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November 1: New Premier Paula Cox announces her first Cabinet with a return for Dame Jennifer Smith, Terry Lister and Patrice Minors, and Michael Weeks promoted for the first time. Elvin James is sacked as Education Minister. Many other ministers switch responsibilities as Ms Cox creates a ream of new ministries.

November 1: Bermudian senior Larry Ebbin makes headlines during the World Chess Olympiad in Siberia, by jumping out of his seat to tell grandmaster Garry Kasparov to shut up for disrespecting other delegates.

November 1: British newspaper the Daily Mail exposes Bermuda resident Roderick Petty as an alleged bigamist, saying he had been married for 21 years with his first wife before marrying a second woman in Bahrain, is now planning a third wedding to a woman in Florida and is conducting an affair with a fourth.

November 1: Anthony Swan, 22, who shot at doomed gangland kingpin Raymond “Yankee” Rawlins in broad daylight in Court Street 11 months earlier, is jailed for 12 years.

November 2: New Tourism Minister Patrice Minors says she may scrap the Love Festival which reportedly cost taxpayers $150,000 but brought in less than 100 visitors.

November 2: Following numerous complaints over the awarding of Government contracts under the Ewart Brown administration, Ms Cox announces a new Procurement Office, under her personal watch, will ensure they're only handed out through a consistent and fair bidding process.

November 3: New Education Minister Dame Jennifer states she's categorically opposed to closing schools, following her predecessor Mr James' announcement several would be shut down by the start of the next school year.

November 4: Winslow “Scaley” Williams suffers head injuries after being knocked out by a group of men who believe he is a burglar in an incident in Foothills Road, Loyal Hill.

November 5: The Premier's plans for new measures removing job inequities, prisoners paying some of their earnings to victims, and laws to stop extortionate price increases for staple goods are revealed as her national plan is made public.

November 5: That's followed by her first Throne Speech when she promises to cut back spending, tackle gang violence and improve accountability.

November 5: United Bermuda Party Senate leader Michael Dunkley is demoted and replaced by Senator Jeanne Atherden.

November 6: Ms Cox uses her first Progressive Labour Party leader's speech to pledge to look out for all factions of society.

November 6: A 15-year-old girl is reportedly robbed of her BlackBerry after a robber puts a gun to her head in Par-la-Ville Road.

November 6: Olympia Corrent, the eldest daughter of labour leader E F Gordon and a UBP activist, is found dead at her home in Hamilton.

November 8: Hamilton Mayor Charles Gosling announces poor business and the threat of losing docks revenues mean a proposed multi-million dollar redevelopment of Hamilton's waterfront is now on hold.

November 10: Canadian architectural company Carruthers, Shaw and Partners is revealed to be suing Government for more than $1.4 million after being kicked off the project to construct the new police/court building.

November 10: Speaking at the first public meeting of a new parliamentary committee on violent crime, Assistant Police Commissioner David Mirfield says schoolchildren are affiliating themselves with gangs because they think it will keep them safe.

November 10: Devrae Noel-Simmons is rolled out as the UBP's candidate for the by-election in Dr Brown's old Warwick South Central seat, less than two years after he's convicted for a drugs offence following a police sting while working as a security guard at the Robin Hood pub. He'll compete against Marc Bean of the PLP and Sylvan Richards of the Bermuda Democratic Alliance in the PLP stronghold.

November 14: A taxi driver needs staples in his head after allegedly being struck with a metal object during a robbery in Sandys.

November 17: Sen Dunkley upset at being dropped as leader is tipped by party colleagues for a possible move to the BDA. The UBP is troubled by infighting due to Sen Dunkley's demotion as well as the controversial selection of Mr Noel-Simmons in Constituency 26.

November 18: Dr Brown's former political campaign manager Andre Curtis is fined $335,000 and ordered to pay back huge sums of cash by a Montana commissioner for his role in a worldwide Ponzi scheme.

November 24: Union officials form a new group to protect exploited migrant workers, amid claims one domestic worker from Ecuador was given just $50 a week by her employer the equivalent of less than $1 an hour.

November 24: Sailboat captain Dennis White tells how he saw his best friend and co-pilot William Thorn go lost at sea in stormy weather en route to Bermuda. Mr White and Mr Thorn's daughter Amanda then had to fight 12 days to stay afloat until being spotted by a tanker and brought to the Island.

November 24: Sen Atherden and her husband are ordered to pay more than $15,000 to former tenant Stuart Anderson, who was unknowingly paying the power and water bill for a nearby cottage as well as his own.

November 25: Sen Dunkley breaks his silence on the BDA issue by declaring there's “no truth whatsoever” to claims he's leaving.

November 25: Collector of Customs Winniefred Fostine-DeSilva admits HM Customs has at least 20 vacancies for officers but can't find recruits who can pass the entrance exam even though standards have been lowered.

November 27: Two men in their 40s are shot in a hail of bullets in St Monica's Road. One is left paralysed after a bullet severed his spine.

Bermudian Larry Ebbin challenges grandmaster Garry Kasparov during the World Chess Olympiad in Siberia
Senator Michael Dunkley denied claimes he was leaving the UBP

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Published December 31, 2010 at 1:00 am (Updated December 31, 2010 at 12:30 pm)

November: Timeline

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