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February 1: A ten-strong team of Bermudian volunteers returned from helping Haiti recover from the earthquake which ravaged it the previous month. The team including 20-year-old Erin Lovell was led by local Phillip Rego who runs an orphanage about 40 miles west of the capital, Port-au-Prince, and has links to a medical clinic there.

February 3: A 24-year-old man was shot in the hand by two unknown males as he rode his motorbike through Somerset in the early morning. The attack Bermuda's third shooting of 2010 took place yards from St Joseph's Catholic Church, in the area of Scott's Hill Road.

February 4: The first official unemployment statistic for the Island was released pegging the number of jobless at 4.5 percent of the working population. The figure was based on a survey carried out the previous summer and Finance Minister Paula Cox said it painted a “sobering picture of the state of our economy in 2009”. Business leaders suggested the true figure was far higher.

February 5: Premier Ewart Brown announced a national service plan for the Island's young people. He said: “This programme is designed to engage our young Bermudian men and women in positive and meaningful activity. The national service programme will allow even more of our young adults to contribute to Bermuda's national interest, personally and professionally.”

February 6: Two men escaped with their lives after an inferno consumed an apartment in Somerset Road near Scaur Hill in the early hours. The younger of the pair 21-year-old Karl Deallie was hailed a hero for rescuing 95-year-old Kenneth Young.

February 8: Construction labourer Mendall Outerbridge was found guilty by a Supreme Court jury of killing Raymond Curtis, 22, by dangerous driving. Mr Curtis wass already lying in the middle of Malabar Road, Sandys, when Outerbridge's car ran over him in September 2008.

February 9: Motorcyclist Sergio Pacheco was found guilty after a Supreme Court trial of killing teenage sports star Machai Campbell by dangerous driving. The court heard that Pacheco, from the Azores, crossed onto the wrong side of the road on his bike and collided with Mr Campbell as the 19-year-old rode out of town on his motorcycle along Cavendish Road.

February 10: Public Safety Minister David Burch announced that Bermuda Police Service officers would be issued with Taser devices to reduce the risk of suspects being shot with lethal weapons.

February 12: Figures released in the House of Assembly revealed that Dr Brown and his travelling companions spent $265,000 of taxpayers' money on overseas trips in nine months.

February 13: An online petition was launched to save the Corporation of Hamilton in response to Government's plans to reform both it and the Corporation of St George.

February 14: Ireland Rangers football player Nathan Darrell, 23, was shot multiple times near his Sandys home. He was rushed to intensive care. Quincy Brangman was later charged with his attempted murder.

February 18: Double murderer Darronte Dill was sentenced to 20 years in jail for slaying homeless friends Maxwell Brangman and Frederick Gilbert.

February 19: Auditor General Larry Dennis's final scathing annual report was released in the House of Assembly, revealing a lack of control over bank accounts and a failure within Government to comply with rules and legislation. The same day, Works Minister Derrick Burgess told MPs there would be a $13.3 million cost overrun on the new police and court building in Hamilton.

February 21: Businessman Craig Cannonier won the Bermuda Democratic Alliance's leadership contest in a landslide. He issued a rallying cry for Bermudians to wake up and stop the Island falling into a “volcano of social problems”. The same day, a man was shot three times near Art-Mel's restaurant in Pembroke.

February 22: Four homes were destroyed in a massive fire on Mount Hill, Pembroke.

February 22: Bermudians Against the Draft took their case to the Privy Council in London, arguing that conscription was a violation of human rights.

February 26: Finance Minister Paula Cox unveiled the annual Budget, which included a payroll tax hike to 16 percent.

Auditor General Larry Dennis
Premeditation: Darronte Dill

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Published December 31, 2010 at 1:00 am (Updated December 31, 2010 at 3:56 pm)

February: Timeline

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