Lost for centuries, a rare bronze statue of the Greek god Apollo has mysteriously resurfaced in the Gaza Strip — only to vanish again.
Residents of Camden, in north London, eagerly awaiting to set eyes on a life-sized bronze statue of Amy Winehouse will just have to wait a little longer.
Another day of drama at London 2012 with some glittering performances; of which perhaps the most dazzling was that of Jewish American gymnastics star, Aly Raisman. She won the women’s floor exercise title in the final artistic gymnastics event. Raisman added gold to the bronze she had earned for the balance team 90 minutes earlier and the team gold she helped the United States to win a week ago. Meanwhile, Dutchman Epke Zonderland showed off a flamboyant routine to snatch the Olympics horizontal bar title. Zou Kai had been the favourite to win the gold medal but he was surpassed by a flying Dutchman who pulled off three incredible back-to-back release manoeuvres to whip the crowd into a frenzy. China moved within one step of a second successive clean sweep of Olympic table tennis golds when their women marched to victory over Japan’s young team. Red-hot favourite China beat Japan 3-0, having not lost an individual match throughout the tournament. World champion Russia cemented their dominance of synchronised swimming by claiming the title for duets with a routine inspired by horror movies and macabre fairytales. Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina took gold after scoring 98.9 points out of a possible 100 in the free routine executed for the final. Host Britain grabbed another clutch of Gold medals amassing a record haul of 22 Gold medals - Britain’s highest ever Olympics Gold tally. Team GB took team gold in Olympic dressage, breaking a 40-year winning streak for the …
Gymnast Aly Raisman won a gold medal on the floor exercise at the Olympics after winning bronze on the balance beam.
In the biggest community dig of its kind in Israel, high-school students in Haifa learn about archeology both in and out of the classroom. Dr. Shay Bar is convinced that it simply isn’t true that kids these days aren’t interested in hard work or learning. Bar, from the Archeology Department at the University of Haifa, is director of the Tel Esur excavations in the northern Sharon Valley on Israel’s coastal plain. Tel Esur is a Canaanite settlement dating back to the Bronze Age, being excavated by archeologists from the University of Haifa with the help of 15-year-old students from four high schools in the region, and other volunteers from all walks of life. So far, the remains of a fortified tower and possibly a gateway and a wall dating back to 1800 BCE have been discovered. After working with the hundreds of high-school volunteers helping to excavate the past in one of Israel’s largest community digs, Bar has this to say: “The children were really great and they worked really hard and they wanted to learn… we discovered that it’s a good generation…”