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  • Tsunami Waves Reasonably Likely To Strike Israel, Geo-archaeological Research Suggests

    10/26/2009 7:24:23 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 17 replies · 630+ views
    Science Daily ^ | Oct. 26, 2009
    “There is a likely chance of tsunami waves reaching the shores of Israel,” says Dr. Beverly Goodman of the Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciences at the University of Haifa following an encompassing geo-archaeological study at the port of Caesarea. “Tsunami events in the Mediterranean do occur less frequently than in the Pacific Ocean, but our findings reveal a moderate rate of recurrence,” she says. Dr. Goodman, an expert geo-archaeologist, exposed geological evidence of this by chance. Her original intentions in Caesarea were to assist in research at the ancient port and at offshore shipwrecks. “We expected to find...
  • Shipping Stone [Byzantine wreck, 150 tons of stone aboard]

    04/01/2019 6:34:35 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    Archaeology Magazine ^ | September/October 2018 | Ilan Ben Zion
    Nearly 1,500 years ago, a Byzantine merchant ship swung perilously close to the Sicilian coastline, its heavy stone cargo doing little to help keep it on course. The ship's crewmen were probably still clinging to the hope that they could reach a safe harbor such as Syracuse, 25 miles to the north, when a wave lifted the vessel's 100-foot hull and dashed it on a reef, sending as much as 150 tons of stone to the seafloor. The doomed ship was carrying a large assemblage of prefabricated church decorations -- columns, capitals, bases, and even an ornate ambo, or pulpit....
  • Man Arrested in Connection to Killing of Gambino Mob Boss Francesco Cali: NYPD

    03/16/2019 4:33:58 PM PDT · by be-baw · 18 replies
    NBC ^ | March 16, 2019 | Jonathan Dienst, Marc Santia and Brian Thompson
    A 24-year-old man was arrested in connection with the killing of Francesco Cali, a reputed boss of New York's Gambino crime family who was gunned down in a brazen hit this week, the NYPD said. Anthony Camello, of Staten Island, was taken into custody in New Jersey, police said. Investigators anticipate returning him to Staten Island where he will face murder charges for Cali, said Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea. ... The sources said the murder wasn't related to the mob. One source described the man in custody as a “conspiracy theory type” of guy while a second source said...
  • NYPD identifies suspect in slaying of Gambino crime boss Frank Cali (Some guy)

    03/16/2019 2:34:42 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 47 replies
    NYPost ^ | March 16, 2019
    The mafia didn’t kill Gambino boss Francesco “Franky Boy” Cali — a twentysomething Staten Island hothead with a personal beef did, police and sources said Saturday. Anthony Comello, 24, a non-mobster who works odd construction jobs, was named as the suspect who blasted at least ten slugs into Cali, 53, on the street outside the boss’s brick mansion. It was the first assassination of a New York City mob boss since an upstart John Gotti had Gambino boss Paul Castellano whacked outside Sparks Steak House in 1985. Investigators quickly feared a mob war in the making.
  • Cops eye John Gotti’s brother after slaying of Gambino boss

    03/15/2019 6:30:34 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 39 replies
    nypost ^ | 03/14/2019 | Larry Celona
    The Gottis are back in town — and the bloodshed could just be beginning. Police are taking a serious look at whether Gambino crime family boss Francesco “Franky Boy” Cali was whacked in an internal war for control — with one of John Gotti’s brothers and a key associate fresh out of prison and possibly looking to seize power, law enforcement sources told The Post on Thursday. While the motive for the Wednesday hit on Cali outside his Staten Island home remains under investigation, cops were probing whether it was part of a brewing American-vs.-Sicilian power struggle — with Gene...
  • Alleged Gambino mob boss gunned down in New York

    03/14/2019 3:06:38 AM PDT · by zeestephen · 62 replies
    AP ^ | 14 March 2019
    A man said by federal prosecutors to have been a top leader of New York's notorious Gambino crime family was shot and killed Wednesday on Staten Island. Francesco "Franky Boy" Cali, 53, was found with multiple gunshot wounds to his body at his home in the borough's Todt Hill section just after 9 p.m.
  • VIDEO: How My Father Impersonated a General to Get Enemy Regiment to Surrender to Him

    02/10/2019 11:17:46 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 16 replies
    YouTube ^ | February 10, 2019 | DUmmie FUnnies
    VIDEO This is a story I heard since I was a kid but it was so wild I had a lot of trouble believing it. However, a discovery I made on the Web a few years ago revealed that this story was absolutely true as you will find out in this video.
  • New discovery in Valley of Temples

