News News en-us Dunkley hails incredible spectacle Michael Dunkley has hailed the opening weekend of the 35th Americas Cup as an incredible spectacle that has showcased Bermuda in an amazing light. This weekend saw the official opening of the sailing spectacle in Dockyard and the beginning of qualifying races around the Great Sound. The Premier attended the ribbon cutting of. .. Sun, 28 May 2017 19:41:00 EST Regiment soldiers out in support of AC Royal Bermuda Regiment soldiers were out in force at the Americas Cup this weekend, assisting on the land and on the water. In addition to performing security checks at the Event Village, soldiers patrolled the nearby waters with the Bermuda Police Service and provided divers for subsea security work and rescue swimmers. Commanding. .. Sun, 28 May 2017 21:18:00 EST Biker treated in hospital A motorcyclist was taken on hospital on Saturday evening after colliding with a garbage truck on Somerset Road in Sandys. The accident took place at 11pm close to the Somerset MarketPlace. The 33-year-old rider was treated for his injuries, which are not believed to be life threatening. Meanwhile on Friday morning police. .. Sun, 28 May 2017 19:19:00 EST Winfield hails successful opening of AC Mike Winfield, CEO of ACBDA, hailed the launch of the 35th Americas Cup as a huge success for the island on the world stage. In a statement yesterday, he described the Americas Cup as the largest international event ever staged in Bermuda, praising the hard work of all those who came together to bring it to fruition. Bermuda has. .. Sun, 28 May 2017 15:50:00 EST PLPs pledge on union relations Teachers are not the only workers with cause for complaint over stalled pay negotiations, according to Progressive Labour Party MP Rolfe Commissiong. The Opposition labour and workforce development spokesman issued a statement reflecting on the demonstration last Thursday, in which about 600 Bermuda Union of Teachers members marched on. .. Sun, 28 May 2017 16:52:00 EST Bermuda shines on spectacular day The skies above Dockyard erupted in a cacophony of noise and colour this evening to herald in the beginning of the 35th Americas Cup. Thousands descended on the Americas Cup Village to witness the long-awaited start of the global sailing spectacle. The ceremony started with Oracle founder Larry Ellison hinting that if the United. .. Sat, 27 May 2017 18:19:00 EST Bermudas pride as Americas Cup opens Michael Dunkley declared today is a proud day for Bermuda at the ribbon cutting ceremony of the Americas Cup Village in Dockyard. Large numbers of people were on hand for the momentous occasion held under glorious morning sunshine. Patriotic spectators waved Bermuda flags as the Premier, Americas Cup Event Authority chief. .. Sat, 27 May 2017 12:20:00 EST Bermuda BA flights return to the skies British Airways flights out of Gatwick and Heathrow were grounded yesterday as a result of a major IT failure. However a spokeswoman for the airlines said that todays flights between Bermuda and London are expected to operate normally. We are extremely sorry for the significant levels of disruption caused to customers and. .. Sat, 27 May 2017 12:31:00 EST Motorcyclist killed in North Shore Road crash A motorcyclist was killed in a crash on North Shore Road last night. The single-vehicle accident happened near Bandroom Lane, Pembroke, at about 9. 15pm, according to the Bermuda Police Service. The victim, believed to be a 41-year-old Pembroke man, was taken to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital where he died as a result of his. .. Sat, 27 May 2017 22:57:00 EST Students take hospitality training course A total of 38 students have completed a hospitality training programme led by industry veteran Irving Raynor in preparation for the Americas Cup. And more than half the participants in the 20-hour quick waiters course, which provided a basic introduction with a focus on equipment handling and customer service, have already found. .. Sat, 27 May 2017 08:00:00 EST Support for event swells to new high Supporters of the Americas Cup outnumber opponents by four to one, according to a new poll commissioned by The Royal Gazette. The Global Research survey found that 70 per cent of registered voters said they supported Bermuda hosting the sailing contest, compared with 17 per cent who oppose it and 13 per cent who said they dont. .. Sat, 27 May 2017 08:00:00 EST Seas the chance to try your hand at sailing To mark the success of the Americas Cup Endeavour Programme, a range of family friendly activities have been planned in the Americas Cup Village tomorrow. The day has