All Stories All Stories en-us Lockdown for two weeks from Saturday A 24-hour lockdown will be imposed for 14 days from Saturday in the battle against Covid-19, the Premier announced this afternoon.David Burt said that he asked John Rankin, the Governor, to declare a state of emergency and that residents - with the exception of essential workers - must only leave their homes for food, medicine or... Wed, 01 Apr 2020 15:09:00 EST No new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday Bermuda recorded no new confirmed cases of Covid-19 today.David Burt, the Premier, told a press conference eight negative test results were received, and the island's number of confirmed cases remained 32.Of the three cases under investigation, two have been confirmed as "close contacts", and one is still being looked... Wed, 01 Apr 2020 12:52:00 EST Sponsored Twizys for Covid-19 frontline workers Almost 60 frontline workers involved in the battle against Covid-19 have been provided with free transport through a sponsorship programme launched by Current Vehicles.Piers Carr, founder and chief executive officer of the electric rental car pioneers, reached out to the business community with the idea a week ago.He said: "We got... Wed, 01 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST A tough time for teenagers Like a lot of teens, Lilly DeCouto has spent the past 13 years working towards one goal - university. When Covid-19 hit, her final examinations were cancelled."Two years of work have just gone out the window," the 17-year-old Bermuda High School student said. "Having no end goal has been hard. It has been very... Wed, 01 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Thomson says sorry for kite confrontation A public confrontation over noisy "hummer" kites that blew up on a social media led to apologies last night and a call for mutual respect.A video posted on Facebook yesterday showed a dispute between an area resident and a group of men flying traditional Bermuda kites.The footage showed businessman Steve Thomson, with former wife... Wed, 01 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Security forces fitted with 'right kit' Soldiers and police officers have the protective equipment they need to help the island battle Covid-19.Major Preston Gill, the Royal Bermuda Regiment coronavirus response commander and planner, explained that troops were ordered to follow strict guidelines.He said: "Everyone has the right kit to do their jobs. We have been clear... Wed, 01 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Mother of famous 'Royal' triplets The mother of triplets who found fame when they were presented to the Queen during her first visit to Bermuda has died.Joy Agass-Smith, 89, gave birth to babies Elizabeth, Margaret and Philippa in 1953, the year of the Queen's coronation.The girls' births also coincided with the new monarch's world tour, with her husband, Prince... Wed, 01 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Caribbean braces for more Covid-19 cases The Caribbean, as well as Bermuda, is facing a new reality of social distancing and restrictions on movement as they battle their fears during the Covid-19 pandemic.The Dominican Republic has been hit the hardest of the 28 countries in the region with 1,109 cases, 1,053 active, and 51 deaths and Cuba has suffered 186 cases, with 172... Wed, 01 Apr 2020 05:03:00 EST Now is the perfect time to get healthy Here we are in the fourth month of 2020 and most of us are more than ready to call it quits, start over or completely skip over this entire year already.I get it. Social media is full of negative subjects, memes and information, especially now with this world pandemic of Covid-19. So what now? We're practising social distancing at... Wed, 01 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Society should be about virtue <i>"Lord, am I worthy for you to enter under my roof?"</i>In a previous column, I talked about what we commonly call karma or reaping what we sow. Today, I want to introduce a parallel subject of "worthiness".Too often as individuals and society, we act as though the dominant principle governing life is random... Wed, 01 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST The education 'status quo' is failing children Dear Sir, Let me introduce you to Bermuda's new status quo - our public education.For context, I refer you to the year 2013, when our public schools' mathematics and science results had a very poor IGCSE showing, with only 19 per cent of students getting grades of C and above for those subjects. (Most universities consider only... Wed, 01 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Police arrest man after argument A heavy police presence was involved in the arrest of a man yesterday.A police spokesman confirmed officers were called to an incident in St John's Road in Pembroke.The