All Stories All Stories en-us UK flies in 1,800 Covid-19 test kits Bermuda's reserves of Covid-19 test kits will be boosted to about 2,000 after a relief flight from Britain arrives on Monday, it was revealed last night. Kim Wilson, the health minister, added that a new laboratory enhanced with extra equipment also carried on the British Airways charter flight would operate under geneticist Carika... Sat, 04 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Strict new rules for shopping Shopping habits will be strictly regulated under the two-week shelter-at-home restrictions that started this morning.Wayne Caines, the national security minister, said only limited movement would be allowed - a policy enforced by police officers and the Royal Bermuda Regiment.Visits to grocery stores and gas stations from Monday... Sat, 04 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST The sequence of a capital market crash Moneywise is not featuring our 2020 hypothetical portfolio this month, as market values are significantly down from the beginning of the year. There were concerns from numerous well-established influential financial luminaries, highlighted on Bloomberg and finance professional blogs and newsletters over the last few quarters with... Sat, 04 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Creativity blossoms with faith in God Marionette Simmons is using all of her talents to bring glory to God. What started as an annual Mother's Day poem has led Ms Simmons to become a published author and recording artist. "I've been writing poetry since high school. Several years ago, I started creating a Mother's Day poem and shared it with people every year. Once... Sat, 04 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Payments made to 1,142 laid-off workers More than 1,100 people have been given emergency unemployment payments after they were laid off work because of the coronavirus crisis.Lovitta Foggo, the labour minister, said 1,142 applicants were given payments yesterday and another 400 applications should be processed today.Ms Foggo added: "Our ministry is working tirelessly to... Sat, 04 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Lawyer: SoE is 'right, proper and justified' A veteran lawyer has backed the Covid-19 shelter-in-place order, which came into force this morning.Mark Diel admitted yesterday that the measure was extreme, but said the gravity of the situation demanded it.He added: "If we have an earthquake, if we have a major fire, if we have riots, there must be the ability to protect the... Sat, 04 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Hundreds sign up for kindness campaign Two friends have joined forces to promote kindness across the island as the population faces up to the Covid-19 pandemic. Vicki Abraham and Laura Bell of design and communications agency Two Four One set up the Bermuda Kindness Pandemic page on Facebook last week.Now the page has more than 700 people signed up to give support and... Sat, 04 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Pair rebuild bridges after kites clash Two men who clashed over noisy kite-flying mended their bridges yesterday. Duvon Powell, a founder of the Kite Warriors group, and businessman Steve Thomson agreed to meet after their confrontation about hummer-fitted kites was posted on social media and went viral.Mr Powell said: "We all know what happened in the incident, but... Sat, 04 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST BUT slams decision to dock teachers' pay The head of the island's teachers union has slammed a decision to dock the wages of teachers who took industrial action in February.Nishanthi Bailey, the president of the Bermuda Union of Teachers, said that she had "no other option than to withdraw my support and collaboration with the Ministry and Department of Education moving forward... Sat, 04 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Empty streets on lockdown day one As residents sheltered in place on the first day of Bermuda's lockdown measures in the battle against Covid-19, <i>The Royal Gazette</i> captured quiet scenes at various island spots.City roads on strips like Front Street and Church Street were empty, as were beaches, parks and sports grounds.Meanwhile, shoppers queued... Sat, 04 Apr 2020 19:32:00 EST Two new Covid-19 cases brings total to 37 Two more people have been diagnosed with Covid-19, the health ministry revealed tonight.The cases - both of whom are in hospital - bring the total for Bermuda to 37 cases.The news came after 25 test results came back, 23 of which were clear.A Government spokeswoman said: "Out of the 37 total cases, 14 people have... Sat, 04 Apr 2020 19:42:00 EST Nonna's Kitchen feeds the hungry A café has joined forces with a charity team to deliver meals to people in need over the coronavirus crisis.Husband and wife Ben and Katerina Smith, owners of Nonna's Kitchen on Hamilton's Bermudiana Road, said they had worked with the Third Sector Coordinated