The biblical story of the Passion of Christ tells of how Jesus of Nazareth was condemned to death and nailed to the cross at the orders of Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor of Judea. Much of the story is based on accounts in the Bible's New Testament and not all of it is historically verified. Did Jesus Christ even exist? Little is known about those ancient days from a purely historical perspective. Even the method of Christ's execution — crucifixion — is hardly documented at all as a widespread punishment in antiquity. Gunnar Samuelson, a historian at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, studied all the Greek, Latin and Hebrew/Aramaic sources he could find to learn more about crucifixion. The research into his doctoral thesis in 2010 took him all the way back into antiquity — from Greek philosopher Homer into the 1st century CE. But Samuelson found that there was hardly any recorded evidence of crucifixion as a common method of execution from that period. But … [Read more...] about Archaeology and Bible experts work together to explain the past
Preliminary processing of cashew for export at Hoang Linh Linh Company Limited in Cam My District in Dong Nai Province. (Photo: SGGP) Cashew productivity mainly depends on the weather Binh Phuoc Province is considered as the cashew capital of the country, with about 170,000 hectares and an output of 243,000 tons per year, mainly concentrated in Phu Rieng, Bu Gia Map, Bu Dang, and Dong Phu districts. This place creates jobs for about 50,000 workers in rural areas. Mr. Dieu Thanh, a farmer in Dak O Commune in Bu Gia Map District, has two hectares of over-20-year-old cashew trees that are developing well and not damaged by cashew stem borer as in previous years. He spent VND10 million for fertilizing and spraying nourishing agents for cashew flowers. His cashew trees were blooming more flowers than the previous year. Unfortunately, after the Lunar New Year, there was a prolonged period of hoar frost, causing cashew flowers to dry, and young cashew fruits to fall a lot. During … [Read more...] about Farmers in Southeast provinces have bad crop of cashew
New Zealand on March 25 approved laws to give couples three days of paid leave from work following a miscarriage or stillbirth, joining a growing list of nations that have approved such legislation. China and India have had such laws since the 1950s and 60s, but New Zealand’s leave provisions stand out for also covering the mother’s partner, including former spouses if they are the biological parent. It also applies to those seeking to adopt or have a child through surrogacy. Chinese women have since 1951 been entitled to time off work following a miscarriage. While this reflected a step forward in women’s reproductive rights, experts say leave provisions for miscarriage in China are more impressive on paper than in reality. Women in China also have stigma to deal with. Being one of the earliest countries to offer leave provisions on miscarriage, China has to thank its generation of feminists in the 1950s, who fought for women’s rights in the early days of the People’s Republic … [Read more...] about Why are Chinese women stigmatised in work after having a miscarriage?