All Stories All Stories en-us Murderer Tucker to serve at least 35 years A murderous gunman who chased down and shot a man in 2017 was sentenced to life behind bars yesterday.Kiari Tucker, 23, was jailed for a minimum of 35 years for the murder of Morlan Steede, a Jamaican-born father of one.Tucker was told he must serve at least 25 years before he is eligible for a parole hearing on the murder charge,... Wed, 17 Jul 2019 08:00:00 AST Barbershop dream comes true After cutting hair for more than 15 years, Kenton Trott has realised his dream.He has opened Luxury Cuts Studio barber shop on Reid Street. Mr Trott and fellow barber Khalid Muhammad offer hair cuts, hot towel shaves, facial cleansing, and shampooing and conditioning of hair. "Whatever you need, we can take care of you here," Mr... Wed, 17 Jul 2019 08:00:00 AST Bay out to take advantage of St David's Challengers Bailey's Bay are hoping to capitalise on the absence of Chris Douglas and George O'Brien from the St David's team when they take on the holders in the first round of the Eastern Counties Cup at Lord's on Saturday.The pair have stopped playing for St David's because of an internal dispute, with Douglas stepping down as captain... Wed, 17 Jul 2019 08:00:00 AST Addicted to acrylic art An artist for decades, Sue Stephenson's work was for ever changed by acrylic pouring.A friend who was enthusiastic about the technique recommended she give it a try last June.Ms Stephenson loved that it did not require years of instruction and that it was not as painstaking as the oils she had been doing for decades."It... Wed, 17 Jul 2019 08:00:00 AST SSM legal costs request under review A refusal by the Government to release information about the cost of its legal fight against same-sex marriage will be reviewed by the Information Commissioner's Office. The news came after <i>The Royal Gazette</i> made a public access to information request to the Attorney-General's Chambers for records about the cost of... Wed, 17 Jul 2019 08:00:00 AST Bermudiana Beach resort to open A failed housing development will be launched as a hotel-style complex today.The Bermudiana Beach resort is the reincarnation of the Grand Atlantic scheme on South Shore, Warwick, where a ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled to take place.A sign with the new name has been erected at the site, which has undergone renovations in... Wed, 17 Jul 2019 08:00:00 AST Debaters take second place at Heart of Europe An all-girl debating team has notched up Bermuda's best performance at an international competition yesterday.The Independent Bermuda team was pipped at the post in the finals by South Korea at the Heart of Europe debating competition in Olomouc, Czech Republic.The team won several individual awards, including best overall speaker... Wed, 17 Jul 2019 08:00:00 AST Leseur finishes tied for second Kenny Leseur finished tied for second in the 14-15 age group at the Saugahatchee Junior Golf Tournament in Alabama today, after losing his first round lead.Leseur shot a one-under par 71 on Tuesday to set the early pace, however, yesterday he lost that advantage after carding a six-over par 78 to finish tied with Ward Harris of Alabama... Wed, 17 Jul 2019 14:38:00 AST Fighting the right fight Much fuss is being made over whether Stephen Corbishley, the Commissioner of Police, is right to throw the full weight of the Bermuda Police Service behind the Pride parade next month. But while there may be merit to either side of these incessant arguments, conducted in the House of Assembly and vapidly on social media - quickly... Wed, 17 Jul 2019 08:00:00 AST Create interest with diversity Having a mix of plant types in the garden enhances the aesthetic appearance while extending the interest level throughout the year. Plants, in general, cover a wide spectrum of types: trees, shrubs, palms, ground covers, cacti, succulents, vines, bulbous, herbaceous, etc. All have a part to play in garden design. The size of... Wed, 17 Jul 2019 08:00:00 AST Pearman: public deserve answers over DCFS An Opposition MP has questioned why audit experts were ordered to carry out an investigation into the Department of Child and Family Services.Scott Pearman, the Shadow Attorney-General, claimed it made "no sense" to have the Department of Internal Audit look into allegations that Alfred Maybury, the director of the DCFS, ignored... Wed, 17 Jul 2019 08:00:00 AST Carmilani leaves Allied to take Fairfax role Scott Carmilani is to leave his job as chief executive officer of Allied World to take a new role at the insurer's parent company, Fairfax Financial Holdings.Mr Carmilani, a well-known character in the Bermuda insurance market, has