The discovery of a previously unknown wooden structure at the Buddha’s birthplace suggests the sage might have lived in the 6th century BC, two centuries earlier than thought, archeologists said on Monday. Traces of what appears to have been an ancient timber shrine was found under a brick temple that is itself within Buddhism’s sacred Maya Devi Temple at Lumbini, in southern Nepal near the Indian border. In design it resembles the Asokan temple erected on top of it. Significantly, however, it features an open area, unprotected from the elements, from which it seems a tree once grew—possibly the tree where the Buddha was born. “This sheds light on a very very long debate” over when the Buddha was born and, in turn, when the faith that grew out of his teachings took root, said archeologist Robin Coningham in a conference call. It’s widely accepted that the Buddha was born beneath a hardwood sal tree at Lumbini as his mother Queen Maya Devi, the wife … [Read more...] about Find suggests Buddha lived in 6th century B.C.
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By Agence France Presse Preservation experts have opened for the first time in at least two centuries what Christians believe is Jesus’s tomb inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Some of the historic work was witnessed by AFP photographer Gali Tibbon who captured images of the site believed to contain the rock upon which Jesus was laid in around 33 AD as it was uncovered as part of ongoing restoration at the site. A marble slab covering the site, among the holiest in Christianity, was pulled back for three days as part of both restoration work and archaeological analysis, experts on the scene told AFP. It was the first time the marble had been removed since at least 1810, when the last restoration work took place following a fire, and possibly earlier, said Father Samuel Aghoyan, the church’s Armenian superior. A painting of Jesus can be seen in the narrow area above where the marble slab was removed. Debris and material was found beneath the marble … [Read more...] about Jesus’s tomb opened for first time in centuries
CHICAGO: Three veteran storm chasers were killed while pursuing powerful tornadoes that tore through the US state of Oklahoma, a relative said Sunday. Tim Samaras, his son Paul and their storm-chasing partner Carl Young died Friday in a twister in El Reno, west of Oklahoma City. “They all unfortunately passed away but doing what they LOVED,” the elder Samaras’s brother Jim Samaras said on his Facebook page. Tony Laubach, a fellow participant in the Tactical Weather Instrumented Sampling in Tornadoes Experiment, or TWISTEX, that Samaras founded mourned that “devastating loss to the meteorological, research and storm-chasing communities.” Samaras’s instruments are said to have offered the first-ever glimpse inside a tornado, and TWISTEX aimed to learn more about the storms in order to help increase the lead time in warnings. A series of tornadoes battered Oklahoma with high winds, heavy rain and large hail, causing at least 11 fatalities in a state … [Read more...] about Three storm chasers killed by Oklahoma tornado
JOINING the board of trustees of the Cultural Center of the Philippines has given me a softer perspective on healing the nation. With public administration, policy, regulatory and enforcement as a background, I have cruised all these years by hardballing my way through change and implementation. The revelation wasn’t until I was suddenly in need of immersion in arts and culture. I knew that I lacked that instant connection and bond that only arts and culture can provide. I would like to narrate the feeling I got from this realization; I will humbly admit I found the soulmate to corrective public administration in this new chapter of my life of discovering and applying the arts and culture in everything. I grew up looking up to my father as the best public administrator because he was a local government unit head (governor). His response to the requirements of his constituencies was always immediate, not letting the hours go by without a solution implemented. That meant moving the … [Read more...] about Art heals a nation through a revitalized CCP
I have no doubt many Filipinos will answer without batting an eyelash, “yes! The Philippines is a maritime nation.” The succeeding questions will give most of us away: Has government or industry stakeholders and the general public able to relate to the significance of the country’s maritime circumstance and how it permeates every aspect of Philippine society? Ours is an archipelagic country with thousands of islands straddling across the vast waters of the Pacific Ocean, the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) and Celebes Sea. Unfortunately, we are trapped in the limited view of the country being the premier source of seafarers in the world as our basis. We take pride of our Filipino seafarers, and rightly so as they provide the much needed foreign exchange earnings that help the country’s balance-of-payments record and in uplifting the lives of the seafarers’ families and relatives. Together with the land-based overseas Filipino workers, they have done … [Read more...] about Is the Philippines a maritime nation?
