News News en-us Missing rugby tourist sought by police A 19-year-old visitor to the island, Mark Dombroski of Pennsylvania, is being sought after going missing last night in Hamilton. The teen, who travelled to the island on a Rugby Tour with St Josephs University, was last seen at the Dog House on Front Street at around midnight. Mr Dombroski is described as white, 6ft tall, of small. .. Sun, 18 Mar 2018 11:01:00 EST Shelly Bay bus shelter damaged in crash A bus shelter by Shelly Bay park was heavily damaged on Saturday after being struck by a car. According to police, the crash occurred at about 1. 25pm near the junction with Doctors Lane, when a car in the eastbound lane of North Shore Road came off the road. The driver, an 84-year-old Hamilton Parish woman, was apparently uninjured,. .. Sun, 18 Mar 2018 14:11:00 EST Fire on Hinsons Island not an emergency A controlled burn on Hinsons Island this morning has resulted in several calls to emergency services. Lieutenant Russann Francis of the Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service said a number of calls had come in, but that the fire was horticultural waste being burnt by residents. She added It is important that when anyone plans to burn. .. Sun, 18 Mar 2018 11:26:00 EST Man critical after Front Street fight A 30-year-old man is in the Intensive Care Unit after a fight on Front Street outside the Cosmopolitan Night Club, which was encountered by police at about 3. 15am today. Officers discovered a group surrounding two men fighting. It appears that the victim fell and may have struck his head on the pavement after being punched in the. .. Sun, 18 Mar 2018 10:54:00 EST Man with home-made gun jailed A 24-year-old man who shot himself in the hand by accident with a home-made gun has been jailed for six years. Shayne James was earlier convicted by a jury of two charges handling a firearm and discharging it. Larry Mussenden, the Director of Public Prosecutions, said Crown counsel Karen King requested a six to eight-year prison. .. Sun, 18 Mar 2018 08:08:00 EST Police name two killed in Marsh Folly bike crash Police have identified Demarcvjai Williams, 29, and Marco Salema, 34, as the two men killed last night after their motorcycles collided head-on at about 9. 30pm on Marsh Folly Road. Their deaths mark the second and third road fatalities of 2018. According to a police spokesman, Mr Williams was riding a motorcycle in the eastbound. .. Sat, 17 Mar 2018 08:00:00 EST Devonshire blaze quelled by firefighters Firefighters thanked the public for their help after a long day battling a major fire that swept across Devonshire Marsh, threatening businesses and homes. Lieutenant Russann Francis of the Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service reported at 3. 45pm that major operations were nearing conclusion. All operational staff were embodied for the. .. Sat, 17 Mar 2018 08:56:00 EST Assessors return poor marks for schools Experts highlighted poor practice in Bermudas schools and unchallenging assignments for pupils, the education minister told MPs yesterday. Cambridge curriculum assessors conducted a review of public schools after Cambridge Checkpoint results showed island pupils were lagging behind their international peers. Diallo Rabain told MPs. .. Sat, 17 Mar 2018 08:00:00 EST Airport wins international deal of the year Bermudas controversial contract to build a new airport has won an international deal of the year award. The public-private partnership contract was awarded 2017 North American Deal of the Year at a ceremony in New York organised by London-based ltigtIJGlobal Magazineltigt, a top specialist publication in project finance and. .. Sat, 17 Mar 2018 08:00:00 EST MPs vote to postpone municipal elections The municipal elections will be postponed for a year while consultation takes place after legislation was passed in the House of Assembly last night. The Municipalities Amendment Act will also give the Minister of Home Affairs more power over Hamilton and the Corporation of St George. Walton Brown, who tabled the Bill last week,. .. Sat, 17 Mar 2018 08:00:00 EST Tributes to former teacher and rugby player Alan Leigh, a schoolteacher and former principal at Heron Bay and Port Royal primary schools, has died, aged 84. Neville Tyrrell, Warwick South Central MP, offered condolences to Mr Leighs family and his wife, Jennifer, yesterday in Parliament. Mr Leigh, who lived in Warwick, was an avid rugby fan, and one of the founding members. .. Sat, 17 Mar 2018 08:00:00 EST Green groups attack decision to trial ATVs Bermudas environmental groups have berated a decision greenlighting commercial quad bike tours on the Railway Trail in the West End. Jonathan Starling, executive director at Greenrock, said the group was profoundly disappointed by