News News en-us OBA objects to airport inclusion in inquiry The islands first Commission of Inquiry in more than 15 years is due to properly get under way today, but the scope of the investigation has yet to be determined after the Bermuda Government formally objected to the inclusion of its controversial airport redevelopment deal. The commission issued a statement yesterday highlighting that. .. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Inquiry witnesses failed to give statements Several public servants have failed to provide witness statements for the Commission of Inquiry, it was heard this morning. Chairman Sir Anthony Evans said the commission had identified the senior civil servants and ministers responsible for certain contracts, which the tribunal will scrutinise as part of its investigation into the. .. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:08:00 EST Corporation 18m guarantee not valid The Corporation of Hamilton yesterday argued that its 18 million guarantee of the Par-la-Ville Hotel project was not valid, during a hearing in the Supreme Court. At the in-chambers hearing before Puisne Judge Stephen Hellman, the municipality claimed that despite amendments to the Municipalities Act, it could not legally issue the. .. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 08:00:00 EST Armed robber strikes Pasta Basta A Hamilton restaurant was last night the victim of its second armed robbery this year. According to police, officers responded to a report of an armed robbery at Pasta Basta on Elliot Street at around 9. 45pm. It appears that an unknown male brandishing what is believed to be a firearm entered the restaurant, removed a quantity of. .. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:00:00 EST Reunited with beloved chair after 16 years It was with a heavy heart that Jane Jackson sold the wooden armchair her mother had crafted from scratch during the Second World War after she passed away in 2000. So, when the old battered piece of furniture turned up this month at The Barn, where Mrs Jackson has volunteered for more than 40 years, she could not believe her. .. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 08:00:00 EST Cheers! Oktoberfest is here A taste of Germany is set to return to Dockyard this week as the Frog and Onion Restaurant celebrates Oktoberfest. Philip Barnett, of the Island Restaurant Group, said that in the past three years, the event inspired by the largest German volksfest, or beer festival has only grown in popularity, offering patrons traditional German. .. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 08:00:00 EST TS Matthew forms in Caribbean Barbados has been hit by a storm system, Matthew, which has developed into a Tropical Storm and is now headed for the region of St Vincent and the Grenadines. Matthew could strengthen into a hurricane over the coming days as it passes through the central Caribbean. While the National Hurricane Centre advised that Matthew was not. .. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:53:00 EST Burt We must earn publics faith The Progressive Labour Party has a substantial plan ready for the next election campaign on how to improve governance, David Burt has said. The Oppositions deputy leader spoke to ltigtThe Royal Gazetteltigt yesterday in response to a poll published in Mondays newspaper, which offered grim reading for both major political. .. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 08:00:00 EST Shooting victim showed no vital signs EMT An emergency medical technician has described how he performed CPR on a shooting victim as he was rushed to hospital. Curtis Place told jurors in the Supreme Court that Rickai Swan had no vital signs when he and his colleague arrived at the Southampton Rangers Sports Club on the evening of October 23, 2015. Mr Swan was shot. .. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 08:00:00 EST Walk and run for charity on Sunday Women and girls are encouraged to support the Womens Resource Centre by taking part in a charity run and walk this Sunday. Now in its 19th year, the PartnerRe Womens 5K Run amp Walk includes a 5K race for women, a 5K walk and a 2K run for girls under 15. The goal is female fitness, health, safety and self-esteem, with all. .. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:13:00 EST Old hospital entry to shut for one day The entry to King Edward VII Memorial Hospitals general wing lobby will be closed tomorrow, while Bermuda Hospitals Board installs new doors. The work will affect the entrance at the old wing of KEMH, facing the Botanical Gardens, where the Pink Caf is located. On this day, people are asked to use the doors either through the old. .. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:19:00 EST Education key to drug prevention Educating the public about the risks and methods for preventing drug and alcohol use are key to reducing use in Bermuda, according to Senator Jeffrey Baron. The Minister for National Security formally opened the Substance Abuse Prevention Faith Based Summit today at the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute as part of Septembers. .. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:42:00 EST Missing Kia Sportage recovered A Kia Sportage that was reported stolen has been recovered by police. The vehicle, which went missing from outside a home in Hilltop Drive, Hamilton Parish, on Sunday evening, was located on White Sands Road, Paget, last night. The Bermuda Police Service has thanked the public for their help and says inquiries continue. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:10:00 EST Barnes documentary available online A documentary about the late Johnny Barnes has been made publicly available online by the film-makers. Welcoming Arms, directed by Rosanne Ma of New York, features interviews with Mr Barnes and local children about his legacy. The film premiered at the Bermuda International Film Festival last year, and has since been. .. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:03:00 EST Man charged with discharging firearm A 23-year-old Pembroke man, alleged to have shot himself in the hand last month, faced two firearms charges in Magistrates Court this morning. Shayne James was charged with handling a firearm in Pembroke on August 29 and with discharging bullets from a firearm on the same day when the injury was sustained. Mr James was granted. .. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:54:00 EST AGs agree on joint reform plans Attorney-General Trevor Moniz joined counterparts from other jurisdictions at a conference in the Turks and Caicos. British Solicitor-General Robert Buckland and ten Attorneys General from the Overseas Territories were at the 25th Conference of Attorneys General from UK Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies from Tuesday to Thursday. .. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:13:00 EST St George crime figures low Eighteen crimes were reported in the town of St George during a 12-week period this summer, the Bermuda Police Service has revealed. Members of the BPS met with residents last night in Pennos Wharf terminal building to address issues affecting the parish. Assistant commissioner Antoine Daniels, himself a St Georges resident, said. .. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 08:00:00 EST Traditional Austrian welcome for musician Upon landing in Bermuda on Monday night, Viennese multi-instrumentalist Arnulf Lindner enjoyed a surprise traditional welcome from his homeland. Katarina Hoskins, the islands Austrian Honorary Consul, donned a dirndl dress at LF Wade International Airport to greet Mr Lindner, who will perform with his longtime collaborator Heather Nova. .. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 08:00:00 EST Census interviewing jobs up for grabs The Department of Statistics is seeking more than 250 census interviewers to conduct door-to-door interviews to gather census information. Those interested in these part-time positions should apply by 7pm tomorrow at www. govtcareers. gov. bm. Successfully trained interviewers will collect data with either a Bermuda Government netbook. .. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 05:36:00 EST Leaders blamed for voter unrest Veteran political figures have faulted the leadership of both parties for electoral disillusionment exposed this week in a poll by ltigtThe Royal Gazette. ltigtDisgruntled voters from right across the spectrum regularly voice dissatisfaction to a lunch group of former MPs that includes Progressive Labour Party veteran Reginald. .. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 08:00:00 EST Murder weapon found in St Georges Harbour The gun used to shoot Rickai Swan dead outside Southampton Rangers Sports Club was discovered on the shoreline of St Georges Harbour, a court has heard. Prosecutors told jurors yesterday that a little over two months after Mr Swan had been murdered on October 23, 2015, officers executed a search warrant at a Wellington Slip Road. .. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 08:00:00 EST Doctors sceptical over reworked health Bill Contentious legislation aimed at regulating private healthcare providers and the equipment they use is due to be retabled in Parliament in November but some doctors fear they still wont be happy with the reworked Bill. ltigtThe Royal Gazetteltigt understands that after a number of meetings between Bermuda Health Council and a. .. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 08:00:00 EST Airport staff win deal with Project Co Project Co, the new company poised to assume operations at LF Wade International Airport, has agreed to union requests after staff raised concerns over a letter of employment sent out earlier this month. Chris Furbert, the president of the Bermuda Industrial Union, said the September 12 letter from Project Co, which workers had been. .. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:29:00 EST Hamilton restaurant robbed at gunpoint An armed robber aimed a gun at the chef of a Hamilton restaurant on Sunday night, demanding cash, according to the owner. While the culprit escaped, fleeing Wok Express with a quantity of cash, no one was injured in the incident. Owner Gilles Calliere said he was not present when the robbery took place, but he was told that the. .. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST On the road to recovery Some 20 clients, staff members and supporters of the Salvation Army marched proudly through the streets of Hamilton yesterday morning in the name of addiction recovery. The walk was one of several events being staged during the month of September which is designated Recovery Month. This is the seventh edition of the event, aimed. .. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 08:00:00 EST Dunkley view of politicians understandable Michael Dunkley, the Premier, has called on the disaffected Bermudian public to help improve the islands political system through increased participation. A ltigtRoyal Gazette pollltigt published yesterday revealed that 57 per cent of people believed that both the One Bermuda Alliance and the Progressive Labour Party had too. .. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 08:00:00 EST Premier to host forums for Bermudians in UK Bermudians who are living, working and studying in Britain will be able to meet with Michael Dunkley, the Premier, at two networking forums next month. According to the islands London Office, the first will be held on Monday at Stirlings Bar and Lounge in Birmingham, from 7pm to 9pm and it will be the first such meeting offered outside. .. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:33:00 EST Deadlines near for tourism business deals Entrepreneurs seeking business partnerships with the Bermuda Tourism Authority for 2017 have been reminded to submit their paperwork by the months end. The Tourism Experiences Investment application process, and the Live Entertainment Showcase request for proposal process, both close on September 30. The experiences investment. .. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:00:00 EST New tune takes off for Thirdstory A New York following continues to grow for Thirdstory, an R amp Bfolk trio including Bermudian singer Ben Lusher, which has just been featured in the ltigtNew York Post. ltigtThirdstory kicked off the Bermuda Festival in January, and have most recently been covered for the success of their song ltigtG Train,ltigt. .. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:07:00 EST French movie at BUEI Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:58:00 EST Traffic delays after oil spill in Southampton Motorists heading west are warned about traffic delays after an oil spill in Southampton. The incident happened at about 3pm on Middle Road, in the area of Whale Bay, and has led to diversions along the Railway Trail. At 4. 40pm, the Bermuda Police Service said traffic was backed up as far as Barnes Corner. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:53:00 EST No fee rise at hospital Bermuda Hospitals Board has announced there will be no increase in fees for the islands hospitals for the year 201617. The arrangement is not without challenges, a statement said this afternoon increasing numbers of patients are turning up both King Edward VII Memorial Hospital and the Mid-Atlantic Wellness institute. However,. .. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:30:00 EST Rubis unveils anniversary charity promotion Rubis Energy Bermuda is celebrating its tenth anniversary with the Fuelling 4 a Cause charity promotion. From tomorrow until Wednesday, November 9, Rubis will donate 5 cents per gallon of fuel sold at its service stations to 12 good causes chosen by its judging panel. Customers can also vote online for their favourite among the. .. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:56:00 EST Bounce for Autism bouncier than ever The Tomorrows Voices charity is hosting its sixth annual Bounce for Autism fun day at Southampton Rangers on Saturday. The event, which will raise awareness of autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities, is described as organisers as bigger and more bouncier than ever. Between 2pm to 8pm, activities will include. .. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:21:00 EST Learn about Pati at a panel discussion Find out how you can make the most of your right to know at a panel discussion tomorrow. The Information Commissioners Office is hosting the event, Just Ask, Looking Back and Looking Ahead at Our Right to Know at Hallet Hall, Bermuda College, from 6pm to 7. 30pm. Panellists will discuss how the lack of access to information. .. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:23:00 EST Survey launched for long-term residents A group who campaigned in support of the controversial Pathways to Status legislation have launched an online survey to collect information about long-term resident non-Bermudians. The survey by the We Support Pathways Facebook group is hoped to build a profile of those who would benefit from the proposed. .. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:11:00 EST Injured motorcyclist out of intensive care A Barbadian motorcyclist seriously injured in a crash in Pembroke on September 3 has been transferred to a general ward at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital. The 36-year-old, who was hurt in the accident at the junction of Lane Hill and Cavendish Road, had previously been in the Intensive Care Unit. This morning, he was said to be. .. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:08:00 EST Car stolen in Hamilton Parish A white Kia Sportage was stolen from outside a home in Hilltop Drive, Hamilton Parish. The Bermuda Police Service are appealing for help tracking down the vehicle, licence plate 16306, which was taken between 11pm on Sunday and 7am on Monday. Anyone with information should call police on 295-0011. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:57:00 EST Island viewers to help judge films finest Local audiences will join viewers around the world in judging the next generation of filmmakers, when the Manhattan Short Film Festival arrives at the months end. The 19th annual festival brings ten short films from eight countries to the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute, on Thursday this week and Saturday. Bermuda filmgoers will. .. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 08:00:00 EST Florida award for Bermudian A Bermudian has been recognised for his involvement in an award-winning marketing campaign for a beachfront resort in Florida. Duncan Tavares, who previously worked at Bermudas Department of Tourism, the Marriott Castle Harbour Resort and Horizons, is now director of tourism, economic development and community services in the South. .. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 08:00:00 EST Help for addicts at outdoor meetings Those seeking help with addiction are being encouraged to attend open-air meetings at the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art and the lush surroundings of the Botanical Gardens as part of Septembers Recovery Month. The Onion Patch Group of Alcoholics Anonymous holds meetings every Saturday from 9am to 10am, either in the Gardens or, if. .. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 08:00:00 EST Public meeting on womens issues Wednesday The Parliamentary Joint Select Committee on Womens Issues and Unemployment will host the next in its series of public meetings on Wednesday. The meeting, to be held at 5pm in the Dr Gordon Memorial Hall in the Bermuda Industrial Union building, will feature Laurie Shiell from the Centre Against Abuse and Elaine Butterfield from the. .. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 08:00:00 EST Poll reveals no confidence in parties The One Bermuda Alliance and Progressive Labour Party are both unfit to lead the country because of their infighting, according to a poll commissioned by ltigtThe Royal Gazetteltigt. All four of Bermudas leading politicians were also widely chastised for their lack of transparency, unity and trust, in our survey into registered. .. Mon, 26 Sep 2016 08:00:00 EST Dunkley anger over Rio bill well-founded Public indignation over the 38,000 bill to send three Bermuda Government officials to last months Olympic Games was well-founded, Michael Dunkley has conceded. However, the Premier defended the One Bermuda Alliances overall travel budget and highlighted its efforts to improve transparency on spending. Last week, the OBA. .. Mon, 26 Sep 2016 08:00:00 EST Recalling Hensons rainbow connection As the world this weekend marked what would have been his 80th birthday, locals record how Jim Hensons rainbow connection with Bermuda began before a single ltigtSesame Streetltigt episode had even aired. In the late Sixties the menagerie of hand-operated characters Mr Henson called Muppets a name he coined by combining the. .. Mon, 26 Sep 2016 08:00:00 EST Call for continued vigilance over storms After Tropical Storm Karl, national security minister Jeff Baron has encouraged the public to remain vigilant for the remainder of storm season. TS Karl brushed past the island on Saturday. Although 816 Belco customers were left without power, the storms impact on the island was otherwise minimal. Senator Baron reiterated his thanks to the. .. Mon, 26 Sep 2016 08:00:00 EST Talented Onuri's flair for musicals Broadway comes to Bermuda next month as the Gilbert amp Sullivan Society unveils its new production Magic of the Musicals. Appearing in the society's youth ensemble will be 13-year-old Onuri Smith - an actor, singer and dancer who hopes to one day turn professional. #8220I've always been interested in. .. Mon, 26 Sep 2016 08:00:00 EST Bermuda College journals go online The first two volumes of the Bermuda College Journal, ltigtVoices in Educationltigt, have been uploaded on international research site EBSCOhost. EBSCOhost is used by tens of thousands of institutions internationally, offering them access to a wide range of text and bibliographic databases. Volume II of the journal was. .. Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:23:00 EST Government gives 15,000 to youth charity The Bermuda Government has donated 15,000 to a youth development charity as part of its Cash Back for Communities programme. National security minister Jeff Baron visited Raleigh Bermudas office in Hamilton to present the cheque, with the money sourced from confiscated proceeds of crime. Raleigh Bermuda is a local non-profit. .. Mon, 26 Sep 2016 16:37:00 EST Green Family makes donation for Deliverance The Green Family has donated 4,000 to the St Georges Foundation to help restore the iconic replica of the ltigtDeliveranceltigt. According to a statement released today, the donation will be matched by the Bank of Bermuda Foundation. The replica ship on Ordnance Island was damaged in 2014 by the impact of Hurricanes Fay. .. Mon, 26 Sep 2016 11:52:00 EST Business heads to teach Berkeley students A virtual course teaching students all about launching their own businesses is coming to the Berkeley Institute, supported by some of the islands top companies. Berkeley students will learn from senior business heads, honing their work and life skills, through the Virtual Enterprise International programme, which will teach areas such as. .. Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:09:00 EST Law firm presents 10,000 award Keeka Simons has been granted the Shirley D Simmons Award worth 10,000 from law firm Trott amp Duncan. Ms Simons, who has been an employee of the company since 2009, will be pursuing a masters degree in law in London. According to the company, Ms Simons was chosen because she typifies the spirit of the award as she completed. .. Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:05:00 EST Walk to support recovering addicts The Salvation Army is today holding its seventh annual Recovery Walk to highlight the struggle of addiction and the toil it has on the social fabric of the community. The clients and staff at the charitys Harbour Light addiction programme completed a walk during the Salvation Armys 30th anniversary celebration and decided to continue. .. Mon, 26 Sep 2016 08:00:00 EST Kayaking fundraisers brave waves Stormy seas delayed their Saturday start, but a kayak team on a mission for charity yesterday took to the waves and should be still out there, circling the island. The group, Kayak for Kids, had raised 22,000 even before they got their feet wet. Their cause is the group Saving Children and Revealing Secrets, the childrens sexual. .. Mon, 26 Sep 2016 08:00:00 EST BEST group revamps website BEST has launched a new website as it revamps its identity. The group says its new site is more responsive and informative, and easier for people to navigate resources and progress on the physical, social and economic environments in Bermuda. Most importantly, we wanted to help the community to get to know us better and make it. .. Mon, 26 Sep 2016 08:00:00 EST Second MP admits Rio trip Patricia Gordon-Pamplin has admitted attending the Olympic Games in Brazil last month, raising the Bermuda Governments expenditure on the event to nearly 38,000. The Paget West MP said that her 6,312. 09 in expenses for the trip, which were not listed on the One Bermuda Alliances expenses website, would be formally logged. The. .. Sat, 24 Sep 2016 08:00:00 EST Bermudian in UK died from smoke inhalation Tahira Baker, a 25-year-old Bermudian woman who lost her life to a fire last year in Britain, is believed to have died in her bath after breathing in carbon monoxide, an inquest heard. Ms Baker, 25, died in her Sheffield flat on September 23, 2015, after a candle started a fire in her front room, according to The Sheffield. .. Sat, 24 Sep 2016 08:00:00 EST Princess family reunion attracts old and new Past and present Hamilton Princess and Fairmont Southampton staff reunited for a nostalgic evening at Tom Moores Tavern this week. More than 70 former employees of the hotel and their significant others came together for a third reunion of the Princess Family in Bermuda. Its nostalgic because we all were single people, very. .. Sat, 24 Sep 2016 08:00:00 EST BIU waiting on news of Tweed work permit Bermuda Industrial Union president Chris Furbert has said he is still waiting an update from the Bermuda Government regarding the status of the Reverend Nicholas Tweeds work permit renewal. On Labour Day, Mr Furbert accused immigration minister Patricia Gordon-Pamplin of tampering with the work permit file of Mr Tweed, who he described. .. Sat, 24 Sep 2016 08:00:00 EST Teachers take issue with faulty AC Teachers staged a work stoppage at TN Tatem Middle School today due to issues with faulty air conditioning. Following constructive talks teachers and students are back in the classroom and work is being done to rectify the situation. A Ministry of Education spokeswoman said As of last evening both ministries are working to. .. Sat, 24 Sep 2016 08:00:00 EST