All Stories All Stories en-us Ukrainian sailor given refuge A solo sailor stranded in Bermuda after he ran aground off the island on his way to a new life in the Caribbean is being helped to get back to sea. Valery Ivantsov, who fled from war-torn eastern Ukraine, was denied refugee status in Canada this summer and decided to seek a new life on the French territory of Saint Martin. But six. .. Sat, 18 Aug 2018 08:00:00 EST Evaluating retirement annuity choices This weeks article is part of the Bermuda Realistic Retirement Reviewer series, which is featured on the third Saturday of each month. A reader from Bermuda writes Gettin ready to retire from my job. Have some money saved hope it lasts! Ive also got some pension money with one of the local pension providers. I understand. .. Sat, 18 Aug 2018 08:00:00 EST Jackson on double duty for Cleveland Cleveland County have made two changes to the team who shocked Baileys Bay in the first round of the Eastern Counties Cup last month, strengthening their batting with the surprise inclusion of coach Curtis Jackson. All-rounder Jabari Darrell has been named as a colt for the second-round clash against Flatts Victoria at Sea Breeze Oval. .. Sat, 18 Aug 2018 08:00:00 EST Witnessing discipleship at Word of Life camp Twin sisters Tejah and Tang Bean can attest theres a lot to do at Word of Life summer camp. From tubing and cliff jumping to canoeing, arts and crafts, swimming, rock climbing and games, there was never a dull moment for the girls at the weeklong programme. Still, the 11-year-olds admit the best thing to come from the experience was, in. .. Sat, 18 Aug 2018 08:00:00 EST Sex assault survivor Bermuda has to know A brave survivor of child sex abuse said yesterday she had to face in court the man who violated her almost 50 years ago. The woman said I had to do that. I had to be in court. She was speaking after Bernard Marshall, now 72, was jailed for four months for a sex assault on the woman sometime in the early 1970s. Marshall,. .. Sat, 18 Aug 2018 08:00:00 EST Birder Dobson bids farewell Bermuda must do more to protect its environment, former Audubon Society president Andrew Dobson said yesterday. Mr Dobson, who is to retire to Britain after nearly 30 years on the island, said Bermuda had to introduce policies to tackle introduced species, ban plastic bags and safeguard the islands natural resources. He said. .. Sat, 18 Aug 2018 08:00:00 EST Sucker fish latches on to swimmer A woman swimmer was chased by a three-foot-long sucker fish for an hour in a bizarre game of tag that left her with a bite on her toe. Rachel Ann Garbett said the remora fish stalked her as she swam from a boat in the waters off Admiralty Park House in Pembroke and she was forced to take refuge on another boat. Ms Garbett, 35, told. .. Sat, 18 Aug 2018 08:00:00 EST Senate Job hopes over Grand Atlantic plan The conversion of a failed condominium complex into a hotel will create at least 80 jobs, the Senate heard yesterday. The comment came during debate on the Bermuda Housing Amendment Act 2018. The legislation exempts the Bermuda Housing Corporation from stamp duty and land tax for the conversion of the Grand Atlantic complex in. .. Sat, 18 Aug 2018 08:00:00 EST Glorifying in the whip hand when whips should be in our past I recall one evening, somewhere around 1968, being shocked out of my boots at a political rally at Devonshire Recreation Club when Arthur Hodgson said in a speech with his bellowing deep voice The objective in politics is to gain power. He said it with resonance, and the comments then were crude and cut through all my noble ideas of. .. Sat, 18 Aug 2018 08:00:00 EST Flawed argument for independence Dear Sir,I write in response to a recently published letter written by Raymond Russell which was titled The possibilities if we go it alone. I have known Mr Russell for many years and have had many conversations about Bermuda with him. I have always respected his opinion, but in this case I must write to correct inaccuracies in. .. Sat, 18 Aug 2018 08:00:00 EST Meeting for input on Hamilton governance A town hall meeting is set for Wednesday to give Hamilton stakeholders their say on the best ways to build up municipal governance. The meeting has been called by the Ministry of Home Affairs, with an invitation to city residents, property-owners and any other interested parties, a spokeswoman said. It follows a meeting in May for. .. Sat, 18 Aug 2018 08:00:00 EST A cultural death at Shelly Bay ltigtMy garden is filled with papayas and mangos My life is a mixture of reggaes and tangos From under my lone palm I can look out on the dayltigt ltbgt Jimmy