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No radiation risk, say local experts

The Island should be at a safe distance from Japan's radiation leaks, according to local scientists.

Contaminants released by quake-damaged nuclear plants are “expected at this point to remain in the Pacific basin”, according to a joint statement from Bermuda Weather Service director Mark Guishard and environmental investigator Andrew Peters of the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS).

Models show that plumes of irradiated air are “unlikely to reach the Bermuda any time soon”, they said.

And they added that “the usual physical processes in the atmosphere lead such plumes to become more dilute, the further from the source they become”.

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Red Cross, Salvation Army pledge support for Japan

Local groups have pledged their support for relief operations in devastated Japan.

The Salvation Army's Canada and Bermuda division has given $75,000 for emergency assistance in Sendai, one of Japan's worst-hit areas. Meanwhile, Bermuda Red Cross director Ann Spencer-Arscott said the group has received a large number of calls enquiring about an appeal.

Yesterday, she said, “we had a donation of $520 from Gabriella Quinn-Sirera who had donations come to Bermuda Red Cross in lieu of birthday gifts this past weekend.”

Staff members of Tokio Millennium are organizing milk cartons to be distributed to companies and organizations as collection buckets.

Anyone wishing a collections container is asked to contact Red Cross at 236 8253. Salvation Army donations can be made at its offices at 76 Roberts Avenue in Devonshire, or posted marked 2011 Japan Earthquake Disaster Relief Fund to PO Box HM 2256, Hamilton HM JX.

Container ship diverts with sick crewman

A carrier ship diverted toward Bermuda last night to offload a crew member suspected to have appendicitis.

A Bermuda Maritime Operations spokesman said the 26,659-ton MV Federal Yukon, travelling from St. Petersburg, Russia to Mississippi, was to rendezvous with the Bermuda vessel St. George just off the St. David's coast. The ship's 26-year-old third officer, an Indian national, was to come onshore for treatment.

Donald Trump's private jet is registered here

American business magnate Donald Trump flies a Bermuda-registered private jet, according to US spotters.

The code VP-B on the tail number of Mr Trump's personal plane gives away its link with the Island.

Bloggers have pounced on its politically unfavourable association with tax avoidance although some have observed it shows foreign policy experience. Mr Trump has recently indicated his interest as a possible candidate in the 2012 US presidential campaign.

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Arrest made for recent break-in

A 42-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a break-in. Several other burglaries were reported to police between 7am Monday and 7am Tuesday, with cash, alcohol, food and personal items stolen.

Police also reported three arrests for impaired driving over the weekend, with a further 28 people arrested on outstanding warrants.

Liquor licence checks were conducted at 23 premises across the Island.

E-waste day a success

Residents dropped off their old electronic goods last weekend, filling one-and-a-half containers.

Government held their first e-waste day of 2011 on March 12.

Approximately 170 people dropped off old computers and other electronics at the Tynes Bay Waste-to-Energy Facility.

The materials will be sent to a US Environment Protection Agency certified facility just outside of Philadelphia where they will be shredded and prepared for recycling into new consumer goods.

Public Works Minister Derrick Burgess thanked the “environmentally-conscious members of the community” who participated and thanked the Ministry's Waste Management Section for their efforts.

Last year 110 containers were sent abroad for recycling including 26 containers of air conditioners, 24 containers of vehicle batteries, 14 containers of tin, seven containers of aluminum, six containers of other metals, 16 containers of motor oil, two containers of fluorescent tubes, four containers of transformers, one container of household batteries and ten containers of e-Waste.

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Ann Spencer-Arscott with Gabriella Quinn-Sirera whose friends donated $520 for Japan earthquake relief in lieu of birthday presents.

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Published March 16, 2011 at 10:00 am (Updated March 16, 2011 at 10:22 am)

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