MSNBC News reports that a team of archaeologists working in an Arab portion of Jerusalem believe they have located the pool of Siloam, where according to the Gospel of John, ch. 9, Jesus healed a blind man. In other archaeology news, MSNBC also reported that the Israeli Antiquities Authority is calling an alabaster pomegranate alleged to be a relic of Solomon’s temple a forgery, as well as the acclaimed James ossuary that mentions the name of Jesus. Biblical Archaeology Review magazine, however, is standing by its claim for the authenticity of the ossuary, accusing the IAA of unscientific analysis and bias.Debates will continue about the ossuary, the Jehoash inscription and some other artifacts, but many objects and sites mentioned in the Bible are corroborated by the archaeologist’s spade. Unlike holy books of man-made religions, the Bible speaks of real places, events, and people. As such, it is open to historical investigation: in fact, it encourages the honest seeking for the truth.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
20 May 2014 South Africa has climbed from 37th to 34th in the International Congress and Convention Associations’ (ICCA’s) latest ranking of business tourism destinations worldwide, with Cape Town and Durban being rated Africa’s top two cities for meetings and events. The ICCA’s 2013 rankings, released last week, confirm South Africa’s position as the top business events destination on the continent, followed by Kenya and Morocco. In the African cities ranking, Cape Town and Durban were followed by Nairobi in third place, while Stellenbosch outside Cape Town was placed 10th. Internationally, Cape Town came in at 52nd (behind Melbourne at 44th and Vancouver at 38th), while Durban jumped a massive 60 places to rank 97th in the world. “Before 1994, the first year of our democracy, South Africa hosted 12 international association conferences,” SA Tourism CEO Thulani Nzima said in a statement on Monday. “Fast forward to 2013, and we have grown this number to 118 ICCA recognised meetings. “We have also hosted 1 038 international association conferences that met the ICCA’s criteria since 1994, and remain ranked under the top 11 long haul destinations globally.” Major international events successfully hosted by South Africa include the International Aids Conference in 2000, the 123rd Session of the International Olympic Organising Committee in 2011, the World Congress on Intensive and Critical Care Medicine in 2013, and the One Young World Conference in 2013. An estimated 20 000 delegates will converge on Durban in 2016 when the country hosts the International Aids Conference for the second time. The meetings and conferences hosted by South Africa “have not only demonstrated the country’s world-class infrastructure and capabilities, but have also showcased a united industry and a committed government, working hard, passionately and together to take this industry forward,” Nzima said. He added that South Africa’s achievement was a win for the continent as a whole. “We need to collaborate and unite with our counterparts on the continent if we want to be a destination to be reckoned with on the business events front. The business events markets is vast and varied. There is enough for everyone – but it will take collaboration, partnership and understanding that we are working to unleash the potential of business events for the benefit of the continent, not just our country.” SAinfo reporter
After selling Last Minute to Travelocity, Alexis Bonte developed an obsession with Sid Meier’s strategy game Civilization. Bonte played so often, that his wife began to complain. He jokes that he partnered with George Lemnaru to started eRepublik Labs and the eRepublik game in order to satiate his gaming appetite through work. The company officially launched in time to win the 2007 Le Web awards. eRepublik is a multi-player online strategy game where members interact as citizens of one of 60 countries. More than 125,000 active users sign in on a daily basis to work, join the military, form political parties, launch newspapers and in some cases, wage wars. Just last week the Iranian president was impeached. Meanwhile, last month Russia was invaded and Indonesian users hosted the game’s largest real-world meet up. At the business level, the company raised a 2 million Euro round of funding. The new capital will help its 30 employees improve game play and expand into new arenas. In the near future Bonte plans on launching citizen ads. He explains, “We have 100 million impressions per month, but if you’re in a virtual world you don’t want to see adverts for Coca Cola.” Bonte plans on allowing citizens to use eRepublik currency (gold) to pay to advertise for their political parties or businesses.“Every month we have an election.” He says, “Imagine you’re running the democratic party for your country, you’re going to use some of your gold to advertise to win the election.”While the gold can be earned during gameplay or bought with real money, buying gold is restricted to certain times and amounts. This is to ensure that eRepublik remains a strategy game rather than a shopping experience. “Once we develop the product further,” says Bonte, “We can expand into new territory as a platform for new gaming experiences.” Similar to competitor Gameforge, eRepublik Labs expects to roll out additional MMORPGs in the future. ReadWriteWeb was there in Madrid to talk to Bonte about his company. Tags:#Interviews#start#startups 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… dana oshiro Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts
Ace shooter Gagan Narang has been chosen for the country’s highest sporting honour — Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna — for 2010-2011.Narang, who won four gold medals in 2010 Commonwealth Games, was disappointed at missing out of the honour last year. He was chosen ahead of tennis star Somdev Devvarman, fellow shooter Ronjan Sodhi, athlete Krishna Poonia and rower Bajrang Lal Takhar.Narang is one of India’s prime gold medal hopes at 2012 London Olympics and the latest honour should spur him for greater deeds next year. While Ronjon had won gold in World Shooting Championship and Asian Games, Gagan had won bronze in these two events.Indian pace spearhead Zaheer Khan was chosen for the Arjuna Award along with Asian Games gold medallist Preeja Sreedharan, archer Rahul Banerjee and gymnast Ashish Kumar amongst others.The awardees are:Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award:Gagan Narang (Shooter)Arjuna Awrdees:Zaher Khan (Cricket)Ashish Kumar (Gymnastics)Rahul Banerjee (Archer)P Sridharan (Athletics)
zoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Pexels under CC0 Creative Commons license Maersk Line’s containership, which picked up 113 migrants in international waters between Libya and Malta on Friday, has berthed at Pozzallo, Italy, disembarking distressed people.Following the instructions by the Maritime Response Coordination Centre (MRCC) in Rome, Alexander Maersk reached the Sicilian port on June 26 at 1:20 AM CET.On Saturday evening, MRCC disembarked five persons from the vessel, mainly children and one pregnant woman.The remaining 108 migrants have now been successfully disembarked from the 1,068 TEU ship, Maersk Line confirmed.“The crew on Alexander Maersk has done a heroic job in the past days, and we are very proud of the way they handled this difficult situation. It has been a stressful time for the crew and we will focus on providing them time to rest and recover as well as offer any needed crisis counselling,” Maersk Line said in a statement.The 1998-built boxship was en route from Al Khoms, Libya to Malta when it received a request from MRCC to change its course and assist in search and rescue operation on June 21. After rescuing the migrants, the vessel was waiting for further instructions from the Italian authorities.The European Community Shipowners’ Association (ECSA) urged European authorities to disembark people on board Alexander Maersk as merchant vessels are not equipped to have migrants on board for a longer period of time. What is more, the crew on board such ships is not trained to carry out large-scale rescue operations, according to ECSA.“It is not acceptable that a merchant vessel, saving migrants on its own or called upon to assist in search and rescue activities, is confronted with this kind of problems. Problems that potentially affect the safety and well-being of the migrants and the crew,” Martin Dorsman, ECSA Secretary General, said.