News News en-us Parents shock at antiquated system Purvis Primary School has come under fire from parents over claims children had been made to line up en masse in the parking lot throughout morning recess and eat fruit quietly until class resumes. One parent said she was shocked at the antiquated system of command and control. She claimed that her son went missing during recess. .. Sat, 10 Dec 2016 08:00:00 EST I have no plans to launch leadership bid Cannonier Craig Cannonier categorically denied last night that he planned any leadership bid against Premier Michael Dunkley. This came despite a party source maintaining that the Minister of Public Works had tried to drum up support among One Bermuda Alliance MPs. I have not challenged the Premier and I do support him, Mr Cannonier told. .. Sat, 10 Dec 2016 08:00:00 EST Students heartfelt thank you A TN Tatem student has described her first day at Clearwater as one of the greatest days of her life, but said she looked forward to returning to her own school. In a letter to the editor, 11-year-old Che-Chulae Dowling said that while she was nervous about the long journey to St Davids on Thursday, she was welcomed with open arms by. .. Sat, 10 Dec 2016 08:00:00 EST Bermuda glitch almost ended mission John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth and whose space capsule went on display in Bermuda after the mission, has died at the age of 95. The US Air Force veteran and astronaut, who also served as a senator for Ohio, made history in February 1962 when he flew three times around the planet a mission that nearly wasnt, after a. .. Sat, 10 Dec 2016 08:00:00 EST Summerhaven kicks off new chapter with Christmas Eve party A fresh chapter has begun for the Summerhaven home for the physically challenged, which is seeking to reconnect with its sponsors under a new, government-backed administration. The first order of business getting the community involved, particularly with music, for a party planned to go ahead on Christmas Eve at the Smiths. .. Sat, 10 Dec 2016 08:00:00 EST White Hills new beautiful bins A trio of waste bins artfully decorated by Warwick Academy students have been placed at White Hill Field as part of a beautification process. While one of the three bins is painted in the blue and canary yellow of the Somerset Eagles, the second is dedicated to the White Hill community and the third is decorated with Sandys. .. Sat, 10 Dec 2016 08:00:00 EST Christmas cheer for ten families The Bermuda Boys Brigade and Church Girls Brigade will bring a little cheer to ten families this Christmas. The two groups, along with families and leaders, raised 1,000 from their annual Christmas Car Wash, which was held last month at St Pauls Church. The charity then exchanged the cash for ten 100 Belco gift vouchers that. .. Sat, 10 Dec 2016 08:00:00 EST Police officer acquittal upheld Prosecutors have lost an appeal against the acquittal of a police officer charged with disclosing information likely to prejudice an investigation into a fellow officer. Emmerson Carrington was found not guilty of the offence in Magistrates Court after the court found that messages sent by the defendant were highly unlikely to have. .. Sat, 10 Dec 2016 08:00:00 EST Accessibility tour around Hamilton The Institute of Bermuda Architects and the Ministry of Health and Seniors joined forces to organise an accessibility tour of Hamilton, highlighting challenges faced by people who are differently abled. Held on Friday in honour of UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities, members of the Bermuda Government, the Bermuda Society of. .. Sat, 10 Dec 2016 08:00:00 EST Cannonier denies challenge to Dunkley Craig Cannonier, the former Premier, has broken his silence on a possible challenge for the leadership of the One Bermuda Alliance by saying that Michael Dunkley has his full support. I have not challenged the Premier and I do support him, he said in a brief message to ltigtThe Royal Gazetteltigt. Mr Cannonier had been. .. Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:00:00 EST Government intervenes at Summerhaven The Summerhaven home for the physically challenged has been temporarily taken over by the Ministry of Health and Seniors, citing a serious risk to the health and wellbeing of residents, along with undue hardship or the risk of harm. Allegations of mismanagement and mistreatment have come to this newspaper since June 2015, with staff. .. Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Public urged to report knowledge of sex abuse The Bermuda Police Service has urged anyone with knowledge of sexual abuse to come forward in the wake of claims that football players have been victims. In a statement yesterday, Sean Field-Lament, the Assistant Commissioner of Police, said the protection of vulnerable persons was a priority for the police. I stress to all members. .. Fri, 09 Dec 2016 14:57:00 EST Club appeals for witnesses to fatal shooting Police have identified Deshaun Jerry Berkley as the man who lost his life in a shooting outside the Western Stars Sports Club. The 30-year-old Devonshire man was fatally shot at around 1. 