All Stories All Stories en-us Soldier left fighting for his life A young father and soldier was fighting for his life yesterday after being crashed into on Monday night at a Royal Bermuda Regiment checkpoint.Private Ndavyah Williams, 26, who suffered multiple injuries, was waiting to be flown by air ambulance yesterday for treatment in the United States. The father of a one-year-old daughter, Noelani,... Wed, 01 Jul 2020 07:00:00 EST Argus acquires two medical practices Health insurer Argus has acquired two medical practices in the first deal of its kind in Bermuda, the company announced last night.Island Health Services and the Family Practice Group and their approximately 15 doctors will become part of Argus Group Holdings Ltd.The practices will operate as normal and clients of all health... Wed, 01 Jul 2020 07:00:00 EST Recovery more than a year away, says Hayward The Government has a lot of work to do to get unemployed Bermudians back to work, the labour minister said last night.Jason Hayward said in an online question-and-answer session yesterday that he believed the island's economic recovery was still more than a year away.Asked for his "crystal ball" prediction, Mr Hayward said: "It's... Wed, 01 Jul 2020 07:00:00 EST Grand designs Akilah Swan's motto had always been "go big or go home". Fifteen years into her architecture and design career, however, she was not feeling particularly daring. A chief concern was that clients were shuffled through the system too quickly to really get to the heart of their needs; she considered leaving the industry... Wed, 01 Jul 2020 07:00:00 EST CedarBridge graduates told 'dare to be bold' Graduating students at CedarBridge Academy should avoid making excuses and "dare to lead" as they enter a new normal during the pandemic. This was the charge from Kenneth Caesar, acting principal for the school, during the virtual ceremony for the Class of 2020. "Rather than sit at home and be sad that you may not be able to go... Tue, 30 Jun 2020 23:01:00 EST Age Concern: seniors coping with isolation Older people were supported through the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic thanks to the generosity of donors and collaborative working, the executive director of Age Concern Bermuda said yesterday. Claudette Fleming explained that an outpouring of assistance helped the charity's members feel "safe", despite emergency measures that... Wed, 01 Jul 2020 07:00:00 EST Covid-19 update: 106 tests, 0 positive The Government received 106 Covid-19 test results yesterday - none of which were positive.A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Health said the island still has only two active cases of the virus, with one patient in hospital and the second under active public health monitoring.The island has recorded 146 cases of Covid-19 and nine... Wed, 01 Jul 2020 07:00:00 EST Digicel takes stand against hate speech Digicel will cease all paid advertising on Facebook globally this month, as it takes a stand against online hate speech.The parent company of Digicel Bermuda, said the move was "in solidarity with a number of leading global brands who have moved to send a strong message to Facebook that enough is enough and force it into affirmative... Wed, 01 Jul 2020 07:00:00 EST No real freedom right now One hundred years from now, how would historians have characterised this period we now call today. In the perspective of black history, how or in what context would this current period be labelled amid the 400 year travail, and assuming one hundred years from now, there is real progress and justice? I am going to make the prediction and... Wed, 01 Jul 2020 07:00:00 EST Bermuda Press posts half-year loss Bermuda Press (Holdings) Ltd made a net loss of $110,000 for the six months ended March 31, 2020.Operating revenues fell by $402,000 year over year to $11.09 million, as the group's publishing and retail, commercial printing and real estate divisions all pulled in less income.The loss broke down to eight cents per share and... Wed, 01 Jul 2020 07:00:00 EST What does Bermuda mean to me? Dear Sir,Arriving over water so clear and so blue one can practically see the parrotfish below, then to look out and see, on the horizon, the island forming in the distance, starting with Dockyard, is to experience a suspension of disbelief. In the middle of the mighty Atlantic Ocean really does exist a place more magical than the... Wed, 01 Jul 2020 07:00:00 EST Data scientist joins Envelop Risk in England Bermudian data scientist Emmanuel Smith has joined the technology team of insurtech company Envelop Risk, at its UK office.It is expected that Mr Smith will lead several important projects at the firm, a global specialist reinsurance managing general agency with a focus on artificial intelligence-driven cyber-risk modelling.Mr... Wed, 