All Stories All Stories en-us Leaders under the microscope Former premiers from both sides of the House of Assembly have praised David Burt and his team for their handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.Alex Scott said the Premier had shown a maturity beyond his years and awarded him "top marks".But Sir John Swan emphasised that Mr Burt, if his Progressive Labour Party wins the October 1... Fri, 18 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Bermudian token disabled by SEC, $6m penalty A digital token issued from Bermuda is being permanently disabled, and the company behind it will pay a $6.1 million settlement after the United States Securities and Exchanges Commission said the tokens were an unregistered security.The penalty fee will be used by the SEC to deal with claims from holders of UnikoinGold who want a... Fri, 18 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Hornets home ground set for redevelopment No football will be played at St John's Field for a minimum of two years while work is carried out on resurfacing the field and, as part of the final phase of redevelopment, rebuilding the clubhouse. Dandy Town, who will play their home games at Goose Gosling Field while their home is closed, begin their Premier Division season with a... Fri, 18 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Erectile dysfunction: you are not alone Most men are too embarrassed to talk about erectile dysfunction; Jeff MacLeod is starting the conversation for them.Of great concern to the physician is that it's a problem affecting "relatively young, healthy men", some of whom go without sex for years before they get the courage to walk into his office at Northshore Medical and... Fri, 18 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Live: Hurricane Teddy press conference at 3.30pm Renée Ming, the Minister of National Security, will hold a press briefing on Hurricane Teddy this afternoon.It will take place at the Government's AB Place media room at 3.30pm.<i>The Royal Gazette</i> will provide a live video on this page.Hurricane Teddy is forecast to bring hurricane force gusts to Bermuda on... Fri, 18 Sep 2020 12:08:00 EST Party line: follow the leader, leader, leader ... Here's what the respective parties have to say about their leaders ...<b>DAVID BURTby the Progressive Labour Party</b> We believe that this election is fundamentally about which leader and team Bermudians want to see us through difficult times. David Burt is thoughtful and knows how to build consensus to... Fri, 18 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Poll gives PLP huge lead The Progressive Labour Party has a massive lead over its rivals, a new poll has found.David Burt, the Premier, also notched up much higher ratings than One Bermuda Alliance leader Craig Cannonier and Free Democratic Movement leader Marc Bean.A total of 50 per cent of voters said they would vote PLP if a General Election took place... Fri, 18 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Top-flight new boys aiming to bounce back The Premier League returned with all its usual drama, talking points and mesmerising football in an opening weekend that also proved a baptism of fire for the newly promoted sides.All three suffered losing starts with West Bromwich Albion and Fulham going down 3-0 to Leicester City and Arsenal respectively, while Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds... Fri, 18 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST A taste from Down Under Topping the list of our world's most planted wine grapes is cabernet sauvignon with 840,000 acres. Merlot takes the second spot with 657,300 and the popular pinot noir is well behind with 285,000. By far the winner in white is chardonnay, with 518,900 acres.The first record of cabernet sauvignon in Australia dates back to 1832 and... Fri, 18 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST The die has been cast Well, as of Thursday, September 10, 2020, we are off and running to Bermuda's political sweepstakes. And already, without a shot being fired, the One Bermuda Alliance, as Her Majesty's Official Opposition - the government-in-waiting and all that jazz - has placed itself at an embarrassing political and psychological disadvantage with the early... Fri, 18 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Inquiry exposes Boeing failures over crash A former Bermuda bank executive whose family was killed in a plane crash last year has hit out after a US congressional investigation's report heavily criticised the aircraft's manufacturer and US regulators.Paul Njoroge lost wife Carol, son Ryan, 7, daughter Kelli, 4, seven-month-old daughter Rubi and mother-in-law Ann Wangui Quindos... Fri, 18 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Teddy: closures and cancellations • Clarien Bank's offices will be closed on Monday. Updates on the resumption of normal business operations on Tuesday will be communicated once all facilities and systems have been assessed to ensure the safety and security of Clarien clients and employees. Clients are encouraged to complete online transactions via Clarien iBank. All ACH... Fri, 18 Sep 2020 10:46:00 EST Live: PLP press conference at 1pm The Progressive Labour Party will hold a press conference in relation to the General Election today.It will take place at the party's Alaska Hall headquarters on Court Street at 1pm.