Senate Passes Cannabis Decriminalisation Bill

Senate Passes Cannabis Decriminalisation Bill

After passing in the House of Assembly, the Bill to remove criminal sanctions for possessing under 7 grams of cannabis passed in the Senate today [Dec 13] with support from all sides. The Bill — officially titled the Misuse of Drugs [Decriminalisation of Cannabis] Amendment Act 2017 — states, ”This Bill amends the Misuse of Drugs Act 1972... Read more of this article

Senate Approves Domestic Partnership Bill

Senate Approves Domestic Partnership Bill

[Updated] The Domestic Partnerships Act has passed in the Senate, with the legislation to replace same-sex marriages with a domestic partnership being approved by an 8 – 3 margin. The Domestic Partnerships Act passed in the House of Assembly late on Friday night, and headed to the 11-member Senate, where the five Government Senators, three Opposition... Read more of this article

30 Minute Video: Dec 13 ZBM Evening News

30 Minute Video: Dec 13 ZBM Evening News

With an aim to expand the way they deliver their news to the community, the Bermuda Broadcasting Company is continuing to live stream their evening news programme online for viewers both on the island and abroad.The live video will begin at 7.00pm, and play to 7.30pm, and then the replay will be available: Related Stories30 Minute Video:... Read more of this article

Live Updates: Senators Voting On Multiple Bills

Live Updates: Senators Voting On Multiple Bills

[Updating] The Senate is in session today [Dec 13], and a number of Bills are listed on the official Order of Business, including the Domestic Partnerships Act, the Casino Gaming Amendment, and the Cannabis Decriminalisation Bill. All three Bills have already passed in the House and now head to the 11-member Senate, where the five Government Senators,... Read more of this article

Video: Coordinated Crisis Response Team

Video: Coordinated Crisis Response Team

Following violent incidents such as a shooting or a stabbing, the coordinated Crisis Response Team attends the area to provide crisis counselling to residents, and “their intervention to date has been genuinely felt within the community,” Minister of National Security Wayne Caines said. During a press briefing today, Minister Caines said,... Read more of this article

‘Bermuda’s Laws Are Outside The BTA’s Remit’

‘Bermuda’s Laws Are Outside The BTA’s Remit’

[Updated] “The Bermuda Tourism Authority is a non-political entity and decisions about Bermuda’s policies and laws are outside the Bermuda Tourism Authority’s remit and are the responsibility of Parliament,” Bermuda Tourism Authority Board said. This follows after BTA CEO Kevin Dallas wrote to Senators to express concern about the... Read more of this article

Ministry: 13 Bus Runs Cancelled On Wednesday

Ministry: 13 Bus Runs Cancelled On Wednesday

The cancellation of bus runs continue, with the Ministry releasing a list of bus cancellations for this afternoon [Dec 13] with thirteen bus runs cancelled. Related StoriesMinistry: One Bus Cancellation For Tuesday Chronology Of Bus Problems In Bermuda Ministry: Bus Cancellations For Friday Ministry: Bus Cancellations For Thursday Ministry:... Read more of this article


Students Donate Toys, Money To Salvation Army

Students Donate Toys, Money To Salvation Army

Students at Saltus Grammar School have collected hundreds of toys and more than $1,200 to donate to the Salvation Army’s Christmas Toy Drive.Ann Paynter, the Director of Middle School, said: “We had a fantastic response. Originally, we put aside one day for donations, but so many people asked for another chance, so we added another day. “It... Read more of this article

Primary Students Donate $2,000 To MOM

Primary Students Donate $2,000 To MOM

Earlier this week, four students from West End Primary who participated in the Live. Love. Life. talent showcase donated their prize of $2,000 to Moms on a Mission [MOM Bermuda]. National Security Minister, Wayne Caines, Principal Trina Cariah, Pastor Leroy Bean, D’Xy Roberts, A’nyaz Wilkinson-Gibbons, Kenya Robinson, Legend Stevenson, Lisa Swan,... Read more of this article

