In Bermuda today (March 11th 2014) representatives from the governments of 11 countries and territories from around the Sargasso Sea and Europe met to reaffirm their support for an initiative, led by the Government of Bermuda, to collaborate for the conservation of the Sargasso Sea ecosystem.
The governments of Bermuda, the Azores, Monaco, United Kingdom and the United States signed the "Hamilton Declaration on Collaboration for the Conservation of the Sargasso Sea" which is a non-binding political statement that indicates signatories' interest in voluntarily collaborating on efforts to conserve the Sargasso Sea - a vast patch of ocean named for a type of free-floating seaweed called Sargassum.*
The Ministry of Health and Environment, the Bermuda Medical Doctors' Association (BMDA), and the Bermuda Health Council seek to clarify facts, following an article in the Royal Gazette on Monday, 10 March 2014, which reported misleading information attributed to the Government and the Bermuda Health Council.
The story reported that an anonymous individual claimed that physicians oppose pre-certification in order to avoid accountability. The Ministry, the Bermuda Health Council and the Bermuda Medical Doctors' Association disagree with this position wholeheartedly.
"I am saddened to hear of the tragic events which took place in St Georges today. It would not be right for me to speculate on the causes or go into the details of the deaths but experts from the Bermuda Police Service are working to establish the circumstances. Our thoughts are with relatives and friends and all those affected by this incident." ~ Acting Governor, Ginny Ferson.