All Stories All Stories en-us Companies warned over repatriation flight costs A clampdown on unscrupulous employers who fail to foot the bill for overseas workers who returned home was signalled by the labour minister at the weekend.Jason Hayward reminded company owners that they were obliged to pay for tickets home for people from overseas who left their jobs on the island - and warned he would consider changes... Mon, 10 Aug 2020 07:00:00 EST Guests cite safety as The Reefs reopens South Shore hotel The Reefs Resort and Club reopened on Friday.David Dodwell, the owner, said The Reefs had seen enough bookings, including many from locals booking staycations, to give some of its employees a chance to get back to work.He added that perceived safety of the island and the resort had been an important consideration... Mon, 10 Aug 2020 07:00:00 EST St David's topple leaders Rangers <b>Lord's (Southampton Rangers won toss): St David's (10pts) beat Southampton Rangers by six wickets</b>Justin Pitcher has warned St David's must build on the platform of inflicting a first defeat of the season on Southampton Rangers, if they are to fulfil their own Twenty20 Premier Division title aspirations.In a... Mon, 10 Aug 2020 07:00:00 EST Brannon looking to come in from the cold Five months after politicians labelled him a racist and his band members walked away, Tony Brannon is looking to rebrand The Big Chill.The veteran entertainer is searching for a singer to front the group, which will have a new name and be backed by musicians rather than a DJ.It's all part of prescribed change for the... Mon, 10 Aug 2020 07:00:00 EST Firefighters reject Government's cost-cutting plans The head of the firefighters' union said yesterday that ageing equipment and a lack of staff had helped spark a rejection of government cost-cutting proposals forced by the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.Nakia Pearson, the president of the Fire Services Association, said the Government had ignored "all attempts to compromise... Mon, 10 Aug 2020 07:00:00 EST Young Achievers: Adriana named Trinity head girl A Bermudian student is to start her final year at an overseas boarding school as head girl.Adriana Malpas, 17, said that she would oversee events put on by prefects as part of her new role at the Trinity College School in Ontario, Canada.She added that she hoped to give other pupils a sense of normality as they return to school... Mon, 10 Aug 2020 07:00:00 EST Journalism matters – and it comes at a cost <i>"One danger of reduced news coverage is to the integrity of government. It is not just a speculative proposition that corruption is more likely to flourish when those in power have less reason to fear exposure." </i> <b>- Paul Starr</b> (The New Republic)The decision to increase the price of <i>The... Mon, 10 Aug 2020 07:00:00 EST Bermuda Pride: a moment of reflection Bermudians must stop "cherry-picking" on human rights, an activist said at the weekend.Linda Bogle-Mienzer said in the black community, she could not "bring my gay self".But she added: "In the LGBT community, which is predominantly white, I cannot bring my black self. And in the male-dominated community, they would prefer it if I... Mon, 10 Aug 2020 07:00:00 EST 'Extremely active' hurricane season Up to 25 named storms are expected for 2020 as forecasters warned of an "extremely active" hurricane season.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration increased its prediction by six after noting the season got off to a rapid pace during the past few weeks.A record-setting nine named storms have taken place so far,... Mon, 10 Aug 2020 13:06:00 EST Rizzuto commends Bermuda on Covid-19 Bermuda is "one of the safest destinations on the planet" in the Covid-19 pandemic, the new United States Consul General said yesterday.Lee Rizzuto, who took up the post last month, said the island's test regime for the novel coronavirus was "effective" and that cases in Bermuda had remained at a low level. He was speaking after the... Mon, 10 Aug 2020 07:00:00 EST Canada visa biometrics requires trip overseas The biometric identification required for Canadian via applicants in Bermuda is not available locally because of a travel ban on Canadian public servants caused by the pandemic.The service, which is mandatory for foreign students, had formerly been available on the island.Students must now go overseas to obtain the test... Mon, 10 Aug 2020 20:57:00 EST Covid-19: Another case from overseas A single case of Covid-19 was logged out of 1,211 test results for the illness that came back between Sunday and today.The Ministry of Health said the case came in on the Delta Air Lines flight from Atlanta, Georgia last Monday.The returned resident had a clear test on arrival and was in quarantine until another test last