Ancient doodle discovered on windowsill at Tintagel Castle is evidence of King

But Scutt said: “We can’t ignore legends. This castle was built by Richard, Earl of Cornwall purely because of the Arthurian legend. There was no other reason for the castle to be here.“These excavations will enable us to learn more about the older site, and we hope in turn they will encourage people to visit it.” For centuries, historians have searched for evidence that Tintagel Castle was the birthplace of King Arthur.Perched on a rocky outcrop on the Cornish coast, the windswept site seemed an unlikely location for a royal court. But the discovery of a 1300-year-old windowsill has lent credence to the idea that Tintagel was, after all, the home of kings.The two-foot long slate bears a mix of Latin and Greek with Christian symbols, in a decorative script similar to those found in illuminated Gospel manuscripts of the time, showing that the writer was familiar with those texts.English Heritage, which manages Tintagel, said the find “lends further weight to the theory that Tintagel was a royal site with a literate Christian culture”.The writing is believed to have been the work of someone practising their handwriting, perhaps carving words into the stone while gazing out to sea. It includes the Roman and Celtic names “Tito” and “Budic”, and the Latin words “fili”, or son, and “viri duo”, meaning “two men”. The Greek letter delta also appears. The tale of King Arthur has been portrayed in a number of filmsCredit:Warner Bros. Pictures A large piece of Cornish Slate at English Heritage’s Tintagel Castle in Cornwall. The engraved stone was found at the famous ancient monumentCredit:Christopher Ison/English Heritage On the question of whether the find brings the Arthurian legend any closer to reality, Scutt said diplomatically: “It shows we have got the right conditions for an Arthurian figure, if he did exist.”In 2016, English Heritage was accused of the “Disneyfication” of Tintagel by commissioning a rock carving of Merlin’s face at the mouth of the cave where the wizard is said to have taken the infant Arthur.The organisation also installed a bronze statue of a king wielding a sword. The Cornwall Association of Local Historians complained that the ancient site was being turned “into a fairytale theme park”. More of the carvings found on the stone Tintagel Castle, Cornwall - the mythical birthplace of the legendary King Arthur Tintagel Castle, Cornwall – the mythical birthplace of the legendary King ArthurCredit:PA The discovery will delight those who believe in the Arthurian legend, which has made Tintagel a popular tourist attraction, although for naysayers it provides no more concrete evidence that Arthur actually existed.The legend of King Arthur was popularised by Geoffrey of Monmouth in his 12th century work, The History of the Kings of Britain.Tintagel is home to two sites: the original, early medieval settlement, and the ruins of a 13th century castle built there by Richard, Earl of Cornwall due to its supposed history as the seat of Cornish power. The stone was found at the former site, which is currently being excavated. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Win Scutt, English Heritage curator, said: “It is incredible to think that 1,300 years ago, on this dramatic Cornish clifftop, someone was practising their writing, using Latin phrases and Christian symbols.“We can’t know for sure who made these marks or why, but what we can say is that seventh century Tintagel had professional scribes who were familiar with the techniques of writing manuscripts, and that in itself is very exciting.“We knew that this was a high status site but what we didn’t know was the extent of their education.” The find proves that the area’s rulers were not “ignorant warlords, taking areas in post-Roman Britain like something from post-war Afghanistan”, he said, but a community with exposure to different cultures. More of the carvings found on the stoneCredit:Christopher Ison/English Heritage The tale of King Arthur has been portrayed in a number of films A large piece of Cornish Slate at English Heritage's Tintagel Castle in Cornwall. The engraved stone was found at the famous ancient monument read more

Khashoggi murder Crown prince vows to punish culprits

The Saudis have previously denied accusations that the prince himself had a role in the killing (AFP)The Saudi crown prince has vowed to punish all the “culprits” responsible for the murder of writer Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey.Speaking at a business forum in Riyadh, Mohammed bin Salman said “the crime was painful to all Saudis” but he would never allow any rift with Turkey.The Saudis have previously denied accusations that the prince, the de facto ruler, had a role in the killing.Khashoggi died during a 2 October visit to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.The Saudi government has blamed the murder on rogue agents.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the journalist, a prominent critic of the government, was the victim of a carefully planned “political murder” by Saudi intelligence officers and other officials.These were his first public comments by the Prince since the Saudis admitted Khashoggi had been killed at the consulate.He said the killing was “a heinous crime that cannot be justified” and vowed that “those behind this crime will be held accountable… in the end justice will prevail”.He said there had been good co-operation with Turkey, adding: “A lot of people are trying to seize this painful situation to create a rift between Saudi Arabia and Turkey. And I want to send them a message: you will never be able to do that.“The rift will never be there.”First, Saudi Arabia said Khashoggi had left the building alive, then that he had been killed in a “fist-fight” inside the consulate.It finally said that Khashoggi had been murdered in a “rogue operation” that the leadership had not been aware of.An unnamed Saudi official told Reuters news agency on Sunday that Khashoggi had died in a chokehold after resisting attempts to return him to Saudi Arabia.His body was then rolled in a rug and given to a local “co-operator” to dispose of, the official said. (Excerpts from BBC) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedJamal Khashoggi murder ordered by agent – Saudi prosecutorNovember 15, 2018In “World”Jamal Khashoggi murder trial opens in Saudi ArabiaJanuary 3, 2019In “World”Khashoggi murder: Body ‘dissolved in acid’November 2, 2018In “latest news” read more