Cruise Line ‘Awaiting Further Updates’ On Law

Cruise Line ‘Awaiting Further Updates’ On Law

Cunard cruise line — which is registered in Bermuda and started offering same sex weddings onboard their ships — told Bernews they are “aware of the Bermuda Government’s plan to change the law on same sex marriage” and are “awaiting further updates regarding same sex marriages on our ships.”Bill Passes In... Read more of this article

Runners Raise Over $20K For Radiation Therapy

Runners Raise Over $20K For Radiation Therapy

Earlier this year, three incredible runners took to the street of London to run 26.2 miles at the Virgin Money London Marathon. Each step they took was a worthy cause; to help raise money for Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre’s new radiation therapy unit. As final donations have now been received, the Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre said would like... Read more of this article

Video: America’s Cup Documentary Part #2

Video: America’s Cup Documentary Part #2

“The beauty of Bermuda and its natural assets – including the people in our community – these all make up one of the reasons why the 35th America’s Cup was so successful in Bermuda”, the ACBDA said. “Hear from those who led the organising authorities and from Bermudians who excelled in their trade during Bermuda’s... Read more of this article

Former Teacher To Be Extradited To Bermuda

Former Teacher To Be Extradited To Bermuda

An American who previously lived in Bermuda and worked as a teacher, is reportedly set to be extradited to Bermuda from the United States, where he will face charges. Overseas media have reported that court documents show the Judge signed off on an extradition certification that will send the man to Bermuda to face charges related to allegations of... Read more of this article

Video: Dec 13th Bernews Morning Newsflash

Video: Dec 13th Bernews Morning Newsflash

BTA CEO expresses concerns about negative consequences for tourism if same sex marriage rights are reversed, Cunard cruise line said they await “further updates regarding same sex marriages on ships,” charities decorate Christmas Trees in Washington Mall, US Air Force & Thomas Cook planes visit, Police confirm the death of 37-year-old... Read more of this article

Diverted Airplane Lands With Sick Passenger

Diverted Airplane Lands With Sick Passenger

[Updated] A TUI Airplane landed at L.F. Wade International Airport at approximately 12.30am this morning [Dec 13] after diverting to Bermuda for a sick passenger who was transferred to an awaiting ambulance and transported to King Edward Memorial Hospital for treatment. Thomson flight 637 was met at the terminal by Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service personnel... Read more of this article

Photos: Christmas Trees Decorated By Charities

Photos: Christmas Trees Decorated By Charities

The Washington Mall is playing host to a number of Christmas trees, with the initiative serving to bring festive cheer to the Mall while also assisting the island’s charities, as charitable donations of $2,500; $1,000; and $750 will be made to the winners. This year the focus was on charities that deal with disabilities, so seven charities decorated... Read more of this article

BTA: ‘Bill Poses Threat To Success Of Tourism’

BTA: ‘Bill Poses Threat To Success Of Tourism’

[Updated] BTA CEO Kevin Dallas has written to Senators to express concern about “what the negative consequences could be for tourism if the Domestic Partnership Bill passes the Senate,” saying “we believe the Bill poses an unnecessary threat to the success of our tourism industry.” The Domestic Partnerships Act — which... Read more of this article

Footballer Liam Evans On Career & Experiences

Footballer Liam Evans On Career & Experiences

[Written by Nathan Carr] Captain of the national U-20 team, Liam Evans chats with Bernews about his career so far, his experience while playing for Bermuda and what was the greatest piece of advice he has been given and many more. Mr. Evans plays for Robin Hood in Bermuda and Northern Kentucky University in the USA. He was one of the standout performers... Read more of this article

