Rome to unveil tomb that may belong to wolf-suckled king

An ancient tomb thought to belong to Rome’s founder Romulus will be presented to the world on Friday, bringing to a head months of investigation by history sleuths.

The mythologycal founders of Rome, Romulus and Remus are sculpted under the statue of the River God Nile in Piazza del Campidoglio.

The 6th century BC stone sarcophagus, with an accompanying circular altar, was discovered under the Forum in the heart of Italy’s capital decades ago, but experts could not agree on whether or not it belonged to the fabled figure.

According to legend, Romulus founded the city after killing his twin brother Remus.

The brothers had been raised by a she-wolf — the symbol of Rome shows them sucking at her teats — but later fell out over where to build the new metropolis.

Historians have long been divided not only over whether the pair actually existed, but if so where Romulus’ body — which was reportedly dismembered after his death by angry senators — may have been buried.

The Colosseum Archaeological Park, which manages the Forum where the sarcophagus lies, said recent clues all pointed to it being the founder’s tomb, in what it labelled an “extraordinary discovery”.

The Forum was the beating heart of the Roman Empire and historical sources refer to Romulus’s possible burial in that area.

No bones were found inside the sarcophagus.

‘Rome’s political birth’

“These two archaeological objects (sarcophagus and altar) have given rise to a hypothesis we can now debate,” Italian archaeologist Paolo Carafa told AFP.

Romulus, made popular by writers such as Livy, Ovid and Plutarch, is said to have ploughed a square furrow around the Palatine Hill to demarcate the walls of the future city.

When a mocking Remus hopped over the “wall” to prove how ineffective it would be against invaders, his brother killed him.

A team of scientists carrying out a dig in the late 1980s discovered a long, deep gash marked by large stones, which they claimed was the “sacred furrow” ploughed by Romulus.

Legend has it he went on to establish the Roman senate and rule as the city’s first king for nearly 40 years, before disappearing into thin air one day while out inspecting his troops.

Some versions of the tale have him taken up to heaven by the god of war while others have him brutally murdered by jealous senators who tore him limb from limb and scattered his body parts across the city.

There may consequently have been no body to bury. In any case, Romulus acquired a cult following, making it more than plausible that the ancient city built a shrine to its beloved legendary — and possibly mythical — founder.

“Whether Romulus existed or not is not important,” Carafa said.

“What matters is that this figure is considered by the ancients to mark the political birth of the city.”

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Flight attendant fired for being one pound ‘overweight’

A flight attendant who was fired by Malaysia Airlines for being overweight has lost an unfair dismissal case.

Ina Meliesa Hassim, who had worked for the airline for 25 years, weighed 9st 7lbs when her contract was terminated in 2017.

The company stipulates that cabin crew’s Body Mass Index (BMI) must fall within the “healthy” range to continue working for the company.

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At 5ft 2in, Ms Hassim needed to weigh a maximum of 9st 6lbs to stay in the “healthy” bracket.

After her dismissal, Ms Hassim filed a complaint against the company under Section 20(3) of the Industrial Relations Act 1967.

However, an Industrial Court ruled in favour of the airline at a hearing on 14 February, reports The Edge Markets.

“The court is convinced that the company had provided the claimant with ample opportunities and chances to comply with the company’s policy and that despite the many opportunities however, the claimant had consistently failed to achieve her optimal weight,” Court chairman Syed Noh Said Nazir said in the ruling.

Malaysia Airlines first changed its grooming and uniform guidelines in 2015, when it stipulated in a circular to employees that cabin crew who did not have a healthy BMI would be enrolled in a weight management programme.

It read: “As cabin crew, apart from maintaining the appearance as set by the company, you are also responsible to ensure the safety of our passengers while in flights. 

“Being front liners in uniform, cabin crew cast an unforgettable image in the minds of our valued guests.

“It is for this reason that the company considers the feedback received from our customers on the image of crew and inevitably even the appearance of cabin crew has been included as one of the attributes in the passenger flight experience survey and which is being tracked monthly.  

“With this policy in place, the airline will see healthier cabin crew who will project an image befitting that of the world’s best cabin staff as well as for ensuring the passengers’ safety when the necessity arises.” 

