All Stories All Stories en-us Caines stresses Bermudian-first jobs policy Business owners should employ jobless Bermudians rather than overseas staff as the island recovers from the economic impact of the coronavirus crisis, the national security minister said last night.Wayne Caines added that expatriate employees "may need to leave" if their permits were not renewed, but he warned against... Fri, 29 May 2020 07:00:00 EST Two arrested after Rubis station armed robbery Two men were arrested yesterday in connection with a lunchtime armed robbery at a petrol station. A police spokesman said one man was taken into custody just after the 12.45pm robbery at the Rubis gas station on St John's Road, Pembroke, and the other at about 5pm in the Ingham's Vale area of Pembroke.The arrests came after two... Fri, 29 May 2020 07:00:00 EST Lowdown on Trump appointee to US Consulate A controversial beauty products tycoon scheduled to take up the US Consul General's post this summer made headlines in America after he shared "conspiracy theories and unfounded attacks" about President Donald Trump's political opponents on Twitter.CNN said that Lee Rizzuto Jr "amplified false allegations" in 2016 about Mr Trump's rivals... Fri, 29 May 2020 07:00:00 EST Happy Bermuda Day <i>The Royal Gazette</i>, courtesy of CITV, brings recollections of Bermuda Day through the years. Fri, 29 May 2020 07:00:00 EST College graduation: 'it shows they care' Bermuda College graduates marked their big day yesterday with a drive-through ceremony.A total of 107 graduates collected their associate's degrees, diplomas or certificates at the Paget campus after the traditional graduation event was cancelled because of the Covid-19 pandemic.They also received caps, gowns and a letter from... Fri, 29 May 2020 07:00:00 EST Unemployment payments soar past $32m Payouts to more than 9,000 people left out of work by the Covid-19 pandemic have topped $32 million, the finance minister said last night.Curtis Dickinson added that $9.2 million in unemployment benefits had been paid out to 7,780 people this week and 640 applicants were paid benefits for the first time.He said the Government was... Fri, 29 May 2020 07:00:00 EST Three hurt in 'serious' crash Three people were taken to hospital last night after a serious collision.A police spokeswoman said the crash involved a motorcycle and two pedestrians.She added: "At least one of the pedestrians, an elderly male, is believed to have suffered a head injury."The injuries of the other two parties is not known at this... Fri, 29 May 2020 07:00:00 EST Premier's Bermuda Day message Hello, Bermuda.2020 continues to be a different and challenging year. Usually by now, spots to watch the runners and the parade have been selected and are being jealously guarded.Food is being cooked and outfits are being laid out in anticipation of the official start of the summer.2020 is different. As a result of this... Fri, 29 May 2020 07:00:00 EST Bermuda Day message from Opposition leader Fri, 29 May 2020 07:00:00 EST Huge relief for Bermudian stranded in Canada A Bermudian student who was stranded in Canada said yesterday that news he would be able to return home was a huge relief.Marcus O'Leary-Christopher said: "When I learnt I would be able to get on this flight, I was a little relieved as it means I would be able to see my family again and start my summer internship." Mr... Fri, 29 May 2020 07:00:00 EST Bermudian to feature on US masterclass An American-based Bermudian academic will tomorrow take part in a masterclass panel discussion on dangers faced by black men in the US.Ty-Ron Douglas, an author and speaker, who is an associate professor of educational leadership and policy at the University of Missouri, will be joined by sportscaster Jay Harris of ESPN, track star Obi... Fri, 29 May 2020 19:25:00 EST Virtual Bermuda Day a hit with viewers Hundreds of people linked up online for the premiere of a virtual Bermuda Day celebration this afternoon.Residents and viewers from overseas logged on to Facebook to watch footage of previous parades, interviews with performers who take centre stage or work hard behind the scenes and fresh performances by some of the island's top... Fri, 29 May 2020 14:31:00 EST Restrictions eased on surname-based shopping Restrictions on shopping based on surnames were relaxed for retail stores from yesterday.David Burt, the Premier, signalled on Twitter late on Wednesday night that there would be some "loosening and some tightening" of rules announced.Mr Burt added: "The last-name shopping system will be eliminated for all retail except grocery... Fri, 29 May 