Pages of the Oldest Bible Reunited Virtually on the Internet

first_imgBy Dialogo July 08, 2009 London, 6 July (EFE).- Thanks to the latest technological advances, experts have managed to reunite in virtual form on the internet more than eight hundred surviving pages and fragments of the oldest Bible in the world, known as the Codex Sinaiticus. For the first time, high-resolution digital images of the pages of this book, dating from the fourth century of our era, will be accessible from anywhere in the world, the British Library announced today. Several scribes wrote the codex in Greek on leaves of parchment, and the text was revised and corrected over the following centuries. The virtual reunification of the Codex Sinaiticus marks the culmination of four years of close collaboration between the British Library, the library of the University of Leipzig, the Monastery of St Catherine (Mount Sinai, Egypt), and the National Library of Russia, in St Petersburg. Each of these institutions holds different parts of the manuscript, which it has been possible to unite in virtual form thanks to the internet (“www.codexsinaiticus.org”:http://www.codexsinaiticus.org). The project will now permit scholars from around the world to carry out more in-depth studies of the Greek text, which has been transcribed in full, with cross-references that include the transcription of the numerous later revisions and corrections. It will also permit researchers to examine the history of the book as a physical object and to study the texture and manufacture of the parchment. The codex, perhaps the oldest bound book that has survived to the present, was enormous: it originally had more than 1,460 pages, each one of which measured 40.6 cm in height and 35.5 cm in width. “The Codex Sinaiticus is one of the world’s greatest written treasures. It marks the definite triumph of bound codices over scrolls,” commented Scot McKendrick, director of the department of western manuscripts at the British Library. “This 1600-year-old manuscript offers a window into the development of early Christianity and first-hand evidence of how the text of the Bible was transmitted from generation to generation,” McKendrick said. “The project has uncovered evidence that a fourth scribe – along with the three already recognized – worked on the text,” the British Library director indicated. According to McKendrick, “the availability of the virtual manuscript for study by scholars around the world creates opportunities for collaborative research that would not have been possible just a few years ago.” The Codex Sinaiticus project was launched in 2005 when the four institutions that preserve pages and fragments of this Bible signed a collaboration agreement. According to Prof. David Parker of the Department of Theology of the University of Birmingham, who led the British team that made the electronic transcription of the manuscript, “the process of deciphering and transcribing the fragile pages of an ancient text containing over 650,000 words is a huge challenge, which has taken nearly four years.” The transcription includes pages of the Codex found in 1975 in a blocked-off room of St Catherine’s Monastery, some of which were in very poor condition, and which are being published for the first time. The digital images of the virtual manuscript show the beauty of the original, and readers can appreciate the differences in the calligraphy of the various scribes who copied the text, Parker said. In order to mark the launch of the virtual version of the Codex, the British Library has mounted an exhibit titled “From Parchment to Pixel: The Virtual Reunification of Codex Sinaiticus,” which opens to visitors tomorrow and runs until September 7. This prestigious institution has also organized an academic conference taking place today and tomorrow, with the participation of numerous experts who will speak on the history, text, conservation, paleography, and other aspects of the precious manuscript.last_img read more

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Amateur Athletic Union program takes the game outside

first_imgBINGHAMTON (WBNG) – Alpha Tier Athletics is taking practices outside for the 2020 season. “Our bond is really strong and coming from last year to this year it’s even stronger,” said Greene basketball player Kylee Peck. The program is designed to get high school girls in front of college scouts at games and practices. Alpha Tier Athletics alumni, Bree Fargnoli, just graduated from Chenango Forks High School. Fargnoli is now off to Hartwick College in just a few weeks to begin her college basketball career. This weekend the real test begins. The girls will begin traveling along the East Coast for tournaments. With all the precautions taken the players said they aren’t nervous and are excited to be getting back to the game they love. The team is comprised of the best girls high school basketball players that the area has to offer. The girls spend the winters playing against each others at rival high schools but over the summer they come together for the love of the game. One Deposit/Hancock player, Laycee Drake, says they enjoy it more. For the girls currently on the team, they just finished their first scrimmage in Scranton. With high school gyms still on lock-down, the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) program is practicing on different outdoor courts in the Southern Tier. The girls wore masks whenever not playing and no fans were allowed at the game. “They want to be there as much as you want to be there so it’s just get out and play,” said Newark Valley basketball player Brianna Beebee.last_img read more

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Public health alert issued for Binghamton bar

first_imgBINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Broome County Health Department has issued a public health alert regarding a bar that was visited by a person who later tested positive for COVID-19 Thirsty’s Tavern, 46 South Washington St. in Binghamton If you develop symptoms you are encouraged to contact your healthcare provider. Location and times: The health department says you should self-quarantine and monitor yourself for symptoms for 14 day after the date of your exposure. Nov. 20 from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. Nov. 21 from 5:00 to 10: 00 p.m. Nov. 25 from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m.Nov. 28 from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. The health department says you should self-quarantine if you were at this location during these times for 10 minutes or more. last_img read more