<i>The Royal Gazette</i> will provide a live video on this page. Fri, 18 Sep 2020 10:20:00 EST Former NFL star Swann joins Athene board A former American football star, who won four Super Bowls with the Pittsburgh Steelers, has been appointed to the board of Bermudian life reinsurer Athene Holding Ltd.Lynn Swann, also well known for having worked for US television network ABC for 30 years as a host, reporter and National Football League analyst becomes an independent... Fri, 18 Sep 2020 09:33:00 EST Looking for ideas and not just leaders The epic question: did the times make great leaders? Or did great leaders make the times? It doesn't take too much work to describe Bermuda as living in perilous times of political disillusionment, economic uncertainty and social disquiet. The emergence of another political action group is only symptomatic of disjointed fragmentation,... Fri, 18 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST DeVent highlights unresolved voting issues A former Progressive Labour Party minister said he hoped voters would consider key policies such as immigration reform and a living wage as they decided who to back in the General Election.Ashfield DeVent added that he was disappointed there had not been more discussion about some of the problems that affected Bermuda.He said:... Fri, 18 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Bermuda shipwrecks get media exposure Several shipwreck related documentaries produced by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, in conjunction with Dr. Philippe Rouja and his team, have been featured on well-known international media channels and programmes.Dr. Rouja – who is the Principal Scientist for Marine Heritage and Ocean Human Health as well as... Fri, 18 Sep 2020 12:15:00 EST Bermuda celebrates Equal Pay Day Bermuda is today celebrating International Equal Pay Day for the first time. Celebrated in United Nations member states around the world, the day highlights unjust practices in the workplace and aims to ensure "equal pay for equal work".Jason Hayward, the Minister of Labour, said that Bermuda needs to make progress in this area of... Fri, 18 Sep 2020 11:42:00 EST Convex names Bermuda and UK CEOs Convex Group Limited, the biggest insurance start-up in Bermuda's history, has named its Bermuda and UK chief executive officers.Matt Paskin will head Convex Re in Bermuda, while Theo Butt will lead Convex Insurance UK.The international specialty insurer and reinsurer said today that the positions were previously held by Paul... Fri, 18 Sep 2020 08:47:00 EST Healthy hurricane supplies With five tropical cyclones in the Atlantic at the same time - for only the second time in recorded history - it's hard to ignore the fact that hurricane season is here. It says a lot about climate change and, on Monday, I was thinking - as I held a pillow over my head and prayed the roof wouldn't pop off - that we just have to do better... Fri, 18 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Kevin Maybury, September 18, 2020 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Supplementary benefits to be paid out The labour minister said that "efforts are being made" to have the first of the Government's supplementary unemployment benefits paid out today.Jason Hayward was quizzed yesterday after Walter Roban, the Deputy Premier, said on Wednesday that payments would be made "before the end of this week".Mr Roban added: "I know this will be... Fri, 18 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST One considers delisting from BSX One Communications Ltd is considering delisting from the Bermuda Stock Exchange.Shareholders are expected to be asked to consider a vote on the company's voluntary withdrawal from listing on the BSX at the company's Annual General Meeting next week.The company, and its predecessor forms, has been listed on the BSX for... Fri, 18 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Youth Pitch seeks youngsters with tech ideas Students under the age of 18 with an idea for a new technology-related business are invited to take part in the Youth Pitch competition.Youth Pitch is a separate category of the Bermuda Economic Development Corporation's Rocket Pitch competition, with a focus on technology.This year the preliminary round of the Youth Pitch will be... Fri, 18 Sep 2020 11:14:00 EST Rallying cry for entertainers' union Bermuda's trade union for the entertainment industry is to roll out the red carpet for new members, its president said yesterday.Selena Fields, of the Bermuda Entertainment Union, said the organisation aimed to have 100 members before its annual meeting in