The carrier argued that Ms Hassim had been given 18 months to conform to the new rules and was provided with help from an in-house doctor.

The company said she had failed to attend several of her scheduled weigh-ins.

However, her lawyers said that other international airlines such as British Airways, Lufthansa, KLM and Qantas do not have a BMI or weight requirement for cabin crew and no safety issues have arisen as a result.

They also pointed out that being 1kg overweight would hardly prevent Ms Hassim from performing her duties effectively.

But the court ruled that it was the company’s right to determine its own policy with regards to employees’ weight. 

“The weight management programme was in no way discriminatory as it applies among all crew and the company had at all times ensured that the claimant and all its crew were accorded every opportunity possible to achieve their optimum weight,“ read the judgement.

BMI is a way of calculating people’s “optimum” weight as determined by their height. There are four categories: underweight, healthy, overweight and obese.

The measurement was first created in the 1800s by a Belgian mathematician called Adolphe Quetelet and, by the late 1900s, it had been adopted by governments across the world.

However, in recent years researchers and health experts have increasingly argued that BMI can be an inaccurate measure of health.

A 2016 study by UCLA concluded that tens of millions of people who had overweight and obese BMI scores were in fact perfectly healthy.

It also found that 30 per cent of people with “healthy” BMIs were not particularly healthy based on their other data. 

One drawback is that the measurement does not distinguish between muscle and fat – as muscle weighs more, this can lead to an “overweight” reading even if someone is fit and healthy.

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Italian town tries to lure new residents with a rent-paying offer

Picturesque Italian town with a dwindling population tries to lure new residents by offering to pay their rent and waive school meal fees and taxes

  • Teora, located in the Campania region of Italy, has a population of around 1,500 
  • Newcomers will be given 150 euros a month towards their rent for two years
  • Or they can have a 5,000-euro lump sum to go towards buying a property there

An Italian town is trying to lure new residents by offering to pay their rent.

Picturesque Teora, in the Campania region of southern Italy, is aiming to revive its dwindling population with the scheme.

Newcomers to the town will be given 150 euros (£125/$162) a month towards their rent for two years or get a 5,000-euro (£4,193/$5,402) lump sum to go towards buying a property there.

The picturesque town of Teora, in the Campania region of southern Italy, which is trying to lure new residents by offering to pay their rent

The only catch is that all newcomers must have at least one child and they must commit to living in Teora for at least three years.

The town’s population started to decline in 1980 after a devastating earthquake and now stands at around 1,500.

It is believed that an average of two babies are born there each year compared to 20 deaths, with most from old age.

Mayor of Teora, Stefano Farina, told CNN: ‘We’re down to barely 1,500 residents. After the terrible quake many young people fled.

‘I want to invert this negative trend. Children are our future, new families will be the building blocks of our shrinking community, so we encourage those with more kids to apply.’

For those interested in moving, rental prices in the town are as little as 200 euros (£167/$216) a month while some homes are on the market for 30,000 euros (£25,159/$32,416).

Newcomers to Teora will be given 150 euros (£125/$162) a month towards their rent for two years or get a 5,000 euro (£4,193/$5,402) lump sum to go towards buying a property there

In addition, the town will also waive school meal fees and local taxes for any newcomers.

However, Teora isn’t the only town in Italy to incentivise house moves.

Taranto became the first Italian city to offer homes for one euro (84p/$1.08).

The remote port city in southern Italy has seen its population dwindle over the years and local authorities hope the offer will boost the ailing area, including its historic centre.

The council aims to attract 25,000 inhabitants.

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Virgin launches new cruise line for millennials with drag queens, DJs and outdoor yoga

Virgin Group is launching a new luxury cruise line aimed at millennials, with yoga, exercise classes, DJs and drag artists onboard.

Its first ship, Scarlet Lady, was launched in Dover today by Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson.

Routes on offer include Costa Maya in Mexico, Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic, Key West and The Bahamas.

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But forget cringey entertainment and lacklustre food – Virgin Voyager is trying to attract a different kind of clientele by “redefining the cruise industry”.