2020 07:00:00 EST Valedictorian Amali: the force is with you! A young woman who admitted she once dreaded the thought of university has graduated at the top of her class.Amali Smith, 22, also shared the title of valedictorian with her best friend after four years at Wilberforce University in Ohio.She said: "It was a good feeling to be able to share that with one of my closest... Fri, 29 May 2020 07:00:00 EST Tootsie's memoirs strike a new beat From banging pots and pans to playing Carnegie Hall, Bermudian drummer Clarence "Tootsie" Bean always had a story to tell.Now that story is finally being told in a published memoir, Tootsie Never Missed A Beat.His daughter, Donna Raynor, said the creation of the book was a dream come true for the Bean family.She said: "My... Fri, 29 May 2020 07:00:00 EST BI students reinvigorated by sign language A group of pupils stuck at home because of the coronavirus crisis have used sign language lessons to cope with their isolation.LaToya Tull, a Bermuda Institute teacher, said that the children had been able to bond with each other and former pupils through the extracurricular class "Silent Praise".She added that the youngsters from... Fri, 29 May 2020 07:00:00 EST Having a laugh during pandemic, Catholic-style A comedy special featuring a nun who teaches at a Catholic school, starring two American performers, will be used tomorrow to raise funds for a Bermudian school.Denise Fennel said that she was honoured to share the spotlight with Maripat Donovan, the creator of <i>Late Nite Catechism</i>, for a virtual showing of the play,... Fri, 29 May 2020 07:00:00 EST Bermuda Day goes virtual A first-of-its-kind Gombey performance recording will form the grand finale of a virtual Bermuda Day Parade tomorrow, one of the event's organisers promised yesterday.Qian Dickinson, of the social-media platform Bermemes, said that the team had worked hard over the past week to come up with a way to showcase the island's culture despite... Thu, 28 May 2020 07:00:00 EST BFA declares football season officially over The Bermuda Football Association held its first virtual Special Congress Meeting on the evening of Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Delegates representing 23 of the 24 Full Members were in attendance. The Special Congress Meeting was called to present the Executive Council recommendations on concluding the current 2019-20 football season. Thu, 28 May 2020 18:22:00 EST Connecting with his artistic voice The lithograph bears the words "Sometimes I Soar".Bryan Ritchie titled the work: <i>But Not Today</i>.It's one of three "whimsical" pieces by the artist that form part of the <i>2020 Bermuda Biennial</i>. According to Mr Ritchie, a Bermudian art professor at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, the... Thu, 28 May 2020 07:00:00 EST Arrest sparks prison officers protest The arrest of a woman prison officer at Westgate prison sparked a protest by colleagues outside Hamilton Police Station yesterday.Prison officers walked off the job and gathered outside the Victoria Street police offices in support of their colleague. Timothy Seon, chairman of the Prison Officers Association, said the demonstration... Thu, 28 May 2020 07:00:00 EST 'Night farmers' stealing into the thousands Thefts from farms have increased since the start of the Covid-19 crisis, farmers confirmed on Tuesday.Rowland Hill Jr, the owner of JJ Produce in Devonshire, said his operation had suffered from "night farmers" for several years and the problem had worsened since the pandemic hit in March.He said thieves stole about $2,000... Thu, 28 May 2020 07:00:00 EST Family Centre doubles down on abuse campaign A charity set up to support children through crises has relaunched its anti-domestic abuse campaign after an increase in reported incidents over the Covid-19 lockdown.Family Centre reminded people of the need to protect defenceless young people.Sandy De Silva, the centre's director of services and executive director designate,... Thu, 28 May 2020 07:00:00 EST Controversial Trump backer assigned to Bermuda A controversial businessman who helped to make his family's beauty products firm into "one of the largest private companies in the United States" is to take up a diplomatic post in Bermuda, it was revealed yesterday.The US State Department said that Lee Rizzuto Jr will become the Principal Officer at the US Consulate General.He... Thu, 28 May 2020 07:00:00 EST Lifting restrictions Politicians the world over are finding that it is a lot easier to start lockdowns than to end them. Bermuda is no exception. The imposition of shelter-in-place policies came into effect quickly and were willingly accepted by the vast majority of people, despite the hardship that this was bound to cause.This was a remarkable act of trust... Thu, 28 May 2020 07:00:00 EST Readers' ideas: from cannabis to premium bonds Slashing hotel room rates, implementing a blockchain-based system for infrastructure, using home-grown Christmas trees and building a cannabis industry were among ideas for boosting the economy that readers have shared.