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2012 year in review a special advertising section of the bermuda sun



December 28, 2012

january / School celebrates historic milestone

Warwick Academy reaches 350


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Brothers die in fishing tragedy

Two brothers died at sea after their boat hit a reef off St David’s. Clifton and Mikal Williams, 60 and 58, were returning from a fishing trip aboard the Tern when they hit the reef at around midnight. The wooden boat sank quickly and their bodies were recovered without lifejackets. “They had come through that way literally thousands of times before, so we don’t know what happened this time,” said cousin Kimmie Mello. “They spent a lot of time in the ocean and were excellent carpenters too.” n

AG criticizes Government’s ‘misuse of public funds’


arwick Academy began a year of celebration to mark its 350th birthday, with the theme ‘Generations of Excellence’. Founded in 1662, the school is believed to be the oldest in the Western hemisphere to continuously operate on the same site. This image, courtesy of the National Museum, shows the 25 acres allocated for the school on the 1663 Norwood Survey by Richard Norwood (grey strip on the far right).

Cruise boss calls for gaming The evergreen ‘femme fatale’ The boss of Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL) called for ships to be allowed to open casinos in Bermuda. Kevin Sheehan, NCL CEO, said passengers were frustrated their onboard casinos had to shut in port. He said NCL was keeping its “fingers crossed” that Government would move towards allowing gaming in Bermuda’s waters. n

Beautiful but deadly — Government officials said the death of eight cows at a farm was due to oleander. The animals at Belhaven Farm, Devonshire, ate the leaves of the plant, which is also toxic to humans. The toxins affect the heart and nervous system and can kill quickly, although human deaths are rare. n

Masterworks exhibits its treasures in ‘A Rock & An Ocean’ Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art celebrated its 25th anniversary with a special exhibition. A Rock & An Ocean featured the gallery’s most treasured works of Bermuda-related art, including pieces by Winslow Homer and Georgia O’Keeffe. Tom Butterfield, Masterworks founder and director, pictured left, said: “I hope, like us, people feel that this is the best exhibition we have ever had.” Curator Elise Outerbridge, right, said: “The title... reflects Bermuda and its relationship to the ocean.” n

Auditor General Heather Canadian architect and Matthews released a damna civil servant, sought $4 ing report on the million in damages. ‘Misuse of Public Ms Matthews Funds’ in Governalso said payment ment. of $160,000 in Ms Matthews consultancy fees criticized the to two directors funding of a civil of the Bermuda action for defamaLand Development tion after two false Corporation for matthews cheques implied reviewing their former Premier own operation was Ewart Brown and Works a “fundamental conflict of and Engineering Minister interest”. Derrick Burgess received Her Special Report kickbacks on the police and concluded there was a court building. “blatant disregard for the The action, against a public purse...”. n

Young father killed in street The first gun murder of 2012 claimed the life of Stefan Burgess. Mr Burgess, 24, was killed on Glebe Road, Pembroke, on January 6. Another 24-year-old man was also shot and injured as two men on a motorcycle fired several bullets. Mr Burgess had a fouryear-old daughter, Ryann, with his girlfriend Tika (pictured). n




february / Budget leaves $172 million deficit

Banking on community unity

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Protection for the endangered

New conservation laws were announced, carrying tough penalties for anyone disturbing or destroying certain species of island wildlife, flora and fauna. The Protected Species Amendment Act 2011 added 33 new species, including turtle grass (seagrass), mangrove swamps, killifish and diamondback terrapins. Uprooting a Bermuda cedar or palmetto could lead to a $5,000 fine or six months’ imprisonment. Disturbing a land hermit crab (above) or common tern could send you to jail for two years, or bring a fine of $25,000. Drew Pettit, director of Conservation Services, said: “It is groundbreaking legislation and will help to preserve our fragile and unique eco-system for years to come.” n

Green Lantern turns out lights


remier and Finance Minister Paula Cox urged the community to help Bermuda get back on its feet in the Budget, with the theme of ‘Let us build one another, together’. Revenue in 2012-13 was expected to be $909.6 million — three per cent less than 2011-12. The Budget was set at $1.08 billion, with the overall balance leaving a $172 million deficit. Government proposed a bond issue to cut this and to stimulate the economy. The debt ceiling went up to $1.45 billion. n