been with Allied World since it was set up on the island during the capital crunch after the September 2001... Wed, 17 Jul 2019 13:45:00 AST Apollo 11 still a miracle 50 years later It was a day of miracles and wonders. That much I remember very clearly. One did not need the brainpower of a scientist or the erudition of a philosopher to know it. I was just an eight-year-old boy gazing through a bedroom window at a crescent moon, boggle-minded. People were up there.July 20, 1969. The internet reminds me that it was a... Wed, 17 Jul 2019 08:00:00 AST Computer whiz Kairo off to Yale internship A 16-year-old schoolboy is to take part in a summer internship at a prestigious Ivy League school. Kairo Morton will attend an invitation-only internship programme at Yale University this month.He will take part in an artificial intelligence PhD project administered by Ruzica Piskac, an assistant professor of computer science. Wed, 17 Jul 2019 08:00:00 AST Bermuda target title in Cayman Bermuda will be looking to make a positive start at the Cayman Basketball Festival, which begins in the Cayman Islands tomorrow.The Bermuda team are taking part in a round-robin tournament along with Port Arthur, Texas, and host nation Cayman.Each team will play each other twice. Trinidad Tobago was also scheduled to compete... Wed, 17 Jul 2019 21:51:00 AST Under-19s return to regional competition The Bermuda Under-19 Rugby squad will head to Barbados today to compete in the Rugby Americas North Under-19 Championship.Also competing at the regional tournament are Cayman Islands, USA South, Trinidad Tobago and Jamaica.After taking a break from the Championships last year, the squad is looking forward to getting back to... Wed, 17 Jul 2019 21:52:00 AST Overhead wires repaired in Paget Overhead wires brought down by a tractor trailer truck in Paget this afternoon have been repaired, police said. A police spokesman added that officers were no longer directing traffic at the junction of Middle Road and South Road. He said: "The traffic lights, which were temporarily out of order following the incident, are now... Wed, 17 Jul 2019 14:58:00 AST Somers Ltd shares improve 7.1% Shares of Somers Ltd improved by $1, or 7.1 per cent, to $15 after 1,200 traded on The Royal Gazette/BSX Index.Watlington Waterworks Ltd also improved, rising $1.50, or 7 per cent, to $23 after 1,000 shares were exchanged.In New York, shares of Butterfield Bank were down 72 cents, or 2.15 per cent, at $32.70The Royal... Wed, 17 Jul 2019 18:05:00 AST New $2m weather radar operational A new $2 million weather radar system is up and running on Cooper's Island in St David's.Zane DeSilva, Minister of Tourism and Transport, said the new doppler radar system will improve the ability of the Bermuda Weather Service and came in $30,000 under budget.Mr DeSilva added: "The Bermuda Airport Authority did a wonderful job... Wed, 17 Jul 2019 13:38:00 AST Redemption Farm welcomes first participants A Government farm programme designed to deter young people from a life of crime has welcomed its first participants. Eight "at-risk" young men were introduced to Redemption Farm this week.The programme was funded by the Government with public and private assistance, including the Bermuda Farmers Association. Redemption Farm... Wed, 17 Jul 2019 15:54:00 AST Former senator and PSC head dies A long-serving chairwoman of the Public Service Commission and former independent senator has died. Jeanette Cannonier was 76. David Burt, the Premier, expressed condolences to Ms Cannonier's family today. He said that Ms Cannonier had served as the chair of the PSC for 14 years and retired in 1997. Mr Burt added:... Wed, 17 Jul 2019 16:12:00 AST Workforce Development education grants A total of 15 students have won scholarship awards from the Department of Workforce Development.Lovitta Foggo, the Ministry of Labour, Community Affairs and Sport, presented the winners with National Technical Vocational Training awards, worth up to $10,000 a year, in a ceremony last month.She also presented a further four... Wed, 17 Jul 2019 15:44:00 AST Lionfish hunt next month Lionfish will be back in the crosshairs this summer with a special tournament to target the invasive species.The Heatwave Tournament, organised by Blue Water Divers and Watersports, the Bermuda Lionfish Taskforce and watersports store Makin' Waves, will be held on August 18.Chris Gauntlett of Blue Water Divers, based at Robinson's... Wed, 17 Jul 2019 15:38:00 AST Knife ban at Eastern Counties The Eastern County Cricket Association will be hosting the first round of the Eastern Counties Cup on Saturday at St David's County Cricket Club. The ECCA would like to inform