News News en-us DPA is a cheap imitation of marriage Maryellen Jackson cried tears of joy in 2017 when she learnt that one day she could marry her Miss Right after years of discrimination. But by the end of the year, her hopes were dashed when the Government backtracked on same-sex marriage. Ms Jackson said she was shocked when the Domestic Partnership Act, which abolished the right. .. Thu, 24 May 2018 08:00:00 EST Sale of Aecon blocked on security grounds The 1. 5 billion sale of Bermuda airport contractor Aecon to a Chinese firm was yesterday blocked by the Canadian government on the grounds of national security. A block on the controversial deal between Aecon and Chinese-owned CCCC International Holding was confirmed by the office of Canadas innovation minister Navdeep. .. Thu, 24 May 2018 08:00:00 EST By-election nomination day Today is the nomination day for candidates to represent Paget East and Warwick North East. Constituencies 22 and 25 face double by-elections on June 7 after One Bermuda Alliance MPs Grant Gibbons and Jeff Baron stepped down. Curtis Richardson will make his second bid for Paget East on behalf of the Progressive Labour Party, while. .. Thu, 24 May 2018 08:00:00 EST Autistic children miss therapy because of bus cancellations A lack of government transport has blocked youngsters on the autistic spectrum disorder programme from attending therapy sessions at special needs centre WindReach. Parents of children on the programme, based at Paget Primary School, said the Government had told them at short notice several times over the past month that the bus would not. .. Thu, 24 May 2018 08:00:00 EST Police appeal over Docksider shooting Detectives renewed their appeal for witnesses to the shooting at the Docksider bar last week. They are keen to speak with people who were in the Front Street venue when the incident happened on Wednesday at 1. 10am. The bar was crowded when the gunman fired through a window and a bullet hit the ceiling. Nobody was. .. Thu, 24 May 2018 12:13:00 EST Hurricane advice meeting next week Bermudas disaster preparation team will answer questions about hurricane season at a meeting next week. IRM Bermuda Group will host the Institute of Risk Management session at Wellesley House, Hamilton, on Wednesday, two days before the beginning of the season. Members from the National Disaster Coordination team within the. .. Thu, 24 May 2018 11:44:00 EST Government House Gardens open Government House Gardens will be open on Sunday afternoons from Sunday 27 May until Sunday 2 September 2018. This will be the fifth summer that the gardens have been opened to the public. Entry and exit will be via the North Gate on North Shore Road. Visitors are encouraged to come on foot, by pedal bike or use the No 11 bus, which. .. Thu, 24 May 2018 10:53:00 EST Bus services disrupted Bus service will be disrupted this morning because of a union meeting. A government spokesman said the Bermuda Industrial Union had called a meeting that would result in an interruption at about 10am. He added During the interruption of service, bus operators and other staff will meet with management. DPT apologises to. .. Thu, 24 May 2018 08:58:00 EST BCF ahead of target The Bermuda Community Foundation donated nearly 1. 3 million to worthy programmes in 2016-17. The foundation, which formed four years ago to create an enduring source of funds for ever dedicated to the good of Bermuda, provided support to 99 non-for-profit programmes and facilitated 263 grants. Its annual report also noted that it. .. Thu, 24 May 2018 08:00:00 EST Gay couples will still be able to marry in church Gay couples will still be able to wed in a church after a law designed to outlaw same-sex marriage comes into force but the ceremonies will not have any legal standing, a lawyer told the Supreme Court yesterday. Melvin Douglas, for the Attorney-General, said the Domestic Partnership Act, which comes into force next month, would not make. .. Thu, 24 May 2018 08:00:00 EST Government accused of religious sectarianism Adrian Hartnett-Beasley was only 9 when his church in Bermuda voted on whether gay people should be welcomed as members and if they should be eligible to be ministers. He said I didnt understand the complexities of what was being asked of us and certainly at that time didnt fully comprehend the complexities of my own, or anyone elses. .. Thu, 24 May 2018 08:00:00 EST Sandys celebrates 90 years A West End school will use its float in tomorrows Bermuda Day Parade to celebrate a milestone birthday. Chris Naylor, design and technology teacher at Sandys Secondary Middle School, said the parade entry would honour the schools history since it opened its doors 90 years ago. Mr Naylor, 44, added Its a celebration of Sandys. .. Thu, 24 May 2018 