News News en-us Gaming expert warns of recipe for disaster A plan to bring the Bermuda Casino Gaming Commission under ministerial control has been described as flying in the face of best practice and a recipe for disaster by overseas experts. Industry insiders in the United States, including one who helped to draft Bermudas casino gaming legislation, said the fledgeling industry needed a. .. Fri, 17 Nov 2017 08:00:00 EST BUT accepts 2.5 per cent pay rise The Bermuda Union of Teachers has voted to accept a 2. 5 per cent pay rise. BUT president Shannon James said union members met this week and voted unanimously to accept the offer from Government. Mr James said For five years, our members have not had a pay rise, or they have been asked to take furlough days, but prices have. .. Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:01:00 EST Cocaine trafficker jailed for 11 years A 24-year-old drug trafficker was jailed yesterday for 11 years after trying to smuggle nearly 500,000 worth of cocaine into Bermuda. Charmari Burns was caught red-handed with the drugs hidden in secret compartments in his luggage as he arrived at LF Wade International Airport last year. Acting Puisne Judge Juan Wolffe said in. .. Fri, 17 Nov 2017 08:00:00 EST Care students celebrate finding greatness Proud parents applauded their sons and daughters at the 2017 graduation ceremony for the Care Learning Centre yesterday. The school, which offers an alternative to traditional education, celebrated nine graduates who achieved college-level scores on their GED tests. A total of 15 youngsters earned their high school diplomas, with. .. Fri, 17 Nov 2017 08:00:00 EST House businesses to fund rebuilding work Bermudas sewage treatment and energy infrastructure are in line for upgrades after the Bermuda Government announced it is seeking a 100 million investment from local insurance companies. The Bermuda Infrastructure Fund will boost a series of construction projects, create jobs and stimulate economic growth, David Burt told the House of. .. Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:10:00 EST House waterfront dispute to end Developer Michael MacLean abandoned court proceedings after failing to secure 156 million as compensation for the voiding of his development proposal for the Hamilton waterfront, according to Walton Brown, the Minister of Home Affairs. The Bermuda Government this week successfully petitioned the courts to drop its arbitration with Mr. .. Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:22:00 EST Premier moved by Dellwood performance Dellwood Middle School students treated a packed auditorium to an encore of their contest-winning performance this morning. The M3 drama students shared their multimedia piece with those in attendance at the Salvation Army headquarters on Reid Street, including teachers, fellow students and Government officials. Five students. .. Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:55:00 EST Music lover Brown dies, aged 86 Molly Brown, a music lover who provided a haven for local artists with her late husband, Hubert Brown, has died at the age of 86. The couple gave Bermuda two institutions, former MP Dale Butler said Hubies Bar, and the popular Fish Hut on Court Street. Mr Butler added They were both hardworking, dedicated and committed. .. Fri, 17 Nov 2017 08:00:00 EST MPs to discuss Bermuda Day move A bid to shift the Bermuda Day holiday to the final Friday of May will go before MPs for debate today. Grant Gibbons, the Shadow Minister of Economic Development, is scheduled to bring the report on the impact of the 35th Americas Cup by professional services firm PwC to the House. Walton Brown, the Minister of Home Affairs, is to. .. Fri, 17 Nov 2017 08:00:00 EST AC wi-fi was not gifted, says Rabain Education minister Diallo Rabain yesterday hit back at the idea that Bermudas Americas Cup group had gifted nearly 150,000 of wi-fi equipment to the islands public schools. A legacy report from ACBDA last week said that it and the Americas Cup Event Authority were in the process of donating all their indoor and outdoor wi-fi. .. Fri, 17 Nov 2017 08:00:00 EST Lister link to Belco buy-out bid A US-based company has joined forces with Bermuda partners in a bid to buy a majority share in power firm Belco. But Belco owners Ascendant Group said that the company is not for sale and it has no interest in selling. Several sources told The Royal Gazette that the local partner of Washington DC-based Twenty First Century. .. Fri, 17 Nov 2017 20:01:00 EST Learning the old rhythms of Cuba Students of all ages got a salute on the steps of City Hall for their work learning the rhythms of Cuba yesterday. Percussion professor Eddie Ming has trained 25 students of ages ranging from 5 to 82 in preparation for his second cultural and musical exchange to Cuba, set for July 2018. Mr Ming commended them for hard work at two. .. Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:15:00 EST Man jailed for importing cannabis A 31-year-old Pembroke man has been jailed for two years for importing more than 100,000 worth of marijuana. Andrew Gilbert was sentenced by Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo this morning. In September, Gilbert pleaded guilty to importing 2,231 grams of cannabis with an estimated street value of 111,555. The drugs were discovered. .. Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:58:00 EST Man charged over police standoff A 68-year-old man pleaded not guilty this morning to three offences in connection with a police standoff earlier this week. James Dallas, of no fixed address, denied trespassing with intent to do unlawful damage, using threatening words to a police officer and behaving in a threatening manner. The charges stem from a three-hour. .. Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:50:00 EST Today in Bermuda site closes The news website ltigtToday in Bermudaltigt has ceased operations. Founder Carla Zuill posted on Facebook that she closed the website to become a life coach because she no longer felt passionate for the role. Ms Zuill, who is now based in Britain, stated Today would have been the third anniversary of. .. Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:31:00 EST Bulls Head access via Dundonald Street Motorists will be able to access the ground floor of Bulls Head car park via Dundonald Street from Monday. The main entrance will be closed so exit barrier islands can be built part of the City of Hamiltons initiative to install ticket and barrier systems in its five largest car parks. A statement said The Corporation has. .. Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:27:00 EST House New standards for childcare A new set of standards for childcare was today unveiled in the House of Assembly. Kim Wilson, the Minister of Health, said that Bermuda had lacked formal standards for daycare providers and daycare centres, although regulations governing daycare have been in place since 1999. She added This gap is significant and is now being. .. Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:21:00 EST House Tougher rules for care homes A new law to improve care standards in nursing homes for the elderly is on the cards. And Kim Wilson, the Minister of Health, promised that enforcement powers will also be boosted to ensure standards are met. Ms Wilson told the House of Assembly The Bill creates a more flexible and efficient regulatory framework to raise standards. .. Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:52:00 EST Get holiday gifts at Harbourside Market More than 40 vendors will be at an arts and crafts festival at Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute tomorrow. The Harbourside Market will feature photographs with Santa, free movies in the Tradewinds Auditorium, train rides and baked goods. It will take place from 10am to 4pm. Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:21:00 EST House high school pupils get head start A total of 45 public high school pupils are enrolled in a college programme designed to give them a head start in the job market, the minister of education said today. Diallo Rabain told Parliament that the Applied Technology Certificate Programme, introduced last year, prepares senior students to graduate with key hands-on skills. .. Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:45:00 EST Firms charity efforts recognised The Association of Fundraising Professionals has planted a cedar tree at a Warwick nature reserve to honour the charitable work of the XL Catlin Foundation. Both XL and Catlin, major insurance and reinsurance firms now combined, have a long history of philanthropy in Bermuda and were celebrated on National Philanthropy Day on Wednesday. .. Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:26:00 EST House violence a public health crisis Violent crime in Bermuda is a public health crisis, national security minister Wayne Caines told Parliament this morning. Specifically addressing the impact of crime on the black community, Mr Caines noted that 35 black men had been shot and killed since 2009. He said We are determined to change the narrative to reflect an. .. Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:21:00 EST Quick thinking neighbour tackles blaze A neighbour prevented a storage shed fire from spreading to a house in Warwick this morning. The resident attacked the blaze with a hose in Dunscombe Road, shortly after 8am, according to the Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service. Firefighters later arrived and extinguished the flames, which were coming through the roof of the structure. Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:50:00 EST Motorcyclist stable in ICU A 48-year-old man injured yesterday in a crash on Ord Road was in a stable condition in the intensive care unit this morning, police said. The man, believed to be from Warwick, was hurt when his motorcycle hit a parked truck near Dunscombe Road in Warwick at around 3pm. A police spokesman said inquiries continue and witnesses. .. Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:07:00 EST Students hear story of forgiveness Special guests Jameel McGee and Andrew Collins shared their story of forgiveness to S4 students at the Berkeley Institute. Chain Reaction Movement, which brought the duo to the island, engaged the students by asking if they have been hurt and would like to forgive those who hurt them. Those willing to let go and forgive wrote their. .. Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:13:00 EST Certification scheme attracts 700 tradespeople More than 700 tradesmen and women have registered for national certification. Diallo Rabain, the Minister of Education and Workforce Development, said a total of 713 people had signed up for the scheme. The number includes 412 landscapers, 97 auto mechanics, 182 electricians and 22 welders. Mr Rabain said registration. .. Fri, 17 Nov 2017 08:00:00 EST Car blaze extinguished on Rec View Hill Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service attended a vehicle that was on fire on Rec View Hill in Devonshire at about 6. 16pm last night. Nobody was hurt as a result of the incident which is currently under investigation. Spokesperson Sergeant Delton White said The vehicle was reported to have visible smoke and flames emitting from the. .. Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST Seniors charity teams up with ThinkMedia ThinkMedia and Age Concern are teaming up to help boost the senior charitys hardship fund. For every 30 ticket for ThinkMedias upcoming ThinkFest booked at Age Concerns new office in the Fort Knox building on Burnaby Street, 5 will go directly into the fund. In return, Age Concern will act as ThinkMedias official offline. .. Fri, 17 Nov 2017 08:00:00 EST AC35 pavilion to get new role Plans to move Artemis Racings Americas Cup guest pavilion into Hamilton and turn it into a visitors information centre have been given the green light. The Bermuda Tourism Authoritys proposal to move the building to a site on Front Street near the junction with Queen Street was approved by the Development Applications Board earlier. .. Fri, 17 Nov 2017 08:00:00 EST Dunch stands down as casino gaming chairman Under-fire gaming chief Alan Dunch has quit his post, days after the Government tabled legislation to oust him and place the Bermuda Casino Gaming Commission under ministerial control. Mr Dunch told tourism minister Jamahl Simmons in a letter sent last night that the proposed change to the law completely undermines the fundamental. .. Thu, 16 Nov 2017 06:42:00 EST Children scared to leave homes after murder Some children are too scared to leave their homes in the wake of the murder of Morlan Steede 12 days ago. Community activist Gina Spence told ltigtThe Royal Gazetteltigt that some children had returned to school after the fatal shooting, but ended up returning home early because of the trauma they had witnessed. Ms Spence,. .. Thu, 16 Nov 2017 08:00:00 EST Story of forgiveness shared with students Two men united by an unlikely bond of friendship and forgiveness have made their first international trip to share their story with Bermudas students. Jameel McGee and Andrew Collins are linked by spirituality, reconciliation and prison time. Both men are from Benton Harbour, Michigan, where Mr Collins, a white police officer,. .. Thu, 16 Nov 2017 08:00:00 EST Bereaved child on overcoming trauma Nizigh Spence was just seven years old when his stepfather James Junior Lawes was shot dead. A year later, his second cousin Randy Robinson was murdered, leaving Nizigh and his family to deal with another tragic loss. Now, aged 15, he has learnt to deal with the pain and grief that comes hand-in-hand with gun crime in Bermuda. .. Thu, 16 Nov 2017 08:00:00 EST Wilson men are dying too young Men are five times more likely to be killed by homicide in Bermuda than the average from 44 developed countries, according to a new report. The statistic emerged this afternoon as Minister of Health Kim Wilson launched the second edition of Health in Review. The report compares Bermudas healthcare system indicators with those in. .. Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:02:00 EST Man suffers serious injuries in crash A 48-year-old man was this afternoon in serious condition in hospital after his bike hit a parked truck. Police said that it appeared the mans bike struck a parked truck on Pagets Ord Road near its junction with Dunscombe Road just before 3pm. A police spokesman said The man was taken to the hospital and his condition is. .. Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:13:00 EST Company donates Americas Cup Activity Book A Bermudian graphic design company has donated copies of its Americas Cup Activity Book in honour of National Philanthropy Day. SJD World gave copies of the book, which includes child-friendly games, puzzles and educational resources, to ten community organisations, charities and schools. Stephan Johnstone, the firms founder and. .. Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:07:00 EST Crash driver released from hospital A tractor trailer driver injured in a crash in Hamilton Parish yesterday has been released from hospital. The 37-year-old man, from Warwick, suffered minor injuries when his vehicle hit a wall on Wilkinson Avenue, near Crystal Caves, at about 12. 40pm. Witnesses should call police on 295-0011. Thu, 16 Nov 2017 13:20:00 EST Peace award for Fleming of Age Concern Claudette Fleming will be awarded a Peace and Social Justice Award for her work supporting seniors. Dr Fleming, the executive director of Age Concern, will be presented with the honour by the Roman Catholic Church of Bermuda tomorrow evening. She is being recognised because of her work as an ardent supporter, activist and loyal. .. Thu, 16 Nov 2017 13:12:00 EST City car park construction work update Installation of a ticket and barrier system at Elliot Street car park will start on Monday. And the ground floor of Bulls Head car park will be closed so the new main entrance and exit barrier islands can be built. Construction work at Elliot Street car park part of the City of Hamilton initiative to install the system in its. .. Thu, 16 Nov 2017 11:54:00 EST St Georges woman denies cannabis charges A St Georges woman today denied importing cannabis worth more than 70,000. Natasha York, 41, also pleaded not guilty to possessing 1,430. 7 grammes of the drug with intent to supply in St Georges on May 28. Prosecutor Nicole Smith told Magistrates Court that the drugs would have had a street value of 71,525. Ms York. .. Thu, 16 Nov 2017 11:09:00 EST Pembroke man fined for cocaine possession A Pembroke man caught with 1. 99 grammes of cocaine has been fined 1,500. Dahlano Simons admitted having the drug on him at the Bermuda Bistro at the Beach in Pembroke on June 3. Magistrates Court heard on Tuesday that police approached the 29-year-old after they were alerted to a short black male suspected of selling drugs on. .. Thu, 16 Nov 2017 11:09:00 EST Hayward witnessed aftermath of murder Progressive Labour Party senator Jason Hayward told yesterday how he watched murder victim Morlan Steede die at the foot of Deepdale. Mr Hayward urged Bermudas young people to reflect on their life choices. Mr Steede was chased by a gunman through the Pembroke neighbourhood and shot dead on the night of Friday, October 27. Mr. .. Thu, 16 Nov 2017 08:00:00 EST Burt seeks tourism innovation David Burt, the Premier, feels that a little bit of deregulation and innovation are key to boosting tourism. Speaking yesterday at the Bermuda Tourism Summit 2017 at the Hamilton Princess Hotel, Mr Burt said We have a very ingrained psyche in Bermuda where we often want to say no. The fact is the only way that we are going to. .. Thu, 16 Nov 2017 08:00:00 EST Senators divided on Americas Cup legacy Senators divided along party lines yesterday when debating the impact of the Americas Cup. One Bermuda Alliance senator Nick Kempe said government spending should be viewed as an investment versus an expense, and highlighted a report by professional services firm PwC that showed a 535 per cent return in revenues projected for the. .. Thu, 16 Nov 2017 08:00:00 EST Lionfish Derby helps cut predator numbers More than 120 predator fish have been removed from Bermudas waters thanks to a Lionfish Derby held by Royal Bermuda Regiment divers. The RBR Underwater Task Force teamed up with the Bermuda Lionfish Task Force for a team competition to help wipe out the fish last weekend. RBR soldier and diver Lance Corporal Neville Vanderpool. .. Thu, 16 Nov 2017 08:00:00 EST Casino legislation sad and backward Alan Dunch has branded new legislation giving politicians power over casinos as a potentially sad and seriously backward move against efforts to keep corruption out of gaming. The chairman of the Bermuda Casino Gaming Commission warned that it would allow Jamahl Simmons, the tourism minister, to hand out lucrative gaming contracts which. .. Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST Police siege in Happy Valley ends A police siege at the former prison service headquarters in Happy Valley was ended after a three-hour stand-off. A man gave himself up to officers after he barricaded himself inside with what was said to be a harmful substance just before 9am. A police spokesman said emergency vehicles and social services staff attended a report. .. Wed, 15 Nov 2017 10:09:00 EST Path less travelled for BTA chairman A career in hospitality was never part of the plan, according to the new chairman of the Bermuda Tourism Authority. Paul Telford said The one thing I knew for sure is that I didnt want to work in a hotel when I graduated from high school. At 18, Mr Telford, who was then studying sciences at Bermuda College, took