0Shares0000Ben Stokes will go on trial at Bristol Crown Court next month after being accused of affray © AFP / Paul ELLISBristol, United Kingdom, Feb 13 – Ben Stokes will join the England squad in New Zealand after the star all-rounder pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a charge of affray over a nightclub incident that forced him out of the Ashes tour.The 26-year-old all-rounder appeared at Bristol Magistrates’ Court in the southwest of England along with two other men and was granted bail before the next hearing in the case takes place on March 12 at Bristol Crown Court. The England and Wales Cricket Board issued a statement shortly after Stokes’s first court appearance confirming his travel plans but he is not expected to make an immediate return after nearly five months out of the side.“Having entered his plea at Bristol Magistrates’ Court today, Ben Stokes will now travel to New Zealand to join the England squad,” said an ECB spokesman.“He departs tomorrow, Wednesday 14 February, and will arrive on Friday 16 February, ready to train with England team-mates in Hamilton.”The statement said any decision to include him in upcoming matches would be made by the England management team. He is not currently being considered for the ongoing International Twenty20 tri-series against New Zealand and Australia. England start a five-match one-day international series against New Zealand on February 25, followed by two Tests.“(The) ECB fully respects his right to defend himself in court and any obligations he has within the legal process will always take precedence over England commitments,” added the statement.“It has been confirmed that he will not be required to return to the UK for the first hearing at Bristol Crown Court on Monday 12 March.”Stokes, who missed England’s 4-0 Ashes drubbing after being suspended from playing for England, appeared at the court in Bristol along with Ryan Ali and Ryan Hale.– Altercation –It follows an altercation during the early hours of September 25 last year, several hours after England had played a one-day international against the West Indies in the city.It is alleged a 27-year-old man suffered a fractured eye socket in the incident, at which fellow England cricketer Alex Hales was also present. Hales faced no charges.Ali, Stokes and Hale spoke to confirm their names, dates of births, addresses and nationalities. The clerk read out the charges and all three defendants indicated not guilty pleas.Stokes is accused jointly with Ali and Hale of using or threatening unlawful violence towards another.The charge states that his “conduct was such as would cause a person of reasonable firmness present at the scene to fear for his personal safety”. The other two defendants face the same charge.All three defendants elected to be tried by a jury at a crown court, with the offence carrying a maximum penalty of up to three years in prison.“I have decided that your trial will take place at the crown court at Bristol. The first hearing date will be March 12,” said District Judge Simon Cooper. “You will be on bail.”In a statement posted on Twitter last month after he was charged, Stokes said he was “keen to have an opportunity to clear my name”.While England were in Australia, Stokes played a few games for Canterbury Kings during a month-long spell in New Zealand before returning home to England.He is due to play in the Indian Premier League after being sold for £1.4 million ($1.9 million) to the Rajasthan Royals.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Wales midfielder Joe Allen Joe Allen has revealed how singing with the Manic Street Preachers has brought home how close Wales actually are to Euro 2016.Chris Coleman’s squad linked up with the Manics this week to produce an official song for Euro 2016 – Wales’ first major tournament for 58 years.‘Together Stronger (C’mon Wales)’ will be released close to the tournament on May 20, and Allen admits it was exciting to sing alongside the award-winning Welsh rock band who have sold 10 million albums over the last three decades.“In some ways I suppose it was a bit like getting measured for your suits before a cup final,” said Liverpool midfielder Allen.“We’ve had four months where everybody has been fully focused on their club football, and coming away now together reminds you what is ahead.“I’m a big Manics fan anyway, so to work with them and be part of the song was incredible.“It’s a sign of how much all this means, not just to the players but to everybody.“It’s something that only happens if you go to a tournament, isn’t it?“So it does make you realise how we have all been working for this.“Now we just can’t wait to get out to France and get started.”Wales build towards Euro 2016 this week with two friendlies in the space of four days.They welcome Northern Ireland to Cardiff on Thursday before playing Ukraine in Kiev on Monday.Star men Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey head up a lengthy absentee list but Allen said there was a buzz around the camp.