the announcement. Mr Starling said We believe this decision flies in the face of the public. .. Sat, 17 Mar 2018 08:00:00 EST Police name man found dead in Warwick A 58-year-old man found dead in his apartment shortly after 11pm on Friday has been named by police as Anthony EastonFoul play is not suspected in Mr Eastons death, a police spokesman said. He was discovered at a residence on Morgan Road, Warwick. Police and an on-call doctor dealt with the scene. Police extended deepest. .. Sat, 17 Mar 2018 08:00:00 EST Moniz denies shredding Lahey documents Former attorney-general Trevor Moniz denied last night he had shredded documents connected to the government lawsuit against the US-based Lahey Clinic. Mr Moniz added that he had never used evidence from a parallel criminal case to support the civil case, which named Ewart Brown, a former premier and a doctor, as a co-conspirator with. .. Sat, 17 Mar 2018 08:00:00 EST To baldly go ... A charity head shave for the St Baldricks Foundation childhood cancer charity raised more than double its target yesterday. The total stood at more than 300,000 last night as the last of four head-shaving events kicked off at Hamiltons Docksider Pub and Restaurant. Vittoria Canale, one of the organisers, said We are at over. .. Sat, 17 Mar 2018 08:00:00 EST Charges dropped against Spirit captain Charges have been dropped against ltigtSpirit of Bermudaltigt captain James Doughty after the sail training ship collided with a government ferry. Mr Doughty denied a failure to maintain a lookout and failure to avoid a collision over the incident involving the sail training boat and the fast ferry ltigtResoluteltigt in. .. Sat, 17 Mar 2018 08:00:00 EST Killer dog is put down A killer dog that savaged a familys pet spaniel to death has been put down. The news came after Cole Simons, a One Bermuda Alliance MP, said his family were heartbroken after their little spaniel was mauled by another dog. Owner Sarah Tomlinson said in a Facebook post shared to Mr Simonss profile that she was very, deeply sorry. .. Sat, 17 Mar 2018 08:00:00 EST Terror dog put down after mauling MPs pet A killer dog that savaged a familys pet spaniel to death has been put down, ltigtThe Royal Gazetteltigt can confirm. The news came after Cole Simons, a One Bermuda Alliance MP, said his family were heartbroken after their little spaniel was mauled by another dog. Mr Simons found Venus, his 12-year-old King Charles spaniel,. .. Fri, 16 Mar 2018 08:00:00 EST Public to fork out 1m for failed Sandys 360 The public are to fork out 1 million to pay off the mortgage on the failed Sandys 360 sports centre and lender HSBC has agreed to write off more than 8 million. Lieutenant-Colonel David Burch, minister of public works, told MPs that HSBC was prepared to take 1 million as full and final settlement of the 9. 24 million still owed by. .. Fri, 16 Mar 2018 08:00:00 EST Walk to mark Mandelas 100th birthday A Bermuda community group has answered a global call to celebrate unity to mark the 100th birthday of former South African president Nelson Mandela. The Walk Together event organised by Imagine Bermuda is the first of several to commemorate the centenary of the birth of the statesman who led South Africa out of the apartheid. .. Fri, 16 Mar 2018 08:00:00 EST Mussenden may appeal Richardson driving case The Department of Public Prosecutions may appeal against a courts decision to dismiss a charge of careless driving against a defence lawyer, it was revealed yesterday. Larry Mussenden, Director of Public Prosecutions, said his department was examining the decision by magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo to throw out the charge brought against. .. Fri, 16 Mar 2018 08:00:00 EST Sexual harassment failures could cost fortunes Failure to crack down on sexual harassment and discrimination at work could cost companies a fortune, a London-based expert said last night. Minna Salami, a writer, blogger and social commentator, said bullying and abuse of power affected a companys financial performance along with the emotional, physical and financial health of the. .. Fri, 16 Mar 2018 08:00:00 EST Two still recovering after Smiths crash Two of the six people injured when a car flipped over on Middle Road on Monday are still in hospital. A police spokesman said the 18-year-old woman who was more seriously injured remained in a stable condition in the intensive care unit this morning. In addition, the 19-year-old man hurt in the March 12 crash continued his. .. Fri, 16 Mar 2018 15:43:00 EST Warning over fake social media The Bermuda Police Service has reminded the public to be vigilant of fake social media accounts impersonating government officials. A spokesman said These fake social media profiles are being used to contact individuals and make demands of money for alleged Government initiatives and proposals. Residents should be aware that this. .. Fri, 16 Mar 2018 15:42:00 EST Trucks crash in Paget Three vehicles were damaged in a collision on South Road in Paget yesterday. A police spokesman said officers attended the damage-only crash near the junction with White Sands Road around 1. 50pm. He added It appears that a truck being driven along South Road in the westbound lane collided with another truck being driven in the. .. Fri, 16 Mar 2018 15:42:00 EST House Montgomery Summit National security minister Wayne Caines told the House of Assembly details about a trip taken by Bermuda representatives to the Montgomery Summit. ltigtTo read Mr Cainess statement in full, click on the PDF under Related Medialtigt Fri, 16 Mar 2018 15:29:00 EST House Efforts to improve health workforce Health minister Kim Wilson outlined efforts made to improve the health workforce. Ms Wilson told the House of Assembly the Ministry of Health was aiming to improve health, social and economic development outcomes by ensuring universal availability, accessibility and quality of the health workforce. ltigtTo read Kim Wilsons. .. Fri, 16 Mar 2018 15:24:00 EST House Government to cut office space Overly generous office space will be reduced for Bermuda Government workers in a cost-cutting move. Space for department heads will be cut by up to two-thirds and space for general staff will be reduced by 35 per cent, Lieutenant-Colonel David Burch said. The public works minister said he is aiming to cut the annual 8. 9 million. .. Fri, 16 Mar 2018 15:01:00 EST Waterfront redevelopment never approved A controversial contract to redevelop Hamiltons waterfront never got the needed approval from the Corporation of Hamiltons board, a source said yesterday. The news came as Michael MacLean, whose Allied Development Partners Limited was later stripped of the contract, threatened fresh legal action for compensation on constitutional. .. Fri, 16 Mar 2018 08:00:00 EST House Scholarships to help students in need Students with financial difficulties can take advantage of more accessible scholarships, education minister Diallo Rabain told the House of Assembly. Mr Rabain gave details on the following award programmes he said would help create a more diverse Bermuda The new Ministers Applied Technology Scholarship, for graduating public. .. Fri, 16 Mar 2018 13:09:00 EST Simmons gives figures on Lahey case Almost 1 million has spent on the Lahey Clinic litigation, Attorney-General Kathy Lynn Simmons said today. Ms Simmons said costs would have risen to between 3 million and 4. 5 million if the matter had gone to a full hearing. She said so far the figure stands at 998,883, but she expects it to increase by about 100,000 once. .. Fri, 16 Mar 2018 13:25:00 EST Tributes to union founder John Stovell has no doubt his grandfather would be an immensely proud man knowing that the union he helped to found was about to celebrate its 100th anniversary. Rufus Stovell, along with Adele Tucker and sisters Edith and Matilda Crawford, founded the Bermuda Union of Teachers in 1919 to address a neglect for the educational needs of. .. Fri, 16 Mar 2018 12:17:00 EST House Business support for jobs programme About 80 businesses attended a meeting designed to create jobs for unemployed people last night. National security minister Wayne Caines urged interested candidates to sign up at the Department of Workforce Development before attending a jobs fair on March 26. The Ministry of National Security has teamed up with the Department of. .. Fri, 16 Mar 2018 11:15:00 EST House More than half support sugar tax More than half of people support the plan for a sugar tax, health minister Kim Wilson revealed today. Ms Wilson gave the House of Assembly details on feedback from the 345 members of the public who responded during consultation over the proposal. She said an interim report showed 52 per cent of people were in favour of. .. Fri, 16 Mar 2018 11:00:00 EST House blockchain regulations imminent The Bermuda Government is preparing regulations over blockchain technology, David Burt announced today. The Premier told the House of Assembly a draft bill will be introduced for the regulation of initial coin offerings associated with the cryptocurrency technology. He said that while governments around the world were wrestling with. .. Fri, 16 Mar 2018 10:34:00 EST Public invited to Queens Birthday Party People are invited to apply to attend the Queens Birthday Party at Government House. Governor John Rankin encourages the public to complete an online entry form for the event which takes place on June 7, from 6pm to 8pm. Government House first opened up the process for obtaining an invitation to the Queens Birthday Party in. .. Fri, 16 Mar 2018 