30 Minute Video: Dec 12 ZBM Evening News

30 Minute Video: Dec 12 ZBM Evening News

With an aim to expand the way they deliver their news to the community, the Bermuda Broadcasting Company is continuing to live stream their evening news programme online for viewers both on the island and abroad.The live video will begin at 7.00pm, and play to 7.30pm, and then the replay will be available: Related Stories30 Minute Video:... Read more of this article

OBA: No To DPA & Casino, Yes Decriminalisation

OBA: No To DPA & Casino, Yes Decriminalisation

The One Bermuda Alliance confirmed their Senators plan to vote against the Domestic Partnerships Act and Casino Gaming Amendment, while planning to support the Cannabis Decriminalisation Bill. All three Bills have already passed in the House and now head to the 11-member Senate, where the five Government Senators, three Opposition Senators and three... Read more of this article

Police Confirm Death Of Sotunji Burgess

Police Confirm Death Of Sotunji Burgess

Police have confirmed the death of 37-year-old Sotunji Burgess following a medical emergency. A police spokesperson said, “The Bermuda Police Service can now confirm the death of 37-year-old Sotunji Burgess and extends sincere condolences to his family & friends. “Mr. Burgess became unresponsive while a passenger aboard a scheduled Jet Blue... Read more of this article

Ministry: 28 Bus Runs Cancelled On Tuesday

Ministry: 28 Bus Runs Cancelled On Tuesday

The cancellation of bus runs continue, with the Ministry releasing a list of bus cancellations for this afternoon [Dec 12] with twenty-eight bus runs cancelled. Related StoriesMinistry: One Bus Cancellation For Tuesday Chronology Of Bus Problems In Bermuda Ministry: Bus Cancellations For Friday Ministry: Bus Cancellations For Thursday Ministry:... Read more of this article


VIDEOS

30 Minute Video: Dec 13 ZBM Evening News

30 Minute Video: Dec 13 ZBM Evening News

With an aim to expand the way they deliver their news to the community, the Bermuda Broadcasting Company is continuing to live stream their evening news programme online for viewers both on the island and abroad.The live video will begin at 7.00pm, and play to 7.30pm, and then the replay will be available: Related Stories30 Minute Video:... Read more of this article

Video: Coordinated Crisis Response Team

Video: Coordinated Crisis Response Team

Following violent incidents such as a shooting or a stabbing, the coordinated Crisis Response Team attends the area to provide crisis counselling to residents, and “their intervention to date has been genuinely felt within the community,” Minister of National Security Wayne Caines said. During a press briefing today, Minister Caines said,... Read more of this article

Video: America’s Cup Documentary Part #2

Video: America’s Cup Documentary Part #2

“The beauty of Bermuda and its natural assets – including the people in our community – these all make up one of the reasons why the 35th America’s Cup was so successful in Bermuda”, the ACBDA said. “Hear from those who led the organising authorities and from Bermudians who excelled in their trade during Bermuda’s... Read more of this article

SPORTS

Runners Raise Over $20K For Radiation Therapy

Runners Raise Over $20K For Radiation Therapy

Earlier this year, three incredible runners took to the street of London to run 26.2 miles at the Virgin Money London Marathon. Each step they took was a worthy cause; to help raise money for Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre’s new radiation therapy unit. As final donations have now been received, the Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre said would like... Read more of this article

Video: America’s Cup Documentary Part #2

Video: America’s Cup Documentary Part #2

“The beauty of Bermuda and its natural assets – including the people in our community – these all make up one of the reasons why the 35th America’s Cup was so successful in Bermuda”, the ACBDA said. “Hear from those who led the organising authorities and from Bermudians who excelled in their trade during Bermuda’s... Read more of this article

Freisenbruch-Meyer Continental League Results

Freisenbruch-Meyer Continental League Results

In Freisenbruch-Meyer Continental Bowling League action at the Warwick Lanes saw the Odd Balls defeat The Invaders 18 – 12, Bermuda Pest Control defeated the Pinjammers 24 – 6, while Quickie Lickie Laundry defeated New Hope 21 – 9. The Nifty Rollers defeated the Under Dawgs 22 – 8 and the Cubs defeated the Spicenix 18 – 12. High Scratch Game WomenTiffany... Read more of this article

