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December 19, 2018

New study claims Stonehenge was a place of healing

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Archaeologists Timothy Darvill of Bournemouth University and Geoff Wainwright, President of the Society of Antiquaries, claimed to have found evidence that Stonehenge was once a center of healing. In an excavation conducted at the site, a large number of human remains were found that display signs of physical injury or disease. Study of the teeth from the skeletons indicates that about half of them were from outside the area.

A large number of bluestone or spotted Preseli dolerite chips found during the excavation led the researchers to conclude the stones were venerated for their healing properties. It is believed that about 80 of such bluestone blocks were transported from the Preseli Hills in Pembrokeshire, Wales to the Salisbury plains. The inner circle of bluestones are the earliest stone structures found in this site. Later bluestones were encircled by the imposing sandstone monoliths of sarsen stones. “It could be that people were flaking off pieces of bluestone, in order to create little bits to take away… as lucky amulets,” said Professor Darvill.

Stonehenge would attract not only people who were unwell, but people who were capable of [healing] them.

Radiocarbon dating indicates that the original bluestone circle was built around 2300 BC. This date coincides with the burial of “Amesbury Archer“, whose tomb was discovered near Stonehenge. The skeleton of this man reveals that he had serious knee injury and tooth problems. Researchers therefore conclude that the Archer came to Stonehenge to be healed.

Dating of charcoal fragments revealed that the site was inhabited as early as 7200 BC by groups of hunter-gatherers. This is more than 3500 years earlier than previously known.

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Where To Buy Unique Wedding Rings In Waukesha

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byAlma Abell

When someone is thinking about popping the question, they always want to make sure they have the perfect wedding ring. The ring someone is presented with should take their breath away and also speak to them as a person. Giving someone a unique wedding ring that fits their personal style is sure to have them saying yes when presented with it. However, most of the popular jewelry stores only sell rings that are hot on the market. This may be good for some people, but others are going to want something that’s a little different than what most people buy. This is why there are quality jewelry stores that keep a wide selection of wedding rings available at all times.

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Harry C. Glinberg Jewelers is one of the best places to buy Wedding Rings in Waukesha because they have a large showcase full of them at all times. They also buy items from people, so their selection is sure to be much larger than a traditional jewelry store. One of the main reasons people like to buy wedding rings from places like this is because they have jewelers who know how to modify items professionally. Someone may find a ring they absolutely love, but aren’t happy with it because it doesn’t fit their finger properly. This can be resolved by a professional jeweler without any problems. A person can also try on any rings they are seriously interested in when visiting a quality jewelry shop, which is important because a ring may look good in the case, but you may feel differently once it’s on. Keep that in mind when shopping for Wedding Rings in Waukesha.

Someone who is looking to get an idea of what type of ring to buy for their spouse should check through their existing jewelry collection. The items someone wears on a regular basis is sure to give their spouse a clue as to what kind of ring they would be happy with. Also, the employees at a jewelry store will have no problem showing a customer rings that match the description of what their partner likes. Take advantage of quality jewelry stores so you can feel happy with your purchase and make someone gasp when you open the jewelry box. You can also visit them on Facebook for more information.

Arch Enemy singer Angela Gossow quits

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Angela Gossow, longtime singer for Swedish extreme metal band Arch Enemy, announced yesterday via the band’s Facebook page she is leaving the band.

“After 13 years of pure fucking metal, 6 studio albums and countless tours through five continents, I feel the need to enter a different phase in my life, be with my family and pursue other interests.” Gossow says she will stay on to manage Arch Enemy and plans to manage other acts as well.

She added “I am passing the torch to the super talented Alissa White-Gluz, whom I’ve known as a dear friend and a superb vocalist for many years.” White-Gluz leaves The Agonist, of Canada and another extreme metal band.

After 13 years of pure fucking metal[…] I feel the need to enter a different phase in my life

White-Gluz remarks she is “very honoured and happy to announce a new chapter in my life and musical career[…] I have joined forces with one of my all-time favourite and globally respected bands”. The Agonist have replaced her with Vicky Psarakis, whom they describe as “very talented” and “thrilled” to have.