08:00:00 EST Businessmans sons deny assaulting senator The sons of a former deputy mayor of Hamilton have denied assaulting One Bermuda Alliance Senator Andrew Simons. Courtland Boyle Jr, 21, and Robert Boyle, 19, both pleaded not guilty to unlawful assault in Magistrates Court yesterday. Both were released on 2,000 bail and ordered to have no contact with Mr Simons. In. .. Thu, 24 May 2018 08:00:00 EST Smith knocked woman off bike A driver has been fined 1,000 after knocking a woman off her motorcycle and breaking both her arms. Keith Smith, 38, from Pembroke, pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm by driving without due care and attention. Magistrates Court heard that Smith was driving along Serpentine Road, went through the Par-la-Ville Road. .. Thu, 24 May 2018 08:00:00 EST Health Watch, End-to-End co-founder dies in eastern Spain Eugene Carmichael, an adventurer and community activist, has died in Valencia, Spain. Mr Carmichael was 78. A memorial service was held at West Whale Bay Park for the philanthropist, one of the original organisers of the End-to-End. Mr Carmichael led a review of emergency room procedures in 1982 after the death of his first wife,. .. Thu, 24 May 2018 08:00:00 EST MSA students hold Toad-ally Terrific event Pupils from a convent school are helping Bermudas struggling toad population. Grade 3 pupils at Mount St Agnes Academy jumped into action after Bermuda Zoological Society educator Jamie Bacon visited them to explain how polluted pond conditions across the island were causing deformities in toads. They reacted by setting up a. .. Thu, 24 May 2018 08:00:00 EST Burt our next chapter is independence David Burt made a case for Bermudian independence yesterday because he said it was unfair that Britain still exercised power over the islands affairs. The Premier told the House of Assembly it was unacceptable in a modern democracy to have decisions made thousands of miles away that impact our customs, our institutions and our. .. Wed, 23 May 2018 08:00:00 EST MPs honour class of 68 A veteran former MP and member of the class of 68 remembered the greatest change in the social and political make-up of Bermuda as the island marked the 50th anniversary of the historic General Election of 1968. Walter Roberts, who represented the Progressive Labour Party in the parliamentary intake of 1968, was speaking at a special. .. Wed, 23 May 2018 08:00:00 EST Church should choose for itself over SSM Legislation to axe same-sex marriage robbed churches of the ability to make their own decisions on the issue, the Supreme Court heard yesterday. Gordon Campbell, on behalf of the trustees of the Wesley Methodist Church, said in an affidavit that the Domestic Partnership. .. Wed, 23 May 2018 08:00:00 EST Road safety at fore of Bermuda Day Parade Bermudas road safety advocates are to join forces with a Bermuda Day Parade entry in the spirit of this years event theme What We Share. ltigtThe Royal Gazettesltigt road safety campaign Drive for Change will take part along with ltigtA Piece of the Rockltigt documentary and campaign, the Bermuda Road Safety. .. Wed, 23 May 2018 08:00:00 EST Scars clears hurdle over paedophile release A child sex abuse prevention charity has cleared another hurdle in its bid to fight the release of a high-risk paedophile from jail. Saving Children and Revealing Secrets applied to the Supreme Court for a judicial review of the decision to release Jonathan Cumberbatch from prison after he served two thirds of a 12-year sentence for sex. .. Wed, 23 May 2018 08:00:00 EST Graphic illustration of danger on our roads An island artist has created a poster as a vivid reminder of the risks of dangerous driving. Russell Eddy said that people would only take notice of the dangers out there if the message was stark. The charcoal and acrylic work features a row of black crosses on the side of the road with the front cross in white with RIP written on. .. Wed, 23 May 2018 08:00:00 EST Lords back Bermuda public ownership register The UKs Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill, which would force British Overseas Territories to set up a public register of company beneficial ownership, was yesterday set for Royal Assent. The legislation, already backed by the House of Commons, was approved by the House of Lords on Monday. The UK legislation was designed to. .. Wed, 23 May 2018 20:37:00 EST Road safety holiday warning Road Safety watchdogs yesterday highlighted ways for the public to stay safe on the roads over the holiday weekend. A spokesman for the Bermuda Road Safety Council said the Bermuda Day holiday was the unofficial start to the summer. He added that it was also a time, based on statistics, when there was an increase in traffic. .. Wed, 23 May 2018 18:05:00 EST Passport