officially been designated Americas Cup Endeavour Day to celebrate the youth sailing programme, which has seen more than 1,550 students participate since its launch. .. Sat, 27 May 2017 08:00:00 EST Managers surprise at hotel roadworks News of planned road repairs taking place outside the Hamilton Princess and Beach Club this weekend came as a surprise, the general manager of the hotel says. Allan Federer said that details on the work announced yesterday afternoon were not previously provided. The work on Pitts Bay Road will result in alternating one-lane. .. Sat, 27 May 2017 08:00:00 EST Vital information for hassle-free day The 35th Americas Cup is set to soar today, with gates opening at 11. 30am and racing to run from 2pm to 5pm. Festivities really take off tonight, with Wyclef Jeans performance beginning at 5. 15pm on the main stage at the Event Village, followed by the official opening ceremony at 8. 30pm. The village gates close at. .. Sat, 27 May 2017 08:00:00 EST Time to learn the lingo, matey Bow The front of the boatCapsize When a vessel is turned either on to its side or upside downCatamaran A type of sailing vessel utilising two parallel twin hullsHull The main body of a boatHydrofoil Mounted under the hull of the boat, these are the wing-like structures that allow the vessel to lift out of the. .. Sat, 27 May 2017 08:00:00 EST Hurricane season busier than usual The 2017 hurricane season is expected to be busier than average, according to the US-based National Hurricane Centre. According to a statement released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, forecasters are predicting a 45 per cent chance of an above-normal season, compared to a 35 per cent chance of a near-normal season. .. Sat, 27 May 2017 08:00:00 EST Ferry service cancelled Todays high winds have caused the cancellation of the Orange Route ferry service between the Royal Naval Dockyard and St Georges. An announcement will be made when the service resumes. Sat, 27 May 2017 08:00:00 EST ACBDA stresses water safety An unprecedented number of private boats will be on Bermudas waters during the Americas Cup, according to ACBDA. As such, the organisers have stressed the importance of water safety, reiterating the rules and regulations. Some 2,000 private and public craft have registered for spectator flags, and that number keeps growing, so. .. Sat, 27 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Bermudas big day has arrived The long-awaited day has finally arrived with as many as 10,000 people on land and on the water ready to witness the greatest sporting event hosted by the island. A forecast of high winds and rain delayed proceedings yesterday, scuppering the first races and Opening Ceremony, but today its all systems go providing Mother Nature. .. Sat, 27 May 2017 08:00:00 EST Wyclef to rock the mic tonight Wyclef Jean will play tonight for thousands at the Americas Cup Village and theres a possibility he may bust a freestyle with Jimmy Spithill, skipper of Oracle Team USA. We always say anything can happen, Wyclef told ltigtThe Royal Gazetteltigt. The sold-out show will coincide with the races opening ceremony after. .. Sat, 27 May 2017 08:00:00 EST Weather delays start of AC35 Race fans will have to wait a little longer for the start of the 35th Americas Cup, which has been delayed 24 hours because of a forecast for strong winds. The Americas Cup Event Authority and Americas Cup Race Management made the call late yesterday afternoon to postpone todays opening day of the Louis Vuitton Americas Cup. .. Fri, 26 May 2017 00:01:00 EST For the best in sailing. All day. Every day And Ill huff and Ill puff and Ill blow your house down. For a day, maybe, but starting tomorrow the 35th Americas Cup will launch in earnest and we at ltigtThe Royal Gazetteltigt promise to bring you every breathtaking minute. From the best writers that the RG dollar can buy to crack photographers, a buzzing. .. Fri, 26 May 2017 08:00:00 EST Protesters avoid prosecution - Supreme Court Ten people charged with offences in connection with December 2 including the Reverend Nicholas Tweed and union leader Chris Furbert have been bound over to keep the peace. During a hearing yesterday, one defendant, David Saltus, 57, pleaded guilty to a charge of assaulting an officer with an umbrella. However Larry Mussenden,. .. Fri, 26 May 2017 16:13:00 EST Same-sex rallies draw thousands Thousands rallied behind same-sex union opponents Preserve Marriage yesterday outside Parliament, alongside a smaller peaceful demonstration by supporters of same-sex marriage. Addressed by various speakers, the crowd reiterated