spokesman added: "As a result, one man was arrested and detained in police custody. "A court appearance is anticipated."Photographs and video of the... Wed, 01 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Easy-to-use Covid-19 checklist released Emergency doctors have pulled together a easy-to-read self-assesment guide to Covid-19.Chikezie Dean Okereke, the BHB's chief of emergency and hyperbaric services, said: "We developed the Covid-19 self-assessment as tool to better manage the needs of our community. "Providing the public with a guide that eliminates the guesswork... Wed, 01 Apr 2020 20:35:00 EST Butterfield suspends changes to card rates Butterfield Bank's previously announced changes to credit card rates and fees, which were to have taken effect on March 31, have been suspended until further notice.In a statement, the bank said: "Those changes were planned and announced in advance of the Government of Bermuda's implementation of measures to prevent the spread of... Wed, 01 Apr 2020 19:07:00 EST Women's charity gets $40,000 for aid An "incredible outpouring" to the Women's Resource Centre has resulted in nearly $40,000 towards grocery vouchers for women and children in need, the charity announced.The fundraiser came after a high volume of phone calls to the charity from women with children of all ages who are unemployed, home schooling and in need of food,... Wed, 01 Apr 2020 18:52:00 EST Man charged with attempted murder A 20-year-old man has appeared in Magistrates' Court charged with attempted murder in connection with a shooting last month. Kyari Flood, from Pembroke, was also accused of use of a firearm to commit an indictable offence. Mr Flood was granted bail with "strict conditions" on March 27. A police spokesman said: "He has so... Wed, 01 Apr 2020 14:56:00 EST Butterfield shares fall on NYSE Shares of Butterfield Bank were down $1.52, or 8.93 per cent, at $15.51, on The New York Stock Exchange.Meanwhile, The Royal Gazette/BSX Index was quiet with no trades. The Index closed unchanged at 1,502.26, while the BSX Insurance Index was down 74.23 points, or 5.91 per cent, at 1,181.41. Wed, 01 Apr 2020 17:58:00 EST Covid-19 diagnoses hit 32 Bermuda has hit a "different stage" of the coronavirus crisis, the Premier said yesterday after five more positive tests for Covid-19 pushed the total to 32.David Burt added that he would consult with the Chief Medical Officer and health minister to decide if extra measures to combat the disease should be introduced.But he said... Wed, 01 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Fines warning after trash dumping The parks department warned today it was illegal to dump trash anywhere other than designated garbage dumps after a rash of incidents in public places.A spokesman for the Ministry of Public Works warned that polluters faced a fine of up to $5,000 for a first offence and a $10,000 fine for subsequent convictions.The reminder came... Wed, 01 Apr 2020 15:15:00 EST FC Bascome facing delay to maiden season FC Bascome Bermuda will have to wait to get their inaugural USL League Two campaign under way because of the global Covid-19 pandemic.The newly formed team were scheduled to face Philadelphia Lone Star FC at the National Stadium in their Mid Atlantic Division opener on May 9.However, the United Soccer League announced yesterday... Wed, 01 Apr 2020 15:00:00 EST New Belco power station up and running Belco's recently constructed North Power Station is officially up and running.A Belco spokesman said the station came online at midnight last night after "many years of planning and construction".Dennis Pimentel, Belco president, said: "The commissioning of the North Power Station marks an important milestone for our company and... Wed, 01 Apr 2020 14:50:00 EST English non-Leagues suspended indefinitely The Vanarama National League, National League North and National League South, featuring several Bermudians, were suspended indefinitely yesterday because of the Covid-19 crisis.Bermuda players competing at the National League levels include Justin Donawa at Darlington, Dale Eve at Spennymoor Town, and Milan Butterfield and Knory Scott... Wed, 01 Apr 2020 13:58:00 EST Dogs prohibited on beaches Dog owners were told today to keep their pets off public beaches between now and November.The Bermuda National Parks Act prohibits dogs on public beaches between April 1 and October 31.A public works spokesman said: "Dogs may be permitted in the parks and on dunes, however, they must be leashed at all times. "Dog owners are... Wed, 01 Apr 2020 13:39:00 EST Education minister thanks teachers School staff were saluted for their hard work in the Covid-19 crisis by the education minister. Diallo Rabain said that a lot had been asked of public school principals, teachers and support workers in these "unprecedented times".He told them in a letter on Monday: "You have been