Community loses politician Educator and mentor killed Sean Pitcher died from a suspected heart attack at his St David’s home. He was 49. The former UBP Parliamentary candidate was a founder of the Bermuda Democratic Alliance and the One Bermuda Alliance. OBA MP Donte Hunt said: “He was one of the most selfless individuals I have ever met. He always made time for people, whatever the circumstances.” n

Bermudian educator Alma Foggo York died in a road accident in the US, at the age of 74. She was crossing a road in Huntsville, Alabama, when she was hit by a car. Mrs York was a motherfigure to many Bermudian students at Oakwood College, and at Atlantic Union College, Massachusetts. Dwayne Caines, ex-student, said: “Bermuda has truly lost a giant.” n

Year of the bat — Bacardi celebrates 150 years of success

The Green Lantern finally hung up its pots and pans for good, after 70 years of serving customers. The Bermuda Sun’s Don Burgess was at the restaurant for breakfast on February 4, its final day of operation. He said: “Glancing around me, I note that it’s a mixture of young, old, black and white patrons here today. A microcosm of Bermuda giving a final, respectful salute to a much-loved culinary institution.” n

Guide to spotting a gangster

Bacardi celebrated its 150th anniversary. The world’s largest privately-held spirits company cracked open limited edition $2,000 bottles of Vintage MMXII rum and launched a series of year-long celebrations. Bacardi Ltd began in 1862 in a small tin-roofed distillery in Cuba. It has grown to become the thirdlargest spirits company in the world. The global headquarters are in Bermuda. n

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National Security Minister Wayne Perinchief unveiled a new handbook on Bermuda’s gangs. Community Action in Gang Prevention — A Resource Guide on Youth & Gangs outlined the three R’s of gang lifestyle — Respect, Revenge and Revenue. It also detailed the warning signs to look out for to prevent your child from getting involved. The 16-page booklet aimed to assist the community in preventing gang violence on the streets. n

2012 year in review: FROM THE SUN’S ARCHIVES




march / Fire blankets parish in smoke

December 28, 2012

Pembroke Dump ablaze again


Boxer Perozzi hails ‘amazing’ support in world title fight

Bermudian Teresa Perozzi retained her WBA World Middleweight title in a fight against American April Ward. Perozzi hailed the local crowd at the Berkeley Institute at ‘Fight Night XIV’ as “the best” she had ever fought in front of. “The reception I received when I walked into the ring was just incredible... The support from the crowd was just amazing,” she said. n


embroke Dump caught fire on March 29, creating an inferno which billowed smoke across the area and led nearby residents to flee their homes. Up to 70 firefighters battled the blaze, assisted by water truckers and 50 Bermuda Regiment soldiers. The fire at the horticultural waste site had two cores, one 50ft x 60ft, the other 6ft x 200ft. An investigation concluded “accidental ignition” was most likely to blame, although the official cause was “undetermined”. n

Community helps fire family Art festival makes big splash Fire tore through the apartment of Andrene Bean, destroying all her family’s belongings. The mother-of-three also lost treasured photographs of her children, aged two, 10 and 16, in the blaze at Till’s Hill, Hamilton. But her Pomeranian dog Avery was rescued by firefighters. The community rallied around the family. The Phenomenal Women’s Association set up a fund and the Salvation Army and police donated items.n

Islanders enjoyed Bermuda’s first Beach Art Festival. Teenagers Jade Robinson and Kristlyn Lambert won the contest with their creative design (above). The contest was organized by Nicky Gurret, the woman behind the annual sand sculpture contest. It also featured yoga and paddleboarding at Horseshoe Bay. n

Tourists robbed at gunpoint A mother and her two children were forced on their hands and knees at gunpoint as two men robbed their holiday cottage. Kendall Crolius, of Connecticut, US, has been visiting Bermuda for more than 50 years, but described the ordeal as “the worst moment of my life”. The men broke into the Southampton cottage through a bedroom window. They stole money, phones and a laptop from Mrs Crolius, her son, 24, and daughter, 21. n

