All Stories All Stories en-us 'Sad day' as Fairmont Southampton shuts for renovations Hundreds of hotel workers face redundancy because of the closure of a leading Bermudian resort for almost two years, <i>The Royal Gazette</i> can reveal.A memo to staff from Kiaran MacDonald, the general manager of the Fairmont Southampton hotel, admitted the 18-month shutdown for renovations would mean 700 layoffs and cause... Wed, 23 Sep 2020 12:48:00 EST Bermuda surges up internet speed rankings Bermuda has jumped up the global rankings for broadband speeds, and is now ahead of the United States, Britain, Canada, and all but one of the Caribbean nations.It has moved to 17th on's annual list after a survey measured the island's mean average download speed at 73.6 Mbps. Data from more than 200 countries and... Wed, 23 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Cougars set sights on semi-finals Devonshire Cougars could seal the first Dudley Eve semi-final spot, while Somerset Trojans will be hoping to avoid elimination when the Dudley Eve Trophy group matches continue tonight at Goose Gosling Field. Cougars meet holders Dandy Town at 9pm, with the Trojans and North Village battling it out in the 7pm opener. Cougars won... Wed, 23 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Animal magic: how pets can help heal traumatised children When talking does not work, Laura Henagulph turns to the animals at the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for help.Cats, dogs, hamsters and horses - the psychologist has called on them all to help children who do not respond well to the traditional form of therapy.It could be that the person has trust issues or that... Wed, 23 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST US promoter disappears with $800,000 Police are to be asked to help track down an American music promoter who persuaded Cabinet ministers to lend him $800,000 to set up a recording studio at Dockyard - and then disappeared.Lawyers for the Government have failed to find Anthony Blakey in Georgia to serve him with a legal demand to return the taxpayer funds, plus... Wed, 23 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Election 2020: PLP vows to jump-start gaming A string of promises to boost the economy and cut the island's cost of living were unveiled last night in the Progressive Labour Party's election platform.The manifesto included a Bermuda National Digital Bank to cut mortgage costs and jump-start the casino industry, a "green energy revolution" to reduce power bills, and a food... Wed, 23 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Activist group to host election debate A group of activists committed to keeping the public involved in politics has confirmed a pre-election leaders' debate next week.Community Voices for Democracy set the stage for a showdown involving party leaders to give members of the public, particularly young people, an idea of party platforms before the October 1 General... Wed, 23 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Child, 9, becomes youngest to contract Covid-19 A child who arrived last Wednesday from London has tested positive for Covid-19, it was announced last night.The nine-year-old was said to be a resident who arrived on the British Airways flight.Kim Wilson, the health minister, said the case had shown up among 1,117 test results that came back to health officials yesterday. The... Wed, 23 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Regiment soldiers out in force for Teddy Royal Bermuda Regiment soldiers mobilised for the second time in a week to help clear the roadways in the aftermath of hurricanes Paulette and Teddy.More than 75 troops were embodied for Teddy, but senior officers said the storm had caused little damage.Captain Kenji Bean, the officer in charge of the hurricane response teams,... Wed, 23 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST A timely thought on the environment As Hurricane Teddy disappears into the rear-view mirror, older readers may have remarked on the increased frequency of hurricanes, both targeting Bermuda and more generally. Hurricane experts have already named the most recent hurricanes Alpha and Beta, meaning that they have already run through the usual alphabet of names when there are... Wed, 23 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Survey highlights pandemic's business impact About six out of ten local businesses have fully reopened again amid the disruption caused by Covid-19, a Bermuda Chamber of Commerce survey has found.The foot survey carried out between July 29 and August 19 found that 8 per cent, or about 45 businesses, had closed fully, while another one third of businesses had been temporarily closed... Wed, 23 Sep 2020 16:29:00 EST Ginsburg a formidable role model Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a modern-day role model of courage, conviction and principled stewardship while at the same time displaying the indomitable spirit of a true human. We all can take example from her to strengthen our own resolve to live out our purposes in life. Of course, she was a champion of and for the rights of... Wed, 23 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Poll: majority of Bermudians support SSM The island's final court of appeal will decide on same-sex marriage in Bermuda in February.The news came as human rights group OutBermuda released an opinion poll that suggests 53 per cent of Bermudians are now in favour of same-sex marriage.Adrian Hartnett-Beasley, the chairman of OutBermuda, said: "Bermudians are generally a... Wed, 23 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST PHC keep Chargers at bay PHC and Tuff Dogs delivered contrasting victories in their first-round matches to set up intriguing Evening Cricket League knockout semi-finals at Shelly Bay on Saturday.PHC have drawn defending champions The Associates, while Tuff Dogs will take on league champions Renegades, who ended the regular season with a perfect 10-0... Wed, 23 Sep 2020 21:12:00 EST Cleveland and Somerset win youth leagues Cleveland County Cricket Club and Somerset Cricket Club have been crowned the winners of the Bermuda Cricket Board Under-11 Hiscox and Under-14 KPMG Youth Leagues.The participating teams included Warwick Academy, Warwick Workmen's Club, Somerset and Cleveland in the under-11 league, with games being played at Warwick Academy... Wed, 23 Sep 2020 20:37:00 EST Gillespie thrilled by Sussex's progress Jason Gillespie praised his players after Sussex Sharks beat defending champions Essex Eagles by four wickets last weekend to reach the quarter-finals of the T20 Vitality Blast. Gillespie said he was "incredibly pleased" after his team reached the last eight of the tournament. After a hectic ten matches in 24 days, Delray... Wed, 23 Sep 2020 20:22:00 EST Covid-19: No new cases No new cases of Covid-19 were reported today.The Ministry of Health got back 858 test results and all were clear.Bermuda has had 181 total confirmed positive cases.There are five active cases, all monitored by public health officials. None are in hospital.A total of 167 people have recovered, and the death toll... Wed, 23 Sep 2020 19:34:00 EST Butterfield shares tumble 6.1% Shares of Butterfield Bank tumbled $1.50, or 6.1 per cent, to $23 after 3,000 traded on The Royal Gazette/BSX Index.On the New York Stock Exchange, the bank's shares were down 71 cents, or 3.19 per cent, at $21.55.On the local exchange, shares of Somers Limited fell 50 cents, or 3.7 per cent, to $13 after 2,800 were exchanged. Wed, 23 Sep 2020 17:39:00 EST Net closes in on sex attacker Police have found forensic evidence at the scene of serious sex assault on a woman at knifepoint, a senior officer said today.Superintendent Nicholas Pedro revealed that "a number of forensic items" had been detected at the scene of the attack on Fairylands Road, Pembroke.He said that businesses and residents in the Pembroke area... Wed, 23 Sep 2020 16:28:00 EST Bermuda Captive Conference sets new record A record number of participants attended the Bermuda Captive Conference, which was held in a virtual format for the first time due to the Covid-19 pandemic.Organisers said that just under 900 people, from more than 30 countries, were part of the three-day digital gathering this month.The event attracted captive insurance owners,... Wed, 23 Sep 2020 15:52:00 EST Diamond Standard plans $25m coin offering A Bermudian-based company plans to sell coins that reflect value in diamonds in a $25 million offering scheduled for next Monday.Diamond Standard Ltd aims to open up the diamond market to investors through the creation of the digital coin and the Diamond Standard Exchange.The company was featured in the lead story of the Business... Wed, 23 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Don't let hurricanes blow you off your fitness course Between Covid-19 and the hurricanes of the past week, many exercise plans have been thwarted. It's often the case that unexpected disruptions cause havoc to those of us who are creatures of routine. The ability to achieve your goals can depend on how well you manage interruption: <b>• Plan for... Wed, 23 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Crime prevention and public safety always a police priority Dear Sir,I write in response to a Letter to the Editor published in <i>The Royal Gazette</i> on August 18, 2020.The correspondence suggested an infringement on persons' rights as a result of stop checks of motorcycle riders by the Bermuda Police Service.To address this submission, I first add some context in... Wed, 23 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Prowler and thief sent to drug court A serial thief admitted a string of theft and prowling offences.Perry Hayward, 40, from Pembroke pleaded guilty to stealing items from a Lagoon Drive home in Paget on two occasions and prowling around the same property in August.Senior magistrate Juan Wolffe remanded Hayward to the Drug Treatment Court programme after hearing a... Wed, 23 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST White hoping to reach pro ranks Connor White secured successive podium finishes as he continues working towards fulfilling his ultimate ambition of joining a professional cycling team.The 20-year-old followed up his third-place finish in the White Swan Time-Trial in Hamilton, Ontario, last week by clinching second-place in the Hamilton Cycling Club's Time-Trial at the... Wed, 23 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Virtual event to connect and assist entrepreneurs Entrepreneurs, small business owners and company leaders are encouraged to attend a Bermudian-staged two-day virtual event that will be hosted by award-winning author and TED speaker Jared Kleinert.The event is called "Deep Dive" and is a partnership between Mr Kleinert's Meeting of the Minds group and the Bermuda Economic Development... Wed, 23 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Appleby shortlisted for offshore firm award Law firm Appleby has been shortlisted in The Lawyer Awards 2020 "Offshore Firm of the Year" category. The Lawyer awards recognise and celebrate excellence across the legal industry. The criteria for the awards include: excellence in your key jurisdictions, depth and breadth of expertise, commercial strength, legal innovation and... Wed, 23 Sep 2020 10:45:00 EST Bermudian trio form new architectural firm Three Bermudians have partnered to form a new architecture and interior design firm.Broadview Architecture and Interior Design is a full-service multidisciplinary design company that offers planning, architecture and interior design services to residential and commercial customers.Broadview is led by Colin Brown, a registered... Tue, 22 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Birth of a business: lactation cookies for moms Eight months in, Sabriuna Wilkinson discovered she was pregnant. She suspected something was off last October when she gained 20lbs in two weeks, but never thought that could be the cause.She did not think that she could have children because of a prolactinoma, a non-cancerous tumour in her pituitary gland that interrupted her hormone... Tue, 22 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Storm damage blocks Elbow Beach access road A collapsed wall and steps has blocked public access to a South Shore beach, it was revealed yesterday.The Emergency Measures Organisation said "extensive damage" had been caused to the route to Elbow Beach in Paget.Officials added that powerful waves generated by Hurricane Teddy had also washed away much of the beach.A... Tue, 22 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Reckless endangerment of children lamented A group of children filmed playing close to stormy waters and strong waves could have died, the Commissioner of Police warned yesterday.Stephen Corbishley also highlighted that the adults who allowed the children near the water as Hurricane Teddy approached could also have put the lives of emergency services at risk if a rescue attempt... Tue, 22 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Woman sexually assaulted on walk to work A woman suffered a "very serious sexual assault" at knifepoint as she walked to work at the weekend. The attack was understood to have been foiled by a passing jogger who called police.Superintendent Nicholas Pedro said yesterday: "The 31-year-old victim was walking to work when she was accosted by a man described as about 5ft... Tue, 22 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST If the slipper fits ... In 52 years of party politics in Bermuda, there has been nothing approaching the likes of a national debate in advance of a General Election. And now that we are on the cusp of such an unprecedented spectacle, the goalposts are being shifted in an unedifying way effectively to suppress one third of the conversation.All attempts by the... Tue, 22 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Youth debate to stream live this evening An organisation to give young people a way to make their voices heard will hold a forum today to discuss youth concerns with party representatives.Bermuda Youth Connect, launched to help bridge the divide between the young and political leaders, will hold the island's first Pre-Election Youth Forum online.Tierrai Tull and Halle... Tue, 22 Sep 2020 10:38:00 EST Teddy-related power cuts kept to a minimum More than 200 customers of power firm Belco suffered power cuts as a result of Hurricane Teddy.A spokesman for the company said yesterday afternoon that a total of 217 households had lost electricity.The worst-affected area was Pembroke with 166 outages.There were 26 outages in Hamilton Parish, 23 in Warwick and two in... Tue, 22 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Teddy: reopening for business • The Argus Group's departments will be open on Tuesday from 10.30am to 4pm. Call 298-0888 or e-mail Experienced claims adjustors will be available for on-site visits to assess any sustained damage.