Founded in 1995, Arch Enemy replaced founding vocalist Johan Liiva with Gossow in 2000. She made her recorded debut with the band the following year on Wages of Sin. Fans are set to hear White-Gluz’s vocals in June with the release of War Eternal.

Gossow said yesterday “Right now I am listening through rough mixes of the new studio album and I am blown away!” Fan reaction to the announcement has been mixed, with the most-liked Facebook comment by far being “Arch Enemy without Angela Gossow is not Arch Enemy anymore”.

Music is forever, metal is limitless and this is only the beginning!

Founding member, leader, and head songwriter Michael Amott said “We welcome Alissa with open arms — and we hope you will have open ears.” Arch Enemy are producing the new album themselves, as they did with their previous effort, Khaos Legions, in 2011.

White-Gluz said yesterday “It is not often that you get a phone call from your favorite band asking you to join!” She added “Music is forever, metal is limitless and this is only the beginning!”

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Bank of England governor warns housing market is biggest threat to UK economy

Sunday, May 18, 2014

The governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, has warned that the state of the housing market in the United Kingdom is the current biggest domestic threat to the country’s economy, due to lack of house building, and regulatory issues.

In an interview to be aired on Sky News today, he said the housing market is the “biggest risk” to the economy and has “deep, deep structural problems”. Of house building he said: “There are not sufficient houses built in the UK. To go back to Canada, there are half as many people in Canada as in the UK, twice as many houses are built every year in Canada as in the UK and we can’t influence that.”

“We’re not going to build a single house at the Bank of England. We can’t influence that. What we can influence […] is whether the banks are strong enough. Do they have enough capital against risk in the housing market?”

Carney also said the Bank of England would look into the procedures used to issue loans and mortgages to see if they were being granted appropriately: “We’d be concerned if there was a rapid increase in high loan-to-value mortgages across the banks. We’ve seen that creeping up and it’s something we’re watching closely.”

Kris Hopkins responded to Carney on behalf of the government, saying the government “inherited a broken housing market, but our efforts to fix it are working”. “We’ve scrapped the failed top-down planning system, built over 170,000 affordable homes and released more surplus brownfield sites for new housing. We’ve also helped homebuyers get on the housing ladder, because if people can buy homes builders will build them. Housebuilding is now at its highest level since 2007 and climbing. Last year councils gave permission for almost 200,000 new homes under the locally-led planning system and more than 1,000 communities have swiftly taken up neighbourhood planning. It’s clear evidence the government’s long-term economic plan is working.”

Earlier this month, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development called on the UK government to “tighten” access to the ‘Help to Buy’ scheme introduced by George Osborne and the coalition government in 2013. ‘Help to Buy’ has also recently been criticised by three former Chancellors of the Exchequer — the Conservatives Norman Lamont and Nigel Lawson, and former Labour Chancellor Alistair Darling. Darling said: “Unless supply can be increased substantially, we will exacerbate that situation with schemes like Help to Buy.”

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December 17, 2018

Stardust comet samples “visible to the naked eye”

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Stardust, a NASA space probe, returned with more than scientists bargained for.

“I didn’t see anything,” said University of Washington astronomer, Don Brownlee, from NASA’s Johnson Space Center Tuesday.

But then, technicians flipped over the collection grid and scientists all around let out a huge gasp of excitement.

“It’s better than we could have possibly hoped for,” Brownlee said. “It exceeds all expectations. We have a huge number of impacts, and some are quite big and visible to the naked eye. It’s a huge success.”

In a memo from NASA, scientists said “hundreds of particles” could be seen in the collection tray. “There were two particularly large comet particles that had ‘exploded’ inside,” said the memo.

A lot of the largest particles shattered into little bits of black debris when they landed on the collecter. But many other visible particles left tracks as they landed at 13,000 MPH and stopped fully intact. “I remember warning people not to be disappointed if these tracks were very hard to see, but they are absolutely stunning,” Brownlee said.

Before they opened the collector, Brownlee admitted that no one really knew whether or not the device had actually caught any particles. “You just don’t know if nature is going to cooperate or not. It has been a magic mission.”