asked to work in unfamiliar conditions, to be calm... Wed, 01 Apr 2020 12:43:00 EST Virtual marketplace platform created by Ptix Companies without the ability to sell their products and services online can now do so quickly and easily through a virtual marketplace created AAC/Ptix.Vicki Coelho, chief executive officer of AAC/Ptix, said: "This is the time for Bermudians to show how they can support other Bermudian companies. We're stepping up to the plate and using... Wed, 01 Apr 2020 11:28:00 EST BTA webinar focuses on business survival Hospitality businesses and entrepreneurs are invited to join a Bermuda Tourism Authority virtual thought-leadership event tomorrow aimed at offering critical survival resources during Covid-19.The BTA said the free, 90-minute "Industry Resilience Roundtable" webinar, scheduled for 3pm until 4.30pm, will share latest global data related... Wed, 01 Apr 2020 10:49:00 EST Conyers promotes four lawyers The Bermuda office of international law firm Conyers has announced the promotion of four lawyers.Francesca Fox, Alexandra Macdonald and Jennifer Panchaud have become directors, while Cynthia Millett has been promoted to counsel.Christian Luthi, chairman of Conyers, said: "We congratulate these four talented Bermudian lawyers on... Wed, 01 Apr 2020 10:03:00 EST Partial services at Immigration The Department of Immigration has restarted work on applications with a reduced workforce, it was announced yesterday.Wayne Caines, the Minister of National Security, said the department would process existing applications and emergency passports.Mr Caines added: "A plan has been prepared for the processing of new applications... Wed, 01 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST My dog can't speak Italian but she sure understands Covid-19 Have you had "the talk"? The one where you explain to your dog about social distancing? It's not an easy conversation to have, I know. At first, I thought maybe I'd buy a book about it and leave it out so my dog could find it. That way, my dog could digest the facts when she was ready. And then she could vomit them up on my comforter for me to... Wed, 01 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Lobsters can be sold for an extra month Lobsters caught in Bermuda waters will be on sale for another month in a bid to help the struggling restaurant sector.Lynn Bardgett, co-owner of the Lobster Pot in Hamilton, said the move was a lifeline for the trade.She added her restaurant was down to its last 20 lobsters yesterday, but would now be able to buy more.Ms... Wed, 01 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Hospital better prepared for Covid-19 Significant progress on preparations for an influx of Covid-19 patients has been made at the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, its chief of staff said.Michael Richmond explained that the Bermuda Hospitals Board had planned for the worst.He said on Sunday that there were two patients with Covid-19 who were being treated "in the... Wed, 01 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Phone line offers support for children The Bermuda Hospitals Board has launched a special phone line for families with children worried about Covid-19.The service, organised by the BHB's Child and Adolescent Services team, will give support to children who may feel "heightened fears or worries" over the pandemic.Jayne Isaacs, the CAS manager, said: "This special... Wed, 01 Apr 2020 07:00:00 EST Arrests made after restaurant burglary Police made several arrests yesterday in connection with a break-in at a Hamilton restaurant.It appeared the raiders broke into Coconut Rock on Reid Street through a glass door, which was boarded over later.A police spokesman said the break-in was discovered at about 5.15am yesterday - 45 minutes before the first night of the... Tue, 31 Mar 2020 07:00:00 EST Owner keeps eye on virus as store hits milestone As a graduate in bacteriology and immunology, business owner Sheilagh Robertson kept a close watch as the coronavirus emerged in China and began to spread across Asia.The former science teacher said: "My awareness started to build in February. I watched it spread to South Korea and Hong Kong, and I could see the extensive measures that... Tue, 31 Mar 2020 07:00:00 EST Get in tune with your whole body If you're looking to protect yourself against Covid-19, Richmond Simmons claims to be your man.With 27 recorded cases on the island, the naturopath says he has been getting "one to two calls per day" from people asking for his help. He takes the same approach with all his clients: "The best treatment in any health situation hasn't... Tue, 31 Mar 2020 07:00:00 EST Burt upset over transport workers dispute Public servants have been warned that they will not be paid if they fail to report to work during the Covid-19 crisis after the Premier expressed his disappointment