All Stories All Stories en-us Dickinson offers relief package A lifeline for businesses devastated by the Covid-19 pandemic was pledged last night by Curtis Dickinson, the finance minister.Measures include a payroll bailout for some hospitality establishments, customs duty deferral for stores, and a break on pension and social insurance contributions.Two months of restrictions to contain the... Thu, 21 May 2020 07:00:00 EST Phase 2: caution still the buzzword for Burt Residents deserve high praise for their work to fight the spread of Covid-19, an infectious disease specialist said yesterday. Michael Ashton, the Chief of Medicine at the Bermuda Hospitals Board, said that he and Cheryl Peek-Ball, the Chief Medical Officer, had spoken about the island's response to the coronavirus. He explained:... Thu, 21 May 2020 07:00:00 EST Gordon Ward shut down by positive staff tests A long-term care unit at the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital has been locked down after a patient and a staff member tested positive for the novel coronavirus.Health minister Kim Wilson told a press conference yesterday that a staff member on Gordon Ward tested positive for Covid-19 earlier this week. She said: "Consequently,... Thu, 21 May 2020 07:00:00 EST Turning page from finance to fiction Bob Richards has written three novels - and they've made quite an impression on the literary world.The former finance minister has an agent, a genuine hope of being picked up by a publisher and the real possibility of seeing his stories played out on the big screen.Asked how he achieved the near-impossible feat with his debut... Thu, 21 May 2020 07:00:00 EST Outdoor 'diners' urged to book ahead Restaurants and bars that get approved for outdoor service can open today under stringent restrictions, the health minister announced last night.Kim Wilson said those in the community eager to get back out were "highly recommended" to book ahead, with walk-ins to be recorded.Any traditional hands-on service is out for the time... Thu, 21 May 2020 07:34:00 EST Rabain: planning key to reopening schools Plans to reopen public schools can be successful if prevention measures to stop the spread of Covid-19 are in place, an infectious disease expert said yesterday. Michael Ashton, Chief of Medicine at the Bermuda Hospitals Board, said: "The prevailing strategy of social-distancing, physical-distancing, hand hygiene, masking - if those are... Thu, 21 May 2020 07:00:00 EST Burch: staff may continue working from home Ministry of Public Works staff could continue working from home after the Covid-19 pandemic is over.Lieutenant-Colonel David Burch, the minister, said in an online question-and-answer period on Tuesday night that the response to the pandemic has helped to reveal potential cost savings.He said: "I don't think the world is ever... Thu, 21 May 2020 07:00:00 EST Security outnumbers passengers on bus return Bus service resumed yesterday, but only a handful of passengers took advantage.Passengers were outnumbered by security staff at the Hamilton Bus terminal shortly before noon, with several buses leaving the area with only the driver on board.Jorge Madeiros said he had been worried about the potential lack of space on the buses, but... Thu, 21 May 2020 07:00:00 EST Eve seals permanent deal with Spennymoor Bermuda goalkeeper Dale Eve has been signed on a permanent deal by Vanarama National League North club Spennymoor Town.The 25-year-old, who starred during Bermuda's run in the Concacaf Gold Cup and Nations League last year, made a lasting impression, despite playing in only one league match - a convincing 4-0 defeat of Hereford.He... Thu, 21 May 2020 08:15:00 EST Seniors survive car's plummet down embankment An elderly man and woman were cut free from a car yesterday after it plunged over an embankment and landed on its roof.A police spokesman said that the car, driven by a 71-year-old man, hit a wall before it went over the ten-foot drop and landed in the yard of a house with the driver and his woman passenger, also 71, trapped... Thu, 21 May 2020 07:00:00 EST A time for real shared sacrifice David Burt has received high marks for his leadership in the Covid-19 crisis. The only time when the Premier has faltered is when his "spinstinct" has gotten ahead of his better judgment. That happened when he started talking about Bermuda's "aggressive testing" for the virus at a time when the testing was anything but. And now he... Thu, 21 May 2020 07:00:00 EST Dancing is a simple recipe for happiness When I learnt that DJ Felix was going to run a special music broadcast during Bermuda's lockdown, I immediately wrote to him: "I want to be in it! I want to cheer my beloved Bermudians up!"He loved the idea, and I went to work.I called my radio presentations on Ocean 89 "Good Vibes