Crisis Response Team to identify people who required help to weather the... Fri, 03 Apr 2020 23:01:00 EST Advice to wear masks in shops Residents have been advised by the Government to wear cloth face masks when they visit shops and gas stations.Updated social distancing guidelines asked people to avoid the use of surgical masks if possible.The Ministry of Health guidance said: "The use of cloth and homemade face masks is recommended for all persons whilst in... Sat, 04 Apr 2020 18:03:00 EST Debt collectors reminded of best practice Debt collectors were urged by the Government to be considerate as residents cope with the challenges of the coronavirus crisis.They were asked to think about better ways to work with their customers in line with regulations.A Government statement said today: "As Bermuda responds to the challenges of the Covid-19 global pandemic,... Sat, 04 Apr 2020 15:31:00 EST Police warning over lockdown bike breach plan Police warned today that they were aware of a plan by rogue motorcyclists for a breach of the 24-hour shelter in place order.A spokesman said the "Moto Purge" had been promoted on social media with the intention of "pulling chase" from police officers.He added: "The BPS wishes to make it absolutely clear, anyone found to be... Sat, 04 Apr 2020 12:56:00 EST Family hopeful for return of missing senior The family of a missing man today appealed to the public to look out for him despite the 24-hour lockdown now in force.Mervyn Grant, the brother-in-law of Robert Douglas, asked people to keep the 71-year-old in mind during their limited movement around the island.He said: "On behalf of my sister Roma Douglas, we know that the... Sat, 04 Apr 2020 10:37:00 EST Three curfew breakers caught Three men are to be charged after they were caught in breach of the curfew rules, police said today.Officers found the men on Devonshire's Vesey Street just before 9pm on Friday night after complaints about noise nuisance from nearby residents.Police found the three, none of whom are from the area, playing loud music.One of... Sat, 04 Apr 2020 09:05:00 EST Lamb Foggo Urgent Care Centre closed After the announcement that Bermuda has entered a state of emergency, the Bermuda Hospitals Board is suspending services at the Lamb Foggo Urgent Care Centre from today.This is being done to focus much needed resources on the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital emergency department.Chikezie Dean Okereke, Chief of Emergency, said:... Sat, 04 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Spirit of MLK found in resistance to pandemic On this day in 1967, the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr made a transformative speech at the iconic Riverside Baptist Church, in New York City - the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States.The address, entitled <i>Beyond Vietnam: A Time... Sat, 04 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST A hand that is still memorable after 32 years So welcome to the lockdown - what a change in all our lives. All we can and must do, however, is be careful, follow the rules and hope that here, and globally, things change for the better from a slowing of the infections and the fatalities, and perhaps the miracle of a vaccine that becomes available faster than the demoralising predictions of... Sat, 04 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Use your emergency fund, but follow the rules Dear Dave,My husband and I just completed Baby Step 3, and we have six months of expenses saved for an emergency fund. How should we determine when something is actually an emergency?RileyDear Riley,Congratulations on doing the work, being disciplined, and saving like crazy! Now you've got peace of mind, and a pile... Sat, 04 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Lamb named Cabinet permanent secretary A former prisons commissioner was unveiled as the new Permanent Secretary to the Cabinet Office yesterday.Lieutenant-Colonel Edward Lamb has been acting in the post since February 2019.Derrick Binns, Head of the Public Service, said: "I am pleased to congratulate Colonel Lamb as he takes on the post of Permanent Secretary for the... Sat, 04 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Brace for a landscape changing for the worse Dear Sir,Bermuda may not be changed significantly by this pandemic, if the contagion doesn't reach critical mass, but Europe, China and North America have already changed in ways that will affect the island, which most Bermudians already realise.One very troubling developing news story: China's death toll is now purported to be... Sat, 04 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Essential workers given shopping boost Essential workers will be able to bypass supermarket queues after a joint effort by island supermarkets, it was announced yesterday. The companies involved said that the measure was designed to "ensure that those on the front lines, looking after us all and keeping things