Buffett, ltigtLone Palmltigt, 1994. ltbgtSurely the latest happenings at Shelly Bay must be keeping the incumbents of the House of Assembly awake,. .. Sat, 18 Aug 2018 08:00:00 EST Tylenol thief jailed for four months A homeless man was sentenced to a total of four months in jail after he admitted theft and trespassing charges yesterday. Terrence Parsons, 50, pleaded guilty to two counts of theft and trespassing with intent to steal. Magistrates Court heard that Parsons went into the Peoples Pharmacy, on Hamiltons Victoria Street, earlier this. .. Sat, 18 Aug 2018 08:00:00 EST New breathalysers en route from Britain Random roadside breath test checkpoints have been delayed because handheld breathalysers have still to arrive on the island it has been revealed. Legislation to set up the checkpoints was approved more than four weeks ago, but the measure designed to cut the grim toll of death and injury on the islands roads has still to be used. A. .. Sat, 18 Aug 2018 08:00:00 EST Robinson and Co ready for Pan Am qualifiers Laura Robinson is eager to get to the Cayman Islands as part of a very solid Bermuda squash team for the Pan American Games qualifiers, which begin a week tomorrow. Robinson, the 2012 national champion, is joined by Emma Keane who, like Robinson, is a former Caribbean Junior champion and Alex Furtado, who has recently returned to. .. Sat, 18 Aug 2018 08:00:00 EST A belated thank-you Dear Sir,To the unknown lady who found our lost dog at Somerset Bridge on Monday July 23 and kindly took him to Ettrick Animal Hospital in Warwick thank you, thank you, thank you. ltbgtTHE GALLOWAYS Middle RoadSomerset Bridgeltblt Sat, 18 Aug 2018 08:00:00 EST ?Join Allen Temple for an evening cruise ltbgtTODAY Allen Temple AME Churchltbgt All are welcome to join our family cruise. MV Destiny will leave Albouys Point at 4pm. Tickets are 45 for adults, 20 for children under 12. A meal and entertainment are included. Contact 234-0433 or allentemplenorthrock. bm. ltbgtSEPTEMBER 1 Bright Templeltbgt. .. Sat, 18 Aug 2018 08:00:00 EST Financial worry shows need to communicate Dear Dave,My wife and I are not on the same page when it comes to money and our two teenage daughters. I think they should be learning the value of work and money, but she doesnt want them to work. She regularly hands them spending money and buys them expensive gifts. I want our girls to have some nice things, but this is starting to. .. Sat, 18 Aug 2018 08:00:00 EST Writer not representative of Jamaican Association The Jamaican Association has distanced itself from comments made by a former president who claimed the Premiers calls to put Bermudians first were an insult to immigrants to the island. Orville Campbell said David Burt should acknowledge the great injustice suffered by Jamaicans who helped to build the country he leads. But. .. Sat, 18 Aug 2018 08:00:00 EST Jones completes gruelling race Bermudian Jonah Jones has completed the Transcontinental Bike Race in Europe, one of the most gruelling amateur bike races in the world. The self-supported event calls for the riders to plot and support their own way across several countries, from Geraardsbergen, Belgium to the finish in Meteora, Greece, passing through four. .. Sat, 18 Aug 2018 08:00:00 EST Club doing its best to keep interest alive Despite the summer lull, the Bridge Club is doing well to keep things moving and make sure there are things to do for the members. The Summer Party was a great success see the pictures on the website, a youth group of 16 are travelling to the Atlanta Nationals chaperoned by Lorna Anderson, Kalreta Conyers-Steede, John Burville and Mike. .. Sat, 18 Aug 2018 08:00:00 EST Zumba class to raise funds for charity today A Zumba master class held at gym The Athletic Club is to raise funds to improve the environment. Elizabeth Lira, organiser of the event, said the money will be donated to charity Keep Bermuda Beautiful. She explained We see how beautiful Bermuda beaches are, how can they be damaged, the impact that this damage can have for all of. .. Sat, 18 Aug 2018 08:00:00 EST Another first-ball duck for Rawlins Delray Rawlins fell for a second first-ball duck for the second straight day as Sussex Sharks beat Middlesex by 31 runs in a Vitality Blast T20 match at the 1st Central County Ground in Hove yesterday. The victory secures a quarter-final match-up away to Durham on Friday. Rawlins, who was dismissed first ball on Thursday against. .. Sat, 18 Aug 2018 08:00:00 EST The heat is on, so back to the grind It is so hot that even the fish seem to be taking a bit of a break. With the foreign marlin fleet almost completely departed, the thought of trolling in air conditions is largely out of style and it is back to the old hot and sweaty grind. The trolling is exceptionally slow, and while that is normal for this time of the year, many pros. .. Sat, 18 Aug 2018 08:00:00 EST Sport Scoreboard, August 18, 2018 For the latest results from Bermuda and around the world, click on the PDF link under Related Media Sat, 18 Aug 2018 08:00:00 EST Trash pile-up leads to rats in St Georges A pile of trash left uncollected in St Georges led to rats and a bad smell, residents have said. Neighbours in Slippery Hill said garbage bags were left uncollected since before Cup Match and were at last picked up at about 7. 