The idea is to bring “the luxe of a boutique hotel to the seas”, with interiors created by designers including Tom Dixon and Roman and Williams, and a focus on wellness.

The adults-only ship has B-Complex gym programmes plus an outdoor yoga space, while the 20 onboard dining options include Razzle Dazzle, a vegetarian restaurant.

Other eating experiences have been created by leading chefs such as Michelin-starred Brad Farmerie, of PUBLIC in New York City, and Sohui Kim, from Insa in Brooklyn.

Entertainment is a far cry from the usual cruise fare too – think gigs, drag artists and DJ sets, plus special itineraries featuring personal appearances from talent including Mark Ronson, Diplo, MK and Sofi Tukker.

The big news for regular cruisers is that tips – usually £10-£15 added onto passengers’ onboard account every day unless they demand otherwise – are all included in the basic cruise price, as are all exercise classes, wifi, food and basic drinks (soft drinks, coffee and water).

Sir Richard said: “I have dreamed of starting my own cruise line since I was in my 20s and I’m thrilled that moment has arrived. 

“The Scarlet Lady is truly special and we’ve worked with some of the world’s most sought-after designers, artists and architects to craft an extraordinary experience. 

“The benefit of our five decades in business in so many industries is that we can offer a voyage like no other.”

Virgin Voyages is also one of the first cruise lines to use Climeon, a technology that uses heat from the ship’s engines to generate electricity, making it more fuel efficient.

Scarlet Lady’s sister vessel, Valiant Lady, will launch in May 2021 with seven-night itineraries around the Mediterranean. 

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Virgin Atlantic to scrap free limo for Upper Class passengers

When Richard Branson launched Virgin Atlantic in 1984, a cornerstone of the new brand was the limousine service that whisked Upper Class passengers from their home or office to Gatwick airport for the single daily flight to New York Newark.

Each passenger booked in the eight-seat cabin in the “bubble” of the Boeing 747 was entitled to a complimentary transfer from anywhere in Greater London and much of southeast England to the Sussex airport.

Like the “free economy ticket for every business-class passenger” promise, the Virgin initiative proved highly newsworthy. And while the free ticket soon disappeared, 36 years on the courtesy limo continues.

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A Mercedes E-Class or similar will take the passenger to and from any address within 75 miles of Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester or Glasgow airport.

”Enjoy the luxury of Upper Class travel from the second we pick you up. And when you arrive back we’ll whisk you back home again,” premium passengers are promised.”No stress, no fuss.”

Now that Virgin’s main base is Heathrow, the service is even better. “We’ll take you directly to our Upper Class Wing and aim to get you straight through security and into the Clubhouse in less than 10 minutes.

More excitingly still, you can opt for the Limobike, slicing through traffic en route to the airport.

“Full protective and wet weather clothing is provided, and the helmet allows you speak to the driver and make phone calls.” But anyone tempted to sample the chauffeur service has just four months to try it.

Virgin Atlantic will end the complimentary limousine era from 1 July. An airline spokesperson said: “As the habits of our Upper Class customers change and the demand for complimentary ground transfer continues to decrease, we’ve made the decision to change how we offer this service.

“For bookings made after 1 July 2020, ground transfers will become an additional option for guests to purchase.”

In reality, fewer and fewer premium passengers were eligible for the limousine. While initially everyone in Upper Class paid much the same fare, today Virgin Atlantic offers a range of fares to fill Upper Class. Many of them are heavily discounted, and ineligible for the chauffeur service.

In addition, the airline is increasingly close to its 49 per cent shareholder, Delta Airlines, which does not offer the same frills.

“We can’t offer the chauffeur service if you’re flying with one of our partner airlines,” Virgin Atlantic tells passengers. “Sorry about that.”

The provision of chauffeur-driven cars looks increasingly questionable with airlines keen to proclaim their environmental initiatives. But Emirates continues to provide limousines for first-class passengers and business-class travellers who pay higher fares. 

“We’ll collect you from your door and drive you to the airport,” promises the Dubai-based airline. “When you land, we’ll be there to drive you to your final destination – whether that’s to your home, office or to your favourite restaurant.”

But Emirates passengers who buy or upgrade tickets with frequent-flyer points are no longer eligible, and from 15 April the allowed distance from Heathrow reduces from 70 to 50 miles.

