Tsunami siren stirs anger in Aceh An earlier alert had sent thousands fleeing in panic Residents near the capital of Indonesia's Aceh province have disabled a tsunami warning system. The residents cut the power to the siren on a tsunami warning tower by throwing rocks at it. They were angered by a false alarm that sent thousands of people in the capital and a nearby area rushing from their homes to higher ground on Monday. Many people in Aceh are still traumatised by the 2004 tsunami in which thousands were killed. A false alarm on Monday morning in the Kaju...
For years desert nomads have spoken of the haunting songs of sirens which lure travellers to a waterless doom. Now, a French scientist has replicated the effect in his lab using grains of sand A strange sound rises from the cinnamon-coloured sand: a deep, almost hypnotic rhythm. It could almost be the chanting of Tibetan monks, yet the setting is rigorous and clinical Ė the laboratory of French physicist Stephane Douady, where a robot arm is pushing small, precisely measured amounts of sand down a plexiglass ring. Douady is a leading expert in a very narrow field. He is investigating...
PAM ANDERSONíS FEATHERS RUFFLED BY DALE EARNHARDT JR.íS KFC CHICKEN DEAL -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- For Immediate Release: June 7, 2004 Contact: Dan Shannon 757-622-7382 Los Angeles -- PETA spokesperson Pamela Anderson has sent a letter to NASCAR driver and KFC spokesperson Dale Earnhardt Jr., asking that he use his new relationship with the company, which is based on KFCís sponsorship of his race car, to curb its suppliersí worst abuses of chickens, including painful shackling and live scalding in defeathering tanks. Pam says, "Little chickens need a big man like Dale to stick up for them!" and writes in her letter to...
Oscar-nominated actress Charlize Theron has spoken out in favor of gay marriage, branding those like Arnold Schwarzenegger who oppose it "prehistoric". The Monster star, who grew up around a number of gay and bisexual people in her native South Africa, is appalled that gay marriage is still up for debate in this day and age. Theron, currently dating Irish actor Stuart Townsend, says, "I just don't understand that at all. It's so unbelievably frustrating. "I mean, I am surrounded by so many beautiful relationships just in my life, I can't tell you - just so inspirational. And the fact that...
A sharp verbal dispute erupted on Holocaust Remembrance Day last week in Bnei Brak when a secular newspaper photographer came to try to film local pedestrians walking during the siren. Many chareidim feel that observing a period of silence is a non-Jewish way to honor the dead and that they prefer to show their respect in other ways. However in recent years most chareidim who are in public places when the sirens are sounded remain still. A staple of secular papers is showing pictures of chareidim walking around during the sirens. The photojournalist arrived at R' Akiva Street in Bnei...
BERLIN (Reuters) - A 73-year-old man who used an air raid siren to stun his wife into submission has had it confiscated by German police. "My wife never lets me get a word in edgeways," the man identified as Vladimir R. told Mannheim police. "So I crank up the siren and let it rip for a few minutes. It works every time. Afterwards, it's real quiet again." A police spokesman said neighbors had complained at the noise from the 220-volt rooftop device, believed to be an old-fashioned air raid siren. Rosina, Vladimir's wife of 32 years, said she sometimes had...
<p>A statewide public service campaign to promote a law that allows undocumented immigrant college students to pay lower in-state tuition, was launched Monday.</p>
<p>The radio and television campaign by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, is hoping to reach between 10,000 to 12,000 college students who qualify statewide, said Maria Lucero Ortiz, director of MALDEF's program that does outreach to immigrants on higher education issues.</p>
Bush has settled on war plan,,, would begin with air campaign shorter than one for Persian Gulf war; but it would feature swift ground actions to seize footholds in country and strikes to cut off leadership in Baghdad.... MORE... Plan calls for massing 250,000 troops for attack by air, land and sea, the NEW YORK TIMES is planning to report in Page One leads, newsroom sources tell DRUDGE.... Developing.... **14:52 ET**
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