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The 10 developed countries with the worst quality of life

first_img16-year-old Greta Thunberg met with Obama and chided senators, saying they’re not trying hard enough to fight climate change The US is building a case against Iran in the attacks on Saudi Arabia, but Trump is in no rush to act SpaceX is trying to buy a hamlet inside its Texas rocket-launch site because it ‘did not anticipate’ there’d be any ‘significant disruption’ to residents who live there A car plowed through the main hall of Trump Plaza in New Rochelle, New York WANT TO LIVE a better life? Then don’t move to Turkey, which ranked dead last in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) new Better Life Index for the second year in a row.The OECD – an international economic organisation – analysed its 34 member countries in 11 categories, including income, housing, jobs, community, education, environment, civic engagement, health, life satisfaction, safety and work-life balance, with each country rated on a 10-point scale for each criteria. (You can read the full methodology here).The list was topped by Australia, with Ireland coming 15th overall.These are the 10 countries with the lowest overall scores, and we highlighted a few of the criteria on the following slides so you could see why.#10: South Korea(AP Photo/Kin Cheung)Average household disposable income: €13,294South Koreans are hard workers — so much so that they risk burning themselves out, working an average of 2,090 hours a year, much higher than the OECD average of 1,776 hours.They also have 33 micrograms per cubic meter of atmospheric PM10 — tiny air pollutant particles small enough to enter and damage the lungs — which is considerably higher than the OECD average of 21 micrograms.#9: Portugal(AP Photo/Francisco Seco)Average household disposable income: €14,850There is a big gap between the richest and poorest people in Portugal: The top 20 per cent of the population earn six times as much as the bottom 20 per cent.Only 32 per cent of Portuguese adults aged 25-64 have finished the equivalent of secondary school, and the voter turnout in recent elections was as low as 58 per cent.#8: Hungary(Eye Ubiquitous/Press Association Images)Average household disposable income: €10,626Just 58 per cent of people aged 15 to 64 have a paid job in Hungary, even though 81 per cent of adults have earned the equivalent of a high school degree.Life expectancy at birth is 75 years (5 years lower than the OECD average), and 69 per cent of Hungarians say they have more positive experiences in an average day than negative ones.#7: Greece(AP Photo/Dimitri Messinis)Average household disposable income: €15,673In Greece, 65 per cent of adults aged 25-64 have finished seondary school, and the average student scored 473 on the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment test (far below the average of 497).Though their life expectancy is above the OECD average, they have a high level of atmospheric PM10 at 31 micrograms per cubic meter.#6: Estonia(Eye Uniquitous/Press Association Images)Average household disposable income: €9,815Estonia has made progress over the last decade improving quality of life for their citizens by bolstering its education system.Their voter turnout, however, still remains below the OECD average at 64 per cent, and only 69 per cent of the population say they have more positive experiences in an average day than negative ones.They also have one of the lowest average household disposable incomes on the list.#5: Russia(AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)Average household disposable income: €11,721The average life expectancy at birth in Russia is 70 years, well below the OECD average of 80.The voter turnout is Russia in recent years was 65 per cent, below the OECD average of 72 per cent.#4: Brazil(AP Photo/Felipe Dana)Average household disposable income: €17,672Despite reportedly high levels of overall satisfaction with their lives, Brazilians do not perform well on the OECD scale.68 per cent of people aged 15 to 64 have a paid job in Brazil, with 12 per cent of employees working extremely long hours. And only 41 per cent of Brazilians have finished secondary school.3. Chile(AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)Average household disposable income: €8,470Chile has the lowest average household disposable income at only €8,470 annually. There’s a huge gap between the richest and poorest, with the top 20 per cent earning 13 times as much as the bottom 20 per cent.Chileans also have extremely high level of atmospheric PM10 (which causes lung damage) at 53 micrograms per cubic meter — over 30 micrograms higher than the OECD average.#2: Mexico(AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini)Average household disposable income: €9,769Despite tremendous progress over the last decade, Mexico is still one of the worst developed countries on the OECD list.Only 60 per cent of people aged 15 to 64 have a paid job, and those that do work approximately 2,250 hours a year, much higher than the OECD average of 1,776.And despite improvements in education, still only 36 per cent of Mexicans have finished secondary school.#1: Turkey(AP Photo)Average household disposable income: €17,676For the second year in the row, Turkey is at the bottom of the OECD list by a long shot.31 per cent of its population has the equivalent of a high school degree, and 48 per cent of people have a paid job — some of the worst numbers on the list.Plus, only 68 per cent of Turkey citizens say they have more positive experience in an average day than negative ones.Read: 13 things we learned from the CSO’s new ‘quality of life’ data >last_img read more