“We have to make the most of the time we have got because there won’t be another chance before we meet up in the summer,” said Allen.“It is disappointing to lose players like Aaron and Gareth.“But the flip-side is it is a chance for other players to step in and stake a claim for the squad in France.“Preparations are under way for the tournament, it is getting nearer now and we cannot wait to get in as many games as we can.”Allen has had an injury-hit campaign and has struggled to make an impression since Jurgen Klopp arrived at Anfield last October.The 26-year-old has started only three Premier League games all season, and has just over a year left on his Liverpool contract.“The season has been okay on a personal level, but then it has been incredible from a Wales point of view,” said Allen.“I’ve figured in the Euro 2016 campaign and I’ve felt really proud and privileged to be part of it.“I’m not somebody who needs an extra incentive to go and work hard in training every day, but it has been great to have the knowledge that France was coming up in the back of my mind.“I think for every player in the squad they have known what is waiting at the end of the season, and that’s been amazing for everyone.“It has made sure everyone has pushed themselves, and sub-consciously or not worked a little bit harder.“Everyone has their eye on making sure they have a good season going into the tournament.” 1
While ruling, Polos made it clear that jurors will be asked to stick to contract language, not fan passion or county rivalry, to decide if Anaheim was hurt by the Angels’ name switch. That came after Angels attorney Todd Theodora expressed concern about “an undercurrent” notion that jurors may feel the need to decide the case out of civic pride or perceived rivalries between Orange and Los Angeles counties. Theodora cautioned that the case could come down to “a popularity contest (such as) if you don’t like the name, vote for the city” … or “if it’s a silly name, vote for the city.” Theodora held up a T-shirt with the message “We are Not L.A.,” as an example of how “passions, prejudice and bias” could sway the decision. “We’ll be talking about the (stadium) lease,” Theodora said. “Our defense will come from the lease terms.” Polos said neither side will “bring in fans to say whether they like (the name change) or not.” “We’re going to try the case on breach of contract: does (the name) Los Angeles deprive Anaheim of its bargain,” Polos said. Guilford said the city may want to address the issue of rivalry. “Never in a million years did Anaheim contemplate Los Angeles in (the team) name,” Guilford said. “Team names are all about community and that is why this name is absurd … We do need to talk about competition between two cities or two names. These two communities will not meld together as (Moreno) melded together the two names.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Anaheim city officials, concerned the name change would rob the city of recognition and tourism dollars, responded with the lawsuit, arguing that the move violated the team’s 1996 stadium lease agreement and caused the city “incalculable” harm. Among the motions Polos denied was to preclude evidence that the city lost goodwill and income from the name change. The Angels also unsuccessfully sought to keep out some of the “hypothetical team names conjured up by Anaheim.” During pretrial hearings, plaintiff attorney Andrew Guilford jokingly asked if the stadium lease contract would allow such names as “the Angels, formerly of Anaheim” or “the Angels who hate Anaheim.” Some other motions rejected by Polos would exclude evidence that the name “Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim” disparages the city and that the city was acting on behalf of taxpayers by fighting to keep the Anaheim Angels name. Polos also ruled that both the evidence and damages will be decided in a single proceeding, instead of splitting them into essentially two trials, with juries deliberating both issues separately. The city sued the Angels after owner Arte Moreno announced on Jan. 3, 2005, that he was changing the team’s name to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in an effort to draw more advertisers and fans by staking a claim to the nation’s second-largest media market. SANTA ANA – A judge refused today to restrict most of the evidence that lawyers want jurors to hear in deciding if the city of Anaheim was harmed by the Angels’ name change to Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Orange County Superior Court Judge Peter Polos ruled on nearly 40 motions designed to shape the evidence that will go to jurors during an estimated eight-week trial.