from Nina London!"For three weeks of the... Thu, 21 May 2020 07:00:00 EST How can Bermuda bounce back? How will the Bermuda economy get back on its feet after a recession unlike any other the island has ever seen? ­Today, <i>The Royal Gazette</i> is inviting readers to offer their ideas. More than 9,000 people have been laid off in the space of two months, a multitude of businesses starved of revenue and tourism brought to a... Thu, 21 May 2020 07:00:00 EST Bermuda bridges to be celebrated on stamps Bermuda's latest batch of commemorative stamps will highlight the island's historic bridges.The stamp series, the first of 2020, will feature Watford Bridge, Flatts Bridge, the Bridge at Norwood and the Causeway.Wayne Furbert, the Minister for the Cabinet Office, said: "Bermuda's bridges are unique landmarks, which reflect the... Thu, 21 May 2020 07:00:00 EST Police still providing criminal record checks The Bermuda Police Service advises members of the public that it continues to provide Criminal Records Checks at this time.However, in response to the novel coronavirus disease, (COVID-19) pandemic, certain precautionary measures are in place at all police stations and offices in line with current government guidelines. Thu, 21 May 2020 14:59:00 EST Courts continue gradual reopening Additional court services are will come online next week as the courts continue to reopen in phases.Alexandra Wheatley, the Supreme Court Registry, said in a notice the Supreme Court Registry on the third floor of the Dame Lois Browne-Evans building will reopen on Monday but with limited hours.The registry will open from 9.30am to... Thu, 21 May 2020 14:44:00 EST Chamber and KPMG host 'new normal' webinar The Bermuda Chamber of Commerce and KPMG in Bermuda will host a webinar on the recovery and what the "new normal" will mean for businesses.The webinar will take place on May 27 and is open to both members and non-members. Joining the discussion will be Stephen Beatty, global chairman, infrastructure and head, Global Cities Centre... Thu, 21 May 2020 13:32:00 EST Roadworks in Hamilton Parish Lane closures will take place on North Shore Road and Harrington Sound Road from next week.Two releases from the Ministry of Public Works follow:The Ministry of Public Works wishes to inform motorists that North Shore Road near Shelly Bay Beach in Hamilton Parish will undergo embankment repairs that will require a portion of the... Thu, 21 May 2020 12:32:00 EST BMS appointments include Bermuda team boost Independent specialist re/insurance broker BMS Group has appointed Alison Schwab, Russell Williams and Robert Thomas to its energy division.Mr Williams specialises in general casualty and energy liability within the Bermuda market. In the past, he had served as head of specialty at RK Harrison and was previously a managing director at... Thu, 21 May 2020 12:17:00 EST Be kind for mental health week Residents were urged to remember the importance of kindness as mental health awareness campaigns took place in other countries.The Bermuda Mental Health Foundation said that stress levels had increased for everyone because of the coronavirus crisis.A message from its board of directors explained: "Good mental health is important... Thu, 21 May 2020 11:49:00 EST Antibody test results given more quickly People are being informed of coronavirus antibody results within 48 hours of testing, after the Government's policy was altered.The test, one of several types of test available, flags up the immune markers showing that a person has been exposed to the virus causing Covid-19.Antibodies are produced by the immune system once the... Thu, 21 May 2020 09:05:00 EST Four-year anniversary of unsolved gun murder Police renewed their call for information today as the island marks the four-year anniversary of the gun murder of Patrick Dill.Detective Sergeant Jason Smith said that the murder was still under investigation but required assistance from witnesses to "help bring closure to his family and friends".Mr Dill was shot outside his home... Thu, 21 May 2020 11:44:00 EST BDA and Rims team up for webinar series Reinsurance industry leaders are coming together to provide a series of online webinars featuring some of the top companies from Bermuda and elsewhere.The Bermuda Business Development Agency and Rims, the risk management society, will host a weekly series of five educational webinars, beginning on June 3.The series will provide... Thu, 21 May 2020 11:42:00 EST Discounts for boat trips A boat charter company will launch a new membership club to encourage Bermudians back on to the water.True Bermuda Charters said the Club True programme will offer discounts, perks and special events to members - with a portion of funds set aside to host charters for Bermuda's healthcare workers.Joshua Crockwell, co-owner