BUSINESS

BDA Appoint Shelby Weldon & Paul Scope

BDA Appoint Shelby Weldon & Paul Scope

Insurance industry veteran Shelby Weldon has been appointed a director of the Bermuda Business Development Agency [BDA]. And Paul Scope, Chairman of Willis Towers Watson Bermuda [WTW], has been elected as the BDA’s new Chair. Their appointments were among several changes announced by the 11-member BDA Board following its AGM. Board member Scope succeeds... Read more of this article

Clarien Announces Increase In Deposit Rates

Clarien Announces Increase In Deposit Rates

Clarien Bank announced today [Dec 13] that it will be increasing its deposit/savings rates and adjusting its BMD$ base lending rate accordingly, having anticipated the US Federal Reserve rate change. Further details and an effective date will be declared in January 2018. In addition to increasing published board rates, the Bank will also be introducing... Read more of this article

Marsh And Guy Carpenter Donate To TEDS

Marsh And Guy Carpenter Donate To TEDS

Marsh and Guy Carpenter announced today its participation in The Eliza DoLittle Society’s [TEDS] annual Making Hunger History initiative. Marsh and Guy Carpenter are wholly owned subsidiaries of Marsh & McLennan Companies [MMC], a global professional services firm offering clients advice and solutions in the areas of risk, strategy, and human... Read more of this article

ENTERTAINMENT

Hamilton Princess To Host Cookie Competition

Hamilton Princess To Host Cookie Competition

Hamilton Princess & Beach Club will be hosting a Christmas cookie competition for children across the island. Children aged 12 and under are invited to submit two Christmas cookies of any type and decorated as they would like, to be judged by Hamilton Princess & Beach Club’s General Manager, Executive Chef and Pastry Chef. The judges will... Read more of this article

Photos: Christmas Trees Decorated By Charities

Photos: Christmas Trees Decorated By Charities

The Washington Mall is playing host to a number of Christmas trees, with the initiative serving to bring festive cheer to the Mall while also assisting the island’s charities, as charitable donations of $2,500; $1,000; and $750 will be made to the winners. This year the focus was on charities that deal with disabilities, so seven charities decorated... Read more of this article

Hamilton Princess Calendar Of Festive Events

Hamilton Princess Calendar Of Festive Events

Hamilton Princess & Beach Club today unveiled their slate of festive events for the upcoming holiday season. “On Christmas Day, brunch will be offered from 12pm until 3pm at both Marcus’ and Crown & Anchor for $65 for food only or $95 including selected alcoholic beverages, plus gratuities,” a spokesperson said. “A three-course... Read more of this article


ENVIRONMENT

Global Indemnity Donate $12.5K To Turtle Project

Global Indemnity Donate $12.5K To Turtle Project

Global Indemnity Re has donated $12,500 in support of the 50th anniversary of the Bermuda Turtle Project. A BZS spokesperson said, “The Bermuda Zoological Society [BZS] is pleased to announce that for the fourth consecutive year, Global Indemnity Re [GIR] has supported BZS Conservation. “This year, GIR donated $12.5K in support of the 50th anniversary... Read more of this article

Plan For Aquaponics Farm On Smith’s Island

Plan For Aquaponics Farm On Smith’s Island

The Department of Planning recently approved plans to set up a “small scale aquaponics farm” on Smith’s Island in St George’s. Aquaponics is a system that combines hydroponics [growing plants in water without soil] and aquaculture [fish farming] in a symbiotic environment. The planning application, submitted by Uwe Lipfert and... Read more of this article