20am on Thursday at a private event held at the St Johns Road club. About eight shots were heard just after the party celebrating the life of. .. Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Dunkley condemns protest tactics Michael Dunkley claimed yesterday that the tactics used by those who organised last Fridays protest outside Parliament were not acceptable in Bermuda and urged reporters to investigate further. The Premier told a press conference I believe that what happened on Friday was a concerted, organised effort, taking in tactics that are. .. Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Inmates give bikes to needy Prisoners have presented Christmas bikes to high-achieving youngsters and needy families to recognise their efforts at school. The Life Line group handed over pristine second-hand pedal bicycles to six pupils from primary schools across the island as well as a further six bikes to families living in the Gulf Stream sheltered housing. .. Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:00:00 EST Car ploughs through wall on Harbour Road A car was left hanging over the water after crashing through a wall on Harbour Road yesterday. Witnesses told how the vehicle hydroplaned around a corner before the accident in the area of Lower Ferry, Paget, at about 1pm. While its front broke through the wall, leaving the vehicles front two tyres dangling over the harbour, it. .. Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:40:00 EST Gathering, dialogue for Sunday at Parliament A pause for quiet reflection on Parliament hill has been called for this Sunday by activist Glenn Fubler in the wake of protesters clashing with police on December 2. Mr Fubler called it an experience which calls on all of us to pause, saying that over the next two months, each week, at least two members of the Bermuda family have. .. Fri, 09 Dec 2016 17:19:00 EST Students, sailors take part in Community Day Teachers and students from Sandys Secondary Middle School and members of Americas Cup SoftBank Team Japan joined together to help the Argus Groups Community Day. Argus have funded three projects as part of the companys community outreach programme. The first saw the creation of a pergola that ultimately will serve as an. .. Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:54:00 EST Bank supports GiveBack programme Clarien Bank volunteers have been in the Meals on Wheels kitchen this week to support the banks holiday GiveBack programme. The Volunteer Day campaign encourages Clarien employees, customers and any member of the public to help the Meals on Wheels charity during the Christmas season. The programmes goal is to provide important. .. Fri, 09 Dec 2016 15:28:00 EST Officers deliver youngsters Christmas cheer A group of police officers have helped two young people enjoy a merrier Christmas, presenting them with gifts. Sergent Sharnita Tankard said that for the second year, the officers of B Watch Central selected two deserving children to donate gifts to. This idea came about as a direct consequence of the prevailing economic times as. .. Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:00:00 EST Tall Ship race a golden opportunity for locals Bermuda residents will get the chance to hop on-board when the Tall Ship races begin next April. No prior sailing experience is needed and the golden opportunity to sail across the Atlantic is open to persons of any age. Docking in six countries including Bermuda the ships will embark on the 7,000 nautical mile race as. .. Fri, 09 Dec 2016 11:34:00 EST BTA appoint Director of Sales and Business Development The Bermuda Tourism Authority has announced the appointment of a long-time travel industry professional as Director of Sales amp Business Development. Laura Saeger will join the BTA on January 3, after working for nearly a decade as head of North America incentive sales for South Africa Tourism, based in New York. In her role as. .. Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:14:00 EST PLP mourns death of shooting victim The PLP has extended its condolences to the family and friends of Deshaun Jerry Berkley who was shot and killed outside Western Stars Sports Club early on Thursday. We mourn, along with the wider community and especially the Western Stars Sports Club Family, the violent death of another young, black man a father, a son, a friend, said. .. Fri, 09 Dec 2016 11:50:00 EST Tatem pupils move to Clearwater Students from TN Tatem arrived at Clearwater Middle School yesterday after their school was closed temporarily to deal with long-standing mould issues. The Department of Education worked in tandem with the Department of Transport to formulate a plan to transport the students to their new location. A Department of Education. .. Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:00:00 EST Companies to help schools Steam programme Arch Capital Group and RenaissanceRe will each make a significant gift to the Bermuda High School for Girls to support its Steam programme. Work will begin in 2017 to advance the Steam Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Design and Mathematics curricular and extracurricular offerings, upgrade the science and technology facilities. .. Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:00:00 EST Bringing forgotten royal visits to life The Duke of Windsors decision to abdicate 80 years ago shook the foundations of the British monarchy and its consequences stretched around the globe. But, today, almost eight decades to the days since his abdication, only the most avid historians would know of King Edward VIIIs links to Bermuda and his trips to the island in 1920, 1931. .. Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:00:00 EST Police seek witnesses to WestJet incident Police have launched a search for witnesses following repeated claims that a drunk WestJet passenger threatened to take guns into Parliament in revenge against police. Multiple witnesses have told how the man, who said he was a Bermudian returning home from Los Angeles, confronted passengers during a 25-minute tirade on Sunday evening,. .. Thu, 08 Dec 2016 19:26:00 EST House adjourned until February The debate on the controversial airport project has been delayed until February at least. Speaker of the House of Assembly Randy Horton announced that the House has been adjourned until Friday, February 3. It follows suggestions that protesters against the development, still angry about police action at last weeks demonstration,. .. Thu, 08 Dec 2016 09:51:00 EST Belco to conduct customer survey Belco has announced that it will be undertaking a survey of customers to take place this month. According to a statement, the survey will be conducted by Total Research Associates and include both telephone and online surveys. The survey is expected to begin tomorrow, and continue until December 22. Customers who receive their. .. Thu, 08 Dec 2016 17:04:00 EST Reggae star to perform at Princess Jamaican reggae artist Luciano will perform at the Hamilton Princess later this month. Two shows are scheduled for Friday, December 16 and Saturday, December 17, starting at 10pm, both in Marcus restaurant. Lucianos early hits include Give My Love a Try and Who Could It Be. This year, the album Zion Awake was nominated for a. .. Thu, 08 Dec 2016 11:14:00 EST Jailed for stabbing ex-wifes new partner A man suffering from a delusional mental health disorder has been jailed for stabbing his ex-wifes new partner. Denis Davis repeatedly threatened Loren Belboda over several months before confronting him at his home in Devonshire and lunging at him with a knife. Davis, 59, was jailed for two years and nine months at Supreme Court. .. Thu, 08 Dec 2016 08:00:00 EST Aecon defends decision Steve Nackan, Aecon Concessions president, has defended the decision not to put the airport project out to tender in a Canadian newspaper. Speaking to the ltigtToronto Starltigt, Mr Nackan said that the lack of tendering had been an element of contention with the controversial project. Such a process would not have worked. .. Thu, 08 Dec 2016 08:00:00 EST Students buy toys for those less fortunate Young students at Bermuda High School learnt about the spirit of giving by raising money to buy Christmas toys for children less fortunate than themselves. Students in year 5 and 6 were tasked by their teachers with raising funds by doing chores such as helping an elderly relative or neighbour, or helping their parents around the house. Thu, 08 Dec 2016 08:00:00 EST Paedophile release reveals flawed system The release of paedophile John Malcolm Chalkie White has exposed a fantastically flawed system, according to a leaked e-mail from Senator Jeff Baron. Mr Baron, the Minister of National Security, likened himself to a janitor mopping up the mess left behind by others, following the controversial release of White on October. .. Thu, 08 Dec 2016 08:00:00 EST No decision on airport legislation Silence continued last night on tomorrows session of Parliament, with no word on whether the Bermuda Government intended to press ahead with airport legislation that brought demonstrators to the House of Assemblys gates. Asked if Michael Dunkley had known of the deployment of a special police unit against last Fridays protests, a. .. Thu, 08 Dec 2016 08:00:00 EST Seniors thanked with festive lunch More than 300 seniors were presented with gifts and a