and... Thu, 21 May 2020 11:38:00 EST Third Sector rises to the challenge The Third Sector has played a critical role in Bermuda's response to the Covid-19 pandemic. For many it feels like the first time the sector as a whole has been widely recognised for the role it plays in building the wellbeing of our community. The Third Sector - non-profit agencies, donors and other stakeholders who meet the... Thu, 21 May 2020 07:00:00 EST Covid-19 leads to spike in domestic violence Reports of domestic incidents including verbal attacks more than doubled during lockdown compared with the previous month, police data showed.In April, the Bermuda Police Service recorded 81 domestic incidents after 35 cases in March.A spokesman explained: "These figures represent the total of physical and non-physical [verbal]... Wed, 20 May 2020 07:00:00 EST BFA faces crunch talks over end to season The Bermuda Football Association will hold a special congress meeting next Wednesday when it is expected that the plug finally may be pulled on the 2019-20 season - a decision that could and should have been made at least a month earlier.Undeterred by the determination of the Bermuda Government that spectator sport was not possible in... Wed, 20 May 2020 07:00:00 EST Painting by numbers Ari?Haziza's art speaks to what is going on inside his head. Called <i>Wild Randomness</i>, the triptych on display as part of the 2020 Bermuda Biennial is a series of numbers - as a list, a line graph and a bar chart. Steady for a period, their pattern is interrupted by sudden leaps and drastic dips."The numbers look... Wed, 20 May 2020 07:00:00 EST Barbers set for busy reopening Barbershops and hair salons are braced for a busy reopening - but they could take as long as a year to fully recover from their two-month closures, a barber said yesterday.Kenton Trott, the owner of Luxury Cuts on Reid Street in Hamilton, said the grooming industry would see a lot of clients return in the coming days but could take on... Wed, 20 May 2020 07:00:00 EST Sir John: open economy and grow social support Bermuda can emerge from the Covid-19 crisis as "a more just and equitable society" that looks after its people better, a former premier believes.But Sir John Swan argues that to generate the resources to enable that to happen, the island will need to open up its economy, lowering barriers to foreigners and their capital.Broad... Wed, 20 May 2020 07:00:00 EST Immigration reform seen as 'real game-changer' Bermuda can kick-start its real estate market in the post Covid-19 world - but it must be prepared to rip up the rulebook and embrace immigration reform.Mathew Kelly, a director and head of real estate at law firm Chancery Legal in Hamilton, said... Wed, 20 May 2020 07:00:00 EST Jacques Crevoisier (1947-2020) Tributes have poured in for a top French football coach who helped inspire a generation of Bermudian coaches.Jacques Crevoisier spent more than a decade delivering coaching courses and initiatives on the island for four organisations - the Bermuda Football Foundation, the Bermuda Football Association, the ABC Football School and, most... Wed, 20 May 2020 07:00:00 EST Princess Street stabbing victim named A 60-year-old man stabbed to death on Saturday night has been identified by police. Henry Santucci was found facedown and unconscious on Princess Street, near the junction with Angle Street, at about 8pm. Police and paramedics worked on Mr Santucci at the scene and he was rushed to the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital for... Wed, 20 May 2020 07:00:00 EST Real estate at a crossroads Since the arrival of Covid-19, I have read various sobering articles about the effects on the real estate market from leading realtors and valuers. As a real estate attorney, I share these concerns. However, instead of being consumed by all the negativity, I also see this as the perfect opportunity to bring about fundamental change to... Wed, 20 May 2020 07:00:00 EST Weekes: my priority is safety The senior police officer who headed the service's response to the Covid-19 pandemic said that his number one priority was public safety.But Assistant Commissioner of Police Martin Weekes added that he and officers under his command had no plans to be "heavy-handed" with the extra responsibilities they had been given during the... Wed, 20 May 2020 11:28:00 EST No new Covid-19 cases from 156 tests No new cases of Covid-19 were found in the last set of test results returned yesterday, the health ministry said. A total of 156 test results were received, all of which were clear of the novel coronavirus. A health ministry spokeswoman said that the total confirmed number of cases remained at 125.There are 38 active cases,... Wed, 20 May 2020 07:00:00 EST Update on help given to third sector The Bank of Bermuda