Some businesses are doing very well during these challenging times. A shoe repairer reported an increase of 35 per cent in trade as people chose to have their shoes repaired rather than buy new.
Some businesses are doing very well during these challenging times. A shoe repairer reported an increase of 35 per cent in trade as people chose to have their shoes repaired rather than buy new.
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JOB LOSSES REACHED 238 AS SLUMP HIT HOME

While mass unemployment swept Europe and the States, there was a feeling in Bermuda that we escaped the worst of the global recession. However, Government revealed 238 people who had lost their jobs since the beginning of the economic downturn.

It is quite possible many more guest workers had quietly packed up and gone home. For those workers the recession in Bermuda was very real.

Some businesses, however, are doing very well during these challenging times. A shoe repairer reported an increase of 35 per cent in trade as people chose to have their shoes repaired rather than buy new.

CAHOWS RETURN TO NONSUCH

The first fledgling cahow to be found on Nonsuch Island in almost 390 years marked a major triumph in the efforts to save the critically endangered seabird from extinction.

The discovery of the fledgling was a major triumph for the team involved in the Cahow Recovery Programme that aims to protect the species.

VIOLENCE AT CEDARBRIDGE

CedarBridge students were locked in their classroom after fights broke out between pupils.

The school called the Bermuda Police Service immediately after the first fight broke out at about 10am. A 16-year-old boy from St. George's was rushed to hospital with a facial injury, while a 17-year-old from Hamilton parish was taken into police custody for questioning. An hour later, another fight broke out between two other students.

COURT BUILDING PUSHES AHEAD

Minister Derrick Burgess vowed "not to be held back by anyone" as the government pushed forward with one of Bermuda's biggest building projects.

The new $78 million police and court building was due to be 'closed in' by Heroes Day in October. The minister said he was determined to move on from the project's controversial past.

BERMUDA GREY-LISTED ON TAX

Bermuda was 'grey-listed' by the world's most powerful nations and told it must do more to prove it has nothing to hide on tax issues.

The island escaped being put on a blacklist of tax havens but it failed to get the expected all clear as the Group of 20 (G20) concluded its meeting in London.

CONCERNS OVER SWINE FLU

Bermudians were told by the chief medical officer to prepare for the arrival of swine flu in the same way it hunkers down for a major hurricane

Households were urged to stock up on tinned food and bottled water and plan how they would cope if a family member fell ill, Dr. John Cann said.

He spoke as the death toll from swine flu climbed above 150 in Mexico and the virus spread as far as New Zealand and Israel, prompting the World Health Organisation to say the illness could no longer be contained.

STUDENTS GO TO WASHINGTON

Year Six pupils from Saltus Grammar School visited Washington and Virginia to learn about the connection between the island and the latter's Jamestown colony.

The students' poignant visit took place as part of Bermuda's 400th anniversary celebrations.

The island played a vital role in ensuring the survival of the Jamestown colony and this led to the British settling here.

COLLIE BUDDZ GETS ENGAGED

Bermudian reggae artist Collie Buddz asked girlfriend Zarah DeSilva to marry him after carefully planning the proposal with the help of her family. Collie proposed to PLP MP Zane DeSilva's daughter during a fishing trip and the couple, who live in Southampton, plan to tie the knot in May next year.