at transport workers who withdrew their labour.David Burt said that minibus operators will instead be asked to provide transport for healthcare employees.He said that... Tue, 31 Mar 2020 18:03:00 EST Seniors reflect on Covid-19 pandemic A senior said yesterday he is on high alert in a day-to-day battle to avoid Covid-19 infection.David DeSilva, 72, added he had a serious medical condition as well as in the age group most vulnerable to the coronavirus. Mr DeSilva, who owns the photography business the Mall Studio in Washington Mall in Hamilton said he had to take... Tue, 31 Mar 2020 07:00:00 EST Hotel and bank to provide lunch for seniors A bank has joined forces with a hotel to prepare healthy meals to seniors and vulnerable Bermudians.Butterfield Bank and The Loren Hotel at Pink Beach will launch a meal programme tomorrow that will provide 500 meals a day until at least April 30.Butterfield has pledged $150,000 in funding for staff at The Loren, in Tucker's Town,... Tue, 31 Mar 2020 07:00:00 EST Social-distancing impacts wedding industry Wedding bells have been silenced by the coronavirus crisis, a planner said yesterday.Now wedding planners are locked in a struggle to find new dates for couples who want to tie the knot over the next few months. Nikki Begg, of Hamilton-based Bermuda Bride, admitted the Covid-19 pandemic was a major problem for the industry as well... Tue, 31 Mar 2020 07:00:00 EST Busy hurricane season expected This year could be another busy one for hurricanes, a US-based weather service warned yesterday,AccuWeather's early 2020 Atlantic hurricane forecast said it expected between 14 and 18 tropical storms over the season, which starts on June 1.Between seven and nine storms are expected to reach hurricane strength.Two to four... Tue, 31 Mar 2020 09:54:00 EST Furbert defends union position on bailouts The president of the Bermuda Industrial Union drew a line yesterday on the union's ability to bail out members whose paycheques had suffered from the coronavirus pandemic.Chris Furbert said that hotel workers had taken a hit after hotels closed for the duration of the crisis.He added the union could offer limited benefit packages... Tue, 31 Mar 2020 07:00:00 EST Don't be that guy ... We are living in truly extraordinary times and, as such, there is no choice but to take extraordinary measures. Self-isolation, self-quarantine and curfews are necessary if we are to win this war against Covid-19.Make no mistake, this is a war - one that, socially and economically, Bermuda cannot afford to lose. It was therefore... Tue, 31 Mar 2020 07:00:00 EST UK to send test kits 'as soon as possible' Test kits and protective equipment for essential workers are to be flown in from the UK soon, the Governor has said.John Rankin explained yesterday that specialist gear, including personal protection equipment, had been allocated to Bermuda and other Overseas Territories.He said: "The UK Crown agents have now sourced the material... Tue, 31 Mar 2020 08:56:00 EST Childcare programme for essential workers Part of a childcare programme for essential services workers will be up and running tomorrow, the Minister of Eduction announced. Diallo Rabain said that the programme would cover children aged 5 and 6. It will be held at the Community Youth Centre, on Angle Street, from tomorrow.Mr Rabain said: "Parents who submitted... Tue, 31 Mar 2020 08:44:00 EST Fore! Minister out-of-bounds on golf closures Dear Sir,Health minister Kim Wilson signed a closure notice on March 28, listing entities that are now mandated to close their operations because of Covid-19.On the list were obvious group-gathering entities and businesses where proximity enhances transmission risk for the virus, such as bars, dine-in restaurants, churches,... Tue, 31 Mar 2020 07:00:00 EST Police renew appeal for missing senior Police renewed an appeal to trace a missing 71-year-old yesterday.Robert Douglas was last seen seven days ago near his home on My Lord's Bay Lane in Hamilton Parish.Police said finding him was a priority. Mr Douglas was said to be about 6ft 2in, of slim build and with a dark complexion.He was wearing a faded blue hat, a... Tue, 31 Mar 2020 07:00:00 EST Argus donates to Women's Resource Centre An insurance group has donated $10,000 worth of grocery gift cards to a charity dedicated to women and their families.The boost from the Argus Group to the Women's Resource Centre will give struggling families the opportunity to buy $100 worth of food and supplies from the MarketPlace supermarket chain,Elaine Butterfield, the... Tue, 31 Mar 2020 14:38:00 EST Trojans awarded win after Rangers brawl Somerset Trojans have been awarded a 3-0 victory over Southampton Rangers by the Bermuda Football Association after the Premier Division match was abandoned this month.The three points has guaranteed Trojans' top-flight survival, moving them up to fifth