“Somehow, we didn’t manage to persuade him to stay. It’s a massive loss. To have somebody who shows his class on and off the pitch, how did England let that happen? It’s a massive error.“You’ve got an England manager who grew up at the same football club [Palace], bemoaning that England players aren’t getting game time, and somehow Zaha was allowed to just drift away from England duty and go and play for another country.“That’s arguably one of the biggest errors in the FA’s history.” REVEALED How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures highlights smart causal Zaha has become one of the Premier League’s star players 3 3 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade MONEY silverware LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more talkSPORT host Adrian Durham has described England’s loss of Wilfried Zaha as ‘one of the biggest errors in the Football Association’s history’.The Crystal Palace winger played regularly for England’s U21 team and earned two caps for the seniors in friendlies against Sweden and Scotland. Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Zaha committed his international future to the Ivory Coast 3 possible standings Zaha featured prominently in the England youth set-up England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Zaha, however, does not regret his decision to play for the Ivory Coast after he was ‘rejected’ by the Three Lions.He told CNN Sport in June: “It was just like I was rejected from the England side. I didn’t get picked or even get a look in for four years.“Four years in football is a long time so it’s like there’s no regret at all. No one even thought about me at all. And Ivory Coast, even though I told them no, they still had the belief in me and still wanted me because they knew what I could do for the team.“As for me not playing for England, I’ve got no regret at all. I’m happy with the decision I made.” impact RANKED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade However, he was subsequently overlooked and eventually committed his international career to the Ivory Coast in 2016, having been born in Abidjan.The 24-year-old, who donates 10% of his salary to charity, recently received widespread praise for making a significant financial contribution to help Crystal Palace Ladies.And Durham suggests Zaha’s class both on and off the pitch would’ve made him a perfect fit for Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions.He said on Drivetime: “He’s a player who could’ve done something really special for England at a tournament. Imagine him starting for England in that semi-final [against Croatia], keeping their defenders occupied.“We’re looking at a player who England had. He is making a massive impact at a Premier League team. Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack
Unless, of course, a team has two talented quarterbacks, each of whom deserves playing time. La Mirada High School coach Dave Rush found himself in that situation, with returning lettermen Tony Minero and Trever Blood vying for the starting nod. Most football coaches try avoid splitting time between quarterbacks. It is believed to be more important to establish a leadership role, find someone to fill it and stick with it. Using two quarterbacks can create a state of confusion, a lack of consistency and rhythm in overall offensive execution. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Rush has chosen to alternate the two players, with Minero usually starting the game and Blood taking over in the second quarter. At the beginning of the season, Rush indicated the coaching staff was waiting to see which player stepped forward first. Four games into the season, the team had posted an even 2-2 record and Minero and Blood were about even in their performances. Friday night’s 21-14 win over Bellflower may have changed all that. After a scoreless first quarter in which Minero was 0-for-4 passing, Blood came off the sideline to complete six of 10 passes for 140 yards, two touchdowns and a 14-3 lead. In the second half, when Bellflower was trying to regroup and rally, Blood led the Matadores offense by taking over the running game, gaining 59 yards on 11 carries, including a 36-yard scoring sprint. He finished the game with 92 yards on 19 carries. It wasn’t so much the number of yards he gained in the second half as it was when and how he gained them. Running mostly from a shotgun formation, there wasn’t a lot of mystery as to who was going to carry the ball, but he picked his way around and through the Buccaneers’ defense to take time off the clock, and with it, greatly reduce the visitors’ chances for a comeback. Two days later, Rush was noncommittal about any change in philosophy concerning the quarterback situation. “Trever really stepped up as a team leader,” Rush said. “He improved in all aspects of his game: passing, running, punting. He really helped us. Trever proved he needs to play every game.” But did he earn the starting role? “We have two very talented quarterbacks,” Rush said. “We’ve tried to make it clear that both of them are great athletes, and