Column: Undiscovered Creatures In The Ocean

Column: Undiscovered Creatures In The Ocean

[Opinion column written by Tammy Horton, Andreas Kroh, and Leen Vandepitte] “The oceans cover 70% of the surface of our planet, and yet they are still the least explored,” says Sir David Attenborough in the opening sequence of the recent BBC documentary series Blue Planet II. “Hidden beneath the waves, there are creatures beyond our... Read more of this article

CRIME

Former Teacher To Be Extradited To Bermuda

Former Teacher To Be Extradited To Bermuda

An American who previously lived in Bermuda and worked as a teacher, is reportedly set to be extradited to Bermuda from the United States, where he will face charges. Overseas media have reported that court documents show the Judge signed off on an extradition certification that will send the man to Bermuda to face charges related to allegations of... Read more of this article

Court: ‘Must Be Listed For Trial Expeditiously’

Court: ‘Must Be Listed For Trial Expeditiously’

A man charged with drug offences who has been awaiting trial for over two years brought legal action saying that “he has been deprived of his right to a fair trial within a reasonable time,” with the Court noting that “criminal proceedings have been moving with dragging feet,” and saying “this matter must now be listed... Read more of this article

Court: Men Sentenced For Firearm Offences

Court: Men Sentenced For Firearm Offences

Two men were sentenced in Court this week for firearms offences, with prison sentences of 10 years and 11 years handed down. The Police Serious Crime Unit noted that Gavaska Lodge-Bascome has been sentenced to 11 years imprisonment for handling of a firearm, while in a separate matter Dion Cholmondeley was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for possession... Read more of this article

TECHNOLOGY

East End Group & Decisions To Join Forces

East End Group & Decisions To Join Forces

East End Group [EEG] and Decisions Limited today announced a merger between their organizations, saying there “are great synergies between the two organizations teams and services,” with the company also noting that there will be no redundancies in either company due to the merger. EEG is the proprietor of East End Telecom [EET], the leading public safety and... Read more of this article

Plan For Aquaponics Farm On Smith’s Island

Plan For Aquaponics Farm On Smith’s Island

The Department of Planning recently approved plans to set up a “small scale aquaponics farm” on Smith’s Island in St George’s. Aquaponics is a system that combines hydroponics [growing plants in water without soil] and aquaculture [fish farming] in a symbiotic environment. The planning application, submitted by Uwe Lipfert and Dana Masters, proposed... Read more of this article

Opportunities For Space-Oriented Businesses

Opportunities For Space-Oriented Businesses

“The space industry presents real economic opportunities for forward-thinking, business-friendly jurisdictions,” Minister of Transport & Regulatory Affairs Walter Roban said in the House of Assembly today [Dec 8], and “we should strive to become one of the most enabling economic jurisdictions for space-oriented businesses in the world. ” The... Read more of this article

ACCIDENTS & FIRES

Bermuda Fire & Rescue Christmas Safety Tips

Bermuda Fire & Rescue Christmas Safety Tips

The Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service has issued holiday safety tips, including how to choose the most fire resistant Christmas tree and how to dispose of the tree when the season ends. A spokesperson said, “Residential fires during the holiday season are more frequent, more costly, and more deadly than at other times of the year. Many of the things... Read more of this article

10 Weekend Collisions, 16-Year-Old Discharged

10 Weekend Collisions, 16-Year-Old Discharged

The Police are thanking the public for their cooperation on the roads over the weekend, as the number of reported collisions was down from 21 last weekend to 10 this weekend, while the 16-year-old girl who was hurt during a collision on December 1st has been discharged from the hospital. A police spokesperson said, “The Bermuda Police Service would... Read more of this article

Motorcycle Rider Injured In Ord Road Collision

Motorcycle Rider Injured In Ord Road Collision

[Updated] Emergency services responded to a collision this evening [Dec 10] on Ord Road where it appears a motorcycle and car collided resulting in the motorcycle rider sustaining injuries and being transported to King Edward Memorial Hospital for treatment. Further details are limited at this time, however we will update as able.Update December 12,... Read more of this article