News News en-us Discipline at school has gone down the drain Bullying and bad behaviour at an island primary school is ignored by education officials, worried parents have claimed. Parents of pupils at Elliot Primary School said that their objections to the education ministry had fallen on deaf ears and that some had voted with their feet and transferred their children to other schools. A. .. Tue, 19 Sep 2017 08:00:00 EST Police launch investigation into New York phone leak An investigation is under way to determine whether police personnel leaked images connected to a planned trip to New York involving David Burt, the Premier, and other politicians. Acting Commissioner Paul Wright confirmed that complaints had been received over inappropriately disclosed images connected to the alleged trip Mr Burt, then. .. Tue, 19 Sep 2017 08:00:00 EST Regiment working hard to help repair Turks Caicos Bermudas troops got to work as soon as they arrived in hurricane-hit Turks amp Caicos, the commander on the ground said yesterday. Major Corey Smalley explained the Royal Bermuda Regiment contingent had helped to build a logistics base for the World Food Programme on Providenciales while waiting for an airlift to Grand Turk at the. .. Tue, 19 Sep 2017 08:00:00 EST Picassos symbol of peace A lithograph by world-renowned artist and sculptor Pablo Picasso is on display at the Bermuda National Gallery. This is the first time the gallery is exhibiting a work by Picasso, who is viewed as one of the most important artists of the 20th century. It was made possible thanks to a donation from Hamilton Princess and Beach Club. .. Tue, 19 Sep 2017 08:00:00 EST Wilson prioritises ageing well strategy An official guardian for vulnerable elderly people is high on the agenda, new Minister for Health Kim Wilson promised yesterday. Ms Wilson said an Office of the Public Guardian was on the cards and told a meeting watch this space. She added There are certain legislative enactments that we would like to advance, the first one. .. Tue, 19 Sep 2017 08:00:00 EST Children and families at the forefront, says Burt Children first and families first. That was the overriding message from the Bermuda Government last night as it hosted a town hall meeting to further detail proposals outlined in the Throne Speech. Several hundred residents descended on the Berkeley Institute to hear presentations from David Burt and three of his Cabinet. .. Tue, 19 Sep 2017 08:00:00 EST Sugar tax can lead to healthier diets Research has shown that a tax on sugary non-nutritious foods cuts consumption, according to Bermudas chief medical officer. Cheryl Peek-Ball told Hamilton Rotarians that a subsidy for locally grown fresh produce had also led to healthier diets in many jurisdiction. Dr Peek-Ball was speaking after the Throne Speech said Government. .. Tue, 19 Sep 2017 08:00:00 EST Can Scotland selfie reunite owner with lost camera? A good Samaritan hopes a selfie shot in Scotland will help return a lost camera to a possible Bermudian owner. Colin Grant said he found the camera at a bus stop in the village of Balloch, near Inverness, in the Scottish Highlands. Mr Grant said the camera had more than 800 images on it mostly of Bermuda. He added There. .. Tue, 19 Sep 2017 08:00:00 EST Polish kayaker, 71, crosses the Atlantic again A 71-year-old kayaker, Aleksander Doba Olek, has completed his third solo Atlantic crossing with Bermuda playing a minor role in the epic voyage. The Polish adventurer has crossed the ocean twice before. But his arrival in France on September 2 just a week before his 71st birthday was his first successful attempt to make the. .. Tue, 19 Sep 2017 08:00:00 EST New options for Bermuda College students Bermuda College has signed off on two agreements that will provide additional options and opportunities for students. The agreement with Nova Scotia College of Art and Design allows students in the Art and Design associate degree programme at Bermuda College to transfer all 60 credits of the programme into the third year of the four-year. .. Tue, 19 Sep 2017 08:00:00 EST Youngsters get creative at Masterworks Around 300 children got the chance to hone their creative skills at the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art this summer. Masterworks said at least 30 of the placements on the eight-week camp were a result of donations from the public. Tom Butterfield, founder and creative director of Masterworks, stated The more money we raise, the. .. Tue, 19 Sep 2017 08:00:00 EST Award for Tobacco Bay Tobacco Bay has won the Experts Choice Award with the website TripExpert. The St Georges beach, operated by Beach Boys Ltd, is the first in Bermuda to win the international award, according to East End MP Rene Ming. Ms Ming said in a statement I am particularly proud as Tobacco Bay is in my constituency, so it already has a. .. Tue, 19 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST BEST optimistic over green Throne pledges Children whose parents cannot afford homes with large yards will benefit from a Throne Speech pledge to protect public open spaces, according to environmental group BEST. BEST said Bermudas acres of forests and meadows were dwindling and praised the Progressive Labour Party for its promise to introduce legislation to make open spaces. .. Tue, 19 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST Insider fire response inadequate Efforts to save Robertsons Drugstore from the fire that broke out on its upper floor have come under sharp criticism from within the Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service. The East End establishment reopened for business within a few days, but the blaze on September 2 brought down the stores roof, with a source telling The Royal Gazette that. .. Mon, 18 Sep 2017 08:00:00 EST Burt dismisses imaginative New York trip David Burt, the Premier, has dismissed a trip to meet would-be gaming operators in New York as a figment of the imagination of the former government. The purported trip, a source of controversy in social media in the run-up to the July General Election, was mentioned by Opposition leader Patricia Gordon-Pamplin in her Reply to the. .. Mon, 18 Sep 2017 08:00:00 EST Jose brings strong winds and risk of thunder Hurricane Jose has brought strong winds and a risk of thunder as it heads away from Bermuda, the Bermuda Weather Service said. The storm, which has winds of about 75mph and higher gusts, passed its closest point of approach within three days this morning but remains a potential threat to the island. At noon, Jose was 331 nautical. .. Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST Travellers urged to take precautions over Irma The Ministry of Health has urged anyone travelling to the Caribbean islands affected by Hurricane Irma to take the appropriate health precautions. Members of the Bermuda Regiment, the Bermuda Police Service and a Bermuda Hospitals Board staff member have been deployed to the islands to help. Meanwhile the Department of Health. .. Mon, 18 Sep 2017 15:01:00 EST More dead fish washed up on South Shore Scores more dead fish have washed up on the islands South Shore at John Smiths Bay and Devonshire Bay. Last week ltigtThe Royal Gazetteltigt reported that the rotting carcasses of dozens of fish were found on the sands at Shelly Bay and floating in St Georges and Hamilton harbours. At the time the Bermuda Government said. .. Mon, 18 Sep 2017 08:00:00 EST Regiment helps with Irma relief effort National Security Minister Wayne Caines told MPs that a Royal Bermuda Regiment contingent had lifted off from Bermuda to help in relief efforts in hurricane-hammered Turks amp Caicos. Mr Caines, a former officer in the RBR, said This call for aid could not go unheard. Bermudians of every walk of life can trace a common West. .. Mon, 18 Sep 2017 08:00:00 EST Naked man on North Shore Road Police yesterday urged people not to share images of a naked man walking along a street. Officers and first responders attended the scene in the area of North Shore Road, Devonshire and Pembroke, around 11. 30am yesterday. The Bermuda Police Service said the man was taken to the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital by ambulance where. .. Mon, 18 Sep 2017 12:22:00 EST Alleged blackmailer remanded in custody A 20-year-old Warwick man accused of blackmailing another man for 3,000 has been remanded in custody. Asina Harvey was also charged with sending a text message to his alleged victim threatening to kill him and having an offensive weapon. All offences were said to have happened in Southampton on Friday. Mr Harvey was not required. .. Mon, 18 Sep 2017 23:33:00 EST BTA says minister used out-of-date report The islands tourist authority hit back at claims by new tourism minister Jamahl Simmons that it had failed to look after its finances. And the authority a quango set up under the former One Bermuda Alliance government said Mr Simmons had used an out-of-date version of an Auditor-Generals report to launch a House of Assembly attack. .. Mon, 18 Sep 2017 08:00:00 EST RAF aircraft refuel in Bermuda A pair of Royal Air Force aircraft stopped off in Bermuda as they headed to the Caribbean to help countries devastated by Hurricane Irma. Bermuda Skyport scrapped all normal fees for the flights - one of which took Royal Bermuda Regiment troops to the Caribbean. Skyport president Aaron Adderley said it was the least we can. .. Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:41:00 EST School crews clear trash from South Shore Students, staff and parents from Saltus Grammar School and Warwick Academy descended on South Shore over the weekend to clear trash and debris from the beaches. Meanwhile a team from Bermuda High School for Girls took to Admiralty House Park to join in the island-wide clean up. The Saltus group spent more than an hour on Saturday. .. Mon, 18 Sep 2017 08:00:00 EST Audit reveals BTA failures, says Simmons New tourism minister Jamahl Simmons highlighted a string of accounting failures in the Bermuda Tourism Authority. Mr Simmons told the House of Assembly on Friday The findings of this audit are unacceptable and I will be monitoring the BTA closely to ensure higher standards of transparency and accountability from the organisation. .. . Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST Clarien Bank to donate to relief effort Clarien Bank has launched a donation drive to support recovery efforts in the Caribbean following the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma. Donations can be made directly to the Bermuda Red Cross account at Clarien Bank. The funds will support Red Cross societies from around the world currently assisting with the multi-country relief and. .. Mon, 18 Sep 2017 10:46:00 EST Local doctor joins BVI hurricane relief Roslyn Bascombe-Adams, Bermuda Hospitals Boards director of emergency and hyperbaric services, is to join the hurricane relief effort in the British Virgin Islands at the request of the Pan American Health Organisation and the World Health Organisation. Dr Bascombe-Adams is a member of the Regional Emergency Medical Team of Paho and a. .. Mon, 18 Sep 2017 08:00:00 EST Jose to pass as Maria eyes up the Caribbean As Hurricane Jose passes to the islands west this morning the Caribbean is bracing itself for yet another major weather system to steamroller through the region. Jose is expected to bring strong winds and rain to Bermuda today and into tomorrow after it passes to the islands west and tracks north off the east coast of the United. .. Mon, 18 Sep 2017 08:00:00 EST Christian reading room to reopen The Christian Science Societys reading room will reopen its doors on Tuesday for the first time in more than a year. The room was formerly located in the societys church edifice on Cedar Avenue but had to be closed when the building was demolished because of mould and damp issues. We have been holding services at Charities House. .. Sun, 17 Sep 2017 18:31:00 EST Belco team to head to BVI A six-strong team of Belco linemen will travel to the storm-damaged British Virgin Islands to help restoration efforts. The crew will spend four weeks working alongside the BVI Electric Company in rebuilding and restoring electricity to the people of the islands. They had been expected to leave tomorrow to help repair the damage. .. Sun, 17 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST OBA attacks PLPs Trump-like politics Opposition leader Patricia Gordon-Pamplin came out fighting in her reply to the Throne Speech, accusing the Progressive Labour Partys relentless pursuit of power of denigrating the political process to unprecedented levels. She described the Governments Throne Speech as short on real solutions and long on studies and maintained that. .. Sat, 16 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST Gibbons takes Burt to task over AC35 claims Assertions that the One Bermuda Alliance overspent on the Americas Cup were attacked as political grandstanding and pathetic by Grant Gibbons, the Shadow Minister of Economic Development. The claims came from David Burt, the Premier and Minister of Finance, who said the former administration had failed to budget for 13 million for. .. Sat, 16 Sep 2017 08:00:00 EST Dellwood to open on Monday Education minister Diallo Rabain told the House of Assembly last night that Dellwood Middle School would be open to students on Monday. Mr Rabain told MPs during the debate on the Throne Speech that all classrooms had now been certified safe for human occupancy. Dellwood will be open on Monday, he said. All the rooms you the One. .. Sat, 16 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST VSB to close on Sunday VSB Radio will cease broadcasting at 5pm tomorrow. The organisation, which has provided local news since 1981, pointed to its struggles in the face of competition for advertising from social media and fellow radio stations. It said in a statement Sadly, despite the support of listeners and advertisers and the offering of the. .. Sat, 16 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST DeSilva congratulates Duffy Sports minister Zane DeSilva has offered congratulations to triathlete Flora Duffy for her astounding success today. Duffy took first place in the WTS Grand Final in Rotterdam, Netherlands, to secure her second consecutive ITU World Triathlon Series title, and celebrated draped in a Bermuda flag. Mr DeSilva said in a statement I. .. Sat, 16 Sep 2017 15:10:00 EST Brown People felt marginalised under OBA Progressive Labour Party MPs rallied behind their leader last night as parliamentarians debated the Throne Speech. While praising the initiatives outlined by David Burt, the Premier, in the Throne Speech delivered last week, government