News bites and comic stew from Monday, May 10, 2010, crammed into a page.
Strong quake did quickens pulses in Aceh, does little else
The Sunday quake on May 9, off of the west coast of Aceh triggered a Tsunami warning. A few minutes after announcement, it was canceled.
The earthquake was a 7.2 in magnitude, shaking nearby Sumut province at 12.59 p.m. with an epicenter of 66 km off Meulaboh. The depth was 30 km, according to the meteorology, climatology and geophysics agency.
Residence panicked by the tremors reaching Mias Island were in the shadow of the traumatizing Tsunami that killed thousands in Aceh way back in 2004. Merchants and residents left for “the mountainous region of Aceh Besar.”
The strongest vibes were felt in Meulaboh, and were likened to the one in 2004. People returned home and back to their activities after the warning was lifted. No fatalities or serious damage were reported by the evening.
Tobacco farmers rally against ‘extinction’
Meanwhile, the hustle to influence proposed anti-smoking regulations by nine tobacco producing regencies in Central Java is “not a political move, but an effort to protect tobacco farmers.”
Nine regencies include Temanggung, Wonosobo, Magelang, Kendal, Demak, Grobogan, Blora, Boyolali and Klaten. A mass prayer joined by 10,000 people was held on the preceding Saturday, attempting to gather attention from “concerned government officials” to look at the long time farmers of the industry.
Out of the estimated 700,000 tobacco farmers in the country, hundreds of thousands of workers are employed by cigarette companies. The issuance of the psychological blow was not a legally binding term to those who don’t believe it.
Daddy’s Home Comic (viewed after 12 noon)
On this very day, a huge announcement was made by the mother character of Tony Rubino and Gary Markstein’s Daddy’s Home series. Holding a cup of coffee in one hand, she sniffs and coughs, while her left hand is softly touching her forehead in an attempt to figure out the temperature.
After the second panel of exchanging glances, the father said, “Soooo… date night is totally out of the question then?” Come to think of it, she was not holding a bubbly coffee cup, but a brief case. I guess I was the one holding the coffee cup while waiting for the comic strip to make its appearance on my monitor.