Saturday... Mon, 10 Aug 2020 18:31:00 EST More than 33,000 LOM shares change hands LOM Financial Ltd was unchanged at $2.77 on the trading of 33,400 shares in Bermuda Stock Exchange trading yesterday.The investment firm, which yesterday announced its board had authorised a share buyback of up to 500,000 shares in 2020, was the only company to trade as The Royal Gazette/BSX Index closed unchanged on 1,833.85.The... Mon, 10 Aug 2020 17:28:00 EST BSX named best offshore securities exchange The Bermuda Stock Exchange has been named as the winner of the 2020 award for Best Offshore Securities Exchange (Caribbean and North Atlantic Region)., or Capital Finance International, is a London-based print journal and online resource reporting on business, economics and finance around the world. The print magazine... Mon, 10 Aug 2020 15:11:00 EST LOM board authorises 500,000-share buyback LOM Financial Ltd's board has authorised the repurchase of up to 500,000 shares for cancellation.The investment firm and broker-dealer said the move was "approved due to a disparity between the current share price and the current book value of shares".During 2019, the company repurchased 395,650 shares at an average price of $2.77... Mon, 10 Aug 2020 14:55:00 EST Teenager took knife to school A social inquiry report on a teenager who admitted taking a knife to school was ordered by a court today.Malachi Fox, 18, also pleaded guilty at Magistrates' Court to possession of $800 worth of stolen goods.The court heard that Fox was seen play fighting with a friend at his school, the Berkeley Institute, on June 1,... Mon, 10 Aug 2020 14:31:00 EST Rule-breaking bars face 24-hour closure Police have been given the power to shut licensed premises for 24 hours if they breach Covid-19 regulations.A police spokesman said the Public Health (Covid-19 Emergency Powers) Amendment (No. 3) Regulations were amended last week to introduce the new power.He said: "In the interest of transparency, we would like to notify the... Mon, 10 Aug 2020 14:10:00 EST Rawlins and Sussex crash to defeat Delray Rawlins scored 20 and 19 in Sussex's heavy defeat to Kent in the Bob Willis Trophy at the Spitfire Ground in Canterbury today.The Bermuda all-rounder, batting at No 6, was unable to build on promising starts as his side lost by an innings and 25 runs on the third day of the four-day match.Rawlins finished with figures of... Mon, 10 Aug 2020 14:21:00 EST Red flag: the middle-class predicament The primary reason why Bermuda is such an outstanding island nation is determined by one undeniable fact: we have a large middle-class population that provides a high overall standard of living. Many of the island nations in the Caribbean have opulent signs of wealth and luxury contrasted with massive visible poverty, with an almost... Mon, 10 Aug 2020 07:00:00 EST Man arrested after stabbing A 60-year-old man was found with "multiple" stab wounds on a Hamilton street yesterday.The injured man was found on Union Street at about 10am. A police spokesman said the man was taken to hospital by car for treatment, but that his injuries were not believed to be life-threatening. Police later went to a Pembroke house and... Mon, 10 Aug 2020 07:00:00 EST Fray guides Bay home <b>White Hill Field (Willow Cuts won toss): Bailey's Bay (10pts) beat Willow Cuts by seven wickets</b>Terryn Fray produced a captain's innings to steer Bailey's Bay to a seven-wicket win over Willow Cuts in a Premier Division Twenty20 match reduced to 14 overs because of rain at White Hill Field yesterday.Fray came to... Mon, 10 Aug 2020 07:00:00 EST Solo Group aims to be 'one-stop shop' Marco Montarsolo's surname means "climbing alone" in Italian, and he is enjoying doing just that running his new business Solo Group of Companies. Previously he was managing director at BeesMont Law Ltd with Sharon Beesley."I do feel like this is a time to be on my own," he said. "Since I was 25 I have worked with large... Mon, 10 Aug 2020 07:00:00 EST Arrest made after high-speed crash A motorcyclist was arrested at the weekend after a high-speed attempt to evade a police stop ended with a crash that left two people injured.A police spokesman said the rider was spotted speeding on Front Street, Hamilton, just before midnight Friday with a woman passenger who was not wearing a helmet.The 20-year-old man failed to... Mon, 10 Aug 2020 07:00:00 EST SiriusPoint aims to be 'steps ahead' of class of 2020 Investors are putting together capital to create what could become a "class of 2020" group of new insurers, according to the chief executive officer of Third Point Re.But Dan Malloy believes that his company, which announced a proposed merger with fellow Bermudian re/insurer Sirius Group on Friday, will have many advantages over the... Mon, 10 Aug 2020 07:00:00 EST Delta flight