News News en-us Toxic mould discovered at Supreme Court Alarming traces of toxic mould have been discovered inside three rooms in the Supreme Court Registry Office, The Royal Gazette can reveal. The find has prompted two exhibit vault rooms and an outside file room to be classified as uninhabitable and consequently put out of bounds for all registry staff. Registrar, Shade Subair. .. Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EST Emotional scenes at Mental Health court Standing ovations and tears provided the backdrop to inspiring tales of compassion and overcoming adversity yesterday as the islands first Mental Health Court was officially opened. Although the Mental Health Treatment Court Programme has been successfully operating as a pilot initiative for the last three years, scores of participants. .. Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EST Motorist charged over Sandys death crash A Sandys man has appeared in court charged with causing the death of 22-year-old motorcyclist Azah Dowling. Che Morrisey, 26, is accused of driving without due care and attention in the lead-up to the crash on Middle Road, Sandys, on March 25. Mr Dowling died after his bike collided with a car in front of the Maximart grocery. .. Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:35:00 EST Executive was shot in mansion, court hears Millionaire businessman Timothy Mardon was shot in his mansion because he was mistaken for a drug dealer, a court heard. According to reports in the British press, Mr Mardon, division president at Chubb Tempest Re Bermuda, said he had barricaded himself in after hearing intruders in his Grade II-listed home in the village of Sible. .. Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:40:00 EST Big-hearted chef continues tradition Some of Michiko Campbells Christmas dinner guests hug him and cry, and others are so grateful they wont let go when they shake his hand. The chef revealed how much that reaction touches his heart as he announced he would continue his tradition of serving festive meals to the needy this year. On December 23, Mr Campbell, the sous. .. Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EST Man attacked ex-partner at work, court hears A Hamilton man has admitted assaulting his ex-girlfriend at her workplace and sending her a threatening voicemail message. Magistrates Court heard today that Kishauni Wolffe, 31, had tried to rekindle his relationship with Danielle Foley, after they split in 2013. However when she rebuffed his advances, the defendant grew. .. Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:34:00 EST More than 1,200 injured in crashes this year More than 1,200 people have required treatment as the result of a road traffic collision so far this year. According to statistics provided to the Road Safety Council by the Bermuda Hospitals Board, 1,251 people required medical treatment following traffic collisions in the period between January and September. Of those, 126 were. .. Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:33:00 EST Sandys teen admits 27,000 jewellery theft A Sandys teenager who stole more than 27,000 of jewellery has claimed he developed a penchant for theft while living in Gambia. Abdullah Muhammad, 18, admitted one count of prowling and one of trespass in two separate incidents, both of which took place in Southampton on July 26. The defendant, who lives on Somerset Road, was. .. Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:25:00 EST Thompson appointed to Chamber post Tashae Thompson, Bermuda Tourism Authority product development manager, has been named the new chairperson of the Bermuda Chamber of Commerce Tourism Division. Ms Thompson has worked in the tourism industry for ten years, and played a critical role in the introduction of the Bermuda Carnival and the Bermuda Food Trick Festival. She. .. Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:13:00 EST Woman, 84, seriously hurt in car crash An 84-year-old woman is in the Intensive Care Unit after she and her 90-year-old passenger were injured in a car crash last night. The woman, from Paget, was driving a car that struck a utility pole on South Road, Devonshire, near the junction with Melville Crescent. The vehicle then collided with another car being driven in the. .. Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:07:00 EST Man jailed for sex offences against girl A 40-year-old St Georges man has been jailed for 18 months for the sexual exploitation and intrusion of privacy of a 10-year-old girl. The court heard how Craivon Seymour admitted to touching the girl for sexual purpose and intruding on her privacy at some time between January 2, 2015 and June 30, 2016. He also admitted to intruding on. .. Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EST Man denies drug charge A Devonshire man has pleaded not guilty to importing and being in possession of more than 250,000 worth of cannabis with the intent to supply. On June 5 in St Georges, it is alleged that Andre Richardson, 36, was found to have in his possession 5,358g of the controlled drug with an estimated street value of 267,925. Mr Richardson is. .. Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EST Auction event boosts Chewsticks revival More than 100 people turned out to support the Chewstick Foundation on Wednesday night as it opened its Fire Exhibition and Art Auction in Hamilton. The event, which was postponed due to Hurricane Nicole, showcased artefacts salvaged from the blaze that devastated the groups old headquarters on Front Street. It also put on display. .. Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EST Arnolds owner lambasts police The owner of Arnolds store chain Frank Arnold has criticised what he claims to be a lack of police response to daily occurrences of loitering, trespassing and drug-dealing on his Somerset property. Mr Arnold said a group of people congregate outside his supermarket near the Naval Field on an almost daily basis but, when he calls the. .. Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EST Blackpoll Warblers check in for a stopover Hurricane Nicole brought more than winds to the island, with remarkably high numbers of Blackpoll Warblers making an appearance. In the days after the storm, the Bermuda Audubon Society said it has been inundated with sightings of the small yellow bird usually an occasional visitor to the island. Andrew Dobson, the societys. .. Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EST Police yet another senseless murder Isaiah Furbert has been named as the 19-year-old shot dead in Devonshire on Tuesday becoming Bermudas youngest gun fatality in a decade. Mr Furbert was gunned down through a window at his home in Upland Street at 10pm, and was pronounced dead 24 minutes later at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital. Last night, Senator Jeff Baron,. .. Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Greater presence of officers needed Court Street businesses have urged police to tackle the areas chronic antisocial behaviour problems after a man was shot in an altercation last week. At about 9. 30pm last Thursday, hours after Hurricane Nicole hit Bermuda, a lone gunman approached a group of people on the Hamilton street and shot a man, who was taken to hospital with. .. Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EST Bermuda Triangle film explores family story Dozens of filmmakers have tackled the story of the Bermuda Triangle over the years, but for journalist Matt Smith the legend is a personal one. Mr Smith, right, grew up being told that his grandparents who were passengers on the ill-fated passenger plane ltigtStar Tigerltigt had disappeared in the Triangle. Its always. .. Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EST UpTown Nights set to uplift community A new campaign aims to put the spotlight on North-East Hamilton for all the right reasons. UpTown Saturday Nights intends to bring unity in the community to the area, which made headlines last week after a man was shot in the arm on Court Street, hours after Hurricane Nicole hit Bermuda. Block parties will be held between. .. Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:18:00 EST MPs must tackle root cause of gang violence A childrens charity is urging MPs to focus on a raft of initiatives to tackle the root causes of gang violence and improve the lives of the islands youngest. The Coalition for the Protection of Children yesterday released a 38-point plan, which includes a call for a. .. Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EST Support for LED lighting not absolute As thousands of old-school sodium street lights across Bermuda get replaced with energy-saving LED fixtures, the island stands to halve its budget for illuminating the roads. But not everybody welcomes the move, with one West End resident complaining that the new lights force him to squint and goes beyond a threshold set by the American. .. Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EST College hosts age discrimination lecture Next months Bermuda College Fall Lecture Series will put age discrimination under the spotlight. Titled Age Discrimination An Inconvenient Truth will focus on defining and promoting an understanding of age discrimination, in as wide a scope possible, looking specifically at the implications for Bermuda, said a College. .. Thu, 20 Oct 2016 18:11:00 EST Route 1 bus returns to normal service Bus service has now been fully restored after further clean-ups in Hamilton Parish. While bus service largely resumed on Saturday, two days after the impact of Hurricane Nicole, route 1 remained out of operation until Tuesday. Even then, the buses could not service the Mid Ocean Club and were diverted to Harrington Sound Road,. .. Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:22:00 EST Commuters should avoid Harbour Road Westbound motorists travelling out of Hamilton city this evening are encouraged to use Middle Road or South Road and avoid Harbour Road to lessen congestion as eastbound traffic continues to be diverted from Middle Road on to Harbour Road via Chapel Road. Traffic is being diverted due to a downed utility pole at the junction with Ord. .. Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:18:00 EST Fairmont Southampton unveils tasty new offer Guests eating three three-course meals at the Fairmont Southampton will be rewarded with a free nights stay at the hotel. The 3-3-1 Challenge runs from now until December 15. Diners can choose between steakhouse Waterlot Inn, the Newport gastropub, Italian eatery Bacci and the casual Jasmine Lounge. A minimum of two adults is. .. Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:50:00 EST Salt build-up causing electrical outages A series of outages have affected Belco customers today, with the company blaming a build-up of salt. In a statement this afternoon, a Belco spokeswoman said Given the weather, crews have been responding to system outages caused by the salt build up on Belcos distribution system that often happens following a hurricane. Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:15:00 EST Accident victims on the mend Two men badly injured in a road collision are recovering in hospital. A 43 year-old motorcyclist from Sandys is in stable condition in the Intensive Care Unit while a 48 year-old man, who was riding an auxiliary cycle, and also from Sandys, is in stable condition on a general ward. The crash happened on South Road in Paget near the. .. Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:59:00 EST Three drink-drivers banned from the roads Three men have been fined and taken off the roads for driving while over the legal blood-alcohol limit. Appearing in Magistrates Court this morning, Denzil Gibbons, of Warwick, pleaded guilty to the offence on Corkscrew Hill on October 8. The court heard that the 33-year-old was stopped after officers saw him running a stop sign. .. Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:23:00 EST Cuba boost for local vendors American tourists in Bermuda will be able to buy cigars and other Cuban merchandise under new amendments announced in the United States. US Consul General Mary Ellen Koenig welcomed the move which she said would benefit vendors and clear up confusion. Under previous regulations, travellers were not allowed to take Cuban products. .. Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:24:00 EST Learn to develop your screenwriting skills A screenwriting course led by Bermudian filmmaker Lucinda Spurling is set to begin next month. The course, organised by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, is intended to help participants develop their writing skills and help create a new generation of Bermudian screenwriters, according to Ms Spurling. That has always been my. .. Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EST She epitomised the best of humankind Carrie Zenti, a former education coordinator at Masterworks, has died at the age of 46 after a prolonged battle with breast cancer. Ms Zenti left the island seven years ago to focus on her health, but Masterworks head Tom Butterfield said her hard work and dedication left a lasting impact on the organisation. I have missed her. .. Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EST Bermudians urged to volunteer for AC Bermudians are being urged to volunteer for the upcoming Americas Cup, assisting on and off the water. Jennifer Pitcher, Community Outreach Manager with the Americas Cup Event Authority, told members of the Hamilton Rotary Club that they are looking for 1,000 volunteers for the international sporting event next summer. The First. .. Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EST Preserve Marriage members blacklisted, court hears Opponents of same-sex marriage have been blacklisted by businesses and fear repercussions from the LGBT community for their views, a court heard yesterday. Delroy Duncan, lawyer for Preserve Marriage, made the claim in the Supreme Court, as he argued that the charity should not have to put up the costs for civil proceedings which it. .. Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Portrait artist describes Queen as awe-inspiring Former Bermuda resident Henry Ward has described painting the Queen in celebration of her 60 years as a patron of the British Red Cross as the highest honour in his 20-year career as a portrait artist. Mr Ward, who moved to Bermuda when his late father Martyn Ward became a puisne judge in the Supreme Court in 1987 and whose mother is. .. Wed, 19 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EST Retirement seminar to be held next week The Bermuda Chamber of Commerce will host a seminar breakfast aimed at helping people plan for retirement next week. The Retirement Planning Educational Breakfast Seminar, to be held on-site in the Chamber boardroom, will feature three discussion panels on the topics of health and wellness, financial management and personal. .. Wed, 19 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EST Pride launches annual Red Ribbon fundraiser Pride Bermuda is celebrating three decades of steering the islands youth away from drugs and towards a bright future. The drug prevention charity marked the milestone today at the launch of its 19th annual Red Ribbon fundraiser, which kick-started a series of special events this week. For the past 30 years our goal has been to. .. Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:00:00 EST Two hurt in South Shore crash Two men suffered leg injuries when their motorcycles collided this morning, according to police. The incident happened in the area of South Shore Road, near the junction with Tribe Road No 5, Paget, at about 8. 30am. Details remain unclear at this time, the spokesman said, However, it appears that a motorcycle and an auxiliary. .. Wed, 19 Oct 2016 10:04:00 EST Bus service on route 1 largely restored Bus service along route 1 has largely been restored today although service to some areas of Hamilton Parish must wait until further cleanup work is completed. According to a statement by the Department of Public Transportation Normal service is from Hamilton to the Town of St George via South Road including Mid Ocean Club, but at this. .. Wed, 19 Oct 2016 14:03:00 EST PHC gives out five scholarships The PHC Foundation handed out 32,500 to help five young men and women with their studies. The groups ninth annual Scholarship Awards Presentation took place at Chubb Bermuda, and was attended by the recipients and their friends and families and PHC sponsors. According to a press release, the PHC Foundations primary objective is. .. Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:53:00 EST Vegas, baby VIP trip on offer with dMusic After the launch of dmusic, Digicels music streaming and download app, the company has announced a competition giving two customers the chance to win a VIP trip for two to Las Vegas with dmusic. Use of the app, exclusive to Digicel customers, containing a catalogue of more than 20 million songs from top international artists across all. .. Wed, 19 Oct 2016 12:18:00 EST Mental health court official opening tomorrow Bermudas Mental Health Treatment Court Programme will be officially opened tomorrow. The initiative, which was launched as a pilot programme in October 2013, provides services to people accused of offences and suffering from a mental illness. It enables clients to be supervised in the community to help them address their mental. .. Wed, 19 Oct 2016 11:50:00 EST AC hires park and ride manager A park and ride manager has been hired for the Americas Cup. Deborah Brown, chief operating officer of Exclusive Transportation Services and Authentic Bermuda Tours, will organise ground transport throughout the event. According to a press release, her role includes hiring and managing local transport operators, such as minibuses,. .. Wed, 19 Oct 2016 11:26:00 EST Ireland considering Sargasso support Ireland has been invited to sign the Hamilton Declaration on Collaboration for the Conservation of the Sargasso Sea. Environment minister Cole Simons made the move on a private visit to the Irish Parliament, Dublin, when he met with his Irish counterpart Denis Naughten. The Declaration is a political commitment to work with the. .. Wed, 19 Oct 2016 10:46:00 EST Teenager shot dead at Devonshire home Detectives have launched a murder investigation after a teenager was shot dead at his home in Devonshire last night. The 19-year-old man was rushed to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Chief Inspector Tracy Adams said At 10pm police received calls that there had been gunshots in the Upland Street area. Police. .. Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Lecture on Bermudians at war An American professor will give a public lecture on efforts made to recognise the sacrifice of Bermudians in the aftermath of the Great WarBruce Elliott, a frequent visitor to the island, will provide a talk entitled The Place of the First World War in Bermuda Memorial Culture. The event has been organised by the Bermuda. .. Wed, 19 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EST Sous chef Ogalesco serves up ghoulish treat Sowing the seeds of terror this Halloween will be 75 ghoulishly carved pumpkins at The Fairmont Southampton. The pumpkins will go on display in the hotel lobby from October 26 to November 1, aiming to give visitors a seasonal jolt as they arrive. I want to scare the guests, said sous chef and kitchen artist Ernie Ogalesco, who. .. Wed, 19 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EST Man admits possessing knife on Front Street A Pembroke man caught with a knife in Hamilton has been ordered to attend mental health court. Jason Liburd, 45, pleaded guilty to the offence but claimed he used the 8in blade only to chop onions and garlic. Magistrates Court heard that, in the early hours of April 4 this year, police watching CCTV feeds noticed a man matching. .. Wed, 19 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EST Lamb Foggo facility a golden opportunity St Georges South MP Suzann Roberts-Holshouser is encouraging medical professionals to take advantage of a golden opportunity in the East End. It comes after the Bermuda Hospitals Board announced that it was seeking ideas about how to optimise the underutilised Lamb Foggo Urgent Care Centre and improve community. .. Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Rangers president frustrated at new violence The new president of Southampton Rangers Sports Club has expressed his frustration after severe violence returned to the venue a year after the murder of Rickai Swan. However, Jason Wade stressed the clubs positive impacts on the community, and requested the local populations support to prevent further outbreaks of criminal activity. Tue, 18 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EST Boat owner describes devastation The owner of a boat that was ripped apart in Baileys Bay by Hurricane Nicole has likened the ordeal to losing a family member. The storm not only tore apart Aldo Paces boat but also his livelihood as a commercial fisherman and with upwards of 300,000 worth of damage, he has no insurance to fall back on. Mr Pace, 62, got the. .. Tue, 18 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EST Shooting of feral chickens sparks outrage The shooting of feral chickens has been condemned by a former animal welfare officer left shocked by gunfire at Clearwater Beach. But the policy of targeted shooting has been defended by a government department that is besieged by calls to eliminate the pest birds. Debbie Masters, formerly of the SPCA, said she had been outraged. .. Tue, 18 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EST Group hooks huge lobster A group fishing for grey snapper caught more than they were expecting a massive 14lbs spiny lobster. Captain Matthew Jones of Sanctuary Marine Bermuda said It was the biggest lobster I have ever seen. The biggest lobster a lot of people have ever seen. The only other one I have seen of similar. .. Tue, 18 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EST Satellite TCD testing centres closed All TCD testing on vehicles will take place at the North Street centre outside Hamilton until further notice, a Government spokesman announced this afternoon. The two satellite testing centres at Rockaway and Southside were damaged during Hurricane Nicole and have been unable to carry out tests since. As the BECL Rockaway and. .. Tue, 18 Oct 2016 18:38:00 EST Stabbing victims recovering in hospital Two men who were stabbed during a disturbance outside Southampton Rangers Sports Club late Sunday night are continuing to recover in hospital. While both were listed as being in serious condition, the 28-year-old Pembroke man has now been transferred to a general ward. The other man, a 32-year-old from Warwick, remains in the Intensive. .. Tue, 18 Oct 2016 15:59:00 EST Premier toasts portrait artist to the Queen Michael Dunkley has passed on his and the countrys congratulations to Henry Ward, the artist who painted the portrait of the Queen, which was unveiled at Windsor Castle last Friday. Mr Ward, who has ties to Bermuda and whose works have been featured at the Bermuda National Gallery and at Nicholas Lusher Fine Art, moved to the. .. Tue, 18 Oct 2016 07:58:00 EST Dozens of boats damaged or sunk A monster 80-foot aluminium boat that sunk in St Davids Marginal Wharf was one of the biggest casualties of Hurricane Nicole and will need to be hauled from the seabed as part of a complicated recovery job. Some 27 damaged boats have been reported to the Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre so far and between the four major insurance. .. Tue, 18 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EST Travellers notice resilience BTA Hurricane Nicole may have dealt a blow to this months tourism figures, but the Bermuda Tourism Authority said hard work by the island minimised the impact. Glenn Jones, director of public and stakeholder relations, said Like the rest of our community, the tourism industry prepares meticulously for severe weather and works together to. .. Tue, 18 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EST An evening of thanks and prayer An evening of thanks and prayer will take place in St George on Thursday night in the wake of Hurricane Nicole. The gathering has been organised by St Georges MP, Kenneth Bascome, with the help of local pastors and will take place between 6pm and 7pm in the Town Square. As an island we have once again been spared the wrath of. .. Tue, 18 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EST Equine therapy seen as a way forward Gang members, sexual abuse victims and recovering addicts are among those who have been successfully treated through an equine therapy model that is making its way to Bermuda. Two health professionals trained in the Eagala method visited the island this month to demonstrate to healthcare professionals and potential sponsors the benefits. .. Tue, 18 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EST Charity appeals for Haiti supplies A Bermuda-based charity is preparing to send a container of vital supplies to Haiti to help those affected by the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew. The Feed My Lambs Ministry, which runs an orphanage, school and clinic for about 700 children in Montrouis in western Haiti, is planning to send the container from Bermuda later this. .. Tue, 18 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EST