the public that, like Cup Match, no knives will be allowed inside the grounds on the day.We ask that any food that needs to be cut is bought pre-cut. All... Wed, 17 Jul 2019 10:11:00 AST MJM announces four new hires The MJM Ltd family is growing.Earlier this year, the law firm named Jennifer Haworth and Jeremy Leese as directors of the firm. Adenike Carmichael joined the dispute resolution team as client relationship manager. Today the firm announced four more hires, Nathan Samuels, Donna Munoz-Pitcher, Tashae Harvey and De Waal Nigrini to their... Wed, 17 Jul 2019 12:39:00 AST Gilbert awarded Conyers scholarship Conyers is delighted to announce that Vanessa Gilbert is the 2019 recipient of the firm's Leadership Scholarship Award.The award, which is valued at $5,000, is presented annually to a graduating CedarBridge Academy student. The recipient will have demonstrated leadership abilities through practical experience, personal reflection and... Wed, 17 Jul 2019 12:35:00 AST Albo elected deputy of Abir Pina Albo is the new deputy chairwoman of the Association of Bermuda Insurers and Reinsurers, and the first woman elected to the board.Abir has also welcomed Convex Group as its newest member. The Bermudian-based $1.8 billion re/insurer is led by Stephen Catlin, a former chairman of Abir.Ms Albo is CEO of Hamilton Insurance Group... Wed, 17 Jul 2019 11:39:00 AST Krishnamoorthy new Hamilton Insurance Group CTO Venkat Krishnamoorthy has been appointed to the new post of chief technology officer at Hamilton Insurance Group.Reporting to group chief executive officer Pina Albo, Mr Krishnamoorthy will be responsible for the ongoing development of the company's data-driven technology strategy and execution. He takes up the role on August... Wed, 17 Jul 2019 09:19:00 AST Financial policy council exempted from Pati Legislation to make a government financial advisory body exempt from public access to information laws was passed on Friday. The Public Access to Information Amendment Act 2019 excludes the Financial Policy Council from Pati.Wayne Furbert, the Minister for the Cabinet Office, said the amendment was needed "to protect the financial... Wed, 17 Jul 2019 08:00:00 AST Fray: players let down by lack of umpires Terryn Fray, the Bailey's Bay captain, has hit out at the Bermuda Cricket Board and the Bermuda Cricket Umpires Association after no umpires were assigned for the possible title-deciding Twenty20 match against Cleveland County at Sea Breeze Oval last weekend. Bay went into the final round five points behind leaders Southampton Rangers. Wed, 17 Jul 2019 08:00:00 AST Supreme Court orders halt to New York case The Bermuda Supreme Court has ordered a temporary halt to a lawsuit filed in New York by a shareholder of Bermudian-based life reinsurer Athene Holding.US-based investor Central Labourers' Pension Fund made the derivative complaint against private-equity firm Apollo Global Management LLC and Athene Asset Management LLC last... Wed, 17 Jul 2019 08:00:00 AST Cup Match Legends: Lionel Thomas During the 1960s, Seventies and Eighties, Bermuda was blessed to have witnessed some truly spectacular cricketers of Caribbean descent grace our cricket grounds. Those privileged enough to have observed the artistry, quality and skills of persons such as Colin Blades, Rupert Scotland and Lionel Thomas could be forgiven for yearning to reset... Wed, 17 Jul 2019 00:01:00 AST Perot buried in Dallas Billionaire part-time Bermuda resident Ross Perot, who died last week, was buried yesterday in his home town in Texas. A service to mark the life of Mr Perot was held at Highland Park Methodist Church after his burial. Ross Perot Jr said yesterday that the Perot family had been "deeply moved by the outpouring of love and support" since... Wed, 17 Jul 2019 08:00:00 AST Dockyard scores destination award hat-trick The Royal Naval Dockyard has won a prestigious award, based on a vote by visitors, for the third year running.King's Wharf, the official name of Dockyard on the cruise ship itinerary, has been named the top cruise destination in the Eastern Caribbean, Bahamas and Bermuda in Cruise Critic's 2019 Cruisers' Choice Destination... Wed, 17 Jul 2019 08:00:00 AST Missing boy found 'safe and well' A schoolboy missing since last week has been found, a police spokesman said last night. The spokesman said Brittonie Taylor, 15, was located "earlier this evening safe and well". He added: "The Bermuda Police Service would like to thank the public for their assistance." The teenager was last seen last Wednesday morning in... Wed, 17 Jul 2019 08:00:00 AST Sport Scoreboard, July 17, 2019 For results from Bermuda and around the world, click on the