that we’d give them both fair shots at playing time. That hasn’t changed.” Rush also had kind words for receiver Justin Pooler, who had two big catches, one of them setting up a touchdown, the other sustaining possession late in the contest. “His two plays were critical,” Rush said. “He was a late-comer to the program, but he’s proved his ability. We knew he was a talented athlete.” Pooler enrolled at La Mirada and was a member of the freshman football team, but he transferred to St. Paul where he did not play football but was one of the area’s best baseball pitchers the past two years, leading the Swordsmen to the Division V championship game last spring. — Roger Murray can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3046, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
LOS ANGELES – Florencia Molina’s personal hellhole was a dressmaking shop on the outskirts of Los Angeles. She worked there up to 17 hours a day, seven days a week, and lived there, too, without the option of showering or washing her clothes. Other victims of American-style human trafficking have had very different venues for ordeals as bad or worse – brothels and bars in New Jersey, slave-labor farms in Florida, a small-town tree-cutting business owned by a New Hampshire couple. Trafficking is a stubborn problem and a staggering one worldwide, affecting an estimated 600,000 to 800,000 victims a year. Federal officials say 14,500 to 17,500 of them are trafficked to the United States, where the myriad forms of modern-day slavery present an elusive target for those trying to eradicate it. Victims have come from at least 50 countries in almost every part of the world, and are trafficked to virtually every state – to clandestine factories, restaurants, massage parlors, even private homes where women and girls are kept in servitude. Now a cashier at a discount store, Molina was enticed to California by a woman back home in Mexico’s Puebla state who promised a job and free housing. “I came to the United States with lots of dreams, but when I got here, my dreams were stolen,” said Molina, 33, who left three children behind in Mexico. On Jan. 1, 2002, she worked her first shift at the dressmaker’s, sewing roughly 200 party dresses over 12 hours. Later, the shifts stretched to 17 hours. Molina was locked into the shop at night – sleeping in a small storage room. The shop manager confiscated her identify documents. “For me, it was completely dark, without money, without English, no papers,” Molina said. “The owner told me, ‘You can try to do whatever you want. Dogs in this country have more rights than you.”‘ After 40 days, Molina summoned up the nerve to flee, and soon encountered FBI agents who were investigating the dress shop. They sought her cooperation in prosecuting the owner, and Molina – after difficult deliberations – agreed to help. “The owner had always told me I would pay the consequences – or my family in Mexico would suffer – if I went to the authorities,” she said. “But I thought to myself, ‘I don’t want one more person to be in the situation I was in.”‘ By cooperating, Molina received a T-visa, a status created by Congress in 2000 that allows trafficking victims who assist prosecutors to stay in the United States for three years and then apply for permanent residence. Molina’s three children have received permission to join her in California. Though Congress authorized up to 5,000 T-visas annually, less than 700 had been issued overall as of September. Some victim-support experts say the modest numbers result from overly strict criteria, notably the requirement that victims assist prosecutors. “It can be a very difficult decision to come forward … when a victim has every reason to believe a trafficker can make good on a threat against family members,” said Steglich, the Chicago attorney. Federal officials defend the rules as necessary to separate fraudulent claims from genuine ones and to put traffickers out of business. “These traffickers are extraordinarily evil,” said Bradley Schlozman, the acting assistant attorney general for civil rights. “If a victim doesn’t come forward, that trafficker is going to turn around and exploit other individuals.” Wade Horn, assistant secretary for children and families with the Department of Health and Human Services, said reaching victims is a key goal of a new federal program. Regional task forces have been formed; a national hotline is being advertised in ethnic newspapers. “The problem is the traffickers are very good at controlling their victims,” Horn said. “Getting the message directly to the victims is difficult.” Some people are abducted by criminals and brought to the United States, but many come willingly, swayed by promises of good jobs or marriage that prove false. Maria Suarez went from Mexico to Los Angeles legally in 1976, a 16-year-old with a sixth-grade education and no English. She was offered a housecleaning job at the home of a 68-year-old man who instead converted her into a virtual slave – threatening her if she told any one of the rapes and beatings that ensued. In 1981, the man was killed by