Vancouver man dies in logging accident in Skamania County

first_imgA 36-year-old Vancouver man died Sunday in Skamania County when the machine he was operating went off a narrow road and rolled several times down a 250-foot embankment.James Schiefelbein was inside a logging skidder, moving equipment on private land in the South Swift Reservoir area when he lost control of the tractor, according to a news release from the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office. Schiefelbein, who was ejected from the skidder, was pronounced dead at the scene. The incident was reported at 11:05 p.m.The accident occurred about 10 miles southeast of Mount St. Helens. An investigation is ongoing.last_img read more

1 dead after fiery collision in Davie

first_imgDAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – One person is dead after a fiery car collision in Davie, Sunday morning.According to police, the two-vehicle collision happened along Interstate 75, between Griffin Road and Sheridan Street, at around 5 a.m.The impact caused one car to flip on its side and burst into flames, killing the driver inside.The other motorist was not injured.The southbound lanes of I-75 remained shut down for hours as police investigated. They were later reopened to traffic.The cause of the crash remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

School set up to give free education to poor

first_imgHyderabad: A first-of-its-kind school for the underprivileged has been set up near Kothapet fruit marketat NTR Nagar. The school’s objective, whose supervision is undertaken by Vision Academy High Schools, is to provide education to the weaker sections of the community, who cannot afford school education.The school is providing free school uniform, free breakfast and lunch and free education from nursery to primary school for students of different communities from Nursery to Vth class, mostly coming from nearby slums. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us Speaking at the inaugural programme, the nonagenarian and chairman of school, Mohammed Ali Ansari, said “These students, if provided good education, can become assets for the society when they grow up.Education will also help in preventing them from going astray,” “Taha Memorial School will provide not just education but the means to pursue it, including free books and stationary, free uniforms and free education throughout. Free breakfast and lunch will be provided to these students every day,” he added. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us The school is established by a city-based NRI and managed by the Vision Academy High Schools and is an effort towards empowering the society with education, particularly the weaker sections. The expenditure in managing the school is borne by Jaleel Ansari whose friends and family members are also supporting the cause. “The cost of about Rs 1000 per student will be borne by us,” said Ansari. Advertise With Us Speaking on the occasion, Director and Principal, Uzma Ansari, said “India is a country with more than one billion people, and more than one-third of them cannot read or write. Rapidly growing size of population, shortages of teachers, books and basic facilities as well as insufficient public funds to cover education costs are some of the nation’s toughest challenges. The children in India are facing the brunt of these challenges. A study reveals that more than 30% of educational funds are allocated towards higher education, leaving the primary education in India in sway.” Parents of first batch of students were also present on this occasion.last_img read more

Ajith has zero dedication more interested in cooking biriyani Babloo Prithiveeraj creates

first_imgBabloo Prithiveeraj and Ajith Kumar.PR HandoutAll these years, we have seen a lot of celebrities praising the humble nature of Ajith Kumar and his dedication towards work. Well, here is one actor, who has something else to say which has now come as a shock to the cine-goers of South India.Multilingual actor Babloo Prithiveeraj’s three-month old comments have now surfaced online and receiving flak. In an interview, the actor was asked to tell positive and negative qualities of Thala.Babloo Prithiveeraj said that Ajith was down-to-earth, stylish and a cool man. Talking about the bad aspects of Thala, he claimed, “He has zero dedication and doesn’t want to act. But he is lucky,” the Telugu actor indicated that stardom has easily come his way, making him careless about his work.He further took potshots at Ajith by stating, “He is more interested in cooking biriyani and things like that.” The clip is now going viral even as the angry fans of Ajith are lashing out at him by questioning his achievements.Who is Ajith?  Ajith entered film industry without any background. He never dreamt of being an actor at the first place. He was passionate in modelling and racing, but did not have passion to pursue a career in film industry.After dropping out of school, he worked in garment industry and turned a businessman by starting a textile-processing agency. Unfortunately, the business was not successful and he lost a huge amount of money.To clear his loans, Ajith started acting and made forgettable debut in Telugu film industry. He was also trying to follow his passion to make a career in auto racing.A week before a major competition, Ajith suffered a serious injury, which shattered his dreams. He was bedridden for 18 months. After those depressing months, he started working in the film Pavitra. Again, it was only for survival. In 1995, he got a break in Kollywood in the form of Aasai.Thereafter, his real journey in film industry begun. Today, he is one of the few Tamil actors, who has legion of fans across the globe.Apart from acting, he loves racing and cooking.last_img read more

