News News en-us Legalising cannabis next step, says expert A Canadian author who has studied the use of cannabis, and written on the subject, believes the legalisation of drugs is the next step for Bermuda. A regular visitor to the island, Bill Bogart who wrote ltigtOff the Street Legalising Drugsltigt says education is a key component to making the drug legal. You can push. .. Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:00:00 EST Protest review calls for better police training A Peer Review on the police response to the December 2 protest outside of the House of Assembly has called for the Bermuda Police Service to be better prepared for future incidents and improve public engagement. The review, written by Assistant Chief Constable Chris Shead of the National Police Coordination Centre, who was seconded from. .. Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:59:00 EST BIU members receive summonses Several Bermuda Industrial Union members have received summonses from Magistrates Court, according to a press statement released by the BIU this morning. The statement urged those who had received summonses to bring them to BIU headquarters. It has come to the attention of the BIU that several members of the BIU have received. .. Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:36:00 EST Driver cleared over death of motorcyclist A truck driver has walked free from court after being cleared of carelessly pulling out in front a young motorcyclist and killing him. Prosecutors had alleged that George Simmons had cut the corner as he turned in front of Ezariah Matthie moments before the two vehicles collided in Paget in February last year. But yesterday a jury. .. Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:00:00 EST Peer review DeSilva says he will not resign Bermudas top cop says he will not vacate his post after the release of a peer review of police procedures surrounding the protests outside the House of Assembly on December 2. Michael DeSilva, Commissioner of Police, made the announcement at a press conference held this afternoon. The media event followed the release of a review. .. Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:09:00 EST Spending on overseas healthcare hits 84.5m Spending on overseas healthcare has more than doubled since 2004, topping 84. 5 million for the 2015-16 fiscal year, the Bermuda Health Council reported. At nearly 40 million, almost half the spending went to Massachusetts, primarily in the Boston metropolitan region. Maryland came second. Most trips were for specialised care. .. Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:00:00 EST Former first ladies to be saluted Two former first ladies of Bermuda will be saluted as the islands own royalty for a high tea to benefit the transportation charity Project Action. Lady Lully Gibbons, the widow of former premier Sir David Gibbons, and Olga Scott, the wife of former premier Alex Scott, will both be honoured at the Bermuda Royals High Tea on April. .. Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:00:00 EST Fuel spill in St Georges Rubis workers are dealing with a fuel tank breach at their storage facility in St Georges. This afternoon a spokeswoman for the Ministry of the Environment said that a pollution control team had also been dispatched to the scene. Rubis employees have been trained in how to deal with such an emergency and are already working on. .. Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:25:00 EST Warwick man banned from roads A 27-year-old Warwick man has been fined and banned from the roads for failing to provide a breath sample. Appearing in Magistrates Court this morning, Patraic Castle pleaded guilty to the offence that happened in Warwick on January 30. The court heard that police spotted a car parked in a bus lay-by on Middle Road. Castle was in. .. Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:18:00 EST Pembroke woman given absolute discharge A 26-year-old woman who admitted stealing more than 200 worth of groceries was granted an absolute discharge this morning. At a previous Magistrates Court appearance on February 2, Shaniqwa OBrien, of Pembroke, pleaded guilty to taking the goods from Lindos Market in Devonshire on January 5. Prosecutor Victoria Greening said. .. Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:16:00 EST Serial thief jailed for ten days A serial thief has been jailed for ten days for stealing a drill set out of the back of a work truck. Appearing in Magistrates Court this morning, Sinclair Fox, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to the offence that happened in Pembroke on March 26. Meanwhile, 46-year-old Antoine Tuzo, of Pembroke, admitted dishonestly receiving the. .. Tue, 28 Mar 2017 11:43:00 EST PALS walk raises 35,000 Cancer charity PALS raised 35,000 through its 29th annual Walk with Me for Cancer Care event on February 19. A total of 600 people registered for the walk, which is the organisations major annual fundraiser, with proceeds going towards vital medical care, equipment and supplies for cancer patients in Bermuda. Prizes were. .. Tue, 28 Mar 2017 11:32:00 EST Sea Cadets receive refurbished dinghy The Bermuda Sea Cadets main training dinghy has been completely refurbished, with the assistance of Spar Yard Marine Solutions. The dinghy, ltigtPhilippaltigt, is the main training dinghy used by the cadets to teach rowing, seamanship and boat handling skills. Michael Frith, Commander of the Corps, said. .. Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:02:00 EST US centre to improve hurricane warnings The US-based National Hurricane Centre has unveiled new policies, which could help give Bermudians more advanced warning of impending storms. Under the new policies, unveiled earlier this month, the NHC will issue advisories for systems with the potential to become tropical cyclones and publish estimated timings for when winds in an area. .. Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:00:00 EST Poll Brown inquiry politically motivated More than half of people believe the investigations into Ewart Brown and the Progressive Labour Party are politically motivated, according to a new poll commissioned by ltigtThe Royal Gazetteltigt. The vast majority of those think the One Bermuda Alliance has reason to highlight the possible wrongdoings of its political opponent. .. Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:00:00 EST Voters give verdict on Pettingill While voters in Warwick North East look fondly on the concept of independent representation, area MP Mark Pettingills decision to quit the ruling party appeared to be poorly received by many. ltigtThe Royal Gazetteltigt visited constituency 25 to canvass on Mr Pettingills move this month to join Shawn Crockwell in quitting the. .. Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:00:00 EST Sheridan is flying high When he was only four years old, Sheridan Smith would beg his parents to take him to Clearwater Beach after school so he could watch the aeroplanes coming in. And when all his friends wanted cool wheels for their birthdays, the young Sheridan wanted a model plane. Two decades later, Mr Smith has realised his lifelong dream by. .. Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:00:00 EST Scanning the depths with digital map A trailblazing project to digitally map Bermudas sunken treasure of shipwrecks came about by one of those moments of destiny, in the words of Falko Kuester. A computer scientist and engineer specialising in cultural heritage, Mr Kuester excitedly recalls a telephone call about a year ago from Bermudian film-maker Jean-Pierre. .. Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:00:00 EST Remote-control lionfish killer being tested A new conservation project to cull lionfish using remotely operated underwater vehicles is being launched. Atlantic Lionshare Ltd, a Bermudian-based company, will start the initial testing of its Reef Sweeper prototype in the seas off Bermuda this week. The firm has been working with the Bermuda Government to get the project off the. .. Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:00:00 EST Senate approves Budget The 2017-18 Budget was approved by the Senate on Friday evening after more than 20 hours of debate on the estimates of expenditure for 25 government ministries. During the motion to adjourn, several senators spoke about the importance of the process of passing the Budget, but also how it could be improved to make it more. .. Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:00:00 EST Students start Kia training programme More than 20 Bermudians were welcomed to the start of a Kia training and certification programme at Bermuda College this morning. The weeklong course will see college students join employees from Bermuda Motors and the Bermuda Governments Works amp Engineering Department, as well as three overseas trainees. They will be taught. .. Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:47:00 EST Remembering the victims of slavery A series of activities was held last week to commemorate the United Nations International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Organised by the African Diaspora Heritage Trail, the events began with a lecture by visiting keynote speaker Alvin Thompson on Wednesday night at the Bermuda. .. Mon, 27 Mar 2017 20:07:00 EST Online allegation of indecent activity inaccurate The Bermuda Police Service have said claims about alleged indecent activity at a football tournament are wrong. While a police spokesman urged witnesses to offences to come forward, he said the rumours on social media about an incident at the Kappa Classic football tournament which claim to identify a suspect are inaccurate, and. .. Mon, 27 Mar 2017 17:22:00 EST Regiment divers complete US course Six Royal Bermuda Regiment soldiers have completed a rigorous diving course run by a top US police diving school. The soldiers, who all previously had rescue diver certification, are now operational support divers, trained in sub-sea bomb detection, evidence recovery and body recovery after completing the course requirements of the. .. Mon, 27 Mar 2017 17:17:00 EST Bermuda Triangle landmark design sought A special monument is planned as a landmark for the East End, based on the legend of the Bermuda Triangle. The Bermuda Tourism Authority has called on local artists and architects to create a fun, interactive and iconic piece for Clearwater Beach as an added draw for tourists. The Bermuda Triangle attraction would bring camera. .. Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:05:00 EST Scholarships and awards deadline extended The deadline for the Ministry of Educations scholarship and award opportunities has been extended to April 16. New scholarships and awards are as follows Ministers Achievement Scholarship for graduating public school students pursuing overseas postsecondary study scholarship value is 25,000. Ministers Merit. .. Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:32:00 EST Public Service Bursary Awards up for grabs The Bermuda Government is accepting applications for the Public Service Bursary Awards. The scheme grants up to 15 scholarships per year to Bermudians pursuing postsecondary academic qualificationsd to meet the future needs of government departments. This ensures a well-trained cadre of people to fill positions within the Public. .. Mon, 27 Mar 2017 12:08:00 EST Earth Hour plunges island into darkness Lights were switched off across Bermuda on Saturday to mark international Earth Hour. A crowd gathered on the City Hall lawn in Hamilton to enjoy an evening of entertainment organised by Greenrock to promote energy awareness and healthy living. The lights went out between 8. 30pm and 9. 30pm and residents took part in a five kilometre. .. Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:26:00 EST Postal services relocated The General Post Office in Hamilton will relocate its letter floor retail services from the ground floor to the lower level of the building from April 3. The public should access the post office on Parliament Street for all stamp sales, letter and parcel post service from this date. The GPO post boxes, Bermuda Philatelic Bureau,. .. Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:29:00 EST Sailing programme for children with autism A new sailing programme is being launched for children with autism spectrum disorder. The No Limits programme, provided by BFampM, in collaboration with the Americas Cup Endeavour Programme and BASE Bermuda Autism Support and Education, looks to offer recreational therapy for ASD children, as well as to share the excitement of the. .. Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:00:00 EST Rankin welcomes convention to back women Bermuda has officially joined up to an international agreement to combat discrimination against women. According to a statement by Government House, the UK has extended the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women to include both Bermuda and St Helena. The Governor, John Rankin, said I am. .. Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:00:00 EST TEDx speakers explain ideas worth sharing The seventh annual TEDx, dedicated to ideas worth sharing, has seen the popular fixture of local and international speakers expand further after its 18-month furlough. Executive director John Narraway introduced guests who, in their different capacities, asked the question What if?Marine aquaculture researcher David Vaughan. .. Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:00:00 EST New rules will help energy regulation The Senate passed a series of regulations in the House of Assembly on Friday evening. The Government Fees Amendment No 2 Regulations 2017, the Electronic Communications Regulatory Authority Fees Regulations 2017, and the Electricity Regulatory Authority Fees Regulations 2017 were all approved without objection. The. .. Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:00:00 EST Ming worried about funding gap for women Opposition Senate leader Renee Ming has raised concerns about the lack of funding going towards support groups for women. Ms Ming voiced fears that there was no funding going towards the Womens Resource Centre and the Physical Abuse Centre as senators debated the budget for the Ministry of Social Development and Sports on. .. Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:00:00 EST Dobson Bermudas bluebirds need our help The president of the Bermuda Audubon Society is encouraging residents to install bluebird nest boxes ahead of the coming breeding season. Andrew Dobson recently joined Governor John Rankin to inspect the boxes currently set up on the grounds of Government House. Nests had already been constructed in two of the 12 boxes, Mr Dobson. .. Sun, 26 Mar 2017 18:50:00 EST Police appeal for help after hit-and-run Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a hit-and-run along Front Street on Friday afternoon. It happened near the Walker Arcade at around 3pm. According to police, a 64-year-old man from the UK was attempting to cross the road when he was struck by a motorcycle. The vehicle did not stop following the. .. Sun, 26 Mar 2017 18:04:00 EST Bed shortage hits cricket