running smoothly, get the support and supplies that they... Sat, 04 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Emergency US repatriation flight finalised Another emergency repatriation flight between the United States and Bermuda will take off on Tuesday.The Ministry of Tourism and Transport said the Delta flight would leave Fort Lauderdale, Florida with Bermuda-bound passengers at 10am and fly to Atlanta, Georgia, later the same day.A ministry spokesman said that "the flight crew... Sat, 04 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Burt: we must dig deep to defeat Covid-19 Residents have to "dig deep" over the next two weeks to help the island avoid a devastating outbreak of Covid-19, the Premier said yesterday.David Burt insisted Bermuda could slow the spread of the novel coronavirus that causes the deadly disease, as the island faced a 14-day lockdown, which begins at 6am tomorrow, with strict... Fri, 03 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Grocery deliverers on standby Bermuda's grocery delivery businesses were unsure last evening whether they will be allowed to continue operating during the 14-day Covid-19 lockdown that begins tomorrow morning.Carl Vincent of DropIt Delivery advised customers in late afternoon that he was expecting a decision from Government last evening, but the topic wasn't... Fri, 03 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST A piece of semitropical punk Artist James Cooper describes his work as "semitropical punk". "It is not punk like 1980s spiky-hair punk, but punk in the sense that I use materials that are unexpected and ideas that are a bit different," he said. "I am more experimental, perhaps."In 2012, he gained notoriety for a photographic/sculptural work he did involving a crash... Fri, 03 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Survivor tells of life-changing experience A woman who came down with Covid-19 warned everyone yesterday to take the potential killer disease seriously. The 33-year-old told <i>The Royal Gazette</i>: "If it was to blow up here like it has in other countries, Bermuda just doesn't have the resources to control it. "It could be potentially very dangerous to some... Fri, 03 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Shoppers implored to resist panic-buying People preparing for a 14-day lockdown formed long queues outside island supermarkets yesterday.Zach Moniz, the manager of the Lindo's Group of Companies, said it was "mayhem". He added: "People need to understand that we are open for the next two weeks and you are allowed to go to the grocery store."Mr Moniz said that... Fri, 03 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Bermudian seniors on holiday stranded in UK Elderly Bermudians trapped in Britain by the coronavirus crisis pleaded to come home yesterday.Renee Wilson, 71, from Hamilton Parish, said she was with a group of older Bermudians stranded in London for eight days after they were marooned on a cruise ship in the southern hemisphere when the pandemic took hold.Ms Wilson said it... Fri, 03 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST On lockdown with the Three Cs Sun, sea and sand. Words synonymous with life in the Atlantic/Caribbean region and her people.Waking up daily being able to absorb vitamin D from the sun, frolicking in our crystal-clear waters and walking on sands of various textures and hues, have been a part of our lives since the day we were born.We have been born into what... Fri, 03 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Commissioner: helpline list to be published The Commissioner of Police asked members of the public yesterday to look out for each other as the island faced a 14-day lockdown.Stephen Corbishley said people should make sure they could contact others who were alone or at risk and that a list of helpline numbers would be published.He admitted: "Clearly, the shelter in place... Fri, 03 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Public schools to reopen 'when safe' Public schools will only be reopened when health officials give the go ahead, the education ministry said tonight.A Government spokeswoman added clearance would have to be given by the health ministry. The spokeswoman said: "Please be assured that the safety and health of students, staff, families and our broader community is our... Fri, 03 Apr 2020 08:36:00 EST Police catch three breaking curfew Three people were caught by police after they breached the curfew on Thursday night.One woman stopped twice was taken into custody and detained at Hamilton Police Station after she was caught for a second time in Flatts at about 10.15pm.One man was spotted by police on Hamilton's Front Street at about 10.35pm and another was found... Fri, 03 Apr 2020 16:15:00 EST Ministry of Finance: relief measures Temporary tax and fee breaks have been rolled out by the Bermuda Government for businesses in need of financial relief.The Ministry of Finance announced this afternoon