MPs also pointed to the failure of the One Bermuda Alliance to connect with the people they were. .. Sat, 16 Sep 2017 08:00:00 EST Union leader addresses students Politician and union head Jason Hayward encouraged students at St Davids Primary School to thank their teachers for helping them unlock their potential during an inspirational speech on how to achieve your goals in life. Mr Hayward, whose many roles include government senator, junior minister for four portfolios, president of the. .. Sat, 16 Sep 2017 08:00:00 EST Charity in dire need of storage space Feed My Lambs Ministry is desperately seeking a new storage location to continue its mission in Haiti and Bermuda. The registered charity is hoping a Good Samaritan will donate a space where the organisation can store items until they are sent away. But Feed My Lambs Linda Adderley said it would also help people in Bermuda who. .. Sat, 16 Sep 2017 08:00:00 EST No public list of sex offenders Details of sex offenders will not be put on a public register, the Attorney-General said yesterday. Kathy Lynn Simmons added that some members of the public saw a public register with details of convictions and offender photographs as an easy solution, but the law would not allow it. She said Let me be clear, our laws would not. .. Fri, 15 Sep 2017 08:00:00 EST Burt OBA omitted 13m budget spend David Burt will today accuse the former government of failing to budget for a staggering 13 million worth of spending this financial year, including an extra 4. 3 million on the Americas Cup sponsorship guarantee. The Premier and Minister of Finance will tell MPs in the House of Assembly that his administration has inherited the. .. Fri, 15 Sep 2017 08:00:00 EST Burt independence talk counterproductive Conversations about independence are counterproductive at this time, according to David Burt. The Premier insisted the Progressive Labour Party is not discussing a potential attempt to break ties with Britain, and is focusing instead on local issues such as the economy and social challenges. PLP senator Jason Hayward had put the. .. Fri, 15 Sep 2017 08:45:00 EST Former mayor had his priorities right William Boyle, a former Hamilton mayor who grew the family shoe shop into a chain of businesses, has died at the age of 82. His life will be marked with a memorial service at the Anglican Cathedral on Monday and all seven of the family stores will close for the day. Mr Boyles son Richard said Mr Boyles four children viewed him as. .. Fri, 15 Sep 2017 08:00:00 EST Reverend returns to honour drowned friend Touching down in Bermuda this week, Andrew Sheldons thoughts drifted back 46 years to one of the most traumatic moments in his life. It was July 1971 and Andrew, 17 at the time and visiting the island with a Canadian church group, was involved in a desperate but ultimately unsuccessful attempt to save a friend after the pair were pulled. .. Fri, 15 Sep 2017 08:00:00 EST Man searches for good Samaritan A man who lost his BlackBerry phone has launched a bid to track down a woman Good Samaritan who found it and tried unsuccessfully to contact him. The man, who asked not to be named, said he hoped to not only get his phone back, but offer the lady with the phone a reward and a donation to the charity of her choice. The man lost. .. Fri, 15 Sep 2017 09:43:00 EST RAF mark Battle of Britain Day in Bermuda RAF airmen today FRI marked the 77th anniversary of the Battle of Britain at the Royal Bermuda Regiments Warwick Camp headquarters. The RAF contingent the services boxing team is on the island to take part in an international military boxing event at the Berkeley Institute gym tomorrow night. RAF Group Captain Patrick. .. Fri, 15 Sep 2017 21:04:00 EST Immigration discussions this month People are invited to take part in round table discussions to help form new immigration policies. The Consultative Immigration Reform Working Group is organising discussions on Thursday, September 21, and Thursday, September 28, at Elliot Primary School, from 6. 30pm to 9pm. Chairman of the group William Madeiros said in a statement. .. Fri, 15 Sep 2017 17:19:00 EST Bus breakdowns lead to cancellations A spate of bus breakdowns caused a number of cancellations yesterday, according to the Department of Public Transportation. Oil leaks, air system failures, inoperable bells, steering problems, faulty airbags and doors failing to operate properly were among the reasons for the breakdowns, the DPT said. Today, officials said they. .. Fri, 15 Sep 2017 17:12:00 EST Botanical Society gives out scholarships Bermuda Botanical Society has handed out scholarships to Tiffany Bean, Shane Antonition and Amber Reid. Tiffany is about to commence an environmental science degree at Trent College, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada and received 4,000. Shane is studying for a masters in environmental management in Plymouth, Britain, and