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Hawaii panics after alert about
incoming missile sent in error
An incoming missile alert plunged
residents of Hawaii into panic yes-
terday morning before it was de-
clared to be false.
Mobile phone users received a
message saying: "Ballistic missile
threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek
immediate shelter. This is not a
State Governor David Ige apol-
ogised to Hawaiians, saying an
employee had pressed the wrong
The US government announced
there would be a full investiga-
An alert system is in place be-
cause of the potential proximity
of Hawaii to North Korean mis-
In December, the state tested
its nuclear warning siren for the
irst time since the end of the Cold
According to the Associated
Press news agency, a push alert
was sent to people's phones.
The phone message, all in cap-
ital letters, went out at 08:07
It was corrected by email 18
minutes later but there was no
follow-up mobile text for 38 min-
utes, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser
In a tweet, the state's Emer-
gency Management Agency (EMA)
said simply: "NO missile threat to
Television and radio broadcasts
across the state were also inter-
rupted with a recorded emer-
gency message: "Stay indoors!
"If you are outdoors seek imme-
diate shelter in a building. Remain
indoors well away from windows.
If you are driving pull safely to the
side of the road and seek shelter
in a building while laying on the
floor. We'll announce when the
threat has ended. This is not a
US President Donald Trump,
who was in Florida at the time of
the alert, was briefed on the false
alert, the White House said.
Senator Mazie Hirono, a Dem-
ocrat from Hawaii, tweeted: "To-
day's alert was a false alarm. At a
time of heightened tensions, we
need to make sure all information
released to the community is ac-
curate. We need to get to the bot-
tom of what happened and make
sure it never happens again."
AP describes reaction in the
state as "full-blown panic" while
according to the CNBC news chan-
nel, the alert "momentarily put
recipients into a state of frenzy,
with scores reportedly running
Matt Lopresti, a member of
the Hawaiian House of Repre-
sentatives, was at home when he
received the alert on his mobile
He described how he and his
family had sought shelter in a
"We got our children, grabbed
our emergency supplies, put
them in our most enclosed room
in our house which is our bath-
room," he told local broadcaster
"We put them in the bath tub,
said our prayers, tried to ind out
what the hell was going on be-
cause we didn't hear any alarms,
any of the sirens.
"There's not much else you can
do in that situation. You know,
we did what we could... and I am
very angry right now because it
shouldn't be this easy to make
such a big mistake."
What happened with the but-
After the US military con irmed
no missile threat had been de-
tected, and the alert had been
released in error, Governor Ige
"It was a procedure that occurs
at the change of shift which they
go through to make sure that the
system is working, and an em-
ployee pushed the wrong button."
What is being done to prevent
this happening again?
Ajit Pai, chairman of the US
Federal Communications Com-
mission, announced the investi-
gation on Twitter. (NY Times)
H&M stores in
South African police have used
rubber bullets to disperse a
mob trashing H&M stores in
and around Johannesburg,
after the brand used a contro-
versial picture of a black child.
The protests were organised
by the radical Economic Free-
dom Fighters' party (EFF).
H&M apologised several days
ago for the image, which ran on
It featured a young black boy
modelling a green hoodie with
"coolest monkey in the jungle"
written on it.
The retailer withdrew both
the product and the image after
it sparked outrage and allega-
tions of racism on social media.
"We're deeply sorry that the
picture was taken, and we also
regret the actual print," it said
in a statement.
Video footage showed activ-
ists trashing displays, kicking
over clothes rails and shoving
Floyd Shivambu, an MP from
the EFF, tweeted: "That @hm
nonsense of a clothing store
is now facing consequences
for its racism. All rational peo-
ple should agree that the store
should not be allowed to con-
tinue operating in South Af-
South African Police (SAPS)
also tweeted about the van-
dalism, writing: "Several inci-
dents of protests at H&M stores
around the province have been
"At the East Rand Mall the
protesters managed to enter
the shop & stole several items.
"SAPS members had to inter-
vene and dispersed the group
of protesters by iring rubber
EFF leader Julius Malema
defended the rampage, saying:
"We make no apolo y about
what the ighters did today."
"We are not going to allow
anyone to use the colour of our
skin to humiliate us, to exclude
us," he added. (BBC News)
Florida winner of US $451m jackpot will do 'good for humanity'
A 20-year-old from Florida says
he plans to "have some fun"
after being named sole winner
of a US $451m (£330m) lottery
Shane Missler matched ive
numbers and a bonus ball to
scoop the fourth largest win in
the US game's history.
He opted to receive a one-time
payment of $282m, instead of
the full amount over a longer
period of time.
Missler said he had a feeling
he could win on the night of the
Mega Millions draw, says a press
Minutes after the draw a week
ago he posted on Facebook:
"Oh. My. God."
Missler presented his winning
ticket at the state lottery head-
quarters in Tallahassee on Fri-
day, accompanied by his father
and a lawyer.
He said he has big plans for his
"I'm only 20, but I hope to use
it to pursue a variety of passions,
help my family and do some
good for humanity," said Mr
Missler, according to the state-
He told the Tampa Bay Times:
"I intend to take care of my fam-
ily, have some fun along the way
and cement a path for inancial
success so that I can leave a leg-
acy far into the future."
His lawyer said his client had
"retired" from his job at a com-
pany that carried out employ-
ment background checks.
Missler bought the winning
ticket at a 7 Eleven in his home
town of Port Richey, 40 miles
(64km) north of Tampa, using a
"Quick Pick" option that selects
the numbers randomly.
The winning numbers were
28, 30, 39, 59, and 70 with a
"Mega Ball" of 10.
"If there is one thing I have
learned thus far in my short time
on this earth it is that those who
maintain a positive mindset and
stay true to themselves get re-
warded," Missler said.
"I look forward to the future."
Shane Missler, pictured with his sister, is a Boston Celtics fan --- he could
now pay the team's stadium gate receipts five times over.
An image of the alert sent to cellphones on Saturday morning.
The Johannesburg branch of the
EFF tweeted this picture.
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