Legal Assistance Fund available

Last year we established a Legal Assistance Fund (LAF) to help people with litigation in specific circumstances. Information and application form are posted on our website. With out access to the Internet, please contact us. We had no inquiries to date and wonder if there really are no potential cases to qualify. Meanwhile, we still accept and very much appreciate donations to this, as well as to our general account. Please, always indicate to which of the two accounts you wish your money to go or, which portion of your contribution you want to go to the one, respectively the other account. Any amount is greatly appreciated and we thank you very much for your generous support.

International Noise Awareness Day activities

In Vancouver some members and supporters were out in different locations passing out our leaflets for INAD. Luckily, we had perfect weather. During the early afternoon one of CBC Radio 1's researchers came by to interview several of us. Excerpts of that were aired on the "Afternoon Show" later that day.On April 13 our president Hans Schmid was invited to participate in CBC's one-hour open-line of the "B.C. Almanac" programme on the topic of problems with noise. This provided a good opportunity to advertise the Society and announce the INAD date. Our thanks to all who helped!

The 10th annual International Noise Awareness Day is scheduled for Wednesday, April 20, 2005!

Ssssh! We can't hear

For young children, the scariest part of a movie can be the moment the theatre tests its sound system - the blast of noise practically shakes your popcorn out of its carton. Such volume was not always the case. Sound technology is so advanced now, though, that moviegoers - after a few aural cringes - have to let their ears adjust. Many simply accept the extraordinarily loud volume as part of the theatre experience. But, consider this: Pregnant women are warned that if background noise is so loud you have to yell to be heard, then it is loud enough to damage the unborn baby's hearing. Hollywood should pay attention. - Belleville Intelligencer - Times Colonist

British ducks have accents, study finds

LONDON - To the untutored ear it might just sound like a load of quaking, but researchers have discovered that Britain's ducks, much like its people, have distinct regional accents. Ducks from London make a rougher sound which resembles shouting so that fellow birds can hear them above the hubbub of city life, whereas their country cousins make a softer sound, a study found. The differences were uncovered after academics at London's Middlesex University recorded the calls of ducks at a city farm in the capital and at a tranquil location in Cornwall, southwest England, the Guardian newspaper reports.

- The Province, Friday, June 4, 2004

Sound of money
Hate cell phones ringing? Music producers don't. For them, ring tones are a huge business. According to The Guardian newspaper, the mobile phone ring tone may help to save the music industry. Last year, cell phone users spent $ 3 billion on them. They account for 10 per cent of the world's music market.

- The Vancouver Sun, Thursday, May 27, 2004

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