calls for the Government to appeal the Supreme Courts decision permitting same-sex unions. While the. .. Fri, 26 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Navy veteran feeling great as he turns 100 A long line of wellwishers were outside US Navy veteran Jim Humphreyss door yesterday to congratulate him on his 100th birthday. Mr Humphreys, who served at the Morgans Point Naval Base in Southampton in 1945 and 1946 as a supplies and security officer, said yesterday Im feeling great. In fact, I now feel like Im 17. It was. .. Fri, 26 May 2017 08:00:00 EST Man jailed for striking officer with stick A man charged with assaulting a police officer during the December 2 protesters has been jailed for a year. Edmund Smith, 52, was charged with assaulting Inspector Scott Devine outside the House of Assembly during the protests, allegedly striking the officer repeatedly in the legs with a wooden walking stick. According to a police. .. Fri, 26 May 2017 17:41:00 EST Teachers march on Cabinet Teachers marched on the grounds of the Cabinet Office yesterday morning over concerns about ongoing contract negotiations. The demonstration, involving around 600 Bermuda Union of Teachers representatives, trustees, and teachers, came shortly after the union held an emergency general membership meeting at St Paul Centennial. .. Fri, 26 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Crown and Anchors aweigh at AC Village The Bermudian game of Crown and Anchor will be on the table at the Americas Cup Village today and during every week in June, according to organisers. Run by local company 1468 Entertainment Limited, four Crown and Anchor tables will be set up inside tents located next to the main stage, with an ACBDA spokeswoman saying the gaming will. .. Fri, 26 May 2017 20:58:00 EST ACBDA stresses water safety An unprecedented number of private boats will be on Bermuda's waters during the America's Cup, according to ACBDA. As such, the organisers have stressed the importance of water safety, reiterating the rules and regulations. #8220Some 2,000 private and public craft have registered for spectator flags, and that number. .. Fri, 26 May 2017 14:31:00 EST Man fined for cannabis possession A St Davids man has been hit with a 1,000 fine after being caught with 15. 5 grams of cannabis by police executing a search warrant. Magistrates Court heard that Deon Pitcher, 32, of Chapel of Ease Road, was arrested at a Pembroke residence after officers seeking another individual found him with a bag of plantlike material on December. .. Fri, 26 May 2017 12:18:00 EST Court appearance for parliament protesters Four men have returned to Magistrates Court in connection with the demonstration of December 2. Sherman Hill, Antoine Minors, Ernest Trott and Dornielle Farrel have all previously denied obstructing police officers in the execution of their duty. After a brief hearing before magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo, they were told to reappear on. .. Fri, 26 May 2017 11:31:00 EST Trailer released for film featuring island A teaser trailer for the movie filmed in Bermuda, ltigtMother Of All Secretsltigt, has been released. The film features Emmy award-winning Kate Mansi, ltigtTop Gunltigt star Kelly McGillis, ltigtReal Housewives of New Yorkltigt star Luann DAgostino, Brooke Burfitt and a number of Bermudians, including. .. Fri, 26 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Room revamp for teen moms Local and international Kiwanis members teamed up with Teen Haven to give two of their rooms a fresh coat of paint. Members of the international non-profit organisation also hosted workshops for the residents of the Bermuda charity, which assists young mothers and their children. And an afternoon tea featured notable guests. .. Fri, 26 May 2017 08:00:00 EST Bermuda to entice the rich and the famous With the glitz of the Americas Cup expected to entice dignitaries, the question many are asking is who might show up. Michael Douglass appearance on ltigtThe Today Showltigt seemed a natural fit, given the actors Bermuda ties and interests in local hospitality. But the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were prominent guests. .. Fri, 26 May 2017 08:00:00 EST Hospital prepared for rise in demand for AC35 King Edward VII Memorial Hospital is at high occupancy but there is no bed shortage, according to a Bermuda Hospitals Board spokeswoman. Plans have been put in place specifically for the Americas Cup and preparations have also been made for an emergency field station in the case of a mass casualty. It comes after concerns were. .. Fri, 26 May 2017 08:00:00 