PDF link under "Related Media". Wed, 17 Jul 2019 08:00:00 AST Compliance officers' body seeks more members Members of a newly-elected executive committee at the Association of Bermuda Compliance Officers are aiming to rejuvenate the organisation.All compliance officers are eligible to join Abco, which will spark its membership drive with a free networking event tomorrow at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, starting at 5.30pm.Cheryl-Ann... Wed, 17 Jul 2019 08:00:00 AST Police looking into motorbike incident video A video that appears to show a police officer shoving a motorcycle rider is being investigated, a police representative confirmed last night. A police spokesman said: "The Bermuda Police Service is aware of the video and is currently looking into the matter." He was speaking after a video was posted to a popular local Facebook... Wed, 17 Jul 2019 08:00:00 AST Pharma giant forms Bermudian captive A global pharmaceutical company has formed a captive insurance company in Bermuda.The Bermuda Monetary Authority stated that Daiichi Sankyo, the second-largest pharma company in Japan, which owns the American biotechnology company Plexxikon, has registered Daiichi Sankyo Reinsurance Ltd as a Class 1 insurer.Bermuda is home to more... Wed, 17 Jul 2019 08:00:00 AST LED bulb swap expands A scheme to swap old-style incandescent light bulbs for free LED light bulbs has been unveiled by the Department of Energy.The Government offered a swap scheme for a single bulb in May, but from this week members of the public can swap up to ten light bulbs, to encourage "a greener Bermuda".A spokeswoman for the energy department... Wed, 17 Jul 2019 08:00:00 AST Tynes Bay wood waste dumping reopens The wood waste backlog at Tynes Bay is now cleared and hauler dumping services have resumed as normal, the Ministry of Public Works said this morning. Wood waste deliveries to the Tynes Bay plant were stopped yesterday due to the build-up of dumped wood in the tipping hall. Wed, 17 Jul 2019 08:00:00 AST Fire Service promotes eight to lieutenant A total of eight firefighters have been confirmed as lieutenants at a special ceremony.The event celebrated the men and women who retained their positions at the Bermuda Fire and Rescue Services after a year in the role.Lieutenant Russann Francis, 51, now the highest-ranking woman officer in the service, said: "I feel honoured to... Wed, 17 Jul 2019 08:00:00 AST Sport Scoreboard, July 18, 2019 For results from Bermuda and around the world, click on the PDF link under "Related Media". Wed, 17 Jul 2019 21:39:00 AST Woman spared prison for road death A woman who caused a crash that took the life of her long-term boyfriend was shown mercy by a court yesterday.Kelly-Ann Damasio, 30, was given an 18-month suspended sentence and banned from driving for five years after she admitted causing the death of Rakai Augustus by careless driving.Puisne Judge Carlisle Greaves said: "It is... Tue, 16 Jul 2019 08:00:00 AST Work progressing on golf course revamp Developers are hoping to complete a comprehensive makeover of St George's Golf Course before the end of next year.Hotelco Bermuda Holding Ltd, which is building a new hotel and residences near St Catherine's Beach, is also revamping the former government golf course, which was closed down by the club's trustees more than a decade... Tue, 16 Jul 2019 08:00:00 AST Rawlins strokes maiden first-class hundred Delray Rawlins says it was "nice to get the monkey off the back" after blasting a maiden first-class century in English county cricket yesterday.The Sussex all-rounder achieved the milestone on the third day of his team's Specsavers County Championship second division match against Lancashire at Emirates Old Trafford.The Bermudian... Tue, 16 Jul 2019 08:00:00 AST A life purpose much higher than a lighthouse In his younger years "Ted" Cowen would fly up the 185 steps of Gibbs Hill Lighthouse. It was something he did frequently. His father, Rudolph, was the lighthouse keeper and would send him to grab a tool needed for machinery work - sometimes four or five times in a row. "It was a great way to get some exercise," joked the... Tue, 16 Jul 2019 08:00:00 AST Rocha had 'some of the worst' child porn A 30-year-old man was sentenced to 2 years in prison yesterday after he was found guilty of a string of child pornography charges. Daniel Rocha was jailed after conviction on seven charges of accessing pornographic images and videos. Puisne Judge Carlisle Greaves dismissed a defence plea for a suspended sentence. Mr Justice... Tue, 16 Jul 2019 08:00:00 AST Health council launches 'Fresh Food Fridays' Free fresh foods are to be distributed by the Bermuda