brings latest Covid-19 case A single case of the coronavirus was reported on Saturday, the Ministry of Health said.A ministry spokeswoman said the case arrived on Friday's Delta Air Lines flight from Atlanta and was among 774 test results that came back yesterday. The rest were clear.The news meant the island has logged 158 confirmed cases. Five... Mon, 10 Aug 2020 07:00:00 EST Warning over fake adverts featuring MP A series of fake social-media advertisements is circulating claiming to link Wayne Caines, a government MP, to fraudulent investment opportunities. A government spokeswoman "strongly urged" the public to ignore them, and report them to the social media platform on which they appear and the Bermuda Police Service.• <i>For... Mon, 10 Aug 2020 07:00:00 EST Gourmets donate $2,500 to Serve the Servers A group of gourmets has raised $2,500 for restaurant workers laid off because of the Covid-19 pandemic with a special dinner.A total of 20 members of the Bermuda chapter of the Chaîne des Rôtisseur, Bailliage des Bermudes, food-lovers organisation came together for a special dinner on the balcony of Butterfield Bank on July 18. Mon, 10 Aug 2020 07:00:00 EST National Trust to oppose Walsingham project A renewed application for a housing development on the grounds of historic Walsingham House will be opposed by the Bermuda National Trust.The news came after Tom Moore's Tavern restaurateur Bruno Fiocca made an application for a continuation of planning permission for the development on the grounds.A spokeswoman for the trust... Mon, 10 Aug 2020 07:00:00 EST Leverock on a century streak <b>Lord's (Somerset won toss): Somerset Cricket Club (10pts) bt St George's by 46 runs</b>Kamau Leverock blazed his way to a second successive century to guide Somerset to a 46-run win on Duckworth/Lewis over St George's in the Premier Division Twenty20 competition at Lord's yesterday.The opening batsman thumped an... Sun, 09 Aug 2020 11:37:00 EST Sabir ensures Warwick survive scare <b>Lord's (Bermuda Under-19s won toss): Warwick Workmen's Club (10pts) beat Bermuda Under-19s by three wickets</b>Warwick Workmen's Club secured their second win of the season over Bermuda Under-19s and third overall at Lord's on Saturday.Lorenzo Tucker's team restricted the under-19s to 162 for six. Warwick replied... Sun, 09 Aug 2020 12:51:00 EST Mayho, White and Hopkins ride on time Dominique Mayho, Conor White and Kaden Hopkins stormed home in the quickest time to take the top prize in the Team Time-Trial hosted by Bermuda Junior Cycling today.Completing the 13.7-mile course along North Shore Road from Government House to the Swizzle Inn and back in 28min 13sec, Bermuda's top cyclists put on a clinic of how to ride... Sun, 09 Aug 2020 13:17:00 EST The Associates claim top spot Fine Leg Byes ended BCB Academy's unbeaten run as The Associates nosed ahead of Renegades at the top of the Evening Cricket League table by virtue of a superior net run rate.Tuff Dogs, the defending champions, moved up to third after leapfrogging BCB's youngsters, three points adrift of the unbeaten leading pair, who face each other at... Sun, 09 Aug 2020 14:50:00 EST Spirit Of Bermuda places seventh Spirit Of Bermuda, the Bermudian-owned thoroughbred, followed up her maiden victory at Glorious Goodwood with a seventh-place finish at the Sweet Solera Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday.The two-year-old filly, who was ridden by Tom Marquand, was 8¼ lengths behind winner Star Of Emaraaty in the seven-furlong race.Spirit Of Bermuda,... Sun, 09 Aug 2020 18:02:00 EST Lewis nets in Battery draw Zeiko Lewis scored his third goal of the season in Charleston Battery's 1-1 draw at home to Charlotte Independence in the USL Championship on Saturday.Lewis's shot was deflected off Charlotte defender Aaron Maund into the net in the 42nd minute to cancel out Dane Kelly's opener. "I Just tried to create as many problems for the... Sun, 09 Aug 2020 14:37:00 EST More Opposition MPs will quit, says Cannonier The Leader of the Opposition said yesterday that he expected more politicians to resign as he revealed his party's candidate for a by-election.Craig Cannonier said he was "delighted" to announce that Vic Ball, a former One Bermuda Alliance senator, will fight to fill the Smith's West seat left in the wake of Trevor Moniz quitting the... Sat, 08 Aug 2020 07:00:00 EST Tragedy of mortgage foreclosures It was sad and regrettable to read the court case facts last week involving the collapse of a mortgage, a possible devastated business, the pending foreclosure on a family home, the original intention of helping a friend, a trusted relationship probably shattered, while embarrassing details all aired in public. Realistically, in the best... Sat, 08 Aug 2020 07:00:00 EST Douglas saga finally concluded Chris