• Buses, which operated until 9pm on Sunday, have resumed on Tuesday morning. Ferries are expected to resume sailing at... Mon, 21 Sep 2020 23:01:00 EST Trump's durable legacy Sooner or later, Donald Trump will leave office. Later, in his case, means just five years from now. But what is likely to be the greatest achievement of his presidency will live on for decades to come.It is the transformation of a liberal-leaning federal judiciary into one that is infused with conservative views and beliefs. For years... Tue, 22 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST One shares fall 2.4% Shares of One Communications Ltd fell 10 cents, or 2.4 per cent, to $4 after 24,200 traded on The Royal Gazette/BSX Index.Also losing ground were shares of Somers Limited, which were down 50 cents, or 3.8 per cent, to $13.50 after 1,200 changed hands.On the New York Stock Exchange, shares of Butterfield Bank were down 68 cents, or... Tue, 22 Sep 2020 18:42:00 EST Argus donates to celebrate 70 years The Argus Group is proud to be celebrating 70 years of service. That's 70 years of providing financial security, physical well-being and peace of mind to people living within the communities in which Argus operates: Bermuda, Gibraltar, Malta and Canada. To mark this significant milestone, Argus will be donating over $70,000 to youth programmes... Tue, 22 Sep 2020 17:18:00 EST MarketPlace discounts to continue The MarketPlace today announced an extension of its three-times weekly 5% discount and daily 5% discount for recipients of financial assistance until the end of the year.The extended offering of the three-times weekly discount – Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday – and daily discount for recipients of financial assistance, which were due to... Tue, 22 Sep 2020 16:41:00 EST Bursary graduates land civil service jobs Three graduates helped by the Government's bursary programme were welcomed into the civil service as this year's recipient was named.Ania Gilbert will benefit from the scheme as she studies for a Bachelor's of Business Administration-Accounting at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.Derrick Binns, the head of... Tue, 22 Sep 2020 12:35:00 EST Abir members' workforce nearly 80% local Almost eight in ten employees of a group of Bermuda's international insurance companies are local, a report released today finds. The Association of Bermuda Insurers and Reinsurers said that the proportion of Bermudians, permanent residence certificate holders and spouses of Bermudians in its members' workforce hit a record high in the... Tue, 22 Sep 2020 13:33:00 EST Company's insurance registration cancelled by BMA The Bermuda Monetary Authority has cancelled the insurance registration of Phoenix CRetro Reinsurance Company Limited, a special purpose insurer, for breaches of the Insurance Act 1978.The BMA said it was satisfied that the company was in breach of the Insurance Act in four key areas, namely it had not conducted any business within two... Tue, 22 Sep 2020 13:11:00 EST Special deals for World Tourism Day Bermuda's tourism businesses are offering a full weekend of deals, discounts and special experiences to mark World Tourism Day.The Bermuda Tourism Authority is encouraging visitors and residents to rediscover the power of travel by immersing themselves in a host of Bermudian experiences on offer this weekend, September 26 ... Tue, 22 Sep 2020 12:35:00 EST BMA issues public censure to Blue Nile Services A company that provides money transmission services in Bermuda has been issued with a public censure by the Bermuda Monetary Authority.The BMA said it had issued the public censure to Blue Nile Services Limited for a number of breaches of the Proceeds of Crime (anti-money laundering and antiterrorist financing) Regulations 2008 and the... Tue, 22 Sep 2020 11:03:00 EST Driver in hospital after car rolls A driver was taken to hospital after her car hit a pillar and flipped on its side. The injured woman was treated at the scene by firefighters for a neck injury and scratches to her face before she was taken to the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital by ambulance.The accident happened at the foot of Scaur Hill on Somerset Road in... Tue, 22 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Bil was right: we can't time-travel, the present is a gift <i>Yesterday's the past, tomorrow's the future, but today is a gift. That's why it's called the present<b>- The Family Circus</i>, Bil Keane</b>Bil was correct. We have all heard the expression "Don't judge a book by its cover" and, ironically enough, we all assume that we know what it means. Well, I've got... Tue, 22 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Terceira earns international recognition Bermuda's Nicky Terceira has been named on the 2020 Coldwell Banker 30 Under 30 list.This list recognises real estate professionals younger than 30 who are among more than 94,000 agents affiliated with approximately 3,000 offices in 43 countries and territories.It honours the heritage of founders, Colbert Coldwell and Arthur... Tue, 22 