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Sidetrack

first_imgSubway legal twistsSidetrack reports more strange goings-on in the New York subway. Passengers at 50th Street can now stop off for a beer at the Siberia bar – which dodges MTA’s policy of not renting space to alcohol-vendors by being, technically, in the building upstairs.While the Siberia may be getting round MTA regulations, passengers should think twice when taking a train seat. Revival of a 1940 law making it an offence to occupy more than one seat saw 31 000 fines of US$50 issued last year.Dog’s breakfastThe biological hazard of fallen leaves may not affect metros, though rats and mice can cause problems for signalling engineers. But on February 5 services on Line 4 in Paris suffered canine disruption for about an hour. According to La Vie du Rail, the dog, believed to be an Alsatian, first appeared on the track at Etienne Marcel at 07.50 heading towards Porte de Clignancourt; capture attempts came to nothing. Later, the dog was seen at Gare du Nord, followed closely by a train whose driver was assisted in his efforts not to run the beast over by a woman armed with a broom. At Porte de Clignancourt, needless to say, the chien de fer vanished.Once bitternAnglia Railways has selected the name ’Bittern Line’ for its Norwich – Sheringham branch from suggestions made in a public competition. Amongst more conventional proposals like ’The Poppy Line’ and ’The Broads Line’ there were offbeat names including ’The Fishing Line’ and ’The Crab & Winkle Line’. The winner was, appropriately, a Mr Peacocklast_img read more

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Spurs in talks over Bale contract

first_imgTottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has revealed there are ongoing talks with Gareth Bale’s agent regarding a new contract for the Wales international as they attempt to fend off interest from Real Madrid. The Portuguese said: “There was contact between the club and his agent last year and there is ongoing contact between the club and his agent. “We renewed his contract at the beginning of last season, if you remember, and it’s something that is being dealt with by the chairman and the agent. “Talks are ongoing but that doesn’t mean there is an agreement. At the moment we’re confident that the player is under contract at Tottenham, as was done last year. “It’s something that we’re speaking about, but there aren’t any developments.” Villas-Boas also reiterated his admiration for Valencia striker Roberto Soldado despite Spurs’ director of football Franco Baldini failing to agree a fee with the Primera Division club for the Spain international on a recent visit to Spain. The former Chelsea and Porto boss said: “There is interest in the player, no matter what happened in the last couple of days. “He is a quality player, he has done well at Valencia for the last few seasons. “He has had a good education from the Real Madrid school and he is a player which we are interested in adding.” Soldado joined Valencia from Getafe in 2010 and scored 24 goals for Los Che in the Primera Division last season. Press Associationcenter_img Bale has been heavily linked with a move to the Bernabeu this summer with reports in Spain earlier this week suggesting the player has already agreed terms on a six-year deal. But, speaking at the Barclays Asia Trophy in Hong Kong, Villas-Boas was optimistic the 24-year-old, who is currently contracted until 2016, will extend his stay at White Hart Lane. last_img read more

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Cole faces decision over future

first_img The 33-year-old faces a period of change after retiring from England duty when he was informed by Roy Hodgson he would not be going to this summer’s World Cup in Brazil. And after a season on the periphery at Stamford Bridge, Cole is considering his options with his contract expiring imminently. He captained Chelsea in the 2-1 win at Cardiff that saw the campaign conclude with Jose Mourinho’s men four points adrift of Barclays Premier League champions Manchester City. Reflecting on the season, Cole, speaking before Sunday night’s England announcement, told Chelsea TV: “In terms of points it’s a good points tally, but of course we fell short and hopefully next season we can push on and win something.” Whether Cole’s use of the word “we” was habitual or a hint remains to be seen. There were tears on a possible Stamford Bridge farewell after the final home game of the season the previous week, but broad smiles after an ovation from the visiting support at the Cardiff City Stadium. “I’ve had a good relationship with the fans,” added Cole, who has made 337 appearances in eight seasons since his move from Arsenal. “The last few games have been amazing and the support they gave me was overwhelming. “They know I try to give my heart and soul for the team every time I play. “They sing the John Terry and Ashley Cole song a lot. And ‘Ashley Cole’s won the European Cup’.” Captain Terry and midfielder Frank Lampard are also out of contract this summer, with Mourinho insisting time will be taken to make decisions over the future. Terry, 33, is in negotiations after a strong showing this season and Lampard, who is 36 in June, is reportedly also contemplating an offer on reduced terms. Cole, whose durability and pedigree would make him attractive to the world’s leading clubs, may opt to move on after making 25 appearances this season. Cesar Azpilicueta, the Spain full-back, made 43 appearances, many of them at left-back following an injury to Cole in the autumn which saw the England centurion struggle to dislodge his rival. Mourinho feels one or two signings is all that is needed for him to believe his Chelsea side will be title challengers from day one of next season. The Portuguese admits, though, that more changes may happen if the likes of Cole see their future elsewhere. “One thing is fundamental and another thing is what can be additional,” Mourinho said. “The fundamental is we don’t need a new spine, we don’t need a new structure. The structure is there. “The fundamental now for us is a couple of players of a certain level to help the team go to a new level because the team and the structure is already there. “After that the additional – if someone decides to leave then someone has to come. “Our work in the summer is not a big amount of work.” Andre Schurrle, signed last June from Bayer Leverkusen, finished the season on a high with a goal and an assist, for Fernando Torres to net the winner. Germany forward Schurrle vowed there would be an individual and collective improvement next term. He told chelseafc.com: “It was very important to finish well. “We were almost a winner but this is nothing and I’m sure we’ll come back very strong next season. “I had a few problems to adapt to the league but I think it’s normal if you come as a young player from another country. “I think I can come back even stronger and better next season.” Press Association Ashley Cole gave a hint of his allegiances for next season, if not where his future lies, after a potential final Chelsea appearance. last_img read more

