News News en-us Dunkley leaves frontline politics Former premier Michael Dunkley has said he has stepped away from the political frontline in the wake of the One Bermuda Alliances crushing loss at the polls. While Mr Dunkley said he will continue to represent his constituency in the House of Assembly, he has told interim party leader Patricia Gordon-Pamplin that he does not want a. .. Wed, 26 Jul 2017 08:00:00 EST Dunkley on blacks our hands were tied Former premier Michael Dunkley said the One Bermuda Alliance could have done more to support black Bermudians, but were limited by economic constraints. Asked about criticism that the OBA did not do enough to help black Bermudians, he said it was a fair assessment, adding that he would have liked to have done more. The challenge. .. Wed, 26 Jul 2017 08:00:00 EST Shadow cabinet announced Patricia Gordon-Pamplin is officially the new Leader of the Opposition, after being sworn in this afternoon by John Rankin, the Governor. You may be assured that I will continue to serve the people of Bermuda according to the best of my abilities, Ms Gordon-Pamplin told the gathering at Government House. She also saluted the new. .. Wed, 26 Jul 2017 16:28:00 EST PLP holds first Cabinet meeting The Progressive Labour Party government is meeting with union leaders and international business representatives as it unveils specifics of its 100-day plan in stages over the days and weeks ahead, David Burt announced yesterday afternoon. Speaking shortly after the new Governments first Cabinet meeting, the Premier expressed confidence. .. Wed, 26 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST Tweed returns to work Walter Roban, the Deputy Premier, joined a happy congregation on Sunday at the St Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church to welcome the Reverend Nicholas Tweed back to work. He was back in the pulpit and doing the job he was called to do, Mr Roban said of the service, which followed last months victory in the courts against a decision. .. Wed, 26 Jul 2017 08:00:00 EST Smith completes challenge Travelling with little more than a lawnmower and yard tools, Bermudian Rodney Smith Jr has completed his task of cutting grass for the needy in every state in the United States. Mr Smiths efforts have beenso inspirational that more young people are now doing likewise for the elderly, disabled, single mothers or veterans in the US and. .. Wed, 26 Jul 2017 08:00:00 EST Convictions for careless driving double Police have more than doubled the amount of convictions secured for people driving without due care and attention in a one-month period as part of a push to make Bermudas roads safer. Close to 30,000 worth of fines and 370 demerit points were dished out in yesterdays one-hour traffic court session to those who had committed related. .. Wed, 26 Jul 2017 08:00:00 EST Late arrival expected for British Airways This evenings British Airways service from Gatwick is expected to arrive three hours and 45 minutes late. As of 2. 45pm, flight 2233, which usually arrives at LF Wade International Airport at around 6. 30pm, was set to reach the island at 10. 16pm. Wed, 26 Jul 2017 14:54:00 EST Masterworks hosts Mirrors art contest The Mirrors Programmes tenth anniversary student art competition is under way. ltigtReflections of Bermudaltigt officially opened at the Rick Faries Gallery at the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art last Friday. Members of the public will be able to cast their votes for their favourite pieces at the primary, middle and. .. Wed, 26 Jul 2017 13:40:00 EST Gaming team visits Oregon conference A team of Bermudians attended an international conference on problem gaming as the island moves closer to its first casino. Along with the Bermuda Casino Gaming Commissions problem and responsible gaming director Roger Trott and commissioner Judith Hall Bean, representatives from four local treatment providers took part in the four-day. .. Wed, 26 Jul 2017 13:37:00 EST Telling the stories of those who rose above Bermudas heroes are to be honoured this Sunday, with the launch of ltigtTrail of Our People Trail Blazersltigt as part of the 2017 Emancipation Celebrations. This book is the culmination of a five year series, ltigtThe Trail of Our Peopleltigt, during which time the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs with. .. Wed, 26 Jul 2017 13:04:00 EST Senior admits dishonesty obtaining steak A Sandys senior who admitted swapping price tags at a grocery store was this morning given a six-month conditional discharge. Beverly Hunt, 70, pleaded guilty to a count of dishonestly obtaining a 79 steak from the MarketPlace. The court heard that on May 26, staff at the Shelly Bay MarketPlace noticed two loose price tags in the. .. Wed, 26 Jul 2017 12:56:00 EST Man punched neighbour over laundry dispute A St Georges man this morning admitted punching a neighbour in a dispute over laundry. Dennis DaCosta, 42, pleaded guilty to a charge of assault in connection to an altercation on June 25. The court heard that the conflict arose after the complainant, who like DaCosta is a resident at the emergency housing facility in St Davids,. .. Wed, 26 Jul 2017 12:49:00 EST Cruise commendation for Dockyard Dockyard has been named the regions top cruise ship destination by the online review