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A swing and a prayer: Learning to play golf at a chic Sicilian resort

A swing and a prayer: Learning to play golf is that much easier when staying at this chic Sicilian resort

  • Hotels around the world are now offering golf as one of their premier activities
  • The spectacularly placed Verdura Resort on the Sicilian coast is no different  
  • And this glamorous resort also caters more than capably for all off-course needs

The moment has come to take up a hobby and I’m starting with golf. My children are becoming more independent, so I have more free time than I did before. Even my husband has shown an interest. But where is the best place to tee off? First, it needs to be luxurious and offer more than golf, just in case I end up in a strop, abandoning everything on the first morning. So forget a windswept links course in the British drizzle.

Instead — and with my husband and children all on board — I choose the Verdura Resort in Sicily, where the two 18-hole courses sit adjacent to olive groves overlooking the cyan sea.

It’s not cheap. In fact, it’s a magnet for the Italian jet-set (you may well find the likes of Dolce or Gabbana relaxing in the 60-metre infinity pool), all super-swish, with four restaurants, two pool bars, a range of water sports and 203 rooms, all with sea views.

Two 18-hole golf courses sit adjacent to Verdura Resort on the west coast of Sicily 

I made inquiries about the dress code. Some clubs in the UK require gentlemen to wear long socks with shorts, but at Verdura there are no such restrictions. The resort — owned by Sir Rocco Forte — manages to be both glamorous and unstuffy. So we plump for shorts and polo shirts for the boys and ‘skorts’ and T-shirts for my daughter and me.

Kitted out, we hitch a ride on one of the electric carts which ferry guests around, heading for the driving range, where head coach Tom Foster is waiting. He is clearly used to rubbing shoulders with professionals. But how will he cope with us? First, we begin with the club grip and my thumbs splay into all the wrong places. Standing correctly is more manageable (bottom out, knees bent, arms straight), but that is without the complication of actually hitting the ball.

I take what I think is a perfect swing, swivelling forward and gazing into the distance to track my ball. Has it passed the 50-metre marker? Not quite. It’s still on the tee, untouched.

The resort offers golf lessons for all ages, so the whole family can get involved 

After moving on to putting, I cheer up with Tom’s news that the top 11 golfers in the world only manage to get 40 per cent of their putts in from about 12ft away. Perhaps I won’t seem so very bad, after all.

In the meantime, my children, Eliza and Arthur, are clearly benefiting from lessons from world-class junior golf coach Giacomo Dovetta, and are soon pulling ahead of me, much to their delight. My husband tells me that at least 124 muscles are used in a golf swing. I swear every one of them aches after day one.

We are finally allowed to put our new skills to the test by actually playing a hole — a par three.

Views of the resort’s golf courses on the spectacular coastal setting 

After two shots, my ball ends up about 16ft from the hole and something feels right as I strike my putt firmly. 

We all watch in astonishment as it totters across the green and drops in: I have made par on my first hole!

Surely, there is no justice when a novice like me can achieve such early success? But that’s the thing about golf, it is capricious, fiendish and — as I can now testify — properly addictive.


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Head to Le Grand Bornand by car for a cheap skiing break

Drive a ski bargain! Hitting the slopes with children is never cheap. But go by car to this undiscovered French resort and you could save a small fortune

  • The Savoyard village of Le Grand Bornand is a perfect ski destination for families 
  • There are plenty of gentle green and blue runs across its 90km of pistes
  • If you’re looking for something a bit more challenging, nearby La Clusaz delivers 

M’aidez! M’aidez!’ Deranged with panic, I flapped my arms and hollered for help. No ski trip for my family is complete without the international phrase for emergency being used at least once.

Only this time I wasn’t shouting it from a slope-side collision but from the hard shoulder of a French motorway after coming to a juddering halt an hour north of Dijon. We were out of petrol.

And were it not for a passing motorway maintenance man who calmly directed us to an SOS phone box, muttering ‘les Anglais’ as he got us on our way again, we might never have discovered the simple joys of one of France’s best-kept family ski secrets, Le Grand Bornand.