a neighbor; Suarez agreed to hide the weapon, was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder and sentenced to 25 years to life. Officials later confirmed Suarez’s claim of being battered; she was paroled in 2003 and certified as a trafficking victim eligible for a T-visa. Now 45, Suarez attends Pasadena City College, hoping to gain U.S. citizenship and become a social worker. She urges authorities to be understanding of sex-trafficking victims. “It was a disgrace,” she said. “How was I going to confront my family and tell them what was happening to me?” Before the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, no comprehensive federal law existed to prosecute traffickers. Since 2001, the Justice Department says it has prosecuted 277 traffickers and obtained convictions in every case. Schlozman said the department is intent on combating all types of trafficking, but estimated that 75 percent of the prosecutions involved sex trafficking. Some victims’ advocates say the government stresses sex cases because they generate more news coverage or because they are a priority of conservative Christian groups loyal to the Bush administration. “Christian evangelicals see this as an important mission – rescuing women from sex trafficking,” said New York University law professor Michael Wishnie. “There’s a risk of distracting attention from much more common situations (in sweatshops) that many more people find themselves in.” Among the groups campaigning against slave labor is the Florida-based Coalition of Immokalee Workers. One of its leaders, Laura Germino, said the government could undermine trafficking by cracking down on all types of abusive workplace practices. “You can’t view trafficking in a vacuum,” Germino said. “If you bring an end to sweatshops, you would curb trafficking.” An estimated 40 percent of trafficking victims are under 18; Given Kachepa was among them. As an 11-year-old orphan in Zambia, he was recruited into a boys choir that toured the United States for 18 months. Promises of education and money proved false, and the boys – constantly threatened by their handlers – endured an arduous concert schedule until authorities finally intervened. Kachepa was taken in by a Colleyville, Texas, couple who became his guardians. Now 19, he obtained a T-visa and entered college in August. “The most important thing is constant educating of people,” he said. “There’s help out there – but victims don’t know it.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “Human trafficking is so hidden you don’t know who you’re fighting – the victims are so scared, they’re not going to tell you what’s happening to them,” said Given Kachepa, a former victim of a scam that exploited Zambian orphans touring the United States in a boys’ choir. He was later taken in by a Texas couple. Aligned against the traffickers is an array of federal, state and local government agencies, teamed up with an odd coalition of private groups that include Christian conservatives and left-of-center immigrant-rights advocates. The result is perhaps the most far-reaching anti-trafficking campaign of any nation, yet some victim-support groups question its effectiveness. They contend that federal criteria offering assistance to victims only if they help prosecute their traffickers deters some people from seeking help. Others say the government has placed too much emphasis on sex trafficking and too little on workplace abuses at sweatshops and farms. “We see sex cases being prioritized (by federal prosecutors), but other cases we’re having a hard time getting looked at,” said Elissa Steglich, an attorney for the Chicago-based Midwest Immigrant and Human Rights Center. “Whatever type of slavery you’re dealing with, they’re horrors all the same.” Molina was the beneficiary of one case in which the anti-trafficking campaign worked as intended. Her helpers – as she escaped from the dress shop, learned English and gained legal U.S. residence – included the FBI and the Los Angeles-based Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking, which provides victims with shelter, legal aid and other services.
Fulham are 8/11 to finish the campaign in the top 10 (evens bottom half) after their derby win over Rangers and they travel to Newcastle on Sunday.Newcastle are 16s for the drop and need three points but it could be a good time to meet the Geordies.Alan Pardew’s side are 11/10 to win, with Fulham 27/10 and the draw 5/2.Dimitar Berbatov has scored in his last four league games for the first time in his career and is 7/1 to score the opening goal and 85/40 to score at any time.Paolo Di Canio brings his Sunderland side to Stamford Bridge on Sunday with Chelsea (6/4 to win the FA Cup) desperate for the points to cement their place in the top four.The Blues are 1/3 with the Black Cats 19/2 and the draw at 22/5.Chelsea are 4/11 to finish in the top four and 6/5 to finish top London club, but they need three points against relegation-threatened Sunderland, that’s for sure.Rangers gave it a good go in the second half on Monday night but their defensive inadequacies meant it was another loss and the Hoops are now 1/16 the be playing in the Championship next term.They entertain FA Cup semi-finalists Wigan on Sunday and it goes without saying they must win.Loic Remy was wasted wide on the right in the first 45 minutes at the Cottage but looked sharp in the second half when playing down the middle and is 5/1 to score first and 6/4 to score at any time.Rangers are 7/5 with the Latics (5/2 for relegation) 21/10 and the draw at 12/5.For all your weekend odds check out betvictor.comBe luckyCharlie
(Visited 558 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Excerpts from the new book Genesis Characters and Events in Ancient Greek Art, by Robert Bowie Johnson, Jr.The serpent-entwined apple tree from a vase painting, c. 440 BCHuman history, according to the Judeo-Christian tradition, begins in an ancient paradise with a serpent-entwined tree, and a first couple who partook of its fruit. The Book of Genesis doesn’t say what kind of fruit tree it was. It is from the Greek tradition that we get the idea that Eve ate an apple.There is no Creator-God in the Greek religious system. Ancient Greek religion is about getting away from the God of Genesis, and exalting man as the measure of all things. You may think to yourself that the Greeks are exalting gods, not man; but haven’t you ever wondered why the Greek gods looked exactly like humans? The answer is the obvious one: for the most part, the gods represented the Greeks’ (and our) human ancestors. Greek religion was thus a very sophisticated form of ancestor worship. In Plato’s Euthydemus, Sokrates referred to Zeus, Athena, and Apollo as his “gods” and as his “lords and ancestors.”The First ParentsThe first couple, Hera and Zeus, sculpted on the east frieze of the Parthenon, c. 440 BCGreek stories about their origins are varied and sometimes contradictory until their poets and artists present Zeus and Hera as the couple from whom the other Olympian gods and mortal men are descended. This husband/wife pair, the king and queen of the gods, are a match for the Adam and Eve of Genesis. Zeus and Hera are the beginning of the family of man, and the origin of the family of the Greek gods. With no Creator-God in the Greek religious system, the first couple advances to the forefront.According to the Book of Genesis, Eve is the mother of all humans, and the wife of Adam. Since God is the Father of both Adam and Eve, some consider them to be brother and sister as well. After they had both eaten the fruit, Adam named his wife Eve (“Living” in Hebrew) and Genesis 3:20 explains why: “. . . for she becomes the mother of all the living.” In a hymn of invocation, the 6th-century BC lyric poet, Alcaeus, refers to Hera as “mother of all.” As the first wife, the Greeks worshipped Hera as the goddess of marriage; as the first mother, the Greeks worshipped her as the goddess of childbirth.We are told in Chapter 2 of Genesis that Eve was created full-grown out of Adam. Before she was known as Hera, the wife of Zeus had the name Dione. The name relates to the creation of Eve out of Adam, for Dione is the feminine form of Dios, the genitive form of Zeus. This suggests that the two, like Adam and Eve, were once a single entity.Hera is the single mother of all humanity, and Zeus is, according to the ancient poet Hesiod, “the father of men and gods.” The term “father Zeus” is a description of the king of the gods that appears over 100 times in the ancient writings of Homer. As the source of their history, Zeus/Adam and Hera/Eve became the gods of their history. Those without a belief in the Creator have only nature, themselves, and their progenitors to exalt.The SerpentFrom the Judeo-Christian standpoint, the taking of the fruit by Eve and Adam at the serpent’s behest was shameful, a transgression of God’s commandment. From the Greek standpoint, however, the taking of the fruit was a triumphant and liberating act that brought to mankind the serpent’s enlightenment. To the Greeks, the serpent was a friend of mankind who freed them from bondage to an oppressive God, and was therefore a savior and illuminator of our race. The Greeks worshipped Zeus as both a savior and illuminator; they called him Zeus Phanaios meaning one who appears as light and brings light. The light that Zeus brought to the ancient Greeks was the serpent’s “enlightenment” that he received when he ate the fruit from the serpent’s tree.The Greeks believed the words that the serpent spoke to Eve at the tree in Genesis 3:5, “Not to die shall you be dying, for God knows that, in the day you eat of it, unclosed shall be your eyes, and you shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” Adam and Eve became the gods Zeus and Hera.Image of Zeus with attribute of lightning bolt symbolizing enlightenment.In his book Zeus and Hera, mythologist Carl Kerenyi suggests that the name Zeus, or Dios, at its deepest level, means “the actual decisive, dynamic moment of becoming light.” Thus, the meaning of the original names of the first couple, Dios and Dione, points to that time when they ate the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and