Friday, January 28, 2005
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Tuesday, January 25, 2005
Italian locals fish for keys as car and garage remote controls fail
Fri Jan 21,11:50 AM ET
Offbeat - AFP
ROME (AFP) - A mystery bug has paralysed remote control devices for opening car doors, garages and gates in a district of the town of Aosta in northern Italy, an environmental protection agency said.
The agency, ARPA, admitted it had as yet no idea what the problem was.
Tests on local electro-magnetic fields had registered nothing abnormal and domestic alarm systems were working normally, it said.
ARPA said it was conducting tests comparing signals emitted by the remote control devices in the affected district and those in other parts of town.
Meanwhile local residents have been obliged since Thursday to fish for their keys to open or lock their cars and garage doors and the gates to their villas.
Tuesday, January 18, 2005
It's crazy how people have reacted towards everything that is going on in the world at the moment, in Chile already 2 times a rumour of a Tsunami coming towards their coast has set the population in Panic, here are a short of the stories, sorry for those that do not know Spanish, I haven't been able to find it in any English news webpage.
Thousands of panicking people in southern Chile have fled their homes after a false tsunami alarm.
One woman died of a heart attack and others were wounded as they tried to flee coastal areas near the towns of Concepcion and Talcahuano.
The exodus began as reports that fishermen had spotted apparent signs of an impending tsunami spread through the densely populated area.
Several hours after the alert, some people still stayed in the hills.
The rumours came in the wake of December's tsunami, which killed more than 160,000 in southern and south-east Asia.
Some 12,000 people live in the area, about 500km (350 miles) south of the capital, Santiago.
The panic began early on Monday, after local fisherman said the sea had retreated in just a few minutes - a phenomenon that could herald a tsunami.
Local television later aired images of people running to higher ground, while some others tried to make an escape by cars.
A 68-year-old woman died in a car, and several other people suffered bruising during the rush to safety.
Local authorities tried in vain to reassure the population, describing the alarm as "a bad joke".
One emergency worker said media coverage of the tsunami disaster in the Indian Ocean had created psychosis in Chile, which is one of the most seismically-active countries in the world.
Por segunda vez consecutiva, cientos de personas de la sure�a ciudad de Concepci�n fueron presas de p�nico el lunes en la noche y escaparon a los cerros ante la falsa alarma de un tsunami.
Aunque en menor cantidad, cientos de personas de Concepci�n, Talcahuano, Coronel y otros lugares costeros, 500 kil�metros al sur de Santiago, pasaron la noche en los cerros y otras partes altas.
La noche del domingo al menos 18.000 presas se lanzaron en estampida cuando corri� el rumor de un maremoto, y solo regresaron a sus casas la ma�ana del lunes. Una mujer muri� de un infarto card�aco y decenas de personas debieron ser atendidas en hospitales por crisis nerviosas.
Y el rumor de tsunami se repiti� en la noche del lunes, sin que se determinara su origen.
Tuesday, January 11, 2005
"When Warren and Julie Lavender surfaced from their first-ever certified scuba dive on the day after Christmas, they pulled off their masks, looked at each other and said, That sucked.
Then Warren threw up.
The dive had sucked because the water was choppy on the surface and the current was hellaciously strong at the bottom and the fish were all hiding in crevices for some reason. The Lavenders happily climbed into the dive boat for the half-hour trip back to the beach, where glorious Alka-Seltzer awaited.
On the way Julie noticed something weird in the water. Somebodys wallet, she said, pointing at it. Then came a chair. Then a coconut tree.
Then Warren noticed something worse--a horrified look on the captains face.
He spun around to see that the beach wasnt there anymore. Thats when we knew something was very, very wrong, Warren remembers. That beach had to be 150 meters wide, and it was just ... gone. So were the docks. Waves were crashing straight into the hotels, some of which caved in like sandcastles.
The Lavenders had unknowingly scuba-dived through a tsunami, which was now hammering their vacation spot, the resort town of Beruwala on the western coast of Sri Lanka, gobbling up homes and boats and people, pulling them into the Indian Ocean and then flinging them back at the town again and again, killing hundreds.
Suddenly, it all made sense to the novice divers, the way theyd had to fight the torrential current at the bottom. It was like a hurricane underwater, is how Warren describes it. Twenty meters below the surface, his mask was ripped off. It was all they could do to hold on to coral to avoid being sucked away. We were hanging parallel to the ocean floor, Julie says. Warren is 6'4", 280, but Julie is only 5'3". I was terrified Julie would lose her grip and be swept away forever, he recalls. I remember thinking, Gee, I could really learn to hate this sport.
They eventually made it to the guide rope and climbed to the sunny surface, where we just thought it was the end of a perfectly normal dive, Warren says. How could they have known that theyd survived a tsunami that had been moving at up to 500 mph on its way to mauling the coastlines of Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, India, Sri Lanka and Somalia, moving entire islands and killing more than 140,000 people in one of the worst natural disasters of our time?
As the boat neared the dive center, Warren says, everything that the tidal wave had wrecked going ashore was now in the wave coming back at us. The dive instructor told the captain to turn the boat and outrun it, but I said, Screw that! Get us on shore! Because with all the debris flying around in the water, I didnt think wed survive.
Somehow the baby-faced captain steered the boat through the whirling chaos. He saw a house balcony that had been ripped away and decided to use it as a makeshift dock. Turned out it was the balcony from the dive instructors guest house. She watched, stunned, as the house collapsed, her new Sea-Doo lit out to sea and footlong angel fish flopped on the lawn.
The Lavenders jumped from the boat to the balcony, then ran in bare feet over smashed glass and brick for higher ground. When they hit the street, the couple saw two policemen running toward them, followed by hundreds of wild-eyed locals. Another wave was coming. The Lavenders ducked into a sturdy three-story concrete building and made it to the top floor as the water rearranged the lobby.
Later, they tried to walk back to their hotel but couldnt find it. Half a kilometer from the shore they passed boats marooned on sidewalks. The Lavenders spent the night on the cement floor of a hilltop home that the owner had opened to the stranded. The next day Warren found the now unemployed dive boat captain wandering the streets, picked the guy up, hugged him and gushed, You saved our lives! Then he handed him every rupee in his pocket.
Two days after the tsunami the Lavenders paid a man triple the usual rate to drive them to the capital city of Colombo for their flight back to Kuwait City, where the Canadian couple are schoolteachers. As they drove, only emergency and relief vehicles passed them going the other way. The driver wept.
It seemed so unfair that we could simply buy our way out of a situation, Warren e-mailed to friends later, and so many others have no choice but to stay.
Looking back, they realize how preposterously lucky they were to just that week have taken up a sport that wound up saving their lives. If we hadnt been diving, says Julie, wed have been lying on that beach.
Who wouldve thought, concludes Warren, that we were in the safest place of all? Underwater.
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The Lavenders had unknowingly scuba-dived through a tsunami, which was now hammering their vacation spot."
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Thursday, January 06, 2005
Tuesday, January 04, 2005
Well a New Year has started and I hope everyone had a great holidays and is ready to kick off this year with Tons of Energy. For mealso a new life has started for myself and my new family.
That is correct for those of you out there thinking about marriage and crazyness in this world at the moment. I decided to take the plunge and tie the knot with my Beautiful Mexican Wife this December 22nd, don't worry pictures are to come up soon, and also the story of the crazy 2 weeks in Mexico and the first 3 days where I had to answer over 20 times if I was sure to get Married.
Besides that I got back to work at DHL and found this little article on the Internship programs where AIESEC, Pieter (my ex roommate) and myself where mentioned.
Stay tuned for the wedding pics,