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Vuckic unsure about future

first_img “If I can do that next season that would be a great option for me. “I like the feel of Rangers. Every player doesn’t want to just train on the training ground, they want to be recognised in the games and score goals. They want to be recognised in the city. “At Newcastle I was playing Under-21 level which is not really my level. I feel I’m above that. I want to play first-team. I want to play with the men, not the kids. “I want to be recognised if I do well and score goals – that’s what players want.” The St James’ Park youngster was one of five loanees sent to Glasgow by the Magpies on the final day of the January transfer window. With Kevin Mbabu, Remie Streete, Gael Bigirimana and Shane Ferguson all injured, the 22-year-old Slovenian is the only one to have made an impact at Ibrox. Haris Vuckic admits he does not know where he will be playing next season – but believes Rangers would be a “good option” if Newcastle let him leave. Six goals in 10 games have made him an instant hit with the Gers faithful but Vuckic has denied reports suggesting he is ready to quit Newcastle this summer. He still has another 12 months on his deal with the Barclays Premier League club and owner Mike Ashley is certain to play hard-ball with Rangers if they try to sign him early after his recent boardroom battle with Dave King. But if a deal can be done, Vuckic would be happy to talk. He said: “It’s not true that I’m going to quit Newcastle and stay at Ibrox. What I have always said that I respect both clubs – Newcastle because I still have a contract with them and Rangers because I have a loan deal here. “We will see what is going to happen in the summer but Newcastle have to say what options I have. “I will choose the best one for me. “If Newcastle let me go, would I like to stay at Rangers? That would be a good option for me. “At Newcastle, I didn’t have the chance to play first-team football. When I signed for Rangers I got that experience. I’m playing every week and scoring goals. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Cricket News Abhimanyu Mithun Takes Hat-Trick On Birthday, Karnataka Beat Tamil Nadu To Win Vijay Hazare Trophy

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Abhimanyu Mithun took a five-wicket haul, including a hat-trick on his birthday as Karnataka sealed a 60-run win via the VJD method against Tamil Nadu to lift the Vijay Hazare Trophy. This was the first time since 2017 that Karnataka had lifted the Vijay Hazare Trophy, having won against Saurashtra in the final by 41 runs. It was a fitting end for a side that had dominated the tournament right from the beginning but it was a wonderful story of redemption for Mithun, who became the first Karnataka bowler to take a hat-trick on a birthday.With the threat of rain later in the day, Karnataka won the toss and chose to bowl and they started off brilliantly when Mithun had Murali Vijay edging second ball to KL Rahul to be dismissed for zero. Ravichandran Ashwin, promoted up the order, scratched around for eight before he was sent back by V Koushik. Abhinav Mukund and Baba Aparajith stitched a solid stand, with Mukund looking fluent. Mukund went past fifty and looked good for a century but the 124-run stand ended when Mukund holed out to Mayank Agarwal off Prateek Jain.Vijay Shankar started off aggressively as Aparajith went past his fifty. However, he failed to capitalise on a good score. Dinesh Karthik fell cheaply but Shankar helped Tamil Nadu cross 200. Shahrukh Khan struck a good cameo but Mithun was superb at the death overs. After getting rid of Shankar, Mithun took a hat-trick in the final over. His first victim was Shahrukh when he holed out to Manish Pandey. M Mohammed followed suit and the hat-trick was completed when Murugan Ashwin was caught by Krishnappa Gowtham for 0. Mithun finished with 5/43 in 9.5 overs as Tamil Nadu managed to reach 252 all out.The hosts were boosted when Washington Sundar conceded 15 runs in his first over and Devdutt Padikkal smashed two boundaries off Ashwin. However, Karnataka lost Padikkal for 11 when Sundar breached his defences but KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal stitched a brilliant stand. Agarwal continued the momentum by lofting Shankar inside out over extra cover while Thangarasu Natarajan was smashed for three fours in one over. Also Read | KL Rahul Blasts His Highest List A Score, Stays In Selector’s RadarAgarwal continued to bat aggressively and he was given good support by Rahul as the duo made rapid progress. Agarwal notched up his fifty off 41 balls and he continued on his merry ways by launching Murugan Ashwin for his third six. Rahul notched up his fifty with two boundaries off Mohammed but the rain came down after the end of 23rd over. After a 40 minute halt due to the rain, the umpires reckoned that there was not enough time to finish the match and Karnataka were crowned the champions for the fourth time.last_img read more

