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Legroom row diverts second US flight

first_imgAmerican Airlines planePassengers on the American Airlines flight to Paris fought when one tried to recline their seatA US flight bound for Europe has been diverted after a mid-air fight broke out between passengers over legroom – the second such incident in a week.The American Airlines flight from Miami to Paris was forced to land in Boston on Wednesday, after a male passenger argued with a woman who reclined her seat in front of him.Air marshalls who were travelling on the plane intervened to stop the fight.Edmund Alexandre, a 61-year-old from Paris, was arrested in Boston.He has been charged with interfering with the crew on the flight.Knee defenderMr Alexandre was reported to have become upset when the female passenger tried to recline her seat, according to a statement released by prosecutors.When a member of the flight crew tried to calm Mr Alexandre down, he is said to have become more angry and grabbed the man’s arm.The fight follows a similar incident on Sunday, which forced a United Airlines flight from Newark to Denver to divert to Chicago.A heated argument broke out between a male and female passenger when the man attempted to use a Knee-Defender – a device which prevents the person travelling in front from reclining the seat.The woman sitting in front of him reacted by standing up, turning around and throwing a cup of water at him.Police investigated the incident but said it was a customer service issue.BBC News Tweet Share Share Sharing is caring!center_img BusinessLifestyleTravel Legroom row diverts second US flight by: – August 29, 2014 Share 283 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Pastor shot to death

first_imgOfficers of the Sipalay City policestation have yet to identify the suspects and the motive in the killing./PN BACOLOD City – A church pastor was shotto death in Barangay Camindangan, Sipalay City. According to police investigators, Lahaolahaoand his wife were riding their tricycle homebound when two of the four suspectsfired at the victim multiple times around 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 25. The 54-year-old resident Lonie Lahaolahaodied of gunshot wounds on the body, police said.   Recovered from the crime scene were anempty shell, a slug and live ammunition of .45-caliber pistol and an emptyshell of .9mm caliber pistol.last_img read more

Sellers Continue to Lose High Ground

first_imgSellers Continue to Lose High Ground Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Home Prices Home Sales Home Values Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Redfin Service Providers 2014-01-03 Tory Barringer January 3, 2014 427 Views Sharecenter_img Reports from “”Redfin””:http://www.redfin.com/ agents indicate the fourth quarter was a rough one for homeowners looking to sell.[IMAGE]The tech-powered brokerage released its latest “”quarterly survey””:http://www.redfin.com/research/reports/real-time-market-sentiment/2014/just-65-percent-of-redfin-agents-say-now-is-a-good-time-to-sell-down-from-72-percent-in-the-third-quarter.html#.UscBK_RDte of agents in its 22 markets across the nation. The findings indicate a continued shift in market balance: The number of agents saying now is a good time to sell fell 7 percentage points to 65 percent–the third drop in as many quarters–while the number saying now is a good time to buy edged up slightly to 56 percent.Asked about specific challenges, the majority of Redfin agents agreed that sellers are their own worst enemy right now. Sixty-three percent said the greatest problem sellers have is their unrealistic expectations about the value of their own homes, an uptick from 62 percent in Q3. The next biggest challenge was low inventory at 31 percent.Tight inventory was also a major source of frustration for buyers last quarter, with 87 percent of agents listing that as a common challenge. Next was the problem of elevated competition, though that share was down 14 points to 65 percent, reflecting the decline in bidding wars over the second half of the year.Facing these issues, 45 percent of Redfin agents said their buyers-to-be decided to put off their home search for the holidays. Those determined to stay in the game said they’ve had to make concessions on how much they’re willing to pay and which features they want.With mortgage rates expect to climb to 5 percent or higher this year, Redfin also asked agents how high interest rates would have to go before the housing market really starts to suffer. The majority–39 percent–said 5.5 percent is the magic number.””If rates reach 5.5 percent, we’ll start to lose entry-level buyers. The ripple effect will reach homes in almost every price point,”” said Redfin agent Jeff Bale, who operates in Portland. in Datalast_img read more

Archaeologists Fall Victim to an Ancient Scottish Stone Circle Hoax

first_imgArchaeologists studying a stone circle they believed to be thousands of years old were left embarrassed, when the former owner of the land admitted he’d built it in the 1990s. According to The Guardian, the stone circle in Leochel-Cushnie in the northeast of Scotland was being studied by Historic Environment Scotland and Aberdeenshire Council archaeology service.Appearing to be a recumbent stone circle, it struck archaeologists as worthy of study due to its unusually small diameter and the small size of its stones.Easter Aquhorthies recumbent stone circle. Photo by stu smith CC BY SA 2.0Recumbent stone circles are only found in Aberdeenshire in the northeast of Scotland, and Cork and Kerry in the southwest of Ireland.Of approximately 200 known to exist, 99 of them are Scottish. They are made up of a ring of vertical upright stones and single recumbent horizontal one which is often raised on a bed of earth so that it has the same height as the other stones.The Aberdeenshire stones were believed to have been used for astronomical purposes, as generally the horizontal stone is set on the southwestern side of the circle and once every 18 and half years the moon appears to be lower to the Earth (called a lunar standstill) and look as if it is “framed” above the horizontal stone.Recumbent stone circle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.Further evidence of sacred ritualistic use comes from the recovering of shards of pottery and charred human bones, and shards of glittering quartz crystal were scattered around the recumbent stone, perhaps to reflect the moonlight.They’ve fascinated people for centuries. Antiquarians attributed them to the druids, the semi-mythical pagan priesthood of the Celts, and called them “Druid’s Temples” or “Druid Circles” — with the recumbent stone referred to as “the altar.”In reality, very little is known of the belief systems of the ancient cultures who inhabited Britain, only the propaganda of the later Roman invaders, and the romantic fantasies of more recent writers.Ilton Druid’s Temple. Photo by Paul Allison CC BY-SA 2.0With few facts to explain their purpose or indeed how these massive stones were moved into place, communities local to recumbent stone circles resorted to folklore instead.Many recumbent stone circles have tales of guardian spirits or hidden treasure fixed to them. Hollow indentations in the stones were sometimes said to be the sinister cloven hoof marks of the Devil, while horizontal stones were described as the seats of early Christian saints and missionaries, especially if they were near to churches or other religious sites.Aberdeenshire’s recumbent stone circles were erected between 3,000 and 2,500 BC during the late Neolithic and early Bronze Age — with one exception, of course. Not an intentional hoax, the Leochel-Cushnie stone circle was built in the Nineties as a replica, but when the farm which owned the land was sold, the new owners thought it was real and reported it to the authorities.A winter day at a recumbent prehistoric stone circle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, just after sunset. The Easter Aquhorthies Stone Circle was placed here some 4,500 years ago.Neil Ackerman, the historic environment record assistant at Aberdeenshire council, tried to look on the bright side.“It is obviously disappointing to learn of this development, but it also adds an interesting element to its story,” Ackerman told the Guardian. “That it so closely copies a regional monument type shows the local knowledge, appreciation and engagement with the archaeology of the region by the local community.“I hope the stones continue to be used and enjoyed. While not ancient, it is still in a fantastic location and makes for a great feature in the landscape.”Ackerman added: “These types of monument are notoriously difficult to date. For this reason we include any modern replicas of ancient monuments in our records in case they are later misidentified.Read another story from us: 4,500-yr-old Stone Pillar Depicts History’s First Known Border Dispute“We always welcome reports of any new, modern reconstructions of ancient monuments, especially those built with the skill of this stone circle and that reference existing monument types.”last_img read more