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The Bermuda shipwreck Montana featured on BBC

April 19, 2014 - Author: bdadmin
Nola shipwreck in Bermuda is on TV in UK.

The boiler of the 1863 Montana. *Photo supplied

A Bermuda shipwreck has featured on a major UK TV series.

The wreck of the ‘Nola’, which is also known as the Montana, appeared in the BBC programme about well-known Scottish-built vessels.

The TV series, “Clydebuilt: The Ships that Made the Commonwealth”, is presented by Scottish actor and TV presenter David Hayman.

The Montana sank in 1863 and sits just outside Western Blue Cut next to the wreck of the Constellation.

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Bermuda denies work permits to Rebecca Middleton documentary film crew

April 8, 2014 - Author: bdadmin
Documentary - Rebecca Middleton.

Documentary – Rebecca Middleton.

from the calgary herald, jamaican observer:

HAMILTON, Bermuda – Bermuda has denied temporary work permits to a film crew working on a documentary about the unsolved slaying of a teenage Canadian tourist, Rebecca Middleton, in 1996.

Citing “potential reputational risks,” Home Affairs Minister Michael Fahy said over the weekend that the Canadian production team was denied permits to work in Bermuda after careful consideration.

Montreal-based Cineflix plans a TV documentary about the high-profile case of Rebecca Middleton, a Belleville, Ontario girl who was raped and murdered on her 17th birthday while vacationing in Bermuda.

Two men were charged in the crime, but only one with murder. The charges were later dropped for lack of evidence.

Cineflix spokeswoman Vanessa Marra said in an email late Sunday that the planned documentary will proceed but all interviews will be conducted outside the British territory.

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“Beaches are safe” says Health Minister

April 4, 2014 - Author: bdadmin

Here is a video of the Bermuda Minister of Health disputing the claims of contamination on Bermuda’s beaches by the US Consulate. shot by Bernews:

Here is a chart showing the health of Bermuda’s beach water for the year 2013:

Chart showing the health of Bermuda's beach water

Chart showing the health of Bermuda’s beach water

In response to Warning of Contaminated Beaches by the US Consulate, BEST Chairman Stuart Hayward said, “This is a situation where we are caught between the Devil and the deep blue sea, somewhat literally. The weather conditions that lead to the worst occurrences of pollution from the Seabright outfall are not common.

“To the best of my knowledge, sewage-related diseases have occurred here rarely, if ever. Still, we are the most densely populated oceanic island on the planet. Managing our waste isn’t easy and it isn’t going to get any easier.

“What can we do? Sure we could wish that the message had been a little softer, a little kinder. We could also wish that our waste policy-makers had done a little more, a little sooner. But we can’t make the results of the study disappear. Neither can we fault the US Consul’s discharge of his duty to his homeland’s citizens.

“The best we can hope for is rapid movement to further improve the way we handle sewage, followed by some reflection of that improvement in an updated message from the Consul General to his fellow Americans.

“Meanwhile we need to give far more attention to Bermuda’s carrying capacity: How many people can fit on this Island without making it an unhealthy place to live, and visit,” added Mr. Hayward.

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180 applications received for Newport Bermuda Race

April 3, 2014 - Author: bdadmin
Newport Bermuda 2014 Race.

2014 Newport/Bermuda race information for captains, crew and fans.

from Sail-World

The Newport Bermuda Race deadline passed on April 1 with 180 applications for entry having been received for racing that will start on June 20 off Castle Hill in Newport. Broken down by the biennial race’s five divisions, the entries are: St. David’s Lighthouse, 91 boats; Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, 10; Cruiser, 36; Double-Handed, 26; Open, 2. Fifty-one captains have indicated that this is their boats’ first Newport Bermuda Race. The 2012 race had 165 starters.

Officials of the Bermuda Race Organizing Committee advise that entry numbers and divisional assignments may change. Sixteen entering captains are undecided about which division to enter, and more applications for entry are expected at the race’s website, at the Guide to Entry button. Late entries may be subject to a time penalty.

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“Contaminated beaches”? | US warns about southshore beaches

April 1, 2014 - Author: bdadmin
Warwick Long Bay Beach in Bermuda.  Is it too contaminated for swimming?
US warns of safety hazzards at south shore beaches.

Photograph of Elbow Beach in Bermuda. Is it safe to swim?

[Press Release - March 31, 2014] The U.S. Consulate General in Hamilton, Bermuda, informs U.S. citizens of a public concern regarding the contamination of beaches.  A scientific study conducted in 2013 by the University of Laval, the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences, the Bermuda Departments of Conservation, Health, and Environment, and the Bermuda Central Government Laboratory reports that ongoing dumping of raw sewage off Bermuda’s south coast causes intermittent contamination of the waters along the island’s south shore beaches, creating a public health hazard.  Changing weather conditions – wind, swells, tides, and rain – can bring rapid degradation of water quality along the beaches, resulting in human bacteria levels from fecal contamination up to four times the acceptable U.S. standard.  In 2013, as many as five of the beaches were described as “unfit for recreational use” on different occasions based on water samples.

According to the study, possible negative health effects for swimmers include gastroenteritis, ear infections, respiratory illnesses, and staph infections.  In addition, as a general medical matter, persons exposed to sewage-contaminated water face increased risk of Hepatitis A, eye infections, and typhoid.  Those who intend to enter the waters along the south shore may wish to consider Hepatitis A and typhoid immunizations prior to doing so.  The Government of Bermuda has announced that it plans to take measures to reduce or treat the outfall, but as of March 2014, the dumping continues unabated.

To obtain Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travel notices, call the CDC at 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636) from within the United States, or 1-404-639-3534 from overseas, or visit the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov/travel.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Bermuda enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at http://www.Travel.State.Gov. STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency.  If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Regularly monitor the State Department’s website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution. Read the Country Specific Information for Bermuda.  For additional information, refer to “A Safe Trip Abroad” on the State Department’s website.

Contact the U.S. embassy or consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions. You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). Follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and download our free Smart Traveler iPhone App to have travel information at your fingertips.  The U.S. Consulate in Hamilton is located at 16 Middle Road, Devonshire DV 03 and is open Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and can be reached at (441) 295-1342.  If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, the after hours emergency number for the U.S. Consulate is (441) 335-3828. The U.S. Consulate website is http://hamilton.usconsulate.gov.

http://hamilton.usconsulate.gov/warden_messages/released-march-31-2014—security-message-for-u.s.-citizens-contaminated-beaches

 

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What is Public Works doing?

March 19, 2014 - Author: bdadmin
Bermuda Works and Engineering inspects the Causeway.

Bermuda Works and Engineering workers inspect the Causeway.

Here is a point by point presentation of just what the Ministry of Public Works is planning to do this year.  Taken directly from the Budget:

•Following the serious fire that took place at Marsh Folly dump in March 2012, the Ministry now regularly carries out infrared surveillance to check for hot spots.  During fiscal 2013-14 only three hot spots have been detected to-date which were dealt with before they became an issue.

• Total number of visitors to the Agricultural Exhibition last year: 23,000

• The amount of road centre line that has been marked out during fiscal 2013-14 is likely to reach 20km. 

• In January the Ministry made $15,000 profit from the export and sale of old car batteries. 

• Cost savings will be made by keeping the Swing Bridge closed this year. 

• The amount of recycling materials picked up in a month for fiscal 2013-14 is 100 tons and the amount of e-waste picked up in the year will be around 40 tons.

• A total of 95 new plants and animals, and 141 photographic images were added to the collections in 2013 at BAMZ.

• During fiscal 2013-14 speed humps were placed by Works and Engineering crews in several locations such as on Berkeley Road, Woodlawn Road and Harrington Sound Road. Crews also brought some more electronic speed signs on the island such as the one placed on Middle Road Devonshire by Somerfield Academy. 

Ministry of Public Works - Works and Engineering in Bermuda.

Ministry of Public Works – Works and Engineering in Bermuda.

• It is anticipated that there will have been five new bus shelters placed during fiscal 2013-14.

• The Waste Management budget has been decreased by $229,000 as compared to the 2013/14 Budget. This is as a result of a reduction in the amount of advertising and marketing as well as the removal of the KBB subsidy.

• In fiscal 2014-15 the new weigh bridge will be operational at the Airport Disposal Facility which will enable the Ministry to charge deliveries by the ton as opposed to the current mechanism of which is by the load. This will enable a more equitable pricing mechanism to be levied.   It is forecasted that 20,000 loads of materials will be delivered to the Airport Disposal facility and the number of cars scrapped will be around 800 in the coming year.

• The Tynes Bay Waste to Energy Facility generates a forecast 6000 cubic yards of ash concrete that is used to form part of the land reclamation and storm protection at the airport waste management facility.   

• In fiscal 2014/15 some of the schemes planned are:

• A roundabout at the junction of Middle Road and North Shore in Flatts

• A realignment of St David’s Road between number 1 and number 2 gates to use the old base road.

• Widening of Middle Road Warwick east of Burnt House Hill

• Traffic light control at the junction of Middle Road Southampton and Rockaway

• A roundabout at the junction of Blackwatch Pass and North Shore in Pembroke.

• $50,000 will be used to carry out design work on providing new facilities at the Quarry Depot.  

   

• An Estate Management Plan is currently being developed.

• The Capital Expenditure for the proposed bathroom upgrades at the Government Administration Building and General Post Office has been given an allocation of $200,000. 

• During the financial year 2013/2014 a number of upgrades were completed with some nearing completion.  These include the refurbishment and painting of Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, new roofs on the Prospect Depot building, Clearwater Middle School gym roof and Sandy’s Middle School Library roof.  (These two school roof repairs will enable the schools to provide hurricane shelters at the East and West end during the hurricane season).   The cleaning and painting of a number of schools was also completed in the 2013/2014 fiscal year and these including St George’s Pre School, East End Primary, Prospect Primary, West Pembroke Primary and Heron Bay Primary.  West End Primary also benefited from and electrical upgrade during the year. 

• Both the Government Administration building and General Post Office’s roofs are to be repaired, resealed and painted.  Their exteriors will also be repainted and the General Post Office will have new windows installed.

• In 2013/14, the Ministry of Public Works offered a total of 142 hours of safety training. 

• In 2013/14 The Sponsorship Programme continued to progress. The programme is a technical sponsored education initiative which is aimed at fast tracking the traditional Apprenticeship Programme and allows the students exposure to modern, professional working environments at the onset. The first set of students went off to New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) in January 2013. The students are currently studying the following disciplines: Associates Degree Programme- Automotive Technology- Associates Degree Programme-Automotive Collision and Repair Technology-  Bachelor Degree Programme-Automotive Service Management Technology.

• There are six apprentices in the Building Maintenance Section who are currently attending Bermuda College studying Electrical Wiring and two employees who are continuing their studies overseas in the United Kingdom for Vehicle Body Collision and Spray Painting.

 

• The Ministry of Public Works also plays a part in the Government-wide Bursary Scheme and have two Bursary Students assigned to the Ministry. 

 

• The Department of Parks will not be providing lifeguards for Coopers Island Nature Reserve, at Long Beach this year. 

• The total Number of camping and special permits issued during fiscal 2013-14: 600. The increase in the number of Special Permits issued reflects the popularity of the National Parks as venues for social functions such as church and family picnics, weddings and family reunions.  n

• Total number of Lifeguard Rescues during fiscal 2013-14: 74.

• Total number of plants installed at Government House during fiscal 2013-14: 10,000.

• Total number of woodchip truckloads supplied to schools, playgrounds and Botanical gardens by Parks crews during fiscal 2013-14: 200.

• Total number of events in the Botanical Gardens during fiscal 2013-14: 45.

• Total number of bedding plants produced at Tulo Valley Nursery during fiscal 2013-14: 40,000.

• Total number of adult admissions for Forts and Historical Sites during fiscal 2013-14: 3000

• Total number of children admissions for Forts and Historical Sites during fiscal 2013-14: 1000.

• Total number of school or senior tours for Forts and Historical Sites during fiscal 2013-14: 30.

• Total number of acres of railway trail managed per year by Parks: 70.

• Total number of visitors to the Agricultural Exhibition last year: 23,000

• The Woodland Management Team of Parks will create a walking trail at Admiralty House Park to encourage activity in the more remote, yet beautiful section of this  property.

• At Fort George major works were carried out by Parks teams last year including cutting away the vegetation on the moat floor and removal of root systems on the moat and building walls, treating the roots with herbicides, resurfacing of the moat floor and removal of horticultural debris and waste from the site.

• Last year Parks installed gates at Southlands to prevent dumping of rubble and old furniture etc.

• Planning approval has been received for the John Smiths Bay restrooms and lifeguard facility.  Excavation has begun and the tendering process has commenced.

• Planning approval has been received for the footbridge at Baileys Bay, and clearance work on the adjacent section of the Railway Trail has been carried out in anticipation of the installation of the footbridge.

• The Department of Parks had two employees graduate from the Park Maintenance Management School at the Oglebay National Training Center, which is affiliated with North Carolina State University.

• The Department of Parks intends to carry out the following projects for 2014/15:

1)        Completion of the Southlands Management Plan

2)        Renovation of Parson’s Road Playground

3) Repairs to the Kindley Field Boat ramp, which is one of the few public boat ramps in the island

4) Installation of Cannon onto turrets at Alexandra Battery

5)        Installation of Number One Gun onto a wooden carriage at Fort St. Catherine

6) Movies in the Park Series from June through September 2014

7) Christmas in the Park and Craft Market in December 2014

8) Upgrade the Department of Parks website

9) Completion of the Maintenance yard facility, to replace the original destroyed by Hurricane Fabian     

10) Completion of the John Smiths Bay bathroom and Lifeguard facility

• The Department of Conservation Services’ expenditure for 2014/2015 is a reduction of 5% on the original estimate for 2013/2014.  This decrease is primarily accounted for by the closure of the library every Friday, reduction in daily maintenance of the Bermuda Aquarium Museum and Zoo (BAMZ), termination of the marine ecology water quality project and the promotion budget. 

• The vast majority of the capital development allocation for Conservation Services this year will be used to support the repair of the Aquarium Hall Roof. The renovations are scheduled to begin in 2014 and will be completed in phases in order to allow the aquarium to remain open during the six months it is anticipated that the work will take.

• Admissions and subsequently the revenue for the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo have remained relatively stable from last year with visitation being over 84,000 people.

• This year the Department of Conservation Services continued to aggressively implement its invasive animal control program concentrating on the management of Red Eared Sliders, feral pigeons, feral chickens and crows. As a result over 8,500 have been culled from across the island. 

• This year the department of Conservation Services launched Bermuda’s first official GeoTour. Since the launch on July 3rd 2013 over 50 people have successfully completed the tour, including a number that came to Bermuda specifically for the tour. The GeoTour is a unique way of drawing visitors to Bermuda and also of encouraging residents to get outside and explore Bermuda unique environment.

• This year the websitewww.conservation.bm received over 150,000 visits from users seeking information on Bermuda’s flora and fauna this year.

 Additions to Conservation Services’ website in 2013 included a feral bird control request form, enabling the public to easily submit a request for feral birds to be removed from their properties. This online system has already received over 400 requests for service.

• Work continued last year on the active recovery of Bermuda’s most endangered plants and animals. Much of this work continues to be done in partnership with local and overseas partners at minimal cost to the tax payer. Key species included active recovery of the Diamondback Terrapin, Sea grasses, Skink, Killifish, Cahow, Endemic Land Snail, Governor Laffan Fern and Longtail.

 The Department of Conservation Services completed a national recovery plan for managing Bermuda’s native Diamondback Terrapin. As part of the plan the department successfully artificially incubated Diamondback Terrapin eggs as part of a population enhancement initiative. As a result a total of 30 terrapin hatchlings were released into wetlands that have been identified as critical habitat for this reptile.