“The capsule tumbled several times when it landed by parachute in the Utah desert, but the impact didn’t crack the aerogel,” said Brownlee.

NASA researcher Scott Sandford said the collection effort “succeeded well beyond our wildest hopes. I am not sure if it is good clean-room protocol to hug each other, but there was a lot of it going on for the first 10 minutes or so,” he added.

Stardust traveled nearly 3 billion miles and went around the Sun 3 times. Stardust’s mission in space lasted 7 years.

Scientists also hope to use Distributed Computing to help with looking over the samples. They will use a VM (Virtual Microscope) which will be developed by the University of California at Berkeley. The developers, computer scientist David Anderson, director of the SETI@home project and physics graduate student, Joshua Von Korff, are expected to design the program which is expected to go public in March.

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Wikinews’ overview of the year 2008

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Also try the 2008 World News Quiz of the year.

What would you tell your grandchildren about 2008 if they asked you about it in, let’s say, 20 years’ time? If the answer to a quiz question was 2008, what would the question be? The year that markets collapsed, or perhaps the year that Obama became US president? Or the year Heath Ledger died?

Let’s take a look at some of the important stories of 2008. Links to the original Wikinews articles are in all the titles.

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December 16, 2018

Al Sharpton speaks out on race, rights and what bothers him about his critics

Monday, December 3, 2007

At Thanksgiving dinner David Shankbone told his white middle class family that he was to interview Reverend Al Sharpton that Saturday. The announcement caused an impassioned discussion about the civil rights leader’s work, the problems facing the black community and whether Sharpton helps or hurts his cause. Opinion was divided. “He’s an opportunist.” “He only stirs things up.” “Why do I always see his face when there’s a problem?”

Shankbone went to the National Action Network’s headquarters in Harlem with this Thanksgiving discussion to inform the conversation. Below is his interview with Al Sharpton on everything from Tawana Brawley, his purported feud with Barack Obama, criticism by influential African Americans such as Clarence Page, his experience running for President, to how he never expected he would see fifty (he is now 53). “People would say to me, ‘Now that I hear you, even if I disagree with you I don’t think you’re as bad as I thought,'” said Sharpton. “I would say, ‘Let me ask you a question: what was “bad as you thought”?’ And they couldn’t say. They don’t know why they think you’re bad, they just know you’re supposed to be bad because the right wing tells them you’re bad.”

Contents

  • 1 Sharpton’s beginnings in the movement
  • 2 James Brown: a father to Sharpton
  • 3 Criticism: Sharpton is always there
  • 4 Tawana Brawley to Megan Williams
  • 5 Sharpton and the African-American media
  • 6 Why the need for an Al Sharpton?
  • 7 Al Sharpton and Presidential Politics
  • 8 On Barack Obama
  • 9 The Iraq War
  • 10 Sharpton as a symbol
  • 11 Blacks and whites and talking about race
  • 12 Don Imus, Michael Richards and Dog The Bounty Hunter
  • 13 Sources
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Pro Flight Simulator Review Is This Flight Simulator A Scam?

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By Michael Ortiz

There are lots of people out there who love flying… and I’m one of them. I always love playing flight simulation games while I’m not taking to the skies. My friend told me about a new flight sim called ProFlightSimulator. I’ve tried it and this is my review of it.

What I like about it:

ProFlightSimulator was developed as an alternative to Microsoft Flight Simulator X. This is a fully functioning Flight Simulator that puts Microsoft to shame. Here’s why:

It is one of the latest simulators out there on the market. It is developed by professional programmers and flight instructors and the product they got is amazing. The easiness and realism to operate with the simulator is great.

There are few simulators that even get close to the ProFlightSimulator. It is the closest thing to realism that we got.

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When storming out there while you are flying, you will feel the turbulence. ProFlightSimulator has extremely smooth and fluid instrument animation that updates at the same rate as your out-the-window view updates. It realistically models real world instrument behavior. Instruments that lag in real life, lag correctly, gyro drift is modeled correctly, themagnetic compass is subject to aircraft body forces.