45pm on Thursday. One resident said The stench has become overbearing and the rats are enjoying. .. Sat, 18 Aug 2018 08:00:00 EST Queen of Soul takes her final bow The Queen of Soul was a mesmerising artist who graced the stage in Bermuda just before she soared to international fame, an island musician said yesterday. Aretha Franklin, a multiple Grammy winner, died yesterday at her home in Detroit aged 76. But Ms Franklin was still a little-known figure in 1965 when drummer Lance Furbert opened. .. Fri, 17 Aug 2018 08:00:00 EST CEO keen to help others on career path Bermudian-based Legal amp General Reinsurance is taking an active role in helping young Bermudians learn about and potentially establish a career in the insurance sector. It is doing so through a combination of scholarship, internship and graduate recruitment opportunities. Thomas Olunloyo, chief executive officer, knows from. .. Fri, 17 Aug 2018 08:00:00 EST Bremar recognised for Cup Match discipline Steven Bremar has been awarded the Bermuda Friendly Societies Associations 15th annual Cup Match Sportsmanship Award for his deportment on his debut for Somerset. Bremar, 29, got the vote from Emmerson Carrington and Melvin Best, the two Cup Match umpires, for his response to an incident late in the second day when he urged some of the. .. Fri, 17 Aug 2018 08:00:00 EST Designer Dill uses Bermuda inspiration Channing Dill always dreamt of becoming a fashion designer, and even started her own line Native By Channing Elizabeth. Still, for a long time, she didnt put her work out there. It was too hard to imagine people buying any of it. I would make things and be excited about it, and think, this is my line, she said. But the idea. .. Fri, 17 Aug 2018 08:00:00 EST Armed robbery at Oleander Cycles A knife-wielding robber stole a chain from around the neck of a staff member at a livery cycle business yesterday. Police said a man went into Oleander Cycles in Southampton, near The Reefs hotel, and threatened an employee with a knife before a scuffle broke out. The attacker grabbed a 30-inch chain from around the victims neck. .. Fri, 17 Aug 2018 08:00:00 EST New womens talk show launched A new all-women talk show is to air controversial topics, including a hard-hitting discussion on same-sex marriage. The discussion, already filmed and due to air next month, featured Linda Bogle-Mienzer for same-sex marriage and Maria Seaman, a pastor and opponent. Lamone Woods, executive producer and technical director of ltigtThe. .. Fri, 17 Aug 2018 08:00:00 EST Im fighting for my children, not for me A senior has been dealt another blow in her legal effort to halt the sale of a family home. Elaine Charles had applied to stay the court-ordered sale of a cottage left to her by her mother, to pay legal fees over a longstanding family dispute over another house. But Puisne Judge Shade Subair dismissed the application yesterday after. .. Fri, 17 Aug 2018 08:00:00 EST Bermudas childcare system... and how it can improve Imagine the first day of daycare for a 12-week-old infant. Leading up to that moment, the parents have interviewed the childcare provider, conducted an in-person site visit at the daycare location, asked questions about sleeping arrangements and feeding, and asked for referrals from other parents. Bottles have been prepared, the diaper bag has. .. Fri, 17 Aug 2018 08:00:00 EST OBA seeks reality check on entrepreneurship The Governments change of heart on plans for concessions at Shelly Bay flies in the face of its promise to back local businesses, the shadow tourism minister said yesterday. Leah Scott said The Progressive Labour Party government is promoting entrepreneurship and they are creating all these opportunities you cant complain on the. .. Fri, 17 Aug 2018 08:00:00 EST Digging deeper into legend of Somers ltigtOld pirates, yes, they rob ISold I to the merchant ships . .. ltigt Bob MarleyAs someone who has studied many facets of history, there is something extremely wrong when grown persons attempt to rewrite historic facts. A prime example is the following message Cup Match is an event which marks. .. Fri, 17 Aug 2018 08:00:00 EST Butterfield shares edge up on NYSE Shares of Butterfield Bank improved by three cents, or 0. 