More trouble for Jet Airways as Nikos Kardassis tasked to turn around

first_imgAn aircraft of India’s Jet Airways lands during rain showers in MumbaiPUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty ImagesTroubled times for Jet Airways seems far from over. At a time when the carrier is reeling under intense pressure of financial woes, Nikos Kardassis, the airline’s former CEO who had come onboard on an advisory role, has reportedly left.He had joined Jet for the third time in May 2018, after Jet’s owner Naresh Goyal brought him back hoping that the Greek-American aviation expert would help turnaround the troubled airline. However, sources told the Press Trust of India that Kardassis had gone to his home country on leave in November, and did not return.”Kardassis, whom Goyal roped-in to help him in the airline’s turnaround plan, had gone on leave to his native place in November but after that he did not return,” a source close to the matter told PTI.The former CEO, in his recent stint, was said to be working with the senior management and helping them with cost cutting and productivity enhancement plans.The former CEO had earlier left the airline when Jet had planned to sell further stake to investment partner Etihad Airways and had initiated discussions for the same. “Kardassis had in 2013 also quit the airline as its chief executive officer as he was largely kept out of discussions on the deal with Etihad at that time,” PTI quoted the source as saying.However, Jet Airways hasn’t responded to any of these reports.Meanwhile, the State Bank of India has ordered a “forensic” audit of Jet Airways’ books between April 2014 and March 2018, on suspicions of financial irregularities. The audit is being carried out by Ernst & Young.In another blow to the carrier last week, local credit rating agency ICRA downgraded its long-term ratings to C from B-. The short-term rating of the carrier was kept at A4.The rating has been downgraded to C, keeping in mind the full-service airline’s debt instruments such as long-term loans of about Rs 49.70 billion, fund-based facilities Rs 6.45 billion, and non-convertible debenture programme of Rs 6.98 billion, to name a few.”The rating downgrade considers delays in the implementation of the proposed liquidity initiatives by the management, further aggravating its liquidity, as reflected in the delays in employee salary payments and lease rental payments to the aircraft lessors,” the Week quoted ICRA analysts as saying.Jet Airways too confirmed the downgrade in a regulatory filing.last_img read more

Texas Tests Trump Administration Over Abortion Providers

first_imgCarrie FeibelTexas is asking the federal government to reverse course and provide funding for a state-run women’s health program that excludes abortion providers, an apparent test of the Trump administration that could provide a model for other conservative states.Since 2011, Texas has chosen to forgo millions in federal Medicare dollars rather than let abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood participate in a statewide program that provides birth control, pregnancy testing and health screenings for low-income women.Although the move showed the resolve of Republican lawmakers determined to get Texas out of business with abortion providers, a state report found that 30,000 fewer women were served in the program following the changes. More than 80 family planning centers also closed in Texas, a third of which were Planned Parenthood affiliates.Texas health officials say the program has since improved and now want the Trump administration to provide dollars blocked under President Barack Obama.The stakes potentially extend far beyond Texas. Abortion-rights groups worry that if Texas succeeds, other conservative states will also cut off Planned Parenthood and put clinics in jeopardy.“There is a new administration, and we’re looking at what opportunities may exist for us,” said Carrie Williams, a spokeswoman for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.At a public hearing Monday, Planned Parenthood supporters criticized Texas health officials for seeking the waiver while continuing to exclude the nation’s largest abortion provider from the state program, which is now known as Healthy Texas Women. Texas expects to finalize its request this summer to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.Only Missouri and most recently Iowa have joined Texas in spurning federal dollars rather than let abortion providers into its women’s health programs, said Elizabeth Nash, a policy analyst with the Guttmacher Institute, a national organization that supports abortion rights. But Texas is the first state to seek a waiver with the Trump administration, and Nash said other states could follow.“If Texas is successful there’s no reason to think these others states wouldn’t try to do the exact same thing,” Nash said.Planned Parenthood currently has about 35 clinics in Texas and served more than 126,000 individual patients last year, including those seeking abortions.State officials estimate that more than 169,000 women are now enrolled in the Healthy Texas Women program, nearly a two-fold increase over when the revamped program launched last summer.But the program has seen stumbles. In March, The Associated Press found that an anti-abortion group that received $1.6 million under the Healthy Texas Women program to bolster smaller clinics had done little of the sweeping outreached or advertising promised. That led the Republican chairwoman of the Texas House ethics committee to demand answers from state health officials. Sharelast_img read more