Also ProFlightSimulator offers you the ability to choose over from 120 different planes and helicopters. They all have different specification and will react to different weather condition according to their status-weight, height, mass, engines and etc. They are all made to be realistic as possible.

With ProFlightSimulator, you can learn to fly without every leaving your home. This is a HIGH quality, professional grade airplane flight simulator with the option to add scenery and airports that encompass the entire globe! Over 20,000 airports can be added with additional scenery sets.

The best feature in my opinion is the multiplayer support. Meet up online with other ProFlightSimulator users to fly in formation, put on an air show or just to have fun. You can easily locate other pilots or yourself with Google Map integration. Imagine having a network flight sim party with all your friends or online users.

Another nice touch is that you will get 100% free Updates / Upgrades for life. That means you can play ProFlightSimulator with the latest updates even in 10 years time.

What I didn’t like:

There is quite a lot of data to be downloaded. The main game itself is already 300 megabytes. Now if you’re on dial-up, there is an option to get the 4 DVD physical edition in the members area. I suggest you do that.

Conclusions:

ProFlightSimulator is a must for all flight sim fans. The level of realism and the vast expense of the world is worth exploring. The bonuses provided (4 of them) is worth the entire price of the game.

With so much of the world to see, so many aircraft to fly, and so many excited new players joining in, you’ll be hooked on ProFlightSimulator for a long time. Visit their site now and I’ll see you in multiplayer!

About the Author: Michael Ortiz is an independent reviewer of flight sim games To visit ProFlightSimulator, click on the links below:

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Wikinews’ overview of the year 2008

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Also try the 2008 World News Quiz of the year.

What would you tell your grandchildren about 2008 if they asked you about it in, let’s say, 20 years’ time? If the answer to a quiz question was 2008, what would the question be? The year that markets collapsed, or perhaps the year that Obama became US president? Or the year Heath Ledger died?

Let’s take a look at some of the important stories of 2008. Links to the original Wikinews articles are in all the titles.

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December 14, 2018

Aerosmith sued over late cancellation of gig in Maui, Hawaii

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Fans of the American hard rock band Aerosmith have launched legal action against the band in response to a late cancellation of a scheduled concert on the Hawaiian Island of Maui.

Attorney Brandee Faria filed a class action suit in Hawaii Circuit Court on October 19. The suit alleges that the band’s cancellation cost fans between US$500,000 (€349,944) and $3 million (€2.1 million) in travel and accommodation costs, as well as other related expenses.

The sold-out September 26 Maui concert – originally planned months before as the final show of a world tour that began in Brazil in April – was canceled by the band on the basis that they could not make it to the island in time after a September 24 concert in Chicago. The Chicago concert, which attracted 18,000 people, was rescheduled at the last minute after the original September 10 concert date had been postponed due to illness.

The band canceled the show at Maui’s War Memorial Stadium, which was set to be attended by 9,000 people, and apologized to fans. The band’s management company, HK Management Inc., gave no initial reason when they canceled on September 20, but blamed logistical reasons by the next day.

However, just days later, on September 29, the band traveled to the neighbor island of Oahu to play a corporate event in Honolulu for Toyota car dealers and private guests. An audience of 6,000 people celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Japanese automobile manufacturer at the University of Hawaii, with Toyota paying $500,000 (€349,944) to hire the campus. Aerosmith received $1 million (€700,000) to perform at the event. Faria alleges that Aerosmith abandoned the scheduled public concert on Maui in favor of the more lucrative corporate event on Oahu.

“…Defendants simply canceled the only public performance by Aerosmith in favor of the larger Chicago venue and the lucrative, private concert for the Toyota car dealers,” the complaint states.

Local officials had hoped the concert would attract other big names to the island.

Faria said that “I’ve had people contact me being out of pocket at much as $800 or $900,” adding that if the cancellation is found to be deceptive ticket holders may be eligible for a minimum of $1,000 each. The complaint also says that those aged 62 or over should receive at least $5,000 each. Currently about a dozen ticket holders are involved with the suit. If the action is approved by a judge, steps will be taken to contact everyone who purchased a ticket.

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