site Cruise Critic. Voted a top five destination last year, Dockyard has been declared the best for the Eastern Caribbean, Bahamas and Bermuda in the sites cruisers choice destination awards, based on reviews and consumer feedback over the past. .. Wed, 26 Jul 2017 12:27:00 EST Record breaking exam results at Saltus Saltus Grammar School boasts a record-breaking year for Advanced Placement exam results this year, having beaten the global average pass rate by almost 20 per cent. Sixty-seven senior students took a total of 162 of the high-level subject-based AP exams, with 78 per cent of the students scoring a grade 3 or higher 5 is the highest grade. Wed, 26 Jul 2017 12:10:00 EST Seniors take advantage of free health checks A total of 75 seniors took advantage of the second health clinic hosted by Age Concern this year. The event took place at the Lamb Foggo Urgent Care Centre in the East End and included vitals, eye and dental screenings. According to Age Concerns executive director Claudette Fleming, the event aimed to reach out to seniors in their. .. Wed, 26 Jul 2017 08:00:00 EST Grateful Bread meals celebrate togetherness It started out as a lifeline to Bermudas needy, but six months on, the Grateful Bread dinners have turned into a celebration of togetherness. Its more like a wedding party every month, organiser Juliana Snelling told ltigtThe Royal Gazetteltigt. Its a party every month with friends. In an echo of the Thanksgiving. .. Wed, 26 Jul 2017 08:00:00 EST Shopping event raises 4,000 for Red Cross AS Cooper amp Sons has presented the Bermuda Red Cross with more than 4,000 following a Shop to Support event. Customers were offered 20 per cent off their purchase if they donated 5 or more to the charity during Red Cross Week in May. A total of 4,423. 50 was raised. A spokeswoman for the store said The event was wildly. .. Wed, 26 Jul 2017 08:00:00 EST Gun murder victims were best friends Two friends were shot dead under identical circumstances within about nine months, police say. Both 20-year-old Jahcari Francis and Isaiah Furbert, 19, were fatally shot inside the same house on Upland Street, Jason Smith, detective sergeant with the Bermuda Police Service, confirmed yesterday. Mr Francis was shot and killed at the. .. Tue, 25 Jul 2017 08:00:00 EST Gordon-Pamplin leads party despite UBP past Patricia Gordon-Pamplins political experience, tempered by calm, is credited with securing her the support of the 12 remaining One Bermuda Alliance MPs as acting leader, while the new Opposition assesses its future. Ms Gordon-Pamplin was selected as interim leader in a secret ballot on Friday, with Sylvan Richards as interim. .. Tue, 25 Jul 2017 08:00:00 EST Rescued turtle returns to the open sea A loggerhead turtle rescued by divers has been returned to the sea after nine months of care. The turtle, nicknamed Chad by his rescuers, had been found tangled in cargo netting in Elys Harbour last October by Blue Water Divers. While they were able to free the distressed animal, they became concerned when they noticed that he. .. Tue, 25 Jul 2017 08:00:00 EST Former US Consul General Farmer dies at 78 Robert A. Farmer, a former United States Consul General to Bermuda famed as a top fundraiser for the Democratic Party, has died at the age of 78. Described by President Bill Clinton as a man who could talk an owl out of a tree, Mr Farmer known to locals as Bob was hailed by US Consul General Mary Ellen Koenig as enormously popular. .. Tue, 25 Jul 2017 08:00:00 EST Pickpocket arrested after viral campaign A pickpocket caught on camera stealing a wallet from an 81-year-old man appeared in Magistrates Court yesterday after video footage of his crime went viral. Dakari Hollis pleaded guilty to stealing the wallet, which contained 450 in cash, as the elderly victim climbed the stairs in Hamiltons Walker Arcade, which links Front Street to. .. Tue, 25 Jul 2017 08:00:00 EST Regiment band impresses young visitor A young musician on vacation in the island paid a dream visit to the Royal Bermuda Regiments Warwick Camp to see the Band and Corps of Drums tune up for a performance at Harbour Nights tonight. James Grassick, 9, who plays for the Peebles Burgh Silver Band in Peebles in the Scottish Borders, was invited to see the soldiers practise after. .. Tue, 25 Jul 2017 14:06:00 EST Alumnis efforts rewarded A special alumni award to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Association of Bermuda International Companies education awards has been granted. The news came as 20 new students were given a record-breaking 600,000 in scholarships at a lunchtime ceremony hosted by Abics education awards committee. The first recipient of the. .. Tue, 25 Jul 2017 08:00:00 EST BHB announces new Chief of Staff Bermuda Hospitals Board has appointed Michael Richmond as Chief of Staff after an extensive local and international recruitment process. Dr Richmond, an anaesthetist with 25 years experience, joins BHB on a three-year contract and will lead the team of medical and support personnel. I know that developing a Strategic Plan for. .. Tue, 25 Jul 2017 11:58:00 EST Shipping, Maritime Authority relocates The Bermuda Shipping and Maritime Authority opens for business on Monday at its new offices on the fourth floor of Mintflower Place on Par-la-Ville Road. The quango was set