10:24:00 EST Governor shown creative approach to learning John Rankin, the Governor, has paid a visit to students at the Bermuda Centre for Creative Learning. Pupils gave a presentation to the Governor about the school, which was created for children with learning difficulties aged 7 and above. The presentation included pupils experiences of learning at BCCL. Mr Rankin also joined in a. .. Fri, 16 Mar 2018 08:00:00 EST Security guards warned over licensing A call has gone out for security guards to make certain that their licensing is up to date by the end of this month. National security minister Wayne Caines said there had been some confusion over training requirements. The Private Investigators and Security Guard Act 1974 sets out the standards. Although the deadline is. .. Fri, 16 Mar 2018 08:00:00 EST Changes to BMA passed The Bermuda Monetary Authority Amendment Act 2018 and the Cost of Living Commission Amendment Act 2018 were both passed without objection in the House of Assembly on Monday night. David Burt, the Premier, provided the second and third readings of both Bills. Mr Burt said The Bermuda Monetary Authority Amendment Act increased the. .. Fri, 16 Mar 2018 08:00:00 EST Moniz to explain his conduct to House Trevor Moniz is expected to be back in the House of Assembly today. The order paper for today said the Shadow Attorney-General will give a personal explanation. The news came after Mr Moniz was ordered to leave Parliament on Friday in the wake of a row over files on the Bermuda Governments lawsuit against the Lahey. .. Fri, 16 Mar 2018 08:00:00 EST Smiths man banned for DUI after bike crash A 21-year-old Smiths man was banned from the roads for 18 months and fined 1,200 for drink-driving. Magistrates Court heard that Nassir Richardson was caught after his bike crashed on September 10 last year on South Road, Smiths, near the junction with St Marks Road. Richardson was being treated by medics when police. .. Fri, 16 Mar 2018 08:00:00 EST Officers honoured at Buckingham Palace Two leading police officers have been honoured at Buckingham Palace. Retired Assistant Commissioner of Police Carlton Adams was awarded an MBE for outstanding service to the community and Commissioner of Police Michael DeSilva received the Queens Police Medal for distinguished service. The awards were presented by Charles, the. .. Fri, 16 Mar 2018 08:00:00 EST Green Paper on drug abuse A Green Paper is being drafted to seek ways to reduce drug abuse and increase rehabilitation. The Department for National Drug Control is putting together the document in line with a Throne Speech pledge by the Progressive Labour Party. It is expected to be completed by July. Policymakers will be given information related to. .. Fri, 16 Mar 2018 08:00:00 EST One in three in Bermuda drink and drive More than a third of Bermuda residents drink and drive, a survey has found. The poll also showed almost half of people drive faster than 60kmh when the speed limit is only 35kmh. But Inspector Robert Cardwell, head of the islands traffic police, warned the shock results of the survey of driving habits on the island were probably. .. Thu, 15 Mar 2018 08:00:00 EST Spiritual intervention can stem violence, says campaigner Spiritual intervention can help stem street violence and save lives, the organisers of a forum designed to combat crime said yesterday. The event will include former prisoners Raymond Symonds and Andre Minors. Desmond Crockwell, chief editor of anti-violence magazine ltigtVisionzltigt, said both men illustrated exactly. .. Thu, 15 Mar 2018 08:00:00 EST Snails slowly make comeback Bermuda is to find safe homes for two endangered native species of snails bred in captivity in Britain. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources wants to put the snails on islands without major predators. A spokeswoman said In 2004, and again in 2015, two species of endemic land snails were sent to the Zoological. .. Thu, 15 Mar 2018 08:00:00 EST Lawyer has careless driving charge dropped A careless driving charge against lawyer Charles Richardson was dismissed by a magistrate yesterday because of lack of evidence. A further charge of failing to give a breath sample was dropped by prosecutors. Mr Richardson said afterwards I always took the view that another person probably would not have been pursued as diligently. .. Thu, 15 Mar 2018 08:00:00 EST Eight in ten want improved bike training Almost 80 per cent of the population of Bermuda wants to see improved motorcycle training, a survey has revealed. The poll showed that 78 per cent of people were in favour of better training and only 22 per cent said there was no need for improvements. The Global Research poll also found that 77 per cent of people said they had. .. Thu, 15 Mar 2018 08:00:00 EST Bermudas role