All Stories All Stories en-us Caines calls for 'step change' on immigration Everyone has to think beyond their own interests for immigration reform to be achieved and embraced, the national security minister has said.Wayne Caines, who is responsible for delivery of an overhaul of immigration law promised by the Progressive Labour Party when it won power more than two years ago, warned that thinking in silos will... Wed, 20 Nov 2019 07:00:00 EST Top diamond firms back pioneering exchange A Bermudian-based operation is set to revolutionise the global diamond trade by setting up a pioneering electronic exchange for trading in the precious commodityThe Diamond Standard Exchange is the brainchild of American Cormac Kinney, a celebrated entrepreneur and software designer with a lengthy track record of successful start-ups and... Wed, 20 Nov 2019 07:00:00 EST Bermuda agony after epic Mexican stand-off <b>Mexico 2 Bermuda 1</b>Bermuda's hopes of retaining their Concacaf Nations League A status were cruelly dashed as Uriel Antuna scored a dramatic late goal to condemn a spirited Bermuda to relegation to League B.Heading into the match Bermuda were faced with the scenario of knowing only the minimum of a draw... Wed, 20 Nov 2019 07:00:00 EST Dedicated to making you laugh As you long as you understand English, TuRae Gordon thinks he can make you laugh.Picking up on commonalities is the comedian's not-so-secret weapon.Lactose intolerance, the skyrocketing cost of cable and ageing are just a few of the topics he's touched on."I just think it is easier to talk about what we all go through,"... Wed, 20 Nov 2019 07:00:00 EST Mother 'could have lived' with early diagnosis A young mother who died of cancer could have lived if the disease had been spotted earlier, an overseas expert said yesterday.Michael Leitman, the chief of general surgery at Mount Sinai Beth Israel hospital in New York, said that if Latifa Maybury's colorectal cancer had been diagnosed in August 2012 and medical treatment started, it... Wed, 20 Nov 2019 07:00:00 EST Students take part in national debate This past Saturday, Saltus was delighted to host the 30th Annual Bermuda Junior Service League's (BJSL) National Schools Debating Tournament. The tournament saw teams from five schools: Sandys Secondary Middle School, the Bermuda High School, Somersfield Academy and Saltus Grammar School. The tournament was divided into three... Wed, 20 Nov 2019 09:52:00 EST Robinson's 'pepper-mist' comments resurface A would-be MP was engulfed in a storm of controversy after a clip from a satire show, where he played down the use of pepper spray during a protest, resurfaced yesterday.Dwayne Robinson, a One Bermuda Alliance senator is due to go head-to-head with Jason Hayward, a Progressive Labour Party senator, in the Pembroke Central by-election... Wed, 20 Nov 2019 07:00:00 EST Paralysed man to spread road safety message A man paralysed from the waist down after an accident caused by his careless driving plans to become a road safety motivational speaker.Jason Minors, 36, wants to talk to schoolchildren about the importance of safe driving and help others through traumatic experiences.Mr Minors said: "I want to be able to talk more about my... Wed, 20 Nov 2019 07:00:00 EST Debate healthy for democracy The late John Stubbs is best known today for being the name behind the "Stubbs Bill", which decriminalised anal sex, or sodomy, in Bermuda. But as a parliamentarian of long standing, he was also a great student of politics and political behaviour. One of his favourite pieces of advice was this: "When you are in a hole, stop digging."... Wed, 20 Nov 2019 07:00:00 EST The impending healthcare crisis <i>"Five thousand, three hundred and forty-one persons in Bermuda are either without health insurance or underinsured."</i><b>- The Ministry of Health</b> <i>"Our aim is to provide universal access to healthcare through these reforms while bending the cost curve... Wed, 20 Nov 2019 07:00:00 EST Asthma sufferers 'not under control' Most Bermudians with asthma do not have the condition under control, a charity has warned. A survey conducted by Open Airways this year found that 70 per cent of people had "poorly controlled asthma". The report said: "The results clearly indicate that the perception of asthma control and the reality of asthma control are vastly... Wed, 20 Nov 2019 07:00:00 EST Lloyd's combats 'unacceptable behaviour' Lloyd's of London announced a new campaign to encourage more people to speak up against "unacceptable behaviour".The campaign is part of a programme of measures put in place to "accelerate progress towards a culture of integrity, respect and inclusion" across its market, according to a statement published on Tuesday.Culture at... Wed, 20 Nov 2019 12:23:00 EST New direction for