Viet Nam News NICOSIA — A centuries-old mosaic of Saint Mark has gone on display at a Cyprus museum that now plans to reunite it with the 11 other apostles decades after it was looted in the island’s Turkish-held north. The mosaic dating back more than 1,600 years was returned to the Mediterranean island this week after being tracked down by a Dutchman dubbed the "Indiana Jones of the art world". The director of the Byzantine Museum in Nicosia, Ioannis Eliades, was delighted to see it on display on Wednesday next to the mosaic of Saint Andrew which was also repatriated this year. "We’re thrilled about it because it arrived three days ago," Eliades said. "It’s the last one of the 12 pieces that we have here in the museum." The mosaic was looted from the church of Panayia Kanakaria in northern Cyprus following the Turkish invasion in 1974. According to the antiquities department, it was "violently detached and stolen from the church, between 1977-79 by the … [Read more...] about Looted Byzantine mosaic goes on display at Cyprus museum
Would you choose a medieval walled town in Tuscany? What about a pretty Alpine village? Maybe a hidden beachside getaway, or a whitewashed town among the olive groves? It’s a tough call, but Skyscanner’s Italian website had a go at listing what they think are the 20 most beautiful small towns in Italy. The criteria for towns to be featured was that they must be well preserved, feature local characteristics, and have a population of less than 35,000. Is your favourite Italian village on the list? 1. Avise, Valle d'Aosta With no fewer than three castles, the small town of Avise in the Valle d'Aosta region dates back to the Middle Ages when it was home to the region’s oldest noble family. It wasn’t chosen just for its historical importance, though; Avise is also incredibly picturesque. The centre features Romanesque bell towers and tiny wine bars where locals sip Petit Rouge, the fragrant red wine produced in the area. Avise. … [Read more...] about Are these Italy’s most beautiful villages?
We’re proud of the series, a product of more than a year of dogged reporting and data analysis, and the reforms it’s already spurred. The Legislature has held three hearings to discuss the series' findings and, as we reported in August, has promised to beef up oversight of the 20 Medicaid managed care organizations, or MCOs, in the state.As part of that oversight, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission has announced it will allocate $7 million to hire about 100 MCO regulators to monitor the quality of health care that patients receive, including nurses to check on homebound patients. Those are welcome steps toward reforming a system that does a fairly good job of providing emergency and preventive care to the majority of its recipients, but too often fails Medicaid recipients most in need of long-term care for chronic illnesses or disabilities.First introduced in the 1990s, MCOs promised to deliver better health care at lower costs to the state’s 4.5 … [Read more...] about We haven’t forgotten D’ashon Morris: An update on our Pain & Profit investigative series
Maryclaire Dale and Eric Tucker Associated Press Published 9:51 AM EDT Oct 19, 2018 Philadelphia – Two years ago, a federal prosecutor in Pittsburgh considered filing a racketeering lawsuit against a Roman Catholic diocese over its handling of child sex-abuse complaints, but left office before he could make the bold move. However, a colleague in Philadelphia is now taking aim at the church this month, sending grand jury subpoenas to dioceses throughout Pennsylvania as he tries to build a federal criminal case centered on child exploitation. U.S. Attorney William McSwain of Philadelphia has a head start on the work, given the sweeping state grand jury report released this summer, which found that 301 priests molested more than 1,000 children over seven decades. McSwain, a Harvard Law School graduate and former Marine sniper platoon commander, was appointed by President Trump and took office just four months ago. “It’s a courageous move, whenever prosecutors take … [Read more...] about Feds: Child exploitation focus of Pa. church probe
Maryclaire Dale and Eric Tucker, Associated Press Updated 11:26 pm CDT, Thursday, October 18, 2018 FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2018, file photo, U.S. Attorney William McSwain is shown at a news conference in Philadelphia. McSwain sent out grand jury subpoenas last week to Pennsylvania dioceses as part of a federal investigation of clergy abuse in Catholic churches. The investigation, which follows a state grand jury probe, was confirmed by multiple sources who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. McSwain wouldn't comment. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, File) less FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2018, file photo, U.S. Attorney William McSwain is shown at a news conference in Philadelphia. McSwain sent out grand jury subpoenas last week to Pennsylvania dioceses as part of a ... more Photo: David Maialetti, AP FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2018, file photo, Pennsylvania Attorney General … [Read more...] about Feds: Child exploitation focus of Pennsylvania church probe