EST Heartbeat of the fan experience It is fair to say the sprawling Americas Cup Village looks every bit a complex worthy of the greatest race on water. The bespoke structure built on Cross Island a nine-acre parcel of reclaimed land will be the heartbeat of the Americas Cup, offering something for everybody from hardcore fans to first-timers. Not only is the. .. Fri, 26 May 2017 08:00:00 EST Preserve Marriage no longer a charity Preserve Marriage is no longer a charity after the islands Charity Commissioners decided its purposes were unlawful and caused more detriment than benefit. The panel took the decision to reject an application for renewal of the groups charitable status on May 16, according to minutes of the meeting shared with ltigtThe Royal. .. Fri, 26 May 2017 00:01:00 EST BBC presenter is all smiles with Gombeys Television presenter and wheelchair athlete Ade Adepitan enjoyed a memorable encounter with the Gombeys during the Bermuda Day Parade. Mr Adepitan was on the island as part of the BBCs ltigtTravel Showltigt to catch the festivities and cover some of the Americas Cup buzz. All the islands Gombey troupes came together for. .. Fri, 26 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Crowds revel in Bermuda Day Parade spectacle Hamiltons streets were lined with people yesterday as spectators revelled in the annual Bermuda Day Parade. Sidewalks stretching down Front Street, Queen Street and Cedar Avenue were all covered with tents as the sound of music filled the air. Even the balcony of the visiting ltigtVeendamltigt was crowded with spectators. .. Thu, 25 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Tickets clarification As the Americas Cup Village will not open tomorrow, all ticket-holders for the Americas Cup Village, grandstand seats, Goslings Dark n Stormy Island Bar and Longtail Lounge and Official Spectator Boat ticket-holders will automatically receive a refund within the next ten days. Should those ticket-holders wish to attend another day, tickets. .. Thu, 25 May 2017 11:25:00 EST OBA gains public support in poll The One Bermuda Alliance has more public support than at any point since coming to power, according to a new poll commissioned by The Royal Gazette. The ruling party had a 44-38 lead over the Progressive Labour Party, an advantage of six points, in the survey by Global Research from May 15 to 19. It represents a swing of nine points. .. Thu, 25 May 2017 08:00:00 EST Court Street shooting second man charged A second man has been charged in connection with a shooting on Court Street earlier this month. Appearing in Magistrates Court this morning, Troy Burgess, from Pembroke, was charged with attempted murder and using a firearm to commit an indictable offence on May 14. The 29-year-old was not required to enter a plea because the. .. Thu, 25 May 2017 11:08:00 EST Adventure continues for Raleigh graduates They may have graduated but for four alumni of Raleigh Bermuda, the journey continues. This summer, Keri Pacheco and Neville Vanderpool will head overseas as project managers for Raleigh International, while David Simmons and Jawonday Smith are raising money themselves to travel back overseas as Raleigh venturers. Tina Nash,. .. Thu, 25 May 2017 08:00:00 EST Harrington Sound building closed, classes on Harrington Sound School will be closed tomorrow for cleaning and maintenance although the Government says no further evidence of bird mites has been located. Freddie Evans, commissioner of education, said in a statement We are notifying parents of the decision to close the building tomorrow. We do have a school wide plan for. .. Thu, 25 May 2017 17:53:00 EST VIP lounge opens at airport A new airport lounge will open tomorrow, specifically for VIPs visiting the island for the Americas Cup. The lounge is located outside the arrivals area, past customs, on a private terrace. Guests will be treated to Bermudian refreshments, such as Dark n Stormies and ginger beer, allowing dignitaries to relax after their flight. .. Thu, 25 May 2017 17:43:00 EST Royal Fleet ship arrives The Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship ltigtWave Knightltigt has arrived in Bermuda as part of Britains support towards Americas Cup preparations. The vessel is on deployment to the region as part of her Atlantic Patrol Tasking North duties, a year-round commitment to the UKs Caribbean overseas territories and Bermuda, wider. .. Thu, 25 May 2017 15:55:00 EST Greenrock against fossil fuels Environmental group Greenrock has called for Belco to move away from fossil fuels, saying adoption of liquid natural gas was not a viable compromise. In