meal at the 18th Annual Seniors Christmas Luncheon over the weekend. The event, organised by Carol Clarke and the Bermuda Overseas Mission, brought hundreds of seniors together on Saturday to thank them for their longstanding contributions to the island. Ms Clarke said This. .. Thu, 08 Dec 2016 08:00:00 EST Protesters relive fearful day A 75-year-old woman who was pepper-sprayed at Fridays protest outside Parliament, described her fear yesterday at the response of riot police, claiming officers treated us like a bunch of dogs. Great-grandmother Marie Smith told ltigtThe Royal Gazetteltigt My poor heart was pumping. I couldnt believe that this was what I. .. Wed, 07 Dec 2016 08:00:00 EST Furbert warns of further action Bermuda Industrial Union president Chris Furbert has warned the same thing could happen again if the airport redevelopment debate goes ahead on Friday. Mr Furbert told ltigtThe Royal Gazetteltigt the chances of a repeat of last weeks protest outside the House of Assembly rests on whether protesters are still totally against. .. Wed, 07 Dec 2016 11:54:00 EST Speaker I should have moved faster Randy Horton told yesterday how appalled he was at the scenes that unfolded outside the House of Assembly on Friday and admitted he probably should have moved faster to adjourn that days parliamentary proceedings. The Speaker of the House told The Royal Gazette he knew nothing beforehand of a decision to deploy riot police to the. .. Wed, 07 Dec 2016 08:00:00 EST Quick Pati request response promised Michael DeSilva promised yesterday to quickly release the Bermuda Police Services policy on the use of pepper spray if a public access to information request was made. The Commissioner of Police told The Royal Gazette I will ensure that any Pati application for it is expedited. This newspaper did submit a Pati request to the BPS. .. Wed, 07 Dec 2016 08:00:00 EST Curb calls for probe, mediation The campaign group Curb has declared its shock that riot police were deployed against non-violent, unarmed individuals during last Fridays protest outside the House of Assembly. We further deplore the indiscriminate use of pepper spray, the first time in our history against demonstrators, which was a violation of their right to. .. Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:14:00 EST Call to leave dangerous items out of trash Trash collectors have been injured 15 times so far this year, with more than 1,000 hours of lost time prompting the Ministry of Public Works to urge residents to think of their safety when disposing of household waste. Items in trash that cause the most injury include broken glass, hypodermic needles and construction materials. Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:32:00 EST Plan to bus TN Tatem students detailed The Department of Education has this afternoon released details of the plan to bus TN Tatem students to Clearwater Middle School. According to a statement this afternoon, a series of buses will collect students from several areas in Paget and Warwick to help them make the start of classes at 8. 30am. A spokeswoman said The. .. Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:06:00 EST Independent inquiry called for police An independent inquiry should look into communications between the government and police as officers prepared to take on protesters blocking the gates to Parliament, Walter Roban, the Shadow Minister of National Security, said this evening. Five days on from the clash on Friday, Mr Roban said both the Progressive Labour Party and the. .. Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:50:00 EST Governor police investigation under way Police are investigating the protests on Friday outside of Parliament, and the response from authorities, according to John Rankin, the Governor. Mr Rankin said he had also been told by Michael DeSilva, the Commissioner, that he would be given a briefing on police public order response capabilities more generally, including where. .. Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:28:00 EST Police Be careful this Christmas season The Bermuda Police Service has cautioned the public to be on the watch for criminal activitity as the holiday season approaches. Sean Field-Lament, acting Assistant Commissioner of Police, said that as commercial activity increases in the build up to Christmas, there also tends to be an increase in associated criminal activity. I. .. Wed, 07 Dec 2016 15:41:00 EST Do not pile rocks, walkers urged Environmental groups have urged walkers to stop piling rocks on top of each other in the islands national parks. The Bermuda Audubon Society and the Bermuda National Trust say the practice of prising rocks from the natural formations and creating tower formations is disturbing the habitat of the critically endangered Bermuda. .. Wed, 07 Dec 2016 09:45:00 EST Students