national museum The former executive director of the Bermuda National Gallery has been appointed to a new post at the National Museum of Bermuda. Lisa Howie will be responsible for the implementation of the new NMB education strategy as director of learning and engagement.Ms Howie said that NMB's Education Strategy 2019: Moving the Needle was the... Wed, 20 Nov 2019 12:23:00 EST Man stabbed during Warwick break-in Police are seeking a burglary suspect after a 64-year-old man was stabbed in his home last night.The man was attacked during a break-in shortly before 4.30am at the residence on Westering Lane, Warwick.A police spokesman said the victim was asleep in his living room when he woke to discover an unknown male in the room with him. Wed, 20 Nov 2019 12:10:00 EST Restaurant industry looking for new blood With three new hotels opening by 2021, experts predict Bermuda will need more people working in the food and beverage industry. To fill the gap hospitality industry partners have come together to form a new initiative to attract more job seekers to this area.An immersive three-part training programme kicks off in January, funded... Wed, 20 Nov 2019 12:10:00 EST Four police officers promoted Police gang expert Alex Rollin was among four officers who were promoted by the Bermuda Police Service this week.Mr Rollin, along with Derek Berry, were promoted from Sergeant to Inspector and Krishna Singh and Mark Monk moved up from Constable to Sergeant.All four were promoted by Commissioner of Police Stephen Corbishley in a... Wed, 20 Nov 2019 12:06:00 EST Bermuda announce squad for World Cup Challenge The Bermuda Cricket Board has announced a 15-man squad to take part in the first series of the ICC World Cup Challenge League B against Hong Kong, Italy, Jersey, Kenya and Uganda.The series, taking place between December 1 and 13 in Al Amarat City Muscat, Oman, is the start of the road to the World Cup 2023 and will involve Bermuda... Wed, 20 Nov 2019 11:44:00 EST Don't believe the hype: personal trainer myths When someone mentions a personal trainer, what comes to mind?Do you automatically think of some immortal being sculpted with six-pack abs who sips green shakes every morning?Or a drill sergeant who barks orders in order to get you scared and make you sweat?Lots of trainers may drink shakes and some may bark orders, however... Wed, 20 Nov 2019 07:00:00 EST Canadian admits faking bank cards A Canadian man pleaded guilty to six charges of bank fraud in Magistrates' Court yesterday.Christopher McMeel, 28, was accused of possessing seven fake debit cards and a magnetic card strip reader intended to create fake debit cards.McMeel, from Montreal, Quebec, pleaded not guilty to two charges of possession of a fake debit... Wed, 20 Nov 2019 07:00:00 EST New laws on private pensions Legislation that will allow employees to take out a quarter of their private pensions as a lump sum on retirement was passed by MPs last Friday.The National Pension Scheme (Occupational Pensions) Amendment Act 2019 will now require non-Bermudian workers to pay into their occupational pension, along with self-employed workers. Wed, 20 Nov 2019 07:00:00 EST Parents urged to assist on childcare standards Parents were reminded to help enforce standards at childcare centres as Bermuda marks World Children's Day today.Kim Wilson, the health minister, said the Department of Health had enhanced its oversight of daycare and increased the number of visits to "all childcare settings".She added: "As a ministry, we take a zero-tolerance... Wed, 20 Nov 2019 07:00:00 EST Barnes: No room for errors in Vegas Scott Barnes is eyeing a podium finish at the Skusa SuperNationals - the "Super Bowl of karting" - at the Rio All-Suite Hotel Casino in Las Vegas this weekend.Barnes, who will compete in the G1 Masters Shifter class, admits he would have liked more seat time to prepare, having raced only twice in Bermuda since May, but does have... Wed, 20 Nov 2019 07:00:00 EST Ignite celebrates participants' achievements Ignite Bermuda, the island's first privately-funded entrepreneurial accelerator, wrapped up its first cohort by handing out awards to five participants in the programme.Melissa Looby, of Pulse Group, won the Ignite Ethos Award, which rewards the extent to which an entrepreneur takes action and gets out of their comfort zone. Pulse... Wed, 20 Nov 2019 07:00:00 EST Writer was dismissive and ignores our history Dear Sir,In your publication of November 9, your correspondent, Peter Sanderson, referred to my recent letter and stated that I echoed what he had heard repeated by many concerning how Bermuda's immigration laws have penalised black people and favoured Portuguese.He went on to dismissively assert that this narrative is "wheeled... Wed, 20 Nov 2019 07:00:00 EST Burt on jobs and