up on October 1, 2016 to take over from the former Department of Maritime Administration with its greater independence credited with boosting Bermudas shipping. .. Tue, 25 Jul 2017 17:24:00 EST Flooding closes Government Cashiers Office The Government Cashiers Office on the ground floor of the Government Administration Building has been closed because of flooding. According to spokesman, work to restore the Cashiers office is under way and it is expected to be open tomorrow during normal hours. ltigtThe Royal Gazetteltigt has asked what caused the. .. Tue, 25 Jul 2017 11:46:00 EST Mr Chicken owners secure Shelly Bay planning The owners of Mr Chicken have secured planning permission for a new restaurant near Shelly Bay. However speaking yesterday, David Furbert said he did not know if he would be moving forward with the project. I have not made up my mind, he said. According to a planning application, David and Beryl Furbert sought permission to. .. Tue, 25 Jul 2017 08:00:00 EST Preventive care benefits for mental health expected Benefits for preventive care for mental health are expected to be added to the Standard Health Benefit by early next year, according to Tawanna Wedderburn. The CEO of the Bermuda Health Council made the announcement at the You Are Not Alone forum hosted by the Bermuda Mental Health Foundation yesterday evening. The Bermuda Health. .. Tue, 25 Jul 2017 08:00:00 EST Lightbourne not guilty of drug smuggling A Southampton man accused of smuggling drugs into the country has been found not guilty by a unanimous verdict. Harry Lightbourne, 56, was formally acquitted yesterday afternoon after a weeklong trial in the Supreme Court. Prosecutors had alleged that Mr Lightbourne had brought in more than 320,000 worth of cannabis and cannabis resin in. .. Tue, 25 Jul 2017 08:00:00 EST Survivors war on abuse Janice McLean fought through depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts after being abused as a child. It wasnt until she attended a presentation by charity Saving Children and Revealing Secrets in 2012, that she opened up about what had happened and started to heal. Three years after taking the Darkness to Light Stewards of Children Training. .. Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:00:00 EST Pitcher home after collapsing at match OJ Pitcher has returned home from hospital after collapsing during St Davids defeat by Baileys Bay in the Eastern Counties Cup first round at Lords on Saturday. Pitcher became unwell during Bays innings in the final over before lunch with chest pains and required medical attention on the pitch before being taken to King Edward VII. .. Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:00:00 EST Radio DJ loses battle with cancer A Bermudian radio personality passed away peacefully in Canada this past week after a battle with brain cancer. Gregory Greg Frederick Beach died on July 17 in Moncton, New Brunswick. He was 50 years old. Mr Beach was born on March 21, 1967, to parents Nancy Steeves, of Moncton, and the late Frederick Beach. His passion. .. Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:00:00 EST Students tackle issues of privilege, poverty and crime Privilege, poverty, crime and leadership were among the topics discussed by summer students as part of the inaugural Future Leaders Programme. Students from grade 8 to 12 were given the opportunity to take part in the three-week programme, which invited members of the community to share their experience and expertise on social issues. .. Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:00:00 EST Families are first line of defence for mental illness Family are usually the first line of defence for those with mental illness, according to counsellor Chanelle Lawson. But family members also need support, Dr Lawson, who will be the keynote speaker at tonights You Are Not Alone forum, told ltigtThe Royal Gazetteltigt. Family is usually the first line of defence, the. .. Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:00:00 EST Fight on Virgin plane lands UK man in court UK news outlets have published footage of an altercation that caused a Virgin Atlantic flight to divert to Bermuda and cost a British man 2,000 in fines. The incident, which took place on May 16, involved a male passenger becoming disruptive on a flight from London to Jamaica. The footage, released by Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:00:00 EST Vandals hit MPs home Police are investigating a report of wilful damage at the home of national security minister Wayne Caines. According to Mr Caines, vandals broke into the pump room and broke a significant pipe connected to the water pump last week. We made a police complaint and the police are investigating, he added. A plumber fixed the. .. Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:00:00 EST Hamilton Princess makes casino bid The Hamilton Princess Hotel amp Beach Club has made a play to become Bermudas first integrated casino resort. And the Bermuda Casino Gaming Commission has announced that the hotel will make its presentation to the commission in a public meeting in September. Alan Dunch, chairman of the Bermuda Casino Gaming Commission,. .. Mon, 24 Jul 2017 10:20:00 EST BizCamp students visit Hub Culture village Aspiring young Bermudian entrepreneurs were hosted at the Hub Culture village last week. The BizCamp students were able to experience the invitation-led global collaboration network first-hand. Founder Stan Stalnaker explained how Hub Cultures four functions Pavilions places to collaborate, Knowledge Brokerage consulting and. .. Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:14:00 EST Centre on Philanthropy congratulates PLP The Centre on Philanthropy has congratulated the Progressive Labour Party on becoming the new Government. We are particularly encouraged by the emphasis that has been placed on strengthening the social infrastructure in Bermuda, the Centre said in a statement. Over 350 registered charities and social services providers in Bermuda. .. Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:13:00 EST Phase-out affects refrigerant gas supply A refrigerant gas used to cool some of the islands industrial spaces, commercial spaces and homes is being phased out. The move is in line with the Montreal Protocol of 1987, designed to reduce ozone depletion, and is likely to affect local supplies, according to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Those with. .. Mon, 24 Jul 2017 15:31:00 EST National Trust present annual awards More than 20 awards and certificates have been presented to 70 individuals and organisations by the Bermuda National Trust, recognising their work to preserve and restore Bermudas heritage and to preserve and raise awareness of the islands environment. Among those thanked were those who were responsible for the rescue and restoration. .. Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:00:00 EST Orange Bay goes green Consignment store Orange Bay Company is going green with the introduction of a new Bring Your Own Bag initiative. The Victoria Street shop has put an end to giving away shopping bags with every purchase. Instead, shoppers are asked to bring their own bag to the store, buy a paper bag for 1, or purchase a special-edition reusable. .. Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:00:00 EST Lionfish tournament roaring success The seventh annual Groundswell Lionfish Tournament was another roaring success this year as 92 fish were swept up from the ocean. There were 110 lionfish hunters this year and the biggest fish caught on the day was 17 inches, by longtime tournament supporter Bob Steinhoff. A special Booby Prize went out to hunter Chris Gauntlett. .. Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:00:00 EST Drugs smuggler jailed A drugs mule who was caught after smuggling a stash of fentanyl into Bermuda believed to be worth nearly 800,000 has been jailed for seven years. Jacqueline Robinson swallowed 45 pellets of the lethal drug before travelling from Toronto to Bermuda on December 15 last year. The 25-year-old Canadian national made it through LF Wade. .. Sat, 22 Jul 2017 08:00:00 EST Models death is loss to the world Family, friends and colleagues of Sophie Fraser-Smith have paid tributes to her kindness, humility and beauty as both a model and a person. The 21-year-olds life was claimed on July 18 in a collision on Middle Road in Southampton making her the eighth road fatality of 2017. Christopher Vee, one of Bermudas top make-up artists. .. Sat, 22 Jul 2017 08:00:00 EST How PLP stormed to victory The Progressive Labour Party stormed to victory in the 2017 General Election with the most votes ever won under Bermudas parliamentary system. The new ruling party got 20,059 votes across the country on Tuesday almost 59 per cent of the popular vote and 5,841 more votes than it received when it narrowly lost to the One Bermuda Alliance. .. Sat, 22 Jul 2017 08:00:00 EST Gordon-Pamplin now interim leader of OBA Patricia Gordon-Pamplin and Sylvan Richards have been announced as interim leader and interim deputy leader of the One Bermuda Alliance, after the partys members convened last night. The announcement from Lynne Woolridge, chairwoman of the OBA, came on the heels of Tuesdays sweeping loss at the polls, in which the Progressive Labour. .. Sat, 22 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST Life turns around after working with boat team It takes a village to raise a child. The same can be said of Keni Outerbridge, who with the encouragement of his teachers and family, has seen the benefits of a hands-on style of learning in his work with Americas Cup SoftBank Team Japan. The 15-year-old had been given the opportunity to work with the team after Reeshemiah Darrell,. .. Sat, 22 Jul 2017 08:00:00 EST Collision in Warwick two hurt A 52-year-old Warwick man injured in a crash last night was recovering in a stable condition on a general ward this afternoon. Meanwhile, the 29-year-old Southampton man also involved in the accident was treated and later discharged from the hospital. According to a police spokesman, the two motorcyclists collided while heading in. .. Sat, 22 Jul 2017 22:39:00 EST Missions team sets off for Malawi A team of volunteers heads for Malawi today to work on homes for the needy, as Bermuda Overseas Missions undertakes its 18th annual humanitarian tripBOM president David Thompson will travel with 28 volunteers to Mulanje, a small town in the countrys south. The group, a mix of students from the Berkeley Institute and Saltus Grammar. .. Sat, 22 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST