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Location of Bermuda off the coast of America
Coat of Arms of Bermuda

Bermuda (officially, The Bermuda Islands or The Somers Isles) is a British overseas territory in the North Atlantic Ocean. Located off the east coast of the United States, it is situated around 1770 km (1,100 mi) northeast of Miami, Florida and 1350 km (840 mi) south of Halifax, Nova Scotia. The nearest landmass is Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, about 1030 km (640 mi) west-northwest (see Geography section below). It is the oldest and most populous remaining British overseas territory, settled by England a century before the Acts of Union that created the Kingdom of Great Britain.

Bermuda has a thriving economy, with a large financial sector and tourism industry giving it the world's highest GDP per capita in 2005. It has a sub-tropical climate, pink beaches, and cerulean blue oceans.

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The House of Assembly is the lower house of the Parliament of Bermuda. The house has 36 members, each elected for a five year term in a single seat constituencies.

The House of Assembly was originally the only house of Bermuda's parliament, and held its first session in 1620. It first met in Saint Peter's Church, in the original colonial capital, Saint George's, until its own building, the State House, was completed, also in 1620. It met in the State House until the capital was moved to Hamilton in 1815.

The House of Assembly was created at a time when Bermuda, or The Somers Isles, was administered by the Somers Isles Company (1615-1684), an offshoot of the Virginia Company. It was overseen by a Governor appointed by the Company (from 1684, by the Crown), although, for much of the colony's history, the real political power lay with the appointed Privy council, or Governor's Council, composed of members of Bermuda's wealthy merchant class. During periods when the colony was without a Governor, the President of the Council might find himself Acting Governor, also. The balance of power began to shift away from the Council in the 19th Century, when Bermuda assumed a new importance in Imperial security, and when the Governor became also the Commander in Chief of the naval establishment and military garrison. Following revisions made to Bermuda's parliamentary system in the 1960s, the two roles once performed by the dissolved Council are now performed by an appointed upper house, the Senate, and a Cabinet, which is composed of Ministers appointed from elected Members of Parliament from the House of Assembly. (more...)

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Leonardo Shaun Goater MBE (born 25 February 1970 in Hamilton, Bermuda) is a footballer who played as a striker for a number of English clubs in the 1990s and 2000s.

Goater's first professional club was Manchester United, but he did not reach the first team, making his League debut in 1989 after moving to Rotherham. He played for Rotherham for seven years before moving to Bristol City in 1996. Two years later he moved to Manchester City for a fee of £400,000.

He is most well known for his time at Manchester City, where he scored over 100 goals between 1998 and 2003, finishing as the club's top scorer for four consecutive seasons. After leaving City, Goater had spells with Reading, Coventry and Southend United, before retiring in May 2006. (more...)

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  • Wikinews Bermuda portal
    • October 16: Hurricane warning goes into effect in Bermuda as Gonzalo nears
    • November 10: Drunken passenger triggers UK-Dominican Republic flight's diversion to Bermuda
    • August 24: Atlantic storm Danielle strengthens to hurricane force
    • August 22: New England, Canada brace for Hurricane Bill
    • August 19: Hurricane Bill now a Category 4 storm
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Bermuda Gazette of 12 November, 1796, calling for privateering against Spain and its allies, and with advertisements for crew for two privateer vessels.

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Buildings and structures Royal Naval Dockyard, Bermuda | The Fairmont Hamilton Princess | Somerset Bridge, Bermuda | Ashley House | Government House, Bermuda
Culture Bermudian English | Coat of arms of Bermuda | Public holidays in Bermuda | Victoria Park, Hamilton
Economy Bermuda Monetary Authority | Bermuda Stock Exchange | Bermudian dollar | Bermudian pound | The Bank of Bermuda |

ACE Ltd. | HSBC | ACE Ltd. | MS Frontier Reinsurance | Bermuda Industrial Union | Bermuda Public Services Association

Communications .bm | List of NANP area codes | Area code 441 | Bermuda Broadcasting | List of television stations in Bermuda | Template:Bermuda TV | VSB-TV | ZBM-TV | ZFB-TV
Environment Flora and fauna in Bermuda | Juniperus bermudiana | Bermuda National Trust | Bermuda Petrel | Bermuda Rock Skink | Common Ground Dove | Eastern Bluebird | Gray Catbird | Great Kiskadee | Mourning Dove | Northern Cardinal |

White-eyed Vireo | White-tailed Tropicbird | Yellow-crowned Night Heron

History Bermuda Admiralty Case | Bermuda Militia 1612-1687 | Bermuda Militia 1687-1813 | Bermuda Militia 1813 | Bermuda Militias 1612-1815 | Bermuda Volunteer/Territorial Army Units 1895-1965 | Hurricane Fabian | Royal Air Force, Bermuda, 1939-1945 | Sea Venture | George Somers | Somers Isles Company | Thomas Gates (governor) | USN Submarine Base, Ordnance Island, Bermuda | London Company
Politics House of Assembly of Bermuda | List of Premiers of Bermuda | Parliament of Bermuda | Politics of Bermuda | Senate of Bermuda | List of political parties in Bermuda | Progressive Labour Party (Bermuda) | United Bermuda Party
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