    01/17/2006 11:16:21 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 2 replies · 191+ views
    Gruppo Ansa ^ | Jan 17 2006
    Archaeologists working in Sicily's Valley of the Temples have found traces of a settlement thought to pre-date the famous Greek temples built there in around 600 BC... The discovery of a structure possibly built before the Greeks arrived came during preparatory work ahead of a project to shore up the ground near the Temple of Hera. Archaeologists uncovered a mysterious walled structure on top of which ancient Greeks had apparently built a shrine and a burial ground. Until now it has been thought that Agrigento was settled by the Greeks soon after they began starting colonies in much of the...
  • Archaeologists to embark on quest for 2,500-year-old lost Greek theatre

    11/29/2010 7:55:28 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | Monday, November 29, 2010 | Nick Squires
    Alexander Hardcastle spent a decade searching for the fabled theatre, which is said to be buried beneath the remains of Akragas, a city established by Greek colonists six centuries before Christ on the southern coast of Sicily... Hardcastle, a former soldier who had served with the Royal Engineers in the Boer War, believed that remains of the stone-built theatre had survived, despite Akragas being shaken by earthquakes, sacked by the Carthaginians and plundered for its stone. The Harrow-educated gentleman scholar, who was born in Belgravia, spent a fortune on the quest between 1920 and 1930, but lost all his money...
  • Sicily The Wonder of the Mediterranean 1

    01/28/2019 4:51:50 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 57 replies
    BBC via YouTube ^ | 2017 | Michael Scott
    [snip] I'm in Syracuse on Sicily's east coast, founded by the Greeks 27 centuries ago. In the city's ancient heart is the Duomo, the Cathedral of Syracuse. Today, this is a Christian church, but to walk through its doors is to take a trip back in time to 500 years before Christ was even born. The Duomo began life in 480 BC as the building project of a Greek tyrant, who having beaten the Carthaginians in battle, used the loot to build this. And these are the columns from that temple, soaring up into the sky. It was topped by...
  • Europe's Biggest Volcano Spews Lava As Earthquakes Signal Latest Return To Life

    10/27/2002 4:13:31 PM PST · by blam · 9 replies · 2,116+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 10-28-2002 | Cahal Milmo
    Europe's biggest volcano spews lava as earthquakes signal latest return to life By Cahal Milmo 28 October 2002 Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe, exploded into life again yesterday, spurting molten rock 650ft into the air above Sicily and producing streams of lava that engulfed small buildings on the island. Officials evacuated the area in the path of the lava flows after a new vent opened early yesterday morning. There were no reports of injuries. By late afternoon, the eruption had destroyed a line of ski-lift pylons used to reach the summit, as well as a pine forest....
  • Mount Etna eruption causes airspace closure

    12/25/2018 7:35:36 AM PST · by ETL · 17 replies
    Phys.org ^ | Dec 24, 2018
    The Mount Etna volcano erupted on Monday, spewing ash as several minor earthquakes hit the region, and prompting a partial closure of the Sicilian airspace around the mountain. Italy's national institute for geophysics and vulcanology (INGV) counted more than 130 seismic shocks in the zone, with the strongest reaching a magnitude of 4.0."The eruption occurred on the side of Etna," Boris Behncke, a vulcanologist at INGV, told AFP. "It's the first lateral eruption in more than 10 years, but it doesn't seem to be dangerous."Due to bad visibility because of the ash authorities restricted local airspace, allowing only four landings...
  • ...Francis omits “Papal” Benediction because it could offend Non-Catholics

    09/16/2018 3:32:48 AM PDT · by Repent and Believe · 23 replies
    Novus Ordo Watch ^ | September 16, 2018 | Editor
    The Francis Show in Palermo… The Blessing that Wasn’t: Francis omits “Papal” Benediction because it could offend Non-Catholics On Saturday, Sep. 15, the Francis Show made a stop in Sicily, with the “Pope” visiting the dioceses of Piazza Armerina and Palermo. As always, Francis had a lot to say, cranking out such incredible nuggets of wisdom as, “Those belonging to the mafia are not living as Christians”, and, “…those who give themselves find the meaning of life and win” (source). The Vatican web site has posted the entire program of the trip to Sicily here. One of the highlights of...
  • Sicilian amber in western Europe pre-dates arrival of Baltic amber by at least 2,000 years

