Religion

Vatican acts to protect Michelangelo frescoes as Sistine Chapel visitors swell

By Philip Pullella (Pope Benedict XVI leads a special meeting with artists in the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican November 21, 2009. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano) Dust, sweat and carbon dioxide brought into the Sistine Chapel by a swelling number of tourists risk damaging priceless Michelangelo frescoes, the Vatican said on Wednesday, hoping a new air conditioning and lighting system will protect them. Some six million people a year visit the chapel, home to Michelangelo’s famous ceiling frescoes – one of the wonders of Western civilization that are over 500 years old. The number of visitors to the chapel – where popes are elected in secret conclaves – can reach 20,000 a day in summer. Their numbers have grown by 300 percent from around 1.5 million a year in 1980, said Antonio Paolucci, the head of the Vatican museums. “Today, the Sistine Chapel risks being a victim of its own success,” Paolucci, writing in the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, said. “Six million visitors is an impressive number but objectively dangerous for the proper conservation of the frescoes,” he said. “It produces a mix of dust brought in from outside, body sweat and carbon dioxide, which all end up on the surface of the frescoes and can in time harm them.” Work …read more Source: Reuters Faithword     ...
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Religion

Thousands raid South Korea church in futile search for ferry family boss

By Reuters Staff (A mourner cries as she pays tribute, at a temporary memorial altar for victims of the capsized passenger ship Sewol, in Ansan April 26, 2014. REUTERS/Issei Kato) Thousands of South Korean police and prosecutors raided a sprawling religious compound for a second time on Wednesday in their search for an elderly businessman linked to a ferry disaster that reduced the nation to tears. Helicopters flew overhead as officers moved from building to building at the site, believed to cover the size of a dozen soccer pitches, with church members in pursuit, some singing hymns, others chanting “Let’s fight with prosecutors and police!” But the businessman, Yoo Byung-un, also a photographer who was once jailed for fraud and is now South Korea’s most wanted man, was nowhere to be found. Yoo, in his 70s, co-founder of the church which owns the website www.god.com, is wanted on charges of embezzlement, negligence and tax evasion stemming from a web of business holdings centred on I-One-I, an investment vehicle owned by his sons that ran the shipping company, Chonghaejin Marine. Chonghaejin owned the Sewol which sank off the southwest coast on April 16 on a routine journey from Incheon on the mainland to the southern holiday island of Jeju. The …read more Source: Reuters Faithword     ...
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Education

School Board Seeks Bond Essential for the Future of BCPS Students

Citing critical funding needs to modernize and improve the safety of outdated educational facilities and update instructional technology, the School Board of Broward County, Florida, unanimously approved a General Obligation Bond Resolution on Monday, June 9, 2014, to place an education bond referendum on the November 4, 2014, ballot. …read more Source: Broward County Public Schools     ...
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Education

Perfect Attendance Awards and Best in Class Attendance Ceremony

The inaugural Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Perfect Attendance Awards ceremony was one of several end of the school year celebrations recognizing students for their outstanding achievements. The Attendance Awards, sponsored by the Student Services Department, honored students with cumulative perfect attendance in elementary (grades K-5), middle (grades 6-8) and high school (grades 9-12). …read more Source: Broward County Public Schools     ...
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Education

Solar/Lunar Viewing- Bringing the Universe Closer With High Powered Telescopes! 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

– Miramar Branch Library & Education Center Parking Lot Four hundred years ago, the telescope was invented and changed the way we look at the world and the space we occupy. Join us as the South Florida Amateur Astronomers Association brings the universe closer with their high powered telescopes. …read more Source: Broward County Library     ...
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Education

FIYou: Robert (Ted) Gutsche Jr.

By Alexandra Pecharich Name: Robert (Ted) Gutsche Jr. Hometown: Tomah, Wisconsin Job Title/Department: Assistant Professor, Department of Journalism & Broadcasting Location/Campus: Biscayne Bay …read more Source: FIU News     ...
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