Foundation has handed out a total of $132,500 to support pandemic emergency services, it said today.The charitable foundation has backed food programmes, the provision of emergency shelter, mental health services, medicine deliveries and given laptops to public schools over the crisis.The foundation said cash... Wed, 20 May 2020 16:13:00 EST Coastguard rescues stranded sailor A Bermuda Coast Guard crew rescued a solo sailor whose boat started to take on water on the high seas.The Polish skipper of the 36ft ketch SV Hobo Girl was towed to safety by the coastguard after he was spotted five nautical miles southeast of the island.The rescue was carried out last night after Bermuda Radio contacted the... Wed, 20 May 2020 20:57:00 EST Dickinson names advisory committee members Curtis Dickinson, the finance minister, has named the 11 members of the Economic Advisory Committee charged with "delivering bold ideas to shape Bermuda's future". International business has strong representation, including four insurance company executives, while other interests represented are the restaurants sector, construction,... Wed, 20 May 2020 20:49:00 EST Home run: get your mind right and your body will follow Hi guys! I trust that you all have been coping well as we approach ten weeks (more for some) of social-distancing at home. It's been very interesting, draining, exciting - all the emotions, LOL - but I am actually thankful. Since sheltering in place I've had time to practise more self-care (to stretch, improve mobility, mindful eating,... Wed, 20 May 2020 07:00:00 EST Watlington shares down 5.4% Shares of Watlington Waterworks Ltd fell by $1.50, or 5.4 per cent, to $26.50 after 300 traded on The Royal Gazette/BSX Index.On the New York Stock Exchange, shares of Butterfield Bank were up $1.07, or 4.97 per cent, at $22.59.The Royal Gazette/BSX Index was down 1.48 points, or 0.09 per cent, at 1,594.04, while the BSX Insurance... Wed, 20 May 2020 16:50:00 EST Public approves handling of pandemic A survey this month found a favourable response to the Government's handling of the Covid-19 Pandemic.The "vast majority", or 92 per cent, of residents polled were satisfied with the response overall, according to Total Research Associates and Narrative Research.One third indicated they were completely satisfied with the response,... Wed, 20 May 2020 16:09:00 EST BEST plea over fishing regulations An environmental charity has pleaded with the public to follow fishing regulations to protect the island's marine life.The Bermuda Environmental Sustainability Taskforce said policies to ensure the long-term health of Bermuda's waters should be followed.A spokeswoman for the charity said: "Do not take juvenile fish - this is an... Wed, 20 May 2020 08:07:00 EST Arthur downgraded to a 'post-tropical' storm The remnants of Tropical Storm Arthur are expected to bring winds and rain to the island tonight.The first tropical storm of the year was downgraded to a post-tropical storm yesterday. According to the Bermuda Weather Service forecast yesterday: "It will be accompanied by showery and breezy conditions before it dissipates and... Wed, 20 May 2020 07:00:00 EST Separation enforced at bus terminal Physical-distancing measures will be in place when buses return to the roads today, the Government confirmed. A spokesman for the transport ministry said "passenger capacity on buses has been reduced". He added: "The number of passengers directed to the departure bay will strictly match the capacity of the bus operating on that... Wed, 20 May 2020 07:00:00 EST Gibbons executive hits out at restrictions A rule to limit retail business customers to certain shopping days was criticised by a leading sector figure yesterday.Paula Clarke, the chief executive of Gibbons Company, said the requirement that customers could only shop on the same designated days they were allowed to grocery shop "didn't really make a lot of sense". She... Wed, 20 May 2020 07:00:00 EST Open-air access considered for restaurants Stakeholders are looking to expand alfresco dining to give as many restaurants as possible the chance to reopen.Recognising that outdoor service is an impossibility for some eateries, the hope is to find a way to open up "streets, sidewalks and public squares", said Glenn Jones, the interim chief executive of the Bermuda Tourism... Wed, 20 May 2020 07:00:00 EST Burt calls for vigilance heading into Phase 2 Bermuda will move to the second phase of the relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions on Thursday, the Premier announced yesterday. David Burt said the decision was reached in a Cabinet meeting over the weekend after the "benefits and risks" were weighed. Mr Burt added: "Your concern is our concern."The Premier said residents should be... Tue, 19 May 2020 07:00:00 EST BPSU