Grand Bornand lies at 1,000 metres and has plenty of Savoyard charm, says Fiona

Le Grand Bornand (pictured) is quieter than its flashier neighbours

Situated in the Aravis mountain range between Annecy, Chamonix and Geneva, Le Grand Bornand is quieter and less well known than its flashier neighbours.

But its Savoyard charm – tinkling cowbells not nightclub tinnitus – draws French families year after year and was the perfect balm to our shattered nerves.

Separated into two villages – Grand Bornand at 1,000 metres, and Chinaillon at 1,300 metres – we made the higher resort our base during our Easter break, quickly settling into Le Village de Lessy, a series of spacious and comfortable self-catering apartments, the thoughtful layout of which minimises the unholy mess made by a family of five.

Our Eurotunnel tickets plus return fuel costs meant travel for five came to about £470 while easyJet flights to Geneva during the Easter holidays would have set us back around £1,400 with car hire.

Ski lockers in the basement of our apartment were easy enough to manage, once we’d cracked the labyrinthine lifts. Hauling the kids’ clobber, and your own, up a steep incline to the ski school meeting point, less so.

Day two and we joined the dots. Why drive the car 700 miles only to let it stand idle for the week for fear of losing your parking space? Cramming the gear into the boot, we drove right up to the chairlift and parked in its shadow.

The chapel in Chinaillon, the village in which Fiona stayed with her family

Children finally fully dressed and dispatched to their instructors, it was time to face my own mountain demons. A shambolic skier, my limited abilities have dwindled even more since having children.

Thankfully, with a wide range of green and blue runs making up the majority of its 90km of pistes, Le Grand Bornand is a reassuring resort where a woman who skis slower with every passing year can find what remains of her bottle.

The lack of daredevil snowboarders also makes it perfect for the children. Rose, 14, and Evie, 12, were soon swooshing past, while beginner Felix, seven, excelled as a flocon – the only time I will ever proudly call him a snowflake.

And if the 16 reds and four blacks aren’t quite enough for advanced skiers such as my husband, they can jump on to the shuttle bus to the neighbouring resort of La Clusaz, and exhaust themselves on more challenging terrain.

The view of Chinaillon at 1,300m from Village de Lissy, a complex of self-catering apartments that Fiona stayed in

The lack of daredevil snowboarders at Le Grand Bornand, says Fiona, makes it perfect for children

Self-catering always sounds sensible when you’re counting the pennies. Less so when you’re staring into a sink wishing someone else would do the cooking. 

Thank goodness then for Huski, takeaway service offering the broadest of comfort foods delivered directly to your chalet. Beef bourguignon and mash? Or chicken korma and a couple of beers? Be sure to specify your delivery slot well in advance of when you want to eat, or you’ll be glaring at the microwave way past bedtime.

It wouldn’t be a skiing holiday, though, without a near-death experience with cheese.

The interior of Le Village de Lessy, which Fiona describes as ‘spacious and comfortable’

The exterior of Le Village de Lessy. Its apartments are ‘thoughtfully laid out’

And there are few better places for a full immersion than Le Jalouvre, the warmest of restaurants providing a delicious nightly dilemma. Would madame care to drown by fondue or raclette? Five days on the slopes are always enough, so having returned our skis – and offered up silent thanks for no broken bones – we ventured to Annecy, where its magnificent lake and medieval town held us in wonder.

Our final night of indulgence before heading home was a pitstop in Chambery at Chateau de Candie, a glorious pile where we drank in the views of the Savoie landscape with a glass of the hotel’s own Viognier.

All that was left was to fill up the car and begin the eight-hour drive back to the Eurotunnel, eyes now firmly locked on the fuel gauge.


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Pound to euro exchange rate: Sterling ‘struggles’ – will coronavirus outbreak affect rate?

The pound to euro exchange rate has struggled to cling onto gains this week, trading well below the €1.20 level on Thursday. It came after GBP rocketed to a new post-election high earlier this week, on Monday.


  • Pound US Dollar exchange rate falls as investors flock to safe haven

The pound is currently trading at 1.1943, according to Bloomberg at the time of writing.

The exchange rate opened at 1.1947 today, Bloomberg says.