that payroll taxes for January to March, due on April 15, should be filed as normal "to the extent possible".A spokeswoman said the following measures would go into... Fri, 03 Apr 2020 16:24:00 EST Kite flyers urged to be considerate Police have appealed to kite flyers to be considerate of their neighbours ahead of the Easter long weekend. Assistant Commissioner Martin Weeks said that the Bermuda Police Service anticipated an uptick in kite activity.He added that many residents would "take advantage of being at home and will try to fly kites from their... Fri, 03 Apr 2020 08:40:00 EST Ada Nyabongo (1926-2020) A Bermudian piano teacher who married Ugandan royalty has died.Ada Nyabongo was just three days short of her 94th birthday when she died on March 26.Born in Bermuda to Harold and Naomi Paynter, but brought up in Brooklyn, New York, Dr Nyabongo earned a doctorate in musicology at New York University.Dr Nyabongo met her... Fri, 03 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Tearful students desperate for escape from UK The Premier's effort to bring home Bermudians stranded in Britain was defended yesterday by a student eager to book a place on board a charter flight home expected to take off on Monday.Ashley Fubler, 23, said last night anyone worried about David Burt's plan to bring more Bermudians stuck overseas back home should "put themselves in my... Fri, 03 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Mightily confused in Pembroke Dear Sir,It seems to me that the time has arrived where it is OK to do and be wrong.It seems OK these days to elect people to positions of power and trust who are prepared to commit moral crimes against humanity and have the backing of a large group of people with like minds.It also seems to be OK to muddy the minds of the... Fri, 03 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST HSBC shares plummet 33.77% A total of 52,000 shares of Argus Group Holdings Ltd were traded on The Royal Gazette/BSX Index, with the share price improving one cent, or 0.5 per cent, to $2.19.BFM Ltd's share price fell 25 cents, or 1.5 per cent, to $16.25 after 5,000 shares changed hands.There was also trading in HSBC Holdings Ltd, with its shares down... Fri, 03 Apr 2020 19:13:00 EST Sun Life donates to charities Sun Life Financial International announced today a donation of US$ 15,000 to Bermuda charities to support their efforts in fighting the coronavirus pandemic. The Coalition for the Protection of Children, Meals on Wheels and Women's Resource Centre will each receive a donation of US$ 5,000. "We are proud of being able to support... Fri, 03 Apr 2020 16:47:00 EST Belco limits access to payment centre Belco has waived credit card fees to help customers affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.A spokesman for the power company said that MasterCard, Visa and American Express would all be accepted.Dennis Pimentel, Belco's president, added: "At Belco, we are doing all we can to ensure business continuity and assist our customers during... Fri, 03 Apr 2020 13:23:00 EST Retail sales fell 3.1% in January Retail sales fell 3.1 per cent in January by volume, making it the 21st month out of the last 23 when sales volume in Bermuda has fallen year-on-year.In value terms, retail sales declined 2.4 per cent to an estimated $84.4 million, a drop of $2 million over a year ago.However, there was an increase in selected overseas... Fri, 03 Apr 2020 11:00:00 EST Court cases pushed back Court cases scheduled for the next two weeks will be pushed back in the wake of the 24-hour Shelter in Place order that begins tomorrow morning.In a circular released this morning Alexandra Wheatley, Supreme Court Registrar, said that all hearings set to take place between April 6 and April 17 in both the Supreme Court and Magistrates'... Fri, 03 Apr 2020 11:02:00 EST Eleven churches sign up to distribute lunches Hundreds of fresh-cooked meals have been delivered to families in need through a joint effort by an upmarket hotel and a bank.Sebastien Maingourd, general manager at The Loren at Pink Beach, said the hotel and its staff were delighted to take part in the programme funded with $150,000 from Butterfield Bank. Mr Maingourd added: "Everybody... Fri, 03 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST The wines that are always in demand A few weeks ago I wrote about very small production wines and so today I thought that we could read about the other end of the spectrum. I often refer to these major worldwide brands as "the wines that helped pay for our sons to get educated". No easy task, and as an example, on February 2, my wife and I, and our youngest son - living in... Fri, 03 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Appleby provides offshore updates on Covid-19 International law firm Appleby is providing clients with guidance about how offshore governments in the jurisdictions in which they operate are responding to the Covid-19 pandemic.The second issue of the firm's new Offshore