While those three were released, they were only part of a growing trend in Iraq. Over the past week, hostage-taking became became commonplace, with almost 40 people snatched and an Italian killed by his captors earlier this week.
First I’ve heard of this: Yahoo! News – Pacific Volcano Threatens Air Travel, U.S. Says
I mean, it erupted last year, but I thought it was quiescent now. Local media hasn’t mentioned anything about Anatahan lately.
Last week we got new long distance calling cards at work. At the time I groused about switching for no apparent reason to a different company. Turns out there was a valid reason; MCI is exiting the Guam market on May 31, 2004. They are retiring their voice switch on that date, and not installing a new one. Though the article does not mention it, I imagine they will remain in the data circuit business.
When I first arrived on Guam, MCI was a major player in long distance. Back then, long distance rates were astronomical, something like $3 – $4 a minute. I rarely made calls home back then, but when I did, I used MCI. MCI is still a major player in long distance on Guam, so I suspect the decision to terminate the voice business lies with MCI’s global troubles and much publicized bankruptcy. This is an inconvenience for Guam customers, but the long distance business is full of competing companies right now.
A reporter from the PDN interviewed a couple families on Yap that lost their homes in last week’s typhoon.
Boy, I can really feel for these people, I know what it’s like after a typhoon devastates an island.