December.That is about 25 more than its present membership, which has grown... Fri, 18 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Algorithm-driven underwriter gets $500m backing Ki, a Lloyd's syndicate that uses algorithms to do its underwriting, has received $500 million of committed capital from two backers.The backing from funds managed by Blackstone Tactical Opportunities and Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd will help fund the expansion of the business, which is set to launch in the fourth quarter of this... Fri, 18 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Podium joy for Nagel in Dorset Emily Nagel put Bermuda sailing firmly on the map with an outstanding podium display on her debut at the recent Wetsuit Outlet UK Moth Nationals in Dorset, England.The Bermudian finished second among the women competitors and 35th in an overall 70-boat fleet boasting America's Cup sailors and Olympians."It was a great week of... Fri, 18 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Teddy forecast to pass overnight on Sunday Hurricane Teddy is forecast to bring hurricane force gusts to Bermuda on Monday.The storm is expected to come within about 100 miles of the island overnight on Sunday, by which time it is predicted to have downgraded from Category 4 to Category 2 or 3.The National Hurricane Centre said at 6am today: "Teddy is expected to approach... Fri, 18 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Man injured in trailer accident A man suffered a broken leg, cuts to his arm and stomach injuries yesterday after a trailer load of metal construction equipment fell on him.The victim, 36, was trapped underneath metal hollow ribs at about 9am in Wellington Slip Road, St George's.Ten firefighters attended the scene and uesd a forklift truck to shift the metal... Fri, 18 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Wainwright hits ground running at Durham D'Andre Wainwright has made an immediate impact at new club Durham City.The forward has netted four goals in as many appearances, including a hat-trick on his club debut in a 4-3 defeat at home to Northern League Division 2 rivals Willington on September 5."I tell myself I'll score a hat-trick every game just to set a standard for... Fri, 18 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Woman trapped under car after collision A woman suffered a serious arm injury yesterday after two cars were in collision.The victim, who was driving an electric car, was trapped under the vehicle after the incident at the junction of Barkers Hill and Vesey Street, in Devonshire just after 2pm.She was cut free by firefighters and taken by ambulance to King Edward VII... Fri, 18 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Moody's: fires to cost insurers up to $8bn Wildfires that have burnt through nearly five million acres in California and other western US states, causing deaths and destroying more than 9,600 structures, will cost insurers as much as $8 billion, according to Moody's.In a report, Moody's analysts said: "Overall, we currently estimate insured losses in the $5 billion to $8 billion... Fri, 18 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST What not to do now in Bermuda As politics ramps up into the Bermuda election, the focus has begun to shift from the current situation to that of the future. One major topic is the future of the economy. In a world ravaged by a virus that has dislocated entire industries and catapulted some changes dramatically forward, it is important that the next steps we take are... Fri, 18 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST First day back at school Pupils waved an emotional goodbye to their parents at school gates across the island yesterday as the longest summer break of all finally came to an end.Public-school youngsters, wearing a variety of brightly coloured face masks, lined up to have their temperatures taken before heading into their classrooms for the first time since... Fri, 18 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Promoted teams face baptism of fire Devonshire Colts and St George's face tough opening matches in their return to the top flight when they take on North Village and Southampton Rangers on Sunday. The two teams, who were declared joint First Division champions last season after finishing level on points when the Covid-19 pandemic ended the season, will have survival as... Fri, 18 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Bean open to forming coalition government The leader of Bermuda's newest political party has signalled he would be prepared to form a coalition with members of the Progressive Labour Party or the One Bermuda Alliance.Marc Bean, a co-founder of the Free Democratic Movement, said he had been contacted by people from both groups as they considered the possibility.But the PLP... Thu, 17 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Jewel seeks digital-asset bank licence One of the bottlenecks that has stymied the growth of