    09/02/2018 2:13:17 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | August 29, 2018 | University of Cambridge
    Amber and other unusual materials such as jade, obsidian and rock crystal have attracted interest as raw materials for the manufacture of decorative items since Late Prehistory and, indeed, amber retains a high value in present-day jewellery. 'Baltic' amber from Scandinavia is often cited as a key material circulating in prehistoric Europe, but in a new study published today in PLOS ONE researchers have found that amber from Sicily was travelling around the Western Mediterranean as early as the 4th Millennium BC - at least 2,000 years before the arrival of any Baltic amber in Iberia... "Interestingly, the first amber...
  • Italy threatens to veto EU budget without changes in immigration policy — Di Maio

    08/27/2018 8:34:36 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 27, 2018 11:18 AM | Steve Scherer
    Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio on Monday threatened to veto the European Union’s seven-year budget plan should the bloc not do more to share the burden of migrant arrivals. “In Europe, the music will change,” Di Maio wrote on Facebook less than two days after the country’s latest clash with Brussels over who should take in migrants rescued at sea. […] Di Maio last week threatened to withhold Italy’s EU contributions if the bloc did not agree to take in rescued migrants that the government had blocked on a ship in the port of Catania, in Sicily. …
  • Italy mulls massive tax break to lure retirees, ... to its sun-soaked southern regions

    08/26/2018 10:32:23 PM PDT · by aquila48 · 38 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 24 AUGUST 2018 | Nick Squires
    British retirees thinking of moving to the sun-soaked south of Italy could soon be able to take advantage of a massive tax break that is being mooted by the country’s new government. The populist administration hopes to reverse the chronic population decline of Italy’s southern regions by luring people to settle there with the promise of paying no taxes for 10 years. The scheme will be open not only to Italians but to foreigners too, it is envisaged. The idea has been proposed by The League, the hard-Right party which makes up one half of the coalition which came to...
  • Italy migrant row: Interior minister under investigation

    08/25/2018 5:19:28 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 3 replies
    BBC News ^ | 8/25/2018 | BBC
    Sicilian prosecutors are investigating Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini over his refusal to allow migrants off a coastguard vessel. The Dicott docked in the Sicilian port of Catania on Monday. The Italian government is refusing to most of the migrants disembark until a solution is reached regarding their relocation with other European states. Prosecutors have now opened an inquiry into possible illegal confinement illegal arrest, and abuse of power. Mr. Salvini responded to the news by shrugging off the threat, saying those still on board would be allowed off "in the coming hours"....
  • Unknown metal ingots on shipwreck offer hint that Atlantis might be real

    01/10/2015 12:01:29 PM PST · by the scotsman · 38 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 9th January 2015 | Rob Waugh
    'An unknown metal said to have been used in the sunken city of Atlantis has been found on 2,600-year-old shipwreck near the coast of Sicily. The 39 ingots of ‘orichalcum’ - described by Plato in his writings about Atlantis - are utterly unique. 'Nothing similar has ever been found,' an expert said. Plato described Atlantis as glittering ‘with the red light of orichalcum’, and he claimed that it was mined there, and used to build huge, glinting temples to the sea god Poseidon.'
  • Sundaland (GGG)

    03/31/2005 8:48:54 PM PST · by blam · 82 replies · 8,355+ views
    Personal Pages ^ | 3-31-2005
    Sundaland The cradle of human civilization may well have been the prehistoric lowlands of the Southeast Asian peninsula, rather than the Middle East. Since those lowlands ‘sank’ beneath the seas thousands of years ago (actually drowned by rising sea levels), humanity has remained unaware of their possible significance up through the early 21st century. Unaware except, that is, for a so-called myth perpetuated by a respected Greek philosopher named Plato, before 347 BC. Plato spoke of an advanced civilization named Atlantis, which sank below the seas perhaps around 9,000 BC. It may well be he wasn’t so far off after...
  • Austria 'Refuses' to Take More Boat Migrants After Ship of 450 Arrives in Europe......

    07/17/2018 9:27:34 PM PDT · by caww · 30 replies
    BretBart ^ | 7/17/2018 | Oliver jj Lane
    Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has made clear his strong stance on unlimited mass migration after he refused to take part in an EU-wide effort to distribute the migrants of a fishing boat that landed on an Italian island Monday. Calling on the nations of Europe to work harder to prevent illegal migration to the continent, Kurz also pointed to the fact that migrant ships could be sent to countries outside of the European Union to disembark their human cargo. The comments came after 450 migrants were picked up from a wooden fishing boat on Saturday, and brought to Sicily to...