Aug 232017

An 800-year old coffin on display at Prittlewell Priory Museum in Southend, Essex in England, was damaged on August 4 when a child was placed inside it to pose for a photograph.

The ancient piece was unintentionally knocked off its stand and broken after the child was lifted over a protective barrier.

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The family left the museum without reporting the damage, leaving staff to discover it for themselves. The incident, however, was caught on CCTV.

“The care of our collections is of paramount importance to us and this isolated incident has been upsetting for the museum’s service, whose staff strive to protect Southend’s heritage within our historic sites,” said Claire Reed, a conservator responsible for repairing the casket.

“My priority is to carefully carry out the treatment needed to restore this significant artefact so it can continue to be part of the fascinating story of Prittlewell Priory.”

The coffin was found in the grounds of the priory in 1921 complete with a skeleton that could have been a senior monk. The priory was founded by Cluniac monks in the 13th century and at its peak had as many as 100 monks living there.

“It’s a very important artefact and historically unique to us as we don’t have much archaeology from the priory,” said Reed.

The council has predicted that the repairs will cost well under £100. The coffin will now be completely enclosed so to prevent future damage.

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The council have reminded visitors that they should observe and respect barriers and signs in place that are there to protect the important heritage and history of the local area.

The sandstone casket that was damaged is the last of its kind.

The story originally appeared on the Guardian.

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Aug 232017

WASHINGTON DC: The United States on Tuesday imposed new North Korea-related sanctions, targeting Chinese and Russian firms and individuals for supporting Pyongyang’s weapons programs, but stopped short of an anticipated focus on Chinese banks. The US Treasury designated six Chinese-owned entities, one Russian, one North Korean and two based in Singapore. They included a Namibia-based subsidiary of a Chinese company and a North Korean entity operating in Namibia. The sanctions also targeted six individuals – four Russians, one Chinese and one North Korean. North Korea calls Trump a ‘psychopath’  The move follows toughened United Nations sanctions agreed this month after North Korea tested its first two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July. China reacted with irritation, saying Washington should “immediately correct its mistake” of imposing unilateral sanctions on Chinese companies and individuals to avoid damaging bilateral cooperation. The Russian embassy did not respond to a request for comment. The US Treasury Department said the new sanctions targeted those helping already-designated individuals supporting North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs and its energy trade. They included three Chinese coal importers. The steps also targeted those helping North Korea send workers abroad and enabling sanctioned North Korea entities to get access to the US and international financial system. “Treasury will continue to increase pressure on North Korea by targeting those who support the advancement of nuclear and ballistic missile programs, and isolating them from the American financial system,” Treasury Secretary Steven T Mnuchin said in a statement. “It is unacceptable for individuals and companies [Read More…]

Aug 232017

LONDON: Former Pakistan T20I captain Shahid Afridi blasted 101 in only 43 balls to inspire Hampshire’s 101-run victory at Derbyshire in the T20 Blast quarter-finals on Tuesday. All-rounder Afridi hit seven sixes and 10 fours to power Hampshire to 249 for eight, their highest T20 score. Write off Pakistan at your own peril: Afridi Skipper James Vince made 55 from 36 balls as Hampshire passed their previous best of 225 for two against Middlesex in 2006 and, faced with an improbable target of 250, the Falcons crumbled to 148 all out with Liam Dawson and Kyle Abbott each taking three wickets. Hampshire promoted Afridi to opener against the county he played for in 2003 and he swept and drove four boundaries from Wayne Madsen’s first over before Calvin Dickinson took two fours from Hardus Viljoen. Afridi foundation, KMC sign MoU Afridi’s previous high score in the competition this season was 18 but he pulled Ben Cotton for six before driving him over the top of the three-storey media centre. He reached his fifty off only 20 balls with a top-edged six but after driving Imran Tahir for another huge six, he was dropped on 65 at long-on by Madsen. It proved expensive as Afridi dispatched Matt Critchley and Tahir for two more sixes on his way to a blistering hundred before he top-edged another big pull and was caught at long-leg. The post Afridi’s maiden T20 ton leads Derbyshire rout appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Aug 212017

KARACHI: Majority of the areas in Karachi plunged into darkness after heavy rains and thunderstorm caused more than 200 feeders to trip. Saddar, Nazimabad, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Sohrab Goth, Keamari, Korangi and Landhi were among the areas badly hit by power breakdowns. “Rainwater has entered my home. There is no light. K-Electric officials are not attending my calls,” said a resident of Federal B Area. The inundated roads and streets stood contrary to the government’s claims to improve the drainage system. Karachi braces for rain as Met dept predicts showers across country One of the biggest markets of sacrificial animals located at Sohrab Goth suffered a major blow as many tents collapsed because of heavy rains and people intending to buy sacrificial animals could not make it to the market as the roads were inundated. “The sanitation system has collapsed in the city as the storm drains have been encroached upon. How can one expect tangible results,” said Dr Zakir Qaimkhani who lives in Gulshan-e-Iqbal, adding that after the rains the weather turns pleasant, but it worries the citizens as they cannot come out of their homes. The thunderstorm caused many vehicles to get stuck on the main roads, while one woman was electrocuted. The post Most of Karachi plunges into darkness after rain, thunderstorm appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Aug 212017

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Aug 162017

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Aug 162017

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Aug 162017

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Aug 152017

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