place and four points above the drop zone with one game remaining. Rangers remain one... Tue, 31 Mar 2020 09:06:00 EST Argus shares slip 3.1% Shares of Argus Group Holdings Ltd fell seven cents, or 3.1 per cent, to $2.18, after 89,000 traded on The Royal Gazette/BSX Index.There was also trading in 60 shares of Somers Ltd, but with no change to the closing price of $15.In New York, shares of Butterfield Bank were down 53 cents, or 3.02 per cent, at $17.03.The... Tue, 31 Mar 2020 17:18:00 EST Warning over phishing scam Police have warned against an internet phishing scam posing as a paid survey on behalf of a cellular and internet service company.A police spokesman said that people have been invited to participate in a survey on a website claiming to represent Digicel Bermuda and pay a delivery fee between $1 and $5.People who take part are... Tue, 31 Mar 2020 16:39:00 EST Commercial fishing relicensing period extended The relicensing period for commercial fishing vessels has been extend until the end of next month, the Government announced today.The Department of Environment and Natural Resources is closed to all walk-in customers, including for all fishing licences. A spokesman said that safety inspections for commercial fishing vessels had... Tue, 31 Mar 2020 15:10:00 EST New insurer for digital and hemp businesses An insurer specialising in emerging business categories has been granted a license by the Bermuda Monetary Authority, the Premier has announced.Relm Insurance Ltd, led by chief executive officer Joe Ziolkowski and operations vice-president Keyla Roman, is owned by Deltec International Group, a Bahamas-headquartered independent financial... Tue, 31 Mar 2020 11:10:00 EST BCB launches 'Talent Identification' The Bermuda Cricket Board has announced a "Talent Identification" launch for its National Academy teams and are looking for players aged 13 to 17.The BCB has identified the need to mirror the Bermuda Football Association's National Academy structure by setting up feeder teams at under-13, under-15 and under-17 age groups. The search will... Tue, 31 Mar 2020 09:33:00 EST Olympics to start in July 2021 The Olympic Games in Tokyo will start on July 23 next year and run until August 8 after being postponed for a year because of the Covid-19 pandemic.The International Olympic Committee's executive board made the decision yesterday.The Games will still be called Tokyo 2020, while the Paralympic Games, which was scheduled to start on... Tue, 31 Mar 2020 13:33:00 EST Ascendant sees profit jump to $12.4m A big fall in restructuring charges helped Ascendant Group Limited, the parent company of Belco, achieve a 129 per cent improvement in its full year profit, reporting net income of $12.4 million, or $1.27 per share, for 2019.That was up on the $5.4 million reported in 2018, when the company shouldered restructuring charges of $9.12... Tue, 31 Mar 2020 11:59:00 EST Trash schedule for April The Ministry of Public Works released the garbage and recycling collection schedule for April today.Garbage and recyclables scheduled to take place on Good Friday, April 10, will be collected the following Saturday.Recyclable collection for the western parishes will be collected every other Thursday starting April 9.Eastern... Tue, 31 Mar 2020 11:00:00 EST Rents suspended at Wedco The West End Development Company has deferred all business rental charges for next month.Andrew Dias, Wedco's general manager, said the payments had been suspended "until we have a somewhat better understanding of the situation".He added the quango would "assess everyone on a case-by-case basis" to see if businesses would be given... Tue, 31 Mar 2020 10:17:00 EST Woman cyclist injured in crash A bicycle rider suffered serious injuries yesterday after her cycle was in collision with a car yesterday.A police spokeswoman said: "Details are limited at this time, however, the 27-year-old female pedal cyclist has been transported to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital for treatment of her injuries, which are believed to be... Tue, 31 Mar 2020 07:00:00 EST Tired of the theatrics and politicking Dear Sir,There is this old saying about sheep going over the cliff because their leaders directed them to do so. Mr Editor, I wish to play the role of a mountain goat. You may have noticed how a mountain goat is able to balance himself on the edge without going over. From that vantage point, I would be able to hold my... Tue, 31 Mar 2020 07:00:00 EST Conyers assist in $7.4bn merger The local office of international law firm Conyers provided Bermuda law advice to aircraft lessor Aircastle Ltd in connection with its $7.4 billion merger with a newly formed entity controlled by affiliates of Marubeni Corporation and Mizuho Leasing Company Ltd.The deal closed on Friday in the face of difficulties posed by the current... Tue, 31 Mar 2020 07:00:00 EST