All Stories All Stories en-us Caines, DeSilva quit Cabinet over party row The under fire national security minister and tourism and transport minister tonight quit their jobs over a weekend party at a plush restaurant that breached Covid-19 regulations.Wayne Caines, the national security minister, and Zane DeSilva, the tourism and transport minister, left the Cabinet after they accepted an "invitation to... Mon, 06 Jul 2020 22:13:00 EST Government urged to renegotiate Caroline Bay Morgan's Point developer Craig Christensen has urged the Government to return to the table to hash out a solution to the failed Caroline Bay project and has named an investor willing to lend $250 million to make it happen.Mr Christensen told <i>The Royal Gazette</i> he was "extending an olive branch" to the country's leaders... Mon, 06 Jul 2020 07:00:00 EST 'Irresponsible' merger concerns health council Disparities in health options between the rich and poor could be widened by a merger involving a major insurer and two medical practices, the health watchdog's chief executive warned.Ricky Brathwaite, head of the Bermuda Health Council, said Argus Group Holdings Ltd's acquisition of Island Health Services and the Family Practice Group... Mon, 06 Jul 2020 07:00:00 EST Delivering midwifery to women of the world Pandora Hardtman left Bermuda in 2002, tired of fighting to have her skills as a midwife recognised by medical professionals here. It is a career move she has never regretted. In the years since, she has travelled the world as a midwifery specialist, leading the way in Syria, Nigeria, Rwanda and Bangladesh. Last month, she was... Mon, 06 Jul 2020 07:00:00 EST Gosling refuses to take city reform lying down The Mayor of Hamilton vowed to go to court yesterday over the Government's intention to do away with the corporations of Hamilton and St George.Charles Gosling said the city authority was "not going to take this lying down".Mr Gosling threw down the gauntlet after a ministerial statement on Friday by Lieutenant-Colonel David... Mon, 06 Jul 2020 07:00:00 EST MPs approve new rules for casino fees Casino fees could be waived or deferred in exceptional circumstances in amended regulations approved by the House of Assembly.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... Mon, 06 Jul 2020 07:00:00 EST Winning night for Spirit of Bermuda The Covid-19 crisis made this year a difficult one for the Bermuda Sloop Foundation.The charity still had cause to cheer at its awards ceremony last night in Dockyard for students who excelled on its training vessel <i>Spirit of Bermuda</i>.Mechanical issues with the traditional Bermuda sloop also meant that 11 voyages... Mon, 06 Jul 2020 07:00:00 EST Blu addresses health lapse at party Blu Bar and Grill issued an apology for a lapse in social distancing filmed at a Friday night fundraiser.Blu, at Belmont Drive in Warwick, said it would close for two days to train staff in guidelines for protection against the Covid-19 pandemic.It came in the wake of videos showing revellers appearing to break social distancing... Mon, 06 Jul 2020 17:16:00 EST City's tribute to acting great Cameron Past coverage of acting legend Earl Cameron will be shown on the Government television channel throughout the next week.The channel will air three featured programmes until Sunday to honour Mr Cameron, one of the first black performers to break into mainstream British entertainment, who died last Friday.<i>Filmmaker's... Mon, 06 Jul 2020 11:48:00 EST Deal or no deal: a health perspective For the Bermuda Health Council, the news last week of Argus buying Island Health Services and the Family Practice Group was akin to an insurance company in the United States purchasing medical practices that accounted for 100 million Americans - and the entity charged with overseeing the country's health system being none the wiser.This... Mon, 06 Jul 2020 07:00:00 EST Meeting on the future of hotel industry A meeting with hotel employees and employers to discuss the future of industry in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis is to be held, the labour minister announced.Jason Hayward said the meeting would be the first for the national tripartite social dialogue meeting, to be held on Friday, would be the first focused on the industry. Mr... Mon, 06 Jul 2020 07:00:00 EST #ChooseBDA launches community video The digital campaign #ChooseBDA has created a video featuring island personalities to encourage resident to buy locally.Participants include a police officer, a nurse, business owners, an organ player, a fireman, a real estate agent and children.A spokeswoman for#ChooseBDA said: "If we all change some of our spending behaviours,... Mon, 06 Jul 2020 17:05:00 EST BTA helps retailers expand overseas reach Nearly 50 retailers have signed up for a Bermuda Tourism Authority-led campaign to help boost local retailers' sales at home and overseas.Independent Retailer Month is aimed at promoting local shops owned by a Bermudian individual, family or partnership, and not affiliated with established global brands or franchises.Glenn Jones,... Mon, 06 Jul 2020 13:18:00 EST OBA wants resignations over Blu affair The Leader of the Opposition has questioned whether David Burt, the Premier will call for the resignations of two Cabinet ministers who were filmed flouting physical distancing rules.Craig Cannonier released a statement about Zane DeSilva, tourism minister, and Wayne Caines, national security minister, who were filmed near guests of a... Mon, 06 Jul 2020 15:22:00 EST A 22-point plan to economic recovery Like most countries around the world, Bermuda has been struck by the catastrophic impact of Covid-19. We have seen lives lost and other lives compromised. From a health perspective, our recovery is admirable, with the Pan-American Health Organisation raising the island's country status from clusters of cases to "sporadic cases". Without... Mon, 06 Jul 2020 07:00:00 EST Appreciation at the start, appreciation at the end We wish to thank those who contributed to the Appreciation Celebration at City Hall last Thursday, marking the success of the 1959 Theatre Boycott.This includes Charles Gosling, the Mayor of Hamilton, and the entire Corporation of Hamilton for providing a welcoming venue.Other contributions:The Reverend