Fisherman lands record catch A spear fisherman broke the world record for the biggest Black Grouper catch. Craig Copik, a 36-yearold Brit, was dragged underwater by the 87.3 lb fish, west of North Rock. “He took me down around 50ft and went under a shelf,” he said. “I then had to go back to the boat, pick up another spear and swim down again to bring him back to the surface.” He donated the fish to the Salvation Army.n

Wildlife fans enjoy ‘a whale of a time’ on the South Shore An unusual bout of good weather and a big plankton bloom led to multiple humpack whale sighings. Wildlife videographer Choy Aming said: “It (the water) is so thick with life right now... ” Andrew Stevenson of the Humpback Whale Research Project matched 122 fluke IDs in 10 days, a number which he said surpassed previous years “by far”. n

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april / Leaping into history

Carifta Games triumph for Bda Confessions of a beauty queen Former Miss USA Tara Conner travelled to Bermuda to share her story of beating her drug addiction. Speaking exclusively to the Bermuda Sun she said she had been a walking


ermuda hosted young track and field stars from around the Caribbean in the prestigious 2012 Carifta Games held at the National Stadium. Thousands of talented young athletes descended on the island to take part in three memorable days of

intense competition. Pictured is Bermudian triplejumper Justin Donawa who brought the home crowd to its feet when he clinched gold at the games. The games saw record breakers including javelin thrower Keshorn Walcott of Trinidad and Tobago.

shell and even stole drugs from old an old lady’s medicine cabinet. She spoke at the Annual Caron Bermuda Award of Excellence Dinner Gala to prove to people that you can beat drugs. n

Former Olympian Mike Sharpe, who ran for Bermuda in the Montreal Games of 1976, hailed the games in Bermuda a resounding success. He said: “I would have liked to have seen more medals but we can be proud of the spectacle that we put on. As Bermudians we truly excelled.” n

City Hall fountains filled with gravel and soil The City Hall fountains were filled with gravel and soil for grass to be grown over them. City chief operating officer Ed Benevides said there was no money to fix the broken fountain which would cost $150,000. He said the move to fill up the fountain area with gravel and soil was the most ‘inexpensive way’ of keeping the site safe for the time being. n

Union calls for KFC boycott BIU boss Chris Furbert called for a boycott of fast food restaurant KFC due to the long-running dispute over the alledged axing of a union agreement. Mr Furbert said: “It’s sad we have to have a boycott of a business in 2012 because a company is trying to take away the bargaining rights of their staff.” The company denies the assertion that it took away bargaining rights. n

Mom recalls armed raid terror Mom-of-three relived her terror when four masked raiders armed with a machete and gun burst into her home. Rhonda Wilkinson feared for the life of

her family as the raiders terrorized her and her son and threatened her financé. They escaped with cash and jewellery and a Sony PlayStation 3. n

Brown berates Governor in corruption row Former Premier Dr Ewart Brown demanded that the UK government censure then-Governor Sir Richard Gozney over his handling of corruption allegations made against him. Dr Brown wrote to his legal team and UK Foreign Office Minister Henry Bellingham asking for an investigation to be launched into Gozney’s handling of a row over forged cheques made out to Dr Brown and minister Derrick Burgess. n

Sisters plunder gran’s account Grandmother Lenice Tucker took to the stand to insist that she did not give her granddaughters permission to empty her bank accounts. Sisters Lorraine Smith and Audra-Ann Bean, pictured, were joint

owners of her account but Tucker, 88, said she had never intended for them to be. They were later convicted of plundering nearly half a million dollars from their own grandmother. n




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may / Hit show

InMotion dancers make a splash Limbering up for 25th End-to-End An 82-year-old grandma, Joan Dismont, showed no signs of slowing up as she prepared to participate in her 25th End-to-End walk.