The current political environment Philippine politics from ages ago has been largely dominated by political dynasties in virtually all of our geographic subdivisions. Many of these political families are concerned only with their own interests and the protection of their acquired wealth and influence. Quite disturbing is the rise to prominence of a circle of pseudo revolutionaries, known for their “messianic” tendencies. They have gained, in recent years, effective access to Malacanang. They rode on a historical quirk that propelled a perfect puppet to the presidency, a President with an exaggerated sense of self-esteem, although completely lacking in maturity to be able to handle serious state questions. Some people are convinced he suffers from a mental disability that needs immediate medical attention. During the last five years, this circle has been serving as “cordon sanitaire” in the Palace. Among other things, they have deflected serious public concern … [Read more...] about Politics debased, a threat to national security
Three veteran storm chasers died doing what they loved: roaming the Great Plains in search of dangerous storms like the one in Oklahoma that ended their final pursuit. Tim Samaras, his son Paul and colleague Carl Young, who through the years had shared dramatic videos with television viewers and weather researchers, died Friday night when an EF3 tornado with winds up to 165 mph (265 kph)turned on them near El Reno, Oklahoma. They were among 13 people who died in the storm inOklahoma City and its suburbs. Their deaths in pursuit of the storm are believed to be the first among scientific researchers while chasing tornadoes, the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, said. "They put themselves in harm's way so that they can educate the public about the destructive power of these storms," said Chris West, the undersheriff in Canadian County, where the men died. Tim Samaras, 54, and Paul Samaras, 24, both of Bennett, Colorado, were trapped in their car along … [Read more...] about 3 veteran storm chasers killed by Oklahoma tornado
PHOTO: Complete tail of 72-million-year-old dinosaur discovered in Mexican desert WATCH: One of the archaeologists speak about the Dinosaur remains found in Mexico READ: All about the 'unusually well-preserved' dinosaur tail that happenes to be the first-ever found in Mexico Palaeontologists have discovered the fossilised remains of a 72 million-year-old dinosaur tail in a desert in northern Mexico. Experts identified the creature as a hadrosaur, or duck-billed dinosaur. The five-metre tail was the first ever found in Mexico and was unusually well-preserved, said the INAH's director Francisco Aguilar. The tail, found near the small town of General Cepeda found in the border state of Coahuila, likely made up half the dinosaur's length, Aguilar said. Archaeologists found the 50 vertebrae of the tail completely intact after spending 20 days in the desert slowly lifting a sedimentary rock covering the creature's bones. Strewn around the tail were other fossilised bones, including one of … [Read more...] about 72 Million-Year-Old Dinosaur Tail Unearthed in Nearly Perfect Condition
It was reported today, 12 May, that the country will face a transboundary haze starting June till October due to the extreme hot and dry weather in Sumatra and Kalimantan in Indonesia However, the haze is expected to be a less serious one compared to last year's, as it is expected to be accompanied by the La Nina phenomenon, the positive phase of the El Niño phenomenon "Based on a study, conducted by the Singapore-based Asean Specialised Meteorological Centre (ASMC), the hot and dry weather (in Sumatra and Kalimantan, Indonesia) can cause peatland fires and the wind will push the smoke towards Malaysia and lead to haze. Natural Resource and Environment Minister, Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi also explained how both the Indonesian and Malaysian governments are looking at handling this delicate issue with the aid of the government-to-government (G2G) cooperation Wan Junaidi said the ministry had accepted Indonesia's explanation to discontinue the MoU because it seemed to be ineffective, as … [Read more...] about The Haze And Thunderstorms In Malaysia Will Last Longer Than You Expect
James Murdoch, the CEO of 21st Century Fox and son of media tycoon Rupert Murdoch, has joined Tesla’s board, the company announced in a blog post Monday. The company also said that Linda Johnson Rice, chairman and chief executive officer of Johnson Publishing Company, will join the board. At 21st Century Fox, James Murdoch ran the company’s environmental sustainability initiative. He and his wife, Kathryn, are the founders of a non-profit foundation called Quadrivium, which claims to “support practical, measurable solutions at the intersection of society’s challenges.” Murdoch is the son of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, who founded News Corp. 21st Century Fox split from News Corp in 2014. Many Rupert Murdoch-owned publications – and even the man himself – have repeatedly expressed skepticism about man-made climate change. In a 2015 tweet, he said he was a “climate change skeptic not a denier.” Fox Networks … [Read more...] about Tesla just added the CEO of Fox News’ parent company to its board