fintech companies and others involved in digital assets could soon be remedied by Jewel, which is in the process of applying for its full bank licence with the Bermuda Monetary Authority.Jewel announced today that Anchorage, a Visa-backed crypto-native digital-asset platform for... Thu, 17 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST 'It's a joy to do the things I love' After battling her way through ovarian cancer, Nancy Wainwright has a message for women over 50: monitor your body for change, no matter how subtle.At 55, she started suffering from abdominal pain, acid reflux, bloating and low energy. Doctors ran a battery of tests over an eight-month period.Most notable were the results from a... Thu, 17 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Hit-and-run victim reinjured by insurance loophole The Supreme Court has appealed to lawmakers to beef up insurance legislation designed to help people injured on the roads.The court ruled that Antonio DaCosta, who suffered more than $700,000 in damages after he was hit by an impaired driver, could not benefit from the Motor Insurers Fund because the man who hit him had insurance... Thu, 17 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Visitor on BA flight tests positive A visitor who arrived on the British Airways flight from London last Friday has tested positive for Covid-19, it was revealed last night.Kim Wilson, the health minister, said the traveller, who showed the virus on their Day 4 test, had been isolated and contact tracing was under way.It was the only positive result from 818 tests... Thu, 17 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Police name fatal crash victim A motorcyclist killed in a crash last Friday was named by police yesterday.Leric Lightbourn, 21, died after his bike was in collision with a car east of the junction of Vesey Street and Middle Road in Devonshire, at about noon.A police spokesman said yesterday: "A family liaison officer has been appointed to assist Mr Lightbourn's... Thu, 17 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Creating art extends yourself into another reality It was another deliriously lovely Bermuda day in September, when the sky is bluer than the turquoise sea and the late afternoon sun casts a golden hue to the fading day. Soft, airy clouds were scudding across the horizon; a ship vanished beyond sight, and tiny seabirds scattered in the shallow surf.I was with my friend, lying on... Thu, 17 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Hospitality industry rises to Paulette challenge Hotels and restaurants have rallied to help people hit by power cuts in the wake of Hurricane Paulette.The Pompano Beach Club opened its doors to the public before the storm hit and a string of restaurants opened on Tuesday to help feed people left without power after the storm.Larry Lamb, the co-owner of Pompano Beach Club, said... Thu, 17 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST HSBC Bermuda to close for hurricane HSBC Bank Bermuda will be closed for business on Monday, because of the threat of Hurricane Teddy, the bank said tonight.In a statement, a spokeswoman for the bank added: "This is subject to change depending on how the situation evolves over the next few days. The bank will resume normal business operations only when it is deemed safe by... Thu, 17 Sep 2020 18:30:00 EST New radiation oncologist at cancer centre Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre is pleased to announce the addition of Patrick Murray to the radiation therapy team. Dr Murray is an award-winning, highly respected radiation oncologist specially trained in the use of radiation therapy to cure or reduce the symptoms of cancer, and in the overall care of cancer patients.Dr Murray... Thu, 17 Sep 2020 12:21:00 EST Burglary at Fairmont Southampton shop Thieves stole cash and merchandise after breaking into a shop while Bermuda was on alert for Hurricane Paulette.Cigars, tote bags, costume jewellery and clothes were among the items stolen at the Resort Shop at the Fairmont Southampton earlier this week.The incident happened between 5pm on Sunday and 9am on Tuesday.Anyone... Thu, 17 Sep 2020 16:50:00 EST Manders joins FAB coaching team Taurean Manders, the former Bermuda midfielder, has taken his first steps on the coaching ladder after joining the coaching staff at the FAB Academy at Bisham Abbey in Buckinghamshire.Manders is serving as a house parent in the international residential programme for players aged between 12 and 14, which includes Bermudians Z'Dao Dill,... Thu, 17 Sep 2020 12:48:00 EST OBA pledges to set up education authority The One Bermuda Alliance pledged this afternoon it would take politics out of education if elected with the creation of an independent education authority.Cole Simons, the Shadow Minister of Education, said the initiative was one of several that the OBA would introduce within two years if they are elected into power on October... Thu, 17 Sep 2020 14:18:00 EST Warning over WhatsApp scam Police