legends surgery Former St Georges Cup Match captain Wendell Smith has told how he turned up to hospital prepared to have a serious knee operation on two occasions only to be sent home due to a lack of available beds. And he said there was even a possibility that his procedure would be postponed a third time, it later emerged. The Bermuda. .. Sat, 25 Mar 2017 08:00:00 EST Violence is depriving children of fathers The violence that has rocked the island in recent years has cost more than just the lives of young men, says Gina Spence. Over the past seven years, she has worked with the families of more than 50 children who have lost fathers through violent crime. In some cases, the same children have been forced to endure multiple blows. We. .. Sat, 25 Mar 2017 08:00:00 EST Joshua, 10, gives birthday money to charity When Joshua Mather heard about the work of Feed My Lambs Ministry in Haiti, he wanted to do something to help. After giving it some thought, the 10-year-old Saltus Grammar School student decided to donate his birthday money to the charity. One of the people from Feed My Lambs Ministry came to Saltus and told us about the. .. Sat, 25 Mar 2017 08:00:00 EST Maternity ward used to tackle bed crisis Patients have been placed in the maternity and the childrens ward to help deal with the bed crisis at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital. On Thursday afternoon, Bermuda Hospitals Board CEO Venetta Symonds stated that every single bed in the hospitals emergency department and the new acute care wing was full. Meanwhile, as of 9am. .. Sat, 25 Mar 2017 08:00:00 EST War nurse Beatrice Osborn dies, aged 100 Beatrice Osborn, the widow of Bermudian war hero Geoffrey Osborn, has died at 100. She lived in Bermuda for many years and was a Pink Lady volunteer at the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital. She also worked in the china department at Smith's department store. Beatrice #8220Bobbie#8221 Eleanor Durham Osborn, was born in. .. Sat, 25 Mar 2017 08:00:00 EST Families must care for elderly relatives Shadow health minister Kim Wilson has reiterated the need for laws requiring family members to care for their elderly relatives at home. Ms Wilson was speaking in light of the Bermuda Hospitals Boards announcement on Thursday that the emergency department and new acute care wing at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital are completely. .. Sat, 25 Mar 2017 08:00:00 EST Mother claims child suffered years of abuse in foster care A woman has spoken out after her child was sent overseas for treatment without her consent claiming the teenager had suffered years of abuse under foster care. What hurts me most is that it was all kept from me, said the woman, whose child was placed in the care of her paternal family shortly after she was born. According to. .. Sat, 25 Mar 2017 08:00:00 EST Tabling of 1m report in doubt Michael Dunkley refused to say yesterday whether the 1 million Commission of Inquiry report he ordered would be tabled in Parliament for MPs to debate. The Premiers spokeswoman sidestepped a question on the issue, telling ltigtThe Royal Gazetteltigt The Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:00:00 EST A giant in the ballet world World-renowned ballet dancer and choreographer Geoffrey Cauley who was born and spent his childhood in Bermuda has died in Italy at the age of 74. Mr Cauley was born in Somerset and lived in Bermuda until he was 10 when his family moved to live in Plymouth in the southwest of England. He went on to become one of the most. .. Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:00:00 EST Familys gift to community For years as they looked over Happy Valley, Vance and Darlene Hollis noticed children having to skirt traffic along the precarious turn below their house. It became pretty scary, Mr Hollis recalled. Around 4pm the schoolchildren, children as young as 6, would walk around while cars were trying to beat the traffic out of town. The. .. Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:00:00 EST Hospital experiencing bed crisis Every single bed in the hospitals emergency department and the new acute care wing is full, Bermuda Hospitals Board CEO Venetta Symonds announced yesterday afternoon. Ms Symonds said that the BHB was managing the situation as best as we can, but acknowledged that from an internal operational standpoint the hospital was dealing with a. .. Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:01:00 EST Men in court after alleged Court Street fight Two men denied charges of assault and affray when they appeared in Magistrates Court this morning. Kamali Davis, 18, and Paul Smith Jr, 22, pleaded not guilty to unlawfully assaulting Che Jennings on Court Street in Pembroke on Tuesday. They were alternatively charged with taking part in a fight, which they also denied. Mr. .. Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:55:00 EST Bermudian film-makers step up for BIFF The Bermuda International Film Festival has been inundated with Bermudian short films this year as organisers prepare for the 20th annual event. As part of this years event, the BIFF will be hosting BerMovie day on May 7, featuring films made by Bermudians and Bermuda residents, inviting the public to submit their own short. .. Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:07:00 EST Triple Challenge winners announced Winners have been declared for the Bermuda Triple Challenge, the islands home-grown endurance contest but the islands charities came out top. The obstacle course race, held last weekend, drew an impressive 65 international athletes out of an overall 1. 137 entries, which, co-founder Reid Robinson said, brought in roughly 26,000 for. .. Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:45:00 EST Road work this weekend across the island The Ministry of Public Works has announced a series of road work projects to take place this weekend. According to a spokeswoman, the inside lane of Crow Lane heading towards town will be closed off tomorrow morning from the roundabout to just west of Spurling Hill, with traffic being diverted to the outside lane. Depending on traffic. .. Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:29:00 EST Somersfield students emulate their heroes Somersfield Academy students transformed themselves into notable personalities through their annual Wax Museum Experience. The assignment stems from the students reading of a biography about someone that they admire, or have an interest in learning more about. All students read a book, conduct research and write a speech in the first. .. Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:26:00 EST Video assault suspects arrested Five of six suspects identified in connection with videos showing assaults occurring on Court Street are now in custody, police have announced. The arrests follow the circulation of two videos on social media. One suspect was arrested on Wednesday afternoon, with the four additional suspects arrested earlier yesterday. Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:01:00 EST Art auction, films to support Abolish Foundation A trio of events are scheduled to take place next week with a part of the proceeds going to combat human rights abuses. On March 29, the Masterworks Gallery in Botanical Gardens will be hosting Artistic Reflections of Historic Bermuda, a silent and live art auction which boasts work by several notable local artists going under the. .. Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:54:00 EST Man injured on Railway Trail recovering A teenager who reportedly sustained a head injury ten days ago along the Railway Trail in Warwick has been transferred from the hospitals intensive care unit to a general ward, according to police. The 19-year-old Pembroke man is in stable condition. He was admitted to hospital after a disturbance along the trail near Pearmans Hill at. .. Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:54:00 EST Smiths man denies impaired driving A 26-year-old Smiths man has denied drink-driving and injuring two men. Appearing in Magistrates Court this morning, Jordan Lamb pleaded not guilty to driving a car while impaired by alcohol on Frog Lane in Devonshire on Tuesday. He also pleaded not guilty to driving while over the legal alcohol limit on the same date, as well. .. Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:31:00 EST Southampton man charged with drugs offences A Southampton man accused of importing more than 320,000 worth of cannabis and cannabis resin has been granted bail. Appearing in Magistrates Court this morning, Harry Lightbourne was charged with importing cannabis and cannabis resin on March 17 last year. The 55-year-old was also charged with possessing the drugs which were. .. Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:07:00 EST Fahy hits back at Ming over St Georges hotel The Minister of Tourism, Transport and Municipalities has maintained that the St Regis hotel development in St Georges is going ahead, with amended plans submitted this month. Senator Michael Fahy also took aim at Progressive Labour Party Senator Renee Ming for issuing a statement calling for an update on the project instead of asking. .. Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:01:00 EST Plan to cut red tape aims to boost hotels Tourism minister Michael Fahy has drafted a Bill in the Senate to eliminate the cumbersome and costly administration process for hotels and tourist attractions to gain concessions. Mr Fahys Tourism Investment Act 2017 will also ensure that businesses are providing training programmes and employment for Bermudians to qualify for. .. Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:01:00 EST Commercial immigration is not workable The OBA will not be introducing a commercial immigration plan to the island, according to Senator Michael Fahy. In 2013, the Government said it was considering a scheme which would allow individuals to gain some residential and citizenship rights in Bermuda if they made a sizeable investment in the island. However, Mr Fahy told the. .. Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:00:00 EST