investment mission in Mexico The Premier left the island for a trade mission to Mexico yesterday to drum up jobs and investment in Bermuda.A government spokeswoman said Mr Burt would meet hotel development business heads, technology business leaders, high net-worth individuals and their advisers in the capital, Mexico City, and visit the British Embassy.The... Wed, 20 Nov 2019 07:00:00 EST Maycock and Tucker hoping to make cut Bermuda pair David Maycock and Patrice Tucker both sit just outside the top 24 qualifying spots after two days of competition in the 55th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in Palembang, Indonesia. After 12 games Maycock sits 31st among 73 men's bowlers with an overall score of 2,355, while Tucker is 38th among 60 competition in the women's... Wed, 20 Nov 2019 07:00:00 EST Gnosis gears up for cloud computing service As more companies direct their computing needs at the cloud, a new option is on the horizon, and Hamilton-based IT services company Gnosis is gearing up to migrate customers to the service.It has partnered with SALT Technology Group Ltd, which is bringing Microsoft Azure Stack to the island.Gnosis believes the Microsoft Azure... Wed, 20 Nov 2019 07:00:00 EST Lifeguard season closes The 2019 lifeguard season came to a close this week.The Ministry of Public Works said that park rangers would patrol the South Shore parks and beaches but there would be no static stations until next year's season begins in April.A ministry spokeswoman added: "All persons using public beaches and entering the water are urged to... Wed, 20 Nov 2019 07:00:00 EST Labour force survey to start The latest Labour Force Survey will begin tomorrow with telephone and in-the-field interviews.A government spokeswoman said only selected homes would be required to participate in the survey, organised by the Department of Statistics, but the selected households are required to co-operate under the Statistics Act 2002.The... Wed, 20 Nov 2019 07:00:00 EST Warwick Academy blue fun day Warwick Academy students showed their school spirit for Giving Tuesday yesterday, starting with students dressing in blue, the school colour.Jane Vickers, the school's director of development, said the school's annual giving day had taken a new twist, with students wearing blue noses and the bear ears of the school mascot.Students... Wed, 20 Nov 2019 07:00:00 EST Man sues BHB for $2.6m over wife's death A hospital misdiagnosis was a significant factor in the death of a young mother from cancer six years ago, a lawyer claimed yesterday. Latifa Maybury, who was 30, died in November 2013, six months after she gave birth to her son, Khaleel. Her colorectal cancer was diagnosed days after the boy was born in May 2013, after it had... Tue, 19 Nov 2019 07:00:00 EST Butterfield calls for government push for change Phil Butterfield is "disappointed" by the lack of impetus in the government response to recommendations made by the BermudaFirst advisory group that he chairs.The non-political group was commissioned by David Burt, the Premier, to put forward ideas on transformational change to help Bermuda to address its largest socio-economic... Tue, 19 Nov 2019 07:00:00 EST Queen joked about trading places with 'Poker' These days Leroy Augustus rides a scooter, but for most of his life horses were his preference. It's how he got his nickname, given at an early age by his parents Albina and Samuel."My parents called me Poker because I always liked poking around with horses," the 87-year-old said.His mother knew exactly where to look... Tue, 19 Nov 2019 07:00:00 EST 'Vital' leading charity faces funding crisis An organisation set up to help other charities almost 30 years ago could be forced to shut before Christmas unless donors come forward, its executive director has warned. Danielle Riviere, of The Centre on Philanthropy, said the charity needed a firm commitment of cash by December 15 to avoid closure. She added that "the backbone... Tue, 19 Nov 2019 07:00:00 EST Independent probe into girl's death requested An investigation into the death of a teenage Bermudian girl in an American treatment centre should be independent, an Opposition MP said yesterday.But the Government would not confirm who would carry out inquiries after the 16-year-old died on Saturday.Scott Pearman, the One Bermuda Alliance shadow legal affairs minister, said:... Tue, 19 Nov 2019 07:00:00 EST 'Superhero' Dusty rides off into the sunset A "superhero" horse that brought joy to people with special needs for decades has died, a charity announced yesterday.Christine Kempe, the executive director of the WindReach outdoor centre for the disabled, said Dusty, who was 28, died on Wednesday "comfortable and showered with affection and gratitude".She added that Dusty, a... Tue, 19 Nov 