 A series of Bermuda Skink surveys were performed last year in a number of parks and nature reserves by Conservation Services’ staff. 12 skinks were captured and transferred to the Chester Zoo in the U.K. to be part of an off-island captive breeding population.

• Last year the Department of Conservation Services collaborated with a scientist from St. Louis University in the U.S.A. to study the taxonomic diversity of all killifish presently living on Bermuda. It is anticipated that this study will address a number of action items in the Bermuda killifish recovery plan and ultimately provide critical information necessary to continue managing these endangered and unique species.

• The major work of the year for Conservation Services was to apply for and successfully obtain the facility’s Accreditation through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

• The number of visiting scientists and graduate students to BAMZ increased to 35, compared to 20 in 2012.

• BAMZ Museum staff delivered 57 lectures, tours and field trips to a variety of local and visiting student groups last year.

• This past year was the seventh year of the Marine Habitat Assessment Program.  The marine ecology team resurveyed the 183 sites, which include coral reef, seagrass, algal beds and sand habitat, across the Bermuda Platform that were first surveyed in 2007. The captured data is continually analysed to determine whether there have been any changes in these marine habitats as well as the water column.

• This summer the marine ecology section, in collaboration with scientists from Florida International University, US National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Bermuda Turtle Project, continued to study the effects of green turtle grazing on seagrass. A better understanding of the relationship between green turtles and their essential habitats in Bermuda is pivotal for developing a conservation strategy that protects both the turtles and their habitat. As part of the study video cameras were attached to 19 green turtles. The video footage captured confirmed for the first time the food preferences of Bermuda’s green turtles and provide new information about their behavior

• The Marine History and Ocean Human Health Section of Conservation Services hosted and assisted in story production for a BBC Scotland film crew looking at the shipwreck “the Montana” a civil war blockade-runner, for a section in a 3 part series on Scottish built ships and how they changed the world.

• The work of The Marine History and Ocean Human Health Section featured in several local and international online and paper publications including LeFigaro and Agence France Presse and was instrumental in pulling together Bermuda’s attendance at two successful commercial dive shows in the UK and the US.

 The Custodian of wrecks has helped lead the research and writing NOAA and the Waitt Institute for the production of a comprehensive report on the archaeological recovery of artefacts from the “Mary Celestia”.

• In 2013 the “Mary Celestia” was featured as the first shipwreck to appear as a full virtual swim through on Google Maps street View survey.  

• The population of Bermuda’s unique and endangered National Bird, the Cahow, has grown to a new record number of 105 nesting pairs, and 57 chicks fledged in 2013. This compares to only 18 nesting pairs with eight chicks in 1960. 

 Phase 1 of the restoration of Coopers Island Nature Reserve has been completed with the demolition of several large buildings, major stands of invasive trees removed from the Well Bay Beach area and the planting of over 1,500 native and endemic plants. 

 A new interpretive display describing protected species and habitats was installed in the Octagon building on Nonsuch Island Nature Reserve to assist with future education tours.

• A new infra-red “burrow-cam” was installed inside a Cahow nest burrow on Nonsuch Island to enable video footage of the growth of a Cahow chick to be taken through its development and posted on the internet for the first time for the benefit of the public and students. This will be live-streamed to enable live viewing during 2014.

• Works are being undertaken on Castle Island by the Terrestrial Conservation Officer and Crew to protect the historic fortifications of King’s Castle Fort and Devonshire Redoubt Fort from rampant growth of invasive Casuarina trees.

• Environmental tourism gained momentum in 2013 when a tour group of European birders and nature tour company guides travelled to Bermuda in November specifically to see Bermuda’s Cahow. This has already resulted in two more tours being booked from the U.K. for November of 2014.

 1128 visitors, 903 of which were students, were given guided tours of The Nonsuch Island Nature Reserve during 2013

• In the year to come the Department will focus on:

1.         Managing and improving the Bermuda Aquarium Museum and Zoo;

2.         Developing and implementing a  national strategy for the control and management of invasive species;

3.         Continued recovery of Bermuda’s most threatened species and habitats;

4.         Management of Cooper’s Island, Nonsuch Island and Castle Island nature reserves;

5.         Providing advice and developing effective guidance on proposed development  to minimize impact on conservation areas;

6.         Managing Bermuda’s reef platform and coastal areas;

7.         Studying and promoting Bermuda’s unique marine heritage;

8.         Developing an eco-tourism strategy that capitalises on Bermuda’s unique natural and marine heritage.

• In the coming year BAMZ will renovate the existing Bermuda Zoological Society Gift Shop. These renovations will be accomplished through corporate donations and existing BZS funds.

• This year the department will develop Recovery plans for Bermuda’s endemic cave fauna, the Yellowwood tree, Seahorses and resident sea turtles as mandated by the Protected Species Act.

• A new interpretive site mapping will be developed for each nature reserve displaying walking trails and key areas of interest. This year maps will be developed for Spittal Pond, Cooper’s Island and Nonsuch Island.

• The Department is currently developing the web-based Bermuda Plantfinder customized to Bermuda’s needs. This product will not only enable easy identification of Bermuda’ common and not so common plants but will give helpful advice on where and what to plant for different situations.

 The Natural History Museum anticipates completing a Biodiversity Species website giving public access to taxonomic information on all species of plants and animals in Bermuda, along with access to a complete bibliography of all research publications with respect to Bermuda’s natural history, ecology and oceanography.

 This year the marine conservation section of Conservation Services will complete the eight- year Marine Habitat Assessment Program which will provide data on over 183 sites across Bermuda’s reef platform. This data set will help develop an integrated Marine Spatial Plan for Bermuda’s reef platform.

 This year the Department of Conservation Services will undertake an island-wide GIS Based survey and assessment of Mangroves, which will be developed into a recovery plan for this key species and as part of critical information needed for disaster management, such as an oil spill.

• The Historic Wrecks Authority will undertake a review of the Wrecks legislation, develop a National Underwater Cultural Heritage Management Plan and continue the Protected Dive Site Mooring program as an important component of the National Tourism Plan for offshore Bermuda.

• Parks saw a 48% decrease in their Travel budget during fiscal 2013-14.

• For the coming year the Department of Works and Engineering will be looking at new and innovative ways to reduce the energy costs of street lighting and its impact on the country’s carbon footprint.  The current trial of the use of LED (Light Emitting Diode) technology on Trimingham Hill between the Crow lane and South Road roundabouts is an example of this.

 A significant amount of sidewalks have been constructed during the fiscal year 2013-14. Examples include North Shore Pembroke by Grassy Bay and North Shore Smiths by Gibbet Island which not only improved safety for pedestrians but motorists as well.

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Scam Alert – ‘Malaysian MH370 Plane Found In Bermuda Triangle’

March 17, 2014 - Author: bdadmin
Malaysia Airlines - Bermuda Triangle Scam.

Malaysia Airlines – Bermuda Triangle Scam.

from hoax-slayer

According to a message that is currently being distributed on Facebook, missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 has been located in the Bermuda Triangle. And, claims the message, the passengers on the plane are alive. The post invites users to click a link to view breaking news footage of the miracle discovery. It features a teaser image supposedly depicting the downed plane in the water with rescuers ferrying passengers to the nearby shore.

However, the claims in the message are callous lies perpetrated by immoral Facebook survey scammers. The missing aircraft certainly has not been found in the Bermuda Triangle and the promised video footage does not exist. At the time of writing, the location of the plane and the fate of its passengers were still unconfirmed.

The image used in the scam post shows a Lion Air passenger plane that crashed into the sea when landing on Bali in April 2013. While there were some injuries in the crash, there were no fatalities. The picture has no connection whatsoever with flight MH370.

Those who fall for the trick and click the link in the scam post will first be taken to a fake Facebook page and told that they must share the same message with their Facebook friends before they can access the supposed video. This tactic tricks them into doing the scammer’s dirty work by promoting the message across the network.

Once they have shared as requested, users will then be taken to another fake page that supposedly hosts the video. However, a popup ‘Security Check’ window will appear that claims that they must prove that they are human by clicking a link and participating in an online survey or offer.

But, no matter how many surveys or offers they complete, they will never get to see the promised video.

The surveys will ask users to provide their mobile phone numbers, ostensibly to get survey results or register for a prize. But, fine print on the page will inform users that, by submitting their phone numbers, they are actually signing up to a very expensive SMS subscription that takes several dollars from the user’s phone account every time it sends a text. Other surveys or offers may ask users to provide their name, address and phone number to continue participation. This information will later be shared with online marketers, resulting in unwanted email, phone calls and surface mail.

The people who create these survey scams earn money from affiliate marketing schemes whenever a user participates in a survey.

Sadly, these contemptible individuals seemingly have no scruples and are happy to capitalize on tragedies such as MH370 to further their own nefarious objectives. If one of these scam messages comes your way, do not click on any links that it contains.

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Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Is There a Bermuda Triangle Connection?

March 13, 2014 - Author: bdadmin
New Bermuda Triangle in Malaysia.

Boeing 777-200LR – Similar to one lost in the ‘new’ Bermuda Triangle.

from livescience:

As officials from several countries, and dozens of planes and boats, scour the South China Sea and the Bay of Bengal for the mysteriously missing China-bound Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 with 239 people aboard, some people are wondering if there might be some connection to the Bermuda Triangle.

It was inevitable that the disappearance would evoke comparisons to the infamous supposed patch of water into which ships and planes are said to vanish without a trace. Several days ago, a Malaysian politician tweeted, “New Bermuda Triangle detected in Vietnam waters, well-equipped sophisticated devices are of no use!” This outraged many people, who deemed his comments insensitive, and he later apologized.

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The phrase “Bermuda Triangle” was coined in 1964, but it only became known worldwide a decade later, when Charles Berlitz, whose family created the popular series of language-instruction courses, wrote a book about it. Berlitz believed the legendary lost island subcontinent continent of Atlantis was real and somehow responsible for mysterious disappearances off the coast of Florida.

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Bermuda Bistro at The Beach has 100% Bermudians on staff

March 12, 2014 - Author: bdadmin
Bermuda jobs and employment.

Bermuda Bistro at The Beach to be 100% Bermudian!

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excerpted from bermudasun
Don Burgess, Deputy Editor
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 7:50 AM

…”As of April 1, Bermuda Bistro at the Beach’s 40+ staff will all be Bermudians. Owner Rick Olson said he set out two years ago to make this reality, which has been fueled by the current economic climate in Bermuda.

He said locals are more likely to take jobs that have unsociable hours now as they try to make ends meet.

“This is part of a process over the last two years to try to Bermudianize.

Richard Olson Bermuda

Rick Olson, owner of Bermuda Bistro

The talent pool is so much better now than it was three, four or five years ago when it was virtually impossible to find decent people to work in a local bar. They would rather work in a hotel where there were more sociable hours. We’re open to three in the morning, seven days a week, and it’s tough to find people that want to work those hours.” “…

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Celebrity Cruises New Incentive: free pick-up service for Bermuda cruises

March 11, 2014 - Author: bdadmin
View of the Explorer of the Sea in Dockyard, Bermuda.

Cruise ship from our table in Bonefish Bar and Grill in Royal Naval Dockyard, Bermuda.

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Celebrity Cruises is now offering an extra added incentive for New Yorkers and those in the Tri-State area this summer for Bermuda cruisers. FREE PICK-UP!

The cruise line announced a promotion on Thursday offering free door-to-door transportation to Cape Liberty terminal in Bayonne, New Jersey for New York area residents cruising on Celebrity Crise Lines.

Cruisers are eligible for the perk when booking a 7-night Bermuda voyage on the Celebrity Summit ship sailing between May 4 and August 31 to Kings Wharf in Dockyard, Bermuda.

Celebrity has said that this is the first time it has offered a courtesy Black Car service and will be available to guests booking a suite who live within a 50-mile radius of the cruise terminal.

Celebrity cruise line is also extending the promotion to include round-trip transportation to the airport for bookings made for European cruises of 7 nights or longer.

Reservations must be made by March 31 and can only be booked through a travel agent, Celebrity said.
Thursday, March 6, 2014

 source

 

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