a summer job. .. Wed, 15 Nov 2017 08:00:00 EST Seniors will receive boost to pensions Bermudas seniors are due a pensions boost after Parliament approved a rate increase. The rise, which will come into force next month, was welcomed last night by Charles Jeffers, deputy chairman of Age Concern. Mr Jeffers said Im sure every senior will be grateful for these increases. Its good news with the way insurance costs. .. Wed, 15 Nov 2017 08:00:00 EST Gay people more likely to suffer addiction Gays are three times more likely to suffer with addiction problems according to the Reverend Joe Amico, a leading specialist who believes the LGBTQ community in Bermuda is not helped by a lack of facilities to deal with the problem. There are virtually none here, said Mr Amico, who described the island as closeted. Finding only. .. Wed, 15 Nov 2017 08:00:00 EST Children enjoy Cardboard Boat Challenge School pupils yesterday put their boatbuilding abilities to the test with a challenge organised by the islands architects and engineers. Youngsters were asked to build boats out of cardboard and duct tape and sail 50 metres down a swimming pool without sinking. The race was won by a team from Saltus Grammar School, who took the top. .. Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:43:00 EST Accident in Hamilton Parish The driver of a tractor trailer was taken to hospital today after a crash in Hamilton Parish. The accident, which took place at 12. 40pm on Wilkinson Avenue, resulted in the vehicle ending up off the road. Apparently the driver was taken to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital via ambulance for treatment of non-life threatening. .. Wed, 15 Nov 2017 14:52:00 EST Power outage affecting traffic lights The City of Hamilton has apologised to the businesses and motorists affected by a power outage this afternoon. There was an industrial accident at the corner of Victoria Street and Parliament Street when a contractors employee contacted high voltage cable with a jack hammer. Fortunately, the employee was wearing his full. .. Wed, 15 Nov 2017 16:24:00 EST Flu shot reminder The Ministry of Health is advising everyone older than 6 months to get a flu shot this year. This is particularly important for those who are especially vulnerable to complications from flu, a spokeswoman said. She added Although rare, the complications stemming from flu can be serious. In addition to the vaccine, another. .. Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:54:00 EST Leading gaming magazine criticises plans Plans to give politicians power over Bermudas casino industry have come under fire from a leading international publication on gaming. An opinion piece in ltigtGGB Newsltigt warned giving MPs control over the Bermuda Casino Gaming Commission would open the door to corruption and potentially undermine the integrity of the Bermuda. .. Wed, 15 Nov 2017 08:00:00 EST Deadline passes for ATV views The chance for the public to have a say on the proposal for quad bike tours on protected land in the West End passed yesterday. However, the Bermuda Environmental Sustainability Task Force questioned whether all submissions had been received by the Department of Parks. BEST said some people had reported technical problems with their. .. Wed, 15 Nov 2017 08:00:00 EST Amelie creates parrot palace for Lollipop Amelie Mulder Powell has always loved visiting Lollipop the macaw at Sousas Garden Centre. But when she noticed that her cage was starting to look a bit bare, she decided to forego her birthday presents this year to spruce up her feathered friends cage. Amelie, 8, said We live very close by so I always go to visit her. She. .. Wed, 15 Nov 2017 08:00:00 EST New body to cut financial assistance cost The cost of financial assistance will be tackled by a new working group. Zane DeSilva, Minister of Social Development and Sport, said yesterday that the current 1-million-per-week cost of the programme was unsustainable and must be reduced. Mr DeSilva said the 12-stong group would aggressively look at reforming the programme. Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:36:00 EST Money laundering fears in betting shops A lack of regulation for betting shops could raise red flags when the islands anti-money laundering measures are investigated by overseas experts next year. Correspondence shared with The Royal Gazette reveals that warnings about the absence of controls to prevent dirty-money transactions within the betting industry have been made to. .. Tue, 14 Nov 2017 08:00:00 EST Message of hope at anti-violence talent show Pastor Leroy Bean used the Live, Love, Life youth talent contest on Sunday night to reveal how he plans to reach out to young people vulnerable to the lure of gang culture. The event, hosted by Juanae Crockwell, who has spoken about the role women can play in gang prevention, and In The Knows Antoine Jones, was specifically targeted at. .. Tue, 14 Nov 2017 08:00:00 EST