issued a warning today about a social media scam in which people are falsely told they have won a large sum of money.A message circulating on WhatsApp tell recipients to submit a "winning code" and provide personal information via e-mail.A police spokesman said the message, sent from the overseas number +1 (236) 256 8359,... Thu, 17 Sep 2020 12:16:00 EST Arcadian Risk launches in Bermuda Arcadian Risk Capital Ltd has launched a new underwriting operation based in Bermuda. The start-up will initially underwrite excess casualty and professional lines insurance.Arcadian has received its licence from the Bermuda Monetary Authority and will operate as a managing general agent.It will begin writing business on October... Thu, 17 Sep 2020 10:41:00 EST Updated: Changes to garbage collection Changes have been made to the timetable for garbage collection after Hurricane Paulette, the Government said this morning.The Ministry of Public Works said that trash would be collected as usual today and tomorrow.But people who would have had their garbage collected on Monday and Tuesday of this week should put it out for... Thu, 17 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Experts see higher taxes coming Policymakers are gambling that they will be able to pay back the large increases in national debt accrued in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.As Covid-19 brought economies to a standstill, many governments threw a lifeline to businesses and households in the form of fiscal support, but putting public debt back on a sustainable path is... Thu, 17 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Seniors lead way in voting The first day of advance polling in the General Election went ahead yesterday at four locations around the island.Tenia Woolridge, the Parliamentary Registrar, said that 1,538 votes were cast.She thanked voters who followed social-media posts or visited the office's website to catch a last-minute polling station change, switching... Thu, 17 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Roban: start preparing now for Teddy Residents were warned last night to "start preparing now" as Hurricane Teddy continued to pick up strength on its approach to Bermuda.Walter Roban, the Deputy Premier, said: "Make that list you had for Hurricane Paulette and revise it."Repeat collecting necessary supplies to prepare. Check on family members, check on neighbours,... Thu, 17 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Airport authority concerned over failing website The Bermuda Airport Authority said yesterday that it had "deep concerns" that a website designed to highlight vital weather information failed at the height of Hurricane Paulette.Regular updates were halted on the Bermuda Weather Service website as Paulette battered Bermuda on Monday.Lester Nelson, the chief executive of the... Thu, 17 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Picking up after Paulette The island was "back up and running in record time" after Hurricane Paulette hit, the national security minister said yesterday.Renée Ming said the storm left more than 25,000 homes out of almost 36,000 Belco customers without power hours after Paulette came ashore as a direct hit.But she added "phenomenal" work by Belco crews... Wed, 16 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Court forces Hiscox to pay disputed claims Hiscox must pay out on some of its clients' disputed business interruption insurance claims, the High Court of England and Wales ruled yesterday.The Bermudian re/insurer reckons the judgment will result in less than £100 million ($129 million) of additional Covid-19 related claims across the group's businesses, around £150 million less... Wed, 16 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST An intelligent bowler with a warrior's spirit Southampton Rangers and Somerset Bridge Recreation Club are mourning the death of former club cricketer Gary Crofton.The steady seam bowler passed away on Sunday at age 59 following a bout with cancer.Crofton started his career at Rangers before joining Somerset Bridge for a stint.While more renowned for his bowling,... Tue, 15 Sep 2020 23:01:00 EST 'I'm gonna die, right? Tell me!' Meliseanna Gibbons suited up in PPE, walked into the ICU at Wyckoff Heights Medical Centre and bravely faced the unknown. It was March 14 and in a special, pressurised room lay an 82-year-old woman with Covid-19. Medical staff believed that she had died but, because of conflicting vital signs on the Brooklyn hospital's telemonitors, someone had... Wed, 16 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST Weather service hit by internet glitch Internet connection problems caused a breakdown for the Bermuda Weather Service as Hurricane Paulette hit Bermuda, it was revealed yesterday.Regular updates on the BWS website halted early on Monday morning as the storm began to batter the island.But Mark Guishard, the director of the BWS, said yesterday that the meteorologists... Wed, 16 Sep 2020 07:00:00 EST