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Moments in time: Kanhai, Sobers, Butcher collar India in Kolkata

first_imgROHAN Kanhai enjoyed a career in which he played on great teams from start to finish. Maybe it is a testament to his ability that he was a mainstay for the West Indies during this period since the cluster of nations had been seeing a swell in the number of talented batsmen it had been producing.Names like Sir Garfield Sobers, Joe Solomon, Clyde Hunte and Basil Butcher were just some of the talents in the West Indies line-up when Kanhai started his sojourn in Test cricket, and when that sojourn ended 17 years later, the Guyanese batsman had been joined by the likes of Roy Fredericks, Lawrence Rowe, Alvin Kallicharan, Clive Lloyd and of course, Sobers was still around.Despite spending 17 years at the top, Kanhai’s start to Test cricket was not as convincing as his career would eventually turn out to be.On New Year’s Eve in 1958, more than a year after his debut for the West Indies, Kanhai had yet to make his mark, had yet to prove why the selectors had kept persevering with him.In truth, he hadn’t done badly, scoring three half-centuries in his first 23 innings. But he had never notched three figures, getting as close as 96 in February of 1958.In Kolkata, that was to change.The West Indies had dominated India in the first two Tests of a five-match series but Kanhai had yet to build on some good starts, scoring 66 and 22, nought and 41 in his first four times facing the Indians.To date, Kanhai had only faced England and Pakistan, with India providing a new challenge to his fledgling career.On New Year’s Eve, West Indies had chosen to bat but were in early trouble when Kanhai walked to crease. Medium-pacer Raman Surendranath had, the ball before, removed JK Holt caught for just five.India threatened for an instant, as Sir Conrad Hunte was back in the pavilion for just 23, leaving the West Indies at 72-2.Six hours and 42 boundaries later, Kanhai was still there.Collie Smith had tried to entertain a partnership but he went for 34 to leave the West Indies 180-3. Not a terrible return, but India were very much still in the game.Kanhai eventually found a willing partner in Guyanese teammate Butcher, who scored 103.Day one ended with the West Indies in a strong position at 359 for 3.Butcher was not out on 87 and Kanhai had his first Test century, a double. He was on 203 not out.The following day, Kanhai continued to keep the Indian bowlers at bay, going on to score his highest Test score of 256 before Surendranath had him caught by Polly Umrigar.The damage had already been done and an unbeaten century of 106 from Sobers, along with Solomon’s fine lower-order stand of 69 not out, left the Indians staring down the barrel of 614. All this and Jamaica’s Gerry Alexander, a wicketkeeper who could bat as well, had not even faced a delivery.That 256, coming in Kanhai’s 13th Test, was a watershed moment. Afterwards, he got over the three-figure hump 14 more times in his career and score 28 half-centuries to boot, to end with a very healthy average of 47.53.Like sort of a warning, Kanhai scored 99 in the very next Test, before scoring another double-century against Pakistan a few months later.West Indies sealed the series in that game, winning by an innings and 336 runs and went on to register a 4-0 win following a drawn fifth Test.While Kanhai and company batted the Indians out of the game, it must be said the hosts had a major problem with handling the pace of Roy Gilchrist, whose match figures of 3-18 and 6-55, ensured the game ended inside four days. (Sportsmax)last_img read more

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Powerful Tipperary retain provincial title

first_imgMichael Ryan’s side defeated Waterford by 5-19 to 0-13 in the provincial decider at the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick.John McGrath – who was making his Munster final debut – had a huge impact on the match.The Loughmore-Castleiney racked up 3-2 of his team’s tally and played a huge part in propelling Tipp in next month’s All-Ireland semi-finals. Seamus Callanan also displayed his scoring prowess, registering 1-11.Tipp’s other goal was scored by Michael Breen.Waterford made the brighter start with Patrick Curran and Austin Gleeson getting points.However, the Premier fought back and led 1-7 to 0-8 by the break.last_img read more

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