Orgnaizers believe that Ms Dismont could be the only islander to have taken part in each of the 25 fundraisers since it began in 1988. n


nMotion School of Dance made a splash with its 15th anniversary dance In The News at City Hall. The show is a dance tribute to the news, events and people that shape our world. Instructor Lizz Pimentel said: “With so much press about antisocial behaviour in our youth, we feel that providing a positive and disciplined environment is important to our future.” n

Expat given 22 days to leave

Arrest of Harvard lecturer opens ‘weed’ debate There were calls to open up the debate on marijuana after a Harvard lectutuer walked free from court after smuggling the drug on to the island. Mey Akashah made international headlines after being caught at L F Wade with six grammes in a Ziplock bag stashed in her underwear. Criminal lawyer Charles Richardson said he believed the time had come to decriminalize small amounts of soft drugs as islanders responded with outrage, saying a Bermudian would have been more severely punished. n

Hundreds turn out for May 24th parade and races Crowds lined the street to celebrate Bermuda’s annual May 24th traditional parade and races. Chris Estwanik won the men’s Half Marathon race, Ashley Estwanik the women’s, Joanna Shillington the Sinclair Packwood Memorial Race women’s, Dominic Mayho won his first Cycling Race while Messiah Greaves and Aaron Jacobs took the girls and boys Heritage Day Junior Classic titles. n

Expat Stephen Tomlinson was told to pack up his bags and leave the island in just 22 days after living on the island for more than 20 years. The former paint sprayer at HWP was married and had two children who were born on the island yet was given just over

three weeks to wrap up his life and leave. He said: “We got 22 days to pack up and leave and that’s the only thing I think was wrong. If they had said we had to leave and gave a reasonable amount of time, that would not have been a problem.” n

A political comeback for Dr Brown? Dr Ewart Brown said he was not ruling out a return to politics. “I never say never” he said in a radio interview with Sherri Simmons on Magic 102.7 FM. “I’m a political animal by nature and I have told the Premier I’m prepared to help as it seems fit for me to help.” n

A momentous movie project Warwick Academy students begin one of the most ambitious school film projects the island has seen. The LipDub film saw the entire school popula-

tion take part in a single shot, eight-minute movie featuring everything from musicians, dancers and gymnasts to skateboarders, horseriders and skiers. n




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June / Gambling with our tourism trade

Cruise line: we need gaming Roban recalled to Cabinet Walter Roban returned to Cabinet as successor to Derrick Burgess, who resigned as Transport Minister. Mr Roban was recalled to Cabinet just seven months

after resigning his previous Ministry in a row over him granting planning permission to Cabinet colleagues Wayne Furbert and Zane De Silva after they had been denied. n

The Norwegian Breakaway, the 4,000 passenger cruise ship set to debut in Bermuda next year, could be diverted to other locations in 2014 if gambling is not allowed in port. In an exclusive interview, NCL CEO Kevin Sheehan told us he would “seriously” consider changing the itinerary if rules about casinos opening in port are not changed. n

Cops net drugs and ammo Victor Roberts was sentenced for 20 years for his smuggling activities. The $10 million worth of drugs and 200 rounds of ­ammunition, seized when

police smashed a massive smuggling operation, were destined for one of Bermuda’s warring gangs. The haul included heroin, cocaine and cannabis. n

Students star in Warwick Academy film A 1,000-strong team of Warwick Academy students and teachers took part in perhaps the most ambitious school film project ever seen here. The entire student population, and majority of staff

at the school, starred in the eight-minute, continuously shot LipDub film featuring everything from musicians, dancers and gymnasts to skateboarders, horse riders and skiers. n

Flood proves costly, no solution in sight Businesses in Bakery Lane said regular flooding in the Pembroke commercial area will only be solved by expensive pipe-laying. The Lane was nearly inaccessible, except via boat, were under three feet of water following heavy rain. The firms complain this affects business three of four times a year. n

Rust eats away at tourist site The Bermuda Sun broke the story that premier tourist attraction Gibb’s Hill Lighthouse was rusty, needed repairs and a new lick of paint. After a public outcry, Government announced in September it had set aside $500,000 to fix up the Lighthouse. n

Man killed in barbershop Joshua Robinson was killed while at Jason’s Barbershop on North Shore Road. A gunman fired multiple shots at him

before fleeing the scene. Police said the incident was gang related. No arrests have been made. n