rejects government cost-cutting plan A 12.5 per cent pay cut for MPs and senators plus a suspension of payments to the public service superannuation fund will be tabled in the House of Assembly on Friday, it was revealed last night.David Burt said the cuts were agreed at a Cabinet meeting on Sunday after talks with government backbenchers and the Opposition.Mr Burt... Tue, 19 May 2020 07:00:00 EST Business as usual for 'bankrupt' Digicel Digicel Group One Ltd, the telecommunications group's Bermudian-based holding company, has gone into provisional liquidation in Bermuda. The company has also filed for Chapter 15 recognition at US bankruptcy court in Manhattan.However, Digicel said yesterday that the moves will not impact the regular operations of the company and... Tue, 19 May 2020 07:00:00 EST A marriage made via Zoom It was not the wedding they had planned, but Sabrina Smith and Chris Cunningham were thrilled they had been allowed to marry at all.They exchanged vows on Saturday before a handful of people at the Registry-General's office - the rest of their guests logged on to Zoom and watched from around the world. "We had seven guests and... Tue, 19 May 2020 07:00:00 EST Tropical Storm Arthur: noon update Tropical Storm Arthur has weakened, but its remnants are expected to pass over the island later this week.As of noon the US-based National Hurricane Centre said the system, the first tropical storm of the year, has become a post-tropical cycloneThe Bermuda Weather Service said Tropical Storm Arthur would pass to the "distant... Tue, 19 May 2020 07:00:00 EST 'Sweet' Maisie gets best friend Teddy back A little girl was reunited with her lost teddy bear after a good Samaritan turned detective to help trace the owner.Leanne Graham said yesterday that her four-year-old daughter, Maisie, was "elated" after her best friend, Teddy, was returned safe after he fell out of her stroller during a family walk at the weekend.She added that... Tue, 19 May 2020 07:00:00 EST February's retail sales edge higher Retail sales edged 1.1 per cent higher in February than in the same month last year, after adjustment for inflation.Food stores recorded the largest volume increase of 5.6 per cent. Retailers partly attributed the higher sales volume to the extra shopping day in February compared with February 2019, according to the Retail Sales Index... Tue, 19 May 2020 07:00:00 EST Burt: limited bus service to return Buses are to return to the roads tomorrow, the Premier said yesterday.David Burt added that more talks were expected to take place between transport department representatives and the Ministry of Health.The Department of Public Transportation said on Sunday night that the resumption of services with limited capacity - scheduled... Tue, 19 May 2020 07:00:00 EST Putting growth and Bermuda first Scylla and Charybdis were monsters in Greek mythology - one a whirlpool and the other a six-headed creature - situated on either side of a narrow channel. If mariners avoided one danger, they were certain to be caught and destroyed by the other, and this remains a metaphor of choice for when we face equally unpleasant alternatives.Last... Tue, 19 May 2020 07:00:00 EST Cruise lines report surge in bookings Three major cruise ship operators that sail to Bermuda have secured billions of dollars in public debt and through equity markets to help them stay afloat for the next 12 months.The companies also reported a strong level of bookings for next year as customers showed enthusiasm for cruise ship vacations as the Covid-19 storm... Tue, 19 May 2020 07:00:00 EST Go-ahead for controversial Paget development A ten-apartment building in the central parishes has been approved despite environmental concerns.The application by developer Gilbert Lopes proposed the erection of a two-storey building on land between Middle Road and the Railway Trail near the Loughlands estate in Paget.The completed development would feature ten single-bedroom... Tue, 19 May 2020 07:00:00 EST No 'right' answer on schools reopening There is a school of thought that we must find a balance between protecting people from Covid-19 and from the serious damage to our economy that will occur as a result of people not working and business closure.Let's be honest; many people may take the view that Donald Trump has propagated, as it seems he clearly has a philosophy that... Tue, 19 May 2020 07:00:00 EST New TCD procedures starting Wednesday The Transport Control Department advises the public of updated service procedures and instructions that go into effect tomorrow, Wednesday, May 19. Whereas previously, licence certificates could be collected from the National Stadium Pavilion, customers will now collect all licence certificates exclusively from the TCD North Street... Tue, 19 May 2020 19:26:00 EST mg手游游戏中心