Saturday 18 November 2017

In brief: Tsunami warning after earthquake

A powerful earthquake hit waters off western Indonesia early this morning, prompting officials to issue a tsunami warning. Panicked residents poured into the streets, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or serious damage.

The tsunami warning was later lifted. The US Geological Survey said the 7.3-magnitude quake struck 260 miles off the coast of Aceh province just after midnight.

Veteran rocker Bryan Ferry has married for the second time in a private wedding in the Caribbean.

The 66-year-old singer married Amanda Sheppard (29) in a ceremony at the luxury beach resort of Amanyara on the Turks and Caicos Islands on January 4. A spokesman for the star said it was a "simple private ceremony".

An upholsterer has avoided a jail term after he scattered hundreds of tacks outside police stations, puncturing the tyres of 16 police cars.

Kevin Bance (59), was fined after he dropped the tacks in front of the entrances to stations in Tonbridge, Coldharbour and Swanley in Kent. Bance, of Brookfield, Kemsing, Sevenoaks, was told to pay £1,922 in compensation for damage to the cars and was told he would be subject to a three-year supervision order.

A mother in America faked her daughter's death to get time off work for a holiday.

Joan Barnett, an admin worker in a New York school, printed a death certificate and said she had to travel to Costa Rica where her daughter had died. When confronted Mrs Barnett admitted what she had done and was fired.

Two pensioners have been given anti-social behaviour orders (ASBOs) after they attracted hundreds of pigeons to the town they lived in by feeding them every day, Wilstshire Council said.

Danuta Rogowa (75), of Langford Road, and Margaret Ann Reynolds (69), of Bradley Road, were issued with Asbos for five years at North Wiltshire Magistrates Court in Chippenham, England, on January 3.

Irish Independent

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