Business Update was launched yesterday.Appleby said it provides vital information that will help the firm's... Fri, 03 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Kevin Maybury, April 3, 2020 Fri, 03 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Healthy habits to structure your day Well, things are getting a little feral over here. Every "tips for working from home" article I read says that the first thing you should do is shower and get dressed. Why is that so difficult? The moment I wake up, I have a quick reality check that yep, our bonkers new reality is in fact reality. Then it's downstairs to feed the... Fri, 03 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Under quarantine? You need a plan Surely, I was just being paranoid. I had been feeling kind of sore and cruddy all day, but that wasn't so uncommon for a Sunday after a long week of work. It was our first weekend of serious social-distancing, and it was impossible not to think of the coronavirus, even though it hadn't yet seemed to really hit Baltimore, where I live... Fri, 03 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST End-to-End delayed until October The Axa End-to-End event has been pushed back to the autumn because of the Covid-19 pandemic.Anne Mello, the E2E chairwoman, said the annual event would be moved from May 2 to October 31.Ms Mello added: "We thought long and hard about this. "We wondered whether we should even cancel the event, but we realised that probably... Fri, 03 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Aspen's outlook revised to negative by AM Best Operating performances within the Aspen group of companies have been below the expectations of AM Best "due to the impact of catastrophe losses and weaker-than-expected results for certain lines of business, and demonstrated by a five-year weighted average combined ratio of 107.5 per cent (2015-2019)".The rating agency has revised the... Fri, 03 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST LOM repurchases 34,900 shares Financial services company LOM Financial Ltd has purchased 34,900 of its shares for cancellation, it announced in a filing with the Bermuda Stock Exchange.LOM purchased the shares at an average price of $2.75 on Tuesday.The company has 5,420,628 shares of common stock outstanding, it said.Malcolm Moseley, executive... Fri, 03 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Florida threatens to deny Coral Princess entry A cruise ship with 22 Bermudians on board has confirmed passengers have come down with Covid-19.The Bermudian-registered <i>Coral Princess</i> was scheduled to arrive tomorrow in Fort Lauderdale, owners Princess Cruises said last night, but it was unclear if passengers would be allowed to disembark.Captain Todd McBain... Fri, 03 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Estate planning during Covid-19 With people working from home and being surrounded by their spouse, children, and in some cases parents, the prospect of they or a loved one contracting the coronavirus and how it might impact their family, is a natural topic of conversation. It is always best to be prepared and if that involves encouraging your spouse to discuss your... Fri, 03 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Restaurants struggle in the time of Covid-19 Restaurants face an uncertain future as takeout and delivery meals were suspended last night.The services had replaced in-house dining after restrictions to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic were imposed. Service was limited to takeout on March 22 as the number of cases of Covid-19 started to climb.But tougher... Thu, 02 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Clothing shop in St George delivers Rachel Perry has been hit with challenges ever since she launched The Things We Love clothing shop in St George's. When she opened her doors in September, first her husband James fell off a ladder and was in hospital for five days, then Hurricane Humberto hit. Now, eight months later she is dealing with a closure due to Covid-19. Thu, 02 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST New writer making his mark Randy Carter got his first tattoo as a teenager, as a way to rebel against a difficult childhood. He had the words "Riddle My Fate" inked across his upper back. "'Riddle my Fate' was a mantra I developed when I was 14 years old by combining my love for heroes verses villains and reality," Mr Carter said. "My goal was to feel... Thu, 02 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Peek-Ball predicts 'very difficult time' ahead A "very difficult" time lies ahead the Chief Medical Officer warned yesterday as Bermuda prepared for a prolonged 24-hour curfew imposed to stem the tide of Covid-19 cases.Cheryl Peek-Ball highlighted that the 14-day lockdown was designed to help protect the most at-risk groups.She said: "The Premier has done an excellent job, I... Thu, 02 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST