News / UK and world by Press Association July 27, 2018, 12:02 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter Social media users are being urged to stop scrolling through sites for a month as part of a new campaign. The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) is calling on people to stop using platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat in September, or to cut down the amount of time they spend on them. The Scroll Free September campaign comes amid growing concern about the impact of social media on mental health. It follows the establishment of health awareness months such as Dry January, when people cut back on alcohol, and Stoptober, when smokers are encouraged to quit. Two thirds of users (65%) would consider taking part in the initiative and many believe giving up social media would have a positive impact on their lives, a RSPH survey found. Shirley Cramer, chief executive of RSPH, said Scroll Free September offers the … [Read more...] about Scroll Free September urges social media users to quit sites
BEIRUT (AP) — Jewish artifacts, including ancient parchment Torahs from one of the world’s oldest synagogues, have gone missing from the Syrian capital amid the tumult of ongoing civil war, with some precious items reportedly surfacing abroad. Activists say the artifacts, moved from the now-destroyed Jobar Synagogue in Damascus’s eastern Ghouta suburb when it was taken by rebels, were allegedly put into safekeeping to avoid theft and damage in 2013, but twice since then local officials have discovered some are missing.The main missing cache, they say, contained Torah scrolls written on gazelle leather as well as tapestries and chandeliers, and was given to a militia by a local council for safekeeping when rebels surrendered the neighborhood to government forces earlier this year. That group, the Islamist-inspired Failaq al-Rahman brigade, later said that it was not in possession of the items after the council arrived at a new rebel base in Syria’s north after … [Read more...] about Torah Scrolls Disappear from Damascus Synagogue in Fog of Syria War
The Times of Israel reports: Previously unseen Dead Sea Scroll fragments, which had been stored in cigar boxes since archaeologists unearthed them in the 1950s, were identified and unveiled at an international conference on Tuesday in honor of the 70th anniversary of the scrolls’ discovery in Jerusalem. The tiny fragments, all thought to be taken from Qumran’s Cave 11, are game changers and provide new puzzle pieces towards completing the picture of known published scrolls, experts said.One of the fragments, unusually written 2,000 years ago in anachronistic First Temple script, may even point to a wholly unique, previously unknown manuscript. “This fragment could not be attributed to any one of the known manuscripts,” the conference organizers said. “This raises the possibility that it belonged to a still unknown manuscript.” Read more here. … [Read more...] about Dead Sea Scroll Fragment Indicates Possible Unknown Manuscript
Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press Updated 1:09 pm, Monday, April 16, 2018 Photo: Louis Lanzano, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2010, file photo, Raphael Golb, center, and his attorney Ron Kuby, left, confer during a recess in his trial at Manhattan State Supreme Court in New York. A judge is expected to decide Monday, April 16, 2018, on Golb's final bid to reduce his two-month jail sentence. It was imposed in 2014, but appeals put it on hold and narrowed the counts in his criminal impersonation and forgery conviction. less FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2010, file photo, Raphael Golb, center, and his attorney Ron Kuby, left, confer during a recess in his trial at Manhattan State Supreme Court in New York. A judge is expected to decide ... more Photo: Louis Lanzano, AP Case of Dead Sea Scrolls, online … [Read more...] about Case of Dead Sea Scrolls, online aliases ends with probation
NEW YORK (AP) — Raphael Golb's conviction wasn't quite like any other: using online aliases to discredit his father's adversary in a scholarly debate over the Dead Sea Scrolls. The nine-year-old case got a New York law thrown out along the way.On Monday, it's finally poised to end with one last bid to revisit Golb's two-month jail sentence. It was imposed in 2014, but appeals put it on hold and narrowed the counts in his criminal impersonation and forgery conviction.Golb is now hoping for a no-jail sentence in the undeniably curious case of ancient religious texts, digital misdeeds, academic rivalries and filial loyalty."For just two days in (August 2008), with respect to five emails, Raphael Golb crossed the then-unclear line from lawful to unlawful," and the case helped clarify that line, his lawyer, Ron Kuby, wrote in a court filing last month. He said Golb deserved "a sharp rebuke," but not jail.Prosecutors say Golb's sentence should stand. It "was fair and appropriately … [Read more...] about Will case of Dead Sea Scrolls, online aliases end with jail?