bring festive delight to Aquarium Their mission was to put a smile on childrens faces. Thats actually our motto, said Berkeley Institute S4 student Jahkaya Douglas, who teamed up with six others to design and build an elaborate Christmas display from scratch for charity. It worked The children lit right up when they saw it, he said. The event was the Bermuda. .. Wed, 07 Dec 2016 08:00:00 EST By-election voters query AC funding The Americas Cup might end up being good for the island but why hasnt the One Bermuda Alliance found the money to take care of the people?That was just one of many questions from residents of Warwick South Central, the traditional Progressive Labour Party stronghold where voters are preparing for a by-election in less than two. .. Wed, 07 Dec 2016 08:00:00 EST Woolcock art goes on sale Original works by the late political cartoonist Peter Woolcock are to go on sale in the run-up to Christmas including a folder of the artists favourite cartoons. Mr Woolcocks family have put together the last of his collection, which includes 26 years of Woppened Originals traditionally sold before Christmas ltigtBermuda. .. Wed, 07 Dec 2016 08:00:00 EST Fubler calls for calm Social activist Glenn Fubler has called on the community to heed lessons from the protests and riots of 1977. Tensions exposed by a police crackdown on demonstrators outside Parliament have reverberated in the community, ranging from formal complaints against police to an irate defendant condemning the islands racist administration in. .. Tue, 06 Dec 2016 08:00:00 EST Government announces plan to fix TN Tatem Hundreds of teachers and parents crowded the Warwick Workmens Club last night to voice concerns about the plan to address issues at TN Tatem. While the Government has announced that students would be bused to Clearwater Middle School in St Davids while work is carried out at the Warwick school, parents voiced concern about the impact. .. Tue, 06 Dec 2016 17:01:00 EST Sailor feared missing arrives in St Maarten A sailor who was feared missing after leaving Bermuda at the end of last month has arrived safely in St Maarten. According to the Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre duty officer, the sailing vessel ltigtExceptionltigt reached the island yesterday evening. Concern grew for the safety of the solo mariner after he left. .. Tue, 06 Dec 2016 16:53:00 EST PLP encouraged by taking lead in poll The Progressive Labour Party has said a poll showing it to be more popular than the ruling One Bermuda Alliance was an encouraging endorsement. However, a spokeswoman for the party played down the importance of the results. The PLP does not place much emphasis on poll results, the spokeswoman said. They are a snapshot in time. .. Tue, 06 Dec 2016 08:00:00 EST Drink-driver fined and banned from roads A Pembroke man has been fined and banned from the roads for 18 months for drink-driving. Samuel Fisher pleaded guilty in Magistrates Court this morning to driving while over the legal blood-alcohol limit in Devonshire on November 26. The court heard that the 46-year-old was involved in a two-vehicle collision on North Shore Road. .. Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:34:00 EST Friends of Hospice receives 5,000 donation Friends of Hospice, a charity that supports hospital care, has been handed 5,000 from local company Marsh and Guy Carpenter. The donation will be used for the professional development of staff at Agape House, Bermudas inpatient hospice. A palliative hospice care trainer will host a one-week training session for employees that. .. Tue, 06 Dec 2016 10:59:00 EST Canada signs Sargasso Sea declaration Canada has become the eighth nation to sign the Hamilton Declaration, pledging to help protect the Sargasso Sea. On Saturday, Domenic LeBlanc, Minister for Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard signed the Hamilton Declaration at the Convention on Biological Diversity in Mexico with Cole Simons, the Minister of Environment,. .. Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:25:00 EST Superyacht marina docks at Morgans Point A ship carrying a huge cargo of specially built pontoons for the Caroline Bay marina has arrived in Bermuda. The ltigtStadiongrachtltigt, which originated in Finland, dropped anchor in the Great Sound on Friday. A total of 36 pontoons, which range in length between 40ft and 65ft and weigh 60 tons each, have been unloaded. .. Tue, 06 Dec 2016 08:00:00 EST BHS teacher removed A teacher at Bermuda High School has been removed from the school due to false declarations and irregularities in his employment records. Scott Brookes, hired through a UK employment agency, started working at BHS in September teaching science, physics and chemistry in the secondary department. In a letter to parents, seen by. .. Tue, 06 Dec 2016 08:00:00 EST