2019 07:00:00 EST Hayward stepping down as BPSU head Jason Hayward, a government senator, has been replaced by Lloyquita Symonds as president of the Bermuda Public Services Union.A statement this morning from Edward Ball, the general secretary of the BPSU, announced that Mr Hayward would not be running for a third term as president for 2020/23.The union's general council appointed... Tue, 19 Nov 2019 08:27:00 EST Health conversation among nations Representatives from 31 countries, including Bermuda, talked about supporting the health of more than 700 million of their people. The representatives grappled with defining a common purpose of healthcare, and having the difficult conversations about health financing and sustainability of systems. This debate is frustrating everyone... Tue, 19 Nov 2019 07:00:00 EST Nothing is impossible, says Lightbourne Kyle Lightbourne has warned Mexico "nothing is impossible" as they aim to cause a major upset against the Gold Champions tonight.Concluding their Concacaf nations League group campaign, the two nations will clash at the Estadio Nemesio Díez Stadium in Toluca, where only a draw will guarantee Bermuda finishing above Panama in the... Tue, 19 Nov 2019 16:36:00 EST Bather: It doesn't get bigger than this Jaylon Bather believes Bermuda have already justified why they deserve to retain their Concacaf nations League top-tier status, warning relegation would now feel below their level.The 26-year-old is expected to once again partner Danté Leverock at the heart of the defence as Bermuda conclude their group B campaign with a daunting fixture... Mon, 18 Nov 2019 23:01:00 EST Sobriety tests help halve road deaths Breath-test checkpoints have helped slash the grim toll of death on the roads, the transport minister said yesterday.Zane DeSilva added that checkpoints, combined with road safety campaigns, had made major contributions to a 50 per cent fall in roads deaths from 12 in 2018 to six so far this year.He said: "I think some of the... Tue, 19 Nov 2019 07:00:00 EST Still not convinced by Algonquin More than five months have passed since the announcement of a potential sale of Ascendant to Algonquin Power Utilities Company.Since that time there has been no effort by the potential Canadian buyer to clearly state what benefits it may offer to the Bermudian ratepayers, the public or the future role it may play in the development... Tue, 19 Nov 2019 07:00:00 EST Burglar sent to drug court A man who admitted breaking into a home was sent to the Drug Treatment Court yesterday.Magistrates' Court heard that Leon Fough, 45, was caught after police were alerted to a burglary at a house in Ord Road, Warwick, last Friday.Police found Fough, from Southampton, in the master bedroom of the house.He was searched and two... Tue, 19 Nov 2019 07:00:00 EST Bermudians move up at public works Four Bermudians have moved up the ranks in the Ministry of Public Works, it was announced this afternoon.Lieutenant-Colonel David Burch, the public works minister, announced that Steven Conway will be the new Chief Surveyor, heading the department of Public Lands and Buildings and Kirk Outerbridge had been appointed as Chief... Tue, 19 Nov 2019 17:54:00 EST Butterfield Bank up on BSX and NYSE Butterfield Bank shares improved 20 cents, or 0.6 per cent, to $33.20 after 300 traded on The Royal Gazette/BSX Index. That was enough to lift the index by nine points, or 0.41 per cent, to 2,226.02.In New York, Butterfield's shares were up 17 cents, or 0.51 per cent, at $33.75.The BSX Insurance Index was up 2.47 points, or 0.15... Tue, 19 Nov 2019 16:46:00 EST Dockyard announces Christmas calendar Christmas is coming to the West End with an "epic" festive season planned for Dockyard, according to the West End Development Corporation.Stephanie Rodill, Wedco's marketing and events manager, said "everyone will find something to enjoy" in the quango's Christmas list of events. Voting has begun for the annual Festival of Trees,... Tue, 19 Nov 2019 13:52:00 EST Douglas ready to take his opportunity Paul Douglas is determined to seize any opportunity he is handed against Mexico and further cement his position within Kyle Lightbourne's Bermuda squad.The 22-year-old was called up to the national squad for the first time last month ahead of the reverse fixture, without playing, but received encouraging praise from the coach for his... Mon, 18 Nov 2019 23:01:00 EST Lightbourne shuffling midfield pack Kyle Lightbourne's midfield merry-go-round is showing no signs of slowing down ahead of Bermuda's final group match in League A of the Concacaf Nations League against Mexico tonight.The Bermuda coach has regularly interchanged the pieces of his midfield jigsaw throughout his side's Gold Cup and Nations League excursions.At no... Mon, 18 Nov 2019 23:01:00 EST Okumura to succeed CEO Frudd at Sompo A new chief executive officer is to lead Bermudian-based Sompo International Holdings Ltd from the start of the new year.Mikio Okumura will assume the role on January 1, taking over from Nigel Frudd, subject to regulatory approvals.He will report to John Charman, CEO of Sompo Holdings Overseas Insurance and Reinsurance... Tue, 19 Nov 2019 10:55:00 EST Festival of Lights back for Christmas The Festival of Lights, a popular holiday fundraiser, is returning this year to the Botanical Gardens.Belco announced this morning that the festive favourite, which was launched in 1996, would be back on Saturday nights for this year's holiday season.Starting November 30 and running until December 21, and powered by Belco with the... Tue, 19 Nov 2019 09:46:00 EST Fondest memories of racing at Shelly Bay Dear Sir,I hold many happy memories of your beautiful island from when I was contracted by the Bermuda Jockey Club as a lightweight jockey from December 1951 to May 1952, and then again from December 1952 to May 1953.My wife and I celebrated our diamond wedding anniversary on November 14 and arrived in Bermuda on November 17 to... Tue, 19 Nov 2019 07:00:00 EST Hamilton extends paid parental leave Hamilton Insurance Group has introduced a new parental/caregiver leave policy that reflects the company's commitment to diversity and inclusion.The Bermudian-based re/insurer will grant five months' paid maternity leave for mothers/primary caregivers under the new policy, up from the company's former policy of three months' leave, and... Tue, 19 Nov 2019 07:00:00 EST Budgeting tips for beginners As those of you who follow Olderhood will know, my business partner Bill Storie is a Scottish chartered accountant and the undisputed financial whiz kid in the family. This is good in that it alleviates me from the responsibility of offering strategic financial advice to our followers, but it also makes it tempting to imagine that I... Tue, 19 Nov 2019 07:00:00 EST Smith's Cheltenham advance in cup Bermuda players had mixed fortunes in the English FA Cup first-round replays tonight, with Jonté Smith's Cheltenham Town edging Swindon Town 1-0 away while goalkeeper Nathan Trott and his AFC Wimbledon side went down 2-0 away to Doncaster Rovers. Smith played 61 minutes for Cheltenham before being substituted. The game's only goal came... Tue, 19 Nov 2019 18:47:00 EST Racing yachts to set sail in May The fourth edition of the Antigua Bermuda Race will start from Antigua on May 6. The 935-nautical mile oceanic race is managed by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club in association with Antigua Sailing Week, and supported by the Bermuda Tourism Authority and Goslings Rum. The race is designed to suit a wide range of yachts and crew, with... Tue, 19 Nov 2019 12:07:00 EST Championships brought forward The National Cross Country Championships have been brought forward to Saturday, November 30 at the Botanical Gardens after a scheduling conflict with the original date, December 7. The champions for the series will be announced based on the races that have taken place since September, with the series finishing at Astwood Park. The... Tue, 19 Nov 2019 11:02:00 EST Lawyer faces prowling trial A lawyer who has denied prowling and theft charges faces a court trial.Magistrates' Court ordered Raymond Desilva, 52, to return on November 26 to set a trial date.Mr Desilva, from Devonshire, pleaded not guilty on August 23 to two charges of prowling and two counts of theft in Devonshire on June 3 and June 16.Magistrate... Tue, 19 Nov 2019 07:00:00 EST Cybersecurity needs female role models Schools and parents hold the key to breaking down preconceived ideas about the roles available to women in the cybersecurity space, a panel of experts told an audience in Bermuda.Moreover, panellists said, relatable female role models from the cybersecurity industry could exert powerful influence on shaping young women's interest and... Tue, 19 Nov 2019 07:00:00 EST Artex completes Horseshoe acquisition Artex Risk Solutions has completed the purchase of insurance-linked securities specialists Horseshoe Insurance Services Holdings Ltd, the company announced today. Artex said the acquisition significantly strengthens its ILS operations and furthers the company's goal to become the best service provider to the world's risk... Tue, 19 Nov 2019 07:00:00 EST Education authority under consideration An independent education authority for Bermuda's schools is under consideration, the House of Assembly heard last Friday.Diallo Rabain, the Minister of Education, said the Government was exploring a recommendation made in the Future State Report from the BermudaFirst advisory group.Mr Rabain said: "After reading the report and... Tue, 19 Nov 2019 07:00:00 EST