“A mistake which took place during the sale of an adjacent property cannot jeopardize the realization of the community’s right to water and turn back the clock on years of local lobbying.”
Flares, which are now believed to have been set off from Bell Island itself, were seen at around 7pm last night. The coast guard, upon being notified, tasked the Bell Island ferry Beaumont Hamel with carrying out an initial search of the area. A coast guard ship, the Cape Roger, travelling from St. John’s eventually took over the search about three hours later. There was no confirmed emergency. Source: CBC
According to the CBC, the Department of National Defence is planning to look for ammunition on two Second World War shipwrecks in eastern Newfoundland. The S.S. Saganaga and the S.S. P.L.M. 27 were torpedoed by German U-boats and sank in Conception Bay, off Bell Island, in 1942. DND wants to check the wrecks for unexploded shells or other munitions. Rick Stanley, who guides visiting divers in the area, said he’s already given federal officials some idea about what they’ll probably find. “There are some bullets left on, 303 bullets, and some projectiles. Just the projectiles, not in the casings. I guess they want to clean those up,” said Stanley, who runs the Ocean Quest Dive Centre in Conception Bay South.” Newfoundland WW2 trivia: After the sinkings, a German U-goats fired a torpedo that missed its mark and struck a landing pier on Bell Island, resulting in the only location in…
‘Exile Island’ is a fundraising event by The Children’s Wish Foundation, and it’s a playful take on the popular hit tv reality show “Survivor”. According to their website, tribes of five will be exiled on Bell Island for an afternoon of challenges, competition, fundraising and wish granting to determine who will become Newfoundland & Labrador’s ultimate survivor! Thus far the following local companies are signed on to participate: Ernst & Young, DF Barnes Ltd, McInnes Cooper, Johnson Insurance, PartyBus/Rainbow Daycares, A. Harvey Co., and Provincial Airlines. The competition is taking place today. Source: Exile Island
Fragments of the Petermann Ice Island-A (PII-A) continued drifting off the coast of Newfoundland on Monday, after the ice island split in two. The two pieces have passed Bell Island (the other Bell Island) and continue drifting southeast from the east side of the Great Northern Penenisula. Take a look at the photo below courtesy of NASA. Source: Irish Weather Online
Traffic congestion and haphazard parking caused by the Bell Island ferry is causing a headache for some in Portugal Cove. A problem that has been in development for years appears to be reaching a boiling point for some in the town – parking has become so bad that it’s impeding fishermen from unloading their catch to the fish plant on the wharf, and making manoeuvring around town very difficult for its residents. Meanwhile, Bernard Manning – director of public works for Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s – said there’s a joint project between the town and the province to alleviate the issues… and long term plans for major changes.