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‘Prime Minister Boris Johnson may come back to work with a degree of humility’, says Christian MP

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A Conservative Christian MP believes Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s suffering from coronavirus may have a positive benefit to the way he does his job.

Mr Johnson had his first day back at work on Monday after spending two weeks recovering from time spent in hospital with Covid-19.

MP for South West Devon Gary Streeter told Premier he has high hopes for how the prime minister will lead the country out of the crisis.

“I think that he will come back full of energy and he’s made a flying start with a very positive statement outside Downing Street this morning.

“He’s obviously been very ill, but he’s also had the chance to step back and grapple with the big issues that we’ve got to face as a country now. I expect in the next few days there’s a plan to get us out of lockdown over several weeks and to take us back into a new normality. I think he will be very much the architect of that and will be able to communicate that to the British people.”

Now he is back at Downing Street, the prime minister has many challenging problems on his to-do list.

There is no end in sight for lifting lockdown measures – and although the situation will be reviewed again on 7th May, there is still no sign of an exit plan.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has accused the Government of treating the public “like children” for refusing even to give a hint of what a future strategy could look like.

The problem of adequate levels of PPE is a headache the Government has made little progress on in Mr Johnson’s absence.

According to a study published by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society on Wednesday, over a third of frontline workers surveyed said they were still unable to access continuous supplies of PPE.

A promised shipment of 400,000 medical gowns due to arrive earlier this week turned out to be closer to 32,000, according to media reports.

Meanwhile, the Government previously set a target of 100,000 Covid-19 tests being conducted every day by the end of the month, but with just five days to go that ambition looks doomed.

The Home Secretary said on Saturday only 28,760 tests had been carried out on Friday, while a new online booking service has also facing some serious teething problems.

Streeter admits there’s a lot to get sorted out and the government has made its errors.

“Mistakes have been made because decisions have been made by human beings,” he said. “But I think we’ve had a clear strategy to reduce the peak of the virus and to build capacity in NHS to make sure that the NHS could cope all the way through. That clearly has happened.”

With several issues to deal with, Streeter believes Mr Johnson will address them with more “humility” after having his own battle with coronavirus.

“I think it clearly makes him full of empathy for those families who are going through this themselves. The British people, we love an underdog, don’t we? I think that there’ll be even more people getting behind him and wishing him well.

“And I suspect he’ll come back with not just clarity and energy that we expect from him, but perhaps with a degree of humility. He did say himself at one stage ‘it could have gone either way’. When you have that kind of experience where life hangs in the balance, it changes you. So I should be looking closely.

“I’m sure we all will see how this has changed for us, and how it impacts his leadership the nation, and it can’t be a bad thing.”

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ഭൂകമ്പം ഫിജിയെ പിടിച്ചുകുലുക്കി, റിക്ടർ സ്കെയിലിൽ 6.0 രേഖപ്പെടുത്തിയ ഭൂചലനം

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സുവ: ദ്വീപ് രാജ്യമായ ഫിജിയിൽ ഭൂചലനം. റിക്ടർ സ്‌കെയിലിൽ 6.0 തീവ്രത രേഖപ്പെടുത്തിയ ഭൂചലനത്തിൽ നാശനഷ്ടങ്ങൾ ഉണ്ടായതായി റിപ്പോർട്ടില്ല. 398 കിലോമീറ്റർ ആഴത്തിൽ പ്രകമ്പനം അനുഭവപ്പെട്ടതായി യുഎസ് ഭൗമശാസ്ത്ര കേന്ദ്രം അറിയിച്ചു. ലെവൂക്ക നഗരത്തിന് 340 കിലോമീറ്റർ കിഴക്ക് മാറിയായിരുന്നു പ്രകമ്പനം. പ്രാദേശിക സമയം രാവിലെ 11.35 ഓടെയായിരുന്നു ഭൂചലനം അനുഭവപ്പെട്ടത്. സുനാമി മുന്നറിയിപ്പുകളൊന്നും നൽകിയിട്ടില്ലെന്ന് അധികൃതർ അറിയിച്ചു. ഭൂചലനം ഉണ്ടായ വിവരം ജർമ്മൻ ജിയോസയൻസ് റിസർച്ച് സെന്ററും സ്ഥിരീകരിച്ചിട്ടുണ്ട്.

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Archaeologists discover rare 2,000-y-o oil lamp in Jerusalem’s City of David on Pilgrimage Road

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The Israel Antiquities Authority announced the discovery of a rare oil lamp, with its wick still preserved, from under the foundation of a building erected on Jerusalem’s famed Pilgrimage Road soon after the destruction of the Second Temple almost 2,000 years ago.

The IAA researchers believe the bronze lamp, shaped like a grotesque face cut in half and estimated to be from the late first century or the early second century CE, was put in the foundation of the building in Jerusalem’s City of David for good fortune, The Times of Israel reported.

“This half of a lamp, and in fact half a face, which was discovered in the City of David, is a very rare object, with only a few discovered in the whole world, and is the first of its kind to be discovered in Jerusalem,” Yuval Baruch of the IAA was quoted as saying.

“It is possible that the importance of the building, and the need to bless its activity with luck by burying a foundation deposit, was due to its proximity to the Siloam Pool, which was also used in the Roman period as the central source of water within the city,” IAA archaeologist Ari Levy told The Jerusalem Post.

Speaking to Haaretz, Levy explained, “Foundation deposits, in general, go back to the dim reaches of antiquity. It was accepted in construction in general, to bring luck and symbolic defense of the building — and to cast fear and awe on attackers. Its significance was highly symbolic, not functional.”

Haaretz said the lamp featured a goaty male half-face complete with (half a) satyr’s beard and a horned forehead.

Only one other such lamp has ever been found in an archaeological context — and that was in Budapest, according to Levy.

Experts believe that Pilgrimage Road, where the building had been erected, is the path ancient Jews walked to reach the Temple Mount three times a year — in the festivals of Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot.

“The street was built during the period of Governor Pontius Pilates,” Levy said. “It was inaugurated around the year 30 CE and it was used for about 40 years until the Temple was destroyed in 70 CE.”

Baruch added: “Decorated bronze oil lamps were discovered throughout the Roman Empire. For the most part, such oil lamps stood on stylish candelabras or were hung on a chain. Collections around the world contain thousands of these bronze lamps, many of which were made in intricate shapes, indicating the artistic freedom that Roman metal artists possessed.”
Sources:Christian Post

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