September 2011 Timeline

September 1: Bermuda received a low rating on business friendliness in a report released by the Financial Times’ fDi intelligence division.

September 2: Bermuda Trade Union Congress leaders urged their members to boycott Labour Day events because the celebrations did not fall on May 1 which they believed to be the true Labour Day.

September 3: Nurse Ida Jones, 65, was murdered by an intruder who broke into her home in Paget. Norris Albert Simpson was later charged with her murder.

September 7: Schools faced teacher shortages after Government failed to hire sufficient staff in time for the start of the academic year.

September 8: A new Braille programme was launched at Prospect Primary for students with severe vision problems. Children in the programme were taught Braille and other necessary skills.

September 10: The One Bermuda Alliance’s membership more than doubled with a surge of people keen to vote in a leadership contest between Shadow Finance Minister Bob Richards and Senator Craig Cannonier.

September 13: Jonathan Henry, 23, was jailed for two years for repeatedly molesting a 13-year-old boy, and making him watch pornography. A further two years’ suspended sentence will be effective on his release when he is also required to undergo probation. Although he pleaded guilty to the string of sex charges, Henry blamed the victim.

September 14: Restoration Ministries gave away $5,000 worth of gas to needy motorists. About 200 cars and 100 bikes received free gas with hundreds of people queuing up at the Warwick Esso Tigermarket for an hour-and-a-half.

September 15: Alleged gang member Jakai Harford was jailed for five years after admitting drug dealing offences but was cleared of gun charges. Harford, who has twice been shot and also lost his brother to gun violence, filmed himself on his cell phone with the narcotics in question.

September 16: Tropical Storm Maria brushed the Island with 34 knot winds that forced the cancellation of ferries and flights and a handful of brief power outages.

John Barritt resigned from the House of Assembly after an 18-year career.

September 17: Bermuda appointed a leading Canadian educator, Avis Glaze, to develop plans to improve teaching. The advisor to the Premier of Ontario was chosen to help put together a strategy highlighting “instructional leadership”.

Sandys Secondary Middle School announced that 19 of its 13 and 14-year-old students took the General Certificate of Secondary Education, an exam not normally taken until the second year of secondary school. Two students scored As in maths.

September 20: Child welfare campaigner Sheelagh Cooper planned to start a community support group for sex offenders. She wanted to model the group after Circles of Support and Accountability, a successful Canadian programme that brings together a support network of volunteers to work with the sex offender after their release.

September 21: The Bermuda Girl Guides Association won an 84-year-old legal dispute with Bermuda High School for Girls. The Supreme Court ruled that the charity owns the Pembroke land where Lady Asser Hut is situated next to the school.

September 22: Sri Lankan accountant Chadima Gangula Arachchige was sentenced to 16 months’ imprisonment after she admitted to dishonestly obtaining $76,297.08 from BF&M Insurance and attempting to obtain another $13,807.

September 23: A campaign to get residents to carpool or take alternative transportation got off to “a good start” with traffic running lighter in the morning and more people riding pedal bikes to work. Bermuda was one of 150 countries that joined a global campaign called Moving Planet, aimed at cutting down on the use of fossil fuels.

September 24: “Determined and dangerous” killer Antonio Myers began a 38-year prison sentence for slaying rival gangster Kumi Harford in a hail of bullets. Myers and an unknown accomplice opened fire on the 30-year-old victim as he sat in his car on St Monica’s Road, Pembroke, early on December 5, 2009.

Estates Minister Neletha Butterfield and Senator David Burt went head-to-head in a rematch after a controversial Progressive Labour Party candidate selection meeting in Pembroke West Central earlier in the week. The pair’s contest at West Pembroke Primary School ended with no result amid allegations Ms Butterfield’s 17-year-old grandson took part in the vote.

September 26: The One Bermuda Alliance moved ahead of the Progressive Labour Party in a poll that found it gained a surge of voters in its first few months of existence. Thirty-eight percent of people said they would vote OBA in a General Election; 32 percent pledged to vote for the PLP in the Mindmaps poll carried out shortly after the fledgling party’s debut conference.

September 26: A special investigations team was set up at the Auditor General’s office to speed up reports into public projects, including those carried out under former Premier Ewart Brown.

September 27: Overseas Territories Minister Henry Bellingham said Bermuda stood to play a central role in defining the future relationship between the United Kingdom and its overseas territories. Mr Bellingham also commended Premier Paula Cox’s “recent initiatives to strengthen governance mechanisms” in a speech at the Bermuda College.

September 28: The Ministry of Transport hoped to bring in someone from Germany to help retrain local mechanics after a number of the Island’s buses were left out of action. The shortage caused huge gaps in the timetable with school routes and tourist services from Dockyard to Horseshoe Bay being axed.

September 30: More than 150 jobs were lost including 105 at Citi Hedge Fund Services when it relocated to the US and Canada in a cost-cutting measure. It was also announced that 46 people would lose their jobs with the November closure of the 70-room Willowbank Hotel in Somerset.

Ian Kawaley was named as the replacement for Chief Justice Richard Ground on his retirement in 2012.

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Published Dec 31, 2011 at 12:01 am (Updated Dec 30, 2011 at 2:13 pm)

September 2011 Timeline

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