check reminder issued The Department of Immigration reminded British Overseas Territories Citizens passport holders today to check their passports before they make travel plans. Immigration officials said people should not book or confirm travel plans unless they have a valid passport. They added passports valid for six months or more could be used for. .. Wed, 23 May 2018 17:22:00 EST Police out in force for holiday weekend An extra 50 police officers will be deployed over the Bermuda Day holiday, it was revealed today. Wayne Caines, the national security minister, said officers will use their powers to stop and search in a bid to ensure a safe weekend,He added They will be at the ready in the event that their services are needed, should any tense. .. Wed, 23 May 2018 16:24:00 EST Bermuda Day ferry services Please note the ferry services schedule changes for the Bermuda Day Holiday, Friday 25 May. Blue Route Operating on the weekday schedule between Hamilton and Dockyard as of 710am from Hamilton, with the last departure from Hamilton at 900pmOrange Route Operating on the Friday schedule between Dockyard amp. .. Wed, 23 May 2018 14:40:00 EST Police no driver found at Paget crash An apparent single vehicle crash early today in Paget brought down a light pole at a pedestrian crossing, a police spokesman said. Police responded to the crash, on South Road near St Pauls Lane, shortly before 2am. The driver, believed to be a 33-year-old Paget man, had apparently left the scene, and it was not clear whether he. .. Wed, 23 May 2018 12:13:00 EST Warwick students raise cash for Masterworks Warwick Academy IB students ran an art show to raise money for the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art. Naomi Proctor, Ryley Mason, Shane White, Asha Symons and Cristin Raynor, students from the Community, Action and Service programme, arranged the Art Exhibition and Literary Caf earlier this month at the school. Pupils from Years 12. .. Wed, 23 May 2018 11:50:00 EST Vend 2 Win contest winners announced Six local vendors have beat out the competition to secure a spot at an exclusive New York City market on Saturday, July 1. The Bermuda Economic Development Corporations inaugural Vend 2 Win Competition and Market has been hailed a huge success after attracting 36 local vendors and scores of patrons this past Saturday at. .. Wed, 23 May 2018 11:08:00 EST Spirit heads off for Philadelphia The Bermuda Sloop Foundations sail training ship has headed off on a four-day voyage from St Georges to Philadelphia. The ltigtSpirit of Bermudaltigt, which left on Sunday, will take part in the citys Memorial Day Festival, from Friday to May 28. The trip marks the ships first visit to the city, with a four-day passage. .. Wed, 23 May 2018 08:00:00 EST Jackson calls for robust on-road training Shadow Minister for Health and Seniors Susan Jackson has called on the Government to introduce more robust on-road training for new riders and more stringent road safety measures. Speaking during a motion to adjourn address in the House of Assembly last Friday, Ms Jackson warned of the upcoming summer season where students will be back. .. Wed, 23 May 2018 08:00:00 EST Spate of vandalism on North Shore A weekend vandal who left a trail of damaged cars outside homes is being hunted by police. Several cars had their windshields broken in the early hours of Saturday on North Shore, Pembroke. Residents in the area called police about 4. 30am to report a disturbance. The man, described as a slim black male, aged about 35, with. .. Wed, 23 May 2018 08:00:00 EST Mayor calls for action on violence Hamiltons mayor has called for a stronger police presence or a ranger service after a string of violent incidents in the heart of the city. Charles Gosling was speaking yesterday as two men appeared in Magistrates Court charged in connection with fights on Front Street captured on camera. He said that both incidents as well as. .. Tue, 22 May 2018 08:00:00 EST Lawyers argue DPA is unconstitutional A law to give limited partnership rights to same-sex couples should be struck down because it has a religious purpose, a lawyer said today. Rod Attride-Stirling told the Supreme Court the Domestic Partnership Act, which will block same-sex marriage from the start of next month, was unconstitutional. Mr Attride-Stirling said The. .. Tue, 22 May 2018 08:00:00 EST My magic moment with Prince Harry Prince Harry smiled and waved at a Bermudian girl who wished him and bride Meghan Markle all the best on their wedding day. Skylar Bean, 11, waved the islands flag and shouted a Bermudian greeting as the royal couples carriage passed crowds lining the streets in Windsor and was stunned when the prince looked back and acknowledged. .. Tue, 22 May 2018 08:00:00 EST Community marks 50 years of voting rights A special sitting of Parliament today will commemorate 50 years since the struggle for full voting rights resulted in the historic General Election of 1968. Dennis Lister, the Speaker of the House, said todays ceremonies in the House of Assembly would be a special honour. Mr Lister said I am the last in Parliament who sat with. .. Tue, 22 May 2018 08:00:00 EST Edwena Smith 1932-2018 The late Edwena Smith has been saluted for her contribution to the fight for universal adult suffrage. Ms Smith died this month at the age of 86 just before the milestone commemorations today for the 50th anniversary of the 1968 General Election which marked the start of equal voting rights for all. Ms Smith was known to. .. Tue, 22 May 2018 08:00:00 EST Residents clean up Baileys Bay Baileys Bay residents took matters into their own hands and cleaned up trash on the beach at the weekend. The beach and surrounding shoreline was cluttered with abandoned and storm-damaged boats and large pieces of wood and plastic. Jennifer Hind, who has complained about the problem in recent weeks, helped organise a clean-up on. .. Tue, 22 May 2018 08:00:00 EST Bermuda Day road restrictions Road restrictions will be in place for races and the parade on Bermuda Day. According to the Ministry of Public Works, traffic will be limited on Friday for Sinclair Packwood Memorial Cycle RaceCommencing at Somerset Road and travelling along Bridge Hill, Middle Road, Burnt House Hill, Harbour Road, The Lane, Crow Lane,. .. Tue, 22 May 2018 13:46:00 EST Soldier injured in roundabout collision A man was injured today after his bike was in collision with a car at a city roundabout. The injured man, a Royal Bermuda Regiment soldier in uniform, was involved in a crash with a blue SUV about 3. 30pm. The incident happened at the Par-la-Ville roundabout on Par-la-Ville Road. The soldier, who complained of back pain, was. .. Tue, 22 May 2018 16:01:00 EST Motorcyclist hurt in roundabout crash A motorcyclist was injured in a crash with a car in Hamilton today. The man, dressed in Royal Bermuda Regiment uniform, complained about back pains after the collision on Par-la-Ville roundabout shortly after 3. 30pm. He was helped into an ambulance and taken to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital. Traffic was delayed as a result. .. Tue, 22 May 2018 15:56:00 EST New scholarship at Reading Clinic An annual scholarship in the name of Mansfield Jim Brock has been established at the Reading Clinic. The Trustees of the Reading Clinic Foundation donated 8,640 per annum to help with tuition costs for families who require financial assistance. Mr Brock, a trustee of the clinic, was a physics and mathematics teacher at Berkeley. .. Tue, 22 May 2018 15:18:00 EST Pembroke Rotary Club quiz winners The Pembroke Rotary Club sponsored a Student IT Quiz to play its part in developing the IT skills of Bermudas young people and exposing them to the opportunities available in fintech and other fields as the country moves onto the global blockchain stage. The IT Quiz was held on the evening of 3rd May, 2018 at the Mount Saint Agnes. .. Tue, 22 May 2018 13:56:00 EST Public urged to think before posting public safety messages Police are reminding members of the public to think and verify before posting public safety messages on social media. A police spokesman pointed to a recent example of such a well intentioned post made on a popular local Facebook page. It described a distraction scam in which one man lays on the road with a bike nearby. .. Tue, 22 May 2018 13:12:00 EST Pedestrian struck by motorcycle remains in hospital A man struck by a motorcycle in a hit-and-run in the City of Hamilton yesterday continues to recover in hospital. The 53-year-old pedestrian was struck on Parliament Street, near the junction with Church Street, at about 1am. A police spokesman said that at last check this morning the man was in stable condition on a general ward. Tue, 22 May 2018 13:11:00 EST Royal stamp of approval The Bermuda Post Office has issued commemorative stamps to commemorate the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Three stamps have been produced, priced at 50 cents, 1. 15 and 1. 35. The stamps feature Prince Harry and his new wife, American actress Meghan Markle, in official photographs taken in the grounds of Kensington. .. Tue, 22 May 2018 08:00:00 EST Masterworks represented at royal birthday Representatives from the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art will join the just-married Duke and Duchess of Sussex at Buckingham Palace today. Museum founder Tom Butterfield and his wife, Gill, have been invited to a garden reception to celebrate the 70th birthday of the Prince of Wales, who has been a patron of the museum since. .. Tue, 22 May 2018 08:00:00 EST Tourist with bullet in backpack fined 350 An American visitor spent part of his honeymoon in jail after a bullet was found in his backpack. The live ammunition was discovered as James Latham, 20, tried to reboard cruise ship ltigtAnthem of the Seasltigt, Magistrates Court heard. The bullet was discovered by security personnel as Latham tried to go on board on. .. Tue, 22 May 2018 08:00:00 EST Driver sought after hit-and-run A man was in hospital yesterday after he was struck by a hit-and-run rider in Hamilton in the early hours. The injured man, believed to be aged 53 and from Pembroke, suffered a head injury after was knocked down on Parliament Street near its junction with Church Street at about 1am. The motorcyclist also hit a parked car and damaged. .. Tue, 22 May 2018 08:00:00 EST Crash reports down by 41 per cent The drive to make Bermudas roads safer appears to be moving in the right direction as police highlighted a 41 per cent reduction in reported crashes for the first four months of 2018 compared with the same period in 2016. The dramatic drop comes in the wake of numerous road safety campaigns including the ltigtA Piece of the. .. Mon, 21 May 2018 08:00:00 EST Judge rules 33,770 was proceeds of drugs A man who had drug charges against him dropped has lost an appeal to get back 33,770 of cash seized by police 16 years ago. Tito Smith argued before the Supreme Court that he earned the money by painting houses and selling a car, but Puisne Judge Stephen Hellman ruled that the money was more likely the proceeds from the sale of crack. .. Mon, 21 May 2018 08:00:00 EST Win someone a perfect smile Bizarre dares are all part and parcel of raising money for young peoples charity Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bermuda. Island celebrities have kissed a pig, jumped into a container of live roaches and thrown themselves into the sea in full beauty pageant dress for the BBBS regular fundraiser How Much Would You Pay To See Me. .. Mon, 21 May 2018 08:00:00 EST Four arrested after gun attack at bar Four arrests were made over 48 hours after a gun attack on a Hamilton bar, the Minister of National Security said yesterday. Wayne Caines told Parliament that he would be unpopular for taking a hard line on antisocial behaviour. But he added We will not give safe harbour to anyone shooting and causing mayhem in this. .. Mon, 21 May 2018 08:00:00 EST Best foot forward for Relay for Life Close to 340,000 was raised to help support uninsured and underinsured cancer patients thanks to the fifth annual Relay for Life event at the National Sports Centre this weekend. So far the amount confirmed amount is 339,410 but organisers are yet to add in corporate matches to the total, which will cover the hosting of the event. Mon, 21 May 2018 08:00:00 EST Man pepper sprayed by police fined 1,250 A 31-year-old American visitor pepper sprayed by police after a fight on Hamiltons Front Street was fined 1,250 today. Magistrates Court heard that Bryan Wood, in Bermuda for a family wedding, got involved in a fight in the Dog House pub which spilt out on to the street. The brawl broke out after Wood took offence at comments. .. Mon, 21 May 2018 14:42:00 EST Man admits brutal assault on Front Street A 31-year-old man pleaded guilty to a Front Street attack which was caught on video and circulated online. Treadwell Smith, of Devonshire, pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm. The video clip showed Smith land a barrage of punches on a man before he kicked him in the head as he lay on the sidewalk. Magistrates. .. Mon, 21 May 2018 14:42:00 EST Tech students graduate The Minister of Education and Workforce Development, the Hon. Diallo Rabain, JP, MP today offered congratulations to the Bermudian students who recently graduated from the New England Institute of Technology NEIT. The Department provides funds for students in the amount of 10,000. 00 per year. In addition, students attending NEIT receive an. .. Mon, 21 May 2018 12:59:00 EST Register for Iron Kids Registration is now open for the 30th Annual Clarien Iron Kids Triathlon, which is Saturday, 23 June at Clearwater Beach in St. Davids. Kids aged 3 15 have the opportunity to swim, bike and run and a chance to win a 3,000 Iron Kids account. Kids competing in the 11-15 category can compete to win up to 1,000 in an Iron Kids account. Mon, 21 May 2018 12:09:00 EST Tutera to visit World-renowned wedding and celebrations planner to the stars, David Tutera will bring his expertise and artistic vision to Bermuda April 1-3, 2019 at the recently renovated Rosewood Bermuda in Tuckers Town. Aligning on style and location, the collaboration between the Bermuda Tourism Authority and the event and fashion designers team. .. Mon, 21 May 2018 12:35:00 EST