his team walked away with maximum... Mon, 28 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Reinsurers' uncertainty on Covid-19 losses Reinsurance companies were hit financially on both sides of their balance sheets because of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.And there continues to be "significant uncertainty around the ultimate extent and distribution of Covid-19-related losses across the industry", according to global professional services firm... Mon, 28 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Rangers ease past X-Roads <b>X-Roads 0 Southampton Rangers 2</b>Southampton Rangers' journey to the East End was not in vain as they outplayed X-Roads to win 2-0 at Garrison Field yesterday. Maquel Nisbett-Tankard and Quadir Maynard converted either side of the break to give Rangers a comfortable win and start their league campaign off on a... Mon, 28 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST International Right to Know Day An international day designed to highlight the public's right to access government information is to be marked today.Gitanjali Gutierrez, the Information Commissioner, will deliver an International Right to Know Day declaration as part of the Information Commissioner's Office commemoration.A spokeswoman for the ICO said: "This... Mon, 28 Sep 2020 07:08:00 EST Goater steals the show as Hood run riot <b>PHC Zebras 1 Robin Hood 6</b>Tomiko Goater stole the limelight as Robin Hood stunned PHC Zebras in the opening round of Premier Division matches at PHC Field yesterday. The match started with a very high tempo, and the home side opened the scoring in the eighth minute with a lovely finish by Shakori Trott, placing... Mon, 28 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Police: stay away from cliff-side property The Commissioner of Police has appealed to sightseers to stay away from a house near a cliff damaged during hurricane force weather.Stephen Corbishley wrote on his Facebook page that the family had asked people to refrain from visiting.Mr Corbishley, who did not reveal the home's location, told the public: "I suspect many of you... Mon, 28 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Bars allowed open until 2am Bars and clubs are now allowed to stay open until 2am.The hours were extended from midnight under changes to the public health regulations made last Friday and published in the <i>Official Gazette</i>.A government spokeswoman said the changes came into force on Friday night.Commissioner of Police Stephen... Mon, 28 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Retail sales fall 15% in May Retail sales volume in May was down 15 per cent year-on-year. The drop largely reflected the impact of Covid-19 safety restrictions that month, which included curfew hours and kerbside pick up sales for some businesses.In value terms, retail sales fell 13.9 per cent to an estimated $86.4 millionWayne Furbert, Minister for the... Sun, 27 Sep 2020 18:41:00 EST