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Eismann Swimming Around Island For Charity

Eismann Swimming Around Island For Charity

[Written by Don Burgess] An American woman is celebrating her birthday by swimming around Bermuda to raise funds for prisoners to be able to perform Shakespearean plays. Sarah Eismann is doing the 37-mile swim as one of several fundraisers for the cause she believes in., Shakespeare Behind Bars. Screenshot of the tracking page taken at 2.50pm today:So... Read more of this article

Local ‘Loquat Hunter’ Animated Series To Launch

Local ‘Loquat Hunter’ Animated Series To Launch

[Written by Don Burgess] An animated series on life in Bermuda is coming soon. Tashel Bean, an animator and graphic artist, has created an animated series entitled the Adventures of Raz. The animated cartoon sees Raz, who is the leader of the loquat hunters and his friends, protect Loquat Island. Raz can be seen in the video travelling around the island... Read more of this article

BIU President On Buses, Issues & Work To Rule

BIU President On Buses, Issues & Work To Rule

[Updated + Written by Don Burgess] Bus drivers did not volunteer to work on the National Heroes Day holiday, which is why the buses are not running today [June 18], the BIU President has explained. Chris Furbert, Bermuda Industrial Union president, told Bernews that the bus operators started work to rule last Friday and, as a part of that, on holidays,... Read more of this article

Former Mayor Of Hamilton, MacLeans In Court

Former Mayor Of Hamilton, MacLeans In Court

[Written by Don Burgess] Three people appeared in court today, however no charges were laid, and they are scheduled to re-appear later this month. Former Hamilton mayor Graeme Outerbridge along with businessman Michael MacLean and wife Yasmin MacLean appeared in Magistrates Court. Secretary for the Corporation of Hamilton Ed Benevides is off island... Read more of this article

Court: Man Admits Sexual Assault Charge

Court: Man Admits Sexual Assault Charge

[Written by Don Burgess] A man changed his plea to guilty in Magistrates Court to sexually assaulting a female student. Kevin Rubaine, 40, of St. George’s, has had his case referred to the Mental Health Treatment Court after admitting he touched a student up her skirt in May of last year. He has two similar convictions for this type of offence and... Read more of this article

Court: Man Denies Shooting & Gun Charges

Court: Man Denies Shooting & Gun Charges

[Written by Don Burgess] Khyri Smith-Williams pled not guilty in Supreme Court. The Crown is charging Mr Smith-Williams with shooting with intent to cause grievous bodily harm to Tyrone Pedro in Warwick on October 2011. The Crown also charged him with using a firearm while committing an indictable offence. Mr Smith-Williams entered not guilty pleas... Read more of this article

Court: Change Of Lawyer In $8.5M Heroin Case

Court: Change Of Lawyer In $8.5M Heroin Case

[Written by Don Burgess] A man accused of being involved with Bermuda’s “biggest heroin seizure” again switched lawyers. In September 2017, Josef Vleck, from the Czech Republic, is alleged to have been caught with nearly three kilograms of heroin, worth approximately $8.5 million. In Supreme Court, he requested and was granted a change... Read more of this article

Court: 25-Year-Old Denies Unlawful Killing

Court: 25-Year-Old Denies Unlawful Killing

[Written by Don Burgess] Rakeem Deshields denied the unlawful killing of Dejon Simmons. Mr Simmons, a bartender, was injured in fight on Front Street around 3:15 am Sunday, March 18, 2018, and subsequently died from the injuries. Mr Deshields pled not guilty to the charge. His next court appearance will be on July 2. Related StoriesCourt:... Read more of this article

Court: Man Denies Drugs, Money Laundering

Court: Man Denies Drugs, Money Laundering

[Written by Don Burgess] Appearing in the Supreme Court Monthly Arraignments Session, Edward Albuoy denied drug charges and money laundering charges. He pled not guilty to importation of illegal drugs including cannabis and cannabis resin on September 3, 2017. He also denied charges of possession with the intent to sell and money laundering charges. [Note:... Read more of this article

Court: Man Denies Robbery Charges

Court: Man Denies Robbery Charges

[Written by Don Burgess] Appearing in Court, Taaj Muhammad denied two robbery charges. He pled not guilty to stealing $2,000 via force from a woman and also rejected claims of robbing a man of a gold bracelet worth $2,000. Both offences were alleged to have happened in August 2017. He is scheduled to appear in court again on June 15. [Note: Due to legal... Read more of this article

Large Section Of Dry Dock Adrift In Ocean

Large Section Of Dry Dock Adrift In Ocean

[Written by Don Burgess] This is one case where being lost in the Bermuda Triangle is real and dangerous. Part of a dry dock is floating somewhere south of Bermuda and poses a threat to ships as a large unlit black container is bobbing in the water.Spain’s ABC news service reported recently that the tug Pacific Dragon was taking the floating... Read more of this article

Closing Arguments Heard In SSM Legal Case

Closing Arguments Heard In SSM Legal Case

[Written by Don Burgess] “This saga will one day form part of our history, win or lose and there is a right side and wrong side of history.” Those were part of lawyer Rod Attride-Stirling’s closing arguments in Supreme Court in the case regarding the Domestic Partnership Act. The case is being brought in response to the legislation of Parliament... Read more of this article

SSM Legal Case Continues In Supreme Court

SSM Legal Case Continues In Supreme Court

[Written by Don Burgess] “I don’t want to be separate but equal; I want to be equal!” Those are the words of Maryellen Jackson whose testimony was read in Supreme Court advocating that same-sex couples should be allowed to be married. The case is being brought in response to the legislation of Parliament last year that took away the right of... Read more of this article