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July / Winner stunned

Minors crowned Miss Bermuda Tributes paid to crash victim Devastated friends of a popular hotel worker who died on July 1 in a bike accident have paid tribute to a ‘one of a kind guy’. Christoph Nagel suffered fatal injuries when he

drove over an embankment on his way home from his job at Rosewood Tucker’s Point. Colleagues said the German, 33, always had a smile on his face and could make anyone laugh. n


ochelle Minors, seen here being crowned by Jana Outerbridge, Miss Bermuda 2011, said she was “shocked” when she won the 2012 title. The Berkeley Institute graduate said any girl can dream of being Miss Bermuda if they “put their mind to” it and have the passion and drive to succeed. n

X-ray machine installed The Bermuda Sun provided a first look at the new X-ray machine at the docks, which will move to and fro on metal railings to scan the contents of ship-

ping containers that are on trucks. It instantly transmits photos to a nearby office which can be used for prosecution in smuggling cases. n

Sun reveals AC is bust on 16% of buses The Bermuda Sun broke the story that Bus drivers and ­passengers were sweltering on buses with broken air conditioning. A total of 18 of the fleet of 112 buses have defective climate control — leading to

Bda shorts a hit in London The island’s Olympic team created its usual buzz by walking into the Opening Ceremony in Bermuda shorts. Sailor Zander Kirkland carried the flag after his brother Jesse passed on the honour. n

safety fears as drivers wilt in the heat. One driver said they are working in ‘hazardous conditions’. He told us that bus ­operators can finish the day ­saturated in sweat and ­feeling nauseous. n

Police search for escapee Shane Todd was hunted by police and prison officers after leaving the Prison Farm at Ferry Reach on work release with a charity — but failed to return. We revealed that Todd had been convicted in 2005 of attacks involving five women and of sexually assaulting a teenaged girl in 2004. He was eventually caught and returned to jail. n

Club honours star striker Devonshire Cougars dedicated the 2012-3 football season to Tumani Steede after he died in a bike accident. Steede, 22, was named

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August / New ad campaign launched

Fresh bid to lure tourists here White’s closes its doors White’s in Warwick shuttered its doors after creditors forced the grocery store into liquidation. The other two White’s locations were also closed shortly afterwards as the downturn

in the economy claimed the grocery store chain as one of its victims. Liquidator KPMG said it could not find anyone willing to purchase the store. A total of 85 people lost their jobs. n

Somerset lifts the Cup West end cricket fans celebrated well into the night after Somerset beat St George’s by 10 wickets in Cup Match. It was the first victory for Somerset since 2002. Somerset captain Jekon Edness was able to lift the Cup after teenager Greg Maybury ripped through the St George’s batting order by claiming five wickets on the second day. Fellow teen Kamau Leverock aided in a great bowling attack for SCC. The heat took its toll on the players as several had to be stretchered off the pitch for cramps and dehydration. n


multi-million dollar media campaign to attract more visitors to the island was unveiled by government. Under the slogan ‘Bermuda – so much more’ the new initiative focused on Bermuda’s culture, traditions and history. The $4.8 million multi-media project has been designed to promote the island as an all-year-round destination. n

Veendam makes final call to Hamilton Holland America’s Veendam made its last visit to Hamilton, and with no regular cruise ship visits by any line scheduled for 2013, business leaders said it would spell disaster for the city’s retailers.

Crests to be torn down The Bermuda Sun revealed the naval crests at Dockyard were to be torn down. WEDCO said the crests would be torn down as part of the Albert Row development. n

By the end of the year AS Cooper’s Harbourside and Carole Holding announced they were closing because of the lack of a dedicated cruise ship to Bermuda’s capitol. n

Tourist dies in bike crash Indiana University professor Alexander Doty was walking along Pitts Bay Road when a motorcyclist crashed into him. The 58-year-old sustained serious head injuries and died in hospital. Tennis star David Thomas was later convicted of drink driving and was sentenced to 15 months in prison. n