Health Council as part of a drive to boost public health, it was revealed yesterday.A spokeswoman for the BHeC said "Fresh Food Fridays" would be held around the island and would also be used as a forum for people to "engage with the council on how we can best work to create... Tue, 16 Jul 2019 08:00:00 AST Premier helps celebrate Eula's 100th A 100-year-old woman celebrated her century with a gathering of relatives from around the world.More than 120 people turned up to mark former beautician Eula Hill's milestone, from as far afield as Switzerland.Ms Hill's daughter, Shari Hill-Smith, 66, said that the party was more like "a family reunion".Ms Hill-Smith added:... Tue, 16 Jul 2019 08:00:00 AST Fresh appeal for boy missing for a week Police last night issued a new appeal in an attempt to trace a schoolboy who went missing six days ago.A police spokesman said: "So far, efforts by police to locate him have been unsuccessful."Brittonie Taylor, 15, was last seen last Monday at about 8.10am in the Bakery Lane area of Pembroke. He is said to be dark-complexioned,... Tue, 16 Jul 2019 08:00:00 AST Democratic principles going under the bus Around the world, there are multiple conversations taking place about the troubling subject of powerful nations with highly questionable leadership playing diplomatic games that could have consequences for millions.With so many areas of deeply disturbing events, even some of the best minds are challenged to read just where our global... Tue, 16 Jul 2019 08:00:00 AST Health insurance Act amendment passed Legislation to amend the Health Insurance Act 1970 was approved at the weekend. The change will allow the health minister to make any additional benefit "subject to criteria, including means test criteria, and authorise the Health Insurance Committee to determine the criteria". Kim Wilson, the Minister of Health, said that... Tue, 16 Jul 2019 08:00:00 AST HRC sheds light on withdrawal from lawsuit The Human Rights Commission shed some light yesterday on its decision to pull out of a legal attempt to ensure children's rights were protected in court proceedings.The HRC said that, although there were several reasons behind the decision, the matter was settled by a Supreme Court ruling last November that said the HRC could not sue or... Tue, 16 Jul 2019 08:00:00 AST On a collision course Dear Sir,Decisions have been made and are being made without any forethought or consideration for the consequences.There has been recent talk of yet another low-cost housing project, and yet the Grand Atlantic development was hailed on its presentation as the answer to affordable housing. Only one unit was sold and yet another... Tue, 16 Jul 2019 08:00:00 AST Polaris shares fall 36.3% Shares of Polaris Holdings Co Ltd dropped by $2.90, or 36.3 per cent, to $5.10 after 1,200 traded on The Royal Gazette/BSX index.There were also declines for three other stocks. Somers Limited was down $1.30, or 8.5 per cent, at $14 after 1,256 changed hands, while LOM Financial Ltd was down three cents, or 1.1 per cent, at $2.77 after... Tue, 16 Jul 2019 19:06:00 AST Co-Ed inmates earn GEDs Five inmates have been awarded their GEDs in a ceremony held at the Co-Educational Facility.Daymon Simmons, Dion Cholmondeley, Detre' Ford, Andre' Richardson and Mikiel Thomas all successfully completed the GED programme.Mr Simmons also successfully completed the Department's Violence Reduction Programme this year.Wayne... Tue, 16 Jul 2019 19:01:00 AST Tuff Dogs continue to set the pace Half-centuries by Maclaren Lowe and Trevor Corday helped Tuff Dogs, the defending champions, continue to set the pace in the Evening Cricket League's Premier Division with a nine-wicket win over De Wicketest, who are finding life difficult in the top flight after being promoted last season.Lowe's unbeaten 60 and Trevor Corday's 51 saw... Tue, 16 Jul 2019 11:05:00 AST Pair complete Aecon Toronto internship Bermudians Jamar Dill and Zeeko Johnstone have successfully completed a six-month Aecon airport redevelopment project internship programme.Mr Dill and Mr Johnstone are employed with the Ministry of Public Works and interned with Aecon, employer partners and technical team members in Toronto. Mr Dill worked with Mulvey Banani... Tue, 16 Jul 2019 16:08:00 AST Goods, service providers sought for PGA event Organisers of The Bermuda Championship, the PGA golf event to take place on the island this fall, are seeking the services of local companies to assist with the operation of the event.The inaugural Bermuda Championship will take place October 30 through November 3 at Port Royal Golf Course, in Southampton.A request for proposals... Tue, 16 Jul 2019 16:03:00 AST