<i>The Royal Gazette</i> invited suggestions last week on the day after Curtis Dickinson, the finance... Thu, 28 May 2020 07:00:00 EST Lister gets into the Spirit on Bermuda Day The Speaker of the House of Assembly will celebrate Bermuda Day on board the sail training ship <i>Spirit of Bermuda</i>.Dennis Lister will set sail from Dockyard tomorrow morning with the help of a five-man crew.They will voyage around the Great Sound in the west end and Hamilton Harbour before a return to Dockyard... Thu, 28 May 2020 14:55:00 EST Life in the time of an economic pandemic <i>"I still think we are going to have the worst recession since the Great Depression"</i><b>- Mohamed El-Erian, Allianz, Chief Economic Adviser</b><i>"While there is never a good time for a pandemic, the Covid-19 crisis has arrived at a particularly bad moment for the global economy. The world... Thu, 28 May 2020 07:00:00 EST Dine out on City Hall lawn Tables and chairs have been set up on City Hall lawn in the heart of Hamilton in a bid to encourage people to spend cash on takeout food from restaurants.A spokeswoman for the city said the move was a part of a drive to support businesses affected by the coronavirus crisis.She added: "As stated last week, we are collaborating with... Thu, 28 May 2020 18:25:00 EST Thirty more cruise ship visits cancelled Another 30 cruise ship calls have been cancelled by two cruise lines after they extended a halt to operations until August 1.The grim news from Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean brought the total of cancelled trips to the island to at least 96 - half of the 192 cruises to Bermuda scheduled for this year before the coronavirus... Thu, 28 May 2020 07:00:00 EST Culture hub launched online A new culture and heritage website has been launched by the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs on the eve of Bermuda Day.The site will serve as a central point for information about events, programmes, and education.Lovitta Foggo, the community affairs minister, said the launch was "a wonderful way to close out Heritage... Thu, 28 May 2020 16:46:00 EST Butterfield shares surge 14.4% on BSX Shares of Butterfield Bank surged 14.4 per cent in Bermuda Stock Exchange trading.The bank gained $3.40 to close on $27 on the trading of 2,000 shares.Butterfield's US-listed shares moved in the opposite direction, sliding $1.33, or 5.12 per cent, to close on $24.64 on the New York Stock Exchange.One Communications Ltd fell... Thu, 28 May 2020 17:09:00 EST Lions' gift to care home staff Hamilton Lions Club presented "Thank you" gift bags to the essential workers at Matilda Smith Williams Seniors Residence, Westmeath Residential and Nursing Care Home and Summer Haven.A BIG Thank You to these Heroes for continuing to do their job and caring for others!• <i>Press release from Hamilton Lions Club</i> Thu, 28 May 2020 17:08:00 EST Devonshire council offers scholarship The Devonshire Parish Council is pleased to offer their Fall 2020 scholarship, with a maximum value of up to $5,000.00 per awardee for undergraduate and graduate studies. Students must be accepted or enrolled at an approved college, including Bermuda College, or university.Applicants, who must be Bermudian and have resided in the... Thu, 28 May 2020 16:56:00 EST Experts launch Ocean Diaries International ocean experts have joined forces to launch a "virtual education series" on the seas around Bermuda.The first episode of Ocean Diaries went online today as part of a collaboration between the Bermuda Zoological Society, the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences and the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute.The series... Thu, 28 May 2020 15:11:00 EST Motorcyclist's driving was 'totally horrendous' A man who led police on a high-speed chase to escape a warrant was today banned from the roads for 18 months.Che Pennyman, 49, from Pembroke, pleaded guilty at Magistrates' Court to dangerous driving, failure to stop for police and riding an auxiliary cycle without a licence.Magistrate Tyrone Chin said Pennyman's driving was... Thu, 28 May 2020 14:57:00 EST Man admits harassing women A 29-year-old who admitted intruding on the privacy of several women is set to be sentenced next week.Gregory Scott, from Warwick, admitted that he grabbed a woman by the buttocks last year after making lewd comments to her.He also admitted following a separate woman through Hamilton for 20 minutes in 2018 and exposing himself to... Thu, 28 May 2020 13:57:00 EST Man admits lying to police A man admitted obstruction and lying to police officers.Marcus Fox, 29, pleaded guilty in Magistrates' Court on Tuesday to the obstruction charge and to giving officers "false or misleading" information in an alleged incident in Pembroke on Monday.But Mr Fox, who lives in Pembroke, denied a charge that he resisted... Thu, 28 May 2020 13:53:00 EST Governor's Bermuda Day message Bermuda Day cannot be celebrated in the usual way this year, no half-marathon and no parade around the streets of Hamilton. But I know that the holiday will still be marked in homes by families across the island and I take this opportunity to send my best wishes to everyone as we enjoy the start of summer and remind ourselves of all that is... Thu, 28 May 2020 13:35:00 EST 100WIF in Bermuda hosts first virtual event The power of socially-conscious investing for the greater good, along with financial and emotional returns, was highlighted during the first virtual event hosted by 100 Women in Finance in Bermuda.Eva Yazhari, the chief executive officer of Beyond Capital, an impact investment organisation "which believes investing is a mindset that can... Thu, 28 May 2020 10:47:00 EST Thank you to Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition I woke up this week wondering what to write about. At this point in history, most people will be overloaded with information about Covid-19, so not much sense writing about that topic.Simultaneously, most are wary about political bickering between organisations, so no joy writing in that vein, either.What's a columnist to... Thu, 28 May 2020 07:00:00 EST The Loire Valley: a magical place for winemaking Today we will take a trip to the Loire Valley.Once inhabited by Neanderthals it is now known as "the Cradle of the French" and "the Garden of France", the latter because of its vineyards, fruit orchards and even asparagus farms.This is also the home of many furniture producers (signs reading fabricant de meubles are everywhere)... Thu, 28 May 2020 07:00:00 EST 'Substantial benefits' from working at home An increase in work-from-home and greater use of technology are among major changes set to shift the way the insurance world will work in the post Covid-19 world, the chief underwriter at an insurance technology firm has predicted.Ari Chatterjee, of Envelop Risk, said: "There are substantial benefits in a flexible work-from-home culture... Thu, 28 May 2020 07:00:00 EST Lecturers leap online to help graduation Bermuda College lecturers made sure that their students graduated despite the Covid-19 pandemic and a forced move to online learning. A total of 107 graduates will mark the end of an unprecedented academic year of challenges by collecting their associate degrees, diplomas or certificates in an organised drive at the College... Thu, 28 May 2020 07:00:00 EST Senate warning to stay on guard for virus The public are not taking the dire consequences of failure to stick to Covid-19 rules seriously enough, an Opposition senator said yesterday.Jarion Richardson warned that not enough attention was being paid to the mounting death toll by the pandemic. He added: "These are mothers and fathers, and sons and daughters, cousins. Thu, 28 May 2020 07:00:00 EST Florida space launch postponed An historic space mission scheduled to take off from Florida yesterday afternoon has been postponed until the weekend.The National Aeronautics and Space Administration launch was rescheduled because of bad weather.Nasa is to use a private company, SpaceX, for the first time to transport astronauts to the International Space... Thu, 28 May 2020 07:00:00 EST Flies thrive on once-weekly trash collection Dear Sir,Over the past couple of years, we have noticed the regular appearance of dozens of maggots in our kitchen. I think this is likely to be the consequence of the move from twice-weekly trash collection to once-weekly collection.Given the slightest chance green bottle flies (Lucilia sericata) lay eggs in the trash, they hatch... Thu, 28 May 2020 07:00:00 EST Man jailed after admitting breach of curfew A man was jailed yesterday after he admitted to a second breach of curfew in a month.David Fubler, 58, pleaded guilty to a charge that he was away from his home on Monday night.However, the Devonshire man denied a charge that he had prowled outside of a Pembroke home.Magistrates' Court heard a householder on Railway Terrace... Thu, 28 May 2020 07:00:00 EST Immigration joke Dear Sir,Immigration is a joke for some families. Our family have spent 38 years at the St Mary's Church in Warwick. We have all our documents in order and we just get refused status, as they were deemed Bermudian until they were 22 years.Our MP has tried to be helpful. Best of luck to other people.