Shooting crime at Woody’s A man brandished an automatic weapon outside of Woody’s in Sandys and attempted to fire it into a crowd of people. Police

would later arrest two men in connection with the incident. It would be the first of three major crimes at the popular eatery. n




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SEPTEMBER / Caines and Priest steal the show

Spirit of legend Lennon lives on Family’s pain at death A heartbroken wife spoke of her loss after the death of her husband from cancer. Father-of-one Tim Hasselbring was a much-loved


conservationist, educator and businessman, who started the Bermuda Shark Project and captained the Aquarium ship. n

eace and love were out in force at the John Lennon Double Fantasy Tribute Concert at the Botanical Gardens. The sold-out show saw 27 local and international musicians pay tribute to the iconic songwriter. Highlights included Bermudian gospel singer Kassandra Caines and reggae star Maxi Priest, above. n

Paralysed man, 24, is shot dead Wheelchair-bound Lorenzo Stovell was gunned down as he sat in a party bus close to Woody’s Bar in Sandys. The victim’s grieving sister Laurie-Ann said Mr Stovell, whose mother died when he was 14, had been determined to get back walking despite being paralysed after being shot in 2011. n

Canfield is golden boy Taylor Canfield, left, scooped the biggest win of his sailing career when he won the 2012 Argo Group Gold Cup, picking up the King Edward VII Gold Cup Trophy and a cheque for $50,000. n

Leslie whips up fears The Regiment was put on storm standby as Bermuda braced itself for Hurricane Leslie. The island was placed on tropical storm

watch as people began to prepare for the worst. In the end, Leslie moved away from the island, which remained unscathed. n

Behind bars: jail for $1m heroin pair Two men were found guilty of trying to smuggle $1 million worth of heroin into Bermuda on an aircraft. Lorenzo Lottimore and Craig Hatherley were caught after authorities here and in the US uncovered the operation. Lottimore was handed a 15-year sentence, while Hatherley was given six years. n

Mourners pay respects Hundreds of mourners filled the Anglican Cathedral in Hamilton as Bermuda Regiment Major Chris Wheddon was laid to rest.

The hugely-popular serviceman was killed in a car accident when en route to a posting with the British Army. n




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OCTOBER / Major’s criticism sparks response

Stirring a cauldron of controversy Sandy wreaks havoc Islanders caught in the path of ‘Frankenstorm’ Sandy spoke of the devasttion that hit New York and New Jersey.

Bermudian Paget Holland, for example, described how she was ‘scared’ as her apartment quickly became flooded. n


o play in the road was the stinging message from Mayor Graeme Outerbridge to artist Ami Zanders, far right, in a fierce Facebook attack on Bermuda’s art scene. So Zanders and two fellow ‘coven’ members did just that in response, while sporting witches’ hats and T-shirts bearing Mr Outerbridge’s message. n

Irish eyes smiling at Port Royal Padraig Harrington made the most of his late call-up with a stunning win at the PGA Grand Slam of Golf at Port Royal Golf Course. The Irishman, left, was in Bermuda only because of the last-minute withdrawal of Ernie Els through injury. But that didn’t stop the three-time Major winner from carding a one-shot victory. n

Trouble for businesses Anxiety heightened over the state of the economy after Capital G Bank made 13 staff redundant and a city fast food restaurant altered its opening times in a bid to generate more revenue. n

‘Uyghurs could leave’ Bermuda’s four Uyghur refugees sparked fresh controversy after the US government reportedly contradicted the UK posi-

tion that talks were ongoing over resettling the men in the US. Acting Governor David Arkley said that had not been ruled out. n

Perozzi left baffled by drawn fight Bermuda’s Teresa Perozzi was left perplexed after judges ruled she failed to do enough to win her WBC & WBA middleweight unification championship bout against Tori Nelson at Fairmont Southampton. The majority draw decision meant Perozzi kept her WBA belt but failed to prize away the WBC from her rival. A rematch has been set for February at the Berkeley Institute. n

Pioneers light up Tedx This iconic image of Ray Charles was taken by legendary photographer Norman Seeff, who was one of the guests at the success-

ful Tedx Bermuda conference. Also speaking were Apple and Pepsi CEO John Sculley and paralympian Jessica Lewis. n





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NOVEMBER / Australia clinch glory in final clash

Arrest clouds World Rugby Classic Date set for election The battle lines were drawn as Premier Paula Cox named the date for the upcoming General Election — December 17.