first embraced the enlightenment of the serpent. The natural force, lightning, depicts who Zeus is and what he brings to mankind perfectly. It should not surprise us then that the attribute most closely associated with Zeus in ancient art was the lightning bolt. On the vase image of Zeus depicted here, he holds the lightning bolt in his left hand and his scepter in is right hand. From the Greek viewpoint, there is no more “actual decisive, dynamic moment of becoming light” in human history than the time Adam and Eve received the serpent’s enlightenment, and no more appropriate symbol for it than the lightning bolt of Zeus.Paradise and The Tree of KnowledgeIf Zeus and Hera are Adam and Eve, then the Greeks ought to have directly connected them to an ancient paradise, a serpent, and a fruit tree. They did, indeed, make such a direct connection. The Greeks remembered the original paradise. They called it the Garden of the Hesperides, and they associated Zeus and Hera with its enticing ease, and with a serpent-entwined apple tree.The literary evidence for the presence of Zeus and Hera in the ancient Garden paradise comes to us from Apollodorus and Euripides. Apollodorus wrote that the apples of the Hesperides “were presented by Gaia [Earth] to Zeus after his marriage with Hera.” This matches the Genesis account: Eve became Adam’s wife right after she was taken out of Adam (Genesis 2:21–25), and the next recorded event is the taking of the fruit by the first couple. The chorus in Euripides’ play Hippolytus speaks of “the apple-bearing shore of the Hesperides” where immortal fountains flow “by the place where Zeus lay, and holy Earth with her gifts of blessedness makes the gods’ prosperity wax great.” Thus Euripides put Zeus in the ancient garden with the serpent-entwined apple tree, and his language affirms that this is where Zeus came from.Garden of the Hesperides, from a water pot c. 410 BCSome mythologists have mistaken the nymphs known as the Hesperides for guardians of the tree, but they certainly are not. Their body language, easy actions and very names serve the purpose of establishing what kind of a garden this is: a wonderful, carefree place. Above, we see the Garden of the Hesperides depicted on the bottom panel of a water pot from about 410 BC. The serpent entwines the apple tree with its golden fruit. The names of the figures are written on the vase. Two of the Hesperides, Chrysothemis (Golden Order) and Asterope (Star Face) stand to our immediate left of the tree. Chrysothemis moves toward the tree to pluck an apple. Asterope leans pleasantly against her with both arms. To our far left, Hygeia (Health) sits on a hillock and holds a long scepter, a symbol of rule, as she looks back towards the tree. To our right of the apple tree, Lipara (Shining Skin) holds apples in the fold of her garment, and raises her veil off her shoulder.The names of the Hesperides describe what the garden is like. It is a land of gold for the taking, soft starlight, perfect health, and wondrous beauty. The Hebrew word for Eden means “to be soft or pleasant,” figuratively “to delight oneself.” The Garden of the Hesperides is the Greek version of the Garden of Eden.Post-Flood HumanityThe male figures to our right of the tree are Nimrod/Herakles (seated) and his nephew Iolas. The scene represents the climax of all of Nimrod/Herakles’ exploits. The hero of post-Flood humanity is there for a bite of the serpent’s apple. He has figuratively usurped the authority of Noah/Nereus and his God, returned humanity to the ancient serpent’s enlightenment, and exalted mankind as the measure of all things.The Greek tradition insists that Zeus and Hera were the first human couple; the Judeo-Christian tradition insists Adam and Eve were the first couple. Both traditions insist that their respective first couples came from an ancient paradise with a serpent-entwined fruit tree. Thus, two opposite spiritual standpoints share the same factual basis.Greek artists went into much more detail than this about their religion. They depicted Cain and Seth as Hephaistos and Ares, Noah and Ham as Nereus and Chiron, and Naamah (Genesis 4:22) and Cush as Athena and Hermes. Their unique depiction of the Flood matched the Genesis account in detail. Their religious temple and vase art boasted of the triumph of the way of Cain over Noah and his God-fearing offspring after the Flood.Modern academia has yet to learn the simple lesson that, without reference to the early events described in the Book of Genesis, it is not possible to make any real sense of ancient Greek religious art. The problem for these academics is that they cannot entertain the obvious Genesis connections without abandoning their blind dedication to atheism and evolutionism. They may be called teachers and professors, but they fail to comprehend the obvious meaning of the symbolic art that our ancestors have left for us, just as they fail to recognize the handiwork of our Creator throughout the earth, and within all the life upon it. —Robert Bowie Johnson, Jr.For more on this subject, see GenesisInGreekArt.com.