Michael Brown, currency expert at Caxton FX, spoke to about the latest pound to euro exchange rate figures.

He said: “Sterling struggled on Thursday, trading well below the €1.20 level, despite a surge in retail sales that confirmed the post-election bounce in the economy and snapped a record-long 5 month streak of no growth.

“Today, the latest flash PMI figures will be parsed for any impact of the coronavirus outbreak on the UK economy, while investors expect the surveys to consolidate last month’s jump.”

The Coronavirus outbreak in China was first reported last month.

To date, nine patients in England have now tested positive for coronavirus.

As of February 20, a total of 5,549 people have been tested, of which 5,540 were confirmed negative and nine positive, the Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England said.

UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk of the public from low to moderate, based on the World Health Organization’s declaration that this is a public health emergency of international concern.

Ryan Howsam, chairman of Staysure said: “At Staysure, we are always on hand to help our customers in these situations.

“Customers who booked their holiday before the outbreak was a known event and purchased the Travel Disruption Extension with their policy will be covered.

“Our Travel Disruption Extension covers emergency incidents where it’s been declared not safe for you to travel, or if you were to get stuck on holiday, due to natural disasters, an outbreak of an infectious disease or terrorism incidents.


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“If you are travelling to China soon, it’s best to check the FCO’s travel advice page on their website before you go, just in case the situation changes.

“If you decide to travel against the advice of the FCO, then your travel insurance would be invalid and wouldn’t cover you for cancellation.”

What does today’s pound to euro exchange rate mean for travellers?

The Post Office is today offering online rates of 1.1526 for spends of £400 or more on euros.

This rises to 1.1693 for a spend of £500 or more.

Meanwhile, euros are offered at 1.1753 for those spending £1,000 or more.

Holidaymakers may look to get their holiday Honeywell in advance of the trip in order to make sure they’re not stung at the airport.

Additionally, it may be that a person considers getting up a currency tracker in order to be alerted about good rates.

A currency expert at FairFX recommends keeping a close eye on currency movements in order to help travellers buy at the optimum time.

Ian Strafford-Taylor, CEO of FairFX, said: “We all expect to pay a little more for convenience, but time and time again we’re finding that airport bureau de change desks are ripping off holidaymakers with extortionately high walk-up exchange rates.

As families head into Europe over the bank holiday, they risk losing out on valuable extra holiday money by leaving it so late to exchange their cash.”

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Mongolia, Tami Neilson in Nashville and the seat recline debate: a week in travel

Missed the big stories in Herald Travel this week? We’ve got you covered with a wrap of the best travel inspiration, traveller tales and top stories making news.

Cover story: Mongolia

Here’s one to read over a cuppa – Jason Walls’ experience with the eagle hunters of Mongolia.

“The eagle hunters themselves are dressed head-to-toe in the pelts of their kills, sporting exceptional hats and coats found in no other part of the world,” writes Walls. “Although the practice of eagle hunting is more traditional than practical now, the hunters of the region are still revered and are among the most eligible bachelors in the area.”

On that note, Walls got the unique honour of meeting a man crowned ‘hottest guy in Mongolia’, a 20-something man named Jinsbek and a bit of a local celebrity.

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Woman sues Disney, claims employee injured her with Space Mountain gate

A Tennessee woman has filed suit against Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, alleging that a theme park employee slammed a gate on her as she entered the Space Mountain Ride at Magic Kingdom.

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According to the lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Orange County, Fla., the woman claimed she got hurt during a visit to the park on Feb. 26, 2018, Click Orlando reports.

The plaintiff alleges that she was entering the Space Mountain ride when an unnamed Disney worker closed a gate on her. The extent of the woman’s injuries from the reported incident remains unclear.

Now, the suit argues that the Disney employee failed to safely inspect the ride, control the ride and exercise reasonable care, among other complaints.

A spokesperson for Disney was not immediately available to offer further comment.

The suit marks the second time in recent months that Disney has been sued for reported trouble with its ever-popular Space Mountain attraction.

In September, a woman sued Disneyland in California, claiming she suffered a serious head injury while exiting Space Mountain. She is said to have sought $3 million.

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