in serving up tennis to US Bermudas part in bringing tennis to the United States has been profiled in ltigtThe New York Timesltigt. Mary Ewing Outerbridge, born in America to Bermudian parents, discovered the game at her familys home on the island and took the sport back with her to the US. Her historic play was highlighted by the newspaper as. .. Thu, 15 Mar 2018 08:00:00 EST Cruise ship cancels visit The MSC Divina has cancelled its Bermuda visit today because of bad weather. The cruise ship was scheduled to arrive at Heritage Wharf in Dockyard this morning and depart this evening. The Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre duty officer said the ship arrived at the pilot station on schedule at 7am. He added But the captain. .. Thu, 15 Mar 2018 14:48:00 EST Belco outage postponed A power outage planned for today is being rescheduled. Belco said the work in Hamilton Parish is postponed due to the high number of weather-related outages overnight. The work will affect Crows Nest Hill, Trinity Church Road, Mount Whyndham Drive, Wyndham Hill, Bayside Lane, Wilkinson Avenue, Sunrise Drive and Fishermans. .. Thu, 15 Mar 2018 11:59:00 EST Diplomat revealed as new Consul General Constance Dierman will serve as the next United States Consul General to Bermuda. Mrs Dierman, a senior career diplomat, is currently Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Human Resources at the Department of State. She will arrive in Bermuda in mid-June to replace Mary Ellen Koenig, who leaves on April 30. Mrs Dierman. .. Thu, 15 Mar 2018 10:59:00 EST Buses stop to back mechanics Bus services ground to a halt yesterday in what was said to be a show of support for mechanics who had earlier downed tools. The problem, which began at lunchtime, was resolved before 3pm, when vehicles headed back out with school runs the priority. Drivers waited outside the bus depot in Devonshire while talks were held with. .. Thu, 15 Mar 2018 08:00:00 EST US issues tap water warning Tourists have been warned against drinking tap water in Bermuda by the United States Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. The information was highlighted by Esme Benjamin, wellness editor for online blog the Culture Trip, in her article Dont Drink the Tap Water When You Visit These Countries. She wrote Growing up in. .. Thu, 15 Mar 2018 08:00:00 EST Simons warns fintech could suffer for SSM view The Governments attempt to become a top financial technology centre could be threatened by its attitude to foreign workers and closed-minded view of gay marriage, an Opposition senator warned yesterday. Andrew Simons told the Upper Chamber during the Budget debate If you want to build a thriving tech sector in Bermuda, you have to be. .. Thu, 15 Mar 2018 08:00:00 EST Queen Victoria launches cruise season in Dockyard Dockyard welcomed its first cruise ship of the year yesterday. The Cunard Lines ltigtQueen Victorialtigt arrived at Heritage Wharf in the morning and departed in the evening. Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre said the visit made up for a planned call in January that was cancelled because of bad weather. The. .. Thu, 15 Mar 2018 08:00:00 EST Baron attacks cuts to police vehicle budget Cuts in cash to buy police vehicles were highlighted by the Shadow Minister for National Security. Jeff Baron said that the budget for vehicles had been cut to 136,000 from a high of 500,000. Mr Baron, a former police officer, said the reduction of cash over the years was a slow shaving. He was speaking during the Budget. .. Thu, 15 Mar 2018 08:00:00 EST Anti-corruption expert is new Deputy Governor A new deputy governor will take over from Ginny Ferson, the Governor announced today. Alison Crocket, an expert in anti-corruption work, will replace Ms Ferson in August. Ms Crocket said I am very excited at the opportunity to serve Bermuda and its people in the role of Deputy Governor. I have already begun learning about. .. Thu, 15 Mar 2018 08:00:00 EST It was carnage at crash site, says witness A witness has described the carnage as she helped in the aftermath of a crash in which six people were injured on Monday night. The woman recalled seeing an overturned car, a man stumbling in the road and several bodies, including a young woman lying near the centre of the road with a severe injury to an arm. She told ltigtThe. .. Wed, 14 Mar 2018 08:00:00 EST Hayward puts harassment focus on employers Workplace policies are more successful than legislation when it comes to stopping sexual harassment, a union leader has said. Jason Hayward, president of the Bermuda Public Services Union, said employers must commit to zero tolerance of sexual harassment at work. It came after home affairs minister Walton Brown announced a forum on. .. Wed, 14 Mar 2018 08:00:00 EST