01 Jul 2020 07:00:00 EST Covid-19: 12 days with no new cases The island today marked 12 days without a new case of Covid-19.The milestone was notched up as 46 coronavirus tests came back clear and the first scheduled commercial flight since air travel was all but grounded was due to touch down tomorrow.The news meant Bermuda remained at 146 confirmed positive cases.Two cases are... Wed, 01 Jul 2020 18:09:00 EST Butterfield shares fall in New York The Royal Gazette/BSX Index closed unchanged on 1,784.44 as no shares traded on the Bermuda Stock Exchange.The US-listed shares of Butterfield Bank fell 93 cents, or 3.81 per cent, to close on $23.46 on the New York Stock Exchange, as 140,374 shares changed hands.Butterfield last traded on the BSX at $24.05.The BSX... Wed, 01 Jul 2020 17:39:00 EST Search dog recruited to help find Chavelle A cadaver dog has been brought in by police to help officers in their search for a missing mother.Falco, a Belgian Malinois, will boost efforts to find Chavelle Dillon-Burgess, whose last known contact with friends or close associates was on April 11.The dog arrived on the island last Thursday and started work soon after.A... Wed, 01 Jul 2020 08:59:00 EST New RBR second-in-command announced Major Larenzo Ratteray was today appointed as second-in-command of the Royal Bermuda Regiment. John Rankin, the Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Bermuda Regiment, said Major Ratteray was: "A highly able and well-qualified officer".Mr Rankin added: "His particular experience in training will be of particular value to... Wed, 01 Jul 2020 14:39:00 EST Digicel touts minimum 100Mbps internet speed Digicel is launching a new range of home internet products to change how people connect in Bermuda. All Digicel residential fibre customers will now receive nothing less than 100Mbps, surpassing anything seen on island before. Leslie Rans, the chief executive of Digicel Bermuda, said in a statement: "When Digicel invested in building its... Wed, 01 Jul 2020 09:25:00 EST Warning over phishing scam Police today warned of a scam e-mail that claimed to promote an investment opportunity endorsed by the Premier.David Burt was referred to as "Prime Minister Burt" in the e-mail, which asked people to invest in a cryptocurrency scheme with the promise of significant returns.But the e-mail, if opened, will forward the user to a... Wed, 01 Jul 2020 12:33:00 EST BTA raising the profile of local businesses The Bermuda Tourism Authority is working to elevate local brands to overseas consumers as part of Independent Retailer Month happening throughout July.The campaign, popularised annually in North America, is designed to promote local shopping to local consumers. While the Bermuda version of Independent Retailer Month will focus locally... Wed, 01 Jul 2020 12:58:00 EST Exhale Spa welcomes members back Hamilton Princess Beach Club's signature Exhale Spa is in operation again today during the fourth phase of the Government's reopening strategy. "Exhale has taken a number of steps to ensure the health and safety of its members and team, our first priority, as well as to give peace of mind to anyone seeking a safe space to work out... Wed, 01 Jul 2020 12:27:00 EST Deadline for parish council scholarship The deadline for the Devonshire Parish Council Fall 2020 scholarship is July 10.Applicants must be Bermudian and have resided in Devonshire for a minimum of 5 years. The scholarship, with a maximum value of up to $5,000 per awardee, is open to all ages and all levels of postsecondary education. Students must be accepted or... Wed, 01 Jul 2020 12:11:00 EST Coral Coast offers Cup Match-themed masks Face masks are the new "must have" accessory. And for those who want to show a touch of style while rocking the look, Coral Coast has a colourful and very Bermudian selection.There is no Cup Match cricket this summer, but you can still show your allegiance to Somerset or St George's by sporting either the red or blue face mask that... Wed, 01 Jul 2020 07:00:00 EST Could that actually happen to my son? "I'm just different." That is what 23-year-old Elijah McClain told police in Aurora, Colorado, after they stopped him as he walked home from a convenience store last August because someone saw the young black man and reported a suspicious person. Those would be some of McClain's last words. They haunt me as the parent of a child who is... Wed, 01 Jul 2020 07:00:00 EST Life after lockdown Remember how we were mandated into shelter-in-place, into lockdown and curfew? Remember how gyms closed and we wanted to write off 2020?Remember how you found a new norm, worked out at home, joined Zoom classes and promised to remain active?Remember challenging yourself to enter into Phase 4 fitter, regardless of the... Wed, 01 Jul 2020 07:00:00 EST Aspen, Axa XL bow to pressure on