06 per cent, to 53. 43 on the New York Stock Exchange. Meanwhile, The Royal GazetteBSX Index was unchanged at 2,930. 93 after a day without any trades. Fri, 17 Aug 2018 17:37:00 EST Third consecutive drop in retail sales Without the economic boost provided last year during the run-up to the Americas Cup, retail sales fell in May the third consecutive month that year-on-year numbers have dropped. The volume of retail sales was down 4. 4 per cent after adjusting for the retail sales rate of inflation of 2. 7 per cent. In dollar terms the value of. .. Fri, 17 Aug 2018 14:16:00 EST Hall hits maiden home run Adam Hall launched the first home run of his professional baseball career for Aberdeen Ironbirds in the minor leagues on Wednesday night. Halls big hit came in the second inning of a 5-2 win over Lowell Spinners in the New York-Penn League A Class-level baseball in front of 2,338 spectators at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen,. .. Fri, 17 Aug 2018 08:00:00 EST Back to School drive under way A back to school uniform and supplies drive is being organised by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Hamilton. The public has been asked to donate uniforms, shoes, sneakers and socks for schoolchildren of all ages to the appeal, set up by the Bermuda Government and the Coalition for the Protection of Children. The Department of. .. Fri, 17 Aug 2018 08:00:00 EST Englands elite slow to embrace games future This summers World Cup has rightly been lauded as a huge success and a key component was the introduction of the video assistant referee. With goalline technology introduced and disputes over offside decisions effectively made redundant, the only noticeable difference was a spike in the number of penalties. There were 29 spot kicks. .. Fri, 17 Aug 2018 08:00:00 EST St Davids begin title defence St Davids begin the defence of their Twenty20 title when they play at two grounds on Sunday during a full round of matches in the end-of-season competition. St Davids, aiming to follow on their victory over Southampton Rangers in the inaugural Premier Division Champions Cup last weekend, visit Rangers at 11am before travelling to face. .. Fri, 17 Aug 2018 08:00:00 EST Raspberry and vanilla chia seed jam Week two of Natural Kids and this time weve got CrossFit Kids going on in the background. Derek Hurdle is putting 25 children through their paces with Moby playing along. There are cues in the song for different exercises. Its a little bit like a drinking game, just nowhere near as fun haha sorry Derek! Actually, the children are. .. Fri, 17 Aug 2018 08:00:00 EST Surfing challenge at Front Street store Astwood Dickinson will host a weeklong Surf Simulation Challenge to launch its new TAG Heuer shop-in-shop. The Surf Simulation Challenge is a virtual reality game specially designed by TAG Heuer, the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer. People will receive the opportunity to play the game and win prizes, said Kelsea Williams, creative. .. Fri, 17 Aug 2018 08:00:00 EST Expert use inhalers before school starts Schoolchildren with asthma should start using their inhalers before the start of the new school term, a charity has warned. Open Airways cofounder Liz Boden said exposure to mould and viruses in schools was responsible for a sharp rise in asthma during the second and third week of term. She said The peak asthma time tends to be in. .. Fri, 17 Aug 2018 08:00:00 EST A casual conversation The scene A husband and wife are sitting on their porch chatting about their wine and food requirements for the week. Wife I am thinking that chardonnay would be perfect with fruited curry-chicken salad for Monday evening. Husband I get plenty of the polyphenol known as catechin in my cups of tea, but it is a fact that. .. Fri, 17 Aug 2018 08:00:00 EST SP outlook improves for Argo Group US Argo Group US Inc and its subsidiaries have had their outlook revised to positive from stable by SampP Global Ratings. The companies are part of Bermudian-based Argo Group Holdings Ltd. SampP Global Ratings affirmed its BBB- long-term issuer credit rating on Argo Group US and its A- long-term financial strength and issuer. .. Fri, 17 Aug 2018 08:00:00 EST Bermudian seeks to build a school in Thailand A Bermudian man has dedicated his life to helping the impoverished in Thailand. Keith Stuart, with Thai wife Pui, has founded churches, helped