The declaration was made at a packed PLP rally, where the party saluted the 14th anniversary of assuming power. n

he World Rugby Classic was another thrilling spectacle at the National Sports Centre — although this year it was tinged with controversy. South Africa’s Robbie Kempson was arrested, although not charged, after an off-the-ball incident with USA’s Leif Gibson. The Springboks lost the final, above, 15-5 to an inspired Australia side. n

Cold war on the docks threatened A contractor threated to pull the plug on its power supply to Hamilton Docks because it says Government had not paid its bill for months. The electricity was supplied to banks of refrigerated containers, meaning food and other perishables on the docks would be ruined. The dispute was later settled. n

War dead honoured Hamilton held a moving Remembrance parade, left, at the Cenotaph as hundreds of people honoured the island’s war veterans and those who lost their lives in the two World Wars. n

The glitz of Broadway Warwick Academy students put on a spectacular production of Cabaret packed with glitz, glamour and sinister undertones.

Rocket men land to clear up debris A rocket part that ended up in Bermuda floated for hundreds of miles across the Atlantic before it washed up on Horseshoe Bay. Visiting experts arrived on the island to collect and take back a piece of satellite casing that fell to earth from the Atlas 5 rocket launched from Cape Canaveral. “It’s pretty rare for this stuff to survive,” said expert Dan Reichel. n

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December / Political sea change

OBA swept into power Toy guns, real ammo Police told our reporter Simon Jones that imitation guns were increasingly being used by criminals cruelly taking advantage of a climate of fear. Nearly half of the ‘firearms’ seized by police in 2012 were fakes and many were used in terrifying crimes. Police also reported that in incidents in which real guns are used, it is evident that there is more real ammunition available to gunmen. n

Cayman Premier arrested


raig Cannonier’s One Bermuda Alliance party won an historic first election on December 17 when it defeated the Progressive Labour Party 19 seats to 17. Among the PLP’s casualties were Premier Paula Cox, Education Minister Dame Jennifer Smith and Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Patrice Minors. The OBA celebrated its victory after Nandi Davis won by four votes over Renee-Ming-Anderson in St George’s West in a three-way battle that included incumbent Kim Swan. The PLP had been in power for 14 years. n

Views were mixed on whether the arrest of Cayman Islands Premier McKeeva Bush, on corruption charges, might help or hurt Bermuda. Some said it could steer business our way, others that it trained a harsh new spotlight on offshore jurisdictions generally. Cayman business figures spun it as proof that the island is serious about playing by the rules. n

Pool set to create 12 jobs Voting vet We met Doris Corbin, who at 101-years-old, has probably voted in more elections than any other islander. She started voting in the 1930s and told us she has voted in every election since. n

‘Hotel’ fire A blaze severely damaged the old Canadian Hotel on Reid Street. Luckily no-one was hurt. n

‘Secret plan’ causes stir New Cabinet sworn in Our Don Burgess reported that the opening of the National Aquatics Centre next spring will help create 12 new jobs. And at full capacity, there will be up to 24 people engaged in some capacity at the facility. n

A consultant’s report allegedly laying out a UBP game plan to win the black vote re-surfaced and was used by the PLP to taint the OBA. Use of the phrase ‘black surrogate’ was the most contentious part, but we wrote that the report had already been explained and dismissed three years before. n

Overcome with emotion, Leah Scott was comforted by Governor George Fergusson as she was sworn-in as the OBA’s Minister Without Portfolio. Among her colleagues appointed to Cabinet were Bob Richards, Dr Grant Gibbons, Nalton Brangman, Trevor Moniz and Mark Pettingill. n

Bermuda Sun 2012 Year in Review  
Bermuda Sun 2012 Year in Review  

2012 Year in Review: from the Bermuda Sun's archives