Douglas is expected to be included in Somerset's squad for today's Premier Twenty20 clash with St George's at Lord's (3pm).The explosive opening batsman's availability had been in doubt after being banned from the ground by his former club St David's County Cricket Club for an unspecified reason.However, the ban has now been... Sat, 08 Aug 2020 07:00:00 EST Pastor Thompson is all about community Community Contact Ministry has always had the objective of engaging with the public; however, the coronavirus pandemic pushed its members to a new level.Pastor Gladstone Thompson and his team were able to continue with their weekly services despite the mandated closure of church buildings. "My initial response was one of... Sat, 08 Aug 2020 07:00:00 EST OBA accused of hypocrisy over Ball selection The Progressive Labour Party claimed yesterday that the One Bermuda Alliance candidate selected to fight a House of Assembly seat showed "hypocrisy and cynicism".The ruling party hit out after it was revealed that Vic Ball, a former OBA senator, will battle for Smith's West after the resignation of veteran MP Trevor Moniz.A... Sat, 08 Aug 2020 07:00:00 EST Public rally around Jase, 13, after fishing theft A young fisherman who had his tackle box stolen said yesterday he was delighted after the public rallied round to replace his lost equipment.Jase Lawes-Mathis, 13, was fishing for snapper and jacks off the dock at Albuoy's Point in Hamilton when the box of hooks, weights and lures was snatched.Jase, from Spanish Point, Pembroke,... Sat, 08 Aug 2020 07:00:00 EST Police union calls for parity in negotiations Police officers claimed yesterday that the Government had "repeatedly moved the goalposts" in its cost-cutting negotiations with their representative body.Inspector Emmerson Carrington, the chairman of the Bermuda Police Association, defended the service from "negative perceptions" among the public and said the group supported the... Sat, 08 Aug 2020 07:00:00 EST Putting our children's futures first Dear Sir, Many may know that Thomas Sowell is a highly respected American economist and social theorist who is a senior fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution. He has just turned 90 and has written books and essays on the topics of education, economics, markets and minorities over the past 60 years. His latest book,... Sat, 08 Aug 2020 07:00:00 EST Airbnb host's refund policy under fire An Airbnb host has been accused of "profiteering" from the Covid-19 pandemic over the booking site's refunds policy in case of cancellation.Patricia Symonds-Powell planned a trip to Bermuda to stay at Seven Arches on Hill View Lane, Warwick, over Cup Match, but her flight was cancelled because of the coronavirus lockdown after she made... Sat, 08 Aug 2020 07:00:00 EST Student players given a leg up by BFA Legends The Bermuda Football Association held the Legends Scholarship Awards presentation at the Clyde Best Centre of Excellence on Thursday with five young players recognised in honour of the newest BFA Legends - Arnold West, Chevonne Furbert, the late Lance Brown, Ellsworth Lambert and Danvers Seymour Sr. West, the longtime Devonshire Cougars... Sat, 08 Aug 2020 07:00:00 EST Lest we forget Dear Sir,Today (August 7, 2020) is the 75th anniversary of the atomic bomb being dropped on Hiroshima, soon to be followed by the second one - on August 9, 1945 on Nagasaki - which resulted in the surrender of Japan on August 15, 1945, bringing an end to the Second World War.These bombs killed more people than those lost thus far... Sat, 08 Aug 2020 07:00:00 EST Injured soldier buoyed by student cheerleaders A display created by schoolchildren at a summer camp to lift the spirits of a soldier injured on duty has been unveiled.Youngsters aged between 6 and 10 at the Kids Just Want to Have Fun camp wrote letters and poems, and created artwork for Royal Bermuda Regiment Private Ndavyah Williams who was run over by a car on June... Sat, 08 Aug 2020 07:00:00 EST Second Bermuda Pride given the go-ahead The second gay pride event in Bermuda will go ahead tonight, but because of social-distancing it will be on a much smaller scale than the inaugural march last year that attracted thousands.Renée Ming, the Minister of National Security, authorised a 30-minute Bermuda Pride 2020 event yesterday to be held in front of City Hall in... Sat, 08 Aug 2020 07:00:00 EST Premier: Belco has to tackle pollution Power firm Belco has to do more to to tackle pollution that affects its neighbours, the Premier said today.David Burt added: "It is crystal clear that Belco must do more to address the concerns of residents. "In this instance, where there is actual evidence of things being deposited into their water tanks, and fumes going into... Sat, 08 Aug 2020 14:18:00 EST Force declarer to make the