<b>LUCETTE... Thu, 28 May 2020 07:00:00 EST No new Covid-19 cases, total remains 139 All 53 Covid-19 test results that came back yesterday were clear, the Ministry of Health said last night.The number of confirmed cases in Bermuda remained at 139 with the death toll unchanged at nine.A total of nine people aged between 66 and 91 are in hospital, two of them in critical care.Another 30 per were under public... Thu, 28 May 2020 07:00:00 EST Kevin Maybury, May 28, 2020 Thu, 28 May 2020 07:00:00 EST BDA Water Sports revamps summer line-up A watersports business that faces a diminished summer season because of the Covid-19 crisis is hoping locals will take on-island staycations and experience the fun it offers for themselves.BDA Water Sports was geared up for a bumper year as it moved into a new era, with new boats and water "toys" and its premises and technology... Thu, 28 May 2020 07:00:00 EST Test kits worth $264,000 still unused More than $260,000 worth of coronavirus test kits bought from the Cayman Islands have never been used, the health ministry has said.The 12,000 kits, flown to the island from London on April 24, were part of an order placed by the Cayman Islands from a supplier on South Korea, but sold on to Bermuda at a cost of $264,000.A... Wed, 27 May 2020 07:00:00 EST Firms pivot to meet demand for clear screens Rising demand for "sneeze barriers" made from clear, plastic-based materials has prompted some Bermudian businesses to start making them.As business owners scramble to prepare for reopening, while adhering to government guidelines designed to combat the spread of Covid-19, clear shields are suddenly much needed.Vinyltech, a... Wed, 27 May 2020 07:00:00 EST Sexual assault charge for two police officers Two police officers have been charged with a serious sexual assault, it was revealed yesterday.Both officers also face an allegation of perverting the course of justice. A police spokesman said the pair had been suspended from duty.The spokesman added: "The officers have not been found guilty, it must be dealt with before the... Wed, 27 May 2020 07:00:00 EST 'Nursing opens so many doors' <b><i>The Royal Gazette</i> is highlighting members of the Bermuda Nurses' Association throughout May. This week we spoke with Kidada Robinson, a nursing student at the Bermuda College who works full time at Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre and is also an EMT</b>Kidada Robinson's great regret about... Wed, 27 May 2020 07:00:00 EST Programme offers boats 'hassle-free' access A "hassle-free" option is on the horizon for people who want to enjoy time out on the water, but do not want the expense of ownership and maintenance of a boat.The Island Boat Club, a new boat membership programme, was designed to give members unlimited access to high-quality boats designed for Bermuda's waters, without the extra... Wed, 27 May 2020 07:00:00 EST One daycare cleared to reopen, four more apply Only one daycare centre has been given the green light to reopen, the Government said yesterday.A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Health said the kindergarten had been granted approval to operate as part of Phase 2 of the relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions, which began last Thursday. The spokeswoman added that applications from... Wed, 27 May 2020 07:00:00 EST The changing landscape of divorce The pandemic engulfing the world no doubt will have an unforgettable and lasting impact on people's lives in numerous ways. The obvious and tangible damage through illness and death is devastating, hard to comprehend and has been well documented. There are also severe and wide-ranging, indirect consequences caused by the restrictions... Wed, 27 May 2020 07:00:00 EST Murder suspect released on bail A man arrested on suspicion of the murder of a missing mother has been given bail, police said yesterday.A police spokesman said: "The 39-year-old man arrested in connection with the murder of Chavelle Dillon-Burgess has been bailed and inquiries into this murder investigation are ongoing."Detectives investigating the... Wed, 27 May 2020 07:00:00 EST