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Island escapes worst of ocean-bound Teddy Hurricane Teddy battered Bermuda from a distance, but the island escaped major damage.The hurricane passed the island as a Category 1 storm yesterday afternoon with its closest point of approach about 150 miles to the island's east at about 3pm.Renée Ming, the Minister of National Security, said the island had coped well and the... Tue, 22 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Yard Barbers aims to be a cut above When the Covid-19 lockdown ended earlier this year, many homeowners were left with wildly overgrown lawns. Kion Knights, 23, saw opportunity in the weeds. In April, he had just returned home after finishing a four-year marketing programme at the University of Southampton in Southampton, England. "I had no concrete plans,"... Mon, 21 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST A humble guy and prolific batsman Albert Donawa has been hailed as a "brilliant player" who maintained high standards throughout a remarkable cricket career.The former Somerset Cup Match batsman and selector, the father of past Bermuda Half-Marathon winner Jay Donawa, died last Friday because of complications from Parkinson's Disease. He was aged 74.Donawa's... Mon, 21 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Brangman plants seed for healthier living Thirty-eight thousand followers can't be wrong.Judy Brangman's Instagram handle is @theplantbasedmd; her approach to medicine is what's driving her popularity. The Bermudian physician is a leading voice in holistic health and plant-based nutrition in the United States, where she has lived since she completed her studies. Mon, 21 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Teddy brings spectacular sights Hurricane Teddy has brought spectacular sights over the past two days as it makes its way east of Bermuda.Residents on the south shore reported waves of more than 20 feet as the Category 2 storm started to make its presence felt yesterday morning.The Bermuda Weather Service has said ferocious seas will be increasingly likely as... Sun, 20 Sep 2020 23:01:00 EST FDM proud of its big-tent philosophy A desire to help bring about change inspired people from different walks of life to stand as Free Democratic Movement candidates in the General Election.Members of the island's newest political force said they believed in representation for all residents - regardless of whether voters backed them at the polls - and a government that... Mon, 21 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Candidates drawn to serve and unite island A Free Democratic Movement candidate said that a third option in Bermuda's political landscape could change the balance of power.Christopher Gauntlett explained that his experience in the Royal Bermuda Regiment meant that he was used to putting himself forward and was "drawn" to public service.Fellow FDM candidate Leighsa... Mon, 21 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Teddy awareness: what the public need to know The public were warned to be prepared for the approach of Hurricane Teddy and follow safety advice to protect their homes and families.Bermuda is expected to avoid the worst of the storm, but the Emergency Measures Organisation said people should still take precautions.• The Emergency Broadcast radio station is on 100.1FM. Mon, 21 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST 'Serious' motorbike crash in Smith's Two motorcycle riders were treated in hospital on Saturday after a serious collision in Smith's.A female rider exited Zuill's Park Road and attempted to make a right turn west on South Road at about 4.40pm.A motorcycle ridden by a male was headed in the opposite direction along South Road, and the two collided. Both were taken by... Mon, 21 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Covid-19: Post-hurricane test times The Covid-19 test centre at the Perot Post Office in Hamilton will reopen tomorrow at 10am.The pandemic hotline will reopen at 9am.People who missed their Covid-19 tests at the Perot centre today will be e-mailed with a new time.A spokeswoman for the health ministry said that people who are unable to receive e-mails should... Mon, 21 Sep 2020 20:17:00 EST Arch's Rajeh appointed to WiRe board Maamoun Rajeh has been appointed a director of the board of Women in Reinsurance, the organisation for professional women employed in the Bermuda reinsurance sector. He succeeds Stephen Young in the position.Mr Rajeh is chairman and chief executive officer of Arch Worldwide Reinsurance Group.Peta White, chairwoman of WiRe, said:... Mon, 21 Sep 2020 16:59:00 EST Lewis goal helps Battery reach play-offs Zeiko Lewis continued his prolific form to help Charleston Battery reach the USL Championship play-offs on Sunday.The Bermuda forward opened the scoring at Patriots Point with an superb finish in his team's 2-0 home win over Miami FC.Nicque Daley grabbed Charleston's other goal after capitalising on some loose... Mon, 21 Sep 2020 16:22:00 EST