a statement, the charity acknowledged the need for Belco to upgrade its infrastructure, but added that with the reality of human induced climate change a different approach should be. .. Thu, 25 May 2017 17:38:00 EST Axis donates to poverty charity Adara, a non-profit group working to improve the lives of women and children living in poverty, has secured a 150,000 donation from Axis Capital Holdings Limited. Axis, a Bermuda-based global provider of specialty lines insurance and treaty reinsurance, will directly support Adaras work in Uganda and Nepal over the next three. .. Thu, 25 May 2017 14:53:00 EST BTA to unveil visitor engagement area An interactive visitor engagement area will be unveiled in the Americas Cup Race Village to encourage spectators to get out and see the rest of the island before and after race events or on days when no is racing scheduled. A team from the Bermuda Tourism Authority will staff the space to highlight Bermudas attractions, restaurants and. .. Thu, 25 May 2017 14:38:00 EST Former PLP leader to be honoured The Progressive Labour Party will be holding a night of music and tributes next week to honour the partys former leader Dame Lois Browne-Evans. The event is being held to mark the 10th anniversary of the political trailblazers passing. Those attending will gather at Dr E. F. Gordon Memorial Hall at BIU Headquarters from 6. 00pm to. .. Thu, 25 May 2017 14:35:00 EST Local climber aiming to conquer Mt Kilimanjaro Bermudian Phil Butterworth is preparing to climb Mount Kilimanjaro for the second time this time for charity. He conquered the Tanzanian mountain the highest in Africa in February 2013 and will now tackle a different route. His effort on June 1 will raise funds for the Bermuda Mental Health Foundation. His last. .. Thu, 25 May 2017 13:39:00 EST More protesters due in court Police say plans are in place to accommodate demonstrators expected for the next court appearances of defendants charged in relation to the December 2 protests. The next appearances are scheduled for tomorrow and next Wednesday May 31 at the Dame Lois Browne Evans building. The appearances are expected to be brief. In a. .. Thu, 25 May 2017 12:28:00 EST Bermudian records tall ship adventure Being on a tall ship was a challenge mentally and physically but it was an amazing experience that everyone should try, according to Julia Judd. The 23-year-old is back on dry land after a voyage on board the Blue Clipper a 43-metre, three masted gaff rigged schooner, on which she sailed from Greenwich in England to Sines in. .. Thu, 25 May 2017 09:26:00 EST Jamaican loses drug smuggling appeal A Jamaican man has had his conviction for drug smuggling upheld by the Court of Appeal. Tyrone Brown, 31, was jailed for 15 years last October for trying to smuggle packages of cocaine through the airport in his baggage. Brown launched an appeal against his conviction and sentence, both of which were dismissed by Appeal Judges at. .. Thu, 25 May 2017 08:00:00 EST Enthusiasts take lead in Exhale barre classes When the new Exhale Spa opened at the Hamilton Princess last year, Andrea Barker was first in line to sign up. Fellow barre enthusiast Cammii Horrell also leapt at the chance to get back into a workout she had always enjoyed. Neither of them realised that within a couple of months they would be the ones leading the classes, both. .. Thu, 25 May 2017 08:00:00 EST Trail group unveils plans for Flatts Inlet bridge The Friends of the Bermuda Railway Trail have unveiled the latest stage of their project to reconnect the old trail and construct a bridge across the Flatts Inlet. Dozens of residents attended a public meeting in Hamilton last week organised by the charity and the Parks Department to share its proposals through a video. .. Thu, 25 May 2017 08:00:00 EST Marriage counter demonstration planned Duelling peaceful demonstrations are being organised to take place today on the topic of same-sex marriage. The Rainbow Alliance of Bermuda have announced plans to hold a peaceful counterdemonstration in celebration and support of marriage equality in response to a previously announced demonstration by Preserve Marriage in support of. .. Thu, 25 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Americas Cup decision at 5pm The opening of the Americas Cup could be blown back a day because of gale-force gusts expected tomorrow. Racing is scheduled to begin at 5pm, but organisers have warned that both racing and the events Opening Ceremony would be pushed back should strong winds bring unsafe conditions for sailors. A decision will be made at 5pm. .. Thu, 25 May 2017 00:01:00 EST