“There is no more freedom for Christians in reaching the Church of the Holy Sepulchre,” Benayot added, stressing how the combination of checkpoints and police violence had deterred many Christians from coming during the holy week leading up to Easter.
Every year, millions of Christians — including tens of thousands of Palestinian Christians — converge upon the holy city to mark the holiest days of the Christian calendar.
In recent years, however, these celebrations have been marred by violence, and at times Israeli authorities have even banned Palestinian Christians from entering the city to celebrate their holidays, even while allowing foreign pilgrims in.
Benayot said that last year when he tried to go to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, he was assaulted at a checkpoint Israeli forces had erected.
via Watch: Christian groups decry Israeli restrictions ahead of Easter | Maan News Agency.
Globally, from September 2012 to date, WHO has been informed of a total of 228 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV, including 92 deaths.
via WHO | Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – update.
Close to matching ebola outbreak – and have much better medical facilities – humans creating opportunities for outbreaks?
“This could be the worst fire in the city’s history,” Chilean President Michelle Bachelet told reporters late Sunday as smoke continued to billow from the city’s hilltops where fires had broken out the day before, stoked by high temperatures and strong winds.
“The people of Valparaiso have courage, have strength and they aren’t alone,” Bachalet added.
Since Saturday, at least 12 people have been killed in the fires, according to Chile’s interior ministry. It warned that the death toll could rise once rescue teams could begin searching for missing persons.
The disaster has driven 8,000 people from their homes into now overflowing shelters. Initial figures put the number of homes destroyed so far between 500 and 2,000.
President Bachalet authorized the deployment of 2,000 of military personnel to assist firefighters in their emergency operation.
A blaze quickly swept across an underdeveloped area above the city center on Saturday, which lacks proper water and natural gas supplies. The neighborhoods situated on the affected hilltops proved a challenge for emergency responders who often could not gain access to the narrow streets with fire trucks.
Valparaiso, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is known for its cobblestone streets and colorful architecture. Its historic district has been spared from the disaster thus far.
via Chile president declares state of emergency in Valparaiso as deadly fire ravage hilltops | News | DW.DE | 14.04.2014.
A large crop art image—the size of 80 football field—with the message “HEARTLAND #NoKXL” has been created to send President Barack Obama a message to protect the Heartland by saying no to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Created by the Cowboy and Indian Alliance, the image art is located in Neligh, Nebraska.
The crop art is directly on the proposed path of Keystone XL, which also crosses the Ponca Trail of Tears.
via Crop Art Size of 80 Footballs Fields Heartland Message: #NoKXL.
We wait to fix systemic problems until after the roof caves in, the mountain top slides onto homes, or the bridge falls into the river, dumping cars into the swiftly moving current.
We drill for oil, use millions of gallons of life-sustaining water to do so, and produce only finite amounts of shale gas as a result. The kicker is that the waste from that process is so toxic, everything within miles of pools holding it, dies.
We call this progress.
I call it crazy.
It is insane to burn your only home to the ground because someone offered you money to do so.
I ask you, where do you plan to live once you are holding the keys to a pile of ash? Where will you go when the last fish has been caught, the last great tree cut?
Will you eat your money?
THE EARTH IS OUR MOTHER
We will wither without our mother, our home.
via Love the Earth | Falling Into Wonderland.