News http://www.royalgazette.com News en-us Burt challenges Government stimulus plan <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150227/NEWS01/150229733/AR/0/AR-150229733.jpg" width="100" align="left" /></a> Economic diversification, tourism and solutions for the civil service were high on the agenda in Shadow Finance Minster David Burts Reply to the Budget. In his delivery in the House of Assembly yesterday, Mr Burt also outlined the PLPs long-term economic recovery plan Vision 2025. Mr Burt challenged Minister of Finance Bob. .. http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150227/NEWS01/150229733&source=RSS Sat, 28 Feb 2015 23:57:00 GMT http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150227/NEWS01/150229733&source=RSS <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150227/NEWS01/150229733/AR/0/AR-150229733.jpg" width="100" align="left" class="main-image" /></a> Economic diversification, tourism and solutions for the civil service were high on the agenda in Shadow Finance Minster David Burts Reply to the Budget. In his delivery in the House of Assembly yesterday, Mr Burt also outlined the PLPs long-term economic recovery plan Vision 2025. Mr Burt challenged Minister of Finance Bob. .. Somerset CC mourns death of former president <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150228/NEWS/150229698/AR/0/AR-150229698.jpg" width="100" align="left" /></a> The West End community has been left in a state of shock over the death of Colin Smith, the former Somerset Cricket Club president, at the age of 56. Mr Smith, who served as Somersets president for many years before relinquishing the post in 2005 and taking on honorary status, is believed to have died from an apparent heart attack. .. http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150228/NEWS/150229698&source=RSS Sat, 28 Feb 2015 23:54:00 GMT http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150228/NEWS/150229698&source=RSS <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150228/NEWS/150229698/AR/0/AR-150229698.jpg" width="100" align="left" class="main-image" /></a> The West End community has been left in a state of shock over the death of Colin Smith, the former Somerset Cricket Club president, at the age of 56. Mr Smith, who served as Somersets president for many years before relinquishing the post in 2005 and taking on honorary status, is believed to have died from an apparent heart attack. .. Charles Gosling targets mayoral return <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150228/NEWS/150229705/AR/0/AR-150229705.jpg" width="100" align="left" /></a> Charles Gosling, the former Hamilton mayor, has confirmed that he intends to run for the position once again when City Hall is put to the voters in May. Under newly approved legislation, business ratepayers and residents will get their own elections a move that Mr Gosling supports. Its very important that both sides get. .. http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150228/NEWS/150229705&source=RSS Sat, 28 Feb 2015 20:19:00 GMT http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150228/NEWS/150229705&source=RSS <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150228/NEWS/150229705/AR/0/AR-150229705.jpg" width="100" align="left" class="main-image" /></a> Charles Gosling, the former Hamilton mayor, has confirmed that he intends to run for the position once again when City Hall is put to the voters in May. Under newly approved legislation, business ratepayers and residents will get their own elections a move that Mr Gosling supports. Its very important that both sides get. .. Pettingill aligns Reply with Sesame Street <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150227/NEWS01/150229727/AR/0/AR-150229727.jpg" width="100" align="left" /></a> One Bermuda Alliance backbencher Mark Pettingill likened the Oppositions Reply to the Budget to a childrens television show, while the Opposition deemed Governments policy uncaring and overly reliant on taxation. Our philosophies are clearly different, Mr Pettingill told Members of Parliament after the delivery of the Reply by David. .. http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150227/NEWS01/150229727&source=RSS Sat, 28 Feb 2015 12:17:00 GMT http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150227/NEWS01/150229727&source=RSS <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150227/NEWS01/150229727/AR/0/AR-150229727.jpg" width="100" align="left" class="main-image" /></a> One Bermuda Alliance backbencher Mark Pettingill likened the Oppositions Reply to the Budget to a childrens television show, while the Opposition deemed Governments policy uncaring and overly reliant on taxation. Our philosophies are clearly different, Mr Pettingill told Members of Parliament after the delivery of the Reply by David. .. Scott labels Minister a financial terrorist <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150228/NEWS01/150229706/AR/0/AR-150229706.jpg" width="100" align="left" /></a> Minister of Finance Bob Richards was called a financial terrorist by Progressive Labour Party PLP MP Lawrence Scott last night in the House of Assembly during the debate following the Reply to the Budget. Mr Scott made the comment early in his speech, throughout which he was called on points of order a number of times. He told members. .. http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150228/NEWS01/150229706&source=RSS Sat, 28 Feb 2015 12:17:00 GMT http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150228/NEWS01/150229706&source=RSS <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150228/NEWS01/150229706/AR/0/AR-150229706.jpg" width="100" align="left" class="main-image" /></a> Minister of Finance Bob Richards was called a financial terrorist by Progressive Labour Party PLP MP Lawrence Scott last night in the House of Assembly during the debate following the Reply to the Budget. Mr Scott made the comment early in his speech, throughout which he was called on points of order a number of times. He told members. .. Man denies assaulting ex-wife A St Georges man accused of unlawfully assaulting his ex-wife denied the charges when he appeared in Magistrates Court today. Phillip Bailey, 44, allegedly assaulted Jocelyn Bailey in St Georges on October 16 last year. Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo granted 3,000 bail on the condition that Mr Bailey have no contact with the. .. http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150227/NEWS02/150229725&source=RSS Sat, 28 Feb 2015 12:16:00 GMT http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150227/NEWS02/150229725&source=RSS A St Georges man accused of unlawfully assaulting his ex-wife denied the charges when he appeared in Magistrates Court today. Phillip Bailey, 44, allegedly assaulted Jocelyn Bailey in St Georges on October 16 last year. Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo granted 3,000 bail on the condition that Mr Bailey have no contact with the. .. Prison employee denies smuggling charge <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150227/NEWS02/150229728/AR/0/AR-150229728.jpg" width="100" align="left" /></a> A Westgate Correctional Facility employee accused of trying to smuggle contraband into the prison denied the charges when he appeared in Magistrates Court this morning. Art Simons, 39, was charged with attempting to introduce a shower gel container and a deodorant container, which had scotch tape, cigarette papers and a twist of tobacco. .. http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150227/NEWS02/150229728&source=RSS Sat, 28 Feb 2015 12:16:00 GMT http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150227/NEWS02/150229728&source=RSS <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150227/NEWS02/150229728/AR/0/AR-150229728.jpg" width="100" align="left" class="main-image" /></a> A Westgate Correctional Facility employee accused of trying to smuggle contraband into the prison denied the charges when he appeared in Magistrates Court this morning. Art Simons, 39, was charged with attempting to introduce a shower gel container and a deodorant container, which had scotch tape, cigarette papers and a twist of tobacco. .. First information commissioner is appointed <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150227/NEWS/150229731/AR/0/AR-150229731.jpg" width="100" align="left" /></a> Gitanjali Gutirrez has been appointed as Bermudas first information commissioner. Government House made the announcement of the 180,000-a-year post that has been a work in progress for the past five years. The position of information commissioner was designated under section 50 of the Public Access to Information Act 2010. .. http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150227/NEWS/150229731&source=RSS Sat, 28 Feb 2015 12:15:00 GMT http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150227/NEWS/150229731&source=RSS <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150227/NEWS/150229731/AR/0/AR-150229731.jpg" width="100" align="left" class="main-image" /></a> Gitanjali Gutirrez has been appointed as Bermudas first information commissioner. Government House made the announcement of the 180,000-a-year post that has been a work in progress for the past five years. The position of information commissioner was designated under section 50 of the Public Access to Information Act 2010. .. Possibility of school closures and mergers <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150227/NEWS05/150229735/AR/0/AR-150229735.jpg" width="100" align="left" /></a> Education Minister Wayne Scott has said that the Bermuda Government would be considering school closures and consolidation of preschools and primary schools. He said that no decisions would be made without consultation with stakeholders. He announced a suspension of the preschool and primary school registration process until that. .. http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150227/NEWS05/150229735&source=RSS Sat, 28 Feb 2015 12:15:00 GMT http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150227/NEWS05/150229735&source=RSS <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150227/NEWS05/150229735/AR/0/AR-150229735.jpg" width="100" align="left" class="main-image" /></a> Education Minister Wayne Scott has said that the Bermuda Government would be considering school closures and consolidation of preschools and primary schools. He said that no decisions would be made without consultation with stakeholders. He announced a suspension of the preschool and primary school registration process until that. .. House Crockwell explains bus disruptions <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150227/NEWS01/150229734/AR/0/AR-150229734.jpg" width="100" align="left" /></a> Shawn Crockwell blamed a sickness bug for severe disruptions to the bus schedules that left hundreds of passengers stranded at various parts of the Island yesterday. The Transport Minister told his fellow ministers at the House of Assembly this morning that ten bus operators are away from work on long-term sick leave, with the situation. .. http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150227/NEWS01/150229734&source=RSS Sat, 28 Feb 2015 12:15:00 GMT http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150227/NEWS01/150229734&source=RSS <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150227/NEWS01/150229734/AR/0/AR-150229734.jpg" width="100" align="left" class="main-image" /></a> Shawn Crockwell blamed a sickness bug for severe disruptions to the bus schedules that left hundreds of passengers stranded at various parts of the Island yesterday. The Transport Minister told his fellow