‘Nearly $84,000 of that will go to five airlines that had to delay flights after Alvarado told a gate agent that he had explosives in his luggage. Most of the rest of the money will go to Miami-Dade Police, which deployed the bomb squad to search the doc’s luggage.
‘Back on Oct. 22, the 60-year-old surgeon was flying to Bogota, Colombia, when an Avianca ticket agent asked the perfunctory question: Do you have any explosives in your luggage?
‘He replied “C-4.” The agent asked if that was a gun. Alvarado explained it was an explosive. The agent quickly summoned Miami-Dade police…’
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Philippine BOC’s new online tracker to take away problems with balikbayan boxes
How long will thieves find a way around this?
‘The Bureau of Customs has launched an online tracking system that will enable recipients of these boxes to check on the status of their packages.
‘Customs Commissioner John Phillip Sevilla on Tuesday said it was the Department of Finance-attached agency’s “way of helping our kababayans find their balikbayan boxes when they encounter problems.”
‘“To access the balikbayan box tracker, just go to the Bureau of Customs website (http://customs.gov.ph) and click the “Balikbayan Box Tracker” banner,” he advised.
‘The tracker also “contains the name of the foreign forwarder, name of the local forwarder or broker, entry date filed, date cleared, and the current status (of the shipment).”…’
The Immovable Ladder at the Church of the Holy Sepulhcre
Divvying up the Most Sacred Place
‘The Holy Land—the region where Jesus walked and lived and died—exerts a strange power over the hearts of believers. Readers who have been to Jerusalem and visited its sites may thus feel at least a twinge of sympathy for a group of elderly monks living in that city, who recently made the news in a most unseemly way.
‘Last Monday, chairs, iron bars, and fists flew on the roof of one of the most revered sites in Christianity, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. When the dust cleared, seven Ethiopian Orthodox monks and four Egyptian (Coptic) monks had been injured. The fight started when an Egyptian monk decided to move his chair into the shade—technically, argued the Ethiopians, encroaching on the latter’s jurisdiction…’