right plays As we all know, the game of bridge consists of three main parts - bidding, declarer play and defence.At the upper reaches of the game bidding is, by far, the most important component for success, because most expert and world-class players will rarely make a defensive error and even more rarely make a declarer play error.Not that... Sat, 08 Aug 2020 07:00:00 EST Reports ordered on homeless church thief A social inquiry report was ordered on a homeless man who stole more than $300 of food from a church.Sean Burchall, 28, pleaded guilty in Magistrates' Court to the theft of the food from Wesley Methodist Church in Hamilton.The court heard that church members discovered the break-in on March 20 after a window in the nursery section... Sat, 08 Aug 2020 07:00:00 EST Covid-19: 501 test results, no new cases More than 500 coronavirus test results came back clear yesterday, the health ministry said last night.News of the 501 tests meant that the number of confirmed cases remained at 157.There are four active cases, all monitored by public health officials, but none are hospitalised.A total of 144 people have recovered and the... Sat, 08 Aug 2020 07:00:00 EST Nagel put to the test by changing conditions Emily Nagel and her 11th Hour Racing Team colleagues are making the most of a variety of conditions on a transatlantic training sail from France to Newport, Rhode Island.The team are sailing against the prevailing trade winds through Gulf Stream currents and low pressure systems as they put their skills and refitted boat to the test on... Sat, 08 Aug 2020 07:00:00 EST Why stocks are climbing as economy sinks The stock market has been on a tear, yet the economy is in the dumps. So why do so many people believe - undoubtedly incorrectly - that the stock market has decoupled from reality?The economy many people experience, while bleak, is local, personal and, for the most part, either not publicly traded or plays only a small part in the stock... Sat, 08 Aug 2020 07:00:00 EST Rubber duck derby gives way to butterflies A rubber duck fundraiser for the island's hospice is to be replaced with a butterfly hunt this year, the organisers have announced.Friends of Hospice said the 22-year-old Rubber Duck Derby, held in St George's Harbour, had been "a much anticipated event", but it was felt that the new Butterfly Blast better reflected the work of Agape... Sat, 08 Aug 2020 07:00:00 EST Historic marlin haul a boost in trying times No doubt that the temperature is high, and it is a hot, dry summer by any account and the fishing is that spotty sort that suggests that even the fish are feeling the heat. Certainly, the calm seas and searing sun are enough to give most casual anglers pause for thought.Some shade and maybe a cooling dip may well be preferable to... Sat, 08 Aug 2020 07:00:00 EST You have set yourself up to build wealth Dear Dave,I'm single, and I'll be a pilot in the military for the next ten years. I'm also debt-free, have a fully funded emergency fund, and I'm saving 15 per cent of my income for retirement. After my military days are over, I plan to work as a commercial pilot. I've done the math, and I have about $20,000 a year to give, have fun with... Sat, 08 Aug 2020 07:00:00 EST Suspicious fires destroy truck and car Two vehicles were destroyed in suspicious fires in the early hours of yesterday.The blazes involved a light truck on Palmetto Road, Pembroke, and a car at a nearby home close to the junction of Bishop Spencer Road and Palmetto Road. Firefighters and police attended the incidents at about 3.30am.• <i>Anyone with information... Sat, 08 Aug 2020 07:00:00 EST Filipino workers quit island Jobless expatriate workers from the Philippines - most from Bermuda's hard-hit hospitality sector - face an uncertain future at home as they prepared to quit the island today.Others from the South-East Asian country of 100 million people remained in Bermuda in the hope of renewed work permits, revived jobs and a break in the pandemic... Fri, 07 Aug 2020 07:00:00 EST New electric car dealer aims to create buzz Bermuda is ready for a big move towards electric vehicles, says the co-owner of new distributor who aims to feed that growing demand.Andre Labonte and his wife Lynn have launched Evolution Motors, sourcing cars from China made by Levdeo, the world's largest electric car maker, and a 2013 start-up called Zuojun.Evolution has... Fri, 07 Aug 2020 07:00:00 EST Rangers up for Charity Cup North Village and Southampton Rangers will meet for the first piece of silverware up for grabs in the upcoming football season.Village, the Premier Division champions, will meet Friendship Trophy champions Rangers in the traditional season-opening Charity Cup at a venue and date yet to be confirmed.The Charity Cup is normally... Fri, 07 Aug 2020 07:00:00 EST