ministers at the House of Assembly this morning that ten bus operators are away from work on long-term sick leave, with the situation. .. Bean OBA has made a bad bet on economy <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150227/NEWS/150229720/AR/0/AR-150229720.jpg" width="100" align="left" /></a> Opposition Leader Marc Bean has accused Bob Richards, the Finance Minister, of making a bad bet by borrowing 800 million for the Island on an expectation of rising interest rates. Those loans were approved by Parliament in 2013, with Mr Richards then telling MPs that instead of borrowing on a year-to-year basis in the rising interest. .. http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150227/NEWS/150229720&source=RSS Sat, 28 Feb 2015 12:14:00 GMT http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150227/NEWS/150229720&source=RSS <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150227/NEWS/150229720/AR/0/AR-150229720.jpg" width="100" align="left" class="main-image" /></a> Opposition Leader Marc Bean has accused Bob Richards, the Finance Minister, of making a bad bet by borrowing 800 million for the Island on an expectation of rising interest rates. Those loans were approved by Parliament in 2013, with Mr Richards then telling MPs that instead of borrowing on a year-to-year basis in the rising interest. .. Measles alert two suspected cases revealed <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150227/NEWS06/150229726/AR/0/AR-150229726.jpg" width="100" align="left" /></a> The Department of Health has confirmed that two suspected cases of measles are being investigated. The Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit was alerted this week the first on Wednesday and the second yesterday. Those close to the pair are being informed and advised. Although neither case has been confirmed, the Department. .. http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150227/NEWS06/150229726&source=RSS Sat, 28 Feb 2015 12:13:00 GMT http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150227/NEWS06/150229726&source=RSS <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150227/NEWS06/150229726/AR/0/AR-150229726.jpg" width="100" align="left" class="main-image" /></a> The Department of Health has confirmed that two suspected cases of measles are being investigated. The Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit was alerted this week the first on Wednesday and the second yesterday. Those close to the pair are being informed and advised. Although neither case has been confirmed, the Department. .. Tributes paid to Dr Vincent Bridgewater <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150227/NEWS/150229729/AR/0/AR-150229729.jpg" width="100" align="left" /></a> Tributes have been paid for a popular dentist and former MP who died this week. Dr Vincent Bridgewater was 74 when he passed away on Thursday. Former Premier Sir John Swan led the tributes for his friend and former UBP senator. Vincent adopted a lot of the US culture while he was studying there, which made him rather unique. .. http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150227/NEWS/150229729&source=RSS Sat, 28 Feb 2015 12:12:00 GMT http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150227/NEWS/150229729&source=RSS <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150227/NEWS/150229729/AR/0/AR-150229729.jpg" width="100" align="left" class="main-image" /></a> Tributes have been paid for a popular dentist and former MP who died this week. Dr Vincent Bridgewater was 74 when he passed away on Thursday. Former Premier Sir John Swan led the tributes for his friend and former UBP senator. Vincent adopted a lot of the US culture while he was studying there, which made him rather unique. .. Questions remain over Committee of 25s position <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150228/NEWS/150229702/AR/0/AR-150229702.jpg" width="100" align="left" /></a> It has been one year and seven months since the Committee of 25 for Handicapped Children lost its status as a charity. One of the Islands oldest and most recognised charities, the organisation had failed to submit audited financials and remains off the list, according to the latest statements submitted to the Registrar Generals. .. http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150228/NEWS/150229702&source=RSS Sat, 28 Feb 2015 04:59:00 GMT http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150228/NEWS/150229702&source=RSS <img src="/storyimage/RG/20150228/NEWS/150229702/AR/0/AR-150229702.jpg" width="100" align="left" class="main-image" /></a> It has been one year and seven months since the Committee of 25 for Handicapped Children lost its status as a charity. One of the Islands oldest and most recognised charities, the organisation had failed to submit audited financials and remains off the list, according to the latest statements submitted to the Registrar Generals. .. Drug smuggling trial nears verdict The trial of four men accused of bringing almost 6 million of cannabis to the Island hidden in steel sheets approached its conclusion yesterday. John Jefferis, 39, Darrin Virgil, 29, and brothers Corte and Iman Gibbons, 47 and 39 respectively, have denied conspiring to import the controlled drug to the Island. Originally seven men. .. http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150228/NEWS/150229704&source=RSS Sat, 28 Feb 2015 04:52:00 GMT http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20150228/NEWS/150229704&source=RSS The trial of four men accused of bringing almost 6 million of cannabis to the Island hidden in steel sheets approached its conclusion yesterday. John Jefferis, 39, Darrin Virgil, 29, and brothers Corte and Iman Gibbons, 47 and 39 respectively, have denied conspiring to import the controlled drug to the Island. Originally seven men. ..