coal project Aspen Insurance and Axa XL are the latest in a growing number of insurers to step away from a major coal mining project in Australia as pressure mounted for the industry to distance itself from the fossil fuels sector.The Adani Group's proposed Carmichael mine in Queensland, which would produce 4.6 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide over... Wed, 01 Jul 2020 07:00:00 EST Tax implications of working from home This article was written in a Bermuda bedroom. It will be proofread in Paget, spellchecked in Sandys, and posted online from Pembroke. Home working has changed the way we work, and it is now changing how we pay our taxes.For those of us based on island right now, tax won't be top of our worry list. But for US and UK expat workers who are... Wed, 01 Jul 2020 14:03:00 EST Jones earns Duperreault Fellowship A Bermudian addiction counsellor in training has hopes of one day enhancing substance abuse services here. Mychel Jones is being helped on her journey by The Duperreault Fellowship endowment fund.The $64,000 award will fund her bachelor of science degree in psychology addictions offered online by Walden University. She... Wed, 01 Jul 2020 07:00:00 EST Digicel awards 'precious' bursary to Hayward Digicel Bermuda has awarded $3,500 and travel expense bursary for Berkeley Institute student Precious Hayward.It said Precious, who will be attending Acadia University in Novia Scotia, Canada, exhibits outstanding qualities both personally and scholastically, and comes as a highly recommended recipient from her peers and teachers... Wed, 01 Jul 2020 07:00:00 EST Chamber webinar focuses on cybersecurity A webinar on privacy and security considerations for business in the post Covid-19 environment is being hosted by the Bermuda Chamber of Commerce.Attendees will receive updates on the National Cybersecurity Strategy, information on the continued security risks of working remotely and between the office and home, details on what privacy... Wed, 01 Jul 2020 07:00:00 EST Bermuda conference to be virtual experience A major conference in Bermuda will be a virtual event this year. The ILS Bermuda Convergence Conference will be a digital, remote-access event in October because of the Covid-19 pandemic.The three-day annual conference attracts hundreds of delegates from Bermuda and other parts of the world.Organisers said they were excited to... Wed, 01 Jul 2020 07:00:00 EST Cruise industry sees first LNG bunkering A new breed of ship has successfully transferred liquefied natural gas fuel to one of the world's first LNG-fuelled cruise ships.The <i>Kairos</i>, which is managed by a company with offices in Bermuda, carried out the transfer at a port in Germany.It is the first gas fuel-supply vessel to join the ships managed by... Wed, 01 Jul 2020 07:00:00 EST Dodwell: hotels will 'lose more if open' Hotels will lose more money by reopening than they would if they remained closed this year, a leading hotelier said.David Dodwell, president of The Reefs, said this view was the consensus of a group of hoteliers from medium-sized properties who met yesterday.Speaking in a webinar hosted by the Bermuda Tourism Authority, Mr Dodwell... Tue, 30 Jun 2020 07:00:00 EST Burt defends reopening island to tourists Strict health precautions will be introduced to protect the island from Covid-19 as Bermuda prepares to reopen to visitors, the Premier said last night.David Burt said that the Government had to strike a balance between the economy and safety as Bermuda entered Phase 4 of the relaxation of coronavirus regulations tomorrow. Mr Burt... Tue, 30 Jun 2020 07:00:00 EST Bermuda Championship provides $22.6m boost Bermuda benefited by an estimated $22.6 million from the inaugural PGA Tour Bermuda Championship last year.That is based on a direct economic impact of $7.8 million, which is said to have generated an additional $10.6 million impact on the economy through "indirect and induced effect", while the value of international media exposure was... Tue, 30 Jun 2020 07:00:00 EST Cultural centre calls for help A Portuguese charity is appealing for help to make its dream of a cultural centre a reality.Casa dos Açores da Bermuda had hoped its fundraisers would pay for the extensive renovations needed to open the doors of the old Sea Cadets' building at Admiralty House, but the coronavirus pandemic has so far stymied that plan. The group... Tue, 30 Jun 2020 07:00:00 EST Berkeley graduates warned of 'chaotic' world The Class of 2020 will leave "into chaos" and will have to work extra hard to succeed in an uncertain world, the Berkeley Institute's graduation ceremony was warned yesterday. Ryan Robinson Perinchief, a former pupil and the founder of the Future Leaders programme, told pupils that the future would be difficult as a result of the... Tue, 30 Jun 2020 07:00:00 EST Tax relief for restaurants Struggling bars and restaurants will be able to apply for payroll tax relief, the Minister of Finance announced yesterday.Curtis Dickinson said that for the quarter scheduled to end tomorrow, payroll tax would be rated zero for the employer and employee portions of tax for qualified restaurants and bars.Mr Dickinson said: "The... Tue, 30 Jun 2020 07:00:00 EST Island's tourist industry takes a $250m hit Bermuda is losing nearly $250 million in visitor spending this year as a result of Covid-19.The estimates made by the Bermuda Tourism Authority were revealed yesterday in a webinar on the industry's preparedness to restart, ahead of commercial flights resuming on Thursday.Glenn Jones, the interim chief executive of the BTA, said... Tue, 30 Jun 2020 07:00:00 EST Profit-eroles win KPMG Investment Challenge A team from Bermuda High School showed they can pick stock market winners after they boosted the value of their virtual investment portfolio from $100,000 to $121,685 in six months.The team, The Profit-eroles, won the KPMG Senior School Investment Challenge after they made a virtual profit of $21,685, or more than 20 per cent - and won a... Tue, 30 Jun 2020 07:00:00 EST Police name jet ski victim The Premier offered condolences last night to the family of a 27-year-old man who was killed on Sunday in a jet ski incident.David Burt said: "It is certainly tragic to lose a life so young."He added: "But it's a reminder to all of us that we must make sure that we are taking extra precautions when we are out on the water, as it... Tue, 30 Jun 2020 07:00:00 EST Constitutional rights and freedoms On June 19, 2020, the House of Assembly passed a Bill to amend the Public Health Act. The effect of the amendment is that the Minister of Health now has the power to declare a "Public Health Emergency" if she is satisfied that a communicable disease or the threat of a communicable disease endangers the public's health.The amendment also... Tue, 30 Jun 2020 07:00:00 EST What would be the turning point in your story? <i>"When you set out in the world to help yourself you inevitably end up helping … Tutti."</i><b>Elizabeth Gilbert</b> (<i>Eat Pray Love</i>)Today's quote is borrowed from one of my favourite books. I won't pretend that it is the greatest literary masterpiece ever written - it isn't. In... Tue, 30 Jun 2020 07:00:00 EST Bus service halted for talks Buses will be off the road today between 11.30am and 3.30pm for a union meeting, the Department of Public Transportation has warned.A DPT spokesman said the service interruption was to allow unions to discuss with the division its negotiations with the Government.Curtis Dickinson, the Minister of Finance, sent an open letter to... Tue, 30 Jun 2020 07:00:00 EST Parental advice: change conversation with our kids Dear Sir,The following is addressed to the parents of Bermuda. I am not sure when or why we began teaching our kids to follow their passions, but I am urging you to stop - or to at least change the conversation.At a time when we are trying to figure out how to get Bermudians "back to work", we have to be more intentional... Tue, 30 Jun 2020 07:00:00 EST Butterfield shares slip 4.8% Shares of Butterfield Bank fell by $1.20, or 4.8 per cent, to $24.05, after 11,986 traded on The Royal Gazette/BSX Index.In New York, the bank's shares were up seven cents, or 0.29 per cent, at $24.39.On the local exchange, a total of 100 shares of Ascendant Group Ltd changed hands, but with no change to the closing price of... Tue, 30 Jun 2020 18:12:00 EST Limited court services announced for July "Limited" services are returning to the courts tomorrow, with restrictions to be "revisited further in two weeks".A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Legal Affairs said anyone permitted to enter the Dame Lois Browne Evans police and court building on Court Street in Hamilton would be required to wear a mask or similar face... Tue, 30 Jun 2020 17:06:00 EST Pals charity gifted van by Rubis A van was donated to a charity that supports cancer patients to help its team get to people in need of care.Rubis Energy Bermuda presented Pals with a Renault Kangoo, which means that its clinical services crew has more transport to move around the islands.Colleen English De Grilla, the charity's executive director, said that the... Tue, 30 Jun 2020 14:30:00 EST Pop-up testing cancelled by rain Public Covid-19 testing scheduled to take place in Warwick this afternoon has been cancelled.A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Health said "pop-up" testing was supposed to take place at the Heron Bay MarketPlace, but it has been scrapped because of the weather.Anyone who had booked an appointment for this afternoon can call the... Tue, 30 Jun 2020 13:55:00 EST Racial justice and reparations that