received. .. Fri, 15 Sep 2017 14:30:00 EST Donate to help those hit by Irma Warwick Academy donated funds from its grub day to those devastated by Hurricane Irma. Jane Vickers, director of development at the school, said Here in Bermuda we are so aware of the damage hurricanes can cause and we are very grateful that here in Bermuda we have been spared this year. Our students came dressed in grub clothes. .. Fri, 15 Sep 2017 15:28:00 EST Guns photo not from Bermuda A photo of guns and ammunition circulating on social media is from Barbados, not Bermuda, according to police. Some had suggested the contraband had been discovered on the island, but police issued a statement stressing that was not the case. The Bermuda Police Service stated An online image search indicates that the photo is. .. Fri, 15 Sep 2017 14:00:00 EST House scrutiny over recruitment policies Recruitment policies by employers will be closely monitored as part of a next wave of changes to immigration policy. Home affairs minister Walton Brown told the House of Assembly other items on the agenda would be an enhancement of the musician entertainers recruitment policy and a commitment to return the processing of British Overseas. .. Fri, 15 Sep 2017 11:01:00 EST Burts praise for cancer researcher David Burt has offered his personal congratulations to cancer researcher Carika Weldon. The Premier, who met with Dr Weldon at the Cabinet Office, said in a statement At a very young age, Dr Weldon has played and continues to play a significant role in advancing the fight against cancer. It was a pleasure to meet with such an excellent. .. Fri, 15 Sep 2017 12:56:00 EST Teen handed conditional discharge A Paget teenager who admitted possessing cannabis and cannabis resin was yesterday given a second chance by a judge. Rory Stevens-Astwood, who admitted having more than 15 grams of cannabis and 0. 51g of cannabis resin on January 1 at an earlier Magistrates Court appearance, was given a 12-month conditional discharge. The. .. Fri, 15 Sep 2017 12:46:00 EST Suspended sentence for cruise ship passenger A 25-year-old cruise ship passenger was today handed a suspended prison sentence for possessing 3. 73 grams of cannabis. Ioas Durham, from Boston, was sentenced to one month in prison, suspended for six months, for the offence that happened in Sandys on Tuesday. Magistrates Court heard that Durham was searched by customs officers. .. Fri, 15 Sep 2017 12:46:00 EST House Wilsons healthy rallying cry Health minister Kim Wilson called on all corners of society to jump aboard a national health drive. Ms Wilson said the 50 Million Steps Challenge will help combat a health epidemic in which 75 per cent of adults are overweight or obese, 33 per cent have high blood pressure and 12 per cent report having diabetes. She said the. .. Fri, 15 Sep 2017 11:36:00 EST House praise for Carifesta performers Bermuda representatives put on a dazzling show at the Caribbean Festival of the Arts in Barbados, according to social development minister Zane DeSilva. Mr DeSilva told the House of Assembly the Gombeys made such an impression they were asked to perform at a drama festival in Antigua and Barbuda, which has since been called off due to the. .. Fri, 15 Sep 2017 12:15:00 EST New sports programme going swimmingly at Warwick A ground-breaking new education programme giving talented swimmers the chance to combine their studies and their love of the sport has been launched at Warwick Academy. A dozen boys and girls between 13 and 18 have signed up for the High Performance Swim Programme that provides exposure to elite-level coaching and competition while they. .. Fri, 15 Sep 2017 08:00:00 EST Senators may have power over Furberts Bill Senators may get the chance to make or break Wayne Furberts Bill to reverse the legalisation of gay marriage, according to lawyers interested in the draft law. Mark Pettingill and Rod Attride-Stirling, who argued the case that led to same-sex marriage becoming legal, told ltigtThe Royal Gazetteltigt it was not certain the Bill. .. Fri, 15 Sep 2017 08:00:00 EST House community cash back funds dry up The cash back for communities programme has been put on hold after its funds were used to cover other government expenses, Parliament heard yesterday. Wayne Caines, the Minister of National Security, told The Royal Gazette that several community groups had been promised grants, only to be told that the confiscated assets fund was out of. .. Fri, 15 Sep 2017 11:10:00 EST Tariq finds all the worlds a stage A young Bermudian who spent a year travelling with the cultural exchange programme Up With People has said the experience opened his eyes to the world and gifted him with a network of friends for life. Bermuda College student Tariq Brown, 20, set off on his journey in June last year and travelled to ten countries visiting numerous cities. .. 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