Firing incidents were reported from at least two places after Congress and BJP workers clashed during the bypoll in Madhya Pradesh’s Ater assembly seat on Sunday.The State Electoral Office dismissed reports of booth capturing. Two more Special Armed Forces (SAF) companies (nearly 200 personnel) have been pressed into service at Ater, where 34% polling was recorded by 1 PM.In Bandhavgarh (Umaria), another assembly segment where polling is underway on Sunday, voter turnout was 37 % by 1 PM.“The firing incidents were reported from two places.The security personnel fired in the air at Sankri village booth to avoid a clash between the BJP and Congress workers.“Another incident of firing was reported near booth number 172 (Goarkala),” State Electoral Officer of Madhya Pradesh Salina Singh told reporters at a press conference.“The incident of firing took place one kilometre away from booth number 172 and as of now more details of this incident are awaited,” said Ms. Singh.She denied any booth-capturing in Ater and Bandhavgarh.“There was no booth capturing incident reported from Ater and Bandhavgarh. All the booths in Ater were declared sensitive. We have talked to the state DGP. After these incidents, we have called two additional SAF companies from Morena to strengthen the security arrangements,” she added.When asked about allegations of Congress that gun shots were fired at its candidate in Ater Hemant Katare at Sankri village booth, Ms. Singh said that there was a dispute between booth agents of Congress and BJP.“The Congress candidate stayed for a long time inside the booth. This deteriorated the situation resulting in a clash between the polling agents. Police had to fire in the air to control the situation. Some vehicles were also damaged during this clash,” she added.Ms. Singh said that both the Congress and BJP candidates were provided additional security.The State Electoral Officer also informed that six police officials were transferred late Saturday night on a complaint of Congress.She said that EVMs and voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) machines were changed at five places in Ater and three places at Bandhavgarh during the mock poll.“One voter had complaint about VVPAT at one place in Ater but his complaint was found to be untrue,” she added.In Ater, the Congress has fielded Hemant Katare, son of former Leader of Opposition Satyadev Katare, whose death necessitated the by-poll.From BJP, former MLA Arvind Singh Bhadoria is contesting the byelection.The by-election in Bandhavgarh seat was necessitated after its MLA Gyan Singh was elected to the Lok Sabha in November last year.The main contest in Bandhavgarh (ST) seat is between BJP’s Shivnarayan Singh, son of Gyan Singh, and Savitri Singh of Congress.The counting of votes will take place on April 13.
Six policemen have been suspended for allegedly beating to death a 26-year-old man arrested for robbery. Sub-inspector Yuvraj Kamte and five other staff members of the Sangli city police station have been taken into custody, Vishwas Nangre-Patil, Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kolhapur range, said on Wednesday.The deceased, Aniket Ashok Kothale, had been remanded in police custody for three days. Kothale and his accomplice Amol Bhandare had been arrested by the Sangli police for robbing an engineer, Santosh Gaikwad, of ₹2,000 and his mobile phone. The incident occurred on Sunday morning when Mr. Gaikwad was waiting at the Sangli depot for a bus to Nandani village in Shirol taluk. Brutally beatenOn Monday night, the accused were brought out of their cell and taken to an interrogation room. Kothale was allegedly tied upside down to a ceiling fan and repeatedly beaten by Mr. Kamte and his staff. He was also subjected to water torture. Kothade is believed to have succumbed during the interrogation in front of a horrified Mr. Bhandare.Mr. Nangre-Patil said, “Mr. Kamte and his team then attempted to burn Kothale’s body on Tuesday morning. The first attempt was unsuccessful, so they tried to do so again with petrol. Mr. Kamte then attempted to furnish false information to Dr. Dipali Kale, the deputy superintendent of police, saying that both accused had fled to Karnataka.”Mr. Kamte, constables Anil Lad, Arun Tone, Suraj Mulla and Rahul Shingte, and another staffer were immediately suspended and arrested as soon as the incident came to light.Mr. Nangre-Patil said the case would be handed over to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) for further investigation.