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Official Proclamation: State Of Emergency

Official Proclamation: State Of Emergency

The Governor has officially declared a ‘State of Emergency’ for Bermuda due to Covid-19, with the official proclamation saying it is an “unprecedented and severe threat.” The Official Proclamation, which was dated April 1st, said, “Covid-19 is an unprecedented and severe threat to public health in Bermuda, therefore in... Read more of this article

Governor Urges Everyone To Follow Guidance

Governor Urges Everyone To Follow Guidance

“I will continue to do all I can to help ensure the safety and security of Bermuda working in close conjunction with the local authorities,” Governor John Rankin said. The Governor said, “As Governor I would confirm my support for the measures announced to date by the Government to deal with COVID-19. “I encourage everyone to act... Read more of this article

SOS Kit Aid Donate To Beyond Rugby

SOS Kit Aid Donate To Beyond Rugby

Earlier this week, Governor John Rankin presented 20 boxes of rugby kit to help support Bermuda students participating in the Beyond Rugby programme. The boots, balls, bags, tops and shorts were donated by UK charity SOS Kit Aid and sent to Bermuda with the assistance of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office [FCO].The Governor said, “I am delighted... Read more of this article

‘I Do Not Expect Brexit To Have Negative Impact’

‘I Do Not Expect Brexit To Have Negative Impact’

“I do not expect Brexit to have a negative impact on this island, certainly in the near future and hopefully beyond,” Governor John Rankin said, citing the fact that Bermuda has no dependence on EU funding, exports very few physical goods to the EU, and has Solvency II Equivalence. The Governor said this as he delivered a speech at the Hamilton... Read more of this article

Christmas Message From Governor John Rankin

Christmas Message From Governor John Rankin

[Christmas message from Governor John Rankin] I begin this year’s Christmas message with a quote from Kofi Annan, the former Secretary General of the United Nations: “Tolerance, inter-cultural dialogue and respect for diversity are more essential than ever in a world where people are becoming more and more closely interconnected.” Today’s technology... Read more of this article

Azores President Cordeiro Meets With Governor

Azores President Cordeiro Meets With Governor

The Governor was pleased to meet with His Excellency Mr Vasco Cordeiro, President of the Regional Government of the Azores earlier today [Nov 2]. “HE Mr Cordeiro is visiting Bermuda to celebrate the 170th anniversary of the first arrival of the Portuguese community in Bermuda. The Governor and His Excellency spoke, amongst other things, about... Read more of this article

Governor Buys First Poppy Of Annual Appeal

Governor Buys First Poppy Of Annual Appeal

Governor John Rankin today [Oct 25] launched the annual Poppy Appeal to raise funds for war veterans and their families. Mr Rankin bought the first poppy from Bermuda Legion welfare case worker Carol Everson and two woman veterans of World War Two, Isobel Flood, 94, who served with the Royal Canadian Air Force and Betty Vincent, 93, who joined the Women’s... Read more of this article

Tour Of Government House Being Offered

Tour Of Government House Being Offered

Next month the Bermuda Tourism Authority will hosting a tour of Government House, saying “visitors and locals can walk the halls and experience the history and culture of the grounds.” The BTA said, “Bermuda’s British influences are ever-present, but rarely do we get to see inside the Governor’s official residence, known as Government... Read more of this article

Governor John Rankin On Pride Parade

Governor John Rankin On Pride Parade

Speaking in advance of the upcoming Pride Parade, Governor John Rankin said he hopes it “will be an enjoyable event for all involved and, like many other events on the island, demonstrate both the inclusivity and diversity of the community in Bermuda.” Governor Rankin said, “Bermuda’s first ever Pride event is in line with the rights... Read more of this article

Posthumous Pardon Granted To Reverend Monk

Posthumous Pardon Granted To Reverend Monk

[Updated] Governor John Rankin has granted a posthumous pardon to the Reverend Charles Vinton Monk in accordance with Section 22 of the Constitution. “The Reverend Monk was convicted, imprisoned and fined in 1903 for publishing an article in the press on the living and working conditions of Jamaican nationals employed to work at the dockyard in... Read more of this article

Photos: Queen’s Birthday Party At Govt House

Photos: Queen’s Birthday Party At Govt House

On June 6th, Governor John Rankin welcomed a wide cross section of the community to Government House to celebrate the 93rd birthday of Her Majesty The Queen. Among those present were first-time guests who had applied for an invitation to attend through the online ballot as well as representatives from various charities and voluntary organisations in... Read more of this article

Bermuda Sends Easter Lilies To The Queen

Bermuda Sends Easter Lilies To The Queen

Governor John Rankin participated in the annual picking of Easter Lilies for Her Majesty The Queen. This year’s Easter Lilies were grown by Patty Hill of J&J Produce, who is pictured below along with her daughter Hayley Hill and her granddaughter Elizabeth. Government House said that Her Majesty’s Easter Lilies are scheduled to depart on this... Read more of this article

New Aide-de-Camp To The Governor Assigned

New Aide-de-Camp To The Governor Assigned

A new Aide-de-Camp to the Governor has started his tour of duty at Government House. Lieutenant Alex Gibbs of the Royal Bermuda Regiment took over the role of Governor John Rankin’s right hand man from Captain Paolo Odoli, who is standing down after more than three years in the job. Lt Gibbs, who was commissioned in 2016, said: “It’s a massive... Read more of this article