feed and educate the poor and offered shelter to children in need, many of whom have gone on to have families of their own. Now the 61-year-old, who has spent the past six months in Bermuda. .. Fri, 17 Aug 2018 08:00:00 EST Brock battling an aggressive cancer Marvin Brocks life was turned upside down this year when he found out he had stage four prostate cancer after a gallbladder surgery. Mr Brock, who spent years battling to save his sons life with the help of strangers, was forced to appeal for assistance again to save his own life. He also turned to Chinese medicine to fight the disease,. .. Fri, 17 Aug 2018 08:00:00 EST Sport Scoreboard, August 17, 2018 For the latest results from Bermuda and around the world, click on the PDF link under Related Media Fri, 17 Aug 2018 08:00:00 EST Senate Pledge over workers development Better contacts between industry and the Government will mimprove opportunities for the islands workforce, the Upper House was told yesterday. Jason Hayward, a Progressive Labour Party senator, said that the engagement of employers and industry was fundamental to building a skilled and qualified pipeline for Bermudas workforce. Fri, 17 Aug 2018 08:00:00 EST New regulations will help safeguard children New regulations to better protect the rights of children are being finalised, senators heard yesterday. Kathy Lynn Simmons, the Attorney-General, said that the move would enhance the effectiveness of the National Child Safeguarding Committee. She added that since its creation in 2016 the committee has developed protocols, goals. .. Fri, 17 Aug 2018 08:00:00 EST Castration seen as paedophile fix Chemical castration should be considered for paedophiles to take the urge away, a former government minister has said. Zane DeSilva, a Progressive Labour Party backbencher, added If you can stop a paedophile from offending a young child I will agree to anything. You might get the human rights groups who will have a lot to say,. .. Thu, 16 Aug 2018 08:00:00 EST College sees digital age learning advancing Bermuda College is offering a convenient way to boost your professional skill set in the digital age by providing short online professional development certificates. The college has seen online cources become increasingly popular with locals. It has been offering the courses for about four years after conducting a survey involving local. .. Thu, 16 Aug 2018 08:00:00 EST Complacency is Clevelands biggest enemy, says Smith If Flatts win over Cleveland County is a timely boost for the Eastern Counties Cup challengers, then it was also a reminder about complacency for the holders ahead of the second round at Sea Breeze Oval on Saturday. Flatts shocked Cleveland to win the inaugural One First Division Championship Cup between the two promoted sides, with. .. Thu, 16 Aug 2018 08:00:00 EST Taking the perfect photograph Its not easy taking photos of complete strangers. First you have to get their attention, then you have to get them to agree to be photographed. Oleira Whitfield and 68 other students in the Bermuda National Gallerys I AM Beautiful project managed it last month in Kings Square in St George. It wasnt easy, said Oleira,. .. Thu, 16 Aug 2018 08:00:00 EST Progress towards a living wage The recommendation to implement a minimum wage and establish a Wage Commission to determine a living-wage standard is a significant step in the right direction. These interventions in our society will undoubtedly improve the lives of many workers in this country. The Bermuda Public Services Union applauds the work done thus far to. .. Thu, 16 Aug 2018 08:00:00 EST Pension fund will run out by 2049 The management of Bermudas pension fund must be improved and the Government should take immediate action to get its annual accounts up to date. Legislators were also asked to implement a string of proposals first put forward by spending experts more than four years ago. The calls came in the latest report by Heather Thomas, the. .. Thu, 16 Aug 2018 08:00:00 EST Bermuda for Bermudians isolates the rest of us Dear Sir,Please allow me the space to share my views on your recent article published on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, titled Governor researches case of jailed pastor. The article was very interesting to me, as it brought to life two important issues, one of which I am very troubled by. For one, the article seems to have conveyed how. .. Thu, 16 Aug 2018 08:00:00 EST Somersfields Year In Review 2017 2018 During the summer holidays, Young Observer will feature highlights of the past academic year. This week we salute Somersfield Academy. Thu, 16 Aug 2018 08:00:00 EST