must inevitably follow Over the past month, protests across the country, and even the world, have erupted in response to the death of George Floyd by white Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. While the protests have focused on police violence, the issues of racism are deeply rooted and multifaceted. Addressing police brutality is not enough. Racial... Tue, 30 Jun 2020 07:00:00 EST Thanks to this virus, 60 is the new 65 More than 20 million Americans ages 60 to 65 got a rude surprise this year. Many of us, BC - before the novel coronavirus - had counted on a little more time before we had to see ourselves as "old".Yet in recent weeks, we've been shoved towards senescence as supermarkets have scheduled "senior hours" for those 60 and older, and major... Tue, 30 Jun 2020 07:00:00 EST Dismont formally retires from Family Centre The woman who has led Family Centre since it started is to step down today as the charity celebrates its 30th anniversary.Martha Dismont, who will hand over to new executive director Sandy DeSilva, said the organisation had been a labour of love.Ms Dismont, who founded the charity, added: "The joy I see on the faces of children... Tue, 30 Jun 2020 07:00:00 EST Rosedon hotel closed until 2021 A top hotel has announced that it will remain shut until next year because of the Covid-19 crisis and that staff would be made redundant.Scott Kitson, a co-owner of the Rosedon Hotel, in Pembroke, said hotel staff already laid off would lose their jobs and he said it is hoped the business could reopen next April.Mr Kitson said:... Mon, 29 Jun 2020 07:00:00 EST Wells scores goal No 18 in losing cause Nahki Wells was on target yesterday with his eighteenth goal of the season, but his Bristol City side's promotion aspirations in the Sky Bet Championship took a big hit with a 2-1 defeat at home to struggling Sheffield Wednesday.Wells netted with a close-range header in the 68th minute, following up after Wednesday goalkeeper Joe... Mon, 29 Jun 2020 07:00:00 EST Lockdown takes cycle firm in new direction When Covid-19 shuttered businesses, Dexter Swan knew the only way to move Social Cycles forward was to think outside the box.The company rents, repairs and sells a range of pedal bikes and accessories, however, before the pandemic, the lion's share of its trade came from the electronic bike tours it offered tourists."We work out... Mon, 29 Jun 2020 07:00:00 EST Bermuda eyes African-American tourism market Bermuda must go beyond black people in advertisements to attract African-American tourists, the head of the island's tourism quango has warned.Glenn Jones, the interim chief executive of the Bermuda Tourism Authority, said that diversity in the organisation's boardroom, as well as in promotional material, was vital to reach the growing... Mon, 29 Jun 2020 07:00:00 EST Gosling: let's come out of our shells Residents "should not be scared of their own shadows" as the island moves into Phase 4, the Mayor of Hamilton urged.Charles Gosling said businesses in the city - and their employees ­- were suffering badly from the effects of restrictions related to the pandemic and he urged consumers to venture back into town. His comments came in... Mon, 29 Jun 2020 07:00:00 EST Young Achievers: Kai's powerful message A young woman labelled "unteachable" as a child has completed high school - with flying colours.Kai Smart, 17, graduated from King's-Edgehill Boarding School in Nova Scotia, Canada, with straight A's, despite a disorder that makes it difficult to understand speech that was not diagnosed for years. Now she plans to pursue her passion for... Mon, 29 Jun 2020 07:00:00 EST Petition calls for further delay to US flights Hundreds of people have backed a petition to demand a delay to the resumption next week of air travel from the United States.Flights between Bermuda and the US are scheduled to resume on July 6, but an online petition said it was feared that commercial air travel could bring new cases of Covid-19.The petition, launched... Mon, 29 Jun 2020 07:00:00 EST Covid-19: what travellers must know The Government has detailed Covid-19 safety precautions for residents who return from overseas.All travellers will have to complete a travel authorisation process online and pay a $75 fee to cover the cost of a Covid test.They must also wear face masks on their way to the airport and in the terminal and keep a safe distance from... Mon, 29 Jun 2020 07:00:00 EST West, Walikraam enjoy long walk to glory Eric West and Tariqah Walikraam emerged from the first competitive golf since the coronavirus pandemic with runaway victories in the Bermuda Stroke Play Championships, which concluded at Port Royal Golf Course yesterday.Both had done the hard work on Saturday by virtually lapping their fields before going on 18-hole... Mon, 29 Jun 2020 07:00:00 EST