Larry Dixon, the AME... Mon, 06 Jul 2020 07:00:00 EST Cabinet ministers flout Covid-19 guidelines A Warwick restaurant could be shut down after Cabinet ministers were among revellers who failed to adhere to stringent Covid-19 health guidelines at a charity bash.Short video clips making the rounds on social media showed guests dancing in proximity without face masks, including Wayne Caines, the Minister of National Security, and Zane... Mon, 06 Jul 2020 07:00:00 EST Covid-19: Tests remain clear Bermuda's run of negative Covid-19 tests continued today after 317 that came back by the Ministry of Health were all clear.The island has had 146 total confirmed cases.All have recovered and the number of people who have died remained at nine.The sources of cases were:• 42 came in from overseas• 85 were... Mon, 06 Jul 2020 18:29:00 EST Argus shares surge 9.1% Shares of Argus Group Holdings Ltd surged 9.1 per cent in Bermuda Stock Exchange trading.The insurer, which last week announced it had acquired two Bermudian medical practices, gained 21 cents on the trading of 45,700 shares.Argus was the only stock on The Royal Gazette/BSX Index, which gained 4.2 points, or 0.24 per cent, to... Mon, 06 Jul 2020 17:36:00 EST BMA update on board meetings during pandemic The Bermuda Monetary Authority says it expects registered companies in Bermuda to continue to conduct their board meetings by telephone, video conference or other virtual means, where it is not practical to meet physically due to the challenges arising from Covid-19.This guidance covers the period to the end of September.In a... Mon, 06 Jul 2020 17:10:00 EST Dementia sufferer found safe and well A dementia sufferer who went missing today has been found safe and well.Myron Bean, 84, was reported missing this afternoon.Police issued a statement shortly after 3pm to say that he had been found. Mon, 06 Jul 2020 13:52:00 EST House: support for scientist Weldon MPs defended a top Bermudian scientist leading the test programme for the coronavirus after social media posters questioned the island's run of almost two weeks without a positive result.The support came after David Burt, the Premier, said he was disappointed to have to repeatedly justify the work done for Bermuda by Carika... Mon, 06 Jul 2020 14:00:00 EST House: African studies proposal welcomed Plans to boost African studies in the public school system sparked a discussion on race in the House of Assembly during the motion to adjourn on Friday.Rolfe Commissiong, a Progressive Labour Party MP, said the move had been agreed in a party caucus well before the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.Mr Commissiong said the change... Mon, 06 Jul 2020 13:58:00 EST Speeding motorcyclist given second chance A senior magistrate showed mercy to a man in Magistrates' Court who admitted a string of traffic offences today.Kacy Green, 21, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, speeding, driving while disqualified and riding a motorcycle that was unlicensed and uninsured.The court heard that police were carrying out laser speed checks on... Mon, 06 Jul 2020 13:46:00 EST Pair get awards for Bermuda College Students from the Berkeley Institute and CedarBridge Academy have been selected to receive awards for study at Bermuda College. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Sigma Xi Omega Chapter chose Roneeyah Jones, a graduating Berkeley student, for the 2020 Geraldine Lambert Post Secondary Award, and Nkosi Edwards, a graduating... Mon, 06 Jul 2020 10:49:00 EST New leadership team at Appleby Global Services Tim Faries has been appointed as chief executive officer of Appleby Global Services. He is managing partner in Appleby's Bermuda office and heads up its insurance practice. He will lead the AGS board of directors, whilst also focusing on product innovation and strengthening the foundational elements of AGS' vision, mission and values.Mr... Mon, 06 Jul 2020 12:37:00 EST One hurt, one arrested after Warwick crash A man was seriously injured and another was arrested after a two-vehicle crash in Warwick yesterday, police said.The incident happened shortly before 4.45pm on South Road near the Warwick Camp.A police spokesman explained: "Upon arrival officers observed two motorcycles were involved in a head-on collision which left one man... Mon, 06 Jul 2020 09:40:00 EST Covid-19 Saturday update: 138 tests, 0 positive Bermuda remained free of Covid-19 infection after another day of testing on Saturday.A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Health said 138 new test results were received, 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... Mon, 06 Jul 2020 07:00:00 EST Renewed focus on black history in schools Changes to the social studies curriculum in public schools were designed to make sure it was "grounded in a Bermudian context", the education minister told the House of Assembly.Diallo Rabain highlighted work to focus on black history in schools. "It comes as no surprise that with the recent protests at home and abroad over ongoing... Mon, 06 Jul 2020 07:00:00 EST MPs approve move to defer taxes Measures to allow the Minister of Finance to defer taxes and compliance requirement in situations such as a pandemic have been approved by legislators.Amendments to both the Companies Act and the Public Treasury Act were given the green light by both sides of the House of Assembly on Friday.The first amendment, The Companies... Mon, 06 Jul 2020 07:00:00 EST Don't leave home without it Tracking bracelets used to monitor people quarantined because they contracted Covid-19 are the same type used in Hong Kong, the Premier has revealed.David Burt explained how the trackers worked at Thursday's coronavirus briefing - and said he had to be careful not to activate the mechanism.He added: "It will recognise the... Mon, 06 Jul 2020 07:00:00 EST Cancer charity struggles in wake of pandemic A charity dedicated to fighting cancer is struggling 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... Mon, 06 Jul 2020 07:00:00 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 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 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 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 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